Popsugar: January 2017 Must Have Box + April & LE Resort Box Spoilers!

I know it’s been quiet over here, but that’s because I have so much awesome stuff going on!
I’ve been working on the new house (I can’t tell you how sore I am from painting cabinets) and I’ve got a fun post coming up for a ceiling fan hack that costs under $7.  On the sub box front, I’ve got some great new boxes to share including a new dessert box.  Lastly, for my upcoming book, The Ice Maiden’s Tale, I’ve been working with my Publisher on finalizing the cover art.  Hopefully I’ll have more to share on that front too.

So to summarize – less time writing = more time getting cool stuff to write about.

Today, I’ve got one of my old favorites: my Popsugar Must Have Box.  We’ve got the January review plus a sneak peek at their brand new Limited Edition Resort Box and an April 2017 Spoiler!

Limited Edition Resort Box Spoilers!

Limited Edition Resort Box
“It’s the season to relax and reinvigorate. Start by planning a dreamy getaway. Then kick off your luxurious lounging in style with our curated box of travel essentials. Whether it’s a beachside resort or your own backyard, feel and look fab wherever you go.”
Quantities are limited, so don’t delay! Orders placed by March 15 will ship by March 20. Orders placed after March 15 will be shipped within 7-10 business days. All orders will ship via FedEx SmartPost
Cost: $100
These look like nice summery items, but I’m on a hella tight budget for anything that doesn’t attach to a ceiling or wall.  But if you like both items, it might be worth the $100 gamble.

APRIL 2017 SPOILER

I love, love, love getting home items in boxes and I can’t wait to use this in my new kitchen.
What do you think of it?

JANUARY MUST HAVE BOX


Goldfaden MD Fresh A Peel Multi Acid Resurfacing Peel

(Suggested Retail: $85)
Description: “Taking the term fresh-faced literally, this supercharged peel removes dead skin cells and with continued use, skin may become softer and brighter.  This natural skin care line is clean nd cooling while delivering effective results.  Rejuventate your skin this season from the inside out!”
Verdict: Okay
This is a nice (and spendy) brand but for me personally, I have a stockpile of skincare so it’s not that exciting.  I do think though, that is a great fit for a new year/January box and that most subscribers will probably love it.  That being said, I’m sure I’ll use it, I just need to get through my stack of other products first.


May Designs Desk Calendar & Notecard

(Suggested Retail: $25.00)
Description: ”Start each month off with a bit of beauty as you flip through this calendar filled with 12 hand-painted floral patterns.  You’ll not only enjoy the unique designs, but someone else will too!  Flip over and cut along the dotted line to turn each page into a note for someone special.”
Verdict:
Like
This isn’t as awesome as the planner they sent out last January, but it’s still nice.  I especially like that you can turn each month into a notecard, when you are finished.  I do think that Popsugar should consider moving calendar and planner items to December boxes since a lot of people purchase those types of items before the new year.


Daily Concepts Your Hair Wrap Towel

(Suggested Retail: $18.00)
Description: ”’Kiss that frizz goodbye!  With special microfibers, this towel helps reduce flyaways, cuts your blow-dry time, and wraps around your hair comfortably while staying put.  Tuck it into the reusable pouch forth perfect travel mate at the gym, at home, or on vacation.”
Verdict: Love!
Rachel Zoe made me fall in love with hair wraps and I’m happy to get another one to use.  I packed this up for the new house so I haven’t tried it out yet, but I’m sure it will be really helpful. I also love that it comes with a reusable pouch so it’s perfect for travel.


Manduka eQua Mat Towel in Playa

(Suggested Retail: $38.00)
Description: ”The perfect addition to any yoga class, this absorbent, quick-drying, and slip-resistant towel is ready to hold you in place as you breathe deep. Ultra-lightweight with exceptional durability, the soft, suede-like feel will cover your mat in style.
Verdict: Like
I’m usually not into exercise items because they tend to be: 1. Water bottles or 2. Too specific for a general sub box.  However, I think this item is a good choice, since most people who exercise use a mat and regardless of your practice, it’s nice to have a soft nonslip towel on top of it.


Sourcebooks, Inc.  Instant Happy Notes
(Suggested Retail: $8.99)
Description: “Versatile enough to pull bangs out of your face or to jazz up a topknot, these glittery hair pins can be worn individually or all together.  They’re festive enough for New  Year’s Eve parties and beyond!”
Verdict: On the Fence
These are a cute idea, but I’m not sure how to use them.  I may just take them along with me  on the commute and leave them in strange spots in NYC.  (So if you see a cheerful note somewhere in the Big Apple, it might be from me).


Dean & Deluca Peppermint Loose Leaf Tea

(Suggested Retail: $10.75)
Description: “It’s time to wind down and relax with this aromatic peppermint tea. The soothing menthol flavor and added digestive benefits will keep your days and nights calm and refreshing.”
Verdict: Not for me
I keep trying to make myself into a tea drinker and so far it’s not really working.  I may pass this along to a friend or just keep it for guests who like peppermint.

SPECIAL EXTRA

Glade N3 Free – Coconut and Beach Woods Candle
(Suggested Retail: $4.99)
Description: “Cold Winter days are wonderfully cozy when paired with a spectacular scented candle.  This soy candle, part of a new line of multilayered home fragrances, will transform your space into a sweet and woodsy oasis.”
Verdict: Gift
This candle is surprisingly chic for Glade brand and if you peel off the sticker, I don’t think folks would ever guess you could pick this up in a grocery store.  I love candles but the scent on this one was a bit strong for me, so I passed it along to a friend.  Still, I really love special extras that are actual items we can use, rather than gift cards which require additional purchases.

OVERALL:

Verdict:
Like!
Even though not everything was the right fit for me, I thought this was a well put together January box.  The items felt right for the new year and I think they would appeal to a wide range of subscribers.  Since I’m still working off my paid subscription during Popsugar’s fab promotion, this box cost me $20.46 and had an estimated retail value of $190.73 (including the Glade Candle).  That’s a great value even if I only use a few of the items.

I’ve got lots more box reviews coming up including some new sub boxes and old favorites.
If you want sneak previews of the box contents, be sure to follow me on Instagram!

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 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

Popsugar Special Edition Fall Style- Must Have Box – September 2013

Popsugar is a women’s lifestyle subscription that delivers a monthly box of fun, full-size products hand-selected by Popsugar editors.  For details on the different subscription prices and some coupon codes, jump down below.  Now onto the review!

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.  This particular box is sold out, but you can still subscribe to the regular monthly box.

Box

As soon as I opened the package, I got the luxury vibe.  It had this big slide out box and all the packages were beautifully wrapped in black tissue paper.  It really was a joy to unwrap.
Unwrapping

RingRachel Zoe Gold Knot Ring: (Retail: $75.00 on Piperlime.com)
Verdict: Hit!
They had posted a sneak peek of this item so it was the only item I knew was guaranteed.  It’s a lot nicer in real life than in the photo and has a substantial weight to it.  It’s sophisticated, simple and will go with everything.  While I wouldn’t pay $75 for this, I have very few gold tone rings so it’s welcome in my jewelry wardrobe.  It’s important to note Rachel Zoe rings only come in size 7.  This ring is a little big on me, but still wearable.  If you’re a much smaller or larger size, you’d have to gift this.  Rachel Zoe has a matching bangle to this ring, which might have been a better item to include because of the sizing issue.


Shopper
Cynthia Vincent Classic Shopper Bag:
 (Retail: $49.99 on sale at Piperlime.com)
Verdict: Miss
Unfortunately I’m not an animal print person and I do have a lot of reusable tote bags.  (They, along with blank books are one of my addictions.)  While the print is not my taste, I have to say the fabric is very luxe and it feels more like something that should be on a dress rather than a tote bag.  If you dig this print, and like slouchy bags this would be right up your alley.

Bubblebath
Library of Flowers Bubble Bath:   (Retail: $36.00)
Verdict:  Hit!
While I wish they’d chosen a slightly more practical offering from Library of Flowers perfumery (like shower gel or perfume cream, because I just don’t take enough bubble baths), the packaging on this was so adorable I couldn’t help but fall in love.  Mine had a dent in the back but the lovely print was unscathed.

Notebook
Christian Lacroix Notebook:
  (Retail: $12.00 at Kate’s Paperie)
Verdict:  Hit!
As I mentioned earlier, along with an unhealthy addiction to collecting tote bags, I also hoard blank books.  I don’t know if it’s because I’m a writer or I just like fancy pants stationary.  This book has a lovely print and is a nice medium size.  I may end up giving this as a gift because I know someone who would just adore it.

Scrub
Goldfaden MD – Doctor’s Scrub Ruby Crystal Microderm Exfoliator, 3.5 oz:
 (Retail: $75.00)
Verdict:  Hit!
I love exfoliators and this claims to “improve skin tone and evenness” and “reduce pore size” without unwanted chemicals.  Sign me up!  I would probably never have splurged on such an expensive scrub, so this was a great addition to the box and I’m uber excited to try it.

Cookies
Buerre & Sel Rosemary Parmesan Cookies:
(Retail: $10.00)
Verdict:  Hit!
The description says these savory cookies are made with freshly grated aged parmesan, minced fresh rosemary, chopped toasted pecans and and-harvested fleur de sel from Guérande.   I don’t know where Guérande is, but it sounds fabulous and mystical, like you’d magically find yourself there via a secret door in your wardrobe closet.  I’m saving these to serve with white wine and a nice cheese plate.

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Stila Luxe Eye Shadow Palette:
(Retail: $45.00)
Verdict:  Gift
I have worn a lot of Stila products and their eyeshadows are my favorite product from them.  This palette has a lot of very practical colors included that most people could get a lot of everyday use from.   That being said, I will most likely end up gifting this since the colors seem to learn toward purplish and with my skin tone and complexion, that usually means they will make me look like someone punched me in the eye.

Full BoxFor this luxe, special edition box I paid $107 (with tax) and even with the sale price on the Cynthia Vincent bag, I got $302.99 worth of product.  From the packaging to the items, this box really did feel luxurious and like an extra special treat.

I only have one complaint and that’s just that box did not scream “Fall Style” to me.  The flowery bubble bath felt like spring, as did the print on the notebook.  The cookies seem like a wasted opportunity to feature fall flavors like apple, pumpkin, cinnamon, maple,etc.  I also expected some cool/cold weather accessories (like hats, gloves, scarves or umbrellas.)  If someone asked me what “season” this box represented Fall would not be my first, or even, second choice.

Putting aside that one issue I loved this box so much I decided to try out a three month Popsugar regular subscription so be on the lookout for more reviews.

So what did you all think of the box?  Did it feel like “Fall style” to you?

Popsugar Pricing:
Monthly – $35.00
3 Months – $95.00
6 Months – $190.00
12 Months – $380

Coupon Codes:  REFER5 = $5 off sitewide
MUSTHAVE10 = $10 off a 3 month subscription