Popsugar Must Have: May 2014

So now is my frantic push to review all the May boxes that came late in the month or I forgot about when I got super busy. Cue my review for the May 2014 Popsugar box. The April box was chock full of awesome products so I was psyched to see what would show up this month.

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Open Box #2

DVD
Tone it Up One Day Fat Blast (Suggested Retail: $15.00)
Category: Must Have Fitness
Description: “Give your metabolism a boost, and get fit with the ladies from Bravo’s Toned Up.”
Verdict: Miss
I don’t mind fitness items necessarily, but from what I saw on youtube this is one of those DVDs that kind of needs you to be able to jump around and have a decent amount of space around you. Unfortunately I have a small apartment and not much room for this type of workout. It also requires you to have your workout space in front of something that can play a DVD, which is not always common in this age of tablets, smartphones and streaming media players. Unless it’s something super interesting or universal, I’d really like to see less random “fitness” stuff, and maybe it’s just me but the DVD feels super dated as a workout medium. A code/gift card for a fitness workout download or app would have been more on trend.

Water Bottle
Zing Anything Citrus Zinger (Retail: $16.99)
Category: Must Have Home
Description:“Press lemons, limes, or any other citrus directly into your water for a energizing drink.”
Verdict:
Hit!
While I have a glass infusion water bottle from a long ago Jennifer Love Hewitt box, I don’t own one in plastic so this is the perfect option for me to bring to work. I love citrus in my water and I’m sure I’ll get a lot of use out of this.

Perfume
Smell Bent St. Tropez Dispenser (Retail: $45.00)
Category: Must Have Beauty
Description: “Escape to your favorite tropical island with this intoxicating blend of jasmine absolute and fresh coconut aromas. It’s a relaxing beach day in a bottle.”
Verdict: Miss
I can’t say how disappointed I am that one of the big ticket items is a perfume and in a scent like coconut that is not particularly universal. I’m sensitive to scents so I really can’t use this.  I don’t mind including a perfume, I just think a better option would have been to feature a smaller size and allow for something more accessible to be the “big” item.

Polish
Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Nail Lacquer in Pool Boy (Retail: $10.00)
Category: Must Have Beauty
Description: “This polish is densely pigmented and delivers super-long-lasting results. Better yet, this quick drying nail lacquer is 100 percent vegan and cruelty free.”
Verdict: Like
I usually swatch polishes, but I didn’t with this one since I’m on the fence about keeping it. I have a fairly large polish collection and limited space so I have to be a lot pickier about which polishes I keep. It’s a nice color and a brand I haven’t tried before, so I’ll probably end up finding space for it.

Mask
Kerry Cassill Eyemask (Suggested Retail: $24.00)
Category: Must Have Home
Description: “…with your printed Kerry Cassill eye mask designed exclusively for Popsugar Must Have, you can sleep peacefully. It is made with soft voile cotton…”
Verdict: Miss
I’m shocked at the cost of this. It honestly feels super cheap to me—like something you’d pick up at Walmart for $5.00 or thrown in as a freebie in a cheap bath set. I tried to use it but the fabric and print are so lightweight that it lets too much light in. I thought the point of a sleep mask was to make it nice and dark so you could sleep better. I’d have loved a sleep mask that actually kept out the light.

Snacks
Hi, I’m Skinny Sticks in Multi-Grain Sweet Onion (Suggested Retail: $2.99)
Category: Must Have Food
Description. “…are a supertasty and healthy alternative to chips and cookies. With 40% less fat than potato chips, 15g of whole grains per serving and under four calories per stick, you can satisfy your munchies guilt-free.”
Verdict: Hit!
If you like onion flavor, you’ll probably love these. My boyfriend enjoyed them as well. I think they are a nice alternative to chips, but your healthiest snack bet is probably still to grab an apple or banana.

Because the Resort boxes had delayed shipping, Popsugar included a bonus product for those of us who purchased it.

Lip Gloss
Vbeauté Lip Spread® Original – Anti Aging Tinting Lip Gloss
(Retail: $19.00)
Description. “The clear gloss reacts with your pH balance to create your own unique shade of light pink to berry red. Our silky formula gives you the right amount of shine without your hair getting stuck to your lips. Cherry and Pomegranate fruit extract hydrate and BioCellular Peptide’s antiaging properties reduce fine lines and wrinkles.”
Verdict: Love!
I have this fabulous vbeauté travel kit (from my first Nina Garcia Quarterly box) that I’ve been hoarding and plan to use for a work trip at the end of the month. This will go perfectly with it. It was nice of Popsugar to send us a bonus because of their mishap, and I do appreciate the extra effort they went to.

 Full Box
Overall:
Trés Disappointed.

After last month’s box of awesomesauce, it was inevitable that May would be a let own, but I just feel like there wasn’t much thought put into these items. Opting for a perfume to be the big ticket item and throwing in a random cardio fitness DVD (which feels very dated and just not on trend) along with an eyemask that isn’t functional, just made this box super lackluster for me. I’m sure if these items just happen to be your taste you’ll enjoy this box, but I think the odds were stacked that a fairly large group of people were not going to enjoy or use a chunk of these items. The only item I really loved was actually not a part of this box and was an “I’m sorry/thank you for your patience” gift after shipping snafus with the Popsugar Limited Edition Resort Box.

Luckily I got this box free with referrals so I’m not out any money for this particular set of items. The suggested value was $113.98, which I do think is a bit inflated. I’m crossing my fingers the June box will be better.

Now I know I’m slow with posting the last of my May boxes (I’ll catch up, I will, damn it!) but Popsugar also introduced their Limited Edition Summer 2014 box which sold out pretty quickly.  And while the May Must Have box made me a sad panda, and I was meh about the Resort Limited Edition, I still picked up the Summer box, because I obviously have a shopping problem. The Summer Box is now sold out, but if you want to find out what’s inside be sure to come back soon.

So what did you think of the May Popsugar box? Did you use most of the items or gift them?

Do you regularly use fitness DVDs or do you head outdoors or to the gym for your workouts?

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The Backstory

Popsugar is a women’s lifestyle subscription that delivers a monthly box of fun, full-size products hand-selected by Popsugar editors.

In addition to Popsugar’s monthly must have boxes, they have some seasonal special edition boxes that contain uber luxe items.  The price tag on these boxes is higher, but the products you receive are high end.

Popsugar Pricing:
Monthly – $39.95
3 Months – $109.85
6 Months – $214.70
12 Months – $404.40

Coupon Codes:  REFER5 = $5 off site wide
POPSUGAR10 = $10 off a 3 month subscription

Popsugar Must Have: April 2014

It’s time for one my favorite monthly boxes, Popsugar! As you know I was a bit disappointed in the Popsugar Special Edition resort box so I’m hoping this one makes up for it.

Let’s find out if it does.

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Bag
BlueAvocado (Eco) Shopper (Retail: $24.99)
Category: Must Have Fashion
Description: “This collapsible tote is made from upcycled plastic bottle sand folds neatly into a wallet-sized pouch.” It was desgined by Lauren Conrad and BlueAvocado.
Verdict: Love!
There are a few items I hoard: blank notebooks, lip balms and tote bags. I saw this and I loved the print and how neatly it folded up. I’m revamping my work bag for spring and this is going to get tucked inside for those lunch time trips to the fruit and veggie vendors.

Naturebox
Naturebox Popsugar Must Have Mix (Suggested Retail: $5.00)
Category: Must Have Food
Description:“Enjoy the balanced medley of almonds, soybeans, corn and cranberries for a satisfying crunch.”1 oz/serving = 130 calories &3 Weight Watcher’s Points.
Verdict:
Miss
I’ve had a Naturebox subscription (and will be posting my review of my last box soon) so I’m familiar with their snacks and products. Personally this one wasn’t too my taste and I don’t think it was a good option for a mass subscription box. There are nuts, corn & soybeans – that’s a lot of allergens in one little package. I think perhaps one of their pretzel offerings or dried fruit might have been better. This included a code for 50% off your first Naturebox. Just use POPSUGAR.

Palette1 Palette#2
Too Faced Natural Eyes (Retail: $36.00)
Category: Must Have Beauty
Description: “With nine different shades, there is a color for every age and skin tone.”
Verdict: Love!
So when the spoiler for this leaked, everyone was completely excited and it seems lots of new folks signed up for Popsugar just to get this. I completely understand the buzz since it’s a beautiful palette in an adorable tin and the cost of it covers almost the entire pricetag of the April box. This came with a little booklet to give you ideas on how to use the shadows. I can’t wait to try it out. I have so much new makeup from all these boxes that I’m going to need to clean out my beauty case!

Towels
Fresh Pastry Stand Totally Awesome Tea Towel Set (Retail: $18.00)
Category: Must Have Home
Description: “Handmade from a water-based ink and completely lint-free, these graphic towels totally live up to their name.”
Verdict: Gift
This is a really cute towel set, but I already have an over-abundance of kitchen towels so I’m going to bundle this into a cute birthday gift with some baking themed items. It’s nice to see an Etsy seller included and this one has some adorable tiered stands in their shop.

Notebook
Graphic Image Pocket Notes (Suggested Retail: $20.00)
Category: Must Have Home
Description: “…this Graphic Image notebook designed exclusively for Popsugar..isn’t your average notebook..with silver eges, acid-free paper, and a flexible cover, it’s the smart and stylish way to keep your life in order.”
Verdict: Hit!
So another little notebook I can use when I finish the leather Graphic Image one from the Nina Garcia box. Graphic Image has some really great notebooks and planners but they tend to be out of my budget. I’m happy to get this and will definitely use it.

Soap
Caldrea Rosewater Driftwood Hand Soap (Retail: $10.50)
Category: Must Have Home
Description. “The combination of floral aromas and spicy cedar undertones creates a subtly divine experience…this gentle yet heardworking soap is free of any harmful chemicals.”
Verdict: Love!
I love Caldrea products. They have the best scents that always smell natural (never that cloying artificial stuff). Since I am spring cleaning the hell out of my apartment, I am super happy to see this and it will make its appearance on my bathroom counter when I finish deep cleaning and painting the room.

Full Box
Overall:
Love!

I think this is my favorite monthly Popsugar box I have ever received. I love so many items from it and will use nearly everything. The suggested retail value came out to $114.49 and thanks to some referral credits I got this one for free, but I would have still been quite happy at it for the regular monthly price. I can’t wait to see what’s in next month’s box.

What did you think of the April Popsugar Box? Did you love it as much as I did?

What were your favorite and least favorite items?

The Backstory

Popsugar is a women’s lifestyle subscription that delivers a monthly box of fun, full-size products hand-selected by Popsugar editors.

In addition to Popsugar’s monthly must have boxes, they have some seasonal special edition boxes that contain uber luxe items.  The price tag on these boxes is higher, but the products you receive are high end.

Popsugar Pricing:
Monthly – $39.95
3 Months – $109.85
6 Months – $214.70
12 Months – $404.40

Coupon Codes:  REFER5 = $5 off sitewide
POPSUGAR10 = $10 off a 3 month subscription

Popsugar Limited Edition Resort Box

If you read here frequently you probably figured out that I have an unnatural addiction to Popsugar Special Edition Boxes. I’ve given up trying to resist, so when Popsugar offered their Must Have Resort box I jumped all over it. After this winter that will not die (goddamn snow in the middle of April), I was dying to get items that would transport me to idyllic foreign locales with clear blue oceans, fancy spas and fruity drinks with little umbrellas in them. See that’s what “resort” means to me. The question is, what does it mean to Popsugar?

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towel
Cuyana Turkish Towel
(Estimated Retail: $55.00)
Description: “Made of the finest grade cotton and bamboo, our summer towels are ultra-light and ultra- absorbent. Their generous proportions enhance their versatility. These towels are perfect for home, travel, and trips to the beach. Each towel folds up compactly with a fine weave preventing sand from getting caught between the threads.”
Verdict: Love!
This was the item that Popsugar released as a spoiler. I love the design of it and it definitely gives off a Turkish spa/bathhouse vibe. It’s soft and feels really high quality. I’m not much of a beach-goer (cause of the whole sunburn after 5 seconds thing) but I’m updating my bathroom with a nautical theme and this towel fits in perfectly.

Bodywash
Epicuren Discovery Tropical Lave (Estimated Retail: $20.00)
Description: “The soothing, silky gel- made from coconut oil, papaya extract and other natural ingredients – can also be used as a shampoo.”
Verdict: Fail
Maybe I’m hard to please but in a luxury box I expect items to have nice packaging and feel luxurious. This thing looks like something you picked up at Walmart in 1985. It smells like coconut, because there aren’t a million products out there that will smell like coconut. If Popsugar was going to go the whole “tropical bodywash” route I expected something far nicer. Past special edition boxes have included much better packaged and far more interesting body items. And no woman who shells out $100 for a beauty subscription box is going to want bodywash that “doubles” as shampoo. I also couldn’t even figure out the price because you need to register on their site to do it. Let’s just say it’s $20 because it really shouldn’t cost more than that.

Folded Open Clutch
R.B. of McD #2 Clutch (Estimated Retail: $100.00)
Description: This Popsugar exclusive is handmade from canvas and leather and comes in two different styles: tan and navy or al navy. Wear it as a fold-voer clutch or wallet and give off the ultimate cool-girl vibe.”
Verdict: On the Fence
I have mixed feelings about this item. If this wasn’t a resort box I’d probably give it a “love” verdict. This items feels way more suited to a New England vacation than heading out to a resort. It’s not fancy enough for an evening out, nor is it practical enough for daily sightseeing since it has no wristlet strap. The colors also don’t scream out spring or summer. If this was made exclusively for Popsugar why not feature a cheerful bright color or even a soft mint or melon? I just can’t imagine anyone seeing this bag and thinking “resort”. The shape of this seems more suited for use as a toiletry bag. It’s definitely nice quality but the total wrong fit for this box. If Popsugar had replaced the weird bodywash with a lucury travel sized set of toiletries it would have made a great pairing. Similar bags on the R.B of McD site cost $180 but they are all leather (not part canvas) and have a lovely chain strap. I think we can safely estimate this at $100 (thought it’s probably worth more). I’m still so confused why they chose this color palette and left off a chain/strap.

Taffy
Salty Road Salt Water Taffy in Salty Caramel Apple (Estimated Retail: $6.50)
Description: “The all-natural flavor is made from unique apple cider jelly and a secret blend of fresh spices.”
Verdict: On the Fence
So this is beautifully packaged, but once again I’m not feeling resort here. I’m a Jersey girl and salt water taffy = Atlantic City and I’m sorry, but in no way does that scream out luxury resort. (I don’t care how many millions Christie spends on advertising that we are “stronger than the storm”.) I’m sure this is tasty, but “apple cider” flavor and salt water taffy do not scream out resort to me. I’d give this a “love” in a different box, but not this one. Couldn’t they at least go with a tropical flavor? Apparently Popsugar thinks beach = resort. It doesn’t. Resort is a goddamn fashion thing and it doesn’t mean any old beach and I shouldn’t have to lecture you on this Popsugar!!! Okay, okay I’m fine, but I’m just getting agitated with this box. Note to Popsugar: “Resort does not mean what you think it means”.

Mist
Clark’s Botanicals Cellular Lifting Moisture Mist
(Estimated Retail: Full Size 30mL $28.00)
Description: “This refreshing facial mist from Clark’s Botanicals is designed to improve skin in more ways than one. The anti-aging formula delivers maximum hydration minimizes wrinkles, helps heal sensitive areas, and firms the skin…the convenient travel size means you can take it anywhere.”
Verdict: Like
An anti-aging face mist seems perfectly suited to a luxury resort spa feeling. I’ve never tried a product like this and it seems a great little item to use to refresh you during a vacation when you’re tried or overheated. The travel size will fit easily even in a smaller handbag.

Eyeliner
Smashbox Cosmetics: The Santigolden Age: Double-ended Limitless Eye Liner
(Estimated Retail: $24.00)
Description: “…musical artist Santigold partnered with Smashbox to create this limited-edition, double-ended liner with blue and gold colors.”
Verdict: Love
I’m relieved to find another item that actually feels resort to me. It’s also great that this is limited edition. I have a lot of Smashbox cosmetics and they are excellent quality. I know that gold eyeliner is a big trend and I’m interested in trying it out. I’ve used navy before successfully so we’ll see how I handle a new shade of blue.

Bracelets
Sisco Beluti Bracelet Stack(Estimated Retail:$100.00 )
Description: “You’ll be one of the only ones to wear these baubles made exclusively for Popsugar by Sisco Berluti, a jewelry line loved by celebrities like Halle Berry and Jessica Alba. The three bracelets…are designed from turquoise, brass and labradorite stones.”
Verdict: On the Fence
On the bright side this certainly fits the resort theme so it has something over on half the other items in the box. The problem for me is that it just feels cheap. I know it’s a celebrity jewelry line but the bracelets just didn’t wow me. I feel like I could put together something just as nice or find something similar in Charming Charlie for a fraction of the cost. I understand why this was in the box and I think it was a great thing to include, but I’m just not sure it’s for me.

Full Box
Overall:
Disappointed.

Since I started my subscription box fix, I’ve gotten ALL the popsugar limited edition boxes: the Fall, Neiman Marcus & the Holiday box along with this one. This is the only one I’ve been disappointed in.

I feel like Popsugar thought resort just meant “beach” or “ocean” while “resort” has a lot of other fashion connotations. I was expecting high fashion/luxury resort not slightly nautical and boardwalk.

If Popsugar had labeled this as a “beach box” or a “summer box” I would have had more appropriate expectations. I paid $107.00 for this box and got well over $300 in value so I definitely got my money’s worth, I just expected more thoughtful selections.

So what did you think of the Popsugar Limited Edition Resort Box?

Did it scream out resort to you or leave you wanting?

The Backstory

Popsugar is a women’s lifestyle subscription that delivers a monthly box of fun, full-size products hand-selected by Popsugar editors.

In addition to Popsugar’s monthly must have boxes, they have some seasonal special edition boxes that contain uber luxe items.  The price tag on these boxes is higher, but the products you receive are high end.

Popsugar Pricing:
Monthly – $39.95
3 Months – $109.85
6 Months – $214.70
12 Months – $404.40

Coupon Codes:  REFER5 = $5 off sitewide
POPSUGAR10 = $10 off a 3 month subscription

Popsugar Must Have: March 2014

It’s Popsugar time again. So let’s jump into the March box and see what we find.
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Scarf
Brokedown Blue Ikat Scarf (Retail: $72.00)
Category: Must Have Fashion
Verdict: Gift
Brokedown designed this scarf especially for Popsugar Must Have subscribers, and it’s super soft and nice quality.  Unfortunately I’m just not enthralled with the print.  I know blue is big this season, and I like the blue, but the overall print just isn’t that compelling for me.  I think this will make a great gift for someone who will enjoy the print more.

Peas
Harvest Snaps Snapea Crisps (Retail: $2.00)
Category: Must Have Food
Verdict:  Love!
So when I first saw these I was expecting to hate them.  I thought they were dried peas and I just prefer my veggies cooked and fresh.  These were so delicious and not overly salty. Even my boyfriend loved them.  I’ll definitely be picking these up the next time I see them in the grocery store.

Jurlique
Jurlique Herbal Recovery Advanced Serum (Suggested Retail: $27.00; 30mL: $54.00)
Category: Must Have Beauty
Verdict:  Love!
I adore trying out new serums and I’ve heard wonderful things about Jurlique.  I’m excited to give this one a try.  It also came with a coupon for 15% off on the Jurlique site.

Elephant
Baublebar Elephant Ring Tree (Retail: $12.00)
Category: Must Have Home
Verdict:  Gift
This little guy is certainly adorable.  Unfortunately I have a fancy pants jewelry cabinet with about a million unfilled ring slots, so I don’t need a separate ring holder.  I’ll be adding this cutie to my gift pile. Also included was a 20% off coupon for order over $30 at Baublebar.

Exercise
Activeforever Fusion Exercise Ball (Retail: $9.95)
Category: Must Have Fitness
Verdict:  On the Fence
I appreciate the inclusion of a fitness item, but I didn’t like that we got this ball but no pamphlet or DVD or anything to give us some exercises.  I know we can go online and search for stuff, but I think it’s incomplete.  If you send me a fitness item, I at least want a brochure to give me a few ideas to start with.

Wish
Dogeared Lucky Horsehoe Make a Wish Necklace (Retail: $30.00)
Category: Must Have Fashion
Verdict:  Love!
Okay so I’m super whimsical and the idea of a wish necklace appeals to me immensely.  Basically you make a wish and wear this necklace and when the string breaks your wish is ready to come true.  I have to say that I would never have bought this on my own, but I love it and I’ll be a little sad when it breaks (but not too sad, if my wish really does come true).  This came with a coupon for 20% the dogeared site.

Fig Bar
Nature’s Bakery Stone Ground Whole Wheat Strawberry Fig Bar
(Freebie)
Category: Special Extra
Verdict:  Hit!
This bar was like a fig newton, but better.  I took it to work for breakfast and it was perfect with some coffee.  I would have no problem purchasing these on my own.

Full Box
Overall:
Hit!

I enjoyed this box even if everything wasn’t exactly to my taste.  It had a super high retail value of $152.95 (excluding the fig bar) and well worth the $33.88 I paid.  Once again I feel like Popsugar delivers consistent quality and value in their boxes.

Popsugar has another special edition box showing up next month:  The Must Have Resort.  I’ts Popsugar, Limited Edition and uses the word “resort”, so you know I snapped it up.
If you want to see what’s inside be sure to come back.

So what did you think of the March Popsugar Must Have Box?

Did you love the scarf print?  Was the wish necklace too whimsical for your taste?

The Backstory

Popsugar is a women’s lifestyle subscription that delivers a monthly box of fun, full-size products hand-selected by Popsugar editors.

In addition to Popsugar’s monthly must have boxes, they have some seasonal special edition boxes that contain uber luxe items.  The price tag on these boxes is higher, but the products you receive are high end.

Popsugar Pricing:
Monthly – $39.95
3 Months – $109.85
6 Months – $214.70
12 Months – $404.40

Coupon Codes:  REFER5 = $5 off sitewide
POPSUGAR10 = $10 off a 3 month subscription
Use code MARCH10 to save $10 off your first box!

Popsugar Must Have: February 2014

So my February Popsugar box came a bit late since one of my postmen seems to be really confused about how to leave packages, so let’s not waste any more time and get right into this box.
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Clutch
Gorjana Brooks Jewelry Roll
(Retail: $45.00)
Category: Must Have Fashion
Verdict: Hit!
This brand tends to pop up a lot in subscription boxes and they have some really cool designs.  This is described as a “jewelry roll” but if I hadn’t read that I would assume it’s just a cute clutch.  It’s a fab red shade with 18K gold hardware and has three zipper pockets that can fit quite a lot.  You can use this in a myriad of ways from a little makeup bag, to an evening clutch to its intended use as a jewelry roll.  I think it would be a nice versatile piece for a vacation.  This little bag also came with a $25 off coupon at gorjana-griffin.com that I can’t wait to use.

Sugarwish
Sugarwish Mini Red Cinnamon Hearts(Retail:????)
Category: Must Have Food
Verdict:  Hit
Although I didn’t get my package in time for Valentine’s day, I still appreciated the red cinnamon hearts.  This was one of the most beautifully packaged treats I’ve ever gotten and it gave the whole box that perfect Valentine’s Day vibe.  This item also came with a coupon for 20% off a “petite sugarwish”.  (Doesn’t “petite sugarwish” sound like the name of a Kentucky Derby horse?)  Anyways, at the time I was working on this review their site was down so I couldn’t give you a price on this one.


ModelcoModelco Swatch
Modelco Lip Pops Duo Lip Gloss and Lipstick
(Estimate $12.25)
Category: Must Have Beauty
Verdict:  Love!
-I’m in love with this shade of lipstick.  It’s a perfect pink and the combo of lip gloss and lipstick make it a great multi-tasker. You can wear the lipstick and gloss layered together or individually for a different look. I know this is going to become a staple in my makeup case.  I couldn’t find this on its own so I just estimated the value from a set that Modelco offers.

Peony
K Hall Designs Peony Travel Candle
(Retail: $11.00)
Category: Must Have Home
Verdict:  Hit
I know that candles are a staple of the subscription box world, but I still love them and get excited to see them in my boxes.  I am, however picky about scents and this one is lovely.  It’s a light floral that smells quite natural (as opposed to that overwhelming grandma perfume type scent).  I wish it was a touch bigger, but it’s billed as a “travel candle” so I guess it’s supposed to be easy to tuck into your luggage.

Polish
NCLA Rodeo Drive Royalty Nail Polish
(Retail: $16.00)
Category: Must Have Beauty
Verdict:  Hit
So despite the fact that my Julep addiction and my newfound love of Indie polish has given me a gigantic polish horde, I still like trying new brands. NCLA is a 5 free luxury brand so it’s all of the fancy and none of the freaky chemicals.  I don’t have any NCLA polish and I’m sucker for dark reds so this will be a great addition to my collection.

Serum
Nourish Organic Pure Hydrating Argan Face Serum
(Retail: $23.99)
Category: Must Have Beauty
Verdict:  Hit!
I adore trying new organic skincare and this particular brand is new to me.  This is a face serum made from a “concentrated blend of Moroccan, apricot and rosehip oils.”  They claim it “hydrates and softens skin for a brighter even complexion.”    That all sounds wonderful so I’ll be giving this a try in my spring skincare routine.

Dial
Dial Vitamin Boost Body Wash
(Freebie)
Category: Special Extra
Verdict:  Hit!
Okay, so a lot of people were complaining about this item because it’s a “drugstore” brand.  But here’s the deal, it’s an “extra”.  And it’s a gigantic full size extra.  I’m sure this is a product that Popsugar got free from Dial for promotion purposes.  Since this box was chock of great, higher value items I don’t have a problem with this inclusion.  Maybe I’m a cheap date but I’ve loved all the drug store stuff they threw in like the Revlon nail files last month and the Ghiradelli chocolates from December.  I figure as long as there are plenty of other luxury items, a little extra drugstore find shouldn’t get my panties in a twist.

Full Box
Overall:
Love!

I really loved this box.  I appreciated the subtle Valentine’s vibe.  It had a holiday theme, but not in an overpowering way.  Even without the cost of the candy and the Dial bodywash, the estimated retail value on the box came out to $108.24. This month, I had enough referrals to get a free box (as always, thank you readers!) but even if I’d paid the full amount I’d still be quite happy with the contents since I will use every item in the box.

I don’t know if you’ve heard, but Popsugar has another special edition box:  The Must Have Resort.  Yes, the beloved and beautiful word “resort”.  So foreign from the cold frozen tundra we have all endured during this never-ending winter of our discontent. I think you know me well enough to know I already ordered it.  It’s still available for $100 (plus shipping).  If you don’t want to spend the cash, but still want to see what’s inside, be sure to come on back for the review.

So what did you think of the February Popsugar Must Have Box?

Were you turned off by the Dial soap or was it just a practical freebie?

The Backstory

Popsugar is a women’s lifestyle subscription that delivers a monthly box of fun, full-size products hand-selected by Popsugar editors.

In addition to Popsugar’s monthly must have boxes, they have some seasonal special edition boxes that contain uber luxe items.  The price tag on these boxes is higher, but the products you receive are high end.

Popsugar Pricing:
Monthly – $39.95
3 Months – $109.85
6 Months – $214.70
12 Months – $404.40

Coupon Codes:  REFER5 = $5 off sitewide
POPSUGAR10 = $10 off a 3 month subscription

Popsugar Must Have Box: January 2014

I’ve been battling some ridiculous cold that won’t seem to die, so I’m a bit behind in my box blogging.  So ignore my sniffling and coughing and we’ll get into the January 2014 Popsugar Must Have Box.  For info on Popsugar subscriptions along with some coupon codes jump down below.
Box

 

Mask
Malin + Goetz Detox Face Mask
(Retail: $40.00)
Category: Must Have Beauty
Verdict: Hit!
I love trying out face masks so these are always a win for me.  This one is described as a “five-minute foaming gel” that “uses antioxidants and vitamins to gently cleanse pores while sealing in hydration and brightening your complexion.”  I’m intrigued by the foaming gel and the antioxidants.  Once my skin has recovered from the constant abuse of tissues I’ll give this one a shot.

Book
The Juice Generation Book (Retail: $9.59)
Category: Must Have Food
Verdict:  Miss
Okay, so to start with I cannot drink cold vegetables.  I will gladly eat salads and all kinds of veggie dishes, but juiced vegetables are horrific for me.  No matter how much you try to bury the taste of that kale underneath lovely apples and oranges I still taste it.  I would much rather just have a nice kale salad and a glass of apple juice, thanks.  I’ve actually been trying to add fruit smoothies into my regular workday breakfast rotation so there might be  one or two recipes I can use, but for the most part this book is a miss.  I like the idea of a get healthy type food item for January, but a cookbook focusing on fruits and veggie dishes would have had a much broader appeal.  This also came with a coupon for 30% off a Juice generation six-pack.  This whole item feels very fad-like and unappealing and I was pretty disappointed.

Gloves
Jack + Lucy Tech Gloves
(Retail: $??? Estimate $20.00)
Category: Must Have Fashion
Verdict:  Hit!
I can’t find a link for these gloves, so I’ll have to estimate the cost.  They are grey tech gloves that allow you to use your smartphones and touch screen devices without having to remove the gloves.  I don’t own a pair of these so I’m happy to have them, but I ‘m not sure how much use they will get.  I use fingerless gloves because I constantly have to get on and off buses and subways.  Throughout the day I’m digging for passes and change and when I use regular gloves I always lose one of them.  I’m going to save these tech gloves for the super cold Polar Vortex days where my fingerless gloves are just not going to cut it.

Calendar
Rifle Paper Co. 2014 Flip Around the World Desk Calendar (Retail: $12.00)
Category: Must Have Home
Verdict:  Miss/Hit for Style
To start the artwork on this is lovely and the cities theme is pretty unisex.  If I’d gotten this in December it would have been a hit, but by January I already have a plethora of calendars and I imagine I’m not the only one.  I think a better option for “kicking off the new year” in the home category might have been a fun or interesting organizational item.  This was also packaged with a 10% off code for the Rifle Paper Co.  They had a bunch of things I’d love to purchase but most were sold out.  I’m hoping they come back in stock before the code expires.

Pipcorn
Pipsnacks White Truffle Pipcorn (Retail: $6.00)
Category: Must Have Food
Verdict:  Miss
Now I like popcorn a lot.  I have an air popper and I really enjoyed the popcorn treat in December.  But it seems a little bit silly to have popcorn again so soon after they just included it.  And these are tiny little popcorn bits and the flavor on them is fairly subtle.  Since January tends to be the healthy food type month, I would have preferred to see maybe some granola or dried fruit.  I think that would have been far more suitable and less repetitive.

Files
Revlon by Marchesa Box O’ Files (Retail: $4.99)
Category: Must Have Beauty
Verdict:  Hit!
I know these are on the cheap side and that they have been floating around various outlets as freebies, but I still love them.  They are a boxed set of tiny files and they have an adorable pattern.  They fit perfectly in my manicure kit and I’ll get a ton of use from them.  I’d happily buy these.

Full Box
Overall:
Mostly a Miss

With my discount for purchasing multiple months in advance I paid 33.88 for this box and it had an estimated retail value of $92.92.  Unfortunately, this box felt very lackluster and I didn’t get a sense of fun or inspiration from it.  This, more than any Popsugar box I’ve received felt more like advertising and more like “what products can we get for free” rather than a curated box of really cool stuff.  Now the mask alone already covers what I paid for the box, so I’ve gotten my value, but this box just left me wanting.

What did you think?  Was this box practical or just practically boring?


The Backstory

Popsugar is a women’s lifestyle subscription that delivers a monthly box of fun, full-size products hand-selected by Popsugar editors.

In addition to Popsugar’s monthly must have boxes, they have some seasonal special edition boxes that contain uber luxe items.  The price tag on these boxes is higher, but the products you receive are high end.

Popsugar Pricing:
Monthly – $39.95
3 Months – $109.85
6 Months – $214.70
12 Months – $404.40

Coupon Codes:  REFER5 = $5 off sitewide
POPSUGAR10 = $10 off a 3 month subscription

Popsugar Must Have Box – December 2013

And it’s that time again for the Popsugar Must Have Box.  For info on Popsugar subscriptions along with some coupon codes jump down below. Now let’s dive into the December Must Have Box.

BraceletBracelet Closeup
Lulu Frost for Popsugar Bracelet
(Retail: $110.00)
Verdict: Hit!
Lulu Frost seems to be a big hit with a lot of celebrities and is “known for mixing vintage and modern elements to create timeless baubles”.  This bracelet won me over because it has baguettes (they are a favorite of mine and don’t show up as frequently as I would like) and it has an art deco vibe (another favorite but this one does show up pretty often).  The only downside to this piece is that the design is only on the front while the back has the “Lulu Frost for Popsugar” logo.  With this style bracelet that logo is bound to show when the charm dangles.  I wish it had something more decorative in the back and maybe just a little dangle tag by the clasp to indicate the designer. The retail value of this item is more than three times the cost of what I paid for this box, so we’re off to a great start.


Wrapping Paper
Mixt Studio Holiday Gifting Set
(Retail: $9.00)
Verdict:  Hit!/Gift
It seems no matter how much wrapping paper I buy, I always run out at an inopportune moment, so I was happy to see this in my box and it promptly made it’s way onto Christmas gifts.  The “snow drift” print in particular is incredibly striking and has made my Mom’s Christmas gift look all the more amazing.

Mascara
ModelCo Fibre Lashxtend Black Mascara
(Retail: $)
Verdict:  Hit!
Once upon a time I fell in love with a Fibre mascara and then..gasp..they changed the formula.  Then, of course it didn’t work for me anymore.  I’m still in search of a replacement for that fibre mascara I once loved and lost, so I’m happy to try out a new one.  I’ve never tried anything by Modelco so it will be fun to play with a new brand.  The mascara also includes a cute little mirror right on the tube.  This  came with a coupon for $10 off plus a free ultra lip gloss.

Flutes
Govino Go Anywhere Flutes
(Retail: $12.95)
Verdict:  Gift
I have a lot of glasses.  It’s one of those things that people seem to love to give me plus I inherited a ton of my grandmother’s, so I am well stocked up.  In order for me to add on a set of glasses I have to love them and these just don’t speak to me.  The fact that they are shatterproof and plastic isn’t really appealing either.  I feel like if I’m at an event casual enough for plastic, it’s time to bring out the giant red beer cups, that I won’t have to wash when all is said and done.  These do however complement a Christmas gift I already had planned so they are getting packed up with that.

Popcorn
CC Caramel Corn
(Retail: $4.00)
Verdict:  Hit!
The only problem with this was that there wasn’t more of it.  It was delicious and I had to fight my boyfriend in order to get some.

Nail Wraps
NCLA Peppermint Lane Nail Wraps
(Retail: $16.00)
Verdict:  Hit!
As I’ve mentioned before, 2013 was the year that I got into doing my nails.  I’ve been meaning to try some nail wraps but haven’t gotten around to it.  These designs seem pretty basic and I think they’d work great as accent nails with my Julep colors.

Chocolates
Ghirardelli Squares Chocolate
(Retail:$8.40/Retail: $4.25)
Verdict:  Gift
I love chocolate but since this time of the year is filled with so many amazing confections and treats I decided to add these to some Christmas gifts and share the calories—eh, I mean the love.  Yeah, the love.

Full Box
Overall:
Hit!

With my discount for purchasing multiple months in advance I paid 33.88 for this box and it had an estimated retail value of $184.60.  I either liked or could gift everything  so it was definitely a win for me.  I do think the appeal of this box lies with the high ticket item.  If you like that Lulu Frost bracelet, everything else is just gravy.

What did you think of this box?  Hit or Miss?

The Backstory

Popsugar is a women’s lifestyle subscription that delivers a monthly box of fun, full-size products hand-selected by Popsugar editors.

In addition to Popsugar’s monthly must have boxes, they have some seasonal special edition boxes that contain uber luxe items.  The price tag on these boxes is higher, but the products you receive are high end.

Popsugar Pricing:
Monthly – $39.95
3 Months – $109.85
6 Months – $214.70
12 Months – $404.40

Coupon Codes:  REFER5 = $5 off sitewide
POPSUGAR10 = $10 off a 3 month subscription

Popsugar Limited Edition Holiday Box – December 2013

As you may have discerned by now I cannot resist a Popsugar limited edition box.  It’s like subscription box heroin for me, so of course I scooped up the Popsugar special Holiday box. Cardboard

For info on Popsugar subscriptions along with some coupon codes jump down below, and for those of you still with me, let’s get down to it.
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As with my other special edition Popsugar boxes, this one is beautifully packaged and feels like a special treat.

 Scarf
Cuyana Alpaca Infinity Scarf (Retail: $65.00)
Verdict:
Gift
For some reason, I became a scarf hoarder this year and I’ve picked up all kinds of awesome ones.  I adore infinity scarves and this one is soft and well made, but the color just doesn’t do anything for me, so I’ll be giving it as a Christmas gift.  This also came with a coupon for a special gift with any Cuyana purchase on shopstyle.com

Bracelet
Erickson Beamon Rocks Blondie Stone Bangle (Retail: $98.00 – I couldn’t find the exact one online so I chose a similar size bracelet from their collection here and based the price on that.)
Verdict: 
Love!
If you’re a frequent reader, you’ve noticed that I get a lot of bracelets from these boxes, everything from dainty little strands to giant wonderwoman cuffs.  This one is my favorite of the year.  It has a very Anthropologie-esque vibe and I just love the rhinestones.  Not only would it be great for a dressy occasion, but it’d be cute with jeans and a nice top for date night.

Cheese Plate
Lunares Cheese Paddle with Knife
(Retail: $69.00)
Verdict:  Hit!
While this is packaged perfectly as an awesome gift, I am totally hoarding it for myself.  I love to entertain and despite my kitchen full of serving platters, I don’t own a single cheese board.  I also lucked out and got my favorite color, so I figure this one was meant for me.  This set is super sleek, and excellent quality.  If you’re able to part with it, it’d make a really awesome housewarming gift.

Tokyomilk
Tokyomilk’s Dark Body Soufflé in “Chance”:
(Retail: $40.00)
Verdict:  Love!
“Fresh bamboo and tea leaves meet green fig and soft, white musk in this captivating fragrance with an unexpected twist.”  I’m unfamiliar with this brand but between the description and the irresistible packaging, I’m sure excited to try it out.  This is the nicest packaging I’ve ever seen on any lotion.  In fact it was so nice that I put it on top of my dresser because my craptastic bathroom is not worthy of something this pretty.  The quality and weight make it feel more a jewelry box rather than beauty packaging.  As soon as I finish using the soufflé, I’ll be turning this into a little trinket box.  It’s like two gifts in one.

Pretzels
Fatty Sundays Peppermint Crunch Dark Chocolate Covered Pretzels:
(Retail: $6.95)
Verdict:  Gift
While I love chocolate covered pretzels I’m not quite as fond of peppermint so these will make the perfect addition to a Christmas gift I’ve been putting together.

Winks
Winks by Georgie False Lash Compact
(Retail: $15.00)
Verdict:  Love!
I have always wanted to try out false lashes.  I stupidly bought one of those kits that have individual lashes you stick on, forgetting of course that they scare the hell out of me, so they’ve been collecting dust in my makeup case.  This looks far more manageable and it comes in an adorable compact.  According to Popsugar’s card the glue is made with “organic chamomile that’s meant to soothe skin while keeping falsies in place”.  This is perfect for my uber sensitive eyes. I will  definitely be trying these, just keep your fingers crossed I don’t poke my eye out.


Datebook
Graphic Image 2014 Datebook:
(Retail: $97.00)
Verdict:  Love!
I have an Iphone and an Outlook calendar and all kinds of electronic scheduling devices, and yet I always end up preferring paper to keep my appointments.  At work I hang up an actual calendar and write stuff in, so this item is absolutely perfect for me and might help me remember appointments when I can’t just stare at my office wall calendar.  This book is beautiful quality and makes you feel like you should be penciling in appointments for lunch at the Plaza and weekends in the Hamptons.   Sadly, mine will have to settle for dental appointments and birthday parties.  This also came with a card offering a 10% discount when you sign up on their site or make a purchase.

Full Box
Overall:
Love!

I paid $107.00 for this box and I came out with an estimated retail of $390.95.  I loved nearly everything in this box and the remaining items are perfect for gifting.  Second to the Nina Garcia Quarterly box, this is the best box I’ve received in 2013.  Popsugar has definitely won me over and while I hope they keep up these limited edition boxes, I really need them to space them out so I don’t go broke.

What do you think?  Did you love this one as much as I did?

The Backstory

Popsugar is a women’s lifestyle subscription that delivers a monthly box of fun, full-size products hand-selected by Popsugar editors.

In addition to Popsugar’s monthly must have boxes, they have some seasonal special edition boxes that contain uber luxe items.  The price tag on these boxes is higher, but the products you receive are high end.

Popsugar Pricing:
Monthly – $39.95
3 Months – $109.85
6 Months – $214.70
12 Months – $404.40

Coupon Codes:  REFER5 = $5 off sitewide
POPSUGAR10 = $10 off a 3 month subscription

Popsugar Must Have Box: November 2013

I finally got my November Popsugar Must Have Box.  For some info on the subscription along with some coupon codes, jump down below.

Wrap
Michael Stars Folk Art Wrap (Retail:  $42.00)
Verdict: Gift
I love wraps and scarves and I’ve been hoarding all different kinds this year, (which is great since it’s 40 below right now) but I’m just not into this pattern. It is however really soft and versatile and I think it’s going to make a great gift for someone on my Christmas Shopping List.

Candle
Illume Candle in Naughty:
(Retail: $15.75)
Verdict:  Hit!/Gift
Apparently this Illume candle came in a “Naughty” version (spicy wooded scent) or “Nice” (sweet vanilla).  I am not surprised I was on the Naughty list.  I love candles and normally I’d hoard this for myself, but after the Popsugar Neiman Marcus pine scented Nest candle, I think I may have to give this one up for the gift pile.  I’m considering picking up the “Nice” candle and turning it into a set.

Wine Holder
Lands’ End Single Canvas Wine Tote:(Retail: $12.00)
Verdict:  Miss
Putting aside that most single wine totes are fairly useless and are just to dress up a bottle of wine you’re gifting, this one feels off season.  Sure it’s red, but the canvas makes it feel like this belongs on a summer picnic, not in a November bag. If they were going to include a wine tote, I would have put something more festive and glitzy, that would work for all the holiday events and New Year’s Eve parties.  Like imagine walking through the door in a cute little black dress with a bottle of bubbly in a snazzy sparkling bag.  This will either be a gift or I’ll Macgiver it into storage for some of my random crafting crap.

Preserves
Maison De Monaco Strawberry & Blackcurrant Cream Preserves:
(Retail: $6.00)
Verdict:  Hit!
“Hand-cooked in San Francisco in small batches and made from 70% fruit.”  I love jams and jellies and things that come in cute glass jars.  Since it’s that baking time of year, I have earmarked this little guy for  butter and jam thumbprint cookies for some Christmas treat boxes I’m making for my coworkers.

Soap
The Soap & Paper Factory Roland Pine Shea Butter Soap:(Retail: $8.00)
Verdict:  Hit/Gift!
This soap smells like a Christmas tree.  It’s a perfect addition to a Christmas gift I already have mostly assembled and  this would be a fabulous stocking stuffer for a guy (since pine trees are manly or a least more manly than most soap scents).

Remover Pads
Absolute! Nail Polish Remover in Lavender:
(Retail: $2.99)
Verdict:  Hit!
I love trying out new nail polish removers, especially ones that don’t have acetone and smell good.  I’ve added these to my nail kit and I can’t wait to try them out.

Chips
Barefruit Crunch Sea Salt Caramel Apple Chips:
(Retail: $3.42)
Verdict:  Miss
I tried, I swear I tried over and over to like apple chips.  But to me they have this weird almost tomato like taste and the texture is just, no.  In the interests of science, I gave these a taste and my previous opinion still stands.  I tried to pawn them off on a coworker and he too passed after trying one. Call me old fashioned, but I’d much rather just eat an apple.

Giftcard
Canvaspop Gift Card:(
Retail $30.00)
Verdict:  On the Fence
So this gift card will allow you to make a canvas print from your own photos.  I’m a little on the fence with this since I have to spend my own money, but I might be able to find a cool vacation photo or maybe even turn it into a gift.  We’ll see if I can put this to use before the expiration date.

Full Box
Overall:
Quite Satisfied.

Because I paid for 6 months in advance, I got a discount and paid $33.88 for my November box.  The retail value, including the gift card was $120.16.  Removing the gift card, the value is still an excellent $90.16.

While I didn’t love everything in this box, I liked most of it and I got a nice jump start on a number of Christmas presents.

If you love reading up on the Popsugar boxes, please head back soon as December will not only bring a must have box, but their sold out Special Edition Holiday Box!

The Backstory

Popsugar is a women’s lifestyle subscription that delivers a monthly box of fun, full-size products hand-selected by Popsugar editors.

In addition to Popsugar’s monthly must have boxes, they have some seasonal special edition boxes that contain uber luxe items.  The price tag on these boxes is higher, but the products you receive are high end.

Popsugar Pricing:
Monthly – $39.95
3 Months – $109.85
6 Months – $214.70
12 Months – $404.40

Coupon Codes:  REFER5 = $5 off sitewide
POPSUGAR10 = $10 off a 3 month subscription

Neiman Marcus Popsugar Must Have Box – November 2013

So it came.  Finally.  The holy grail of subscription boxes.  The now infamous Popsugar Special Edition Neiman Marcus box that cost $250 and sold out in 12 hours.  I have one and now it’s time to see what’s inside it.

BoxBox Half Open

To start, this frick’n box is so heavy that there has to be something breakable in there.  Only stuff fragile stuff can weigh this much. If I thought the $100 Fall style box was luxurious, this was like it’s uber snobby, super rich, older cousin. The box itself is really high quality and I plan to reuse it for storage, so we’re already off to a great start.

Neiman Box Open Wrapped

Blanket
Chevron Printed Throw:(Retail: $195)
Verdict: Hit!
This item was the spoiler Popsugar released when the box was first announced.  The big question was what color you’d find in your box. I ended up with the gray which is the shade I wanted.  I had planned to gift this if I ended up with certain colors, but sorry suckers, this one is mine.

Adler
Jonathan Adler Carnaby Zebra Stacking Dish:
(Retail: $24.00)
Verdict: Gift
We’d been told this box would include something by Jonathan Adler.  Now I love me some little dishes for rings, keys or paperclips, but I’m just not feeling the design.  I got the navy blue and, something about the navy + animal print just isn’t working. It’s like nautical, but not. I think if this had come in the shiny gold they offer on the Jonathan Adler site I’d have loved it.  As is, I’m putting it in my Christmas gift pile.

Eyeshadow
Le Métier De Beauté –  Pretty in Punk Eye Shadow Palette:(Retail: $95.00)
Verdict: Love!

The last clue Popsugar gave us is that there’d be a Le Metier De Beauty item in this box.  This punk palette was made exclusively for this Popsugar collaboration so I don’t have a link to the item itself, but I’ll price it the same as their similar palette on the Neiman Marcus site.  Before I signed up for this box, I was unfamiliar with the brand but now that I’ve seen it, I’m so excited to try it out.  These folks are so fancy pants, I can’t even figure out how you order from their site (apparently everything is in sets?).  At first I was startled by the colors  and was afraid that my translucent self would be unable to use anything but the shimmery gold.  After googling I came across Le Métier’s video of their Couches de Couleur technique.  (You know it’s super fancy because the name is in French).  It seems that you layer these colors on top of each other to achieve a smoky eye.  After watching the whole thing, I think I can actually attempt this!  It has totally rocked my beauty world.  Just keep your fingers crossed that I don’t waste a $95 eyeshadow palette making myself look like I got punched in the face.

Treat
Neiman Marcus “Twist” White Fudge-Covered Corn Twists:
(Retail: $19.00)
Verdict: Hit!
This tube of calorific goodness is described as “white fudge-covered corn snacks.”  I’m game for trying all kinds of food items and while I’m normally not a fan of white chocolate this looks intriguing and will be a perfect to munch on when I put up my Christmas tree and decorations.

Plates
Slim & Sage Dinner Plates:
(Retail: $99.99)
Verdict: Gift
So these porcelain dishes are supposed to help you lose weight by being smaller (9 inches versus the standard 12) and with super secret portioning via geometric design (two quadrants for veggies, one for protein and one for carbs).  I seriously love dinnerware, but I’m just not in love with this pattern.  For the most part I’m not a geometric person and I don’t think I’d get much use out of these.  Another disappointment is that on the bottom of this beautiful box it reads “made in china” (as does the Jonathan Adler).  I don’t mind stuff being “made in china” when I buy it at Target, but for a super luxury box from Neiman Marcus, I’d kind of like to see it come from France, or Italy, or some other place that makes crap I can’t normally afford.  The plates are packaged really nicely and there are a few people on my Christmas list who I think would really love them, so they most likely will be gifted. ( Although the red is so perfect for Christmas I still might change my mind!)

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SHY by Sydney Evan Love Pendant Bezel Diamond Necklace
: (Retail $125.00)
Verdict: Hit!
This is a 14K gold plated (over silver) necklace with an itty bitty diamond.  Yes, I said DIAMOND.  (Apparently Neiman Marcus is well aware of what’s a girl’s best friend.) I don’t own any word jewelry so this is a nice addition to my collection.  It’s really the offset diamond that makes it interesting.  The strange thing about this necklace is that it is very, very tiny.  It’s pretty much choker length. I think this could actually be a really cute gift for a tween aged girl, and if mom wants to go super cutesy she can get one for herself and they can match.

Candle
Nest Candle in Birchwood Pine:
(Retail: $34.00)
Verdict:  Love!

First, I love candles.  Second, this one has a really authentic pine tree smell.  This is perfect since I have a fake tree and every year my compromise with my boyfriend is that I’ll burn a pine candle and get a real wreath (he complains that there’s no Christmas smell with my fake one).  The glass container is adorable and has this fabulous mid-century modern holiday vibe to it.  This will be making its way into my holiday decorations come November 29th.

Hairspray
Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray:
(Retail: $39.00)
Verdict:  Love!
The description makes this sound like magic for your hair: “This invisible dry hair spray builds in incredible volume and sexy texture. Patented polymers absorb oil at the roots, leaving you with just-styled hair for days (and nights).” So as I’ve mentioned in other posts, my hair is my final beauty frontier.  This year I conquered nails (thanks to Julep) and 2014 will be my hair year.  The last couple years, I’ve been going with a short bob, but I’ve been growing it out in search of long hair.  Right now I’m having an Ally Sheedy Breakfast club moment, so I’m hoping this item is as amazing as it sounds and will give me some much needed help with styling my hair.  I mean people it has patented polymers  which is so sciency it just has to work.

Full Box
Overall:

With tax I paid a whopping $267.50 for this box, but the value tops out at $630.00.  Now under normal circumstances I don’t splurge this much, but every year since I turned thirty I allow myself one luxury purchase at my birthday.  It should be something high end and special that will last a long time.  This year I decided to gamble on this box.  I’m actually quite happy I did.  Not only did I get a diamond, but I got a fabulous throw and candle that will look great in my apartment, a yummy treat to have during my holiday tree decorating, hair and makeup products that will totally help me try out new looks and a couple of fabulous Christmas gifts.

Popsugar also has a sold out Holiday box, but I snagged one so if you want to see what’s in it, be sure to check back.  Currently available along with Popsugar’s regular subscription there is also a Must Have Holiday Box for Men

So what did think of the Neiman Marcus Popsugar box?  Was it as luxurious as you thought it would be or did you expect more?

The Backstory

Popsugar is a women’s lifestyle subscription that delivers a monthly box of fun, full-size products hand-selected by Popsugar editors.

In addition to Popsugar’s monthly must have boxes, they have some seasonal special edition boxes that contain uber luxe items.  The price tag on these boxes is higher, but the products you receive are high end.

Popsugar Subscription Pricing:
Monthly – $39.95
3 Months – $109.85
6 Months – $214.70
12 Months – $404.40

Coupon Codes:  REFER5 = $5 off sitewide
POPSUGAR10 = $10 off a 3 month subscription

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