Fab Fit Fun Unboxings and Reviews for Fall 2015 and Winter 2015/16

I had considered skipping these last two review posts since I’d already forgotten to do the Fall one, but I felt that would be a disservice to Fab Fit Fun, which I have actually enjoyed subscribing to quite a lot. As I explain in the Winter unboxing video, the only reason that I’m cancelling the service is that with the Canadian dollar being so low it would cost me a clear fortune to continue. However, I want you all to know that I’ve loved this subscription box, and the value of the boxes is so wonderful that it’s definitely a service worth subscribing to, especially if you enjoy “lifestyle” items like fashion, fitness, and beauty.

So, with that in mind I’m going to do this one last review post that includes both the Fall and Winter boxes. First, check out the unboxing video for “Fall”:

Tappan Collective Umbrella:
This cute little umbrella was announced ahead of time so that we could choose which color/design we wanted. It’s definitely a cute item to receive in one of these boxes because it’s fashionable and useful, but I have to be honest and say that I haven’t actually used it yet. 😛 Maybe in the Spring!
Value: $32

HISY Battery Pack:
This item was also one in which we got to choose the color, although I hardly think that matters with something like a battery pack. I was super-excited to get this because it’s something I can make use of on a daily basis when I’m at work, but unfortunately it turned out to be junk. If you’ve had any experience with HISY please let me know what you thought, because my battery pack charges my phone approximately 5% before it’s dead as a nit.
Value: $25

“Tribe Alive” bracelet:
Okay, this bracelet is definitely super-cute. I don’t know if I’ll ever really wear it because I’m not much of a bracelet person, but I can appreciate that it’s cute, delicate, and fashionable. It would go with pretty much anything. I was a bit taken aback by the value, but then I’m also not the kind of person to own a lot of high-quality jewelry, so I’ll have to take FFF’s word for this one.
Value: $49

Lip Stain from Manna Kadar:
I haven’t actually tried this lip stain out yet so I can’t really say much about it, but it’s a very lovely color that I’m sure will look good on me, and I’ve heard a lot of good things from other FFF subscribers.
Value: $24

Flawless Skin Fluid by Doctor D Schwab:
This is another item that I haven’t gotten around to trying yet, but I’ve heard lots of great things. It’s basically a moisturizer than can be used with or without makeup, and there are lots of excellent reviews online.
Value: $39

Gold Radiance Luxury Facial Mask:
Okay, I have to be perfectly honest here. I was super-excited to get these masks because I LOVE facial masks, but I hated this one. First of all, the mask is super-thick and heavy, which makes it difficult to put on, and the eye/nose/mouth holes seem very awkwardly placed, so I couldn’t get them to line up properly. Finally, it felt more slimy than moisturizing to me, and there was no way it would stay in place on my face unless I lay completely prone; even being at a bit of an angle with a pillow under my head made the damn thing slide down my face. Nice try, but I can’t imagine why anyone would pay the exorbitant price for these masks.
Value: 2 for $65

Merrithew Strength Tubing +DVD:
I really should try this out…maybe I could take it out West with me. It’s a sin that I usually toss the fitness stuff off to the side, because if nothing else this strength tubing would probably help whittle down my thighs a bit. If I ever get around to trying it out I’ll let you guys know!
Value: $33

Purple Purse Foundation charm:
I totally forgot to put this thing on my purse and I’m just remembering it now. Another sin, but it was a very busy month for me when I opened this box! This cute little purple tassel even matches the color of my purse, so I feel rather bad for forgetting about it.
Value: $10

“Picture it on Canvas” and “Jeweler’s Wife” gift cards:
I totally dropped the ball on these two items and I’m very frustrated with myself. I didn’t realize that they both expired in December, so I’ve completely wasted them. I don’t even want to say anything more about them because I’m just so damn angry with myself about it.
Value: $75 for the first, $15 for the second

Crest 3D Whitening sampler:
This is a sponsored item, therefore the value is not included, but this is a little sampler of whitening formula that I will probably use at some point. It’s not really worth talking too much about.
Value: maybe $3?

Total approximate value of box: $367
Total approximate cost to me: $40

Now, I often talk about how much I love the FFF boxes, but I have to go ahead and admit that of all the ones I’ve received this one was probably my least favorite. Part of that is because I neglected to use the gift cards, which is a blow but also not FFF’s fault, so we’ll set that aside. The other main reason I didn’t enjoy the box that much is because the HISY charger turned out to be a complete piece of junk that didn’t worth to charge my phone at all, and the Gold Radiance masks were nearly the worst facial masks I’ve ever used, second only to the one that actually made my face burn. Since those two items account for almost a third of the value of the box that’s simply quite frustrating. The rest of the items I just haven’t tried yet, so it’s quite possible that I’ll fall in love with them, but at the moment I can’t use them to redeem the box because I don’t know what they’re going to be like.

So, basically, the Fall box feels like a bit of a bust, even though there were some pretty cute things in there.

Moving on to the Winter box:

Whitney Eve fingerless gloves:
I’m on the fence with this first item. I love them because I think they’re adorable and since they’re a nice, neutral color they go with any of my jackets. I loathe them because they’re fingerless, dammit, and fingerless gloves are all but useless in Canada. I’ve been wearing because they’re adorable, but I curse them whenever I have to scrape ice off my windshield.
Value: $26

EJH Reed Diffuser in Lavender:
I’m on the fence with this item as well, but not because there’s anything wrong with it or anything…in fact, I haven’t actually tried it out yet. The reason I’m a little pouty about it is because this was one of those items for which we had a choice – in this case, the scent – and they didn’t send me my choice. I understand that’s not always possible if everyone is requesting the same thing, but it’s still a little frustrating because I’d chosen a scent I LOVE (Sugar Cookie) and I instead got a scent that I find very “meh” (Lavender).
Value: $37

Candlenut Body Cream from JUARA:
This is a nice item right here, and I have no complaints at all about it. It’s a full-sized container (which is pretty huge), it smells lovely, and it’s a very high-quality cream that absorbs well and doesn’t feel slimy. I’m a little overstocked on body creams and lotions these days, but I’m sure I’ll get around to this one because it’s well worth using.
Value: $38

Wine Stopper and Charm set:
I figured I’d get a chance to use this over the holidays, but since my family and I chose to demolish everything we opened rather than allow leftovers to grace the fridge, I haven’t actually taken this set out of the box since the unboxing video. I’m sure I’ll get a chance at some point though, and the entire set is super-cute and made of silicon (i.e. easy to wash).
Value: $15

Nail Lacquer from ZOYA:
I’m always up for a nail polish, but I haven’t actually tested this one out yet. I can, however, tell you that it has one fatal flaw that my mother discovered when she tried it out, and that is that the brush is tiny. Since the best way to apply polish is with one wide stroke down the middle and then a stoke along either side to fill the nail in, small brushes are something that drive me foolish.
Value: $9

Dermalogica Travel Skincare Set:
I LOVE THIS SET. I haven’t taken it traveling, but I’ve been using it at home and it has me sold on Dermalogica products. The cleanser suds up like you wouldn’t believe and leaves my skin tingly, the toner absorbs immediately and makes my skin feel pleasantly tight, and the smoothing cream is moisturizing without feeling greasy. I definitely think I’ll be looking into the full-sized products once this travel set runs out.
Value: $45

The Donna Earbuds, by FRIENDS:
Okay guys, here’s the thing: I have a healthy collection of earbuds and headphones at this point because I listen to a lot of music and like to block out background noise when I’m editing YouTube videos. Therefore, these earbuds are not unwelcome at all. However, I couldn’t even begin to explain why they’re supposedly worth so much. They don’t fit any better than any other earbuds I have, they definitely don’t sound any better, and the design – while cute – doesn’t exactly scream “Drop a cool hundred on me.” What the hell, seriously? Just my opinion!
Value: $80, apparently

Shoptiques $25 Gift Card:
I haven’t looked into this yet, but Shoptiques supposedly hosts hundreds of online shops, so I’m sure there’s SOMETHING that I can find to spend this gift card on. 🙂
Value: $25, duh

Sweet and Spark $40 Gift Card
This one might be a little more difficult for me to spend since I don’t generally wear a lot of jewelry, but I’m sure I can find something worth spending $40 on…the only problem, as I mentioned in the video, is that my card didn’t have a code of any kind on it, so I’m not sure how I’m meant to go about spending it. I’ll have to put looking into this on my “To Do” list.
Value: $40

Hello Fresh 3-Meal Subscription:
This is one of those deals in which you’re shipped all the food required to make meals designed by the team’s chefs. It’s an interesting idea, but as near as I can figure from the website it’s not available in Canada, so I guess I won’t be trying it out.
Value: I believe this item was a sponsored one, as it was not listed in the FFF booklet

Total approximate value of box: $315
Total approximate cost to me: $40

So, this box was actually worth less than the Fall one, but I have to say that I enjoyed it more. Even though the gloves vex me I think they’re adorable, I love the Dermalogica set and the JUARA cream, and although the price of the earbuds makes no sense to me they’re still useful items that I’m sure will grace my ears regularly. The other stuff is all cute as well, even though I didn’t get the scent I wanted in the diffuser. Basically, I’ve got no major complaints, so what we’ve got her is over $300 worth of stuff that I only paid $40 to get.

And that’s the thing about Fab Fit Fun. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed getting it because the value of the boxes is amazing and there’s a wide variety of stuff in them. The problem is that when I signed up the Canadian dollar was on par with the American one and I had a code that knocked the price (after tax) of my boxes down to something like $38-$40. I was able to get that price for an entire year, which was amazing, but if I were to attempt to get the same subscription now it would cost me closer to $97, which is just outrageous, even if the box value is three times that.

So basically, what I want to leave you guys with is that this service is wonderful, and if you’re in America it’s cost is well worth it (and there are always discount codes, so never pay full price!). But, at least for the time being with the Canadian dollar the way it is, it is no longer worth the cost, at least in my opinion.

So there you have it; my last two Fab Fit Fun boxes, at least for the foreseeable future. It’s been fun, FFF, but we have to part ways for now. 🙂

What did you guys think of the Fall and Winter FFF boxes? What were your favorite items? Least favorite? What’s your opinion on fingerless gloves? Please share!

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