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It’s time to review my Spring 2019 FabFitFun box! FabFitFun is a quarterly subscription that puts out one box per season. 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 and FAB10. Members can select add-ons at deeply discounted prices to include with their boxes. All subscribers get to customize some choice options, but Annual Subscribers (select members) get extra choices.
There are 8 full-size items in this box. The robe is lightweight and floral, which is indicative of spring. Everything else really could fit nicely into any season.
The subscription box I received on my main account has a $351 value, if you include my extra customization. It has a $296 balance if you only include the 8 items that come inside the box. FabFitFun has the value slightly off on the screenshot above, because it mistakenly lists the dr. brandt product with a $24 value instead of a $42 value and the Manna Kadar product with a $34.95 value instead of a $24 value. Someone transposed the numbers. Instead of adding a second box in add-ons, I opened a new seasonal account for Spring 2019. My reason behind this is I wanted all three options in the first customization, both sets of glasses, and knew I already loved the OUAI Leave-In Conditioner.
My first box is purple with flowers and cacti. It is dark blue and yellow with a reverse pattern on the inside.
My second box is yellow with flowers and cacti. It is purple and pink with a reverse pattern on the inside.
Everything comes on top of white crinkle cut paper wrapped in white tissue, sealed with a sticker.
Of course, I always open it and peek before I photograph it.
Every box teams with a philanthropic cause. This box supports the Ian Somerholder Foundation. It works to empower, educate, and collaborate with people and projects to positively impact the planet and its creatures.
Each box comes with a magazine. It features Venus Williams this season. This keeps getting bigger. My guess is it may eventually evolve into a full-size magazine.
It goes over all the available products available for this box.
This includes brief descriptions along with the cost to purchase each item.
One article covered the evolution toward the new logo, which was recently announced. This is the first box to feature the new logo.
Here is a great shot of the robe. You can tell from the picture that it is very delicate.
The bag photographs a lot nicer than it looks in person.
This article spotlights some of the products in the box, and mentions that we should never skip them. It interested me, because I thought it was funny that it chose wet scrubbing and dry scrubbing. You really only need one or the other, but you can alternate them.
This box featured products from companies founded or led by women.
It also has two full-pages dedicated to discounts for those of us who want to spend even more money.
This is more discounts than usual.
These boxes usually have a code from Hello Fresh for a discount. I have never used mine, so I like to post them for anyone who may want to try it.
There are three shipping groups. All annual subscriber boxes bill and ship in group one. Seasonal subscriber boxes ship in group two unless they are new and start before the group one bill date, have add-ons, are international, have a military address, or are overseas. Those exceptions ship in group 1.5. Group 1 and 1.5 have some overlap, so it really is one large group. In the simplest terms, only seasonal subscribers in the contiguous US without a military address or add-ons ship in group two. Group 1 and 1.5 got billed on February 15th with all boxes shipped by March 15th). My boxes both went out in group one on 02/18/19 (annual) and 02/28/19 (seasonal). They got delivered on 02/21/19 (annual) and 03/05/19 (seasonal). Everyone in group two got billed on March 1st with all boxes getting shipped by March 31st.
Annual subscribers got to customize five items, and seasonal subscribers got to customize three. First time subscribers who join after customization closes get a randomly selected box from the current season or an editor’s box if the seasonal box is sold-out.
The window for the Spring 2019 FabFitFun box was from February 6th (annual start) to February 9th (seasonal start) to February 13th at 11:59pm. Members get one choice from each customization row included with the cost of the box. For those who want more than choice per row, they can add extra choices in a given customization row for $10 each as long as supplies last. Those who arrive at the beginning of the customization window can usually add every extra choice if they want to. Popular items will run out of inventory leaving those who arrive later with less extra options.
I wanted all three items in this category, so I chose the robe in my first box. This is exactly what I want in a getting ready robe. The short sleeves make sure I am not running into things, and the material keeps me from getting hot or cold. It sure beats doing my makeup in my underwear or risking spilling makeup on the clothes I am wearing out. At first, I did not love the pattern, but it is growing on me.
I paid $10 to add the diffuser to my first box. We already have a diffuser that we keep on the first floor, and I liked the idea of getting one for the second floor at such a great price.
This works for hours with very little water. I wish it had a timer, but it is pretty basic. It is not worth $55. There is not even a plug for the USB, so we need to use one we already own. If you can get this for less than $30, I’d say go for it. Otherwise, I would opt for a smarter model for around the same price.
It came with a 0.34oz Happy Oil, which is a lovely orange scent. I cannot enough of it. Just 3-4 little drops keeps the room smelling great for hours even after the diffuser gets turned off.
I placed the bag in my second subscription. Of the three options, it is the one I like the least.
It looks so cute online, and I do not have a black and white bag like this. In person, it looks very cheap. There is a lot of loose stitching. One thing I do like is the cream is a little darker than I expected. That should take longer to look dirty than a lighter cream would have.
FabFitFun Spring 2019 Customization 2: QUAY AUSTRALIA My Girl in Black/Smoke ($55), QUAY AUSTRALIA Vivienne in Black/Smoke ($60), Sunnylife Lovers Picnic Set in Malibu ($30), or 1.35oz KORRES Wild Rose Vitamin C Brightening Sleeping Facial ($48).
I wanted both sets of sunglasses. The funny thing is I do not wear sunglasses often, and I have so many already. My Quay Breath of Life Glasses, which are a smaller version of the cat eyes pictured here, are one of my favorite pairs. Quay makes high quality glasses for a somewhat affordable price. Getting them in the box made them even more affordable. If I had to choose one over the other, I would have had a hard time. Typically, I prefer the cat eye style, so I stuck them in my main box.
I did not own a pair of aviators until these arrived. If I had to think of the biggest reason I ordered a second box this season, it would be for these. Yes, I kind of wanted that back pack, but I really wanted a pair of aviators. These are just lovely. They make me very happy.
FabFitFun Spring 2019 Customization 3: Giadzy Copper Plated Measuring Spoons ($16), 4.05oz Lavido Aromatic Body Lotion in Mandarin, Orange & Bergamot ($19), or mystery choice (minimum $20).
I love the measuring spoons, even if they are not super practical given all the limitations on how I can use them. You cannot use them near heat or acids. There is also a risk that finish will come off.
They are beautiful, so I would not mind using them for decoration. Hopefully, Marie Kondo never visits me, because I am keeping these even if I never use them.
In my second box, I had a tougher time picking. My skin is dry, so I can always use body lotion. A good mystery usually reels me in. Since I’ve never heard of this lotion and it is small, I decided to take my chances with the mystery item. The gamble paid off, because I received a 6oz R+Co Acid Wash ACV Cleansing Rinse ($32). This is something I’ve never tried, but I would not mind trying. The dpHUE version of this is nice, but I cannot get over the way it smells. As this one leaked a little during shipping, I already know it smells a lot better than the one dpHUE sells. Now, let’s just hope it performs as well or better.
FabFitFun Spring 2019 Customization 4: S’ip by S’well ($19.99), 0.52oz Ciaté London Extraordinary Translucent Setting Powder ($22), or The2Bandits™ Athens Necklace ($30).
I selected the powder in the annual box, because I am always interested in trying new beauty products. At 0.52oz, this is $42.31 an ounce. That makes it more expensive than my $39 per ounce beloved Laura Mercier powder. It makes me wonder if the product justifies the price, but I will find out soon.
For my seasonal box, I received a random product, the Sip by Swell Bottle in Sour Apple Green. The funny thing is this is the color I would have chosen last, so I chuckled when I received it. These are nice bottles that regulate drink temperatures well, but they are difficult to clean. Now that I own three, I should probably invest in a brush.
There was nothing in this category that really interested me. The face wash, which is what I ultimately selected, look fine, but I already have so many. I hoped I would get the jump rope in my second box, because I already own a dry brush (and rarely use it). Unfortunately, I got a second TULA. On the bright side, I have a backup if I love the first one. Who knows if I will ever even get to the first one unless I decide to pick this over others that have waited longer and give those away instead. This is also 6.7oz! That is one of the biggest face cleansers I’ve seen. Considering how little face wash I use, it will take me a long time to work through one that large, much less two.
The 0.5oz dr. brandt needles no more No More Baggage eye de-puffing gel ($42) can work with or without makeup, but I’ve read a lot of reviews stating it looks cakey under makeup. Nevertheless, I will try it both ways. It is a peach corrector that works to combat dark circles and puffiness.
The 4.7oz OUAI Leave-In Conditioner ($26) is a product I already know and love, so I am happy to have more. I will probably keep the one I got in each box. It adds moisture and detangles, which are the two things I want most from a leave-in-conditioner. Even though it is on the thicker side, it does not seem to weigh down my hair.
The 18.34oz Manna Kadar Champagne Charcoal Scrub ($24) is huge. Everyone keeps talking about how amazing this smells, but it will take me a while to open it. I’m trying to make an effort to use body scrub more often, but I have a lot to work my way through first. If I love the first one, I might keep the second one.
I used a $10 discount code (above and below) to get this box for $39.99. That was a $10 savings over purchasing it in add-ons. Between the savings and getting the option to choose the first three items, this was a no-brainer. My second box has a $306.99 value. FabFitFun listed the value wrong again, because of the reasons I mentioned above for box one and a general value assigned in the mystery spot. Of the eight items, four were unique, so I am really happy about the second box.
I already covered all the items above, so I will just briefly say that I have no regrets paying $40 for all these extra items. Those who end up buying three or more extra choice options in different customization categories should consider purchasing second box instead. You will get the items anyway, plus extras of the items in all boxes.
My favorite part of this subscription is the ability to purchase add-ons. These products get discounted 30-70% off. The add-on window opened to select members on February 4th at 9am and seasonal members on February 7th at 9am. Members were only charged for items that are still in their carts at 11:59pm on February 13th. This means items are not officially sold-out until then. As members remove things from their cart throughout the sale, you can add them to yours. I suggest adding items you missed to your favorites, so you can periodically check them until the sale is over.
I spread my add-ons over the two boxes, because I grabbed things as they came back in stock. You have to move fast when out-of-stock items come back, so I grabbed them from whatever account I was in.
The 2.95oz Love Beauty & Planet Deodorant Coconut Oil & Ylang Ylang retails for $6.99. FabFitFun gave this for free with a $15 add-ons purchase. I am on a journey to find a natural deodorant that does not make me stink. Getting to try one for free is nice, because I have not had much luck so far. It is easier to try new things when you are not shelling out big bucks to do so. After paying $16 for a natural deodorant a while back, I am still trying to make it work. That is probably a mistake.
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 $29
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 1.5oz Solefog Odor Eliminator Citrus Scent ($10), a 1oz Avene Hydrance Rehydrating Serum ($38), a 3oz Spongelle Freesia Pear Body Wash Infused Buffer ($16), and a Lue by Jean Seo Skin Solutions Set ($35).
That brings the value for this $29 mystery bundle to $99. This is below the $100 advertised value, but not by enough for me to call and complain. It was a gamble, and I lost. There is some back and forth on whether the $100 guarantee is even in place anymore.
The Luxie Rose Gold 12 Piece Makeup Brush Set retails for $110. FabFitFun sells this for $29. It is really a 13-piece set, because it includes 12 brushes, and a Pink Perfection Brush Cup Holder. That brush holder retails for $20 on its own, and I considered purchasing it. This set has the following brushes: 502 Large Powder Face Brush, 504 Large Angled Face Brush, 508 Duo Fibre Stippling Face Brush, 510 Foundation Face Brush, 205 Tapered Blending Eye Brush, 207 Medium Angled Shading Eye Brush, 209 Large Shader Eye Brush, 211 Concealer Eye Brush, 213 Eye Shading Eye Brush, 215 Small Angle Eye Brush, 217 Pencil Eye Brush, and 219 Eyeliner Eye Brush.
When Nordstrom had its Anniversary sale last summer, I purchased a smaller set of brushes from this brand. I purchased some larger ones from FabFitFun in the 2018 Fall Edit Sale, and I fell in love with them. Not only are the brushes beautiful and well made, but they work well, too.
My heart wanted more brushes along with the carrying case, so it thrilled me to see FabFitFun was offering it for such a great price. Now, my only regret is that I did not grab a second one. This case is amazing. It will be wonderful for traveling or for at-home use.
The Epare Manual Coffee Grinder retails for $49.99. FabFitFun sells this for $29. I do not even like coffee, but my husband loves it.
He’s been getting more into freshly ground coffee and mentioned wanting to grind his own beans, so the coffee he consumes will be as fresh as possible.
It has 8 grinding options, which I knew my husband would appreciate. We’ve already opened it and it feels substantial. Odds are it will last a long time.
The Manna Kadar Sea Minerals Renewing Hand Lotion and Soap Caddy retails for $16×3. FabFitFun sells this for $7. I ordered 3 (one for each bathroom), so I paid $21. This set includes a soap dish, a 10.14oz Sea Minerals Renewing Hand Soap, and a 10.14oz Sea Minerals Renewing Hand Lotion. Hand soap is one thing I cannot keep on hand. We go through so much, so I would have added some of the other one had it opened up at any point. It never did, so I hope this one does not let me down. Getting a soap, a lotion, and a tray for $7 is a steal. While the tray is not the best quality, the plastic bottle dispensers look nice.
The 4oz Paula’s Choice SKIN PERFECTING 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant retails for $29.50. FabFitFun sells this for $14. I still have an unopened bottle of this amazing product, but I could not pass up grabbing another backup for less than 50%.
It makes my skin look and feel radiant, because it keeps it clear (other than hormonal breakouts) and removes most dry patches. This is my favorite chemical exfoliant.
The Vintage Cosmetic Company Makeup Melts retail for $14.95. FabFitFun sells them for $5. I’ve wanted to try this or the other one that is slightly more expensive for a while, so I purchased some Dollar Tree ones instead.
After my move, I still have not found the Dollar Tree ones. If I do not find them soon, I will buy them again, so I can compare them to these. At $5 for 3, these are not much more than the Dollar Tree pricing anyway.
However, I still want to see how these cloths remove makeup with nothing but water. Seems gimmicky. For $5, I will give it a try. These are also a lot cuter than any similar one. I hope they do not get too stained with makeup.
The bkr 500ML Glass Water Bottle in Flirt retails for $38. FabFitFun sells this for $14. I’ve always preferred the way drinks taste out of glass bottles. Between the cost of buying drinks in glass bottles, and not wanting too much glass in my recycling bin (fear of it breaking), I usually opted to drink from plastic bottles. Even though I’ve voluntarily purchased Swell bottles, I do that for temperature. Drinks never taste as good from aluminum bottles to me. This is my first reusable glass bottle. My only hesitation is I like my drinks cold, and this will not keep them cold. With its somewhat wide mouth, I can shove ice cubes in there though. I expected red based on the photos FabFitFun provided, but once again, its photos were misleading. This is bright pink.
This box has a $1054.42 value ($296 subscription 1 + $55 customization subscription 1 + $306.99 subscription 2 + $396.43 add-ons). I paid $10 for the extra customization on box 1, $39.99 (before tax) for the second subscription on 02/09/19, $141 (before tax) for add-ons on 02/13/19, and $179.99 before that for 4 boxes making the total spent for these items $235.99 plus tax. My discount was over 77% off. That brings the average box value for the year to $296, because this was the first box of the year and I only use the main box items to calculate this. My personal value on the main box is also $296, because I will keep everything in it. On the second box, my personal value is $212.99, because I will keep all the new items and the OUAI product I already love. If I keep any of the duplicate items, my value could raise.
This box is definitely worth more than the $45 (got a discount for paying for 4 boxes up front) plus tax I paid. I would still rank the Summer 2018 box as my favorite, but this is a great box. If I did not think this was a great box, I would not have purchased two of them, so that is a given. Of the last four boxes, I have purchased two each time. That is because I find they are more than worth it. This has quickly become my favorite subscription box. When you combine great box items with a stack of out-of-this world add-ons, it makes the overall deal incredible and way too good to pass up.
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