DermStore BeautyFix Review, April 2016

DermStore BeautyFix, $24.95 per month, US only

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Here's a ten-day-old bunny hanging out in the DermStore BeautyFix box!  In a couple of months, it will fill up entire box.  Sorry it's a little blurry.  Those little guys don't like to hold still for even a second!

DermStore BeautyFix is a monthly box that contains six or more items and has a value of at least $100.  I've never seen them put only six items in a box; a typical month contains eight to nine beauty products.  They generally have one beauty tool, at least one full size item, and a teeny sample of a very expensive product, then a mix of deluxe samples making up the rest of the box.  This is a very underrated box, in my opinion.  It usually ends up being one of my favorites and is the best value for my money.

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The April DermStore BeautyFix Box contained:

The April DermStore BeautyFix box was worth about $111.98.  The size for the SkinCeuticals Triple Lipid Restore wasn't listed on the packaging, so I had to guess on the value of that.  This is the first month they haven't included a beauty tool of some sort!  I thought that was something they did every month, so I was a little surprised not to see one in there.  This month was a little strange, I thought.  The product mix was different from what I am accustomed to seeing in BeautyFix.

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First up is a new product from SkinCeuticals, the Triple Lip Restore 2:4:2.  This is a moisturizer with anti-aging properties.  It contains lipids, vitamin E, and antioxidants to help smooth out your skin and get it looking radiant again.  I loved how this felt on my skin.  It gave my face a silky feel.  With a sample this small, though, I have no idea how well this works when it comes to fighting wrinkles.  If you want me to spend $125 on your product, you need to show that it works really well.  A sample size this small doesn't tell me anything.  

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As I mentioned above, the product mix is weird this month.  They usually include one moisturizer a month, but, this month, there were three!  I love moisturizers, but I would like to see the box be a little more balanced.  

Juice Beauty isn't my favorite company, although I have found a couple of products from them that I like.  Their Green Apple Age Defy Moisturizer is not one of the few I like, unfortunately.  The scent of this product really bothers me.  It's supposed to smell like green apple, but it has a weird off scent to it.  It's hard to describe.  I've gotten many samples of this moisturizer over the years and have never liked it.  I'm a little sad this was one of the two full size products in this month's box.  It will go in my box of stuff to give away to friends and family.  One of them will be sure to love it.  I know a lot of people are fans of this moisturizer and it seems to work well enough, but I just can't get past the smell.  One important thing to note about this product is that Juice Beauty recommends that people with sensitive skin and/or rosacea not use this product because it contains fruit acids.

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The AHAVA Dead Sea Osmoter Facial Serum was new to me.  This, like the two moisturizers above, is an anti-aging product, so you get both a serum and moisturizers for your anti-aging skincare routine.  This is an oil-based serum, so, if you have really oily skin or you are prone to breakouts, you might want to be careful with this.  A little goes a long way, so a few drops should cover your face.  I'm glad it only takes a few drops because an ounce of this costs $62!  I love the soft scent of this.  It really feels like the moisture is locked in when I apply this.  I want to buy this, but I'm trying to keep myself from doing it because I have more serum than I need already.

Also, if you think you are too young to get all this anti-aging stuff, think again.  The earlier you start, the better.  It is so much easier to prevent wrinkles than it is to try to get rid of them.  

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I've heard good things about the Perfect Formula Pink Gel Top Coat, but I'd never had a chance to try it until now.  This is supposed to go directly on your nails, not over polish, and it gives your nails a subtle pink, glossy look.  It contains keratin to help strengthen your nails, giving you a chance to grow your nails out and get them in top condition before subjecting them to another harsh manicure.  The slight pink tint to the formula balances out any yellow in your nails.  I loved how quickly this top coat dried!  I'm too impatient to sit around waiting fifteen minutes or longer for my nails to dry, so quick drying formulas are very important to me.  I found that in indoor lighting, my nails had a glossiness to them, but I didn't notice much pink.  If I was in natural light, though, my nails had a milky, pale pink look to them.  My only complaint about this top coat is that it did chip off pretty easily.  I'm hard on my nails, so that isn't surprising.  Has anyone who is not as hard on their nails as I am had trouble with chipping?  Despite the chipping issue, I'm a fan of this product and will definitely be using it often.

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The SmartFX Volume Extend Mascara wasn't for me.  This gave me a lot of volume but not much length, which is the opposite of what I need in a mascara.  I have full lashes, but they aren't terribly long.  This mascara made my lashes look a little clumpy and didn't give them the length I need.  If you have thin lashes that are long, this would be a good choice for you.

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I thought I had gotten the Patchology FlashPatch Eye Gels in another box at some point, but I looked through my reviews and didn't see them mentioned anywhere.  These eye gels do a little bit of everything.  They brighten the skin, reduce puffiness with caffeine, and hydrate your under-eye area.  I don't generally need help with puffiness or hydration around my eyes, but I do need brightening.  These definitely did brighten the skin some.  I imagine using them regularly would give you a greater effect.

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I have no idea how many times I've gotten Klorane dry shampoo in beauty boxes.  Maybe ten times?  Klorane makes a good dry shampoo and the natural tint to this makes it ideal for those of us with darker hair.  The spray isn't white, so it won't give dark hair that weird greyish cast to it that some dry shampoos will give you.  Personally, I prefer other dry shampoo brands, but Klorane makes a high quality product that will soak up excess oil and restore some volume to your hair.

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Unfortunately, I wasn't able to try out the CōTz sunblock.  It is a tinted sunscreen that can be used under makeup.  They make two shades of this and this is the darker one.  I am one of the palest people in existence, it seems, so I would need the lighter shade.  It is relatively sheer, so it would probably work well for those who have a range of medium skintones, but those of us who have dark or pale complexions should look into other options.  A patch test made my skin the lovely shade of orange Boehner and Trump sport.  That is not quite the look I am going for.  I haven't tried the formula for paler complexions, so I'm not sure how well this sunblock works.  Has anyone had good luck with this product?  Does anyone know how this works for people with darker skin?  It bothers me that this does not appear as though it would work well for people with dark complexions and CōTZ doesn't offer this product in a range of shades that would work for everyone.

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Finally, there was the third moisturizer, the bliss fabulous drench 'n' quench.  Unlike the others, this is not an anti-aging moisturizer.  It is all about hydration.  This smells soooo good.  I love this stuff!  I'm sad that the sample is small because this is my favorite product in this box.  This moisturizer made my skin feel so soft and hydrated.  I highly recommend this product.  Best of all, of the three moisturizers in this box, this is the cheapest per ounce!  I will use this as my day moisturizer and then use an anti-aging moisturizer at night.  

This was definitely a weird BeautyFix box.  It wasn't my favorite.  I loved the bliss moisturizer, the Perfect Formula top coat, and the AHAVA serum, so it wasn't a total loss.  The Patchology eye gels were also a great product.  The SkinCeuticals moisturizer seems like it would be a nice product, but with such a small sample size and a price tag of $125, this would be a pass for me.  The Juice Beauty moisturizer, the SmartFX mascara, and the CōTZ sunblock were not for me, but they are products that would work for many people.  My main issue with the BeautyFix box was the curation.  With three of the same product type, moisturizers, it doesn't seem like any thought was put into selecting the products.  Everyone loves a good face moisturizer, but I like my beauty boxes to have a good variety of products each month.  While I enjoyed using a number of products that came in the April box, this is my least favorite of the BeautyFix boxes I've gotten.  I hope that they put some thought into the curation of the May box and have a better variety of products.

What did you think of this month's BeautyFix?  Did the lack of variety bother you?