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Ready for the blush Mystery Beauty Box?

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

After 19 seasons, Beautyfix is officially closing up shop. While I’m also officially sad to see Beautyfix go (I have separation issues—especially with beauty products), I’m really excited about DermStore’s new and improved beauty discovery program, the blush Mystery Beauty Box available at blush.com. If you love the brands featured in Beautyfix, I assure you that you’ll love this beauty box just as much (if not more). Here’s what’s great about this box:

  • Each month, you get over $100 worth of mostly full-size and some travel-size skin care, makeup and hair care products—curated by a new beauty expert each month
  • As in any DermStore, blush or HairEnvy order, you get a free gift, free samples and free shipping on every order
  • You have a choice to try one box for just $34.95, or you can sign up for monthly subscription and save $10 a month

If you think about it, it really comes out cheaper than Beautyfix. And if you’re a beauty junkie just like all of us here, you’ll love the thrill of not knowing what beauty products you’re going to try each month. It really is the best way to discover and experience new beauty brands and products. In fact for July, I was so happy to see that the box actually has 6 full-sized products—that’s way, way better than any beauty box out there!

I’m sure I’ll miss Beautyfix. (I mean, if it weren’t for Beautyfix, I wouldn’t have discovered some of my favorite brands like Eminence, Nick Chavez and jane iredale—brands that you don’t normally see in your local, brick-and-mortar beauty store, or being advertised on TV.) But with the blush Mystery Beauty Box arriving at my doorstep anytime soon, I’m sure I’ll get my addiction to beauty products equally satiated.

Any Given SUNday

Monday, June 17th, 2013

Recently, I took some time to soak up the while working to achieve my first official tan lines to get the Summer season started. I did my very best to avoid getting sun burn, but failed miserably. Instead of enjoying a new set of tan lines, I was slathering aloe vera all over my charred skin and wondering what I did wrong. I was trying to be so careful to avoid this.

Here are a few things I noticed, so take note as it might help you with sun safety and avoiding sun burns.

Always wear sunscreen

This seems like an obvious one, but I was shocked when I was laying out with my friends by the pool and they were not applying sunscreen as they wanted to get some ‘good color.’ You will still get tan, but less skin damage with a sunscreen.

Check the expiration date

Make sure you are using sunscreen within the suggested timeframe. If not, then it’s time to toss it and refresh your stock. Sunscreen (like most other things that expire) will not be effective past this date.

Re-apply

Just because it’s waterproof and water-resistant doesn’t mean you don’t have to re-apply. ALWAYS RE-APPLY and do it often. You should put sunscreen on at least 30 minutes prior to sun exposure and re-apply at least every two hours, maybe more often if you are swimming, sweating, etc.

Look for sunscreens labeled ‘broad spectrum’

Only sunscreens that pass a new test of UVA protection can be labeled “broad spectrum,” a claim that will indicate that the product protects equally against UVB (turns skin red and causes cancer) and UVA (ages the skin and causes cancer) rays. The new season of Beautyfix has an awesome broad spectrum sunscreen called  Gytone Spray Mist Broad Spectrum SPF 50. This sunscreen is a non-greasy formula that hydrates & protects the skin without clogging pores. It helps to prevent the signs of aging due to sun exposure.

Don’t let the SPF fool you

SPF only refers to protection against UVB rays, the ones responsible for burning the skin. It doesn’t have anything to do with protection against UVA rays that penetrate the skin deeper and can lead to skin cancer. This is why it’s important to look for broad spectrum. The EWG recommends purchasing sunscreens with SPFs higher than 15 but no greater than 50.Often times sky-high SPFs can give us a false sense of security. Many doctors argue that a higher number tricks people into thinking their sunscreen lasts longer than one with a lower SPF, causing them to reapply less often, so they’re more at risk for burns.

Stay in the shade

Sunscreen is just one factor of an overall plan for skin protection. It’s also important to stay in the shade as much as possible and wear protective clothing like hats and long sleeves. This is not the most ideal way to get a ‘good color’ but it will help with keeping your skin healthy, hydrated and protected.

Beautyfix 17 – Not Your Average Product Saviors

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

By Jenna

Just in time for the Holidays the newest season of Beautyfix has arrived! While you’re toiling away shopping to spoil others, you get to open up the best box of all, and it’s all for you.  So take a deep breath and a break from this seasonal madness and enjoy 14 new products to choose from. Let’s start with my favorites first – because I know you’re all dying to know.

Source: Flickr user blmiers2

I LOVE that it is boot season and a lot of us take this time to neglect our feet instead of keeping up with our bi-weekly pedi’s. To help keep my feet from crusting I’ve enlisted the help from another Beautyfix superstar. That’s why I’m so obsessed with the Spongelle Pedi-Buffer in my kit. It cleanses, detoxifies, buffs and softens skin so you can sleep well at night knowing that your crackled feet won’t be ripping your new stockings. The convenient little buffer features a soft side for cleansing and a rough side for exfoliating. The black-mandarin bamboo scent is refreshing instead of potent –  you don’t want to smell up that elevator! I’ve been using it on my feet every morning in the shower and it’s kept them in tip-top shape.

Moving to the top of my head, I’ve also fallen in love with the Intelligent Beauty Labs Rescue Rapid Repair Hair Mask. It has literally salvaged my hair’s health since going back to being a blonde. I’ve been using this once a week and leave it on my hair for about 3-5 minutes. For a product that only takes a fraction of the time to set in, I can tell the difference right after using it. It helps protect my hair from all of the heat styling while keeping it soft and silky. After using this hair mask, I’ve switched product lines entirely to the Rescue line. Washing my hair was a burden but the smell of this line is unbelievable and it makes the tiresome process much more enjoyable.

These products I’ve mentioned are just 2 out of the 14 new products available as your selections for this season. I hope you’re enjoying this season as much as I am, it’s really made a difference during the stressful holidays.

What did you pick in your new Beautyfix?

Beautyfix 15: A Slew of NEW!

Thursday, June 14th, 2012

WOW! The new season of Beautyfix starts tomorrow—June 15—and as a member of the panel I can tell you how AMAZING this season’s selection of top beauty products is. Dare I say it’s my favorite season yet? There are new picks in just about every category you can think of! From face makeup to high-performance anti-aging skin care to must-have hair care products and nearly everything in between, Beautyfix is bound to make you fall in love this summer. Maybe even several times!

With so many top beauty products from which to choose this season, I found it pretty tough to pick a favorite. But I have to say I’ve found a new obsession in Eminence Coconut Firming Body Lotion—which, by the way, is full-size. (Score!) What makes this one so amazing? Well, it’s from Eminence, for starters. If you didn’t know, pretty much everything that brand makes is utterly fantastic! But really, as far as body lotions go, this one’s a winner for a few reasons:


1. It’s got a yummy but not too in-your-face scent. Doesn’t the smell of fresh coconut appeal to your senses all year round?
2. It’s made with awesome natural ingredients. Take a look at the list—the first one’s coconut water.
3. It’s infused with Eminence’s signature blend of antioxidants AND their Natural Retinol Alternative Complex. How many body lotions do you know of that offer those kind of benefits? And they work. After just a couple of weeks I notice an improvement in the texture of my skin.
4. It’s got a great texture: rich but not heavy, and silky, not sticky.

Suffice it to say, I’ve been using this gem every day and am just about done with the bottle. I’ve already decided I’ll be purchasing several more so that I’ve always got it on hand! Yes, it’s that good.

Here’s a complete list of the top beauty products that make up this season of Beautyfix. What are YOU most excited to try this time around?

Nailtiques-Nail Moisturizer and Formula Kit
Phytomer-Moisturizing Body Milk
Murad Hybrid Eye Lift Perfector and Hybrid Primer Perfector Matte
MLAB -MLAB Sample Box-AntiAging Cleanser, Anti Aging Toner & Anti Aging Eye Cream
jane iredale – Just Kissed Lip Plumper in Milan
Nick Chavez Beverly Hills Super Lift Root Spray
SkinMedica-Ultra Sheer Moisturizer Deluxe Travel Size
Stila-Set & Correct Baked Powder Trio
CellCeuticals-CerActive Active Moisture and Barrier Repair Skin Treatment
ARCONA-Cranberry Toner
Eminence-Coconut Firming Body Lotion
Vichy-Purete Thermale One Step Cleanser

jane iredale’s Magic Mitt

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

I am trying my very best to be committed to good skin!  This means washing my face thoroughly is a must daily! There are days when I’m in a rush or I’m tired and I want all my makeup off my face quickly! Sometimes washing my faces isn’t enough and mascara is still left hanging around after a quick rinse! jane iredale’s Magic Mitt quickly removes makeup without using a cleanser. This mitt is made up of micro-fibers that are sometimes thinner than actual human hair. Micro-fibers penetrate oil-films removing all your makeup. These fibers also gently exfoliate getting rid of dead skin cells another plus, no harsh soaps or chemicals.

I like that this mitt gets the job done without being too rough. My skin is very sensitive, a lot of cleansers dry it out and I will often still feel makeup-residue on my face. The Magic Mitt is great for an after work or pre-shower routine. Use light pressure to remove most makeup and medium pressure to remove mascara thoroughly. All of your make up will be removed and your skin will feel clean not tight or dry. The Mitt is also convenient because it is small making it easy for travel.  jane iredale’s Magic Mitt is a fantastic way to remove your make up at the end of a long day. It’s hassle free and fits easily into your makeup bag with no additional products required. This Mitt is truly magical! You’ve got to check it out for yourself.

BeautyFix Season 14

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

 

Woo Hoo! Season 14 of Beautyfix is finally here!  The BeautyFix panelists have chosen some incredible products this time around. Although all the products this season are awesome, I’m going to tell you about a few I use regularly to keep my energy up, refresh my hair and refine my skin.

EBOOST Orange Natural Energy Packets 

I am always on the run and looking for a boost. I need extra energy without worrying about when I’m going to crash. This easy to mix powder packet is formulated with the good stuff like Vitamin C, Vitamin D and Vitamin B-12. It helps boost your mood, focus and immunity but most importantly it doesn’t make you crash after a few hours. I like the citrus taste of orange and the natural sources of caffeine. EBOOST Orange Natural Energy Packets are an awesome pick me up!

 

Batiste Dry Shampoo

Refresh your hair between washes without water.  Once again I am all about convenience. Batiste Dry Shampoo is a quick way to get soft, clean and fresh smelling hair without using water. Batiste Dry Shampoo thickens fly-aways and gives your hair texture. All you have to do is spray it on and then comb it out. How easy is that?

Becca Resurfacing Primer

Refine your skin texture and eliminate surface shine with BECCA Resurfacing Primer. I like how weightless this skin finisher is. It is keeps my skin moisturized underneath my makeup, but still has a sheer finish. Primer is great for prolonging the life of your makeup. It makes your foundation look more polished. Now you can minimize the appearance of your pores while keeping your foundation fresh.

Beautyfix Is Back With New Spring Selections!

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

It’s that time again! All of us at Beautyfix by DermStore are thrilled that today marks the launch of the tenth season of Beautyfix, just in time for you to scope out tons of new beauty products for spring. From body products like BareEase & Cream’s Prep Kit for Ouchless Hair Removal to fun color cosmetics like eyeshadows from Colorescience, this Beautyfix season is chock full of awesome new beauty products for you to try. I’ve tried all the new beauty products we introduced this season, and fell in love with them all. Here’s the 411 on a couple of my favorites, plus what other members of the panel had to say about them.

Goldfaden Daily Scrub

I love this one so much I’m not even sure where to begin! I am big on exfoliation and have tried many, many scrubs. This has earned a spot on my “favorites” list for a few reasons. It doesn’t irritate my sensitive skin, it utilizes real ruby crystals (these are commonplace in professional microdermabrasion procedures), it contains hydrating agents like seaweed extract and hyaluronic acid, AND it leverages the powers of red tea, which is supposed to provide 50 times the antioxidant properties green tea does. The panel agrees—celebrity makeup artist Shiyena dug its subtle grapefruit scent, and she loved how soft and smooth her skin felt after using it.

Nick Chavez Amazon Spray

A good hairspray is hard to find—and this one, with its ability to provide flexible hold, volume AND shine, is one of the best I’ve had the privilege of trying! You already know that you’ll never get any puny foil packettes in your Beautyfix kit, but you WILL get to try out the full-size version of certain products, and this is one of them. As panel member and beauty buyer Nicole Cardi points out, Amazon Spray is particularly useful when it comes to keeping a good blowout going for a couple of days. Love it!

If you haven’t customized your kit, yet get on it! The latest season and products are just a click away!

‘Tis the Season To Give Beauty!

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

by Leanna Kelly

This holiday season, give the gift of beauty! Beautyfix by DermStore is launching a brand new gift giving feature just in time for the holidays. Available December first, you’ll be able to give Beautyfix to any of your loved ones. Perfect for everyone from your girlfriend to your mother-in-law, an excellent last minute gift, and sure to be the most coveted item at your holiday gift exchange, Beautyfix is a fuss-free present that will simplify and brighten your holiday.

Not yet familiar with Beautyfix? Here’s the rundown: Beautyfix.com is a unique and exclusive beauty club that helps introduce you to new beauty products without breaking the bank! Each season, a panel of beauty experts – including celebrity hair stylists, dermatologists, makeup artists, manicurists, estheticians, plastic surgeons, bloggers, and other beauty bigwigs – test hundreds of makeup, skin care, and hair care products. The panelists choose their favorites to create a collection of “best of” products, which are offered to each user in selection groups based on the customer’s profile.

The final kit includes eight products hand-chosen by the customer for a tailored kit that’s impossible to beat, and with a price that’s impossible to beat; $49.99 for a gift bag filled with products worth hundreds of dollars! No need to wrap this bad boy; your recipient’s products will arrive in a stylish travel bag that doubles as minimalistic and eco-friendly gift wrap.

On top of the wondrous beauty set that is Beautyfix, all Beautyfix.com users also have the opportunity to get a $25.00 gift card to DermStore.com. After using two or more Beautyfix kit products, every customer is invited to log in and review them to earn a gift card.* Talk about a gift that keeps on giving!

Because the final eight products in each individual Beautyfix kit are tailored to fit the needs, loves, and taste of the user, Beautyfix is truly the best gift to give and receive. At $49.99 per season, Beautyfix is an affordable way to make someone’s holiday. If you feel like being more extravagant in your gift-giving, buy three seasons for $149.97 and get the fourth free!

So, let’s review: eight new, expert-reviewed products worth hundreds for only $49.99, an easy-to-earn $25 gift card, and the option of a new Beautyfix kit each season? Sounds like a great gift idea to me! For more information, including how to order, which beauty brands are considered for the kit, member benefits, and more, visit Beautyfix.com.

*$50 minimum purchase required to redeem gift card.

Discover The Best In Beauty With Beautyfix

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

Around here, we talk a lot about our love affair with beauty products. We try to make sure that you have all the best beauty advice and have the best guide to beauty products online. Most of our lovely loyal readers are already Beautyfix members, but for those of you who have yet to join, let’s discuss the basics of what membership actually means.

Beautyfix is an exclusive beauty program dedicated to bringing you the best in beauty. The program is quarterly, so you’ll be getting a new selection of products to choose from about every 3 months. Each season, you’ll be getting a personal selection of skin care products, makeup products, body products and more—and all of them are personalized recommendations picked by our panel of experts. From the featured new beauty products in your selection, you’ll get to select eight items.

The panel

Our amazing panel is made up of seasoned experts in all fields of the industry and includes top hair stylists, makeup artists, manicurists, dermatologists, plastic surgeons, estheticians and some of the most influential names in the online beauty community. They personally test out each product to determine which will be featured in the latest Beautyfix season.

The program

Beauty brands submit their prized products for consideration in the Beautyfix program to be tested by the panel. Every season, we reveal our latest ‘fix’—a tried and true collection of the best beauty products online. Some of them are hot list items and some are cosmetics formulated just for our Beautyfix members. Once the ‘fix’ is picked, all members receive email alerts to make their product selections—and their personal kits are delivered to their doors.

The perks!

For paying just $49.99 a season, you receive hundreds of dollars worth of beauty products delivered right to your doorstep! For any beauty junkie, that’s quite a steal. You’ll be well on your way to being a beauty expert in no time. What’s more, you’ll be able to share your opinions of the products and get expert advice on how to use them. In fact, we encourage you to share with your friends and spread the word. For each person that you refer to the program, you’ll get a $10 credit. What else? Beautyfix members get EXCLUSIVE discounts on products plus free shipping at the Beautyfix Boutique on DermStore.com. Or, you can join all of our fabulous members on our community on Facebook to chat about your favorite selections past and present. There’s no excuse to keep paying for every item you crave. Get started and get hundreds of dollars worth of new beauty products all for a fraction of the cost. Enjoy!

Hair-Do: Fall 2010 Hair Trends

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

By Jenna

We’ve discussed all the fall 2010 makeup trends, so let’s move on and discuss something just as important: your hair. Sometimes, the seasons and current hair trends run together into a busy blur or we forget to actually try new things—not this fall! Autumn is right around the corner and every single one of 2010’s fall hair styles is a definite “do.” Use these tips to update your hair for fall.

Source: Flickr user Mait Juriado

1.   Make it sleek and straight

Isn’t it refreshing to see straight hair back on the runways?  This look should be very well-groomed but still look airy and natural. To get a sexy, sleek look, apply Stylist Professional Series Straightening Lotion by Jonathan Product to damp hair and blow dry in small sections. This product will help smooth your hair and cut down dry time—without weighing it down.

2.   A quick and easy bun

As low-maintenance as it gets, this trendy hair style can be your everyday up-do for fall. Give your sleek hair a deep side part, then pull it back at the nape of your neck and loop the tail up into a bun.

3.   Accessorize

Add accessories for an instantly cuter look. Yes, you have permission to add anything from leafy headbands to jewels to your hair. But whatever you choose, be sure it doesn’t completely take over your head (the Lady Gaga look doesn’t work for most). The idea is to complement your new fall hair style, not ruin it.

4. Try a center part

Whether you’re pumping up your roots with volume, going for the laid-back sleek look, or sporting boho waves, keep your part in the middle. If you aren’t too keen on the dead-center part, veering slightly to one side will work as well. (Note: if you’re doing a ponytail or a low chignon, it’s perfectly fine to do a side part.)

5. Pretty in Ponytails

For a younger, sweeter hair trend, try a ponytail. A high, bouncy ponytail adds a feminine touch to any outfit. Pull all your hair back into an almost-perfect pony at the top of your crown and secure with an elastic. Use 2-3 drops of serum, like John Masters Organics Dry Hair Nourishment and Defrizzer to tame any flyaways and to keep hold. For extra credit, take a small piece from the underside and wrap it around to cover the elastic.