Popsugar: June 2017 Must Have + September Spoiler & Fall Limited Edition Spoilers!

So I’m still recovering from Labor Day, which was aptly named since it was my day of manual labor.  It was like an episode of “This Old House” where I paint all the dirty white things, bright new white.  Not the most riveting of renovations, which is probably why I don’t have my own HGTV show yet.  But eventually, (as God is my witness), I will have some cool renovation posts for you.  In the meantime, it’s time for some fun with boxes.  Today I’ve got my June Popsugar review and a hell of a lot of spoilers for their September Must Have box and their Fall Limited Edition.

Let’s jump right in.

FALL LIMITED EDITION SPOILERS
Fashion:
Skincare:

Jewelry:
Limited Edition Fall
Description: “Ready to change up and revitalize your routine? This box is filled of over $450 worth of luxurious items that will have you feeling stylish and cozy all Fall long. Prepare to channel your inner street style star with cutting-edge products for every part of your life.”
Cost: $100.00
Quantities are limited, so don’t delay! Boxes will be shipped by Sept. 21.

This box is still available so if you’re loving all the spoilers, you can still nab one for yourself.  Unfortunately I’m on a tight budget so I’m just sticking to my monthly must have subscription.

SEPTEMBER MUST HAVE SPOILERS
Theme
Makeup
SEPTEMBER BOX
Based on the theme I’m thinking we’re going to see some cool weather accessories.  I’m super super psyched for the lipstick queen cheek stain.  I’m a huge fan of their products and it seems like something fun to try out.  I’m also happy to try out a new primer since it’s a fairly recent edition to my makeup bag and I’m still experimenting with different brands and types.

Now onto the main attraction…

JUNE MUST HAVE BOX


Billabong Aloha Forever Trucker Hat
(Suggested Retail: $17.95)
Description: “Keep your face out of the harmful rays while trying out the easy-to-wear trucker hat trend. This sporty cap will have you saying “Aloha” to even more oceanside activities.”
Verdict: Gift
I love hats, but I’m not a baseball hat type of girl.  I passed this along to a friend who I thought would enjoy it.

Captain Blankenship Mermaid Sea Salt Hair Spray
(Suggested Retail: $24.00)
Description: Effortlessly style your hair with a sea salt spray that will add waves so gorgeous even a mermaid would be jealous. The organic ingredients like aloe vera and sea kelp extract will nourish your locks naturally without feeling crunchy.”
Verdict:
LOVE!
I’ve received a small bottle of this in a long ago Birchbox and I adored it.  It’s my favorite sea salt spray and one of my favorite hair products ever.  Definitely the highlight of my box.

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo: A Novel by Taylor Jenkins Reid
(Suggested Retail: $15.04)
Description: ”’ There’s nothing better than a juicy beach read. Taylor Jenkins Reid’s latest novel is full of intrigue, emotional twists, and Hollywood glamour, making it easy to get lost in while soaking up the rays.”
Verdict: Like
Sorry, for some reason I’m missing my pic of this one.  This book is going to fit one of my 2017 Popsugar Book Challenge categories (the “A book that takes place over a character’s life span slot”, for those interested), so I’m happy with the inclusion.

ALOHA Collection Mid-Size Ocean Coco Palms Pouch
(Suggested Retail: $36.00)
Description: Pack your waterside essentials in this splash-proof zip pouch. The print will encourage you to get on island time and will protect your snacks, sea salt spray, and hat. You can also use it to store your wetsuit, dirty gym clothes, or other essentials as you run around town.”
Verdict: Gift
I think this is a great addition for a summer box, but I just don’t go to the beach or the pool regularly so this will be wasted on me. I have a friend going on a lovely Caribbean trip, so I’ll pass this along to her.

NCLA So Rich — Mermaid Tears
(Suggested Retail: $18.00)
Description: “Keep your nails from getting dried out on sandy and chlorine-filled days with this azure-hued cuticle oil that smells like honeysuckle. The vitamin E extract blended with sunflower seed oil will bring tears of joy to your tips.”
Verdict: Love!
First let’s give some props to the NCLA marketing team, because who doesn’t want a treatment called “mermaid tears”.  Putting that aside, you know that I’m a polish hoarder, er collector, so this is right up my alley. NCLA is a great brand and a bit spendy for me at the moment, so I’m very happy to have this in my box.  It’s also nice that even subscribers who aren’t nail polish aficionados can use this cuticle oil treatment.

Belgian Boys ® Mini Cookie Stash
(Suggested Retail: .99)
Description: “While sporting your new trucker hat, channel your inner class clown by taking selfies with these adorable (and extremely delicious) mustache cookies. They’re a fun-filled and portable snack to take with you on your sunny-day adventures.”
Verdict: Okay
These cookies were tasty enough. No super awesome taste sensations or anything, but perfectly satisfactory.

Meri Meri Blue and White Party Straws
(Suggested Retail: 3.95)
Description: “Sip your Frappuccino® and other summery concoctions through festive straws that add the perfect final touch to any outdoor festivity. Cheers!”
Verdict: Hit!
I love getting party supplies.  When I finally finish painting my bar, I can use them for some cute drinks.

SPECIAL EXTRA

Starbucks® Frappuccino® Chilled Coffee Drink
(Suggested Retail: $7.99)
Description: Cool off and indulge in the sweet taste of a Frappuccino® chilled coffee drink, made with the quality Starbucks® coffee you already love. The delectable drink will be the perfect pairing with your day of fun in the sun. Also available in 13.7 oz. Flavor may vary.”
Verdict: Hit!
I’m not a Starbucks addict, but I really like the bottled Starbucks drinks as an occasionally treat. I actually tend to like them better than the real deal from the store. (I know, I know, I’m just crazy that way.)

OVERALL:
Verdict:
Hit!
Even though I ended up giving away a couple items in this box, I still think it was well put together.  It had a nice beachy summer feel, cohesive selections and items that should appeal to most subscribers.  I paid $42.70 for this box, and got a retail value of approximately $120.12. (The retail value is based on the current price of the hardcover novel.)  I pretty much got my money back with just the hair and nail products so I’ll call this one a win. I’m excited to see what starts popping up as we move toward the Fall.

I’ve got lots more box reviews coming up plus a huge KBeauty Haul.

If you want sneak previews of the box contents, be sure to follow me on Instagram!

What were your fave items from your summer 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 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: 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