My Second FabFitFun Box!
I was psyched to finally receive my second FabFitFun box! I was going to film an unboxing video of my lifestyle subscription box but I’ve been very low energy and honestly just didn’t feel like it. Maybe next time.
A plethora of products greeted me when I opened my box:
What in Tarnation is FabFitFun?
If you’re not familiar with FabFitFun, it’s a quarterly lifestyle subscription box. Each box costs $49.99, including shipping, and contains a mix of full sized beauty, fitness, fashion, home, and wellness products. Scroll to the bottom of this post for more information on how the subscription works. And if you’re ready to subscribe, please use my referral link—you’ll get $10 off your first box (and I’ll get a $15 FabFitFun credit)! It’s not too late to get the Fall box if you’re interested, but you wouldn’t necessarily get all of the same products I received.
This season, FabFitFun sent me NINE full sized items plus a sponsor bonus item. The total value of the products I received is stunning—the items in my box have a total value of $369.99. I paid $49.99. Unbelievable! I know I sound like a shitty ad, but seriously, this is an amazing deal! This is not a sponsored post but as mentioned above, this post does contain referral links.
An email went out awhile back letting members know that fall box customization was open. FabFitFun allows members to choose some of the items in each box, though a few items are standard in every box. I took advantage of customization and selected three of my items from the available options. It’s nice that you can customize if you prefer, but if you’d rather be surprised you can ignore the customization email and let FFF pick items for you. I’ve put an asterisk by the products that were included in every box.
I want to note that my photos aren’t quite as good as I’d like. It’s been rainy and overcast here for a solid week so I haven’t had much of a chance to take photos in brighter light. But I did my best. 🙂
The Home and Lifestyle Products
One of the items I selected was this Alfred French Press ($22 value). The alternative was a cute tea pot. I drink tea occasionally but I make coffee every morning, so I chose the French press. I think the instructions on the box are wrong; it says to use one teaspoon of ground coffee per cup of water. I followed the instructions and my coffee turned out super weak. I feel like it’s supposed to be a tablespoon of coffee per cup of water—that’s pretty standard, at least with drip coffeemakers. I’ll try a tablespoon next time and see if it turns out more to my liking. Otherwise, the French press itself is quite cute.
This Simply Whimsical Tea Towel* set ($14.99 value) is one of the less exciting things in my box. The towels are cute and will certainly be useful, but they don’t have that wow factor for me.
I chose these Cylo Cobra Bluetooth Wireless Earbuds ($40 value) over a Catherine Malandrino Umbrella. I already have two pairs of Apple earbuds, but I didn’t have any wireless ones. Earbuds do get a lot of use around the house—I listen to podcasts while I’m cleaning—and the cord sometimes snags on doorknobs and drawer handles as I move around. So wireless earbuds seem like a great alternative for me while cleaning. I tried these out and they’re not as comfortable in my ears as the Apple earbuds, so I’m not sure if they’ll be good for longer wear. Also, the sound isn’t as good as it is with Apple earbuds and these feel a little cheap. I think they’ll be fine for wearing while doing housework but I don’t know if I’ll use them otherwise.
The Beauty Products
The first beauty product I pulled out of the box was Farmacy Dew It All Total Eye Cream ($38 value). I was stoked to receive this product even though I didn’t need new eye cream. I’ve tried one Farmacy product, the Green Clean Makeup Meltaway Cleansing Balm, and I really liked it. Farmacy is a bit of an Instagram darling at the moment; their Honeymoon Glow Serum is a huge hit with the beauty community. I’ve only used this eye cream a couple times so far but it feels light yet moisturizing at the same time. The cream is supposed to help reduce fine lines and dark circles—we’ll see if I notice any difference after using this for a few weeks. The packaging is gorgeous, and you know how much of a sucker I am for a nice package (that’s what she said)!
Below is a texture shot of the eye cream:
FabFitFun also sent this Skin&Co Roma Blue in Capri Shower Gel* ($22 value). I’d never heard of this brand before but I’m liking the aesthetic. The gel has notes of alpine rose, sage, wild basil, and autumn blossom. I used to love a nicely-scented shower gel, but my skin is sensitive so I now use a boring unscented shower gel from Whole Foods. I’ll definitely give this one a try, though—put “alpine” anywhere on a label and I AM HERE FOR IT because it reminds me of my honeymoon in the Italian Alps. The scent is really nice: woodsy, herbal, and floral. One thing to note, though, is that the shower gel does contain sulfates. I’ll still try it—fingers crossed that it won’t irritate my skin!
I also received this Grown Alchemist Polishing Facial Exfoliant ($67 value). Grown Alchemist is another new-to-me brand. My eyes nearly popped out of my head when I saw this scrub’s price! The clean packaging design is beautiful but I find it a little weird that the copy on the label is upside down when you set the tube on its cap. The exfoliant contains pink grapefruit for free-radical fighting and glucomannan extract from konjac for oil absorption.
The scrub doesn’t contain any artificial fragrance, but it has a strong scent that I don’t particularly like. And it LINGERS, which is the worst part. My skin did look good after using the scrub, so I’ll use this up but I wouldn’t buy it due to the lingering scent.
I am SO EXCITED that I received two GlamGlow BubbleSheet Oxygenating Deep Cleanse Masks* ($18 value)! I’ve tried a couple GlamGlow samples via Play! by Sephora but am always interested in trying more. And you know how much I love sheet masks! I’ve actually never tried a bubbling mask, let alone a bubbling sheet mask, but they look super fun. It’s nice that FabFitFun sent a two-pack because it’s always hard to tell how effective a sheet mask is after one use. Needless to say, I cannot wait to try these!
The classic BeautyBlender* ($20 value) is great because I recently tossed my old one out. Mine had developed tiny black spots on it which must have been mold, so there was no way I was going to keep using that on my face. I’m currently using a RealTechniques beauty sponge, but once it’s time to throw that one away I’ll start using my new BeautyBlender.
The Big Ticket Item
I selected this Vince Camuto Luck Tote ($128 value) in “Red Desert” over a black version. My other options for this item were a Crown Brush 6-piece brush set in either black and rose gold, or silver. I didn’t really need brushes so I figured the tote would be useful. This cute tote itself is worth more than twice the price of the entire box, so I almost can’t believe FabFitFun included it! The tote is vegan leather, and it’s a really great size—not too big, not too small. There is one interior pocket which is perfect for storing a phone and lip balm.
My only gripe with this tote is that the top is completely open, without even a snap closure in the center. For that reason, this can’t be my everyday bag. Because I live in a big city I don’t like carrying open-top bags regularly. It’s too easy for someone to slip their hand into your bag and steal your shit. Plus, it’s also easy for the bag to fall over and spill its contents. But I’ll definitely use this bag for errands. I guess it could even serve as a high-end shopping tote.
The Sponsor Bonus
My box also included a Luna Rica Bar* as a sponsor bonus (no price specified). The salted caramel nut flavor sounds delicious! I do like Luna bars so I’m looking forward to trying this one. I’ve never tried their Rica line before.
Was It Worth It?
My fall 2018 FabFitFun box was a resounding success! I still can’t get over the value that I got for the price. One of the things I like most about the subscription is that that FFF sends me things I wouldn’t necessarily pick out on my own. I’m most excited about the GlamGlow sheet masks, the Farmacy eye cream, and the Vince Camuto tote. Nothing in my box was a total dud, AND I didn’t get one hair care product. Win! 😛 Now I’m already looking forward to the winter box…
More About FabFitFun
FabFitFun is a seasonal lifestyle subscription box. Each quarterly shipment contains a mix of beauty, fitness, fashion, home, and wellness products. The boxes contain approximately eight FULL SIZED products valued at $200+, with the option to add discounted items to your shipment.
Each seasonal box costs $49.99 including shipping in the continental US. Shipping costs $8 for subscribers in Canada, Alaska, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico. If you use my referral link, you’ll get $10 off your first box (and I’ll get a $15 credit to FabFitFun). If you’re ready to go all in, you can shave $5 off the price of each box by pre-paying a full year’s subscription for $179.99. Annual members receive Select status, which offers early shipping and extra box customization, among other perks. If you stick with the regular seasonal membership, FFF will bill you $49.99 once a quarter when your box is about to ship.
NOTE: FabFitFun seasonal subscriptions auto-renew, so if you decide you’re done, you must cancel before your next billing date or you’ll get charged for the upcoming box.
There’s a lot of information about how FabFitFun works on their Membership FAQ page. In between seasonal boxes, they offer Editor’s Boxes and special one-off boxes. The website also has a ton of giveaways and exclusive offers for members, plus FabFitFun TV with videos on fitness, cooking, and more. If you’re ready to sign up, click here.
*Item included in every fall box.