St.Patrick's day was extra lucky for me this year, my FabFitFun box arrived at my doorstep. Even though the box design was cactuses and not shamrocks it's like a little pot of gold. Want to see what was in this season's box worth $162.00 USD / $216.09 CAD ? Keep on reading.
The charity FabFitFun collaborated with for Spring 2019 is the Ian Somerhalder Foundation, you know the heart throb from Lost , The Vampire Diaries and many more. The foundation is run by Nikki Reed and himself since 2010. They umbrella causes such as environmental changes and animal rescue. Through this foundation you can actively participate in environmentally friendly lifestyle changes and education on your impact on this worlds ever changing climate. For animal rescue it's helping fund animals that have been abused recover and have a chance at the life they deserve. It's a great foundation for our generation to get behind and support to make a difference.
Unplug Meditation Aromatherapy Diffuser
$55.00 USD $73.37 CAD
This diffuser included an essential oil called "HAPPY" as a starter oil which you can switch out to any aromatherapy oil for different meditations. I have yet to purchase a diffuser, this will be my first one to test the waters with. The light fixture changes colours as well to add ambiance to any room. My negative point about this diffuser is it does leak water everywhere! I was careful not to tip it, but the water spits out the top. I have to set a paper towel under it and watch what tables I set it on. It is my first diffuser, I'm not sure if all of them do this or if it's a defect with the Unplug brand one. For $73.00 I was hoping it wouldn't give me any problems or messes.
QUAY Australia "My Girl" in Black/Smoke
$55.00 USD $73.37 CAD
I love the style of Quay sunglasses including ones with unique frames, which is why I chose these cat eye frames. The cat eye shape instantly caught my attention and would look the most flattering on my oval face shape. The frame is slim with the chic branding on the sides and the lens. Going with black/ smoke was a great colour choice that will compliment many outfits. Sunglasses are the equivalent to handbags to me and these will make a great addition to my growing collection.
Giadzy Copper Plated Measuring Spoons
$15.00 USD $20.00 CAD
These are super chic measuring spoons that come as a set of 4. Unfortunately these spoons are not my kitchens colour theme which is silver, they stand out like a sore thumb. I will be gifting these to my friend who just got her first apartment and chose copper as her kitchen utility theme. What I will be using is the delicious recipes Giada's included in the FabFitFun magazine to try new recipes for the spring season.
Ciate London Extraordinary Translucent Setting Powder
$22.00 USD $29.35 CAD
This was a manifestation moment for me, granted by the makeup Gods. I'm on my last leg of my translucent powder and was in the market for a new one. The only Ciate London products I have known is their collaboration with Chloe Morello. The translucent powder is very smooth due to it's fine milling process. When I went looking on Sephora Canada I discovered they do not sell this. Going directly to the Ciate London website is the purchase option for us Canadians.
Elven By Venus Jumprope
$15.00 USD $20.00 CAD
FabFitFun teamed up with tennis superstar Venus Williams to create this jumprope. Once the weather gets warmer I like to take my workouts outside. As this being a choice item I decided to do something good for my body and build my workout equipment. Jumprope burns an outstanding amount of calories in even a short workout. It's a great cardio choice as well as all over body toning ; most importantly the biceps and legs. FabFitFun members have access to workout videos instructed by Venus Williams to enhance training.
QUAI Leave in Conditioner
$26.00 USD $34.68 CAD ( $32.00 Sephora CAD)
Apply this conditioner to damp hair to smooth, soften and detangle to keep hair healthy and damage free. If your one to use a lot of heat styling apply this to your hair prior for thermal protection. Quai does not test their products on animals. The unique scent to the conditioner is "North Bondi" floral fragrance of bergamot, Italian lemon, violet, white musk, and rose de mai.
Dr. Brandt Skincare Needles No More "No more Baggage Eye Depuffing Gel"
$42.00 USD $56.00 CAD
Dr.Brandt has had a place on my skincare vanity in the past, all of the products delivering on the claims. The price tag may tend to be a little high, though it's worth it when you get results. This gel is meant to reduce the bags under your eyes that make you look like a bloat fish. It also works to reduce the appearance of dark raccoon eye circles. The gel acts a barrier keeping out everyday irritants and pollutants that cause your skin to age. It does contain caffeine to tighten the eye contour to prevent natural sagging. Apply this gel in the AM as needed alone or under your makeup. With the studies Dr.Brandt has conducted they reported it makes your concealer apply smoother and prevents it from creasing much like a primer would. The gel is fragrance free and is safe to use on people who are sensitive.
Manna Kadar Champagne Body Scrub
$24.00 USD $32.00 CAD
Manna Kadar created this champagne scented sea mineral scrub that has Charcol and dead sea minerals to detoxify the body. The scrub will exfoliate dead skin, leave the skin hydrated and smooth for healthy radiant skin. Bonus tips are to exfoliate with a glove for maximum exfoliation and blood circulation. Between tans make sure to use a body scrub to eliminate patching creating a flawless tan application.
Tis the season for getting made up for Holiday parties, and Fab Fit Fun has you set with a box full of beauty products. This is the information I found out about each product, a little about the companies and my review on it all. If your new to this blog, I'm from Canada and show the Canadian retail value next to the U.S so my fellow Canadian subscribers can get an idea of the cost on our side of the boarder. Don't worry though this review is for everyone! The product info is the same just the different prices based on current exchange rates. As always I have a discount code for you "SANTABABY" to use here > https://t.fabfitfun.com/SHkm for $10.00 savings on your first box. Think of it as a little Christmas present to yourself. The full value of this box is $314.00 USD $417.48 CAD
The boxes cost $81.25 CAD each including shipping, you pay no duties once it's delivered. A full year of 4 boxes cost Canadians $324.97, many have inquired about a full years price.
Moroccan Gold Series Argan Hair Mask
$49.00 USD $65.15 CAD 250ml
This hair mask will add intensive hydration repair to extremely damaged and dry hair. Our hair looses it's natural integrity wether it be from weather elements or colour and styling tools. Bringing it back to it's healthy status starts with a good hair mask. They have not added any salt to this mask, making it non drying unlike my beloved salt sprays for beach waves that leave my hair feeling dry. Leave the argan hair mask on for 5 - 7 minutes before rinsing out. This company sources their argan oil from kernals of argan trees in the calcareous semi desert sous valley of south western Morocco. All the vitamins, antioxidants and fatty acids in argan oil provide moisture to the hair, fighting dandruff and dry scalp that can be so irritating in the winter months.
Oribe Gold Lust Dry Shampoo
$44.00 USD $58.50 CAD 6oz
This has to be the most luxurious dry shampoo next to my regular Tresemme that's $5.00 at Walmart. When I want to feel extra bougie I will pull this out, I just hope my luxurious alter ego doesn't get addicted to it. Now this dry shampoo does have great quality's to back up the hefty price. The starch component is 100% translucent making it safe to use on brunette or black hair with no white residue. It's also formulated with fragrance retention technology (smells so amazing, more on the fragrance further down)to hold the smell all day; not just the first 15 minutes of applying it like so many other brands. Let's get into the ingredients and benefits shall we :
The signature scent of Oribe products " Cote d' Azur" was created with a 19th century perfume house inspired by the French Riviera. Swirling notes of Calabrian bergamont ; Sicilian orange, Aomari apples, sandalwood, vetiver and crisp amber.
Side note: while researching I found out Oribe's worked with J.LO during her rise to fame on her first album " On the 6" and many years after that. Which to me is a sign I was meant to find this product, " On the 6" is my spirit animal of music if you will. Also including all her early 1997 - 2000's image is my dream look.
I did read on their website they don't ship to Canada due to Hazardous materials they can only ground ship within the United States. How Fab Fit Fun managed to get it shipped across the border I have no idea.
PUR Cosmetics Be Your Selfie Palette
$36.00 USD $47.86 CAD
Be Your Selfie Palette has 9 shadows to play with, four mattes and five shimmers that are beige, tan, pink and purple. This is my first PUR product and as a makeup junkie I'm excited to try this brand out. PUR prides itself on having ingredients that are good for you and non that aren't. The formulations of these eyeshadows are coconut oil and energizing green tea, ginseng and vitamin B. The brand is vegan, gluten free, paraben free and does not test on animals.
BITE Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick Shade " Meringue"
$26.00 USD $34.57 CAD ( $30.00 at Sephora)
BITE beauty is such a great makeup company that has never disappointed me in their product quality. I personally find their lip products to be super creamy and pigmented, I would say it's BITE's best seller. This shade "Meringue" is a flattering peachy nude perfect for day or night looks.They hand craft the lipstick in small batches to keep the nutrients and oils in each bullet. The signature citrus flavour is made with fresh pressed fruits. The top ingredients are castor seed oil, jojoba wax, shea butter, beeswax, sunflower seed wax and orange peel wax.
Anthropologie X Mer-sea & Co Seawhip Body Cream in Coconut Sugar
$24.00 USD $31.91 CAD 5oz
We received another body lotion for the winter box. I noticed this year FFF sent alot of them, I'm still trying to work through my Korres one.This is Anthropologie's collaboration with Mer-sea & Co containing dead sea salt, sea whip extract and sea slit. Other note worthy ingredients are sunflower seed oil, Aloe and vitamin E to moisturize dry skin. The fragrances to choose from are 3 different combinations
Thrive Causemetics Brillant Eye Brightner in Stella
$24.00 USD $31.79 CAD
Thrive Causemetics donates a product from every purchase made to their "Beauty with a Purpose Program". They deliver funds to women& families, wellness of the planet and animal welfare. In November they donated 100% of profits to the wildfires that took over California. All Thrive cosmetics are paraben, sulfate and cruelty free. Thrive stands out from other companies because they let the consumers have a say every step of the way. From conducting studies they listen to what us as the consumers prefer and are looking for in beauty products. From the information gathered they head to the labs to deliver it. Thrive created a really cool sounding lipliner called "Lip Filler Lip Liner" ; it is anti- aging, plumping, liner, primer and long wear stain all in one thin pencil. Voted a best seller let's get into the eyebrightner we received, this will have your eyes looking youthful in no time. Infused with Ring Light technology to diffuse light and define features creating a bright well rested eye look.
This eyeliner is waterproof and has the texture of cream to powder for sleek application ;the top ingredients it's formulated with are
AHAVA Hydration Cream Mask
$33.00 USD $43.72 CAD ( $41.00 at Sephora) 3.4oz
A few months ago we had a really hydrating Ahava hand cream in our box, making me have really high hopes for this cream mask. Infused with Dead Sea mud, Dead Sea minerals and shea butter it repairs dry skin, skin tone and elasticity in under 5 minutes. It is also recommended to sleep with it over night for extra repair. Now this mask is not one to sit on top of the skin all gooped up. You need very little and work it into the skin like a moisturizer until fully absorbed.
Mark & Graham Colour Block Throw
$49.00 USD $69.29 CAD
This chic throw is 2 shade colour blocked in grey made of acrylic. It's a loose knit making me worried it will pill and get holes in it. The washing instructions are hand wash only, no dryer bleach or dry cleaners. Personally it will not be a favourite of mine due to how delicate it is. I like simple throw in the washer blankets, this is just too much work. If it sheds on my clothes I will be getting rid of it sorry that is just my honest opinion. Looking on the website I would rather have the personalized Turkish hydro cotton towels that they could have monogramed with FFF.
You have reached the end of the road for this winter box. I hope this blog post was helpful in your thoughts on signing up for the box ; don't forget my links at the top. If you have the box already hopefully after reading this your more aware of each product received and their benefits. Happy Holidays Readers!
Fab Fit Fun has you set for crisp Autumn days with this box with a mix of beauty, home and lifestyle products. The charity they chose for this season is Christina Applegate's "Right Action For Women". This Charity helps assist women who are at an increased risk for breast cancer. I'm going to cut right to it this time, the full Canadian retail value of this box is $388.39 with the items I have selected. Keep in mind when you sign up annual you can chose what items you get on select products. Sign up following this link https://t.fabfitfun.com/SHkm and use my code "FALLINLOVE" for $10.00 off your box As you continue reading I will break down each items full USD and CAD value , plus my review on each. Let's get started before one more leaf falls on the ground outside.
Crown Brush 6 Piece Set
USD $75.00 CAD $97.72
These 6 brushes are made of 100% ultra soft Japanese synthetic bristles. The kit includes a powder, blush, concealer, shadow, blending and eyeliner brush all strapped into a vegan faux leather brush holder case to protect the integrity of the brushes. A major step forward with these brushes is they don't test on animals or use animal hairs; NO SHEDDING! With synthetic bristles it can be used for all mediums liquids, cremes and powders without trapping the product resulting in wasting more makeup and streaking applications. Each brush is made by hand not a factory machine leaving them soft and rounded not stiff and with unevenly packed bristles. The handles are PBT that won't absorb water, my hope is it will extend the life of the brush by not getting water breaking down the glue between brush head and handle. You have the choice of picking black or silver design colour, I chose silver to match my other collections.
Alfred French Press Coffee Brewer
USD $22.00 CAD $28.66
For annual members this was a choice option with a flower teapot. The design reads "but first, coffee" is a limited edition collab with Fab Fit Fun. I'm not a avid coffee or tea drinker resulting in me making a quick decision between the two and passing this on. If you do love making your own coffee this press will look great as kitchen decor or a gift to the coffee addict in your life. In the US ALFRED has locations for cafes that are very Instagramable, where you can stop for a drink.
CYLO Cobra Bluetooth Wireless Earbuds
USD $40.00 CAD $52.12
Seeing the CYLO earbuds in the selection panel was a huge yes for me. Between travel and fall walks under the changing leaves I always have music playing to boost my mood. The bluetooth wireless feature helps eliminate cords getting tangled and ripping out of your ears during a workout as well. Annual members have the choice of colour black and rose gold or white and rose gold (pictured below). The little cord between the ears contains a controller for volume, song skipping and phone calls with a built in microphone. The charging time is about 1.5 hours for the full 4 hours of talk and music playing.
Grown Alchemist Hydra Repair Day Cream : Camellia Geranium Blossom
USD $49.00 CAD $63.84
Grown Alchemist is suitable for all skin types to apply for hydration. The cream absorbs right into the skin leaving no trace of oil and shine, though I'm sure you can mix in a dewy liquid highlighter if that's the look your going for.
The key ingredients are;
Camellia and Rose hip oil - Hydration
Aloe Vera - Skin softness
Jojoba Oil - Rebalance
Sugar Cane - Smooth and help block uv skin damage
May Blossom- Brings balance to the level of your natural sebum production to reduce oil and shine and tighten your pores
Grown Alchemist prides it's self on using only organic ingredients in their skincare line. Free of harmful chemicals the cream will benefit the skin instead of contributing to early ageing with toxins.
Farmacy Dew It All Total Eye Cream
USD $38.00 CAD $49.55
Dew it all total eye cream's main ingredient is phytochemical cichoric acid which will firm the skin while actively entering the enzymes that harmfully tear apart collagen. Lack of collagen around the eyes is what will result in fine lines and lose wrinkles saddled around the eye. Fine lines are the first sign of early aging, with this cream the ingredients algae and rose hip oil extract reduce and prevent the appearance of the lines.
For a moisture surge Farmacy added hyaluronic acid to pull moisture to the skin giving it a healthy glow around your eyes. To extend the glow baobab fruit and vitamin c ingredients work together to promote cell renewal. Eyes have a tendency to be red and puffy especially in the mornings which is where chamomile and calendula come in to combat those signs.
Farmacy works with local farmers for organic sustainable ingredients. They are cruelty free, mineral oil free, paraben free, formaldehyde donor free and synthetic fragrance free. I have favourited some of their products on Sephora.com and can't wait to try a new brand for face masks, moisturizers and skin essences.
USD $20.00 CAD $26.08
Everyone and their mother's know about the beauty blender, makeup applications have never been the same since their release. As a staple piece in any makeup kit you can never have too many of this helpful tiny but mighty tool. Being that the colour selection was distributed at random I was hoping for the robin blue (I already have pink and black) but at last I saw a pink one when I opened my box. If you have never purchased one you need to get on the band wagon, hopefully this one in the box will open your eyes to the makeup application you have been missing. I have tried copy cat brands of sponges and many are just awful and stiff even after wetting. The best sponge recommendation next to the Beauty Blender is the Real Techniques sponge which preforms well. This was a great choice for the Fall box because it's universal for everyone.
Glam Glow Bubble Sheet Oxygenating Deep Cleanse Mask (2 pack)
USD $18.00 CAD $23.47
For this season's add ons I ordered the Glam Glow mud mask, with this in the box I will be set for face masks for awhile. I have not tried their sheet masks ever, only the tried and true Glam Glow original mask. This bubble sheet mask is a new release that foams as you wear it. Formulated with green tea teaox to combat dull skin and shrink pores to revive the skin to a beautiful glow. The amino acid will give a JLO glow to your complexion in minutes. Once the mask is finished working it's magic it can be used as a wash cloth, to remove excess foam. My only concern is the mask doesn't list that it is suitable for sensitive skin, only a single use will answer that question for me. The original glam glow mud mask works wonders on my skin, I can only have high hopes for the sheet masks to do wonders.
Simply Whimsical Set of 2 Tea Towels
USD $14.99 CAN $18.26
These tea towels are cute and neutral to match an array of kitchen aesthetics. You can never have too many towels wether it be for dishes, drying hands or to dress up the stove handle. Fab Fit Fun focused on the kitchen this month with these towels and the teapot or coffee press. Simply Whimsical's website also has some super chic aprons to order with unique patterns.
Skin CO Roma Blue in Capri Shower Gel
USD $22.00 CAD $28.69
This is the type of shower gel I'm all about; Italy is calling. A sweet escape to Italy while bathing to take me away on vacation if only for a few minutes. They pulled the inspiration from Capri Italy's lemon farmers to combine wild sage, lemon, and alpine rose. The whole line is Italian themed with body and skincare being that it's an Italian originated brand. A few collections on the website are limited edition, still many of them are year round. Once having a look on the website I can see a bathroom decor change coming soon. Decor vibe being the Italian coast with blues and lemons to make a fresh looking bathroom. This shower gel and Skin CO Roma get a thumbs up from me, another reason I love Fab Fit Fun they introduce you to brands you may not have found on your own.
The highly anticipated summer box has arrived and it's full of great products to help get you through the summer months. As I go through each product I will include the Canadian dollar value based on current exchange rates. Each box is around $75.00 CAD every 3 months, I do the annual which is a little over $200.00 CAD setting you up for the whole year of boxes shipping included. As I get asked this a lot I feel it was time to address the plan I'm on. I do have a discount code for you all to use towards the summer editors box use code "NEW10" here > t.fabfitfun.com/SHkm
for $10.00 off when you sign up! With the products I chose for the summer box my grand retail value was $453.96 CAD .
Tarte Tarteist Pro Glow Highlight and Contour Palette
$45.00 USD $59.00 CAD
This pro palette includes five pigmented powder shades and one cream contour named "Shade". The five highlights are finely milled buttery shimmers "Lit" is champagne, "Strobe" is pearl , "Fire" is bronze and lastly "Stunner" is opal. With the sixth shade being a universally flattering matte bronze powder. The key ingredient is Amazonian clay that blends seamlessly and provides longevity. The fragrance is made up of vanilla extract, with vitamin E, coconut and shea butter to add anti aging properties and antioxidants to revive the skin. This is really a one stop shop for your kit when working with clients, or for personal use easy to travel with in one sleek palette.
Minor History Postscript Wallet
$20.00 USD $26.00 CAD
Minor History's peach/tan card wristlet was my choice item. Once seen in person it's a bit smaller than I thought it was, so I will be passing this along. It fits ID cards and bank cards only which is sometimes all you need to bring, for myself I would end up putting it inside of a purse that carries phone, lipstick, keys etc. Made with vegan leather you can feel good about how your fashion is made. Minor History's website also shows they sell large bags, cross bodies, wallets and key holders to suit many styles. The company has been around since 2015 and give back by donating 5% of their profits to the Art's Action Fund.
Orlando Pita Play Atmos Shield Hair Protectant Treatment
$34.00 USD $44.86 CAD
To start off this smells so amazingly fresh, and added a lot more shine to my hair after applying to dry hair last minute before going out for the day. This is a 10-in-1- thermal heat protectant spray you can apply to wet or dry hair. People with hair types dry, fine, frizzy or colour treated will benefit the most from this spray. To maintain healthy hair the formula works against heat, uv rays, humidity, pollution and free radicals that all potential damage your hair shaft. I can see why Fab Fit Fun included this in the summer box to keep hair in good condition even in the hottest days of summer.
My only tip with this spray is don't apply directly after straightening hair with heat tools, it slightly brought my wavy kinks back. Do bring this to the beach with you to block uv rays, apply when you apply sunscreen and you will be covered head to toe. The website offers a variety of hair care with masks, treatments, and styling aids. Orlando Pita even sells the tinted dry shampoo that I have been eager to try out. Along with selling product the site offers hair inspiration in the tutorials from top stylist with easy to follow along steps.
Foreo Luna FoFo
$89.00 USD $117.43 CAD
This is Foreo's newest release technology and as a Fab Fit Fun member we were the first to try it. This device not only cleanses your skin but creates a customized routine using artificial intelligence to measure your skins moisture levels. The hygienic silicone brushes have two sizes the finer tips are designed for large areas such as your forehead and cheeks. For areas of the skin that are prone to oiliness t-zone and chin, the thick silicone deep cleans.
With the fofo design you will see two gold plates on the back, these are sensors to pick up your exact moisture levels and skin type. Once the device has retrieved it's information you can link it to the free app "Foreo For You" for all your customized skin care tips and tricks for your exact skin type. The app will then create t-sonic pulsations made just for you and sync it back to your device for proper cleansing. This is a lot of technology for something that will fit in your palm and I feel it will be a popular item for Foreo. The little device is completely waterproof and powered by two replaceable AAA batteries.
Coola Classic Face SPF 50 White Tea
$32.00 USD $44.00 CAD
This sunscreen offers high coverage of 50 SPF while giving your skin the benefits of a moisturizer with 70% organic ingredients. Wether your at the beach or hanging in the pool it will give you 80 minutes of water resistance without having to reapply. The one thing I really like about this Coola sunscreen is I can go foundation free because the ingredients in it help combat my skin concerns. The key ingredients evening primrose and linseed oils help eliminate redness and splotchy uneven skin. It is recommended for sensitive, dry, normal and combination skin types.
Pier 1 Imports Marble Ring Dish
$14.99 USD $18.47 CAD
Fab Fit Fun usually tries to include one or more household items in each box.The summer box had a chic ring dish with gold lining (which will match my room perfectly) and a marble face. It will dress up and shelf following the marble trend, and leaves a good amount of space for jewellery or whatever you decide to put on top. I have never owned anything from Pier 1 Imports so this is a nice start.
Aromatherapy Associates De- Stress Muscle Gel
$39.00 USD $51.76 CAD
The blend of essential oils in this gel is lavender, black pepper, rosemary and ginger to relax the mind and body.It's quite a strong mix so much so that the box it came in smelt like it before I even opened it. Using the hot/ cold technique it targets stiff sore muscles and helps eliminate pain. This was a choice item and I'm so happy I picked it, the smell is relaxing and I always have sore neck and shoulders that need attention.
As I was browsing the website I saw they sell a variety of body care for ultimate relaxation. The collections names range from relax - inner strength to nourishing & polishing. All collections are made up of bath salts, scrubs, essential oils and creams. The support collection stood out to me the most helping combat cold& flu tiredness to relax the body to heal. On the website you can read about the founders Geraldine Howard and Sue Beechey and their goal with Aromatherapy. The main head quarters is in Vancouver for us Canadians, you can order from the Canadian website linked below
Summer & Rose Beach Towel
$55.00 USD $72.64 CAD
Summer & Rose has some beautiful pieces in their collection, this towel included. It's a little steep for a towel and I would never have purchased it at that price if it wasn't included in our summer box. If you are an annual member you get to chose the pattern and colour of the towel. A blessing is it's made of microfibre making it impossible for sand to stick too. The size is jumbo which helps with being able to flip over while lying out and not falling off your towel.
Maji Sports Loop Resistance Band
$15.00 USD $19.80 CAD
Resistance bands are great for working muscles in your legs, arms and abs. I own one that is medium resistance but this is smaller. The smaller the band the more resistance for greater strength gain. The loop design is ideal for the band not to become untied during working out, trust me it hurts when it smacks you anywhere on the body. Fab Fit Fun members also get access to Fab Fit Fun Tv, where you can find workout videos to help get the most from your bands.
The add ons are items that are exclusively on sale for Fab Fit Fun Members this month I picked all these items and only paid $23.00 CAD
Living Proof Shampoo and Conditioner Set - FRIZZ CONTROL - Regular Price $34.00 CAD each or $68.00 CAD for both www.sephora.com
Cocoage Cosmetics - Cocoa Powder 24k Gold Body Scrub Brown Sugar - Regular Price $79.95 USD $105.53 CAD cocoagecosmetics.com
The arrival of the Spring box has me hopeful for warmer weather even though we are still getting snow in March. This season's box included fitness tools, makeup, home decor and fashion. The colours represented spring 100%, I was lucky enough to receive tiffany blue in many of the products. Everything in this box added up to the Canadian Retail Value being $447.00 CAN with the current exchange rate. When you sign up for annual the box works out to being around 76.00 CAN every 3 months . Use my discount code BLOOM10 here ☛ t.fabfitfun.com/SHkm for $10.00 off your box. Below is a breakdown of each product in the Spring box.
Rachel Pally Reversible Clutch - Paradise Pattern
$60.00 USD $77.39 CAN
Out of the three patterns to chose from I chose paradise due to the Tiffany Blue and leaf pattern. The bag is a reversible design to show either the blue on the flap or the canvas tropical print. This would complement a entire white outfit or denim really well. The zipper is sturdy with a tassle design, and the inside has a extra pocket for your phone or cards. Rachel's website is very cute and tailors to collection, plus, maternity and bridal party's. The main designs trend ruffles, prints and stripes.
Murad Skin Perfecting Lotion
$40.00 USD $51.59 CAN
This lotion is really targeted at oily blemish prone skin. It's really difficult to find a moisturizer to control oil that won't flare up acne prone skin, this lotion is gentle enough to not irritate it. The lotion is oil free and minimizes the look of pores improving skin texture.
Retinol - promotes cell turnover to reduce clogged pores
Soy Flour - firms and protects elasticity
Queen of Meadow extract - tightens pores and reduces oil production
I have used Murad before even their skin wash line and have had great results. Keep in mind a little goes a long way with this lotion as it blends like a dream.
Anderson Lilly Sunset Collection Candle - choice Manhatten Beach , Fresh Linen or Super bloom
$45.00 USD $58.04 CAN
Fab Fit Fun gave you the choice of 3 different smells to customize your box, I picked super bloom because garden flower smells are my go too. The vessel it came in is a lovely copper thats perfect for any room and can be upcycled. The candle is hand poured coconut wax blend for a clean burn. The scent is a blend of basil, tangerine leaf, anise, violet, geranium, lily of the valley, jasmine, rose, rosewood and cashmere musk. We have received Anderson Lilley lotion before in our boxes and I loved them. Can't wait to light this wick that burns for 7 hours.
Dermelect Cosmeceuticals Makeover Concealing Ridge Filler
$18.00 USD $23.22 CAN
I do not get my nails done with gels or acrylics regularly, leaving my nails in a pretty healthy state. This will be going on my work shelf for client use ( I'm a esthetician). It adds a pink hue to the nails while blurring imperfections. The protein peptides and moisturizing agents aid the nails in improving ridges, yellow stains and discolouration. The website is worth checking out for the reviews on this product it carries a 5 star rating.
Physique 57 Massage Roller
$20.00 USD $25.80 CAN
I have seen these everywhere and never brought myself to buying one. The colour was by random I was just lucky enough to receive the light blue. It will match my workout runners, yoga mat and resistance bands making it all look as a set. I really like that they included tips on how to massage certain areas and muscles with the roller.
Free People X Understated Leather Starry Eyed Travel Eye Mask
$40.00 USD $51.59 CAN
The most awaited item in the spring box was this eye mask due to up coming travel I have and I don't own one. On the 7-8 flight I have I need shut eye to look rested. The cooling insert is a perfect touch for extra relaxation and aiding puffy eyes. It's made of vegan leather that feels of great quality and the star pattern is chic. Another bonus is the adjustable strap for comfort and function.
ISH Lip Statement Palette
$42.00 USD $54.00 CAN
ISH'S twelve shade palette has some truly beautiful shades. The bottom row had to be my favourite with the hot corals. They are formulated with rose extract, shea butter, jojoba oil, olive oil and aloe vera. These ingredients are very moisturizing for the lips, they have the bonus of being paraben free, gluten free and cruelty free. Use code ISH20 on http://ish.co for 20% off your order.
Korres Guava Body Butter
$24.00 USD $31.00 CAN
It was no choice to grab this Korres product in the choice option. I have tried many face products from this brand and had such success with them. Formulated with shea butter and quince extract to moisturize the skin this really glides on like butter. A trio blend of sunflower, almond and avacado oil improves skin texture and elasticity.
Ettika Day Dreamer Tassel Earrings
$58.00 USD $74.81 CAN
I chose these to accessorize some off the shoulder dresses in the summer, envisioned with my hair tied back. I went for black because it will match everything more than the pink and white. The plating is 18kt gold to accent the black.
Santa came early and he delivered FAB FIT FUN right to my door step. I have set up an annual subscription that allows me to pick the colours or choice of certain items which becomes really helpful on most boxes. This review like all in the past include the Canadian Dollar value based on Current Exchange Rate 🇨🇦 If you like what you see there is still time to sign up for FAB FIT FUN to receive this winter box and receive $10.00 off with the code SANTABABY
☛ https://t.fabfitfun.com/SHkm This season's box retail value was $494.10 Canadian and cost $70.20 Canadian
💥 Every season FAB FIT FUN releases add ons to purchase for your following seasons box. I don't always purchase add ons but this season I found 3 items that I absolutely love. All add on's are majorly discounted and are first come first serve basis. Here are the details on the items I bought all 3 for $44.00 CAN.
Moisturizes ➣ Organic Aloe, Organic Shea Butter
Soothes ➣ Yarrow Extract, Panthenol, Peppermint Leaf Extract
Waiting outside my door one Fall afternoon was FAB FIT FUN's colourful designed box. This post is my review on each product inside, plus the Canadian dollar value based on current exchange rates . The best part of their box is the variety of goodies, from beauty to fashion and fitness. If you like this review and would like to start receiving these annual boxes in your mail, use my link t.fabfitfun.com/SHkm with the code PUMPKINSPICE to get $10.00 off your Fall box.
Mer-sea& co Warp-
My scarf came in the dusty rose colour and has the softest feel made with 100% polyester to keep you extremely cozy. Though it's shown as a wrap it has a versatile style ability, I prefer mine as a scarf fashion for the cold Fall season. Mer- sea & co's website has a collection of wraps for travel, pool wear and cooler seasons in an array of colours. If you are searching for bath, body and home fragrance they have you covered. A fun fact of this company is Mer means sea in French they combined French and English to create the company name. The company is in partnership with water.org organization helping people have access to fresh water. With purchasing the candle " Sea Change" which you can find on the website, all sales go straight to water.org. Full Retail Value $98.00 USD = $120.92 CAN
Private Party Gym Bag-
This denim duffle will be a chic travel bag for me this Fall. The bags came with different slogans GYM &JUICE, WILL WORK OUT FOR CUPCAKES and MEET ME AT THE BARRE. If your not using it as a gym bag it's large enough to use as a travel bag to hold makeup, sweaters, change of shoes, neck pillow, snacks and so on. I like the added side pocket perfect for holding electronics at close reach. The zippers feel sturdy, not cheap like they may catch on fabric. Full Retail Value $59.00 USD = $72.80 CAN
IMM LIVING Coset Wire Heart Ceramic Jewellery Holder -
First off it's like FAB FIT FUN knew my room colour scheme was white and gold. This holder will have a permanent space on my focus self it matches perfectly. Anyone who owns a variety of rings and earrings know how easy it is to loose them. This dish will keep them organized while adding style to the room. If you or your friends are hard to buy gifts for, IMM LIVING has an eccentric style of home decor on the website to choose from. Full Retail Value $33.00 USD = $40.72 CAN
Deco MIAMI Lavender Cuticle Oil - 6mL
Before even opening the product the box caught my eye with it's artsy design. Once opened the bottle is super chic, with a gold lid on top of a glass bottle. Heading into Fall dry cuticles can make any manicure look awful, this product is a staple in nail care. The scent in our box was lavender, on the website they also sell the scent lemon blossom. I personally like that FAB FIT FUN went with a nail treatment instead of a nail polish, I have so many polishes already. The cuticle oil is vegan and cruelty free with the formulation of argan oil, safflower seed oil, bamboo extract, vitamin C and E. Full Retail Value $12.50 USD= $15.42 CAN
Whish Beauty Renewing Mud Mask -
This renewing mud mask as many claims to improve texture, exfoliate, purify, minimize pores and has a replacement of retinol thats all natural. Reading all that on the box has be intrigued, I'm always on the hunt for a good face mask. My favourite aspect of this mask is it's multifunctional with the exfoliator, helping cut out an extra step in the skincare routine. I will note that the ingredient list does contain almond oil, if you have any nut sensitivity's I would recommend a patch test first. Fragrance is also listed on there, which may cause problems for extremely sensitive skin. Once I have tried this for a couple weeks, I will report back with my final thoughts on this cruelty free mud mask. The mask is instructed to leave on for one minute, then rinse off in circular motions. Full retail Value $48.00 USD = $59.23 CAN
Mytagalongs Hot& Cold Gel Pack-
This berry gel pack can be put in the freezer for the ultimate cooling sensation to help sore muscles, swelling and bug bites. If you feel you would like it hot just microwave it for relief of cramps or to keep under your clothes if your cold while lounging. The website has everything from pouches to hold your tag a longs to beauty and tech. The slogan gave me a giggle " what's cooler than being cool?" ICE COLD as Outkast would say in " Hey Ya!" Full Retail Value $15.00 USD = $18.51 CAN
Trestique Matte Colour and Shiny Balm Lip Crayon - Tuscan Wine
The name of this lip crayon could not be more me, loving the Italian vibes of the collection. It's a medium red colour with a more orange base than blue. The design of the matte and balm duo ended is very effective for traveling and creating different looks. The balm is super moisturizing which is great for the colder weather, helping prevent dry lips. Full Retail Value $28.00 USD= $34.55 CAN
MOIK Dental Club Organic Carbon + Coconut Teeth Whitening Powder & Toothbrush-
I have seen this all over Instagram and could not wait to try this for myself. It looks completely disgusting while brushing, full on zombie mouth. Made from organic coconut shell activated charcoal it helps remove stains while detoxifying your mouth and gums. The powder has no smell or taste to it, just a gritty texture at the start before it melts down. This will take a bit of time to show results but I'm optimistic about the powder. Full Retail Value $43.95 USD= $54.23 CAN
The Jetset Diaries Cable Knit Beanie - Black
Fall and chic hats go hand in hand I could not be happier it's black because it will go with everything! A basic beanie is perfect for cool Fall days to accessorize outfits with an added flare. Also it's an easy fix for a bad hair day or second day hair. The Jetset Diaries has some really beautiful clothes on the website. The pieces are on the priced high end, though they are very unique. This is a brand to watch out for I had never heard of them before , the bohemian vibes to the collections are stunning. Full Retail Value $49.00 USD= $60.46 CAN
This season's box FULL CANADIAN Retail Value is $476.84 CAN!! Now that deal is worth saluting a Pumpkin Spice Latte too!
A little video of 51 random facts to mark my 51st video on Youtube. I wanted it to be my 50th video but life didn't work out that way. To bend with the curve I'm throwing in one bonus fact. When doing makeup tutorials it's not easy to show all sides of your personality, I think that's why this tag was invented.
Summer is finally here and the FabFitFun box is a perfect way to welcome it. Packed with lots of goodies to use this summer the box cost me $80.80 CAN after shipping. The mix of products in the box were very much worth this price. I normally leave the grand total to the end, but I'm switching things up this time. The summer box with the items below retail valued for $352.42 CAN. Keep reading below for details and review of each item and each items Canadian dollar retail value. If you like what you see in this box it's still shipping out for the summer, use my link in the side bar to receive $10.00 off your first box. Hope you all enjoy the sunshine, beaches and ice cream this summer has in store.
JUICE BEAUTY ORGANIC SMOOTHING EYE CONCENTRATE -
This eye treatment is made with organic white grape, carrot, aloe juices,algae and green tea leaf antioxidants. Jojoba, sunflower and avocado oil bring in the essential fatty acids to rehydrate the skin in this delicate area. The lotion is jammed packed with vitamins B5,C & E to aid in the production of collagen (you need collagen to give skin it's firmness and strength to heal). Vitamin C helps slow free radical damage to collagen that can cause fine lines, wrinkles and patchy dryness. The use of vitamin C helps brighten the skin diminishing dark circles, making it a must have ingredient in eye creams. The 15ml size is decent being that a little goes a long way and because it's an organic product the shelf life is reduced. The pump is very hygienic as opposed to the open jar cream. Now being that it is organic is does not have the most pleasant smell, which doesn't really matter around the eye area but it's worth noting. I have been using this morning and night for four days and have noticed my under eyes are more hydrated. The concealer I use (Urban decay Naked Skin) is sitting well and not creating dry patches.My opinion on this eye treatment it's very moisturizing and is a staple step in skincare. On their website you receive 15% off your first order by signing up. www.juicebeauty.com Full Retail Value $30.00 USD = $39.74 CAN
BKR - THE ORIGINAL GLASS WATER BOTTLE-
If Elle Woods had a glass water bottle this bright pink shade would be it! I checked out the collections on the website and it gets better. They have a great shade and detail range to choose from, the shade HOLIDAY (Tiffany blue vaycay colour) is on top of my to get list. The slip is the perfect tool for grip and extra protection of the glass. I will note this bottle does have some weight to it , but on the fitness aspect of it thats a good thing right? This company is fully committed to eliminating the use of plastic water bottles, this is a work in progress for myself. I'm all in for helping save the environment while looking chic doing it. This summer I have been really inspired to try different spa water recipes. The bottle is a perfect way to take the spa water with me for the day. Water is super important to stay hydrated and is crucial in good skin care. bkr offers sizes from 250ml- Litre to help keep the measurements of your daily intake. Oddly my bottle smells like mint chocolate, did anyone else experience this? Full Retail Value $35.00 USD= $46.36 CAN
CARGO HD PICTURE PERFECT HIGHLIGHTER -
I have heard of Cargo in the past, this HD line is new and is more advanced in the pigments that reflect light to complement HD filming and pictures. With an HD camera the flash bounces of the highlight making your glow look on point. The shade bronze is a beige colour with a sheen reflect, no chunky glitter here. The texture is almost buttery, being that it's extremely soft and glides on the skin like butter on toast. Now is this product topping Becca highlighters you may ask? I'm going to say no based on luminosity, Becca still has more wow factor. Though I really do like the formula Cargo has come up with, this is why I categorize this with Smashbox cosmetics for performance and formulation. The packaging also comes with an added bonus mirror lid for travelling touchups. Full Retail Value $30.00USD= $39.74 CAN
EAU THERMALE AVENE 50+ FACE
It would not be a summer box without a sunscreen included. It still amazes me how many people go without sunscreen to this day. I want to shake those people and scream "What are you doing???". Yes I know the sunscreen we grew up with was thick, white, greasy and had that "sunscreen" odour. Those excuses don't work anymore the cosmetic and skincare industry has become more advanced over the years and this product is proof. 50+ is the highest you can block 98% of UVB/UVA rays, and no SPF 15,30,45,50 have nothing to do with age! SPF 15 blocks 94%, 30 blocks roughly 96% and 50 blocks 98%. This numbers are very close in the grand scheme of things, none block 100%. Reapplication timing is the true different in the performance. This light weight lotion for the face is fast absorbing and has a matte finish with no white effect. I still need to do a flash back test with my camera to see if it past the test. Rule of thumb sunscreens with titanium dioxide and zinc oxide create the most flash back (Avene 50+ face doesn't have these). My favourite aspect of this lotion is it's fragrance free, oil free, oxybenzone free, hypoallergenic, non comedogenic and dermatologist tested. This is perfect for the pool or beach day with 80 minutes of water resistance before having to reapply. Full Retail Value $24.00 USD = $31.79 CAN
** SUNSCREEN TIP- I apply face ones to my hands to prevent sun spots
KLORANE DRY SHAMPOO WITH OAT MILK -
Dry Shampoo has become a life and hair saver over the last few years, especially for colour treated hair. I'm always ready to try new ones to compare on scents, longevity and volume enhancement. This is my first time trying one with oat milk and it's extremely soft on the hair. The spray is pleasant/ fresh smelling without being too over powering. Klorane scores higher than Batiste for me due to the fact there is no white residue left behind to blend. Full Retail Value $17.29 CAN on well.ca
MICHEAL STARS - RUANA, SCARF, SARONG
Tile inspired print
The mix of the colours is playful for summer, the orange and tan have been the colours I'm most attracted to this season. From this universal piece the scarf way to wear it will be my most popular style. Made from 100% viscose it's recommended dry clean only and can be ironed on the lowest setting. This item is associated with Joyful Heart Foundation founded by Law & Order: SVU'S Mariska Hargitay. Their mission is to help sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse survivors and to spread the word, making it easier for people to not shy away from coming forth with their stories. With the aim to stop the abuse 25% of each Ruana sold goes to this non profit organization. The Micheal Stars website has many fashionable pieces for men and woman with a very Californian feel to it. Full Retail Value $54.00 USD= $71.53 CAN
READY, SET, CREATE ART KIT BY AMY TANGERINE
As the art lover that I'am it was only destiny to receive this DIY paint set. Now I feel I could get this way cheaper than the retail value at my local craft store, I never say no to an art project. It does include everything you need to get the creative vibes flowing. My vision for this canvas is tropical to complement my living room. If it turns out okay I will share the finished painting on my instagram. We will have to where the paint brush takes me. Full Retail Value $22.00 USD = $29.14 CAN
KRIS NATIONS - MYSTIC BAR NECKLACE
I was really hoping to receive the turquoise blue stones, but instead I found the peach moonstone one in my box. The peach stones linked to the 18k gold overlay chain provide strength, inner peace and growth. Now I'm not one for the gemstones have mystical powers type mind set, so I'm on the fence about this necklace. The chain is super fine I'm almost afraid I will pull it by accident breaking the links. We will have to see how it holds up with wear. Out of all the items in the box this season this was my least favourite for me personally. The creative mind behind the packaging was cute though, putting it in a little message bottle. Full Retail Value $58.00 USD = $76.83 CAN
Gypsy 05 Roundie -
This roundie makes the perfect accessory to a beach day! The very beachy bohemian pattern is made from 100% cotton. It's not the softest texture, I don't believe it was designed to be though. I could see this layed out on the beach for a picnic in the summer months. Out of all 8 designs I would have preferred a blue one, the peach and mint scream summer colours which is why I'm okay with it. All categories on the website are neatly layed out making it easy to search. Gypsy 05 sells an assortment of dresses, active wear, swim to jewellery and shoes. The price range is medium to extremely high, the highest prices I saw were the jewellery price tags. Every piece sold on their website has a beautiful bohemian flare and very unique look to the items. They ship internationally from the U.S. great news for us Canadians we can place orders. Retails for $50.00 USD = $66.89 CAN
Briogeo Rosaroo Milk Reparative Leave in Conditioner Spray-
Right off the bat I can tell you this product smells amazing! Partly because it leaked all over my box, the cap unscrewed a bit during shipping. Once I cleaned it up it still works thankfully. Key ingredients are rosehip, argan and coconut oil. Other note worthy ingredients are shea butter, hibiscus flower extract, peel oil ( orange,grapefruit, lemon, tangerine) and fir oil. The use of this leave in conditioner is to repair dryness, strengthen, heat protect as well as adding additional shine to the hair. Targeting everything you need in your Spring hair routine. Formulated without sulfates, parabens, silicones, or artificial colours it's a great product to add to your vanity line up. I will advise this product is strongly scented, so if you have sensitives to fragrance I would not recommend this for you. If you are looking to purchase you can find this vegan friendly, cruelty free spray at Sephora. Retails for $20.00 USD $26.00 CAN at Sephora
Milly Zip Pouch -
Milly is a very fashion forward brand, I'm very excited that the vacation pouch was in my box. The water resistant wristlet reads " Haute Mess". In the collection other colours and sayings are available another favourite was the one that reads "Beach Please". The zip pouch is the most adorable accessory for a beach day to hold personal belongings or your bikini. In the winter seasons I will convert this to a makeup bag for travel. Retails for $45.00 USD = $60.20 CAN
Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion Age Defying Exfoliator -
Weekly exfoliation is a must to get radiant skin, slothing away dead skin cells so new ones can regenerate. Also doing this step in skin care allows other products to penetrate the dermis to preform better. Suitable for all skin types this is an easy alternative to going for a microdermabrasion treatment at the spa. Containing pharmaceutical grade crystals to exfoliate, lactic acid to eat away at the dead skin cells and smoothing botanicals to reduce redness, this will also help get rid of acne scars and uneven skintone. Sephora does not carry this age defying one, they do sell the plain microdermabrasion one. With such a high price tag I'm intrigued to see the results of this product. Retails at Sephora for $98.00 CAN
Karuna Hydrating + Face Mask-
This mask is most suitable for dry, dull and dehydrated skin types, which is pretty much all of us Canadians after this winter! The cloth sheet helps improve elasticity, rebuild the skins moisture barrier and improve hydration by 40%. Sheet masks are on the trend right now because they are easy to use and are the best mess free way to great skin. Formulated without oils the hyaluronic acid and peptides replenish the new skin cells. At the same time Chinese licorice and vitamin B work together to detoxify. The perfect blend of aloe vera and chamomile hydrate for long lasting moisture on the skin. Length of time to wear is 10-20 mins, I wore mine during Netflix watching. The look of my skin was improved and the soft moisturized feel to my face felt like I had drank so much water, which I honestly don't drink enough of. Retails for $28.00 USD On Sephora they sell these online only for $34.00 CAN it's a box of 4 for a one month supply. $9.36 CAN per mask
Realher Lip Kit -
I received the shade deep red for this trio. I like the idea of all three to create the perfect lip, instead of trying to find all three different products similar in colour. Realher donates 20% of all proceeds to the charity The American Association of University Women. Threw education, advocacy and leadership programs they help women source empowerment and self fulfilment. The brand Realher really emphasizes on girls and women being 100% their best self not media's portrayal of what is the best. The designers even made the packaging super chic with adorable quotes on them. Retails for $48.00 USD = $64.21 CAN
Deborah Lippmann Nail Polish Set- Shades Blue Orchid/ Like a Virgin
I tried the shade blue orchid which is a pretty spring pastel blue. The staying power was about 4 days with a top and base coat from O.P.I. The application was a little streaky and needed two coats to get the true opaque colour. The shade "Like a Virgin" does not really interest me. With all the other shades that are on the market it was kinda blah. I truthfully still prefer the Zoya nail polish that came in the editors box over this duo. Retails for $19.00 USD = $25.42 CAN
Emerald + DUV "Joshua Tree" Cage Bracelet -
This brand was launched by Kristin Cavallari and I was excited to try a piece from her line out. I chose this bracelet thinking it had emerald colours in it... had not done my research before picking haha. No emerald to be found, but it is a really pretty gold cuff with an open concept. Their are many outfits that would be complemented with this timeless piece. Their website website has alot of really beautiful pieces with implicit design. Full Retail $80.00 USD= $107.02 CAN
This Spring Fab Fit Fun Box has the full retail value of $489.42 CAN for the entire box. There was some very unique items in this months box that really grabbed my attention. I'm loving Fab Fit Fun so far and I have only been subscribed for 2 boxes so far. The next box is Summer and I can hardly wait. To receive $10.00 off your first box use my link. Hope everyone who got their boxes loved what was in them.