Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Walmart Beauty Box Winter 2014 Review and Unboxing

In case you haven't heard, Walmart has recently jumped on the Beauty Box bandwagon. Their first box was back in the Fall, and it was actually pretty nice for the low price tag. I decided to continue the subscription because it's only $5, and I don't really shop the beauty section of the drugstore/big box stores enough to really know what's new and exciting there. I think $20 for 4 boxes of samples each year is a pretty good investment to help me figure out what I'm interested in trying out!

The Walmart Beauty Box is actually "free", except they charge $5 for shipping. So really, I like to look at it as $5 per box since most subscriptions don't charge for shipping. Rather than releasing boxes every month, the Walmart Beauty Box is released once per season, or 4 times a year. Everything included in the box will obviously be available for purchase at Walmart, so I wouldn't expect any high end brands in here. 
 The box is packed similarly to a typical subscription box, although mine did not come with an info card or anything to give more information about the products included. To my knowledge, there were actually a few different variations in the boxes. No one is exactly sure if the boxes were sent out at random or not, but since you do enter your birth date in when you check out, that was my guess as to how they decided who got which box.

I received the Fall box already, and now it's time to check out what was in the Winter box!

Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstick in "Maple Kiss"
I was really happy to see a full size lipstick in this box, although my happiness quickly faded when I popped open the cover to reveal a weird brown-toned lipstick. I'm not entirely sure who would look good in this shade, but it looks like it would work with warmer-toned, caramel-colored skin. I didn't bother to swatch it as I know it would look terrible on me, but from the swatches I've seen around the internet, it's pretty true to what it looks like in the tube. I actually really like the Color Sensational lipstick line, so I was sad to get a shade that wouldn't work for me. I also found it kind of strange that they sent out a color that wouldn't work on most people. A basic pink/nude or even a red would have worked better, I think.

Maybelline Dream Wonder Powder
Nivea Cocoa Butter Body Lotion
There were a couple of foil packet/card samples in here as well, although I really just consider these extras. The powder card sample actually has more powder on it than you would think, and I was able to get at least 2 uses out of it. The Dream Wonder powder actually has fantastic coverage, and you might even use it as a powder foundation! It doesn't leave behind a powedery-look on your skin, which is also nice. If you were going to pick this up, I would suggest going a shade lighter than what you normally get, as they do seem a bit darker all-around when taking a peek at the other available shades. I actually liked this enough to consider picking up a full size.
Also included was a foil packet of the Nivea Cocoa Butter Body Lotion. I'm usually not a fan of foil packets, especially when it's a product you might need more than one use of to determine if you like it or not. This lotion is nice enough. It has a light cocoa butter scent, which is pleasant, and there was enough product in the packet to apply this to my legs. I like the way this feels and I've always been pleased with Nivea lotions in the past. I got through body lotion pretty quickly, and I like basic/natural scented lotions, so I actually may grab this as well once my Whish body lotion is gone.

L'Oreal OleoTherapy Oil Infused Shampoo & Conditioner
Interestingly enough, I haven't seen or heard about this line yet, so I'm assuming it's relatively new in 2014. It's sulfate-free, and uses 6 different flower oils to smooth out and repair dry, damaged hair. I did a little review-hunting on these and surprisingly, I'm seeing a LOT of very positive reviews. The scent is pleasant, and while I haven't had a chance to really use these yet, I'm going to as soon as my current shampoo/conditioner combo is done. I have very fine hair, however I'm noticing reviewers saying that this doesn't weight their hair down or feel greasy, so I'm even more intrigued. Pretty happy to have these generously sized samples!

Olay Fresh Effects Everything Off Makeup Removal Wet Cloths
I don't know what it is lately, but I went from having absolutely no facial cleansing wipes to having about 4-5 packages of them from recent subscription boxes. While it's really not good to use wipes to actually cleanse your face, these are really handy for removing makeup before you cleanse. I also like to use makeup/cleansing wipes to take off my sleeping pack/spot treatments in the morning when I wake up. Admittedly, they're also really good for those nights when you're exhausted and don't feel like washing your face. This is (and should) be a rare occurrence, but it's much better to use these than to sleep with a full face of makeup. I have used these long ago, and while they're not the best cleansing wipes in the world, they do a pretty good job. I'll happily use these!

Jergens BB Body Perfecting Skin Cream
Honestly, I think I have had at least 5 tubes of this stuff since it was first released. It seemingly crept into a zillion different subscription boxes, and it's really not anything special. It's touted as a BB Cream for the body, however it's just a very mildly tinted moisturizer with a slow-building, minimal self tanning effect. It doesn't actually make you look tan, but it does kind of even out the skin tone the longer you use it. I'm not interested in products like this, and I get along just fine with my whitening products for my body, so like all the tubes before, this will be passed on.
Overall Thoughts
This season's Walmart box is a little hard to gauge in terms of how I feel about it overall. Out of the 6 products featured, there's really only 2 that I have no interest in using, however the only thing I'm overly excited to try is the L'Oreal Shampoo and Conditioner. The foil packet/card samples left something to be desired, for sure. However, I can't really complain for a box that costs $5 shipped. I subscribe to this box so I can try some of the new drugstore products out there, and this definitely helped me do that. I think overall the box has so far succeeded in what I was hoping it would do for me, so I will continue to subscribe. This box was definitely not as good as the previous Fall edition, but it's still enough to be worth the $5. 
The next box coming out will be the Spring edition, and will be shipping sometime in March.
If you're interested in signing up for the Walmart Beauty Box, you can do so HERE.

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  1. Looks like there were several variations this time! My box was completely different than yours. I got a lot of foil samples. I'm okay with it. It's still worth the $5. My mom *really* liked that Dream Wonder powder. I'll pass on your tip about getting a lighter color than usual because I know she does plan to buy it.

    1. It seems like it! I actually liked most of the variations- so I would have been happy with any of them, but I'm really glad I got to try the L'Oreal Shampoo and Conditioner: I love it! I really enjoyed the powder as well! I love when drugstore brands really step up their game!

  2. That lipstick = sadness to me, hahahah. I did try it on but I'm not sure why I bothered, since I was pretty certain it was going to look weird on me. Oh well! I started using those wipes the other day to remove makeup swatches the other day and they're not bad. I feel like they're larger than the wipes I was using previously - bonus?

    1. hahahahah it really is the color of sadness. :( Wish it was more wearable-even SLIGHTLY.
      And the wipes are pretty standard in quality, but yea- I totally agree they're a bit larger than normal, so that's pretty good at least!

  3. I still haven't received my box. it was shipped 12/15/14 but its nowhere to be found. tracking # doesn't work and I've sent two emails already.

  4. Mine was pretty terrible.