***Disclosure: I received complimentary samples to facilitate my review. No other compensation was provided and all opinions are 100% honest and have not been influenced in any way.***
It is my humble opinion that a girl can never have too much beauty related swag. I have tons of make-up, lotions and potions, fragrances, essential oils....You name it, I probably have it. So to me, there is no such thing as going overboard when it comes to my beloved beauty stash. (My husband, however, disagrees because my "collection" takes over a good bit of our home!)
I am the type that loves staying on top of the latest fashion and beauty trends, but I also rely on several stand-by, tried and true favorites. Of course I love the opportunity to try before I buy, since what might be smashing on an 18 year old could just look silly on me, a woman in her (very) early 30's. For example, some of the latest nail polish shades might look downright ridiculous. Could I rock neon yellow nails? Hmm...Not too sure about that! That's one trend that just might be better left to the younger gals!
So when I got the opportunity to review the summer VIP box from FabFitFun, I was really excited. I have heard plenty of buzz about these seasonal subscription boxes, and couldn't wait to see what was inside. New to the FabFitFun craze? Here's some basic info about the service to help get you started:
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When my box arrived, I felt like a kid at Christmas. So many must-have products, loaded into one convenient box? Count me in! I was excited to see how many new products there were to try. When I opened the box, I was definitely not disappointed! There were several full-sized products absolutely perfect for summer. Here's a rundown of what I found.
Infinity Sun Glow on the Go Sunless Tanner. ($30) Okay, so during the summer, we all want a nice, healthy glow. The downside? Well, tanning is extremely damaging to the skin, and can even cause cancer. Not worth it, right? Well there are several products on the market that allow a sunless tanning experience. Some are much more natural looking than others. I was very impressed with this product because it gives a very natural, streak-free glow that seems to last quite awhile. It also doesn't have an offensive odor like many other self-tanning products. Definitely a great addition to the FabFitFun Summer VIP Box!
It Hair Care Surf Spray $7 Love summery, beachy hair but don't live near the water? Yeah...Me, too....And there is no way in Hell I am taking a dip in Lake Erie! The water is not exactly clean. I absolutely love this spray because it gives hair those beachy waves we all crave without weighing hair down or making it feel crunchy. This is a must-have in my book, and the bottle will last all summer!
Ivory + Mason Sunglasses. $135. Every gal needs a great pair of sunglasses during the warmer months. Ivory + Mason is well known for offering universally flattering styles that provide great protection from UVA/UVB rays. I received this cute pair featuring a smaller sized lens and tortoise-shell rims. They're not a style I would have chosen for myself, but surprisingly, I really like them! My husband says they look great on me, too! This is definitely one of the things I love about the box the most. I get to try things that would normally be a bit outside of my comfort zone. Who knew I'd love glasses that I would have sworn just aren't my style?! Oh, and apparently you can even exchange the glasses through Ivory + Mason for a $10 fee. That's great to know, but I will be keeping these babies!
Catalina Su Lip Gloss. $14. This lipgloss is from Giuliana Rancic’s own personal makeup artist. I didn't see a color name, but it's a shimmery, peachy-pink shade that is perfect for any skin tone. Very flattering, and looks great with a tan. I love this gloss because not only does it look amazing, it's also not sticky or goopy, and has great staying power. Very, very impressed!
Orly Nail Polish in Harmonious Mess. $8.50. Okay, so I am not 100% sure I like this polish. I adore Orly, and have tons of their nail polishes. This shade is just a little....Putty-like? Drab? I'm not really sure how to describe it. It's a very light purple shade, almost a periwinkle. It's a color I'd love for a handbag or accessories, but I just don't dig the way it looks on my nails. Maybe it's my age showing, haha. This will be gifted to a much hipper teen who lives across the street. She's blonde and has fairer skin, so it might be a better choice for her! Nonetheless, this is a brand I trust and is definitely great quality.
Evian Mineral Water Facial Spray. $12. Yes. This is mineral water in a bottle. I know...Doesn't sound too exciting, but hear me out. This spray is actually a wonderful way to get refreshed on a hot summer day without ruining your make-up. It's a very light mist that wakes you up and instantly hydrates the skin. I really love this product and take it with me whenever we go to the park or pool. If you haven't tried it because it's well...Water in a bottle...I dare you to try it. You will most certainly be pleasantly surprised!
Yes to Cucumbers Soothing Hypoallergenic Facial Towelettes. $6. I am a HUGE fan of the whole Yes to...line, and these wipes are no exception. They're very cooling and refreshing, and have a light, crisp cucumber scent. They are also wonderful for gently removing make-up, sweat, or whatever else makes it on to your face! I admit, I have used them to remove bird poop from my child's forehead on the playground. Oh, the joys of motherhood!
Purlisse Delicate Gentle Soy Milk Cleanser. $36. (If you sign up for the fall box during August you will get this added to your Fall FabFitFun VIP box!! For free!)
I am a huge fan of natural, plant based skincare products. I am totally loving this cleanser. Made from white tea, oat, and soy, this cleanser is super-gentle and great for even those with sensitive skin. It is very light, almost like a thinner lotion, and it has a very subtle, clean scent. It leaves my skin feeling clean and hydrated, and it rinses away cleanly as well. It is also completely free of sulfates, making it a safer choice. After all, who wants to slather their skin with concoctions full of words you can't even pronounce?!
Kind Bar in Dark Chocolate Chili Almond. $1.50. I have to admit, I do not eat sweets. Ever. Yes, I am a freak of nature because I don't like chocolate. (That's my hubby's vice.) However, in the name of giving an accurate review, I did eat this Kind bar. Surprisingly, I really liked it. It was a bit more on the savory side, and had a nice kick to it due to the chili. I had assumed it would be sickeningly sweet due to the fact that it contains chocolate, but it really wasn't. Dark chocolate is more bitter, and was complemented perfectly by the almonds and hot chili. Yum! I will definitely be buying a case or three of these!
Overall, I was absolutely delighted with my FabFitFun Summer VIP Box. These products are all amazing, and definitely of the highest quality. It was fun checking out new products that I may not have thought about purchasing before. I have definitely found some new favorites, and can't wait to see what the Fall VIP Box has in store! This seasonal service is an absolute must for all the stylish ladies out there!
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