DermStore BeautyFix, $24.95 per month
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DermStore BeautyFix is a monthly box that sends subscribers six or more products per month. The box has a minimum value of $100. Generally, they send about eight items and the value is in the $150 range. There's always at least one full size product and most (but not all) months, they include one beauty tool, one makeup product, and then a mix of high-end skincare products. They occasionally throw in a hair care product. I recommend this for women who are 30+ -- it always has expensive anti-aging products that you might have wanted to try, but couldn't justify spending the money. It's an affordable way to try out different products and brands to figure out what you like when it comes to pricey skincare products.
This is what came in the October DermStore BeautyFix box:
- Neuma neuStyling Smoothing Cream (small sample, worth $3.60; travel size costs $9, full size costs $24)
- Dermalogica Phyto Replenish Oil (small sample, worth $12.76; full size costs $75)
- Juice Beauty Blemish Clearing Cleanser (full size, worth $29)
- Danielle Creations Pink Glitter Compact (worth $12.99)
- Replenix Neckletage (deluxe sample, worth $15.43; full size costs $75)
- DermStore Lip Quench (full size, worth $12)
- LashFOOD Phyto-Medic Eyelash Enhancer (deluxe sample, worth $40; full size costs $80)
- Luzern Laboratories Serum Absolut WE3 (small sample, worth $23.81; full size costs $140)
My October DermStore BeautyFix box was worth $149.59. That's a pretty average value for BeautyFix, which is amazing for a $25 box. There were four skincare products, a hair care item, a beauty tool of sorts, something to encourage eyelash growth, plus a lip balm, so there weren't any real makeup products. BeautyFix sent subscribers the same LashFOOD product in the February box and they also sent us a DS Laboratories lash growth product last month, so I was surprised to see that product again. The box was lighter on skincare this month, but it still had a pretty good product mix.
I'm not a big hair product user, so I wasn't excited to see this in the box. The NEUMA neuStyling Smoothing Creme fights frizz and flyaways and protects your hair color. I don't have frizz or dye my hair, so I wasn't sure if this would be of much use to me. The colder weather does give me flyaways, so I had a chance to use it the other day and I loved this stuff. It has a beautiful citrus scent from the oils in it and it smoothed my hair out and made me look presentable. You can use this when your hair is wet or dry. I've tried both and found I had better luck with it when my hair was dry. If you're trying to keep your frizz down instead of flyaways, it might be better to use this when your hair is wet. At $24, this isn't extraordinarily expensive, so I would definitely recommend it.
The Dermalogica Phyto Replenish Oil is a new product! I love that DermStore sent us a brand new product to try. This is a facial oil that strengthens your skin's natural barrier, smooths out lines, keeps moisture in, and protects your skin with antioxidants. Dermalogica recommends this product for people with normal or dry skin. This might work better for me in the winter when my skin is all dried out than it would now. It made my skin feel smooth and didn't leave any greasiness behind, so I'm looking forward to using this in a couple of months when my skin is flaking from the cold winter weather.
DermStore has sent out a lot of full size Juice Beauty products this year! I don't generally like Juice Beauty products, so I wish they would stop doing that. I can always use a good cleanser to fight blemishes, though, so I'll use this. Many Juice Beauty products have a horrible green apple scent, and this one is no exception, but it does seem to get my skin really clean. Some people love the Juice Beauty scent, but it's just not for me. This did leave my skin feeling extra clean but not dried out, so I was quite impressed by the cleanser.
DermStore sends us lots of beauty tools and accessories from Danielle Creations. I love their products -- they're always well-made and cute -- so I'm always happy to have a new one. That said, I could do without the pink glitter. Part of the proceeds will be going to breast cancer research, so I understand why they chose pink glitter for October. I like to keep a compact in my purse, but I'm worried the glitter will slowly rub off. The compact has a regular mirror and a 2x magnifying mirror, so it'll be great for touching up makeup on the go. I'll probably use this as a gift for someone.
The neck is usually the first place to show signs of aging, but it is often ignored in skincare routines. I've noticed fine lines on my neck, so I was happy to get the Replenix Neckletage. This is supposed to be used on your neck and chest to keep the skin there looking young and healthy. I've used this a few times, but it would take more use to see results. I wish the sample were bigger so I could use it for an extended period of time and see how well it works for me.
DermStore's Lip Quench is a cream for your lips that is somewhat moisturizing. I've gotten their tinted Lip Quench before and wasn't impressed by it and I'm not much more impressed by the regular stuff. There's nothing special about it that justifies that $12 price tag. I looked at reviews of this product on the DermStore page and, apparently, this product used to be great. DermStore changed the formula at some point and made it a lot thinner and no one seems to like the new formula. I never had a chance to try the old formula but, from the sounds of it, it was a thousand times better. I'd recommend sticking with Blistex or Chapstick.
BeautyFix sent subscribers LashFOOD in February, so I was surprised to see it in a box eight months later. This is a liquid that you brush onto your eyelids along your lash line, much like eyeliner, before you go to bed. The formula is supposed to stimulate hair growth so you can have thicker eyelashes. I suspect you could use this on your eyebrows if you need thicker hair there more than you do on your lashes. I've tried this a couple of times, but you really need to use it consistently for an extended period of time to see results and I always forget to use it. Has anyone else used this more than I have and seen any results?
DermStore has really been pushing hair growth products on us this year! We've gotten DS Laboratories shampoo and conditioner to stimulate hair growth, a DS Laboratories product that encourages lash growth just last month, and two LashFOODs this year. I think there might have been at least one more product that I'm not remembering off the top of my head. While I'm sure some subscribers like these products, but I really wish they'd lay off them. Things like moisturizer, serum, and sunblock are pretty universal and you can send subscribers these products throughout the year as long as the brands are different. Stuff that is meant to stimulate hair growth isn't as popular and, while some subscribers will enjoy receiving these products, many won't. When the market for a particular product category is limited, you aren't going to make most subscribers happy when you send a different product from that category almost every month.
I've gotten a few Luzern Laboratories products from DermStore over the months and have always liked them, so I was looking forward to trying the WE3 Serum Absolut. This is an anti-aging serum that is supposed to fill in fine lines and wrinkles and make your skin firmer. I think there is something wrong with mine and I have asked DermStore about it. My serum smells pretty heavily of burnt plastic. I thought that maybe that was just how it was, but I read the reviews other people left and they said that it was fragrance-free or that it had a soft, inoffensive scent. If the serum anyone else received smelled like mine, I know they would be mentioning that in the review because it is that bad. I'm not going to be putting this on my face again, so, unfortunately, I'm unable to tell you how it works. I'll let you know what I hear back from DermStore. I've always had good customer service from them, so I'm sure they will be able to let me know what is going on and fix the issue if it is, in fact, from a defective batch. UPDATE: DermStore wrote back to me and said it should not smell like that. They are sending me a replacement.
October was a pretty good month for DermStore. I'm loving the Juice Beauty cleanser (never thought I would say that), the Neuma hair product, and the Replenix Neckletage. The Dermalogica oil will probably be great in the winter, but it isn't quite what I need at this time. While the Danielle Creations mirror is cute, I think I'll be passing it along as a gift. I was a little disappointed that they included a LashFOOD again and I know I'll never remember to use this consistently. The Lip Quench isn't special enough for me to justify spending $12 on a lip balm. As soon as I hear back from DermStore about the Luzern serum, I'll update this. Three of the products were hits, so I feel as though I definitely got my money's worth. This isn't my favorite BeautyFix box, but I'm happy with it.
Did you get the October box? What did you think? Did your Luzern serum smell weird? I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments.