For the couple years, I have been a die-hard ipsy fan – each month, I wait for the e-mail saying my ipsy bag is on its way, and then eagerly check the mail box every day until it arrives. From the adorable bag prints, to the personalized product, ipsy will forever have my heart.
In April, when my roommate mentioned she was cancelling her ipsy subscription, I just couldn’t understand – why wouldn’t you want to get makeup and skincare treats delivered to your door each month?! But she assured me she hadn’t sworn off of beauty subscriptions forever – in fact, she was experimenting with other brands, including Target’s beauty box. Yes, that’s right – Target has their very own beauty box filled with 7 trial-sized beauty treats, that are delivered right to your door- all for just $7.
What I didn’t know when my roommate ordered a box specifically targeted towards treating her oily skin type, was that she was also ordering a surprise beauty box for me as well, geared towards drier skin types (again, a big thank you to my awesome roommate, Kali).
What I love about Target’s beauty box is that you can see the items in the box before you order – that way you aren’t ending up with a bunch of items you’ll never use. I’ve also since discovered that Target lists the full size products under the Beauty Box section of their website – which makes it super simply to find and order the full size if you loved the trial size. If you’re interested in trying out a Target Beauty Box for yourself, you can head over to target.com/beautybox
As for the particular box I received..
Banana Boat Dry Balance SPF 30 Sunscreen Lotion
How it works: At first I wasn’t sure whether or not this product was meant just for your face or whole body. After a quick google search, it looks like full body and I’m a huge fan of this product, which is specifically made for dry skin. I’ve been using it daily, applying before my dog walks (with the exception of yesterday, when I ended up with a burn on my shoulders – whoops!) and even though I’ve gotten pretty sweaty in the 90 degree heat this week, I don’t find that this sunscreen makes me feel sticky or slimy like some others. When you first apply the product, it soaks in pretty quick, which is nice for a product geared towards dry skin. It also makes your skin smell sweet and tropical, which Banana Boat products are known to do. This one is a would buy.
Dr Teal’s Lavender Foaming Bath with Pure Epsom Salt
How it works: While the thought of taking a bath right now in the summer weather makes my skin crawl, I did have a chance to use this before the hot weather set in. Lavender is known to help with relaxation, which is probably why the label states “Soothe & Sleep with Lavender.” Personally, I found the lavender scent in this product to be a bit too strong to be relaxing, but I’m not a huge lavender fan to begin with. My bath had quite a lot of bubbles from this product though, so that’s cool. Based on the scent, I probably would not buy. If you’re a big lavender fan, though, you might want to give it a shot.
Sally Hansen Double Duty Base & Top Coat
How it works: Plain and simple, it’s alright. I didn’t expect OPI level protection for my nails, but I suppose this top coat nail product lives up to my expectations from Sally Henson. My nail color certainly lasted longer than it would have without a top coat, but not as long as I would like. I am happy that this was a full size product, and will continue to use it until it’s gone. If I needed an inexpensive top coat, I might buy. Maybe.
La Roche-Posay Toleraine Purifying Foaming Cleanser
How it works: Wow. I am pleasantly surprised with the quality of this facial cleanser. I was expecting a cream based cleanser, but it actually looks more like a gel and lathers up quite nicely. I’m super picky about facial cleansers, particularly how my skin feels after washing but before putting on a moisturizer – if my skin feels tight or like it has a film on it, then no thank you. Up until now, my go to cleanser has been The Body Shop’s Chamomile Oil Cleanser, but this La Roche cleanser might replace it. My skin feels clean, soft, and not tight or filmy after use. This is on definitely will buy.
eb5 Exfoliating AHA Cleansing Lotion
How it works: Unlike physical exfoliants, which rub and scratch against your skin to remove dead skin cells, this AHA exofliant helps remove dead skin cells and dry patches in a more gentle way. What I love about this product is that it is both an exfoliant and cleanser in one, AND in a lotion form – a dream come true for dry skin sufferers. While I wouldn’t use this every day (too much exfoliation is a bad thing, trust me), it’s nice to change up my routine once a week and keep my skin smooth. This one I probably would buy.
HASK Argan Oil Repairing Deep Conditioner
How it works: For someone with dry hair concerns, you need this product. The directions recommend using once or twice a week, and it took everything in me not to just use it every single day. I have dry hair from years of using heat styling products, and no matter how much I chop off, those pesky split ends never seem to go away. The HASK Argan Oil conditioner was the first product I used from my beauty box, and it was love at first wash. My hair felt incredibly soft, and was tangle-free after every use. Throughout the day, I caught myself grabbing a handful of hair to sniff because my hair just smelled so good. This is a definitely would buy product.
Rimmel Colour Precise White Eyeliner
How it works: Well, white liner was all the rage for a hot minute, and definitely has marked its place in the beauty world. This product definitely lives up to the precise in its name, and gives sharp, clean lines. On the other hand, I wasn’t a fan of the color, which wasn’t quite as opaque/bold as I would like it to be. As far as wear and tear, it stayed in place all day so that’s a plus. I probably would not buy.
If you’ve tried a Target Beauty Box before, share your thoughts in the comments! 🙂