Tuesday, October 20, 2015

September Target Beauty Box: Unboxed

Hey Gals! I'm a bit of a subscription box junkie, so when the latest Target Beauty Box went on sale, I couldn't resist ordering one and finally checking it out. Every couple months or so, Target releases these specialty sample boxes, that range from $5-$10, and contain a bunch of beauty samples. Their September box was only $5, and featured all L'Oréal products, which I've always been a fan of, so I figured this was the perfect opportunity to order myself a small treat. I love that you see exactly what you're getting too - every product that was in the box was listed when I ordered, so no surprises here. While it's always fun to be surprised with my monthly Birchbox, there's also something to be said with knowing exactly what you're ordering.. no surprises, but also no disappointments! So I thought it would be fun to share the contents of the box today:

L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Mascara

As per Target: Create a more defined, voluminous look with a formula that soften and builds lashes up to 5 times their natural thickness.
My take on it: I've loved this mascara for years and was excited to get a full size tube of it! It definitely bulks up my skimpy lashes, without clumping, so this alone was pretty much a seller of the box for me.

L’Oréal Paris Advanced Haircare Total Repair 5 Shampoo

As per Target: This revolutionary shampoo works both instantly and over time to help repair the 5 visible signs of damaged, overworked hair.
My take on it: I was excited to receive this right before my LA trip, since it's carry-on friendly! After using it for a couple of days, I'm pretty happy with it. I'm not sure if I'd call it "revolutionary", like Target did.. but I do think I'd try out the full size bottle when I run out.

L’Oréal Paris Elnett Satin Hairspray

As per Target: A cult beauty fave, this legendary hairspray offers an all-day, strong hold with a soft, shiny finish.
My take on it: I love, love, love this hairspray! It's been a favorite of mine for years, and definitely lives up to it's cult status. It magically does hold your hair all-day, without leaving that crunchy effect.

L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Cell Renewal Night Cream
As per Target: This rich, creamy moisturizer helps speed cell renewal for more youthful looking skin.
My take on it: Sadly, you'll notice I didn't include a picture of this one.. since it wasn't included in my box, even though it was listed on the website and on the product card. I plan to call to Target and see if they can still ship a sample out to me since the description sounds pretty promising.

L’Oréal Paris True Match Shade Strips

As per Target: Shade-matching technology helps you find the perfect liquid foundation color for your skin.
My take on it: This one was a bit of a throw-away in my book, though I guess it would be helpful if you're in the market for a new foundation. I would think they should just hand these out on the display, in-store, since Target doesn't have samples on display to try out their colors, but didn't do much for me at home.

L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Volume Filler

As per Target: Advanced re-volumizing technology helps improve skin’s volume with hyaluronic acid and Fibroxyl.
My take on it: I haven't had a chance to try this out yet, but I'm excited to try it. I feel like the sample could have been a little larger, as I'm not sure if I can really see any sort of effects with the small packet included.

L’Oréal Paris Advanced Haircare Ultimate Straight

As per Target: This smoothing shampoo formula reacts with heat to maximize straightening & minimize damage.
My take on it: This is another one that I haven't tried yet, but very excited for. Since cutting my hair, I like to wear it pretty straight, so I'm hoping this will help fight any frizz. Plus I like that they included all 3-steps of the "system" so I can get the full experience.

And as an additional bonus, the box contained a $5 off $20 coupon! I'll definitely be tucking this away for my next Target beauty haul!

Overall, I was pretty happy with this box, considering I only paid $5, especially given how much I love the hairspray and mascara. I am pretty disappointed that one of the items were left out of the box, but I plan to call Target and see if they can send out the missing item. I do think it's a great, cheap way to try out new products, so I'm pretty sure I'll be ordering future boxes.

Has anyone else tried out Target Beauty Box - are you a fan?! What other subscription boxes should I try out?


  1. Target can do no wrong, love their beauty boxes! And I'm so glad you love the Elnett hairspray, it's perfect for holding a nice do for a fancy event without leaving your hair crunchy <3

    Green Fashionista

  2. I've heard about this box once before and meant to look into it and forgot. So I'm doing just that now because I love beauty boxes!!

  3. You definitely got a lot of goodies for only $5! And talk about a major score on the mascara that you already know that you love, and the shampoo that was just in time for your trip!

  4. i really love that they are doing this now. what a great idea - then the coupon on top of it is just perfection. love that hairspray too! i'll have to try that mascara. i am in need of a good one that doesn't break the bank!

    xoxo cheshire kat

  5. this definitely sounds like a great box, especially for the price! and yes to that coupon, i'll take it! :) <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

  6. I'm bummed that I always miss out on these boxes! haha. The mascara alone made that box totally worth it. L'Oreal is definitely one of the best drugstore beauty brands!

  7. I have been wanting to try the elnett spray for a while now - how awesome that you got in in a box and a coupon - i mean the box alone would be worth it to get the coupon lol! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

  8. Such a great deal! I looove Elnett, and would like to check out those other products! I need to keep my eye out for these boxes :)

  9. Oh this is so fantastic. I have a Play! by Sephora subscription box and love it! I wouldn't mind one from Target.

  10. Oh wow, I didn't even know that Target had a box?!?!?! Sounds like a great deal for $5!!! Well, minus the missing product!

  11. I'm not a fan of these subscription boxes because I don't feel like spending money like that, but $5-$10 dollars is reasonable. Looks like you got some good stuff too! I'd be curious about the anti-aging products. :-) Thanks for sharing and have a great day!!! :-)

  12. For $5, this is an awesome deal!! Are you on an email list to hear about these boxes? I feel like I always learn about then after they're sold out - haha!

  13. What a nice box of goodies. I'm interested to hear how the L'Oreal Smooth intense samples works out for you. I'm always looking for smoothing/straightening/de-frizzing products and since that one has 3 steps maybe it could make a difference.

  14. Whaaat, I had no idea there was even such a thing? L'Oreal is my favorite drugstore brand so I would have loved this one-- and for only $5 a pretty good mix of products with the samples.

  15. Wonderful post! I love it:)


  16. Whoa Whoa...I never even knew this was a thing! SO cool, I must keep my eye out for this!

  17. Love the Elnet hairspray!!

  18. okay, i am so not a subscription box kind of girl, but this seems totally up my alley. sucks that it was missing something. i have never been a fan of their shampoo and conditioner, but i LOVE that hairspray, and that mascara is my current go-to. so simple yet so fabulous! you've convinced me to sign up, ssssh don't tell my husband.

  19. I have been wanting to find a foundation so I'll have to check that out. I don't use one now but would like to as I get older :-p That's awesome that all that was only $5!

  20. I always forget to check when Target and Wal-Mart release these boxes - you definitely get some fun stuff to try for the price! Gotta love L'Oreal products ... the full size mascara tube made this box worth it!

  21. I love my Target Beauty Box esp getting a new mascara (I can FINALLY start wearing eye makeup after 2 months of eye allergies/infections) and the hair spray!! :)




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