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I was scrolling through Facebook one day and saw an ad for FabFitFun from Lisa Rinna. Between The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and Days of Our Lives, I am a fan. To my surprise, the winter 2017 box she showed in the video was incredible. It was also still available. Admittedly, I Googled past boxes after I subscribed, and I have not found any as amazing as this one. That either means the boxes are starting to improve or this was just a super incredible box that may not ever be matched in the future. By the time I received it, it was no longer available for purchase so I could not tell you about it in time. The Editor’s Box that is available now does have the $70 poncho from this box as a fashion choice, but I am not certain I would purchase the editor’s box even if I knew how much I loved the poncho.
FabFitFun is a quarterly subscription. It puts out one box per season. Boxes have over $200 in value. The items are always full-sized and include products from: beauty, wellness, fashion, and fitness lines. Subscribers can either pay $179.99 for an annual subscription ($20 off when buying 4 boxes up front) or $49.99 for a Seasonal subscription. Shipping is free, but sales tax gets charged. There is usually a code to receive $10 off your first seasonal box. Those codes are fffa2p6 or FAB10. Members can select add-ons at deeply discounted prices to include with their boxes. All subscribers get to customize choice options, but only Annual Subscribers (select members) can select colors or designs.
There are box variations. The one I received has a $395 value.
This was not only the box with the highest value, but it was also the one I liked the best. When you make your first purchase, you do not get a chance to customize options.
It was nice that mine had the options I wanted, and I really like the colors and designs I received on everything.
Each box comes with a magazine (using newspaper).
It goes over all the available products available for this box. There are tips on how to use them, descriptions, and advice. Some products get more magazine space than others, and it is usually the products that need more tips. Everyone knows how to apply hand cream, but everyone does not necessarily know how to style clothing or apply eyeshadow. A featured article on the cover subject, in this case Ayesha Curry, appears in the magazine. Other relevant articles to lifestyle do as well.
There are 9 full size items in this box. Most of these items are perfectly themed for winter so this was a wonderful curation. A poncho and fuzzy socks to keep warm, a hand cream and hair mask for depleted moisture, a mug for hot drinks, a pillow spray for those cold, restless nights, and an exfoliant to smooth away dry, flaky skin are all winter essentials. It is never a bad time for a necklace or eyeshadow palette.
The BB Dakota Poncho retails for $70. There were three colors options for this: black, mulberry, and charcoal. Given the options, I am happy I received the charcoal one. It is the most versatile. This reversible poncho made from 65% acrylic and 35% polyester is stylish and comfortable. I do feel warm when I wear this whether it is outside or inside.
The 5.1oz AHAVA Mineral Hand Cream With Dead Sea Water retails for $33. I love when this large, limited edition size is available, because there are many times when it is not. This is a FabuFind I already know and love. It penetrates deeply to moisturize from within. The scent is not my favorite, but it fades quickly. This is a moderately thick cream does not leave behind a greasy feeling, and it makes my hands soft (which is not their usual state). A small amount is enough to take me from one hand wash to the next. I generally like to slather on products, but I love when I can use a cream that does not need a lot. Since a little of this cream goes a long way, this huge size will last a long time.
The Homemade by Ayesha Curry Mug retails for $18. This comes in different styles, but I really like the one I received. It is a 16oz, oversized mug. I do not even drink coffee, but this Tiffany blue mug that says I’d Rather Be in Bed will stay with me. It is a substantial coffee cup that my guests may enjoy using. This is either a left-handed mug or designed to face whoever you’re having coffee with.
The Pointe Studio Aloe Infused Cozy Socks retail for $19. Some subscribers received these in pink/red or black/gray. When I am lounging at home, I actually like a little color. Getting these in blue was nice. These are incredibly soft and comfortable. My feet feel smoother and warm when I wear them. They will fit shoe sizes 5-11. I am a size 8, and these fit great. Made from 98% polyester and 2% spandex with enough aloe for 25-30 washes, I will enjoy these for a while.
The 2.5oz This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray retails for $29. This is another product I already know and love. It is the best pillow spray I’ve ever tried. When I use this, I am usually able to fall asleep faster than when I don’t. I reserve this for nights when I am having trouble sleeping so a bottle this size will last me a really long time. A signature blend of lavender, vetiver, and chamomile help reduce anxiety and smell incredible while you drift off to sleep. Those who did not receive this got an exercise ball from Jillian Michaels. When I have the choice between sleep or working out, I’d choose sleep 99% of the time.
The DOUCCE Freematic Eyeshadow Pro Palette retails for $70. It is a magnetic palette in Nude Eye Finish. Some subscribers received this in cool toned purples.
This eyeshadow palette has 4 shimmers, 4 mattes, and one highlighter. I had never heard of this brand before receiving it in this box so the price surprised me a little. While the beautiful, sturdy packaging with 9 magnetic inserts easily look like a $70 item, I am not sure the actual product justifies the price tag.
The highlighter is (3) Solstice, the shimmer shades are (16) Mila, 54 (Veronica), 82 (Dalia), 79 (Aspen), and the matte shades are (84) Amanda, (06) Happer, (90) Natalie, and (80) Ariana.
There is way too much glitter in the shimmer shades. Even without the glitter, I was not impressed with the pigmentation in the swatches. The mattes and the highlighter swatch nicely and have decent pigmentation.
I will edit in a picture of me wearing this and a review once I try the product. My hopes are not high, but I will give it a fair chance.
The 1.7oz Kate Somerville ExfoliKate® Intensive Exfoliating Treatment retails for $75. This is another FabuFind that I already know and love. It exfoliates and leaves my skin so soft without feeling overly abrasive. I am always turned off by the price even though it works extremely well so I appreciate any opportunity to get it cheaper. Had I seen this on sale for $49.99, I would have purchased it. That means all the other items I received in this box are bonuses.
The 8 OTHER REASONS Nine Lives Choker retails for $58. This is a beautiful, yet dainty piece. I love rose-gold anything so the color is perfect. Some people received this in silver, which I would not have minded either. The 18″ necklace has a micro ball chain and a lobster clasp closure. Made from base metal alloy 14K + Copper Plating + E coat to avoid or change skin color. I do not like to wear jewelry often, but I like having pieces on hand for special occasions. While I would never select a box because of the jewelry in it, I would never discount one because of it either.
The 4oz Nelson j Beverly Hills Moisture Healing Mask retails for $23. This hair mask has an argan oil 7 formula, which claims to detangle hair, control frizz, prevent color fading, seal split ends, protect from chlorine and salt water, restore silkiness and shine, and enhance hair’s natural body. Who would not want any of those things! I really love sampling hair masks, because my hair is so frizzy. It is also really fine so it tangles easily. As it will take me a while to try this, I will not add a review. It has different directions than a traditional hair mask, but I am only going to use it in the traditional way. Those who did not receive this received eye patches. While I love eye patches and would have been just as happy with those, this has a higher retail value.
I added The Fifth Veda Chakra Oils for $9 plus tax. It was a set of two enlightened oils for the Solar Plexus and throat. These 0.33oz oils usually retail for $18 each so I got them for 75% off. I’ve already tried both of them and think they are nice. The jasmine and patchouli scent on the solar plexus oil is a little strong, but I can use it in moderation. I prefer the violet and neroli scent on the throat oil. It is lovely.
This box has a $431 value ($395 + $36 add-ons). That brings the average box value for the year to $395 (because it was my first and only). My personal value is also $431, because I will keep everything in it. Though I cannot see myself ever using a coffee mug, I will happily use it for guests to have a nice coffee mug. Thus, it is a great household item. The necklace is beautiful, and it will get used, even if it is only on rare occasions. I do not have high hopes for the eyeshadow palette, but it could surprise me. Everything else are items I love (5) or really want to try (1). It is safe to say this is the best deal I received all year in 2017.
While I definitely think this box was more than worth the $39.99 plus tax and the $9 plus tax I paid for the add-ons, I am unsure what the future holds. Personal value is always in the eye of the beholder, and I have not been impressed by a lot of the past box reviews I’ve seen. That said, I always see at least $49.99 in items I’d keep. I feel like I’d always get my money’s worth, but I am not sure I will always feel like it was the best deal of the year like I did with this one. Only time will tell. The good news is you may get a chance to take a look at the next box before making a purchase decision. If they do not sell out ahead of time, you can see what is in it before deciding. After all, that is the only reason I have this box.
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