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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!
Every sale, there is one number on the mystery bundles that has a lot of variety. The other numbers usually house the same items meaning everyone with 004 or 008 will get whatever the others with 004 or 008 received. 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, 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 Winter 2019 Edit Sale Mystery Bundle number is 1804-MYS-014. This was the bundle with all the variety this round.
On my poker scale, I would rate this a A-5 straight flush. I like it more than my Fall Edit Sale bundle, but not by an exponential amount. It is a really strong hand, because this is my favorite bundle so far. It is the only bundle of all the bundles I’ve received that I would actually purchase if I saw it in the lineup for $29.
As much as I like the one from the Fall Edit Sale, I cannot say with certainty I would have paid $29 if I knew all items up front. All items are new to me, so my opinion could change.
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 every beauty product I use will ultimately get a full review.
The 2oz WAY OF WILL 03 Soothe and Cool Peppermint + German Chamomile Post-Training Massage Oil retails for $29.50. FabFitFun sells this for $11. I am a huge fan of massage oils in general, but I love them even more when they are recovery oils. Nothing feels better than a massage and working oil through sore muscles is a treat. This one promises to cool the area as it treats it.
The NUME Classic Curling Wand 1” (25mm) retails for $69, although FabFitFun claims it retails for $79. FabFitFun sells this for $19. I’ve always been wary of curling wands that do not have a clasp to hold hair in place, because I fear I will burn my hand. These wands always come with a glove, but I wonder how well the glove works. It also seems video reviewers never use the glove. They’ve all just mastered using it without the glove or getting burned. I am the fool who will burn herself, so I have yet to even try the expensive curling iron without a clasp I’ve purchased in the past. Since I now own two, I am going to try this soon. This one has a tourmaline wand, and it looks really nice.
The 6.75 juice BEAUTY Hydrating Mist retails for $25. FabFitFun sells this for $11. I love hydrating mists and love them even more when they double as toners and makeup setting mists. That gives me the chance to try it both ways to see which way I like best. One way always seems to work better than the other.
The Rifle Paper Co. Coasters Herb Garden Set retails for $14. FabFitFun sells this set for $5. They are made of thick pulp board, so it should last for multiple uses. I’ve never seen a Rifle Paper design I did not love, and this one is no exception. The floral prints on everything it makes are always breathtaking. I wish these were a little more sturdy, so they would last longer. However, I know this company specializes in paper products.
That brings the value for this $29 mystery bundle to $137.50. Had I purchased everything separately at the FabFitFun price, I would have paid $46. This bundle saved me $17. I’ve been really lucky with new products so far. This is the fourth bundle where all four of my items are new. It is another time where I plan to keep all four items, which makes my personal value $137.50. My curling iron got buried somewhere in the garage, so I like that I have a new one and know where it is. Because I already own a good one and a cheap one, I never would have purchased it. Having it until I find the others (and using it after I find the others if I like this one more) makes it a very practical item for me.
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It has the highest value of any mystery bundle I’ve received so far, so some people might really enjoy this one. The Winter 2018 Mystery Bundle number is 1802-MYS-001. This was the bundle with all the variety this round. I was not able to get a picture of the bag before my husband placed the bag in the recycling bin. In his defense, I did have the bag in a different place from my items. He was gathering recycling, so I placed the bag in a place I thought he would not find it. Needless to say, he did. On my poker scale, I would rate this two pair (fives and sixes). It’s an okay hand, but a lot of hands beat this. More often than not, you would lose with this hand. All four items in this set are new to me, but only one of the four is anything I would ever purchase. Reluctantly, I will try all of them. Well, I will try almost all of them (I explain below). 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 every beauty product I use will ultimately get a full review.
The tarte double-ended camouflage brush retails for $36. FabFitFun may have sold this for $19. There is no proof this was ever on FabFitFun, but a similar brush with a lower retail price went for $19. I am not a fan of double ended brushes at all, and I just gave a slew of them to my nieces. This one has a dense sponge that is somewhat retractable on that bottom. That means I can store it upright without worry that bristles will get damaged. One concern of double ended brushes is gone. My other concern with this specific brush is sponges will not last anywhere near as long as the bristles on the other side. After the sponge goes bad, will I continue to use this Frankenbrush or will the appearance gross me out and cause me to toss it. Only time will tell on that front. Tarte has this on sale for $24, and it does not surprise me. It does not seem like a brush many people would want. Some reviewers enjoy this, so I will give it a fair shot.
The Maji Sports Foot Massager retails for $24.95. FabFitFun sells this for $7. It is so hard to find retail a retailer on these contraptions, because I keep finding the bulk prices. That link even leads to the bulk price, but a single consumer will never buy that many to get a price that low. When FabFitFun last listed that item for sale, it had a retail price of $24.95. I could not find it anywhere else. Considering this is a lot larger than the other two I purchased from this brand with the same retail price, it surprises me they all cost the same. One thing I can tell you is this is my favorite of the three. I place it on the ground and it rolls with ease. None of the points are too rough as they are on one I own or too smooth as they are on the other. This is the Goldilocks of foot massagers. It is just right, and it is the only product in this bundle I would have purchased.
The 0.33oz The Lifestyle Co. goddess 100% Rose Natural Perfume Oil retails for $40. FabFitFun sells this for $9. I do not really invest in fragrance, beaus I rarely wear it. Rose is not one of my favorite fragrances either. Most florals are too overpowering for me, so I typically prefer fresh or fruity scents. This is not too strong at all, which surprised me given the oil form. It gives a subtle fragrance that lasts most of the day. While I would not buy this, I will occasionally wear it now that I own it.
The 3-piece set of Sterling Forever Velvet Chokers retail for $141. FabFitFun sells this for $24. My mind was seriously blown that these are so expensive. They seriously look like a craft project. Could you imagine spending so much on something that could easily rip or snag. I picture someone grabbing scissors and cutting it like they would remove a wrist band from their arm. The black one is $54, the rose-pink is $42, and the light grey is $45. Since I do not wear jewelry, I am almost never wowed by it. When I see a piece that I would not have even worn as a kid, it really disappoints me. That said, I realize a lot of people love jewelry. A lot of those people love velvet. Many people also love chokers. This could thrill someone else. It leaves me disappointed, and I am flabbergasted that it carries the weight of a bundle (over $100) on its own.
That brings the value for this $29 mystery bundle to $241.95. Considering my first thought was, “is this even worth $100,” it surprises me that this is the most valuable. Value is in the eye of the beholder, clearly. The FabFitFun Add-on value if I purchased all these items separately would have been $59, so I saved $30 by gambling. I am going to let the winner of my next giveaway select the choker of his/her choice, but I will still keep the other two. Maybe, I will only keep one and gift one of the ones the winner does not select to a friend or family member. No matter which one the winner selects my personal value on this bundle will still near $200 (unless I give away two). Until the winner chooses, I will not use the others. My winner needs new items.
See the other items I selected when I purchased this mystery bundle.
I sat out from the Fall 2018 add-ons, because I added a lot onto that box. The Fall 2018 Edit Sale Mystery Bundle number is 1802-MYS-005. On my poker scale, I would rate this as Aces full of kings (full house). It’s a really strong hand, but there are still a number of better hands that beat this. How often the stronger hands come up is the issue. More often than not, you would win with this hand. All four items in this set are new to me, and all four are products I use. None of them are anything I feel I need to avoid, so I get four new items to try. 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 every beauty product I use will ultimately get a full review.
The 1oz Whish Almond Lip Scrub retails for $16. This typically has a FabFitFun add-on price of $5. A store (I’ve never heard of) is selling them for $8. It was very hard to find a store that carries this as even the Whish store does not have a listing. It makes me wonder how old this product is when all the major retailers stop listing it, not that I am against trying it if it looks and smells fine. Some of the items in my collection sit for a long time waiting to get used and work fine. I like trying new lip scrubs. This is something I really should do more often, especially when I wear liquid lipsticks. Some say you should not exfoliate lips at all, so I guess how rarely I exfoliate is closer to never than often. Since I have a couple of lip scrubs open now, I am not going to open this yet.
The 1.69oz Grown Alchemist Eye Makeup Remover retails for $29. This typically has a FabFitFun add-on price of $11. I used to have a lot of backup eye makeup remover, but it turns out this is a beloved sample of my friends and family. My nephews were here yesterday shopping my stash for their girlfriends. One took two eye makeup remover samples for this and the other took three. It surprised me to see that this is a full-size product, because it is about the size of a sample for most eye makeup removers. I look forward to trying it though.
The 0.367oz Pure Cosmetics Simply Matte Buff Collection Eyeshadow Palette retails for $39. This typically has a FabFitFun add-on price of $9.
The name of this brand is very close to another brand that I own a lot of products from, Pur Cosmetics. Prior to receiving this palette, I did not own anything from Pure Cosmetics.
From low to high-end, lipsticks and eyeshadow palettes are my favorite things to try. Thus, I was really happy to see an eyeshadow palette in this bundle.
It has 8 neutral, matte shades and a mini double-sided brush. I can say now without a doubt that I will not even try the brush. My nieces have asked me for makeup brushes. Every brush I own like this just sits unused in my collection, so I am going to give it away before it sits around.
The shades are from left to right: Quartz, Sahara, Dune, Dawn, Alexandrite, Whipped, Canyon, and Barren. Quartz is extremely powdery. Dawn, Alexandrite, and Whipped took two passes to swatch them. I think Dawn is also a little patchy. On swatch alone, the other four seem fine. Of course, I will edit in a picture and review once I try them.
The 0.16oz Oribe Illuminating Face Palette Moonlit retails for $68. This typically has a FabFitFun add-on price of $31.
I love the packaging on this. From perfume to hair products to body products, everything I’ve tried from Oribe has impressed me. Despite my infatuation with the brand, I cannot bring myself to pay the exorbitant pricing on most items. A discounted set popped up in the last Nordstrom sale, so I did grab a couple of products.
I looked closely at the stock photo to see if I wanted to pay the $31 last time this was available. When I saw the stock photo for this, I thought I noticed a lot of glitter. The bad news is there is glitter as you can see in my swatches. It does look like a glitter overspray though, which leads me to believe it will not have glitter once I get past the top layer. This blush, bronzer, and highlight palette is infused with hydrating oils and a special blend of ultra-fine pearlized powders. There is a silky smooth feeling that leads me to believe this will sit beautifully on my dry skin. Once I wear this, I will edit in a picture and a review. On first impression, I can say I do not like the blush or bronzer color much.
That brings the value for this $29 mystery bundle to $152. The FabFitFun Add-on value if I purchased all these items separately would have been $56, so I saved $27 by gambling. I will probably keep all four. Even if I ultimately give something away after trying it, I consider it as me receiving the value. If I dislike the lip scrub, I will just toss it due to sanitary issues.
See the other items I selected when I purchased this mystery bundle.
This is my first Mystery Bundle review, because it is the first one I’ve purchased. The Summer 2018 Edit Sale Mystery 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.
See the other items I selected when I purchased this mystery bundle.
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