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There is an event between the seasonal subscription boxes called the FabFitFun Edit Sale, and this article will cover my FabFitFun Winter 2019 Edit Sale review. This is a subscriber only event where FabFitFun members can shop for items discounted 25%-70% off. For those who love add-ons, this is akin to purchasing add-ons without a subscription box. It also means subscribers who are not interested in any items or need a break for financial reasons can just sit this out. For mainland US subscribers who choose to shop, they get free shipping with a $25 purchase. Like add-ons, you add the items you want to your cart throughout the sale and only pay for the ones that are still in your cart once the event wraps. The event ran from December 26th, 2018 through January 6th, 2019 and everyone got charged for their items on January 7th.
I was not able to login on the 26th at 9am, because the Beautylish Lucky Bags released at the same time. After purchasing my Lucky Bag (or Unlucky Bag as I will not know until it arrives), I logged in to find some things were already out-of-stock. All items I wanted but could not get went into my Loves List, and I slowly but surely snagged all of them as the sale went on. My last item was not released for me to grab until 8 minutes before the sale closed. That is my closest call yet on a round where I was successful in getting everything. There are times I do not get everything I want, and other times where I get it all much faster. Just keep trying, because a lot of people drop things at the last-minute.
I had a budget in mind and dropped items as things I wanted more opened up, so my cart did not look like this until the end of the event. The last item I dropped when I scored the Whip My Hair Bundle at 11:52pm was the Kopari Cleansing Oil, which I would still love to try at some point. Because I already have some cleaning oils and that would have put me over budget, it had to go. My total was over $100, but I did not see any mention of getting bonus items with a $100 purchase. Everyone got that in Spring 2018 and only select accounts received it in Summer 2018.
You will see an Exfolikate on my Shipping confirmation that was not on my order confirmation, because I purchased the $60 gift card over Black Friday that gave me a free Kate Somerville Exfolikate and a $10 credit. My items shipped on the 14th, so it was eight days after the sale wrapped and seven days after FabFitFun charged me. They arrived on the 18th. FabFitFun promises all boxes will ship within two weeks of the payment, so the last boxes should ship on the 21st.
Members know all items up front unless they purchase Mystery Bundles, so there is no element of surprise. That also means you are only paying for things you want.
As I mention above, I received a free Kate Somerville ExfoliKate® Intensive Exfoliating Treatment for purchasing a $60 gift card on Black Friday. The 1.7oz Kate Somerville® ExfoliKate® Intensive Exfoliating Treatment retails for $75.
I always love getting things for free, but I love it even more when they are FabuFinds. This is one of my favorite physical exfoliators. After already owning some, getting some in my Winter 2017 FabFitFun Box, my Spring 2018 Editor’s Box, and one here, I am pretty set for a while. It is even possible I might give this one away (just from owning so much), but I love it too much to part with it.
Bundles are great to purchase when you want all or most of the items in the curation, because you save over buying all items individually. Even when there is a weak item (based on personal preference in the bundle), you should consider the bundle if it costs about the same as the items you want. When it is only $1-$5 more, you can always gift the superfluous item. The best scenario is when the bundle with the item you do not want costs less than purchasing the items you do want separately. It is rare, but that does happen.
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 (25mm) NUME Classic Curling Wand 1” ($69), a 6.75 juice BEAUTY Hydrating Mist ($25), a 2oz WAY OF WILL 03 Soothe and Cool Peppermint + German Chamomile Post-Training Massage Oil ($29.50), and a Rifle Paper Co. Coasters Herb Garden Set ($14).
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.
FabFitFun sold the R+Co FOIL Frizz + Static Control Spray separately for $9. The retail price is $29. I have really frizzy hair, but I find these frizz products way too expensive. Getting this for even $9 was too much for me (unless it works), so I decided I would only purchase it if the bundle opened up.
FabFitFun sold the Moroccan Gold Series Leave-In Mask separately for $9. The retail price is $39. I use a leave-in conditioner after every wash to add moisture, reduce frizz, and help me brush through hair that tangles easily. My stock is pretty hefty, so I decided I would only purchase this if the set opened up. It looks interesting, and I look forward to seeing how a leave-in mask compares to a leave-in conditioner. Of course, it could just be a gimmick and really just the same thing with a different name.
FabFitFun sold the AQUIS Lisse Luxe Hair Turban in stormy sky separately for $11. The retail price is $30. I already own an AQUIS Turban that I purchased from Sephora. It is wonderful. Between that, an old AQUIS towel I purchased from h2o+ Beauty, when it still sold the brand, a Daily Concepts Turban from FabFitFun, and another AQUIS towel from FabFitFun, I owned 4 hair drying products already. My oldest one cannot last forever, and the Daily Concepts one is not as strong as the AQUIS versions. By grabbing this, I have one extra in rotation, so I will not have to rely on the old one or the Daily Concepts one when the two I love are dirty. Like the other items in this bundle, it was a package deal. If I did not get the bundle, I would have passed on all three items. Getting each item for $7 was the real selling point on this.
That brings the value for this $21 bundle to $108. Had I purchased everything separately at the FabFitFun price, I would have paid $29. This bundle saved me $8.
The 32oz AHAVA Dead Sea Salt in Eucalyptus retails for $22. FabFitFun sells this for $9.
I’ve enjoyed the other dead sea salts from AHAVA, so I wanted to try this Eucalyptus version to see how it compares.
The 4oz Poo~Pourri Shoe Pourri retails for $14.95. FabFitFun sells this for $7. My oldest son can get really stinky feet. I’ve enjoyed the Solefog fragrances I’ve purchased for him from the Spring 2018 and Fall 2018 boxes.
Those bottles are really small, so I wanted to try something with a cheaper cost per ounce. Poo~Pourri in the bathroom works so well, so I wanted to give Shoe Pourri a chance.
The 5.5oz R+Co CROWN Scalp Scrub retails for $38. FabFitFun sells this for $11. I am using the dpHUE from the Spring 2018 Edit Sale, and it is okay. Despite containing avocado, I do not feel itchy or inflamed after using it.
Technically, I do not really feel much at all. That could mean it is working, because I do not have flakes from dryness either. My plan was to try a new one to see if I notice a difference between the two.
The CYLO Fit Bluetooth Earbuds retail for $49.99. FabFitFun sells them for $11. I was the only one in my house without bluetooth earbuds. My oldest son took the set that came in my Fall 2018 Subscription Box, my youngest son took the set that came in my Fall 2018 Editor’s Box, and my husband took the set that came in the FabFitFun for Him 2019 Edition Box. All three of those were by the same brand, CYLO.
Each report that their earbuds still work and none of them had any trouble paring them with their devices. As soon as my pair arrived, I paired it with my device and already started listening to music. Because I have a phone that makes me choose between charging and listening to music, I can do both with these headphones. That makes me happy.
The 5.24oz Skyn Iceland Micellar Cleansing Water retails for $25. FabFitFun sells this for $5.
I love the micellar water I am using now, but it is too expensive to repurchase. While the price per ounce on the full-price of this is technically more than the large size of the one I love from Lancome, the price per ounce on the smaller size is cheaper.
Unless this is magically better than my beloved one from Lancome (which I doubt), I will not purchase this at full-price over Lancome given how close the price per ounce is.
The 2.5oz PreHeels retails for $23. FabFitFun sells this for $5.
I rarely even wear heels, so I almost passed on this. Then, I noticed it was in the Last Chance category and remembered what happened to my feet the last time I wore heels. Even if it is a while before I wear heels again, I wanted to grab some to have it ready to go for when it happens.
My feet always get blisters and are sore for days every time I wear heels. If this can help even a little on either of those fronts, it is worth a shot.
While I’d like to think they only get so bad, because I am not used to heels, I do not want to get used to heels. They are not for me.
The 0.5oz GLAMGLOW GLOWPOWDER™ Hyaluronic Acid Infused Glow Palette retails for $42. FabFitFun sells this for $14. This was probably the easiest purchase decision of everything in the sale.
I almost purchased this for the full $42 last summer. As someone with dry skin, a highlighter palette with hyaluronic acid sounded amazing, so I made my way over to a Sephora to swatch it.
After disappointment with the lightest shade, I decided it was not worth $42, but I loved the way the darker shades swatched even then.
Fast forward less than a year later. While the white shade still disappoints me in my palette, I love the swatches on the darker shades and think this is probably worth $14.
Once I wear this, I will edit in pictures and a review and let you know how it feels compared to powders that lack hyaluronic acid. I already know I will probably use the middle shade for highlighter and the right shade for a glowy bronzer. Unless the white shade performs better than it swatches, I probably won’t use it.
The 4oz Chateau Spill Red Wine Stain Remover retails for $7.95. FabFitFun sells this for $5. I do not even drink red wine, but it claims to work on other stains.
With two boys and not being the most graceful person, we have a lot of things we can test this on. Reviews claim it does not work as well on set-in stains as it does on fresh ones, but I plan on trying it both ways.
The 32oz The Laundress Signature Detergent retails for $20.50. FabFitFun sells this for $11. I heard great things about this product years ago and almost purchased it on more than one occasion. It looks like the free shipping minimum is only $50 now, but I remember it was higher the last time I checked. My mind is telling me it was $100, and I could not see spending $100 on laundry detergent, especially since I was unsure if the word I heard was all hype.
After doing a load of laundry earlier today, I can say it seems great so far. Everything looks clean and smells nice. As I use it more, I will know if I think it is worth the premium over what I use now. Whether it is or not, I am happy I finally got the chance to try this.
The 16oz The Laundress Delicate Wash retails for $19. FabFitFun sells this for $9. When I saw the brand made the FabFitFun Edit Sale, I told my husband. He knew I wanted to try this a while ago, because I mentioned it to him.
After telling him I was grabbing the Signature Detergent, he asked what other items the brand had in the sale. Because he was about to purchase a new delicate wash anyway, he asked me to grab theirs.
My overall value is $582.89. Before credits and tax, I paid $137, so I saved 76.5%. I will use everything I received, so my personal value is also $582.89. Other than the Mystery Bundle, which I chose to gamble on, I selected every item I purchased myself. Thus, it is a given I think the haul is worth it. The Mystery Bundle Gamble even panned out well, because all four items are new to my collection. All four are items I will keep, and there is nothing that disappoints me. Between loving my mystery bundle and receiving everything I ordered, this deal thrills me. While I love the gamble of the Mystery Bundles and the boxes, getting a huge discount on things I know I want is my favorite part of my FabFitFun subscription.
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