But then I found BeautyFix, and the fun began. Their absolutely lovely people offered me a free order to review and feature, and I've been very pleasantly surprised. They're an offshoot of Dermstore, where I get a lot of my cosmetics anyway, and offer a sampler box every three months (four times a year) for $49.99. They have a panelist of experts - makeup artists, dermatologists, beauty bloggers, etc - pick a large group of products to offer. You then fill out your particulars - skin type/hair/eyes, and you're presented with a choice of about 50 products, of which you can choose 8, plus a little bag.
I think that if you love your skincare routine, and aren't into experimenting, you won't get much out of this - yes it's a great deal, but you're paying for things you don't really want/need, and you could just put the money towards your favorites - $49.99 is steep for most people to play around with products. However, if like me, you're looking to fill some gaps in your routine - I need a good eye cream, and always love new creamy cleansers, etc - it's fantastic. You also can get a $25 off coupon to Dermstore if you fill out a review on two of the products - which takes about two minutes - since I get my moisturizer from them anyway, it's very handy. I've only had the box for a day, and I already really like the moisturizer, hair serum and eye cream - I haven't even tried the others yet, but I'll try and review and feature all of the best ones in the future.
So, basically, if you have a little cash and don't quite know where you want to spend it - this is a fun way to find some new favorite products that are particularly suited to your exact needs. And there's nothing better than having a bad day and coming home to a box full of goodies on your front step. Not for me anyway, I'm very shallow and easy to please.