Thursday, October 9, 2014

FabFitFun VIP Gift Box Fall 2014 Review + $10 Discount Code!

Of all the subscription box categories that are available (and there are a LOT of them), the ones I most enjoy receiving are the lifestyle boxes.  Judging from various blogs and other social media commentary, I'm not alone in that preference. The contents of lifestyle boxes are not limited to one type of item. The ones geared towards women usually include some combination of cosmetics, home goods, snacks, bath & body, fitness and gift items.  The best lifestyle boxes feel like beautifully curated birthday presents and that's what makes them so popular! 

One of the most highly anticipated lifestyle boxes is the quarterly FabFitFun VIP box. They send a seasonal box full of full size premium products with a total retail value of more than $200.  The boxes cost $49.99 each but discount codes are widely available. (See below) Also, you can save by signing up for a full year's subscription for $179.99. Shipping is always free.

FabFitFun's Fall 2014 box contains products with a total retail of $232.42, giving it one of the best values for price paid of any subscription box out there.  The items come packed in a hefty black box that weighs close to three pounds.

The products are packaged inside white tissue sealed with a black VIP sticker on a bed of white crinkle shreds.

A really nice collection of full size products ensures that there is something for everyone in this box.

There is a fold out explanation card that gives full product details, a "Fall Challenge" card, promotional cards for some of the products and a card that gives you three months free on the FitFusion website which provides unlimited workouts from top fitness experts like Jillian Michaels. This service is $9.99 per month but you can use coupon code ffftrial to get three months for free.  (A credit card is required and you can cancel at any point.) Retail value $29.97

The product that received the most advance publicity in this box is the Jessie Steele apron. Several weeks ago, FFF e-mailed all their subscribers and gave us a chance to indicate our top three choices out of all the apron designs available.  Lo and behold, I got #1 on my list....the pink apron with white polka dots and gray trim!  This has a really cute vintage inspired design although I suspect it will become more of a decor item than put to actual use.  Retail $32

There is a bottle of Skin Hydrating Booster by Dermalogica.  This is an ultra-hydrating concentrate that deeply moisturizes and minimizes fine lines.  Among other things, this contains hyaluronic acid and is said to be a moisturization miracle.  It's an expensive product, so this is a great opportunity to try it out.  Retail $56.

I've never actually tried a CHI styling product so I was very happy to see the 44 Iron Guard which is a thermal protection spray to be used during heat styling. This is a weightless formula that delivers moisture back to your strands without leaving any build-up.  Retail $14.50

There is a single serve package of Mary's Gone Crackers which are crispy whole grain treats that feature brown rice, flax, quinoa and sesame. (Bonus Item; no retail given)

The most unexpected item in this box is a throwback to the past....a gorgeous thank you card set from the Gramr Gratitude Co.  This set comes complete with sealing wax and a wooden stamp that says "THX". For those who have never experienced sealing wax, they have included a card with explicit "how to" instructions.  This company also has a subscription service that sends 4 cards + 4 envelopes and stamps every month for $15.  If you're interested, you can get 50% off the first month using code FAB50. Sending hand written thank you notes?  That's a social convention I'd like to see return! (Retail $43....uh, really?)

I have heard a lot of great things about The Honest Co. (founded by Jessica Alba), but have never tried any of their products.  FFF included a bar of shea butter soap in the tangerine vanilla scent. This is a hydrating bar cleanser made with natural moisturizers that produces a rich lather.  Love the subtle citrusy smell and can't wait to try this! Retail $4.95

Next is a Beauty For Real True Color Lip Cream in the shade "Always There" which is a very wearable rosewood color.  What REALLY makes this product stand out though is its packaging. It comes in a rectangular tube with a mirror on one side.  There is a button in the top of the cap.  When pressed, it turns on a bright LED light inside the cap.  So you can apply this lip stain anywhere....even in the dark!  Why hasn't anybody else come up with this before now....such a neat idea!  Retail $22

There is a pot of LaNatura Superfruit Body Butter in Pomegranate.  This super moisturizer has anti-aging, soothing and nourishing properties and is particularly effective on elbows, knees and feet.  It has a delicious light fruity scent. This is actually a travel size but there's enough product here to last me a very long time. Retail $18

There is one other sponsored bonus item in this box, a Numi Organic Rooibos Tea sample.

A fun and useful item is the Rose Pink Ballet Barre Peds from Great Soles.  These are dark pink footies with three narrow elastic straps across the top and skid resistant black flower details on the bottom.  These are great for barre, Pilates and yoga classes and also just for wearing around the house.  Retail $12

Whew!  That's a lot of stuff in one subscription box.  As always, FabFitFun did a great job of surprising and delighting us with their unique, luxurious and unusual finds.  My favorite items in this box are probably the Beauty for Real Lip Cream and the Honest Bar Soap but I think I'll be using and enjoying everything.

I believe FabFitFun still has a few Fall boxes left.  If you're interested, click here and use code TRYFFF to get $10 off.  (If that code doesn't work, try FALL5 for $5 off.) Another option is to use code FRUITWATER to get a free fruit infuser water bottle with your Fall box.

The only bad thing about FabFitFun is having to wait three months for their next box!

Thanks for reading,


Disclaimer:  Views and opinions expressed in this blog are strictly my own.  Product discussed in this post was purchased with my own money. Post may contain referral or affiliate links.

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