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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Battle of the Boxes: Target Beauty Box- Refresh vs. Renewal

Hey y'all!

If you follow me on instagram at @SouthernStylista then you would know that I did some unboxing today and yesterday!

This is the picture that I posted and it has my new Erin Condren Life Planner along with my celebration booklet that comes in it, some super cute page flags from the Target Dollar spot, and one of my favorite finds from my Target Beauty Boxes; Marlowe Extra Moisturizing Body Lotion.

You can also spot the fact that this picture (and all the ones from today's post!) were taken inside my new (old) hutch that I just had redone by a friend of mine and my husband's. She did a fantastic job and I can't wait to show it off!

Today instead of just doing a regular "un-boxing" where I show you what I got in each box, I want to "battle" them!

I'm going to show what I got in each, give you my first impressions, and then I'll decide which box was best.
I'll also do a  full review of my Erin Condren Life Planner when I've had a little bit more time to use that-so keep a lookout!

If you don't know what a Target Beauty Box is, don't feel bad. I didn't know until I saw them on the YouTube channel EleventhGorgeous!
It's similar to an Ipsy or Birch Box, but it's not a subscription.
Target releases them on their website almost randomly, with no announcement.
You have to be extremely lucky and quick to snatch them up!

They're only $7, but you are able to use your RedCard (5% off plus free shipping) and eBates if you have that (you can click here to sign up). eBates is just a way to get cash back for your purchases-but don't worry, I'll do a full post about that later!

I managed to get these two boxes for less than $14!
So now you know the details...let's get into the contents.

Target Refresh Beauty Box

Simple Micellar Makeup Remover Wipes
I have been dying to try out Micellar water, so these wipes are perfect! I can't wait to see how good they are. There are 25 in this package, so that's a great deal because this is a full-size, which cost $7 in the store. That's the entire boxes cost already!

Marlowe Extra Moisturizing Body Lotion
I have really dry skin in the winter so I already love this.
It has a clean scent, so it's not overpowering. I think this will be great to stick in my purse and have on the go.
Plus the packaging looks really clean and nice.

John Frieda Frizz Ease Hairspray
Target's website says this has soft, brushable hold which is what I prefer.
I love travel size hairsprays so that when I go on trips I don't have to carry my full size.

Nivea In Shower Body Lotion
I have to admit that I've had a sample of this in my sample drawer for a long time and still haven't tried it, so I'm eager to try it now that I have it in bottle form.
It says the moisture it provides will last up to 24 hours, so we'll test it out and see.

Nip+Fab Skin Glycolic Fix Exfoliating Facial Pads
I was SO excited to see this product, even though I had never ever heard of it before.
My forehead has been so dry that it's peeling lately, I think these exfoliating facial pads might just do the trick-I'll let y'all know :)

Scunci Braided Elastic Hair Bands
These hair ties are made without metal and they're braided to keep them from sliding out of your hair.
I always pull my hair back when I'm working around the house; doing dishes, laundry, etc. so I'm excited to try these out!

Acure Day Cream
You're supposed to put this cream on every morning after toning. It has hyaluronic acid in it which is supposed to firm your face. We'll try it out!

Clear Scalp & Hair Therapy Shampoo and Conditioner
So far, I can tell you that the shampoo and conditioner smell amazing.
I'll try this out on my next trip for sure!

Target Renewal Beauty Box

Degree Women Fresh Energy Dry Spray
When I opened this box I was really excited to see this in it, full sized too!
I recently reviewed this dry spray for Influenster and fell in love with it.
It works so well and I'm excited to have another in backup for when I run out of my current one.

Jergens Wet Skin Moisturizer
These must be a really popular thing to be in both boxes (different brands though).
Like I said, I haven't tried these before but I'm looking forward to trying them both out and comparing them to each other!

Caress Love Forever Body Wash
This stuff smells SO good y'all.
I will definitely be using this on my next trip, the size is perfect for packing!

Sunci No-Slip Grip Braided Headband
I'm not usually a headband girl, so I may save this to give as part of a gift because it's really well made and I love the color. It's perfect for the friend that is into working out!

Attitude Shampoo and Conditioner
These are both vegan products and not tested on animals, which I LOVE.
I can't wait to try them out and let you know how my hair feels about them ;)

Laneige BB Cushion
This is such a new product, I've literally never seen or heard of it before!
It's apparently some kind of powder (maybe?) that fights off shine, cools, and protects your skin from the suns harmful rays.

Revlon Ultimate All-In-One Mascara
I'm a fan of Revlon products and this girl loves her some mascara, so this is a match made in heaven.
I just saw a blogger put this on their 2015 favorites list, so it must be good!

Hada Labo Ultimate Anti-Aging Facial Mask
Target swears that this is a lightweight and hydrating mask that smoothes fine lines and restores firmness.
I personally love face masks and have yet to find one I didn't enjoy. I may try this one out tonight!

Battle of the Boxes
It's hard to pick a winner because they both have such great products!
The packaging was on point for both, they both had a good mix and a good value. . .

but my winner has got to be. . .

Target Refresh Beauty Box!

I picked this one because of the full size wipes, the facial pads, and the fact that the shampoo and conditioner in this box could be used more than once because they have lids.
Both boxes were great and although they aren't available in box form any more, here is the link to the beauty box page where you can check for future boxes and purchase the products that were in this one!

I hope y'all enjoyed this, please let me know if you've ever gotten the Target Beauty Box or used any of these products!

Until next time. . .



  1. I've been wanting to try those micellar wipes too! I have the micellar water and love it! Looks like you got some great items!

  2. This was such a fun way to highlight both of the boxes! I'd be happy with either of them! They look awesome!

  3. What a great post! I am always tempted to subscribe to a box like these!
    Miss Olivia Says

  4. I love Attitude Shampoo and Conditioner! I want to subscribe to a box like this but I'm just not sure which to choose!

  5. I am obsessed with subscription boxes, so I'll have to keep an eye out to and try to snag these! I've received a WalMart subscription box, and I didn't love it. These seem amazing!

    XO, SS || Seersucker Sass

  6. I've wanted to try this box!! Thank you for review!

  7. I had no idea about these! I will have to be on the lookout for them.

    XO, Brooke

  8. Wow what an awesome box and deal! Love those wipes!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

  9. I never even knew Target had subscription boxes, these seem like such a great way to try new products and seriously such a great deal!

  10. Love the idea of both of these boxes and their products!

  11. I love these products, I want to try them all actually! The John Frieda Hairspray is one of my faves! Thanks for sharing :)

    Check out my blog if you want:

    Tamara xxx

  12. Sounds like you got lots of great new fun things to try :)

  13. My favorite one is the Target refresh, has the products I need, maybe next time I get one :D

  14. Love reading about others' unboxing experiences! Although I do not subscribe to any myself, I do operate an Etsy shop and am always looking to improve my packaging! Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

  15. I can not wait to hear your review on these. A friend of mine shared this little gem with me and I was so excited to find out that Target did these. Who doesn't love trying new things for nearly a fraction of the cost?! Looking forward to your follow up post!

  16. I don't think I could pick a winner! All the products look amazing! I didn't know Target has beauty boxes. I'll have to keep an eye out now that I know! Thank You for sharing! Enjoy all your lovely new beauty products!

  17. They both look great but I think I'm loving the first one (refresh) more. :)

  18. I would want a mixture of both boxes haha I love the Revlon mascara and the Simple cleansing wipes :)

  19. I enjoyed your review of the Target boxes!! I got both of these boxes and can't wait to share them with you!


  20. can't wait to see more of your erin condren planner! I almost bought one but am so impatient I couldn't wait for it to arrive and opted for a sugar paper from target :)
    xx, lauren

  21. Wow! You got a lot of great products! I'm definitely going to pick up a few of these next time I go to the store, thanks to you!


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