I'm sure you've seen the same ads I have (for years) about FabFitFun and how "great" it is and how you get a box that has a value of $200 for $50 and blah blah blah. Well, I gave into peer pressure last year and signed up. The first box I received was FabFitFun's Fall 2019 box . What finally got me to sign up? This super cute Kate Spade lunch tote. I love Kate Spade and I thought the design of the lunch tote was really neat and no you cannot ask me how many times I've used it. Don't be rude. Anyway, lunch tote aside, I found that I really enjoyed my first box from FabFitFun so I decided to stick with it and I've since received their Winter 2019 box and the Spring 2020 box. I'll also get the Summer 2020 box in the coming weeks though I'm not sure if I'll continue beyond that. Being indecisive about wanting to continue with FabFitFun does not mean I didn't enjoy this experience. In fact, I think getting FabFitFun boxes has even taught me a few things about myself.
What is FabFitFun?
FabFitFun is a seasonal subscription box that sends 8-10, full-sized products curated for you based on a profile you fill out when you sign up. The items are fitness related, beauty related, fashion related and wellness related. Each box is said to have a value of $200 or more and only costs $49.99 (plus tax & shipping).
There are two membership levels for FabFitFun; annual and seasonal. As a seasonal member you get charged each season ahead of your box shipping and you can customize 3 of your items in each box. As an annual member, you get charged for 4 boxes (one year's worth) when you sign up and can customize up to 5 items in each box. Annual members also get early access to sales and their window to customize their box opens earlier than seasonal members (which leads to seasonal members missing out on some items as they are sold old out during annual member customizations).
Related: FabFitFun Fall 2019 Box Review
3 Things FabFitFun Taught Me About Myself
1. I Lack a Proper Skin Care Routine
I'm an adult woman and I barely remember to take my makeup off each night. Heck, let's be honest, the name of my blog is "Did I Take a Shower Today?", there are some days when I don't in fact shower.
So when I opened up my first FabFitFun box in fall of 2019 and saw words like "toner" and "lava mask" I started to think that maybe this service wasn't for me. When I saw the little plastic jar of exfoliating sugar cubes, I thought they were a sugary treat that you eat, not something you rub all over your elbows and feet.
But do you want to know what happened? Once I had these products, I used them! Having an exfoliating cube to use every once and a while in the shower and using a mask on my face a few times a week started to shape a routine for me. I started to use toner and moisturizer daily. I used to use lotion when my hands or feet were dry, now I'm using a "body soufflé" as regular maintenance product and it feels really good. I didn't spend the proper amount of time nourishing my skin and FabFitFun certainly showed me that I need to take better care of my skin (especially now since I'm over 30!!)
2. I Miss "Me" Time
Why do parents stay up late even when they have to get up early the next morning? They want to enjoy the silence.
These days the only "me" time I really get is at night when the kids go to bed. Some days, my kids nap at the same time and the silence during the day really helps me recharge, but now my oldest is starting to out grow naps so I the days of afternoon silence are numbered.
Even in the silence of nap or bedtime I'm still doing things for others or for the sake of the house; cleaning up after a meal, laundry, putting away books or toys.
Part of the fun of a FabFitFun box is that it is all about me! FabFitFun boxes have products for me to use. These products that have me force myself to take a shower (wish I was kidding) so I can use them. They tell myself that I can (and should) sit with a facemark on for 20 minutes and just *be*. FabFitFun boxes taught me I need to spend some time on me.
3. I Need to Treat Myself More
Something that goes hand in hand with me time is also purchasing things for me. I didn't realize that I basically stopped buying things for myself once my first was born until I found myself feeling so excited (though maybe a little guilty) about receiving my first FabFitFun box.
Whenever I go to the store I walk in with the idea that I'll get myself a few new outfits but I always end up leaving without outfits for me and a bunch for my kids.
With FabFitFun, a package comes in the mail and it isn't something I ordered for either of my kids. It is mine. All mine.
There are few simple joys in life and I think getting a package in the mail (either one you're expecting or one that came as a surprise) is always fun.
I can't wait to open my FabFitFun box and see what surprises are in store for me. Since I'm signed up as a seasonal member I am only allotted 3 customized picks and the rest of the box is a surprise.
I'm not advocating to be frivolous with your money, don't get me wrong, it is a good thing to cut down on spending. What I'm saying is that you don't have to totally reallocate your funds out of your pot and put them into your kids pot. You can save some for yourself and get yourself something nice every once and a while.
If You Love FabFitFun, Why Leave?
While I have learned things about myself and have enjoyed a good portion of the items I've received. The amount of items I do not use is starting to pile up.
With my first box I've used everything (okay, maybe not the lunch tote) these products are either almost empty or all gone.
With my second box (Winter 2019) I've used a good portion of my items, some of them I used up and some were fun at first but I have since forgotten about them in my cabinet.
My Spring 2020 box is the box that has lead me to think I need to quit FabFitFun. I liked this box least of all. My FabFitFun Spring 2020 box had a value of $288 and I'm not quite sure I believe them. In this box was a set of silicone straws and holder for them for which the 4 straws do not fit. A "thermal spring water" spray that I'm not entirely sure I understand the purpose of, a hairbrush, while useful, doesn't seem to be very special and (this is the real kicker) a one size fits all cardigan. From the advertisements this cardigan looked super cute but being one size fits all just does not compute. The sweater hangs on me like a hospital gown. It is actually comical how poorly this "ribbed sweater coat" fits.
My favorite item out of my Spring 2020 box is hands down the leave in conditioner from AG Hair. I use this almost daily. I've noticed a change in my hair since I've started using it. It doesn't weigh my hair down or make it feel greasy or oily. I actually really love this product. I admit I would have never found it if it wasn't for FabFitFun however, this leave in conditioner is not worth $50.
I've seen teasers for the Summer 2020 box and I am cautiously excited. There's a super cute Michael Kors passport holder, sunglasses from TOMS and a cute summer cooler.
I have enjoyed many of my products from FabFitFun, I like when things are useful and can be used up (and not clutter my home even more). Which I guess it a 4th thing I've learned about myself, I'm starting to not like clutter - I tried the Kon-Marie Method for my clothes, maybe I need to tackle the rest of my house. I'm getting off topic!
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