Oh, I’ve heard of these mystery quarterly boxes that you subscribe with random beauty and fashion supplies and never really paid attention. I figured that I ordered/bought what I liked and I pay attention to enough beauty/fashion blogs to know what new product is on the market. So when FabFitFun reached out to partner with me on this blog post my first thought was ‘Why thank you, but I’m not a former Bachelorette… ALTHOUGH LORD KNOWS I SHOULD BE, so why are they interested in me?’ But they were. I like free stuff so sure, I’d try it. Twist my dry, unadorned arm… I ordered one to see if I liked it, although honestly I planned on passing. Of course by now you know the moral of this sponsored story: I will now gift this box of surprising high-quality beauty and fun to many, but not all, people in my life. My dad and brother might not be interested but most of the females in my life would be psyched to get this. Fine. I was wrong. You were right. Keep reading for a my honest opinions on it and for a $10 coupon code off your first box using the code DESIGN.
When I opened the first box, admittedly skeptical yet riveted with anticipation, I unloaded it with the joy and surprise of a toddler ripping through mystery filled easter eggs. Wrong season, I realize, but I couldn’t do a Christmas analogy. I’ve got to stay unpredictable, after all. I thought it was going to be full of lovely but mediocre unnecessary stuff, and yet I was still a flurry of excitement.
It was a treasure trove of beauty, fashion and jewelry. It was like 10 gifts in one. I guess that was one of the things I was skeptical about – what if they sent things I already had or things that I had tried and disliked? Would it be a waste of money and more of an annoyance to discard? The possibilities were high, but the reality was ‘probably meh’. Let’s find out.
First off – these gold things on my eyes make me look better every day and when one looks better one does better and acts better. Therefore these ridiculous gold moons on my eyes make my business more successful and my eyes more buoyant.
While on my shoot in New York (you know, that one where I subtly told you that I worked 16 hour days for 14 days straight.. ON CAMERA?) my hair and makeup artist brought these in on the third day for me and man did they work. Every day after I used them the puffiness under my eyes went away within minutes. Turns out anyone can buy them, but I didn’t know that so for me to get them in the box with the brand recommended by the Fab Fit Fun Curators made me so happy. I started handing them out to my staff, all Oprah style – YOU GET SOME SOME GOLD EYE DE-PUFFY THINGS, YOU GET SOME GOLD EYE DE-PUFFY THINGS.
I could have probably used some lip balm in the box based on that shot, BUT WHAT WAS NEXT??
My second favorite thing, which might be my first except that putting on gold puffy things makes me feel way more baller than exfoliating, is the Kate Somerville ExfoliKate.
Here’s the deal, you put it on and within minutes your face glows, your pores shrink and you look younger. Yes, I’m getting paid by Fab Fit Fun but what I say and how I say it is up to me and I have NO obligation to call out the individual product or talk it up. Kate Somerville doesn’t know I exist. I’m telling you this because I saw a noticeable difference, immediately. Fine, Fab, Fit, Fun….I was listening.
The first two products were awesome. I thought it would be mostly pashminas and nail strengthener and it might be sometimes, but so far TWO FOR TWO FOLKS. These were things that I wouldn’t have found or bought myself and yet they showed up on my doorstep.
Also above you will see a really pretty eyeshadow palette with natural tones. This is something I would NEVER BUY. I’m pretty against eye shadow because as a fair skinned small eyed person I go ‘Real-Housewives-trying-to-look-young’ really quickly when I put anything darker than skin-tone on these upper lids. But I know that not all shadows are unflattering for me. These are such lovely shades that compliment my skin-tone with nary a unnatural color in sight. Of course now that I’ve hit my mid-blog crisis I want to put on super saturated electric blue eye shadow (and stay tuned) but I LOVE these for just giving some depth to my eyes while still looking natural.
Also… hand cream… do you think I’m someone who seeks out and purchases HAND CREAM??? Whut, do you think I drive a Jaguar and buy $75 candles? No. But turns out un-fancy people like cream on their hands, too, and now that this lotion lives on my nightstand I apply it every night before bed. You know what else I do before bed? Spritz the lavender sleep better spray from the box which may or may not work but I will spritz it forever because I believe in real results as well as the positive, powerful effects of “placebo”. Dear, Placebo. I think you are wonderful and powerful.
Obviously I’m a more high functioning person with these products so far. AND THAT’S JUST THE FIRST BOX.
This is just my first experience with this, and admittedly it was VERY FUN, filled with many products that I loved. I kept saying ‘omg, this is such a good gift’ and Brady and Sara who had pushed me to say yes to trying it were like, ‘I KNOW, WE TOLD YOU SO’.
But you should know a few things about this gift before you subscribe for yourself or a gift for someone else. This is a company run by women – ALL WOMEN and every season/box it partners up with a charity to support. The Winter 2017 FabFitFun box partnered up with the American Heart Association! These are good women doing good things and making us happy along the way.
Every quarter you get different highly curated product that you can control if you want. Once you are a subscriber, particular items each season can be selected for your box. For example, you may be able to choose the color of a specific clothing item or a toothpaste over a hair rinse, which makes customizing it to your needs very fun. The choice items are also revealed right before the launch of each season, so it’s always a surprise to look forward to.
The product inside the box retails for over $200 and yet each box only costs $50. You know how they do that? Well, the Fab Fit Fun audience is wide and powerful so beauty and fashion brands are dying to heavily discount their product to get them into your hands. You/we are a market they want and they are SMART to try to reach us. After trying some of the product I’m now hooked. In 3 months I’ll get a whole new bevy of heavily discounted high quality products to try and potentially love.
I had no idea how much I would like it. Seriously. I wouldn’t say that if it weren’t true. If it wasn’t for me, but I liked the product I would say ‘It’s a great gift!’. But instead I’m saying, ‘PLEASE SEND ME FABFITFUN FOREVER’.
If you are looking for a gift for someone into new beauty/fashion products and don’t want to get them the wrong gift, I can tell you that out of the 9 products in the box I LOVED 7 of them. That’s a high percentage for someone who is picky when it comes to new products.
Below are the contents of the winter box:
- FabFitFun has partnered with the American Heart Association for this box
- Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment
- BB Dakota Poncho
- DOUCCE Freematic Face Palette
- 8 Other Reasons Nine Lives Choker
- Pointe Studio Aloe Infused Socks
- AHAVA Mineral Hand Cream
- Homemade by Ayesha Curry Mug
- Beauty Choice – You’ll receive one of these: Nelson J Beverly Hills Moisture Healing Hair Mask -or- Grace & Stella Anti-Wrinkle Eye Masks
- Fitness Choice – You’ll receive one of these: This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray -or- FFFTV Fitness Ball by Jillian Michaels
And, because you know I love to get you in on the deals, they have been kind enough to send along a code which will get you $10 off your first box, by using the code: DESIGN during checkout. Guys – check it out, give it a chance like I did and you might just be a convert.
***Thanks to FabFitFun who sponsored this post although all opinions and words are my own, and thanks for supporting the sponsors that allow us to continue to bring you original content.