Although I’ve canceled my subscription, I came away from my five seasons with many good products from FabFitFun that I think is worth sharing. Not all of it is explicitly beauty, but still ended up being neat.
This incredibly cute set of ceramic blue ikat bowls from West Elm. I would never purchase these on my own (both because 1) West Elm and 2) I wouldn’t typically reach for ikat prints or bowl sets) but they’re pretty. I keep bobby pins and Invisibobbles in them.
This is one of those things that I simply cannot bring myself to actively choose to spend money on, but it is pleasant to have if I end up with it as a gift/freebie/from a subscription box like this.
I’ve had the Evian ones ($14 for twice as much) in the past. they’re surprisingly nice in the summer if you’ve worked out or been outside.
I love eye masks, and these are really damn nice. They have a cult following for a reason I would never pay $25 for 6, however, so this was a big win in the box they came in. The bad thing is that I REALLY LIKE THEM – but I still refuse to pay that much for them. So, I’d repurchase if they were more affordable.
Instead, I tend to buy these from Amazon ($10) or any of the eight thousand just like them on Abra’s recommendation. They aren’t miracle workers, and I’m in the market for something that is a better value.
Although this ended up not being for me (the smell bothered me, unfortunately), I love the idea of this product.
Setting spray with sunscreen in it is genius, and I want to see more products like this. I gifted it to an ultra-fair niece who is out-and-about a lot and enjoys her facepaint.
Calpak 3 Piece Packing Cubes in Sorbet, $40 (discontinued; similar 5 piece set for $58)
They’re pastel and not something I would have selected for that reason and because I didn’t particularly need more as I have plenty. BUT they are practical, vaguely make me think of grapefruit, and could probably be gifted if I were inclined.
Here’s a similar 3 piece set from eBags ($30). I have a ton of the eBags ones and can attest to their quality. They might seem silly, but they make a difference when packing for travel.
Kate Spade lunch bag, $30
This petite insulated bag works for my needs I have the luxury of having a mini-fridge in my office but I think it might be a touch small if you don’t have access to a safe fridge at work unless you do tiny lunches.
Business & Pleasure Cooler, $59
I’d call this soft-side cooler small-to-medium in size. This is probably more of what I’d use for a lunch bag if I didn’t have a reliable fridge. I definitely would not spent nearly $60 on it. Maybe $20. Maybe.
Heavily challenging the valuation of this scarf, because it is not a $75 scarf (indeed, I’ve linked to it for $12.95 on Amazon). That said, it is large, cute, and warm – and arriving last autumn, I was glad to receive it when I did.
Makeup Eraser, $20
I was really happy to receive one of these. I wouldn’t pay retail for one, but I’d buy when I see them at TJ Maxx and the like for $8-10 because they are gigantic and they are nice. I own one of their mini sets (SO CUTE, grapefruit themed) a lot of, “generic,” ones of these which IMO are just as good. But you can never have too many of these things on hand if you, like me, have eschewed makeup remover wipes.
Ulta has a pack of two for $10 that frequently are BOGO. They aren’t as big as the Makeup Eraser, but you don’t really need them to be.
Part leave-in conditioner, part repair treatment, part thermal protectant, this didn’t end up being my favorite but trying it wasn’t a waste of time, either. I wouldn’t repurchase, but it didn’t make me salty either.
Drybar Prep Rally, $23
Drybar makes good products, and this is no exception. That said, it is also HIGHLY fragranced. I actually wound up with this twice from two separate boxes which was odd and kind of disappointing because who wants a dupe of a product they don’t love? I would not repurchase, but I gifted them to a friend who is less scent-sensitive.
I love, however, the Grapefruit Mimosa formulation of Detox that Ulta has on a limited basis. FML why did I try a $23 dry shampoo? (It is magnificent). For heat/styling prep, I’ve been liking Eva NYC Mane Magic ($11).
Ellen seems to be a controversial figure lately but damn is the blanket from her UnHide brand soft. It feels like kittens.
This isn’t the largest thing, but its a great throw for your lap while you’re working. Lately, since its summer, I’ve been using it over the back of the chair I use while I WFH because the chair has seen better days.
ban.do Bluetooth Shower Speaker, $35
My domicile is a wolf den…if the wolves were electronics. As such, I own two waterproof bluetooth speakers that are a lot better than this in terms of sound quality – but neither of them has a suction cup that I can leave in the shower. It isn’t a great speaker, and I wouldn’t replace it with the same one or recommend that YOU get it, but it is handy enough.
I would, however, recommend this smol Anker Soundcore one ($30), or if you have a bit more in your speaker budget, want something that sounds great, and desire something merely splashproof, this versatile Creative iRoar ($120) is the move.
If I recall correctly, Urban Decay worked with Skindinavia for (at least) the original formulations of their setting sprays. Is there too much of a good thing?
Yumi Kim Wireless Charger, $35
I wouldn’t rate this wireless charger as worth $35, personally. It was built for aesthetics, not function. Even so, its practical enough that I wasn’t mad about getting one in the most recent box. It isn’t a huge win for me (see above re: technophile household) but I popped this onto the nightstand in my guest room.
For those interested, I’ve had a good experience with these chargers from YooTech and these ones from Anker. Bonus? They’re standing chargers so you can actually look at or use your device while charging.
Two cute necklaces that are both quite my style (wait, when did I get style?) and I wear regularly; they are both valued at $50. I call BS on this too because they’re about the quality of Sugarfix by Baublebar at Target. No shade to Sugarfix; have several necklaces from them that are cute and also suit my style. They just aren’t $50 necklaces.
The Bottom Line
As you’ve seen, there were many good products from FabFitFun over the course of my five box subscription. I’d challenge the valuation of a lot of them, and I’d probably still prefer to plunk that same $250 on a few items of my choosing, but I got some nice stuff that I use DAILY out of it and discovered a new holy grail. Since I’m trying to teach myself gratitude, I’m going to focus on the positives…