WalMart Beauty Box – Spring

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I’ve been getting the WalMart Beauty Box for about a year now.  Unlike a lot of subscription boxes that come monthly, this box comes every three months.  You get one in the Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter.  The price of the box is $5 including shipping, which I think is a good deal since you typically get at least $3 in coupons in each box.

Since I live in a VERY rural area, the only makeup readily available to me is drugstore.  I order all my higher end makeup online or wait until I get near an Ulta or Sephora to go nuts 🙂  So I really like that I can try some less expensive skincare/bodycare/makeup for $5.  If this box is something that interests you, hear is a link to sign up for your own Walmart Beauty Box.

This month was obviously the Spring box, and I have to say, I think this was one of the best ones.  There is a ton of stuff in here!  Let’s start off with the card samples and coupons:

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The first coupon at the top left (going clockwise), is a $1 off any Loreal True Match product.  I really like the True Match powder’s so I’ll probably use this.  One the back of the card there is a shade chart that looks really neat as well.

Next, is a Neutrogena coupon for $1 off any Acne product in their range.  This card also has a sample of the new Acne Correct and Cover Moisturizer.  It looks like a tinted moisturizer, so I’ll definitely give it a try.

Next, is sample of the Loreal Glow Renewal Facial Oil.  It says to use morning and night to restore a healthy glow to the skin.  Interesting.  I like facial oils and I don’t have one in my rotation right now.

There is a Vera Wang Embrace toilette spray sample.  Have to be honest…this is not my favorite scent.  However, I really love getting the spray perfume samples.  They’re great for travel!

The last card sample is the one I’m most excited about!  It’s the Burt’s Bees BB Cream in Light/Med.  I luuuuve Burt’s Bees products and I’ve been wanting to try this.  I’m pretty sure every Walmart box I’ve gotten has had a Burt’s Bees product in it, which makes me super happy.

Now let’s look at the bigger samples that were included:

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Starting at the top, we have a Neutrogena MoistureSmooth color stick.  I am so excited about this item!  It’s a great size sample (just a little smaller than the full size), and the color (110 Almond Nude) is fantastic.  I will definitely be getting some use out of this.

Next is the Curel Itch Defense Body Wash.  I have used Curel products in the past, but not this particular one.  It’s formulated for dry skin, so I think my husband will like it.  The sample is 1 oz which is perfect for travel.

Jergens Natural Glow in fair to medium, a 2 oz size is the next sample.  Again, this is great for travel.  I’ve used several bottles of this stuff over the years.  I love the way it gives my skin a natural looking tan without having to worry about streaking.

The Colgate Optic White toothpaste is a huge tube for a “sample”.  Colgate is a brand that we use often in our house.  The tube is 1.45 oz, which again, is great for travel for a family of three.

John Frieda Brilliant Brunette shampoo in a 2 oz bottle.  I’m really excited to try this!  I only wash my hair 2-3 a week so I like to use a really good shampoo on those days.  I haven’t tried this one but I think the idea that’s it’s made for brunette’s (which I am).

This is the one I’m least excited about.  It’s the CeraVe Healing Ointment.  I’m not really sure when or why i would use this.  Maybe on a scrape or bruise…It’s a really thick consistency like a balm.  I know CeraVe products are typically pricey for drugstore so I’ll keep it in my drawer just in case.

The last one is the Biore Baking Soda Pore Cleanser.  I love Biore strips for blackheads and I keep those in my beauty drawer all the time.  I’ve never tried one of their cleansers so I’m pretty stoked about this sample.  It’s 1 oz, so it’s large enough to try it multiple times to really get a good idea of the results.

 

Well, that’s it for my Spring Walmart Beauty Box.  I’m really happy with this box for $5!  The lip product and toothpaste are worth that just by themselves.  What do you guys think?  Do you like the drugstore boxes?  Have you tried any of these products?

Thanks for reading!

~JYW

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Top 5 Spring Nail Polishes

1. Grenadine                   2.LadyLike                 3.NailsInc    

 

                    4.AmpleApple             5.MintCandyApple

 

Nail polish is one of my favorite beauty items.  In the Spring I love getting out my pastels and lighter colors.  Even though have more than 5 colors I like to rotate between, the 5 mentioned here are my most worn in the Spring.  So let’s review shall we?

  1.  Essie’s Splash of Grenadine – This is my #1 Spring color.  It’s the perfect shade of pink/lavender for fingers.  Every time I wear this shade I get compliments.  Plus, the formula of this one is great.  I do two coats and it takes a few days before it ships.
  2. Essie’s Lady Like – This color is so sophisticated and just…pretty.  The actual color is hard to describe.  It’s a definitely a neutral.  I would say a cross between grey, taupe, and lilac.  Trust me, you need to try it.  If I have a meeting and want a nice looking mani, this is the one I reach for.  Plus, it’s such a light color that chips aren’t noticeable.
  3. Nails Inc Porchester Square – I do love a good grey, and this one is the best.  It’s light enough to be flattering and Spring-y, but dark enough to be noticeable.  I have the Gel formula and I really like it.  I haven’t tried the original to be able to compare, but I know it has rave reviews also.  I think this is a great transition color from Winter to Spring.  Wear time is a typical 3-4 days for me with a base and top coat.
  4. Covergirl XL Gel in Ample Apple – The red’s are probably my all time favorite nail color family.  If I want a red nail in the Spring/Summer this is the one I reach for.  Ample Apple is a very bright, summery red.  I love it on my toes and fingers!  The gel formula is super thick, so you can get away with one coat of this one, which always a plus!
  5. Essie’s Mint Candy Apple – This is probably the most daring of the bunch.  Mint Candy Apple is one of the more well known Essie colors, and for good reason.  The mint color is super bright and opaque.  If I want a fun weekend color, this is the one.  I always get compliments on this one and I feel like it’s very flattering on my hands.  The only complaint is that the formula is a little hard to apply.  You’ll definitely need to coats to eliminate streaks, but the end result is super cute!

That’s my top 5 nail polishes for Spring.  I hope the reviews were helpful and maybe you’re inspired to try a new color!

What are your go-to Spring colors?

Thanks for reading!

~JYW

Spring Makeup Routine

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Spring has always been one of my favorite seasons.  After a long, cold, dreary winter, I love the sight of flowers blooming and sun shining!

I also love being able to put away my lighter colored foundations (for my pasty skin), and move to a slightly darker color.  I love the pastel pink blushes and light glossy lips that replace the darker colors in my makeup bag.  It seems that every Spring, no matter what new products have launched, I always pull out some old staples.  This Spring I’ve added a couple new things to the bunch, and I’m really loving the everyday light Spring-y look I’m getting.

Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation – I’ve heard about this foundation for years from my UK beauty bloggers.  I ordered mine from Amazon and it literally took a month to get here from the UK!  But it was worth the wait.  I love the way it looks, feels, smells…basically everything about it.  It’s a light/medium coverage but is buildable.  I would love to try more Bourjois products.

One tool that I couldn’t live without in the Spring/Summer is the Beauty Blender.  I just got a new one last week.  I decided to get the Pro (black one).  I bought mine from Birchbox and used my points, which made it $10!  I’m pretty sure the only difference between the original and the pro is the color.  If you struggle with blending foundation or want a more sheer/natural look, this is your tool.  I use it for foundation, concealer, blush, contour, etc.  Basically any cream product.

Rimmel Stay Matte Powder in Transparent – I love this powder.  I use it all year and have repurchased it many times.  It doesn’t look cakey, it keeps me from getting oily, and it’s so cheap!  I keep saying when I run out of it I’m going to try something new, but I never do.

Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso – When I started really getting into makeup and reading beauty blogs, this blush was everywhere.  I know why.  It is gorgeous!  I literally wore this blush every day from April-August last year and this year won’t be any different.  It gives the most beautiful color and glow to the cheeks.  If I lost this blush I would go buy another one immediately.

Maybelline Color Tattoo in Bad to the Bronze –   “They” say the real test of a product is whether you would repurchase it or not.  Well, I’m on my THIRD pot of this cream eyeshadow.  The color is just the perfect bronze.  I use the shadow literally every day.  I use my ring finger to apply to the lid and then blend it out with a clean finger.  I also smudge some along the lower lash line.

For lips, I love a good tinted balm for Spring/Summer.  One of my favorites is the Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balms.  I have several colors, but my go-to for Spring is Pink Blossom.  It gives just the right amount of natural pink color with tons of moisture.

I’m testing out some new mascara and bronzer right now, so I’m leaving those out of this post.  I think the mascara I’m using right now could become my HG!  A future post on that to come…

What are your favorite Spring products?