Popsugar: May 2015

Since my June Popsugar box just arrived, I’m way overdue to review my May one so let’s dive right in.
Box
Open Box

Towel
Sisters of Los Angeles Surf Sand Love Beach Towel
(Suggested Retail: $38.00)
Category: Must Have Home
Description: “We count down the days until we can spend more time basking in the sun at our favorite, beaches, parks, and pools. This year we are even more prepared with our perfect Popsugar-designed beach towel with sunny yellow and blue awning stripes that scream California Summer!”
Verdict: Like
I don’t go to the beach much since my skin tends to burst into flame when exposed to the sun for more than an hour, but this is a nice towel that I can use for all kinds of outdoor events and it makes sense for the season.

Vase
Middle Kingdom Mini Plum Vase in Coral Red
(Suggested Retail: $20.00)
Category: Must Have Home
Description: ”Display our fresh flowers in this bright coral vase designed to spruce up any space for spring. Middle Kingdom’s bud vase is the perfect size to hold your favorite floral stems.”
Verdict:
Love!
This vase came packaged up so nicely that it would make a perfect gift. I say *would* because I love this little guy so much that I’m keeping it for myself. I don’t know how Popsugar knew I was updating my living room, but this will look perfect with my new coffee table and area rug.

NecklaceNecklace Close
Kitsch Tri’d & True Y-Shaped Necklace
(Suggested Retail: $32.00)
Category: Must Have Fashion
Description: ”Once we laid eyes on this Tri’d & True necklace, we knew it’d be an instant favorite. The unique Y shape and triangle charm make a statement on their own, but the piece looks just as great layered.”
Verdict: On the Fence
I’m not sure if I’ll keep this necklace or gift it. It seems a bit long for my taste, but I do like to try out new accessories. I’ll see how it looks layered with some of my other pieces.

Shave Cream
Sage & Row Bare Shave Cream
(Suggested Retail: $17.00)
Category: Must Have Beauty
Description: “You’ll want to show off your legs all summer long with Sage & Row’s heavenly scented shave cream. This aloe-based goodness will lock in moisture and leave even the most sensitive skin smooth and radiant.”
Verdict: Love!
I love it when we get luxury versions of practical items like shave cream. Sage & Bow offers awesome shaving kits and a fancy pants razor. If I like this cream I may consider picking up some of their other items.

Dry Shampoo
Batiste Dry Shampoo
(Retail: $4.00)
Category: Must Have Beauty
Description: “Say goodbye to lifeless hair forever with a cherry-scented dry shampoo that does it all. You’ll get major body and texture wherever you are, and its convenient travel size is just the cherry on top!”
Verdict: Love!
You had me at “Cherry-scented”. I know dry shampoos show up in every women’s sub, but I love the adorable packaging and the scent. I’ve heard great things about this brand so I’m leaving this in my locker for when I work out during my lunch hour.

Taffy
Hammond’s Candies McCraw’s Flat Taffy
(Retail: $1.00)
Category: Must Have Food
Description: “This Multicolored McCraw’s Flat Taffy is just as delicious as it looks! Sicne it’s made with no artificial colors or flavors added, you can feel good about satisfying your sweet tooth.”
Verdict: Like
I know that I’m a Jersey girl, but I’m not really big on taffy. (I’m not big on Atlantic City either so they may revoke my Jersey girl status). In any case, I actually really enjoyed this taffy. The thin texture really sets it apart from regular taffy and it was a fun, summer inspired treat.

OVERALL:
May 2015 Popsugar Box
Verdict:
Hit!

I really enjoyed this box. All the items felt summery and the box had a cohesive feel. I paid $42.75 for this box and received $112 worth of product. I will use or gift all the items, so this one was definitely a win for me. As unhappy as I’ve been with a lot of Popsugar’s Limited Edition boxes, their regular monthly sub still delivers surprises I really enjoy.

What did you think of the May Popsugar Box? Did you enjoy the items as much as I did?

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

Jennifer Love Hewitt Fancy Box: August 2014

So it’s that time again for one of my most unpredictable boxes: Jennifer Love Hewitt Fancy Box.
I honestly never have any idea what might be inside, it ranges from the totally practically to the completely ridiculous. But that’s sort of par for the course with Fancy boxes in general.

So enough talk, let’s get to the box.

Box

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Card
A quick glance at the nice little brochure inside tells me that I have all my items, so we are already doing better than last month.

Wipes
La Fresh Face Wipes (Fancy Retail: $8.00)
Verdict: Hit!
J. Love’s Description: “Nothing feels better than a fresh clean face after a workout. Wipe away make-up, sweat and your day with these Cleanser Wipes from La Fresh.”
Sure these aren’t the most exciting items we’ve seen, but they are practical and I most certainly will use them. I always keep a package of face wipes in my bathroom for nights when I’m super tired and can’t do a full cleanser routine. I’ve never tried this brand before so I’m happy to try them out.

Laces
White Galaxy Glow Laces (Fancy Retail: $12)
J Love’s Description: “I love going for runs in the evening and these glow laces are the perfect accessory. Great for kicking up your sneaker style.”
Verdict: Like
Would I have picked up glow in the dark laces on my own? Hell to the no. Do I think they are fun? Sure. And they absolutely would be a great addition to your sneakers if you like to go running at night.

Cup
Fresh Smoothie Mug: (Fancy Retail: $13.00)
Verdict: Hit!
J. Love’s Description: “I have no time in my day, so this smoothie mug is a life saver for my home-made juices and smoothies to-go.”
I take my breakfasts and lunches to work with me and had been searching for a great to-go smoothie cup for a long time. This is perfect.

Tiffin
Onyx Food Container (Fancy Retail: $28.00)
Verdict: Love!
J Love’s Description: “Pack your lunch to go to save some dollars and calories. This eco-friendly Tiffin set from Onyx helps reduce waste from all those fast-food lunches.”
I have always wanted a Tiffin set, but never splurged on one. They are pretty much the Indian style of bento boxes and contain two stackable metal containers. Not only can I use this for my daily work lunches, but it’s great for picnics or pot lucks. I also think the cute stackable design is a creative storage solution for smaller items, so this might be co-opted into some crafting or office storage. It’s really nice stainless steel and excellent quality.

Headbands
Passion Fruit Headbands (Fancy Retail: $14.00)
Verdict: Hit!
J. Love’s Description: “Keep those fly-aways in line with this bright passionfruit inspired set of headbands from Kitsch.”
I’ve been growing my hair out this year so some soft stretchy headbands are perfect when I’m trying to be active and don’t want to fuss with my hair. Although I probably wouldn’t pay $14 for this set, the colors are cheerful and I know I’ll get some use out of them.

Hair Ties
Passion Fruit Hair Ties (Fancy Retail: $9.00)
Verdict: Hit!
J Love’s Description: “These hair ties look great in your hair and on your arm. Pair with the Passionfruit headbands to have the complete look while working out!”
Hair Ties are a staple of sub boxes. If you get a women’s sub, sooner or later they are going to throw in some hair ties. But personally, I can never have enough since I seem to misplace half of mine. Again these are cheerful fun colors and it’s nice to have the complete set with headbands.

OVERALL
Full Box
Love!

Was this the most surprising and ground breaking box ever? Nope. But it was full of practical items and I will use every single one. This box had a workout/get fit and healthy theme that came together beautifully. I think this sub really shines when it’s boxes have a coordinating theme. I paid $46.95 for this box (full price + shipping) and received $84.00 worth of items. Except for the laces, I would have easily grabbed up all these items if I saw them in a store.

I can’t wait to see what’s ahead for next month’s box. I’m hoping for a nice Fall theme.

Do you subscribe to any Fancy boxes? If so please dish on which ones and what you think of them!

FANCY NEWS!

It seems that joining Fancy’s lineup is another new (and fairly random) offering: The Rockettes Fancy Box. I’m not sure when the Rockettes became relevant again, but hey it certainly is an unexpected option. It’s the usual $39 pricetag and the description states: “Every month, we will send you a Fancy Rockettes® box full of their favorite items, from dance to beauty, fashion to fitness.” So maybe we’ll see an emphasis on dance and fitness with a bit of beauty and fashion thrown in. But that’s just a guess. Fancy and I often disagree about what words mean. J

 

THE BACKSTORY

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 (unless otherwise noted) 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
Each box includes $80.00+ of products. Most boxes are geared toward men or women though they do include unisex items.

They include:

#5 Culinary Fancy Box!
Get a collection of the best home goods hand-picked by our Fancy curators each month. Each box includes $80.00+ of products.

 

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