Thursday, September 24, 2015

Target 'Fall in Love" Beauty Box September 2015

Target has really been stepping up their game lately with the beauty boxes. I remember way back when they first began releasing them- they were like some crazy insider secret that you had to order immediately or you'd blink and they'd be sold out! They've come a long way since then, and it seems like their most recent boxes have not only been more frequently released, but also available for much longer. The most recent box, loosely themed, "Fall in Love" was pretty haircare-heavy. It's not something that normally appeals to me in general, but since I don't have tons of haircare I figured this would be a great one for me to pick up. Plus it was only $7 shipped!
This box is now sold out, however as I have mentioned in the past, I always post on the Harlot Beauty Facebook Page as soon as I find out that I new one is available- if you're missing these and are interested in getting the next one, feel free to like Harlot Beauty on facebook and look out for updates!

Target also includes a $3 off a $15 beauty purchase with each of these boxes. "Beauty" includes cosmetics, skincare and haircare. Since it is a Target store coupon, you can stack it with other manufacturer coupons as well as Target Cartwheel or any other great ways to save at Target (including the 5% off with the Target Red Card.) It's a good coupon to have since it's so general!
Dove: Quench Absolute Creme Serum (Full Size!)
This is a lightweight, fast-absorbing serum that tames frizz and defines curls. It can be used on wet or dry hair. I don't really have curly or frizzy hair, but I think that my hair can get pretty fried when I overuse my curling/flat irons. I'm not sure if I'll use this often or only when my hair needs a little extra TLC, but I appreciate the full size product and I'm excited to give it a shot and see if it works on dry, fine hair.
Shea Moisture: Jamaican Black Caster Oil
This product is for chemically processed, color-treated, or heat styled hair. As I mentioned above, I heat style quite a bit so I'm interested to give this a shot. It's an oil-based lotion that restores moisture and shine to the hair. This is another one I'm a little unsure of because any sort of "moisturizing lotion" or oil can sometimes weigh my fine hair down. I have a tricky hair type since it's so thin but also gets damaged and needs moisture repair. I've heard great things about this brand though, so I'm hopeful that it works for me!
Jane Carter: Revitalizing Leave-In Conditioner
I love leave-in conditioner sprays. I use them every single day because they're a great way to detangle my hair and protect against heat styling tools without weighing my hair down. This one offers a protective barrier against damage for fragile, color-treated hair. The directions say to "spritz in the air and walk under the mist" which I find a little odd, though. It sounds like directions on how to wear perfume, not a leave-in conditioner. I'll have to play around with this a bit and see what application works best!
Curls: Creme Brule Whipped Curl Cream
This is a cream styler that defines, de-frizzes and moisturizes hair so that curls become soft and perfectly defined. It's applied to freshly washed hair while it's still wet, and scrunched into the hair in sections. I don't have curly hair, although my hair is naturally wavy and I have used products like this in the past to make the waves a bit more defined and less frizzy- so I'll hang onto this and see how it works! 
Colgate: Optic White Platinum Express White Toothpaste
I'm not sure if it's just me, but I have rarely (if ever) seen a major difference in the whiteness of my teeth when I use a "whitening toothpaste." If there is a difference, it's so minimal that no one else would notice except for me. I've only had results with actual whitening treatments. Having said that, I'm always down for trying these toothpastes in the hopes that one of them will actually/finally work! This one claims to whiten teeth in just 3 days, and "best results after 4 weeks." If I notice a small difference after using this sample tube, I might go ahead and pick up the full size to see how much it lifts stains. 
Aquaphor: Healing Ointment
One of two non-haircare products in this box, this ointment soothes and protects dry, chapped or irritated skin. It can be used on the hand, feet, and even the lips! This is a small jar, but I think it's a good product to include in a Fall box since the weather will be getting colder soon. My skin tends to be at its driest during the transition into Fall. By the time Winter comes I usually have a really solid moisturizing routine going, but I think the sudden cold New England weather really messes with my skin since it's so used to being oily and over-moisturized all Summer! Having a little moisturizer like this will be good for the skin on my elbows and knees that need a moisture boost!
Overall Thoughts
Here's what I love about the Target Beauty Boxes: They're what I wish the Walmart Beauty Box subscription would be. They're affordable (usually $5-$7) and always filled with new and interesting products. I don't get to shop the drugstore beauty aisles very often anymore, so I depend on these kinds of boxes to deliver some new products to me so I can keep up with what is good and what isn't! I hoped the Walmart Beauty Box would do the same, however it's been kind of lackluster. I just got notification that the Fall Walmart Box has shipped, so I'll be interested to see how it stacks up next to this one. While I don't think this is the best Target Beauty Box they've offered, I really love how it's not a subscription, and you know exactly what you're getting before you buy it. Since this is a haircare-heavy box, I'm sort of hoping that they come out with skincare and makeup-focused Fall boxes too! Because you know I'll be buying them!

As I mentioned at the beginning of this post, I always post an alert on my facebook page when a new Target Beauty Box is for sale, so if you want to be informed of when the next one is available, make sure to follow me over there!
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