DermStore BeautyFix, $24.95 per month (US only)
This little one is too photogenic! She thought she was modeling for BunnyFix, though, so she was a little disappointed.
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 was in the June DermStore BeautyFix box:
- ORA Microneedle Face Roller System in White/Aqua (worth $19.99)
- Paula's Choice Skincare Sun Care Broad-Spectrum SPF 43 Sunscreen Spray (full size, worth $25)
- H2O+ Beauty Aquadefense Refining Matcha Detox Mask (deluxe sample, worth $9.50; full size costs $38)
- Supersmile Professional Whitening System (small sample, worth $5.82; full size costs $36)
- La Roche-Posay Toleriane Double Repair Moisturizer (teeny sample, worth $0.80; full size costs $19.99)
- Dermalogica Nightly Lip Treatment (deluxe sample, worth $20.16; full size costs $49)
- SkinCeuticals Resveratrol B E (small sample, worth ~$15.20; full size costs $152)
- Laura Geller Pout Perfection Waterproof Lip Liner in Spice (full size, worth $18)
The June box was worth about $114.47. I had to estimate the value of the SkinCeuticals product as the size wasn't marked on the package. It's not the highest value BeautyFix I've seen, but it's not bad. We got a beauty tool this month, which is great! BeautyFix has been skipping them some months recently. Besides the beauty tool, there were four skincare products, a sunscreen, a makeup item, and a dental care product this month.
I've heard a lot about microneedling, but I had never tried it before. If you're not familiar with it, you're supposed to run the tool across your face in all directions and the teeny needles are supposed to open your skin up a bit to make serums and moisturizers absorb better. I've heard some people say it works well for them and others say that the needles are too short to penetrate the skin enough for it to be effective. I tried it and it hurt a little at first, but less than I was expecting. My skin felt pretty sore after and was a little red for a few hours after using this, so you might not want to do it right before you go out. I haven't used this enough to see a real difference, so I'm not sure how well it works. Has anyone else tried microneedling? If so, does it work well for you?
I love Paula's Choice, so getting one of their products in a box is always a treat. The Sun Care spray goes on in a mist that gives you pretty good coverage, but you'll want to rub it in to ensure you're fully covered. I was out in the sun with this and didn't burn, so I was happy with how it worked. I think the spray is easier to use than a gel or cream.
The H2O+ Beauty Aquadefense Refining Matcha Detox Mask is a dark green gel that you apply to your face, let dry for 15 minutes, then you peel it off. I love peel off masks! They're so much fun. You want to make sure that the layer isn't too thin or it will make peeling difficult. This is supposed to be moisturizing and pore minimizing, plus it's supposed to protect your skin from pollutants. It left my skin feeling tight (in a good way) and lightly moisturized. I loved this mask! I highly recommend it if you are looking for a good mask.
BeautyFix had the Supersmile Professional Whitening System in a box before. That is one thing I don't like about BeautyFix -- you'll occasionally get the exact same product as you got in a previous box. To use the Supersmile system, you apply a drop of the toothpaste and a drop of the accelerator to your toothbrush and then brush your teeth. Unfortunately, the samples are too small to see any whitening effect, but it tasted good and made my teeth feel clean. If I'm going to spend $36 on a toothpaste, I want to make sure it works, so I wish they had sent bigger samples.
The La Roche-Posay Toleriane Double Repair Moisturizer is supposed to hydrate and brighten your skin and minimize oiliness. It can be hard to find the right moisturizer this time of year as my T-zone goes into oil production overdrive. This moisturizer was perfect, though -- it was a lightweight moisturizer that helped keep my oil in check. Best of all, at $19.99 for the full size, it's quite affordable. I was surprised, though, that they gave us such a small sample of a product that is so inexpensive.
It seems like BeautyFix includes a Dermalogica product most months. I was thinking that I had tried the Nightly Lip Treatment before, but I checked and didn't see it. You're supposed to apply this to your lips after cleansing and toning your face and before going to bed. It was very moisturizing, but I didn't find it worked any better than regular Chapstick.
SkinCeuticals is another brand you see quite often in BeautyFix boxes. The Resveratrol B E is an anti-aging serum. I find a lot of SkinCeuticals products have a weird scent and this was no exception. Fortunately, the scent goes away once it is absorbed. It was moisturizing, but didn't make my skin feel oily. I would have to use this for an extended period of time to see anti-aging effects, but resveratrol is fabulous for your skin, so I imagine it works well.
The final product was the Laura Geller Pout Perfection Waterproof Lip Liner in Spice. We got this exact same lip liner in the June 2016 box. I got Fawn last time and Spice this time. The colors subscribers received varied. Spice is a little darker and more dramatic than Fawn. I like clear lip liners, so this wasn't really for me. It did hold up all day and it really is waterproof, so, if you like colored liners, you'll love this.
This month's BeautyFix box was good, but not great. There were two repeat products. I'm not sure why BeautyFix does that. That said, I loved the microneedler, the Paula's Choice sunblock, and the H2O+ Beauty mask. The other products were okay, but not amazing.
What did you think of the June BeautyFix box?