I decided that despite the lack of a security certificate that I would place an order with Beauty Army last week when they launched. I was hesitant and didn't want to order but remembered that I had an old Coinstar card (well it's actually a "Green Dot" card but I got it at Coinstar) that I picked up for just such situations where I did not want to use my normal debit or credit cards.
Beauty Army costs $12 a month but unlike other sampling programs YOU get to pick the items you want in your box that month. You can either do the quiz and nine items will be chosen from that quiz or not and nine random items will be selected instead. From those nine items you can pick up to six samples. I don't remember what all nine items were selected for me but I did pick these six items.
BOO BOO COVER-UP COVER-UP Keep looking your best, even while youâ€™re healing with this unique formula that doubles as a concealer and a healing treatment. Containing natural ingredients known to accelerate healing, this concealer will ensure no one will ever know about your â€œboo boo.â€ Shade: Medium Sample Size: 0.1 oz
CELLCEUTICALS PHOTODEFENSE SPF 55+ This hydrating formula provides tons of anti-aging and sun protection, aiding and improving the skinâ€™s natural defenses. With all these powerful ingredients, your skin will stay youthful and free of sun damage. Sample Size: 0.34 oz
LIFT LAB LIFT & FIRM EYE CREAM This intensive eye cream is designed to specifically target crowâ€™s feet, wrinkles, dark circles, puffiness, and sagginess of the delicate skin around your eyes. With active ingredients proven to fight aging, this serum will protect and drastically improve skin. Sample Size: 0.17 oz
MAD SKINCARE TRANSFORMING DAILY MOISTURIZER To keep skin youthful, this moisturizer with stem cell and peptide ingredients is designed to target the skin deep down and combat signs of aging. Your skin requires only the best and baby, this is it. Sample Size: 1.7 oz
LAROCCA SKINCARE SHIELD MULTI-ACTIVE LIP BALM (PROSECO) Nourishes and protects with amino acids and anti-microbials. This lip balm improves the look and feel of your lips and smells amazing! Full size
MYFACE COSMETICS BLINGTONE EYESHADOW (SP'ICE'Y) Create a wicked wash of colour and dramatic, wet-looking shine. Blingtone eyeshadows glide on smoothly and wonâ€™t drop or flake. Full size.
Out of all the products I think I'm most excited to try is the Lift Lab Lift & Firm Eye Cream. I'm almost 40 (yikes, acknowledging that freaks me out) and have noticed that my skin around my eyes are not tight and line free any more. I've used Anastasia firming lotion (in fact just ordered a new bottle from Birchbox) because I love it. I have a few other products that I've tried with mixed results but at over $40 for this TINY bottle of Anastasia product I wanted to see what else is on the market that will actually help reduce the appearance of fine lines. I know that nothing on the market will get rid of the wrinkles and fine lines on a permanent basis however it's a far cheaper, safer and less painful method than plastic surgery, botox or fillers. The downside to the Lift Lab product is the price - $95.00. At $95 IF product does as well as my Anastasia then it's something I'll have to save up for. I know Birchbox sells one Lift Lab product but not the Lift & Firm Eye Cream otherwise I'd just use any Birchbox points I had to bring the price down.
I have heard of Boo Boo Cover Up but never tried it. I've read raving reviews about it since it's a concealer that's supposed to help your skin heal if you have like a cut or scratch on your face. Yes, even the skeptic in me can be swayed by rave reviews. If it works Beauty Army sells it for $20.85 while on the Boo Boo Cover Up site it sells for $19.99. The downside is that at this time it only comes in one shade - medium - so for you fair skin and dark skin girls you'll have to wait until Boo Boo Cover Up finally sells it in your shade.
As for the rest, I'm excited to try my items and since I did order the night they launched I'm among the 300 who are to get an "Inaugural Kit". No idea what they entails but I'm super excited for my box. I haven't been THIS excited since my first Birchbox. Once my items get here I'll do an actual review on the products I received.
So what's in YOUR January box?
There is a thread in the main Make Up talk section however we don't have one here in the S&S group.