It’s sad when a love affair ends.
And I have been having a nice little fling for the better part of the past year which has fed my soul and, every three months, kept me waiting on tenterhooks for that guy in brown to ring my doorbell and present his…um…package.
The package of which I speak comes from Beautyfix.com, a membership website that offers subscribers an opportunity to sample various beauty products – many high-end – for the relatively low flat fee of $49.95. Each quarter, members’ credit cards are charged and a new sampling arrives via UPS. Members are encouraged to try all of the products, then review and discuss on their Beautyfix.com web pages. In theory it’s a fabulous deal for those of us with A) limited budgets, and B) and endless hunger for new kinds of beauty products on C) limited budgets.
However, some caveat emptors. I have noticed, over time, that the product lines that they offer tend to originate from the same motherships. While I do love particular items from certain companies (Redpoint, Me!Bath, 3Lab) I believe their advertised concept is sampling different product lines, not different products from the same lines…all the time.
Then there’s a little thing I like to call put-your-money-where-your-mouth-is. Beautyfix.com‘s sister site, glow.com, retails the products that Beautyfix.com carries, and then some. One of the purported benefits of Beautyfix.com membership is: “$25 GIFT CARD TO glow.com Share your opinions and get rewarded! When you complete two or more product surveys you will receive your gift card via email.” Well, I completed nearly every survey for my last shipment – about nine surveys – and my glow.com gift card didn’t arrive even after 6 weeks; upon hearing my complaint, their customer service department promptly and efficiently…did nothing. Still waiting…tick….tock….zzzzz…
Also: I received one item that was set to expire at the end of that month. Some of the items are useless, because they’re cast-offs from the cosmetic companies. The latest brainchild is a personal beauty profile wherein the panel of Beautyfix.com “experts” choose certain must-haves for you and then you choose the rest of your kit; that kind of takes the surprise out of it all, if you ask me.
The bottom line is this: I have loved Beautyfix.com for the time I have used it, and certainly this site has introduced me to some great products that I wouldn’t have tried otherwise. At $49.95 per quarter, with free shipping, it is a great deal, particularly for the first couple of shipments. If you keep an eye on the above-mentioned shortcomings and, perhaps, don’t stay too long at the party, Beautyfix.com can be a great Budget Beauty Buy.
For more info: beautyfix.com/