Target Beauty Box Review: October 2014

Target is running a $7 beauty box featuring makeup and haircare samples, and coupons to Target and DermStore. They offer the box several times a year. At the time of this post, it’s still available.

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I thought it would be a neat little treat for my mom. And she, not knowing it was from me, thought it was right up my alley and mailed it to me. We’re silly like that.

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The box included a card detailing all samples inside.

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It also included a coupon for $3 off a $15 Target beauty purchase, and a code for 20% off and a free gift with purchase at DermStore.com.

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The two haircare samples were Elnett Extra Hold Hairspray and a Fekkai (ooh, fancy!) dry shampoo. They’re the perfect size for taking on a plane.

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On the makeup side, they included a Laneige BB Cream cushion sample, including a puff for applying and three different colors for various skin tones. Three cheers for Korean skincare at Target! And for a foundation sample that doesn’t just come in “Medium.”

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NYX is a line I know and love and I was excited they included an eye pencil of theirs in the box. White is especially good for lining inner rims/faking the awake look. I say this with an 8:30 AM meeting looming tomorrow… Rounding out the pack is a L’Oreal Colour Riche Lipstick in Nude Ballet. I didn’t open it, but My Subscription Addiction has a great picture of the color – it seems to be universally flattering, and I love that it’s in a gloss-type format; I’m not a big fan of traditional lipstick.

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Verdict: I am annoyingly picky about my skincare, haircare, and cosmetics. With a few exceptions, they have to come from a certified cruelty-free line. So out of the box, the only keeper for me was the NYX eye pencil and $3 coupon. Even so, these two items meet the box’s $7 value (as a Target debit card holder, I also got 5% off and free shipping). The entire box is worth $28 and includes generous samples and full-size products and is a great deal for haircare and makeup lovers. And I’m happy to get to pass on my unopened goodies to my friends Nikki and Angela!

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