FabFitFun | Is It Worth It?

Disclaimer: I’m a #fabfitfunaffiliate with @fabfitfun, which means I make a small commission if you sign up through my link (it doesn’t cost you anything extra). All the opinions in this post are my own.

* long post warning*

Back in October of 2016 I stumbled upon fabfitfun. I instantly had this grand idea that it would be the perfect Christmas gift – since you get surprises all year!

I tried to get my peeps on board, but skepticism was real.

Am I paying a bunch of money for junk?

Will it even be delivered?

Are there hidden fees?

I agree, there was literally no concrete info on the subscription box at that time, but if it was everything it claimed to be, it would be the ultimate gift – a landmine of treasures.

I decided I would try it for myself when I saw one of my favourite YouTubers talk about it.

First things first, what is fabfitfun?

It is a subscription box that sends full-size products every season (4x/year). The boxes are always valued over $200 U.S.

It costs $49.99 U.S. per box if you renew your subscription seasonally (use code PUMPKINSPICE here for $10 off your first box) or you can pay $179.99 U.S. per year if you renew annually.

Side note for Canadians: You will also be charged 13% HST. As far as Duty is concerned, I’ve never had to pay any duties on my shipments (including the time I bought 2 boxes together). Also, I’ve never noticed this before, but it appears that you will be charged $8.00 shipping. All prices are in U.S. dollars.

Here is my review/summary of all the boxes I’ve received:

Editor’s Box Winter 2016
Valued at $247.98

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Love $123.99 | OK $63.00 | Pass $60.99

  • Modcloth Loch and Key Scarf – $34.99
  • Jook & Nona Tag Necklace – $65.00
  • Marrakesh Argan & Hemp Hair Oil – $22.99
  • Manna Kadar Liplocked Gloss Stain – $24.00
  • Anderson Lilley Beach Butter Body Cream – $24.00
  • Zoya Nail Polish – $10.00
  • O.R.G. Skincare – $44.00
  • The Created Co. Coffee Mug – $19.00
  • Fabfitfun Coloring Book & Pencils – $14.00

Overall, I loved this box. My favourite items were the blanket scarf, the Jook & Nona necklace and the Anderson Lilley cream.

Spring 2017
Valued at $374.00

2017spring

Love $229.00 | OK $78.00 | Pass $67.00

  • Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion Age Defying Exfoliator ($79.00)
  • RealHer Lip Kit in Deep Red ($48.00)
  • Gypsy 05 Roundie ($50.00)
  • Briogeo Rosarco Milk Leave-In Conditioner Spray ($20.00)
  • Deborah Lippmann Nail Polish Set ($19.00)
  • Karuna Hydrating Face Masks ($28.00)
  • Milly Zip Pouch ($45.00)
  • Luv AJ Diamond Kite Crawler Earring Set ($85.00)

I also loved this box. My favs in this box were Dr. Brandt exfoliator, Milly zip pouch and the Luv AJ earrings.

Summer 2017
Valued at $281.50

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Love $35.00 | OK $137.00 | Pass $109.5

  • Michael Stars Ruana ($54.00)
  • Kris Nations Mystic Gemstone Bar Necklace ($58.00)
  • bkr Water Bottle ($35.00)
  • Eau Thermale Avene Ultra-Light Hydrating Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50+ ($24.00)
  • Cargo_HD Picture Perfect Highlighter in Bronze ($30.00)
  • Juice Beauty Smoothing Eye Concentrate ($29.00)
  • Way of Will 03 Soothe and Cool Post-Training Massage Oil ($29.50)
  • Amy Tangerine “Ready, Set, Create” Art Kit (canvas, paints, stencil) ($22.00)

This box was ho-hum for me. The only thing I loved in it was the bkr water bottle – which I would never spend that much on a water bottle if I bought it outside of this subscription.

Fall 2017
Valued at $386.45

2017fall

Love $267.00 | OK $119.45 | Pass $0

  • Mer-Sea & Co. Cozy Wrap ($98.00)
  • Trestique Matte Color & Shiny Balm Lip Crayon ($28.00)
  • Whish Beauty Renewing Mud Mask ($48.00)
  • Molr C + C Teeth Whitener ($43.95)
  • Deco Miami Lavender Cuticle Oil ($12.50)
  • IMM Living Wire Heart Ceramic Jewelry Holder ($33.00)
  • The Jetset Diaries Cable Knit Beanie ($49.00)
  • My Tagalongs Hot & Cold Gel Pack ($15.00)
  • Private Party Gym Bag ($59.00)
  • Cottonelle FreshCare Flushable Cleansing Cloths (sample)

This was a good box. The Mer-Sea & Co. wrap is draped over my chair and it serves so many purposes. I also get great use out of the gym bag and the beanie.

Winter 2017
Valued at $393.00

2017winter

Love $35 | OK $143.00 | Pass $215

  • Kate Sommerville ExfoliKate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment ($75.00)
  • 8 Other Reasons Nine Lives Choker ($58.00)
  • Homemade by Ayesha Curry Ceramic Mug ($16.00)
  • Point Studio Aloe Infused Cozy Socks ($19.00)
  • DOUCEE Freematic Eyeshadow Pro Palette ($70.00)
  • This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray ($29.00)
  • Nelson Moisture Healing Hair Mask ($23.00)
  • AHAVA Mineral Hand Cream ($33.00)
  • BB Dakota Poncho ($70.00)

Ugh, this box was a definite pass for me. The mug and socks were cool, but I gave the poncho away and my skin is way too sensitive for the choker – hello antihistamine!

Spring 2018
Valued at $354.00

2018spring

Love $105.00 | OK $231.00 | Pass $18.00

  • Maya Brenner Designs Love Bracelet ($65.00)
  • Murad Skin Perfecting Lotion ($40.00)
  • ISH Lip Statement Palette ($42.00)
  • Rachel Pally Clutch ($60.00)
  • Anderson Lilley Candle ($45.00)
  • Free People Eye Mask ($40.00)
  • Physique 57 Massage Roller ($20.00)
  • Dermalect Ridge Filler ($18.00)
  • Korres Guava Body Butter ($24.00)

The Spring box was another one that was just ok for me. The lip palette was cool and the Anderson Lilley candle was beautiful, but nothing else really stood out.

Summer 2018
Valued at $338.99

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Love $170.00 | OK $100.99 | Pass $68.00

  • Pier 1 Marble Ring Dish ($14.99) was  the day we   
  • Foreo Luna Fofo ($89.00)
  • Jaborneria Marianella Body Caviar ($48.00)
  • Tarte Pro To Go Eyeshadow Palette ($23.00)
  • Tarte Sex Kitten Eyeliner ($20.00)
  • Minor History Postscript Wallet ($20.00)
  • Orlando Pita Play Atmos-Shield Hair Protectant Treatment Spray ($34.00
  • Coola Classic Face SPF 50 White Tea Moisturizer ($32.00)
  • Wildlife Conservation Society Straw
  • Yumi Kim Makeup Train Case ($58.00)

Ok, the Foreo Luna fofo was worth this entire box. The eyeshadow palette was great and the makeup case was perfect. The body caviar scrub was terrible – it left everything it touched with a thick, sticky film that didn’t wash off with soap. Blah.

Bottom Line
All in all, out of the 7 boxes I have received, I have loved 4, 2 are ok and 1 was a definite fail for me.

Do I think it’s worth it? For the most part, I would say yes. Most of these products I wouldn’t have tried if it were not for fabfitfun. The products I absolutely love make the money I paid for the subscription worth it.

However, would I really have spent the money on any of those products I loved? Probably not. For instance, although I loved the gym bag, I would never have spent the money on it – I have one that is better quality and I paid less for it.

Will I continue to subscribe?

I originally thought yes. Happy Birthday to me! However, after my no-spend August, I’m rethinking my need for random things. I am on the fence about this, but I’m starting to lean toward not renewing in November.

The Sweet Truth | Hershey’s Crunchers

***Disclaimer: These products were sent to me free of charge for testing purposes. Although they didn’t cost me anything, these are all our own opinions.

Who doesn’t love getting packages in the mail? I know I do. It’s like Christmas morning when I get to the mailbox and see that large red key in my slot. I know that means something was too big to fit in my slot.

Before we left for Niagara Falls, I decided to check the mail.

Sure enough, Christmas came.

This time it was chocolate. Hershey’s Crunchers, to be exact.

Crunchers Pictures

Sometimes companies (like Influenster) send out free products to be reviewed. I mean, twist my arm. Chocolate is a hard sell for me to review.

Ok, true, I haven’t really had sugar over the last 7 years, but I’m not opposed to eating some chocolate occasionally. You know, for testing purposes. Plus, I’m trying to learn how to do things in moderation. Quite possibly, this may be the best place to start.

This time around I incorporated my kids in my taste testings. It may have had a bit to do with the fact that they kept bringing me the bags to ask if they could have some.

Let’s just say, they know how to wear me down. Also, let’s be real here, kids have no problem giving their brutally honest opinions.

That being said, here are our reviews.

Cookies and Cream Crunchers
170g Bag
Per 15 pieces (40g)
200 Calories
9g Fat
17g Sugar
150mg Sodium

Vincent
Score 7/10
Straight up a seven out of ten. Nothing more, nothing less.

Violet
Score 10/10
It kind of tastes like smores, but without the marshmallow and with white chocolate. It tastes good. *said in a lingering giggle*

The Sweet Truth 1

Reese’s Crunchers
170g Bag
Per 14 pieces (40g)
200 Calories
11g Fat
17g Sugar
95mg Sodium

Vincent
Score 10/10
Those are good, but they make me drink a lot of water.

Violet
Score 9/10
They taste like Ferrero Rocher, but I think I like the cookies and cream better.

The Sweet Truth 2

Overall, Violet loved the Cookies and Cream Crunchers the best while Vincent loved the Reese’s Crunchers the best. Obviously, I needed to see who was right. Although, I admit, I’m a bit biased to anything with a peanut butter and chocolate combo. I was kind of shocked at my findings.

The sweet truth? I loved both of them. The Cookies and Cream Crunchers probably took the lead on it, though. Then, when I read that you could use them as ice cream toppers, that was it, I was sold on the Cookies and Cream ones.

Literally my only negative thing to say is that when they came, we were going through a heat wave and they melted. Although that may have taken away from the look of them and made it hard to determine the nutritional value (maybe that’s not a problem), it didn’t take away from the taste by any means.

Have you tried Hershey’s Crunchers? Let me know your thoughts below in the comments.

Le Petit Marseillais Body Wash

Body Wash First Pictures

When I was a kid, I gave my baby-sitters a run for their money – specifically when my aunt baby sat us. She was the most patient and loving woman, but I would push the limits with her.

Every. Single. Time.

My parents would give us the ‘talk’ before they’d leave for their bowling league. We would put on our cutesy smiles and agree like the little angels that my aunt portrayed us to be when they got home.

I specifically remember this one time my mom told me that I absolutely had to take a bath while they were gone. I told her I would, but when my aunt told me it was bath time, I straight up refused. She literally chased me around the house, grabbing me one piece of clothing at a time until I was in my birthday suit and dodging her every move. When she finally decided it wasn’t worth it and retreated to her bedroom (I’m literally cringing), I relented. I walked proudly into the bathroom and rub a dub dub, I was in the tub.

**To my Aunt, if you are reading this…you are a superhero. Anyone who can endure what I put them through as a child, deserves a medal. Thank you for not killing me. I’m sure that would’ve been hard to explain, given the fact that I had everyone convinced I was an angel. I’m sure once you had your own kids, it was probably a breeze. I’m also beyond grateful that my ‘angelic’ childhood didn’t trickle down and make an appearance in my own kids. So, if you’re reading this, I’m still so sorry and I owe you BIG TIME!**

Thankfully, I’ve grown a bit since then and although I can still be stubborn, I love my shower time.

This week I received a Vox Box* from Influenster and lo and behold, it was a body wash sample. Influenster is a company that sends you products for free in return for reviews or product exposure, etc. Although I’m not required to blog about the product, I thought it might be nice to share my experience with this one.

Body Wash Package Pictures

Le Petit Marseillais
Mandarin and Lime Body Wash
$4.97 (walmart.ca)
400ml

Product Claims:
(As written on the website)
“LE PETIT MARSEILLAIS® Mandarin & Lime Body Wash gently cleans your skin. Its light and easy to rinse foam releases a zesty and citrus fragrance. Skin is left feeling soft, moisturized and refreshed.
The extra gentle pH neutral formula makes this body wash suitable for everyday use.
Paraben free. Phthalate free.”

Ingredients:
Water (Eau), Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Chloride, Glycerin, Fragrance (Parfum), Citric Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Propylene Glycol, Polyquaternium-7, Sodium Hydroxide, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Fruit Extract, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Fruit Extract, Yellow 5, Blue 1

Body Wash Samples Pictures

My Review:
First things first, packaging. I don’t have a full-size bottle in front of me, but I’m a bit disappointed at first glance of the pictures. It reminds me of something I would find at the dollar store. However, after trying it, I loved the smell. It reminded me of when I used to buy a bunch of bath products from Fruits & Passion when I was a teenager. It brings back some good memories. It lathered nicely, which is a big deal to me. I like a good lather. It also felt nice on my skin and didn’t dry it out after my shower. I would’ve liked the scent to linger on my skin after my shower, but it didn’t. Overall I was fairly pleased with this body wash. I will buy a full bottle of it since Influenster sent me a coupon for $2 off, but since the full price is more than my current favourite body wash, I probably will only buy it again if it goes on sale.

Rating: 4/5

Have you tried Le Petit Marseillais Body Wash? Let me know your thoughts in the comments.

*I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.

Rowena’s Reviews | The Etherealist Foundation by Kevyn Aucoin

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One of the great things about ordering online with Sephora is that you get to pick samples that ship with your order. I recently received a sample of The Etherealist foundation by Kevyn Aucoin with my most recent order. I decided to try it out and let you all in on my thoughts about it.

Kevyn Aucoin
The Etherealist Foundation

$70 (CDN)/$58 (US)
Shade Range – 16 shades

Packaging
I can’t really comment on the packaging as I used a sample packet I received with a Sephora order.

Consistency
The consistency is fairly thin and ran down the back of my hand when applied.

Application
I used a damp beauty sponge to apply the foundation. It blended ok, but it looked a bit patchy. The first layer I used the shade Light EF 02, but it was too light, which could be why it was patchy. When I applied the second layer with the shade Medium EF 06, the colour matched well and it blended better.

Coverage
This is definitely a medium coverage foundation. I didn’t find that it evened out my skin tone in my chin area, but it covered well for the rest of my face.

Finished face
After my makeup was finished, my foundation looked a bit cakey up close, but from a step back it looked flawless – almost airbrushed. I’m curious to see if the cakey finish had to do with the fact that I applied two layers (see my final thoughts).

First Impressions Wear test (9am)
This foundation feels smooth and light on my skin, maybe even like it turns to a light powder. It doesn’t feel heavy or thick.

5-hour wear test (2pm)
After a few hours, my foundation was still in tact. It seemed to be wearing off near my lips and chin area. It still felt light and airbrushed.

10-hour wear test (7pm)
10 hours was too long for me. Even though I set it with the Urban Decay All Nighter setting spray, by the time it hit the 10 hour mark my foundation was separating, settling into the lines around my nose and chin, and the coverage seemed light at best.

Final thoughts
After writing my first impressions down, I went to Sephora’s website and checked out the claims this foundations makes. As I read the claims, I realized that my review was fairly consistent with the claims – medium coverage, airbrush finish, etc. I tried wearing the foundation again, this time using one layer of the medium shade and using a foundation brush. It looked flawless and not cakey at all. That being said, I liked the foundation and would absolutely use it for shorter days, like a Sunday morning at church. Also, since it feels so light on the skin, I think it could possibly be a beautiful summer foundation. However, it’s definitely on the high end for pricing, so I’d really have to think about whether it would be worth buying for only a day each week.

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My Final Score 7/10

Have you tried The Etherealist foundation? Did you love it or pass? Comment below.