Target Beauty Box December 2016 Box Review – Mystery Box

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This month in addition to the regular Target Beauty Boxes, Target also made available the Target Beauty Mystery Box for $15, or free with a $30 purchase! This box is still available, but the regular December 2016 Target Beauty Box is now sold out.

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The box comes with sample-size products, but you can always buy the full-size version at

No value was promised, but a list of brands was provided:

Includes 8-12 sample sized items from these brands: , W3LL People, SheaMoisture, Aveeno , S.W. Basics Lip Balm, Neutrogena, OGX, AmLactin, Hada Labo Tokyo, Revita, Avatara Face Masks, Renpure, Sinful Colors Nail Polish, Vaseline , Tree Hut, Colgate, Soap & Glory, Hair Food, Olay, Crest, CoTZ, L’Oreal Paris, Maybelline NY, Garnier

I got this box free by picking up an advent calendar and a couple of nice holiday gift sets (see my deal ideas here). Spoiler alert! I thought this box was disappointing – definitely don’t buy outright, but if you want to use up your $3 off coupon, for sure it’s worth getting it free if you have $30 in beauty items to pick up this month from Tarjay.

Amlactin Moisturizing Body Lotion ($0.18) Well I like Amlactin, which is fragrance free and uses AHA to help remove dry skin, but the real value in this one is the coupon, which expires on 12/31. I don’t think I’m in the market for it yet.

Aveeno Pure Renewal Shampoo ($0.13) and Aveeno Pure Renewal Conditioner ($0.13)

This is a great travel bag pair – and it’s sulfate-free! This “renewal” shampoo & conditioner is meant to be clarifying, so it’s also nice not to have huge bottles hanging around, I only use them every so often.

Avatara Face Shape Up Mask For Delicate Skin ($3) I love a good face mask, and this one is made out of Tencel! I’m happy to see that it’s focused on firming skin, I need this one!

Maybelline SuperStay Better Skin Foundation (89¢?) I tried this one without reading the shade – Golden Honey – and tossed it, so the value is a (high) estimation.

L’Oreal Advanced Haircare Extraordinary Oil Curls Nourishing Shampoo ($0.08)

L’Oreal Advanced Haircare Extraordinary Oil Curls Nourishing Conditioner ($0.08)

L’Oreal Advanced Haircare Extraordinary Oil Curls Re-Nourish Mask ($0.24)

I’ll save this to pass along – “very dry, curly hair” is the exact opposite of mine, which is limp, flat, and fine.

Colgate Wisp Optic White Brushes ($0.34) These are always useful and I like the dental picks on the ends too. I think it’s gross to brush your teeth in public but I like to keep them clean, so I enjoy any non-traditional clean teeth solution.

S.W. Basics Cinnamon Lip Balm ($3.80)  This balm uses cocoa butter, beeswax, and coconut oil, plus essential oils. I’m not a fan of anything that really tingles, so this one’s going in a stocking! Otherwise I’m happy with this brand and item.

Ranpure Originals Coconut Cream Nourishing Shampoo ($0.70) This shampoo has some bad reviews on Target and a load of them on Amazon. Frankly I’m a little afraid to use it.

Garnier Skin Active Clearly Brighter Daily Moisturizer ($5.20) This moisturizer targets dark spots and poor skin tone with Vitamin C & E, Pine Bark Essence, and Lipo-Hydroxyl Acid. I’m really happy with this and will be using it on my Florida trip for some SPF and hopefully an added bonus of better looking skin!

Cotz Natural-Tinted Face Sunscreen ($2.28) And this, this is one of my favorite items of all time! It’s lightly tinted (so it doesn’t look whitish), goes on matte, and has great SPF protection with a mineral sunscreen.

I think this box was great as a freebie, especially if you purchased something needed (or wanted!) with it. I came up with about $16.87 value for this box, which is pretty bad if you paid for the box OOP. As a freebie, it’s absolutely fantastic. I really liked a couple of the items – the COTZ, the Garnier, and the face mask. The rest are great for the travel pile!

What did you think of the Target Beauty Mystery Box? Here’s some more variations!


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  • Danielle

    These boxes just looks like they took all the beauty samples the in store beauty concierge used to give you for free and started charging for them. Oof

    • Wendy

      But the Beauty Concierges still give out the red sample bags, aisle samples, etc…. If anything I’ve noticed more samples from them in the past year, not less .