This box was sent for review, at a discounted rate.
Well. This is a Massive box. (It had better be, with the $50 price tag)
Wren 14Kt Gold and Black Sapphire Necklace
Megan and Paige– OOOH. Jewelry. We love jewelry. We love sapphires and gold. We don’t love this necklace. The size is great (18” + 2” extender), the shape is really cute (Gold heart for Megan, rose gold moon for Paige) and the packaging is nice. The problem lies in the fact that the (very large) item detail sheet says that this would retail for $100. It is by far the highest retail in the mix and the workmanship of it doesn’t hold up. The sapphire doesn’t sparkle at all. We do realize that it’s small and black but it is faceted and should therefore do… something…This implies that it is very badly cut and murky (Again- It’s black, but there should be a touch of clarity). The other issue is that the flat part of the surface of both pendants were not buffed well. You see lots of surface pitting that should have been sanded/buffed/smoothed before being dipped. It’s just sort of cheap. A bit downer on the first item (We’re just going in sheet order). Bottom line is that its a great $15-$20 piece, it is most definitely NOT worth the $100 that the card states, and neither of us would pay the full price for this.
FabFitFun x CosmoBody Jump Rope
Megan and Paige– Meg knew that her job would come back to bite her someday. She knows just a little too much about how much it actually costs to make items. Some one who does not know about the cost of manufacture might pay $14 for this (very decent, and nicely colored and branded) jump rope, but Megan also knows that they can be made in China for less than $0.80 each. There is no packaging to speak of (which normally adds anywhere from $0.20-$0.80 depending on what kind it is) and even paying royalties for the ‘CozmoBody’ branding, there is no way that this landed for more than $2.00 (Being very generous here). That would usually mean that it would sell for $7-10. Again, it seems a bit overpriced for something like this.
Everyday Wireless Speaker Retail $29.99
This one is spot on for price. It’s a fun color (Meg’s a pink girl if you haven’t figured that out already). We love that it is rechargeable and the blue tooth option makes it great to take to the beach or on a picnic.
Scratch Nail Wraps
Megan– Well, these are thick and sort of like puffy paint. I get that they want it to emulate nail polish but the texture is just sort of weird. The triangle design is kind of cool, I wanted a bit of a brighter color. The nude/pink/pale color doesn’t work with my skin tone.
Paige -I liked the color, it’s fun maybe for one nail, but it’s a bit intricate for the whole hand. I thought the texture was fine, when you got BOTH coats of plastic off (one on the front and one on the back) I didn’t think they were that thick once on, and even though there are like 16 in the pack, I think these will last me for a while because I might wear just 2 at a time. $12 feels a bit high for the product, but it is what they are retailing for, so its about right. The one thing that bothered me is that you had to go to the website to get directions, yes they were relatively easy to apply, but is one extra tiny piece of paper in the package to much to ask for?
Inkling Scents Sultry Roll-On Oil Perfume
Megan– My pickiness with scents comes into play here. It reminds me of something but I can quite put my finger on it. I know that the oil part of the perfume is supposed to help the scent stay longer but it just leaves a bit of a residue that I don’t care for.
Paige- I really liked this scent, once it goes on, it truly is very sultry, and will probably not be an every day scent for me, but I love it for evening events. It did leak a bit in the box, but not enough to really bother me. A co worker loved it so much that she took my order code and ordered it the day I received my box! I will say that the customer service for this company is awesome, when the scent order arrived, it had a hand written thank you note and several yummy samples of other scents.
Headspace 3-month Subscription
Valued at $38.85
Meg– I think this is an app for meditation? Obviously I need to do a bit more research on this. The sheet says it’s a ‘must have for A-list celebs like Gwyneth Paltrow and Emma Watson’. I don’t know that that actually helps or dissuades me from following up on the website….
Paige– I’ve gotta be honest- this will never get used, but the card itself is cute! I might put it up at work or something?
Wow…halfway (ish) through and this isn’t going very well…hmmm.
Gorge ‘I’ll make you look Amazing’ Daily Spray
Meg– I’m excited to try this tomorrow. Anything that promises to repair ‘ALL’ damage is worth a try 🙂
Paige– It smells funny. (Patchouli?) But that goes away after using it. It’s not a miracle worker, but its a great leave in conditioner.
Hello Konjac Cleansing Sponge
Meg– I love these! I have some that have clay and charcoal in them. They exfoliate (gently) and clean really nicely.
Paige– Awesome! Love anything that exfoliates well. My facial brush is almost dead, this will make a nice replacement.
Tarte LipSurgence Lip Gloss
Meg– Well, I love Tarte, and this color (exposed) is beautiful. Goes on nicely, stays nicely, not sticky. Another A+ from Tarte.
Paige– I got the same color. It is a fantastic sheer pink. I also love any Tarte product, so this works beautifully for me.
Sponsered: Vaseline Intensive Care Aloe Soothe Spray Moisturizer
Meg– Well, this is a really big bottle. I like how it feels on but it’s a bit unwieldy to use. I feel like it sprays easily but it covers a lot more of an area than you actually want it to. After the first spray I put a towel down and that made it a bit easier.
Paige– This is a great product. It went on smoothly and easily, and rubbed in really well. It also left no residue.
All in all, the value of the box was there, but we are both glad we got it at a discount for the first time. We will both keep it for another go-round and see if its actually worth the $50 price tag.
If you are interested in the Fab Fit Fun Box, use the code 3girls to get $10 off your first box! Just go to vip.fabfitfun.com.
Paige- This box was a such pleasant surprise! I am usually pretty happy with the Walmart beauty boxes, and end up buying a lot of the samples they send out. It also always comes with excellent coupons. There just seemed to be so MUCH in this box!
Now, here’s what I love about the box:
I LOVE the NYC Brand So that in itself was a great deal. The color is a really pretty rose, that will go well with my complexion. I have tried the Jergens Natural Glow Before, but this seemed to be a little revamped, so I’ll definitely try it out. Nivea brand is great as well, and is perfect to stash in my purse or drop bag for traveling. I like the Neutrogena sunscreen a lot, and this sport sunscreen works really well, so this is another great find. St. Ives is ALWAYS awesome in a box, its the greatest facewash ever, and I’ve been using it since I was in my early teens.
Now for the not so hot stuff:
There is always that one item in any subscription box that the subscriber is just never gonna use. Its hard to make thousands of people happy with EVERYTHING, so I understand that. So, while I considered this box a pretty good one (as $5 subscription boxes go) There were a couple of things that I didn’t really need to see in there.
I have received more Dove Body Washes in the last few months than I have seen in the stores in the last year. I think I got this scent alone in at least three boxes. Needless to say, I’d like to try something different. That being said, however, it will be thrown in my camp bag to be used while on trips, because the travel size is useful. The You and I one direction perfume sample was not my cup of tea. I am REALLY picky when it comes to scent, and this one was not my style at all. And lastly The Neutrogena Clear Scalp and Hair Therapy Shampoo could have been left out. I say it every time, if you send only part of a system, how am I supposed to test out how it works? I would prefer foils packets of the shampoo, conditioner, and styling aids to use at the same time and see if I like the whole system rather than just a portion of the product that doesn’t really tell me much about the whole.
Meg- I walked in from work to find this little gem waiting for me. If only the A/C hadn’t been waiting for me as well but had miraculously turned itself on (the downside of keeping the energy bill down… )
Well, this box is packed with goodies. Completely worth the $5. Up first:
Neutrogena is always a good bet with my sensitive skin, and I enjoy their samples. I received the Healthy Volume mascara in travel size. Nothing earth shattering, but it’s going in my purse for those days I walk out the door forgetting to put it on. (It happens more often than I’d like to admit.) I also got the Neutrogena Healthy Skin Boosters Facial Cleanser. This came in their last box too. That’s not a bad thing as it’s the perfect travel size and is a very good cleanser.
Nivea Soft Moisturizing Creme is more of a heavy cream. Definitely a night time one for me.
John Frieda Sea Salt Spray – Well, I’ve never understood salt spray for hair. My hair is wild enough without putting something in it that makes it harder to work with. I keep my hair braided at the beach because If i don’t, I come out of the water with one large tangle that takes multiple washings to undo.
Clear Scalp & Hair Therapy Shampoo- hmmm…I’ll need to see if I like this better than Head and Shoulders. I like finding alternatives. Also, there is actually enough in here to cover my hair. It’s a bit of a shock.
NYC Big Bold 2-in-1 Felt Tip Liquid Eyeliner (full size) – honestly, I feel like someone gave me a calligraphy pen of liner and told me to go town. I can’t quite get either width to go on right. I think it’s just a practice thing for me but on the plus side, it goes on smoothly and doesn’t smear.
Ken Paves Volumizing Shampoo and Conditioner – whelp, these are going into the guest bathroom sample bucket because there isn’t enough of either sample in here to anything but make my hair laugh. It’s an awesome teal color package though.
Aveeno Lotion Sunscreen SPF 30- This so got used on the 4th. I love Aveeno lotion, it’s my nightly go-to so I have high hopes for this. AND the little card attachment (which also has a $2.00 off coupon on it) says they make it in SPF 50. Here’s to the white girls who burn!
Jergens Natural Glow (sample size for 3 days) – I actually already use this product. it’s one of the only tanners I’ve found that doesn’t turn me carroty. I can’t use this Medium to Tan shade they sent because, well, see above about being white, but, it’s a great product for most people who received this box.
You and I One Direction Eau de Parfum (travel size) – It’s not horrible. It’s a little sweet for my taste, too much floral, but better than I expected it to be when I saw 5 guys on the front of the card. I think I’ll still stick with my Burberry but perfume samples are one of my favorites and I hope they keep sending them.