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FabFitFun Winter 2015 Subscription Box Review + 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!


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


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!


FabFitFun switched from an info sheet to a mini mag with the fall box, and I love the change.


It’s full of tips for the season, background on some of the featured makers, and lots of other super important info:


😉 Now onto the items!


Whitney Eve X FabFitFun fingerless gloves – Value $26

These are available in black or grey. (FabFitFun Annual Select subscribers were able to select the color they wanted).


These are cozy, great for texting, and I like the faux leather button detail.


EJH Brand Diffuser in Pomegranate – Value $37

(Other scent variations: Cinnamon, Sugar Cookie or Lavender. This is another FabFitFun Annual Subscriber Select choice item).

Here is the diffuser out of the box:


That plastic cap sealing the fragrance oil is really in there, so it’s a bit of hassle to remove it, but I’m hoping that means no leaking packages in shipment!

Here it is all put together:


I like the simple design, and the pomegranate scent works for me. (Of course, now I really want to smell the Sugar Cookie scent!)


JUARA Candlenut Body Creme – Value $38

(Good to know for swaps – inner foil seal)

I think this is such a perfect beauty item for a winter box! I’ve sampled it before thanks to Birchbox, and it is such a decadent body cream! And considering how thick the cream is, I’m impressed with how quickly it absorbs. (This isn’t one of those body butters that leaves your skin feeling a little greasy).


Wine Stopper and Charm Set by FabFitFun – Value $15

This set is pretty cute. Here are all the pieces:


And here are the wine stopper and wine charm in action:


And I was happy to see that these silicone pieces are all BPA-free and dishwasher safe!


Zoya Nail Polish in Vanessa -Value $9

Subscribers will receive one of four “berry-toned hues.”

I love the Zoya polish formula, and this looks like a perfect cranberry red for the holidays, so I’m happy!


Dermalogica Skincare Set -Value $45

This set includes:


Special Cleansing Gel, Skin Smoothing Cream, and Multi-Active Toner

(Good to know for swaps – Skin Smoothing Cream has inner foil seal).

These tie-in well with the back page of the mini-mag titled “5 Tips for Traveling Light.” I like that these are all free of artificial fragrances. I think my favorite is the Skin Smoothing Cream – it absorbs very quickly and is great for dry skin.


FRENDS The Donna Earbuds (Value $80)

Here are the variants for the earbuds:

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This is another FabFitFun Annual Subscriber Select choice item.

Here are the earbuds up close:


I know the FRENDS brand makes pricey earbuds and headphones, so I wasn’t too surprised by the listed retail value on these. (For example, these Earbuds from 2014 were originally $100).

That being said, I would have loved if they came in their own box – I think it would have made them a more giftable item.

As far as quality goes, I was very impressed with the sound quality. (The button on the cord serves as a play/pause button). I even had my husband Eric try them since he’s much more obsessed with sound quality than I am and he was surprised by how good they sounded.

From Eric, “They produced a good bass and the sound wasn’t tinny like most earbuds I’ve used.”


Shoptiques $25 Gift Card

Well, while I didn’t get a box for the earbuds, FabFitFun went above and beyond with this gift card box!

It is just ready to be gifted!


And extra good news: no credit card required to use this if your order is under $25. (And! There’s no mention of FabFitFun on the gift card itself – so if you wanted to gift it, it doesn’t look like it came from a subscription box).


Sweet and Spark $40 Gift Card

More good news – no need to enter credit card info if you order is less than $40! (And shipping is free). I found a few items for $38, and the gift card doesn’t expire, so hopefully if they don’t have something you are looking for now, you can find it when they add new stock!


Hello Fresh 3 Free Meals Coupon

This coupon is good through 6/30/2016. Check out our Hello Fresh reviews to learn more about this subscription.


And FabFitFun teamed up with the ASPCA:


Post a picture of your pet or favorite animal with the hashtags #FFFAnimallove #FabFitFun #ASPCA and tag @FabFitFun and @ASPCA and for every photo FabFitFun will donate $1 to the ASPCA (Up to $90,000).

Verdict: I have been so impressed with FabFitFun boxes lately! For one thing – I LOVE that the gift cards can be used as actual gift cards! (And because of that I think it is fair to count the value of those gift cards toward the overall value of the box).

This box has a retail value of about $315 – incredible for a $50 box, (and even more amazing for a $40 box if you sign up with the MSA10 coupon).

I’m also in holiday-gifting mode, so I like that so many of the items in this box would make great gifts, or this entire box would be an amazing gift.

What do you think of the FabFitFun Winter 2015 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. If you buy something, MSA may earn an affiliate commission. Read the complete My Subscription Addiction disclosure.


  1. Does anybody NOT want their Hello Fresh card? I was gong to gift it to a friend for her to try out but it was missing from my box and their response to my query is that it was not included in all boxes and now they are all out of them. I would be willing to trade one of the other gift cards is you want. Thank you ……………… (and Merry Xmas).

    • Hi there,
      I was just going to toss mine. I’m sure all you need is the Voucher code so here you go: BD61D6j5u6
      Hope it works for you! Happy Holidays!

    • You can have my code when I get the winter box. I emailed customer service b/c I did not get a tracking #. FFF replied that my box was shipped Dec. 18th. I am not sure why it is taking so long but maybe because I am in Canada. Can anyone tell me this normal?

      • Probably not normal but I’m also in Canada – received shipping notice on Dec. 1, emailed them 3 weeks later and they basically said “weird, there are no shipping updates.” It arrived on Christmas Eve, pretty banged up, with “mis-shipped to Pakistan” written in Sharpie on it and no earbuds!! Still waiting on them to ship out replacement earbuds.

        • I emailed Friday again as it still had not arrived. I was then emailed the tracking info which states it should arrive tomorrow. It was supposedly shipped out Dec.18 so I am keeping my fingers crossed with hope everything shows up and in one piece. 20+ days in transit is ridiculous. This is not the best experience for my first box. To be fair though,CS has responded to my emails in a timely manner.

    • I don’t want mine! Would you like to swap?

      • I would but I did not get the Hello Frsh card in my box. Thanks anyway!

    • I have mine too… you can have it… do you still have the shoptiques one?? I hope it’s not too late, still you can have it.

  2. Help? I think I may be stupid… but my sweet & spark card says $40 but there is no code listed in the bar. Am I missing something obvious? Thanks!

    • I sent an email to S&S with a photo of my card that had no code in the bar, and they responded within minutes, apologizing and giving me a code. Good service.

  3. Loving the gloves! I found a gorgeous blouse on the Shoptiques site but had trouble redeeming my gift card, I called them and they were awesome. I received my blouse a few days later. The diffuser is lovely, I chose cinnamon as my scent but I really can’t notice it. Looking forward to trying the Dermalogica products when I finish up what I am currently using. Haven’t had a chance to look into Hello Fresh yet. Always love new nail polish and trying new creams, especially luxe ones like Zoya and JUARA I can’t wear ear buds so my black and gold ones are on the swap site, as are the Sweet and Spark gc and the wine set. All in all I am happy with this box.

    • Can someone share the link to the swap site? I’m not finding it in google.. I’d like to swap my sparkle gift card… 🙂
      Thank you ladies

      • You need to be approved to join.

        • how do I apply be approved, I’ll go through the process? I have been trying to find where this site is, and I can not seem to find a link anywhere.

        • There wasn’t a wait list when I joined. At least not that I remember.

  4. Mine has been in transit to the US Postal Service for over a week now….

    • Same here!! Shoptique is a joke! Glad I didn’t need credit card info and came in under $25.

  5. Beware with the shoptique gift card…no matter what you find under $25 they still charge you $6.80 for shipping. I tried it twice with two different items under $20 and was still charged 6.80 for shipping AND they wanted my credit card info. ??

    • Don’t worry because it showed the same to me until I pressed on the checkout button.. For me it is $8.75 shipping, but I bought a $16 candle, and at the checkout I paid $0! No CC needed

  6. Received mine yesterday! I love everything but the wine cork set. I don’t drink wine! I’d swap for gold color nail polish or face primer sample.

    • Now that I have it I think this is one of my favorite boxes ever. I’m not an annual subscriber but I would’ve chosen exactly what I got (pomegranate/gray/black & gold. I’ve never used dermologica or Juara before and I’m loving them. The value on this box is pretty amazing. I’m considering getting a second one.

  7. I am obsessed with the juara and the diffuser! that alone makes the box worth it. Sadly, my gloves are defective, they don’t match and I’m too lazy to send them back. Still love this box 🙂

  8. I actually loved the Winter box! I thought it was even better than Fall. The Juara cream was a hit and I actually needed a new pair of workout headphones. I got the Sugar Cookie diffuser so I’ll probably swap it, I was hoping for Cinnamon.

    I also want to say I feel like the customer service team gets a lot of negative comments on MSA but when I called they answered right away. I was expecting a long hold since I know it’s holiday time but they answered quickly and were very sweet and patient with my kids kicking around in the background.

    On the gift card note I would much prefer an actual item than a gift card but the value was still there for me this season.

  9. I love my box! I will use everything but the sweet and spark gift card. I want to swap it and also maybe swap the gloves for another color, I got grey.

    • Hi Cecilia! I got the black gloves and they are very nice, but I wanted the grey ones.. Too many black gloves already.. I put them up for swap and I’m Marie.. :))

      • Great!

  10. They shipped my box on the 5th, and according to tracking, it should be here tomorrow!
    I’m excited for this box! I’m going to keep the gloves, skin care items, and gift cards for myself, and give the rest away for Christmas presents!
    I even did the Juice Body Green Apple Age Defy Moisturizer (Which retails for almost $50!) add on, at not extra cost! Yay! 🙂

  11. I really want another shoptiques gift card.. so many cute things… I want them all… I’m on the wait list for the swap.. so I’m crossing my fingers… =)

  12. Hi
    I received the shipping information for my Fab Fit Fun box but its showing a COD (Cash on Delivery) amount of $16.00.
    I was not charged this on my last box, do this normally happen?
    I can tell you if I have to pay this that I will definitely be cancelling my subscription with them.
    The reason being is I already $79.56 and now with the extra $16.00 the total amount paid for my box is $95.56.
    That is way to much money and its unfortunate because the Canadian dollar is so low.
    Wondering if this has happened to anyone else?

    • Happened to me too. I messaged them and they are looking into it. I hope the fix it. Or refund me that amount. :/

    • This happened to me too! Also Canadian. Didn’t happen on my last box but this one it did.

    • This happened to me too. I wrote them and am still waiting to see what happens.

      • Any explanation regarding the COD? I just signed up a week ago so have not run into this and was not aware of it. Also if someone could provide a link or explain how to find the online swap site that would be great. TIA.

    • I got the same shipping notice showing $16 COD (I’m also in Canada) but my box arrived today with nothing owing. It also looked like I got a second shipping notice that referenced the first one. The whole thing was odd but I can confirm that I did NOT actually have to pay any COD.

  13. Has anyone managed to actually get the diffuser opened? What’s the trick? I’m pretty sure they used the most powerful superglue on earth to cement this completely closes. I’m thinking an electric wine bottle opener might do it, but I’m hoping there is an easier way. I really need to hear it’s not just me.

    • It definitely was in there! I unscrewed the outer cover and then used an open scissors on either end of the plastic to gently lift it up high enough that I could pry it out.

  14. I got my box today (my first FFF) and I’m happy with it as a whole, but when I tried on the mittens I realized that I got two right hand mittens, not a proper pair. I’ve sent a pic to customer service and hopefully they’ll be able to send me a new set because I was really looking forward to those!

    • Did you try them on? I have many pairs of fingerless gloves and they almost all look like 2 rights…. but actually both gloves work on either hand. Hard to explain, but try it…

    • Good luck with their customer service! You can’t call them! I still have not received my box! It has been sitting in one place and then when I tried to contact them about it they sent me back a tracking number for another box that was going to be delivered on 23 December in California! I live in Kansas…

  15. Now this is what a subscription box should look like! They always do such well rounded boxes. The items are stellar by themselves, but then they give us real gift cards on top of it! Sometimes I wish they did these monthly, they obviously have a great curation team over there and I’d love to get this every month.

  16. I still haven’t received my ship notice.

    I don’t usually get too concerned with late shipping, but I’m planning on using some of these items as gifts.

    Come on FFF! Send me my box!!!

    • Me neither and when I finally got a hold of someone at FFF, they told me their last ship date was December 14 and would have tracking info before the 14… Well, still nothing..:((

    • Just called FFF again because we are the 14 and still nothing yet.. Well, came to find out that if you ordered the scarf as an add on, that’s what’s holding up our box to ship because they do not have enough scarves available to fulfill the orders!! They offered me a refund and my box should ship today! Really peeved because I did order all my add ons as soon as they were announced and they charged my CC on Nov 30, which is one day before their actual billing date!! But couldn’t be bothered to email me about the reason for the delay, not answering my email!! Not cool FFF!!!

      • They do have live chat available, did you ever try that? I always get tracking info when I ask at the live chat.

        Also, and I may be wrong, but I think the site says that winter boxes START shipping on 12/14…

  17. I got my box today. I got the same, just my earbuds are black. I was surprised this time they didn’t include something related to fitness. That’s fine for me. I agree that most of the products are giftable. I will try to use the gift cards. Thanks for the info.

  18. My box hasn’t shipped yet and I am a VIP member. Is anyone else having this problem? I picture mine sitting in a dark hallway all by itself, left behind.

    • My box hasnt shipped either. Also VIP. Why pay for a year and be last to ship????

  19. I love my box but one of my gloves came with this weird glue stuff on it 🙁 I couldn’t get it off so I emailed them to see if I could get a replacement. Are they usually good with replacing things?

  20. If anyone would like to trade their shopiques gift card for my sweet and sparkle one, please let me know thanks !

  21. Just a heads up, the shoptiques gift card was a bit difficult to use, but i called customer service and they were super nice. First of all, it was not working using my phone, i had to use my computer to do it. You have to first register yr gift card number, and create an account, then the $25 is applied automatically to yr order. I at first tried entering it in the gift card area during checkout and it did not work. You can add yr gf at the bottom of tye homepage under customer care, giftcards. The cc guy walked me through it and it worked fine. Dont forget to use 10% off code at checkout!

    • I am having no luck entering my gift card. It wants to split it into the three boxes which leaves one number off. Frustrating!

  22. Okay so I got the same exact box as shown above. I wasn’t excited about this box at first, but mine just came in today and I LOVE it. That body cream is HEAVEN and I’m already using the much needed earphones. Definitely my two favorite items! I’ll probably gift some of the other stuff, but all in all, another solid box. Good job FFF. <3

  23. I just got my box in and its almost the same as Lizs but my nail polish is slightly different. I am a little sad i got the pomegranate scent, i was really hoping for cinnamon, or pretty much any of the other scents as i dislike fruity scents. I was also kinda hoping for black ear buds because i alreadt have 2 white ones. After seeing lizs box,i had a feeling i was looking at what my box would be because it seems like they send out the different variations in waves, and my box was in the first wave, like lizes. Overall i love it though

    • If I get lavender I’m tots putting it up for swap.

  24. I just signed up. How do I get to choose what diffuser scent I would like?

  25. Do you have to give credit card information with the Hello Fresh coupon?

  26. I took a leap with this one when I ordered (due to your first two spoilers last month) because I’ve restricted myself to solely beauty boxes before… but so glad I did! All very cute items — and giftable, as you said.

  27. I am excited about the Hello Fresh gift card, but I tried to apply a code (freely offered on their website) for 3 free meals to a family box and it wouldn’t take it. Is it possible to order only the 3 free with the GC? How does this work?

    • I went to “gift cards” and clicked “redeem Gift Cards,” but it still shows $24.50 for the veggie box for 2 people. Not sure how that works out as “free?” I’d rather get fewer meals and have it really be free than still have to pay. Maybe I’m missing something.

  28. I just ordered it after I swore I’ve never sub to FFF again 🙁 I LOVE Juara, and with the $10 off code it’s worth the price of the box. I love the gloves, the wine stopper and charms will make a great gift, I like the diffuser; though I hope for sugar cookie. And I can always use earbuds.

  29. I cancelled FFF a year ago and even though they send me a ‘$10 off if you come back’ offer every box, I haven’t been tempted…. but this review turned me. Ordered and excited, thanks Liz!!!

    Fingerless gloves are my new jam (okay, I know I can’t pull off ‘new jam’ at 53 years old, but I picked it up from my sons’ girlfriends, sorry)— but I LOATHE anything gray so am crossing fingers for black!!!

  30. I’m an annual member and I still don’t have shipping info. Getting really annoyed because these ship as fast as molasses. If my purchasing extras from the shop is what delays my order, I’m really gonna lose it.

    • I’m an annual subscriber too and don’t have shipping info. I also suspect that it is because I purchased add-on’s. On one hand, it’s understandable because they can pack the winter subscription boxes ahead of time but can’t pack the add-on’s until after the billing (which occurred for me on 12/3). On the other hand, it doesn’t make sense to discourage customers from purchasing more items! Hard to tell if that’s the reason but I am of the same suspicion that it is.

      • I’m a little freak out so if someone could help!! FFF charged my CC on Nov 30, which is one day before their actually shipping date, in the amount of $249.99, for the box and add ons.. No tracking, no info, nada.. I signed in my account to verify if they just forgot to email my tracking, but it shows no recent order, only my enrollment date!! I emailed, I tried to call, nobody answers on both ends.. Can someone who hasn’t receive tracking info yet could enlighten me and let me know if their account also states no recent order too? Thx u

        • My account said no recent orders as well. I just received my shipping info this morning.

    • They just emailed my shipping information today. 🙂

    • I also don’t have mine and also got add ons. Very disappointed as it probably wont get here before i start giving out my christmas gifts and this box was manly for the gifts. Slightly unhappy

  31. I just ordered the Winter Box after reading your review. I can’t wait to receive it and share with my daughter. I resisted the annual subscription–will see how long that lasts!

  32. I’ve been keeping an eye on this box since I discovered MSA and the wonderful world of subscription boxes. After this review I went ahead and subscribed, can’t wait to get my hands on this box!

  33. Such a fantastic box! And that lotion! OMG! It smells divine!

  34. Okay, you’ve convinced me lol. Just purchased, and Liz- thanks so much for the coupon code! MSA is such a wonderful resource 🙂

    • So happy to hear it – thank you Kim! 🙂

  35. Really looking forward to this one. Like the above, I’m impressed with what they can put together for $50. Although I’ll use everything in this one, even if you don’t, the value is definitely there.

  36. This is the first FFF box since last winter’s where I’m seriously considering ordering a second one for gifts. I like that every item in it is something I could happily use or gift. (I do wish they wouldn’t put FFF branding on things, but that’s a slight complaint).

    I got the sugar cookie diffuser, and I was planning to gift it when I saw the spoiler, but I’m tempted to open it now that it’s here!

    I agree the Shoptiques site is a bit overwhelming – so much to choose from! I ended up with a swell water bottle, as they seem popular and I can also use that as a Christmas gift. It came to $10 (with shipping) after the gift card and 10% off code that was advertised on the Shoptiques site, so I’m really pleased with that too.

    I was all set to cancel after doing a year + now of FFF, but this box makes me want to stick around.

  37. FFF is my favorite subscription. I love dermalogica so I’m excited to see this in the box. I also bought some add ons for this box. Can’t wait to get mine, and it’s totally worth being an annual member.

  38. I love Shoptiques and shop there anyway, so mentally can rationalize this box being $25 ($15 after the MSA code). If I sign up for the annual up front, does that mean I can pick out colors, etc. for the customizable items for this box (I believe there were 3)? TIA!

    • Yes, that’s precisely the benefit of signing up for a yearly sub. This time we got to pick the color of the gloves and the earbuds, and the scent of the diffuser.

  39. I don’t particularly want any item in this box, and yet I want the box. I need to tell myself there is nopoint in ordering ita s it won’t get here before Christmas.

  40. I totally love this box ! But i decided to put the wine shopper set and the sweet and sparkle card up for swap. I have been looking at the shoptiques website and its a bit overwhelming because there is just do much!

  41. **Liz, It’s Kristin**!! I’m so excited I have my ship date & mine is due Saturday!! I Did pick the *Sugar Cookie* So I will keep you updated on that scent! I also picked the Black Earbuds in Black & Rose Gold, (If Eric says it’s got good Bass I trust his judgement!! I’m excited also for the gloves they do look Amazing!! And the gift Cards are Awesome!!! Especially no Exp Date Yayy!! FFF just keeps getting better!! I don’t drink much only on Special Occasions (due to my meds) but I will be Toasting in the New Years with these with my favorite My favorite “Italiia Roscato’ “they are sooooo…. Adorable!! I’ve always Loved FFF but in my honest opinion the last few boxes keep getting better & better with a little bit of everything Tech, Cards, Skin Care, I just love it especially the JUARA Body Creme, that’s the only one I use because it does not irritate my Skin & it smells so good but not overpowering!! If anyone from FFF is reading this keep up the great boxes you all Rock!! Yayyyy & Merry Christmas everyone!!!

  42. Okay, FFF, feel free to send me my ship notification!!! 😀

    • I get mine Saturday can’t wait!! ?????

  43. I skipped this one because I don’t need the earbuds and I’m a little to formal for fingerless gloves, and I hate the gift card thing, but the lotion, nail polish, and skin care products alone make me consider getting it. Really impressed what they can put out for $50!

    • Too, not to. Must really preview before posting.

  44. If anyone does not want the Sweet and Spark card, I’d love it!

    • I have a $30 one on swaps

    • Nelliebelle1197 – no ship date for me yet but I would be happy to give you my Sweet and Spark card when I receive it

    • I don’t plan to use my sweet and spark card, @nelliebelle1197. If you still want it, I’d be happy to email you my code.

  45. I’m excited to get this. I wasn’t at first, but now that I see everything I think it’s a really great box. Now if only it would ship…

  46. Seeing the review makes me want to pull the trigger and get this one!

    • Same. I’ve been holding off on FFF because so far there’s usually only a one or two items I want, but I think everything in this box will work for me either as a gift or for myself.

  47. I am super excited about most of the items in this box. I am most excited about the adorable wine stopper and charm set! It will come in super handy for Christmas morning mimosas! The gloves look adorable and I could use a new set of earbuds. So this is a win box for me!

    • Isn’t the wine set so cute? And morning mimosas? I like how you do Christmas! 🙂

      • We do mimosas on Christmas, too! A full brunch with eggs benedict, sausage, silver dollar pancakes, and fruit!

  48. I want this box solely for that lovely Santa spread 😉

    I do want this box though and it looks like there are a lot of great gifts in it! Great review. 🙂

    • Haha! 🙂

  49. I’m still waiting on my box to ship. :/ As a select member, I’d hoped to be one of the first to receive move, especially after the shipping issues for the fall box.

    Thank you, Liz, for always doing wonderfully informative and honest reviews!

    Does the HelloFresh gift card say whether it’s for new customers only?

    • Thanks, Laura! I just checked the Hello Fresh card and it is for new customers only.

  50. I’m thinking I’ll get this to finish up my Christmas shopping. Do you think it will come in time?

    • I’ll reach out to see if FabFitFun can give us shipping deadline info. I’ll keep you posted!

    • I wonder if it’ll come in time for Christmas too, if we order now. Every item would make a great gift!

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