Friday, September 25, 2015

September 2015 Target Beauty Box - Unboxing and Review!

Hello! Hope you're having a great day! For this post, I want to share with you my September 2015 Target Beauty Box.

Technically, this is not a subscription box since you can't subscribe to it (which would be the definition of a subscription service...) and it also technically isn't a monthly box since there are no promises that it releases monthly, but Target has been offering these sample boxes pretty much on a monthly basis for a little while now.

These boxes are incredibly popular and sell out very quickly, so I consider myself lucky to have gotten my hands on this one! Admittedly, one of the reasons why I think I was able to snag one was that this box included mostly curly hair related products and no color cosmetics, but since I do have curly hair and am always looking for products for my hair, this box was perfect for me!
If you're interested in getting one of these boxes in the future, I highly recommend following Nouveau Cheap (either on her blog or on her Instagram) since she releases the spoilers for what's in the boxes, along with release dates. Plus she gives you a ton of reminders on Instagram!
I already touched on a lot of the info you need if you want to get one of these boxes, but again, it's technically not monthly and it's not a subscription box, so you kind of just have to know when to look for it and when it releases. The best way I've found is to follow Nouveau Cheap on either her blog or on Instagram. The price she listed for this box was $7 (which includes shipping), but my cost was only $5 (which also includes shipping). Since I'm from Minnesota (where Target is based out of) and since it looks like my box shipped from Indiana, I'm thinking the price differs based on where you live to help cover any additional shipping and handling themes. It could also be different based on state taxes or things like that, but all I know is that my box was $2 less then I thought it would be!
 Along with my products and info card, I also got a little card advertising DermStore.
On the back of the card I also got a coupon code (FALLBEAUTY for 20% off of $125+ in case the picture won't load for you), which is admittedly kind of a lame coupon. DermStore used to be a part of the Blush Mystery Beauty Bag and since I still have an account with them from when I was subscribed (the Blush Mystery Beauty Bag hasn't existed for a while now; DermStore has their own subscription now called Beauty Fix), I constantly get emails for 10%-20% off my purchases. Target purchased DermStore a while ago (it was while I was still subscribed, so I think it's been 2ish years? Maybe just 1ish year. It all kind of blurs together...) since they wanted to increase their presence in the beauty world, which is why you get a coupon in your box!
Like all boxes, the Target Beauty Box comes with an info card. The theme this month (if you can call it that, I suppose) is Fall In Love. It doesn't mention the month or anything on the card, which again is because this technically isn't a monthly box (even though it's been releasing once a month, around the same time).
On the back of the info card, you get a list of all the products included in your box, along with a short description and usage instructions. There is also a coupon for $3 off a $15+ purchase of hair, beauty, or skin products from Target that is attached to the bottom of the info card, but I've already detached it and put it in my wallet so I won't forget to use it. As you can see, we got six products this month; four are for curly hair and one is even full sized (theoretically, two are full sized, but I'll get to that later).
Going in the order of the info card, the first product I got is the Jane Carter Revitalizing Leave-In Conditioner. This is a, well, leave-in conditioner mist that you can use twice a day, even on dry hair! My biggest concern right now, hair product-wise, is finding things I can use to style my dry hair, so I;m very happy to have gotten this. I've seen Jane Carter products both in Target and Ulta, but have never tried them. Until now! The full size is 8fl oz for $8.99, making this 2fl oz worth about $2.25.
Next up is the Curls Creme Brule Whipped Curl Crean. This is a brand that I think I've seen before, but I'm actually not sure. I used to shop in the curly hair section of Target way back when I was getting the Kinky Curly Curl Custard, but I haven't checked it out in quite a while. This is a cream styling product that you apply to your hair while it's still wet. According to the directions on the bottle, you can also use this on dry hair if you need to. This 2fl oz bottle is actually a purchasable travel size (at least on the Target website, not sure how available it is in stores), so I would consider this a full (if small) size. It's worth $2.99.
Next product is the Dove Quench Absolute Serum. This is the full sized product (if you don't count the travel sized Curls Creme Brule Whipped Curl Cream as a full size) and honestly, probably the product I was least interested in getting. I have enjoyed the two Dove products I got in my Allure Beauty Thrills box so I had some hope, but after reading the ingredients, I'm not so sure.
Out of the first five ingredients, three are silicone-based and fragrance is the ninth, above any of the other good for hair ingredients. The third ingredient is a cyclo-silicone, which is even worse for your hair since it can actually dry it out. I may still give this a try since silicones are good at smoothing hair and keeping frizz in check, but I don't have high expectations. This product is worth $5.99, which is more than I paid for the whole box.
Next up, and the final hair product, is the SheaMoisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Styling Lotion. It is an oil based lotion that adds shine and protects hair against heat damage. You can also use it on wet or dry hair, which is awesome! I generally like the SheaMoisture line of products since they use a lot of good ingredients, very little fillers, and are all reasonably priced. I haven't used anything from the Jamaican Black Castor Oil line, but I have used products from the other lines and have been pretty happy, so I do look forward to giving this a try. The full size is 8fl oz for $10.99, so this 3.2fl oz bottle is worth about $4.40.
This next product kind of feels like a random freebie that Target threw in to make the box look more full, but it's still something that I can use so hey, works for me. I don't have much experience with Aquaphor, since I avoided using petroleum-based products for a very long time. I'm feeling a lot more open about them, since a lot of dermatologists recommend using them (specifically Vaseline in it's pure form) since it's basically the best moisturizer known to man (I guess).
You can use petroleum-based moisturizers for a ton of things, and Aquaphor kindly included a card with some tips.
The other tips I've heard about, but I haven't heard anyone suggesting you can use it to clean makeup off. Not sure if they mean just face makeup, or if you can use it on your eyes as well, but it's interesting nonetheless. This is a super teeny little sample; the full size is 3.5oz (it comes in a bunch of different sizes, but this seemed like the most common on) for $6.99, so this little 0.25oz tub is worth only $0.50.
The final product in this Target Beauty Box is a sample tube of Colgate Optic White Platinum Express White Toothpaste. It's supposed to whiten your teeth in three days, with best results after four weeks of use. I do like to use whitening toothpaste, though I still have an old tube and the other full sized one I got in my Allure Beauty Thrills box, so I might save this guy just for traveling. The full size is $3.99 for 3oz, so this 0.75oz tube is worth about $1.

Overall, I am very happy with my first Target box! I know that I was able to get it since a lot of people weren't as interested with it as they have been with past boxes, but all the products are relevant to my needs and are things I can use. There were six products in this box, 2ish were full sizes, and the total value of my items was about $17.13. Along with my $3 off a $15+ purchase coupon, I'd say this box was $5 well spent!

Thanks for reading! <3

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