Beauty Army is one of the many sample services available today. I’m pretty picky about those, and I chose Beauty Army because it lets you pick your samples, they ask you about yourself to customize your samples to match you (skin color, for example), and they let you skip months if you’re not into it that month. This is my first month of Beauty Army, and I’m excited to share with you what I picked out. These are not reviews, just first impressions. It may be helpful to read about my circumstances before reading my opinions.
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This month I got these:
RUDDY WATER Blushed Fragrance Pouch: Sample Size 1 Pouch; Full Size 24 towelettes $22
First impression: This thing smelled through the package, AND through the box, I mean, seriously, everything in my box smells like this now. Too much, guys. I’m sorry I ordered it. I’m not usually a fragrance person anyway so keep that in mind, but I was like “Maybe this will convert me.” I’m foolish.
Cotton Towelette, Blushed Fragrance.
YOUNGBLOOD Mineral Primer: Sample Size 2.9mL (0.1oz); Full Size 30mL (1oz) $44
First impression: Nice sample size, can’t wait to try it out. I’m on the hunt for an HG (Holy Grail) primer! This product is advertised as vegan, cruelty free, and it does not contain parabens*. Review will be coming.
Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cyclohexasiloxane, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Smithsonite Extract, Rhodochrosite Extract, Malachite Extract, Hematite Extract, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Caprylyl Glycol*
*Though paraben free (to me this is a negative), like any makeup intending to be safe for use it contains a preservative (Caprylyl Glycol). Unfortunately not much is known about Caprylyl Glycol’s safety, and it carries environmental concerns. Note that it is the last listed ingredient so only a tiny amount of this chemical is used.
BATH & BODY WORKS Sweet Pea Shower Gel: Sample Size 88mL (3oz); Full Size 295mL (10oz) $11
First impression: The amount of product is pretty generous (3oz compared to 10oz full size). Cute package, smells nice, can’t wait to try it.
Water, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, TEA-lauryl Sulfate, Lauramidopropyl, Betaine, Oleth-10, Fragrance, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Lauramide MIPA, Lauramide MEA, Aloe, Sodium PCA, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sodium Chloride, PEG-40 Castor Oil, Polyquatemium-7, Peg-6 Capric Glycerides, Triethanolamine, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, PEG 20 Sorbitan Laurate, Polysorbate 20, PEG-150 Pentaerythrityl Retrastaearate, PPG-12-Buteth-16, Dipropylene Glycol, Propylene Glycol,Triethylene Glycol, Tetrasodium EDTA, Citric Acid, BHT, Benzyl Alcohol, Methylchloroisothiazoilnone, Methylisothiazolinone, Benzyl Salicylate, Citronellol, Linalool, Ext, Violet 2, Red 33, Red 40, Yellow 5
LIPSI COSMETICS Aphrodite Powder: Sample Size 4.8g (0.17oz); Full Size 21g (.74oz) $20
First impression: The color match is great, on my finger in the first photo you can see a teeny bit of “glitter” in the formula, but it’s a trick of the lighting because none of that shows up on the blended skin. It seems very mattifying, actually, but without looking mask-y. A real review coming for sure. This product has potential.
Talc, Zinc Stearate, Kaolin, Zinc Oxide, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Ethylparaben, Trisodium EDTA, [+/- (May Contain): Mica (77019), Titanium Dioxide (77891), Carmine (75470), Ferric Ferrocyanide (77510), Iron Oxides (77491, 77492, 77499), Ultramarines (77007), Chromium Oxide Greens (77288), Chromium Hydroxide Green (77289), Manganese Violet (77742), Yellow 5 Lake (19140:1), Blue 1 Lake (42090:2)]
SUNTEGRITY BB Cream SPF 30 (Light): Sample Size 7.3mL (0.25oz); Full Size 50mL (1.7oz) $45
First impression: I was the most excited for this product, because when I ordered it, it was described as a BB cream. But the packaging I received says “5-in-1 Natural Moisturizing Sunscreen” so now I guess they’re either NOT calling it a BB now or I received older packaging. It is advertised as vegan and cruelty free (PETA & Leaping Bunny Certified). This product smells AWFUL. Kinda like gasoline and baby powder. I hated this smell. Thankfully it doesn’t linger, once blended the smell disappears. Before it blends it has a weird color mix but it blends smoothly and matches decently while blended. So far, the color is a tiny bit too dark for me, but I’ll have to try this on my face to be sure about my thoughts. Review will happen.
ACTIVE INGREDIENTS: Zinc-Oxide 20%
INACTIVE INGREDIENTS: Water (Aqua), Aloe Barbadensis (Organic Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Capric Caprylic Triglycerides (Coconut Oil Extract), Sorbitan Stearate (Plant Derived), Glyceryl Stearate (Plant Derived), Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate (Plant Derived), Hexyl Laurate (Plant Derived), Simmondsia Chinensis (Organic Jojoba) Seed Oil, Cetyl Dimethicone (Mineral Derived), Magnesium Sulfate (Epsom Salt), Helianthus Annuus (Organic Sunflower) Seed Oil, Cucumis Sativus (Organic Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Astaxanthin (Algae Source), Hyaluronic Acid (Plant Derived), Chlorella Emersonii (Red Algae) Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Organic Green Tea) Extract, Punica Granatum (Organic Pomegranate) Oil, Polyaminopropyl Biguanide, Ethylhexylglycerin, Iron Oxide.
MACADAMIA HAIR Healing Oil Treatment: Sample Size 29.5mL (1oz); Full Size 124mL (4.2oz) $39
First impression: This smells AWESOME. I’ve tried Argan oil hair products before but I couldn’t get over the smell. To me, it’s a bit like rubber (I’m not a fan). I have half a bottle left of one product I’ve been forcing myself to use. Argan products work pretty well but this Macadamia product may be better because the smell doesn’t overstimulate me. And while this product also contains Argan, I can’t smell it over the Macadamia fragrance.
Overall I’ve been pretty happy with Beauty Army, for $12 I’ve been able to get a lot of value and try out products I’m actually interested in. Further, because you can choose your own products with Beauty Army that means if you don’t like it you only have yourself to blame. I’m looking forward to seeing what’s available next month.
I bought these myself! My disclosure