BeautyFIX is a monthly subscription box from Dermstore that sends you the latest skin care, hair care, and makeup products for $24.95 a month (or $34.95 for a one-time purchase). They feature full and travel-sized products and promise the box will contain at least $100 worth of items. Everyone receives the same products, although makeup colors or scents may differ, but at least you will know what you’re getting if you decide to purchase the box after you see the contents.
TIP: you can subscribe to BeautyFIX and receive this exact box – it’s usually available all the way through the end of the month!
Supersmile Professional Whitening Floss ($1?) uses CALPROX (calcium peroxide) and baking soda to remove stains between teeth by dissolving pellicle, a protein that can cause staining. This might be helpful if you have your teeth professionally whitened but I will save some bucks and stick to my usual floss.
This next product was supposed to be Manna Kadar Fantasy 3-in-1 Eyeshadow (
$19) but arrived totally busted and unusable. The shade is nude blush pink and can be used as an eye shadow, blush, or highlighter and based on my previous experience with this brand’s shadows it should work well.
I made a mess but managed to swatch some of the shadow on my arm. This shade changes color depending on the angle of the light.
I love the fleeting scent of This Works Sleep Plus Pillow Spray ($2.30). Vetiver, lavender, patchouli, and wild chamomile essential oils provide an herby scent that you can spray on your pillow before settling down for a restful night’s sleep.
Phytomere Pionnière XMF White Skin Translucency Cream ($12.31) is supposed to leave skin glowing while providing anti-aging benefits, too. “XMF” stimulates collagen production and shea butter provides moisture. The scent is described as jasmine and citrus but I thought it smelled more like green tea perfume.
I have stick straight hair so I will pass along the Ouidad Botanical Boost Curl Energizing and Refreshing Spray ($6) to one of my co-workers. This curl enhancer adds moisture and nutrients and is supposed to fight frizz.
Pangea Organics Facial Cream Moroccan Argan with Willow & Rosemary ($15) is for oily and acne-prone skin and has antioxidants and polyphenols that help reduce redness and shine while essential fatty acids restore damaged skin.
I liked the Avène Soothing Moisture Mask ($26) and it is sure to get used a lot in the coming months. After cleansing, I applied a generous layer of this blend that includes mineral and safflower oil then watched TV for the next 20 minutes. I removed what was left with a tissue and sprayed on some Avène spring water before following with another moisturizer just before bed. My skin looked well rested in the morning!
Dermstore sent a variety of Tocca Eau de Parfum scents this month and I received the oriental floral Cleopatra ($2). I’m guessing that it is the tuberose that is playing out strongly with my chemistry and I’m just not loving it. To my daughter it will go.
I’m not passing along my Danielle Creations Silky Clean Facial Brush ($16.99)! Over 400,000 super soft, silky bristles gently caress the skin and help to remove more impurities than plain old fingers. I applied cleanser to my skin and then used the brush to get into the nooks and crannies around my nose and chin. I didn’t experience any irritation at all but make sure to run your fingers over the bristles after wetting so you don’t end up dripping water and cleanser all over your jammies.
I applied Dermarché Labs BioREWIND PM Pro-Grade Retinoid Repairing Serum ($12.50) at bedtime after cleansing and before moisturizing. It had a medicinal scent and spread smoothly and I didn’t encounter any irritation. Lactic acid along with a retinoid are supposed to clear the pores while leaving glowing skin in its wake.
Nūface Prep-N-Glow Cloth ($1) is supposed to cleanse, exfoliate, and hydrate all in one step. The cloth is dual-sided with a traditional cleansing cloth feel on one side and a nubby texturized side on reverse. I used the cleansing side first and found it had a soft fragrance and was gentle to my skin. The flip-side was a little rougher but still not too bad, just different. It said there was no need to rinse but I had the feeling that my skin wasn’t totally clean and that was confirmed when I wiped a plain, wet washcloth over my face and found traces of makeup.
This month’s box contained 11 items (4 of them full-sized!) and was worth around $114! Some of these goodies will be passed along because they were wrong for my skin and hair type and of course that busted eye shadow will go in the trash, but there were still a lot of products that I can put to use and the Avène product alone was worth the price of the box! I don’t fall for spectacular claims made on beauty products but it sure is nice to try luxurious skin care items every month.
Have you had your BeautyFIX? This box is still available in their shop if you like what you see!