I have this new idea where I'm going to review a new curated subscription box every week until I run out of them. Won't that be fun?
Today's offering is Beautyfix. Beautyfix works slightly differently than most curated subscription services in that you pick your own products! From a curated field of choices (about 50 or 60 in all), you pick 8 products to have sent your way. This is done quarterly, rather than monthly like most curated subscriptions, and the cost is higher--$49.99, including S&H. BUT a good number of the products are full-sized or extra-generous samples, so it still represents a cost savings. Plus, you get some sort of bag with every shipment.
This was my spring assortment, received last week:
From the bottom left, the products I chose:
*Nick Chavez Ultra Shine Honey Peppermint Conditioner, full-size, 8 oz (value $20)
*Becca Cosmetics Resurfacing Primer, large sample size, .5 flz oz (value $40 for 1.35 fl oz full-size, or about $14.81 for the sample )
*Belli Skin Care All Day Moisture Body Lotion, sample size, about 1 oz (value $19 for 12 oz full-size, or approx. $0.86 for the sample)
*Kelly Teegarden Organics Vitality Rose & Cucumber Eye Cream, small sample size, .1 ml (value $30 for 1.18 oz full-size, or approx $1.58 for the sample)
*La Roche-Posay Effaclar Purifying Foaming Gel, full-size, 6.76 fl oz (value $22)
*Kinerase Photofacials Daily Exfoliating Cleanser, sample size, 2 oz (value $40 for 5 oz full-size, or approx $16 for the sample)
*Nick Chavez Beverly Hills Angel Drops with Argan Oil, full-size, 2 fl oz (value $19)
*Perricone MD Nutritive Cleanser, sample size, 2 oz (value $39 for 6 oz full size, or approx $13 for the sample)
Total value of products: $107.25
There are a number of things I really like about Beautyfix. Getting to pick your own products is great--I am focused on my skin right now, so I chose a lot of skincare products for this box. Getting largely full-sized or large sample-sized products is great. And I like how Beautyfix introduces me to brands that are high end, but not necessarily sold at Sephora/familiar to me. I've gotten to try several things that I'd never heard of before (my favorites thus far have been Kerstin Florian Rehydrating Neroli Water and Pur~lisse Pur~lip Comfort Daily Lip Nourisher). I also like the inclusion of a different kind of bag in each box, though I was not particularly impressed with this season's small cylinder offering.
That said, there are some things I really don't like about Beautyfix, as well. They rely heavily on products from the same brands (lots of Becca, Nick Chavez, and Jonathan, for example). The selection doesn't change as much from season to season as I'd like. You don't get prompted to log on to the site and select your products for the season, and if you forget to do it, they send you a box they selected--which is not, in my experience, great (the one time that happened to me my box contained Degree Fine Fragrance Body Mist and one of the worst smelling bath bombs I have ever encountered). I'd like there to be an option to skip a season's box if none of the offerings appeal to you, but as far as I can tell, there isn't one. And, of course, it's expensive. The trouble with sampling full-sized products, rather than sample-sized ones, is that it costs more. So there are trade-offs.
I go back and forth about whether or not to keep my Beautyfix subscription active. I've actually cancelled and re-upped it a couple of times since my first box in May 2010. Since Beautyfix is run by Dermstore, the options tend to be skincare-heavy, and that's fine for me right now, but eventually my skin should settle down or I should arrive at some sort of routine for it, and at that point I might let my subscription lapse again. All in all, though, I am really happy with the spring box, so I will definitely get a summer one and let you all know how it goes.