FabFitFun VIP Winter ’13

I have a few leftover subscription reviews from 2013–the first is Giuliana Rancic’s FabFitFun VIP Winter Box.  I’ve been receiving the FabFitFun emails for a while, and decided to sign up for the Winter FFF VIP box after receiving a teaser email about the really cute necklace that would be in it.  The boxes cost $49.99 each and come out quarterly.  There was a $5 ($10?) promo code, so..score!

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The box included a nice variety of items–skin care, makeup, jewelry, etc.

 

 

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In the box were:

  • NYX brand eyeshadow palette (colors are ok)
  • Skyn Iceland Icelandic Relief Eye Cream (love)
  • A Giving Key necklace (love)
  • Simple brand face wash (I’ve been curious to try this brand)
  • Beauty for Real brand lip gloss (cute, I gifted to my sister for Christmas)
  • TruEnergy earbuds (meh, kind of a throwaway)
  • Bioxidea Miracle 24 face treatment (very curious to try)
  • Multiple gift card/promo codes for goodies (MeUndies.com, Physique 57 classes, Lornajane.com)
  • Lorna Jane pink fitness bracelet (no idea why/when someone would wear this?)

My favorite items are the eye cream and necklace.

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I was initially bummed that I didn’t get a silver key necklace b/c I wear mostly silver jewelry, but I like the concept so much that I wore my brass one right away! (Read more about the keys here). It says strength, which I love.  I just discovered they make bracelets…this could be dangerous. The eye cream is smooth (the consistency is almost like a bouncy gel if that makes sense) and feels great going on.   It’s not greasy and is quite soothing.   I’ve been using it for a couple of weeks now and haven’t lost wrinkles just yet, but time will tell…

Gift cards and promo codes kind of annoy me (I’m lazy), but I checked out MeUndies, and was pleasantly surprised to see I could use the $20 gift card without needing to spend any additional money.  I placed my order and a few short days I received a couple of pairs of socks, great for New England winters, at no charge!  It was nice to pick something I liked.

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Pros:  Nice variety, great value. I also like the idea of a quarterly box–it’s less expensive and less overwhelming (especially if you subscribe to multiple boxes…)  I also appreciate the quality of items, and I really like that the necklace was simple. I am not into glittery, sparkly (read: gaudy) stuff.

Cons:  Customer service is a mixed bag.  I received really nice emails to confirm my address and alerting me that my box would be shipping within a week, but I never got a shipment confirmation until I called them. (Having a number to call is rare, so that actually is a nice touch).  There were a couple of items I didn’t love, but the other contents outweighed them.

Overall, I liked this much better than PopSugar this month, which I had assumed would be the Holy Grail b/c everyone just raves about it.  PopSugar left me in the dark about shipping (I basically guessed when the box was coming), and I had poor luck with their customer service (no response to an email).

Will the tables turn? I’m curious to see what this month’s PopSugar Must Have box brings, and eager to see what will be in the Spring FFF VIP box…

 

 

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