DermStore BeautyFix, $24.95 per month (US only)
Little Rosie is growing up so fast! She was quite disappointed this wan't BunnyFix.
DermStore BeautyFix is a subscription box that sends subscribers $100+ worth of products each month. All subscribers receive the same products with occasional scent or color variation. Most months, you'll get multiple skincare products, a makeup product, a beauty tool, and sometimes a hair or nail product. You'll get at least six products, sometimes as many as eleven. BeautyFix is very heavy on skincare and is great for women who are 30+ and interested in fighting signs of aging.
Here's what came in my May DermStore BeautyFix:
- Daily Concepts Your Stretch Wash Cloth (worth $14)
- SmartFX SmartLash Advanced Eyelash Enhancer (full size, worth $49.95)
- AHAVA Dead Sea Water Mineral Hand Cream (deluxe sample, worth $8.42; full size costs $33)
- NūFACE Prep-N-Glow (one cloth, worth $1; 20-pack costs $20)
- Vita Liberta Ten Minute Tan (small sample, worth $5.23; full size costs $39)
- CoTZ Face Natural Tinted SPF 40 (small sample, worth $2.40; full size costs $20)
- Manna Kadar Cosmetics Runway Ready Face Primer (deluxe sample, worth $16.80; full size costs $42)
- Replenix All-Trans-Retinol Enriched Eye Repair Cream (deluxe sample, worth $35.92; full size costs $85.50)
- Tula Hydrating Day and Night Cream (deluxe sample, worth $15.29; full size costs $52)
This month's box was worth $149.01. You can't beat the value. I wish there had been more makeup -- the only makeup item was the primer, which barely counts as makeup. We did have a bath product, two body products, and an eyelash enhancer product, so it wasn't all skincare, at least.
When I first heard that this product, the Daily Concepts Your Stretch Wash Cloth, my first thought was, "What the hell do you do with a stretch washcloth?!" Now that I have it, though, it makes sense. I thought it was going to be your basic square washcloth with a little stretch to it, but it's actually a long rectangle with loops on each end to grip it. I wish I had taken a better picture of it. It makes it so you can hold the loops and work it back and forth to clean your back or any other hard-to-reach spot. This is the perfect product for someone with limited mobility. It's also gently exfoliating and feels great on my back. I've tried a number of daily concepts products at this point and this one is my favorite by far.
BeautyFix has given us several lash enhancers, but this is the first time, I believe, that we've gotten the SmartFX Smartlash Advanced Eyelash Enhancer. You're supposed to apply this twice a day to either your lashes or brows and it's supposed to encourage hair growth. You apply it twice a day. I've tried it and haven't seen any results yet, but I haven't been using it for long either. Has anyone used this long-term and had good results?
The AHAVA Dead Sea Water Mineral Hand Cream has a nice, fresh scent to it that I love. The Dead Sea minerals are supposed to moisturize and improve the texture of your skin, plus it contains witch hazel to balance your skin and allantoin to heal your skin. This is a little lighter and fluffier feeling than many hand creams, so it absorbs quickly. Heavy hand creams can be a little much for the summer, so this came at the perfect time.
We got a NuFACE Prep-n-Glow cloth back in the November box. That is one of the more annoying things about BeautyFix -- they will send you the exact same product just a few months apart. This is just one cloth, though, so it's not too big a deal. One side of the cloth is smooth and the other has little bumps on it to gently exfoliate your skin. It's hydrating and anti-aging. I like these a lot, but I can't imagine paying $1 for each one of these.
I got a different Vita Liberata tanning product in my Birchbox this month, so I was surprised to get the Vita Liberata 10 Minute Tan in my BeautyFix. You apply this cream about ten minutes before showering, then rinse it off. They say if you want a deeper color, it can be left on for twenty minutes. Make sure you use a glove or mitt of some sort to apply this so you don't get hands that are a lot darker than the rest of your body. This doesn't have that gross self tanner smell, fortunately. After you rinse it off, your tan should gradually appear over the next four to six hours. The results were extraordinarily subtle. My skin ended up maybe a shade or two darker, but that was it. If you want something subtle, this is the way to go. I probably would have had better results if I had left it on for twenty minutes, but I didn't want to sit around doing nothing for that long.
DermStore sent us the Cōtz Face Natural-Tinted Sunscreen in the April 2016 box, plus I've gotten it in other boxes, so I wasn't all that excited to see it yet again. This is tinted, but the color is too dark for me, so I always end up giing the product away to a friend that could use it.
I apologize, but I had trouble loading the picture of the Manna Kadar primer, so you'll have to look at the picture of the entire box to see it. Manna Kadar's Runway Ready Face Primer is silicone-based, so I was not a fan. Silicone-based primers always make me feel like my makeup is floating above my skin. It's hard to describe, but, even if I put on a very small amount, it feels like my skin has a coating over it and my makeup is just setting on top of that coating. My makeup never looks as good toward the end of the day as it does when I use other primers that aren't silicone-based. I know a lot of people love primers like this, so you could well like it. I think this is better for those with dry skin.
The Replenix Enriched Eye Cream is anti-aging, hydrating, and brightening. It seems to be a nice cream, but I was unable to see any effects after using it for a short time. I would have to use it longer to see real results. That said, the full size version of this costs $85.50, so I can't imagine ever buying it.
The final product was the TULA Hydrating Day and Night Cream. This is both hydrating and anti-aging. It felt hydrating, but it wasn't overly thick and heavy, so it absorbed quickly and didn't make my skin feel greasy. It's a great spring and summer moisturizer. I liked this moisturizer a lot.
The May DermStore BeautyFix box was a little lackluster. I liked it for the most part, but it didn't wow me. My favorite product in the box was the Daily Concepts towel with the AHAVA cream coming in second. The Cotz sunscreen is too dark for me and I don't love to tan, so the Vita Liberata wasn't my favorite. Overall, it's an okay box, but I would have loved to have seen a bright, fun lip color for summer or even a bronzer or eyeshadow to balance this box out.
What did you think of the May BeautyFix?