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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Review – Poshbox Spring Box 2017

As though of you who follow my posts know, I like getting treats for myself occasionally. I spent so much time for many years sacrificing for others and putting my needs on the back burner. And it burnt me out and drained me! Since the end of 2016 I decided to make a lot of changes in my life. I am very happy with those decisions! One of which was to do a little bit more for ME.

We cannot give back and do a lot when we are sucked dry, drained, and burnt out. That’s just a fact. You have to take time to recharge, replenish, and rejuvenate YOU. That can come is a multitude of forms depending on each person, so find what works best for YOU and do it! Our families, friends, communities, groups, activities, organizations, commitments, etc. need us to be healthy and doing well. Why? Because when we are, we are giving our 100% because we are in a good place! When you let yourself get sucked down to the bone, you can’t give anywhere close to 100% because YOU are not anywhere near 100%.

You have to take care of you to be the best you possible. It’s not the same as being selfish or self-absorbed, it’s making sure you are doing what you need on all levels – emotional, physical, health wise, mental, spiritual. You need to put yourself as a priority and take care of you.

One of the ways I decided to pamper myself was with Poshbox. I recently started using 310 Nutrition and I kept hearing from ladies in the group how awesome their Spring Poshbox was so I decided to give it a try! Salted Caramel seems to be the favorite flavor of A LOT of people who use 310 and that was included in the Spring box, which was an extra motivator for me.

Let’s start off with the 310 products.

First off you get a bag of Salted Caramel flavor shake powder. It’s not the super big bag, which I didn’t know, but it does have at least 14 servings in it. As I said, this seems to be a preferred flavor in the 310 Facebook Community group.

Next is a 310 shaker cup. If you’ve been a 310 customer for a while, you probably have a few of these! If not, this is a handy thing for them to send with the shake mix. Nothing like getting a product to try without the necessary equipment!

They even threw in a sample of the 310 Detox tea as well! This is a great way to try it out and see if you like it.

Then there are the Kashmere products! I received a full size Kashmere Kollection Purifying Masque and a travel size Luxurious Toning Oil. I would have LOVED full size of both products, but I’m still very thankful for both! (^.^)

Also included were two Beachwood Essential Oils – apricot kernel oil and Bulgarian lavender! I was out of my lavender oil so this was perfect timing. And the Beachwood lavender smells amazing! I like lavender at night especially to help me relax for bed time. The apricot kernel oil is a carrier oil so it’s good to use with other essential oils that may irritate your skin if you put them on it directly. I sometimes have this issue with my tea tree oil.

Another item included is a small size Purely Wrinkle Free clothing spray that you just spray on clothes to remove wrinkles without ironing. This is handy for those who don’t have the time or desire to iron. The small size is also small enough to fit in a bag on the go in case you need to de-wrinkle while you’re out.

And the last item is Hydroderm Triple Effects Eye Serum. This is a very tiny bottle. I thought they skimped by giving me another travel size until I looked up the price. This 10ml bottle is $40 to $60 normally!

I’ll do a link up now where you can find all of these products at the lowest price in case you don’t want to buy the whole box or you missed out on this box. These links may take you to Amazon if I find Amazon has better prices than the company’s site.

Salted Caramel 310 Nutrition Shake Full Size

Salted Caramel 310 Nutrition Shake Smaller Size in Starter Kit (may not be available for long)

310 Nutrition Shaker Cup

310 Nutrition Detox Tea

Kashmere Kollections Purifying Masque

Kashmere Kollections Luxurious Toning Oil

Beachwood Apricot Kernel Essential Oil

Beachwood Bulgarian Lavender Essential Oil

Purely Wrinkle Free Clothing Spray Large Size

Purely Wrinkle Free Clothing Spray Small Size

Hydroderm Triple Effects Eye Serum

Did you sign up for Poshbox? What did you think of the products in it?

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Review – June Box From Birchbox

June is here! It’s officially summer and time for warm weather! June also brings a new Birchbox for me to review. (^.^) My last few Birchbox’s were a little iffy with a pretty even amounts of hits and misses, so I wasn’t sure what this month would bring. The theme for this month is Face the Day – and the box had an abstract art face design on it. I assumed this meant I’d be getting only face stuff, but I ended up with other things as well.

* As with any company you get samples from, ALWAYS CHECK AMAZONG AND OTHER SITES FOR CHEAPER PRICES BEFORE BUYING FULL SIZE FROM THE COMPLANY! If price isn’t an issue for you, buy wherever you like. However, if you are looking to get the best bang for your buck, look on Amazon and other sites because they often have lower prices! I’ve listed the links to other sites like Amazon where you can find each product! *

We kick off our June box with this product – Beauty Protector Protect & Detangle. While this is not a face product, I was actually pleased to see this product in my box. I’ve enjoyed the leave in hair treatments they’ve sent me before, minus the one that gave me headaches, and I was in need of a new one. This has a pleasant smell, yet not overly strong. I put it in my hair after my showers to help protect my hair during any styling, and it also makes it feel softer and healthier. There is no info on this product’s chemical rating on Skin Deep but the product does state it’s vegan and paraben free. I liked this product and will keep using it. I’m unsure if I will buy it full size as there are a few other leave in hair treatments I like too.

You can find this product at Birchbox.
You can also find it at Amazon.

There is a reason I don’t like perfume samples and this is one of them. This sample leaked ALL OVER my June box! And it stinks! I had to remove it to another room to avoid the massive headache it was causing. Not a fan of it at all! Anything that makes me get an instant headache has waaaay too much fragrance and chemicals. And because it leaked, my other samples smelled awful for several days until the smell faded. It’s a very heavily perfumed fragrance. I did not enjoy this sample at all.

You can find it at Birchbox.
You can also find it Amazon.

This sample I was actually very pleased with. It’s The Beauty Crop Blush Duo in the shade Papaya Don’t Preach. I am often a minimalist with my makeup depending on the day, and some days I just wear a little blush and lip gloss. This set was really cute and fits nicely in my purse! I liked the shades I received and I will be using this with me until it’s gone! It gave me a nice rosy and bronzy color on my cheeks that complimented my skin tone really well. I may order this product simply because the colors are great and I like products I can take on the go that won’t make a mess or spill. I use a lot of mineral makeups and they are not easy to take on the go since they are loose powders.

You can find this product at Birchbox.
You can also find it The Beauty Crop website.

Next up is COOLA SPF 30 Rosilliance Organic BB+ Cream. This is the second one of these they’ve sent me and I’m still not sure why. I don’t use a major sunscreen on my face because I’m rarely out in it for more than 30 minutes. And the tint on this is so light it’s not even noticeable. I’d rather have one with more color so you can wear it as a light BB cream and get a little coverage. As it is, this stuff has so little tint that I used it on Little Divine on our park days as she gets 2or more hours of straight sun exposure. Don’t freak out – she’s almost 11. And like I said, there is basically no color. I did like that it wasn’t greasy or shiny on her face. You couldn’t tell she had anything on at all. And no skin irritation on her either. So if you get this, understand there is no coverage from the BB cream at all. It’s mostly just an organic sunscreen.

You can find this product at Birchbox.
You can also find it at Amazon.

The last sample was Balance Me Instant Lift Primer. This stuff is really awesome! I didn’t realize it was going to make my skin all glowy until after I put it on and put makeup over it! Like the MAC Strobe Cream I received in May’s box, this made my face look radiant! I am torn between these two products, but I might choose this one for the face that it tightens skin as well. I love how my face looks with the glowy primers under my makeup! I haven’t used it enough to see major skin tightening, but it went on well under both liquid makeup and powder makeup. And again – glowing skin! Big fan. (^.^)

You can find it at Birchbox.
You can also find it at Bath and Unwind.

So to recap – a few samples I didn’t like and the rest were pretty good. No extra sample this month sadly. The perfume was awful and smelled up all of my products. The COOLA is not something I want to keep getting, yet they keep sending it to me…. The Balance Me Instant Life Primer was my favorite and I’d love to get it in full size! The blush set and the leave in hair stuff will get used up and enjoyed too. (^.^)

I honestly don’t know how much longer I will be staying with Birchbox. There have been several issues, including a specialty box review that it coming and boy the customer service with it was horrible!! Now they don’t give you any points unless you buy full size products. And the samples have been super iffy the last 3 months. I’ve signed up with another company as well, so if their 1st and 2nd boxes are amazing, I’ll be dropping Birchbox. They also send FULL SIZE products, not teeny tiny samples. I get not everyone can do the price difference on those boxes, but when I added both up or a year, there wasn’t a huge difference. So we shall see!

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