Popsugar: Holiday for Her & a January Spoiler!

So after some really upsetting uber expensive limited edition Popsugar fails (to be specific – the 2014 Neiman Marcus and the CFDA box). I finally opted to get back on the horse with their 2015 Holiday for Her box priced at $100. Popsugar released for this that included a bracelet I thought was lovely and since I saved money on my freebie Rachel Zoe winter box, I decided to go for it.

Let’s see if I made a mistake or not.

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Bracelet Bracelet On
Elizabeth Cole Jewelry Adelia Cuff
(Suggested Retail: $167.50)
Description: “The Elizabeth Cole Adelia cuff will add an instant touch of sparkle to your holiday ensemble. Featuring Swarovski Crystals with an antique gold-plated cuff created specifically for POPSUGAR, it makes a statement worn alone or looks great stacked with other accessory favorites.
Verdict: Love!
This was the released spoiler and why I opted to take a chance on this box. I think this bracelet is so lovely and the small size works perfectly for my weirdly tiny wrists. They have this same bracelet available in an Opal shade that I am in love with and even though this one is lovely I really wish we’d gotten the Opal version instead.

Lippy
Butter LONDON Lip Service
(Suggested Retail: $29.00)
Description: ”If looks could kill, these bloody brilliant lip crayons from butter LONDON would definitely be to blame. The set of four features two exclusive colors giving you maximum moisture and high pigment to last you through any occasion. ”
Verdict:
Hit/Gift
I really wanted to keep this set for myself but I have so many lip products right now I knew they’d go to waste,  Instead,  I opted to give them to someone on my Christmas List who I thought would enjoy them. I don’t see this available any longer on the Butter London site so I’ll go with the retail value listed on the Popsugar card.

Headband
White + Warren Luxe Knotted Headband
(Suggested Retail: $88.00)
Description: Once you wear this Must Have-exclusive cashmere luxe knotted headband, you’ll understand our obsession. This ultrasoft hand-knit headband helps you stay warm while never compromising style.”
Verdict: Hit!/Gift
This is a must have exclusive so I linked to a similar headband on their site. This headband was high quality, really soft and super warm. I opted to give this as a gift because I’d already purchased this grey headband from Urban Outfitters and I really couldn’t just having two that were so similar.

Lotion
PRTTY PEAUSHUN Skin Tight Body Lotion
(Suggested Retail: $39.00)
Description: “PRTTY PEAUSHUN’s illuminating lotion will keep your skin dewy and radiant despite the Winter chill. Using a luxurious blend of avocado, jojoba, and botanical extracts, this vegan lotion moisturizes the body, face, and even hair.”
Verdict: What the hell is this? A Capri Sun?
Of course what’s important is what’s inside the package, however how you present something does matter and in a $100 box, I expect lotion that comes in some type of container – not a pouch resembling food you give toddlers. I don’t even feel comfortable gifting this because it looks so cheap. No way would I ever pay $39 for something that looks like this.

Candle Holders
Nima Oberoi Lunares Orb Candlestick Holders
(Suggested Retail: $69.00)
Description: “San Francisco designer Nima Oberoi makes it easy to decorate during the holidays with these gorgeous Orb candlestick holders. Handcrafted to not tarnish or break, these exclusive holders are a special way to show off your candles.”
Verdict: More Nima Oberoi
After the December Popsugar Promotion debacle, I have already have two Nima Oberoi stoppers so I guess I just needed something else to fill out my set? I like the idea of taper candlestick holders as you rarely get them in sub boxes and these are simple and classic. I kind of wish they were a touch more interesting. Don’t most people already own basic candleholders? In any case I’ll mix them up with some vintage brass ones I have for an eclectic boho vibe.

CandlesBroken CandleWax Buttons
Et Al Designs Dot Candles
(Suggested Retail: $24.00)
Description: “We’re swooning over these Must Have-only candles for the home from Et Al Design. Each design is hand painted and hand embellished with silver and glitter for the perfect touch of tinsel.”
Verdict: Sad Candles
I really appreciate that we got fancy taper candles to go with our holders, but sadly mine came broken. I got in touch with Popsugar as soon as I opened them and still haven’t received a replacement yet. I was told that they ran out of the original ones and will send another design and that they’ve been delayed with the holidays and regular boxes. We’ll see when the new ones get here. They also included little wax pieces so you could get your candles to fit properly in different holders. I couldn’t find this silver version on the site but I did find the same style in another shade although Popsugar lists the retail value at $24 and all the candles in similar style on the Et Al website are listed at $22. It makes my hinky meter go off a bit, but since I can’t find the same exact one we’ll use Popsugar’s price.

Perfume
Estée Lauder Modern Muse Le Rouge Eau de Parfum
(Suggested Retail: $???)
Description: “Make Estée Lauder’s new Modern Muse Le Rouge your signature scent. This perfectly sized vial captures the aromas of rich roses and velvet créme in one daring fragrance.”
Verdict: Another ##(&#*%& Perfume
Stop putting perfumes in these damn boxes! Do you know how many people don’t like perfume? Do you know how many people who love perfume but are super particular about it? Do you know how many people are fucking allergic? STOP PUTTING THEM IN EXPENSIVE BOXES! Okay, well on the bright side this one doesn’t give me a headache but I don’t really love the scent either. I’m going to try it for a little bit, but it will probably be given to a friend. I’d really love for subs to abstain from perfumes for pricier boxes. Thankfully this one is a small size and since I can’t find a price listed on the card (or online) it won’t factor into the cost of the box.

OVERALL:
Popsugar Holiday for Her Box 2015
Verdict:
Almost amazing, but not quite
I paid $107.00 for this box and excluding the perfume, the estimated retail value on this was $416.50. The big misses were the lotion and the perfume, but I thought the remaining items all were interesting, high quality and felt right for a Holiday box. I wish the lotion and perfume had been replaced with a more posh feeling beauty item instead.

What did you think of the Holiday for Her Popsugar box? What do you expect from higher end beauty items? Do you think the packaging needs to match the pricetag?

JANUARY SPOILER
January Spoiler

The January Popsugar theme is “New Year, Renewal, Organization, & Detox” and this is the spoiler for one of the items. What do you think?
I just got my box in the mail and it’s waiting patiently for me to open it and take some pictures, so be sure to come back for a full review.

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

Popsugar: January 2015

I just got an email that my February Popsugar box has shipped so it’s definitely time for me to review the January one. Popsugar is probably my favorite subscription, because even when I don’t love everything I always feel like I get am excellent value for my money (plus it’s helped me discover some really great gifts.)
Box

Now January boxes usually bring a plethora of fitness and “health” stuff in our sub boxes which can be good or bad (see last January’’s “juicing book”) thing.
Open Box

Hat
Jack + Lucy Pom Pom Hat
(Suggested Retail: $32.00)
Category: Must Have Fashion
Description: “Stay warm and cozy during Winter with this slouchy heather-gray hat! The faux-fur pom-pom offers an unexpected element to your average beanie.”
Verdict: Like
This winter I’ve been collecting hats even though I usually just grab my tried and true slouchy knit hat from Urban Outfitters. This brand has been featured before, but it’s not available through any online store (unless you’re buying it from a reseller). The style of the hat is pretty neutral and it’s actually quite large. I’m not sure if I love or hate the pom-pom but I’ll keep this with my other knit hats when I want to mix things up a little.

Cream
First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream
(Suggested Retail: $30.00)
Category: Must Have Beauty
Description: “Banish dry skin for good with this cream that delivers moisture from head to toe. Allergy tested and free of fragrance, harsh chemicals and parabens, it’s safe for even the most sensitive skin.”
Verdict:
Love!
To start this is a giant size of cream so great value right there. I’ve heard amazing things about First Aid Beauty so I’m psyched to try out one of their products. This is rich without being greasy and there is no fragrance so this is perfect to share with that guy in your life. This was a fabulous choice by Popsugar because this winter has been pretty harsh and I think most subscribers could probably use this.

Cup
KeepCup Brew 12-Ounce Reusable Coffee Cup
(Suggested Retail: $26.00)
Category: Must Have Home
Description: “This colorful coffee cup is the perfect replacement for disposable cups. KeepCup’s smart and consumer-friendly designs will keep your beverages warm time and time again!
Verdict: Hit!
This reusable coffee cup is attractive, practical and a nice change from the mugs and plastic travel cups we often see in boxes. I’m probably not going to use this for travel (because of the glass) but I will enjoy it with my next homemade Café Mocha.

Yoga
Manduka eQua Hand Towel
(Suggested Retail: $16.00)
Category: Must Have Fitness
Description: “Retire your old gym towel for this superabsorbent multipurpose Manduka towel instead. The lightweight yet durable microfibers are perfect on the yoga mat and beyond!
Verdict: Like!
We knew there’d be a fitness item in this box and I think this was a thoughtful pick. It’s a “yoga” hand towel but it can be used for any workouts and I think most folks will be able to use this no matter what their workout of choice.  Bonus points for the cheerful turquoise shade.

Eye Treatment
ToGoSpa EYES
(Retail: $12.50)
Category: Must Have Home
Description: “For a mini spa treatment, pamper yourself with these refreshing gel eye pads from ToGoSpa. It’s the convenient and cool way to reduce dark circles or unwanted puffiness.”
Verdict: Love!
I love face and eye treatments and these sound like they’ll be perfect after a long day at work with an even longer commute home through the snow.

Tattoos
Skin Jewel Tattoos EMPIRE
(
Suggested Retail: $18.00)
Category: Must Have Fashion
Description: “Add even more shine to the New Year with these Skin Jewel Tattoos, sponsored by the new hit drama Empire on Fox. The decorative mix of gold and silver can go anywhere on your body, and check out POPSUGAR Beauty to see how they can work as nail art.”
Verdict: All the single ladies…
I can’t decide if these are more Hoochie Mama or Spring Break. Thankfully they can work as nail art, but I do think I’m just going to set them aside for a gift to some college-aged relative.  They’ll work great with that glow-in-the dark orange lipstick from my last Memebox.

Granola
Nature Valley Peanut Butter ‘n Dark Chocolate Protein Granola
(Suggested Retail: $3.68)
Category: Must Have Food
Description: “Eating healthy and feeling satisfied just got easier with Nature Valley’s Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate Protein granola. It’s the delicious way to add protein to your day and stay on track.”
Verdict: Hit!
I always love it when I get free breakfasts from these boxes and this granola is generously sized. It definitely doesn’t skimp on the peanut butter which makes it quite filling. This would be great with some Greek yogurt, or my favorite healthy treat, ice cream. (Listen you can interpret “heart healthy” your way and I’ll interpret it mine).

OVERALL:
Full Box
Verdict:
Hit!
I was a bit worried this box would be full of stuff like raw food cookbooks and kickboxing DVDs but this box had a nice balance of  healthy “new year” items and some practical things as well. I paid $42.75 for this box and received an estimated retail of $138.18. I will use everything but the skin tattoos so I’m quite happy with the box. I feel Popsugar’s curation on their monthly boxes has gotten a lot tighter over the last few months and I’m interested to see what February brings.

What did you think of the January Popsugar Box? Did you like the practical theme or were you looking for more excitement?

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