FabFitFun: The Canadian Experience

So many subscription boxes and only so much time (and space and cash flow – but you know …). This post is not about whether or not you should look into purchasing the Summer 2018 box (I mean the Fall 2018 box is already rolling out), but it IS about my thoughts with the service overall being a Canadian and having to spend more money to purchase, including shipping. FabFitFun is a quarterly subscription box that costs $49.99 USD a month.

Here is a bright and colorful shot of the box I received:

The previews for this box were what convinced me to get it. The Tarte Tartiest Pro Glow Highlight and Contour Palette was nearly worth the cost of the box (retails for $59 CAD)! And tbh I had been debating getting it at Winners (but I got the Park Ave Princess Bronzer and Contour Palette instead). I mean, a girl can never have too many contour palettes!

Also, the BRAND NEW Foreo Luna Fofo! A chance to get your hands on it before anyone else. It retails for $119 CAD at Sephora. I have a Clarisonic, but this is so much more travel friendly!

These two items alone make the Summer Box so worth it. But let’s break it down and see what I actually paid:

  1. I used a code for first time members that got me $10 USD off my box. However, like 30 seconds after making my purchase, I saw that there was a separate code for a free mystery bag add on, which (I’m sure) would have added more than a $10 value. Make sure to check all social accounts and Google for the current promos before jumping on board.
  2. Shipping for Canadians is $8 USD for the box. With shipping and my code, the total came to $47.99 USD ($49.99 + $8 – $10).
  3. This worked out to a total of $63.70 CAD with exchange and GST.

This was the cost for the “basic” month to month version of the FabFitFun subscription. This meant I did not get access to FULL customization of my box, and that I did not get priority shipping. However, being Canadian means our boxes ship out with the first shipment date anyways, so it didn’t really matter.

My options for customizing included a choice between a Summer & Rose Beach Towel in Pineapple or Palm OR Yumi Kim Makeup Train Case in Navy or Floral. I needed a new BIG beach towel for my summer patio recliners, so this was a no brainer for me. Second customization was a choice between Jaboneria Marianella Hawaiian Black Lava Body Caviar, Aromatherapy Associates De Stress Muscle Gel, or a ERTH TU Y YO Ring. The ring was stunning and I decided to use it as a midi ring!!

Every box also included:

  • COOLA Face Sport SPF White Tea Moisturizer
  • Pier Imports Marble Ring Dish
  • Foreo Luna Fofo
  • Giveasip Paper Straw with online link for free Metal Straw

The sunscreen is perfect for summer, and although I have a million facial sunscreens, another is always welcome. Besides, we have a trip booked to Arizona in the November so it will come in handy.

The marble ring dish is sooo cute and the neutral marble design will fit it all styles and decors. Mine is sitting on my bedside table and is the perfect place to put my engagement ring at night to keep it safe.

I totally give a sip! But I found out this was only available to Americans. Super disappointing! I almost wish they didn’t include it at all in the box for Canadians so we didn’t get excited about having a portable and reusable straw to throw in our handbags! Love the concept, just wish I could take part.

I was praying that I would receive any colour of the Luna Fofo other than yellow, and I got Fuchsia. Basically the BEST colour I could have picked! I love the subsequent app. It told me exactly what I thought, I have dry skin. I did the test again after my skin care routine and it totally registered that my skin was more hydrated. It did mention that I should drink more water though …

Other items included in my box:

  • Tarte Tartiest Pro Glow Highlight and Contour Palette
  • Magi Sports Loop Resistance Band
  • Orlando Pita Play Atmos Shield Hair Protectant Treatment Spray

I was disappointed with both of these items (not talking Tarte). And maybe that’s me being picky. But what did you expect? I have a million thera bands and resistance bands and I have a ton of hair products and deluxe samples!! Having fine hair means a little goes a LONG ass way. I would have loved any of the other options offered, but I got both of the ones I was hoping to NOT receive. I read the FabFitFun FAQs and found out that the beauty profiles do not effect what box you are given, or what products you receive. My items proved this, as I had skincare rated high and hair and fitness ranked low (I am a beauty junkie – remember?), and yet still received these options. I would have been happy with any of the other products!

Finally, I got the Tarte palette. Thank goodness this was what I recieved. The other option was the Tarte Tartiest Pro To Go Palette and Tarte Sex Kitten Liquid Liner. I was praying and hoping for the contour palette and the FabFitFun gods heard my screams calls. Seriously, if I got the other option, I think I would have cried and written this subscription service off for life.

FabFitFun has an option to do “add ons” for $10 USD. Unfortunately, the option to add on some of the items was not available in Canada (SURPRISE! … NOT). For example, US customers could add on the makeup case if they had picked to customize their box with the towel (and vice versa). This was not available when I customized (which was immediately after it was live).

Once you are a member you have access to the shop and “community”. I didn’t use either. The community contains videos and articles, along with ways to connect with other members. Not. My. Thing. Give me all the products.

Overall, this box was still worth it even though I got two products I was hoping to avoid. The other products I received were all A+ which made it easy to overlook this. And the ones I didn’t care for are still great products, so I can always gift them. I didn’t use the store or community, and I don’t see that changing. The add ons and straw were not applicable or available for Canadians so that was a little disheartening considering we pay MORE for the service. I also got $10 off which made a huge difference in convincing me to subscribe. In the end though, I cancelled my subscription. I can always reinstate in the future if needed. With this box I saw the full spoilers before signing up, and I would do that again if I was ever to get another box. They are on the pricey side of subscription boxes, however, this one far surpassed in value. The key is deciding if the products you actually like and use will be worth the cost. Remember, the beauty profiles have no influence or merit towards the contents of your box. If you were considering multiple months of subscription, buy a YEAR at a time (four boxes) to allow you FULL customization.

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Thinking About Me …

My favorite thing to see in the mail, a hot pink, shiny mailer (so glad the matte pink bag from last month was only temporary)! This month, ipsy’s thoughts were all about me!! Or at least it felt that way, what an awesome bag I received this month!

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Ipsy is a beauty subscription service that sends 4-5 personalized beauty items right to your door. Sometimes they send full size products and sometimes sample size, it’s always a nice mix. They also send a variety of high end products (Urban Decay, Tarte, Bare Minerals, etc.) and as well as some higher quality drug store products (like NYX, Cailyn, etc.). The items come in cute makeup bag with a monthly theme! The price is only $10 USD a month with FREE shipping to US residents ($5 USD shipping to Canada – making the Canadian total around $17 CAD).

I will stalk the post’s tracking website and will squeal with delight when I see that my goodie bag has been delivered. I always peek at my bag early and I was extra excited to get all of my beauty items this month.

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The bag! Cute, black, lined and with an adorable ipsy heart keychain/zipper pull. This is probably my favorite bag from ipsy yet!

What I got in my December Glam Bag:

1. Cailyn Cosmetics Just Mineral Eye Polish in Orchid – I love loose pigments so I was very excited to try this. The powder itself is pigmented and very shimmery. A perfect light shadow to use as a base on my lids before applying some of my other darker, loose pigments or to use as an inner eye/brow highlight. The sponge tip is nothing special, it’s a little on the hard side (versus my Bare Minerals High Shine Eye Color applicator which is a soft spongy dream). I love this style of dispensing product because it creates minimal mess, which is perfect for people who have trouble working with loose pigments in the traditional jar packaging.

2. Coolway Boost Repair Treatment – The perfect treatment for dry, thirsty, winter hair! Who doesn’t love a good hydrating hair treatment?

3. Crown Brush Infinity Shadow/Crease Duet Brush – I was so excited for this brush! I was quite disappointed when I didn’t get this brush the first time it made an appearance in September’s Glam Bag. Eye brushes are definitely an obsession of mine, I’m always looking for my next favorite. This brush has super soft bristles, and I love that it is double sided with a precise crease brush. I plan to use this with my Urban Decay Naked On The Run palette.

4. NYX Cosmetics Butter Lip Balm in Red Velvet – This has been a great introduction to NYX products. The balm is buttery and smooth with the perfect hint of color, and it smells awesome. I received this in the shade Red Velvet (a pure red) and I am delighted. Ipsy continues to read my mind, they constantly send me the shades I prefer the most time and time again.

5. Tarte’s Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-in-1 Mascara – My first mascara from ipsy, FINALLY, and it’s a great one. I already know and love this mascara. Thank you ipsy for sending such a great brand!

This might be my favorite bag from ipsy yet! They continue to impress me, month after month. Are you loving your ipsy bag this month? Not signed up yet? Click Here to get your own bag. Still not convinced? Click Here to see last month’s bag.