DermStore BeautyFix Review, May 2016

DermStore BeautyFix, $24.95 per month (US only)

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This little month-old Holland Lop reminds me a lot of Emmett!  I have to decide on a name for her.  Perhaps Wildstyle?  Unikitty?  Emmett was named after the Lego Movie.  Any suggestions?

DermStore BeautyFix is a monthly box that contains mostly higher end skincare products, but they usually have at least one makeup product and a beauty tool. The box contains at least one full size product per month.  All subscribers get the same products, with perhaps some variation in color.  The boxes are guaranteed to be worth at least $100, but they are often worth more than $125.  This is a great box for women who are 30+ and interested in trying a variety of products to see what works best for their skin, but who don't want to spend tons of money in order to do that.  

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Here's what was in the May BeautyFix:

The May DermStore BeautyFix box was worth an astounding $155.58!  This box is always such a great value for the price.  They seemed to have a pattern going of sending out mostly skincare products, plus one makeup product and a beauty tool.  Last month, they skipped the beauty tool; this month, they skipped the makeup.  While I would have liked to have seen a makeup product, I don't mind that it is all skincare plus a beauty tool.

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I've tried a number of Eau Thermale Avène products before, but this is the first time I've tried their sunscreen, I believe. This was one of the full size products this month, which is perfect with summer coming up.  This sunscreen is very lightweight and meant for the face.  I was impressed by how thin and sheer this liquid was. You can put this on before you put on a full face of makeup and you'll never know it is there.  This sunscreen is supposed to provide up to eight hours of protection.  I am often bad and forget to use sunscreen, so I'm hoping I can work this into my skincare routine.

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The Replenix Pure Hydration Hyaluronic Acid Serum does a little bit of everything.  It is supposed to moisturize, plump and firm, boost collagen production, reduce oiliness, and prevent free-radical damage.  The serum is quite viscous and a little bit goes a long way.  It doesn't have a noticeable scent.   I might not spend $69 on a full size bottle of this serum, but I'll enjoy using it while I have it.

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Every month, DermStore seems to throw in a teeny sample of a very expensive product.  This month, that product was the $178 SkinMedica HA5 Rejuvenating Hydrator.  HA5 is a serum that contains five different types of hydrators, vitamin E, and peptide complex to minimize lines and wrinkles.  The website I've linked to above says that this product almost immediately reduces the appearance of fine lines.  I am fortunate enough to not really have fine lines yet and wasn't able to see how true the claim of instant wrinkle reduction was.  My skin felt very moisturized after using this.  If this does everything it says it does, then it is worth the $178 if you need to fight signs of aging but don't want to go so far as to get Botox or fillers.  Only you can decide if it's worth spending $178 for 2 oz. of serum.  Has anyone who has tried this noticed a significant reduction in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles?  Is this worth it?

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You may remember that I got a two-pack of the beautyblender Micro Mini in my BeautyCon box in March.  DermStore sent just one beautyblender, but they also included a teeny packet of the liquid beautyblender cleanser.  I liked how the Micro Mini worked for me when I used it the first time, but I've been a little lazy about using it because I hated dealing with cleaning it every time.  I'll probably use this for special occasions when I really need flawless makeup, but I doubt I'll use it regularly.  It makes my foundation look amazing, so I really should use it more.  The liquid cleanser does make it a lot easier to clean the little sponge.

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The glō·therapeutics Vital Eye Cream is a lightweight eye moisturizer that is supposed to brighten the skin around the eyes and reduce puffiness and signs of aging.  This was the second full size product in the BeautyFix box this month.  I'm on eye cream overload right now, but this will probably be moved to the front of the line because it did help brighten my under-eye area.

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There were two facial sunblocks in the box this month.  The La Roche-Posay Anthelios 60 is a teeny sample, but it takes very little to cover the face, so I should get a couple of uses out of this.  It seems very similar to the Eau Thermale Avène sunscreen, but this one is a little bit cheaper per ounce.  My makeup went over it just fine and the sunscreen was so lightweight, I couldn't even tell it was there. 

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Finally, there was the (very expensive) Doctor Babor Derma Cellular Collagen Booster Cream.  The full size jar of this product costs $154, so I was impressed that DermStore sent a big sample that is worth $45.56.  This has a very light scent to it and feels very moisturizing.  It is also supposed to have anti-aging properties.  I haven't used it for an extended period of time, so I don't know how well it works for anti-aging.  It feels similar to other moisturizers, so, while it's nice, I don't think it's $154 nice.  If you've used it for a long time and think it's worth it, though, let me know.

DermStore's BeautyFix box is often one of my favorite boxes.  I liked the May box, but I wish they had thrown in one makeup product.  I love the skincare products, but they can get a little repetitive.  Last month, they sent three moisturizers.  This month, there were two facial sunblocks, two serums, and another moisturizer.  Of course, if you are looking for the best moisturizer or serum for you, this subscription is the best way to find it.  Using sunblock this time of year is very important, so I did like the inclusion of those products.  Most of the products are aimed toward people who are concerned with aging.  Trying out the really expensive stuff that I would never be able to buy is always a treat, so that is probably one of my favorite aspects of the BeautyFix box.

What did you think?  Was it too much skincare for you?  Did you have a favorite or least favorite product?  Any suggestions for bunny names?  Let me know in the comments!