Given the chaotic nature of the world right now, I think we could all use something a little uplifting to read. Lo and behold, my spring Fab Fit Fun box at the perfect time for me to post a review! I can say right off the bat that I enjoyed almost everything I received, and I’m really looking forward to incorporating these items into my routine moving forward. Let’s get into it!
Ribbed Sweater Coat | DONNI | Retail Price: $99
At $99 for the retail price, it probably goes without saying that this sweater was the real star of the box. I’m a huge fan of neutral staples, and this cardigan is a great transitional piece for the warmer months. I have to say, as much as I love it and have been wearing it every single day, I can’t understand why the original price is a hundred bucks! Like I said, I really love it, but it doesn’t feel like anything particularly special; it’s a simple, cotton sweater. Nonetheless, I’m really loving throwing it on every morning, and I think it’s definitely a piece that will stick with me for years.
PRO glow highlight & contour palette | tarte | Retail Price: $21
Y’all know that I love my beauty products, especially from cruelty-free, vegan brands such as tarte. I’ve been really into glowy, blushy, e-girl makeup lately, so I think this palette is really going to come in handy with my future makeup looks. Just from playing around with the palette a couple times already, I can already say I’m very impressed by the pigmentation and the smoothness of the highlights. I’m not too big on contouring because I’m terrible at it, but maybe I can find another use for the cream shades. Eyebrow pomade, maybe?
This double coin necklace perfectly fits my aesthetic: warm toned and minimalist. It’s also surprisingly heavy, which makes it feel so expensive and luxurious! However, I decided to re-gift this necklace to my mother because I’m already looking at another everyday-wear necklace to purchase for my birthday. That being said, I do think this necklace is absolutely gorgeous, and I know it’s going to look stunning on my mom. I’ll be sure to let you know her thoughts on the necklace after she starts wearing it.
Fast Food Leave On Conditioner | AG Hair | Retail Price: $24
Fab Fit Fun has been sending me a lot of hair products, and you know what? I’m not complaining. I absolutely loved the last two hair products they sent me- the AVEDA hair repair treatment and the Prep Rally spray by Drybar. This product comes in a generously large tube, and it smells absolutely amazing, like fruity sorbet. And most importantly, of course, it makes my hair feel super-smooth and soft. Especially since I bleach my hair so frequently, it’s really crucial for me to keep my hair healthy and moisturized. I’m looking forward to using this product when my hair needs a little pick-me-up!
On the trend of luxurious hair and skincare, I was very excited to try out this gorgeous body oil. It doesn’t glide on as smoothly or easily as I would have expected it to, but maybe all body oils are just like that. Nonetheless, I’ve been really enjoying using it on my hands, especially since the weather is still a bit chilly and I’m trying to keep dry skin at bay. The smell is also absolutely invigorating, like fresh lemons, so I think it will be a lovely product to use first thing in the morning as a wake-up-call.
Deep Sleep Body Cocoon | This Works | Retail Price: $40
Out of everything I received in my spring box, this is definitely one of my ultimate favorites. I wish this bottle was twice as big as it is! Not only does it smell amazing and cozy, it’s also so thick, creamy, and glides smoothly onto the skin. I’ve been really loving putting it on before bed, especially following a warm bath or shower. It’s one of my new favorite components of my bedtime routine, so when this tube runs out, it will be a very sad day. If you’re looking for a new bedtime lotion, I highly recommend this one. It works.
Set of 4 Silicone Straws + Brush Cleaner & Case | Chic & Tonic | Retail Price: $15
Per usual, Fab Fit Fun has come in clutch with a useful, low-waste product that I’m sure I will use for years to come. Last season, they sent me a reusable makeup-removing cloth, so I haven’t had to use disposable wipes since! I don’t use straws very much in general, but hopefully these silicone straws will reduce my plastic straw usage altogether. I’ve already used these straws with my smoothies, and I’m very impressed by how easy they are to clean and reuse! And, of course, the cleaning brush and the case are a nice touch.
This is the final item I received in my box, and even though I liked everything, this would be my least favorite item if I had to pick one. There’s nothing inherently wrong with it; I just wasn’t particularly wowed and don’t feel like it’s doing too much for my skin. I’m also not exactly sure what it’s supposed to be used for: A face wash? A mask? I don’t have a clue. Anyway, despite that, I will admit that it smells delicious and energizing, and I’m definitely going to keep using it (despite not knowing what exactly it’s doing.)
Anyway, that’s going to be it for today! I hope you guys found this article helpful, and maybe, it has inspired you to sign up for the box as well. I’m not in any way affiliated with/sponsored by Fab Fit Fun, but I do recommend this box to anybody who loves beauty products and home decor. What was your favorite item from this box? Let me know below in the comments!
Winter is here, and that means my second Fab Fit Fun box is here and ready to be reviewed! A quick run-down of the box: you receive eight full-sized items, at a $200+ value, for only $40 a month, so it’s really quite a steal. The first box I received from FFF was in September, and since I genuinely liked everything I received in the box, I decided to keep my subscription and try out the winter box as well. I pay for this subscription with my own money, and everything I say is my own thoughts and opinions. Here are my genuine, true impressions about everything I received:
Lil’ Marshmallow Blanket | UnHide | $65
With every Fab Fit Fun box, subscribers are able to customize some of the items they receive. I knew I wanted to customize my box with this blanket because I love everything the company stands for: it’s cruelty-free, it’s against real fur, and the company donates some of its profits to the Humane Society. AND, it was launched by Ellen DeGeneres! Not only is this blanket vegan and ethical, it’s also extremely comfy and looks fabulous on our couch. As you can tell from our all-white apartment, we love our neutrals. This blanket was definitely a win for me, and I’m glad I picked it for my box’s first customization option.
Bluetooth Shower Speaker | ban.do | $35
The second item I customized for my box was this waterproof Bluetooth speaker, originally retailing for $35. I was really excited about this item because I love to listen to music while I shower, but I obviously can’t bring my phone in the water with me. It’s extremely simple to set up, just like any other basic Bluetooth device, and now I can’t stop using it every time I take a shower. I will say that the sound quality isn’t super amazing, but it’s decent enough for me in the shower. Because of the small size, this speaker is great for traveling and using essentially anywhere around the house. I also like to stick it on my fridge when I’m baking and listening to podcasts.
Organic Circle Bracelet| Adore by Swarovski | $39
As you’ll read at the bottom, I actually received two boxes due to a shipping malfunction, so I have a duplicate of everything I received. That means my mom and I both get to have these adorable rose-gold bracelets, which are each adorned with a tiny Swarovski crystal. I used to hate wearing jewelry, but lately I’ve been really into anything silver or rose-gold. I love that this bracelet is simplistic and still feminine, and my mom loves her bracelet as well. It’s a dainty, classic piece, and it goes really well with my mostly-neutral closet. I’m really happy I decided to choose this customization!
Proof is in the Puddin’ Palette | Beauty Bakerie | $38
The rest of the items I received in the box were all chosen by FFF, so they were a complete surprise to me. I was SO excited when I unpacked my box and discovered this eyeshadow palette, because I’m obsessed with all and any makeup (and eyeshadow is my favorite makeup item). This palette is a great staple item because the colors are all very neutral and warm-toned, making it ideal for both beginners and makeup experts. Even though I left a not-so-positive of the Beauty Bakerie lipsticks earlier this year, I have to say, I really like their eyeshadow formula. As you can see, I’ve already used this palette a few times, and I’m excited to continue trying new looks in the future.
Original Coffee Scrub | frank body| $17
I’ve used a few coffee scrubs in the past, so I was also very happy to receive this item in my box. I love this particular scrub because it’s cruelty-free (always a must for me), it leaves my skin amazingly soft, and it smells absolutely invigorating. It smells like coffee, of course, but it also has a hint of citrus in it that leaves my skin smelling amazing. It’s also very nourishing for my skin, and after I use it in the shower, I feel like I’ve applied a thick lotion to my arms and legs. The only negative element of this coffee scrub is that it can get very messy- after all, it’s basically straight coffee grinds in a bag. As long as you’re okay with a bit of a mess in your shower, you’ll love this scrub.
CALM + CLEAN Epsom Salt Hand and Body Wash | Cuccio Somatology | $40
I’ve actually never heard of the brand Cuccio before, but I’m definitely a fan after trying this body wash. I’m such a huge fan of lavender too, especially since I’m a night-showerer at college and I need something to wind me down rather than wake me up in the shower. You could also use this product as a hand wash, but I prefer using it as a complete body wash to help me get super relaxed and ready for bed. I also gave a bottle of this to my mom, because she tends to have a lot of neck and back pain, and the Epsom salt helps tremendously with that. I’m shocked at the original price point of $40 for a bottle of body wash, so I’m lucky I was able to get it for essentially free in my winter box.
Prime & Prep Detangler | Drybar | $23
I’m always happy to receive a hair product in my FFF box, because my hair has been through so much bleaching and dyeing in the past year, it desperately needs the extra love. On top of this nourishing spray, I also use the AVEDA hair repair treatment regularly (another item I received via FFF, might I add). Since using these products together, my hair has become so silky, smooth, and bouncy again. I’ve always had naturally curly hair, and these nourishing hair products really help me to retain those curls through all the bleaching and toning. I’m very happy with the condition of my hair now, even after just using this product 2-3 times. It’s definitely going to become an essential in my hair care routine.
MakeUp Eraser | MakeUp Eraser | $20
Lastly but certainly not least, I received this MakeUp eraser cloth in my winter box. I have to say, I was skeptical of this product at first, but I am AMAZED. It takes off all of my heavy liner, full-coverage foundation, and even mascara in one quick swipe. It doesn’t feel like it’s dragging or scrubbing my face at all, so I appreciate the gentle yet thorough nature of this cloth. Additionally, it’s a great low-waste alternative to buying traditional makeup wipes, so you can feel great about using it. This product has four and a half stars on Amazon, so I highly recommend picking one up for yourself if you wear a lot of heavy eye makeup.
Note: I do want to quickly say that I’ve been experiencing some new, flesh-covered breakouts on my cheekbones and near my eyebrows, but I haven’t been able to figure out what it causing the bumps yet. It does feel a bit rashy, but it very well could be from this new line of skincare products I’m using and not this cloth. I wanted to include that here because some reviews have stated a similar rash, so just be careful and look out for signs! I’ll do some more investigating and let you guys know what I think is causing this rash- it very well could be completely unrelated to the cloth.
As you can see, I was really impressed with this winter box! I feel like I received a lot of practical, long-lasting products, such as the MakeUp Eraser and the bluetooth speaker. I’m looking forward to not only using these products during the winter, but throughout the rest of the year as well. I’m going to keep my subscription for another season, so we’ll see if the Spring box blows me away, too.
Side note: I did have a shipping problem with my winter box, as you may remember hearing if you read my weekly catch-ups. Basically, my winter box was on-route to Virginia for some reason, so the company sent me a replacement box…but then my first box magically appeared at my doorstep? So yes, I did receive two boxes this season, even though I only paid for one! Many of the duplicates I received were re-gifted for Christmas presents, so it ended up being a win-win.
After what was actually a relatively short wait, I am so excited to have received my first-ever Fab Fit Fun box in the mail this week! I’ve heard a lot of things about the company, both positive and negative, so I’m ready to give you my honest thoughts about the entire experience, the contents of the box, and how I feel about the performance of the products.
I discovered Fab Fit Fun after watching a YouTuber unbox her own goodies. Fab Fit Fun, as the name may imply, is a subscription box that sends you a quarterly package of beauty products, fitness tools, and accessories. I personally love to spend my money on “trivial” things like lotion and makeup, so the box seemed like something I would genuinely get a good use out of. For someone who isn’t into getting a new lotion or eye cream every season, this probably isn’t the box for you.
Like I said, however, this is the kind of stuff I would spend my money on anyway. I love trying new products and reviewing them for you here, so I decided to give the box a go. Before I get into the actual products, I’ll tell you a bit about my experience ordering from Fab Fit Fun, and my general impression of the company.
One thing I really like about Fab Fit Fun is that they regularly team up with charities and organizations- every season, in fact! For the fall box, Fab Fit Fun is giving back to City of Hope, which benefits cancer research and other serious diseases. I’ve researched many of the brands this company features on their site, and I’m happy to say they all appear cruelty-free (and many are vegan). Those were the two biggest deal breakers for me- the ethics of the company, and the ethics of the products, and I’m impressed with both.
Before ordering my fall box, I made sure to read reviews from a number of different sites. I was shocked to see a lot of negative reviews, but upon reading them, they actually didn’t dissuade my opinion very much. I was expecting the negative comments to expose heinous, fraudulent business practices, but instead, I found people complaining that they got another lotion, and they didn’t WANT another lotion! ONE STAR!!
Especially after receiving my box and having a perfectly lovely experience with the company, I was kind of surprised so many people were angry that they received products they literally SIGNED UP FOR. Like, you’re really going to slander the brand and give them one star because they did their job? Weird flex, but okay.
What I’m trying to say is this- I don’t think Fab Fit Fun is a scam, or a fraud, or anything else people were commenting. I think those words were taken wildly out of context. Getting another really nice lotion in your box isn’t a “scam”, a scam would be if the company charged your card and then didn’t send you a box. Calm down, people.
Other people complained that the box took too long to ship. I can see that being a perfectly reasonable complaint, but I still don’t think it’s bad enough that the company deserves one star. I’m biased because I did receive my box in a reasonable time frame- about two weeks after I ordered. This was a pleasant surprise because the website said the boxes typically ship a month after you are charged. My next billing date is December 3rd, so my winter box should arrive between mid December and early January.
Another thing I really liked about the box is the customization option. You first of all will fill out a survey rating how interested you are in certain product areas. For example, I checked off that I am very interested in skincare and makeup (bring on the lotion), and less interested in hair care or fitness tools. This helps the curators of the box better suit the contents to your taste, and also, avoid adding products you would never use. There are some products that everyone will likely get, but then you have the option to choose 3-5 specific things. For example, some of my individualized choices were a Kate Spade lunch bag, an Anthropologie yoga mat, and some vitamin C mixing crystals.
Now, let’s touch on the price. Each box comes with 8-10 full-sized items, shipped to you quarterly (or four boxes per year). The price of one box is $49.99, but you can get your first box cheaper with a referral code. I’ll have to reach out to Fab Fit Fun and ask if I can plug mine in! 😉
To give you an idea of the amazing deal you’re getting, the retail price for the yoga mat ALONE was $50. I received the yoga mat and seven other products for $42, which means the value of everything in the box was upwards of $250. Like I said, you might not be someone who wants 8-10 new products a season, but for me, that’s something I would spend my paycheck on anyway. This subscription box is an awesome way for me to try new things without breaking the bank, because the savings are amazing.
I do have a theory about how Fab Fit Fun (probably) works behind the scenes. I obviously don’t have any proof of this, but I imagine it probably works in a similar way to Marshalls or TJ Maxx. For example, Marshall’s merchandise is mostly made up of stock that didn’t sell out very well, and that’s why the prices are so discounted. If Michael Kors puts out a shirt that doesn’t sell well, he can sell it at Marshalls for uber-cheap instead of just letting it sit in his warehouse forever. That’s how I ASSUME Fab Fit Fun works- they re-sell products and merchandise that didn’t initially sell out well, as a way to drain the stock. Not that there’s anything wrong with that; I love shopping at Marshalls and other discount stores.
I haven’t decided yet if I want to switch from a season subscription to a yearly one, because I want to receive the winter box before I make up my mind. If I’m blown away by the next box, I most likely will sign up for the yearly subscription.
Anyway, moving on to the part you’ve all been waiting for- my review of the products!
First off, the box itself is adorable and creatively designed. It was easy to unbox without destroying the cardboard, so I will probably be reusing the box in the future. On top, I received a gift card for HelloFresh, a referral code to give a friend, and a copy of the Fab Fit Fun magazine (which is just a beautifully written ad, in case you didn’t know). I did enjoy thumbing through the magazine, though, and got some insight on how to use the products sent to me. I’m probably going to give the HelloFresh gift card to my mom, because there’s an expiration date and she’s more likely to use it than me.
I am going to include the original retail price I received, but remember I got everything in this box for $42. All of these opinions are my own personal thoughts, and I will say up-front that while there were some things I liked, there were also some things I didn’t like so much.
Yoga Mat | Anthropologie | Retail price: $50
I would normally never be able to afford an Anthropologie yoga mat, so I was really happy to receive one in my box. I chose the mat because meditation and yoga is something I’ve wanted to get into for a long time, and now I have the perfect excuse. I think the design is really pretty, and the mat definitely feels high-end to me. The only negative thing I will say is that the mat is extremely thin, so it’s not ideal for working on a hard-wood surface. On a rug or a carpet, however, it should be fine.
Lunch Tote | Kate Spade New York | Retail price: $30
This is another product that I was able to choose, and I’m happy to say that the bag came exactly as pictured. Some people were complaining that the tote is too small, which baffled me. The tote I received feels pretty roomy and standard-sized, and the inside is insulated to help keep your food cold longer. It arrived a little crumpled because the tote was folded to fit in the box, but I was able to smooth it out pretty quickly. As a student who is always on the go, bag is going to be extremely helpful to me this year!
Pure C | Cosmedix | Retail price: $54
I was initially a little confused by what this product is meant for, but I think I’ve figured it out after thumbing through the magazine. This is pure, powdered vitamin C, which can then be combined with any beauty/skincare product of your choice. The pros are that pure vitamin C is extremely good for your skin, and this product is really easy to work with. Lately I have been adding a bit of it to my morning toner, just to give my skin a little extra brightness. I will say that I was surprised by how small the tube was, but I guess it makes sense, considering a little goes a long way. I haven’t been using this long enough to notice any definite results, but I’ll be sure to update you if my skin changes over time!
Hair Towel Wrap | Afterspa| Retail price: $18
The rest of the products from here, minus the aromatherapy rollerball, were all automatically added to my box (meaning I didn’t choose them). I’ve never actually gone out of my way to buy a hair wrap, because a regular towel has always worked fine for me. I have used this every night since I received it, but I wouldn’t say it’s incredible or mind-blowing. If it was made of an incredibly soft cotton, or had some other impressive quality, I would probably be more excited about it. But this just felt like a semi-cheap, odd-smelling, clearance item from a third-party seller. There’s nothing inherently wrong with it, however, and if you prefer hair wraps over towels, you’ll probably find this more helpful than me. Not a miss, but not a total win either.
Deep Relax Rollerball | Aromatherapy Associates | Retail price: $29
I LOVE rollerball scents, especially organic, natural-smelling ones. I already brought a lavender one from home, and I always roll it over my pillowcase before I go to sleep. I’ve also started using this new one on my pillow as well, because it has a really calming, woody scent that immediately makes me sleepy. I love to carry this rollerball around during the day as well, in case I start to feel anxious and need a quick whiff of something relaxing. The power of aromatherapy is so profound, and I really don’t think it gets enough credit. I’m considering looking into the brand and ordering some more products from them, because I’ve already used a third of this bottle.
I normally don’t care much for hair care products, because my hair is so frizzy and thick and untameable. It’s hard for me to feel impressed by any hair product, but this repair mask genuinely left me SHOOK. You know that super-soft quality your hair has after you go to a salon? That’s exactly how my hair feels when I use this. I smooth it over my hair after I take a shower, sleep on it, and boom, I wake up with salon-soft hair. I know that probably sounds like an exaggeration, but I promise it’s not. This is hands-down the best hair repair product I’ve ever used, and my dry, damaged mane is now in paradise.
Exfoliating Sugar Cubes in Juice Cleanse | Harper & Ari | Retail price: $16
When I first unboxed this, I was expecting the scent to be something pepperminty or earthy, but it actually smells like fresh green apples. I love to spend my money on spa-esque products designed for pampering, so I was excited to immediately start using these! Like I said before, the smell is invigorating and so delicious. I wouldn’t recommend rubbing the cube directly on your skin, because the granules irritated my skin and left it feeling a bit raw. What I like to do instead is rub the cube in between my hands to get it soapy, and then disperse the soap on my arms and legs. It’s a very pampering step in my shower routine, and I look forward to the fresh scent it leaves on my skin before bed.
Body Soufflé | Human + Kind | Retail price: $18
The final product I received in my box is this full-sized body lotion, and I would say it’s probably one of my personal favorite items now. I could actually smell it before I even opened the box! If you’re into floral, fruity smells, this is going to be the perfect lotion for you. And, of course, I love that the brand is vegan and cruelty free. I actually forgot to bring a body lotion to school with me, so it worked out well that I received one in my box. I’ve been using it on my arms and legs every day, and the fresh apricot scent lingers for hours.
As you can see, the great majority of these products were a hit for me. The only thing I wasn’t really wowed by was the hair wrap, and I wish the yoga mat was a little bit thicker. Besides that, however, I think all of these products are going to be really useful in my daily life. It’s so fun to have a nice surprise look forward to, and now I’m excited to receive my winter box in December! Speaking for myself, I’ve had an easy time working with this company, and don’t really have much to complain about. It’s certainly not a fraud or a scam, and trust me, I have experienced scam companies before. Fab Fit Fun is legit, and if you have a fondness for beauty products, I’m certain you’ll love this subscription.
This review is not sponsored by Fab Fit Fun. I paid for the box with my own money, and all thoughts and opinions are my own.
I have a hard time justifying why anybody would need a subscription box, including me, but that doesn’t change the fact that they’re fun in theory. I myself have never even had a subscription box to anything, so I’m basing all if these assumptions on what I’ve seen and heard online. For my birthday one year, I did get a one-time Stitch Fix box, but I never signed up for an actual subscription. I guess that makes me slightly more informed about this subscription box than the other ones, so I’ll happily give you all my thoughts about the experience.
If you’re someone who struggles with finding a direction in fashion (especially if you hate shopping for clothes), Stitch Fix just may be your new favorite thing. The first step of Stitch Fix is filling out a style profile, which includes your preferences, sizes, and price range you’d like to stick in. You are assigned a personal stylist, who will then put together a box of clothes/accessories and mail it directly to you! You can try on everything and see how you like it, and if you decide you don’t want something, you just mail it back. In short, you only have to pay for the things you want to keep. That being said, there is a $20 styling fee if you decide not to keep anything, but the good news is shipping and returns are free! Like I said, I’ve only received one box from Stitch Fix, but I was pleasantly surprised by how spot-on the stylist was, and how easy the entire process was.
The rest of these subscriptions are things I’ve never tried before, but love the concept of in theory. The Curiosity Box is on the complete other side of the spectrum, because it contains a variety of collectibles, math puzzles, science toys. You might recognize the creator of The Curiosity Box- Michael Stevens, a.k.a the man behind VSauce and Mind Field. All of the contents of the box come with directions from Michael, and even better, a portion of all the proceeds are donated to fund Alzheimer’s research. Each box also comes with a book, usually covering subjects that Michael himself would talk about in a YouTube video. Can we send humans to Mars? Why is glass transparent? Michael actually even states on the website that he uses some of these books for his research, so as far as I’m concerned, they’re all fantastic reads.
Lunarly is one of the first subscription boxes I ever familiarized myself with, and honestly, I would totally sign up for it if I had the disposable income. It combines everything I love- self care, tea, crystals, candles, and plants. Let me repeat that last part: they send you a FREAKING PLANT. Each monthly box is centered around the New Moon, which influences what the contents of that month’s box will be. Last month’s box, for example, was titled the “Sap Moon” and represents the unfolding of the world as winter begins to melt away. I really love the hand-picked quality of the box, and how much emphasis is placed on self-care and loving the gifts of Mother Nature. I myself am really interested in moon cycles and learning more about them, and Lunarly seems like a great place to start. I’ll let you guys know if I ever give this box a try in the future, because I really do like the mission of the company.
You all know by now that I am a slut for a good book. And if you didn’t know that, hi, my name is Sarah Desroche, and I am a slut for a good book. I love to read multiple books at a time, including audio books, and I also host my own monthly book club. Unless I have a set schedule of reading, I can quickly fall behind, so I love the idea of committing to monthly books that I have to finish in a given amount of time. Book of the Month will search through hundreds of books to hand-pick five that they think you’ll love, and then you choose the one you want to read. I’m interested in reading a variety of different genres, so I love the idea that I can choose from different books and decide the one I want to dedicate myself too. I haven’t been able to find pricing for Book of the Month, but I believe it is run on a system of credits. If you don’t want to read a book for a particular month, you can just roll over your credits!
Those are the top four subscription boxes that have caught my eye in 2019. I’d love to know if you’ve tried any of these in the past, and what your thoughts and feelings are! What are your personal favorite subscription boxes? Let me know in the comments.