FabFitFun, $50 quarterly, lifestyle products
Promo: save $10 your first box by clicking this link or using code FFFA52P
I paid $30+tax with a very short lived promo code.
Box retail value: ~$320, My value: ~$140
Enjoyment Factor: ☺
FabFitFun is a quarterly “lifestyle” subscription box. It comes with a variety of items, including beauty and makeup, fashion, home items, coupons and something exercise-related. The boxes usually have a value of multiple times the cost, but they can vary dramatically in its offerings. I loved the winter box, but decided to skip on both the spring and summer boxes.
Note that while FFF is a great box, it’s very difficult to unsubscribe from it. If you try to do it on the website you’ll go through multiple screens warning you against doing it and will have to click on multiple cancel links. And then, chances are they will reactivate your subscription without telling you. This happened to me twice last time, and finally I had to e-mail them and tell them to cancel my account. They did and I was not charged again. I’ll daresay I’ll do the same thing this time, though I may wait to see the spoilers for the winter box before I make any decision.
I decided to order the fall ’15 box because of the spoilers and the great discount that came my way. This box had a total value of over $300. The value of the items I will personally use from the box is around $140, but becomes $265 when I add the value of the items I swapped for. I did have to pay an additional $7+ on postage to mail my items however. All in all, I think I did extremely well with this box. It would have a bargain even if I had paid full price.
The fall box had a nice, multi-page magazine detailing the items included in the box. It may be a waste of paper, but it’s certainly useful when writing a review.
Gold Radiance Luxury Facial Mask, 2 pack, $65
Any beauty product that contains “gold” is trying to scam you. Gold is an inert metal, it does not react to our body chemistry at all. Sure, ancient people thought it had medicinal properties, but they also thought the sun revolved around the earth.
This is not to say that this mask may not be effective, but a $1 mask from the grocery store is likely to be just as good – and more honest. Needless to say I swapped these masks and got a Stephanie Johnson White Dot Train Case from the Popsugar Must Have 2015 Resort box.
Tappen Collective Umbrella, $32
The Tappen Collective is an online gallery, featuring original art from artists across the country. If you are looking for original art, this seems like a good place to start. The umbrella was designed by Los Angeles artist Ashkahn Shahparnia. The print says “rain, rain, go away” and the umbrella comes in different colors. Mine is pink.
I like the umbrella and if I didn’t live in drought-heavy California I would whole embrace it. As it is, when we get rain I definitely don’t want it to go away. I hope Mr. Shahparnia will design another umbrella for FabFitFun that says “rain, rain, come and stay”.
The umbrella itself is made in China and doesn’t seem to be of a great quality, but we’ll have to wait until it actually rains to try it out.
Manna Kadar Lip Locked Lip Stain in “lucky”, full size, $24
Apparently Manna Kadar used to make a really good lip gloss and some people were excited to get this box in order to try it. Alas, they’ve changed the formulation and now manufacture it in China. Therefore I swapped this for the Julep eyeshadow palette.
Crest 3D White Brilliance 2-Step System Sample
This was a sponsored item and it’s just a one-time sample, but it’ll get used.
Doctor D Schwab Flawless Skin Fluid, 1 oz full size, $39
This is a facial moisturizer that supposedly helps correct skin tone and hide dark spots. Now, I have lots of dark spots and half my forehead is sun damaged, so this should be an obvious product for me. Still, I’ve tried other similar moisturizers and realize they don’t really work. My dark spots are really dark, I’d have to wear a mask to hide them. I did the research also and there is no affordable way to get rid of them. So I just have to learn to live with them. At least this item is made in America.
I ultimately swapped this product for the Jane Iredale My Steppes Makeup Kit, also from the Popsugar resort kit.
This is a stock image of the tassel. It came in a sealed mailing pouch and I didn’t open it as I meant to swap it.
Purple Purse Foundation Tassel Charm, $10
This item disturbs me. Aesthetically, I see no point to this tassel charm. Purple is not my color and even if it was, I wouldn’t know with it. Symbolically, it’s even more problematic.
The Purple Purse foundation gives money to support programs that help victims of domestic violence get on their feet financially (or I think that’s what they say they do). That’s definitely a worthy goal as very often women stay in violent homes because of their inability to support themselves and their children without their partner’s contributions. And October is domestic violence awareness month, so linking the box to the issue makes sense. But through a charm? What exactly am I supposed to be saying by putting that charm on my purse? If you are a victim of domestic abuse, please call me and I’ll help you? Somehow I don’t think that’s the message that’s being sent or received.
Instead of a charm, it would have been so much more useful to include a booklet explaining what victims of domestic violence should do to prepare themselves to leave their abusers. Personally, I think this is just some free advertisement for Allstate insurance. I swapped the tassel for some dry oil mist from Glossybox.
HISY Battery Pack, in pink, $25
The spoiler for this item was one of the main reasons for my getting this box. One of us always has a tablet that is out of battery. It works pretty well, though I haven’t tested to see how much power it holds or how long it takes to fully charge (nor am I sure how to tell when it’s fully charged). In any case, I’m happy to have it.
Merrithew Strength Tubing Ankle & Tone Body Tone + DVD, in regular, $33
I thought I’d swap this too, but we decided to keep it. It’s been a couple of days and it’s not yet broken. I doubt anyone will watch the DVD so I’ve listed it for swapping, I doubt I’ll find any takers.
Tribe Alive Cut Cyrstal Beaded Bracelet, in blue grey, $49
Tribe Alive sells fair trade jewelry and fashion items. These bracelets are made with hand cut glass by women in Honduras. I really like the concept behind the bracelet. I haven’t decided yet whether I’ll keep it for myself or gift it to someone, I may even try to swap for more.
$15 Gift Card to the Jeweler’s Wife
I was actually excited to get this gift card and looked forward to using it, but when I went to do so I couldn’t find anything for $15 or less. I just checked, however, and they now have some earrings and bracelets for $15 or less. In any case, I ended up swapping this gift card for the make up bag from the September Globe In Artisan box.
$75 “gift card” to Picture It on Canvas, actual value $15-$37.5
Picture It on Canvas offers photo printing services on a variety of media – from metal to canvass or slate – and products (mouse pads, coasters, etc.). The caveat is that their regular prices are ridiculously high, only made reasonable by the copious discount promos they offer. This “gift card” cannot be used with any promos, which really reduces its value significantly. Still, I should be able to get at least one nice print with it and, indeed, actually swapped for another card. Now I have to get the girls to pose for pictures!