Popsugar: November 2016 Must Have Box + January 2017 Spoiler!

I have finally finished my first round of manuscript edits and sent them off to my publisher!  This means I’m free to catch up on box reviews.
Today I thought I’d talk about my favorite monthly sub: Popsugar, but before I get to the review, I’ve got a spoiler for January!

JANUARY 2017 SPOILER!
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I’m not really too excited about this one.  I think I’m a bit burned out with the skin-care products from sub boxes.  It still looks like an interesting product that I bet a lot of subscribers will enjoy.

Now onto the main event:
NOVEMBER MUST HAVE BOX
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Kendra Scott Elaina Rose Gold Bracelet in White Pearl

(Suggested Retail: $50)
Description: “This dainty bracelet has a sliding closure to help you find your perfect fit, and its elegant rose gold hue will flatter any complexion. Pair the beautiful, pearly bauble with a dress and heels for a cocktail party, or dress it down by stacking with your other favorite bracelets for a casual look.”
Verdict: Love!
This item already made the whole box for me.  I’ve been dying for more rose gold jewelry in boxes and this piece is somehow classic and unique at the same time.  The simple white stone makes it perfect for everything from date night to a job interview, while the unique sliding closure gives it a fun twist and allows it to easily accommodate different size wrists.  As someone with a tiny wrist, bracelets can be problematic, so I adore this.  Definitely a top contender for my top picks of 2016.

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Stowaway Cosmetics Dawn to Dusk Palette

(Suggested Retail: $26.00)
Description: Complete with all the shades to create a perfect daytime look that transitions into the evening, this cruelty-free palette is a wallet-sized secret weapon that’s anything but boring. Simply layer your creamy daytime colors with bold, buildable nighttime shades, and you’ll be ready to hit the town in a flash!”
Verdict:
Hit!
The shades on this compact look like a nice mix of day and evening and I can easily see being able to make a lot of different looks from them. I didn’t swatch this because I currently have a ton of open makeup so I’m saving this for when I clean out my kit and want something new.

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AJ Goods Nest Wire Bowl

(Suggested Retail: $35.00)
Description: Whether you use it as a key catch-all, as a fruit basket, or even for storing decorative ornaments, this gorgeously simple bowl will add effortless elegance to your home decor. Handmade in India, each bowl has a story before it even reaches your front door. What’s next for yours?”
Verdict: Like
While this wouldn’t be something I’d grab myself, I love home items in boxes and this is simple and pretty versatile.  I’m sure I can find a good home for it in my new house.

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Pehr Chambray Runner Wine

(Suggested Retail: $44.00)
Description: Embrace the rich colors of Winter with this wine-toned runner, which is perfect for holiday entertaining. Thanks to its simple, colorblock pattern and chambray-fringed texture, your tablescape Instagram snaps will look so elevated.”
Verdict: Love!
Again, I’m a sucker for home items and this is a really pretty table runner.  I love the organic vibe to it and at $44, I would never have purchased this myself, so it really feels like a present.

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Meri Meri Star Party Picks
(Suggested Retail: $8.00)
Description: “You’ll find yourself itching to host a dinner party thanks to these fun, decorative sticks, which add sparkle to any appetizer or dessert. They’ll definitely be the star of the party!”
Verdict: Love!
These will be perfect for when I finally get my new place renovated and ready for a housewarming party.

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Oogie’s Snacks Oogie’s Gourmet Toffee Butter Popcorn
(Suggested Retail: $2.99)
Description: “Indulge your craving for salty sweet toffee by snacking on this gourmet popcorn — you won’t want to put it down! This addictive snack is the reason for the phrase “treat yourself” and is perfect for those chilly Fall nights where you just want to bundle up and watch a movie.”
Verdict: Miss
I was so excited to see this because I love caramel popcorn but this had a weird sweetness and overly buttery taste.  (I know there is such a thing as too much butter –  I was as shocked as you are.)  Neither my boyfriend or I could finish it and I ended up tossing half the bag.

OVERALL:
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Verdict: Love!
Even though the popcorn was a bust, this was still one of my favorite boxes ever from Popsugar.  Just the Kendra Scott Bracelet was enough to warrant the $42.95 pricetag. With all the other items, the retail value added up to $165.99 which is a great return on my investment.  I loved that we got multiple home décor items – which for me personally, are what make Popsugar shine. There are lots of great boxes where you can get makeup or accessories, but it’s hard to find affordable boxes with other interesting, unique items. During Popsugar’s holiday promotion, I snagged a 6 month membership at a huge discount so be ready for lots more Popsugar boxes throughout 2017.

Do you like home décor items in your sub boxes?
Why or why not?

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 Must Have: August 2014

So it’s time for one of my favorite boxes – the Popsugar Must Have. I really loved the July box so I was excited to see what would show up in my box for August.
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Kendra Scott Elle Earrings in Slate
(Suggested Retail: $52.00)
Category: Must Have Fashion
Description: “With a slate-gray stone and delicate shape, these drop earrings will go with anything!
Verdict: Hit!
I couldn’t find this exact shade on the Kendra Scott site, but there are tons of beautiful colors that you can grab these earrings in as well. I’ve been in the market for some dangling earrings so these will be a perfect addition to my jewelry collection. This also came with a coupon for the Kendra Scott site, so I may end up grabbing something else for my Fall wardrobe.

Candle
Paddywax Ocean tide + Sea Salt Mini Jar Candle (Suggested Retail: $10.00)
Category: Must Have Home
Description: “With fragrance notes of sea salt and the ocean tide, this soy-wax candle brings the beach to you.”
Verdict:
Love!
I swear Popsugar has singlehandedly redecorated my bathroom this year. I have two Turkish bath towels from past boxes and now this adorable candle. I love ocean scented things and the color is perfect for my mint, white & blue bathroom. I would have totally grabbed this if I saw it in a store.

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Goodbyn Purple Meal and Dipper Set (Suggested Retail: $8.00)
Category: Must Have Home
Description: “Keeping track of meal portions in a portable way has never been easier, thanks to Goodbyn’s container set. Dishwasher safe and versatile, this set is ideal for packing food on the go.”
Verdict: Hit!
I bring my breakfast and lunch to work every day so I this is perfect for me. I don’t own a ton of plasticware (most of my Tupperware is glass) so this will be perfect for packing snacks and lunches.   I’d love to see Popsugar include more items for those of us who brown bag it. I didn’t find this exact configuration on the Goodbyn website but they have some similar sets with a few extra pieces.

Mix
The Mason Jar Cookie Company (Suggested Retail: $12.00)
Category: Must Have Food
Description: “Make any celebration even more festive with your mason jar cookie mix. Just add butter and an egg to this premeasured baking mix for a delicious treat.”
Verdict: Gift
Sadly, I am on a low carb diet, so there are no cookies (are there any phrases sadder than “no cookies?”) In any case, I’ll either bake these for guests, pass them along to someone who’ll bake them and love every delicious bite, or hoard them until my 35th birthday (at the end of October) where I will to drown my sorrows carbs and excessive shopping. Subscribers received our cookie mix in a packet, but it looks like most of the ones on the site are available in actual mason jars and you can even customize your own mix.

Gel
Lollia At Last Perfumed Shower Gel (Retail: $22.00)
Category: Must Have Beauty
Description: “Infused with shea butter and jojoba oil, this shower gel will keep your skin refreshed and smelling divine.
Verdict: Miss/Gift
So thankfully this tube was packaged in its own little bubble wrap baggie, because it was leaking when it came. It wasn’t broken, but the lid was loose. I managed to clean it all off and not get it on any of the other items. Unfortunately this scent is hardcore floral—as in your grandmother’s friend Philomena whose perfume is so damn strong it gives you a headache every time you have to spend just one minute making small talk with her. I usually welcome shower gel since it’s something I use constantly and always need, but this one is too much for me. I’ll have to pass it along to someone who enjoys heavy floral scents. I really wanted to like this because of the pretty packaging, but it’s a miss.

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Bite Beauty Lush Fruit Lip (Suggested Retail: $22.00)
Category: Must Have Beauty
Description: “To celebrate Popsugar Must Have’s second birthday, Bite Beauty created this new shade just for the occasion. With nourishing strawberry, coconut and avocado oils, this gloss is a superferuit smoothie for your lips”
Verdict: Love!
In a sub box, nothing is more fun than an exclusive item. I love lip glosses and this one is a pretty sheer pink. I’m currently working my way through a giant stockpile of lip products (a horde second only to my polish stash) so I’m setting this one aside to use for Fall. There are other great shades from Bite Beauty on the Sephora site.

Bar
Brownie Crunch High Protein Bar (Suggested Retail: $1.99)
Category: Special Extra
Description: “Packed with 20 grams of protein and zero grams of sugar, they’re a delicious and healthy way to fuel your day.
Verdict: Gift
I appreciate the inclusion of this item, but once again my low carb diet keeps me from even the healthy sounding protein bar. Putting aside my own personal dietary habits, I think this makes sense as a freebie and I’ll just pass it along to someone who’ll enjoy a free breakfast.

OVERALL:
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Hit!

Including the protein bar, this box had a value of $127.99. I had referral credits so I got this one for free, but I would have gladly paid the regular price for it. The earrings are lovely, the candle is perfect for my home and I’ll get plenty of use out of the lunch box and the lip gloss. Despite the items that were misses I felt that this box was nicely curated and would appeal to a lot of ladies.

So what did you think of the August Popsugar box? What were your favorite and least favorite items?

POPSUGAR NEWS!

A spoiler for the September Must Have Box has been released!
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Each September POPSUGAR Must Have box will include the Fall essential scarf by Tilo Scarves, valued at $125! This is a great deal, so if you’re ready to take the plunge and subscribe be sure to use one of my coupon codes below.

Because Popsugar limited edition boxes are like kryptonite for my wallet, they have of course released their Fall Style Box, and I, (of course), have purchased it.   It’s still available for any of you peeps that are interested. It is a one time box, priced at $100, but the value is typically well above that. If you’re on the fence, I’ve got lots of great reviews on past Limited Edition boxes including the Fall 2013 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 site wide
POPSUGAR10 = $10 off a 3 month subscription

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