What I think sets Beauty Army apart from other monthly boxes, is that YOU choose the samples you want to get, six out of nine products. If you don't like the products shown, either refresh your page, or retake the beauty quiz until you find six that you want to try. You also have the option to skip a month, if there is nothing that you want to try at that time. The full size of everything BA offers is for sale on their website, so if you like something, go on over and check it out!
Beauty Army also offers referral and other rewards, which is nice (I wish IPSY would do that!). If you would like to try out Beauty Army, you can click HERE (this link has my referral code, and can earn me free boxes if you use it, full disclaimer). Ok, enough shameless self promotion. On to the goodies!
|Such a pretty pink box! Now I have to figure out what to put in it :)|
|Love the camo on the inside! And who doesn't love to be called gorgeous?!|
The insert card.
|7 awesome samples!|
Here is a first look at all of the samples that came in my box. This month, as it it Beauty Army's one year anniversary, every member was given a 7th sample, a Mark mascara. I love extras!
|Bath & Body Works Shower Gel in Sweet Pea, 3 oz. $3.30 retail value, available HERE|
The first item I chose is Bath & Body Works Sweet Pea Shower Gel. This is not a full size product, but a deluxe sample size/travel size. I have serious fragrance issues, and anything floral sends me into a breathless haze that lasts forever. The Sweet Pea scent is just at the edge of my allergy range, so I thought I would try it out and see what I thought. The scent, I would have to describe, as ALMOST floral. It's definitely a feminine scent, and although it isn't a scent I would gravitate naturally, it is very pleasant. The wash did a nice job and didn't leave my skin overly dry. I know everyone is familiar with BBW, so this isn't exactly a NEW product, but it IS a scent that I have never used before, so I am very happy about that! Grade: 4.5/5
|Skyn Iceland Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels, packet of 2 $3.75 retail value, available HERE|
The second item in my box is Skyn Iceland Hydro Cooling Firming Eye Gels (pack of 2). I hate foil packs of products, but I thought that this was a neat idea, that and the fact there there wasn't anything else on my list that I really wanted, so I thought I would try these out.
|Here are the gels outside of the foil packet. These really are a decent size.|
|Nelson J Argan Oil 7 Non-foaming shampoo, 1 oz $2.25 retail value, available HERE|
Next up, is Nelson J Argan Oil 7 non-foaming shampoo, deluxe sample. After I received my January Ipsy bag, with the Argan oil in it, I have been noticing all kinds of stuff with Argan oil in it! I thought that this would be a great choice to try out to try to take my very BELOW average hair to at least Only Average. I wanted to love this, mostly because it has Argan oil in it; but I'm not sure how I feel about non-foaming shampoo. When I poured some in my hand from the bottle, I freaked out a bit and thought that there was mold in it because there were some dark spots in the shampoo; but when I went to look at it closer, I saw that it was just granules that were (I assume) supposed to be there. I put this on my hair, and used my fingers to comb it through (my kid got my last comb stuck in her hair this week; I had to cut it out, and I have yet to replace it). I rinsed it out, and my hair did feel pretty good.. I followed up with my usual extra conditioner rinse, as I have insanely dry hair. When I went to brush my hair, I will say that it was way easier than usual to brush it, and much less tangles. I wish the shampoo foamed, but all in all, this worked very nicely, and my hair feels clean and soft, and has a very pleasant scent. Grade:4/5 (I wish it foamed!)
|Jonathan Dirt Texturizing Paste, .7 oz $5.43 retail value, available HERE|
I chose another hair product, Jonathan Dirt Texturizing paste. The sample size is a good size, and I love the little jar. This product is oil free, and is supposed to define and separate the hair, hopefully giving me more volume. First, I love the name. Who could resist a product called "Dirt"?? When I first opened the package, I gave the white (white dirt?) product a sniff, and it has a nice, clean smell. Nothing like dirt. The creme looked pretty firm, so I gave it a touch. I had to work to put a finger print into it! When I went to use it, I had to really gouge out some, and warm it between my palms to get it viable to use. I applied it to my hair, and it has a light, airy feel. My hair has a bit more volume than usual, but this product isn't nearly as good (or as easy to use) as my now beloved Rough paste from Redken. Grade: 3/5
Mark Hook Up Lip Gloss, Blow Kisses, full size (.12 oz) $6.50 retail, available HERE
My fifth item brings us back into my comfort zone: makeup. Mark hookup lipgloss in the shade Blow Kisses. This is a full size product! Once upon a time, I was an Avon rep, and I used to love the Mark line. I love how the products click together, so save room when packing a makeup bag in my tiny purse. I've since upgraded to loving higher end makeup, but Avon and Mark are still solid brands. I also absolutely love glosses, and much prefer them to lipstick.
|Mark Hook Ups lip gloss in Blow Kisses|
Whip Hand Cosmetics loose pigment eye shadow, Special Forces, .02 oz. $2.80 retail value, available HERE
|I was rushed when taking pictures, on a rainy day, and this swatch really doesn't do it justice. It's a pretty peach.|
|Mark Scanda-lash mascara, full size (.12 oz) $6.50 retail, available HERE|
The last item in my box was a free gift, in honor of BA's one year anniversary, Mark Scanda-Lash mascara in black. I love that I got 2 ends of a Mark hook-up in my bag, they are so fun to play with and mix and match. The scanda-lash mascara has been around for quite some time. It's not my absolute favorite mascara, but it is very nice. Plus, who doesn't love a cute pink bow tied around the box? Super cute! Grade: 4/5
One thing I really like about BA is that they make all of their products available at their own store (and all the product links in this blog go there). Who doesn't love one stop shopping??!!
|Here's my haul :) (The little black thing in the middle is the connector for the lip gloss and the mascara)|
Overall, I think I definitely got my money's worth in this box. $12 doesn't seem like a lot to pay for all this stuff! I still absolutely LOVE Ipsy, and am cautious about Beauty Army, but I hope that next month I will see more of the full size items I have seen others receive and review.
Recap: $12 out of pocket ($2 more than Ipsy), including shipping
Retail value: $30.53
Not as great as Ipsy, and not as great as some of the other reviews I have seen for Beauty Army, but still pretty good, as I more than doubled my money's worth. If I hated everything in my box, it would SO not be a deal. I think I will try again next month and see what I can get!
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