These are the ghosts of boxes past:
|This was a Walmart Summer Box|
|Walmart Spring 2018|
|A Target Summer 2018 box|
|A 2018 Ipsy bag|
This is the current Walmart Winter Beauty Box for 2019.
|I sharpened the photo|
so you could see more details
The theme - Hydration Heroes - is perfect for this particular winter weather. It has been warm (and dry), cool (and dry), and below zero (and dry). Ugh. So out of all the items in this box, I will start with my favorite of the bunch:
Curel HydraTherapy Wet Skin Moisturizer
|12 oz is $10.94|
and also comes in an "itch defense" formula
for the same price
SooAE Black Charcoal Bubble Sheet Mask
|$2.50 per mask as shown in the pic.|
When I tested this mask, I was only able to leave it on for about 2 minutes (of the 10 suggested) because it made my face itch in a couple of spots. I have a common sense approach to facial care: if something irritates my skin in the least, it comes off. Immediately.
|Looking like someone's nightmare. For real.|
While this was on my face, I could def tell it was doing something. First of all, there was an effervescent bubbling going on and, second, that itching started. I have a feeling that this might be best for people with oily skin but even then I would do a spot test before going full face with it.
PRO: The bubbles work and you can feel them working. For oily skin, that might have been wonderful. After being on for a very short time, once I rinsed, I could tell that my skin had been cleansed.
CONS: Too too messy for me.
|That's the mask folded in there.|
Had to unstick it to apply to face.
The mask was difficult to unfold because it was all glopped together in one big soapy/sudsy mess. Once on my face, the mask kept sliding around - even when I lay back and tried to stay still - and I was worried about getting the solution in my eyes. My skin was cleaner feeling even after the very short time I had the mask on, but it was too drying and that leaving it on any longer was only going to damage my mostly normal skin.
NOTE: After the test, I read more on the mask's product page and realized I should not be using it ever. This one that I tested is for "acne and blemishes". This one is for solving dryness and is the one I should have used...
Neutrogena Collagen Kiss Collagen Infused Lip Mask
|$2.47 (single); $4.95 (2-pk); $7.41 (3-pk)|
|You can see the list of ingredients|
When you remove it from the plastic, there is a bit of oily residue visible.
I felt like an absolute idiot even in the privacy of my apartment. The dang mask kept sliding off my mouth and I looked like the Joker's girlfriend. (I might dry one out and use it for Halloween makeup this year.)
I don't know why they make these masks so large. Even someone with the fullest lips would leave a lot of this going to waste.
I mean, really, kiss me, baby, kiss me real good.
|Enough for 5 sets of lips...|
However... I have to say that, once I got the thing to stay put, the cooling sensation was extremely soothing and felt very hydrating. I would have gladly gone for another 5 minutes or so but I made it almost exactly10 minutes before my phone rang.
PRO: Felt amazing while on my mouth. Has an oddly relaxing sensation. The after effects were also good. It was as if my lips had been massaged with a high-quality moisturizer and a sheen of the ingredients remained for quite a while.
CON: A bit messy and the mask is way too large.
Like I said, I've vac-sealed the used mask and might try using it again while relaxing tonight. I enjoyed this and will now be using the other mask that I got in a box some time back. I won't buy any for now because I'm sure to get more in future boxes.
This is the KNC lip mask from, I think, an Ipsy or Birchbox:
(By the way, I tried the face and lip masks separately but I kept giggling when I thought of them together:)
|my attempt at humor|
Olay Daily Facial Hydrating Cleansing Cloths
Garnier SkinActive 3-in-1 Face Moisturizer with Rose Water ($9.96/ 6.75-oz jar)
Garnier Fructis Damage Repairing Treat Papaya 1 Minute Hair Mask ($2.97/ 3.4-oz jar)
I've tried both of these before and liked them enough to purchase each. I still have some because a little goes a long way with such dense creams. Here are my thoughts on the face cream. The hair mask is something I only use about once every 6 to 8 weeks. It lives up to the "repairing" hype and I probably should be using it more often during these colder, drier days.
This was a decent box. When you consider that you're only paying $5 for the postage, it's a cheap way to try new products. The one gripe I have with the Walmart boxes is that there are often repeat products. I've gotten the exact same Garnier products before and this time I didn't get any coupons. However, I did get notice of some other Neutrogena products I'd like to try (and I've never been Neutrogena fan because they don't pay much attention to brown skin):
(I do want to try the Smooch Lip Oil!)
And... I got this nifty little bag.
Okay, the bag was ruined by the Walmart logo, but at least there was a bag. That's a little Ipsy-ish of Walmart, ain't it?
I am happy with the haul. Next one is not until the Spring 2019 box and I can't wait to see what's in store.
** There is also a Walmart (grooming) box for men.