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: September Must Have Box + November & Neiman Marcus LE Box Spoilers & a Winter LE Box!

I’m back from  celebrating my birthday and trying not to get overwhelmed by the tasks required when buying a new home (as well as trying to figure out a great name for my new home renovation/DIY/Decorating blog feature.  Prepare yourself for something cheesy!). In any case, it’s time to get back to reviews with my September Popsugar Must Have box, but first I’ve also got lots of fun spoilers and news about the latest Popsugar box offerings.

NEIMAN MARCUS SPOILER!
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Alexis Bittar Gold Studded Lace Cuff
Box Description: “We’ve created the ultimate box just in time for the holidays. Co-curated by Lisa Sugar and Neiman Marcus Fashion Director Ken Downing, they’ve chosen the perfect mix of luxe surprises ready to gift to loved ones or to yourself — you deserve it!”
Boxes will ship by Dec. 5 via FedEx Smartpost.
Price: $250.00
It’s certainly a pretty bracelet, but this box is way too much for my current budget.

LIMITED EDITION WINTER BOX!
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There is also a pre-sale for subscribers for the Popsugar LE Winter Box.  It should open up to everyone soon.
Box Description: This holiday season calls for entertainment, celebration, and coziness. Prep yourself as either the gift giver or recipient of these wondrous Winter surprises, certain to bring a smile to anyone’s face.”
Boxes will ship by Dec. 5 via FedEx SmartPost.
Price: $100.00
We haven’t hit the full launch of this yet so there aren’t any spoilers.  Popsugar’s Winter/Holiday boxes have typically been my faves out of all their Limited Editions.  I’d say if this one comes out with a spoiler you like, it would be worth the risk.

NOVEMBER MUST HAVE SPOILERS!
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I am SO excited for this box.  I adore the Kendra Scott jewelry and have been begging for more rose gold in our sub boxes.  The Stowaway palette is really lovely as well.  This box is already a win for me.

Now onto the main event:
SEPTEMBER MUST HAVE BOX
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JACK & LUCY Bicoastal Wide Brim Hat
(Suggested Retail: $58)
Description: “Nothing says super chic quite like a wide-brimmed hat and oversize sunglasses.  Pair this headwear with your favorite Fall outfit for an effortlessly chic look that screams ‘model off duty.’.”
Verdict: Like
It’s probably going to take more than a wide brim hat for me to scream “model off duty”. This is a return of the Popsugar brand Jack and Lucy, (the one behind the hideous faux pom keychain from the Fall LE Box that was priced at a oh so reasonable $41).  I generally like hats, because I feel like they are underappreciated plus I enjoy building a random hat collection.  This brand doesn’t really seem to exist outside Popsugar which bothers me for a high end box, but not necessarily for a cheaper monthly sub.

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NCLA Mani-ER Tool Kit

(Suggested Retail: $16.00)
Description: ”With this handy tool kit, you’re equipped with everything you need for a chic manicure all in a portable purse-ready pack – so when you’re transitioning into the hustle and bustle of Fall, one thing you’ll never need to worry about is your nails!.”
Verdict:
Gift
This is a cute practical little kit and NCLA is a great brand, but I have so many nail products and kits that this is going to the gift pile.

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Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask

(Suggested Retail: $36.00)
Description: ”Your hair puts up with a lot – treat it to a spa day with this restorative mask, which will reduce breakage and restore natural vibrancy on even the most overprocessed locks!  IT works in minutes, and our newly hydrated and lustrous hair will appreciate the refresh.”
Verdict: Hit!
This isn’t my favorite hair mask, but it’s a good one and something that I definitely will use.

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Flint Lint Roller
(Suggested Retail: $9.99)
Description: “This sleek platinum link roller will never let you down, conveniently sized for fitting in your purse and refillable so that you never have to risk unsightly mess.  Flint can keep up with your day and look as good as you do!”
Verdict: Love!
My regular lint roller is this obnoxious cheap thing that is like old masking tape stuck to plastic.  This is so much nicer. I already have travel lint wipes from my Fall Rachel Zoe Box of Style so this will go toward replacing my every day roller.

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Smith & Cult Lip Lacquer in The Warning
(Suggested Retail: $22.00)
Description: “Pair your new hat with a bold red lip – the gold microshimmer in this lippie adds a cheeky touch to an otherwise elegant beauty bag staple.  The ingredients in this paraben- and gluten-free formulat help extend the weark, whether it’s worn over a lipstick or by itself.”
Verdict: Love!
Smith & Cult is one of my favorite brands. I just adore their packaging and they have the prettiest shades.  This is a really wearable red that is going to be a staple in my makeup bag this winter.

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The Gluten Free Bites – Dark Chocolate Coconut Bites

(Suggested Retail: $4.99)
Description: “These vegan, gluten-free bites are made without GMOs or dairy, so you can indulge your chocolate raving without feeling guilty.  Stick tem in your purse for a sweet high-protein treat on the go!”
Verdict: Hit!
Gluten free treats can be well, less than a treat, but these were delicious.  My boyfriend, who is in charge of snacks, really liked them too.  I’d gladly buy these if I saw them out in the wild.

OVERALL:
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Verdict:
Hit!
I thought this box was full of practical items and I’ll use nearly everything included.  I really loved the Smith & Cult lip lacquer which accounted for more than half of the $42.75 I paid for this box.  The retail value based on the listed card, came out to $146.98.  The real negative here was the Jack & Lucy hat.  I don’t mind it, but I can see how it wouldn’t be a great pick for many subscribers.  It’s also a Popsugar exclusive type brand so it doesn’t have the cache that comes with a more luxe brand, nor can we be sure of the retail value.  But for me personally, the box was a win.

What did you think of the hat?
Do you wear hats?
Would you wear this one?

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: June 2016 & Fall Limited Edition Spoiler!

Since Popsugar just released a spoiler for their Fall Limited Edition box, I figured I’d tag it on to a Must Have review.  The Fall Limited Edition is currently on sale and priced at $100.  It ships September9th.

Fall Limited Edition Spoiler
Caeden Linea N°1 On-Ear Headphone Faceted Ceramic & Rose Gold
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Popsugar is claiming this as a $149.99 value, but it’s priced at $85.05 on Amazon.  Still, I love them so I decided to take the risk and order the box.   Even at the $85.05 pricetag, it’s still a great value in a $100 box.  Let’s just hope the rest of the items aren’t all perfume and caffeine water.  Be sure to check back if you want the full review and spoilers.

June Must Have Box
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Cover Up
Hat Attack Neutral Diamonds-Printed Sarong
(Suggested Retail: $58)
Description: “Lightweight and easy to pack in your weekend bag, this multifunctional sarong is the perfect beach accessory.  Switch up how you tie it and you’ll never get bored with your cover-up!”
Verdict: Gift
This is pretty, and I like the idea of a coverup, but it’s a little bland for my taste.  For summer I want vibrant, cheerful colors, so I’ll be gifting this to someone I think will enjoy it.

Bottle Opener
Sisters of Los Angeles “Cheers” Gold Bottle Opener

(Suggested Retail: $12.00)
Description: ”This golden bar accessory is the ideal companion for your favorite brew, perfect for displaying on a bar cart or cracking open a cold drink at a backyard bash. Cheers!”
Verdict:
Like
This is a pretty and sleek little bottle opener.  Over the years, I’ve tried to make myself a little bar set with cool looking tools so this will be nice to add to it.  This would also be a cute hostess gift when paired with some bottled drinks.  I couldn’t find this exact opener on their site, but I linked to a similar version.

Quiz Game
Wild and Wolf Ridley’s Games Room “Who Am I?” Quiz

(Suggested Retail: $12.95)
Description: ”Team up with friends to guess the celebrity in this exciting, easy-to-play game that you can bring anywhere.  It’s great for parties, too, because it’ll break the ice between even the shyest strangers! ”
Verdict: Okay
I ended up bringing this game to a friend’s house for hanging out and it was okay, but not super interesting.  Just some basic trivia  It’s a shame too because Wild and Wolf offers ther games that seem like more fun (like the “sing it back” game).

NCLANCLA Born on the 4th Swatch
NCLA Born on the 4th Nail Lacquer

(Suggested Retail: $16.00)
Description: “This patriotic (and cruelty-free!) red, white, and blue polish was exclusively developed with Popsugar, and we love how it can stand alone or be worn over another polish.”
Verdict: Hit!
By now you know how I feel about polish.  NCLA is a great (and pricey) brand and who doesn’t want red, white and blue glitter polish for the July 4th Holiday?  This set was exclusive to Popsugar, which makes it even more special.  If you missed out don’t worry NCLA has a ton of amazing polishes (including a mermaid inspired set), that are worth splurging over.

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KNOCK KNOCK Are you Ready (For Your Cloose-Up?) Compact
(Suggested Retail: $10.00)
Description: “Don’t worry about sand messing up this cheeky compact mirror – it’s durable ineough to throw into your beach bag for on-the-go touch-ups.”
Verdict: Gift
This compact just isn’t my aesthetic.  I know it’s durable because it’s plastic, but I have plenty of other durable compacts that are a little more stylish.  I do think this would suit a teen girl and be a great thing for her to throw in her bookbag or gym bag.

Deodorant Wipes
Pacifica Underarm Deodorant Wipes
(Suggested Retail: $9.00)
Description: “Staying fresh on the go has never been easier than with these travel-ready underarm wipes, which neutralize odors for hours – all with an aluminum-free, vegan formula.”
Verdict: Hit!
I love when boxes include interesting or luxury versions of every-day toiletry products.  I’ve never tried deodorant wipes before and they seem like they’d be perfect to keep in my gym bag or at work for freshening up.

Pressels
Pressels Sriracha
(Suggested retail value: $1.29)
Description: “Because they’ve got less fat and sodium than other popular chip options, you can enjoy the scrumptious hint of spice in these addictive snacks without feeling guilty.”
Verdict:
Like!
One of my boyfriend’s favorite snacks are pretzels so I passed these along to him.  As Chief Snack Officer (CSO) he declared they were “good”.  If you knew how picky he was you’d know that was quite a compliment.

OVERALL:
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Verdict:
Just Okay
This is the last box using my prepaid discount, so my total for this was $24.91, and the estimated retail came out to $119.24  At that price it’s a great deal, but overall the box was just a touch ho-hum for my taste. The sarong and trivia game were a  bit bland, and the compact was definitely geared toward a younger subscriber.  I did  like some items, but they were the less expensive of the bunch.  Not a terrible box by any stretch, but not all that interesting.  I’m hoping to see some more fashion-forward items in the fall boxes.

Be sure to come back for more Popsugar reviews including the Fall Limited Edition box.
What did you think of the headphone spoiler for the LE Box?
Are you tempted to grab a box for yourself?
What items would you want to see Popsugar include in a $100 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 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.
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Must Have Home
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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
Earrings
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.”
Verdict:
Gift
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
Brows
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
Conditioner
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
Almonds
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
Oil
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.

Coupon
Coupons
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.

OVERALL:
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Verdict:
Hit!

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?

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

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

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

Original Fancy Box: May 2014

So I know this Fancy review is overdue, but it got delayed because I was waiting on a resolution to my many issues with my April Original Fancy box. As you remember I received a repeat item, an item in a category I did not have checked and none of the items seemed to fit the theme they mentioned. Well, apparently dry shampoo, a USB drive, a magazine, chalk board decals and lightning bolt stud earrings are actually “one of a kind” with an “outdoorsy” and “rustic” feel. Who knew? Anyhow, I went back and forth with their customer service for weeks. At first I was told you can only return one item, then I was told you can return any repeat items. After much angst, I was able to return the USB drive (the repeat item) and get $20 credit which I am putting toward a different Fancy box.

Now enough about the last box, let’s dive in to this one.
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So once again it seems that Fancy has gone with a theme for the box and this one is “going away for the weekend”. I think that’s a fabulous theme and I’ve got my fingers crossed that the items actually fit in this category.
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Splitter
Y-Split Headphone Splitter by TYLT (Fancy Retail: $15.00)
Verdict: Miss
While I understand the idea of “sharing” music or sound with these, are they really that useful? I mean, wouldn’t a Bluetooth speaker be better? Most folks either want to listen on their headphones or share with a crowd. I guess if you really want to share music with someone sitting next to you on a plane, this would be useful, but beyond that I’m not quite seeing it.

Travel Set
Beauty is Skin Deep Travel Kit by evo (Fancy Retail: $30.00)
Verdict: Hit!
This travel beauty kit certainly hits the theme and it has adorable packaging. I used this on a recent work trip to Baltimore and I found the products to have a lovely light citrus scent, but the shape of the bottles made it a little difficult to get out some of the products with a thicker consistency. Still, I really liked this and found it to be very useful.

Glasses
AJ Morgan Sunglasses (Fancy Retail: $25.00)
Verdict: Miss
So you may be getting that sense of déjà vu. Don’t worry you’re not having a stroke, you have seen this before. Since they sent the same brand in the March Jennifer Love Hewitt box. The only difference was they were a different color. Let’s not forget we also got sunglasses in the May Jennifer Love Hewitt, in fact, I’d argue that I’ve gotten sunglasses in more Fancy boxes than I haven’t. On the positive side these are a nice classic pair. But Fancy really really really really needs to stop sending out sunglasses. Really.

Wraps
What Filter Should I Use? Nail Wraps by NCLA
(Fancy Retail:$16.00)
Verdict: Like
Along with polish, I am now accumulating lots of nail wraps thanks to my subscription box addiction. I think these are fun and go right along with the travel theme. The pattern makes them more suited for accent nails. My one beef is that for the same month the Jennifer Love Hewitt box also had nail wraps. If Fancy really wants customers to subscribe to more than one box at a time, they need to put more effort into not having overlapping products in the same month. I can see a few months down the line, but you shouldn’t be getting stacks of the same item each month.

Tshirt
Weekend Warrior T-Shirt (Fancy Retail:$28.00)
Verdict: Sigh
I’m going to be frank with you guys. I have big boobs and have since like 6th grade. This means that if I want a tshirt with a logo or a picture to not be oddly stretched, I need something roomy. So I set my WOMEN’S size for extra large. Yet Fancy likes to send out unisex or as I call them “men’s sizes” instead. This means that this tshirt is super damn gigantic. As in my over 6 foot tall, broad shouldered boyfriend can wear it with room to spare. For the love of all that is holy, STOP WITH THE UNISEX TSHIRTS!!! Or if you must send them, make two areas on our profiles to list our tshirt sizes. One for your men or women’s size and another for the unisex size. I actually liked the design on this one, but I passed it along to my boyfriend since there’s only so many shirts I need for sleeping in.

Cards
Overall
Verdict:
Mostly a Miss
Full Box

So let’s start with the positive. Fancy actually chose a good theme and picked products that mostly fit with it. So that’s a definite improvement. I also like the idea of a having a unified box each month. Unfortunately, they still keep recycling items or making them overlap with boxes in the same month. I’m like one box away from setting up a sunglass hut in my living room. I paid $45.95 (with my $1.00 discount) and received $114.00 worth of items. Unfortunately the only one that was a real hit was the travel kit.

So I finally opted to cancel my original Fancy box. I know, I know, but it was time. I still however, have my Jennifer Love Hewitt Fancy box and am definitely eyeing their new offerings. As soon as that Isaac Mizrahi box is available, I’m on it. (But god help him if he sends me sunglasses).

Do you subscribe to any Fancy boxes? If so, do you see a lot of overlap or repeated products?


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:

 

COUPON CODE: FOLLOWUP10 to Save 10%

Jennifer Love Hewitt Fancy Box: May 2014

My latest box is always the Jennifer Love Hewitt Fancy Box which pretty much shows up on the last day of the month, so I’m always a little slow with this review, (although I did give you a sneak peek at one of the items in my June Blog Hop post.)

Since I’ve made you wait so long, let’s not waste any more time and just dive in.

Our usual square box…

Box Open Box

And our new and improved item brochure (in lieu of our usual cards).
Brochure

Clutch
Mesh-Bottom Clutch (Fancy Retail: $30.00)
Verdict: Love!/Gift
Description: “Shake clutch is designed to keep your items in and the sand far away. The bags feature a reversible flap pinned to either side, allowing you to reveal or conceal the netting at will. When sand begins to intrude, just flip the flap and shake, shake, shake.”
You know I loved this since I already featured it in a previous post. I think it’s a cute idea and a fun design. I may end up gifting this just because I don’t tend to visit sandy beaches that much (I’m more of a rocky coast sort of girl), but it’s so fun I may just hoard it.

Journal 1 Journal #2
I Need to Unplug Journal ($16.00)
Description: “Take a break from the beeps, whirrs, and whizzes of your digital life—unwind with this technology-free Inner-Truth Journal. Filled with playful prompts and candid quotations to help loosen the virtual leashes of modern life, I Need to Unplug is the writing journal version of a mountain retreat without electricity.”
Verdict: Miss
Maybe I’m a little slow here, but isn’t *every* hard copy journal a way to “unplug”? If anything this thing reminds you constantly (in bold graphic print) that YOU NEED TO UNPLUG, Do you HEAR me? Yes, YOU THERE WITH YOUR IPHONE! I want a 3 page essay on the evils of technology in cursive. NOW.” I’m a writer and I love blank books, but this one just made me angry. It acts like I owe something to it. Who is this damn book to tell me I need to unplug. Maybe it needs to be kindling? Clearly, I am not the target audience for this book. I like the idea of a journal with quotes to meditate on, but something less intrusive and  a little more aesthetically pleasing would have been appreciated.

Nail Wraps
Pink Flamingo Nail Wraps by NCLA (Fancy Retail: $16.00)
Verdict: Like
Description: “This quirky and colorful flamingo print is a little taste of a tropical, 100 degree weather getaway.”
Because of my many subscriptions, I am slowly accumulating a vast pile of NCLA nail wraps. I think they work best for accent nails. I like the colors in this print and the flamingos make me think of Alice in Wonderland. I’m making a promise to finally try out some nail wraps this summer and work on depleting my growing stash.

glasses
Quay Sunglasses(Fancy Retail: $40.00)
Verdict: On the Fence
Description: “The Quay Kitti Pink Sunglasses add flair and glam to a casual look.”
Sunglasses. Again. Quay Sunglasses. Again. I really need Fancy to stop sending me sunglasses. I’ve actually lost count of how many pairs I’ve received from them.  I know there are at least four pairs of Quay alone.  And this particular subscription just sent me a pair of Quay glasses in the April 2014 JLH Fancy Box. So putting aside that this is my eleventybillionth pair of sunglasses from Fancy, this pair is a little intense. My whimsical heart loves the bright pink and the cat shape, but my practical side says that wearing these will make me look like a jackass who’s trying too hard.   I’ll have to wait and see which side wins out. It may all depend on how much tequila I’ve had.


Full Box
OVERALL
Okay

I paid full price for this box at $46.95 and the estimated Fancy value was $102.00. The only item I was super enthusiastic about was the clutch, but I thought the selections felt summery and they did fit in with the Jennifer Love Hewitt aesthetic, even if they weren’t my personal favorites. The really disappointing part was the inclusion of sunglasses so soon after we received a pair.  Maybe a sunhat or one of those on trend turbans would have been a better summer accessory.  Maybe I’m just weird because I don’t use tons of different pairs of glasses?

How many pairs of sunglasses do you own and do you use them all?

FANCY NEWS!
Looks like there are a few new celebrity boxes! There’s one in particular I’ve got my eye on…

Snoop Doggy Dog Fancy Box
Description:
Get a collection of the coolest products hand-picked by Snoop Dogg every month.

T-Pain Fancy Box
Description:
Get a collection of the coolest products hand-picked by T-Pain every month. Since T-Pain is obsessed with everything from cool gadgets, clothing and outrageous gifts, expect a box with creative and imaginative items in every box. Don’t be surprised to also receive special items that only T-Pain has access to!

Nicky Hilton Fancy Box
Description:
Get a collection of the coolest products hand-picked by Nicky Hilton every month.

COMING SOON:
Isaac Mizrahi Fancy Box
Description:
Get A Collection Of The Coolest Products Hand-Picked ByIsaac Mizrahi Every Month.

 

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:

 COUPON CODE: FOLLOWUP10 to Save 10%

Popsugar Must Have Box – December 2013

And it’s that time again for the Popsugar Must Have Box.  For info on Popsugar subscriptions along with some coupon codes jump down below. Now let’s dive into the December Must Have Box.

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Lulu Frost for Popsugar Bracelet
(Retail: $110.00)
Verdict: Hit!
Lulu Frost seems to be a big hit with a lot of celebrities and is “known for mixing vintage and modern elements to create timeless baubles”.  This bracelet won me over because it has baguettes (they are a favorite of mine and don’t show up as frequently as I would like) and it has an art deco vibe (another favorite but this one does show up pretty often).  The only downside to this piece is that the design is only on the front while the back has the “Lulu Frost for Popsugar” logo.  With this style bracelet that logo is bound to show when the charm dangles.  I wish it had something more decorative in the back and maybe just a little dangle tag by the clasp to indicate the designer. The retail value of this item is more than three times the cost of what I paid for this box, so we’re off to a great start.


Wrapping Paper
Mixt Studio Holiday Gifting Set
(Retail: $9.00)
Verdict:  Hit!/Gift
It seems no matter how much wrapping paper I buy, I always run out at an inopportune moment, so I was happy to see this in my box and it promptly made it’s way onto Christmas gifts.  The “snow drift” print in particular is incredibly striking and has made my Mom’s Christmas gift look all the more amazing.

Mascara
ModelCo Fibre Lashxtend Black Mascara
(Retail: $)
Verdict:  Hit!
Once upon a time I fell in love with a Fibre mascara and then..gasp..they changed the formula.  Then, of course it didn’t work for me anymore.  I’m still in search of a replacement for that fibre mascara I once loved and lost, so I’m happy to try out a new one.  I’ve never tried anything by Modelco so it will be fun to play with a new brand.  The mascara also includes a cute little mirror right on the tube.  This  came with a coupon for $10 off plus a free ultra lip gloss.

Flutes
Govino Go Anywhere Flutes
(Retail: $12.95)
Verdict:  Gift
I have a lot of glasses.  It’s one of those things that people seem to love to give me plus I inherited a ton of my grandmother’s, so I am well stocked up.  In order for me to add on a set of glasses I have to love them and these just don’t speak to me.  The fact that they are shatterproof and plastic isn’t really appealing either.  I feel like if I’m at an event casual enough for plastic, it’s time to bring out the giant red beer cups, that I won’t have to wash when all is said and done.  These do however complement a Christmas gift I already had planned so they are getting packed up with that.

Popcorn
CC Caramel Corn
(Retail: $4.00)
Verdict:  Hit!
The only problem with this was that there wasn’t more of it.  It was delicious and I had to fight my boyfriend in order to get some.

Nail Wraps
NCLA Peppermint Lane Nail Wraps
(Retail: $16.00)
Verdict:  Hit!
As I’ve mentioned before, 2013 was the year that I got into doing my nails.  I’ve been meaning to try some nail wraps but haven’t gotten around to it.  These designs seem pretty basic and I think they’d work great as accent nails with my Julep colors.

Chocolates
Ghirardelli Squares Chocolate
(Retail:$8.40/Retail: $4.25)
Verdict:  Gift
I love chocolate but since this time of the year is filled with so many amazing confections and treats I decided to add these to some Christmas gifts and share the calories—eh, I mean the love.  Yeah, the love.

Full Box
Overall:
Hit!

With my discount for purchasing multiple months in advance I paid 33.88 for this box and it had an estimated retail value of $184.60.  I either liked or could gift everything  so it was definitely a win for me.  I do think the appeal of this box lies with the high ticket item.  If you like that Lulu Frost bracelet, everything else is just gravy.

What did you think of this box?  Hit or Miss?

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