DermStore BeautyFix May 2016 Beauty Subscription Box Unboxing & Review

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BeautyFix is a monthly subscription box offered by DermStore.com for $24.95 a month. They announce all of the products beforehand and there is no variation customer to customer. They advertise themselves as “a curated collection of innovative and professional makeup, skin and hair care products handpicked by beauty experts” with 6+ mostly full and deluxe travel sized items. You can see more information here.

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This is my first time trying BeautyFix and I had been eyeing it for a while but was hesitant because it is fairly pricey. However, when I saw that the product lineup contained a Micro Mini Beauty Blender, La Roche Posay, and Avene skin care products, I was willing to take the splurge. I’m glad I did.

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L: Bottom of box. R: Side of box.

This is the bottom and the side of the box that the products are mailed in. I had to include the images because they are too cute. The bottom urges you to recycle by saying “Thank you for recycling me! I’m going to become a novel in my next life.” The side announces “Time for your Beautyfix” so if you weren’t excited yet, you will be now.

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The box comes with an insert that tells you that this month’s theme is the latest and greatest youth replenishing products that you and mom will love (yay mother’s day!), as well as the name of each product and a brief description of them. There is also a 20% off coupon if you go to DermStore.com/Timeless and enter “TIMELESS”.

L to R: La Roche-Posay Anthelios 60 Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid, Avene Mineral Ultra Light Hydrating Sunscreen Lotion spf 50+

L to R: La Roche-Posay Anthelios 60 Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid, Avene Mineral Ultra Light Hydrating Sunscreen Lotion spf 50+

La Roche Posay Anthelios 60 Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid 0.1 oz worth $1.76

I have always wanted to try La Roche Posay partially because I’ve heard good things about it and partially because I am a sucker for anything French. Even though it is potent at spf 60, this tube is tiny, probably good for 1 or 2 uses on the face. It promises a matte finish so it will be interesting to see if that is even possible in the New York heat and humidity.

Avene Mineral Ultra Light Hydrating Sunscreen Lotion spf 50+ 1.3 oz worth $22.40 (full sized deluxe travel sized!)

The brand Avene is one of my holy grails. I never figured out if this is because they’re French or because they use thermal spa waters that work miracles on the skin but either way, they’re great. I’m not sure who decided to sell such a small sunscreen for $22 but according to the one review left on the Dermstore website, it is one of the few facial sunscreens that doesn’t irritate the skin or leave a white cast so I look forward to trying it.

L to R: Replenix Pure Hydration Hyaluronic Acid Serum, Skinmedica HA5 Rejuvenating Hydrator

L to R: Replenix Pure Hydration Hyaluronic Acid Serum, Skinmedica HA5 Rejuvenating Hydrator

Replenix Pure Hydration Hyaluronic Acid Serum 0.28 oz worth $19.32

This brand is new to me but I am familiar with Hyaluronic Acid since I know it literally sucks moisture out of the air and into your skin infusing it with moisture and plumpness. I like how this bottle comes with a little dropper (cute!) and promises to boost collagen and increase antioxidents in 1 step.

Skinmedica HA5 Rejuvenating Hydrator 0.13 oz worth $11.57

This product is also a serum albeit a much tinier one. It is a blend of 5 hydrators that are meant to provide 8 continuous hours of moisture. I look forward to trying it out the next time I fly and see if it can keep my skin from drying out for longer than the hour it usually takes.

Top to Bottom: Doctor Babor Derma Cellular Collagen Booster Cream, Glotherapeutics Vital Eye Cream

Top to Bottom: Doctor Babor Derma Cellular Collagen Booster Cream, Glotherapeutics Vital Eye Cream

Doctor Babor Derma Cellular Collagen Booster Cream 0.5 oz worth $45.56

Nicest packaging hands down goes to this Doctor Babor cream with its beautiful frosted glass bottle and elegant silver cap. This item actually contains a marine collagen complex which explains why it is so expensive (worth twice the price of the whole box & the full sized is 1.69 oz for $154!!). I will actually be passing this on to my mom since her skin would probably appreciate it way more than mine would.

Glotherapeutics Vital Eye Cream 0.5 oz worth $40 (full sized!)

I was surprised to learn that this is the full sized product since the packaging seems so cheap. The cream inside is lovely though, it glides on very smoothly (you have to squeeze the product out and apply with your finger) and leaves the under eye area feeling very soft.

beautyblenderBeautyBlender Micro Mini + Liquid Blender Cleanser sample (3mL) worth about $11

The reason I ordered the box did not disappoint. I have always wanted a micro mini after seeing countless beauty gurus use it to blend in their highlighter, concealer, and contour but have never felt the ability to splurge on one when I can just use the tip of my full sized beauty blender.

This thing is truly tiny. I have included a brand new, dry full sized Beauty Blender so you can compare the sizing of the two. It will be perfect for going around the nose and eyes and according to some reviews on Dermstore, it can also be used for blending eyeshadow (yay for multi-tasking!)

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The May Beautyfix has a value of about $151.61 which is amazing for the $24.95 box. Out of the 7 products (8 if you count the tiny cleanser foil), I look forward to using 6 and know that my mom will  get a lot of use out of the 7th. I feel that the product selection is very good and also seasonally appropriate (sunscreen right before summer? yes please!). The only thing I would to see is a bit more diversity – the box claims to send out makeup and hair items (past boxes have contained both of these) but with the exception of the beautyblender, this entire box has been skincare.

In a nutshell: Worth it!

Have you tried or considered getting BeautyFix? Comment below to let me know what you think!

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