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Add-on selection for Winter 2018 already opens on Thursday. Even though some customers only take the quarterly box, these edit sales and Editor’s Boxes can keep other FabFitFun members in on the action between subscription boxes. FabFitFun held its Fall 2018 Edit Sale from October 1st through October 8th. It was a subscriber only sale where FabFitFun sold items from past boxes, past add-ons, and new items for 25-70% off. Annual subscribers had first access starting on the 1st, and seasonal subscribers got to shop the sale starting on the 4th. Under the Edit Sale, subscribers fill their carts throughout the event. A full day after the sale wraps, subscribers get charged for everything in their carts, tax in applicable states (starts in every state soon), and shipping (if their orders fall under $25 or go to overseas or international addresses). Items ship ten days after the charge gets processed (it is usually faster than this).
Many people add all the items that interest them when the sale opens but drop items before it wraps. This means items that are initially out-of-stock can return at any time. I suggest adding items you want to your favorites and periodically checking that tab to see if other subscribers release the item you want. Don’t forget to pare your cart down before the sale wraps or you will be the lucky (or unlucky depending on your budget) new owner of every item you place in your cart.
I was not able to get access to the sale right when it started, because I was out-of-town. Some of the items I placed in my loves list were unavailable every time I checked, so I ended up purchasing less than I wanted. My trip and subsequent tasks afterward kept me busy, so I did not check as often as I have for past events. With most events, I get all or only miss one of my coveted items.
My items shipped on the 15th so it was seven days after the sale wrapped and six days after FabFitFun charged me. They arrived on the 18th. While that is not the fastest shipping ever, it was fast considering the 10-day quote to start shipping. Shipping times for regular boxes increased in the summer, but I have not read anything about an increase on shipping for edit sale items.
I did not see a pop-up banner for a free mystery gift with a $100 purchase (as everyone received in the Spring event and some subscribers, not me, received in the Summer event), so I did not mind falling just under. Had any of the items I wanted opened up, I would have gone over. This is everything I got for $99. I go over the value at the end, but it is clear from the picture alone that I made out like a bandit.
The mystery bundle was $29 and usually has a value over $100. It includes 3-5 items. I have a separate article to track all Mystery Bundles I order, so I will never go into great detail in the haul I purchased the bundle with. If you want more details on this bundle or any other mystery bundle I order, view that article. My items were a 1oz Whish Almond Lip Scrub ($16), a 1.69oz Grown Alchemist Eye Makeup Remover ($29), a 0.367oz Pure Cosmetics Simply Matte Buff Collection Eyeshadow Palette ($39), and 0.16oz Oribe Illuminating Face Palette Moonlit ($68).
That brings the value for this $29 mystery bundle to $152.
The Luxie 3 Piece Sculpted Face Set retails for $70. That is same price as buying all the brushes individually, so do not purchase this set at full price unless you really want all three brushes. Purchasing a set is only a good deal if you are using every brush or are saving more on the brushes you will not use versus only purchasing the ones you want separately. FabFitFun sells it for $19.
It includes a Round Top Blender 532 ($18), a Tapered Highlighter 522 ($24), and a Flat Sculpting 610 ($28). I bought a four piece eye set from the Nordstrom Anniversary sale, but I have not even tried the brushes yet. Nevertheless, I found the bristles soft and the handles are sturdy and beautiful. When I saw a chance to grab some face brushes, I thought it was a great way to really try the brand.
The 2.2oz Dermelect Vacial Spider Vein Treatment retails for $38. FabFitFun sells it for $9. I actually considered buying it in the last event when it was $14. After some research stating topical cream cannot treat varicose veins, I decided to pass. Then, it popped up again for $9. Arnica did not improve my varicose veins either, but I loved the cooling effect it provided. If this one does what that does, I wanted to give it a try. This is a lot smaller and even at $9 is more than I paid for that one, so it better work.
The 8oz EIR Post Session Salt retails for $20. FabFitFun sells it for $7. I mentioned above how much I enjoyed arnica. This has arnica in it, so my expectations are high. When it comes to bath salts, I do not usually spend a lot. I like the ones at the dollar Tree, and $1 is hard to compete with. There are actually a lot of good things (and a lot of junk) at the Dollar Tree, so I am planning on doing an article some time next year on the ones I love and the ones I hate. Spoiler alert, I think the bath salts are worth $1. Since you only use 3 tablespoons per bath, this should last for multiple uses. A lot of salts that are just pure epsom (like my Dollar Tree ones) take 8oz for a single use. That would wipe this out if the serving size was that of an epsom salt.
The Beautaniq Beauty Radiant Glow Facial Masks retail for $25. FabFitFun sells this for $5. I love trying sheet masks, and I will try at least one of these. This one promises a Radiant Glow, which sounds great to me.
When my family raids my sheet mask drawer, I will happily lead them to the mask I paid $1 each for. Lately, they’ve been grabbing ones I’ve paid $5 and $6 for. That gets expensive when your family is as large as mine.
The 8oz Living Proof Restore Mask Treatment retails for $43. FabFitFun sells this for $11. I am really stocked on hair masks, but this is a FabuFind that was almost 75% off. That is a deal I could not pass up. This is everything I want in a hair mask. My hair looks smoother, less frizzy, and it feels so soft. It also keeps my hair in my head where some other hair products do nothing about breakage or loss at the scalp.
The 0.588oz Beauty Crop Espresso Yourself Eyeshadow Palette retails for $29.90. Birchbox has this on sale for $15. FabFitFun sells this for $7.
When this first went on sale at Birchbox, I considered purchasing it. There is a beautiful highlighter from this brand, and I’ve already mentioned how much I love trying eyeshadow palettes. I wanted to see if the brand had other items that were impressive in its lineup.
One of the main reasons I passed at $15 is I already have so many neutral palettes with these coffee based shades. There are some pops of color that are still pretty neutral. Seeing it discount again to $7 was my breaking point. At that price, it is really hard not to check it out.
There are 21 shades of mixed textures in this palette. Most of them are matte, but there are shimmers. They are: Flat White, Gingerbread, Cafe Frappe, Caramel Latte, Toffee Coffee, Mocha, Double Choc Chip, Chai, Vanilla Latte, Strawberries & Cream, Gold Roast, Vanilla Bean, French Roast, Java Chip, Pumpkin Spice, Raspberry Mocha Kiss, Toffee Nut, Cinnamon Cream, Amaretto, Americano, and Espresso.
It was taking multiple passes to build up the lighter, matte colors and they are still not super pigmented. That made me press harder into the shimmers than I usually would. Thus, the shimmers are probably not as chunky as they appear in my swatches. I just dug into them harder than I usually would. Some of the mattes were smooth with a single pass and others were chalky or patchy with multiple passes. Overall, I think more shades swatched fine than had problems, but there is still some inconsistency. This has some beautiful fall colors, so I hope I they work well on my lids. Once I try them, I will edit in a picture and a review.
The Touch in SOL My Daily Story Mask Pack retails for $9. FabFitFun sells this for $5. As I mentioned above, I love sheet masks. This ones boasts moisturizing Ceramide. That reminds me of Tati Wetbrook and how she raves about her special blend of Ceramide “Rx.” I have yet to try Tati’s Halo Beauty, although I would not rule it out. For $5, I could try sheet masks and something with Ceramide. Granted, I already have that in a few of the products I already own. Paying $1.67 a sheet mask is worth it though.
The 0.14oz Cover FX Shimmer Veil in Moonstone retails for $28. FabFitFun sells this for $7. I grabbed one of these in the Summer Edit Sale when they were $9. So far, I have not even tried that one. When I saw another shade available for $7, I took a chance that I will love it and grabbed it.
Moonstone is a shimmering topaz. This says it is for eyes, lips, and more. The shade is a little too dark to try as a highlighter, but it also has too much glitter (for me) to use as a highlighter. I will try it on my eyes and lips though. Once I wear this, I will edit in a picture and review.
My overall value is coming soon $414.90. I paid $99, and I will probably use every single item I received. Some people buy things as gifts or decide not to keep things they receive in the mystery bundle. Otherwise, it is probably a given that people will keep all the items they personally select. Yes, I spent more than I would have on a box, but I received a lot more in value. These sales allow me to only grab the things I know I want, even more so when I am able to skip purchasing a Mystery Bundle. If my cart gets too full, I will drop the mystery bundle. That did not happen this time. Getting a huge discount on things I know I want is always a huge plus. While being a FabFitFun member is expensive (if you take advantage of all the deals), it is absolutely worth it.
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