DermStore BeautyFix, $24.95 per month (US only)
The little broken Siamese Mini Satin buns are too cute! This one thought she was modeling for BunnyFix, not BeautyFix, and was quite disappointed when she found out the truth. She thought the orange tissue meant there were carrots in the box.
DermStore BeautyFix is a monthly box that sends subscribers at least six (often eight to eleven) high end skincare, hair care, and makeup products. There is a mix of small samples, deluxe samples, and full size products, and there are almost always at least two full size products per month. They include more skincare than anything else, so I always recommend this box to women who are 30+ and are concerned with fighting signs of aging. Oftentimes, they have one hair care product, one makeup item, and a beauty tool, and then the rest of the products are skincare. The value is at least $100, usually in the $125-$150 range, so you always get your money's worth. All subscribers receive the same products with perhaps some color and scent variation.
Here's what I got this month:
- Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Miracle Multiplying Volume Mist (deluxe sample, worth $8.16; full size costs $28)
- Glytone Mild Cream Cleanser (small sample, worth $4.78; full size costs $32)
- DHC Velvet Skin Coat (travel size, worth $7.50; full size costs $22.50)
- REN Evercalm Global Protection Day Cream (deluxe sample, worth $13.24; full size costs $45)
- Dermalogica Charcoal Rescue Masque (deluxe sample, worth $13.81; full size costs $46)
- NUXE Huile Prodigieuse OR Multi-Usage Dry Oil Shimmer (small sample, worth $7.42; full size costs $54)
- Color Wow Kale Cocktail Bionic Tonic (full size, worth $24)
- Danielle Creations 24K Gold Plated Nail Clipper (worth $9.99)
- Dermelect ME Nail Polish in Hold ME Sparkled Midnight Noir (full size, worth $14)
- Kevyn Aucoin The Sensual Lip Satin in Velvet (full size, worth $48)
My December DermStore BeautyFix was worth an incredible $150.90! There were ten items! This month, subscribers got three skincare products, a beauty tool, a nail polish, two hair products, two makeup products, and a product that can be used for hair or body. It was lighter on skincare than BeautyFix usually is, but I'm still very happy with the mix. Three of the products were full size, four if you count the beauty tool.
First up is the Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Miracle Multiplying Volume Mist. I love Alterna products, so I was a little sad to see that we got a volumizer from them. This hydrates hair and adds some extra shine in addition to being volumizing. This made my hair soft and shiny, but as I was afraid of, it gave my hair way too much volume. Alterna's products are fabulous, so I was expecting that when it said volumizing, it really meant volumizing, and I was right! If you do need volume and shine, though, I can't recommend this highly enough. If your hair is like mine, though, I'd recommend Alterna's CC Cream.
The Glytone Mild Cream Cleanser is a pink face wash that contains glycolic acid to gently exfoliate and help with fine lines. It was difficult to use because the container is hard plastic, so you can't squeeze it to get product out -- you have to shake it and it takes forever to get enough of the thick cream to come out. It made my face feel clean without drying it out. I hope the full size has better packaging.
The DHC Velvet Skin Coat is a silicone-based makeup primer, so it has that gel texture that I hate. The gel primers always feel like they are floating on top of my skin, so I much prefer cream primers. Out of the three primers I've gotten so far this month (Julep's Blank Canvas and the IPKN primer from my Birchbox), this is my least favorite. This is better than most gel primers I've tried -- it dries to a powdery finish and doesn't feel like I have a thick layer of primer on top of my face. I feel like cream primers absorb into my skin and gel primers just sit there are top of my skin and my makeup feels weird over it. This isn't so bad, so I'll use it up, but I would never buy this.
I got the REN Evercalm Global Protection Day Cream before in my April ipsy, so I've tried this before. This moisturizer is supposed to make sensitive skin less sensitive and fight signs of aging. It's a lightweight moisturizer that absorbs quickly. At $45, it's not cheap, but it's also not extraordinarily expensive for a moisturizer, so this might be worth it to you if you have sensitive skin and need a good day cream.
Dermalogica is one of the brands you often see in BeautyFix, but I like it, so I'm okay with that. The Charcoal Rescue Masque is, as you probably guessed, a face mask with an activated charcoal base. Charcoal sucks the impurities out of your pores, so I always love a good charcoal mask. You only have to leave this mask on for seven to ten minutes. This made my skin feel exceptionally clean but it didn't dry my face out. If you're looking for a good charcoal mask, look no further.
Next up is the Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse OR Multi-usage Dry Oil. Glossybox had shown this in an ad for the July or August box and said all subscribers would get it, but that was a total lie, and I've been wanting to try it ever since. I've tried Nuxe's regular dry oil before, but this is my first time with the shimmer version. The shimmer oil and the regular oil have the same scent, which is a nice, warm scent that is hard to describe, but it isn't too strong. Both oils absorb quickly, are surprisingly non-greasy, and are very moisturizing. I love everything sparkly, so I definitely prefer the shimmer oil. The shimmer it leaves behind is subtle but pretty.. This can be used on the hair or body, wherever you need hydration and shimmer. I probably wouldn't recommend using this on your face, though. I tried this on my hair and didn't see any real shimmer in it, but I could see it on my skin.
Color Wow is a line of products for hair that has been colored, so it's not really the product line for me. The Color Wow Kale Cocktail Bionic Tonic is supposed to strengthen hair and reduce breakage, though, so I decided to give it a try because I figured it couldn't hurt. This is a leave-in treatment that you apply to damp hair after washing. I didn't see any difference at all after using it, but you can't really see extra strength in your hair. My hair isn't prone to breakage, so I've never felt the need for a strengthening product. Has anyone had good luck with this? Does it really work?
Almost every month, DermStore sends subscribers a beauty tool and, more often that not, it's a beauty tool from Danielle Creations. I like that BeautyFix thinks outside the box a bit and doesn't send only makeup brushes for beauty tools. The Danielle Creations products I've tried have been sturdy and well-made and I'm always happy to get another! This month, we got the Nail Clipper plate in 24k gold. I've never had a fancier set of nail clippers! These have some weight to them and it cut my nails evenly without any tearing. $10 is a little higher than the average nail clipper price, but it's worth it.
The Dermelect ME Nail Polish in Hold ME Sparkled Midnight Noir is gorgeous. I got a Dermelect nail polish back in my November 2015 BeautyFix box and liked it, so I'm happy to get another. This is a satin black with rainbow holographic glitter. It lasted about a day before chipping on me, but I'm hard on my nails, so that's pretty average. Subscribers received different colors, but I'm very happy this is the one I got!
The last product was a special treat! Subscribers got a full size Kevyn Aucoin The Sensual Lip Stain in Velvet! This went on beautifully, held up pretty well, and was a very flattering color on me. I got tons of compliments. It didn't bleed at all, which impressed me. The soft sponge applicator made it a little difficult to apply, but I got the hang of it. I love this stuff, but I can't imagine paying $48 for a lipstick!
What a fabulous December box! BeautyFix pulled out all the stops this month! It's hard to choose a favorite as I loved the Nuxe oil, Kevyn Aucoin lipstick, Dermelect nail polish, and the Danielle Creations nail clippers. They were all amazing. The Color Wow hair treatment, the DHC primer, and the Alterna volumizer weren't for me, but the rest of the box was so amazing that I am fine with that. I have a few people in mind who would love the two hair products, so I they won't go to waste. I think this is one of my favorite BeautyFix boxes ever!
What did you think of the December BeautyFix? Did you love it as much as I did?