Well, it’s been a loooooong time since I’ve posted. I got a full-time job a little over a year ago and my brutal work schedule didn’t leave me a lot of free time or energy for posting – or much of anything else. A recent family emergency caused me to seriously re-assess my priorities and (long story short) I’m working less now, so I have more time for other things. Onto the review…
So, I’ve been dying to do a monthly subscription box for a while, but I wasn’t really very intrigued by any of them. I mean, if I dedicated $10 or $20 a month to trying new beauty products, I’d rather just go buy things I know I might like, instead of relying on “luck of the draw”. So far, my only foray into the subscription box arena was the Julep Maven box, which I didn’t love. The BeautyFix box seemed like a better deal to me, since it contains some full-sized items. The “previous months” offerings looked pretty good to me, too. Seems that I might have missed out on some of the better selections…
Price: The first box is discounted to $12.48. The monthly subscription is $24.95. You can also buy a one-time box for $34.95, if you like.
- Contains some full-size products. (Others are tiny samples and travel size.)
- Good overall value.
- Comes in nice packaging with a card that has information about the products.
- Has a large variety of product types (hair, skin, makeup, body care).
- A little more expensive than some others.
- Contains products you might never use – or want/need.
- Have to call a hard-to-find customer service number to cancel.
- Website is a little hard-to-find, too.
- They advertise what’s coming in the box when they’re about to go out, so it’s not a surprise when it shows up.
Who This Would Be Great For:
- People who want to try new products and are open to pretty much anything.
- Anyone who doesn’t have specific skincare/hair care/beauty needs.
- Those who don’t like shopping around to try new things.
In Summary: The idea of this beauty box subscription is great – if you have very diverse tastes and skin/hair/beauty needs. However, I have oily skin, so I can’t use any of the anti-aging products that have been included. I have thick hair, so I really don’t need all the hair re-growth and “thickening” products that have come in the last 2 boxes. You get the idea. Additionally, I’m a little picky about the products I use (don’t use stuff made in China, anything with parabens, etc.) so some of the stuff that has come in the boxes aren’t things I would normally spend money on. I knew this was going to be an issue for me, but I thought there would be enough products to offset the things I won’t use. Yeah, not so much.
FYI: After wandering Dermstore.com a bit, I found that many of the products in these boxes are on sale or clearance. I think this beauty box subscription is their way of getting rid of products they overstocked or can’t sell.
Random Suggestion: If you want to try some products and don’t want the commitment of a subscription, try BeautifiedYou.com They have sample bags for $5 – $15 (free shipping is usually available for these items) and you can choose based on your skin type, or a variety of others that are sometimes available. As of this post, there are 6 different bags available. I ordered 3 different ones when I ordered mine several months ago and was very impressed by the products that were included. And they even came with a cute, re-useable gift bag!