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BeautyFIX Subscription Box Review – October 2020

Beautyfix October 2020 review and unboxing

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 skincare items are the most prevalent.

My Subscription Addiction paid for this box. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).

About this Box from Dermstore.com

The Subscription Box: BeautyFIX

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

The Products: Over $100 of beauty products hand-selected by beauty professionals.

Ships to: The US

October 2020 BeautyFIX Review

 

Included was a folded booklet with details on the products included this month.

 

ClarityRx Down + Dirty, 1.7 fl oz – Full Size! Retail Value $28.00

At first glance, I thought this was a mask and I was less excited about it. Then when I actually read the instructions on how to use it, I realized it was an exfoliating treatment, which I was much more pleased with. I tried this out in the shower since I knew it would be messy and I have a few thoughts. First, this formula has menthol and it made my eyes burn. Don’t be me. Keep this far away from your peepers. Second, this is a harsher exfoliant than I would normally use on my face but it was pretty refreshing along my mascne suffering jawline. If you have reactive or sensitive skin, maybe save this for the back of your thighs or your arms. This is not the sort of thing I would recommend using more than once a week, but use your best judgment! Not a huge fan here, but at least we do see a full-size item in this month’s box.

 

R+Co SPIRITUALIZED Dry Shampoo Mist, 1.7 fl oz – Travel Size! Retail Value $14.00

This might be the first R+Co product that I really dislike. I get WHY this product exists. A lot of people don’t like how chalky and dry a dry shampoo can feel in their hair. But I am not sure this is the solution. When I use dry shampoo (and I go through a ton of dry shampoo!) my main focus is on my roots. They are what usually shows oil and grease first, right? So I flip my head upside down and spray this on my roots. The nozzle has a fine mist which was what I was expecting. But I am sad to say that this just made my roots look greasier even after finger combing. They stayed damp for a few minutes and the whole situation did get better once the product was completely dry, but it didn’t feel good or work any better on my tresses than traditional dry shampoo.

 

Sunday Riley C.E.O. Vitamin C Rich Hydration Cream, 0.3 oz – Estimated Value $11.54 (buy 1.69 fl oz for $65.00)

Sure, this pot is little. But if you have ever tried C.E.O., you know a little goes a long way. This cream was designed to provide deep hydration while protecting against pollution and aging with the power of vitamin C. Vitamin C is a really beneficial ingredient for skin health but it is also notoriously unstable. This cream uses a stabilized form that stays potent and has a longer shelf life with less risk of oxidation. I have made it through an entire bottle of this stuff and it totally helped with my skin’s overall hydration and texture over time. There is some drying alcohol in here, but it shows up pretty far down in the ingredient list and I never noticed an issue, even with my dry skin.

 

Lancer Skincare Active Rejuvenation Serum with Triple Dermal Complex, 0.15 oz – Estimated Value $22.50 (buy a full size 1 fl oz for $150.00)

This was another tiny sample with a beefy price tag. Again though, you barely need much of this to get coverage! I don’t know if a dropper bottle was the best way to package this because the serum is on the thicker side and almost feels like a cream. Anyway, I wish this stuff was less expensive. Because I kind of loved it! It has a lot of things on its ingredient list that give me the warm and fuzzies and it just felt incredible on my face. This stuff contains amino acids, nourishing botanical extracts, and loads of fatty lipids that are ideal for drier skin with texture concerns, like mine. Applying this felt like pre-gaming my sleep mask and after wearing such a combo overnight, my skin was looking real plush in the morning. Time to buy a lottery ticket!

 

Slip Midi Scrunchie in ‘Caramel’ – Estimated Value $9.00 (buy a set of 5 for $45.00)

This might be the item I was most excited about in this month’s box. I live with a scrunchie in my hair and silk ones are my go-to because, in addition to making me feel super fancy, they are also more gentle on my hair than elastics. This scrunchie arrived in a beautifully neutral shade that looks very pretty and chic in my hair or on my wrist.

 

Elemis Pro-Collagen Overnight Matrix, 15 mL – Estimated Value $69.00 (buy a full size 50 mL for $230.00)

I had to recalculate the estimated value for this a few times to make sure I just didn’t forget how to do math, but yes, $69 is what it calculates out to. My first impression of this product was that it smelled a lot like some of the Sisley products I used to review. That immediately puts me into a happy headspace because I love those tearjerkingly expensive creams! While I thought this cream was fine, it didn’t justify such a price tag in my mind. Some ingredient callouts include squalane, hyaluronic acid, and grapeseed oil, but if you are in any way sensitive to added fragrances or essential oils, this is likely not for you. I also could have done without the addition of menthol. I just don’t think my face needs to feel cold from a cream. That’s what my jade roller is for, right?  I will say that this cream felt nice on my face and left it hydrates (although chilly) but for the money, there are so many options out there that aren’t this expensive.

Verdict: This month’s BeautyFIX has a value of $150.17 which is pretty great for a $24.95 box! That being said, this wasn’t my favorite curation. I am not sold on the benefits of that exfoliating formula when I compare them to how harsh I found it. I also felt a little ‘meh’ about the Elemis product because compared to its price it was just ok. I found the dry shampoo to be lacking as well. On the flip side, I LOVED the scrunchie, serum, and I am always fine with a little extra C.E.O. in my stash.

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No, your first box will be the November box. 

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

  • ClarityRx Exfoliant $4.54
  • R+Co Mist $2.27
  • Sunday Riley Cream $1.87
  • Lancer Skincare Serum $3.64
  • Slip Scrunchie $1.46
  • Elemis Overnight Matrix $11.18

Alternatively, each of the 6 items has an average cost of $4.16

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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 Subscription Boxes, BeautyFIX Reviews, Subscription Box Reviews, Subscription Boxes for Women| Tags: BeautyFIX | 19 comments

Comments (19)

  1. When do these ship? I signed up early last month, right after the spoilers came out (really wanted to try the lancer product and the scrunchie)!. I got the September box, but never got October. I noticed November spoilers are already out, so I’m wondering if October sold out and I’m not getting it???

  2. I liked everything except the dry shampoo. I actually love the exfoliator! I also thought it was a mask at first lol

  3. I feel like the ClarityRX product was like Dutch Dirt we received in IGBP months ago. It was so hard on my skin and you could literally smell the alcohol but after a couple tries I ended up loving the product because it really cleared me up.

  4. This is actually the only R+Co product that I like. All their other products that I got over the years in beauty boxes were disgusting to me.

  5. Hi, Megan! I’ve been wanting to ask for a while, but now that you’re now an esthetician (or should be licensed soon?) what are your feelings about professional products versus cosmetic products? I’m an esty as well, and while I do love more professional brands, I’m a still a huge Ole Henriksen and Sunday Riley fan! Since you’re trying a ton more on your skin then I ever will, lol, I was wondering your thoughts?

    • Hi Jenn! Yes! Esthy party! I FINALLY graduated at the end of June. We had like 3 months off because of Covid. Kind of a nightmare. The jury is still out for me on pro vs reg products. Since I am still pretty green, I honestly haven’t gotten to try many pro lines. I was supposed to be in NYC for the Indie Beauty Expo and I was totally stoked to experience so many lines, but, again, 2020. I think if the product has the stuff inside that gets me excited, I am fine with whatever is on the label. I am moving into formal practice (part-time!) at the beginning of 2021 and I really hope I can dive deeper. We are deciding between two pro lines (Tuel has me pretty excited). Do you have any fave pro lines?

  6. You have made me interested into this box. I got it but onky took the hair tie out and never looked at anything else.

    • Lol, are you me? I’ve been wearing the scrunchie every day since I got the box, and haven’t taken anything else out. I forgot most of the contents until this review! I just have so much product to work through. But now I’m thinking I should at least move the Lancer serum to the front of the line.

  7. I am surprised you didn’t like the scrub. I thought this product absolute star. I have used it a couple of times a week. And well, my skin is glowing. My favorite product from this box besides Scrunchie

  8. Megan are you prejudice over the front of your thighs 😉

    “maybe save this for the back of your thighs or your arms”

    • 100%. 😂

  9. I felt the same way you did about this box. The R+Co was just terrible, but happy I got to try a sample of it. The scrub is too rough for the face. I was fine with the rest.

  10. Great review, I agree with everything! I was kind of baffled at comments/reviews I saw that praised the exfoliant because it was SO harsh on my skin! I actually originally thought it was just a charcoal cleanser before I opened it, because I don’t think the website description talked about the apricot seed powder. I converted it into a body scrub to use in the shower instead. Otherwise, LOVED the CEO cream (it’s first time I tried it and now I’m sad that I might have to pay more money for the full size), also didn’t understand why the Elemis was so expensive considering its first 3 ingredients were water, glycerin and vegetable oil, and was disappointed by the R+Co since I’ve never used dry shampoo before and was really hoping this would’ve been a good one, yet it didn’t really help with the hair greasiness. In any case, this was my first Beautyfix and I still really liked it due to all the new things I was able to try for the first time (esp the scrunchie!)

    • #TEAMSCRUNCHIE

    • R+Co has a more traditional aerosol dry shampoo called Death Valley and while it is expensive AF, it’s my favorite, my one and only, my HG. 😆I love the scent and it seems to be the only one that works on my poker straight, fine hair (even over Oribe which is even pricier). I think I have tried every dry shampoo out there too thanks to swapping.

  11. I can’t tolerate menthol in anything, so glad you mentioned that ingredient in the first item. If I have a cough drop with menthol in it, I immediately lose my voice. On my body, it bothers me, too.

    I really wonder what makes some of these products so expensive. Same with, say, the 111Skincare that’s often in Ipsy. It would have to be truly magical to make me want to spend that much on a full-size item.

    • I don’t understand why Elemis is so pricey. There’s nothing about their formulas or ingredients that justifies the price to me. Lancer Beauty, I understand a bit better – I’ve seen real results using their products – but they are still overpriced, imo.

      I think pricey skin care can be worth it if you really care about clean ingredients, sustainable practices and supporting smaller businesses, but for mass-produced skincare there’s very little you can buy for $$$ that you can’t find a much more reasonably priced dupe for. But I do like trying the expensive stuff in sub boxes, and every once in a while I find a real winner.

  12. Very helpful review, thank you! I had some fomo not picking up this box, but after reading your review it got “cured” 😀 I have one black slip scrunchie from a previous box, but I keep reaching out for my invisibobble. The serum sounds nice, but all the rest is ok if I don’t get to try it out 🙂

    • Invisibobble is my second go to! Especially if I am showering. Made the mistake of showering with a silk scrunchie once. Never again!

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