One way in which my newfound obsession with all things beauty has manifested is that I have subscribed to 80 jillion of the subscription services. Not familiar? Check out Birchbox, MyGlam, BeautyArmy, Beauty Box 5, The Look Bag, Testtube, etc.
BeautyFix is similar to the subscription services above, but it's quarterly, you get to pick your own samples (8 of them), and many of them are full sized. It's run by DermStore, so many of the products are skincare related. It's $49.99 a quarter, but first time users can use the code BFBLOG to get $30 off. The boxes are supposed to yield about $100 of product - not bad for a $19.99 investment. Existing members can use the code BFMKUP this Spring (per Makeup Talk Blog, I used the other one so I didn't test it).
I subscribed in a fit of compulsion and wanted immediate gratification, so I didn't really take the time to research all of the products to make sure I was getting the most bang for my buck. I heard that many of the products are repeated each quarter, so I went ahead and did the research after the fact in preparation for next quarter (I'll probably quit at that point - how many skin care products does one person need?)
Rather than looking up each of the products on the DermStore website, I looked them up on Amazon (I wanted to know how much my sample was worth if I bought it in the real world, and I buy 99% of my crap on Amazon). I only had to resort to DermStore a couple of times for discontinued products.
The top 8 most expensive BeautyFix samples are:
1) DermaQuest Skin Vitalight ($63 - not on Amazon)
2) 3LAB M Creme ($47.05)
3) Kinerase Photofacials Night Moisturizer ($41.06)
4) Glytone Acne Self-Foaming Cleanser ($39.00)
5) Lisa Hoffman Beauty Night and Day 2 Vitamin A and C Serum ($39.00)
6) SkinMedica TNS Lip Plump System ($32.77)
7) Chella Enzyme Exfoliating Creme Mask ($30)
8) Jonathan Product Finish Control HS Flexible Hairspray ($30)
Assuming you actually need and would use these products, that means you can get $321.88 worth of product for $19.99. Not bad, eh?
Now for the cheapo BeautyFix samples:
1) Batiste Dry Shampoo Original ($4.70)
2) XEN-TAN Deep Bronze Luxe Mini ($4.64)
3) Degree for Women Body Mist ($4.04)
4) Alterna Bamboo Smooth Kendi Oil Dry Oil Mist ($3.45)
5) Frais Hand Sanitizer ($3.25)
6) Bioelements Pumice Peel ($3.20)
7) Belli Skin Care All Day Body Lotion ($1.54)
8) Caress Whipped Souffle Body Wash ($1.16)
Some poor suckers could end up spending $50 on $25.98 worth of product. I included a screenshot below of the more expensive stuff so that you aren't one of those suckers. If anyone wants the whole spreadsheet to help make your decisions, email me (diniwilks at gmail) and I would be more than happy to send it to you. I figure my ridiculous OCD + nerdiness has to pay off somehow.