When the recent Edit Sale opened to seasonal subscribers, I noticed the Fall 2018 Editor’s Boxes had the Skyn Iceland Peel instead of the headphones. I purchased that peel as an add-on with the Fall Box, because I want to try it. Getting a second one before I even try the first did not really appeal to me. My youngest son was jealous of the wireless headphones my oldest son got from the Fall box, so I was happy when I saw a Facebook video showing they were in the Editor’s Box. As they were the main thing I was after, that single change from what I saw on Facebook versus the box in the Edit Sale was enough to pass. Fast forward past the Edit Sale. On a random check in the Shop, I noticed the headphones were back. It seems like the Skyn Iceland Peel is only available now for anyone from Alaska or Hawaii due to shipping restrictions. That meant it was time to order the box and surprise my youngest with his own headphones.
Ordering through the direct link also gave me the chance to select 2 of the 8 items, which really can make or break a box. I really wanted the Detox Bath from the Fall Box, but I did not want it enough to pay an extra $10 in options. As it was one of the two choices, I finally grabbed it. The other option was a set of brushes or the pearl ring everyone seems to love. Between not caring much for jewelry and wanting something more practical, I decided to get a second set of brushes. With the second set, I have three options. I can always keep them. Who cares if I already own them? You can never have too many makeup brushes. My nieces have asked me for brushes when I give them beauty products lately, so I could always give the set to one of them. The third and most likely option is I can place them in my next Giveaway. While my nieces are willing to take my used makeup brushes and I am ready to downsize my collection anyway, I cannot place used brushes in a giveaway.
Whether I keep the brushes or not, most of the other items will stay with me. 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 $315.95 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 Fall 2018 Box, this box supports Right Action for Women, RAW.
If you want a chance to customize all choice options, do not purchase the box as soon as it opens up. Annual subscribers usually get to customize more than seasonal, but all 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. Unlike the regular boxes, the contents of the box are not listed in the magazine.
There are articles inside. This one goes over top rated products from past boxes.
There is another article on how the box is curated.
An article I thought was cute was this one called fill in and share, which is designed for subscribers to answer questions about themselves. I’ve decided to play along.
My Name is: Kimberly
I’m beautiful because: I recognize that inner beauty lasts long after outer beauty fades.
Today I will: publish this article. Between everything I have going on and my depression struggles, I have not published many articles lately. The month is almost over, and I have a few articles I want to wrap up in October.
My biggest inspiration: is my Dad. He was the one who instilled my desire to get the best deal, and I wish he was still here for hugs and advice. Both are sorely missed.
My guilty please song: is Going Through the Motions from the Buffy Soundtrack. I love musicals, but this is the one I’ve sung the most over the past couple of years. Life can get hard, and this song strangely makes me feel better.
Today, I will let someone know they are: appreciated. If you are reading this now, I appreciate it. Writing and helping people save are two of my passions. As long as someone wants to read my content, I will post when I can.
My daily mantra: is make the most of it. No matter what that means to you. If getting out of bed is all you could muster that day (and I have been there), you did it.
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 plus some bonus foils in this box. While none of them particularly have a Fall 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 the ELEMIS Papaya Enzyme Peel ($45- the product card says $33 but this was the full-size product in the last box) or the Cuccio yogahhh! Detox Bath ($39.95). I received the ELEMIS Peel in the Summer Box, so I will try that at some point. For this box, I selected the Detox Bath. As I mentioned above, this option was in the Fall 2018 Box, but I did not receive it. This is something I wanted to try, so I am happy the opportunity to grab it popped up again. Relaxing baths are the best, and I love trying new products. When it comes to bath bombs, salts, and things of that nature, I rarely splurge. Trying something that costs this much is a treat.
The second choice was between the Crown Brush 6 Piece Brush Set in Black + Rose Gold ($75) or the ERTH TU Y YO Ring ($55). I am almost certainly not keeping these brushes, but please view the Fall 2018 Box article for more in-depth pictures and information about these brushes. Mine are really soft and as long as quality is not an issue whoever ends up with these should find them suitable. As I have only used some of them and have not even washed them yet, I cannot yet offer a full review. That is eventually coming as I plan to compare Crown and Morphe in a future article.
Everyone received a 5.1oz AHAVA Mineral Hand Cream ($33) for the third item. This is bigger than the regular size. I have collected so many of these from FabFitFun over the past year, but I am not complaining at all. 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. I can never have too many of these, and winter is coming! My hands need a nice, rich moisturizer in winter.
Everyone received a Spongelle in Freesia Pear ($16), which is a Body Wash Infused Buffer. My friend received this in the starter Box and we made some trades last month, including a trade for this. Now, I have two of them. If I love it, I will not mind the duplicate. I can always gift it if I do not enjoy it. After using the incredible smelling one from my Summer Editor’s Box the first time, I found it a little rough. It does soften with time, but it is still a little more rough than I generally prefer. I want to try a new scent to see if they are all rough or if some are more rough than others. Most subscribers seem to love this product, but I want to try more before I make a full decision on what I think. One thing is for sure. There is no way I would pay $16 for this. Getting it in a kit or at a discount is the only way I would purchase it. A sponge I love also retails for $16, so I would select that over this every time.
Everyone received a mint Free People x Understated Leather Starry Eyed Travel Eye Mask ($40). This is now the fourth one of these I’ve received, but the others were all gray. Between the Spring Box, the Spring Editor’s Box, the Summer Editor’s Box, and this one, I now have one for every member of my family. To have a matching set for my family, I am working on a trade. Visit any of those articles for a closer look at this mask. My friend and my sister also each got one in mint in their Starter Boxes. The six of us should pose for a look wearing our masks when we are all in town. That would be a cute picture. If I get any more after this, I will probably start giving them away. No one needs more than one of these. They are pretty sturdy and will likely be in decent shape long after I am gone. Anyway, these vegan leather masks are not the most comfortable to wear overnight, because the material does not really breathe. It is also not forgiving, so it does not mold to your face the way a silk one does. As such, I prefer this as a cooling mask. A removable insert pops right into the fridge. If you close your eyes while you wear this, you might fall asleep anyway. Then, you get the added bonus of a nap. Hopefully, your calendar is clear.
Everyone got a Summer & Rose Brittany Tote Navy Stripes ($54). I really love my black one I got in the Spring Editor’s Box and have already taken it on several trips. Funny enough, I had a really hard time deciding if I wanted black or navy. Thankfully, I opted for the black in the spring, because we did not get an option this time. Now, I have a bag in navy and black. Trust me when I tell you that I will grab the one I am most in the mood for when I go somewhere. Having options is nice. It is also great to have a backup for when one breaks or gets lost. Items on Summer & Rose are limited edition, and I would not want to be without this bag. The rope handle is adorable and not at all uncomfortable on my shoulder. I really like the stripes on the canvas bag. It has a classically beautiful appearance. When I put the navy bag next to the black one, I think I do like the navy one better. All is right in the world now that I own it.
Everyone got 2 GLAMGLOW BUBBLESHEET™ OXYGENATING DEEP CLEANSE MASKS ($18). I was happy that this came with more masks. Of the four I got from the Fall boxes, I tried one, gave one to a niece, gave one to a nephew, and gave one to my husband. My older son also wanted to try it, so I gave him the one I got in a Limited Edition Birchbox earlier this year. They all bring new meaning to the term “shop my stash.” That left me with no more masks. Now, I have two more. As long as I get to keep at least one, I will be happy. This is a great mask, and I enjoy it. However, I would not pay $9 for it. It is probably worth $9, but I am cheap on certain things. The mask has nice bubbling, so it is fun to use. My skin also feels really soft and clean after I use it, so it really works.
Everyone (other than those who live in Alaska or Hawaii) got the CYLO COBRA Bluetooth Wireless Earbuds in White with Rose Gold ($40). As I mentioned above, this is the main reason I purchased this box. My older son loves the black ones I got in the Fall box so much that my younger son was jealous. I did not want to pay $40 to get him a pair, so it thrilled me beyond belief that I could get him a pair and a bunch of other things for $49.99 total. I kept these a secret and did not tell him I ordered the box. When the box arrived, I opened it in front of him. He immediately whined that it was not fair that I had a pair of these, too. It took him a second to realize what I meant when I said, “I do not have a pair.” He was thrilled. They are extremely easy to pair and have great sound quality. The only drawback, which is not a drawback for most people, is a seven-year-old has a hard time keeping the ear buds inside his ears. Whining will ensue, but I hope there is a learning curve. Once he learns how to place these, they should not fall out so much. He is really small, so he might just need to grow into them a little as well.
There are also some bonus foils in the box, because it is sponsored by AphotheCARE Essentials. They sponsor FabFitFun, not me. I have never accepted a sponsorship. FabFitFun does not factor the foils into the value of the box, which is right on track with how I do things. Foils are only factored into my box values when the foils are sold that way. Otherwise, I agree with FabFitFun that they are bonus items and not a part of the box value. The foils in this box are: all 0.3oz packets from ApotheCARE Essentials. My foils are vanilla argan oil sweet almond shampoo and conditioner, and rosehip oil geranium aloe vera shampoo and conditioner.
This box has a $315.95 value. That brings the average box value for my editor’s boxes for the year to $306.32. My personal value is $200.95, because I did not keep the headphones and will probably not keep the makeup brushes. Since the headphones are staying in my household, one could easily argue my personal value is higher. I have to pay for their items anyway. This was a great box. I think this might have taken the throne from the Spring Editor’s Box, as my new favorite for Editor’s Boxes. The thing is I have really loved each one, so it is really hard to know which one I like the most for sure. In an upcoming article, I plan to go over the FOREO from the last Editor’s Box and shine some light on its challenges and benefits.
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