FabFitFun Winter 2016

FabFitFun(referral link) is a quarterly subscription box. Every three months you receive a seasonal gift box filled with full-sized items that fall under the “Fab” “Fit” and “Fun” categories. The cost is $49.99 a quarter with $8 shipping to Canada.

FabFitFun Winter

I do like that they have mixed it up with the way the box looks. It used to be standard black, then last quarter they did purple raindrops and now this month they did (I think) three different colors. These aren’t boxes that I keep, but it’s still nice to get a fancier looking box in the mail. This box was designed by Jocelyn Edin, who is a Michigan based artist who loves color and graphic detail. As usual all the contents were nicely and securely packaged within the box. I also really like that they once again included a catalog type booklet with more information about the items in the box (not pictured).

Let me start off by saying that I had no idea that this box was coming. I had actually canceled it after the first three spoilers came out because I wasn’t overly excited by any of them. Then the full spoilers were released and I was actually pretty happy that I had canceled it as none of the items really appealed to me. Lo and behold, this box showed up at my door the other day. I’m not sure if I had some referral credits that it went through on or what but here it is! So, did actually getting the items make me change my mind on this quarters box?

The Goods

FabFitFun Winter

Candlenut Body Creme by Juara ($35)–Candlenut Oil has been used for centuries in Indonesia. It’s a velvety and luxurious body cream combining unique properties of Candlenut Oil with a powerhouse of hydrating ingredients like Illipe Butter, Rice Bran Oil, and Avocado Oil. I don’t know how to describe the scent, but it is quite pleasant. This is a big container and a little bit goes a LONG way. I was afraid at first that it wasn’t going to absorb because it seemed fairly watery, but it actually did and left my hands feeling extremely soft. I don’t know if I’ve ever had a lotion that worked so well.

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Wine Stopper & Charm Set ($15)–You can mark your wine glass with one of the 6 silicone guys that serve as wine charms, and use the wine stopper to save what’s remaining in your bottle for later. I can definitely acknowledge that this is a great gift to include this time of year with people having parties and drinking wine. Unfortunately, I don’t have parties and I don’t drink wine. I might have to stash this away for a Christmas gift next year! This is why you’re still seeing it unopened, I can’t open a gift!

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Travel Set by Dermalogica ($45)–This travel set includes a soap-free foaming cleansing gel, multi-active toner and medium-weight moisturizer. I’ve had Dermalogica items before and was pretty happy with them. I might save this particular set for when I go to Las Vegas in February so I can’t currently report on it’s quality yet. I’m sure it will be good though!

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Fingerless Gloves by Whitney eve x FabFitFun ($26)–These are fingerless knit gloves that are perfect for staying warm and texting! I have mixed feelings about these. This was the one spoiler that interested me, but I just didn’t know about them. I like the concept, but usually when I’m wearing gloves it’s because it’s -30C or colder out, and these aren’t doing a whole lot of good in that weather! I’m also not sure if I have a jacket that they really work with. They are definitely more for style & fashion than for function. That being said, they are cute, warm and comfy and I will likely try to make them work. I was a bit worried about them being small at first, but they seem to have good stretch and fit really well!

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Diffuser by EJH Brand ($37)–They claim this glass reed diffuser will make your winter “scent-sational” while adding a stylish accent to your home. It comes with five rattan reeds and a clean eco-friendly fragrance. The options were cinnamon, lavender, pomegranate, or sugar cookie. This was another spoiler and it didn’t really interest me. I’m not much of one for burning candles or other scented things and don’t even know how diffusers work. I ended up with cinnamon, and feel fairly neutral on that scent. It’s not that I hate it, I just don’t love it. Haven’t decided if I’m keeping or gifting this yet!

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Nail Polish by Zoya ($9)–This polish is free of formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, toluene, dibutyl pthalate and camphor. They sent out a variety of berry-toned hues and I received “Vanessa” which really doesn’t tell you what type of color it is. I do love this shade, but I already have quite a number like it and rarely do my nails. I’m a fan of this brand though so I’ll likely end up keeping it.

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The Donna Earbud by Frends ($80)–This was the last item that was released as a spoiler. Earbuds are definitely always handy, but I always have issues with them staying in my ear. I have found one brand that I really like for working out because they are designed to fit in women’s ears with a twist and lock feature. I wasn’t excited about these until I saw the shape of them. They are definitely designed to fit in your ears better and aren’t just the standard round bud that never stays in properly. I might use these and save my other pair for when I’m working out.

FabFitFun Winter

Gift Card by Shoptiques ($25)–Shoptiques features 2000 different stores from all over the world that have one-of-a-kind merchandise that you can’t find elsewhere. I went through the site and haven’t been able to find anything that I like for that price range. I’m not sure what shipping to Canada costs, or if the card will even be accepted on the Canadian version of the site. I guess I’ll find out when I see something I like!

Gift Card by Sweet & Spark ($40)–This website features vintage jewelry from the 1950’s-1990’s. The cheapest items I could find cost $48, but they do have free worldwide shipping so kudos to FFF for including a gift card that I can use without having to jump through hoops. It is too bad that they couldn’t include one worth $50 so it would cover the cost of a full item, but paying $8USD isn’t terrible. I can’t find anything that catches my eye right now, but I will keep checking back and I will use it.

Final Thoughts

FabFitFun Winter

Unfortunately my opinion didn’t really change once I had the box. I do think that it was well put together, and definitely had a winter/holiday vibe to it, but it just wasn’t great contents for me. I’m glad they included gift cards that can be used outside of the US. I was surprised that they didn’t include any “Fit” items, especially for all those people making resolutions to get healthier or in shape! I don’t think I’ve had a box yet that hasn’t included some sort of workout DVD or something. I’m guessing that the earbuds were the “fit” item, but that seems like a cop out to me. I do like the lotion more than I expected, and I’m happy that the earbuds will actually stay in my ear. It gives me some great items to gift, and some that are useful, albeit not the most exciting. Can’t deny that the value is definitely there though!