Back to box reviews following a long hiatus! And we get to start with the Fab Fit Fun VIP summer box, which has, in the past, been one of my favorites. Fab Fit Fun is a box curated by Guiliana Rancic and is sent out quarterly. It is $49.99 per quarter and contains health, beauty and fitness lifestyle items. Let’s see what the summer box brought:
Upon first look, there were a lot of items in there!
Sonya Dakar Flash Facial $95: So, while I was initially a little bummed that the crown jewel of the summer FFF box was a skincare product, that was before I gave it a try. It made an immediate change in my skin, and it works like nothing else I have ever used. You apply a thin coat to your clean, dry face and then let it sit for a minute, and then you rub it off in a circular motion and then rinse. Let me tell you, the first time I used it, some nasty stuff came off of my skin. It basically just melts the dead skin away, and I felt like I noticed a difference immediately. It says to use everyday, but at a $95 price tag, I think I will maybe do it once a week or so. Don’t want to get too spoiled.
Pur-lissle pur-protect SPF 30 Daily Moisturizer: $55 I wear an SPF moisturizer on my face everyday, so this is a score. I like their products, and as soon as I run out of my current moisturizer, I will switch to this one. I did try a little squirt, and the texture is nice, especially for it being a 30 SPF, and it has a clean, low-key smell.
Fab Fit Fun Water Infuser bottle: $15 So, I am really loving my Citrus Zinger bottle from last month’s PopSugar box, and I really don’t need two. I will probably gift this one. I like the way the chamber for fruit and stuff is down the middle, but I thought the opening was a little weird. The saying on the side says: “Grab life by the exercise balls.” Ummm, ok.
Zoya Nail Polish in “Cole”: $9 This is a great color, kind of like a Creamsicle, and I love Zoya polish for their Vegan (and pregnancy friendly….not that I am, but that is handy) ingredients. I would totally wear this, except for that the applicator brush is completely jacked up. even in the picture, you can see the brush against the side of the bottle inside. It is un-useable. I am bummed! I will email FFF and see if they will replace, although that seems like a lot of work when I have about a million bottles of nail polish. I have heard their service is great though.
Thursday Friday Mini Clutch/Makeup Bag: $35 Ok, so it seems like every single box over the past few months has had a canvas makeup bag. I am on overload and will gift this one. It is cute, although the pattern I got is totally not me. $35 seems like a lot to me to spend on a canvas bag that would not even come close to holding all my makeup for a trip. And I am not even that much of a makeup queen, but still, this thing is tiny. I think my BFF might like it though. The box also included a $30 coupon card for the Thursday Friday site, which ended up getting pictured below.
KISSTIXX Lip Balm in Sweet and Sour: $6 Apparently you are supposed to give one of these to your makeout partner and then keep one for yourself, creating come sort of taste sensation when you kiss. Well, while that sounds lovely in theory, as the working parents of a two-year old, if we ever get time to make out, the forethought it takes to simultaneously apply lip balm prior to would probably send us over the edge. However, lip balm is always a score for me, and these feel nice. I’m keeping them both for myself.
Balanced Guru No Frizz Oil: $25 This one is a dud for me. I just refuse to put any kind of oil treatment in my hair because it is already so fine and oily that anything like this makes it look like I poured mayonnaise on my head. I will pass this on to a friend who like hair oils. It gets great reviews from other, non-greaseball, reviewers, though!
These were some of the extra, sponsored items in this month’s box:
PopChips in BBQ: These were eaten almost immediately. Everyone in the house loves these.
Skintimate Shave Gel sample: Nice for my swim bag or travel.
Always Xtra Protection Long Daily Liners: Not really my thing, but might make a nice addition to a post-pregancy/new baby gift basket
Slimfast Have Your Cake bar: Also not really my thing, just because of how many chemicals and junk SlimFast puts in their stuff. Someone will eat it at some point, I’m sure.
All told, the Summer 2014 Fab Fit Fun VIP box had a value of around $250. It was not my favorite box from them, to be sure, but the facial is a great discovery. The value is there, but for some reason, this box just felt really thrown together to me and not “curated” like the Winter and Spring boxes I got the last couple times. I will look forward to an improvement for their Fall box this year. That is my favorite time of year anyway.