Wednesday, July 1, 2015

BeautyDNA June 2015 Review ~ A Personalized Beauty Box

BeautyDNA is beauty subscription box tailored to your exact preferences. It is absolutely unique in it's approach to products. Each month you will receive one or two products, that adhere to requirements that you give in your profile when you sign up.
They use a special algorithm to find the products you will like based on your answers. I don't believe answers are given more weight than another so if you hate lavender, love organic products and like light moisturizers, you may get a non-organic light moisturizer that definitely does not have lavender in it. That sort of thing.

The Cost: $25/month

What You Get: One to two brand name, luxury products and a personalized report describing why it's a match to your profile.

This month I received a Luminique Age-Defying Complex moisturizer. This is a brand I've never heard of but is ridiculously pricey. I was matched with this product because it has no lavender and is a light moisturizer. Oh, and because I want all the anti-wrinkle stuff.

This product is technically a sunscreen. The sunscreen is why it's considered "anti-aging." Pretty much any sunscreen is anti-aging because it really does protect your skin from damage and the dreaded wrinkles. I try to make sure I have a sunscreen in all my moisturizers and foundation products. The more the merrier.
Unfortunately, this product has ginseng in it. I am so reluctant to try things with ginseng after I had a very, very bad experience with a ginseng sheet mask. I don't think I have ever broken out so badly in all my life. If I'm going to try it on my face, I think I'd rather try with something a little less expensive so I don't feel bad tossing it out if it doesn't work.

Obviously, I can't expect BeautyDNA to know about my weird reaction to ginseng. It's such an uncommon ingredient there's not even a reason to have it on the quiz. Not like lavender, which is in pretty much everything for no good reason.

I'm disappointed because this product has so many things I love in it! Like Acetyle Hexapeptide-8, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1, Palmityl Tetrapeptide-7, Retinyl Palmitate, Vitamin E, Vitamin B, Sodium Hyaluronate... Peptides are gaining increased traction in importance when it comes to preventing wrinkles and helping your skin regenerate. But I'm just not willing to risk that ginseng... I think. Typing all that out makes me want to use it anyway. Decisions, decisions.
Also in the box, was a deluxe sample of Phyto Botanical Hair Relaxing Balm. I believe this was included because I used a Rue La La voucher. The description for the voucher said that we would get an extra gift each month.

This Phyto Balm is for permed and frizzy hair. Neither of which describes my hair. Bummer! Plus, I don't like getting hair stuff. And my New Beauty Test Tube was just full of hair products. /sigh. Ah well, I'll pass this on. I think my MIL would love it because she does have frizzy hair.

VERDICT: The value of the Luminique moisturizer is $80. If it hadn't had ginseng in it, I would be ALL over it! Plus it's an incredible deal for $25. Then there's the fact that they look for things you actually want and send them to you. I still have one more month coming since I bought the 2 month voucher. And I am pretty excited to see what the second item turns out to be.

If you would like to sign up for BeautyDNA, you can do that here. Make sure you have a little time available because signing up is accompanied by filling out a very (very!) extensive profile.

I did subscribe to BeautyDNA previously but cancelled for one reason only. I like samples. It's hard for me to go through a full size jar of anything without starting something new, especially because I get so much in my boxes each month. That is the only reason I cancelled. The customer service was excellent, I loved the products and the value is pretty incredible.

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  1. I just bought this deal. I have to be honest, I don't really have anything that I am allergic to or won't use so my profile was really broad. I put I love Lavender because I send stuff to PA Anna and she digs that scent. I don't know if I have ever put ginger on my skin but I eat a TON of it.

    Once they send mine I will let you know what extra item I get.

    I really hope you end up being able to use the sunscreen you got! Promise me if you do that you slop it on your face while telling your reflection that you "only deserve the best" over and over.

    Promise me.


    1. Bahahaha! Funny you should mention that because I just got done slopping creams on my face and thought that with all the fancy crap I put on I should look about 12 by now.

      They have some pretty sweet products and brands so I'm curious what they send you. I basically said no on every hair product question ever because I don't want them to send me any of it. So hopefully I'll get another skincare awesomesauce next month, too.

  2. Ohhhh I like your item! And awesome value for it too. :D I probably should have filled out my survey with more of a discrimination against hair products. XD But oh well.