Reviewing FabFitFun: the Fall Box & a $10 off code

Back in July I had a promo code for my first FabFitFun box, so I decided to try it out (you can read all about it here). At a price of $49.99, it was a bit more expensive than the subscription boxes I had in the past. However, since it was a quarterly box instead of a monthly box I figured that it would be a nice little treat to usher in each season.

I enjoyed my Summer box so much that I decided to keep my subscription for the fall as a little ‘birthday surprise’ to myself. So, let’s see what I got!

FabFitFun Fall box - Pocketful of Joules

Gold Radiance Luxury Facial Mask with Collagen and Rose Oil – $65
This facial mask by Passport to Beauty is supposed to stimulate circulation, increase enzyme activity and soothe skin. I was pleasantly surprised to see that this month’s box contained TWO of these facial masks, so I can try it out a couple times.

I snickered at the description on the box, “When left on for 20 minutes, this luxurious high performing mask melts into your skin leaving it rejuvenated, restored and giving you an instant radiant glow. With thoughtful openings for eyes, nose, and mouth, the perfectly fitted mask unfolds into a no-mess, no-fuss, on the go 20-minute luxury facial treatment.” Yeah, I’m really glad they THOUGHTFULLY included eyes, nose and mouth openings, because I don’t think I can hold my breath for 20 minutes!

I feel like I would not be doing my job if I didn’t show you a picture of how creepy I looked with the mask on…

FabFitFun - mask 1

Ollie wasn’t impressed. Or scared. Or really much of anything, other than ready to cuddle.

FabFitFun - mask 2

Then, since I was stuck lying down for 20 minutes – otherwise the heavy, gelatinous mask would start slipping down my face – I made a video. Because, that’s how I roll.

#sexyandiknowit

I have to say that the mask felt pretty gross while it was on – kind of like a slimy and cold piece of thick jello that you have to stick to your face for 20 minutes. However, after I removed it there was absolutely a noticeable difference in smoothness and all-over brightness in my skin. I’m glad I took the time to try it out the day before I got my new headshots taken at work!

Lucky Lip Stain by Manna Kadar Cosmetics – $24
This 3-in-1 product works as a primer, lip gloss and lip stain. It goes on with a wand and feels like a thicker kind of lip gloss. Unfortunately, it’s almost exactly the color of my lips… so it just looks like gloss on me. If I’m not getting a color out of it, I’ll just stick to my handy ol’ chapstick.

Flawless Skin Fluid by Doctor D. Schwab – $39
According to the description, this lightweight moisturizer has all natural ingredients, including grape stem cell extract and powerful peptides to help balance and bright skin and give it a youthful-looking flawless glow. Initially I was going to add it to my giveaway pile, since I prefer a heavier moisturizer with SPF year-round. But then I read some other reviews that said this moisturizer has some subtle sparkle to it to give you a bit of a glow, so now I can’t wait to try it out!

FabFitFun x Tappan Collective Umbrella – $32
Talk about great timing, this umbrella was delivered to my house the day before Hurricane Joaquin brought a week of rain. I have a larger umbrella, but this one fits nicely in my purse. It also has a really cute ‘Rain, Rain Go Away’ typography design all over it.

FabFitFun - umbrella

Purple Purse Charm by Allstate Foundation Purple Purse – No price
In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness month, FabFitFun has joined forces with the Allstate Foundation Purple Purse to help spread awareness for the cause. By attaching the purple charm on your purse or keychain you can help support women in need and join the fight against domestic violence and financial abuse. I love that this was included in the fall box, because I was not familiar with this cause or the meaning of the purple charm.

HISY Battery Pack – $24.99
This portable battery pack can pair with the iPhone and other devices to give you a quick charge on the go. I love battery pack chargers and probably already have 5 of them around the house from blogging conferences… so I really don’t need another one. If you don’t have one though, this little gadget is pretty awesome.

Strength Tubing Ankle & Total Body Tone with Tubing and DVD by Merrithrew – $33
So here is the “Fit” portion of this season’s FabFitFun box, an ankle strength tube and DVD to show you how to work your lower body and core. I work out at home by running outside or using my elliptical, so something like this will be useful in the winter to break me out of my elliptical rut.

Glass Crystal Bead Bracelet by Tribe Alive – $49
At first glance, I was shocked that this bracelet is valued at $49. However, after reading more about how Tribe Alive partners with artisans all over the world to employ impoverished women I was really impressed. This bracelet was hand-crafted by women in Honduras, a country which suffers from an extraordinarily unequal distribution of wealth. By learning and mastering the art of making jewelry these women are able to feed their families and develop the skills they need to cultivate a brighter future.

FabFitFun - bracelet

This is my absolute favorite item from this quarter’s box and I will wear it with pride. You can find my exact bracelet here and while you are there be sure to check out all the other amazing artisan created products.

Gift Card by Jeweler’s Wife – $15
The Jeweler’s Wife is an online jewelry company that features tons of designers such as Alex and Ani, Kendra Scott and more. This $15 gift card can be used towards anything on the website and shipping is free, so I think I’ll keep it around for buying Christmas gifts in a couple months.

Gift Card by Picture it On Canvas – $75
For the second gift card in the box, they gave us $75 to spend on anything on the Picture it on Canvas website, which includes coasters, canvas prints, phone cases and more. I love putting family pictures on canvases, so I can’t wait to check the website out and order something for our home.

The total value of everything in the Fall FabFitFun box is: $357, which is even more than the summer box! Out of everything in the box, my absolute favorites were the bracelet and facial mask. All in all, I was really impressed at the variety in this month’s box and the value of all the products. I can’t wait to see what they send me in the winter box!

Do you want to try out the FabFitFun box? I have a special code that will give you $10 off your first box, just use this link.

 

Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post and FabFitFun did not pay for me to review their products on my blog. If you decide that you would like to sign up for your own subscription and use my link, I will receive referral credits on my account and you will receive $10 off your first box.

 

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Reviewing the FabFitFun Summer Box & a $10 Code!

Do you guys remember how much I loved subscription boxes? I tried so many of them over the years – Citrus Lane, Brit Kit, Darby Smart, Birchbox, Fair Ivy, Graze, Fabletics, Blue Apron, MissionCute, and more. And, of course, I’m still going strong with Stitch Fix, Wantable and Hello Fresh. So, when I received a deal to try the FabFitFun box for $25 off, it was a no brainer!

What is the FabFitFun box?
Each box contains fabulous finds in beauty, wellness, fashion, and fitness, hand-picked by the FabFitFun team. It is a quarterly box, delivered once per season. Each box costs $49.99 and will contain $200+ in retail value.

I signed up just in time for the Summer box, so let’s see what I got:

FabFitFun Summer 2015 - Pocketful of Joules

The Everyday Wireless Speaker – $29.99
I received the wireless speaker in pink and it has a few different uses. It can play music from your phone, play FM radio or even work as a hands-free speaker phone. It has a carabiner-style clip on the top so that you can clip it on to stuff, which is pretty cool. I’m not actually sure when I’d use this, since I typically listen to music either on my laptop while working or on my iHome while cooking.

Inkling Scents Sultry Roll-On Oil Perfume – $25
A 1/3 ounce bottle of Sultry, a blend of creamy sandalwood, white amber, lotus flower, orchid, Bulgarian rose, and silky vanilla was included in the box. Fortunately, I like the scent of it… because it kind of leaked over a few things in my box. I like that the roll-on perfume is a small size, which makes it great for travel. I also like that they included a 15% discount code in case I’d like to order more when it runs out.

Gorge “I’ll Make You Look Amazing” Daily Spray – $24.95
This leave-in conditioner spray is supposed to be perfect for summer because it is formulated to repair hair damage and restore moisture to dry, over-processed and frizzy hair. In fact, on the spray it claims to be “a magical leave-in conditioner that will turn your hair into the sexiest hair ever.” I can’t say whether I now have the sexiest hair ever, but I can tell you that it smells AMAZING and it makes me want to constantly sniff myself.

Wren 14kt Gold & Black Sapphire Necklace – $100
Each Summer FabFitFun box came with either a horseshoe, heart or moon pendant necklace from Wren that is 14 karat gold dipped and features a black sapphire. I ended up with the heart necklace and I love it!

FabFitFun Summer - necklace - Pocketful of Joules

It is really simple, but gorgeous and looks pretty alone or stacked with other necklaces. I clicked through to Wren Studios to see if the value was actually $100 for the necklaces, and sure enough that is what they have them listed for.

Tarte LipSurgence Lip Gloss – $19
This lip gloss is infused with vitamin E, jojoba seed oil and flower extract, and is supposed to ‘drench’ your lips in moisture and mega-watt, non-sticky shine. I got a color called “tipsy” so I really wish I liked it more than I did. The lip gloss is kind of sticky and the color is pretty much the natural color of my lips.
Looks like another one for the ‘donate to friends’ pile.

FatFitFun x CosmoBody Jump Rope – $14
So, here is where the ‘fit’ comes in to the box, a jump rope. They also have a link to some special jump rope workout videos to try it out with at fabfitfun.com/jumprope. I like the concept – I really do – but I’m pretty sure that you need to be more coordinated then me to jump rope WHILE bent over your laptop watching a jump rope video. I think I’m going to keep it outside so that I can get a few jumps in while Jack is playing. After putting on an exercise bra first, of course. I’m not insane.

Scratch Nail Wraps – $12
I recently tried Jamberry Wraps, so I’m totally open minded ot the world of nail wraps. However, I’m just not into this design. I think these will be added to my giveaway pile.

Headspace 3-Month Subscription – $38.85
Included in the Summer box was a special code to get three months free of the Headspace app. You can use it online or on your phone to learn how to mediate and train your mind for improved focus, better sleep and less stress in just 10 minutes a day. Consider me intrigued!

Hello Konjac Cleansing Sponge – $12
This little sponge from Korea is made from konjac vegetable fibers and is supposed to gently exfoliate and thoroughly cleanse pores. It’s super hard when you receive it, but you are supposed to soak it for a minute or two until it’s completely soft and has grown in size. Then, you massage your face and neck using circular motions (with or without cleanser).

Vaselline Intensive Care Aloe Soothe Spray Moisturizer – $7.99
This is considered a “sponsored” item, so apparently it is a bonus that doesn’t count towards the cost of the box. I wasn’t really sure about the whole spraying on lotion thing… I mean, how lazy do you have to be that rubbing lotion on your body is too much work? But then I tried it and I’m sold! It’s the perfect light lotion for summertime (I’ll need my heavier cream for the winter) and the light scent is really nice.

The total value of everything in the Summer FabFitFun box is: $275.79 (not including the sponsored item). I paid $25 for the entire box, so I’m going to say that it was SUPER worth getting. Even if I had paid the full price of $49.99… it was still a pretty great deal. I love the necklace so much that even if that was the only thing I liked, it would have been worth it. I was initially thinking that I’d cancel this subscription after I tried my first (cheap) box, but I liked it so much that I’m going to keep it to check out next season’s goodies too!

Do you want to try out the FabFitFun box? I have a special code that will give you $10 off your first box, just use this link.

Also, if you like/want the nail wraps leave me a comment below and I’ll randomly pick someone to send them to!

7/24 Update: The randomly picked winner of the Scratch Nail Wraps is Jenny. Congrats!

Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post and FabFitFun did not pay for me to review their products on my blog. If you decide that you would like to sign up for your own subscription and use my link, I will receive referral credits on my account and you will receive $10 off your first box.

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