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The FabFitFun Mystery Bundles have intrigued me. Even though I love poker, I am not much of a gambler. It is a shame I cannot bring myself to gamble, because I am a very good poker player. No, I am not joking, and no, I do not feel the need to act humble. Anyway, I do gamble with beauty products in the form of Subscription Boxes. Most subscription boxes are a gamble. I hand over my money and the subscription service gives me products it thinks I want. Sometimes I do, sometimes I don’t, and other times I am not sure what I want. You never know when you initially think you’ve received a dud to discover a gem or vice versa. There are a few subscription boxes where I actually get to pick my items, like Julep, but most are like FabFitFun where they pick all the items or let me have small choices from items they’ve selected. Since I gamble on subscription boxes, why shouldn’t I gamble on Mystery Bundles? It’s the same concept, right?
A FabFitFun Mystery Bundle retails for $29 and usually has a value over $100. The $100 is no longer advertised, and I saw a couple that dipped below. Most bundles have over a $100 value, so while getting one under a $100 value is a gamble by itself, it is not common. As Kenny Rogers would say, you’ve got to know when to hold ’em, know when to fold ’em, know when to walk away, know when to run. If you keep ordering bundles that always make you unhappy or are one of the extremely unlucky people who keep getting bundles with a value under $100, I’d suggest spending your $29 on products you know you want. With hundreds of items in every flash sale, you are going to find something you like.
Bundles usually have 3-5 items. Most bundles have four. This usually consists of 1-2 items in the $50 range and others on the lower end. Generally, bundles that have one product that retails for around $100 will typically have three items, and bundles with a lot of lower priced items will have five. If a bundle has a set, you could end up with more than 5 total items. The set will only count as one item meaning you will still likely have 3-5 items.
Every time I get a bundle, I will add a mini review of that bundle to this article. That way, I will have all of mine in one place, so people can look and see if I am as good at beauty product gambling as I am at poker. It can also give them an idea of whether they want to take the risk or not. Sometimes it pans out nicely. Other times, people crash and burn. My successes and failures will get tracked here as well. If the article gets too long, I will eventually start a new one. I will never order more than one bundle per sale. Again, I am not much of a gambler, despite my love for subscription boxes. When I find a lot of things I want in the flash sale, I will not purchase a mystery bundle. There are spending limits. Most importantly, I will go with my gut. Whenever I feel it is too risky, I will listen. This means I could go very long intervals without a mystery bundle. Tracking how long I go without one is another cool side effect of this article. Wish me luck!
The numbers on the mystery bundles do not seem to matter, because people with the same numbers often have very different items. I will always list the numbers for those who are curious. If I get a bundle before you, and you think yours is the same because your shipping confirmation has the same number, I hope you are right or wrong, depending on how you feel about my bundle. While there are many variations even within the same bundle numbers, each one is bound to repeat until FabFitFun gets rid of all supply. Those of us who gamble on these mystery bundles are helping FabFitFun get rid of things that did not sell out in the past, but it usually does not have enough inventory to list it again for another round of add-ons.
My Summer 2018 Edit Sale Mystery Bundle was my first ever, so this is my first Mystery Bundle review. The bundle number is 1802-MYS-005. On my poker scale, I would rate this as a set of tens (3-of-a-kind). It’s a good hand, but I still lose to a small straight or a higher set. There are three items in the kit I will happily try, but they are three items I would not have purchased on their own. Thus I cannot give this a higher hand. Once I try them, I could fall in love or I could hate them. That won’t change this poker rating, because this rating is my first impression. Of course, I always review all Empty Products, so each beauty product will ultimately get a full review.
The 8oz EiR Surf Mud Body Oil retails for $35. This typically has a FabFitFun add-on price of $14. It is a moisturizing body oil with SPF 15 that warns not to wear it with light clothes. I love body oils, because my skin is so dry. They usually provide moisture and a nice glow (until the product absorbs into the skin). If this one stains (any clothes, light or dark), there is no way I will keep using it. Fingers crossed that does not happen.
The 1.7oz non gender specific Everything Serum retails for $65. This typically has a FabFitFun add-on price of $24. I am so stocked on serums, and I prefer not to buy them too far in advance. Thus, I would not have purchased this. Now that it is here, I will give it a try (after it waits its turn). Maybe I can convince my husband to try this with me, so we can use it together before it goes bad. He always complains that my beauty products are not for men, even when it does not specify a gender. There is no way to argue that this one is not for a specific gender, because it is right in the name. Then again, it has lavender in it, and he will not anything with lavender in it.
The ban.do Sip Sip Tumbler With Straw retails for $14. This typically has a FabFitFun add-on price of $7. While I never would have ordered this, I can see myself using it when I want a drink with ice. It is a very sturdy tumbler, and I like that it is girly without being gaudy.
The Hadron Epoch Los Angeles Grid Weekly Pink Planner retails for $18. This typically has a FabFitFun add-on price of $5. I am not blasting this at all. It is beautiful, and I think a lot of people who have loved to receive this. My problem is I have way to much going on to remember what I have to do in a paper planner. When my plans are in my phone, I get reminders. That increases the odds that I will show up to whatever appointment I have. Maybe, I can find some other use for this.
That brings the value for this $29 mystery bundle to $132. The FabFitFun Add-on value if I purchased all these items separately would have been $50, so I saved $21 by gambling. I will probably keep all four. My original plan was to gift the planner to someone, but she only likes larger ones she can put stamps and stickers inside. It is possible I may gift it after all, because I cannot see myself using it.