DermStore BeautyFix, $24.95 per month, US only
Little Feivel the Holland Lop was hoping that a BunnyFix box came instead of a BeautyFix. He was disappointed by the lack of carrots and lettuce in the box, but I cheered him up with some vegetable treats.
DermStore puts out a monthly box, BeautyFix, that costs $25 per month and promises a $100+ value. It's one of the better values out there and I always love seeing what is inside. They consistently have a good variety of products. Each month, they seem to have a beauty tool and one teeny but very high end sample of something. The other products are a mix of deluxe samples and full size products of skincare, hair care, and makeup.
The following items came in my February DermStore BeautyFix Box:
- Nick Chavez Advanced Volume Hairspray (deluxe sample, worth $6; full size costs $24)
- glo minerals Suede Matte Stick in Punch (full size, worth $16)
- Lashfood Phyto-Medic Natural Eyelash Enhancer (small sample, worth $13.33; full size costs $80)
- Pur~lisse Blue Lotus 4-in-1 Eye Adore Serum (full size, worth $65)
- Skinceuticals A.G.E. Eye Complex (small sample, worth $5(?); full size costs $92)
- Danielle Creations Gold-Plated Eyelash Curler (one implement, worth $11.50)
- DS Laboratories Revita.COR Hair Stimulating Conditioner (deluxe sample, worth $15.79; full size costs $29.99)
The February DermStore BeautyFix box was worth approximately $132.62. The Skinceuticals eye cream didn't have a size listed on the sample package, so I had to guess on the value. A box worth $132.62 that costs only $24.95 is a great value! In my opinion, BeautyFix has one of the best values out there. This box is becoming one of my favorites.
First up, we had the Nick Chavez Advanced Volume Hairspray. I hadn't heard of Nick Chavez before. I'm not one to use hairspray and I certainly don't want volume, so this isn't the product for me. I gave it a try and did see a slight volume boost and it did hold everything in place well. It has a nice, light scent to it that I quite liked. It's an excellent product, but not something that I will use.
The glo minerals Suede Matte Stick came in a pretty color called Punch. The colors subscribers got varied. It is a gorgeous color with great pigment. It had a very tropical feel to it, so Punch was the perfect name. The color is matte, but it manages to not dry out your lips. So many matte lipsticks will make your lips feel like the Sahara, so I was impressed that this one did not do that. This lip color contains vitamins C and E and mango oil and shea butter to moisturize your lips. My only complaint about this lipstick is that it didn't last all that long. You'll definitely be touching up your lipstick a number of times throughout the day. Overall, though, I liked it. I've included a swatch of this lipstick below.
When I saw the Lashfood Phyto-Medic Natural Eyelash Enhancer, I thought that it was something you put on like mascara. It was in a little tube that looked like mascara, so it was a reasonable assumption. It is actually a liquid you paint onto the skin around your eyelashes with a teeny brush. This is supposed to give you thicker and longer lashes after four weeks. I haven't been using it long enough to see a difference. My lashes are thick, but not all that long, so I wouldn't mind a little added length. Has anyone else tried this product? I'd love to hear how well it works. I admit, I'm a little skeptical about the efficacy of this product. I'm not sure if I'll have enough to last me four weeks so I can see if it works. This is a very expensive product ($80 for a full size), so I don't see myself ever buying this. Regular old mascara gives me adequate length for a lot less money.
I got a small sample of the Pur~lisse Blue Lotus 4-in-1 Eye Adore Serum in my ipsy Glam Bag last month. I'm still using that sample because a little goes a long way. I liked this a lot, so I was happy to get a full size (worth $65!). I have had dark circles under my eyes for the better part of a year, probably because of the stress I've gone through. It's definitely affected my sleeping. I've been using this serum in conjunction with an eye cream both in the morning and at night and, slowly but surely, I've been seeing good results. The area under my eyes is looking a lot better. If you have bags or circles under your eyes, I can't recommend this product highly enough. Make sure you put this on before eye cream for best results.
I loved that DermStore included the Skinceuticals A.G.E. Eye Complex in this box. This and the Pur~lisse serum are the perfect pair. This eye cream is meant to fight aging in the area surrounding your eyes. Unfortunately, the sample of this was quite small, so I was only able to use it for a few days. I was using it sparingly, so I was surprised by how quickly it ran out. The full size of this is $92, so I understand why the sample was little. Because I could use it for only a few days, I can't speak to the efficacy of this product, but it seemed to be of good quality.
Next up, there was the Danielle Creations Gold-Plated Eyelash Curler. There was a mirror from Danielle Creations in last month's BeautyFix. Both of the products I've gotten from this company have been well-constructed and durable, so I would love to see more from them. It's a very pretty implement and it curled my lashes beautifully. Does anyone know if there is a reason eyelash curlers are often gold-plated? I'm guessing there must be because it is quite common, but I'm not sure what that reason might be.
Finally, we had the DS Laboratories Revita.COR Hair Stimulating Conditioner. Last month, BeautyFix had the shampoo that goes with this. I have not tried either the shampoo or conditioner because I have no desire whatsoever for thicker hair. The conditioner is for all hair colors, but last month's shampoo was specially formulated for blondes. I had wondered why they had chosen a shampoo meant for blondes when most people are not blonde, but DS Laboratories informed me that the blonde shampoo could be used for any hair color. Their regular shampoo should not be used on blonde hair, but the blonde formula is safe for all hair. Now I understand why they chose the shampoo for blondes, but it would have been helpful if DermStore had explained that on the product information card. I'm sure I wasn't the only person wondering about this shampoo. Has anyone tried this product line? Does it, in fact, promote hair growth?
I liked this month's DermStore BeautyFix, but, out of all the boxes I've gotten from them, this one is my least favorite. I loved the eye serum and moisturizer and thought the eyelash curler was nice, but I could have done without the other stuff. I didn't hate anything, but I wasn't all that excited about most of the products.
What did you think of this month's DermStore BeautyFix? How do you think this box compared to their boxes from previous months? Has anyone had good results with the Lashfood or the shampoo and conditioner?