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Target Beauty Box: A Subscription Box Review

Target Beauty Box Subscription Box

You can find a subscription box for almost anything – pets, alcohol, kids, food… and beauty. Subscription boxes have become my favorite way to discover new products. They also offer an incredible value – at least the reputable ones do. For a low monthly recurring payment, you get products curated by experts for less than they would cost separately. As the nature of this blog is finding deals on a budget, I’m starting a series for reviewing subscription boxes.

The Target Beauty Box is one of my favorite “subscription” boxes. It comes out periodically (once every few months) and can’t be bought on a subscription, but is worth keeping track of.

Target Beauty Box Subscription Box

The Target Beauty Box I’m reviewing contained the following items:

CoverGirl Super Sizer Mascara by Lashblast ($6 Value, thanks to My Subscription Addiction for values)

I love that Target Beauty Boxes almost always include a full-size mascara sample, because mascara gets gross after no more than a few months. The brands they include are always top drugstore mascara brands, and this box is no exception.

Fekkai Pre-Soleil Hair Mist ($6.80)

I actually got this same sample in a previous Target Beauty Box. It’s a nice addition to your hair care regiment for the summer, because it protects your hair for the sun. It’s light and smells fresh.

Hair Food Moisturizing Mask ($12 Value)

I’m a big fan of hair moisturizing and deep conditioning treatments. My hair needs them at least once a week, and the results are more than worth the extra time in the shower. So I was really excited that this full-sized product was included in this Target Beauty Box!

Olay Active Botanicals Moisturizing Toner ($1.80 Value)

I don’t usually use many beauty products, and toner is not something that’s been a part of my routine, to date. I’m excited to try this product and see if it makes a difference!

Olay Active Botanicals Day Lotion ($3.60 Value)

This facial lotion is so light and fresh… I honestly think I may have found my new preferred face lotion!

Crest 3D Whitestrips 1hr Express ($11.25 Value)

I’ve used Crest Whitestrips in the past and they’re annoying to wear, but they really do look. I’ve been drinking a lot more tea lately, so I was glad to get this sample!

Total Value: $41.45 (with an added value of $3 off coupon for Target Beauty purchases)

What I love about Target Beauty Boxes is that they contain so much value that I actually go out and buy the items I like at full price after I’ve used them up. I can think of at least one item from each box I’ve gotten that I really loved, and several more that are fun to test out and have around, even if I don’t use them everyday.

I’m not someone who usually gets excited about beauty products, but the Target Beauty Box has so many fun and useful things at an incredible price. You also get a $3 off $15 coupon to use towards any beauty purchase at Target in every box!

Have you bought a Target Beauty Box? What did you think? Let us know in the comments!

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Life, Shopping, Style,

Another Damn Blog Post About Looking Fly On A Budget

Before we get started here, yes, I know you know about Ragstock. I know that’s where you get all your purple flannel shirts and American-flag-print tank tops. It has taken over as the number one place for twenty-somethings to go when they need new threads. And not for nothing—Ragstock features a great selection, friendly employees, and relatively low prices.

But you’re still spending too much if you do all your shopping there.

Yes, friends, it is possible to complete your quest for fresh menswear without the help of Ragstock. Come with me and allow me to expand your horizons, and save you money while you do it.

Your first step when buying clothing should be making a list. I know, it’s boring and lame and I sound like your mom. Do it anyway. Anybody who goes to Target for a case of beer and leaves with a gigantic beanbag chair, Captain America graphic t-shirt, and Pikachu piggy bank knows that having a plan can help avoid spending more than you have budgeted out. List off items you need, and then items you want, or could use more of. That way, if you see something you dig that’s off script, you can at least make a note of it and keep that kind of thing to a minimum.

The second step is optional, but before I go shopping, I usually make note of the color of some of my favorite clothing items, and take a look at a color wheel. This website goes over some basic color theory, and is worth a quick read, but suffice it to say that when figuring out which clothes go with each other, a color wheel can help a lot. Similar colors are next to each other, while complementary colors are opposite each other on the wheel. Contrasting colors are separated by three colors on the wheel. Again, having an in-depth knowledge of color theory isn’t necessary for you to look fresh, but it definitely helps.

So, where do you shop? Good question. Depends what you’re looking for.

Elliott Consignment is a great menswear place, offering name brand consignment items that skew preppier or more business-casual. You’ll find boat shoes, polo shirts, and shorts with little palm trees on them. Prices range, but since it’s consignment, you won’t be paying much more than $20 for a nice dress shirt. Plus, this is a great place to unload any clothes you want to sell.

If you’re looking for something more casual, Plato’s Closet and Crossroads both sell new and used items more geared towards everyday style, and in my experience, both offer lower prices than Ragstock for items that aren’t, like, old band t-shirts. The only issue is that the menswear department in both of these stores is fairly small. You may have to hop around a bit if you’re looking for something in particular. Both of these stores will also take in-season clothes off your hands and send you away with cash.

The problem with all of these options is that if you’re looking for something in particular, it’s always going to be a crapshoot. And while shopping for clothing online is always a bit more stressful, given that you’re never really sure whether or not things will fit just right, there is a time and a place for it.

Enter JackThreads. They sell all new clothing, so some of it will skew pricey, but once you sign up, you’ll start receiving emails from them to tell you that oh, by the way, all suits are 50% off today.

If you’re looking for, say, a mint green shorts suit, it’s worth signing up for JackThreads’ email alerts, because more than likely, it’ll go on sale and you’ll be able to pick it up for like 60 bucks. I have personally bought 3 suits and 3 dress shirts from JackThreads and the total was a little bit over 200 dollars. Oh, and most of their items are fully returnable for either cash or store credit in case things don’t fit just right. If you can be patient, it’s worth monitoring your emails to see if the site is having a sale on something you need, because chances are, they will. Just know that if you’re looking for something super fancy, like a 100% wool suit, you’ll need to be prepared to spend a bit. They don’t really have much of it, and what they do have doesn’t often go on sale.

Or, hell, you can just go to Ragstock. I know you will anyway.