Megan’s Beauty Army Box Review

wp-1468580110547.jpgSo…beauty Army has had a rough few months. It basically fell apart, got a new CEO, tried to get its subscribers to come back by giving multiple promises that things were different and vouchers for free boxes. I fully admit to being skeptical. The old Beauty Army had a very poor sample selection, hit and miss as to whether you actually got the samples you selected, and unreliable delivery.

The new Beauty Army has better sample selection, still not amazing, but pretty good, delivery was smooth, but the actually getting the samples selected is still a bit of a problem. You choose 6 samples from a list of about 20.  Well, I received five samples. I probably wouldn’t have even realized that I was a sample short except that the one that didn’t make it into the box was the one I was really excited about.  Good thing this was a free box. Well, scratch that, technically I had paid for a year’s subscription and only received 5 boxes, so I paid for this… 😒😑🤔
wp-1468580049606.jpgNeutrogena Naturals Makeup Remover Towelettes:
I will always take these when they are available. I use them everyday and this sample pack of 7, is perfect for my travel stash.
wp-1468580071149.jpgBatiste Dry Shampoo
I have the cherry scented version of this (thank you another monthly beauty box) and it works great. Very excited for this unscented version (since I really don’t like products to have specific smells unless it is perfume).
wp-1468580101027.jpgRevlon Bold Lacquer
I REALLY like this!  Went on amazingly well. No clumps, didn’t smudge, nice layering. Usually it takes me half a bottle to get to this ease of use. I can’t wait to see if it holds up. If it does, I’ve found my new go-to!
wp-1468580090847.jpgL’Oreal Revitalift
Pretty good size sample. Feels nice, didn’t leave any residue. Not sure if it will actually be firming and anti-wrinkle but I’ll keep using it just for the moisturizing it provides at night. I wonder how much a full container is…I don’t know that it is really any better than my basic St Ives lotion that I normally use…
wp-1468580059716.jpgScratch Nails Multi Base and Top Coat
I like that it came with a sheet showing all the different colors available.  Nice as a top coat. I won’t be trying it as a base because I am so in love with my Rubberized Base Coat by Orly…(if you don’t have it already, go now and get one. You’re welcome).
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May Beauty Army Box- Reviewed by Megan

IMG_1193Ok, so the concept is good.  I like the box that it comes in (I mean, purple tissue paper, you are speaking to my soul).
IMG_1195I like the idea of going onto the site each month (they send you a super helpful reminder email when the sample selection period is open) and choosing specific samples that I want to get.  The downfall comes when you’ve filled out their (pretty intensive) profile and clearly stated that you are interested in makeup, nail polish, etc. and (no exaggeration) every single sample choice is either skin cleaners/moisturizers, shampoo, or random things like chocolate mint tea.

There was only one (1!) item on my available list to chose from that I was even remotely interested in and it’s been this way every time I’ve chosen samples. Also, it’s not a huge choice list.  It is maybe 12-13 each time.  Box #1, never came.  Box #2 went to the old address (oops).  Box #3 just arrived (this review is of it).  Box #4 just had it’s sample choosing window and it was the same drill.

So, needless to say, I am kicking myself for paying up front for 12 months of boxes (saving 3 dollars a box) instead of trying it for a couple months first.  Darn my miser-ish ways.  They always flare up at the most inopportune times.  Have I paid up front for any other boxes?  Noooo.  Just this one…

IMG_1196Juice Beauty Oil Free Moisturizer – Eh, I can take it or leave it.  It’s fine. Doesn’t really smell like anything and didn’t tell any difference from using it or Jergen’s which is my default after cleaning my face.


Lusera Tangle Free Shampoo – This peaked my interest because tangle free is a high claim with my hair.  It was a decent sized sample (probably enough for 2.5-3 uses to the normal person which meant that it was actually enough for one use for me).  Again, didn’t really smell like anything (which is fine, I’d rather that then something that smells like chemicals), but the blow was that there was nothing Tangle Free about it.  Not while washing/rinsing in the shower.  Not while drying it.  Not while brushing it afterwards.  Nothing.  So…that goes into the ‘Don’t buy again’ list.

IMG_1196 copy 3Neutrogena Naturals Makeup Remover Towelettes – This is the one item that I was happy to chose.  I love these things.  So convenient, great for business trips (This sample was 7 cloths), they work well and aren’t too harsh on my skin.  I buy these in the normal quantities.

IMG_1196 copy 5Shea Moisture Shampoo and Hair Masque – First off, this company makes amazing smelling products.  I have their Black African soap and I love it.  This was no exception.  Smelled great.  The problem came in that the amount you get isn’t enough to do anything with.  I know I have super thick hair, but this was ridiculous. Squeezing every last bit out that I could (not particularly an easy thing to do in the shower, at least I remembered to cut it open with scissors before hopping in because there was no way it was tearing…) only gave me about a quarters worth of product in the palm of my hand.  That covers approximately the top 1/16th of my head.

IMG_1196 copy 2Cetaphil Cleansing Cloths – I got these because I figured, if  I had to get something else, at least I could take these with me when I travel.  I’ve used the Cetaphil lotion before and it didn’t cause adverse reactions with my skin so I am assuming these will be ok as well.

IMG_1196 copyNo7 Lift and Luminate Day & Night Serum – Well, maybe if there was enough for more than one application I could test over a week their claim to ‘reduce the appearance of wrinkles, visibly lift, (and) even skin tone’…alas, no change in skin tone that day.

So, it will be interesting to see if the sample choices get any better.  I’m not holding my breath.
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