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When the recent Edit Sale opened to seasonal subscribers, I noticed the Summer 2018 Editor’s Boxes were not included. They did not appear in the Shop either. Thankfully, I was able to track them down, because I wanted a few items inside. Ordering through the direct link gave me a chance to select 3 of the 8 items, which really can make or break a box. All three are items I already owned and want more of. Two of them were items I received from FabfitFun. Getting them inside a box gives them to me at a huge discount. Three of the items vary. The last two were static, so everyone who ordered the box received those. Once my order arrived, I had three brand new products, one duplicate of a product I purchased at Ulta, and four products I received in the Winter 2017, Spring 2018, and Summer 2018 boxes.
Getting to pick my options instead of letting FabFitFun employees send me a random one meant the box would be even better suited to me. 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. People who subscribe between seasons start with an Editor’s Box if all the regular season’s boxes get sold out. That way, they do not have to wait for the next season to get their first 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 $324 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 Summer 2018 Box, this box supports the Wildlife Conservation Society.
If you want a chance to customize all choice options (was 3 but is now only 2), do not purchase the box as soon as it opens up. Annual subscribers usually get to customize more than seasonal, but subscribers who wait get to customize all available choice options. Yes, you run the risk that it can sell-out, but you will get less selections on the choice items (as you do with the regular box). By waiting, you can select all more options like I did.
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.
Some boxes have coupons. This one has three. The first is a coupon for Hello Fresh. I am not using it, so the first person to claim it may do so.
The second coupon is from Summer & Rose. I am not using this one either.
The third coupon is from ISH. I am not using this one either.
There are articles inside. This one goes over the perks of the box. I have explored the community forum, but I have yet to delve deeper into the added perks of being a subscriber.
There is another article on how the box is curated.
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 summer theme, 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 FOREO LUNA! fofo ($89) and a Trina Turk Turkish Towel ($78). My oldest son was jealous of the Foreo I got in my main Summer Box and the one I gave his Dad from the duplicate Box I purchased. He wanted one of his own. Sadly, we could not pick the color, and he did not like that he got pink. This is the same pink shade I received in my Summer Box, so I hope our devices do not get mixed up in the future. That is the only drawback of not purchasing one individually from a store. I did review this product and the app in my Summer Box, so the only thing I will add here is the batteries it came with died fast. Hopefully, the Duracell batteries I replaced it with last longer. If I did not really like mine, I obviously would have selected the towel or not ordered this box at all. They’ve run out of FOREO devices, so everyone who orders a box now gets the towel.
The second choice was between an 8 Other Reasons Lariat ($48), a Free People x Understated Leather Starry Eyed Travel Eye Mask ($40), and a Purlisse Blue Lotus Balancing Moisturizer ($45). I selected the mask, because the one I received in my 7-year-old decided he wanted the one from my Spring Editor’s Box. That made my 11-year-old jealous, so he took the one from my Spring Box. On the bright side, my sons do not like most items I receive in boxes, so I love that they even find items they want in my FabFitFun boxes. Hopefully, I will get to keep this third one. All three are mint green, so I think it is neat that we have matching masks. This is a vegan leather mask that has a cooling insert inside. Though I find it a little stiff (my son let me sleep in it once), it does keep the light out. It feels cooling when the packet is in, even without sticking it in the fridge as directed.
The third choice was between dr. brandt pores no more® LUMINIZER PRIMER ($38), and an ISH Lip Statement Palette ($42). I recently purchased that primer from Ulta when it went on sale and received that lip palette in the Spring FabFitFun Box. As I can never see myself using an entire lip palette, but I have and will continue to finish primers, I decided to grab a duplicate primer. This primer does not minimize pores as much as the regular version of this. What I like about it is it provides slight illumination and slight pore minimizing. My skin looks smooth, but it does not dry it out at all. If you are looking for something that really smooths pores or really illuminates, this is not the primer for you. Those who want a little of each will probably like this.
There were three options for the fourth item, but no one got to select theirs. The options were: Maji Sports Trigger Point Ball in Sky Blue ($24.95), the MakeupDrop Winter Glitz ($20), or a Whish Rice Milk + Rose Creme Cleanser ($24). I actually purchased that ball in the recent Edit Sale (the haul will go up on Saturday, so I cannot link it now). When I saw that I could get it here, I almost refrained from purchasing it. Thankfully, I decided I would rather have two than zero. Despite owning one of those MakeupDrop things from a Limited Edition Birchbox for some time now, I have not even tried it yet. That means the Whish cleanser was the best item for me to receive. It is the only one of these three that I did not already own.
There were two options for the fifth item, but no one got to select theirs. The TULA Dual-Phase Skin Reviving Pads ($26), or a KORRES Shower Gel in Japanese Rose ($18.50). These are listed as full-size, but I cannot find a retailer that sells them in these smaller sizes inside the box. I already own the Korres Shower Gel, so I was hoping for the TULA pads. Thankfully, that is what I got. They are like mini mitts that have two sides. One applies a serum and the other side exfoliates. Skin peels (or the product peels depending on your perspective of these type of products) and you rinse your face before applying skincare. My skin felt softer after using one. Check my Empties posts to see if I noticed any long-term benefits.
There were two options for the sixth item, but they were just different designs of the Yumi Kim Train Case ($58) in Periwinkle or Navy. The idea of having a second one of these that matches the one I received in the Summer Box was welcome. I usually travel light with makeup, but I like that the bags would match if I decided to bring a lot of items. It would have been awesome to receive the navy bag, so I would have one of each. Since I got Periwinkle again, the bags are actual duplicates. Now, I have to decide if I will keep it (and stick to the original plan) or gift it to someone else. Odds are I will keep it, because I have so many makeup bags I can gift to other people. Of all the makeup bags that are similar to this one, I like this one the best.
Everyone received a 5.1oz AHAVA Mineral Hand Cream ($33) for the seventh item. This is bigger than the regular size. I received this in the Winter 2017 Box and as a GWP from the Spring 2018 Edit Sale. I can never have too many of these. On top of the fact that I apply moisturizer to my hands after every hand wash, this is a moisturizer I love. It penetrates deep without feeling greasy. The scent is one I really like as well, although my husband dislikes it.
Everyone received a Spongelle Papaya Yuzu Boxed Flower Body Wash Infused Buffer ($16) for the eighth item. These sponges are almost universally loved by FabFitFun members. I had almost purchased them in add-ons multiple times (because they have different ones in every event), but I decided to save my money. Based on how popular they are, I knew they would eventually make it into a box. Their appearances in past boxes are how members fell in love in the first place. My gamble clearly paid off, and I am glad I did not purchase any. It is not that I hate this, because I don’t. This smells divine, and I cannot express how much I love the scent. According to Spongelle, the top notes are a mélange of fruits, the middle notes are florals, cyclamen and bois de rose, and the bottom note is a sweet sugary caramel. This is a buffer, so the roughness is somewhat expected. Considering I already love other exfoliating sponges that are not as rough, I would purchase those over these. Would I add some of these in a FabFitFun sale? Possibly. I would never purchase them for full retail though. For that price, I can get one from Julep I adore. Granted, it does not have soap built into it.
This box has a $324 value. That brings the average box value for my editor’s boxes for the year to $301.50. My personal value is $235, because I gave the FOREO to my son. One could argue that items given to immediate family members do not deduct from my personal value since I have to pay for their items anyway. Nevertheless, I am not keeping all the items. Then again, getting my son a FOREO for less than retail is the main reason I purchased this in the first place. Everything else is really just an added bonus. While I would have preferred the navy bag, I will probably keep the duplicate periwinkle one. Everything else was either new to me (even the mask since my boys took the other two) or I really want the duplicates. This was a great box. It is really hard to say whether I preferred this or the Spring Editor’s Box, because I love the bag from that and use it all the time.
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