Saturday, April 21, 2012

April Beauty Army Kit

This week I received my third kit from Beauty Army. You can read and see the contents of my February Kit here and March kit here. Just to recap for those who are new here (welcome!) Beauty Army is a monthly subscription service where you get to choose up to 6 items to try out. The cost is $12 a month and that includes shipping. They also offer a yearly deal for $132 which means your 12th month is free dropping the price down to $11 a month.

The Good:

The brands. You will get options from Joico, LaRocca, Freeman, Barbor, StriVectin, etc. These are well known brands. They also say they use brands from emerging companies which is also fun.

The box. I am very impressed with the little box it comes in. It's a well made sturdy reusable box hat can be used for gifting treasure boxes of your own making, keeping your treasures organized, etc.

The price. $12 Shipping included seems reasonable to me to be able to try a useful amount of product. I know you can get samples at a store for free but this is an actual useful amount. The samples are big enough to use several times to see if you actually like the product not a tiny little smear of something. It works out to $2 an item. Would I buy these items if I saw them in the store for $2 each? Maybe.

Customer Service.  There was a computer glitch this month and I didn't receive the email telling me it was time to pick my products.  I did however receive an email saying the window was closed to pick my items and they picked for me.  I contacted customer service and they responded within a couple of hours and resolved the problem that day.  While I was still unable to pick my items I was very happy with the customer service contact. 

The not so Good:

Paying for the year. If you decide to take the plunge and pay for a year be advised there are no refunds for yearly subscriptions. I'm not sure how the skip a month option works for yearly subscribers, there are no details on this in the FAQ section as of yet. 

The Box. The box has the company name on the front along with a bunch of beauty type phrases. This makes your re-gifting options limited and it's too good a box to just toss.  I've re-purposed mine to hold all my beauty treasures. 

Here is my April box. (full size amount and price in parenthesis)
Since I was unable to pick my items this month these were picked for me based on my preferences when I signed up.  I don't know what the other options were but with the exception of the foundation and soothing cream (I definately wouldn't have picked these) I'm happy with the selections. 

.1 oz Control Corrective Botanical Soothing Cream - value $2 (2.5 fl oz $48) - wouldn't have picked but will try it cause why not. 

.33 fl oz Cellceuticals Photodefense SPF55+ - value $7.50 (2 fl oz $45)

1.1 fl oz Barbor Sun Care System SPF 30 - value $5.34 (6.8 fl oz $32)

.1oz Kellett Skincare Moisturizing gel - value $5.59 (1.7 fl oz $95)

1 Karuna anti-oxidant treatment mask - value $7 (4 pack $28) - this looks fun!

15 ml MyFace cosmetics my mix foundation in medium - value $15.11 (35ml $34) - I don't use foundation
so I will probably give this away. 

I would only consider one of these items are full size (the mask) however these aren't inexpensive products so even the sample sizes have a good value and are of a decent size.  The total value of the kit is $42.54.  The only thing in this kit I probably will not ever use is the foundation.  If you deduct that value from my kits it's still worth $27.43.  I'm excited to try the anti-oxidant mask and it looks like I'm set for awhile on moisturizer with SPF. 

Verdict: I'm very happy with all my kits thus far and will keep this subscription going.

**I pay for these kits myself and am not any type of sponsor paid or unpaid for Beauty Army.

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