Well hello there! If you have followed my blog for awhile you know that a review on a subscription box isn’t my usual subject matter, but there’s a first time for everything! I have been getting these boxes for almost a full year, and anytime I mention it I get asked the same question: ‘what exactly comes in the box?’ If you are anything like me, you read reviews on pretty much anything you buy, and while there are probably hundreds of reviews you could find, none of them answered all the questions I had. Most of the reviews just focused on what was in that exact box and nothing else, but I wanted to know things like: what the value was over time; if the boxes were always full of high quality stuff; if it was worth the money etc. So, now that I know, I can tell all of you!
Cost: For starters, we are a middle class family on a budget, and every dollar counts in our house. However since the boxes don’t come monthly but seasonally, I haven’t found it to be a strain to come up with $50ish every three months. My reason for signing up for FFF was because I enjoyed getting a little treat in the mail, but found I was overwhelmed by monthly subscriptions of travel size products. I signed my husband up for Birchbox and he LOVES his mini samples and actually uses all of them, but I just hated getting stuff I wouldn’t use and then having to find places to store it all.
Quality over time: I have had a total of four boxes and they have impressed me EVERY SINGLE TIME. Sure, there are a few products that I knew I probably wouldn’t use, but I have had no problem finding a friend who likes free stuff to give it to 😉 Seriously though, this is the first subscription service I have personally tried that I didn’t dislike half of what I got.
Presentation: This one may not matter to most of you, but I have appreciated how each box is designed to go with the particular season it’s for, and they go out of their way to make it look nice. Each box comes with a mini magazine of sorts to tell you about the products you received, and give you styling tips. They even have recipes in the back!
Personalization: They do have you fill out a profile and tell them a little bit about yourself when you sign up. A few weeks before it ships, they usually give you a couple of choices to customize your own box, but if you don’t feel like doing that, they look at your profile and pick what they think you would like based on that. Note: if you wanted to customize your box even more, you can pay for their higher subscription and you pick what you get, and your box ships out earlier. I haven’t felt the urge to do so as I personally love to be surprised and don’t feel the need to spend more.
Products: I have received anything from scarves and necklaces to lipstick and moisturizer. They include a wide range of things. They are full sized for the higher end products, but they do occasionally include a sample of a product you could find at any drugstore. I like that they do that simply because if I really do like that product I can go buy it for a price I’m comfortable paying. Everything they send is high quality, and for the most part name brand. As far as what you get for your money, the wrap I got in my Fall box (see below) is valued at $98 just by itself…and I paid $50 for the entire box. That’s math I like to do!
But Jen, you say, I wouldn’t have bought that wrap anyways, so it’s not really saving money! Well, you are correct. I wouldn’t have either. But if you really want to quibble about saving money on a subscription box then I have to say they probably aren’t for you. I haven’t found any of them to be about saving money, but about treating yourself to a little something fun every once in awhile. Bonus: you didn’t have to pick it AND it gets delivered to your door. (Husbands, this would make a pretty awesome gift. Every time it arrives it would be like you bought her a present! You’re welcome).
•For me, I appreciate a sense of humor, and they usually include something that makes me chuckle (see that ice pack and bag above. If it had said ‘doughnuts’ instead of ‘cupcakes’ they would have made my life). But I really really like how most of the stuff is actually useful.
•It has also allowed me to try some make up stuff that I might not otherwise have tried. You might say, it’s gotten me out of my box (get it? I crack myself up).
•I am not a girly girl, I can’t even braid my hair, and I still like what I get in my box. I have received nail polishes, mud masks, lipsticks etc, but all in shades that worked for me (your profile is important folks!) and weren’t too intimidating to use. I still have stuff from Ipsy that I had to google how to use and still haven’t because it was too complicated.
Conclusion: all in all, if you like the idea of a subscription box, but don’t want the hassle of them coming monthly then I highly recommend this company. They seem to go out of their way to curate high quality and fun boxes, thus living up to their name, FabFitFun!
*Updated to add: If you would like to try it out and get $10 off your first box follow this link: http://xo.fff.me/eoDzI
I do get a credit if you sign up using that link but I honestly wouldn’t share it if I didn’t think it was worth the money!
(This post was in no way sponsored or endorsed by FabFitFun. All opinions are my own and I gave them freely and without compensation. I just like to share things I love with others!)