FabFitFun Review, Summer 2017

FabFitFun, $49.99 per quarter (free shipping to continental US; add $8 for shipping to Hawaii, Alaska, Puerto Rico, and Canada)

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These cute baby buns are two-week-old Holland Lops.  They just opened their eyes a few days ago and are starting to get more active.  They're just the sweetest little things.

FabFitFun is a quarterly lifestyle box that sends subscribers a mix of beauty products, jewelry, accessories, fitness products, and home goods.  All subscribers receive the same products with some color and/or scent variations.  If you're a yearly subscriber, FabFitFun allows you to choose the variations you would like.  The box always has a value of $200+.  FFF also has a charity they partner with each quarter.  FabFitFun also has add ons each quarter.  They are products sold at a heavily discounted price that you can purchase during the weeks leading up to next quarter's box and have shipped with your box.

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Here's what I got:

My Summer 2017 FabFitFun box was worth $295.34.  There were some variations this time, so yours may be worth a little more or less. I was able to choose my variations for the box above.

I got a second FabFitFun box as an add on.  I was not able to choose the variations I got for this box.  Here are the products I got in the second box:

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My second box was worth $281.84.  All subscribers could choose The Chef (salt kit), The Artist (art kit), or The Traveler (a passport holder and luggage tag set worth $28) and either beauty (dry shampoo) or fitness (massage oil) -- making the boxes worth between $281.84 and $297.34, depending on the options selected.  Annual subscribers were able to choose the color of their ruana, bkr bottle, and necklace.  All subscribers received the same eye cream, sunscreen, highlighter, and collagen sample.

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Michael Stars Tile Inspired Print Convertible Ruana

Michael Stars Tile Inspired Print Convertible Ruana

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Michael Stars Batik Print Convertible Ruana

Michael Stars Batik Print Convertible Ruana

Annual subscribers could choose the color of their Michael Stars ruana.  The options were Tile Inspired (tan, orange, and purple), Batik (blue and white), or Alligator Tie Dye (black and white).  I liked all three colors, so it was a hard decision.  I opted for the Tile Inspired in my subscription box and then I got the Batik in my add on box.  These can be draped over you like a beach coverup, wrapped around your waist like a sarong, or used as a scarf.  FabFitFun also suggests tying it onto your purse handle, but it seems a little big for that.  I like that these work as cute beach coverups and sarongs in the summer, but that you can use them year-round as a scarf.  The prints are cute and a little different.  I love these!

Each quarter, FabFitFun partners with a different charity and one of the items in the box is related to that charity.  This quarter, the charity was Joyful Heart Foundation, which is an organization Mariska Hargitay founded to help survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, and child abuse.  I love Mariska Hargitay and think her foundation does amazing work.  25% of the price of each ruana Michael Stars sells will go to the Joyful Heart Foundation.  The three ruana colors featured in this quarter's box were made especially for FabFitFun and Joyful Heart. 

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I chose the Kris Nations Mystic Bar Necklace in turquoise and gold for my subscription box, and the peach moonstone and gold came in my add on box.  The third option was white howlite and silver.  I wanted both the turquoise and the peach and had no interested in the howlite, so I'm happy!  The necklace is a lot more delicate than I thought it would be!  The stones are a lot smaller than they looked in the pictures.  The necklaces are very cute, though, and can go with a lot of things.  You can even layer them.  According to Kris Nations, the turquoise is supposed to "promote balance, discovery, and confidence," and the moonstone "provides strength, inner peace, and growth."  

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The third product annual subscribers could choose the color of was the bkr bottle.  The options were Rosy (bright pink) or Romeo (bright blue).  I didn't really care which color I got, but I selected Rosy for my subscription box and Romeo came in the add on box.  I got my first bkr bottle in the spring The Zoe Report Box of Style.  I like these bottles a lot, so I was happy to get a couple more.  The bottles are glass and covered with silicone.  They're good at keeping your drinks cold.  My one complaint is that I think that the bottle top looks a little cheap for a $35 water bottle, but it is sturdy and doesn't seem like it will break easily.

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I've gotten Juice Beauty's Smoothing Eye Concentrate in a number of boxes before, so I was a little surprised to see it in this quarter's box.  FabFitFun is usually good about including new items and this product has been around for a while.  That said, this is one of the few Juice Beauty products I like.  The scent of the product isn't that strong, unlike some Juice Beauty products, and it is very moisturizing, but never greasy.  It absorbs quickly.  I didn't need two more of these, so I'll probably pass at least one along to my mom, who loves Juice Beauty.

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June is the month for sunscreen in beauty boxes!  I've gotten tons this month!  The Eau Thermale Avène sunscreen and most of the other sunscreens I've gotten this month have been for the face.  I wish we got more sunscreens for the whole body.  This sunscreen is thin and lightweight, so it's perfect for putting under your makeup.  It absorbed fully and it was easy to apply my makeup over it.  It had a faint sunscreen scent to it, but it wasn't fragranced.  I love that it is SPF 50+!  Sun damage is one of the things that ages your skin the most, so a good sunscreen is even more important than an anti-aging moisturizer.  It's a lot easier to prevent signs of aging than it is to reverse it.

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Swatch of Cargo Cosmetics Cargo_HD Picture Perfect Highlighter

Swatch of Cargo Cosmetics Cargo_HD Picture Perfect Highlighter

Cargo Cosmetics Cargo_HD Picture Perfect Highlighter was a little too dark for me to use as a highlighter.  The powder goes on very smoothly, gave me a great finish, and held up all day. I won't be able to use this as a highlighter, but I could use it as an eyeshadow.  It gave me shimmer without being glittery or too bright.  This color should work for most complexions, just not those of us who are very pale.  If you got this and you're thinking about trading it or giving it as a gift, be sure to open it up and check it first as many have arrived broken in boxes.  FabFitFun has amazing customer service, so they'll be happy to send you a replacement if yours came broken.

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FabFitFun has always allowed annual subscribers to choose product variations, but, beginning in the spring, they began offering all subscribers a couple of options to choose from.  While seasonal subscribers couldn't choose the color of their bkr, ruana, and necklace, they were able to choose whether they wanted a "beauty boost" or a "fitness boost." FabFitFun gave you a vague description of each option, but they didn't tell you what the actual product was.  They also allowed you to add on the second category for an extra $10 if you wanted both.  At first, I chose the beauty option, but some subscribers did some sleuthing and figured out that the Way of Will Soothe and Cool Peppermint and German Chamomile Post-Training Massage Oil would be the fitness item and the Klorane Dry Shampoo would be the beauty option.  I like massage oils and have more dry shampoo than any one person needs, so I ended up changing my selection to fitness.  

The Way of Will Post-Training Massage Oil is one of my favorite products in the box!  I often have back pain at the end of the day and applying this before bed has made it easier to sleep.  It smells great, too!  It does take some time to absorb, but that's to be expected with a massage oil.  It contains peppermint essential oil, which will give you a little tingling, German chamomile essential oil to cool, lemongrass essential oil to calm and tone the muscles, and jojoba to moisturize your skin.  I highly recommend this oil.

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I was sad that I got the Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk in my second box instead of another bottle of the Way of Will massage oil.  I've gotten more bottles of Klorane Dry Shampoo than I can count in my subscription boxes.  I think this is the first time I've gotten a full size bottle of it, though.  I have to say that this dry shampoo does work very well.  It sops up excess oil and brushes out pretty well so that it doesn't leave a horrible white cast to your hair.  I prefer Klorane's tinted dry shampoo, which is better for those of us with dark hair as it doesn't leave a white cast to hair at all.  I wish that FabFitFun had sent out the tinted dry shampoo or at least sent out the tinted to those with dark hair and the regular to those with blonde hair.  More people have dark hair than blonde hair.  People with dark hair can use this dry shampoo, but you have to really work to make sure all the white powder is gone.

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FabFitFun allowed all subscribers to choose their "personality type" and sent you a product based on that personality.  The personality types were The Chef, The Traveler, or The Artist.  You could also add on the other personality types for $10 each if you wanted more than one.  They offered a vague description of the product for each personality type, so you weren't entirely sure what you were choosing.  I chose all three at first, but some subscribers figured out what the products were before the deadline to choose, so I ended up dropping The Artist and The Traveler.  The Chef option ended up being Salted's Himalayan Pink Salt Kit.  It's so cute!  I love salt, so this was perfect for me.  The kit comes with a small wooden cutting board that has a slot for the metal grater plus two big rocks of pink Himalayan salt.  To use this, you grate one of the rocks over anything that needs a little salt.  They recommend using it for finishing a dish.  It's almost too pretty to use.  

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Unfortunately, instead of getting a second salt kit in my add on box, I was sent The Artist product -- the Amy Tangerine "Ready, Set, Create!" Art Kit, which Amy Tangerine made exclusively for FabFitFun.  I thought that The Artist option would be a lot of fun, but I wasn't impressed with this at all.  It seems cheap and I can't believe FabFitFun lists the value as $22.  I could see paying $10 at the most for this kit.  The kit comes with a small canvas, a sponge, a paintbrush, stencils, and six little pots of acrylic paint.  This seems like something maybe a 10- or 12-year-old would love, but it's definitely not for a serious artist.  I'll definitely be passing this along to a kid who would appreciate it.  This definitely ended up being the least popular of the three options!  I see a lot of people trying to trade the art kit for the salt kit.  Everyone seems to want the salt kit.  The third product, which I didn't get, was the Understated Leather On the Road Again Travel Set, which contained a luggage tag and passport holder.  The travel set is okay, but it's not something I really need or want.

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Most quarters, FabFitFun sends a sponsored extra sample.  It's the only non-full-size item you'll get in a FabFitFun box.  It's something the company that makes the product pays to have added to the box.  The Vital Proteins Marine Collagen is a powder that you add to your drinks.  It contains collagen for healthy hair, skin, and nails.  It's made from the scales of snappers, so it is not vegetarian.  This is just not something I could bring myself to drink. Has anyone tried it?  If so, what did you think?

In addition to these products, FabFitFun also gives subscribers access to FabFitFun TV, which has workout videos online.  They started FabFitFun TV last quarter and it seems like it is a permanent thing now.  This quarter, they are also giving subscribers a three month subscription to Salted TV, which has cooking shows you can watch online.  I didn't add these to the value of the box.  The Salted subscription is normally $9.99 per month, but the coupon code FabFitFun gives you to get the free three months is generic, so anyone could use it.  The only way to get access to FabFitFun TV is to be a subscriber.  I don't plan on using either.

I loved the summer FabFitFun box!  FabFitFun is one of my favorite subscription boxes.  I wish it was a monthly or bimonthly box instead of quarterly.  The MIchael Stars ruana, the Salted Himalayan Pink Salt Kit, and the Way of Will massage oil were my favorite products this quarter.  I also really liked the sunscreen, necklace, and bkr bottle.  The Klorane dry shampoo, Juice Beauty eye cream, and Cargo highlighter were okay, but not really for me.  The only products I didn't like were the art kit and the collagen.  FabFitFun knocked it out the park again!  The box is still available but they usually do sell out, so, if you're interested, act now.  The link at the top of this article will get you $10 off your first box.

 Did anyone else get this quarter's box?  Which options did you select?  Did you love the box as much as I did?