My 2019 FabFitFun Winter Box is Here!
I was so excited when my Winter 2019 FabFitFun [referral link] box hit my front steps! I saw the mailman drop it off, so I was able to snatch it immediately. I’m always worried about package thieves, especially with something so clearly branded as FabFitFun. This season’s box came with an appropriately cute winter design:
Before I get into my new goodies, I want to say that this is not a sponsored post. However, it does contain referral links and if you use them to sign up for your own FabFitFun subscription, you’ll get $10 off your first box. And I’ll receive a $15 credit to spend with FabFitFun! Read more about how the subscription works at the bottom of this post.
Okay! On to the fun stuff. I spent $49.99 on this box and received eight full-sized products with a total value of $256.95. I didn’t get as much for my money as I did in my last two boxes, but I still paid about a fifth of the total value!
I did customize some of my items this time around (for the Fall box I somehow totally missed the customization email). I like having the ability to pick and choose! So here’s what I ended up with for Winter:
I was super excited to find this Beauty Bakerie Proof is in the Puddin’ Eyeshadow Palette ($38 value) in my box! I don’t believe I’ve ever received an eyeshadow palette from FFF before. I’ve actually had Beauty Bakerie on my list of brands that I want to try for quite some time (I literally do have a list). LOOK AT THIS ADORABLE PACKAGING:
This super cute pudding-themed palette contains nine warm browns. Five shades are matte and four are shimmer, so it’s a good mix that can work for a variety of looks. Honestly, the palette is a little warm for my personal taste, but because it’s browns and tans I can totally work with it. I’m just grateful this palette doesn’t contain pinks and reds—those shades are not for me (on the eyes, at least).
I swatched the shadows on my arm and they’re so pretty! The only shade I don’t really see myself using is Mango Pudding, because I’m not much of an orange shadow gal. Though the palette has a good range of light and dark tones, I do think it’s missing one thing: a darker shade that could be used as an eyeliner. I suppose Warm Cocoa or Almond Jelly could be liners, but I prefer darker liner than those two shades. Overall, I think the palette is well-conceived. Bonus: the brand is minority woman-owned and cruelty-free! Oh, and this palette is vegan and paraben-free, too.
I created a really subtle look using this palette (see below…it’s hard to see the shadows on my eyes when they’re open). The shadows performed well with hardly any fallout. Hooray!
I was also excited to see the Makeup Eraser in Original Pink ($20 value) in my box. I’ve never tried one of these but I recently listened to an episode of Breaking Beauty in which the hosts interviewed the Makeup Eraser founder, Lexi McCarthy. Hearing her talk about the origin of her creation made me want to try it! I love that this offers a more sustainable way to remove makeup than using micellar water and cotton pads, which is how I remove my eye (and sometimes face) makeup the majority of the time. To use the Makeup Eraser, all you do is wet it and massage over your face in circular motions. With the proper care, the eraser is supposed to last three to five years. I can’t wait to try this product out!
The Skin Care
You can imagine how thrilled I was to receive the Karuna Face for All Face & Eye Mask Set ($42 value) in this box. Seven sheet masks (including one set of eye masks)?! There’s nothing more “me” than this item. Now that I think about it, this is probably one of the items that I selected during customization, haha. I actually have tried a Karuna mask or two before and I can’t wait to use all of these. Watch for reviews of these on my Instagram as I try them out!
I wasn’t initially as pumped about the Ahava Natural Dead Sea Bath Salts ($16 value). Our one bathtub isn’t really big enough for an adult to stretch out and relax in. But then I realized I could still use these salts as a foot soak. My poor feet always need some extra TLC so these salts will be a nice treat for them.
My initial thought about the Cuccio Somatology Calm + Clean Epsom Salt Hand and Body Wash ($39.95 value) was that it’s not for me. I use unscented body wash due to my sensitive body skin. BUT! I like that this can be used as a hand soap as well, and that it contains lavender oil; we already use Mrs. Meyers lavender hand soap throughout the house. I’ve started using this as a hand soap in the master bathroom and it smells lovely. Would I buy a $40 hand soap, though? Not likely.
The Hair Care
This next item is the one I’m least into: drybar Prep Rally Prime & Prep Detangler ($23 value). I received a mini of the brand’s Triple Sec 3-in-1 spray from Play! by Sephora twice, and I REALLY disliked the scent. The idea of a styling prep spray is nice, but I don’t need one because I’m currently using two heat styling protectants (one of which, Aveda, I received in my last FFF box). I opened this drybar bottle, took a whiff, and decided I’d give it to a friend. I really wish hair care companies (amika, I’m looking at you too) would take their scents down a notch…or ten.
Next up is one of the products I chose during customization: the ban.do Shower Speaker ($30 value). I had a shower radio back in the day, and I love the idea of being able to bring music or podcasts or NPR into the shower with me.
This speaker has a pink-and-red floral print and is way cuter than I expected. It comes with a large suction cup to attach inside your shower; setup and Bluetooth pairing is simple. This product comes with a USB charging cord so recharging is simple when the battery dies. So far so good with this item!
And finally, another product I selected during customization: the Jonathan Adler Fleur de Sel Ceramic Candle ($48 value). I LOVE candles but I was definitely taking a risk choosing one without having sniffed it. The candle came packaged in a huge box the size of my head, with a cute blue graphic design. The candle inside is a pretty standard-sized jar (the box contained a lot of styrofoam for shipping security). The ceramic jar looks like a mini cookie jar, and the candle scent sort of has fresh laundry vibes. It’s not my favorite scent in the world, but it’ll be good to burn in the spring when we fling the windows open and air out the house after being closed up all winter.
In my opinion, my Winter box is better than my fall box. I’ve been using a few of the products from that box, but I sent the body lotion to my sister, keep forgetting about the relax rollerball, and have only used the exfoliating mitt and makeup set once. From my winter box there’s only one item from that I know I don’t want (the drybar spray) and I truly think I’ll use the rest. It’s hard to say what my favorite item is from this box because I haven’t tried the sheet masks or Makeup Eraser yet. But I think I was most excited to receive the sheet masks; the palette was a close second even though the shades are a little warmer than my personal taste. So FabFitFun has another satisfied customer this season!
Which item in your winter box were you most excited to receive?
More About FabFitFun
FabFitFun [referral link] 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. Members have the option of customizing at least two or three of the items in each box.
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 (**Disclosure alert! I’ll get a $15 credit to FabFitFun if you sign up using my link**). 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 quarterly when your box is about to ship.
NOTE: FabFitFun [referral link] 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 [referral link].