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FabFitFun Spring 2016 Subscription Box Review + $10 Coupon

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The FabFitFun Box is a quarterly subscription from FabFitFun.com. Each season they send you a box of $100+ worth items in categories like beauty, fashion and fitness. FYI – if you are interested in this box – it is still available for purchase!

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This box was sent to us for review purposes. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).

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The Box: FabFitFun Box

The Cost: $49.99 a box sent every quarter

COUPON: $10 Off Your First Box! with coupon code MSA10

The Products: The hottest seasonal items (worth at least $100) selected by the FabFitFun team

Ships to: US and Canada

Check out all of my FabFitFun VIP Box reviews and the Women’s Subscription Box Directory!

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FabFitFun sends out a mini mag in each box. It details the items included and also provides background on some of the featured makers and designers.

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Now, on to the items!

 

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Makers Kit Kitchen Herb Garden DIY Kit – Value $35

I LOVE this inclusion in the box! And I’m not a gardener/green thumb at all, but this just makes me want to try! And it looks easy enough…

Here is the side of the wooden box:

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Inside you have 3 plastic containers, soil mix, and seeds:

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This kit includes basil, mint, and thyme.

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And it comes with instructions:

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These instructions are a little intimidating for someone who managed to kill a plant that had a self-watering container, but we’ll see what happens! I love the idea of having fresh herbs in the kitchen for meals!

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Jook and Nana Gold Plated Tag Necklace – Value $65

This is the item that FabFitFun Select (annual) subscribers were able to pick their preference on. I didn’t know what I’d be getting, but I like the “Happy” vibe!

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It’s 18K plated gold, and a very delicate piece. Here it is on to give a better sense of scale:

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I wasn’t sure if this necklace was for me when I saw the spoilers, but in person I really like it!

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Jus D’Amour Bath Bomb Trinity – Value $28

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Scents included:

  • Love Potion (Jasmine, Rose & Sandalwood Essential Oil Blend)
  • Wake Up (Eucalyptus, Peppermint & Lime Essential Oil Blend)
  • Deep Breath (Lavender, Chamomile & Ylang Ylang Essential Oil Blend)

I love everything about this set! The packaging is fabulous, and the scents are all great too. (I think my favorite is the Wake Up blend.)

And they are made with organic and natural ingredients:

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ISH Beauty Contour Kit in Light/Medium  – Value $32

(Subscribers will receive either Light/Medium or Medium/Dark based on their preferences.)

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The pigments on these shades are very good. I would recommend using a setting spray to keep them in place throughout the day. Here are the shades swatched:

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The highlighter shade is the only one with shimmer, and the other shades are matte. The color is buildable, so those swatches are pretty heavy handed just to show the colors as best as I could.

I’m used to contouring with different shades of liquid foundation and a beauty blender, so I had to retrain myself to try it out with pressed powders again! If you are in the same boat, or just need guidance in general, I recommend checking out these video tutorials.

Of course this palette works for non-contouring purposes, too! The blush, bronzers and highlighter work on their own, and Joey Maalouf also shows how to use these shades for eyeshadow looks, in addition to contouring.

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Bodypure Glove and Socks – Value $10

Good news – these are individually wrapped inside, so you don’t have to use both the gloves and sock masks at once!

Here is what the glove looks like in action:

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Not the most appealing picture… but my cuticles look amazing now!

To use these gloves/socks, you leave them on for 20 minutes, then massage in the excess cream. The formula is paraben-free and smells like haircare products (it reminds me of Beauty Protector), so I’m a fan!

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Marrakesh Hair Oil in Original Scent – Value $23

This is officially my favorite scent in the box – it smells amazing! I also love that it is an oil for dry or wet hair. I just tried it out on dry hair, and it made my hair shinier and softer without and greasiness or weighing it down. I think this hair oil will now be a part of my daily beauty routine!

HelloLegs – 3 oz Value $20?

The HelloLegs website hasn’t launched yet, so I’m using the price listed in the FabFitFun booklet. I’m not sure if the price is for the full-size version, though. And I don’t know what the full-size version would be, but I’m assuming it isn’t 3 oz!

When I first saw this in the spoilers, I thought it was a lotion, so of course I tried it out… then read the directions. Nope! This is for shaving! It’s actually a combo of lotion, shaving cream and “blade butter” designed to make your legs feel shiny, smooth and soft after shaving. (Turns out, it works as just a lotion, too. But I will try it the right way in my next shower!)

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Merrithew Mat Strap Plus – Value $15

You can use this strap for resistance excercises, and it also works as a yoga mat strap!

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Here it is in action:

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I like that FabFitFun often includes excercise items that are good for travel. This one is pretty cute, too!

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Thirty One Bits Gift Card Code – $25 Value (No expiration listed)

These gift cards are both awesome! The Thirty One Bits gift card doesn’t include free shipping, but the gift card can be applied to the shipping cost, so if you’re looking to not spend anything – you should be good with a bracelet!

More about Thirty One Bits:

Our model is to empower people through the fashion industry. We work with our beneficiaries in Uganda to create fashionable, quality products. They earn an income enabling them to provide for their families. We care for them holistically through counseling, health education, finance training, and business mentorships. After five years in our program, our beneficiaries are ready to graduate. A graduated beneficiary has her own business and is educated, healthy, and confident. She is empowered.

And guess what? Everything we do is funded through product sales. That means every time you make a 31 bits purchase, you have a direct impact on women’s lives in Uganda.

Sterling Forever Gift Card Code – $30 Value + Free Shipping (Expires 4/1/17)

The Sterling Forever gift card comes with free shipping, and there are lots of sale items under $30, so this is another free mini-shopping spree card:

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Isn’t this just the best thing to see in checkout?

One important thing to call out with these gift card codes – they are entered as discount codes, so you only use them once. (For example, if you buy a $25 item from Sterling Forever, there isn’t a remaining $5 to use later.)

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This box also included a card from I Am That Girl, with info on what they do, and how you can sponsor a girl:

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A girl’s physical, emotional, and mental well-being is rooted in her self-worth, and we are living in an epidemic of self-doubt.

I AM THAT GIRL is helping girls to transform self-doubt in to self-love by providing a safe space to connect and have honest conversations about things that matter. Every day, girls are bombarded with messages that attack what she is NOT and we work every day to help her love who SHE IS; to see that in herself and inspire that in others. 

We are shifting girl culture.

Raising the standards for how girls treat themselves, each other, and the world. By building a community for girls to be seen, be heard, and belong, we are giving them something bigger than themselves to stand for and creating a healthier, more powerful world.

I really like that FabFitFun partners with various causes in their boxes – it’s a really positive addition to an already great box!

Verdict: I am always so impressed with FabFitFun! This box has a retail value of about $283 – incredible for a $50 box, (and even more amazing for a $40 box if you sign up with the MSA10 coupon). I don’t know how they do it!

I think the mix of products is great for Spring, and I’m already wondering what they will put in the Summer box!

And I LOVE that the gift cards can be used as actual gift cards! It takes the fun of unboxing and extends it to more (free) online orders!

What do you think of the FabFitFun Spring 2016 Box? What are you going to buy with your gift cards?

Written by Liz Cadman

Liz Cadman

Liz is the founder of My Subscription Addiction. She’s been hooked on subscription boxes since 2011 thanks to Birchbox, and she now subscribes to over 100 boxes. Her favorites include POPSUGAR Must Have, FabFitFun, and any box that features natural beauty products!
All views in this review are the opinion of the author. My Subscription Addiction will never accept payment in exchange for a review, but will accept a box at no cost to provide honest opinions on the box. This post may contain affiliate/referral links. Read the complete My Subscription Addiction disclosure.

57 Comments

  1. Bleh. I ordered, received a tracking number and kept an eye on it–I wanted that herb garden! — and one day I checked the tracking number and it said the package was delivered less than half an hour earlier that day–so I checked and nope, nothing. I went to the complex drop box and it wasn’t there either. The post office swears they delivered it–but I was RIGHT BY THE DOOR when they allegedly left it outside, I live on the top floor and nothing else has ever been stolen–and FFF basically says not their problem. I guess it isn’t, but I am still out $40 🙁 From what I see above, the herb garden wasn’t tooo great anyways. I guess I’ll stick with small sub boxes that fit in my locked mailbox!

  2. I have used my Sterling Forever card and bought some beautiful pearl and gold earrings for free shipping and an extra few dollars, but I have to say that the packaging is so classy! What an awesome give these would be. So the box they come in is a black and gold triangle gift box, it has the earrings in a little plastic bag, and also a little cotton peice shaped like a triangle inside. The whole thing arrives in a little square box with a 30% off coupon and a cute saying in gold on the lid. I was so impressed that I went on ebay and got 4 more cards that cost me in total 20.00. I just ordered 4 more pieces of Jewelry, I think they will be hard to let go of. The styles are very much today and younger woman would love as gifts! I also got two items from 31 Bits, a necklace and a bracelet. Because the minimum shipping cost is 6.00 each, and you cannot stack coupons, each item was about 16.00 for a 50.00 item. Great cards, the Sterling one is a little better value, the Thirty one bits…great cause so worth a little more.

  3. What is the expiration date on the Sterling Forever gc? I just sent out a swap for a card yesterday. ?

  4. I just received my box today & I’m excited to use everything. I’m also glad you posted about the Forever website because I must have gone to the wrong one, I will have to go back and try again!

  5. Just got the spring box (I was late signing up) and I really like almost everything in it. The “hello legs” bottle was cracked and spilled on many of the items. Most things could be cleaned off but a couple were stained. I emailed them asking for replacements of those few items and they were very quick to respond and will send replacements. Great customer service.

  6. Just a heads-up a lot of us on the Forum tried to grow are seeds (lovingly planted) and they aren’t growing even after 2 weeks. It just takes the joy out of it. 🙁

    • My basil just popped up on Monday after three weeks, but I haven’t seen anything with the thyme and mint yet. Really hope they grow too!

    • I planted my seeds on 3/30/15 as and of today, nothing has grown. I have just emailed CS. This is very disappointing.

      • I have been wairing for about 4 weeks and nothing in my herb garden, I have been so dissapointed with that!

  7. Sterling Forever is a joke. I ordered a pair of earrings through them with the FFF Gift Card and received earrings that have ZERO resemblence to what I ordered. I have emailed CS several times with no response and just recently took my complaint to their FB page where I see MANY other customers are complaining of the exact same issue!!!! Any one else have this problem???

  8. Jk it doesnt look like you can use the gift card + 30% off together..

  9. I’m a little irritated with sterling forever. Before I got my box there were tons of options for under 30$. Now everything under 30$ is sold out! Hopefully I don’t have to wait too long for more cute stuff to go on sale!

    • I received my box today, and used the sterling and 31 bits cards immediately. Don’t forget, the sterling forever code ends tomorrow! I paid $5 for gold pyramid studs, and $19 for a gorgeous bracelet at 31 bits. 🙂

      • She has the date for the sterling forever expiration as 4/1/17. Is that the wrong date? My box is being delivered today so i hope the code doesn’t expire tomorrow.

        • 4/1/17 would give you a year. We are in 2016.??

  10. Is anyone still waiting for their Spring Box? I was charged on 3/10/16 and I still haven’t received my tracking information. The website states that the boxes ship 7-10 business days after payment, which would have been yesterday. I emailed their customer service this morning and am still waiting for a response.

    • I was charged the same day and emailed them last night. I was getting so annoyed; people who weren’t subscribers were buying the box and getting it immediately. I got a response today that said my box had been shipped and they gave me a tracking link. I’m hoping it’ll get here tomorrow, but it will definitely be here by Monday. I don’t know why they never sent an email with the tracking. Kind of ridiculous that we have to contact them to get it. Really hope they step it up for next box.

  11. I like the box for the most part. My necklace says “inspire” but doesn’t inspire me much. I’ll see if my daughter wants it. Has anyone been able to find the downloadable workout guide? Its supposed to be at merrithew.com/fff.

  12. This box looks fabulous and a the herb garden and bath bombs would be great to welcome myself to my new apartment next month! I hope they’re still available after I move and have a better idea of whether I can spare the extra $40.

  13. This was a pretty good box for me. I like the Ish contour kit and even added on the brush trio. I also love the bath bombs and the Hello Legs, and the necklace is cute although not worth $65 IMO. I think I’ll also get use out of them resistance band.

    I don’t see myself using the kitchen herb garden or the hand & foot keratin treatments, and I don’t like to use argan oil in my hair. 31 Bits isn’t my style, and unfortunately Sterling Forever doesn’t seem to have much (if any) of a selection of products under $30 left.

  14. Definitely one of my faves! My daughter will love growing the herbs and I will love using them. I’ve been wanting to learn about contouring, and thanks to the links provided, I can now try it out, thanks so much! The necklace is great for layering, or as a gift, both are just as nice. The hair oil….oh…love! My curly hair adores it and it is my new go to shine/smooth oil. The gift/discount cards? Even if you like nothing else in the box, the gift cards are the price of the box and surely there is something to be found for the liking. Who doesn’t love bath bombs? And these smell great…about to have me a sleepy time bath now. And I’ve been needing to shave…nice to have such a nice shaving addition. What else? The cord…yes, I know, thank you, get yo butt in gear! Love it! Anyway, I have found something new to try, gift and enjoy in every single product in this box and am so glad I am a subscriber. I’m glad for the discount codes too for products I will be buying. Great box and excellent review! Thanks so much for the links that this 39 year old professional and mom of a 4 year old needs to learn how to apply makeup lol.

    • Yay! Sounds like this was a perfect box for you 🙂

  15. just got my box and i totally love it ! i swapped the bath bombs since i do not have a bath, but the rest of the box is so amazing ! My favorites are the strap, contour kit and necklace.

  16. Can anyone tell me is you can use the MSA code if you reactivate? Afraid to press that button…

  17. Anyone else notice that whenever a gift code goes out in a box that suddenly everything sold at that price point is either sold out or seems to disappear?

    • It’s probably because of where you are in the country and when you received this box. Mine came ridiculously fast and was here by 3/20….
      I have stopped trying to be the first one who is on line to cash out their card. I wait, and if I have to add 10-15 dollars to get a better piece of jewelry, hey! I still got a great deal on something I want!!!
      It’s from all of the “I’m going to get the cheapest piece that doesn’t cost me a dime”.. types…

  18. I’m so excited about the sterling forever gift card!!! There’s TONS of gorgeous earrings on sale- I may be Able to snag two pairs if I shell out a couple bucks. Literally. Like two bucks.

  19. After seeing the review, I resuscribed. Excited for everything =)

  20. I subscrived the second I saw the spoilers. I’ve been eying an indoor herb garden and I had hair oil on my to-buy list. This box is perfect and those 2 items would’ve cost me the $40 by themselves. Everything else that comes with the box will be loved and used. Gifting the necklace though. Not into having generic tags hanging from my neck 😀

  21. I skipped the last FFF, but recently reactivated. The only thing is I wish is that you could make an item selection without subscribing for the whole year. I have not received my box but am thrilled after the review. This will make up for the complete loss on this month’s Popsugar.

  22. I also thought the review was well done. However, the only thing I liked were the Bodypure hand and feet masks. Got my money’s worth out of the Welcome box. A brand name tie dye cardigan I’ve been eyeing 4 Ever at $150, last one in my size, $34 less the included gift card, $9!
    Maybe Summer?

  23. THANK GOODNESS I CANCELLED THIS SUB BOX,THIS ONES WORSE THAN THE LAST ONE I GOT.

  24. FabFitFun is my favorite sub box! They always hit it out of the park for me. Loving the herb garden. The necklace is a winner, I chose Love. Already used my Sterling Forever gc for an adorable necklace, which ended up costing me $15. Can’t wait to try the bath bombs, and I agree the packaging is fabulous, love their logo. I recently lost a bunch of weight and need to get busy tightening everything up, especially my arms so I think the strap will come in handy for that. Spent some time on the 31bits site yesterday searching for something my style. Good to know that you can use the socks separate from the gloves, I will save those for the dreaded “sandal heels” this summer. The beauty products are going to be tried out today. And I want to learn how to contour, so I will be watching the tutorials, thank you Liz for adding that to your review. I love the positive affirmation card also. Again, FabFitFun delivers Fab, Fit, and Fun!!

    • Agree completely! I more excited to receive this box than I was about the Rachel Zoe, and it’s half the price. I honestly love every single item.

      • Same here! I hated the Rachel Zoe Box this month. I really hope someone from the box of style sees how disappointed everyone was and they step it up next box. This FFF box looks amazing!

        • Me too! I was super excited. Then…I got my box. Honestly, it was all such cheap stuff. That box could easily be priced like the Fab Fit Box. I would have been fine with that. but no way am I paying $99 for that quality!! I cancelled it right away. That’s just too much!!

  25. I will gladly use everything in this box! This will be my second FFF after I just received the welcome box. I was satisfied as it was only $25. This one is such a nice treat, though! I can’t believe we will be receiving two promo/gift cards.

    • Yes! Those gift cards are the icing on the cake?

  26. I always like the contents of this box… Still, I mantain my objection to the name… They are fab and fun but the fit?!?! For me is never there.

    • They gave resistance band that can also be used to carry a yoga mat and the herbs to create healthy meals at home. Last box had the fresh free meals and earbuds for working out.

  27. I love Fab Fit Fun !!!! They have the best customer service. Stay away from Glossybox,nightmare!

  28. I’m really glad I didn’t get this one – for me it wouldn’t have been worth the 49.99.

  29. I really like the necklace for layering. Not sure if I have a place for the herb garden where Casanova-the-cat can’t get to it, but I’m sure going to try . The rest of the stuff looks great. I’m especially looking forward to the strap — I recently had rotator cuff surgery, so it’ll really come in handy for rehab.

    • Im about to get that surgery. I heard its painful. I too will be using this I guess.

      • Not only is the surgery painful, but the recovery time is long — like a full year for total recovery. This is my third time going through it.

      • Best of luck to you with your surgery. Sending positivity your way and hoping stress stays clear and your recovery goes well.

    • I actually have herbs on my windowsill and they are the one potted plant that my kitties never mess with ?

  30. Looks great!!! So many good things I want.

  31. I’ll be putting up the contour kit, the yoga strap, and the necklace, but I love the rest!

  32. A lot of items in this box were not to my taste/interest, but I’m still impressed by the value of the box. And my mom was delighted to have more bath bombs.

  33. Oh yeah, I feel much better about this box. You’re review on this is so awesome! Plus I’m loving my add-ons, too! ?

  34. I’m seriously loving this box! Still waiting on shipping right now, hopefully I’ll get the email soon (:

  35. I’m thinking I might have to get this. Thank you for such a wonderful review! I wish this had been the PopSugar box this month! I am disappointed in that one. 🙁

    So, I think I will make myself feel better about spending money by spending more money!

    • Haha, this is a great comment! xD

      • Thank you! 🙂 It is so true, though, lol! 🙂

        • Hahahaha. I literally was laughing my butt off with your comment! I was like ooohh she got me, that’s what I did! Hahaha. Thanks for the laugh, I seriously needed it ?

  36. Thank you for the review!) I activated my account. Bath bombs, herbs kit, contour kit and strap totally made it for me. Other things are a nice bonus;)

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