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.

Life Happens

Shit happens. Life happens. Sometimes it happens all at once. Sometimes it happens one after the other. Sometimes it feels like it will never stop. But the journey is just as important as the destination. Sometimes things happen that we can not control. Sometimes it’s about letting go of the control. That’s my struggle. CONTROL. Control of my life. Control of my body. Control of my finances. Control of my time. Control of my emotions. When I lose control, I feel like I lose my happiness.

Happiness is about letting each moment be what it is, instead of what you think it should be.

That’s my problem, What I think it should be. I have so many expectations, of myself. But when life happens and alters situations, I have incredible difficulty altering my expectations to reflect the situation. When did the pressure to have everything “perfect” get taken so personally? When did I allow “loss of control” to equal “vulnerable”?

Sometimes stressful times need to be held. “Held” in the sense that sometimes we rely on others to carry our emotional burden when we aren’t strong enough to hold it ourselves. I’m a holder. If there is even such a thing. Maybe it’s the psychologist in me, but the people closest to me tend to turn to me first when times get tough. I can handle it. I can be honest. I can be blunt. I genuinely want to help be their emotional support. Why is it that I can be realistic with others, but with myself I’m lacking self empathy? Why is it okay for everyone else to be human, but towards myself I show no compassion? Why can I carry others emotional burdens but never expect anyone to carry mine?

Moral of this rant? When I’m find myself climbing a never ending uphill battle, carrying so much that I can’t possibly carry anymore, I’m going to stop beating myself up over the fact that my arms are full … and just get a wagon.

Let Me Take My Bow

Am I really that narsassistic, full of myself, confident? Ummm. Ya. I’m Boobs&Blonde. So I’m going to go on and take a bow, because I have been nominated for three awards from three lovely ladies. And given that it is award season, how fitting? I’m going to go put on a fancy cocktail dress, pour myself a glass of wine, and take pictures of myself, and make a little (long) post all about these fabulous nominations!

First up, the Very Inspiring Blogger Award!

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I was nominated by the lovely Danielle Kay Beauty!! Thank you so much for the nomination doll, I’m truly honored!!

The Rules:
1. Thank the person for nominating you and link back to them
2. List 7 facts about yourself
3. Nominate other bloggers and let them know
4. Display the award on your page

My Facts:
1. I’m blonde and have huge tits, I’m talking 36 DD. (I bet you already knew this fact, although I can’t figure out how – haha).
2. I have a Chihuahua and a German Shepherd. Both are rescues and are my children.
3. I also have two cats. It may be a zoo over here.
4. I’m highly allergic to cats.
5. I cried when I turned 25. I anticipate a meltdown at 30.
6. I danced for 17 years (Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Modern, etc.).
7. I have a BA in Psychology with plans to get my Master’s.

I’ll save the nominations for the end and go on to the next award. The Glam Gala nominated me for the Liebstar Award!! Thank you so much for nominating me dear! You are seriously too sweet!
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The Questions:
1. If you could only wear one beauty product for the rest of your life, what would it be and why?

Mascara! It would have to be mascara! Even on low key days a dash of mascara is always a necessity. I am a natural blonde and my eyelashes are literally invisible, I dare you to see them! A dash of mascara does wonders in making my eyes pop.

2. What is your favorite cosmetic brand, it can be high end or drug store?

My favorite brand would have to be … this is so hard, that’s what she said, Too Faced!! I love Urban Decay and Buxom and Benefit and omg so many! But I think Too Faced would have to be my ultimate fav as of late.

3. Following up to the previous question: Do you prefer high end or drug store makeup?

Definitely high end. I have a few drug store favorites, but 97% of my collection is all high end makeup brands.

4. What got you started blogging?

A lot of my friends and family had begun telling me I should start a blog because of all of my deals and steals that I find. They also consider me the biggest “girly girl” of the group, and always ask me to do their makeup or for my product advice. The tipping point was when my boyfriend’s sister said “You really should start a blog”. I had recently graduated and found myself with a lot of extra time that was no longer filled with papers and essays. So ya, I started to blog.

5. What’s your favorite band/singer?

I love so many types of music! Jay Z and Queen B, to Swedish House Mafia and Bingo Players, to Keith Urban and Tim McGraw, to Rihanna and Britney Spears. I honestly can’t pick. That’s probably a good start though.

6. What’s your favorite movie?

Of all time? Blow. But in all honesty I have 100 favorites.

Lastly, we have the Versatile Blogger Award. I was nominated by the beautiful, Beautiful Beakers!! Thank you, girl, for the nomination!! I feel so blessed to have been nominated!
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The Rules:
1. Show the award on your blog
2. Thank the person that nominated you
3. Share 7 facts about yourself
4. Nominate 15 blogs
5. Link to their blogs and tell them they’ve been nominated

My Facts:
1. My ultimate career goal is to be a Sex Therapist. I’m hoping to integrate my experience working with special needs into a sexual education program for such individuals.
2. I have taken a roadtrip from Calgary to L.A. (that’s the length of the whole western USA coast).
3. I’m obsessed with Elephants and have ornamental ones from all over the world.
4. I started wearing makeup in 9th grade. I was 13. I wore mascara, a dust of bronzer, and lipgloss. It is still the same look I wear on a no muss no fuss makeup day.
5. I have been in a 6 year relationship with my boyfriend. We met online!
6. My alcohol of choice is always Vodka.
7. I love seafood.

Thank you again to these amazing babes for their nominations! Go check out their blogs! Danielle Kay Beauty, The Glam Gala, and Beautiful Beakers. I’m truly thrilled and honored to have been nominated by them.

As for my nominations, I nominate everybody reading this! If you are reading this, post 14 facts about yourself! I want to know more about all of my amazing readers! Be sure to tag me in your post so that I can read your facts.

Until next time dolls! ♡♡♡

Goodbye 2014

And just like that, another year has come and gone. We say goodbye to 2014 and look forward with optimism at the year to come. With my birthday right before NYE (December 30th) the new year brings the opportunity of a fresh start in many ways. New year. New age. New dreams.

Here is a look back at the start of blogging for me. It’s only been 3 months, but I am already hooked! WordPress does a wonderful little annual report full of fun facts. Here were my most viewed posts of 2014. Seems you all are just as addicted to Sephora as I am ♡

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Here were the people who commented the most over these last few months:

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Thank you, each and every one of you, for your support and for reading my posts! Jan&Jot, newkeybeauty, Amber T. (Sorry doll I have no link for you!), RollinginGlitter, and theworldofcos, thank you for being my biggest commenters!

Just for fun, I made a list of some of the most hilarious search terms I have seen so far. I love that WordPress shows you exactly how people find your blog (search terms used, referral clicks, etc.). What I love even more is all of these wonderful search terms, with what I would assume were very disappointed readers. What a tease. Click for boobs instead find makeup and beauty.

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Aren’t some of these hilarious? I think my favorite is “lovely winter image with boob“. Because it isn’t a lovely image without tits, right? LOL!!

Soul Sister

Thanks to the wonderful world of blogging, I swear, I have met my soul sister. Basically, she’s the brunette to my blonde ♡. Let me tell you all about Janet, from Jan and Jot. This woman is beyond talented, not to mention gorgeous. And so crafty, she makes the cutest things! Janet sent me the most amazing early birthday gift (seriously, how sweet is that?). If you could put “me” in a box of goodies, she nailed it. Pink, EOS, shoes, leopard, Paris, lipgloss …

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And she MADE the keychain. I’m trying to tell her she should sell them because, OMG how freaking cute is this? Tell me you wouldn’t die for one of these?

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I’m almost scared to use it because it is so nice! You should check out her blog. It’s the perfect mix of lifestyle and beauty posts that she writes with her other half, Josie. I love reading all of their posts, especially because they each add a special personality to their blog. Go follow them now, you won’t be disappointed (janandjot or click the link above)!! And Janet, thank you my dear ♡ you made my birthday so special already!