Beauty Army's slightly different take on the curated subscription box model has had me interested for quite a while, so I was stoked when my name finally came up on their waiting list this past month! The difference between Beauty Army and other services is that you pick your own samples--from a set of curated options. This is, for me, both a benefit and a cost. I lose the element of surprise, which sucks, but I'm also more likely to get stuff I can actually use.
Beauty Army allows you to choose six samples, from a selection of nine. Your possible selections are based on a survey you take on their site. The cost is $12/month, including S&H, and recently they've rolled out the ability to skip months when none of the samples appeal.
I selected my samples on April 10. On April 13 I got a shipping notice for my box. Surprisingly, the box didn't show up until April 21. That's reasonable, just a bit longer than these things typically seem to take.
Beauty Army does a good job with packaging. This is what arrived at my house:
The matte black box with its pink camo interior is definitely reusable, though I haven't come up with a good use for mine yet. The products are wrapped in black tissue paper.
These were my products:
-Babor Anti-Stress Anti-Jetlag Cream, .5 oz sample (estimated value $72 for 1.7 oz, or $21.18): I haven't tried this yet, but I'm excited about it, as it looks a bit different than the typical skin cream and is formulated specifically for fighting stress and fatigue. I figure with a new baby, I might need that.
-Mama Mio Boob Tube, 1 oz sample (estimated value $45 for 3.4 oz, or $13.24): Choosing this one was a no-brainer for me, as I've been falling in love with Mama Mio products throughout my pregnancy. I haven't noticed any chest sagging yet, but I hear it's in the mail, so hopefully this will help!
-BeFine Night Cream, 1 oz sample (estimated value $30 for 1.7 oz, or $17.65): I am a sucker for a moisturizer, is the truth. And I've tried and liked other BeFine products, so I choose this one. Again, haven't tried it yet (I try not to keep more than 2-3 types of a given product open at a time and I have two going in this category right now), but I look forward to using it.
-Weleda Almond Soothing Cleansing Lotion, .34 oz sample (estimated value $19 for 2.5 oz, or $2.58): This one is a lower value sample, I guess, but I love Weleda and knew I'd use this, so I snapped it up. I've used it before and know that I like it and it treats my skin nicely, so I'll probably save it for travel.
-CellCeuticals NeoCell, .33 oz sample (estimated value $47.50 for 2 oz, or $7.84): This one I chose just out of curiosity, as I've heard about it/seen it around a lot lately and am interested in the idea of skin "resurfacing." I haven't built up the nerve to try it yet, though.
-Freeman Beauty Pssssst Instant Dry Shampoo, 1.76 oz sample (estimated value $6.99 for 5.3 oz, or $2.32): In all honesty, I knew I wouldn't use this, as my very-dry hair has no need for dry shampoo, but I selected it as a good swap candidate, and I have already sent it on to a friend, who says it works great!
Total box value: $64.81. Can't argue with that!
Overall, I am very pleased with my first Beauty Army experience. Next month, I hope I'll be a bit more excited about my options (and have more non-skincare options to choose from), but I really can't complain about the quality or value of the products, or about the gift-like packaging. I look forward to seeing how this one plays out.