Serendipity by Little Lace Box July 2016 Box Review

My Serendipity by Little Lace Box arrived just in time for July! I got it in the mail on Friday, and it was perfect timing because I’ve just been dying to know the contents. Another day and I probably would have peeked at the spoilers! This is my second Serendipity box so far and I am so incredibly impressed.

Serendipity by Little Lace Box is a bi-monthly subscription by the same people who run the original Little Lace Box. Serendipity is only $12.99/shipment ($9.99/shipment if you get a whole year), and sends out a collection of 5-7 items that “celebrate life, celebrate style, and celebrate you”. The shipments for the two boxes alternate, so if you subscribe to both Little Lace Box and Serendipity, you’ll receive a LLB in August and a Serendipity box in September. There’s no overlap at all. And while Little Lace Box has a theme for each shipment, Serendipity does not. Sign ups for Serendipity are often sold out and open briefly when new spots become available, so if you’re interested I would check the website every now and then to keep tabs! Usually spots open up when the shipments go out. 

Serendipity by Little Lace Box July 2016 Box Review

Manna Kadar 3-in-1 Blush Highlighter Shadow in Fantasy | $19.00
Usually I don’t get excited about eyeshadow or blush anymore unless it’s a brand that is really luxe, but I really like this! Manna Kadar isn’t super high end or anything but they do make good quality products that I’ve been happy with in the past. This is a universally flattering color that can work as an eyeshadow, a blush, and also a highlighter. I really love it as an eyeshadow in particular–it’s a great neutral shade for me and gives me a polished look without looking overly done. I currently use an Urban Decay eyeshadow that is a really similar color and this one works just as well. I just hit the pan for my UD shadow last month (finally!!!) so this Manna Kadar shadow will save me the trouble of having to buy another one. And since this one product is more than the cost of the box, I’m calling this entire box a total win already.

Serendipity by Little Lace Box July 2016 Box Review

Pre de Province Riche Hand Butter in Coconut$7.99
This was a variable item, with four different scent options that subscribers could receive: coconut, lavender, amande, and starflower. I’m happy with the coconut scent that I received. Very tropical and perfect for summer! Although I don’t need another hand cream (especially in this humidity), it will get used eventually.

Serendipity by Little Lace Box July 2016 Box Review

Kitsch Chevron Pendant Necklace$22.95
I’m impressed that for such a low cost box they were able to include a necklace like this! The quality of the pendant is pretty sturdy and the chain is well made. Even though the size of this necklace is fairly large, the color and style are neutral enough to go with a variety of outfits and can be dressed up or down. I think some subscribers received a pearl layering necklace instead of this one, but I’m pleased with my chevron necklace.

Serendipity by Little Lace Box July 2016 Box Review

The pendant feels very heavy and well constructed. I like that it has a matte finish that gives it a more casual vibe. The gold and silver are both muted so the contrast is subtle, which I prefer. I generally don’t like mixing metals but this works for me!

Serendipity by Little Lace Box July 2016 Box Review

100% Cotton Boca Terry Spa Headband | $3.99
Really useful! I haven’t received one of these from a subscription box before so I’m really glad to have it. It’s practical and luxurious at the same time! I’ve been using mine to keep the hair out of my face when I’m doing masks. I also used it as an impromptu eye mask during a nap and it fit really well.

Serendipity by Little Lace Box July 2016 Box Review

The velcro makes this highly adjustable, and I think it could easily fit the vast majority of people. The material is soft and absorbent and dries easily as well.

Serendipity by Little Lace Box July 2016 Box Review

LeBlanc France Parfum Sachet | $5.99
Such beautiful packaging! I love Alfons Mucha illustrations and am so glad that I received this design! Subscribers received one out of six options: lavender (2 designs), peony, lily of the valley, rose, and vanilla. I actually can’t really tell what scent I received, is that strange? It smells like rose, but could also be lily of the valley or peony. It’s floral, that’s all I really know!

Serendipity by Little Lace Box July 2016 Box Review

I think this is a unique item to receive, and I actually love using lavender in my closet already. Most of my dresser drawers have little satchets of lavender and I like the idea of adding more scents to the arsenal. I also like the suggested idea from LLB to sprinkle the contents of the bag onto the floor and vacuuming it up so in the future when you vacuum your house will smell like flowers!

Serendipity by Little Lace Box July 2016 Box Review

 

Once again I’m blown away by the value Little Lace Box is able to deliver in such a low cost box. This July box has a value of $59.91! That’s completely insane! The items also don’t feel like useless fluff items–even the lowest cost item (the headband) is really useful and of decent quality.

Even though these boxes don’t have a theme, I think the curation feels very cohesive. The items I received felt appropriate for summer and had sort of a “treat yoself” vibe to me. Love it! Not to mention that the surprise element of this box is so much fun. If they made this a monthly subscription I would sign up in a heartbeat! You simply can’t beat the price and variety of products. POPSUGAR Mini could stand to learn a lesson or two from Little Lace Box…

Peaches and Petals July 2016 Review plus Promo Codes

Finally got most of the moving boxes unpacked and put away, whew! I feel like I’ve earned a reward this month for all the heavy lifting I had to do. And that’s what subscription boxes are for, right? I was glad to see my Peaches and Petals box on my doorstep a few days ago. Definitely a fun little surprise, since I didn’t look at spoilers ahead of time or anything (for once!).

Peaches and Petals is a monthly subscription service that sends out vintage-modern items and beauty goods. For $19.99 a month (includes shipping), you’ll receive a mix of jewelry, fashion accessories, lifestyle goods, and beauty samples. Get 50% off your first box (bringing the price down to just $10!) with promo code PEACHCODE50. If that doesn’t work, you can try PEACHCODE25 and PEACHCODE10 for 25% off and 10% off, respectively. Each code can only be used a set number of times, so if the 50% off isn’t working for you try the other two.

Peaches and Petals July 2016 Review plus Promo Codes

Each month has a theme, and July’s is “Dance To The Music”. I’ve found that Peaches and Petals tends to have some pretty interesting themes and does a good job of sticking to them. In the past I have received some interesting items that are uncommon in the subscription box world, like a set of ceramic tasting spoons.

Peaches and Petals July 2016 Review plus Promo Codes

Boombotix Boombot Mini Bluetooth Speaker | $39.99 ($13.99 on Amazon)
I love that this one item is worth more than the box itself! It was also released as a spoiler last month, which I think is smart. I wish all boxes would release a spoiler of the star item each month! I was really happy to see this, since I had been thinking about buying a small wireless speaker for like, a year now. You know how sometimes you just add things that you want to your Amazon shopping cart but never actually check out because they’re not items that you really need? A wireless speaker is one of those items for me. Glad to have it now that it came in a box!

Peaches and Petals July 2016 Review plus Promo Codes

It has a clip on the back, so you can easily carry it around or clip it onto something for a party. The speaker is water resistant, which makes it great for pool parties. Keep in mind that it’s not water proof though. So bring it to the pool but don’t drop it in the pool!

Peaches and Petals July 2016 Review plus Promo Codes

Size comparison with my iPhone 6. It’s really quite small and very portable. For the size, I think the sound is great. It’s louder than I was expecting and sound quality is clear. It’s not loud enough to be a real dance party speaker or anything, but it’s certainly more than enough for a pool party where you want to be able to have conversations anyways. For my needs, this speaker totally fit the bill. It’s available on Amazon for around $14.00 right now–check it out if you want a tiny and affordable speaker!

Peaches and Petals July 2016 Review plus Promo Codes

Global Beauty Care Makeup Cleansing Wipes | $3.99
I can always use more makeup wipes, so I never complain about getting these! As an eye makeup remover these didn’t do very well, but as general face wipes they were fine. The cloth is a little too harsh for eyes and it’s not effective removing eyeliner or eyeshadow, so I’m going to use them for face only. The scent is pleasant and not strong, which is what I prefer. I also didn’t feel any stickiness after using the wipes, so you probably wouldn’t have to rinse your face. I almost always rinse after using wipes simply due to habit, but with this one you wouldn’t have to if you didn’t want to.

Peaches and Petals July 2016 Review plus Promo Codes

Chroma Lights Temporary Hair Color Spray in Metallic Red | $15.98
This is one of those “As Seen on TV!” items, but I like the concept. It’s a temporary hair coloring formula that comes in a spray form, making it easy to control where the color goes. The coloring washes out with shampoo. I’ve only tried it on a small strand of hair thus far, but I’m impressed with how well it shows up on my dark hair. I have very dark hair that hasn’t had much luck with these sorts of temporary dyes, but I think since this is a spray form it actually does show up well. In the past I’ve used liquid dyes and it doesn’t do anything. This product only comes in three colors, and I’m glad I got the metallic red. It’s a great color for me! I’m excited to try this out for a night out!

Peaches and Petals July 2016 Review plus Promo Codes

The Chill Tube Cooling Towel by Cool Core | $8.99
Cute packaging for a towel. This is a really lightweight cooling towel that feels cool to the touch when wet. It’s great for after a workout! (Or in my case, a walk around the block in Houston’s temperature…) The material feels silky, but absorbs moisture well and stays pretty soft. It’s machine washable and very durable. I’ve already put mine through the wash twice and it looks brand new.

Peaches and Petals July 2016 Review plus Promo Codes

The towel is a long and narrow shape, which is not what I’m accustomed to using so it was sort of odd at first. But the length is actually long enough to wrap around my neck, and also just long enough to use as a headband as well. It seems really versatile! And the best part is that it actually does feel cool!

Peaches and Petals July 2016 Review plus Promo Codes

Floral Headband | $1.00 (??)
Since this is an unbranded item, it’s hard to track down the exact product online. I’m guessing on value here since I saw similar headbands at Michael’s the other day in the $1 bins. I think for a music and dance themed box, this headband makes a lot of sense! Floral crowns and flower headbands are so popular at music festivals, and it’s nice to have one on hand for the future! Here in Houston we have Free Press Summer Festival and I totally would have worn this if I had it at the time.

Peaches and Petals July 2016 Review plus Promo Codes

Engraved Song Lyric Bracelet | $3.00 (??)
Another unbranded item, so it’s hard to know the value. Guesstimating based on similar products that I’ve seen in stores like Target. Even though this is meant to be a bracelet, it could work as a necklace as well. The string is definitely long enough. I like the lyric plate, but the quality of the overall bracelet is very low. I imagine this is a piece of jewelry you would wear once (to a music festival?) and throw away.

Peaches and Petals July 2016 Review plus Promo Codes

 

Verdict on this box: great curation! The value comes out to $72.95 if we’re talking retail prices, and $46.95 for Amazon price. Amazing value either way! I really think all the items were great choices for the theme, and I understood why every item was in the box. It really felt like a great box for a music festival or a night of EDM clubbing.

For a lifestyle box that only costs $19.99 (or only $10 if you’re using a coupon), I think Peaches and Petals consistently delivers great value and smart curation. The items you receive aren’t the same things you could find in every subscription, like candles or lotion or black eyeliner. There’s usually several unique finds in each box, and I always have a sense of excitement upon opening because I know I’ll be getting some different stuff. Don’t get me wrong, I love candles and lotion and black eyeliner. But you have to admit, after getting so many of those you get a little more excited for something new.

With all that being said, the quality of the items isn’t always great. For me, the floral headband and bracelet in this box are pretty useless and have very little value. But so far I’ve found the star of the box has always been adequate. In this case, I have no issues at all with the quality of the speaker. I’m also impressed with the cooling towel and the hair spray. I definitely feel like what I received is well worth the money and I’m super pumped to see what August will bring!

POPSUGAR Must Have July 2016 Box Review

Still not sure what has been going on with me and POPSUGAR Must Have lately, but this is the third month in a row of lackluster boxes for me. May and June didn’t blow me away so I was really hoping that July would be an amazing box. While there’s nothing wrong with the July box or anything, it was just aimed for a different demographic than myself.

POPSUGAR Must Have is a subscription service that sends a variety of items for women that are curated by the POPSUGAR editors. Items typically include food, beauty, home, among other miscellaneous things. Each month is $39.99/month, but you can use the code REFER5 to get $5 off your first month. Or, you can use the gift with purchase code at the bottom of this post.

POPSUGAR Must Have July 2016 Box Review

I like how summer-y this box feels, and it definitely makes me think of pools and beaches.

POPSUGAR Must Have July 2016 Box Review

Sunnylife Inflatable Swan Drink Holder | $18.00
This is a really unique item! I haven’t seen anything like this in any subscription boxes, so definitely props to POPSUGAR for originality. I would have preferred a pool float from Sunnylife instead of just a drink holder. I think that would have also been more versatile, since you can use a float in a lake or river whereas a drink holder is so small that you can really only use it in a pool.

POPSUGAR Must Have July 2016 Box Review

Here’s the swan fully inflated. It feels pretty high quality and the cup holders are generously sized. It’s stable enough to stay upright easily in a pool setting. I like that the package also came with a sticky patch that can be used to repair any future leaks/punctures. I would be really interested in getting more Sunnylife inflatable products in the future!

POPSUGAR Must Have July 2016 Box Review

Sachajuan Hair in the Sun | $32.00
It’s hard for me to get excited about more hair products, since 2016 feels like the summer of haircare from subscription boxes. I swear, we’ve been completely bombarded! On the bright side, this styling cream is designed to be sort of a “sunscreen” for your hair–something I haven’t received yet. It protects hair from UV rays. I personally really like how my hair looks in the summer since it gets these really light brown sun highlights, but I do know it’s unhealthy for my hair. Sachajuan is a great brand so I know I’ll probably end up liking this cream a lot.

POPSUGAR Must Have July 2016 Box Review

European Wax Center Oh My Brow! Brow Highlighter in Pearl | $19.00
I was pleasantly surprised by this brow highlighter, mostly because of the dual tips and the caps. It’s perfect for travel and the staying power of the highlighter is pretty good too. It’s not too glittery either, so it works well for a neutral casual look. I haven’t heard of this brand before so I was surprised to learn they actually have several locations in Houston. All of which have pretty good reviews too, so I might check them out next time I get my brows done.

POPSUGAR Must Have July 2016 Box Review

Joe Chips Classic Sea Salt Retro Chips | $1.50
Classic potato chips. No complaints here. I finished the bag quickly since it wasn’t a big bag or anything. I miss the days of larger sized food items in POPSUGAR boxes! (Though my waistline doesn’t.)

POPSUGAR Must Have July 2016 Box Review

House of Pom Emoji Cocktail Napkins | $25.00
I’m really disappointed that we finally get cloth napkins and they have emojis on them. I don’t have anything against emojis. In fact I use them all the time and love that they’re all over the place now. But this just isn’t my style and definitely wouldn’t fit in my home. I would have preferred a simple neutral napkin set. I do admit these are really fun napkins, but I guess it just feels really young to me. Like something I would have used when I was in college. This set was made exclusively for POPSUGAR Must Have so the value is determined by POPSUGAR. I personally wouldn’t pay $25 for this set of napkins, due to the rather poor quality of the fabric and stitching.

POPSUGAR Must Have July 2016 Box Review

Pintrill Pineapple Pin | $12.00
Another item that feels pretty young! I see enamel pins everywhere these days and have bought a couple for myself just for fun, so I know it’s pretty trendy right now. I see some backpacks adorned with dozens of the cutest enamel pins. Love it! I haven’t really figured what I should do with these pins though. My friend gave me one for my birthday that I really want to use but I don’t know where I should put it. Any suggestions or ideas about other uses for enamel pins is greatly appreciated!

POPSUGAR Must Have July 2016 Box Review

Michael Stars Porcelain Skinny Scarf in White | $30.00
I’m the most let down by this product. I was excited to see the brand Michael Stars because his scarf from a previous box (2 years ago maybe?) continues to be one of my favorite go-to scarves. But this pattern is so similar to the sarong that we received last month in the June POPSUGAR Must Have. Seeing as how this exact scarf also comes in blue, I’m surprised we didn’t get the blue version just to mix it up a little.

POPSUGAR Must Have July 2016 Box Review

The scarf dimensions are quite small. The width is only a little more wide than my hand, and the material is sheer. I don’t wear scarves in the summer and like more substantial scarves in the fall and winter so I don’t know what to do with this one. I’ll probably end up gifting it to a friend.

POPSUGAR Must Have July 2016 Box Review

Subscribers were also supposed to receive a $20 “gift card” to Trove Jewelry that I was missing. Since nothing on the site is even close to $20, I didn’t bother to ask customer service to mail me one. (Sidenote: POPSUGAR’s customer service has been nothing but great for me. I know some people have reported poor service but I have had very good experiences so far. I am positive if I had reached out they would have sent me a replacement card.)

Overall the box feels like it’s missing a big item. Everything is in the $30ish or less category and I feel like I want a big ticket item in the $60-$80 range. I think without a big item like that, the box can feel like a bunch of random little knick knacks that are thrown together. Even though the overall value is $137.00, it feels lacking. This is the exact same criticism I had for the June box as well.

My bigger concern is that I’m aging out of POPSUGAR’s target demographic. This is the first box that I really felt “too old” for. The emoji napkins and enamel pin are things I expect to see at Urban Outfitters or something, and it feels aimed at a more college-aged crowd. Curious to see what August will bring. I really hope I’m not getting too old for my favorite pink boxes! With my birthday coming up it’s getting me all sad and nostalgic.

Snailbox March 2016 Box Review plus Promo Code

Okay, I totally know that it’s July. I promise I didn’t procrastinate that much! Snailbox recently reached out to me to ask if I could review one of their past boxes and since I adore all things paper, I was ecstatic!

Snailbox is a monthly stationery subscription box that brings you a curated collection of greeting cards each month. Many of the cards are sourced from independent artists and are not the kind of blah designs you would find in a typical Hallmark-lined aisle.

Snailbox offers  three different subscription options. Snailbox Lite is $10/month, which includes 2 greeting cards with matching envelopes and 2 envelope seals. Snailbox Classic is $19/month and includes 4 greeting cards with matching envelopes, 4 envelope seals, and 4 USPS Forever stamps. Snailbox Premium is $29/month and includes 5 greeting cards with matching envelopes, 5 envelope seals, 5 USPS Forever stamps, and 2 stationery items. All subscriptions include free shipping. Today I’ll be reviewing the March 2016 Premium box option.

Snailbox March 2016 Box Review

Sending snail mail is one of my favorite ways to keep in touch with my friends. There’s nothing like going to the mailbox and getting a handwritten letter or card from a friend! It’s a nice break from bills, that’s for sure. Since I love stationery so much and go through it pretty quickly, I like the concept of getting a selection of cards with stamps to use each month. It seems really convenient and fun, and gives you exposure to a variety of brands and products.

Snailbox March 2016 Box Review

I like that each artist/card company gets a little blurb each month. It’s so much fun for me to discover new brands to follow and I like learning about how each company got started.

Snailbox March 2016 Box Review

Lovely presentation! Love that they took the time to tie everything in baker’s twine.

Snailbox March 2016 Box Review

Studio Oh! Thank You Card | $1.62
I like the classic design of this card and thank you cards are something that I always need more of. I also really like floral illustrations, so I know I will definitely use this. However, I’m a little disappointed that the illustration is from Shutterstock. With so many great artists making cute cards with their own original artwork, I wouldn’t choose to buy this if I were in a stationery boutique store. The quality is also pretty average. It’s your typical boxed card quality, so the paper is a little less substantial than a standalone card would be.

Snailbox March 2016 Box Review

Idlewild Co. Birthday Card$4.50
Okay, I love this card so much. I’ve already sent it to a friend of mine for her birthday and she loved it as well. Flamingos are really having a moment right now–I’m seeing flamingo print everywhere I go! Paired with the hand lettering it makes for a striking birthday card. Idlewild Co. makes some seriously gorgeous products. I’ve purchased their cards in the past and am completely in love with their illustration style. Great quality paper and printing as well.

Snailbox March 2016 Box Review

 

Laura Berger Birthday Card | $5.00
I like the quirky illustration style and sense of humor in this card! I already know exactly who I am sending this to. In addition to creating cards, Laura is also a fine artist who works with ceramics and creates animations. I haven’t seen her work before so I’m pleased to have discovered a new artist to buy from. I have lots of friends who would just love her cards and sense of humor!

Snailbox March 2016 Box Review

Meri Meri Lemon Note Card | $1.25
Perfect for summer, right? If I hadn’t known this was the March box I would say it’s a perfect summer selection of cards! Between this one and the flamingo card it really feels appropriate right now.

Snailbox March 2016 Box Review

I think it’s so cute that the card opens up to create a lemon slice. Meri Meri always makes the cutest things. They have adorable baking supplies and other party goods as well! I used to buy their cupcake liners through Birchbox and they’re always such a hit at parties. Again, I’m a little disappointed that this is from a boxed set. But I do like how versatile this card is–it can be used for almost any occasion and the shape/design is very unique.

Snailbox March 2016 Box Review

Calligraphuck Fantastic Card | $1.25
It’s hard to tell from my photo, but this is a gold foil stamped card! I love all of Calligraphuck’s work–it’s stunningly beautiful calligraphy paired with curse words. Basically my cup of tea. My boss is a girly girl who has the mouth of a sailor, so I already know this card is going to her at some point. Even though this is another boxed set card, I give it points for being foil stamped and feeling substantial enough to pass as a standalone single card. I also just love the phrasing.

Snailbox March 2016 Box Review

Envelope Seals | $1.00 (?)
Guessing on the value here since these are obviously made exclusively for Snailbox. I wish they had included a better mix of seals, since 4 out of 5 are essentially advertising for the subscription. I wouldn’t use them on my cards to my friends.

Snailbox March 2016 Box Review

USPS Forever Stamps | $2.35
I did receive 5 stamps, the Sweet Corn one has another stamp on the other side. I like the selection of stamps that I received and think it’s fun to get to mix and match with your cards as you please. I don’t think anyone enjoys going to the post office to buy stamps, so this takes the hassle out of it. No more excuses for not mailing out any cards!

Snailbox March 2016 Box Review

Sharpie Highlighter | $1.44
This is one of my “premium stationery” items that comes in the Snailmail Premium box. While practical for my desk, it does seem a little random. I have never used highlighters when writing cards to my friends. It’s sort of a pocket sized highlighter and has a cool tip design, but otherwise it’s just a pink highlighter.

Snailbox March 2016 Box Review

I’m not sure if I was supposed to receive a second “premium stationery” item or not, but I know regular subscribers are supposed to get 2 in each Premium box.

Overall, I’m a little let down. I hate to write a negative review for a subscription that I really like the concept for. And it’s not like I disliked the cards. I actually genuinely liked everything that I received. But for me, the value just isn’t there. The overall retail value comes out to $18.41. Now I know that’s based off of boxed card prices, which are a little unrealistic since you can’t just buy a single card from a boxed set in any store. But a boxed set of cards usually doesn’t have the same quality as a single card sold individually. It’s a lower price for a reason.

Having worked in a letterpress printing studio during my college days, I’m pretty sympathetic to small stationery businesses. It’s a niche business that has a low profit margin. And I also know that for a subscription box like this, retail value isn’t the main draw. It’s never going to be a 300% increased value of the cost or something crazy like that. But I expect to at least get an equal value for what I am paying. The subscription cost is $29.00. Usually I see good quality cards selling for anywhere between $4.00 to $6.00. I could go to Paper Source (or a local boutique shop) and easily purchase 5 high quality single cards for the price of this subscription, with money left over for stamps.

I do see value in having a curated collection shipped directly to your mailbox, and also in discovering new brands. But in terms of the uniqueness of the brands, I’ve seen 4 out of the 5 card brands in large stores like Paper Source. Laura Berger is the only discovery for me in this box. Again, since the cost of the subscription is $29.00 and the value comes out to $18.41, I wouldn’t consider the discovery of one artist worth $10.59.

But if this looks like something you’re interested in, take 20% off your first box with the code snailmail20! I don’t know how consistent their month to month boxes are, since they could have made significant improvements since this March shipment. Let me know what you get, I would love to hear from you!

FabFitFun Summer 2016 Subscription Review plus $10 Off!

After a few delays, I finally have my FabFitFun Summer box in hand! The spoilers came out ages ago and I’ve been dying to get my box to see what variations I received! This is my second FabFitFun box and I’m so glad I decided to sign up last season.

FabFitFun is a quarterly subscription box that sends out beauty, wellness, fashion, and fitness products for $49.99 a box. If you choose to purchase a whole year (4 boxes), the price goes down to $44.99 a box. They promise at least a $200 value in each box, though they sometimes exceed that by quite a bit. If you’re looking for a box that delivers an amazingly great value each time, this is the one!

If you like what you see, the Summer box is still currently available for purchase. Get $10 off (bringing the price down to only $39.99) by using this link. For $39.99, that’s a total steal! That makes it the same price as POPSUGAR Must Have, and with the lackluster couple of PSMH boxes lately this box shines especially bright.

FabFitFun Summer 2016 Subscription Review plus $10 Off!

I really love the box designs! Such adorable illustrations. I’m a sucker for cute packaging!

FabFitFun Summer 2016 Subscription Review plus $10 Off!

Each box comes with a little booklet about the items and interesting articles. This box they featured an interview with Trina Turk that I enjoyed reading.

FabFitFun Summer 2016 Subscription Review plus $10 Off!

Upon first glance I was really happy with my variation colors!

FabFitFun Summer 2016 Subscription Review plus $10 Off!

Trina Turk Tote | $55.00
The yellow tote is the one I wanted, because I love the cheerful color and the phrasing. It’s the perfect summer beach bag! I already used it a bunch of times, and have already gotten compliments on it! Subscribers either received this yellow tote, or an orange one that says “Vitamin Sea” or a navy blue one that says “Seas the Day”.

FabFitFun Summer 2016 Subscription Review plus $10 Off!

Thick rope handles give a really fun nautical feel. I also like that it’s really comfortable on the shoulder. My current beach bag has thin straps that dig into my skin, and once I switched to this bag I’ve converted for good! The yellow canvas is also really thick and sturdy, and best of all–it can go through the wash. I put it through a gentle cycle recently and it came out good as new!

FabFitFun Summer 2016 Subscription Review plus $10 Off!

And heads up, it’s also huge. The width is around 22 inches. It fits so much stuff, I can carry several beach towels and still have room for flip flops and sunscreen.

FabFitFun Summer 2016 Subscription Review plus $10 Off!

Summer & Rose Yoga Towel | $36.00
This is another variation item. The other two options were blue and orange, with the phrases “more happy, less worry” and “dream big” respectively. I wonder if the towels matched the totes, so if you got an orange tote you got an orange towel? I was hoping for the blue towel but the pink would have been my second choice, so I’m pretty happy.

FabFitFun Summer 2016 Subscription Review plus $10 Off!

Cute, right? The hand lettering look is beautiful and really trendy right now. The towel is a microfiber blend and absorbs moisture very well. It’s also machine washable, which is pretty much the most important thing to me. It’s meant to be a yoga towel, but can definitely be used for a variety of purposes.

FabFitFun Summer 2016 Subscription Review plus $10 Off!

Stemulation Daily Micro Derm Scrub | $34.00
Since this is such a huge bottle, I was expecting it to be a really course scrub for the body. It’s actually quite fine and gentle enough for the face. The scrub also works as a cleanser, and it foams up as you massage it in circles. This thing should last me a very long time, and I can’t wait to see the long term results! My skin feels really soft and smooth after using it and I’d love to see if these results are sustainable.

FabFitFun Summer 2016 Subscription Review plus $10 Off!

FabFitFun Every Day Beach Waves Spray | $18.00
This is the only item in the box that I dislike. I’m up to my ears in sea salt/beach hairspray and really don’t need a big full sized one like this. I tried it once pretty half-heartedly because I don’t have much luck with these sprays, and this one didn’t work for me either. It did absolutely nothing except make my hair smell a little nicer…

FabFitFun Summer 2016 Subscription Review plus $10 Off!

Passport to Beauty Gypsetter Luminous Lips in Bohemian Glow | $18.00
I gifted this to a friend because I have so many lippies and she was in search of a new gloss. Subscribers received one out of three color variations, but my friend said the pigment didn’t transfer that well. It’s more a sheer tint of color with a really high gloss factor. She loves how shiny the glossy is, but wishes the color payoff were better.

FabFitFun Summer 2016 Subscription Review plus $10 Off!

Betches Ice Pop Molds | $19.00
This is an exclusive collaboration with FabFitFun. I like the idea of getting ice pop molds, but not sure this is one that I will use. For one thing, they’re pretty small. The plastic sticks also don’t stand up in the liquid on their own, so they come out crooked most of the time. I’ve actually been using this mold as an ice tray.

FabFitFun Summer 2016 Subscription Review plus $10 Off!

The molds are in the shape of champagne bottles. The plastic quality doesn’t seem very high, so I think the $19 value is pretty ridiculous. I bought the most adorable ice trays at IKEA the other day for like $5 that had better silicone. Target also has lovely ice pop molds for under $10.

FabFitFun Summer 2016 Subscription Review plus $10 Off!

OSEA Atmosphere Protection Cream | $48.00
Okay, I love this stuff. I didn’t think I would, but I totally do. It’s lightweight, absorbs quickly, and gives your skin a matte finish. It works really well as a primer and it’s perfect for the hot humid summer days of Houston. I’ve been using it every day since I got my box and love how it feels on my face. The glass bottle is also super chic.

FabFitFun Summer 2016 Subscription Review plus $10 Off!

The box also included some samples for Burt’s Bees BB Cream and Compeed Blister Cushion Packs. I found it kind of weird that this box didn’t include any gift cards, because in the past few boxes they’ve always had at least one gift card. But nonetheless, I did use these samples and actually found the blister cushions pretty useful when I was breaking in a new pair of leather sandals!

FabFitFun Summer 2016 Subscription Review plus $10 Off!

Overall it was a good box for me. I love the tote, the towel, the scrub, and the moisturizer. Seeing as how those are the big ticket items from the box, I would call that a win! The moisturizer is actually a potential holy grail item, and it basically covers the cost of the box! The overall value is $228, which is amazing for a $50 box.

Since this is only my second box, I can’t really attest to the pattern behavior of this subscription. But I do know that both boxes that I’ve received so far are great! I think the team at FFF does a really thoughtful curation of seasonal items. This definitely felt like a summer box to me! Many of the items have already become part of my routine now and I look forward to seeing what amazing goodies they’ll include in the fall box (my favorite season!).