FabFitFun Spring 2018 Editor’s Box Review
When the recent Edit Sale opened to seasonal subscribers on the 11th, I noticed FabFitFun was selling the Spring 2018 Editor’s Boxes. I had not even seen what was in them yet so I decided to take a look. It looked amazing, but ordering through the Edit Sale would have left it up to FabFitFun employees to pick four of my eight items. The other four are static so I have no choice. Three of the static four are products I received in the Winter 2017 and Spring 2018 boxes. Two of those were products I really would not mind duplicates of, and getting a duplicate of the third meant I could gift it to someone. I decided to see if it was available for separate purchase in the shop. Ordering outside of the Edit Sale allowed me to select all four of the choice items. That is better than the two I usually get to select as a seasonal subscriber. Items I purchased in the Edit Sale will get a separate haul article once the items arrive.
It meant the box would be even better suited to me, because every single option was an easy decision for me. There were clear winners in every category. The Editor’s Boxes are not included with your subscription, but they are available for the same $49.99 as a subscription box. This gives subscribers the option to buy the ones they like and skip the ones they don’t. There is an Editor’s Box for every season. Each Editor’s Box has items from past boxes so purchasing them is a great way for new members to catch up or established members to get duplicates of past items they loved. While I still think the Winter 2017 box was my favorite, I like the Editor’s Box with my choices a lot more than I liked the Spring 2018 box.
Shop purchases and Edit Sales through FabFitFun are for subscribers only. Like the subscription boxes, the Editor’s 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 (in certain states). 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 on select products.
There are box variations. The one I received has a $279 value. There was no option to select add-ons so the box shipped in its regular box (the reason it looks so beat up). Every box teams with a philanthropic cause. Like the regular Spring 2018 box, this box supports Girl Rising.
If you are a seasonal subscriber (like me) and want a chance to customize all four options, do not purchase the box as soon as it opens up. Yes, you run the risk that it can sell-out, but you will only get to select two of the four choice items (as you do with the regular box). By waiting, you can select all four options like I did. First time subscribers who purchase after the regular season sells out will get an Editor’s Box. Those seasonal subscribers will only get to select two of the four times.
Everything comes on top of white crinkle cut paper wrapped in white tissue and sealed with a sticker. Each box comes with a magazine (using newspaper). Unlike the regular boxes, the contents of the box are not listed in the magazine.
There are articles inside. This one has a feature on the all-time favorite top rated products. So far, I’ve only received one from the list, well technically two since I just got a duplicate of the same product in this box. It is the mug, which is stunning. I do not even drink coffee or tea, but I like having nice mugs for guests. That exfoliator is one I already know and love even though I have not received it in a FabFitFun box.
A product card goes over all the items and options. It lists the cost for each item.
The back of the card has a note from FabFitFun stating the items in this box are hand-picked for us. Technically, the items in every box are hand-picked for us so that is not exclusive to the Editor’s Boxes.
There are eight full-size items in this box. While none of them particularly have a spring theme, I think the Editor’s Boxes are not as themed as the seasonal ones. It is more about selling leftover products and giving us a chance to grab more of the ones we loved from the past.
The first choice was between a Rachael Pally Reversible Clutch in Bloom or Paradise ($60) or a Summer & Rose Brittany Striped Tote with blue or black stripes ($54). This was an easy decision, because I already got the clutch in bloom in my Spring 2018 box. It is beautiful, but I love tote bags, especially in the summer. Selecting a color was a little harder, because the blue stripes seemed more classic where the black stripes seemed like they would go with more outfits. I selected black, and the bag is bigger and more beautiful than I pictured. The rope strap is adorable, and it has two small pockets inside for a small wallet and keys. A zippered, canvas bag is so great for trips to the beach so it is a shame I moved far away from the beach. We will just have to take it to a water park.
The second choice was between a Spongelle Body Wash Infused Buffer in French Lavender ($16) and a Daily Concepts Hair Wrap ($18). There really wasn’t a wrong choice here as I would have been happy with either. I’ve never tried the soap sponges, but I am sure I will get it in a future box or as a future add-on. They are always an option. I always use a towel to wrap my hair. Before receiving this, I owned an Aquis turban and hair towel. Rarely were they both dirty at the same time. When that happens in the future, I will have this as a third in rotation. My hair is frizzy, and I never rub my hair with these towels (which would add to the frizz). Hair towels like this just absorb a lot of the water while I am getting ready. Whether air or blow drying, this type of towel speeds up the process. It is a must in my routine.
The third choice was between a tarte Double Duty Beauty leave your mark eyeshadow palette ($30) or receiving two tarte lip paints in glossy in obvi and dry matte in salty ($20×2). I love eyeshadow palettes and lip products. If these were bullet lipsticks, the decision would have been harder. Liquid lipsticks and glosses are not really my thing, although I do purchase them occasionally on a hunt to find the ones I’ve searched for.
This eyeshadow palette has a white gold highlighter (which is probably my favorite highlight shade) that I will use on my eyes and my face. It is a beautiful warm toned palette.
All the swatches impress me. The matte and metallic shades were all smooth and look stunning. This smells like a typical tarte palette, which I love. Once I wear this, I will edit in pictures and a review.
The fourth choice was between Grace & Stella Bath Bombs ($16) and Mytagalongs Hot/Cold Pack ($15). This is another one where there was no wrong choice. These are both items I would happily use. While I am sure a $15 hot/cold pack probably works nicer than the cheap ones I own, I think the cheap ones work fine. As such, I’d rather indulge in bath bombs. A nice bath bomb helps me relax. There are four 2.116oz bath bombs in this set. This set, created for FabFitFun, has Wellness – Fig & White Peach, Energize – Grapefruit & Mandarin, Good Vibes – Red Rose, and Keep Calm – French Lavender. They are some of the most fragranced bath bombs I’ve ever smelt. I wonder how that will translate to the bath itself. It could be beautiful, but it could also be overpowering. We shall see.
The 1.7oz Kate Somerville ExfoliKate® Intensive Exfoliating Treatment retails for $75. This is a 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. This was also in the Winter 2017 box, but I can never have too many of these. The bottom of the box says this one is exclusive for FabFitFun.
The Free People x Understated Leather Starry Eyed Travel Eye Mask retails for $40. Subscribers received one of two shades at random, mint or light grey. I got gray in my spring 2018 box so getting the other color would have been nice. My six-year-old took my duplicate from this box. That made my 11-year-old jealous so he took my original from the spring box. I wrote my younger son’s name on his strap so they will not mix them up. This might not have been the best material to make an eye mask from. Granted, it could be amazing, but it does not feel as soft as other eye masks I own. There is a removable, non-toxic cooling insert, which is the first mask I own(ed) to combine a sleeping mask with a cooling mask. Those are both masks I enjoy separately, and I already told my boys I might borrow theirs when I want some cooling. Since I own cooling and sleeping masks already, I may not. The elastic strap is adjustable, which my small head and my son’s small head appreciates. I really like the metallic patchwork.
The Homemade by Ayesha Curry Mug retails for $18. This is the same one I received in my winter 2017 box so I now own a set of two. While the winter box randomly sent one of three designs, this box only comes with this mug. That is probably better than getting a different one, because I like when things match. 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 5oz Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair!™ Deep Conditioning Mask is worth $30. This is a mask I’ve received in sample form before, but the avocado in it caused me to chicken out and give it away. Even though I have an avocado allergy, I am going to try it. If I can refrain my letting it touch my skin, I will probably be fine. Should I get any on my skin and suffer and adverse reaction, I can always give the rest away. People talk about this product like it is the end all be all of hair masks, and I’ve felt left out from trying it. Hair is dead so it should not affect my allergy (or that is my theory). It might be another made for FabFitFun product, because I cannot find it in this 5oz size anywhere.
This box has a $279 value. That brings the average box value for my editor’s boxes for the year to $279 (because it was the first box of the year). My personal value is $239, because I will not keep the duplicate eye mask. Since my six-year-old son wants it, that is basically like keeping it. I have to buy all his things anyway. The idea of having a matching eye mask with my little man makes me happy. Matching him is always a lot of fun. All the other items are not only things I will keep, but they are things I really want. Having a matching set of mugs is perfect, because I can have a drink with a guest using the set. It is easily worth the $49 I paid, which is a given knowing that I purchased it separately. Like I said when I received the winter box, a box with a full-size Exfolikate for less than the cost of the scrub itself is hard to top. That is an item I absolutely adore.
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I'm Kimberly. Shopping is always more fun when I've found the best deal available, so I am always on the hunt. My father instilled that in me, and I love that I carry a piece of him. Sometimes, my husband and sons (13 and 8) let me shop for them, too. They do not use as many beauty products as I do. We can all benefit from nice products, even though their routine ends with moisturizer. That is when I can convince my 13-year-old to apply it.
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