Popsugar Limited Edition Resort Box

If you read here frequently you probably figured out that I have an unnatural addiction to Popsugar Special Edition Boxes. I’ve given up trying to resist, so when Popsugar offered their Must Have Resort box I jumped all over it. After this winter that will not die (goddamn snow in the middle of April), I was dying to get items that would transport me to idyllic foreign locales with clear blue oceans, fancy spas and fruity drinks with little umbrellas in them. See that’s what “resort” means to me. The question is, what does it mean to Popsugar?

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towel
Cuyana Turkish Towel
(Estimated Retail: $55.00)
Description: “Made of the finest grade cotton and bamboo, our summer towels are ultra-light and ultra- absorbent. Their generous proportions enhance their versatility. These towels are perfect for home, travel, and trips to the beach. Each towel folds up compactly with a fine weave preventing sand from getting caught between the threads.”
Verdict: Love!
This was the item that Popsugar released as a spoiler. I love the design of it and it definitely gives off a Turkish spa/bathhouse vibe. It’s soft and feels really high quality. I’m not much of a beach-goer (cause of the whole sunburn after 5 seconds thing) but I’m updating my bathroom with a nautical theme and this towel fits in perfectly.

Bodywash
Epicuren Discovery Tropical Lave (Estimated Retail: $20.00)
Description: “The soothing, silky gel- made from coconut oil, papaya extract and other natural ingredients – can also be used as a shampoo.”
Verdict: Fail
Maybe I’m hard to please but in a luxury box I expect items to have nice packaging and feel luxurious. This thing looks like something you picked up at Walmart in 1985. It smells like coconut, because there aren’t a million products out there that will smell like coconut. If Popsugar was going to go the whole “tropical bodywash” route I expected something far nicer. Past special edition boxes have included much better packaged and far more interesting body items. And no woman who shells out $100 for a beauty subscription box is going to want bodywash that “doubles” as shampoo. I also couldn’t even figure out the price because you need to register on their site to do it. Let’s just say it’s $20 because it really shouldn’t cost more than that.

Folded Open Clutch
R.B. of McD #2 Clutch (Estimated Retail: $100.00)
Description: This Popsugar exclusive is handmade from canvas and leather and comes in two different styles: tan and navy or al navy. Wear it as a fold-voer clutch or wallet and give off the ultimate cool-girl vibe.”
Verdict: On the Fence
I have mixed feelings about this item. If this wasn’t a resort box I’d probably give it a “love” verdict. This items feels way more suited to a New England vacation than heading out to a resort. It’s not fancy enough for an evening out, nor is it practical enough for daily sightseeing since it has no wristlet strap. The colors also don’t scream out spring or summer. If this was made exclusively for Popsugar why not feature a cheerful bright color or even a soft mint or melon? I just can’t imagine anyone seeing this bag and thinking “resort”. The shape of this seems more suited for use as a toiletry bag. It’s definitely nice quality but the total wrong fit for this box. If Popsugar had replaced the weird bodywash with a lucury travel sized set of toiletries it would have made a great pairing. Similar bags on the R.B of McD site cost $180 but they are all leather (not part canvas) and have a lovely chain strap. I think we can safely estimate this at $100 (thought it’s probably worth more). I’m still so confused why they chose this color palette and left off a chain/strap.

Taffy
Salty Road Salt Water Taffy in Salty Caramel Apple (Estimated Retail: $6.50)
Description: “The all-natural flavor is made from unique apple cider jelly and a secret blend of fresh spices.”
Verdict: On the Fence
So this is beautifully packaged, but once again I’m not feeling resort here. I’m a Jersey girl and salt water taffy = Atlantic City and I’m sorry, but in no way does that scream out luxury resort. (I don’t care how many millions Christie spends on advertising that we are “stronger than the storm”.) I’m sure this is tasty, but “apple cider” flavor and salt water taffy do not scream out resort to me. I’d give this a “love” in a different box, but not this one. Couldn’t they at least go with a tropical flavor? Apparently Popsugar thinks beach = resort. It doesn’t. Resort is a goddamn fashion thing and it doesn’t mean any old beach and I shouldn’t have to lecture you on this Popsugar!!! Okay, okay I’m fine, but I’m just getting agitated with this box. Note to Popsugar: “Resort does not mean what you think it means”.

Mist
Clark’s Botanicals Cellular Lifting Moisture Mist
(Estimated Retail: Full Size 30mL $28.00)
Description: “This refreshing facial mist from Clark’s Botanicals is designed to improve skin in more ways than one. The anti-aging formula delivers maximum hydration minimizes wrinkles, helps heal sensitive areas, and firms the skin…the convenient travel size means you can take it anywhere.”
Verdict: Like
An anti-aging face mist seems perfectly suited to a luxury resort spa feeling. I’ve never tried a product like this and it seems a great little item to use to refresh you during a vacation when you’re tried or overheated. The travel size will fit easily even in a smaller handbag.

Eyeliner
Smashbox Cosmetics: The Santigolden Age: Double-ended Limitless Eye Liner
(Estimated Retail: $24.00)
Description: “…musical artist Santigold partnered with Smashbox to create this limited-edition, double-ended liner with blue and gold colors.”
Verdict: Love
I’m relieved to find another item that actually feels resort to me. It’s also great that this is limited edition. I have a lot of Smashbox cosmetics and they are excellent quality. I know that gold eyeliner is a big trend and I’m interested in trying it out. I’ve used navy before successfully so we’ll see how I handle a new shade of blue.

Bracelets
Sisco Beluti Bracelet Stack(Estimated Retail:$100.00 )
Description: “You’ll be one of the only ones to wear these baubles made exclusively for Popsugar by Sisco Berluti, a jewelry line loved by celebrities like Halle Berry and Jessica Alba. The three bracelets…are designed from turquoise, brass and labradorite stones.”
Verdict: On the Fence
On the bright side this certainly fits the resort theme so it has something over on half the other items in the box. The problem for me is that it just feels cheap. I know it’s a celebrity jewelry line but the bracelets just didn’t wow me. I feel like I could put together something just as nice or find something similar in Charming Charlie for a fraction of the cost. I understand why this was in the box and I think it was a great thing to include, but I’m just not sure it’s for me.

Full Box
Overall:
Disappointed.

Since I started my subscription box fix, I’ve gotten ALL the popsugar limited edition boxes: the Fall, Neiman Marcus & the Holiday box along with this one. This is the only one I’ve been disappointed in.

I feel like Popsugar thought resort just meant “beach” or “ocean” while “resort” has a lot of other fashion connotations. I was expecting high fashion/luxury resort not slightly nautical and boardwalk.

If Popsugar had labeled this as a “beach box” or a “summer box” I would have had more appropriate expectations. I paid $107.00 for this box and got well over $300 in value so I definitely got my money’s worth, I just expected more thoughtful selections.

So what did you think of the Popsugar Limited Edition Resort Box?

Did it scream out resort to you or leave you wanting?

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

Popsugar Must Have: March 2014

It’s Popsugar time again. So let’s jump into the March box and see what we find.
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Scarf
Brokedown Blue Ikat Scarf (Retail: $72.00)
Category: Must Have Fashion
Verdict: Gift
Brokedown designed this scarf especially for Popsugar Must Have subscribers, and it’s super soft and nice quality.  Unfortunately I’m just not enthralled with the print.  I know blue is big this season, and I like the blue, but the overall print just isn’t that compelling for me.  I think this will make a great gift for someone who will enjoy the print more.

Peas
Harvest Snaps Snapea Crisps (Retail: $2.00)
Category: Must Have Food
Verdict:  Love!
So when I first saw these I was expecting to hate them.  I thought they were dried peas and I just prefer my veggies cooked and fresh.  These were so delicious and not overly salty. Even my boyfriend loved them.  I’ll definitely be picking these up the next time I see them in the grocery store.

Jurlique
Jurlique Herbal Recovery Advanced Serum (Suggested Retail: $27.00; 30mL: $54.00)
Category: Must Have Beauty
Verdict:  Love!
I adore trying out new serums and I’ve heard wonderful things about Jurlique.  I’m excited to give this one a try.  It also came with a coupon for 15% off on the Jurlique site.

Elephant
Baublebar Elephant Ring Tree (Retail: $12.00)
Category: Must Have Home
Verdict:  Gift
This little guy is certainly adorable.  Unfortunately I have a fancy pants jewelry cabinet with about a million unfilled ring slots, so I don’t need a separate ring holder.  I’ll be adding this cutie to my gift pile. Also included was a 20% off coupon for order over $30 at Baublebar.

Exercise
Activeforever Fusion Exercise Ball (Retail: $9.95)
Category: Must Have Fitness
Verdict:  On the Fence
I appreciate the inclusion of a fitness item, but I didn’t like that we got this ball but no pamphlet or DVD or anything to give us some exercises.  I know we can go online and search for stuff, but I think it’s incomplete.  If you send me a fitness item, I at least want a brochure to give me a few ideas to start with.

Wish
Dogeared Lucky Horsehoe Make a Wish Necklace (Retail: $30.00)
Category: Must Have Fashion
Verdict:  Love!
Okay so I’m super whimsical and the idea of a wish necklace appeals to me immensely.  Basically you make a wish and wear this necklace and when the string breaks your wish is ready to come true.  I have to say that I would never have bought this on my own, but I love it and I’ll be a little sad when it breaks (but not too sad, if my wish really does come true).  This came with a coupon for 20% the dogeared site.

Fig Bar
Nature’s Bakery Stone Ground Whole Wheat Strawberry Fig Bar
(Freebie)
Category: Special Extra
Verdict:  Hit!
This bar was like a fig newton, but better.  I took it to work for breakfast and it was perfect with some coffee.  I would have no problem purchasing these on my own.

Full Box
Overall:
Hit!

I enjoyed this box even if everything wasn’t exactly to my taste.  It had a super high retail value of $152.95 (excluding the fig bar) and well worth the $33.88 I paid.  Once again I feel like Popsugar delivers consistent quality and value in their boxes.

Popsugar has another special edition box showing up next month:  The Must Have Resort.  I’ts Popsugar, Limited Edition and uses the word “resort”, so you know I snapped it up.
If you want to see what’s inside be sure to come back.

So what did you think of the March Popsugar Must Have Box?

Did you love the scarf print?  Was the wish necklace too whimsical for your taste?

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
Use code MARCH10 to save $10 off your first box!

Popsugar Must Have: February 2014

So my February Popsugar box came a bit late since one of my postmen seems to be really confused about how to leave packages, so let’s not waste any more time and get right into this box.
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Clutch
Gorjana Brooks Jewelry Roll
(Retail: $45.00)
Category: Must Have Fashion
Verdict: Hit!
This brand tends to pop up a lot in subscription boxes and they have some really cool designs.  This is described as a “jewelry roll” but if I hadn’t read that I would assume it’s just a cute clutch.  It’s a fab red shade with 18K gold hardware and has three zipper pockets that can fit quite a lot.  You can use this in a myriad of ways from a little makeup bag, to an evening clutch to its intended use as a jewelry roll.  I think it would be a nice versatile piece for a vacation.  This little bag also came with a $25 off coupon at gorjana-griffin.com that I can’t wait to use.

Sugarwish
Sugarwish Mini Red Cinnamon Hearts(Retail:????)
Category: Must Have Food
Verdict:  Hit
Although I didn’t get my package in time for Valentine’s day, I still appreciated the red cinnamon hearts.  This was one of the most beautifully packaged treats I’ve ever gotten and it gave the whole box that perfect Valentine’s Day vibe.  This item also came with a coupon for 20% off a “petite sugarwish”.  (Doesn’t “petite sugarwish” sound like the name of a Kentucky Derby horse?)  Anyways, at the time I was working on this review their site was down so I couldn’t give you a price on this one.


ModelcoModelco Swatch
Modelco Lip Pops Duo Lip Gloss and Lipstick
(Estimate $12.25)
Category: Must Have Beauty
Verdict:  Love!
-I’m in love with this shade of lipstick.  It’s a perfect pink and the combo of lip gloss and lipstick make it a great multi-tasker. You can wear the lipstick and gloss layered together or individually for a different look. I know this is going to become a staple in my makeup case.  I couldn’t find this on its own so I just estimated the value from a set that Modelco offers.

Peony
K Hall Designs Peony Travel Candle
(Retail: $11.00)
Category: Must Have Home
Verdict:  Hit
I know that candles are a staple of the subscription box world, but I still love them and get excited to see them in my boxes.  I am, however picky about scents and this one is lovely.  It’s a light floral that smells quite natural (as opposed to that overwhelming grandma perfume type scent).  I wish it was a touch bigger, but it’s billed as a “travel candle” so I guess it’s supposed to be easy to tuck into your luggage.

Polish
NCLA Rodeo Drive Royalty Nail Polish
(Retail: $16.00)
Category: Must Have Beauty
Verdict:  Hit
So despite the fact that my Julep addiction and my newfound love of Indie polish has given me a gigantic polish horde, I still like trying new brands. NCLA is a 5 free luxury brand so it’s all of the fancy and none of the freaky chemicals.  I don’t have any NCLA polish and I’m sucker for dark reds so this will be a great addition to my collection.

Serum
Nourish Organic Pure Hydrating Argan Face Serum
(Retail: $23.99)
Category: Must Have Beauty
Verdict:  Hit!
I adore trying new organic skincare and this particular brand is new to me.  This is a face serum made from a “concentrated blend of Moroccan, apricot and rosehip oils.”  They claim it “hydrates and softens skin for a brighter even complexion.”    That all sounds wonderful so I’ll be giving this a try in my spring skincare routine.

Dial
Dial Vitamin Boost Body Wash
(Freebie)
Category: Special Extra
Verdict:  Hit!
Okay, so a lot of people were complaining about this item because it’s a “drugstore” brand.  But here’s the deal, it’s an “extra”.  And it’s a gigantic full size extra.  I’m sure this is a product that Popsugar got free from Dial for promotion purposes.  Since this box was chock of great, higher value items I don’t have a problem with this inclusion.  Maybe I’m a cheap date but I’ve loved all the drug store stuff they threw in like the Revlon nail files last month and the Ghiradelli chocolates from December.  I figure as long as there are plenty of other luxury items, a little extra drugstore find shouldn’t get my panties in a twist.

Full Box
Overall:
Love!

I really loved this box.  I appreciated the subtle Valentine’s vibe.  It had a holiday theme, but not in an overpowering way.  Even without the cost of the candy and the Dial bodywash, the estimated retail value on the box came out to $108.24. This month, I had enough referrals to get a free box (as always, thank you readers!) but even if I’d paid the full amount I’d still be quite happy with the contents since I will use every item in the box.

I don’t know if you’ve heard, but Popsugar has another special edition box:  The Must Have Resort.  Yes, the beloved and beautiful word “resort”.  So foreign from the cold frozen tundra we have all endured during this never-ending winter of our discontent. I think you know me well enough to know I already ordered it.  It’s still available for $100 (plus shipping).  If you don’t want to spend the cash, but still want to see what’s inside, be sure to come on back for the review.

So what did you think of the February Popsugar Must Have Box?

Were you turned off by the Dial soap or was it just a practical freebie?

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

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