Walmart Beauty Box: Spring 2015

Thanks to crazy work deadlines and dental surgery it’s time for me to play catch up with all the boxes I have stockpiled. Among the bunch is my seasonal Walmart beauty box.
Box
In the past, Walmart has sent out at least two versions, broken up by your birthdate with the line of demarcation being 35. If you’ve read my past Walmart reviews then you’ll know that I affectionately refer to these boxes as “young sluts” and “old heifers”. I subscribed when I was 34 and turned 35 while subscribed, so I never have any idea which version might pop up for me.

So into the box:
Open Box

Mascara
Rimmel Lash Accelerator Endless in Black
(Full Size)

(Retail: $7.97)
Description: Rimmel London Lash Accelerator Endless Mascara stretches your lashes beyond the limits with its unique micro-fibers formula. With a Grow-Lash Complex of Procapil, keratin and antioxidants. lashes are conditioned day after day. After 30 days, lashes appear longer, stronger and more numerous.”
Verdict: Hit!
I don’t expect much from a $5.00 beauty box, so a full size mascara was a great addition. Mascara is probably the beauty product I use the most and I’m always up for trying out different brands. I don’t know what “Grow-Lash Complex” is but it sounds like it will give me magic lashes. I don’t know about you but I want magically long lashes, so I’ll give this a shot.

 Cleanser
Neutrogena Healthy Skin Boosters Facial Cleanser
white tea & vitamin
(Deluxe Sample)
(9 fl oz Retail: $7.36)
Description: Neutrogena Healthy Skin Boosters Facial Cleanser’s rich, cushioning formula cleanses skin without over-drying and gently washes away dull surface skin cells. Infused with antioxidant white tea and moisturizing vitamin E, the formula boosts three signs of healthy-looking skin: softness, evenness, and radiance. For skin that looks and feels healthy every day.”
Verdict: Gift
In general I like the Neutrogena brand and normally I wouldn’t mind a cleanser but I have giant stockpile thanks to my lovely Subscription Box addiction. I’m going to pass this one along to my Mom who I’m sure will appreciate it.


Dove
Dove Go Fresh Revitalize Body Wash in Mandarin and tiare flower (Deluxe Sample)
(22 oz Retail: $5.47)
Description: “Dove Go Fresh Revitalize Body Wash has the moisture you love and a luxurious citrus scent. Now you can experience the caring freshness for yourself. It is specially formulated to leave you feeling revitalized. This Dove body wash features the vibrant and juicy scent of mandarin oranges. It is accented with tiare flower, a Tahitian gardenia. It has a creamy, sweet perfume that combines with the mandarin to create a lasting fragrance. Use the moisturizing body wash to feel refreshed and hydrated. The exclusive Dove NutriumMoisture blend is a natural and effective way to nourish the skin. Over time, you will feel softer and smoother.”
Verdict: Love!
Body washes are one of my favorite items to get in sub boxes. I go through them quickly and love trying new scents and brands. Citrus scents are my absolute favorite and Dove is a brand my dermatologist is always recommending so I was happy to see this included.

Shampoo & Conditioner
Schwarzkopf essence ULTIME Omega Repair & Moisture Shampoo & Conditioner (Deluxe Travel Size)
(13.5 oz Retail: $6.97 each)
Description: Especially developed for damaged, depleted hair. Deeply nourishes hair fibers. Repairs damaged hair within the cells to prevent split ends up to 90%. Provides gentle cleansing for damaged, depleted hair. With lavishly rich omega oil. Improves compatibility and touch of both wet and dry hair. Provides volume, shine and silky-smooth hair without weighing it down.”
Verdict: Like
I like to use different shampoos and conditioners and I try to intersperse my higher end splurges with more economical finds. Because of this I like deluxe drugstore samples. This brand is unfamiliar to me (although I’ve seen a few commercials for it since getting the box) so it will be fun to try out.

Perfume
Lady Gaga Fame Eau de Parfum Natural Spray
(sample)
(.5 Oz Retail: $18.77)
Description: “Lady Gaga Fame Eau de Parfum Natural Spray is a fruity floral scent. It features tears of belladonna, crushed heart of tiger orchidea, with a black veil of incense, pulverized apricot, and the combinative essences of saffron and honey drops. The Lady Gaga Fame bottle is a symbol of raw elegance that juxtaposes the sleek and sensual with an unexpected edge. The gold cap represents “the paw,” the iconic symbol of Gaga while the clear glass showcases the black juice, an innovation in fluid technology. Don’t be afraid to embrace your fame and make it bigger than life. From the Haus Laboratories in Paris, here’s the first-ever black eau de parfum compounded by Lady Gaga. It’s black like the soul of fame, but invisible once airborne.”
Verdict: Gift/Miss
Just go ahead and read that description…“it features tears of belladonna…it’s black like the soul of fame, but invisible once airborne..”  I spent an entire semester taking “Modern Poetry” with a beatnik professor and I have no idea what that description means. Not even a little bit. Perfume descriptions are always absurd, but this one takes itself ridiculously seriously.  It’s perfume, not the holy grail. In any case, I’m super picky about scents so I’ll pass this along to a friend.

Also included in the box were some assorted magazine style samples:
Samples

And of course, some coupons:
Coupons

 

OVERALL
Full Box
Verdict:
Hit!

Based solely on the box I can’t really tell if I’m a “young slut” or an “old heifer” this time. I don’t see a plethora of anti-aging products, and most of the products included are basic beauty items that women of all ages could use. This is definitely an improvement over the past Walmart boxes where it was pretty much get a box of anti-aging moisturizers or a box with lip gloss and perfume that smells like candy.

This box costs only $5, so the mascara alone was enough for me to get a good value. I loved the body wash and I’ll use the shampoo and conditioner. I really hope that Walmart continues with this more “ageless” box style.

Did you order one of these boxes? If so, did you get this one or something different?

THE BACKSTORY

Walmart subscriptions cost $5 per quarter and you receive a box seasonally (four times a year.)

Once upon a time, long, long ago, Lisa attended Syracuse University where she studied singing in a giant castle surrounded by ice and snow. After she earned her music degree, she headed to the island of Manhattan, down to the West Village, to a place called the New School. There, she earned another degree in the great art of writing stories for children. She currently works on that same island, in the dungeon of an old building, making up stories while she sorts through endless stacks of papers, just dreaming of working somewhere with windows. She is currently working on several novels and hopes to write her way to that aforementioned windowed place. Her first book, “The Ice Maiden’s Tale,” a fairy tale adventure was released on May 30, 2017 and is up for sale on Amazon. In the meantime, she keeps herself occupied by obsessing over subscription boxes and home renovations.

One thought on “Walmart Beauty Box: Spring 2015

  1. Thats a pretty good box. I haven’t signed up for the Walmart one yet. Fame is one of my absolute favorite scents, but I am laughing at that description, I’ve never read that before! haha!

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