Christmas Came Early: Winter 2019 FabFitFun Review

If you follow me on Instagram, you know I'm a huuuuuge advocate for FabFitFun. If you don't know about the glory that is FabFitFun, let me fill you in: FFF is a seasonal subscription box filled with an assortment of amazing beauty, lifestyle, wellness, fashion, and fitness products. 


The company promises that each box has a value of at least $200, if not more. To put this in perspective, subscribers pay $49.99 per season ( four times per year ) or $179.99 annually to receive four boxes within one year. So, to tie that up in a pretty bow for you, you pay the value of one single box ( or less if you're an annual subbie ) to receive four luxe-quality boxes throughout a calendar year. 


The total value of my Winter 2019 box was $245.90. The highest value box I've received was my Summer 2019 box at $322.95, and the lowest value box I've received to-date was actually this season's box. I've been a subscriber since fall of 2018, and I don't ever intend to unsubscribe. Like... Ever. 


I've discovered some of my favorite, holy grail products thanks to FFF, including the:

Oribe Gold Lust Dry Shampoo 
Lavido Aromatic Body Lotion in Mandarin, Orange, and Bergamot
Show Me Your Mumu Brie Robe
Manna Kadar Champagne Charcoal Body Scrub
Burn 60 Resistance Bands
Human + Kind Body Soufflé

And a few products from this box as well that we'll get to below!


That was basically the longest intro ever, but this is my first post about FabFitFun here on this blog ( and trust me, there will be many, many more ), so I wanted to give you a good little run-down so you have all the background info and what-not. Just covering my bases, you know. Moral of the intro: if you aren't running to sign up now, you will be by the end of this post. If you don't need further convincing, you can save $10 off your first box riiiiiiight now by clicking here. If you do need further convincing, scroll on and keep reading, my friend.

Beauty

Battington Silk Lashes in Monroe + Glue Kit | $32



These lashes are nice, but I wouldn't go out of my way to purchase them. The band is a little stiff, so if you don't have a lot of experience applying lashes, they might give you trouble. I used the glue that came with them, but I applied a double layer ( tip courtesy of Auntie Jackie ) to ensure they would actually stick. Usually the glue that comes in lash kits isn't that great, in my experience, so I always apply a double layer! Overall, these lashes give a very soft and romantic look, and they aren't too heavy or uncomfortable. I'd give them a 7/10.

The Original MakeUp Eraser | $20



I'd never heard of this MakeUp Eraser thing before, but holy freaking moly does it WORK. All you do is wet this cute pink microfiber cloth and gently wipe off your makeup, and it's so shockingly effortless. It's all the convenience of a makeup wipe with none of the tugging or filmy residue or having to use three wipes to get your full face off. With just two swipes on each quadrant of my face, my makeup was gone. It took off my eye makeup without any effort at all too. I was shook. I'm still shook.

This one little towel allegedly lasts five to ten years, and all you have to do is wash it once or twice a week. Not only did this product minimize the time it takes me to remove my makeup, but it's also environmentally friendly, which is so so so so important right now. Think of how many wipes ( and how much money, let's be real ) you can save by using something like this. I'm not a wipe user for the most part, but I do use the Farmacy Green Clean Cleansing Balm to remove my makeup. I love that product, but using the MakeUp Eraser was even easier than using the Farmacy Balm... Kudos to whoever came up with this because * chef's kiss *.

Kate Somerville Goat Milk Moisturizing Cream | $65



I was so stoked to see this in my box because I recently purchased the Kate Somerville Goat Milk Face Cleanser, and I've been absolutely loving it. The cream is awesome as well, so I've been really happy to use the pair together in my routine.

One thing that did surprise me is the consistency of this moisturizer. It's extremely liquidy compared to most other moisturizers. Like, it really lives up to the "milk" name. It's not necessarily a bad thing, it just took me by surprise, and I almost dumped half of the moisturizer on accident the first time I opened the little jar. Definitely make sure it's sitting on a flat surface or you're holding it upright when you take the lid off!

Aside from that, I've been loving how gentle and hydrating this product is. It does have a semi-strong vanilla-esque scent, so if you're not into that, you might want to pass.

frank body Original Coffee Scrub | $16.95



I've seen this scrub all over Instagram for years, but I've never tried it until receiving it in this box. It smells like delicious, vanilla-flavored coffee, and it does a great job at both exfoliating AND leaving the skin feeling soft and hydrated.

The only thing I don't like is that it's very crummy, as in there isn't anything that really binds the coffee grounds together, so I felt like I was wasting a lot of it because it was falling to the floor of the tub before I could really do much with it. My advice would be to work in small batches with this scrub to get the most use out of it. While I do like it, I prefer my Manna Kadar scrub and would purchase that one on my own dime instead.

NailsInc Thirsty Hands Duo | $16



First of all, these gloves are so cute! They're a blush pink shade with little Monstera leaves all over them, which is so stinking cute imo. While these gloves are wonderfully hydrating if you use them for the suggested 15-20 minutes, they will make your hands prune-y and sap out the moisture if you leave them on for longer than that. The first time I used them, I thought I'd just leave them on for longer and reap the benefits of even more moisturization—I was wrong. As long as you stick to using them for the recommended time, they're awesome.

drybar Prep Rally Prime & Prep Detangler | $23



I was so excited to see a detangler in my box because I've been having so much trouble with my hair getting super ratty super easily. Because of this, I've been having a lot of breakage and dryness, and I'm hoping to lessen that by using this detangler after I wash my hair.

So far, it does seem to be helping—I usually let my hair air dry and brush it out once it's dry so I have less tangles and breakage, and this seems to be making it less knotty. It also doubles as a heat protectant, which is awesome. I don't blow dry my hair or heat style it super often, but I'll definitely be using this spray whenever I do use heat on my hair.

Lifestyle

Paper Source 12-Month Rose Floral Planner | $27.95



I love planners, but I can never seem to stick with them past one month. One of my goals for 2020 is to consistently use a planner both at work and in my personal life, and I plan on making this my work planner.

The cover has a beautiful floral design and a soft-touch finish, and it's a nice hard / sturdy material. The layout features a monthly calendar and a weekly calendar within each month, but I don't love the weekly layout. It breaks down the days into columns, and I prefer a layout that features Monday-Wednesday as horizontal boxes on the left page, then Thursday-Sunday in the same layout style on the right page. Hopefully that makes sense! Overall, I think it's super cute and I'm hoping to get good use out of it next year regardless of the layout.

PJ Salvage Faux Trim Cable Slippers | $45



This is the item I was most excited about in this season's box, with the Kate Somerville cream coming in a close second. I've been talking to Tyler ( my wonderfully amazing husband, for those of you who may not know ) about how I need a new pair of slippers with a hard sole. Well, I guess the Universe heard me because she bestowed me with these ultra-comfy, super cute, hard-sole slippers. I've been wearing them non-stop since I got them! I give them a 25/10 with no hesitation. Cozy vibes for the win.

What did you get in your winter box? Were you happy with your assortment of products? Let me know in the comments below!

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