BeautyFIX Subscription Box Review – January 2019
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.
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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
January 2019 BeautyFIX Review
This box comes with a card detailing each of the items included:
That’s 9 items this month!
Let’s dive in!
Avene Thermal Spring Water, 10.58 oz – FULL SIZE! Retail Value $18.50
This is fancy facial water delivered to your skin with a fine mist. The ingredient list is simple: water, nitrogen. The nitrogen is what makes it feel so cold when you use it and the water is fancy French thermal water with an optimal mix of silicas and minerals. I admittedly have very mixed feelings on this product. Do I buy into it really being a game changer in my skincare routine? Probably not. I do love the mist sensation, though I wonder if this water had some sort of infusion (like rose or tea tree) if it might be more effective as sort of a spray on toner. My favorite use for it so far in my experimentation is an application before I use an expensive serum or moisturizer. Having a damp face really helps extend the product and therefore you use less, which saves $$$. I also think for me personally it helps the product to absorb better. At the end of the day, subs like this one are for trying out new products you might never buy, and this full-size product was an impressive addition.
Rene Furterer Naturai Dry Shampoo, 3.2 oz – FULL SIZE! Retail Value $28.00
I shampoo every 3 days or so, meaning dry shampoo is a must-have in my routine unless I want to look oily and gross. This clay-based formula dd the trick with gusto. Unlike some other brands, I didn’t have any powdery roots, even with excessive application. I do have lighter hair, so this might be an issue if you have dark hair or roots, but I honestly don’t think so. The instructions recommend leaving the powder in for 2 minutes after spraying, then using a towel to pay it away, though I found this to be a completely unnecessary step and just used my fingers to work it into my roots and then off I went. The smell was mild and a little fruity, but not so strong that it was very noticeable after a few minutes.
SmartLash Eyelash Enhancer – FULL SIZE! Retail Value $29.95
This product makes me a little nervous because I know similar products can cause your natural eye color to darken (especially if you have green or hazel eyes). My natural eye color is a super light brown with a green ring, and I would hate to change it! I did a little research and I couldn’t find any warnings of such from this product online or in the included info sheet. There wasn’t much info at all really. Regardless this might be a product I use on my eyebrows instead, as that is also a suggested application location. Have any of you used this product over time with success? Any side effects?
This sample s tiny, but a little goes a long way! It is a semi-clear gel and has no real scent. The formula’s hyaluronic acid gives your skin hours of hydration and the peptides and vitamin E help prevent damage from free radicals and ease signs of aging. It made my skin feel tighter and provided a perfect base for my foundation without using a primer. At this price point, I could never see it taking the place of some of my other similar products, but I am happy for a sample.
I received this sample right after getting a bottle of the Sunday Riley C.E.O. Rapid Flash Brightening Serum AND a bottle of the Perricone MD Vitamin C Ester Serum. Basically, I have all the vitamin C in the world right now. This isn’t a complaint, because this ingredient is so great for your skin! It is an antioxidant and it helps your skin’s natural ability to produce collagen. It is no wonder why many formulas with high levels of this skin superhero promote its brightening power. My favorite of the three formulas I have right now would have to be the Sunday Riley because it is also ridiculously hydrating. While the Ren and Perricone are both gels and serums respectively, the Sunday formula is a heavy cream that my skin reacts so well to. If you read my reviews you know that I am a Perricone M.D. addict, so it pains me a little to prefer another formula over it! The advantage of the Ren is that you get more product for your money, though compared to the heavier hitters I did notice less of an immediate texture and brightening improvement. My skin is dry and reacts well to more powerful formulas but if yours is more sensitive, this product might be a more gentle and affordable way to try out vitamin C for yourself! The one drawback to ANY vitamin C formulas is that they often have a short shelf life and can be easily damaged by light. I recommend keeping them in the dark and perhaps in your fridge if possible!
La Roche-Posay Lipikar Balm AP + Body Cream For Extra Dry Skin, 0.5 fl oz – Estimated value $0.74 (By a full size 13.5 oz here for $19.99)
I have seen these samples floating around a lot lately, and though it is a quality cream for dry skin, I use and sample so many products that I personally need a few bells and whistles to get me really excited. It is fragrance-free though, meaning if you have super sensitive skin or even eczema, this is a great little tube to have on hand and the full size is really reasonable for the price. I passed it along to my husband who prefers zero bells and even fewer whistles.
skyn ICELAND Arctic Hydration Rubberizing Mask with Vitamin C – Estimated Value $10.00 (Buy a pack of 3 here for $30.00)
Did any of you watch the cartoon version of Batman when you were younger? There was an episode where this man applies this face cream and then he turns into Clayface, a villain who had this clay-colored oozing face. That is EXACTLY what I felt like with this mask on! The color was spot on and since I applied it way too thick I was literally dripping all over the place for the 20 minutes I wore it while it dried. My husband really enjoyed it. All kidding aside, I haven’t used many rubberizing masks but I really liked this one! You mix this clear gel with powder and then apply the goo to your face. It takes a few minutes (and longer if you apply thickly) to firm up and rubberize. The whole thing was incredibly cooling and soothing to my rather inflamed skin. My face has had a rough week thanks to the chilling winter winds and this mask brought that irritation way down. Peeling it off was also super fun because it is just a little gross and shows all your skin texture in great detail. I would love to try more masks like this!
Klorane Shampoo with Mango Butter, 3.3 oz – Retail Value $9.00
I liked everything about this product aside from the smell, which is a big enough deal to disqualify it from my normal routine. I really do not like food scents (think pumpkin pie, artificial berries, apples, and cinnamon, etc) so this creamy mango fragrance was not for me. If you like tropical fruits though, you just might love this shampoo! It made my hair feel super clean without feeling bone dry and gave it a nice shine.
I like this brand and I have enjoyed taking their Red Carpet hair formula for a few weeks now. This formula is meant to help clear your skin and body from toxins. It has a ton of good stuff in it like Chlorella, Zinc, Green Tea, and Spirulina, and even more. I wish we had received more than a 1 day supply, as this really isn’t to test out over more than a day.
Verdict: This box has an estimated value of $126.74. That’s quite a value for a $24.95 box. This doesn’t surprise me, as Beauty Fix has consistently delivered high box values every month I have reviewed it! While not every product ends up being a favorite, the real value for me in this sub is that there is always a large number of high-quality products to choose from, so even if some items miss the mark, the other numerous items always make up for them. If you love trying out new and often unusual or hard to find products for a steal of a price, you need to try out this sub.
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? As of publication, this box is still available!
Value Breakdown: At $24.95 for this box, here’s what you are paying approximately per item:
- Thermal Water Spray $3.64
- Dry Shampoo $5.51
- Smartlash $5.90
- HA5 Hydrator $3.07
- Ren Vitamin C Serum $2.78
- Lipikar Balm $0.15
- Rubberizing Mask $1.97
- Shampoo $1.77
- Vitamin Pack $0.16
Alternatively, each of the 9 item’s has an average cost of $2.77.
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