DermStore BeautyFix Review, September 2016

DermStore BeautyFix, $24.95 per month (US only)

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"This is not BunnyFix!  You tricked me into modeling!"  

DermStore BeautyFix is a monthly box that sends subscribers six or more products per month and the box has a minimum value of $100.  Generally, they send about eight items and the value is in the $150 range.  There's always at least one full size product and most (but not all) months, they include one beauty tool, one makeup product, and then a mix of high-end skincare products.  They occasionally throw in a hair care product.  I always recommend this for women who are 30+ -- it has expensive anti-aging products that you might have wanted to try, but couldn't justify spending the money.  It's an affordable way to try out different products and brands to figure out what you like when it comes to pricey skincare products.  Who wants to spend $70 on a moisturizer that doesn't work for her skin?

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Here's what was in the September DermStore BeautyFix:

My September DermStore BeautyFix box was worth $160.52.  You always get your money's worth with BeautyFix!  This month, there was a beauty tool, a makeup item, a lash product, and five skincare products, so it was the usual mix you get from BeautyFix.  Two of the products were full size and, of course, the beauty tool was, too.  The two full size products were worth a total of $120, which is 75% of the total value.  DermStore took a bit of a risk there because if you didn't like one or both of those products, then the box would lose a lot of its value for you.  I, personally, love trying out the expensive stuff that I probably would never buy on my own, so I'm willing to take that risk with BeautyFix.  It's strange there's no moisturizer this month!  BeautyFix almost always throws in one moisturizer, sometimes two or three.  We did get a moisturizing cleanser and two serums, though.

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Most of the beauty tools DermStore has sent out recently have been from Danielle Creations.  Their products are high quality and cute, so I'm okay with that.  The rose gold tweezers are pretty and work well.  Some tweezers have the smallest gap when you close the tweezey ends together, making it almost impossible to get fine hairs.  The ends of this set of tweezers meet perfectly.  The design of this makes these tweezers easy to hold and use.  

I love that rose gold has been so popular lately.  I've always been a huge fan of rose gold, but, until recently, it was hard to find.  I wanted my wedding rings to be in rose gold when I got married almost eight years ago, but the jewelry store didn't have any and we ended up with white gold rings.  We got divorced anyway, so I guess it ended up not mattering.  I imagine it would be much easier to find a rose gold wedding band now.

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The Jane Iredale Smooth Affair Facial Primer and Brightener was the only makeup product this month.  I've gotten this primer before in a different box and liked it, so I was happy to get it again.  I was hoping this would be a slightly bigger sample size.  This is a primer that not only gives you a good base for your foundation, but also helps conceal minor flaws and fine lines, plus it gives you a little glow.  This is a thin white cream that absorbs quickly and is very lightweight.  This is one of the better primers out there.  It makes my skin look smooth and pretty.

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I've tried other Patchology products in the past, but I think this is the first lip gel of theirs that I've tried.  I can't say I'm a big fan of the lip gels.  The gels themselves are sparkly, which is very cute, but my lips felt dry after I removed the gel.  It's possible it works better if you use them regularly, but it's hard to say after just one use.  My lips felt smoother and softer, I'll give it that, but I hated how dry my lips felt after I removed the gel. 

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This is the fourth DS Laboratories product that has been in BeautyFix this year.  Their hair-growth stimulating shampoo and conditioner were in the January and February boxes, respectively, and the the anti-cellulite cream was in the July box.  This month, we got a product to stimulate eyelash growth.  You apply this like an eyeliner to your lash line twice a day and the Spectral.Lash Eyelash Stimulator supposedly stimulates keratin production, strengthens your eyelash hair, prevents breakage, and makes your eyelashes fuller.  You'd have to use this for an extended period of time to see results.  DS Labs says you should start to see results after two weeks.  I'm a little on the skeptical side.  Has anyone had good luck with this?  Have you actually seen results?  At $49 for 0.1 oz of this, I hope it works!   

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The Nia 24 Treatment Catalyst is a serum that helps reverse sun damage.  It also enhances absorption of moisturizers or any other products you put on after this.  The serum is thin and oily, but it didn't leave my face feeling greasy at all.  I liked the soft, fruity scent and it made the moisturizer I applied after this absorb quicker than usual.  That said, this is $71 for 0.5 oz, so it's not cheap.  If you have serious sun damage and find this helps reduce the appearance of that damage, it might be worth it, but this isn't going to be worth the price for most people.  My only complaint about the product itself is that the dropper drips a bit and a huge drop fell onto my counter.  You don't want even a teeny drop wasted when a product costs $71, so I hope that they will improve the design of the dropper.

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You can't tell it in the picture directly above, but this is a teeny soap!  It's cute, though, and these mini bars from Erno Laszlo last a surprisingly long time.  It feels weird using a bar of soap to wash your face, but Erno Laszlo's soaps are actually hydrating.  If you have extremely dry skin, then Erno Laszlo's face wash soaps would be a good choice.  I don't have dry skin and find that I get an adequate amount of hydration from serums and moisturizer, so the Phelityl soap isn't really something I need.  I might save it for the winter when my skin dries out from the upstate NY cold.  It is lightly scented and the scent seems a little on the masculine side, but it's not strong and it goes away once it is rinsed off.  A full size bar of this runs from $38-$45, so I'd recommend this only if you really need a hydrating cleanser.  

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DermStore loves to send subscribers teeny Glytone samples.  We got a full size bacne treatment spray from Glytone once, but the three other Glytone samples I've received from DermStore have been microscopic.  This is a serum and it is supposed to exfoliate and brighten your skin. It contains acids for exfoliation.  It's thicker than most serums I've tried and feels closer to a lightweight moisturizer than a serum in texture.  The tube DermStore sent us has only enough product for 4.5 applications (it's a tenth of the full size and the full size product contains enough serum for 45 applications, according to the DermStore site), so it's impossible to see real results with a serum after using it four times.  If they want us to buy a $70 product, they need to convince us we need it, and to do that, they need to give us a sample of the product that can be used for at least a week.

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The final product is the LIFTLAB Skin Regeneration PURIFY + CLARIFY Daily Cleanser, Detox Mask, and Gentle Exfoliant.  This was definitely my favorite product in BeautyFix this month!  It smells like oranges, which I love, plus it is an exfoliating cleanser that fights acne and signs of aging.  It's perfect for women who are in their 30s, like me, and want to combat aging but who also have to deal with the occasional breakout.  It's hard to find products that help with both issues, so, whenever I do find one, I get so happy.  This left my skin feeling smooth and clean, but not oily.  You can use it as a mask, but I haven't tried that yet.  I wish this had been the full size product this month!

I always love my DermStore BeautyFix and this month was no exception.  The Patchology lip gel was the only product I disliked, but I'm quite happy with everything else.  The LIFTLAB cleanser was amazing and I am going to be very sad when I run out of it.  While the Erno Laszlo soap isn't quite what I need this time of year, I think this will be perfect to use in the winter when my skin is dry and flaky.  The Glytone brightening serum was promising, but, after using it only four times, it's hard to say how well it actually works.  The jury is still out on the DS Laboratories Spectral.LASH, but I'm hoping to see results in about two weeks.  The Nia 24 Treatment Catalyst, the Jane Iredale primer, and the Danielle Creations tweezers were all fabulous products and I was happy to see them in this month's box.  Overall, I'm very happy with the September BeautyFix.  DermStore always does such a great job with box curation and I look forward to seeing what I'll be getting next month!