Image is a photo of an open box. Pictured is a card with a white model wearing makeup. The card reads: Hello, Gorgeous. Inside the box is lined with a print of pink and white camouflage and tissue paper is under the card, obscuring the contents of the box.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:
 
 

Image is a photo of 6 beauty products inside a box. The lining of the box is pink and white camouflage, and the products are all discussed in the post.
 
 
 

Image is a photo of a square, orange pouch that reads: Blushed
 

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.
 

INGREDIENTS
Cotton Towelette, Blushed Fragrance.

 
 

Image is a photo of a small vial of clear liquid. It reads: Youngblood Mineral Primer
 

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.
 

INGREDIENTS
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.
 
 

Image is a photo of a shower gel in a pink bottle with a floral label. It reads: Sweet Pea, Bath and Body Works
 

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.
 
INGREDIENTS
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
 
 

Image is a photo of a small round container with very fair tan powder. The packaging reads: Lipsi. Words added to the photo in black letters read: (Ignore unrelated glitter).
 
Image is a photo of a finger with a tiny dusting of fair, tan-colored powder on the tip.
 
Image is a photo of a hand, with a small area indicated with a large pink circle. It is showing that the Lipsi Aphrodite powder is a good color match and quite matte.
 
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.
 
INGREDIENTS
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)]
 
 

Image is a photo of Suntegrity 5-in-1 moisturizing suncreen package. It is a tube that is white with orange and grey lettering and graphic design.
 
Image is a photo of a hand with a tiny glob of tan liquid on it to show the Suntegrity 5-in-1 product.
 
Image is a photo of a hand with a large pink circle added to it to indicate where the applied but unblended Suntegrity  5-in-1 product has been applied. The product gives an orange-brown cast  to the skin and is not a good color match while unblended.
 
Image is a photo of a hand with a large pink circle added to indicate where the suntegrity 5-in-1 product was applied and blended into the skin. Blended, the color is a closer match.
 
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.
 
 

Image is a photo of Macadamia healing oil treatment. It is in a small brownish botting with a light green cap, and a green label with brown lettering. The rest of the bottle is brown and decorated with golden designs.
 
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.
 
 
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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

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10 Responses to “Beauty Army September + First Impressions”

  1. Eva Says:

    Oh you are lucky to have services like that in the USA! I would definately try this service if I could! xx

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    Tiffany Martin Reply:

    I’m really glad there are so many but unfortunately only a few of them offer really good products and their services often lack features that are must-haves for me (skip-able months, product choice, customizing products for color, etc) so I only subscribe to Beauty Army and Julep right now. I hope in the future as subscription services mature they will all have these features and will also offer boxes in other countries.

    The US isn’t the whole world, and I wish beauty companies would start to notice that.

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    Megan Reply:

    I wish that too. It kills me that I moved to Canada and now miss out on these kinds of things!

    I have used the macadamia stuff though and it’s amazing. Their hair conditioning masks are godly. I have the oil in the bottle you have, as well as the spray on kind for when I’m lazy lol. Lovely, lovely smell.

    I can’t wait to see the Lipsi review, as that glitter looks great. And are you going to review your coastel scents pallets? Please, please, please 😛

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    Tiffany Martin Reply:

    The Coastal Scents palettes are definitely in my queue, but I could bump it up closer to the top because I have been using them for a while.

    Canada should be included in more subscriptions because the international shipping isn’t that bad, man that’s lazy if companies can’t work that one out eventually. I do hope they figure it out because they’re leaving money on the table my ignoring people outside the US.

    The Lipsi really isn’t glittery in person (I hope that’s not bad news), it really only shows in pictures, but so far it seems worth a review. I’ll try it out a bit longer and I’ll definitely put that in the queue.

    OH man, I was so glad that macadamia oil smelled good. So many of these hair oil products are too much for me. I have to try out those masks, that sounds killer awesome for my bleach-blonde hair.

  2. Megan Says:

    I used them after I blached my hair. I would leave them in for an hour in a shower cap, and when I rinsed my hair was SO soft.

    And no, I liked the glitter because it didn’t seem over the top, but subtle.

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    Tiffany Martin Reply:

    Meagan,

    WOW that sounds like a cool idea, never thought to use the hair oils that way.

    AH yeah, the glitter is not noticeable in person but so far I’m liking the Lipsi powder, maybe partly because of the particles of glitteriness even if I can’t tell they’re there.

    I’m always excited when a product’s color matches me, most are at least slightly too dark or have the wrong undertones.

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  3. trishie Says:

    I’ve been seeing about of these sample box services on US blogs lately, would be keen to try them out if available in Australia too

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    Tiffany Martin Reply:

    Do you mean none of the subscription services operate in Australia? I hope some of them do, if not I hope they’re reading and they open up business there!

    Here’s one from an aussie blogger I like to read
    http://www.labmuffin.com/2012/10/bellabox-and-lust-have-it-september.html

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Dated: 6th October 2012
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