Popsugar Must Have: October 2014

If you are Popsugar subscriber, you may already know why my October box review is so late. Popsugar updated their website, creating much chaos with billing and subscriptions. This resulted in many longtime subscribers getting our boxes super late.
Box

This lovely guy arrived on my doorstep on October 31st – just narrowly hitting that “October” deadline. Let’s see what my super late box included.
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Socks
Happy Socks Animal Socks
(Suggested Retail: $12)
Category: Must Have Fashion
Description: “As the days get cooler, keep your feet warm and cozy with these fun leopard-print Happy Socks.”
Verdict: Gift
Socks with a fun print are always welcome in the Fall. This time of year I start analyzing my boxes for items that will be great Christmas gifts while simultaneously trying to quiet that voice that screams to keep all the pretties for myself. I’ve got someone in mind who I think these will work great for so this is going to the Christmas Gift Stash.

LinerSwatch
butter LONDON Wink Eye Pencil
in Earl Gray (Suggested Retail: $18)
Category: Must Have Beauty
Description: “Make your eyes stand out with this blendable WINK Eye Pencil – it’s the ultimate beauty tool to achieve an effortless look. This gray is great for a smoky eye.”
Verdict:
Love!
I’ve been wanting to try butter LONDON’s makeup for a long time, so I was happy to see their eyeliner included. I got even more excited when I swatched it and discovered it was a beautiful shimmery smoky grey. I think this is a fabulous shade for the holidays. If you’re super pale like me, a lot of black liners are just too much of a contrast and can give you a sort of Walking Dead vibe. This is a great alternative when you want a dramatic eye but don’t want to look washed out.

Frame
Isaac Jacobs International Acrylic Frame (
Suggested Retail: $36.00)
Category: Must Have Home
Description:
Verdict: Love!
I’m not normally too excited for picture frames since I don’t have much space in my apartment and I already have plenty of frames, but I love the design of this. It’s an acrylic rectangle that is held together with magnets and keeps the picture encased inside. I’m going to be keeping this for myself and using it on my desk. I think it will look great with some cute quotes inside.

Candle
Mine Design Chalkboard Candle
(Suggested Retail: $24.00)
Category: Must Have Home
Description: “Reusable and rewritable, this chalkboard soy candle lets you put a personal spin on your average wick.”
Verdict: Love/Gift
Candles tend to go in my gift pile, just because lots of people I know love them, but this one is just too cute. This is another item I really want to keep for my desk. I can write stuff like “Keep writing, jackass” to remind me to get off Pinterest and work on my novels. You can get all DIY with this and use chalkboard paint on your existing candles to get the same effect. I’m leaning toward hoarding this item for myself, but goodness may win out and it could end up in someone’s Xmas stocking.

Malt Balls
Dean & Deluca Pumpkin Spice Malt Balls
(Retail: $5.75)
Category: Must Have Food
Description: “Made with real pumpkin spices and dipped in dark chocolate, these gourmet malt balls capture the flavor of fall.”
Verdict: On the Fence
I like the idea of these and including a Fall flavored treat was smart, but I just didn’t care for the actual taste of them. I love pumpkin flavored things and pumpkin spices but these just weren’t quite tasty enough for me.

Decals
Nailed Kit Halloween Decals
(Suggested Retail: $8.00)
Category: Must Have Beauty
Description: “It’s fun to get in the Halloween spirit with these nontoxic easy-to-apply nail-art decals designed exclusively for POPSUGAR Must Have.”
Verdict: Miss/Potential Hit
As you know I got my October box super late, so I didn’t have time to actually use these. It’s quite a shame because if I’d received them earlier in the month they would have been a hit. It’s also nice that they were designed especially for Popsugar. I’ve tucked them into my polish case and will pull them out next Halloween.

SPECIAL EXTRA
Soap
K. Hall Designs Shoreline Shea Butter/Olive Oil Bar Soap
(Retail: $10.00)
Description: “This soap is enhanced with shea butter and olive oil to moisturize and refresh your skin. This item we love is sponsored by Progresso.”
Verdict: Gift
This is a really nice special extra and the soap gives off a fresh scent. I currently have a stack of soap bars to go through so I think I’ll add this as a little extra to someone’s Christmas Gift.

OVERALL:
Full Box
Hit!

This box cost me $42.75 and I received $113.75 worth of product along with a $40 coupon for The Blue Jean Bar’s Box.  Except for the lackluster pumpkin balls, I really liked everything in the box. The only  downside was that it came too late for me to utilize the Halloween item.

Along with many other subscribers, I struggled this month with Popsugar and their customer service. I kept getting emails that I hadn’t updated my CC info, even though I had. I reached out to customer service about the continued emails and that my box hadn’t shipped yet and I received no replies. My box eventually showed up at the very last moment, but that’s just not an acceptable level of customer service. Based on Popsugar’s Facebook page, the customer service issues were not isolated incidents.

Because of these customer service issues and an incredibly lackluster Neiman Marcus box (review coming very soon) I have not jumped on Popsugar’s latest offering of Limited Edition Holiday Boxes. I loved last year’s holiday box, but I’m not sure I’m willing to gamble $100 on Popsugar right now. I’m currently waiting for a spoiler in order to make up my mind.

Did your October box arrive on time? Are you considering the Popsugar Holiday LE boxes?

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: 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