This month I decided to add Beauty Army back into my rotation of subscription boxes. Beauty Army charges $12.00 per month for 6 beauty samples. The catch here is that they are samples and not usually even deluxe samples. I’ve been pretty fickle with that subscription and have quit twice. There are pros about this service though -
1) You fill out a survey and they supposedly narrow down your choices to fit your survey
2) You get to pick what’s in your box. But you don’t have a huge selection to pick from. You can pick 1-6 samples out of a range of 9 so that’s not much of a pick.
3) If you don’t like your sample selections, redo your survey and you’ll get different choices.
4) You can skip as many months as you want but you better watch for the email that tells you it’s selection time or you’ll get a box they pick.
The reason I went back to Beauty Army for July is that they sent an email promising some full size products. And they came through with that as you’ll see.
2 full size products were included and I’m very excited about both of these. Roux Anti-Aging Hair Serum Leave In Treatment is wonderful since I have shampoo and conditioners that I love from Roux. Lisa has reviewed this so I know it’s a winner.
The second full size item is Revlon’s newest mascara, Bold Lacquer. If you get a lot of subscriptions you might find this in another box since there’s a full PR program going on with it. This is a length and volume mascara. I am going to try it very soon since I’m ready for a new mascara in my life but reviews are mixed. That’s okay, I’d rather try it via a subscription box.
The other products in the box are samples. One that I chose is a semi-deluxe sample of Vincent Longo Lip & Cheek Gel Stain in Liquid Kiss. Lisa recently reviewed this in another shade so it’s a nice coincidence. It has a very sweet fragrance though so it will be included in our Maybelline palette giveaway. The other almost deluxe sample is Phyto 5 Pigmentation Cream which I will try. Sample packets are a Cetaphil Cleansing Cloth which is great for my purse or gym bag and No7 Lift & Luminate Day & Night Serum. There’s probably enough in there for about 5 tries since you’d need so little.
Now onto Ipsy for July 2014 which is only $10 for a month. You can’t skip a month but they usually have products that I really enjoy for myself or others. July is a hot pink month with a leather-like cosmetic bag that will be easy to find in my big dark purse. This month’s theme is Sensationally Sunkissed.
There are usually a lot of reviews for Ipsy since it seems to be the most popular of all the subscriptions out there. There’s usually some similarity between what we seem to get. Some of these are really fun for me.
There’s no name on my Model’s Own polish but it’s a pretty semi-sheer red with pretty holographic glitter in it (I’ve read that it’s called Red Sea). I was so excited that I put it over a fresh manicure – oops.
bareMinerals 5 in 1 Cream Eyeshadow is brand new from bareMinerals. I just learned about it this week so it’s nice to have a sample of it to try out myself. There are 10 shades, this one is Divine Wine (other bags will have Barely Nude). It’s a great way to test this.
Elizabeth Mott Tints & Sass in Cherry is the full size cheek & lip tint that’s similar to both Benetint and the one in the Beauty Army kit. This retails for $23.
Two more deluxe samples: pur-lisse SPF30 sunscreen and Marrakesh Endz. I know I like pur-lisse and it’s a great size for my purse. I won’t be without my SPF! Marrakesh Endz is new to me and it says it’s a split end mender and preventer which sounds interesting.
The value of IPSY is always way above their $10 subscription price. From what I can gather I’ve got about $50 worth of product here (Model’s Own approx $9, bareMinerals approx $5.50, Elizabeth Mott $23, pur-lisse approx $16 and Marakesh Endz approx $6). That’s not a bad investment. Plus you earn points at IPSY with reviews and referrals (my referral link).
I’m not unhappy with either of my subscriptions this month. I’ve got some new things to play with, more to add to our giveaways as extras and a few super treasures. Which do you think is best? Would you consider Beauty Army? — Marcia
*nothing to disclose except referral link for points