BeautyFIX Subscription Box Review – December 2018


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BeautyFix is a monthly beauty and makeup subscription box from Dermstore.com. This subscription box includes a variety of items: makeup, haircare, skincare, etc., but skin care items are the most prevalent in the boxes.

Beauty Fix December 2018 open box

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Beauty Fix December 2018 all contents

About This Box

The Subscription Box: BeautyFIX

The Cost: $24.95 a month (or $34.95 for a one-time purchase)

The Products: Over $100 of beauty products.

Ships to: US

December 2018 BeautyFIX Review

Beauty Fix December 2018 booklet cover

This box comes with a card detailing each of the items included:

Beauty Fix December 2018 item list

That’s 12 items this month!

Beauty Fix December 2018 booklet back

Let’s dive in!

Beauty Fix December 2018 youngblood stick duo Beauty Fix December 2018 youngblood tip detail Beauty Fix December 2018 youngblood shimmer tip detail Beauty Fix December 2018 youngblood duo

Youngblood Cosmetics Eye-Illuminating Duo, 0.10 oz – FULL SIZE! Retail Value $22.00

I have been wanting to try out something from this brand and I don’t have a product like this in my bag. The matte end is too pink/warm for me to use to highlight my brow arch, but works well as an eyeshadow primer. The real winner out of this due for me is the shimmer end, which I like to use on my inner eye corner and also above my cupid’s bow on my lips.

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Dermstore Lip Quench Sheer Tint in Red Delicious, 0.28 oz – FULL SIZE! Retail Value $12.00

The color of this gloss is perfect. It is a sheer red that makes my teeth look whiter and goes with everything because it is very classic. I wasn’t a huge fan of the formula though, it seemed a little chunky, for lack of a better word. The formula absolutely left my lips feeling smooth and hydrated and I love when I get full-size lip products in subs!

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Harry Josh Pro Tools Pro Makeup Wave Setting Clips – Retail Value $18 (Found here for $12.60)

My ridiculously low-key hair routine is basically brushing it when I get knots. I leave most other things to the professionals at my salon. I don’t see myself using them for styling, but I have used them daily every morning to keep my wind hair out of my face while I apply my makeup. They are also awesome for keeping my flyaways far away from my sheet masks. I love that they don’t yank on my hair or leave creases. They are also really cute and make me feel fancy, which is really the most important thing to me when it comes to hair products.

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Murad Renewing Eye Cream, 0.14 oz – Estimated Value $22.40 (Buy a full size 0.5 fl oz here for $80.00)

This sample is so tiny, but a little goes a long way. This rich cream pretty much feels like butter, in the best way and if full of retinol and amino acids, which the delicate skin around eyes craves for hydration and fine line reduction. I have been wanting to try this product out for some time, but pricing was prohibitive for me. I am happy to have this sample to test out over the next month and see if it lives up to the hype and the price tag.

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NIA 24 Gentle Cleansing Cream, 1 oz – Estimated Value $6.60 (Buy a full size 5 fl oz here for $33.00)

Niacin, I love you. This skin superhero pretty much does it all: evens out hyperpigmentation, reduces fine lines, and provides a TON of moisture. I generally see this ingredient more in serums and creams, so I was very excited to try it out in this cleanser. After testing it out, I recommend using it after your normal cleanser, as this formula didn’t remove all my makeup. I can forgive this shortcoming, as it felt like straight up velvet on my skin, and left it feeling really dewy and happy. It is also color and dye free, making it a great choice for sensitive skin.

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REN Clean Skincare – Overnight Recovery Balm, 5 ml – Estimated Value $8.00 (Buy a full size 30 ml here for $48.00)

I really liked this product. It is a true blam, slightly clear and slick. It has a very faint natural scent and a little goes a very long way. I like to use this right after a toning spray. It is very oil based so if you generally react badly to oils such as almond, olive, and jojoba, skip this one. My dry skin loves oils, especially at night, so this was a treat. This formula was really effective against my winter trouble spots: mainly dry eyebrows, nostrils, and flaky skin where my hair meets my face.

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Supersmile Mini-Deluxe Professional Whitening System, 0.42 oz total – Estimated Value $4.31 (Buy a full size here for $80.00)

This teeth whitening duo it means to be combined on your dry toothbrush and brushed on twice a day. I didn’t notice a huge difference in whitening after the first use, but this product has such good reviews I am sure it is only a matter of time. I do have sensitive teeth, so hopefully, I can continue my experimentation.

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R+Co WATERFALL Moisture Shine Lotion, 0.5 fl oz – Estimated Value $2.90 (Buy a full size 5 oz here for $29.00)

I adore R+Co products because they always smell incredible and fit right into my extremely minimal (borderline neglectful) hair routine. I like to use this product on my dry hair to add shine and control frizz and flyaways without weighing my hair down. In the winter I keep this formula in my bag to use on the go, so having a little tube is awesome for my purse! If you used this product according to the instructions, you would apply it to damp hair for the same results. My hair is very dry and heavy so I prefer to use it on dry hair. I have yet to use a product from this line that I don’t like.

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Erno Laszlo Hydraphel Skin Supplement, 0.5 fl oz – Estimated Value $4.41 (Buy a full size 6.8 oz here for $60.00)

I like this toner because it is thicker than most. It is actually a little slimy, but I am so into it. It is very much like a watered down serum. It adds a ridiculous amount of moisture to my skin and plays nicely with the heavy moisturizer I sleep in. I don’t have anything in my routine quite like this, and it might be an item I splurge on after I run out of this sample. Am I crazy enough to use it after a more liquid toner? Yes. Yes, I am. I need ALL the moisture.

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Bioderma Hydrabio Serum, 0.17 fl oz – Estimated Value $3.07 (Buy a full size 1.33 fl oz here for $24.90)

This serum was so light and fresh feeling on my skin. As with the other products this month, doon;t let this small sample size bother you. This stuff goes a long way and will last quite a while. This is the second niacinamide heavy formula this month, but it is such a beneficial ingredient that I am happy for more. The other big ingredient in this formula is glycerine, which I know some people don’t like, but I always find it helps my skin retain moisture.

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Neostrata Skin Active Cellular Restoration, 0.17 oz – Estimated Value $7.77 (Buy a full size 1.75 oz here for $80.00)

As a skincare junkie, I adore this product. I noticed an immediate benefit to my skin, likely from the glycolic acid, which my skin reacts really positively to, as long as I take care in the sun (as everyone should do anyway!). This acid is a non-abrasive exfoliant and should be a staple in anyone’s anti-aging skincare routine. After sleeping in this formula my skin felt very plump and hydrated.

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Beautyblender Sample

This tiny little blender would be great for using around your eyes. The packaging was a little odd, but very entertaining. I am not sure why I had to add water to the sponge, but I did enjoy squeezing the water into it while in the package.

Verdict: Minus the Beautyblender sample, this box has a value of $111.46. That’s quite a value for a $24.95 box. Last month there was one main hero item, but this month we had tons of samples. As a skincare nerd, I really liked the variety this month, but I can understand why getting multiple similar products might not be everyone’s idea of a good time. Some of these brands are very expensive and I think it is always nice to get to try them before shelling out quite a few hard earned dollars.

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? As of today, your first box would be the January box.

Value Breakdown: At $24.95 for this box, here’s what you are paying approximately per item:

  • Youngblood Cosmetics Eye-Illuminating Duo: $4.92
  • Dermstore Lip Quench Sheer Tint: $2.69
  • Harry Josh Pro Tools Pro Makeup Wave Setting Clips: $4.03
  • Murad Renewing Eye Cream: $5.01
  • NIA 24 Gentle Cleansing Cream: $1.48
  • REN Clean Skincare – Overnight Recovery Balm: $1.79
  • Supersmile Mini-Deluxe Professional Whitening System: $0.96
  • R+Co WATERFALL Moisture Shine Lotion: $0.65
  • Erno Laszlo Hydraphel Skin Supplement: $0.99
  • Bioderma Hydrabio Serum: $0.69
  • Neostrata Skin Active Cellular Restoration: $1.74
  • Beautyblender Sample – n/a

Alternatively, each of the 12 item’s has an average cost of $2.08.

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Written by Megan Kirkland

Megan Kirkland

I love natural/vegan beauty products, Korean skincare, unique jewelry, and weird candies from far away places. When I am not waiting for my next exciting box you can find me painting or taking photographs of interesting people. I never leave home without pug hair somewhere on my shirt and a bold lipstick on my smile.

Posted in Beauty Fix Reviews, Beauty Subscription Boxes, Subscription Box Reviews, Subscription Boxes for Women| Tags: beauty fix | 17 comments

17 Comments

  1. I love their boxes. If I every get my product stash in control this will be the one I go for.

  2. Those hair clips are a god sent for me. I found out I can brush my cowlick down flat and clip with two of them. I let my hair air dry and…walla…no cowlick and zero heat or leave in product used.

    • I hadn’t thought to try them this way but I certainly will now!

  3. Wow, totally unexpected bc I had seen the spoilers – but I’m having FOMO with this box! It might be because my sweet puppy knocked over my skincare shelf and broke/spilled half my skincare. I really like pretty much all of these brands. I think I’ll try to get it if it’s still available.

    • FOMO is the worst. I hope you can snag it!

  4. I thought it was a good box and didn’t mind all the samples. The Nia and Murad samples are pretty large and the main things I liked. The hair tools – I really like when they send something in that category even though I’m not sure if I’ll use the ones from this month.

    • The hair tools make me feel very retro and cute, though this isn’t a real use per say. I also love skincare so I enjoyed these little tubes very much!

      • IKR? Beautylish has adorable bobby pins in a faux matchbox, with (mine came with five) bobby pins shaped like matches by Pop&Suki. I ordered the light pink with red tips and it’s like matches in one’s hair. I love the clips, because I’m always needing to keep my hair out of my face for a while with so many skin care steps or makeup steps. I thought this was a great inclusion.

  5. I love having travel samples. It breaks up my home routine but never care if I forget anything…thvak you for the review. Can’t help but notice some of these seems are quite pricey full size. Very happy with these samplers.

  6. Very nice review. Will MSA be getting any promos any time soon? I’m thinking i might want to pick up this box.

    • Thanks so much Jennie! We always try to include them if we have them, but this month we didn’t. 🙁 I always have my fingers crossed for next time though!

  7. I’m always happy with lots of skincare samples. This is the best box for skincare! I love the haircare “tools” too.

    • Same here fellow skincare junkie! <3

  8. You wet a beauty blender so that it is saturated with water, and not your foundation/concealer. You can use them dry for powders

    • Thanks for the info. I have a few of them from other boxes. I haven’t figured out what to do with such a tiny size. I use a pencil tattoo Concealer for my under-eye circles and this wouldn’t work for that. Trying to figure out what to do with it. I am leaning toward cat toy.
      I am glad that I skipped this month. Last month was amazing, this one didn’t jump out at me.

      • I haven’t gotten one of these samples before, but other feedback leans towards “these are useless” LOL. I have a micro-mini, and sometimes I use it damp to clean up eyeshadow from under my eyes.

        Cat toy might not be good, cause if the cat swallows it, the cat may choke since they expand when wet

    • Gotcha! I never even use makeup brushes other than my big powder brush. I am a compulsive minimalist when it comes to such things. I feel like I might try it with my highlighter…

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