FabFitFun Review, Fall 2016

FabFitFun, $49.99 per quarter (free shipping to US; ships to Canada for $8 extra)

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It's Emmett!  I love when I get big boxes so that Emmett can have a chance to model.  Emmett is my most special bunny.

FabFitFun is a quarterly lifestyle box.  It's similar to PopSugar, but it costs a little bit more and the value tends to be a higher -- FabFitFun boxes are worth $200+.  Subscribers receive a mix of products such as accessories, jewelry, home goods, beauty products, plus a fitness product.  I'm not exactly a fitness buff, so I didn't think this box would be for me when I first heard about it.  The fitness component tends to be minor -- a jump rope in the first box I got from FabFitFun, socks in this box -- so I don't mind it.  Because it's one of the more expensive boxes and they release spoilers for each box, I cancel and then resubscribe if I happen to want the next box.  I skipped the summer box because I had no interest in it.  All subscribers get the same products, but there are often variations such as color and scent.  People who have annual subscriptions to FabFitFun get to choose their variations and everyone else gets surprises.  

The link at the top of the page is my referral link.  Each FabFitFun customer has one and it gets you a discount on the next box if people subscribe using the link.  If you don't want to use that link, here's the regular link to the FabFitFun website.

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Here's what came in my Fall 2016 FabFitFun box:

The Fall FabFitFun box was worth about $243.38.  You really can't beat the value, especially because I had a coupon code and paid $40 instead of $50 for the box!  Five of the products were beauty products (seven if you count the Cottonelle and Secret), there was one fitness product, an accessory, a home item, and a coloring book for fun.  The Cottonelle cloths and Secret deodorant were sponsored extras, so they were small, but everything else was full size.  I would have perhaps liked to have seen a jewelry item instead of one of the beauty items, but I have no real complaints about the product mix.  

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Subscribers received one of four colors of the ModCloth Loch and Key Scarf -- black and white plaid, brown and black plaid, taupe and red plain, or navy and green plaid.  This scarf was a collaboration between FabFitFun and ModCloth, but ModCloth is selling the scarves on their website if there's a particular one you want.  I wanted the brown the most, but the taupe was my second favorite, so I'm happy.  I did not want the black and white at all.  This thing is huge!  It measures 55'' x 55''.  The picture on the right shows it folded in quarters because it was too big for me to get a picture of the entire scarf.  If you don't like scarves, you could easily use this as a throw or light blanket.  Besides wearing it as a scarf, you can also wear it as a shawl, cape, or poncho.  It's quite versatile.  I liked that they included pictures of women (who I assume are FabFitFun staffers) wearing the scarf in different ways to give you styling ideas.  The fabric, 100% acrylic,  is soft and warm.  It's pretty hot up here right now, so I haven't had a chance to use this yet, but I'm looking forward to it.  It feels weird saying that because I hate fall and winter and don't actually want it to be cold, but I do want to use my new scarf.  I'm so conflicted!

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Subscribers received the Created Co. Tumbler with either Good Morning Gorgeous or Joy Comes in the Morning printed on it.  I'm glad I got the Good Morning Gorgeous.  This is a plastic mug with a screw on lid.  It feels relatively sturdy but lightweight.  I'm not a coffee drinker, but you could put any drink in this.  I'll probably end up giving this as a gift for someone as I don't see myself using this.

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Swatches of Pure Cosmetics Nude Collection, top to bottom:  Butterscotch, Caramel, Macadamia, Toffee, Cocoa, Hazelnut, Macaroon, Kahlua, Whipped, Biscotti, Espresso, Licorcie.

Swatches of Pure Cosmetics Nude Collection, top to bottom:  Butterscotch, Caramel, Macadamia, Toffee, Cocoa, Hazelnut, Macaroon, Kahlua, Whipped, Biscotti, Espresso, Licorcie.

The Pure Cosmetics Nude Collection looks a lot like Urban Decay's Naked2.  If you look at the two palettes side by side, you can see that the colors are almost the same and they're even in the same order on the palettes.  The eyeshadows have good pigment (though some have better pigment than others), go on smoothly, and are very blendable.  There wasn't much fallout when I used it, so it has that over Urban Decay Naked2.  I wish we had gotten some brighter colors as nudes are a little overdone in subscription boxes.  I'll probably end up giving this to a friend as I don't think I'll use it much.

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I've seen Spongellé products in other subscription boxes before and always wanted one, so I'm happy I finally have one!  Spongellé and FabFitFun collaborated to make this limited edition sponge.  If you want one, but don't want the whole box, they're available for sale on the Spongellé website.  This is a sponge that is infused with body wash and can be used for fourteen or more washes.  You can still use it as a plain sponge after the body wash is gone, of course.  When it comes out of the box, it's very hard.  You run it under water to soften it up and get a lather, wash your body with it, and then squeeze the water out of it when you're done with it.  The sponge is very exfoliating but it isn't scratchy.  This is very strongly scented.  The fragrance is a mix of Bulgarian rose, orange, and musk.  This is a little too strongly scented, in my opinion, but I love how exfoliating it is, so I can overlook it.  Once it was rinsed off, the scent was gone.  

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The Mullein and Sparrow French Lavender Body Oil is another strongly scented product.  Lavender isn't my favorite scent, but Emily loves it, so I thought this could be for her.  I liked the scent more than I expected I would, though, so I might actually use it.  This is a lightweight oil that absorbs quickly and doesn't leave any residual greasiness.  It's great as a massage oil, but it can also be used in a bath.  Mullein and Sparrow recommends using it as a body moisturizer applied right after a bath or shower when your skin is still damp. 

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The Skin Laundry Restoring Night Serum is an anti-aging serum that is supposed to tighten your skin, brighten your complexion, and increase collagen production.  This is a thin, clear serum that absorbs very quickly and made my skin feel soft and smooth.  It's fragrance-free, so, if you don't like scented skincare products, this might be for you.  It's impossible to see anti-aging effects after using it for just a few days, but it contains vitamins, antioxidants, and amino acids, so it should help.

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The BrowGal by Tonya Crooks Clear Eyebrow Gel gives your eyebrows volume and shapes them.  While I prefer tinted brow gels like Benefit Gimme Brow so I can fill my eyebrows in and shape them at the same time, this isn't bad.  You have to use a pencil to fill in your eyebrows before using this if you have any thin or patchy spots.  This didn't leave my eyebrows feeling like they were coated in glue like the Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel did, so I liked the formula.  While I'd rather use an all-in-one brow product just because it's faster, this did work well and made my brows look great.  

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The Toesox Half Toe Lowrise Grip Socks is the fitness product.  I don't know if all subscribers received the Fishnet Black style or if colors varied.  These are meant to be used for yoga or dance and it gives your feet a little grip.  Unfortunately, I have a nerve condition affecting my right foot, so I can't use socks that separate toes as it's quite painful for me.  I have a friend who would love these, though, so I'll give them to her.  If you got these, how did they work for you?  Did you get the same color?

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The fun part of the box was the coloring book and colored pencils.  These were made by FabFitFun and subscribers received either this book or the Nature Coloring Book.  The colored pencils aren't of extraordinarily high quality, but they work.  I used my own crayons and markers to color the pictures as there.  The pictures are cute for the most part.  The picture of the naked woman sitting with the tiger is a little strange, but it's interesting and not something you would see in a regular coloring book.  Of course, that's the first picture I had to color!  You might have noticed that the box this quarter is black and white -- FabFitFun did that so you could color it if you wanted.  They even gave instructions on how to turn the box inside out so you can have the part you colored on the outside.  

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There were two sponsored extras this month!  One of them was Cottonelle Fresh Care Flushable Cleansing Cloths.  Emily loves these things, so when I saw that these would be in this box, I told her there would be something just for her in the Fall FabFitFun box.  She was a little disappointed when she saw I was talking about wipes.  Oops.  These are your average wipes and work well.  You can use them in the bathroom or you can use them to clean yourself up when you're on the go and can't wash your hands.  

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The second sponsored prodcut was the Secret Outlast Xtend Completely Clean Antiperspirant.  This is a clear gel deodorant, which is my favorite kind.  I hate when I get those white stains on my clothing, so clear gel deodorants keep that from happening.  This had a fresh scent to it.  If you like natural deodorants, this won't be for you, but, if you don't mind regular deodorant, this is a good choice.

I'm loving my Fall FabFitFun box!  The Toesox and travel mug weren't my thing, but I'm happy with the rest of the products.  They were still good quality products, just not things I needed.  The scarf was my favorite item, but I loved the sponge, serum, body oil, deodorant, wipes, coloring book, brow gel, and eyeshadow palette, too.  I'll probably end up gifting the palette because I don't need more neutral eyeshadows, but I was impressed by the pigment of the eyeshadows.  At over six times the amount I paid for the box, I definitely got my money's worth.  I hope that the winter box is equally good.  

What did you think of the Fall FabFitFun box?  Which variations did you get?  I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments!