FabFitFun Spring 2017 Subscription Review plus $10 Off!

Whew, finally I get to review my Spring FabFitFun box! Since I’m not an annual subscriber and didn’t purchase any add-ons, I’m at the very end of the shipping schedule. I think annual subscribers got their boxes several weeks ago! But it was absolutely worth the wait. This might be my favorite box from FFF yet!

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!

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, except the value here is somehow almost double your average POPSUGAR box!

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Look at how beautiful the box design is! I have been really impressed with the last few box designs. I also love that they have a little blurb about the featured box artist every season! This box was created by Cat Coquillette, an independent illustrator.

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Look at all the pretty goodies! Since I got my box so late I already knew what the box would contain. I just can’t help myself when it comes to spoilers!

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I always like to mention how much I enjoy the little insert that comes with each box. It’s always thoughtfully written and interesting to read. It has lots of little tips and tricks for how to use the items, along with interesting interviews and articles. Oh and you know what is super awesome about this box? It focuses on female founded brands! 7 of the 8 items are from brands founded by women, which I think is fantastic.

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Gypsy 05 Roundie | $50.00
This was an item that came with variations, and if you were an annual subscriber you were able to choose your pattern beforehand. Since I subscribe quarterly, I received a random pattern. But since I thought all 3 options were really cute (it was between this blue tie die one, a pastel colored geometric one, and a yellow paisley), I didn’t mind at all. I’m very pleased with the tie die pattern! Initially I was planning to keep this for myself, but one of my best friends just moved into a new apartment and I thought this was be a really cute gift for her!

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Since I gifted mine, I wasn’t able to get a picture of the roundie in all its splendor. I’m adding this lovely photo from My Subscription Addiction below. Cute, right? So perfect for spring and summer!

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Emerald Duv Joshua Tree Cage Bracelet | $80.00
I’m really happy that this was a choice given to all subscribers! You could either choose this bracelet or earrings from LUV AJ. I haven’t been very impressed with LUV AJ in the past so I went with the bracelet and I’m so glad I did. It’s beautiful and fits me perfectly.

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The simple design is exactly my style and the construction is solid. It looks striking on my vanity and I have already received compliments on it! I wish I had bought another spring box just so I could have another one of these cuffs.

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I have been finding excuses to wear this! It’s a piece that is easy to dress up or down, and goes with pretty much everything I own. I can also layer it with bangles for a bold look. I love how versatile it is and I just know it’s going to be a staple for me.

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Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion Age Defying Exfoliator | $79.00
FabFitFun has really upped their game with the beauty brands! Dr. Brandt is such a wonderful brand with great products, and this is one of their bestselling items! It’s a cult favorite that I’ve bought from Sephora before. It’s a really fine grain exfoliator that leaves your face feeling smooth and polished. I am so excited to have a full sized version of this! A little goes a long way so this large size will last a while.

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Karuna Hydrating+ Face Masks | $28.00
Another amazing beauty item! This is yet another product that I’ve purchased before from Sephora and love. The scent is really subtle and my face feels amazing after I use it. It really packs a punch for skin hydration! I usually keep the mask on for about 25 minutes to give the serum a good long time to sink in.

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The pack comes with 4 individual masks. I really want to buy another pack and host a girls spa night! Or maybe I’ll just hoard all these masks for myself…

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Briogeo Rosarco Milk Reparative Leave-In Conditioning Spray | $20.00
I have been seeing Briogeo products everywhere lately! I have so many hair products that I have been trying to avoid opening any more, but I am really excited to try this one. It has so many glowing reviews! And I know the brand is very gentle on hair and lots of people swear by it. Very pleased to have this on hand so I can try it!

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RealHer Lip Kit in Deep Red | $48.00
This is another item that annual subscribers were allowed to choose (between the options of Deep Red, Deep Nude, and Neutral Pink), but quarterly subscribers were given one at random. I wish I had gotten the nude, since I usually can’t pull off such a dark red. I’ll be passing this one along to a friend.

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The package is sealed with plastic and I didn’t want to open it, but again I’m borrowing a photo from Liz over at My Subscription Addiction. The kit comes with a liquid lipstick, plumping lip gloss, and a lip liner.

FabFitFun Spring 2017 Subscription Review plus $10 Off!

Milly Zip Pouch | $45.00
Surprisingly this is one of my favorite items in this box! It’s a swimsuit bag that is really great quality and has a cute saying on the front. There were 4 variations of this item, but nobody was allowed to choose and everyone was given one at random. The options were: Resting Beach Face (green), Slay All Day (white), Beach Please (blue), and Haute Mess (pink). I was so happy to get my preferred variation!

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The bag is very generously sized, and can also work as a cute clutch for going to the beach. The interior is lined with a waterproof material, so if you put a wet swimsuit inside it will contain that moisture. Super useful so you don’t get all your other stuff wet!

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Deborah Lippmann Nail Polish Set | $19.00
Yet another variation item! They really had lots of variations for this box! Subscribers either received this mini set with Shape Of My Heart (pink) and Like A Virgin (white) or a set with Blue Orchid (blue) and Like A Virgin (white). I’m happy to get the pink. Deborah Lippmann products are usually a splurge for me, so it’s a treat to get their products from a subscription box. As an added bonus, a portion of the proceeds from this set supports MORE THAN ME Foundation, an organization that empowers girls in Liberia.

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The box also included a sponsored extra, which in this case is a mini bottle of Nature’s Bounty Hair, Skin, & Nails Gummies. I usually buy these in the large bottles from Costco, and take them daily. I think it’s great that I get a travel sized version now! Personally I think the flavor is yummy — they taste just like strawberry fruit snacks.

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Wow, what a box! It’s my absolute favorite from FabFitFun so far! The value is ridiculously good, as usual. This box comes to a whopping $369.00, which isn’t even counting the bonus vitamins. All the items are exactly what I envision for spring and make me excited for the warm weather.

If you’re interested in getting FabFitFun boxes, get $10 off (bringing the price down to only $39.99) by using this link. For $39.99, that’s a total steal! I promise you that you will not regret it. I am consistently amazed that they are able to pull a box with such high value together and charge such a low rate. I’m so sad that I have to wait until June for my next box!

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Birchbox February 2016 Review plus March 2016 Sample Options

Now that we’re approaching the end of the month, all my February boxes have arrived! Stay tuned for reviews 🙂 Up for review today is Birchbox.

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is $10/month (less if you sign up for a longer subscription), and it’s the original beauty subscription box. I think my favorite part about Birchbox is that they have an amazing point system. Every 100 points is worth $10 in the shop, and you get 10 points for each sample you review from your box. So you’re basically guaranteed to get at least $5 worth of store credit from each box, making the subscription an amazing deal.

Each month you get 5 samples based on your profile, and you can choose one of the samples from a short list that they released the previous month. It’s usually an option between 3 or 4 samples, and you can log into your account to add one to your box. You can also opt to be surprised for all 5 samples, or go for a curated box. Curated boxes will list all the contents so you won’t be surprised, and are usually curated by a guest or with a partnership around a theme.

Birchbox February 2016 Review plus March 2016 Sample Options

Shoutout to the Birchbox design team! They always make such beautiful boxes each month. I’ve started collecting the boxes now and love to use them for storing knick knacks and craft supplies.

Birchbox February 2016 Review plus March 2016 Sample Options

Not Soap, Radio Body Wash in Liquid Freud | $1.29
I’ve sampled Not Soap, Radio body wash products before, and have liked all the scents. They’re usually not too strong and aren’t very “perfume-y”, so it can work for either gender. This coconut milk one has a very rich and tropical scent that reminds me of vacation. A little goes a long way, and the body wash lathers up really nicely. I use these little bottles for travel, it’s super convenient! Maybe I can bring this on a tropical vacation?

Birchbox February 2016 Review plus March 2016 Sample Options

REN Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask | $16.52
This was my sample choice for February. I wanted to try it because I know REN makes good products that work with my skin, and I’m going through a mask phase right now. Can’t get enough! I’m pleasantly surprised by the size of this sample: it’s actually a generous size. I can probably get at least 6 or so uses out of it. I have sensitive skin so applying fruit acid was kind of scary, but it paid off! My skin was smooth and soft afterwards, and felt great the next morning as well. Just don’t use this more often than once a week! It’s definitely a harsher mask than the moisturizing ones.

Birchbox February 2016 Review plus March 2016 Sample Options

Obliphica Professional Seaberry Serum | $8.78
I have so much hair serum I doubt I’ll ever get through it at this point, but I can’t say no to another travel sized one. I’ve had good luck with seaberry products in the past, but never used it for hair. I used this serum on wet hair before styling and it made my hair shiny, soft, and manageable. Plus it smells really good!

Birchbox February 2016 Review plus March 2016 Sample Options

TOCCA Eau de Parfum Emelia | $2.00
I don’t get excited about perfume samples anymore unless they come in really cute mini bottles. I’ve sampled numerous TOCCA fragrances in the past and like most of them. My favorite is Isabel, though Emelia is similar. It’s got warm floral notes with citrus and coconut water.

Birchbox February 2016 Review plus March 2016 Sample Options

ARROW Boost Color Enhancing Lip Balm | $14.00
I was so happy to get this in my box because I was debating between the REN mask and this lip balm for my sample choice. I’m extra thrilled to see this is a full sized item! Birchbox recently launched their own line of makeup products geared towards an active lifestyle, and this is one of the products from that line. It had such good reviews that I was really curious about trying it. It promises to enhance your existing lip color, sort of like what Dior LipGlow delivers.

Birchbox February 2016 Review plus March 2016 Sample Options

The balm applies smoothly and does add color to my lips. I found the color to be flattering and was perfect for that “no makeup” look. The problem I had was that it really didn’t last long at all. I had to constantly reapply, which I didn’t like. My LipGlow (one of my holy grail products!) lasts longer and gives me a richer color with one swipe. I personally still prefer Dior, but the price difference is very significant. I think if you’re looking for a more affordable version of the Dior LipGlow, this is a great one! I’m glad to have tried it!

Birchbox February 2016 Review plus March 2016 Sample Options

Overall value for February comes out to $42.59, which is fantastic! I really like the range of products I received and plus I got my 50 points for reviewing all my samples. I can only hope next month will be just as good!

Sample choices for March:

  • No. 4 Hydrating Shampoo and Conditioning Packet
  • PARLOR By Jeff Chastain Volumizing & Texturizing Shampoo + Conditioner
  • Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo

Curated box:

  • PARLOR® by Jeff Chastain Smoothing Blowout Spray
  • MILK Makeup Lip Color in C.R.E.A.M.
  • Smashbox Photo Op Eyeshadow Trio in Filter
  • Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream
  • Wilma Schumann Skincare Hydrating Collagen Eye Pads

What do you think? I have a lot of Amika products already so I’m thinking I’ll get either the No. 4 shampoo + conditioner or the PARLOR by Jeff Chastain shampoo + conditioner. Usually the shampoo and conditioner are two separate products that you can both review, resulting in more points! What are you going to choose? I’d love to know!

POPSUGAR Must Have February 2016 Spoilers!

February is off to a great start with a double sneak peek from POPSUGAR Must Have!

Each box will contain a Victoria’s Secret Coconut Milk Hydrating Body Lotion and a $20 gift card to Victoria’s Secret! The gift card will work like a true gift card, with no minimum purchase required. If you haven’t signed up yet, use coupon code MUSTHAVE5 to save $5 off your first box.

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How awesome does February’s box sound already?? Last year the February box was one of my all time favorites, so I have sky high expectations! I can’t to see what the remaining items will be. I don’t think this one will last long, so if you’re interested definitely grab one while you can!

POPSUGAR Must Have Free Gift with Subscription!

Finally, a new promotion going on for POPSUGAR Must Have!!

Use this link when you sign up between now and January 22nd to receive a free Olivia + Ciate London: The Cheekbone Cheat Blusher Bronzer Duo ($32.00 value) in your first box! Subscriptions will begin with the January 2016 box and you must stay subscribed in February in order to receive the gift. You can also use the coupon code MUSTHAVE5 to save $5 off your first box!

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Stay tuned for my review of the January box (which I just received today! Such perfect timing!) so you can see what to expect from your first box.

If you use my link I’ll also get a bronzer duo in my box, which I am totally dying for! So if you’re thinking about signing up please please please use my referral link and I will be so grateful 🙂

 

Rachel Zoe Box of Style Summer 2015 Review

Hands down my most anticipated box this season is the Rachel Zoe Box of Style. It’s pretty much exactly what it sounds like: a box filled with fashion, beauty, and lifestyle items curated by Rachel Zoe! It’s a quarterly subscription, so it ships in March (Spring), July (Summer), September (Fall), and December (Winter). Every box promises $300+ value for only $100, or you can sign up for a whole year for $350.

This Summer box is the 2nd one they’ve ever done, since it’s still a relatively new subscription box. I didn’t get the Spring box and I was kicking myself when I saw what was inside! I ended up buying most of that box off of Ebay and immediately signed up for a whole year so I won’t have to miss another shipment. If you want to see the contents of the Spring 2015 box, Liz over at My Subscription Addiction has a fantastic review!

Rachel Zoe Box of Style Summer 2015 ReviewFirst look! I gotta say, I was super impressed with the packaging. If any of you have ever received any of the Popsugar Special Edition boxes, the box quality is similar. It’s very sturdy and can (and will, in my case) be reused as storage boxes or something. If you purchased this as a gift, your giftee will definitely be impressed!

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The little booklet that comes with the box is really comprehensive. It definitely feels like Rachel Zoe was heavily involved in the curation since she comments on why she picked each item and adds little tips and tricks.

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It’s much more substantial than the usual, which is just a card listing the contents. There’s actually really interesting tidbits about how to use the products and even a Q & A with Mara Hoffman! It’s something I actually read through and enjoyed.

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Each item came individually wrapped, which I always love. It’s just so much fun to unwrap each item, feels like an impromptu Christmas!

Rachel Zoe Box of Style Summer 2015 ReviewThe Cambridge Satchel Company Large Push Lock Cross Body Bag | $150.00
For each box, they release the “hero item” of the box ahead of time so you can know what the highest value item is. I think that’s a great system and makes it easier for people to spend $100, since it’s not a complete gamble. It also doesn’t detract too much from the whole surprise element of a subscription box because there’s always still another 5 or 6 items in each shipment that aren’t released.

As soon as I saw the spoiler for this bag, I knew I made the right choice in getting the annual subscription. I’ve been wanting a white purse but didn’t want to spend too much on it, so this was so very perfect for me. I adore The Cambridge Satchel Company and know they make quality items, so I had no concerns about the leather quality or craftsmanship.

Rachel Zoe Box of Style Summer 2015 ReviewBeautiful leather, and very spacious. It holds my wallet, phone, keys, and makeup perfectly. The straps are detachable so you can also use it as a clutch. I’m a tiny bit worried about how well the white color will hold up over time, but it’s such a classic and chic piece that will go with any outfit. I’ll just try to be very very careful with it.

Rachel Zoe Box of Style Summer 2015 ReviewToo Faced Sun Bunny Natural Bronzer | $30.00
I’m always happy to get Too Faced products (adore their packaging!) so I was thrilled to see this. It’s so perfect for Summer and it’s a very natural looking bronzer. Not too shimmery, and can be applied lightly for a barely there look or more heavy handed for a more tan look. It works very well for me because I have pink undertones in my complexion. I also own Snow Bunny and I can tell you first hand that these last forever. I’ve been waiting to hit the pan for like, at least a year now and it still isn’t happening.

Rachel Zoe Box of Style Summer 2015 ReviewToo Faced Lip Creme in Spice Spice Baby | $22.00
I’ve never tried these lip cremes before but have heard good things about them. I was pleasantly surprised by how hydrating it was and the sheerness. It’s great for just a light wash of pink, though you can definitely build up to a more vibrant color as well. Every box contained the color Spice Spice Baby, which is a neutral dusty rose shade that works for a great range of skin tones. Very pleased with this discovery!

Rachel Zoe Box of Style Summer 2015 ReviewBristols Six Nippies Skin Nipple Covers | $26.00
I wasn’t too sure about these before I tried them on, but I wore them for a day and now I love them! It’s perfect for strapless tops or backless dresses, both of which I wear a lot of in the Summer. I’m very fortunate that the Light shade works beautifully with my skin, but I do wonder if darker skinned subscribers will be able to use them. I’m also lucky that being a B cup girl means going bra-less is feasible. For larger breasted women I imagine going bra-less might actually hurt due to the lack of support. On the bright side, Rachel Zoe did add in the booklet that these also work as heel pads or insoles.

Rachel Zoe Box of Style Summer 2015 ReviewThe silicone covers are adhesive and washable and reusable. You can store them back in the box between uses, and if properly cared for can last up to 30 uses.

Rachel Zoe Box of Style Summer 2015 ReviewO.R.G. Skincare Mineral Face Peel | $44.00
This is a completely new-to-me brand, but their ultra luxe packaging won me over the instant I saw it. I’m always interested in facial peels, especially ones that are gentle enough to use on a more regular schedule. This one is recommended for 3 to 4 times a week.

Rachel Zoe Box of Style Summer 2015 ReviewIf you’ve ever used gel exfoliators from Japan before, this peel works in a similar fashion. You apply it to your face and wait for a few seconds, then rub it into your skin in circular motions. You’ll start to see little balls of dead skin forming on your face, which you then rinse off. It’s a really satisfying way to exfoliate because you can literally see the dead skin coming off and your face feels smoother than before.

Rachel Zoe Box of Style Summer 2015 ReviewMara Hoffman Sarong | $98.00
So thrilled to get a Mara Hoffman print! This was designed exclusively for Box of Style, and is a really bright geometric print inspired by the jungle. While it’s designed to be a sarong, the styling tips include ideas like wearing it as a scarf, shawl, impromptu halter dress, or even as a beach blanket. It’s certainly large enough to be used for all of those purposes and more, and the material is very soft and lightweight.

Rachel Zoe Box of Style Summer 2015 ReviewOverall verdict? Could not be happier. I love everything I got and think it’s so on point for a Summer box. For $100, I received a $370.00 value! Color me impressed. I think this box really does deliver on what it promises: it’s literally a box of style. It includes fashion accessories that are very high quality and timeless, a styling tool (the Nippies), and some simple but good beauty items that will appeal to a wide audience. The value is definitely there and the experience is luxurious and well thought out. I can’t wait to see what Fall will bring! It’s my favorite season and I have sky high hopes 🙂