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: Fall Limited Edition Box + A new LE Box & the November theme!

It’s been quite a while since I reviewed a Popsugar Limited Edition box.  After a super disappointing $250 Popsugar Neiman Marcus box in 2014 and then a disastrous 2015 CFDA box I decided to only order LE boxes if the spoiler made the box worth it.  Now Popsugar has it’s latest Neiman Marcus box up for sale:
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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
Unless a spoiler pops up that makes this totally worth it for you, I don’t recommend risking it.  This is a lot of money and so far Popsugar’s really pricey boxes (the over $100 range) just haven’t been worth it.

I also have some spoilers for the Popsugar November Must Have Box:
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Sounds like this box is about entertaining!  I’m very excited!

Now to the main event.
Fall 2016 Limited Edition Box
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Buji Baja – With Love from Eurostar – Lavender Rib Scarf

(Suggested Retail: $70)
Description: “Super soft and oh-so-chic, this cozy wrap takes the blanket-scarf trend a step beyond.  Perfect for snuggling up in style as you speed to London or Paris with Eurostar.”
Verdict: Like
Scarves are an obvious choice but this one is super soft, warm and a really pretty shade.  This color will look great paired with grey or charcoal.

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Jack & Lucy Faux Fur Pom Keychain
(Suggested Retail: $41.00)
Description: ”Our editors have been coveting these faux-fur poms for months and can’t get enough!  Use this chic burgundy option as a fun bag accessory, a stylish keychain, or even a playful addition to your belt loop.”
Verdict:
Requires the abuse of “air quotes”
Oh friends, I just can’t..even..with this.  Okay, first of all, who the fuck are Jack and Lucy?  Does this brand exist anywhere besides Popsugar, because there is no website listed and when you google all that shows up are Popsugar products up for resale.  Now if this is a Popsugar made brand, then the “suggested retail” price is complete crap.  (Although you may have already figured that out by the fact that this ridiculous “faux-fur” pom pom from a brand you’ve never heard of, that is “made in china”, costs $41.)  Putting aside the shadiness, this “keychain” is stupid.  It is ginormous.  I don’t know whose life allows them to have a furry keychain bigger than size of a cue ball attached to their keys, but I haven’t met them.  Even when I was a teenager I couldn’t use something like this.  This is a $100 limited edition box.  I expect to see real brands.  High end brands.  Good shit.  Not bargain basement, immature junk that shouldn’t cost more than $5.

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Sloane Stationery – Great Thoughts Notepad

(Suggested Retail: $52.00)
Description: ”Jot down your most ingenious ideas on this trendy, rose-gold-embossed note block which is produced using the traditional craft of bookbinding while also allowing you to embrace your own sense of style.”
Verdict: We’ve totally never seen this before.
It’s a notebook!  A $52 dollar notebook!  Sure it’s a nice notebook, but how many of these do we get in sub boxes?  This doesn’t scream out Fall either.  On the bright side, it’s not a giant piece of useless fur from China, so you know it’s got that going for it.

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Caeden Linea No1 Faceted Ceramic & Rose Gold Headphones
(Suggested Retail: $149.99)
Description: “”
Verdict: Love!
This was the spoiler Popsugar released that compelled me to order this box.  Thankfully I love these.  They are gorgeous and super comfortable.  This is the type of item I expect in a Limited Edition box: pretty, practical and high end.

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Lancer Skincare Dani Glowing Skin Perfector
(Suggested Retail: $95.00)
Description: “Simultaneously enhance yoru skin’s natural radiance, blur pore visibility, a nd boost yoru skin’s firmness in one smooth step thanks to this lightweight cream. Its youth-buliding properties create a dewy glow that lasts throughout the day, so you’ll appear wlit from within rom morning until night.”
Verdict: Hit!
This is a pricey brand and the product sounds intriguing to me.  This fits in with what I expect from a Limited Edition box, so we’ll take this product as a win.

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Thrive Causemetics Triple Threat Color Stick in “Joy”

(Suggested Retail: $36.00)
Description: “They don’t call it ‘Triple Threat’ for nothing – this handy stick (complete with a built-in brush for blending and sculpting) brings out intense color for your cheeks and lips. Age-defying vitamin C and other natural ingredients serve to brighten and hydrate, so your skin will thank you.”
Verdict: Apparently my skin is “Joy” colored
“Intense Color” – I do not think it means what you think it means.  When I first opened this I was super excited.  Until I swatched it and it justdisappeared into my skin.  I’ve tried using a ton of it, blending it with the brush, my fingers, but it just doesn’t show up – not even in a soft shimmer sort of way.  It honestly doesn’t take much for “color” to show up on my pale skin, so I don’t know who this is supposed to work for.  The brush is really nice though so I may end up using that side on some other cream blush products.

OVERALL:
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Verdict:
Disappointing
Because I loved the headphones which are the big ticket item, this box was technically worth it (which puts it ahead of some previous LE Popsugar boxes).  The “estimated retail value” is $443.99, but that includes a $41 dollar keychain, so I’m going to say that those prices are at least a little inflated.  I paid $107 ($100 plus tax) and I’ll use most of the items, but overall the curation on this wasn’t strong.  The Jack & Lucy brand doesn’t belong in a pricey LE box and the notepad and scarf were pretty boring choices, plus I can’t figure out how to get the colorstick to actually put color on my face.  It seems like this special box just isn’t all that special.

Who knows though, maybe I am just super picky or jaded on sub boxes.
What did you think of this box?
Was this what you’d expect in a $100 Fall Limited Edition 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

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