DermStore BeautyFix Review, July 2016

DermStore BeautyFix, $24.95 per month (US only)

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This beautiful baby bun thought the box said "Healthy Skin and Hare Begin Here," so she was a little disappointed when there were no carrots or hay inside!

DermStore BeautyFix is a very underrated beauty box.  I'm not sure why it isn't more popular as it's perfect for women over thirty who are concerned about skincare.  The box is very heavy on skincare products, but it generally has one makeup item, a beauty tool, and a hair product each month (not always, though!).  Each month, you get six or more items with a total value of $100 or more.  They always have at least one full size product and the products tend to be higher end.  While I might not be able to afford to buy a particular product when I'm finished with my BeautyFix sample, I still think it's fun to sample them.  If you want to try a range of higher end skincare products without having to spend tons of money to do it, this is the box for you.  It'll help you figure out which brands and ingredients work best for your skin.  

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Here's what subscribers got this month:

The July DermStore BeautyFix box was worth an incredible $175.99!  This is the highest value DermStore box I've gotten, and easily one of the highest value boxes I've ever gotten.  It might even be the highest value monthly box I've gotten, although I have gotten limited edition single-purchase boxes that were worth more.  DermStore promises values of at least $100, but they often surpass that amount by quite a bit.  This month, there were no makeup or hair products, but that happens sometimes.  I know BeautyFix is primarily a skincare box, so the occasional makeup- and/or haircare-free month doesn't bother me.

 

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I've heard a lot about micellar water, but I wasn't really sure what it was.  I finally decided to look it up and discovered that it is soft water with micelles, which are teeny balls of cleansing oil, suspended inside of it.  Micellar water will help remove makeup, clean your skin, and give you some added moisture.  If you have heavy makeup on, you'll probably want to use something else to take the bulk of your makeup off as this won't take off full foundation or waterproof mascara very well.  Also, if you have oily or combination skin, you may want to use a regular facial cleanser in addition to this.  

I decided that the best way for me to use it would be to remove my makeup, wash my face, then rub the micellar lotion on my face with a cotton pad to get any remaining dirt or makeup off.  I then toned, applied a serum, and used a regular moisturizer as I always do.  You don't rinse this off after using it.  This added an extra step to my already long skincare routine, but I loved the scent and how soft it felt on my skin.  This is great if you a traveling and have limited space or if you are just in a hurry as you can make it serve multiple purposes if you need it to.  It would work better for those who have dry skin or who wear lighter makeup than I do.  While there are lots of types of micellar water out there, Avène's formula is made with their famous thermal spring water, which is supposed to have minerals in it and be extra good for your skin.  While, admittedly, I find some of their products to be a little gimmicky (you want me to pay $18 for a 5 oz. can of water to spray on my face?!!!), I loved Avène's Micellar Lotion. 

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I've long been a fan of blemish dots, so I was looking forward to trying Skyn ICELAND's.  Blemish dots are thin plastic disks with acne medication on them that you apply to a pimple overnight.  It sucks a lot of gross stuff out and helps kill the pimple off.  They work better on surface pimples than on deep, cystic acne, of course.  Lots of companies make their own version of this product, and I've found it's the type of product where you get what you pay for.  I've used the cheap dots ($0.21 per dot) and have had okay results from them, but the plastic is quite thick and the adhesive is lacking, so it doesn't mold to the pimple well and often falls off over night.  I've also used the really expensive Peter Thomas Roth dots ($0.50 per dot) and was impressed with how well it molded to the pimple.  I never had an issue with one falling off.  Skyn ICELAND's dots cost $20 for a 48, or $0.42 per dot.  It didn't work quite as well as the Peter Thomas Roth dots because the plastic was slightly thicker and less pliable, but its performance was considerably better than that of the cheap dots.  The better the acne dot sticks, the longer it stays on, and the longer it stays on, the more gross stuff it pulls out.  While the cheap dots will only pull stuff out of the pimple, both the Skyn and PTR dots contain salicylic acid, tea tree oil, and hyaluronic acid to treat the pimple and keep your skin from getting dried out.  On top of that, the Skyn dots contain vitamin C, so it will also help prevent those annoying dark spots that pimples like to leave behind after they've died.  I was very happy with the Skyn ICELAND dots and would highly recommend them.

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I've gotten a couple of different items from Danielle Creations in my past BeautyFix boxes and liked them, so I was happy to see another of their products was coming in the July box.  The Therapeutic Gel Beads Eye Mask is a reusable mask that contains soft gel balls that you can either heat up in the microwave to use on your forehead or freeze to use on your eyes.  Given that it's hot out right now, I haven't tried heating this up, but I did try freezing it.  It was soothing and helped reduce puffiness.  At $10, this is affordable and well worth the price.

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I was surprised that DermStore sent subscribers a full size Dr. Hauschka Night Serum.  It's a $60 product!  This serum is supposed to balance your skin's pH and work as an astringent.  It says that it has a soft floral scent to it, but all I could smell was the witch hazel.  This wasn't my favorite serum.  I can't say I noticed any effects from this.  I would just buy a witch hazel-based toner if I wanted witch hazel, not a $60 serum.  It seems quite expensive for what it is.  Also, be careful when you open this!  You have to puncture the seal to open it, which releases a lot of pressure and made quite a bit of the serum squirt out.

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This is my first time getting a treatment for body acne in a beauty box!  While my face likes to break out each month, I very rarely get backne or assne, so this isn't a product I really need.  I've asked around to try to find a friend to give it to, but no one I've asked seems to have the problem (either that or they're too ashamed to admit to it, which is possible).  This smells like straight up rubbing alcohol, although it does have salicylic acid in it to help kill the acne.  The alcohol and salicylic acid will seriously dry out your skin, so be careful if you do use it.  Has anyone used this?  If so, how did it work for you? 

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$22 for something that seems like a fancy tube of Blistex seems a little expensive, but the Neova Cu3 Intensive Lip Repair is supposed to be an anti-aging treatment for your lips in addition to being moisturizing.  This product contains copper peptide, which the website says will help minimize fine lines around the lips.  I love bright, bold lipstick and feathering is one of my nightmares, so I'm willing to give this a try if it will help prevent that.  After a few days use, it's impossible to see effects like that, but it was very hydrating and made my lips feel extra soft.  My lips have been dry and it has been bothering me a lot lately, so I'm loving the results I've seen.  

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Finally, there was the DS Laboratories Oligo.DX Cellulite Reducing Gel.  To use this, you're supposed to apply this to anywhere you have cellulite after you get out of the shower.  You can use this as an intensive treatment and apply it daily for sixty days, or you can use it as a preventive treatment and apply it daily for a month at a time two or three times a year.  You're supposed to be able to see results after a week.  I tried this once and don't think I'll be trying it again.  I long ago accepted the fact that I have cellulite and don't care enough to try to get rid of it.  When I was in my early 20s, I hated my cellulite, but, at 34, I never even give it a thought.  I also have my doubts that any cellulite cream actually works.  If you've tried this, have you noticed any results?

I liked four of the seven products in my July DermStore BeautyFix box.  Two of the three products I didn't like, the Glytone Acne Treatment Spray for Back and Chest and the DS Laboratories Oligo.DX Cellulite Reducing Gel may work just fine, but I don't really have any use for them.  I thought they were both strange choices for this box as they have limited appeal.  The third product, the Dr. Hauschka Night Serum, wasn't what I am looking for in a serum.  I didn't hate it, but it wasn't for me.  The three products I didn't like made up the bulk of the value of the box, unfortunately.  The serum was worth $60, the cellulite gel $39, and the acne spray $20, so that was $119 of the $175.99 value.  I still received $56.99 worth of products that I loved, so the box was still worth it to me. I'm sure I'll find friends who are happy to take the products I don't need.  I loved the Avène Micellar Lotion, the Skyn ICELAND Blemish Dots, the Neova Cu3 Intensive Lip Repair, and the Danielle Creations Eye Mask, so I was happy with my July BeautyFix box overall.  

Did you get the July BeautyFix box?  If so, what did you think?  I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments!