Popsugar: September Must Have Box + November & Neiman Marcus LE Box Spoilers & a Winter LE Box!

I’m back from  celebrating my birthday and trying not to get overwhelmed by the tasks required when buying a new home (as well as trying to figure out a great name for my new home renovation/DIY/Decorating blog feature.  Prepare yourself for something cheesy!). In any case, it’s time to get back to reviews with my September Popsugar Must Have box, but first I’ve also got lots of fun spoilers and news about the latest Popsugar box offerings.

NEIMAN MARCUS SPOILER!
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Alexis Bittar Gold Studded Lace Cuff
Box Description: “We’ve created the ultimate box just in time for the holidays. Co-curated by Lisa Sugar and Neiman Marcus Fashion Director Ken Downing, they’ve chosen the perfect mix of luxe surprises ready to gift to loved ones or to yourself — you deserve it!”
Boxes will ship by Dec. 5 via FedEx Smartpost.
Price: $250.00
It’s certainly a pretty bracelet, but this box is way too much for my current budget.

LIMITED EDITION WINTER BOX!
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There is also a pre-sale for subscribers for the Popsugar LE Winter Box.  It should open up to everyone soon.
Box Description: This holiday season calls for entertainment, celebration, and coziness. Prep yourself as either the gift giver or recipient of these wondrous Winter surprises, certain to bring a smile to anyone’s face.”
Boxes will ship by Dec. 5 via FedEx SmartPost.
Price: $100.00
We haven’t hit the full launch of this yet so there aren’t any spoilers.  Popsugar’s Winter/Holiday boxes have typically been my faves out of all their Limited Editions.  I’d say if this one comes out with a spoiler you like, it would be worth the risk.

NOVEMBER MUST HAVE SPOILERS!
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I am SO excited for this box.  I adore the Kendra Scott jewelry and have been begging for more rose gold in our sub boxes.  The Stowaway palette is really lovely as well.  This box is already a win for me.

Now onto the main event:
SEPTEMBER MUST HAVE BOX
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JACK & LUCY Bicoastal Wide Brim Hat
(Suggested Retail: $58)
Description: “Nothing says super chic quite like a wide-brimmed hat and oversize sunglasses.  Pair this headwear with your favorite Fall outfit for an effortlessly chic look that screams ‘model off duty.’.”
Verdict: Like
It’s probably going to take more than a wide brim hat for me to scream “model off duty”. This is a return of the Popsugar brand Jack and Lucy, (the one behind the hideous faux pom keychain from the Fall LE Box that was priced at a oh so reasonable $41).  I generally like hats, because I feel like they are underappreciated plus I enjoy building a random hat collection.  This brand doesn’t really seem to exist outside Popsugar which bothers me for a high end box, but not necessarily for a cheaper monthly sub.

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NCLA Mani-ER Tool Kit

(Suggested Retail: $16.00)
Description: ”With this handy tool kit, you’re equipped with everything you need for a chic manicure all in a portable purse-ready pack – so when you’re transitioning into the hustle and bustle of Fall, one thing you’ll never need to worry about is your nails!.”
Verdict:
Gift
This is a cute practical little kit and NCLA is a great brand, but I have so many nail products and kits that this is going to the gift pile.

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Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask

(Suggested Retail: $36.00)
Description: ”Your hair puts up with a lot – treat it to a spa day with this restorative mask, which will reduce breakage and restore natural vibrancy on even the most overprocessed locks!  IT works in minutes, and our newly hydrated and lustrous hair will appreciate the refresh.”
Verdict: Hit!
This isn’t my favorite hair mask, but it’s a good one and something that I definitely will use.

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Flint Lint Roller
(Suggested Retail: $9.99)
Description: “This sleek platinum link roller will never let you down, conveniently sized for fitting in your purse and refillable so that you never have to risk unsightly mess.  Flint can keep up with your day and look as good as you do!”
Verdict: Love!
My regular lint roller is this obnoxious cheap thing that is like old masking tape stuck to plastic.  This is so much nicer. I already have travel lint wipes from my Fall Rachel Zoe Box of Style so this will go toward replacing my every day roller.

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Smith & Cult Lip Lacquer in The Warning
(Suggested Retail: $22.00)
Description: “Pair your new hat with a bold red lip – the gold microshimmer in this lippie adds a cheeky touch to an otherwise elegant beauty bag staple.  The ingredients in this paraben- and gluten-free formulat help extend the weark, whether it’s worn over a lipstick or by itself.”
Verdict: Love!
Smith & Cult is one of my favorite brands. I just adore their packaging and they have the prettiest shades.  This is a really wearable red that is going to be a staple in my makeup bag this winter.

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The Gluten Free Bites – Dark Chocolate Coconut Bites

(Suggested Retail: $4.99)
Description: “These vegan, gluten-free bites are made without GMOs or dairy, so you can indulge your chocolate raving without feeling guilty.  Stick tem in your purse for a sweet high-protein treat on the go!”
Verdict: Hit!
Gluten free treats can be well, less than a treat, but these were delicious.  My boyfriend, who is in charge of snacks, really liked them too.  I’d gladly buy these if I saw them out in the wild.

OVERALL:
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Verdict:
Hit!
I thought this box was full of practical items and I’ll use nearly everything included.  I really loved the Smith & Cult lip lacquer which accounted for more than half of the $42.75 I paid for this box.  The retail value based on the listed card, came out to $146.98.  The real negative here was the Jack & Lucy hat.  I don’t mind it, but I can see how it wouldn’t be a great pick for many subscribers.  It’s also a Popsugar exclusive type brand so it doesn’t have the cache that comes with a more luxe brand, nor can we be sure of the retail value.  But for me personally, the box was a win.

What did you think of the hat?
Do you wear hats?
Would you wear this one?

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: Fall Limited Edition Box + A new LE Box & the November theme!

It’s been quite a while since I reviewed a Popsugar Limited Edition box.  After a super disappointing $250 Popsugar Neiman Marcus box in 2014 and then a disastrous 2015 CFDA box I decided to only order LE boxes if the spoiler made the box worth it.  Now Popsugar has it’s latest Neiman Marcus box up for sale:
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Description: “We’ve created the ultimate box just in time for the holidays. Co-curated by Lisa Sugar and Neiman Marcus Fashion Director Ken Downing, they’ve chosen the perfect mix of luxe surprises ready to gift to loved ones or to yourself — you deserve it!”
Boxes will ship by Dec. 5 via FedEx Smartpost.
Price: $250.00
Unless a spoiler pops up that makes this totally worth it for you, I don’t recommend risking it.  This is a lot of money and so far Popsugar’s really pricey boxes (the over $100 range) just haven’t been worth it.

I also have some spoilers for the Popsugar November Must Have Box:
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Sounds like this box is about entertaining!  I’m very excited!

Now to the main event.
Fall 2016 Limited Edition Box
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Buji Baja – With Love from Eurostar – Lavender Rib Scarf

(Suggested Retail: $70)
Description: “Super soft and oh-so-chic, this cozy wrap takes the blanket-scarf trend a step beyond.  Perfect for snuggling up in style as you speed to London or Paris with Eurostar.”
Verdict: Like
Scarves are an obvious choice but this one is super soft, warm and a really pretty shade.  This color will look great paired with grey or charcoal.

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Jack & Lucy Faux Fur Pom Keychain
(Suggested Retail: $41.00)
Description: ”Our editors have been coveting these faux-fur poms for months and can’t get enough!  Use this chic burgundy option as a fun bag accessory, a stylish keychain, or even a playful addition to your belt loop.”
Verdict:
Requires the abuse of “air quotes”
Oh friends, I just can’t..even..with this.  Okay, first of all, who the fuck are Jack and Lucy?  Does this brand exist anywhere besides Popsugar, because there is no website listed and when you google all that shows up are Popsugar products up for resale.  Now if this is a Popsugar made brand, then the “suggested retail” price is complete crap.  (Although you may have already figured that out by the fact that this ridiculous “faux-fur” pom pom from a brand you’ve never heard of, that is “made in china”, costs $41.)  Putting aside the shadiness, this “keychain” is stupid.  It is ginormous.  I don’t know whose life allows them to have a furry keychain bigger than size of a cue ball attached to their keys, but I haven’t met them.  Even when I was a teenager I couldn’t use something like this.  This is a $100 limited edition box.  I expect to see real brands.  High end brands.  Good shit.  Not bargain basement, immature junk that shouldn’t cost more than $5.

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Sloane Stationery – Great Thoughts Notepad

(Suggested Retail: $52.00)
Description: ”Jot down your most ingenious ideas on this trendy, rose-gold-embossed note block which is produced using the traditional craft of bookbinding while also allowing you to embrace your own sense of style.”
Verdict: We’ve totally never seen this before.
It’s a notebook!  A $52 dollar notebook!  Sure it’s a nice notebook, but how many of these do we get in sub boxes?  This doesn’t scream out Fall either.  On the bright side, it’s not a giant piece of useless fur from China, so you know it’s got that going for it.

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Caeden Linea No1 Faceted Ceramic & Rose Gold Headphones
(Suggested Retail: $149.99)
Description: “”
Verdict: Love!
This was the spoiler Popsugar released that compelled me to order this box.  Thankfully I love these.  They are gorgeous and super comfortable.  This is the type of item I expect in a Limited Edition box: pretty, practical and high end.

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Lancer Skincare Dani Glowing Skin Perfector
(Suggested Retail: $95.00)
Description: “Simultaneously enhance yoru skin’s natural radiance, blur pore visibility, a nd boost yoru skin’s firmness in one smooth step thanks to this lightweight cream. Its youth-buliding properties create a dewy glow that lasts throughout the day, so you’ll appear wlit from within rom morning until night.”
Verdict: Hit!
This is a pricey brand and the product sounds intriguing to me.  This fits in with what I expect from a Limited Edition box, so we’ll take this product as a win.

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Thrive Causemetics Triple Threat Color Stick in “Joy”

(Suggested Retail: $36.00)
Description: “They don’t call it ‘Triple Threat’ for nothing – this handy stick (complete with a built-in brush for blending and sculpting) brings out intense color for your cheeks and lips. Age-defying vitamin C and other natural ingredients serve to brighten and hydrate, so your skin will thank you.”
Verdict: Apparently my skin is “Joy” colored
“Intense Color” – I do not think it means what you think it means.  When I first opened this I was super excited.  Until I swatched it and it justdisappeared into my skin.  I’ve tried using a ton of it, blending it with the brush, my fingers, but it just doesn’t show up – not even in a soft shimmer sort of way.  It honestly doesn’t take much for “color” to show up on my pale skin, so I don’t know who this is supposed to work for.  The brush is really nice though so I may end up using that side on some other cream blush products.

OVERALL:
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Verdict:
Disappointing
Because I loved the headphones which are the big ticket item, this box was technically worth it (which puts it ahead of some previous LE Popsugar boxes).  The “estimated retail value” is $443.99, but that includes a $41 dollar keychain, so I’m going to say that those prices are at least a little inflated.  I paid $107 ($100 plus tax) and I’ll use most of the items, but overall the curation on this wasn’t strong.  The Jack & Lucy brand doesn’t belong in a pricey LE box and the notepad and scarf were pretty boring choices, plus I can’t figure out how to get the colorstick to actually put color on my face.  It seems like this special box just isn’t all that special.

Who knows though, maybe I am just super picky or jaded on sub boxes.
What did you think of this box?
Was this what you’d expect in a $100 Fall Limited Edition 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 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: January 2015

I just got an email that my February Popsugar box has shipped so it’s definitely time for me to review the January one. Popsugar is probably my favorite subscription, because even when I don’t love everything I always feel like I get am excellent value for my money (plus it’s helped me discover some really great gifts.)
Box

Now January boxes usually bring a plethora of fitness and “health” stuff in our sub boxes which can be good or bad (see last January’’s “juicing book”) thing.
Open Box

Hat
Jack + Lucy Pom Pom Hat
(Suggested Retail: $32.00)
Category: Must Have Fashion
Description: “Stay warm and cozy during Winter with this slouchy heather-gray hat! The faux-fur pom-pom offers an unexpected element to your average beanie.”
Verdict: Like
This winter I’ve been collecting hats even though I usually just grab my tried and true slouchy knit hat from Urban Outfitters. This brand has been featured before, but it’s not available through any online store (unless you’re buying it from a reseller). The style of the hat is pretty neutral and it’s actually quite large. I’m not sure if I love or hate the pom-pom but I’ll keep this with my other knit hats when I want to mix things up a little.

Cream
First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream
(Suggested Retail: $30.00)
Category: Must Have Beauty
Description: “Banish dry skin for good with this cream that delivers moisture from head to toe. Allergy tested and free of fragrance, harsh chemicals and parabens, it’s safe for even the most sensitive skin.”
Verdict:
Love!
To start this is a giant size of cream so great value right there. I’ve heard amazing things about First Aid Beauty so I’m psyched to try out one of their products. This is rich without being greasy and there is no fragrance so this is perfect to share with that guy in your life. This was a fabulous choice by Popsugar because this winter has been pretty harsh and I think most subscribers could probably use this.

Cup
KeepCup Brew 12-Ounce Reusable Coffee Cup
(Suggested Retail: $26.00)
Category: Must Have Home
Description: “This colorful coffee cup is the perfect replacement for disposable cups. KeepCup’s smart and consumer-friendly designs will keep your beverages warm time and time again!
Verdict: Hit!
This reusable coffee cup is attractive, practical and a nice change from the mugs and plastic travel cups we often see in boxes. I’m probably not going to use this for travel (because of the glass) but I will enjoy it with my next homemade Café Mocha.

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Manduka eQua Hand Towel
(Suggested Retail: $16.00)
Category: Must Have Fitness
Description: “Retire your old gym towel for this superabsorbent multipurpose Manduka towel instead. The lightweight yet durable microfibers are perfect on the yoga mat and beyond!
Verdict: Like!
We knew there’d be a fitness item in this box and I think this was a thoughtful pick. It’s a “yoga” hand towel but it can be used for any workouts and I think most folks will be able to use this no matter what their workout of choice.  Bonus points for the cheerful turquoise shade.

Eye Treatment
ToGoSpa EYES
(Retail: $12.50)
Category: Must Have Home
Description: “For a mini spa treatment, pamper yourself with these refreshing gel eye pads from ToGoSpa. It’s the convenient and cool way to reduce dark circles or unwanted puffiness.”
Verdict: Love!
I love face and eye treatments and these sound like they’ll be perfect after a long day at work with an even longer commute home through the snow.

Tattoos
Skin Jewel Tattoos EMPIRE
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Suggested Retail: $18.00)
Category: Must Have Fashion
Description: “Add even more shine to the New Year with these Skin Jewel Tattoos, sponsored by the new hit drama Empire on Fox. The decorative mix of gold and silver can go anywhere on your body, and check out POPSUGAR Beauty to see how they can work as nail art.”
Verdict: All the single ladies…
I can’t decide if these are more Hoochie Mama or Spring Break. Thankfully they can work as nail art, but I do think I’m just going to set them aside for a gift to some college-aged relative.  They’ll work great with that glow-in-the dark orange lipstick from my last Memebox.

Granola
Nature Valley Peanut Butter ‘n Dark Chocolate Protein Granola
(Suggested Retail: $3.68)
Category: Must Have Food
Description: “Eating healthy and feeling satisfied just got easier with Nature Valley’s Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate Protein granola. It’s the delicious way to add protein to your day and stay on track.”
Verdict: Hit!
I always love it when I get free breakfasts from these boxes and this granola is generously sized. It definitely doesn’t skimp on the peanut butter which makes it quite filling. This would be great with some Greek yogurt, or my favorite healthy treat, ice cream. (Listen you can interpret “heart healthy” your way and I’ll interpret it mine).

OVERALL:
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Verdict:
Hit!
I was a bit worried this box would be full of stuff like raw food cookbooks and kickboxing DVDs but this box had a nice balance of  healthy “new year” items and some practical things as well. I paid $42.75 for this box and received an estimated retail of $138.18. I will use everything but the skin tattoos so I’m quite happy with the box. I feel Popsugar’s curation on their monthly boxes has gotten a lot tighter over the last few months and I’m interested to see what February brings.

What did you think of the January Popsugar Box? Did you like the practical theme or were you looking for more excitement?

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 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

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