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Target Beauty Box Review – September 2017 – Total Hydration Box

Every month, Target launches a beauty box, and it usually sells out very quickly. (This box is actually still available, though!)

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There are two Target Beauty Boxes for September. This review is for the Total Hydration box.

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The Box: Target Beauty Box – September – Total Hydration

The Cost: $7

The Products:

  • Curls Unleashed Curl Defining Crème- 1.75 oz
  • Curls – Blueberry Leave In Conditioner 2 OZ
  • SheaMoisture Argan Oil & Almond Milk Smooth & Tame Shampoo (15 mL)
  • SheaMoisture Argan Oil & Almond Milk Smooth & Tame Blow Out Crème (15 mL)
  • Cocoa Butter Formula Lotion Deluxe Trial Size- 1.7oz
  • Animalz Sheet Mask – Panda
  • St. Ives Invigorating Apricot Scrub- 1oz
  • Chapstick Total Hydration- Blood Orange

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Each box comes with an info card and a Target coupon good for $3 off a beauty purchase of $15 or more.

Now, on to the items!

Chapstick Total Hydration in Blood Orange – FULL SIZE! Value $3

I first discovered the Chapstick Total Hydration lip balms thanks to subscription boxes, and I LOVE them! The formula is moisturizing, provides only a faint sheen, and the flavors are great, too.

This one goes on clear, and the Blood Orange is just as good as it sounds. (The only thing I noticed that was different about this packaging and the other flavors I’ve sampled is that this one isn’t branded as “all natural.” Bit of a bummer!)

St. Ives Fresh Skin Apricot Scrub – 1 oz Value $.60

I think this might be the most popular and most controversial face scrub of all time? It was the face scrub of my teen years, so sampling it gave me a bit of a beauty flash back! I’m not digging the artificial apricot scent, but the scrub worked well for me. (Word of caution – some people have found the walnut shell powder scrub particles to be too harsh. Spot test first if you have sensitive skin!)

Curls Blueberry Leave In Conditioner – 1 oz Value $1.50

This is one of those beauty samples that would have benefited from different packaging – the plastic bottle is a little too firm to easily squeeze out the hair cream. But, however you get to the formula, it will be worth it! This creme works on dry or wet hair and is excellent for adding moisture. (The blueberry scent is lovely, too.)

Look Beauty Pretty Animalz Panda Calming Mask – FULL SIZE! Value $4

Ah, sheet masks with faces on them. (Also known as new ways for me to scare my husband.)

I thought the Homer Simpson sheet mask was the creepiest mask I’ve seen on, but this may be the winner! (The rosy cheeks have a bit of a scary clown vibe – I did not look like the adorable panda on the packaging at all!)

Nightmares aside, the sheet mask formula itself was nice. The scent was light and clean, and the serum was hydrating.

Shea Moisture Argan Oil & Almond Milk Shampoo – 15 ml Value $.45

Shea Moisture Argan Oil & Almond Milk Blow Out Creme – 15 ml Value $.90

SheaMoisture is one of my favorite drugstore brands. They are ingredient-conscious, their formulas work well, and their scents smell fab, too!

I liked both of these products. The shampoo is a solid contender, and the blow out creme helped with moisture and frizz. (The sample is way too much for one use, though.)

Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Moisturizing Body Lotion – 1.7 oz Value $.80

This body lotion is SO moisturizing! And a little goes a long way, too! It didn’t leave my skin too greasy either – just a light sheen.

Curls Unleashed Curl Defining Creme – 1.75 oz Value $1


My hair is wavy at best, so this curl defining creme isn’t for me, but it will be donated! (And it gets good reviews on Amazon!)

Verdict: This box has a value of about $12.25. I think that’s decent for a $7 beauty box. My favorite items are the chapstick and the leave-in conditioner, but this box didn’t wow me as much as most Target Beauty Boxes do.

What do you think of the September 2017 Target Beauty Box

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Written by 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!

Posted in Beauty Subscription Boxes, Cheap Subscription Boxes, Subscription Box Reviews, Subscription Boxes for Women, Target Beauty Box Reviews| Tags: target beauty box | 25 comments

Comments (25)

  1. I just got an email saying that you can purchase anything full-size from the two September boxes at 15% off, with promo code “SEPTEMBERBOX”.

  2. Okay, I have no idea how to try out that blueberry hair cream. I tried for like 30 seconds, and there is just no way to get it out of the bottle. I suppose I have to resort to some physical way of getting it like scraping it out?..

    Nice job with the sample, Curls. I mean, you would think that things like that are common sense, but apparently they aren’t.

  3. Just got my box on Saturday and it’s 100% different than the one reviewed here and, personally, I’m glad of it. Mine contained a Cover Girl Total Tease mascara, Acure ultra hydrating shampoo and conditioner, Nivea in-shower body lotion, Sensodyne ProNamel toothpaste, Garnier Moisture Bomb facial moisturizer, Simple micellar water, and two Up & Up cotton rounds, plus the $3 Target coupon. All good sized items, no foil packets. One of the better Target beauty boxes I’ve received.

  4. Your panda mask description made me laugh out loud 🙂

    • 🙂

  5. This box might not have been everyone’s cup of tea, but it was my fave Target box in a long time! :). Yeah!

  6. I use my physical address then put box…after it and it comes to my p.o. box. I live in a very rural area and ran into lots of issues and by putting both it seems to work.

  7. Well apparently Target will not ship them to p.o. boxes. So I can’t get one since that is the only address I have. So dumb since all the montly subscription boxes will ship to p.o.’s. Thought you might note that for others with p.o. boxes.

  8. I got the other Target box today and I really like it. The mascara is full size Covergirl (the wand looks different), the Acura shampoo and Conditioner were both 1oz.which is a nice sample size, the Simple cleaning water is 1.9oz.,the Nivea was a size mix up, but it’s 2.7oz. which is good size. The Skin active moisture bomb is 0.2oz. pretty typical sample size. The 2 pack of cotton pads is a joke but all in all, this was a very usable box. Not exciting but very practical. Oh, I also forgot the Pro-namel toothpaste too!

  9. Just a note on “all natural” branding – it doesn’t really mean anything. “Natural” is not an FDA regulated word. I know plenty of people conflate “natural” ingredients with “safe” or “healthy” or “better for you,” but that’s flawed logic. Jellyfish venom and crude oil are both natural ingredients, but you wouldn’t want to slather your face in them.

    • Best comment of the day!! Love it!

    • Oh my god, THANK YOU! Natural cosmetics are one of the biggest scams out there. Nor does “natural” automatically mean good for you, as you rightly pointed out – in fact, some of the commonly used natural ingredients are very irritating.

      It’s always so sad for me to see people rejoice that something is “natural”.

    • Thanks for pointing this out. While I hadn’t assumed that “natural” = safe or healthy, I did think it meant no artificial ingredients. Is that correct?

      • Liz, unfortunately it’s little more than an advertising word. “Natural” has zero legal standards or definitions, so basically it means whatever the company or brand’s own internal standards for “natural” are. Most often it means no artificial fragrance or color- not necessarily no artificial ingredients. Interestingly (and more frustratingly), the term “hypoallergenic” in cosmetics is similarly unregulated, and so only means that the company claims it causes fewer allergic reactions, not that it actually does.

      • Super helpful – thank you!

      • I love this message thread! It really is up to us to read the ingredients and decide if we want to use it or not. Has anyone ever noticed how many skin care products and fragrances have animal urine in them? OMG!!! I admit I have products that contain petrolium… :-/ I also admit that I did not know what lanolin actually is until about a year ago. I just knew it was natural. Unfortunately, it’s in some of my favorite things including my all time favorite lip product! Then there’s issues with developing sensitivities and allergies to things as we age. I’ve been using witch hazel for years every day! Not anymore, 1-2 times per week. Then there’s those sheet masks we all love… My daughter loves them too but we do have to check ingredient. The last time we were masking together, she mention what a waste the sheet & packaging are. What?! I hadn’t thought about it! Same thing with makeup remover wipes. Now I feel guilty…

    • Thank you! Nature can kill you just as easily as man made.

  10. I liked that Target put together a box that looks like it’s aimed toward the specific needs of African American women. I’d love to see an additional review of this box by a woman of color.

    • Seconded!

    • Agreed! The appeal convinced me to purchase this box over the other one

    • Yes this box appealed to me for that same reason. Great idea! I’d like to read that review too!

  11. Oh good.. I didn’t want either box at first, but after reading your review, I had no choice but to buy both of them. Liz… you could be making commission off all the boxes your reviews cause people to buy!

    • The other box, the items are not the sizes listed. The only 2 items that are the listed sizes are the simply cleansing water & the 2 cotton rounds. Everything else is smaller.

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