Subscription boxes are the bomb in this humble writer’s opinion. Except they’re kind of pricey and if I signed myself up for every one that I was interested in then I’d be broke — not that I’m currently swimming in it. One that I’ve always been interested in is the FabFitFun box, and until a friend of mine had a deal for me for the FabFitFun Starter Box it seemed a little too pricey for yours truly.
The FabFitFun box normally costs $50 USD per box (and they send them seasonally) but a friend of mine who’s been getting herself four boxes a year for a while now had a free FabFitFun Starter Box. I’d only have to pay $5 to get a few free items and try the service out and I thought what the hell. So I signed up.
What was in the FabFitFun Starter Box?
The FabFitFun Starter Box came with four items in it — and it sounds like they all come with the same four items considering one of my other girlfriends got the same box with the same items. I got a clutch, a tube of hand cream, a body sponge and a pack of eye masks.
Summer & Rose Celine Crossbody in “Black”
The Summer & Rose Celine Crossbody is sleek and portable, perfect for whether you’re planning on going out in the town or on a casual afternoon coffee. This is the pièce de résistance from this box in my eyes. Weighing in at about the size of large paperback novel (9 by 6.5 inches) this cute black crossbody is plain and functional — exactly how I like my accessories.
I don’t do gaudy, especially when it comes to accessories. The more minimalistic, the better. While this bad boy won’t fit my massive Mat & Nat wallet that I carry around, it has more than enough room for a few pieces of makeup, your smartphone and a small versatile wallet.
Its retail value is listed as $58, making it well worth the $5 USD (closer too $8.50 CAD) that I paid for the box shipping.
Spongellé Boxed Flower in “Beached Grass”
I have awful skin that I manage to make look presentable most days. I say it’s awful because I have psoriasis (thanks, Dad) and I make it look relatively presentable because I work my butt off to find products that help reduce it.
While the best solution is lots of sun and humid air (which you’re more likely to find in Mexico not Calgary) I found the Spongellé Boxed Flower to be great for scrubbing off dead skin (like the mildly peeling skin from my recent fun-in-the-sun) and smoothing out my rough patches of psoriasis.
Its retail value is listed as $22. And while I wouldn’t say it’s a dermatologist-approved solution for psoriasis, I like it.
BLAQ HydroGel Eye Mask with Hyaluronic Acid (5 pack)
These BLAQ HydroGel Eye Mask with Hyaluronic Acid are things that I openly admit that I would never purchase for myself. Not to say I didn’t give them a chance, I threw them on during one of my nightly baths for ten minutes while I watched an episode of Murder, She Wrote (don’t judge) and while they felt kind of cool I really didn’t notice any “change.”
All that said, the marketing on the package (which I have to say is hilarious) is designed around people who drink too much wine, which I don’t. So I think I’m probably not their idea target audience!
Its retail value is listed as $29. This is the only product that I would say I don’t like, and it’s not that I don’t like it but that it’s simply something that’s not very useful for me. Needless to say, I have four more left over. Perhaps I’ll fall in love with them during my next use.
AHAVA Mineral Handcream
The AHAVA Mineral Hand Cream is made with Dead Sea minerals, witch hazel and allantoin which are all really fancy materials that are said to be good for your skin (but I ain’t no MD so don’t quote me on it).
What I like about the FabFitFun version of the AHAVA Mineral Hand Cream is that it’s slightly bigger than the version you’d get by ordering through AHAVA directly. Its value is listed at $33 USD by FabFitFun for a special 150 mL sized tube but through AHAVA you pay $31 USD for a 100 mL bottle (extra hand cream)!
It’s a great cream that makes your hands smooth without the overly floral smell that I typically find with women’s hand cream (in addition to no gaudy, I’m also against overly perfume smelling things, Bath & Bodyworks is a nightmare for me).
Overall, I’d say I genuinely like the hand cream and have thrown it on once a day since I got my box. And when it comes to the AHAVA Mineral Hand Cream, a little goes a long way.
Was the FabFitFun Starter Box worth it?
Considering I only paid $5 USD for the box, I would say FabFitFun starter box was well worth the cost. I’m genuinely glad I got it.
The monetary value of the FabFitFun Starter Box is $136 retail according to the in-package slip that came with it. So, even if you only like one item in the box, the fee to ship the starter box is well worth the item you get (even if it’s the lowest-priced item).
Luckily for me, I find three out of the four items in the FabFitFun Starter Box useful with the BLAQ HydroGel Eye Mask being the only product I don’t find particularly appealing, though since I have them I’ll definitely use them.
The best part about the FabFitFun box is that it’s something I got for myself for fun. And they are all things I never would have purchased for myself — except for the clutch, I 100 percent looked everywhere for a year for a clutch just like the one they sent and ended up settling for one I didn’t love.
All-in-all it was most definitely worth it. I would highly recommend getting the FabFitFun Starter Box.
Am I signing up for the subscription service?
Against my better money-savvy judgement after getting the FabFitFun Starter Box, I decided to try an actual box. Anytime I make a money-related decision like this I feel the need to justify it to myself (and everyone else around me… but don’t do that cause it’s no one else’s business) and the first box is going in the “I want to see what it’s like” and “this is a me purchase” category.
If I find I don’t like what comes in the next box or it simply isn’t worth it for me in the end, FabFitFun has a great cancellation policy. You can cancel your subscription at any time… just make sure you do it before the next billing date or you’ll end up paying for another box.
My FabFitFun subscription officially starts at the end of next month, so stay tuned for another review once I receive my next box!
What does the FabFitFun box cost?
The FabFitFun box typically costs $50 USD for a seasonal box, shipping included. But I’m Canadian, so it costs a tad bit more. With the conversion and the additional $8 in shipping my total box costs $82.64.
Money-savvy me thinks OMG you’re not actually going to sign up, but unpractical and fun-loving me really wants to give it a go. I’m throwing it into the “treat yourself” spending category (which I definitely think you should have in your budget).
Interested in trying out FabFitFun for yourself?
Considering treating yourself to FabFitFun? Considering my recent positive experience, I would highly recommend giving your first box a try. If you don’t like it
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