Popsugar: December 2016 Must Have Box + February 2017 Spoilers!

I’m powering through my backlog of boxes with my December 2016 Popsugar Review.  But first I’ve got an awesome spoiler from the February Must Have Box.

FEBRUARY 2017 SPOILER!
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Love this clutch!  The print goes with everything and the product supports a worthy cause.
What more could you want?
Except, maybe to see ALL of the February items?  Well head over to my Instagram for a sneak peek at the full box!

Now onto the main event:
DECEMBER MUST HAVE BOX
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Odeme Catchall
& Ring Dish
(Suggested Retail: $67)
Description: “This matching porcelain dish set is the perfect pairing for your vanity, providing a chic vessel for your jewelry and accessories.  For Winter entertaining, you can also try storing drink accessories in the dishes and displaying them on your bar cart.”
Verdict: Love!
I adore home décor items in boxes and this set is incredibly versatile.  I can’t decide if I’m going to use them on my vanity or  in my bathroom, but the simple design will work with a ton of different décor.  A great start!

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Baublebar Snowfall Pendant

(Suggested Retail: $28.00)
Description: ”You can’t beat a good statement necklace, especially a versatile one that can be worn over a sweater or used to elevate a party blouse.  This Popsugar-exclusive bauble checks all the boxes; your only dilemma will be deciding whether to layer it or let the necklace stand alone.”
Verdict:
Like
I really love that this is a Popsugar exclusive necklace but the design isn’t wowing me.  I do think it would be a nice piece to wear to work and to layer with other necklaces, so I’m sure it will get some use.  I just wish it was a bit more compelling.

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Winky Lux Lip Pill in Bunny

(Suggested Retail: $14.00)
Description: ”’Tis the season for cranberry lip shades, and this festive, pill-shaped lipstick is the ideal hue!  The nondrying matte formula and cruelty-free ingredients make this beauty staple extra special, and its golden tube is merry enough to display on your vanity!”
Verdict: Hit!
Absolutely adorable packaging!  I didn’t swatch this because I’m saving my brand new makeup for when I set up my vanity in my new house.  The color looks lovely and it felt just right for the holidays.  I also love that it’s a matte formula.

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Sisters’ Gourmet Baker’s Dozen Classic Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix

(Suggested Retail: $6.99)
Description: ”The mason jar packaging of this cookie mix makes for a handy hostess gift or a quick solution to your last minute entertaining woes.  Fresh-baked goodies are just minutes away – just add eggs and butter, then mix and bake!”
Verdict: On the Fence
I love getting baking mixes in boxes, but the Mason jar packaging made the mix really obnoxious to get out of the jar.  The cookies came out decently, but they weren’t anything too special or surprising.  For $6.99 you could find some better mixes.

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Mane Message Date Night Bobby Pins
(Suggested Retail: $10
Description: “Versatile enough to pull bangs out of your face or to jazz up a topknot, these glittery hair pins can be worn individually or all together.  They’re festive enough for New  Year’s Eve parties and beyond!”
Verdict: Love!
I love getting fun hair accessories, because I have long hair and am always looking for a way to keep it out of my face.  These are pretty and easy to incorporate into a lot of hair styles.  The colors in this set should match just about everything in my closet.

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Dessange Professional Hair Luxury Color Restore Color Protecting Top Coat Serum
(Suggested Retail: $11.99)
Description: “Give your hair the boost it needs with this serum’s special formula for a smooth shiny look regardless of whether your hair is color treated or not.  Who doesn’t want long-lasting shine that will keep you radiant all day long?”
Verdict: Miss
I don’t color my hair and while it says that you can use it regardless, it seems like it is designed for folks *with* colored hair.  In a world full of hair products I don’t see the point in using ones where the main focus is not something I need.  In any case, I’ll be passing this along to a friend.

OVERALL:
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Verdict:
Hit!
Even though not everything was a hit, I thought this box was well curated and seasonably appropriate.  I snagged one of the great promotions that Popsugar had during the holidays, so I was able to prepay 6 months at a huge discount.  This box only cost me $20.46 and had an estimated retail value of $137.98.  Even if I removed the items I wasn’t enthused about, it’s still an awesome haul for a low price tag.

I’ve got lots more Popsugar boxes coming up and if you want sneak previews of the box contents, be sure to follow me on Instagram!

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: 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: October Must Have Box + Mystery Boxes & December & Winter LE Box Spoilers!

Popsugar has been racking up the LE boxes lately, so I’ve got some new box offers and a bunch of spoilers to share along with my October Box review.
MYSTERY BOXES!
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The Cozy Home Mystery Box

Box Description: “Packed with home decor, cool gadgets, tasty snacks, and more, this box makes the perfect gift for your favorite hostess or homebody ($150+ value). Boxes will feature products from recent and past Must Have and Mystery boxes; boxes may contain the same items and duplicate boxes will not be refunded.”
*Orders will ship within 7 to 10 business days via FedEx SmartPost.
Cost: 24.95

The Fashion and Beauty Mystery Box
Box Description: “Full of cult classics, chic accessories, and more, this box makes the perfect gift for the fashionista ($250+ value). Boxes will feature products from recent and past Must Have and Mystery boxes; boxes may contain the same items and duplicate boxes will not be refunded.”
*Orders will ship within 7 to 10 business days via FedEx SmartPost.
Cost: 29.95
These would be a great option for folks that aren’t regular subscribers or if you’re looking to grab some Christmas/Holiday gifts.

LIMITED EDITION WINTER WOMEN’S SPOILERS!
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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.”
Order by Dec. 16 to guarantee delivery by Dec. 24.
Cost: $100
These spoilers actually look amazing.  This definitely seems like a good box, if it’s in your budget.

DECEMBER SPOILER!
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I am loving this spoiler.  This set is really versatile and can from corralling office items, jewelry or makeup.

Now onto the main event:
OCTOBER  MUST HAVE BOX
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Henri Bendel Packable Umbrella

(Suggested Retail: $58)
Description: “Because this umbrella is small enough to stow in your purse, you won’t have to play the rainy day guessing game before leaving the house.  Featuring the classic Henri Bendel print we know and love, it might just be the perfect Autumn accessory.”
Verdict: Like
This is a bit boring, but it’s a fancy umbrella that I’d never purchase at full price.  I got a really cute tote bag from a friend for my birthday that matches the trim on this umbrella so I’m going to put them together and have a great commuter bag combo. I couldn’t find this exact one on the Henri Bendel site so I linked to a similar version at the same price point.

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Lalicious Brown Sugar Vanilla Shower Oil and Bubble Bath

(Suggested Retail: $28.00)
Description: ”Nothing says ‘Fall’ like the sweet, comfy scent of brown sugar, and this nourishing bath product will put you in just the right mood.  Whether you use it as a shower oil or a bubble bath, the probiotic formula will leave your skin silky smooth.”
Verdict:
Love!
I go through bath products very quickly so I always love getting fancy new ones to try. The packaging on this one is glamorous, so I could see myself refilling it with other bodywash later on.

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My Cup of Cocoa

(Suggested Retail: $5.99)
Description: ”There’s no better way to curl up with a book than with a steaming cup of cocoa.  This rich, decadent hot chocolate tastes lovely with any type of milk (or milk substitute) so you can truly make it your own Yum!”
Verdict: Hit!
Cocoa is perfect as we head into the cold weather.  I’m going to save this for a Christmas Treat.

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Morning Culture Rise & Shine Diner Mug

(Suggested Retail: $16.00)
Description: ”It’s easy to be a morning person with this classic diner mug, which encourages you to conquer the world every morning. We predict some extra-adorable Instagram snaps featuring this cheerful pick!”
Verdict: Love!
If this mug could turn me into a morning person, I’d marry it and have little teacup babies.  Like most people I own quite a few mugs I am a sucker for diner style cermaics and cute typography.  This one won me over right away.

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Makeup Eraser – The Makeup Eraser Mini!
(Suggested Retail: $12.00)
Description: “This travel-sized towel should be renamed ‘The Miracle’ because it’s truly magical; after wetting it with warm water, it will gently remove even the toughest of waterproof formulas!  It’s good for 1,000 washes, so go ahead and start experimenting with your beauty looks now!”
Verdict: Like
A practical little item.  I wouldn’t buy this myself, but I’m happy to try it out.

SPECIAL EXTRAS!
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Power Your Happy – by Lisa Sugar
(Suggested Retail: $16.73)
Description: “Enjoy this inspirational, upbeat memoir from Popsugar’s founder, Lisa Sugar. Sprinkled with career and personal advice, encouraging stories, and tons of fun, this is one book you won’t want to put down.”
Verdict: Not my Jam
I’m glad that this is just an “extra” because it seems a touch self-serving otherwise.  I’m not a fan of Self-Help books, so I passed this along to a coworker.

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Revlon Colorstay Liquid Eye Pen

(Suggested Retail: $8.99)
Description: “The intense formula of this eyeliner glides on smoothly and lasts up to 16 hours, so you can rest easy knowing that your makeup will keep up with your busy lifestyle.”
Verdict: Hit!
I’m always on the hunt for a liquid eyeliner with staying power.  Unfortunately, this one doesn’t stay anywhere near 16 hours on me, but it didn’t bother my eyes the way so many liquid liners do.  It is easy to apply and may work better for someone without hooded, oily lids.

 Also included was an assortment of coupons:
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OVERALL:
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Verdict:
Hit!
I thought this was another practical box from Popsugar.  I’m a fan of everyday luxuries in sub boxes.  We always need things like body wash and umbrellas, and it’s so lovely to have a fancy version that we’d never splurge on otherwise.  Even though the book was a miss for me, I still liked that the “extras” were actual items rather than things like gift cards that require an additional purchase. I paid $42.75 and the retail value (excluding extras) was $119.99.  Considering that I’ll use all but one item, I think I got a great value.

Do you regularly read self-help books?
Tell me 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: 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