Popsugar: August 2016 + A New Box & October Spoilers!

It’s Popsugar time and I’ve got lots of Popsugar news and boxes to catch up on.

First let’s start with some spoilers for October:
October 2016 Popsugar Must Have 2016 Spoilers
Henri Bendel Packable Umbrella

Power Your Happy by Lisa Sugar

Henri Bendel is a very chic, sophisticated brand and the umbrella is a practical option, but I’m not quite feeling the book.  It feels a little..self serving, maybe? Or like subscribers are being used to prop up her writing career?  I know she’s the founder of Popsugar, but I’m hoping this is an “extra” and not a significant part of the box value.

Next Popsugar has a new MYSTERY BOX for only $24.95.
Description: “Now’s your chance to get some of our most-loved surprises from past boxes, featuring over 7 different products with a retail value of $125+. This is a limited-time offer, so don’t wait!  *Products in box may vary.  *Orders will ship by Oct. 17 via FedEx SmartPost.”
If you aren’t a regular subscriber, you might want to try this out.  You probably won’t have most of the items and there are bound to be some goodies in there.

Now let’s get to the box:
August Must Have Box
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Cargo Cosmetics “The Big Easy” Powder Blush

(Suggested Retail: $26)
Description: “Keep you Summer glow going strong into the Fall with this silky-smooth blush.  Because of it’s sheer quality, you don’t need to worry about overly bright cheeks – you can simply build to create your perfect shade!”
Verdict: Meh
I’m a bit ambivalent about the Cargo brand (although I know a lot of bloggers love them).  I find that nearly every Cargo product leans a bit warm for my complexion.  This blush seems fine, but as a makeup item it’s pretty boring.  We’ve had a lot of summer boxes full of cheek products – blushes, bronzers—highlighters.  I really wish we’d gotten something a little more exciting. I didn’t swatch this since I’ve got a ton of other products to go through before I start using it.  Every season I go through my makeup to add new products and get rid of old ones so I’ll probably add this in during my Fall update.  However, I don’t dislike it even if I would have preferred something else.

Cookie Pop Popcorn Cookies & Cream

(Suggested Retail: $3.99)
Description: ”Our Food editors and readers are obsessed with anything cookies and cream, so when we tasted this fun, sweet-and-salty snack, we knew this bag wouldn’t last more than a few minutes in our offices and households.”
Delicious, but with an aftertaste of disappointment
These were very yummy and really did taste just like cookies and cream.  The problem?  The bag was literally only a quarter full.  They really need to stop trying to scam us with under filling bags.  Do they think we don’t notice?  I’ve already grown to expect it to be half full, but this one was absurd.

Unplugged Dusti Screen Cleaner

(Suggested Retail: $5.99)
Description: ”These playful screen cleaners stick to your phone (or phone case) for easy use, and can be washed and reused – peace out, annoying smudges! Now your biggest problem will be picking which one to use first.”
Verdict: Hit!
I commute for hours, via multiple forms of transportation, so my phone is the lifeline that keeps you from hearing news stories about a woman in midtown attacking tourists with her overly heavy purse.  These adorable little cleaners will come in handy for keeping my phone looking good while I use it to forget that I commute through one of the most crowded places on earth.

Baggu Duck Bag

(Suggested Retail: $26.00)
Description: “The recycled fabric of this versatile tote is durable enough to carry with you everywhere so it’ll quickly become a closet staple. The bag’s adjustable strap length means it works for any outfit or scenario, soy you can show off its matte silver hardware and functional shape no matter where life takes you.”
Verdict: But I wanted the cool one!
Black is basic and important and all, but why couldn’t I get the fun print they showed on the card instead?  It’s like everyone else got Beyoncé and I got Michelle Williams.  I love Baggu bags and I actually own a duck bag with a nautical stripe so I already dig this style. I’m just super disappointed in this boring black.  I feel like the fun of canvas tote bags is being able to have funky or unusual prints.  You may not want to spring for a speckled or bright colored leather purse, but anything goes in canvas.  I don’t know yet if I’ll end up using this and maybe jazzing it up with some embroidery, or if I’ll just give it as a gift instead.

Triple C PowerGloss in Silver
(Suggested Retail: $30.00)
Description: “We’ve all panicked about a low phone battery, but you can kiss that particular anxiety goodbye thanks to this chic portable charger.  Hook the cosmetic-inspired gadget up to your phone or tablet for stress-free charging anywhere life takes you!”
Verdict: Love!
Every Fall I like to give my commuter bag an overhaul and I was in the market to add a portable charger, so this came at the exact perfect time.

Christian Lacroix Paris Paseo Sticky Note Folio

(Suggested Retail: $13.00)
Description: “While this gold-stamped folio is reserved on the outside, the playful ombré sticky-note options inside reveal plenty of personality!  Slip it into your toe to easily jot down reminders, even during your busiest days.”
Verdict: Hit!
During my lunch hour at my day job, I work on my blogging and writing so I like to keep a little “mobile office” in my purse.  This is perfect for writing notes and marking pages.  It’s classy and compact.

If I’d gotten a Baggu bag in a better print/color, this would be a love.  This box had almost a commuter vibe to it that I actually found really helpful since I’m always looking for new products to help me have a smoother and better work week.  This box cost me $42.75 and the estimated retail value came out to $104.95.  That’s actually a bit low for Popsugar, but I do think all the items are excellent quality and quite practical.  This is definitely a step up from July’s confusing and immature curation.

I’ve got lots more Popsugar reviews coming—including their Fall Limited Edition box, so be sure to check back.

What did you think of the black Baggu Tote?
A solid basic or basically boring?

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 Mini Pricing:
(Features 2 Full Size Items)
Monthly – $18.95

Popsugar Must Have 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 to Must Have

Jennifer Love Hewitt Fancy Box: April 2014

So when I said I’d caught up on all my April box reviews, I lied. My Jennifer Love Hewitt Fancy Box always comes so late in the month I forget which month it actually goes with.  Sorry–but I swear this is the last of my April boxes!

Now my original Fancy fox for April was a big old mess so I was hoping the Jennifer Love Hewitt would make up for it. Let’s check it out and see if it does.

The JLove box came a little bumped and bruised, but it’s fine since 90% of the box is empty anyway.

Open Box Open Box #2

This time they sent a little booklet instead of the cards. I’m not sure why I’m partial to the cards, but regardless it’s nice to have some info on each item.

Hair Pins
First Date Bobby Pins (Fancy Retail: $9.00)
Verdict: Hit!
After having my hair in a short bob for a couple years, I decided 2014 would be my year to grow my hair out and figure out how to style it, so I’m always happy to get hair accessories. I like the ballerina-inspired palette on these and they definitely feel like an item Jennifer Love Hewitt would use.

Dry Shampoo
Haze Styling Powder by EVO Hair (Fancy Retail: $28.00; Amazon Retail: $17.24)
Verdict: Hit!
Now if you read my other Fancy reviews, you’ll know that my April original Fancybox with a “one-of-a-kind, rustic” theme also had dry shampoo. While I hated it in that box, I like it in this one. I expect beauty products in women’s fashion/lifestyle boxes and this one is perfectly sized for travel or tucking in your everyday bag, plus it’s a brand I haven’t tried before. I’ve added this to my commuting bag since it will be perfect for summer touchups after I’ve been sweating to death waiting for my morning train.

High Heel Protector by Solemates (Fancy Retail: $10.00)
Verdict: Gift
These seem like exactly the sort of fun, quirky, fashion-y item I’d expect to see from Jennifer Love Hewitt. Unfortunately my craptastically weak ankles mean that I cannot wear tall skinny heels, but this is the perfect for a friend of mine and I’ll be adding to her birthday gift.

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Cast Crystal Necklace by Amano Studio (Fancy Retail: $34.00)
Verdict: Hit!
So April must be Fancy’s month for Amano Studio designs. My April Fancy box included those lightning bolt stud earrings and now I have this gold necklace. The description says, “Amano Studio took their favorite crystal point and cast it in metal and finished it with 24k gold.” While I found the stud earrings in the other box to be okay and generally inoffensive, I really like this necklace a lot. It is far more interesting and it lends itself to being mixed with other pieces. I think it will look awesome mixed with some real crystals  and I can’t wait to try it out with some of my other pendants.

Tuscany Lip Gloss by Cargo Cosmetics (Fancy Retail: $16.00)
Verdict: Love!
So apparently Jennifer Love Hewitt really loves Cargo Cosmetics since we got their eye palette last month and a lip gloss from them in April. I love lip glosses, especially golden pink shades so this is great. It also pairs nicely with that aforementioned Cargo palette from the March JLove Box.

Full Box

I paid full price for this box at $46.95 and the estimated Fancy value was $97.00 (while the regular retail value came out to $86.24.) I really thought the item selections fit Jennifer Love Hewitt’s aestheic and were perfect choices for the season. This box was well put together and I feel like I definitely received what I signed up for, which isn’t always the case with Fancy boxes.

After two months in a row of great boxes, I think my JLove box is no longer number one on my upredictability list. It has now been usurped by my original Fancy box subscription which seems to be fraught with riddles and drama. The funny part is this box contained two items very similar to those in the original fancy box – but this box had more interesting versions that were better suited to the box’s theme.

I’ll be updating you on my original fancy box adventures with the may review for that box so be sure to come back. (Just be warned that post will probably be filled with expletives.)

What did you think of this box? How do you think it compared to the original April Fancy Box? Did you like it more or less?


Fancy Box is a monthly subscription service that curates items that are popular on the Fancy website. There are a few different subscription options. They all cost $39 plus shipping (an additional $7.95).

#1 –Fancy box (Original)
This box features a collection of some of the most fancy’d items, curated by the fancy community. Each box includes $80.00+ of products in the categories of your choice.
The categories you can choose from include: Men’s, Women’s, Kid’s, Home, Gadgets & Media. It also lets you customize your Tshirt size and your cell phone type.

#2 Fancy Food Box
Each Fancy Food Box includes five or more food products – anything from cookies and chocolates to teas and sauces – along with a selection of tasty recipes and pairing suggestions.

#3 Celebrity Curated Fancy Box
There are five celebrity curated boxes to choose from. Each box includes $80.00+ of products. Most boxes are geared toward men or women though they do include unisex items.

They include:



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