Sunday, January 20, 2013

January Beauty Army

I know I haven't done a Beauty Army review in awhile but that's because I've skipped the last four months.  I like the kits but it seemed everything during my selection window there was maybe only one or two things I wanted.  For awhile they had a lot of teas, eye cream, face makeup - all things I don't need or use.  The nice thing about Beauty Army is that I had the option to skip and since I'm a yearly member it just extended my membership.  

Here's how Beauty Army works.  You get to choose up to 6 items to try out from a selection of 9 items. The selection window is open for 5 days based on the day you signed up.  I happened to sign up on the 1st of the month so my window starts then.  They update their stock daily so what's available one day may not be available the next.  The price 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, Cellceuticals, Karuna, Freeman, Barbor, StriVectin, etc. These are well known brands. They also say they use brands from emerging companies which is also fun.

The box/kit: 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. Also you are picking the items out so theoretically you will always get something you will use.  

Customer Service: I've had to email customer service for an issue and they were very prompt in responding and fixing the issue.  They seem to really care about their customers happiness with their products.

Skip a month: Not feeling it this month? unexpected bills? now you can skip the month. If you are a yearly member and skip the month then another month will be added to the end.  Yay!

The not so Good:

I honestly couldn't think of anything to put here.  Yep they are that good!

 These are all the items I picked out this month.  

This is a 7th item they included in celebration of their first year anniversary.  It's a mark mascara.  When I chose my samples they told us this would be included and we could choose black or brown.  

Contents of box with approximate retail value listed: 

.9 oz. Dermisa Skin Fade Cream.  Value = $7.11 (1.78 oz. $14.00)

Enspri Ultra Collagen 5-minute Facial. Value = $4.01

FULL SIZE Mark Hook Up lip gloss in Honey. Value = $6.50

.5 oz. GG Gatsby Raise Volume Shampoo.  Value = $0.89 (8.4 oz. $14.99)

1 Karuna Eye Renewal Mask. Value = $9.00 (set of 4 $36.00)

.03 oz. Whip Hand Cosmetics Loose pigment Shadow in special forces. Value = $4.20 (.10 oz. $14.00)

Beauty Army Birthday Bonus: January is Beauty Army's first birthday and they put an extra item in the box.

FULL SIZE Mark hook up Scanda-lash black mascara. Value: $6.50

The total value of my kit is $31.71 without the bonus item since that isn't always included.  With the bonus item the value is $38.21.  I went ahead and picked this month because I had been wanting to try the whip hand shadow.  I also have a couple of pigment spots I've been trying to get rid of so I wanted to try the face cream.  The other stuff, shampoo, facial stuff and eye mask I figured I would use.  I thought it was cool that they included a bonus gift for their 1st year anniversary. The Mark hook up products are interesting because they included a little connector where you can connect two products together.  Kinda of a nifty idea.   

This is the mascara, the connector and the lip gloss.  

Just use the connector and voila!  You have two items in one.  

Verdict:  I like that I can skip if I don't see anything I want that month. 

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

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