Tried out Beauty Army for the first time this month and here’s what I got:
- iTrain $25 Gift Card
- 2 Braided Suede Remington Head Wraps
- Nelson Beverly Hills Argan Oil 7 Non-Foaming Shampoo Sample
- Every Beauty – Argan Cleansing & Makeup Remover Pads (5pk)
- Vibrant Health – Vibrant Cleanse Packet
- Sarah McNamara Miracle Skin Transformer Sample Packet
iTrain Gift Card – Value: $25
This is a gift card for downloadable workouts. Apparently the iTrain site has got audio and video programs, and I believe they’re $10 a pop but haven’t gotten a chance to check out the website yet. Have heard quality of the videos can be questionable, but the audio programs sound cool. Will update once I’ve tried them out and let you know!
Remington Head Wraps – Value (appx) $7.25
These are cute braided suede headbands which I’ve read are sold exclusively at Target and the BeautyArmy store. I definitely would not have paid $7.25 for them on their own though. Also, I might just have a big head, but I think the quality of these is pretty poor because the first time I put one of them, I could feel the elastic part pull out of the headband and come close to detaching. I ended up hot gluing it in to secure it but it’s no wonder they are giving ’em away, aye? Will still rock them though, at least the tan one. The brown one is a strange ruddy color that I’m not a real big fan of and probably won’t have a chance to use much. Might see about using it to keep a journal closed or something though, instead. And at least they’re both neutral colors!
Nelson J – Value (appx) $2.50
This is a 1oz sample size of the Nelson Beverly Hills Argan Oil 7 Non-Foaming Shampoo. I absolutely LOVE that this is a 7-in-1 formula that can be used as a shampoo, conditioner, detangler, shine spray, smoothing serum, color protector, and pre-styling lotion. Can’t go wrong with all those options! Haven’t gotten a chance to use it yet, and I don’t normally use a non foaming shampoo, so that will be interesting. For those of you like me that aren’t used to using products that don’t lather, they may have a greasy feeling, so that’s one thing to watch for if you give this a try. The smell is so strong that even with the foil still covering the top of the sample bottle you can smell the citrus mint scent.
If you’re interested in trying this out, you can use the code BEAUTYARMY in the store on the full size product of this for a limited-time discount!*
Every Beauty – Argan Cleansing & Makeup Remover Pads – 5 Pack – Value (appx) $.70
These are natural cotton eye makeup remover pads with cleanser and Argan oil extract that come dry and you add water before using. They contain all natural ingredients, no alcohol, and no parabens. I used them last night for the first time and they worked great and were very moisturizing! So far so good!
Vibrant Health – Vibrant Cleanse Packet – Value (appx) $2.04
This is a powdered version of the lemonade diet, for those of your who are familiar. I haven’t tried it yet, and probably wouldn’t have chosen this if there were better options. It is a cool idea though for those of you that like to do cleanses. Will certainly use this next time I do a juice fast or cleanse and how great to have the packet for when you’re on the go! Definitely love the concept and think these are AWESOME for anyone doing the Master Cleanse/Lemonade diet. Will report back on taste when I try it out and let ya know if it tastes just like the regular stuff! It contains Organic Grade B Maple Syrup Powder, Organic Lemon Juice Crystals, and Organic Cayenne.
Sarah McNamara Miracle Skin Transformer Acne Control Packet – Value $.74
Another one I definitely wouldn’t have picket if there were better options. I haven’t used it but I guess it’s just an acne control fountain. The full size product is $48 in the store…. so if you’re in the market for such a thing I guess it might be nice to try, but of course if you’re trying it out for the acne fighting features this teeny packet won’t get you far on a trial. Think I’d have preferred a perfume sample, lol – that’s just me though!
The value of my box ended up being $38.23 – and it cost $12 including shipping. The gift card alone more than doubled the value so I was more than happy with it what I got overall. I did feel the sample options were limited and wouldn’t have chosen the shampoo or either of packets if there were better options.
For those of you not yet familiar with Beauty Army, it’s a bit of a different subscription box service. It allows you to choose 6 samples each month. You have 9 options to choose from, and the options you have available can change from day to day. You have a 5 day window each month to select these samples, and if you don’t choose your own, they will be chosen for you. That window is based on the day you sign up. You may opt out for the months that you don’t see samples available that you like.
It seems they do often offer repetitive samples and brands from what I’ve seen, and you may often be limited in choice enough to be forced into getting foil packets. It can be nice to have some control over the value of your bag. Those of you who don’t like surprises may prefer knowing ahead of time what you’ll be getting, too. They have a good range of brands. Oh and the boxes are these adorable, reusable, high quality cigar box type things.
In conclusion, I did decide to cancel my subscription on this for now… but will be getting it again if I see samples that I want. Truth be told I didn’t intend to get it but saw wanted to check out the audio workouts on iTrain and so when I saw that on there I went for it. They may end up earning my subscription after all if they continue to have stuff coming up I want like that and providing a good value so we’ll see!
They’ve been changing some things up over there and just added a new look on the site, plus they know offer personalization features in the shop in addition to just personalizing your recommendations when ordering samples. So it’s great to see they are adding new features and that certainly makes them worth keeping an eye on!
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