DermStore BeautyFix Review, November 2016

DermStore BeautyFix, $24.95 per month (US only)

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There are two baby buns in the box, but one thought the other was its step stool!  They were quite disappointed to find out that it wasn't a BunnyFix box.

DermStore BeautyFix is a monthly box that sends subscribers at least six (often eight or more) products with a minimum value of $100. The box value goes over $150!  The boxes are very skincare-heavy, but they usually have one makeup product and a beauty tool and they sometimes have a hair product.  I always recommend this box for women who are 30+ because it's a great way to try high-end skincare, much of which is anti-aging, without spending tons of money.  A lot of the products you will sample in a BeautyFix box are extremely expensive and I wouldn't want to buy them without testing them!  There is no customization -- all subscribers receive the same products with perhaps some color or scent variation.  BeautyFix occasionally repeats products and often repeats brands.  That said, this is usually one of my favorite boxes and you always get way more than your money's worth.

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Here's what came in the November DermStore BeautyFix box:

The November DermStore BeautyFix was worth about $125.92. That's lower than the average BeautyFix box value, but it's still five times the cost of the box. The floss sample didn't have the number of yards listed on the package, so I had to guess. There were eleven products this month!  The product mix was good -- we got a beauty tool, a makeup item, a pillow spray, a perfume, a dental care product, a hair care product, plus five skincare items.  It's not as skincare-heavy as it usually is, but it still has a lot of skincare products.

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Almost all BeautyFix boxes contain a beauty tool of some sort, and usually they are beauty tools made by Danielle Creations.  Danielle Creations makes high quality products, so I'm always happy to get something new from them.  The Silky Clean Facial Brush contains over 400,000 bristles and is extraordinarily soft.  To use it, you apply your cleanser to your face, then gently rub your face with this brush in a circular motion.  It helps get your face extra clean.  I've gotten similar products before and, while they work, I always forget to actually use them.  I'll try to remember to make this a part of my daily routine!

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The Avène Soothing Moisture Mask is an ultra-hydrating mask.  I love its clean, fresh scent.  To use it, you wash your face, then apply a thick layer of the mask to your face and allow it to set for 15 minutes.  After 15 minutes, you take a tissue and remove anything that hasn't been absorbed.  Most of it had absorbed, so I didn't have to take too much off.  I was surprised by how hydrated my skin was after just using this once.  This will be great for the winter when my skin goes from greasy to dry and flaky due to the cold.  If you're looking for a good moisturizing mask, look no further.

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Swatch of Manna Kadar Cosmetics Fantasy 3-in-1 Eyeshadow

Swatch of Manna Kadar Cosmetics Fantasy 3-in-1 Eyeshadow

Next up is the Manna Kadar Cosmetics Fantasy 3-in-1 Eyeshadow.  This product has been making the rounds in beauty boxes this year, but, strangely enough, this is my first time getting it.  I have gotten several of the Manna Kadar Bronzer/Highlighter Split Pan, though.  Manna Kadar is just one of those brands you see constantly in beauty boxes.  It's called a 3-in-1 Eyeshadow because Manna Kadar recommends using it as a blush or highlighter in addition to an eyeshadow.  It's a neutral peachy-pink color.  It's okay, but the color is on the boring side.  I wouldn't use it as an eyeshadow and it would be too dark for me to use as a highlighter.  This also isn't really a great blush color for me, so I'll probably end up giving it to a friend.  I tried this out and it had okay staying power as a blush, but it didn't quite last all day.

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All BeautyFix subscribers got a small sample of a Tocca perfume several months ago, so I was surprised we were all getting another one this month.  I hope they had a different selection of Tocca perfumes this time around so no one got the same one they got in August.  Last time, I got Tocca Liliana; this time, I got Florence.  I got Tocca Florence in my June Play! by Sephora box and didn't like it, so I was sad I got another one.  This has a very green floral scent to it.  The top notes are not for me at all.  I don't mind it once it gets to the mid and base notes, but the top notes are very off-putting.  Tocca says the top notes of Florence are bergamot, grapefruit leaves, green pear, and apple, the mid notes are gardenia, violet, jasmine, tuberose, and iris, and the base notes are blonde wood and musk

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The Phytomer Pionnière XMF White - Skin Translucency Cream is a brightening cream that is also anti-aging.  This sample is teeny -- expect to get only two uses out of it!  This has a pretty floral scent to it.  It's impossible to see any effects from such a teeny sample.  The full size product costs $247, so, if they want you to actually spend the money on that, they should give you a big enough sample to see if it works!  Even if it did work, I can't imagine buying it at that price.  Each full size jar has enough for thirty uses and they recommend using it once to twice per day.  I would never spend $247 on a cream that would only last me 15 to 30 days.  

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BeautyFix subscribers received the Pangea Organics Facial Cream in Nigerian Ginger with Sweet Lavender and Thyme in the August box, and this month we got the Pangea Organics Facial Cream in Moroccan Argan with Willow and Rosemary.  The Nigerian Ginger cream was for combination skin and the Moroccan Argan is for oily skin.  I like this one more than the Nigerian Ginger.  The Moroccan Argan is supposed to reduce oil product and fight acne.  The moisturizer itself is very thin and lightweight, but it works well for my skin.  I love the scent of this.  

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We received Supersmile Toothpaste in a BeautyFix box over the summer and, this month, we get the floss.  This is whitening floss, which I didn't know existed.  This is supposed to get the tooth whitener in the hard to reach places plus it will freshen your breath.  I can't say I noticed any whitening, but I imagine you would have to use this for an extended period of time to see results.  

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My hair is straight, so I don't have any use for the Ouidad Botanical Boost Curl Energizing and Refreshing Spray.  It does contain wheat protein and B12 to make hair shinier and stronger, so I could probably use it if I wanted to, but its main purpose is to keep your curls looking bouncy and defined.  I have a friend who I think will love this, so I'll be giving it to her.  If you tried this, how did it work for you?

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The This Works Sleep Plus Pillow Spray is a mix of lavender and chamomile and it's supposed to calm you and make it easier to sleep.  You spray it on your pillow and/or sheets before bed.  I was worried I wouldn't like it very much because of the lavender, but it actually smells good and the scent is quite soothing.  I haven't been sleeping well this past week and I don't think this made much of a difference for me.  It's hard to say, though.  I've never been a good sleeper.  Has anyone who has used this had good luck with it?  Did it work for you?

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We got another teeny sample of a very expensive product, the Demarché Labs BioREWIND.  This is a night serum and a little goes a long way, so you should get at least a few uses out of this.  BioREWIND is supposed to clean out your pores, brighten your skin, and fight signs of aging.  Again, this is a product that you would have to use regularly to see any real effects and a few days just isn't enough to tell how well it works.

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The last product is NūFace by Carole Cole Prep-N-Glow Dual Sided Cloth.  The soft side removes makeup and dirt, while the side with the teeny bumps gently exfoliates your skin.  This is also hydrating and it even fights signs of aging.  It removed my makeup completely and was exfoliating, but, at $1 per cloth, it's pretty expensive for makeup remover wipes.  I loved using the one I had, but I don't plan on buying them.

November was a good, but not great, month for BeautyFix.  The Tocca perfume, Ouidad spray, and the Manna Kadar eyeshadow weren't for me, but I liked all the other products.  That's just it, though -- I liked all the other products, but I didn't absolutely love any of them.  The Avène mask was my favorite product.  The Demarché Labs BioREWIND and the Phytomer cream might well have been amazing, but it's impossible to tell with such teeny samples.  Even if they were amazing, though, I wouldn't buy them as they are extraordinarily expensive.  I'm happy with the November DermStore BeautyFix, but it's far from the best one I've gotten.  What did you think of the November BeautyFix?  How did the products work for you?