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Target 12 Days of Beauty Faves Advent Calendar Review

Liz Cadman
ByLiz CadmanNov 20, 2016 | 27 comments


Target Beauty Box
4.2 overall rating
509 Ratings | 46 Reviews

This year, Target released their own Beauty Advent Calendar – 12 Days of Beauty Faves!


My Subscription Addiction paid for this box. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)


The Box: Target Beauty Advent Calendar – 12 Days of Beauty Faves

The Cost: $24.99

The Products:

And check out all of the Beauty Advent Calendars available! And all Holiday 2016 Advent Calendars, too!


Each door opens to reveal the product. On the inside of the door is info on the product and tips for using it.

Day One:


NYX Xtreme Shine Lip Cream in Nude Peach Fuzz – FULL SIZE! Value $8


This lip cream has a lot of pigment and a good amount of shine. (Not a high-shine gloss, though.) Here it is swatched:


Day 2:


EcoTools Angled Kabuki Brush – Value $4.50

(I linked to a similar brush.)

This brush has the softest bristles! I can’t stop touching it!

Day 3:


Sinful Colors Polish – Value $2


This polish is great for adding just a touch of sparkle as a top coat. (You won’t get full glitter coverage.)

Here it is layered over a pink creme polish:


I really love the look, but just keep in mind that glitter polish is SO annoying to remove! (If you have tips for making it easier, let me know!)

Day 4:


Day 4 Nexxus Comb Through Finishing Mist – 1.5 oz Value $1.50

This is the perfect type of hairspray formula for me. The hold isn’t firm, so you can still run your fingers through your hair, and the scent is subtle.

Day 5:


ME! Bath Soap Bomb in Lavender Lullaby – Value $1.70


This bag includes one bath bomb:


I love a bath bomb, but the scent for this one just isn’t for me. (It’s more powdery than I was expecting.)

Day 6:


Pacifica Kale Detox Deep Cleaning Face Wash – .5 oz Value $1

(Good to know for swaps, this product has an inner foil seal.)

This cleanser definitely has a kale/veggie scent! It’s a gel cleanser, it doesn’t make much of a lather, but it left my skin feeling clean and smooth!

Day 7:


Burt’s Bees Beeswax Lip Balm Tin – Value $2.50


Burt’s Bees lip balm is such a classic beauty staple! I prefer it in stick form, but I’ll use this with a q-tip. (And thanks to searching for Burt’s Bees lip balm on Target, I just discovered a Pumpkin Spice version!)

Day 8:


Mayfair Soap Foundry Body Creme in Sea Lily Jasmine – 1 oz Value $1.65

This body creme formula is impressive! First, it is paraben and phthalate free. And it’s made in the USA. The cream is decadent but absorbs quickly, too. The fragrance is pretty strong, so if you don’t like florals, I’d plan on swapping or gifting this one.

Day 9:


Pixi Glow Tonic – 15 ml Value $1.75

(Good to know for swaps – comes with foil seal)

I’ve sampled this before and I recommend it if you are looking for a gentle toner. (No irritation on my skin.) This is an alcohol-free formula and the glycolic acid helps exfoliate too.

Day 10:


Acure Day Cream – 1 oz Value $9.70

(Good to know for swaps – comes with foil seal)

This is more than half the size of the full-size version! (1.75 oz). Acure is one of my favorite brands – it is great to find an affordable natural beauty brand that works! (And if you have allergies or sensitivities, their product line is free of pretty much any ingredient you may want to avoid!). This cream is lightweight and has a light citrus scent – I love it!

Day 11:


Umberto Beverly Hills Lifting Powder – FULL SIZE! Value $12

I’ve sampled this before thanks to Target Beauty Boxes, and I was impressed with this formula. I’m always looking for more volume for my hair, and this really delivered. One thing to keep in mind – while this helped me get major volume, it also made my hair sticky. After using this I couldn’t run my fingers through my hair, and it took some extra shampooing to get it all out.

So, it’s likely not a product I’d use every day, but definitely something for special volume occasions.

Day 12:


Laneige Water Sleeping Mask – 15 ml Value $5.15

You can’t have a Target Advent Calendar without Laneige!


With this mask, you apply a light layer on your skin after cleaning and keep it on overnight. You can remove any excess in the morning – but that’s never been necessary for me. I love waking up to super hydrated skin!

Verdict: This advent calendar has a value of about $52. That’s pretty good for a $25 cost. Almost all the products work for me, and I like the brands they included, too.

What do you think of the Target Beauty Advent Calendar – 12 Days of Beauty Faves? Are you gifting it to yourself or someone else this holiday season?

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Liz Cadman
Liz Cadman
Liz is the founder of My Subscription Addiction. She's been hooked on subscription boxes since 2011 thanks to Birchbox, and she now subscribes to over 100 boxes. Her favorites include POPSUGAR Must Have, FabFitFun, and any box that features natural beauty products!

Liz Cadman
Liz Cadman
Liz is the founder of My Subscription Addiction. She's been hooked on subscription boxes since 2011 thanks to Birchbox, and she now subscribes to over 100 boxes. Her favorites include POPSUGAR Must Have, FabFitFun, and any box that features natural beauty products!
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They still have this box in stock for 14.99!!!!


Ordering it right now as it’s 50% off. Can’t beat that price.


Did anyone else not get the bath bomb?


It’s on huge sale today, $15. I skipped the Dec beauty boxes so I had to get this for me. I’ll gift several of the full size things to my mother in law to go with the makeup organizer I’m buying her.


It’s actually on sale now for the like, 6 hours. You can get it for $19.99. Plus.. if you spend $30 in beauty products, the 12 days of Beauty Faves incl. , you get the free Target Beauty Box. Just wanted to give everyone a heads up!

Kaitlynn Marie

Hmm, I’m not sure if I’m feeling the price. I like several of the items, but not sure I like enough of them to buy it for $25. Thanks for the review though because it makes the decision easier 🙂


they still have this box and its now 14.99!!


I totally agree with you, some nice ones, but $24? Don’t think its worth it, I won’t be ordering either, toner, bath soap and body creme? Not a big deal to me. theres better out there, for $24.


I love Julep’s Party’s Over set for removing glitter polish. The longest part of the process is putting the pads and cups over your fingertips! The actual polish removal is really quick.


That umberto stuff is awful, more Laneige which has bad ingredients and blah blah everything else. I easily passed on this one.


I just add clear polish ontop and then wipe off with a. Old piece of clothes then I use polish remover lol for the glitter polish


For removing glitter nail polish, I’ve had the best luck using polish remover with acetone or even pure acetone. I soak a cotton pad really well with it (soak it enough so that if you squeezed it the remover would drip out) and holding it over my nail for up to 30-60 seconds to let the remover really soak into the polish. Then it usually wipes off pretty easily.

Julie E

I do the same. Pure acetone works best for me.


To easily remove glitter nail polish, simply apply your nail polish remover to a piece of felt. It will come off in a snap!


I watched a youtube video of someone putting glitter nail polish on with an applicator sponge. it made it Very glittery.


My nail polish was a shimmery deep green called Pine Away. I love the color you got, too! I ordered one advent calendar for myself and several for Christmas gifts! 🙂

Lola EB

I got that color polish also. So perfect for the holiday season.


Well, since this is a Target review, I’ve had great results removing glitter and other difficult to remove polishes with Up & Up acetone maximum strength Nail Polish Remover Dip-it. The price is right, too, $2.99. You just dip your nail in for a few seconds and it comes out clean.


Those are. A great diy too. Just get those dish sponge and a glass dish with cap like baby food bottle.


Peel off base coat “Ready for Take off” by UNT. That works great to take off glitters. I buy it off of amazon. But just fyi, i usually dont get longer than a week out of my polish if using a peel off base coat.


Thanks for the review! I received a shade of nail polish called Red Eye, which is a beautiful shimmery holiday shade.


Senhora has a glitter nail polish remover and it works really well. It’s like something you stick your fingers in and it has a little scrub brush drenched with remover. You just swoosh your finger around and poof! The glitter is removed pretty easily and it isn’t harsh on your nail.




I wasn’t going to get it, but after your beautiful review, I am seriously considering it!

To get full coverage on glitter gel, put it on the tip of a latex sponge and apply the sponge to your finger over a still-wet base coat.. The sponge absorbs the non-glitter part. I learned from a YouTube goddess!


@Liz, there is a product called No Rub Gel that’s supposed to work really well at removing glitter. I haven’t tried it yet but would LOVE to get it in a sub box.

Liz Cadman

Thank you for the tip! I’ll have to check it out since I love the look of glitter top coats! 🙂


Using a piece of felt, instead of a cotton square, will help remove glitter easier.

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