I love getting things in the mail so it’s no surprise that I’m always intrigued by subscription boxes. I’ve received several Target Beauty boxes in the past, but with their sudden population I’ve missed out on the last few. 🙁 I was lucky enough to get a nudge from a friend on Twitter that they were up on the site and snagged one (I guess the early bird wake up calls from baby girl are worth it since I was up before the sun that day). I REALLY, REALLY wish they would just provide this as a monthly box that you could automatically sign up for instead of constantly checking and stalking the website at the beginning of each month. What’s up with that Target?

For those of you not familiar, the Target Beauty Box is a deluxe sample box of beauty and hair products. Often there are also full size products and some pretty generous coupons. Usually the boxes are $5-7 a piece and you receive 3-5 times the value in products (boxes worth 20-$30).

I felt like this months box was not as exciting to me as prior boxes, but there were still some great beauty finds to try. The following items were included in this months box:

  • Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes: I’ve tried these before through another program and liked them. They remove makeup pretty well, but weren’t quite strong enough to remove my stubborn eye makeup (which most don’t unless they’re specific eye makeup removers). They’re super soft and have lots of skin loving ingredients and vitamins and leave skin feeling clean and refreshed.
  • Covergirl Colorlicious Lipstick in Caramel Kiss: This is probably one of my favorite items in the box. Usually most makeup subscription boxes send bold hues which I enjoy, but never nude hues. I finally got a nude hue and really love it. This will be a lipstick that will definitely get some consistent use. It goes on smooth, stays well and has nice pigmentation. I’m not huge on the scent of it, but I can overlook it as its not overpowering.
  • Laneige Water Bank Soothing Gel Mask: I can’t wait to try this mask! It’s definitely the thing that I am most excited about in the box. It’s a true “pamper” item and someone I’d likely not purchase for myself. The mask is infused with hydro ionized mineral water which soothes and cools skin immediately upon contact. That just sounds beyond refreshing to me, especially because my skin is incredibly dry postpartum. This product might end up with a beauty review all on its own.
  • Marlowe Body Butter: This body butter is parabens and phthalate-free which already makes me be more inclined to dig it. It has a light flower and vanilla-ish scent that’s pleasing without being too intense (I have a super sensitive nose and with nursing my baby girl often, I tend to shy away from strong scents). It definitely helped moisturize my super dry hands and elbows without feeling heavy.
  • Hawaiian Tropic Island Sport Ultra Light Sunscreen 30 SPF: The light tropical coconut goodness scent is fabulous! Rubs in easily and doesn’t feel greasy. I gave it a test drive this morning on my already toasted red shoulders and it kept me protected all morning.
  • CeraVe Healing Ointment: This petrolatum based ointment is great for protecting and alleviating super dry areas. It is an ointment so it’s thicker and a bit more greasy than other moisturizing products so I prefer to use this sparingly for ultra dry areas, such as my cuticles and feet/heels. I’m super rough on hands and feet (washing hands hundred times a day and runner/barefoot lover), so if this can help than it’ll be a lifesaver. In the short period of use, I have noticed a difference in the roughness on my feet.
  • Pantene Air Spray: I love that this hairspray is alcohol free. My already dry and brittle prone curly hair needs all the help it can get. This held my hair well without a crunchy feeling. However, I’d prefer using this for straight styles, as my curly hair needs a bit more hold.
  • Maybelline Dream Velvet Gel-Whipped Foundation in Classic Ivory: I feel like foil packet samples are kind of a let down in these type of boxes, unless it’s a really premium product. The foundation goes on smooth, but this was nowhere near the color I need for my complexion. I’m not much of a foundation girl (prefer lighter coverage),  so it’s not my cup of tea.

Overall, this wasn’t my favorite box, but it still had enough to keep me interested in future boxes. I’m not a fan of the foil packs because I feel like those are items you get free already in mailers and magazines, but at least there were coupons attached. I would love to see nail polish or similar nail items in future boxes. I do love that there is always a “save $3 off a $15 beauty and hair purchase” in each box. The expiration date is far enough in advance that it could even be applied to next months box or paired with Target’s awesome $5 gift card promotions that they run quite regularly for a really great deal.

If you got this months Target Beauty Box, what was your favorite item? If not (or in addition too), have you subscribed to any monthly mail subscription boxes? 

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