Target beauty box review. March 2016

So, it’s been a little bit since I received this box and I have been using most of it. This is a normal thing for me. These boxes go fast, so having a site to let you know when it goes on sale is important.

This month came with eight products. One was a fool packet of shampoo and conditioner. Another was a repeat from a couple months ago. I don’t want to say it is a regular thing, but to only skip one month and then return to a certain product is a little sad to me. Otherwise, there was a good selection again.

Hair Food Mousture Shampoo and Conditioner- foil packets

This product is listed as paraben, silicone (for the shampoo), and mineral oil free. Unfortunately, I have no intent on using it. This is going to a coworker who I am making a hospital kit for. It is something she won’t have to worry if it gets tossed after one use.

Not Your Mother’s Texturizing Sea Salt Spray

i am not a fan of sea salt sprays. My hair cares nothing for them. Or maybe my hair is just wavy enough that it doesn’t need it. Anyway, it does have a nice coconut smell that reminds me of the beach (or at least the sunscreen on the beach).

SinfulColors Nail Color in Lie-Lac

I first found this product in, of all places, the local dollar store. It is a light lavender color. I have given up on longevity of colors without chips, but remember to always use a good base and top coat with it.

Caress Adore Forever Body Wash

This is what was repeated. Still not impressed. That is all.

Banana Boat Sun Comfort SPF30

Summer must be coming! We have sunscreen! Ok, I will stop while I’m ahead. As in the past, I am still a dork about sunscreen and using it on a regular basis. Seriously, people, just do it.

You are Amazing Juicy Grapefruit Body Lotion

Yes, this smells like grapefruit. Red grapefruit. It also is the longest in taking to sink in, which is a good thing for me. I wish it had a different scent, but it isn’t bad.

Laniege Water Sleeping Mask

This is a nice addition for night for me. My skin is still quite soft after using it.

Nugg Deep Hydration Mask

I haven’t used it yet only because of people being sick and my not having time. There is only enough for one use, so I plan on saving it for a special event.

So, in the end, it was worth the cost and I may get some of it after trying.

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My Graze box for June 1-7, 2014

I had heard lots of people talking about Graze from when it was still just out of the UK. This is a snack company that provides customers with four single serving snacks for $6 a box. When you sign up, it automatically is set for every other week to be billed and sent. You can change it to be monthly or weekly. Mine is sent weekly, since I like knowing that I can set myself a limit on what I can have for a snack that day. Each one does fill me up, so it does it’s intended purpose. They offer two types of boxes: the nourish box and the calorie counter box. Both are the same price, but the calorie counter one keeps all the snacks below a certain calorie limit per serving. I get the nourish box. I like having a larger selection of snacks. They also have a option to make sure that certain things are not sent, so that you will not get something you dislike or can not eat. I have used that option so that I will never get foods that can set off my allergies.

Each Graze box is sent by USPS. It comes in a simple looking cardboard box. There are two plastic bands wrapped perpendicular to each other on the outside to keep the box from coming open in transport. They state on the box which end is the right one to open so that everything stays in the right spot when you lift the lid. Each week, on the inside, there is a fruit picture on the top lid. This week’s is a closeup of some blackberries. I want to keep these boxes solely for the inner pictures. On the bottom is a picture of grass, which is in most of the boxes. You also receive a little card that has all the nutritional facts for the items you get for the week. This week, they also put in a educational tidbit about their School of Farming. When others use your rebate code, you get a choice of using your rewards towards a free box or donating to this charity that they run. Mine always goes this way.

This week, I received the following snacks: Bonnie Wee Oatbakes, Fruit and Seed Flapjack, Jalapeno Fiesta, and Raspberry and Coconut Muffin. I have received all but the Jalapeno Fiesta in the past, so I know that I like all of them. Well, I am not certain about the Raspberry and Coconut Muffin solely because Mayhem sees it and steals it before I get to try it. She loves when I get that one.

Bonnie Wee Oatbakes (110kcal, 4g total fat): This is marked as wholegrain oatbakes with caramelized onion marmalade. Oatbakes are like a crunchy cracker. It does have a very oatsy flavor that complements the marmalade quite nicely. There are 7 of the oatbakes in the package. The marmalade is a small amount that is in the compartment next to it. It’s nice to get to dunk them in and bite each one before dunking the rest in after.

Fruit and Seed Flapjack (230 kcal, 11g total fat): A flapjack is like a really soft, moist granola bar. This one is marked as a rustic rolled oat flapjack with mixed seeds and dried fruits. I had to check before I got this the first time to make sure that it didn’t include strawberries. Though it is not stated which on the nutrition card, they do have a complete list of ingredients on their website. But, I feel really decadent when I eat this, unlike when I eat a granola bar from the grocery stores.

Jalapeno Fiesta (210 kcal, 18g total fat): This is marked jalapeno peanuts, salsa almonds, and roasted seeds. This is a new item in my box. I do like spicy stuff, so I am really hoping for good things with this. I do have a suspicion that I should add a cup of coffee to go with it though. Well, coffee and spice do good things to me. Yeah, spice and acid are fun together.

Raspberry and Coconut Muffin (140 kcal, 8g total fat): This is Mayhem’s favorite snack. She loves this. I do want to know about the fuss, so this means that I may have to eat this very soon. It is marked raspberry cranberries, coconut, amaretti drops, and almond slices. It sounds good. I know that when she had her first bite, she ate a little separately and didn’t get it, but I told her to get a little of everything and that’s when she fell in love. So, this must taste good.

Do you get a Graze box? If so, which one do you get and what did you get in yours? I’m going to order a calorie counter box for a one time try. Would you want to get a Graze box? If so, let me know and I’ll send you my inviteĀ code.

Birchbox for May 2014

I got back to this box after a hiatus from life. I do appreciate getting items to try whenever possible. It has allowed me to try new companies and items than I would have if I had to buy full sized items of everything. It also lets me make really different and more personalized presents for family on items I know that would be wasted otherwise. Birchbox offers points that expire after a year to use towards items in their shop. These can be earned by referring friends, buying a box subscription or other items, and reviewing products in the box you receive. This month boxes came out late, so I received points in my account. Normally, boxes come out on the 10th of the month, but this month I received mine on the 14th. I am still impressed by how quickly it got to me.

This month, I had a yellow outer box. It is a bright yellow that the mail lady (I know this because I’d graduated with her son) had a hard time fitting into our mailbox. While the rest of the mail was in the back quite nicely, this was diagonal at the front close to crammed in. In her defense, we have only a standard mailbox. Plus, it wasn’t bent or crunched, so she did a good job getting it in.

Inside is the traditional brown, branded box. These boxes are a perfect fit for me to carry my makeup when I’m travelling. I feel more secure with them being in boxes than a makeup bag for the same reason I am with a solid suitcase for checked luggage. I also use them for small presents for the males in my family to make them concerned about what they are getting. Golf balls fit nicely in them, along with fishing flies.

This month, the inside of the box had such a cool print, it needed to be mentioned. It was a black and white herringbone print that was very bold. I will keep this box for me for product photo shoots.

I received five items in my box to review for points this month. Along with that, I also received a coupon for Kate Spade Saturday. This was an item that everyone received, which is cool. The other item is something I really was excited on finding. As per the baggy post, I buy sunscreen all the time. The other item was a coupon for Supergoop. This is perfect for both Murder and me. She plays softball over the summer, so she always needs it added. One application can last a game.

Here is what I received to review in my box:

Noya lip gloss in Summertime Peach- this color is way too close to my skin tone, so it is a fail that way. I love Noya, so I will be willing to part with money for a full size of one of the other three colors in the collection.

Supergoop SPF30- this is the sample I mentioned in the baggy entry. I am looking forward to using it on the road trip.

Shea butter- the joys of doing this on my family’s iPad is that I can’t just look at the item to give the brand name. I will when I get home. But, this stuff is nice and thick. Beyond that, I’m not overly impressed. I may have to try it on Mayhem to see if it keeps her skin soft. My skin is just too dry.

Kerastase cleanse shampoo- this stuff is specifically designed for long hair. It is a foil packet, which makes me sad because I have almost nowhere to put it if I can get a second use from it. But, maybe this will work with my thick hair. Something to keep in mind as it keeps getting longer again.

Kerastase cleanse conditioner- I will see how I like this conditioner. Currently, I use Garnier’s Pure Clean conditioner for my hair. It works to clean it, but it feels a little heavy still in my hair.

So, do you receive Birchbox? What did you get? Would you want to get a Birchbox?