Popsugar: February 2017 Must Have Box + April Spoiler!

So today I’m sorting through my stack of overdue box reviews and I’ve got one of my faves.  It’s time for my Popsugar Must Have Box.  We’ve got the February review plus a spoiler for this month’s box.

April 2017 Box Spoiler

I freakin love this.  I’ve been planning on doing some terrariums for the new house so this is perfect.  I think I’ll put it in my new studio.  I’ve heard some posts that people are receiving them broken.  My box just arrived so I’m crossing my fingers that mine is intact.

FEBRUARY MUST HAVE BOX


Tribe Alive
Foldover clutch – Atitlán Brocade
(Suggested Retail: $98)
Description: “This soft, reversible clutch from Tribe Alive gives you two looks in one.  Each bag is hadnwove which provides subtle variations to make each bag one of a kind.  The best part about Tribe Alive is that it partners with artisans around the world to employ impoverished women at fair-trade wages and give them access to safe jobs.”
Verdict: Love!
This is such a pretty clutch and it’d be just the thing I’d take on a vacation.  It coordinates perfectly with the Tribe Alive bag from my Rachel Zoe Spring box.  I now have an awesome matching set.


Battington Lashes
–  Monroe 3D silk Lashes
(Suggested Retail: $25.00)
Description: ”Battington’s silk lashes are flirty, playful, and guaranteed to wow anyone to make eye contact with when you wear them.  You can reuse them up to 25 times and they’re so lightweight you’ll feel like they’re floating on your lash line.  Take natural up a notch.”
Verdict:
Like!
Okay, I’m making my solemn vow to you all that once I am actually living in my new house with a vanity and space for makeup, I am going to attempt to use fake lashes.  I’ve gotten a few sets from boxes over the years, but always been too intimidated to try them out.  But I’ve promised you guys, and as a woman of my word, I’m going to do it.  Say a little prayer that I don’t accidentally glue them to my contact lens.


Kris Nations Jewelry – Love Script Necklace
(Suggested Retail: $48.00)
Description: ”’Who doesn’t need a little more love in their lives?  The gold-plated necklace from Kris Nation reminds us that we are all special.  There’s nothing sweeter than a dainty necklace spreading some love.”
Verdict: On the fence
Many moons ago, in a LE Neiman Marcus Popsugar box, I received a very similar necklace so I’m not sure that I’m going to keep this. It’s definitely sweet and nice for a Valentine’s day theme, but I may end up giving this one away as a gift.


Chuao Chocolatier – Cinnamon Cereal Smooch Chocolate Bar
(Suggested Retail: $6.00)
Description: Cereal for dessert is already a great idea, but thanks to California-based chocolatier Chuao, it’s now the real deal!  The Cinnamon Cereal Smooch Chocolate Bar gives you permission to sweeten up your favorite breakfast treat.”
Verdict: Hit!
Chocolate is sort of a no-brainer for February boxes and this was delicious.


Juara Skincare Candlenut Body Creme
(Suggested Retail: $35.00)
Description: “Get rid of your dry Winter skin while dreaming of a tropical vacation with this luxurious body crème from Juara.  The nourishing candlenut oil is mixed with vitamin E to retain elasticity, soothe your skin and give you back your gorgeous glow.”
Verdict: Gift
A body crème is nice inclusion, but I’ve tried this brand through Birchbox and it just didn’t wow me.  I’ll gift it to a friend who will enjoy it more.


SPECIAL EXTRA

Revlon Super Lustrous “Love is On” Lipstick
(Suggested Retail: $7.99)
Description: “Revlon’s Super Lustrous lipstick is a perfect shade of red that looks good on everyone. Feel confident and choose love this month with this beautiful color on your lips.”
Verdict: Love!
A red lipstick is a perfect fit for a Valentine day theme.  I didn’t swatch this because I’m saving it for my new makeup kit, but the color looks lovely.

OVERALL:

Verdict:
Like!
The foldover clutch really made this box for me – everything else was just a nice bonus.  Because of the great holiday promotion I snagged in November, I paid only $20.46 and the estimated retail on this box came out to $222.99.  Even though not everything was my personal taste, I thought the items fit the season and offered a lovely variety that most subscribers will enjoy.

I’ve got lots more box reviews coming up including some new sub boxes and old favorites.
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: May 2016 & Fall Limited Edition Presale!

Somehow in the madness that is my life, I completely forgot about my Popsugar Must Have subscription so I’m a few months behind and definitely overdue for a review.  Since we’ve waited long enough, let’s dive into the May 2016 Popsugar box.
Open Box

Bracelets
Bluma Project – Capri Bracelets – Set of 2

(Suggested Retail: $44.00)
Description: “These delicate bracelets are handcrafted by Guatemalan artisans.  You’ll love the calming combination of blue and gold hues, and won’t want to take these off all season!”
Verdict: Miss
I really appreciate supporting artisans, but these bracelets just aren’t worth $44 and the tassels just make them look even more inexpensive.  They aren’t hideous, but there’s not much to them.  You could craft something really similar, without much effort and for just a couple dollars worth of supplies.

Foot therapy
Kocostar Foot Therapy
(Suggested Retail: $10.00)
Description: ”Whether you’re howing off your feet in sandals or during a barefoot yoga session, this wrap treatment will give you soft soles using natural, paraben-free botanical extracts.”
Verdict:
Hit!
Foot masks are always awesome, but they are a great treat after you’ve been wearing flip flops all summer.

Spongology
Spongellé Spongology Body Buffer
(Suggested Retail: $20.00)
Description: ”Designed to cleanse, exfoliate, and massage, this body-wash-infused sponge lasts at least 20 washes – and because it’s made with organic extracts and sulfate- free ingredients, you can enjoy moisturizing in the shower worry-free. ”
Verdict: Like
We’ve seen the Spongelle brand in Popsugar boxes before and while a body buffer isn’t exciting, it’s definitely something I will use.

Mat
Gaiam Foldable Yoga Mat
(Suggested Retail: $24.98)
Description: “Ultralightweight and compact, this foldable yoga mat is easy to transport in your favorite toe bag.  Plus, its POPSUGAR-exclusive blue hue will help you reach your happy place before even beginning your yoga session.”
Verdict: Poor execution
Normally, I’m not too thrilled with workout items because they tend to be either water bottles (of which I have eleventybillion) or customized for routines/habits not everyone has.  A super portable yoga mat seemed like a great idea since you could use it for all kinds of different exercises and stretching.  I grabbed mine and took it to work to use in our tiny closet, er gym to use on my lunch hour.  I don’t need a super thick mat, but dear lord this thing has no cushioning whatsoever.  It’s really not much better than just being right on the floor.  Great idea, but terrible execution.

Spray
Happy Spritz Breathe Deeply
(Suggested Retail: $25.00)
Description: “Made with peppermint and eucalyptus essential oils, this spray helps naturally invigorate and soothe you.  Mist it over your face or breathe deeply while spritzing it on your yoga mat after an intense workout session.”
Verdict: On the Fence
I don’t really use aromatherapy sprays, but this sounds interesting.  Part of the fun of sub boxes is trying things outside my comfort zone, so I’ll give this a shot.

Jimmy Bar
JimmyBar! Peanut Butter Clutter JimmyBar! Clean Snack Bar

(Suggested Retail: $2.49)
Description: “Perfect for a pre-workout energy boost, this gluten-free and dairy-free bar is made without artificial anything.  Naturally sweet dates eliminate the need for added sugar, and peanut butter lends the saltiness you crave from a midday snack.”
Verdict: Okay
I swear every time someone uses “clean” to describe food, my eye starts twitching.  It’s the same way that people decry “chemicals” in their food.  (Because there are things not made of chemicals?)  Repeat after me, there are no damn “dirty” foods.  There is stuff you should eat only in moderation, or once a year on your birthday, but the food isn’t dirty.  And “clean” foods are not some magic pill that will make you skinny and safe from all health related problems.  Now, this bar tasted fine and it’s nice for folks that have gluten or dairy allergies.  I just hate the “clean” labeling nonsense.

Special Extras
Cayenne Water
Hint Kick Lemon Cayenne Water

(Suggested retail value: $1.69)
Description: “Each all-natural Hint Kick is infused with 60mg of caffeine – the equivalent of a small cup of coffee, minus the coffee-breath. Lightly flavored with a hint of your favorite fruit flavors, this refreshing drink is your perfect pick-me-up.”
Verdict:
@$#$#
You know what I’ve always said will make water more refreshing? Caffeine and cayenne.  Seriously?  I know this is a freebie, but come on.  This is not something that needs to exist.  This is the first time I contemplated just throwing out a product because I couldn’t think of someone who would even want to try it. (Eventually I just brought it to a BBQ to give away to whoever was brave enough).

Half Hitch Goods $10 Gift Card
Description: “Put this credit toward the purchase of a quality-crafted gift for yourself or someone you love.”
Verdict:
Not really an extra
Sorry I didn’t take a picture of this one as I often don’t really think of gift cards that require you to spend money as real extras.

Mascara
Revlon Volume + Length Magnified Mascara
(Suggested retail value: $8.99)
Description: “After using this megavolumizing mascara formula, get ready to experience rich, intense – lashes – if you’re looking to amp up your eyes this the perfect pick!”
Verdict:
Hit!
Mascara is a product I use every single day, so I love trying out different brands.

OVERALL:
Popsugar May 2016 Must Have
Verdict:
Disappointing
With my prepaid discount this box only cost me $24.91 and the estimated box value (excluding the special extras) was $126.47. Unfortunately, I just didn’t really like most of the items in the box.  I think my favorite product is probably the foot mask that only retails for $10.  The ideas for this box were good, like stackable bohemian style bracelets and a foldable yoga mat, but the actual items just didn’t deliver.  I’ve had some great boxes from Popsugar this year, so I guess it was time for a miss.  I’ve got lots more Popsugar reviews coming so be sure to check back.

POPSUGAR NEWS!
Presale

Popsugar launched a pre-sale for their Fall 2016 Limited Edition box.  The pre-sale is open to current subscribers.  As with most Popsugar Limited Edition boxes it costs $100 and so far no spoilers.  My birthday is in October, so I’m considering snagging one as a gift to myself, but I’m just not ready to commit until I have a better idea of what’s inside.

Am I totally out of touch with my hatred of the Hint Kick water, or would you love to try a caffeine infused lemon cayenne water?

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 Must Have: July 2014

So rounding out the couple of stragglers from the July boxes is my Popsugar Must Have. This is one of my favorite boxes and my most consistent in terms of items I enjoy and will use. Let’s dive in and see what’s inside.

Box

 

Open Box #1 Open Box 2

HatDetail
Michael Stars Beach Hat
(Suggested Retail: $34.00)
Category: Must Have Fashion
Description: “Hats are a stylish and practical necessity when it comes to long,leisurely days outside in the heat of Summer, but can be a pain to pack for vacation. That’s why we love this hat—it’s bendable and flexible, making it ideal for travel.”
Verdict: Like
Being a ginger, I have built myself a nice collection of silly beach hats so I have no problem adding another to it. The coloring on this one makes it go with pretty much anything you wear and the bendable rim helps it keep it’s shape when you smush it into a bag. I have to say I was so relieved not to see another baseball hat or pair of sunglasses, so this hat won some extra points with me.

Sunblock
Sun Bum Sunscreen and Lotion (Suggested Retail: $20.00)
Category: Must Have Beauty
Description: “While under the sun, use the moisturizing sunscreen for protection , and afterward, apply the cooling aloe lotion for hydration.”
Verdict:
Miss/Gift
I know I’m a broken record, but so long as boxes keep sending me sunblock that’s only SPF 30, I’ll be complaining that it’s too low for me and passing it along. Dear sub boxes, mayhap we could start thinking outside the box with the sun protection? Kbyethanks.

Straws
ACME Party Box Company Chevron Straws (Suggested Retail: $7.00)
Category: Must Have Home
Description: “Sip on Summer’s most refreshing drinks with these old-fashioned paper straws. The graphic chevron pattern will make any occasion feel exra special.”
Verdict: Hit!
I always see these straws in shops, but never want to spend so much on them. (I find $7.00 on a box of straws a bit much). But I think they’ll look adorable in some summer drinks during my next BBQ.

Salad Servers
French Bull Ziggy Salad Servers (Suggested Retail: $12.00)
Category: Must Have Home
Description: “Your Summer BBQ won’t be complete without a colorful salad and these equally vibrant salad servers! They are scratch and shatter resistant and dishwasher safe, making them a long-lasting household staple.”
Verdict: Love!
These Salad servers are so cheerful and I think it was a nice touch that they coordinate back to the Chevron straws in this box. These will brighten up your simple white dishes or coordinate back to a ton of different colors. They are nice quality and really a steal at the retail price. I would totally grab these in a store if I saw them and I highly recommend them as a hostess gift or a cheerful addition to your BBQ buffet.

Jump Rope
TKO Jump Rope with Soft Grip Handles (Retail: $13.00)
Category: Must Have Fitness
Description: “For a fast yet efficient workout, TKO’s Jump Rope With Soft Grip Handles is just what you need. Built for speed, this jump rope will help you burn up to 170 calories in just 15 minutes! Check out POPSUGAR Fitness for tons of ideas on how to squeeze in a quick session to stay healthy and fit for Summer and beyond..”
Verdict: Like!
I couldn’t find this exact jump rope on TKO’s website so I’m using Popsugar’s estimate on price. Normally I’m sort of meh about fitness items, but this is compact and easy to use (no instructions required). I’m sure I’ll be dragging it outside on some not too hot days.

Coconut
Dang Foods Toasted Coconut Chips (Suggested Retail: $4.65)
Category: Must Have Food
Description: “Satisfy your Summer cravings the healthy way with these Dang Toasted Coconut Chips. Non-GMO, gluten-free, and vegan, these chips can be eaten straight out of the bag or sprinkled onto just about anything for a delicious treat..”
Verdict: Like.
These were tasty but a little awkward to eat. I think they would actually be awesome as a dessert topper on cakes or cupcakes. They have a nice sweetness and a great crunch.

Mascara
Revlon Bold Lacquer Length & Volume Mascara (Suggested Retail: $7.99)
Category: Special Extra
Description: “Take your lashes to new heights with Revlon’s Bold Lacquer Length & Volume Mascara. This ultrablack mascara will give your lashes the definition you’ve been dreaming of”
Verdict: On the Fence
This is billed as their “special extra” so it’s not really supposed to be considered part of the box. I don’t mind trying out drugstore mascara, but this one just didn’t do much for my eyes. I typically prefer a bit higher end mascaras, but if you’re looking in the drugstore category this one just doesn’t compare to the drama and “boldness” I get with Covergirl Lashblash.

Full Box
OVERALL:
Hit!

Including the mascara, this box had a value of $98.64. I had referral credits so I got this one for free, but I would have been happy to receive it at the regular price. Even with a couple misses, the remaining items more than made up for it.  I also found this box to have a nice cohesive summer theme and the items to be high quality. I can’t wait to see what comes in for August.

So what did you think of the July Popsugar box? What were your favorite and least favorite items?

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

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