One year of FabFitFun – is it worth it?

When I got my first FabFitFun box last year I was so excited I thought I might explode. It’s more expensive than any of the other subscriptions I had tried and I was concerned that it wouldn’t actually be worth the price. I’ve received four more boxes, and while I’ve been happier with some boxes than others, overall I like the box.

But what about the money? I feel like the subscription is worth it, but I was curious about how the price of the boxes compares to the value of the items inside, and how that compares to the value of the items I’d actually use. Most of the stuff I’ve gotten in these boxes is great, but there’s been at least one item in each box that I didn’t like or couldn’t use for whatever reason. So let’s take a look.

Winter 2017

BB Dakota Poncho, $70 – I wore this once. It’s cute but not my style. I don’t actually know where it is anymore. Value to me – $0

AHAVA Mineral Hand Cream, $33 – Love. Smells great and helps keep my winter skin from getting crusty. Value to me – $33

DOUCCE Freematic Eyeshadow Pro Palette, $70 – The colors in this palette are pretty but the one time I used it there was basically no color payoff. Decluttered it before I moved. Value to me – $0

Homemade by Ayesha Curry Ceramic Mug, $16 – Possibly my most favorite mug. I use it constantly. Value to me – $16

Kate Somerville ExfoliKate® Intensive Exfoliating Treatment, $75 – I’m in love with this. I just recently finished it, and I was so sad. It smells amazing and left my skin feeling so soft. Value to me – $75

Pointe Studio Aloe Infused Cozy Socks, $19 – These are some of my favorite socks. My toes are always freezing so I used them a lot. Value to me – $19

8 OTHER REASONS Nine Lives Choker, $58 – Too small for my fat neck. I gave it to someone as a Christmas gift, so it was still useful. Value to me – $58

Grace & Stella Anti-Wrinkle + Energizing Eye Masks, $16 – I enjoyed these. They made

FFFTV Fitness Ball, $16 – I was expecting a large fitness ball, but this was about the size of a volleyball. It included access to some Jillian Michaels videos that I checked out, but they were weird and I hate her face, so this was donated. Value to me – $0

Box price – $40     Winter box value – $373     Value to me – $159

Spring 2018

Rachel Pally Reversible Clutch, $60 – Really cute, but I haven’t had occasion to use it yet. I’m keeping it for now. Value to me – $60

ISH Lip Statement Palette, $42 – I’m not into lip palettes so this was decluttered almost immediately. Value to me – $0

Free People x Understated Leather Starry Eyed Travel Eye Mask, $40 – This might be the best thing I got in this box. It’s got this bean bag stuff inside that I can heat up, and when I have migraines the heat plus the weight of the mask feels so, so good. It also came in my favorite color. Value to me – $40

Dermelect Cosmeceuticals Makeover Concealing Ridge Filler, $18 – Another thing that was decluttered almost immediately. Value to me – $0

Murad Skin Perfecting Lotion, $40 – I’m using this now and it’s pretty good. It’s too heavy for me to use in other seasons, but it’s keeping my skin relatively hydrated. Value to me – $40

ANDERSON LILLEY Sunset Collection Candle, $45 – Smells awesome, and the jar is really pretty. It’s in my candle box to come out in the spring. Value to me – $45

Physique 57 Massage Roller, $20 – This looks really weird but I like it. It’s like a rolling pin with big spiky plastic balls that spin. It feels nice. Value to me – $20

Ettika Day Dreamer Tassel Earrings, $58 – These looked surprisingly bad on me, so they went to my niece. Value to me – $0

KNC Beauty All Natural Collagen Infused Lip Mask (5-Pack), $24.99 – These look and feel odd but my lips seem slightly plumper after I use one. Value to me – $24.99

Box price – $50     Box value – $347     Value to me – $169

Summer 2018

FOREO LUNA™ fofo, $89 – This is a little too gentle for me so I don’t use it every day, but it’s small and works ok, so it comes with me when I travel. Value to me – $89

Pier 1 Imports Marble Ring Dish, $14.99 – I’m not much for random decor so I got rid of this. Value to me – $0

COOLA Face Sport SPF 50 White Tea Moisturizer, $32 – This is too heavy to wear in the summer, but I’ve been wearing it since it got cold. It doesn’t smell like sunscreen, and that’s the best thing about it. Value to me – $32

Summer & Rose Beach Towel, $55 – It’s got cute pineapples on it. It’s huge. I can’t ask for much more from a towel. The retail price is a little insane though. Value to me – $55

tarte tarteist™ PRO glow highlight & contour palette, $45 – I like tarte’s powder products, but I don’t like how big this is and I don’t like that there’s a cream contour with the powders. I still like it, and it’s come on a few trips with me. Value to me – $45

ELEMIS Papaya Enzyme Peel, $45 – I haven’t used this yet, but I generally like Elemis products. It’s sitting in my skincare drawer until I use up some other stuff. Value to me – $45

Minor History Post Script Wallet, $20 – I used this until it practically fell apart. Value to me – $20

Jabonería Marianella Hawaiian Black Lava Body Caviar, $48 – This is another product that I’m excited to use but is waiting for me to finish up some other stuff. Value to me – $48

Box price – $50     Box value – $349     Value to me – $245

Fall 2018

Vince Camuto Luck Tote, $128 – I got the red one and I really like it. It looks classy and feels like real leather even though it’s vegan. Value to me – $128

Alfred Teapot, $26 – This was so adorable and I loved it. Sadly it had a hairline crack in it, and the first time I used it tea ended up everywhere. Value to me – $26

CYLO Cobra Bluetooth Wireless Earbuds, $40 – These feel really nice and hold a charge for a surprisingly long time. They live in my travel bag. Value to me – $40

touch in SOL Metallist Liquid Foil Lipistick Duo in “Penny”, $24.99 – Metallic lipsticks are a big nope for me. Decluttered. Value to me – $0

beautyblender®, $20 – Eh it’s a beautyblender. I have other sponges I like better, but I’m not too picky. Value to me – $20

GLAMGLOW® BUBBLESHEET™ OXYGENATING DEEP CLEANSE MASK (2-Pack), $18 – These are fine. I didn’t love or hate them, and now I know that they’re not something I’m interested in purchasing. Value to me – $18

Simply Whimsical Tea Towels, $14.99 – My kitchen towels are constantly disappearing, so I appreciate these. Value to me – $14.99

SKIN&CO Roma Blue in Capri, $22 – Smells nice. Once I get through my Soap & Glory stash I’ll use it. Value to me – $22

Grown Alchemist Polishing Facial Exfoliant: Pink Grapefruit & Glucomannan Extract, $67 – I’m so excited to use this. I’ve heard good things about the brand and this stuff smells really good. When I get through my current exfoliant I’ll be using this. Value to me – $67

Box price – $50     Box value – $361     Value to me – $310

Winter 2019

Mark & Graham Colorblock Throw, $49 – I wish I had gotten the darker colored one, but this is my new favorite couch blanket. It’s not too light and not too heavy, and it’s small enough to use as a shawl. Value to me – $49

Moroccan Gold Series Treatment Mask, $49 – I already have way too many masks, but it doesn’t mean I don’t need another one. Value to me – $49

Lele Sadoughi Silver Circle Necklace, $49 – Love this necklace, and it actually fits me. It’s my new favorite necklace. Value to me – $49

WAY OF WILL Elevate Essential Oil Set: Sweet Orange Oil & Eucalyptus Oil, $31 – I don’t totally get the point of essential oils, but I’m open to the idea. I’ll try anything when I don’t feel good. Value to me – $31

Thrive Causemetics Brilliant Eye Brightener™ in “Stella”, $24 – I have no idea what the point of this product is. Decluttered. Value to me – $0

AHAVA Hydration Cream Mask, $33 – I use this as a sleeping mask, and while I don’t love the way it feels on my face, my skin appreciates the hydration. Value to me – $33

BLAQ HydroGel Eye Mask with Hyaluronic Acid, $29 – Eye masks are my jam. Using them makes me feel fancy. Value to me – $29

Oribe Gold Lust Dry Shampoo, $44 – I don’t generally use dry shampoo but I’ve heard good things about this so I’ll give it a shot. Value to me – $44

Box price – $50     Box value – $308     Value to me – $284

Total I spent – $240     Total box value – $1430     Total value to me – $1167

Yeah, I’d say it was worth it.

As you can see, I’ve gotten a lot of cool stuff. Also some weird stuff. The really expensive things, like the Kate Somerville scrub, the Vince Camuto tote, and the Foreo, I never would have purchased for myself so it’s cool that they were in the boxes.

Since I’m attempting to be smarter this year I’ve canceled my FabFitFun subscription. I know that it’s worth it, but there isn’t a single item in this box, other than maybe the kitchen towels, that I actually needed. It’s nice to have but I didn’t need it, and ultimately it’s just more stuff hanging around.

So, if you’ve been on the fence about subscribing and need tons of good skincare and random lifestyle things, it’s totally worth it.

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