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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 (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 $346.99 value. I thought this was funny, because my spring box had a $347 value. That is pretty consistent. Though this one is worth a penny less, it is a far superior box. The smaller box houses the train case, and the larger box houses the towel.
Every box teams with a philanthropic cause. This box supports the Wildlife Conservation Society through Give a Sip. Subscribers were also able to donate during the add-on window.
Unless you purchase the subscription outside of the customization period, you can select some options. Annual subscribers get to customize five items, and seasonal subscribers get to customize two. First time subscribers get a randomly selected box from the current season or an editor’s box if the seasonal box is sold-out.
Everything comes on top of white crinkle cut paper wrapped in white tissue, sealed with a sticker.
Each box comes with a magazine.
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.
The features spotlight the brand, the products, the founders, and more. This issue focused on blogger, Rocky Barnes, and the launch of the FOREO LUNA! Fofo.
It also had a full-page dedicated to discounts for those of us who want to spend even more money.
Speaking of discounts, there was a card with a general code that came with the train case.
There are 8-9 full-size items and a bonus paper straw in this box. This was beautifully curated for summer. From the towels, to the sunscreen, and everything in between, I think FabFitFun made this perfect for the season.
The first choice was between a summer & rose Beach Towel ($55) in pineapple or palm, and a Yumi Kim Train Case ($58) in peri floral or navy geo. While the option to add a selection for $10 in the past was present, this was the first time you could add every extra option for $10. That means you could get all 4 of these if you wanted. One came inside the box and you could have paid an extra $30 for the other three.
I selected the pineapple towel for my box.
I paid an extra $10 to receive the palm towel.
I’ve already used these towels and can confirm they are amazing. We have no beach nearby so I cannot confirm nor deny the claim that they repel sand. What I can confirm is they absorb a lot of water for how thin they are. Standard beach towels feel soaked and heavy after a day at the pool. These still felt light and as if they could absorb a lot of water. They are very large. My six-year-old was able to wrap his entire body multiple times in this thing. He is always cold when coming out of the water so the size and way it holds water helped his overall comfort. Plus, he looked quite stylish while getting warm and dry. If I had to name one complaint I would say I wish the design covered the front and back. The back is white and my older son, who did not like that he got stuck with the “girly” palm design, would only wear it with the white side out. I guess for him the white side is a positive.
I see that there are 3 other towel designs on the summer & rose website, and I am really hoping they have some reasonably priced ones in the upcoming Edit Sale. While I am willing to pay more than the $10 I spent for the extra one this round, I am unwilling to pay the full retail price of $55. That is just too much for a towel, even though I love it.
I did end up receiving the Peri Floral Train Case in the extra summer box I purchased below (scroll down to see more photos).
The second choice was between an ERTH Tu Y Yo Ring ($55), a 7.25oz Jaboneria Marianella Hawaiian Black Lava Body Caviar ($48), or a 5.07oz Aromatherapy Associates De-stress Muscle Gel ($39). Once again, members could select one and add more to the box for $10 each. I selected the muscle gel and added a body caviar for $10.
Everything starting with the third choice was only available to select (annual) subscribers. It was between a 0.18oz tarte Tarteist Pro To Go Palette ($23) with a 0.047oz Sex Kitten Liquid Eyeliner ($20) or a 0.176oz tarte Tarteist Pro Glow Highlight & Contour Palette ($45). Members could select one and add the other to the box for $10.
I already own the Contour palette so I selected the eyeshadow palette and eyeliner.
Even though it is a travel palette, it has a nice mirror inside.
These shades are perfect for a warm, neutral look.
All of the shades swatch beautifully so I am really looking forward to playing with this. Some palettes have weak shimmers or mattes. My feeling (based on the swatches) is there is no weak link in here. Once I wear this, I will edit in a picture and review.
Those who selected this also got a full-sized liquid eyeliner. It is one I’ve never tried, and I always like trying new things.
From the swatch alone, I can already tell I will not like this. There is so much bleeding. My hands shake so I already have a hard time making a straight line for a wing. Add bleeding and this is bound to look like a hot mess. Nevertheless, I will try it. It is already swatched so I cannot give it away now.
I did end up getting the tarte Contour Palette in my second summer box. The pictures and swatches I’ve attached below are from my original palette. Whether I decide to gift the one I received from my second FabFitFun box or put it in a giveaway, I need to keep it brand new.
The fourth choice was between a Maji Sports Loop Resistance Band ($15), a Minor History Post Script Wallet ($20), and a 2.12oz Vasanti Brighten Up! Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator ($29). Members could select one and add either of the other two for $10 each. I selected the Vasanti.
Strangely enough, I have received it in past subscription boxes but never tried it. Of the three options, it still seemed like the one I was most likely to use. I could not find a price on the Vasanti for this 2.12oz size. Instead of using the price of the 4.23oz size and dividing it by the size of this, I am using the price FabFitFun suggests. If you do purchase this, I do not recommend paying $29 for 2.12oz when you can pay $34 for 4.23oz. That is double the product for an extra $5.
The fifth choice was between a 1.6oz Elemis Papaya Enzyme Peel ($45), or a 6.5oz Orlando Pita Play Atmos-Shield Hair Protectant Thermal Spray ($34). Members could select one and add the other for $10. I almost did this, because I wanted both. As much as I wanted the spray, I realized I would not use it often.
Subscribers were the first to receive the FOREO LUNA! fofo. This $89 product is not even available for the public to purchase yet, which made it extra special for FabFitFun subscribers. They not only got first access, but they get to play with it for a fraction of what others will purchase it for.
There is an app called Foreo for Me that you can pair to your Foreo device. It is really simple. Just download the app, enter a few quick pieces of information about yourself, and hold the button for 3-seconds when prompted. Once the app is paired, you can use the sensors (the screen will give step-by-step directions) to measure the moisture in your face. Based on the results, it will even suggest a cleansing routine.
When I took my first reading (at the end of the day so many hours after I washed my face that morning), it said my skin had low moisture. I have naturally dry skin and the moisture levels always dip drastically from wash to wash. After washing my face with the Luna! Fofo and applying my night-time routine, I took a second reading. It said my moisture level was high. My night-time routine does introduce a lot of moisture so I would not expect anything less. This is similar to my MiLi Pure Skin Moisture Analyzer. That one also pairs with an app, although it is a little harder to pair. The main difference is this one reads nose instead of eyes, and that one gives more specific readings in the form of numbers. One could argue saying low or high is more user-friendly though.
When paired with cleanser and water, this device does provide a very gentle cleanse and extremely light physical exfoliation. It is gentle enough to use for both washes every day. Since this barely feels different from scrubbing with hands, I doubt many people would experience any sensitivity. I probably will not use it every wash, but I can see myself using it a lot. A good comparison is the Clarisonic. Even with gentle brushes, I only use it once or twice a week (when I use it at all because I take long breaks of no use). This is due to how deeply it exfoliates. The batteries will need to be replaced, but my Foreo Play still works on its original batteries. My guess is the batteries last a long time.
The 1.7oz Coola Classic Face SPF 50 White Tea retails for $32. I am a huge fan of Coola sunscreen, because they look great on my skin. They go on demi-matte. My skin never burns as long as I remember to reapply on time. Sunscreen is an absolute must if I am going outdoors, because my skin burns easily.
The Pier 1 Imports Marble Ring Dish retails for $14.99. I loved this dish the moment I saw the spoiler, because marble and gold are both details I appreciate when decorating. Getting two of these dishes so I can have a set to display items is one of the main reasons I decided to grab a second summer box.
The last thing in the box is a paper straw from giveasip.us. Those who pledge to end plastic straw usage can receive a free metal straw by following that link.
With the two extra choices, the value of my main box was $449.99.
Some important dates for this box. Annual subscribers got to shop add-ons starting on 05/05/18. It took me 21 minutes to login as the site was experiencing issues. By the time I got in, four items were already sold-out. One of those four items, the Sol de Janeiro Bum Bum Cream never came back (long enough for me to grab it). Unless you login right when items open up, even having an annual subscription does not guarantee you will get everything you want. Everyone got to customize (the 2 choice options for seasonal subscribers or 5 for annual subscribers) on 05/10/18. Selecting add-ons opened to seasonal subscribers on 05/12/18. Customization closed when add-ons closed on 05/18/18. My charge for the box and add-ons processed on 05/20/18, and my box shipped on 05/25/18. It arrived on 06/01/18.
I selected 20 add-ons. My total was $277.99 for $1190.24 in value. In order to get my box and all the add-ons in one picture, I had to use a panoramic view. These pictures always make me think of the view from a fish tank.
I decided I wanted to get a second summer box for $49.99 so I could gift the Fofo to someone. Getting a second Pier One tray (for a set) and a chance at some of the items I did not select in my original box also made the idea fun. As much as I wanted a train case, I did not want to pay $10 for one. There are just too many bags in my collection already to justify it. Like I mentioned above, I wanted the Orlando Pita Play Spray but realized I would not use it enough to justify paying an extra $10. When you order a box from add-ons, you do not get to customize it at all so I went in accepting I could end up with some duplicates. That only meant I would have more than just a Fofo to gift to someone.
My second box (without selecting a single thing) was almost perfect. I got a train case I wanted, and the hair product I wanted. Had I known I would have received the body caviar, I would not have purchased one for an extra $10. That is really the only thing that kept it from being perfect. It’s okay though, because I really wanted to try it. If I love it, I will happily use the second. Should I hate it, I can gift the second. The little wallet is adorable and though I will probably never use it, I like that I received one. Since I already owned both tarte products (one before ever receiving this order and the second with my original box), I knew that whatever I received in the second box would be a duplicate. Getting the Contour Palette is probably better, because it will make a better gift or giveaway item. I’ve put new things aside to either give to friends and family or host a giveaway for my readers.
One of the things that I really like about this train case is the pouch to hold makeup brushes. None of my other cases have a pouch built-in so I will definitely travel with this one.
It holds so many products that I can easily fit all the makeup I will ever travel with inside. I may even be able to throw some extra toiletries in there. This floral bag is so much more beautiful in person than it is online. Had I been given a choice, I would have selected the navy. However, I am glad I did not get a choice. Sometimes you receive the opposite of what you want and feel it was the better one after all.
This is my original palette pictured. It is unused. I have a lot of makeup that I’ve purchased and have not used yet. My plan is to use it very soon.
Even though this has two smaller mirrors instead of one larger one, I like the way it opens. It has a magnetic closure so I would feel comfortable traveling with this. Since it fits nicely in the Yumi Kim bag, I probably will.
There is one highlight shade that is definitely too dark for me, but I can always use it as an eyeshadow. The contour shade looks a little dark in the swatch. That is a cream though. Cream shades always blend out a lot. This makes me think this would probably not work well for someone with darker skin unless it layers. All shades swatched nicely so I have high hopes for this. Once I use it, I will edit in a picture and review.
The value of my second box was $340.99. If I keep everything but the Fofo and the tarte palette, my personal value for the $49.99 I spent would be $206.99. Should I also gift the duplicates of the sunscreen and the body scrub, my personal value would be $126.99. There is no way I am getting rid of the second Pier 1 tray as that is one duplicate I already know I want to keep. All of the new items in the second box are definitely staying with me. I already used the Orlando Pita Play by thoroughly spraying my scalp before a trip to a water park. Even if I rarely use it for heat styling, I can get nice use out of it by spraying it for the UV protection before a day in the sun. Granted, there is a chance the water rinses it right out, but it is better than nothing at all.
I purchased a Mama Shines Like the Sun Bundle for $21. It includes: a 6oz Murad Hydrating Toner ($30), a 5.07oz summer & rose Celine Body Illuminizer ($26), and a 15oz S’ip by S’well Watermelon Cooler Water Bottle ($24.99).
The Murad toner is something I’ve wanted to try for a while. My skin is so dry so I prefer hydrating toners. When it is really hot outside, I love moisturizers with illuminizers built-in. That is exactly what I want. FabFitFun was offering each add-on separately for $9, $11, and $9 respectively. Originally, I only wanted the toner and illuminizer, because I have so many water bottles already. Getting the water bottle in the bundle for only $1 more made this a no brainer. As it turns out, I really love the water bottle. It is beautiful and feels nicer than all the other ones I own.
Though I have not worn the illuminizer yet, it felt very rich and luxurious when I swatched it.
This looked so natural inside but I could still see the sparkle (via subtle glitter). I think it will look beautiful outdoors.
That brings the value for this $21 bundle to $80.99.
As much as I love gold, the pictures FabFitFun provided made this gold look a little gaudy. The color almost turned me off, but I’ve wanted to purchase a pillowcase from this brand for a long time. Even during the 20% off sale at Sephora, the pillowcase would have cost me $63.20. Getting one in gold seemed like the only way I was going to get one any time soon so I ordered it with hesitation. Though the sleep mask is not something I had considered purchasing before, it was $39 for the pillowcase and $24 for the mask. Adding the mask for $10 seemed like an easy decision.
This was such a great purchase decision. Not only is the gold beautiful and not at all gaudy, but I love the way the pillowcase and sleep mask feel. They both work as promised, and I wake up without any indentations on my face. My only complaint is the pillowcase is slippery (as expected given the name) so my head is all over the place before I fall asleep.
That brings the value for this $49 bundle to $124.
The Perfect Hair Day Bundle was $21. It includes: a 4oz Living Proof Perfect Hair Day 5-1 Styling Treatment ($28), a 4oz Marrakesh X (Leave In Treatment & Detangler) ($15.99), and a 2oz Cal-Pharma Strong Hairpro Deep Scalp Therapy ($48). Purchasing each individually would have cost $9, $7, and $14. I already enjoy the Living Proof Styling Cream and can never have too many leave-in conditioners. With the amount of leave-in I use after every wash, I really do go through a lot. Trying new ones is always a lot of fun. Getting those two items would have cost $16 so I decided to pay another $5 to try the scalp treatment. My hair is fine and even though I do not have a problem with it thinning, I use a scalp treatment after every wash. It helps my scalp from feeling tight and dry. It also helps prevent build-up from all the products I use. Scalp treatments are usually expensive so I like the chance to try a new one for an extra $5.
That brings the value for this $21 bundle to $91.99.
The Summer Spritz Bundle was $17. It includes: a 4oz Poo~Pourri Original Citrus Spray ($14.95), a 1.5oz (guessed on this size) ESYM Tenkawa Passage Linen Spray ($18), and a 5oz Evian Facial Spray ($12.50). Purchasing each item separately would have cost $7, $9, and $7 respectively. I wanted all three items so it made sense to grab the bundle to save the money. Poo-Pourri is a product I already know and love. It works so well. While my laundry detergent usually stays fresh for a long time, there are times when sheets or blankets that have been in a linen closet for a while do not smell super fresh. Instead of washing them again, I thought this linen spray would be smarter. Sprays that are pretty much water only are a guilty pleasure, but they are also a waste of money. You could just spray pure water on yourself and save the exorbitant fee. Paying an extra $1 to get it over the other two items finally gave me an opportunity to try this one.
That brings the value for this $17 bundle to $45.45.
I love trying new body scrubs and could not resist the urge to try the 9.5oz Cocoage Cocoa Powder 24k Gold Body Scrub (Brown Sugar) ($79.95) for $9. Even if I love this, I know I would never repurchase given its price tag. Trying something that expensive for pennies on the dollar gives me the indulgence without the guilt. Considering I received two body scrubs (one in each of the summer boxes), I could have passed on this. Trying it will be fun nevertheless.
As relaxing as eye masks are, I’ve found that only using them when I need serious brightening or de-puffing makes them a lot more economical. Getting them for less than $2 each set helps that endeavor even more.
The Blaq Hydrogel Eye Masks ($29) were $9 for 5.
A 5 pack of Skinesque 3 Step Charcoal Masks ($35) was $9.
This is a mask I’ve read about before. Beyonce’s makeup artist, Sir John, recommends these. If Beyonce trusts him, I should, right? I also really like the idea of a charcoal sheet mask in general. If something can remove the gunk without making a mess, I am all in.
I adore Whish Shave Cream and the places I’ve purchased it from before (Birchbox and Ulta) no longer carry it.
Getting this 5oz Whish pomegranate Shave Cream ($16) for $5 is incredible. Granted, these are usually sold in containers but I will pay less for a tube any day.
I already love the AHAVA Trio Mini Sea-Kissed Hand Cream ($19). It is deeply moisturizing and never feels greasy. Getting a 3-pack of 1.3oz hand creams for $9 is awesome. My hands are really dry so I apply hand cream after every hand wash. These mini sizes are great for my purse on the go. This scent is so fresh and beautiful, too.
I am really lazy when it comes to removing nail polish. More often than not, I will pick it off. Yes, that takes more effort than removing it the proper way, but the idea of retrieving the remover, getting cotton, dipping the cotton, rubbing the cotton, then disposing of the cotton is typically too much work. Pads like the 30-count Lauren B Beauty Nail Polish Remover Pads ($15) do cut some of the work thereby decreasing the odds I will pick my polish off. Getting them for $5 is a steal. Whenever I have more expensive ones the cost can deter me from using them too often.
I’ve always wanted a face roller, but they seemed pointless and expensive.
Getting this Zoe Ayla Jade Crystal Roller ($69.99) for $9 is giving me the opportunity to test its legitimacy without feeling like I got ripped off.
While I am sure each piece varies, mine is not perfectly smooth of the small or the large side. It does not bother me per se, but I do feel the divots especially on the small side when rolling it under my eyes. Whether it actually does anything or not is hard to see, but it does seem soothing.
I have mixed feelings on the Maji Sports Dotted Massage Ball ($24.99).
For the $5 I paid, it was worth it. The ridges on the ball assist in massaging, but I am not great at working the ball with my feet alone. That usually causes me to massage with my hands. The ridges on the ball dig into the inner parts of my hand making them feel uncomfortable. When I am able to massage with my feet alone, I really like this.
Ulta offered a free 0.13oz Butter London Sheer Wisdom Serum Shadow $24 with any makeup purchase to Platinum members on 05/07/18. I wanted to partake, but it annoyed me that the other GWP for any purchase was OOS before I even woke up. As such, I abstained from purchasing anything.
While the $5 I paid for this is more than I would have spent, I did not have to purchase it with anything else to get it for that price. That made this the right opportunity to finally get this. This Mauve Mist is the shade I had my eye on at Ulta, too. Hopefully, it lives up to my high expectations. Cream eyeshadows rarely do.
I had never heard of Green Goo. However, I have very dry skin. When I see a product like the 1.82oz Dry Skin Large Tin ($12.99) for $5, I typically want to try it.
This is very similar to my beloved Egyptian Magic (in that it does not contain a lot of ingredients). Like Egyptian Magic, it looks like Vaseline before you apply it. Once you rub it in your hands, it turns into an oil. It takes a long time to absorb into the skin, but skin feels very moisturized once it does. The scent is very leafy. In my mind, it smells like I rubbed my hands on the leaves of a tree. Given its pale green color, I wonder.
I’ve tried black masks before and was not a fan. They tend to rip all the peach fuzz off my face leaving me in pain. At a Sephora event recently, a boscia rep convinced me to give theirs another try. Since I decided to partake in that endeavor, I would also like to compare it to others like it. Hence, my decision to purchase the Blaq Mask Tube ($29) for $9. For continuity, I will try it on my entire face. If it is painful, I will only use it around my pores, as the person I spoke with suggested.
I am always reluctant to purchase off brand USB chargers.
While I hate paying $21 every time my Apple branded one bites the dust, I also hate paying less and having it never work at all or only work for a short period. As soon as my FabFitFun 2-in-1 USB Charger Grey ($22) arrived, I put it to work. There is no link, because I cannot find this for sale anywhere.
So far, the $9 charger is still working. It does not seem to charge any slower than my Apple branded one, but I love the reach on the cord. If it is still working during an upcoming sale and it is available, I will probably grab a second one.
The KW Fashion Striped Gauze Kimono Grey ($33.90) was $14. There is no link, because I cannot find this for sale anywhere. I worried it might look and feel cheap in person. It doesn’t. While it is extremely lightweight given the material, it does not look like it is falling apart. This suggests hand-washing, but I washed it in the machine on the gentle cycle and hung it to dry. That does leave wrinkles in it, but I do not think the wrinkles detract from the way this looks.
A last-minute add-on for me was the 100-count Dr. Denese Advanced Firming Facial Pads ($48) for $9. I had never heard of the brand before so I was reluctant to purchase them at all. Finding a nice chemical exfoliant that does not break the bank is a goal. Even at full-price, these are less than $0.50 a pad. That is pretty good. It seems like QVC runs specials on it as well so I may purchase more if I fall in love. Granted, it would be nice to purchase more from FabFitFun, but I realize the product lineup always changes.
Another last-minute add-on was the Kate Spade NY Dahlia Travel Umbrella ($48) for $19. I already own several umbrellas but most are gloomy, like the rain.
As someone who already suffers from depression, I thought having something bright and cheerful might lift my spirits on a day that brings rain instead of sunshine. Now that I know Kate Spade also suffered from depression, I am really glad I added this piece. It will do a lot more than lift my spirits when I use it now. This will remind me that we all go through hard times, and as long as there is fight left in me, I want bright and cheerful things. Kate’s recent passing has made me reflect on a lot of things. Instead of covering them here, I urge you to read my thoughts on the matter. My number one goal with that article and depression in general is to end the stigma.
This box has a $1640.23 value ($346.99 subscription + $103 extra choice options + $1190.24 add-ons). I paid $297.99 ($277.99 add-ons plus $20 extra choice options) on 05/20/18 and $179.99 before that for 4 boxes making the total spent for these items $342.99. My overall discount was 79% off. That brings the average box value for the year to $347 (because the last box was $347). My personal value is also $346.99 because I will keep everything in it. There really isn’t a single thing in my main box that I am iffy on. I will be gifting some of the duplicate items from the second box so my personal value does not equal my total value of all items (discussed above). Because I will easily receive more than $49.99 in value and still get to gift items away, it was an easy decision to grab a second box.
This box is definitely worth more than worth the $45 (got a discount for paying for 4 boxes up front) plus tax I paid. I really loved the winter 2017 box and felt it would take a long time before FabFitFun could top it. It did not take anywhere near as long as I thought it would, because this box is without a doubt my new favorite. Even my least favorite box, the spring 2018, was easily worth the $49.99 I paid for it. The FOREO on its own holds all the value in the box. After loving the FOREO Play, I knew I would eventually purchase a FOREO. Now, I do not have to thanks to this box. As much as I love this subscription and all the surprise items that come inside the box, I think I get the most value in purchasing extremely discounted add-ons and knowing exactly what I am getting up front. When you combine great box items with a stack of out-of-this world add-ons, it makes the overall deal incredible and way too good to pass up.
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