Review – Walmart 2017 Spring Beauty Box

When I first discovered monthly boxes, I was excited by the idea of getting fun little packages in the mail every now and then. I started looking online and there are so many companies who do monthly or quarterly boxes of some sort! It was very hard to choose from, and there are so many I still want to try. I liked the idea of little beauty boxes with skincare, haircare, and makeup items in them. When I say Walmart had a quarterly/seasonal beauty box, I figured I’d try it out.

For $5 every 3 months you will receive a small box filled with a few sample size items. After using Birchbox for so long, I’m starting to lose my excitement for sample size products a bit. I do tend to like the full size items in the more costly boxes. Sample size it useful for trying out a product before you purchase full size, and for discovering products you love that you never would have known about!

In the Walmart Spring Beauty Box I received 9 samples. That’s not bad for $5! Keep in mind, these are drug store brands and not expensive brands like in other beauty boxes. Below are the items I received, the place to find them, and my thoughts on them.

Colgate Optic White Radiant Toothpaste – This is a 0.75oz sample. It came with a little paper showing the benefits of this toothpaste. I can’t say that with this small size you’ll see a drastic improvements in tooth color, but it is a nice little size to take on with you for trips. I prefer all natural and fluoride free toothpaste so I won’t be buying this in full size. You can find it in full size at Walmart and on Amazon.

Dove Advanced Care Cool Essentials Antiperspirant – This is a 0.5oz sample. It smells good to me, not a strong or over perfumed scent. This is a great way to test out this specific antiperspirant to see if it works for you. Each person is unique so some deodorants and antiperspirants may not work for you. This is also a very handy size to throw in a gym bag to use after you’ve worked out. I won’t be buying this in full size as I stick with chemical free deodorants. You can find it at Walmart and on Amazon.

Biore Baking Soda Acne Scrub – This is a 1oz sample. I am a big fan of facial cleaners and scrubs. Your skin is important and too many times we get caught up in makeup and forget skincare. The more you focus on skincare, the better skin you will have! This little scrub actually smells good which is nice since a lot of acne products have a strong chemical smell. It has 2% salicylic acid in it to help fight breakouts. It’s been a nice cleanser for us girls to use in the Divine household! I like using products with a little salicylic acid in them even if I don’t have breakouts at the moment because my skin is prone to breaking out and I feel it helps prevent them. You can find it at Walmart and on Amazon. (Biore also has a similar charcoal scrub that I am going to be trying as well! You can find it at Walmart and on Amazon.)

Gliss Hair Repair Ultra Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner – Each bottle is a 1.7fl oz sample bottle. I received one bottle of shampoo and one bottle of conditioner. These both smell really good! I am not a fan of strong perfume scented products so I was pleasantly surprised as to how gentle and pleasant their scent it. The bottles say they hydrate and soften hair with keratin. I liked how my hair felt after using them, though I won’t be buying them in full size as I don’t use hair products with that many chemicals in it. If you don’t care about chemicals, give these a try! The scent alone is really nice. You can find the shampoo at Walmart and the conditioner at Walmart. You can buy the set together on Amazon which is how I buy my shampoo and conditioner.

John Frieda Frizz Ease Daily Nourishment Moisturizing Conditioner – This is a 1.5fl oz sample. There was no matching shampoo in my box. It smells really good! I like the scent and don’t find it to be too over perfumed. The product leaves your hair very soft. I won’t be buying to full size due to the chemicals in it. If chemicals don’t bother you, check out this conditioner! I can’t speak for the shampoo, but if you try the conditioner you might as well try the shampoo too. You can find the conditioner at Walmart (along with the shampoo too) and on Amazon (along with the shampoo).

Palmer’s Coconut Oil Formula Facial Moisturizer – I remember when I was pregnant many years ago and I slathered myself in Palmer’s Coconut Butter to avoid stretch marks, as everyone said to do. Yeah, it didn’t work…. Thanks Little Divine. This is a .17fl oz sample packet. I am not a fan of coconut oil for skin care much because despite how amazing it is, it is very bad at clogging pores. This product as has a lot of chemicals added to it as well so keep that in mind. If it doesn’t bother you, feel free to give it a try! I didn’t get much from the packet but at least I didn’t break out from the 2 times I tried it. My skin did feel quite soft after using it. You can find it at Walmart.

Palmer’s Coconut Oil Luminous Hydration Facial Oil – This is a 0.03fl oz sample. This one goes along with the sample above. It looks like Palmer’s has a whole coconut oil facial line of products. Due to my breakout prone skin I am not a fan of face oils. I use oils as my first step in my face cleansing at night only. I feel that oil cleansing is very helpful for your skin, I just cannot let adding oil to my skin be my last step as it will break me out. However, I did try a little on m face for this review. The smell reminds me of a tanning oil scent. It didn’t feel heavy on my skin and I was careful not to use too much. It rubbed into my skin well and my skin felt very soft after. You can find it at Walmart.

Rimmel Stay Matte Lightweight Liquid Mousse Foundation 200 Soft Beige – This is a 0.05fl oz sample packet. This sample came on a little ad for it that included a $1 off coupon on any Rimmel product. They sell a primer and a powder to go with this set as well. I have my own preferred primers I use (Mac and Balance Me – which is sold in the UK mostly so it’s harder to find) but if you don’t have set ones you like yet, you might want to give Rimmel’s primer a try. This foundation was pretty impressive. It went on very matte as soon as I rubbed it in. All the shine on my face was gone. And a little went a long way. I actually used a very tiny amount, maybe a pea sized bit of it and it covered my whole face well. My skin is soft and it doesn’t look fake. I didn’t get a choice of colors so this color is a little darker than I would use, but it still looks decent with my current sun kissed color. I liked how evenly and easily it went on my skin. It seemed to last for a while before I noticed it wearing off. I would definitely give this drug store brand a try! You can find it at Walmart and on Amazon.

I would have to say this box is worth the $5 spent. However, most of the products I wouldn’t use regularly. This is based off my personal preference with beauty and skincare products. If there were more natural and chemical free products, I would like that better. I did like the Biore face scrub and the Rimmel matte foundation. I will probably buy those in full size because both impressed me. The other products are fun to try but aren’t things I’d buy full size.

What did you think of your Walmart Spring Beauty Box?

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Recipe – Homemade Peppermint Castile Exfoliating Scrub

This is seriously one of the easiest recipes I’ve made. I came up with this idea simply because I wanted to have a good exfoliating scrub to use in the shower but I am using up any products I have at home before I buy new ones. I had a bottle of Peppermint Castile Soap sitting under my counter that didn’t have a use right now. I originally bought it to mix with vinegar for our homemade cleaning spray – until I discovered that castile soap and vinegar don’t mix…..

We use other soaps for hand soap so I was left with a bottle that rarely got used. I ordered microdermabrasion crystals online a while ago to use with my face and body wash so I thought why not combine that with the castile soap for a homemade scrub!

The ingredients are only three things: An empty soap dispenser, a bottle of natural soap, and microdermabrasion crystals. I picked up my soap dispenser at Walmart for .88 cents. The Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint Castile Soap you can find on Amazon. And the microdermabrasion crystals you can find on Amazon as well.

I simply poured soap into the soap dispenser until it was almost full. Then I added 2 tablespoons of microdermabrasion crystals to it. I shook it up and it made the soap foamy white. And done! The crystals will settle on the bottom of the soap dispenser so I shake mine up before I use it.

Now I have an all natural exfoliating scrub with no yucky chemicals in it! (^.^) I like the peppermint scent in the shower because it’s invigorating. I’ve used the scrub on my face and my body. I plan to make more scrubs myself in the future! I like knowing exactly what’s in my products and the words being easily pronounceable.

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Review – Do and Discover Rock and Gem Dig Discovery Kids

The last few weeks have been super busy in the Divine household! Little Divine went to summer camp at our local animal shelter for a week and she had a blast! Plus we just celebrated 4th of July here in America as well. I’ve been trying to get all caught up and back into a rhythm at home since they have ended.

One thing I like to do is have Little Divine work on projects of some sort during the week. During all of our moving, resettling, and moving again over the last year, we’ve ended up with a large collection of projects and activity kits that haven’t been done. Now that the major events of the summer are over – with the exception of Little Divine’s birthday – I feel we can get back into a little bit of a routine.

We have several dig kits for kits that involve excavation on a small scale. I think these kits are really fun because kids learn to do the work to unearth their treasures! (^.^) It brings a different level of excitement because it feels like a treasure hunt. Since the weather here is so warm, I thought this would be a great activity to do outdoors!

We started with the Do & Discover brand Rock & Gem Dig. This set is sold at Toys R Us and on Amazon but has now been rebranded under the Discovery Kids Rock & Gem Dig name. The set says it included 11 gems hidden in the block, a pair of little safety goggles that were too small for Little Divine, a mallet, a dowel, a magnifying glass, a brush, a streak plate, and a color poster with instructions. I found the brush they included to be pretty useless so I pulled out one of my paint brushes for her to use instead.

The box it came it was a really good size so I was very surprised at how small the little block to dig in was. It was actually quite small. I’m hoping some of the other sets we got have more to them. We decided to use a rectangular plastic storage container about 6 inches tall as her excavation site. This way all the extra dirt is contained in one easy place for clean up!

In the above photo you can see where Little Divine discovered her first gem. It wasn’t long after she started chiseling away that she found this one. I was thinking this process would take a lot longer than it did, but the block was pretty soft and easy to get through. This is definitely nice for younger kids, but it makes the process too quick for older kids.

Here is the kit totally demolished! The box says it includes 11 gems but we only found 10. Both Mr. Divine and I looked through it with Little Divine and we couldn’t find an 11th gem anywhere.

Even with 10 gems, Little Divine was quite pleased with her new treasures.

Once the gems were all cleaned up, Little Divine tried to test them out on the streak plate to see how it would work. She’s taken classes on rocks and minerals before so she knew that with a streak plate you can tell what a mineral is by the color of powder it leaves behind. She was unable to get any sort of streaks to show up on the plate included though. We tried several times but no results.

I did like that her set came with a large poster with information on identifying gems. Extra learning material included in a fun way is always nice! We will be keeping the poster and the 10 lovely gems Little Divine dug up.

All in all, this was not a bag kit for about an hour’s worth of use. I am disappointed in how small it was and how easy it was to break through. Also, the streak plate and some of the tools they sent weren’t very useful. I would say this kit is great for younger kiddos and those who aren’t expecting anything too fancy. Little Divine is about to turn 11 so this kit was enjoyable for her but not extremely challenging. She does love little treasures so the gems were a nice add to her collection! (^.^)

I’ll be reviewing other kits in the future so keep an eye out!

Have you tried this Rock & Gem Dig set?

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