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The Spring 2019 FabFitFun box marks my one year anniversary as a FabFitFun subscriber! Knowing that I enjoyed my last four boxes I decided to bite the bullet and upgrade to an annual subscription for 2019. Not only do annual subscribers save a few bucks over the course of a year, but they also get early access to add-ons, as well as full customization of their boxes.
Even though it meant financially committing to an entire year of FabFitFun up front, knowing I could get the best possible boxes for my tastes made it seem worth the splurge. So how did customization go for me this season? Let’s take a look.
New to FabFitFun?
FabFitFun is a Seasonal subscription service that delivers fashion, lifestyle, beauty, and fitness goodies right to your doorstep. Each box retails for $49.99 (including shipping) and contains over $200 worth of product. You can choose to pay for your subscription on a season-to-season basis, or upgrade to an annual membership with a one time payment of $179.99.
In addition to saving yourself $20, annual members also get early access to sales and box add-ons, as well as more customization options than regular subscribers. If you’re interested in signing up for FabFitFun, you can use my referral link to save $10 on your first box. This is not an affiliate link, but the referral link all subscribers get. Using my link earns me $15 in FabFitFun credit, so thank you in advance if you decide to use it!
Spring Box Overview
This Spring FabFitFun delivered another round of trendy and fun beauty, lifestyle, and fitness items for subscribers to pick from. Unlike previous months, there was no “freebie” item from the box sponsor this time around. Instead, subscribers that chose to purchase add-ons (I believe in the amount of $15 or $30) could add a free Love Beauty and Planet Aluminum-Free Deodorant to their box.
Fortunately for me, FabFitFun was offering a promotion at the time that I upgraded which awarded $20 of add-ons credit to use for the Spring season. It appears that they do this fairly often in between seasons to help boost annual sales. If you’re considering upgrading, I would wait for one of these promotions before you pull the trigger (cause why leave free money on the table?).
Our first customization option for Spring gave us the choice between three lifestyle and fashion items. I actually ended up being so torn between two options that I shelled out an extra $10 to get them both! The third option that I passed over was a canvas and vegan leather backpack by Deux Lux that retailed for $75. It was cute, but not entirely my style.
Show Me Your Mumu Brie Robe
Speaking of my personal style, if it isn’t incredibly obvious from my blog aesthetic, I’m a total sucker for anything girly and floral. As soon as I saw this Show Me Your Mumu Brie Robe ($84) I knew I couldn’t resist picking it. The material it’s made from is very lightweight without being too sheer, and is perfect to throw on post-shower during the spring and summer months.
Unfortunately the “universal sizing” was not as universal as I had hoped. No matter how tightly I wrap myself up in this guy or tie the sash, it still is always slip sliding around and falling off my tiny frame. It’s kind of a bummer because I love the pattern so very much. I just wish there had been a petite option.
UnPlug Aromatherapy Diffuser
Even though the Brie Robe was an easy choice, I was also really intrigued by the UnPlug Aromatherapy Diffuser ($55). With all the current buzz about essential oils a diffuser was already on my wishlist. I decided shelling out an extra $10 wasn’t unreasonable to add it to my box.
The diffuser is very quiet and releases a steady stream of cool mist. It has an optional light that rotates through different colors and gives a nice ambience if you’re trying to relax. It’s not particularly large which means it doesn’t have a ton of scent throw, but is perfect for a small space like an office or bedroom. I personally keep mine on my desk to use while I work, although it also came in super handy on my bedside table when I was sick a few weeks back.
The orange oil that came with the diffuser smells lovely, and is a perfect mid-day pick-me-up if I’m dragging. All in all I’m pretty happy with my $10 investment. I think I’ll be using this on the regular for months to come!
Dr. Brandt No More Baggage Eye De-Puffing Gel
As a beauty lover, I was really happy to see so many skincare options in the Spring box. All subscribers received the Dr. Brandt No More Baggage Eye De-Puffing Gel ($42), which is supposed to smooth the look of fine lines in the under eye, color correct for dark circles, and reduce puffiness. I know a lot of people really love this product, but I personally have had a difficult time making it work. I didn’t notice any significant smoothing, but instead felt like it disturbed my concealer and made it more prone to creasing. Fortunately there’s no shortage of people in my life that enjoy makeup and skincare, so I know I’ll have an easy time finding it a new home.
Korres Wild Rose Sleeping Facial
The next item was a choice item, which again I was happy I had the opportunity to select for myself. Subscribers either received one of two pairs of Quay Australia sunglasses ($55 or $60), a picnic dish and cutlery set ($30), or the Korres Wild Rose Sleeping Facial ($48). As much as I would have loved to snag some super trendy Quay sunglasses, I was pretty positive that the two styles they offered wouldn’t have looked right on my face. Oversized for normal people means comically huge on me, so I sadly had to pass on them.
Instead I opted for the Korres Sleeping Facial, which contains vitamin C, tumeric extract and hyaluronic acid to plump and brighten the skin. I’ve tried products from the Korres rose line before and really enjoyed them, so I was pretty confident this cream would be decent. I ended up putting it aside as a birthday gift for my mom, knowing that she would probably really enjoy some luxurious skincare. So I’ll have to check back in with her later and see what she thinks!
Tula Purifying Facial Cleanser
Another easy choice for me was the Tula Purifying Facial Cleanser ($28). Subscribers could also opt for the Daily Concepts Detox Body Brush ($18) or an Eleven by Venus Jump Rope ($15), neither of which I felt like appealed to me as much as the cleanser. I already have a body brush that I don’t use enough and even though jumping rope would probably be good for me, it’s highly unlikely I’d do that either.
Unsurprisingly, the last two choice items in my Spring box were makeup products, although one of them was actually a surprise. Subscribers were given the option to choose between a set of Giadzy Copper Plated Measuring Spoons ($15), a Lavido Aromatic Body Lotion ($19), and a mystery item valued at $20 or more. Even though I love to cook (or maybe because I love to cook?) I already own two sets of measuring spoons and didn’t really need another. I also have no less than five different body lotions on hand, so I decided to leave it up to fate and opt for the mystery item.
Tréstique Highlight + Perfect Multipurpose Stick
My surprise product ended up being the Tréstique Highlight + Perfect Multipurpose Stick ($28). This stick highlight seems beautiful at first glance, but didn’t have much of an impact when applied to the skin.
As you can see in the swatch above, this gives a very subtle sheen that is barely noticeable when applied. I’ve always been the type that prefers a more wet, glossy look to my highlights, so this formula just was a little lackluster for my tastes. I’ll probably be passing this along to one of my minimal makeup loving friends.
Ciate Extraordinary Translucent Powder
Unfortunately my other makeup selection was also kind of a dud. I opted for the Ciate Extraordinary Translucent Powder ($22) instead of a S’ip By S’well water bottle (19.99) or The2Bandits Athens Necklace ($30) thinking I was doing myself a solid. Alas, this powder just didn’t do it for me.
First of all, it’s a stark white powder, which can look very harsh if you accidentally over apply. I also found it to enhance the look of texture on my skin, and to give a dry, matte appearance, rather than a blurred look. At the same time, as my skin cranked out oil during the day it did nothing to keep me shine free. Needless to say, I was disappointed, but also thankful that I didn’t go out and buy it at the full price.
Body & Haircare
Manna Kadar Champagne Charcoal Body Scrub
The final two items in the Spring box were sent to all FabFitFun subscribers. First was a Manna Kadar Champagne Charcoal Body Scrub ($24), which looked super luxe and pretty in the packaging. I do love a good scrub, but also have more jars sitting in my bathroom cabinet than I can use in a year. Knowing it would get a lot more love from someone else, I also put it aside as a birthday gift for mom.
Ouai Leave-In Conditioner
I did, however, keep the Ouai Leave-In Conditioner ($26) for myself. Ouai is one of those luxury haircare brands I’m always happy to be sent in a subscription box or to receive a free sample of, but never want to shell out the money to actually buy. This spray actually does a really nice job of detangling your hair without leaving it weighed down or greasy feeling. Definitely a welcome addition to my collection!
Total Value of My Box: $302 ($357 if you include the diffuser that I purchased as an add-on)
Overall the 2019 Spring box was definitely not my favorite. Looking back at my previous four FabFitFun boxes, this spring box is the least valuable one I’ve received to date. Now, I’ve often felt that the prices of products included in subscription boxes are inflated, so the actual dollar value doesn’t mean all that much to me. What I do care about is the quality of the products and how useful they are to me in my day-to-day life.
Unfortunately a lot of what I received this month was either disappointing, or something I didn’t really need. Gifts do have value, so knowing that part of my $50 went towards a birthday present for my mom was still money well spent. There just ended up being very little that I personally got good use of.
It’s a bit ironic that my most customized box was my least favorite to date, but ultimately this is what you gamble with subscription boxes in general. Not every box will be amazing, but you hope that over the course of a year it’ll be more good than bad. With the summer box customization opening today I’m hopeful for some FabFitFun redemption!