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Welcome to Value Minded Mama. This is my happy place where I document my adventures in style, thrifting, saving money, travel and being a SAHM. We're adding another little love to our brood in November, and we're so excited to become a family of four. Love that you're here! Feel free to check out my social media channels below for more from Value Minded Mama.

Box Reveal

Box Reveal

I love getting free products in the mail! I am a part of multiple companies that send out free products for you to try. Some of these companies I have been invited to join and some are available to everyone (see my previous post about getting free products). I have my favorites, as some companies are better than others. They sometimes offer great luxury name brands or easily affordable discount/store brands (Walmart & Target). My most recent box full of goodies was from the Walmart Beauty Box. It was full of great items that I would’ve already used daily, but were hand selected for the winter season. I love getting this box because it is season related and saves me from having to try a million different things to find what I like. If I like what’s in the box, I get it and know I’m spending my money wisely on something I’ll use. So, let's dive in - I’ve had plenty of of time to use these products, so you know you’re getting my honest opinion :) img_0935

Garnier Sample

I liked this set, but it's not my favorite. I'm glad I got to try it out, because I wouldn’t buy this fragrance again (although I do love the brand). I'm not a huge fan of apple scented beauty products and this is just too strong a scent. Also, I think it would be better for spring or summer. I do like the fact that the ingredients are whole and natural though. I also like the fact that these leave my hair feeling soft all day without any additional products, and it doesn't weigh my curls down. All in all, a good shampoo and conditioner, but not the best for me, I think I could spend my money on something that does more for my hair.

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Dove Products

Body Wash

I am really glad that I received this in the box! It felt so smooth while washing, and really does leave your skin feeling soft afterwards. Dove makes really good, refreshing, quality products. This is a great every day body wash and leaves dry skin feeling so moisturized. There isn't really a scent, so it doesn't get in the way of other fragrances (shampoo/lotion/perfume). Great find, I would buy again!

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Deodorant

This stuff is great! It really smells amazing and lasts! What a great value too, at $5 for a twin pack. It's better than other deodorants by dove and better than other brands too. I use it before my workout and I never smell, and after I shower it stays on all day! Great stuff, fully recommend it.

 

Curel Lotion

This lotion is AMAZING! I use it at least 4x a day - right after I shower and my skin is still wet. I also use it after hand washing b/c my hands dry out so easily (especially in winter)! It does leave a slightly clammy feeling for a few min (even though it says on the bottle that it doesn’t leave a greasy feeling). I don't mind b/c I know it's moisturizing my skin and it beats being dry & crackling. It doesn't have a scent and I’m okay with that.It’s also a long lasting lotion! Would HIGHLY recommend for dry skin and I DID already purchase this with the $2.50 off coupon they also provided in the box. Also pairs extremely well with the dove body wash (I see what they did there…)

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Ponds Cream

I've been using this stuff for a few weeks now, and it recommends 2 to see a difference, but I could  already see smoother skin after only a week. I'm only 28, so I'm not covered in wrinkles or anything, but it's helping moisturize and lift. It's my first time trying anti-wrinkle cream, and this one is a winner. It’s only $8.50 for 14 oz, and that’s a great deal for anti-wrinkle cream. I'm so glad this came so I could try it! It's got a fun round packaging too, cute. In the picture, I am ONLY wearing the cream and mascara below.

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Covergirl Mascara

I have used the same mascara for years, tried different ones and always come back to the original one. However, with this mascara, I have found a new favorite! It goes on so smooth, doesn't clump and stays on all day. One application and it looks so natural. I bet with three more applications, you could get volume and boldness, but that's not what I'm usually going for in a mascara anyway. I like a very natural look. And I wear contacts and this mascara does not irritate my eyes, so it’s definitely a score. It's not expensive at all, only $7. Will definitely be a repeat buyer. The first picture is just of ONE eye with the mascara and the other one has both done.

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img_2683 So, all in all, this box was a MAJOR score for only $5 towards shipping. I would definitely recommend signing up for this beauty box! Who doesn’t use all of these things - or someone in your family? What a great way to sample products for free (and who DOESN'T enjoy getting packages in the mail at least every quarter)! Leave a comment below of beauty boxes you subscribe to and if you think they’re worth it or not - would love to hear some feedback about them! <3 Amanda

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