Mars Unboxes

February Target Unboxing

Hello hey hey readers, did you do anything for Valentine’s Day?

I was feeling kind of lousy (unrelated) and bought myself two Target beauty boxes. Woah, Mars, you absolute madman! Right? The theme for one of them was “Pucker Up” which I thought was perfect for Valentine’s, but per usual, I’m late! The other box’s theme was self-love which can be enjoyed year-round. πŸ₯°


TwelveNYC Perfect Pout Cooling Gel Lip Mask

If TwelveNYC is a Target brand, perhaps they’re old? Because I do not see them on the website. This lip mask looks like the eye mask of the same brand in the Self-Love box.

Dr. Bronner Peppermint Lip Balm

An organic balm that wasn’t tested on animals that Target claims you can also use it on your cuticles or other cracked skin. Would you use a lip balm like that? Received a full size which sells for $2.69.

Burt’s Bees Moisturizing Lip Mask $2.59

Meadowfoam seed and almond oils are supposed to help define your lips. Phthalate and paraben-free and not tested on animals. Single use mask retails $2.59.

St. Ives Passionfruit Lip Scrub

This smells really good, made with 100% natural sugar and not very gritty at all. Received a full size which sells for $4.99.

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Burt’s Bees mask | Dr. Bronner’s balm | St. Ives scrub
Milani matte | Burt’s Bees shimmer | Soap & Glory gloss
Milani Bold Color Statement Matte Lipstick

This smells exactly like the vanilla extract you use to bake. It seems like a very pretty, creamy red-brown that is vegan and not tested on animals. This is marked as 0.13oz and the full size on Target’s website is 0.14oz, so I’m just going to count it so at $5.99.

Burt’s Bees Peony Lip Shimmer

Maybe other shades are more noticeable, but Peony had basically no pigment in it. Shimmer, yes, and also a peppermint scent and matching sensation. Burt’s doesn’t test on animals. Full size retails for $4.79.

Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Lip Plumping Gloss in Plums Up

So I’m not going to lie: the recent profiting off bigger lips traditionally and negatively associated with black people by people who aren’t black to perpetuate beauty standards has impacted me so that I feel that I should look this way. Obviously, there’s nothing wrong with having bigger lips (or not!), but any more is for another day/tag.Β 

Target says that it’s “suitable for vegans” ??? and not tested on animals. The full size is 7mL for $8.99. Received a 4mL version which would cost about $5.14.

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Pacifica Mist | Aveeno Balm
Village Naturals Soak |Yuni Aromatherapy Mist


Que Bella Radiance Boost Shimmering Cream Face Mask

Made with shea and cocoa butter, I would hope that this smells good! I couldn’t find this on Target’s website either, but similar masks by the brand around about $2.49.

Pacifica Island Vanilla Perfumed Hair & Body Mist

I hope my friends aren’t reading this because I actually got them a different scent for Christmas and was possibly going to switch somebody’s… I actually like their scents better, so I couldn’t unfairly switch. I will bear the brunt of this very sweet vanilla!

Pacifica is paraben and phthalate-free, vegan, doesn’t test on animals, and does not contain propylene glycol. A 6oz full size sells for $11.99. I received a 2oz which is worth about $4.

Aveeno Moisturizing CICA Balm

This balm is supposed to help with very cracked skin. Aveeno is owned by Johnson & Johnson which is on a BDS list though. The 1oz package retails for $2.99.

Yuni My OM World Calming Aromatherapy Body Mist

This is supposed to inject calm into any moment, but it smells like the soap in a public restroom. Perhaps it could work as aromatherapy, but I would not like to smell like it myself! It is vegan, not tested on animals, and crafted with wind power! With a 4oz full size at $19, the received 1oz should be worth $4.75.

Village Naturals Therapy Aches & Pains Muscle Relief Mineral Bath Soak

Another item to help relax, this mineral soak contains Epsom and sea salt, menthol, eucalyptus and spearmint. I don’t really take baths– this says you can use as a foot soak though!– so I might just give it to my mother.

Masque BarΒ Silver Foil Peel Off Mask

Made with raspberry, macadamia, and peppermint, this K-beauty mask is supposed to brighten and soften. I can’t find this silver foil one on Target’s site, but similar ones go for $3-$4.

TwelveNYC Bright-Eyed Cooling Gel Eye Pads

A pair of sparkly gel pads that should help reduce eye puffiness. Do these help you, readers?

Well, that was a big post! I felt kind of bad for buying unnecessities, but these are great bargains. Did you see anything interesting or that you’ve tried? Happy belated Valentine’s and leap day!


January 2020 Empties

Happy Black History Month readers! How are you celebrating freedom?

I haven’t quite figured what I’m doing myself but perhaps a toe-dipping into canvassing for my candidate is in order. Just thinking about it is giving me cramps, but I guess when you’re always overthinking, you gotta not sometimes πŸ˜…

I’d been trying to make videos for Empties, but I’m still not good at recording my experiences with products, and I just kind of want to make a post, so here it is!


Pacifica Rose Water Makeup Removing Wipes

These were part of a gift from a friend. Wipes are so tricky for me because they’re like soda. Once it’s opened, it loses efficacy. And I don’t wear makeup everyday, so halfway through a package, they’re dry. However, I do like Pacifica’s natural focus, and this product doesn’t contain sulfates, parabens or petroleum, and is vegan and not tested on animals. Apparently, rose water smells like my bug spray which isn’t bad! But it just reminds me of being in the woods 😁

I kind of want to stop using wipes because I want to create less waste especially stuff that’s not degradable which I don’t know if these are. They’re made from natural fibers. But I have figured out that if your wipes dry out, you can put toner or micellar water on them!

St. Ives Cactus Water & Hibiscus Cleansing Stick

This was from aΒ Target beauty box (shame on me,Β  I ordered this month’s). Initially, I did not like this because it’s like a bit of bar soap in a plastic container (boo), so you’re awkwardly rubbing it across your face, and it doesn’t lather nearly as much as shown in ads. Some people say it’s convenient for travel which may be true about just tossing it in your bag, but once you use it… it’s wet! So I was a bit concerned that if I would screw the lid on that it would develop mold! It didn’t, but I would always let it air dry.

However, I loved the smell, and it honestly was a good makeup remover (I never really wear heavy makeup though so IDK for other use!). This was also made with coconut oil, so maybe that’s why. But I wouldn’t really like this as my regular face wash because I just feel grimy if I don’t exfoliate and get acne it I don’t use something for it. I would’ve recommended it even though I wished it’d be repackaged, but it seems like they don’t even make it anymore. St. Ives now does have other cleansers that aren’t their famous scrubs, but I don’t see any with cactus water πŸ˜”

Shampoo Ingredients

Apothecare Essentials Booster Shampoo & Conditioner Sachets

These were freebies in a CVS purchase. They were a while ago, so I don’t exactly remember how they work, so they’re a freebie in this post too just in case you wanna hear about volumizing hair products. They’re made with rosehip oil, geranium, and aloe vera. So even though it has rose like the Pacifica wipes, these (empty sachets, at least) smell more like baby lotion or powder.

They contain no dyes, parabens or silicones and have a real science side that I don’t even understand. Perhaps that’s why their full size is $11!

L’Occitane 5 Essential Oils Shampoo

I STG that this says it’s a “shampooing shampoo.” Thanks, L’Occitane. I don’t feel so bad that again, I don’t really remember how this worked. It came from a trial hydration set that the brand had on sale for $5 (!), but I don’t think I was that impressed. Maybe it was the small size. But it’s supposed to soften and smoothen your capillary fibers. I can only notice that it smells ginger or herbal-y.

January Empties

Curativa Bay Skin Mist

Now this is weird because my mom got this from her friend, and I don’t think she works with the brand or a salon or anything. I thought she worked at a school Β―\_(ツ)_/Β― Initially, I thought face mists were kind of gimmick-y too. Like: I already use a moisturizer or serum. How moisturized do I have to be!? But I do think that little extra step does help put that extra bounce. I’ve no idea what electrolyzed water or hypochlorous acid is if those ingredients concern you, but it is vegan, organic, and not tested on animals.

Sunday Riley A+ Retinoid Serum

This is probably the first item I’ve used up from my Allure beauty box sub try. I really like that you can try higher-end brands for only $15, but I wasn’t a fan of some of them. I think I decided to get the box because I saw that I’d get this and confused retinoid with retinol which I thought would be good for dark circles. But retinols are retinoids? 😡 While they both seem to be used for acne, retinol sounds like it’s more for anti-aging (collagen, crow’s feet, dark spots, etc).

So my experience of this serum helping redness actually makes sense. However, it’s usually $80, and I don’t think it doing just that is worth it.

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Pacifica wipes | St. Ives stick | Apothecare Essentials shampoo & conditioner
L’Occitane shampoo | Sunday Riley serum | Mario Badescu spray

Hoorah! I don’t think this sounded too bad. πŸ˜„ Although I have gotten sick over the course of writing this. What are your cures for the cold?

Thanks for reading!