I ordered my FabFitFun Winter Box on a whim after already ordering a CAUSEBOX. It did earn me a “do you really need both?” lecture from my husband who wishes he married Marie Kondo instead. However, this is not only a fun box full of heavily discounted lifestyle items that will spruce up my life (we all need a little pick-me-up these days, right?) It also gives me a great opportunity to review the products, compare the companies and have exciting content to write about!
You can already check out my first glance comparison of the two companies and my review of the CAUSEBOX Fall Welcome Box. There will be more of these every season including individual reviews of the products I receive! So follow The Travel Bug Bite and stay tuned for those. I wasn’t going to talk about FabFitFun until I received my box… but today I got to customize it and explore the add-ons and I am OBSESSED.
FabFitFun: How Does it Work?
Before I dive into customization and add-ons, I should quickly recap the concept behind this box. FabFitFun is a lifestyle subscription box that provides you with fun items every season – Winter, Fall, Spring and Summer. FabFitFun is a subscription service that is billed each season ($49.99 USD) or annually ($179.99 USD for 4 boxes), depending on the option chosen. It’s automatically charged using the payment method provided.
Think hard before you decide which to pick. I went with just a quarterly subscription and then decided to upgrade to a year. When you upgrade, you have to pay for the whole year, so I have already paid for five boxes when I wanted to just start with four. Oh well… I also got these at a discount, so I saved about $20-$30 and I got a free $200 gift in my first box. I can NOT wait to see what it is!
FabFitFun: Send a Free Starter Box
First of all, I’d like to let all of you know that I have 11 free starter boxes that I can send! These boxes are worth $75 and if you want one, you just have to pay shipping. I haven’t sent any yet, but this is what I know about them:
From what I understand, I don’t get anything if you do this or if you end up subscribing. It’s just a way for them to show more people their fun products and introduce them to the company at a cheap cost. The shipping and rules for these are:
*$5 USD shipping fee for contiguous US orders and $8 USD shipping fee to Canada, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, and Alaska will apply. Applicable sales tax will also be charged.
**Friend must be a new member of FabFitFun and may not live in the same household in order to redeem the Starter Box invite.
If you are reading this and are interested in a box, leave a comment asking for a box. I will them send it to the email address that you provide (only I will see it, it won’t be published) and if you are the first of 11 to order, you’ll get a free box! Just remember to cancel it within 21 days if you’re not interested in subscribing to the annual subscription. They will remind you before hand – they have great customer service!
I did not think I’d have any interest in any of these add-ons. I am not that big on makeup and have a lot of natural, eco-friendly skin care products already. What more could I possible want? Turns out… there is a LOT to consider buying! Today I logged in to customize my box, but was four hours early. I decided to browse the add-ons because it couldn’t hurt, right? WRONG. My credit card will suffer in a few weeks when all my add-ons are charged.
Not only are there 300 or so cool products that you can add to your box. They really are all MAJORLY discounted. I don’t like being tricked into buying something just because it’s on sale. So every product that went into my cart got Googled. All the original prices were exactly as listed on FabFitFun and most of the products had amazing reviews. I always check reviews on Amazon because those are always legitimate.
Example #1: Teami Blends Superfood Cleanser
You can buy this on Amazon here (#affiliate link).
Example #2: Hear Me Raw The Detoxifier Mask
You can buy this on Amazon here (#affiliate link).
Great Prices, No Lies
Another thing I noticed about these add-ons is that they don’t lie about there being limited amounts. I saw something I wanted and it said “only a few left.” I clicked on it to learn more about the product and in the 10 seconds it took to open in a new tab, it was sold out.
I happened to scroll through the list again after customizing my box, a few hours after initially seeing it. Many items that I considered adding to my box were already sold out as well. FabFitFun is super popular and the prices don’t lie – these things sell out FAST, so if you want add-ons, check them out as soon as you get the email that they are available.
I am really excited for all the add-ons that I will receive with my FabFitFun Winter Box! Since I am curious about experimenting with makeup lately, this may be the way for me to try new things at an affordable price! FabFitFun will definitely strain my wallet, but it’ll also save me money while letting me explore a variety of products.
Customization: FabFitFun Winter Box
I ordered my FabFitFun Winter Box on October 19th. Right away, they provided me with all the information I wanted to know on their easy-to-navigate website. I only had to wait 11 days to customize my winter box because customization opened on October 30th. Add-ons had opened two days earlier but I hadn’t thought much of them at the time.
FabFitFun Winter Box Home
Once you click ‘get started’ there are five levels of customization as well as three other steps. Many of the items have plenty of stock but there are certain ones that do sell out quick so the sooner you order, the more likely you are to get what you want. The great thing about customizing your FabFitFun Winter Box is that they let you get extra items for a small fee. They also have a “Learn More” button that gives you in-depth information about every item!
Customization 1 of 5:
So here, I obviously wanted the bathrobe, and I love that they come in three sizes! To my surprise, all these items worth $40+ can be added on for just $15! You can only get one bathrobe, but I ended up going for the Marshmallow Blanket and the White® Advanced Teeth Whitening Kit. I do wonder what happens if you go crazy and the items you buy don’t fit in your box… I guess we’ll find out, because I kind of did.
The retail prices on these items are as follows (links are to Amazon #affiliate):
- kate spade new york Rise & Shine Stud Earrings Set – $68
- BOMSHBEE® Sloane Champagne Flutes (Set of 4) – $51
- Mobile White® Advanced Teeth Whitening Kit – $89.99
- UnHide Lil’ Marshmallow Blanket – $65
- Vera Bradley Compact Organizer – $50
- Summer & Rose Cozy Robe – $70
- LOLI™ Tea Seed Elixir – $42
I really like that there’s a good range of product and there is something that everyone would enjoy.
Customization 2 of 5:
Step 2 has even more products to pick from! See the options for the FabFitFun Winter Box (links are to Amazon #affiliate):
- Lucky Brand Solid Brushed Scarf – $69.50
- Algenist Complete Eye Renewal Balm – $68
- Impressions Vanity Company® LED Vanity Mirror – $45
- Lilly Pulitzer™ Ceramic Mugs (Set of 2) – $42
- Caudalie Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet – $39
- Murad® Rapid Collagen Infusion™ – $78
Currently, two days after customization opened, only the collagen infusion is sold out. As always, you can select one for free and the others can be added for $15. I was really tempted to add more items here, but I held back since I already have so many add-ons. This was a no-brainer for me since my vanity mirror broke in a move recently and I’d been shopping for a new one. One day, when I win the lottery, I’ll get one of everything!
Customization 3 of 5:
This third page was less exciting for me than the others. I’d just recently purchased eyeshadow and mascara and since I am NOT currently a makeup person, I don’t need any more. The creams are both great but I already ordered similar ones as add-ons and I do have a skin care routine that utilizes other products. Finally, I have short hair, so the headband wouldn’t really work for me. It is pretty though. Anyway, I’m sure there are people who would definitely be excited about all of these products (links are to Amazon #affiliate)!
- dr. brandt® skincare pores no more® PORE PURIFYING CLEANSER – $36
- Laura Geller® Cinnamon + Spice Eyeshadow Palette – $45
- ILIA Beauty Limitless Lash Mascara – $28
- Lele Sadoughi Maroon Velvet Headband – $49
- dr. brandt® POREDERMABRASION® – $58
I went for the most expensive option, but since these are generally lower in price, add-ons cost just $10!
Learn More About Each Item
Here is what it looks like when you click on ‘learn more.’ There are detailed descriptions and even videos! I really like that you can find out everything you want to know about these items without leaving the website. The only thing I would suggest doing, if you can’t make up your mind, is checking the reviews on Amazon.
Customization 4 of 5:
Another less exciting selection, at least for me. If travel was a thing and if I didn’t already have an army of workout clothes, I’d be way more excited. Here’s the selection for the FabFitFun Winter Box (links are to Amazon #affiliate):
- Voir Haircare Rhythm of the Rain – Hair Masque & Scalp Detox – $28
- Flight Mode Skincare High-Altitude Hydration Mask – $39
- TULA SKINCARE Rose Glow & Get It Cooling & Brightening Eye Balm – $30
- kate spade new york Workout Socks – Set of 2 Pairs – US 4-10 – $24
- MUK LUKS® Cabin Socks – S/M – US 5-7.5 – $25
The exciting thing about this section is that add-ons only cost $7!
Customization 5 of 5:
The last customization for this season’s box only lets you pick one thing. There is no possibility of buying add-ons for this one. The items are as follows (links are to Amazon #affiliate):
- eparé® Cutting Board Set of 4 – $19.95
- Beautaniq Beauty Guardian Angel Revitalizing Eye Gels – $25
- dpHUE Apple Cider Vinegar Dry Shampoo Powder – $24
I was originally going to go for the cutting board set as a gift for my husband, the cook of the family. However, since we don’t eat meat or fish, I ended up going for the eye gels. We are both old and tired so we can make use of those as well as take cool photos for Instagram.
Step 2: reFills
This step allows you to subscribe to a new subscription within a subscription! Yes, there is some subscripception going on here and it is quite exciting. ReFills allows you to choose your favorite product (if you want, you can opt out of this step) and receive it in your box every season. You can also cancel any time, which is great because these can add a hefty fee to your box – but it also saves you 75% on these select products!
The selection for reFills is as follows (links are to Amazon #affiliate):
- Dr.Brandt: Do Not Age Time Defying Cream – $132 retail price for just $35.10/season
- Grown Alchemist: Matte Balancing Moisturizer – $69 retail price for just $17.10/season
- Perricone MD: Finishing & Firming Moisturizer – $69 retail price for just $30.60/season
I am finally starting to see some wrinkles on my baby face, so I am curious to try the Do Not Age Time Defying Cream. The cool thing is, I can order more than one bottle with every box! So if I wanted to, I could join the re-sellers and make some money off these products as well as enjoy them for personal use. I don’t see myself doing this, but it is definitely an option!
Of course, you can also skip this step. FabFitFun encourages shopping but it won’t make you get anything beyond the standard box if you don’t want it.
Boost Your FabFitFun Winter Box
Finally, when you think you’ve been offered all the exciting things available, you get offered an optional boost. This had my jaw drop and I was was proud of myself for resisting the urge to spend more money. The products are as follows (links are to Amazon #affiliate):
- Michelle Campbell Diamond Bezel Necklace – retail price $195
- Living Proof® Restore Replenish Bundle – $88
- Marc Jacobs Blurring Coconut Face Primer + Leopard Le Marc Lipstick in “Just Peachy” – $71
- Marc Jacobs Blurring Coconut Face Primer + Leopard Le Marc Lipstick in “Sugar Sugar” – $71
- BluZen Diffuser and Vanilla Essential Oil – $76.99
Checking today, on November 1st, these are all already sold out! When I checked on October 30th, they were all available for the following prices:
Here is what you see when you click ‘learn more’ about the diamond bezel necklace that I ALMOST added:
To be honest, I do regret not adding this one. It is a cute dainty necklace and I could have always had it set in something else. Whelp, maybe next time!
Woohoo, Customizations Saved!
Customizations became available on October 30th and are available until November 2nd, 11:59pm PST. Until then, you can go back and make changes to your selections as well as shop add-ons. You will be charged for all these at the deadline using the card you subscribed with. You can edit your payment information by logging into your profile.
Summary: FabFitFun Winter Box
I am so excited to get my winter box. FabFitFun is such a great company and I am dying to receive these products. I was already excited about the box itself, but the discounts offered on all these amazing products is incredible. As someone who sits around in PJs all day and forgets to wash her hair, I did not expect to be so excited about these lifestyle items. It turns out that the company is true to its name and as a subscriber, I will become fabber, fitter and funner 😉
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