I used to subscribe to Birchbox and enjoyed the $10 monthly treat for a while, but I stopped the subscription sometime last year because my bathroom was overflowing with sample-sized beauty products that I wasn’t able to use up fast enough.
Target has come out with a similar sample-box for beauty items a while ago, but other than Birchbox, it wasn’t a subscription-based service. They’d curate a box, make it available at the beginning of spring or fall and when it was sold out, it was sold out.
I had my eye on a Target Beauty Box for a long while now, but the last few times it was made available, it was sold out so fast that I never was able to get my hands on one of them. There was no way to sign up for it or get on a wait list. The only option was to keep checking for a new box to come out and try to be fast enough to order one before they were all snagged up again.
A few weeks ago, I got lucky! I learned (via Twitter) of the new box on the morning it was going on sale and was able to place an order. I ordered with my RedCard (which has a built-in 5% savings plus free shipping) which brought the price of the box down to $4.95 and then applied $5 gift card, which meant I practically spent $0 on this box. Isn’t that nice! For a box that is valued at $19, I think that’s a pretty good deal (even though earlier boxes have had even higher price:value ratios).
So here’s what was in the box (*calculated value of the samples in parenthesis):
Curls Creme Brule Whipped Curl Creme (Sample Size 2 oz $2.75) regular 8 oz $10.99
Jane Carter Solution Revitalizing Leave-In Conditioner (Sample Size 2 oz $2.25) regular 8 oz. $8.99
Shea Moisture Strengthen, Grow & Restore Styling Lotion (Sample Size 3.2 oz $4.40) regular 8 oz $10.99
Aquaphor Healing Ointment (Sample Size 0.25 oz $.50) regular 3.5 oz $6.99
Colgate Optic White Express White Toothpaste (Sample Size 0.75 oz $1.00) regular 3 oz $3.99
Dove Quench Absolute Creme Serum (FULL SIZE! 3.3 oz Value $5.99)
Total (actual calculated) value: $16.89. Paid: $0.00 ( $4.95 with Target RedCard discount paid with a $5 promo gift card).
Overall, I am pretty happy with this box. I do like all the products that were in there, although they were a little hair product heavy and there are two products for curly hair and I really don’t have thick, curly hair, but my hair is a little bit on the wavy side when I don’t blow-dry and straighten it, so maybe I can still get some use out of these products (hoping they won’t wear down my fine hair too much).
There also was a Target “$3 off any beauty purchase $15 or more” coupon in the box that I will most definitely use!
For $5, I’m planning to definitely order this box again.