DermStore BeautyFix Review, March 2016

DermStore BeautyFix, $24.95 per month if you have a subscription, $34.95 for a one-time purchase (US only)

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Beautiful Caramel the Mini Satin was happy she was able to fit in the BeautyFix box!  I love how she has her cute little bunny paw resting on the edge of the box.  

The DermStore BeautyFix box is one of the more underrated boxes out there, in my opinion.  At $24.95 per month, it's quite a bit more expensive than Birchbox and Ipsy and a little more expensive than Glossybox, but it also has values that are consistently much higher than the more popular boxes.  DermStore promise values of at least $100.  It's heavier on skincare and hair care than it is on makeup, but it always has at least one makeup product per month.  It also has a beauty tool of some sort in every box.  Each subscriber gets the same products, but there is occasionally some color variation.  They always include some full size products and there always seems to be a small sample of a very pricey product.  I've gotten this box since November, but I'm already a huge fan and highly recommend it.  Also, this is often one of the first boxes I get in the mail each month.  It came a little later than usual this month, but it usually ships early compared to other boxes.

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Here's what was inside my March DermStore BeautyFix box:

The March DermStore BeautyFix box was worth an amazing $154.88!  This box is one of the best values out there.  While I wouldn't recommend this box to a teenager, I think BeautyFix is the perfect box for a woman in her 30s or older.

Something that is important to note is that DermStore's customer service is fabulous.  While many beauty box companies are know for subpar service, DermStore really sets the standard.  I got my BeautyFix box this month and was surprised by how empty it was.  I looked at the info card and saw that my box was missing two items.  They forgot to put the Radical Skincare serum and the DermStore Lip Quench in my box.  I went to their website and talked to a customer service rep, Lamar, on Live Chat.  He didn't question me or act like I was trying to scam them.  Lamar checked to see if they had the Radical Skincare serum and Lip Quench available to send to me separately.  They didn't, so he told me they were sending me a whole new box.  They got the box in the mail that day and it was in my mailbox few days later.  I was beyond impressed. DermStore has earned themselves a very loyal customer.  Some beauty box companies out there should take note and learn something from DermStore. 

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I absolutely love Dr. Brandt (RIP), so I couldn't believe that not only did BeautyFix include a Dr. Brandt item, but it was also full size!  I've gotten many a Dr. Brandt product in boxes before, but they were always teeny samples.  This product is from the Pores No More line and is supposed to tighten the pores in your T-zone and mattify the area.  I am one of those "lucky" people with combination skin.  While winter isn't so bad, during the rest of the year, my T-zone is an oily mess.  Anyone who has oily skin knows how hard it is to get foundation to stay on. If the general oiliness wasn't enough, my chin likes to break out each month (just love that hormonal acne at 33!) and I sometimes need serious coverage there.  When my skin is oily, the foundation and/or concealer on my chin can look pretty gross by the end of the day unless I'm really staying on top of it.  This gel helps keep the greasy parts of your skin matte, so your makeup will still look good at the end of the day.  The real test of this will be in the summer, but, from the few times I've used it, I have noticed a difference.  I've put it aside for now so I will have it when I really need it.

As an aside, for anyone looking for foundation formulated for those of us with combination or oily skin, check out the Revlon ColorStay Makeup for Combo/Oily Skin, which is currently on sale for buy one, get one half off at Ulta.  For too many years, I tolerated foundation that would get all oily and gross on my chin and slide around.  I finally started looking for better options and was surprised that a drugstore brand ended up being the answer for me.  I thought I was going to have to buy a really expensive foundation!  If you've had that same issue with foundation, check this one out if you haven't already.

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Paula's Choice is known to set the standard for skincare, so I love seeing their products in beauty boxes!  The Resist Vitamin C Spot Treatment will brighten up dark spots on your skin, help with damage from the sun and wrinkles, and even help get rid of the ghosts of dead pimples (i.e., those annoying little dark spots pimples like to leave behind after the pimple is long gone).  I didn't have any sun damage or dark spots to put this on, so I tried putting it on a pimple I had in hopes that it would prevent it from leaving that damn spot behind.  I have not yet seen the results as I am still waiting for the pimple to go away completely, but I am hoping it works.  I'll try to remember to include a note on whether this works when I do the end of the month wrap-up.  Vitamin C really is the perfect thing to get rid of those annoying spots, though, so I would recommend giving this a try if you need a good spot brightener.

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This Radical Skincare serum is $190 full size!  The deluxe sample I got is worth $51.35, so this alone is worth more than double the price of the box.  The serum contains antioxidants to fight signs of aging and is formulated for sensitive skin.  The Radical Skincare website says this will fight sixteen signs of aging and that it contains ten different types of fruit.  I use just one pump of this serum each morning and night and find that that is more than enough to cover my face. It has a very subtle, pleasant scent to it that reminds me of something, but I can't figure out what that something is.  I would have to use this for an extended period of time to see anti-aging effects, so I am not able to say how well this works for fighting signs of aging.  Fortunately, DermStore gave subscribers a big enough sample so we'll be able to see for ourselves whether this is effective.  That said, no matter how good this product works, I don't see myself spending $190 on a full size version of it.  There are many fabulous serums at much lower price points.

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I wasn't all that impressed by the DermStore Lip Quench Sheer Tint.  All subscribers got the same color, Coral Sunset.  While it is called a sheer tint, I wasn't expecting it to be quite as sheer as it was.  When it was on my lips, I didn't notice any color at all.  I've swatched it below, but the way it looked on my arm is not how it looked when in use.  It was also a little sticky.  I'll give it credit for being hydrating, but this wasn't for me.

DermStore Lip Quench Sheer Tint in Coral Sunset swatch

DermStore Lip Quench Sheer Tint in Coral Sunset swatch

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My only real complaint about DermStore BeautyFix is that they seem to include a product that volumizes hair or encourages hair growth every month.  I have thick hair as it is and have no interest in anything that will add more volume to it.  None of my friends need volumizers either.  My ex-wife needed them and was my guinea pig for volumizers when I was still with her, but I sure as hell won't be giving them to her now.  My many volumizing hair products are collecting dust, hoping someone will want them someday.

 I took one for the team and tried out the Nick Chavez thickening leave-in conditioner and it made me look like a puffball.  Nick Chavez makes high quality products and I am a fan of his, but this product just wasn't for my hair type.  It does give you some serious volume, though, so if volume is what you need, this leave-in conditioner is the product for you.

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I think I might have a lifetime supply of dry shampoo at this point!  I don't use dry shampoo often and I get so much of it in my beauty boxes.  My friends are always happy to take some off my hands, but I still have more dry shampoo than I know what to do with.  The Batiste dry shampoo worked better than I was expecting.  I had tons of the white spray in my hair and it brushed out easily and left no trace behind.  It soaked up the grease quickly and made my hair look clean and silky.  I loved the coconut scent.  Perhaps the best thing about this dry shampoo is that it is an inexpensive drugstore brand!  I got the travel size in my BeautyFix box and it is available at Ulta for only $4; the full size is $8.  Who doesn't love discovering an effective but inexpensive beauty product?

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I haven't tried the Glytone sunscreen yet.  We've had some overcast days recently and I haven't been outside much, so I didn't really feel the need to apply sunscreen.  Don't be like me, though!  Use sunscreen every day!  This is meant for your face and contains hyaluronic acid for added moisture.  The sample of this is teeny, so I will probably only get one use out of this.  $37 is a little on the expensive side for sunblock for me, so I don't see myself purchasing this in the future.

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Finally, instead of the beauty tool that comes in the box each month, there was a travel bag that DermStore says is perfect for packing your cosmetics.  I wouldn't want to put my makeup in here because it's a fabric bag and it's not going to protect my pressed powder makeup from damage.  Emily loved this bag, though, and will put it to use for something.

I liked the March BeautyFix box a lot!  Not all the products were for me, but there were a few amazing products, so I still felt that I got more than my money's worth.  I highly recommend BeautyFix if you're looking for a box that is heavy on the skincare and is appropriate for women who might be a little older than the target demographic of many beauty boxes.