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FabFitFun Winter 2017 – Unboxing and Review

fabfitfun winter 2017

 

Wow! Is it time for another FabFitFun unboxing already? The seasons seem to be flying by! We are in the midst of winter (and with the bone chilling temperatures we’ve been getting this past week, I believe it!) so all we want to do is keep toasty, warm and cozy.

For those who are unfamiliar with it. FabFitFun is a seasonal lifestyle subscription box that contains everything from beauty to fitness items. Seriously a mishmash of many different products for the season. Every box tends to be very high value (I’m talking in the $200+ and then some range most of the time!) so it’s not your typical subscription box. If you would like to try this subscription, please use my link here.

 

fabfitfun winter 2017

 

The Winter box is filled with all sorts of things to help you get through the season. But before we get into the contents, let’s discuss the Choice items.

There were two Choice themes this season: Beauty and Wellness. The two Beauty items you could choose from were the Grace + Stella Anti-Wrinkle + Energizing Eye Masks ($16.00 USD) and the Nelson j Beverly Hills Moisture Healing Hair Mask in Coconut ($23.00 USD). The two Wellness items were the FFFTV Fitness Ball with Jillian Michaels Videos ($16.00 USD) and the This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray ($29.00 USD).

My Choices were the Nelson j Beverly Hills Moisture Healing Hair Mask and the This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray. I can always use a new hair mask and the sleep spray smells like lavender and smells lovely. I do love a lavender spray on my pillow at night. I was happy with both of my choices this time around!

 

fabfitfun winter 2017

 

Okay, now on to the standard contents of the box… beginning with beauty items!

I’m a huge fan of Kate Somerville products – at least of the products I have tried! – so I was excited to see the Exfolikate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment ($75.00 USD). I just started using her products this year so I’ve never tried this product before but I’ve heard great things about it. This exfoliator contains papaya, pumpkin and pineapple enzymes and uses a combination of both physical and chemical exfoliators. Plus, its a two minute treatment. If it’s quick and effective, then perfect!

 

fabfitfun winter 2017 kate somerville exfolikate

 

Next up is the DOUCCE Freematic Eyeshadow Pro Palette in Nude ($70.00 USD). This palette features eight eyeshadows and one highlighter. I haven’t tried it yet so I can’t say much about the formulation of these powder products but I do like how compact this is. I can see myself using this for travel and a 2-in-1 with eyeshadow and a highlighter. That is one less thing you need to pack!

 

fabfitfun winter 2017 doucce eyeshadow palette

 

The AHAVA Mineral Hand Cream ($33.00 USD) is a rich hand cream that is perfect for those of you who have dry hands. I know I get dry hands in the winter so this is perfect! I also like the scent, too.

 

fabfitfun winter 2017 ahava hand cream

 

Moving on to fashion items, the BB Dakota Poncho in Black ($70.00 USD) is so cozy and also very stylish! I’m glad that I received this colourway (the other two available was burgundy and grey) because it is reversible and the other side is grey. This makes it super versatile and it goes with pretty much everything!

 

fabfitfun winter 2017 bb dakota poncho

fabfitfun winter 2017 bb dakota poncho
photo credit: bb dakota

 

 

The Pointe Studio Aloe Infused Cozy Socks ($19.00 USD) are so soft and perfect for cozy nights in at home. I live for cozy socks and slippers in the wintertime! I mean, who doesn’t love a pair of cozy socks in this weather? I also like how these socks are aloe infused. Super great.

 

fabfitfun winter 2017

 

The 8 Other Reasons Nine Lives Choker in Silver ($58.00 USD) looks super classy and delicate. Perfect for when you’re dressed up for, say a holiday party, for example!

fabfitfun winter 2017

 

The last item in this season’s box is the Homemade by Ayesha Curry Ceramic Mug ($16.00 USD). There were three variations of this product and I received the black and white mug that says “Coming in Hot” on it. Perfect for my morning coffee or evening hot chocolate. 🙂

 

fabfitfun winter 2017

fabfitfun winter 2017

 

The total value of my Winter FabFitFun box was $393.00 USD. That translates to $495.50 CAD at todays exchange rate. I think this is one of the highest value boxes I have received!  Add to it that I was happy with everything I received. Overall, I adored the Winter box!

What do you think of this season’s offerings? I’d love to hear what you think!

ipsy august 2016

Disclaimer: I pay for this subscription with my own money.  All opinions are mine and mine alone. This post contains referral links.

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Unboxing + Review: Miss Blanco Joyful Box November 2016 – Acceptance

miss blanco joyful box november 2016

 

Greetings everyone! The holidays are slowly creeping up on us so we finally put up our tree and decorated this past weekend! We were a little late with the decorations this year because we were in Hawaii.  Plus, it was a good time to do so due to the deep freeze we are dealing with here in Alberta where our windchill temperatures were dipping very close to -40 Celsius. Brr! This also gave me a bit of time to snap some pics and write about this beauty of a beauty box! So let’s get started.

Miss Blanco Joyful Box is a lifestyle box sent straight to you each month containing two to three deluxe or full sized beauty times, one hand-curated item and a lifestyle item. A “Box Full of Joy” so to say! It is priced at $38.00 CAD (or $28 USD) monthly.

Miss Blanco Joyful Box is a little different than other beauty box subs out there in that it offers a VIP member option. This is just an option – you are not required to opt into this – but for $30.00 CAD per year, you can opt into this program. Please note that you must already be a subscriber and that the cost is on top of your monthly subscription cost. BUT you get a full year of extra perks and surprises for $2.50 CAD per month.  If you do decide to join, please put my name in the field where it asks who referred you – Olivia from starpixel. I would very much appreciate it! 🙂

The Miss Blanco Joyful Box for November was called Acceptance. November’s box made me feel absolutely spoiled! I received a lifestyle item, a hand-curated item, three body products, two beauty items AND two surprise items bringing me to a total of nine(!!!) products in my box! I get that this does not occur every month but either way, I was ecstatic to see this! Just to clarify, I am a VIP member because I joined in the first month where you could become VIP free for life but this will give you a taste of what kind of surprises you can expect. 😉

Now that you know a little about the subscription and a brief summary of what I will be covering here, let’s take a closer look at each item I received. There’s quite a bit here so grab a cup of coffee or hot cup of tea with me and let’s go!

Let’s take a look at the lifestyle item first. This month’s lifestyle item is a Plaid Fashion Scarf ($32.99 CAD). Plaid and scarves are very much “in” this season so this is really the bet of both worlds! Unlike the more common blanket scarves out there, this is a lighter scarf so you can wear it well into spring, cooler mornings in summer and into the fall. You can totally pull off wearing this during any one of the four seasons! The colours in this scarf also makes it easy to wear with what you probably have in your closet. This makes it very versitile and I can already see myself wearing this a lot! I do love scarves, after all. 🙂 Here’s a pic I posted on Instagram wearing it.

 

 

After a long day, I’m so tired! So excuse the look of tiredness. Taking pics for my @mbjoyfulbox November unboxing blog post and decided I had time to squeeze in a selfie with this fab scarf! It is so so so SOFT! I’m in love! ? The Joyful Box was so great last month! Oh and that’s my new moonstone and rose gold ring from @soprettycaracotter that I’m now { obsessed } with ?? Wearing the Cami Lippie Stix from @colourpopcosmetics too (you can’t see it but my shirt says “Lipstick Addict” ?) #unboxing #style #scarf #fashion #comfy #soft #plaid #lifestyle #beauty #blogger #beautyblogger #camadianblogger #yegblogger #beautyblogger #lifestyleblogger #loveit #whatsnew #jewelry #sopretty #ring #colourpop #lipsticklover #lipstick

A photo posted by Olivia (@pixelhearts) on

 

Next up is a handmade Artisan Necklace ($20.99 CAD). This necklace is so adorable! It features a heart pendant on a black cord. Like the scarf, you can pretty much wear this with anything. This is a great piece for any day and any occasion.

 

miss blanco joyful box november 2016

 

Let’s discuss body products now. The first one is the Barefoot Venus Lilly Pilly Bath Treat ($5.50 CAD). Like the Lilly Pilly hand cream I received in my October box, it smells great! It contains epsom salt, mango butter, palm kernel oil and sweet almond oil and is created without any harsh mineral oils, parabens, propylene glycol and synthetic colours. I can definitely see myself settling into a nice bath with this treat. I can see this be very soothing and relaxing. 

Speaking of soothing and relaxing, I also received the Barefoot Venus Lilly Pilly Argan Dry Body Oil ($2.50 CAD) in a travel size and it smells just as heavenly as the Bath Treat! I haven’t tried a body oil until now and this one is very nice. I found that it absorbs quickly into your skin and doesn’t leave a residue. I will definitely continue to use this on my dry skin. It’s wintery and cold now so this came at the right time!

I really like the Barefoot Venus products I have tried so far so these two were great to see in my Joyful box. 🙂

 

miss blanco joyful box november 2016

 

The final body product I received was the Cherish All Natural Products Body Oil in Bubble Gum ($10.00 CAD). I will be honest, I was very uncertain about this when I first saw the spoiler. Bubble Gum Body Oil? Really?

Yes, really! I did give it a try (because you should really try new things at least once!) and was pleasantly surprised! I thought it was going to be super sweet but it really isn’t. It’s still sweet but not crazy sweet. I am actually loving the scent – who knew? This was a great new discovery and I have the Joyful Box to thank for this! I also love how this product is natural. Similar to the Argan Dry Body Oil, I will be using this for sure… our winters here in Alberta are so dry. I did need this!

 

miss blanco joyful box november 2016

 

The body oil wasn’t the only item I received from this brand… I also got the Cherish All Natural Products Lip Balm in Cherish Cherry ($6.00 CAD). If you don’t already know, I am a self-proclaimed lip balm junkie! So I am always happy to see a new lip balm in these subscription boxes. 🙂 I haven’t opened this yet because I have too many lip balms as it is. But again, it’s made of natural ingredients so I have high hopes for it! I will use it one day soon! (Maybe sooner than later.. the Nivea lip balm I received from ChickAdvisor is just about done! I did use that one faster than usual… I did love it, though.)

Did the lipstick count as a makeup item? You decide. I did receive a real makeup item and it is the Sweet Leilani Eyeshadow in the shade Mai Tai ($14.99 CAD). This is one of Sweet Leilani’s Seaside Mineral Jewels Eyshadow. The shad Orchid is a grey-silver… I don’t have a colour similar to this in my collection so receiving this was nice. It is velvety smooth in consistency and very pigmented! I probably won’t use this too much as an all over shade but I will use it in the inner corners of my eyes. It’s vegan, and paraben and gluten free so if you are looking for those types of products, this may be something you would like to look into. It’s also fragrance free if you are sensitive to fragrances.

 

miss blanco joyful box november 2016

 

I will wrap this up with this random thought: so far the three body and beauty brands we’ve looked at are all Canadian. That is great! I always love supporting local or Canadian brands!

But we’re not done yet! Sure, we are done discovering what was in the box itself but I did also receive two bonus surprises in my box!

The first surprise is the elf Long-wear Lipliner Pencil in the shade Bitter ($1.00 USD). I haven’t used many elf products before so I’m looking forward to trying it! From the swatch shown on the elf site, Bitter is a berry shade. This also comes with a sharpener so that’s always a plus! While this was a great bonus surprise, I was way more excited about the other product.

The second surprise I received was the Lancome Bienfait Multi-Vital Moisturizer ($18.30 CAD, 15 ml) and since this is one of my favorite moisturizers, I was VERY happy to see this deluxe sample size! I’ve used this in the past and I loved it! it’s super moisturizing and worked so great with my skin.

 

miss blanco joyful box november 2016

 

Overall, the value of this box is $93.00 CAD according to the product card for the official box contents and then an additional $20.00 CAD in surprise items which is not too shabby! It contained way more products that other monthly subscription boxes (though, I do realize that this won’t happen every single month) so that was a huge plus! This was a really great box – awesome scarf, cute necklace and brands that are brand new to me.  Can’t go wrong with that!

Enjoy your weekend everyone!

ipsy august 2016

Disclaimer: I pay for this subscription with my own money.  All opinions are mine and mine alone. This post does not contain referral links.

 

miss blanco joyful box november 2016