Popsugar: February 2017 Must Have Box + April Spoiler!

So today I’m sorting through my stack of overdue box reviews and I’ve got one of my faves.  It’s time for my Popsugar Must Have Box.  We’ve got the February review plus a spoiler for this month’s box.

April 2017 Box Spoiler

I freakin love this.  I’ve been planning on doing some terrariums for the new house so this is perfect.  I think I’ll put it in my new studio.  I’ve heard some posts that people are receiving them broken.  My box just arrived so I’m crossing my fingers that mine is intact.


Tribe Alive
Foldover clutch – Atitlán Brocade
(Suggested Retail: $98)
Description: “This soft, reversible clutch from Tribe Alive gives you two looks in one.  Each bag is hadnwove which provides subtle variations to make each bag one of a kind.  The best part about Tribe Alive is that it partners with artisans around the world to employ impoverished women at fair-trade wages and give them access to safe jobs.”
Verdict: Love!
This is such a pretty clutch and it’d be just the thing I’d take on a vacation.  It coordinates perfectly with the Tribe Alive bag from my Rachel Zoe Spring box.  I now have an awesome matching set.

Battington Lashes
–  Monroe 3D silk Lashes
(Suggested Retail: $25.00)
Description: ”Battington’s silk lashes are flirty, playful, and guaranteed to wow anyone to make eye contact with when you wear them.  You can reuse them up to 25 times and they’re so lightweight you’ll feel like they’re floating on your lash line.  Take natural up a notch.”
Okay, I’m making my solemn vow to you all that once I am actually living in my new house with a vanity and space for makeup, I am going to attempt to use fake lashes.  I’ve gotten a few sets from boxes over the years, but always been too intimidated to try them out.  But I’ve promised you guys, and as a woman of my word, I’m going to do it.  Say a little prayer that I don’t accidentally glue them to my contact lens.

Kris Nations Jewelry – Love Script Necklace
(Suggested Retail: $48.00)
Description: ”’Who doesn’t need a little more love in their lives?  The gold-plated necklace from Kris Nation reminds us that we are all special.  There’s nothing sweeter than a dainty necklace spreading some love.”
Verdict: On the fence
Many moons ago, in a LE Neiman Marcus Popsugar box, I received a very similar necklace so I’m not sure that I’m going to keep this. It’s definitely sweet and nice for a Valentine’s day theme, but I may end up giving this one away as a gift.

Chuao Chocolatier – Cinnamon Cereal Smooch Chocolate Bar
(Suggested Retail: $6.00)
Description: Cereal for dessert is already a great idea, but thanks to California-based chocolatier Chuao, it’s now the real deal!  The Cinnamon Cereal Smooch Chocolate Bar gives you permission to sweeten up your favorite breakfast treat.”
Verdict: Hit!
Chocolate is sort of a no-brainer for February boxes and this was delicious.

Juara Skincare Candlenut Body Creme
(Suggested Retail: $35.00)
Description: “Get rid of your dry Winter skin while dreaming of a tropical vacation with this luxurious body crème from Juara.  The nourishing candlenut oil is mixed with vitamin E to retain elasticity, soothe your skin and give you back your gorgeous glow.”
Verdict: Gift
A body crème is nice inclusion, but I’ve tried this brand through Birchbox and it just didn’t wow me.  I’ll gift it to a friend who will enjoy it more.


Revlon Super Lustrous “Love is On” Lipstick
(Suggested Retail: $7.99)
Description: “Revlon’s Super Lustrous lipstick is a perfect shade of red that looks good on everyone. Feel confident and choose love this month with this beautiful color on your lips.”
Verdict: Love!
A red lipstick is a perfect fit for a Valentine day theme.  I didn’t swatch this because I’m saving it for my new makeup kit, but the color looks lovely.


The foldover clutch really made this box for me – everything else was just a nice bonus.  Because of the great holiday promotion I snagged in November, I paid only $20.46 and the estimated retail on this box came out to $222.99.  Even though not everything was my personal taste, I thought the items fit the season and offered a lovely variety that most subscribers will enjoy.

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!

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: September 2015 & October Spoiler!

It’s time for my favorite monthly lifestyle box, the oh so fun, Popsugar Must Have. The September box inspiration included “Travel, refresh, fashion fix, beauty recover, to-go snacks, and XOXO”. Let’s see what that translates to in physical items. For a peek at one of the items in the October box, jump down to the spoiler.
Open Box Open Box 2

Must Have Home
Travel 1 Travel 2
Hudson+Bleecker Labyrinth Onyx Travel Trio
(Suggested Retail: $42.00)
Description: “This printed travel trio will make the inside of your suitcase look just as put-together as your packed outfits. The TSA-friendly clear pouch perfectly holds your toiletries, while the drawstring bags neatly keep intimates and shoes separate from the rest of your clothes.”
Verdict: Love!
I’m heading off to a conference next month so this item is perfectly timed for me. While you see a lot of toiletry and makeup bags in boxes, you usually don’t see these other type of luggage organizers so I think it’s a really nice, practical set. I didn’t see this particular configuration on the Hudson+Bleeker site so I’m guessing it was put together just for subscribers.

Must Have Fashion
Kris Nations “XO” Stud Earrings
(Suggested Retail: $35.00)
Description: Feel the love wherever you go with this handmade California XO jewelry. Cut from recycled brass and plated with 14k gold, it will add an understated sophistication to any ensemble.”
I normally love stud earrings but these aren’t quite my style. I do think they will make an awesome birthday gift for someone a bit younger than me. I also want to note that Popsugar sent out a variation on this and the subscribers who indicated on their profile that they didn’t have pierced ears received a bracelet instead. It’s really nice to see that level of detail in these type of sub boxes so kudos to the Popsugar team.

Must Have Beauty
Too Faced Cosmetics Brow Envy Brow Shaping & Defining Kit

(Suggested Retail: $39.00)
Description: For envy-inducing brows, use this fool-proof kit filled with all the tools you’ll need for defined arches and framed brows. It has customizable colors, so you’ll get the perfect brows no matter your face shape or hair color.”
Verdict: Like
I’m slightly intimidated by this kit since brows are something I only recently started experimenting with. I typically use the straightforward and easy to apply Julep all in one brow product, but the color isn’t quite a perfect match. I think this kit is definitely more versatile and I’ll have to experiment with it before I’m confident in using it.

Must Have Beauty
Briogeo Rosarco Milk Reparative Leave-In Conditioning Spray
(Suggested Retail: $20.00)
Description: “If summer has left your hair dry and damaged, try this reparative leave-in conditioning spray that will make your hair softer and stronger. The antioxidant-rich milky blend and nutrient-packed argan, rose hip, and coconut oils will act as a barrier against heat and will make your hair softer and stronger for months to come.”
Verdict: Like
Despite my overabundance of hair products,(thank you Nina Garcia!), I don’t have much in the way of leave in conditioners.  This is a new brand for me, so I’m happy to give this product a shot.

Must Have Food
Nourish Snacks Almond to Cherries
(Suggested Retail: $2.00)
Description: “Finally, a healthy snack that tastes just as good as it is for you! Packed with six grams of protein and three grams of fiber, it’s the perfectly portioned snack to keep you energized and satisfied throughout the day.”
Verdict: Like
I always like receiving snacks I can take to work. This one is simple and healthy and I’m going to pair it with some lowfat yogurt for breakfast.

Must Have Beauty
NCLA So Rich Vitamin-E Enriched Cuticle Oil
(Suggested Retail: $18.00)
Description: “It’s easy to postpone your next trip to the nail salon with this conditioning cuticle oil that both softens and conditions! With just a drop to the cuticle, this strengthening oil will keep your nails moisturized and smelling divine.”
Verdict: Hit!
Yes, I have a ton of different nail oils, but I don’t have *this* one. I love trying out nail products and NCLA is pricey so I only have a few items from them.  I think nail oil was a great choice since even ladies that don’t polish their nails can use this.

Verdict: Tired of being excluded
Also included in this box were some coupons we can share with friends and family..except new subscribers *always* have coupons available. Popsugar never offers discounts to existing subscribers and frankly, I’m over it. I’d love to see a coupon for existing subscribers to get X off for one of the prepayment options. Right now folks are better off canceling, then resubscribing to get the deals. Loyal subscribers should be able to take advantage of discounts from time to time.

September 2015 Popsugar

I paid $42.75 for this box and received an estimated retail value of $156.00. I will use or gift all of the items so this was a solid box for me. I think the curation here definitely had a luxury and high end feel to it that a lot of subscribers will appreciate. October is my birthday month so I’m hoping Popsugar has a really special box planned.

What did you think of the items in the September box?  Were they to your taste and style?

Popsugar has released the spoiler for their October box:
October Spoiler
What do you think of it?

You’ve got until Sunday at midnight to enter the fabulous giveaway from Coterie Sampler for a free box. For more info, head here.


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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