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FabFitFun VIP Winter 2014 Subscription Box Review & Coupon

Liz Cadman
ByLiz CadmanDec 16, 2014 | 132 comments

FabFitFun VIP Winter 2014 Subscription Box Review & Coupon BOx

The FabFitFun VIP 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 the winter box – it is still available for purchase!

FabFitFun VIP Winter 2014 Subscription Box Review & Coupon First Look

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FabFitFun VIP Winter 2014 Subscription Box Review & Coupon Items

The Box: FabFitFun VIP Box

The Cost: $49.99 a box sent every quarter

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

Ships to: US and Canada

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

FabFitFun VIP Winter 2014 Subscription Box Review & Coupon Info

Each box comes with a fold out card detailing all the items included.

FabFitFun VIP Winter 2014 Subscription Box Review & Coupon Eye Serum

Lather AHA Hand Creme with Evening Primrose – Value $18

Passport To Beauty Tibetan Goji Berry Intense Anti-aging Eye Serum with Retinol – Value $88

Both of these items are not heavily scented – which is something I like in my skincare items. This hand creme absorbs quickly and is very moisturizing – AKA exactly what I look for in a hand creme. I also think this is a great item to include in a winter box.

The eye serum is a lightweight gel with almost no scent at all. So far I’ve only used it once, and had no issues. It does have retinol in it though, so something to keep in mind if you have very sensitive skin, or plan on being outside in direct sunlight.

FabFitFun VIP Winter 2014 Subscription Box Review & Coupon Coco

Daniel Stone COCO White Tea Ginger Root Coconut Body Candle – Value $30

(FYI – I’m not sure on the proper value for this candle. It is sold on etsy for $36, and on the Daniel Stone site for $42. The candles pictured on both sites also include a wooden wick, and candle cover, so I would say the value for this is about $30).

I really like that this candle is made with coconut wax, but the scent just isn’t for me. I think scents will vary box-to-box with this item, so I may try to swap for a different one.

FabFitFun VIP Winter 2014 Subscription Box Review & Coupon Necklace

Half United Fighting Hunger Necklace – Value $34

For every purchase of a necklace, Half United gives half the profits to feed children in need. This is the second time FabFitFun has included a jewelry piece with a cause behind it (the other one was the Giving Keys necklace), and I really like that they focus on this. I think I prefer the Giving Keys necklace over this one, but they are both really well made.

FabFitFun VIP Winter 2014 Subscription Box Review & Coupon Juice Beauty

Juice Beauty Green Apple Peel Sensitive – Value $39

yourMinerals Eye Shadows in Swedish Winter and Lavender Dream – Value $42 total

These items were both early box spoilers, and I can’t wait to try both of them! I love the Juice Beauty brand, so I’m trying this mask out later tonight! You’re supposed to use it twice a week. Apply it to your face and neck, let it sit for 10 minutes, then rinse off – easy enough for me! Plus I love that it is for sensitive skin!

The loose powder eye shadows are made with natural ingredients! Every subscriber will receive the Swedish Winter shade, which is a very shimmery white highlighter (a little goes a long way with this one), and the other shade will vary.

FabFitFun VIP Winter 2014 Subscription Box Review & Coupon Salted

Salted 3 Month Subscription – Value $30

Fashion Project Gift Card with Free Shipping – Value $30 (Expires 5/20/2015)

Salted is a cooking class video subscription service that costs $9.99. I’m not sure it is something I would use, but I’m going to give it a try. (FYI – you have to enter a coupon code to get the 3 free month subscription, so I’m guessing you will have to enter credit card info).

Fashion Project sells donated new and used clothing to support various charities. (Donators also get a tax receipt). (Check out their How it Works page to learn more the program). They have quite a few new-with-tag accessory items under $30, so I may end up using my card to get a new belt for free!

FabFitFun VIP Winter 2014 Subscription Box Review & Coupon Zumba

Zumba 60 Min Max DVD – Value $30

Zumba Gift Card with Free Shipping – Value $25 (Expires 6/30/15)

I am so excited about both of these items since sometimes I feel like the “Fit” part of this subscription can be a little underserved. I love fitness DVDs since I don’t like doing workouts from my laptop, and Amazon Prime seems to have cut a lot of their free digital fitness videos recently. I also have done the Zumba XBOX games before, so I know it’s a good workout! I may use this gift card to buy another DVD too. If you have any Zumba shop recommendations let me know!

(FYI – the gift card code does not come with a pin, so it doesn’t actually get entered in the gift card code section of checkout, but instead the coupon code section. If you are planning to swap for more gift cards, I’m guessing the fact that they are applied as coupons means they are NOT stackable. Also shipping is free, but there is a separate $2 handling fee).

FabFitFun VIP Winter 2014 Subscription Box Review & Coupon Snacks

Organic Valley Organic Balance Milk Protein Shake – Value $2.99

Special K Snack Bar in Salted Pretzel Chocolate – Value $.50

Justin’s Classic Almond Butter – Value $.60

I couldn’t try the milk shake or Special K bar because I have to avoid dairy and gluten, but I’m always happy to see Justin’s Almond Butter in subscription boxes. (Of course I prefer the chocolate variety, but I can’t complain!)

FYI – these are the three items labeled Sponsored on the info card. I’m guessing that means these companies pay to get in the box, and that helps FabFitFun get a larger budget for the other items they acquire for this box.

Verdict: This box has a value of about $370! (That is counting all the gift card codes/coupons though). So if you don’t want to, or can’t use the codes, that brings the value down to $285 – still amazing for a $50 box! I’m most excited about the Juice Beauty peel and my Zumba DVD and gift card, but I think I’ll use just about every item.

What do you think of the FabFitFun VIP Winter Box?

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!

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!
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132 comments

robyn

the eye serum is 15ml which is full size, the oz was misstated it is 0.5% (1/2 of an ounce which is 30ml) I loved this box. Especially since I was able to try it for 25$ with a coupon from my hello fresh box. To me the hand lotion was a bit perfumey..but the fragrance dissipated quickly. I loved the message behind the necklace so I bought some to give to my nieces. I had a use for most every item in the box. I loved the box so much I went to buy more but the price had been increased to 75$ due to low inventory… what the heck. I should have know better and bought 2 to begin with. Robyn

Marcy

FASHION PROJECT – I got a $50 sweater (plus shipping). It said size Large and it won’t fit for my friend who is Medium. Extremely small. It also stated that the item was in almost new condition with no signs of wear. Wrong! The sweater looks very used, the color is washed out. And dirty, it smells and has bread crumbles inside the lining. I am very disappointed. I’m going to donate it. I won’t return it since some % from the purchase helps to a good cause and I would lose the shipping cost but I won’t buy again from these guys. I read some bad reviews about this company so be aware before you buy. I prefer to send my donation directly to the charity.

Betsy

Can someone tell me how many DVDs are supposed to be included by Zumba? I have 2 that look identical. Thanks!

Tessa

I loved the Winter box – the candle I got was Pomegranate and it smells great, and I already used the Zumba gift card. When I checked out on Zumba.com I didn’t need to enter in my credit card information or create an account in order to receive the free shipment. The Salted gift card I will not be using because it requires you to put in your credit card information for when the 3 month trial ends. I’d rather not think about the trouble of cancelling a subscription service.

Betsy

I signed up in Jan and finally got my box yesterday. Seemed like forever I was sooo excited!

I loved the box! The only problem I had was very minor. The Almond Butter expired in Jan. I let them know last night. Tonight I got a response that this does not meet their standards. They are crediting my spring box $5! At the most I expected a replacement. This is much better!

Liz, thanks for introducing me to this great box! And all the others. Though my hubby might say differently, lol.

Liz Cadman

Yay I’m glad you love the box! 🙂

Betsy

Got my Winter box today. LOVE IT!!!

Melissa

I loved the box! Haven’t used the Zumba card yet, but it sounds like more hassle than it’s worth. From Fashion Project, I ordered and received a gorgeous “new with tags” J Crew black dress, only cost an extra $10.

Courtney

All of my food products I got in the box were expired. Did anyone else have that problem?

Ally

Does anyone have advice on how to use the Zumba coupon code? When I type it under savings code it says invalid, but it obviously wont work as a gift card because it doesn’t have a pin…

Farrah

Good luck with that company. They are at the top of my “Worst companies to deal with, EVER” list!!!! I’m not the only one, as you can read through these other comments. Whatever you do, make sure you get that code to submit & stay on your order. Zumba company will NOT correct it and will NOT refund your money if something goes wrong when you submit it.

Here is what they told me to do after my code did not properly apply (and they refused to make things right): “when you are adding your savings code in the field “Use Savings Code” you need to click on the pink button “Apply” next to the savings code. Therefore, if your code is applied correctly it will be no longer working.” They also said to make sure that any 0’s (zero’s) might be o’s instead.

Here is their final answer regarding an order that I was charged $25 + $6.99 shipping for when my giftcard didn’t work. I still cannot believe what a crappy company they are. “We can confirm for you that your code is working. According to that we are not able to refund you as your code is working fine and you can use it for a future order.” So–they could see that I was not able to use it, confirmed that it was still valid, but instead of correcting the error & making things right, they would rather have me try again. No thanks. Fool me once……

They suck. I’ve taken a Sharpie to the clothes they charged me for when I had a valid giftcard & let everyone I know that “Zumba Company Sucks, ask me why”.

Holly

FYI to anyone swapping the saltedTV.com free trial — I recently swapped for this on the trade site thinking it was a unique code she would send to me. When she sent it I was confused because it looks like it’s just a generic code and I was originally upset that I had traded several items for something I could googled for but this is NOT the case. The code is connected to the email address registered with each FFF account and I was not able to use the code to sign up with my email since I do not subscribe to FFF. After a lot of communication back and forth (she was fabulously patient and understanding and helpful) I ended up signing up for the account using her email address (I did have to enter a CC number, by the way) and then going to my account and changing the email to my own immediately after I had completed the sign-up.

chris

Thank you for telling us this!

Suzanne

I received my first box and it was missing the Fashion Project card and almond butter (latter not a big deal). I emailed customer service so hopefully they’ll at least be able to send out the Fashion Project card. Love most of the other items in the box – especially the hand creme, eye serum, mask and candle. Not a fan of the bullet necklace at all and don’t get its connection to fighting hunger. All in all I’m excited about the box and think it’s a good value but a little annoyed by the missing items.

Greta

I really hate when sub boxes pull stunts like this. They must think the subscribers are complete idiots. The goji eye serum is .05oz. That is the volume of an average foil packet, but they put it in a full size appearing bottle. Most foil packets are .03 – .1 oz. Who do they think they are fooling? That is complete BS. The retail of a full size may be $88. But that is hardly a full size anything!

Robyn

It was a typo. 15ml is 0.5 oz not 0.05 oz.

chris

Your comment made me look into this further.

It is not FFF that valued the 15 ml eye serum at $88, but the company itself is actually charging this: http://www.passport2beauty.com/products/tibetan-goji-berry-eye-serum#.VMGYSy4YnGx

For reference, a bottle of Julep nail polish is 8 mL so this would be almost 2x that amount of product.

Greta

Ok. So their bottle has a HUGE misprint. It says 15mL/ .05oz. That is not a correct conversion. 15mL = .5oz and 1.5mL = .05oz.

Greta

I think you are confused. 1.5mL is not twice as much as 8.0mL. This eye serum is only 0.05oz / 1.5mL.

For reference, I have a deluxe sample tube of eye cream from Sephora that is 1.0oz. That is twice the size of this goji berry eye serum, that is deceptfully presented as full size.

Greta

A normal eye serum is 0.5 oz. This tube is .05oz. That is 10% the normal volume. Look on the labels.

Julep does the same thing. Their tubes are half volume normal nail polishes. When someone pointed that out to me, I realized they were no bargain.

Eliza

The box I ordered on 12/27/14 showed up today 1/17/2015 and I love it! I like the bullet necklace and will have fun wearing it at work. The rest of the box is really nice too. So far this box stands out from the rest of the subscription boxes I get. I have not used the Zoomba or the Fashion Project discounts yet, but am looking forward to a little extra bonus from Fab Fit Fun. Hope their future boxes are as good as this one.

Laurie

Is anyone aware of any restrictions on what we can buy with the Zumba card?

Arline

I would not suggest buying any clothing products – maybe a DVD would be safe – I did the mistake of buying items and they sent an e-mail a couple of days later telling me they were out of stock and they stole the value of the gift card ie. won’t re-load it, refuse to substitute items that are in stock and will pretend to not understand English. The worst customer service yet! I ended up hanging up on her after I realized there was no point and that my FFF box just de-valued by $25 Zumba workouts may be good but the company sure is bad.

Tacie

I ordered a tank top and an add-on tote from Zumba. I’ve never heard a word from them after that. I never received the items. I emailed and didn’t receive a reply or even one of those follow-up automated emails saying they’d contact me within so many hours. I’m not sure why they offer anything at all if they’re not willing to honor it. What a rip off. The Winter box was my first ever FabFitFun and I hope this doesn’t represent the type of companies FFF includes.
With all fairness, I did use the Fashion Project card with no problems whatsoever. I would even purchase from FP again.

Nancy M.

I was able to order from the accessories section– got 2 towels and a keychain.

Laurie

Thanks!

chris

Clothing only.

Stephanie

I just called CS about a second box I ordered after Xmas. They answered right away and were very helpful. They said it would ship next week. Not thrilled with the delivery time, but at least I have an answer 🙂

chris

That is so funny because I did the exact same thing last week and they said the same thing! “It will ship early next week.”

No shipping yet. Not cool.

chris

UPDATE: I called today for an update and was told that they were swapping out the drinks in boxes they had on hand since the ones they had were expiring soon and they wanted to make sure they included fresh (my word, not theirs since I can’t remember exactly what they said) versions of the drink. They said that my box was prepared and waiting for the new drink to arrive at which point it would be shipped. The plan is still for it to go out this week.

So I appreciate their concern about not sending out a drink that is about to expire and will wait patiently…. 🙂

Brooke

I got my Zumba items very quickly (2 3-packs of socks for $5 out of pocket) and I’m very happy with them.

I got the fashion project stuff quickly also, but I’m not so happy. I bought 2 purses and they look veeeery used. I can’t conceive of using them. Grr.

Couldn’t even give the fugly bullet necklace away, even to teenagers, but I’m enjoying everything else…..

sarah

I think the fashion project website is super over priced. Its a good idea, but I would never buy used clothing for that much. I got a coach hat for $15 out if pocket that arrived very dirty, full of make up stains, even though it said it was in great condition. Also on the site they say everything is cleaned beforehand. These gift cards were cool additions but I would not buy from them again.

Chantel

I had the same problem with my purse from fashion project. The description said it was gently loved almost new. Once it arrived it was very dirty inside. I was pretty disappointed 🙁

Nancy M.

I had used the Zumba Gift Card (within the last 2 weeks) for towels and received a confirmation email. A few days after they emailed and said that my item was sold out/unavailable and that they don’t do backorders. I let them know that when I ordered the item was STILL available AND that I used up a gift card. They sent me a code for $20 off (instead of the $25) and no mention of free shipping. I let them know thqt it wasn’t an equal trade-off– they said that they don’t do free shipping when you already use a code, but obviously the FFF card said that you WOULD get both– very frustrating to try and deal with them…

shadie

Did anyone get a shipping notice for their box if they ordered after Christmas? I ordered one box with the $10.00 of coupon and another one half off. I hope they ship soon since I know I’ve already paid for them

Teresa

I cancelled for spring and they said my order is in the 3rd wave of shipments and will finish processing tomorrow and I should receive tracking by Thursday the 8th. Hope that helps and that you get notified sooner!

Charma

I order another box on Dec. 27 and they billed me on Dec. 31 and I received tracking info on Jan 2.

Missy

I also ordered a special after Christmas & have not received any shipping notices.

Kathy S

I ordered Dec 27 and have only received a confirmation email. It says the order will be processed in 5-10 business days. That could be up until Jan 12. It says they will send an email with the shipping once it has been processed. Hope this helps.

Cassidy

I went a little crazy in December with black friday deal and general holiday mania and this boxis easily one of my favorites. I don’t love everything in it, but for $50 I received an eye cream, face peel, zumba dvd, workout capris (clearance, free shipping, covered by gc), coach silk scarf, a candle, and some healthy snacks. This was an absolute win for me and even, if I gift or swap the hand cream, necklace, and eye shadow this box was an excellent value. For my first FFF, I am more than thrilled.

Allie

I don’t know if anyone has asked this yet, but has anyone received the items they ordered from Zumba? I ordered on December 19th and haven’t gotten a shipping notice yet even though their website says they ship within a couple days of ordering.

Rachel

I am having the same trouble! I got a confirmation email but it still hasn’t arrived. I have contacted customer service twice now without any response back…super annoyed with them.

sarah

I ordered around the 20 of Dec from zumba and just received my item 2 days ago

chris

Received mine about a week ago I believe. Ordered Dec 17; got a shipping notice Dec 18. I would definitely contact them. Good luck!

Brooke

Hate the necklace, but I knew I would. LOVE the hand cream! Love the eye cream. I even like the candle, and I’m not a candle person. I’ll gift the eyeshadow because I don’t care for powders, but the colors are pretty. This is a win box for me.

I was happy to use the zumba GC to get two 3-packs of ankle socks. I also enjoyed shopping at the FashionProject– BUT I don’t like their ridiculously overinflated “values”. We’re all happy to get a good deal, especially with part of our money going to charity, they don’t need to exaggerate. I find that their prices for used are only slightly cheaper than the price would be for the same item new…
(example: USED J Crew gloves selling for $39 with the claim that they are ‘worth’ $250! NEW J Crew gloves sell for $32-$68…)
I bought something anyway but false inflation of value is a pet peeve…

Has anyone tried the Salted thing?

Overall, good box.

Chantel

I signed up for Salted I browsed around the site for a bit. It is pretty basic. Mostly for people that have never cooked EVER! I was not really impressed. I am pretty good in the kitchen though so I maybe someone who needs cooking lessons would enjoy it??

xina143

I ordered mine on the 18th, and they charged my credit card immediately, but I’ve heard nothing from them. When I log on to the website under my account, it says nothing. Is turn around time normally like this? I know with the holidays things might be delayed, but I thought I would see something at this point, especially since my card has already been charged.

CindyLouWho68

Love the FFF Winter box, EXCEPT the zumba gift card wont work… If i enter it in the GC box the message is must be all numbers and pin is required. If i enter it in the Savings Code the message is invalid code. I’ve left a message on Facebook and hopefully FFF responds.

Bri

I couldn’t get my zumba card to work until I tried entering the O and I as 1’s and zero’s instead. That may be the problem for some having troubles with it.

The ‘l’ is the letter L in lowercase version. The ‘0’ looking thing is actually the number zero. I had been entering it as a letter at first and it wasn’t working.

Hope this helps.

CindyLouWho68

Still no response from FFF on FB and the card still wont work.

sarah

I absolutely loved this box everything about it. I got the necklace in gold which i think is really cool Zumba card works fine for me and I received free shipping. The only thing I will not use is the salted coupon. I hoping for the cream colored eyeshadow but received the lavender one which is still good. I feel this is the best FFF box

sarah

I just received the coach hat I had ordered from fashion projectproject with my gift code and was disdisappointed to find the inside was pretty dirtydirty with what looks like make up stains. Even though I only paid 14 out of pocket with the gift card, that is kinda spendy forfor something dirty. I feel their prices can be too high as well.

Bree

I only paid about $2 out of pocket. Nonetheless, I had high hopes that FabFitFun was introducing us to a wonderful place, turns out it was the contrary. I bought some Michael Kora shoes. It said new with tags. I was excited. I shouldn’t have been. There were foot imprints already. Then, what did I do? I wore them for about an hour. This are shoes I wanted to wear the hell out of during spring and summer because they were so gorgeous. They ripped! Like nothing! Either it was in way worse quality than they said, or these are total fake because none of my designer stuff has ever fallen apart so easily. It’s disgusting. I get donating and I like that portion. I rather donate directly than deal with this company again. I recommend people that haven’t used the card to not even bother.

anne

Has anyone received their box with a broken candle and received a response from customer service? I e-mailed on Friday the 19th and have not received a response yet. I used the rue la la deal which is also supposed to include a free water bottle, but that was not included with this box…

Jessica

I emailed their CS on the 19th also about a broken candle and also sent a direct message through their FB page. I received a message back on their FB page within a day, so I would try contacting them there. I still haven’t gotten my replacement candle yet though. They said they’re out of stock right now and will ship it out once they receive more. Whenever that is…

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