If you use Instagram, you probably know what FabFitFun is. It’s somewhat impossible to scroll through the app without bumping into some sort of advertising for it, either from sponsored ads or from the masses of influencers who pose with the decorative boxes each season.
It wasn’t until a few of my close friends started subscribing to the boxes (and subsequently raved about them) that I actually decided to see what the hype was about.
Check out my overall thoughts below including a review of the Spring 2019 box.
What is the box?
FabFitFun is a seasonal subscription box that’s delivered four times a year. Each box contains a variety of products that can range from homeware to gym gear to makeup. A lot of the items in each box are customizable to suit your preferences. You can pay for each box on a seasonal basis, or you can pay for an entire year upfront which earns you a VIP Select membership. The latter will give you a bunch of perks including early access and more customization.
Is it worth the money?
I was skeptical at first, but I honestly think it is. However, I think a big part of what makes this subscription worth it, is getting the Select VIP membership by paying for the entire year outright. For me, the value lies in the customization. There are definitely options in each box that I wouldn’t use, so for me, getting early access and more choice is super important. After all, even if you’re getting a great deal on product, is it really worth the money if you wouldn’t buy it in the first place?
It also depends on what you like. I’m skincare obsessed so for me, FabFitFun is a great subscription service because of all the deals on skincare. As you probably know, good skin products can get very pricey very fast. FabFitFun actually partners with a lot of skincare brands I already love: Korres, Elemis, Kate Somerville etc. When you add up the value of the products you’re getting versus what you’d be paying retail, you’re undoubtedly getting a huge deal. And speaking of deals, I have to mention the Edit Sales.
What are Edit sales?
Honestly forget the seasonal boxes, the FabFitFun subscription is worth it for the Edit Sales alone. Each new season brings with it a huge new sale where subscribers can get hundreds of items (ranging from health, wellness, makeup, skincare, jewelry etc.) for massive discounts–I’m talking like 70% off. This makes the entire subscription worth it for me. I was able to restock on a bunch of my favourites like the Céla scrubs and moisturisers for half the retail price. This is another time that being a Select Member comes in handy. You get first dibs on everything–and trust me, stuff can sell out fast!
What if you’re shipping to Canada?
Let’s be real, the Canadian to American exchange rate sucks. But even with the price jump and the shipping I still think you’re getting a great deal. For a yearly Select Membership, I paid CAD $179.99. Shipping was an additional CAD $32.00 and tax was another CAD $27.56. Altogether the cost was CAD $239.55.
The value of everything in my first box (Spring 2019) was a combined total of just under CAD $400. Therefore, over double the value of the entire yearly subscription (before tax and shipping) in just one box.
During the Spring Edit Sale I also purchased over CAD $350 worth of product for just over CAD $100. I don’t do a ton of online shopping, so this is a nice seasonal treat for me, especially when I know I’m saving money in the process.
Spring Box 2019 Review:
Show Me Your Mumu Brie Robe (CAD $112)
I was pleasantly surprised with this robe. I wasn’t sure what the quality would be like, but the material was nice and soft. It also had a very flattering fit. However, the product is ‘one size only’ and that’s something that could alienate a lot of subscribers. Overall, I was happy with the robe and thought it was the perfect item to welcome in Spring.
Korres Wild Rose Vitamin C Brightening Sleeping Facial (CAD $59)
As a Korres fan, I was excited about this product right off the bat. I was also excited to see a mask that incorporated Vitamin C. For me, I usually get my Vitamin C in the form of serums, so it was nice to try an alternative. The formula is very light, comparable to a moisturizer. I was a little worried I wouldn’t see much change, but I ended up really liking the way it made my skin feel. The next morning my skin felt more firm and my pores seemed smaller. After using the mask a couple of times I also saw redness and dullness in my skin begin to disappear.
R+Co Glittering Smoothing Shine Spray (CAD $39)
This was one of my ‘mystery items,’ and honestly, it’s something I would never have purchased on my own. That being said, I actually really enjoyed this. The glitter reflects give a nice shine to the hair. It also just smells amazing, so it’s a great thing to spritz on before heading out for the day. Is the product lifechanging? No. But it’s something new and fun for me and I’m glad I got it. I’m also a little obsessed with the packaging. It looks great on my shelf.
S’ip by S’well (CAD $35)
I already have a S’well bottle and know how great they are at keeping my drinks temperature controlled, so I was excited to add another to my collection. Honestly, I don’t think you can ever have enough reusable water bottles. Mine came in a very Spring-appropriate pink shade.
TULA Purifying Face Cleanser (CAD $37)
I’ve heard a lot of positive things about TULA as a company, so I was super excited when I received this cleanser. Something I immediately noticed was that you don’t need a lot of product here. I squeezed out what I thought was a good amount and it was way too much. You only need a tiny bit for your face–which works for me because it means the tube will last longer aka better value for your money! The actual formula feels really nice. It’s quite a thick consistency so it’s important to lather it up between your fingers before applying. The smell wasn’t my favourite but I really enjoyed the results so I’ll continue using it.
Manna Kadar Champagne Body Scrub (CAD $32)
This was the only item that kind of disappointed me. It smells good and is nicely packaged, but it’s not something I’d repurchase. I’m quite picky when it comes to scrubs, and I already have a lot that I really love. This one gets points for being gentle and not too scratchy, but I also didn’t really feel like it was doing much. It’s sufficient for daily use but not as something that’s going to properly exfoliate. The scrub is a dark grey colour and literally gets everywhere. I was trying to be careful but it still ended up all over my tub and shower curtain somehow. It also left my skin feeling quite dry. A lot of my other scrubs have oils that leave you feeling moisturized after but this one didn’t seem to give the same effect. I’ll still use it up, but it’s not something I’d buy again.
OUAI Leave in Conditioner (CAD $32)
I’m the laziest person when it comes to my hair and hardly ever style it. Therefore if I’m getting a hair product in my box, I want it to be something like this. My hair is thick and can get tangled easily, so a leave-in conditioner is a great option. Also (like the rest of the products by OUAI) it smells amazing.
Dr. Brandt Skincare Needles No More No More Baggage Eye De-Puffing Gel (CAD $53)
Dr. Brandt makes great skincare products and this, in particular, is something that I was excited to add to my collection. I struggle with dark circles and so I’ve always been a fan of products that colour correct. This one is nice because the peach tone is subtle enough to wear on its own without makeup or concealer on top. It’s not a substitute for an eye cream, however, especially for people with dry skin. I still go in with a moisturizing product underneath. But for depuffing and colour correcting, it does the trick.