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The Box By Fashionsta for Men Review – January 2021

Carlos Lamborn
ByCarlos LambornFeb 10, 2021 | 4 comments

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The Box By Fashionsta for Men is a monthly men's box brought to you by online beauty store, Fashionsta, for $29.99/month with free shipping. Each box will include 5-7 full-size skincare and other self-care products for men with an $80-$150 value. They seem to focus on smaller indie brands that may be new to you, so it's a great way to discover companies that haven't blown up in popularity yet. Fashionsta also offers The Box For Women ($24.99/month) as well as a mystery box that costs $40.00 as an add-on with a subscription or $50.00 as a one-time purchase.

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About this Indie Brand-Focused Box For Men

The Subscription Box: The Box By Fashionsta for Men

The Cost: $29.99/month + free U.S. shipping (Internationally for $65.00 USD/month w/ free shipping)

The Products: 5-7 full-size products worth $80-$150.00 in value.

Ships to: The U.S. and worldwide for free

Good to Know: With each purchase, Fashionsta donates makeup, beauty, and self-care items to 1736 Family Crisis Center, a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving vulnerable community members in the greater Los Angeles area.

The Box By Fashionsta for Men January 2021 Review


The Box By Fashionsta for Men comes with a simple info card that provides a short description and value for each product included in this month's box.


BRO-mance Age-proof Moisturizer - Retail Value $36.00

If you've read some of my reviews, you know I'm not well versed in self-care products. Although my year at MSA has expanded my horizons in that respect, I am still a padawan. I enjoyed this face cream. It has a subtle, soothing scent and left my face feeling clean and refreshed. I feel like I'd have to use it for a while before I could make any statement about its effects, but using it did make me feel better about myself because I did an extra step in getting ready.


Goal Crazy 90-Day Planner & Journal -Retail Value $32.99 (Currently on sale for $25.95)

I've been journaling for years, although I've been lacking in the department recently. It helps me remember, appreciate, and document things that I would otherwise likely have forgotten. This 90-day planner and journal guides you toward self-betterment by prompting you to do things like write three things you're excited about, a positive sentence about the day, and your short-term and long-term goals. Sometimes just writing things down simplifies them and makes them seems real and more achievable. Personally, I would have preferred just a blank journal. The prompts are nice and this format fits the "resolutions" theme of the box better, but I like to write freely. Perhaps a nice middle ground could have been a blank journal with suggestions and prompts in the front or back of the book? Regardless, I think journaling is important and worthwhile. I may give this planner a try to do something a little differently for 90 days.


The Scribes The Quill Pen - Listed Value $5.00 (Link is for set of 3 at $25.00)

If you are the journaling type, you know that a good pen is as important as a good book to write in. While I tend to use pens that I am not afraid to lose – because I often do - I really appreciate a solid, smooth, dependable writing utensil. The Quill Pen seems to be just that. Its metal design is sleek. Its oil-based ink is long lasting and smudge-free. Its weight is respectable. It's the same length as a typical pen, but thicker, which I have to say I do not care for. While I tend to favor pens you click with your thumb (for fidgeting reasons), this pen was nice. Hopefully I don't lose this any time soon.

Note: The link is for a set of three of these pens for $25.00, which makes the price closer to $8.33. Refills are 5 for $10.00.


Zabana Essentials Blemish Healing Toning Gel - Retail Value $22.00

Another post-shower item for your skin care routine. This is meant to "soothe and reduce the appearance of: acne, blemishes, and pore congestion" and "reveal a clear, smooth, and brighter complexion." This gel left my face feeling fresh and clean; like my skin was breathing. I'd be interested to know if I should use this with the Bro-cream and which one should be used first or if it matters. As with the face cream, I liked it, but feel like I'd have to use it for a while to get any true sense if it works for me.


Curaleaf Hemp Hand Cream - Retail Value $15.00

I've heard a lot about CBD and its alleged properties, but this is the first CBD item I've used. Harvard Health Publishing writes there is "moderate evidence" that CBD can improve sleep disorders, fibromyalgia pain, and anxiety. However, the same article goes on to say that may not be true for the plethora of the CBD items popping up everywhere, "in particular those that are rubbed on the skin." I will say that I enjoyed this hand cream. My wife and I rather liked the scent of it. We have all kinds of moisturizers around the house and we are already both using this one up. However, I can't say one way or the other about the CBD aspect of it. As a hand cream, it was lovely.

Verdict: This month's The Box By Fashionsta for Men was all about reflection, relaxation, and resolution. It was a thoughtful and purposeful box. I was very excited by the journal and pen at first glance, but personally, I was disappointed it wasn't what I wanted in either item. Again, that is just me. I think the planner fits the theme of the box and the pen is nice, but neither item is one I would choose for myself. It is because I journal so much that I have a particular style I prefer. So it is entirely on me for not enjoying these items as much as many may. Both of the face care items were wonderful, but I am going to choose the hand cream as my favorite item. I'm moisturizing constantly, and this is a step up from the cream I use. It has a nice smell and if there are any real benefits to CBD, that is a plus. The listed value of this box clocks in at $111, which is more than three times the cost. I thought the planner was a little pricey, but good ones are. Overall, I appreciated the thoughtful items and execution of the theme.

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? Your box will ship within 1-3 weeks from the payment processing date, so you'll likely start with next month's box. It's best to reach out to customer service and ask.

Value Breakdown: The listed value of this box clocks in at $111.00. At $29.99 for the box, here’s what you are paying per item:

  • Moisturizer ($36.00): $9.72
  • Planner ($33.00): $8.91
  • Pen ($5.00): $1.35
  • Toning Gel ($22.00): $5.94
  • Hand Cream ($15.00): $4.05

Alternatively, for $29.99 including free shipping, each of the 5 items has an average cost of $6.00.

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Carlos Lamborn
Carlos Lamborn
Carlos is a husband and father of two. He likes coffee, beer, camping, disc golf, a good box cutter, and the accomplishment of even the most menial home-owning task. Carlos is new to the world of subscription boxes and loves the wonderment of receiving them in the new mailbox he just spent all day installing.

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Carlos, you can certainly use the gel with the cream (you should see how much product I slather on my face every day and night). You should apply the gel first, let it absorb, and then apply the cream over it. The cream can penetrate the gel, but not the other way around. 🙂

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Carlos Lamborn

Ten-four. That’s what I did when I tried them out and it felt great. I’m going to use up the product I received and see how I feel about buying any more. Thanks for commenting.

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I have a 90X planner, and for the couple weeks I actually did all the prep prompts and setup to use it, it was fantastic. It increased my productivity by a lot on several specific goals, and I was pleasantly surprised by how much I could fit in when I was scheduling by the hour and even half hour at some points. Unfortunately I’m a bit too lazy to do the prep-work – my planner from Causebox is still blank, and I haven’t used the rest of my 90x planner.

I’m guessing the Goal Crazy is a similar concept, though glancing through the pictures I think I prefer the breakdown of the 90X. It really walked me through every step in a way that let me then keep an intense schedule while making lots of time for my kids. I just need to budget a couple hours to set up another month – or maybe I should just re-use the schedule I made since it’s not dated, lol. It also helped me zero in on my most important goals and structure my approach better – very helpful, since traditional planners don’t work well for me.

The 90x is pretty expensive unless you catch a promo or sale, though ($40.) If I could use it consistently, it would probably be worth it, as I wrote more and did more with my kids in the couple weeks I used it than I usually do in months. It really curbed my surfing the internet addiction, too. 😉

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Carlos Lamborn

Thanks for the thorough and insightful comment. I looked at the planner like exercise or mediation, I know it would improve myself, but I just can’t get started. I just need to buckle down and do it. Thanks, Jenn.

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