Walmart $5 2017 spring beauty box content reveal

Walmart beauty box is a quarterly subscription box that costs $5 per quarter ($20 per year). It usually has some box variations, depending on your age, location, or pure randomness. 

While the products are all drugstore products sold at Walmart, and staples are usually hair & body travel size bottles, I’ve had some pleasant discoveries from past boxes such as the Dove body wash that I like a lot and would not have tried it out if not for this box. Here is the latest 2017 Spring Walmart beauty box. While I don’t think this is a favorite as compared with past ones, it’s not a bad box for the $5 price tag. 

Weirdly enough, I’m most excited to try the new toothpaste from Colgate. The Neutrogena lipgloss might be interesting too. What do you think?

Target one-day only site-wide beauty discount with recommendations (25% off)

This doesn’t happen often and it’s one-day only. Enter code “Beauty” now and you can get 25% off of all beauty purchases at Target.com, including skincare, makeup, hair, body, etc, without brand exclusions. Target beauty product prices are usually lower than those at CVS /Walgreens and even Ulta, so 25% off is a good deal if you wanted to try out some drugstore beauty products.

I like high-end skincare and drugstore makeup products so my recommendations only involve makeup products and they’re a lot of people’s favorites.

You can also check out more products with great reviews that are considered as dupes for high-end products in my wrap-up post here: Drugstore dupes for high-end makeup products

 

 

 

E.l.f. illuminating palette & prism eyeshadow pallete sunset Review & Swatches

The 2 palettes that I am reviewing today are the e.l.f. illuminating palette ($6) and the prism eyeshadow palette Sunset ($10). These are my first e.l.f. palettes and I wanted to share with you my thoughts, hoping they will help you decide whether you might want to give them a try.

Packaging-wise, they are pretty sleek as you can see from the photo below. I’m not sure whether they are durable yet as the biggest problem with drugstore cosmetics is that they tend to break apart more easily due to more flimsy cases. When new, they do look and feel nice. Although I don’t usually use the mirrors in a palette, it’s nice for them to include one.

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L: Illuminating Palette R: Prism Eyeshadow Palette

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Now when it comes to the actual products, here are some pros & cons of each palette. First, with the illuminating palette, here is how the palette looks like just after one use:

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I think you can probably tell from the picture above that this palette is extremely powdery. I can actually see powders falling off my face when I was using a fluffy brush to tap it on my face, which looks kind of funny 🙂 That’s probably the biggest con of this palette and is the reason why people don’t like it. Here are the swatches of the 4 shades clockwise on my arm.

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Shades clockwise in the palette are swatched from left to right 

My arm has been tanned in the summer so the 3rd nudeish shade is not showing up on my skin. The first shade which looks like banana powder in the pan ends up looking pearly white, and it definitely does a great job of brightening my face when I used it in my undereye area but you can’t use it if you don’t have smooth skin texture as it will emphasize the uneveness on your skin. The 2nd shade which looks light pink in the pan looks nice as it’s subtle but still adds illumination to the skin. The 4th darkest shade in the pan actually looks nice as a illuminating bronzer or blush topper on my skin – you can see more clearly in the photo below – it’s the one on the far left.

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Left: Darkest shade in the pan

I also tried swirling all 4 powders and applying it all over my face and it definitely does a good job of adding a layer of sheen to your look. I had to be careful to not overdose on the banana powder shade as it shows up on my skin (fair skin with neutral to yellow undertone) pretty obviously. One nice thing about this palette is that the powders look finely milled when they are on your face despite how powdery they feel when you tap your brush in. As its name suggests, it illuminates your face instead of acting as beaming highlights although I can use the first banana shade as a highlight for my skin tone. If you are looking for a powder that doesn’t give you a matte, flat finish, try this out. I think it’s worth the $6 price tag.

Now when it comes to the eyeshadow palette, it definitely beat my expectation as I didn’t hope much for a $10 palette and its pigmentation and shimmery looks leave me awed. Here are the swatches:

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e.l.f. prism eyeshadow palette sunset

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All 6 shades are shimmery shades so you do need another 1 or 2 matte shades to complete a look. They look even more beautiful on my eyes when I try them out with a primer and last 7-8 hours. In the pan itself the golden shade stands out but when I swatch them I like the 3rd pink-champagne shade the most as it has a coral and gold tone to it, which looks very flattering with brown eyes. I also like how the overall blended look shows up on my eyes as it gives me a very soft look, which is hard to imagine given how shimmery they look in the pan. I think it’s mostly because these shades don’t have glitter in them and the colors complement each other nicely so none stands out too much. I like a softer look so if you are looking for a bold statement look, this might not be a good choice for you.

Hope this might be helpful to you and thanks for stopping by 🙂

 

Recent beauty purchases & mini reviews – feat. Bareminerals, Rimmel London, NYX, Sun Bum, Slip pillowcase 

Summer is a tricky season. I love it but my skin tends to breakout more, gets oily easier and seems to send out a signal that I need some new products for the season.

So maybe I’m misunderstanding what my skin is telling me but I went ahead and purchased some new beauty products which range from skincare, sunscreen spray and cosmetics. Here is a quick rundown of my recent purchases.

BareMinerals eyeshadow palette 

Rating: 8/10 I like it!  The eyeshadows are pigmented, not chalky and have a good balance between shimmer & matte shades. They are not super exciting in terms of color scheme but I’m a neutral, basic girl.

NYX cosmetics Concealers & Rimmel London pressed powder

I am trying out new concealers as the Urban Drcay naked concealer didn’t live up to the hype (it looked dry and patched under my eyes). I haven’t tried these yet and hopefully one of these will look good.

The Rimmel London pressed powder is supposed to help control oil around your T-zone and that’s exactly what I need in summer time.

Rimmel London stay matte

Sum Bum sunscreen sprays  

Sunscreen is only good for one year so if you are still using the bottle from last summer, toss it away and get some new one. Your skin will thank you later. These sunscreens are a little bit pricier than other drugstore brands like Neutrogena but it does claim to have better ingredients which I think are worth the price markup. Sunscreen spray is so convenient especially when you are on the beach and need some quick reapplication every 2-3 hours.

Slip silk pillowcase 

This is a splurge for me as I usually don’t spend this much for a pillowcase. I’ve been using it for a few weeks by now and do I think it’s worth the $80? Hmm I think you can save some $50 and get a generic silk pillowcase instead. While it does feel smooth and comfortable, it is a hassle to wash and take care of as it’s 100% silk and I don’t think it will make a difference on your face anytime soon.

April Target Beauty Box Review

Updated review:

I’ve tried out 3 products out of this box so far and here are my thoughts:

  • Maybelline Dream Velvet foundation: I am not a big fan of its mousse-like texture. It feels thick, harder to blend out and unnatural on my face. It does not feel oily.
  • Simple makeup remover wipes: I’m disappointed. I also have the simple makeup remover water and although it’s not my favorite either, it is still much more effective at removing makeup than these wipes. I end up using these to remove sunscreen from my legs. 
  • CoverGirl liplicious lipstick: although this is not my lip color (too pinky for me), I applied it as a blush for fun with my finger tips and it adds a nice baby pink shade that I will never buy for a blush color. 

Hey guys! How’s your week going? It’s almost the weekend yay 🙂

Today I received my first Target beauty box and I am impressed. You get a few decent travel-size drugstore products for $7 plus a $3 coupon to use towards your next $15 beauty purchase at Target (including the beauty box). Target offers free shipping for the box. It’s currently sold out.

I am not a Target frequenter as there isn’t a Target store close to where I live. But I remember the joy of wandering around the store’s clean, organized ailes and browsing the display of countless products in almost every category you can think of.

This is my first beauty purchase from Target and I think the simple joy alone from opening the box is worth $7 (a simple sandwich/salad for lunch in our area averages $10). What do you think? Have you tried or will you try Target beauty boxes?

Content (8 pieces):

  • CeraVe Healing ointment (non-greasy moisturizing cream)
  • Maybelline Dream Velvet Foundation – Ivory (new gel-whipped formula, came in a pot, one-time use)
  • Laneige Water Bank Soothing Mask (Korean brand, 1 sheet)
  • CoverGirl Colorlicous Lipstick (mine came in a neon light baby pink)
  • Marlowe. No 022 Body Butter (ultra-rich body butter with anti oxidant ingredients)
  • Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes (perfect for a lazy day, can remove light eye makeup too)
  • Pantene AIRspray Hairspray Level 2 Flexible Hold (non-sticky and ultra-lightweight hairspray)
  • Hawaiian Tropic SPF 30 Island Sport Lotion (oil free, water resistant, light)