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: June 2015 & August spoiler!

Since it’s throwback Thursday and I’ve got a bit of a backlog with my Popsugar box reviews I decided I’d catch up with a review of my June Box. The inspiration for June was “Sun-Kissed, Soft Skin, Papaya, Outdoor Fun, Coconut, Yoga Warrior”.  Am I the only one disturbed by the phrase “Yoga warrior”?  I keep seeing someone doing downward facing dog and getting hit by a spear.  Enough with my tangents and let’s see  what’s in the box.
Box
Open Box Open Box 2

Sunglasses
Quay Australia Mandate Sunglasses
(Suggested Retail: $45.00)
Description: “With sunny days, ahead, you’ll need a reliable yet stylish pair of frames, and we’ve found just the one! Quay Australia, a celebrity favorite, designed these matte black Mandate sunglasses with your active lifestyle in mind.”
Verdict: Gift
I couldn’t find these specific kind on the Quay website, so we’ll go with Popsugar’s suggested retail value. Thanks to my previous Fancy box subscriptions I already own several Quay sunglasses. These are nice, but they just aren’t that interesting especially after the TOMS I received in my Spring Rachel Zoe Box. Quay has a lot more unique designs available, but I do understand why Popsugar opted for something more classic. These are going to a friend I think will enjoy them.

Judy Blume
In the Unlikely Event
by Judy Blume
(Popsugar Suggested Retail: $27.95/Amazon Retail: $16.77)
Description: ”We’re adding Judy Blume’s newest adult novel, In the Unlikely Event, to the top of our Summer reading list. Blume takes us on the journey of a disaster-stricken town where an unlikely group copes together – reminding us all that life goes on.”
Verdict:
Like
I like it when sub boxes include books, and this is one I probably wouldn’t have grabbed on my own. The Jersey girl in me appreciates that it’s set in the Garden State and I’ll be using it to fill a reading slot for my 2015 Popsugar Reading Challenge.

Pacifica
Pacifica Enlighten Eye Brightening Shadow Palette
(Suggested Retail: $14.00)
Description: ”Beauty junkies know all about the benefits of coconut oil, and this coconut-water-infused eye shadow takes makeup to new bounds. One-hundred-percent vegan and cruelty free, the innovative formula is creamy, is crease free, and brightens the eyes to perfection.”
Verdict: Like/Gift!
I love trying out new makeup, but sadly I am currently overrun with eyeshadow and I’d hate to open this lovely palette and not use it. I have a friend who I think will look awesome in these colors so I’m going to give it to her.

Headband
Yogitoes Peacock hBand
(Suggested Retail: $4.00)
Description: “Every yogi will love this peacock-patterned hBand, which acts both as aheadband and an eye mask during Savasana. Made from organic cotton and a touch of lycra for stretch, it’s where style meets function.”
Verdict: Hit!
I confess that I don’t practice yoga as often as I used to but I still really like this headband. It’s great for keeping your hair back during any type of exercise or just during housecleaning on the weekend. The color is lovely and at a $4.00 price tag I’d happily recommend this to anyone.

Spongelle
Spongellé Boxed Flowers-Fleru en Boite
(Retail: $16.00)
Description: “Massage, smooth, and rejuvenate the skin with this hypoallergenic papaya yuzu body wash infused buffer. It contains extracts of yuzu, edelweiss, and vetiver, so your skin will feel –and smell-simply divine.”
Verdict: Hit!
This little sponge with the super fancy name should make showering feel super fancy too since this is a “body wash infused buffer”. I’ve never tried a shower sponge that was infused with anything so this should be fun to try out.

Candy
SNAP Infusion SUPERCANDY
(Retail: $4.00)
Description: “These gummies are packed with B vitamins that boost your energy, antioxidants that keep your immune system strong and electrolytes that help you stay hydrated.”
Verdict: You had me at “gummies”
Listen I’d eat these even if they didn’t have “B vitamins” or “antioxidants”. I don’t discriminate when it comes to gummies. Fish, bears, sour, sweet, vitamins—I’ll eat them all. These were tasty and if they really help me “stay hydrated” they are a wondrous miracle since I can never seem to drink enough water.

SPECIAL EXTRA!
Sweet & Spark
Sweet & Spark $30 Giftcard

Description: “Sweet & Spark searches flea markets and antique store for one-of-akind vintage jewelry so you don’t have to! Use this gift card to find your own timeless piece like those feature don The Zoe Report and InStyle.”
Verdict: Miss
This site features vintage jewelry, so at first I was really excited, but everything is uber expensive and there’s stuff from the 1980s – is that really “vintage” or is it just old? Hipsters need to let go of the 1980s fashion – listen to the music, but leave the rest. Please. Sweet & Spark even has…(gasp) 1990s “vintage”. SOMEONE TELL ME WHEN THE 1990S BECAME VINTAGE! I guess I should have saved all those chokers from high school. Damn it. I’ll just be over there in the corner clutching my “vintage” flannel and Nirvana CDs. The upside is this gift card doesn’t have an expiration date, so maybe I’ll fall in love with something enough to justify the pricetag.

OVERALL:
June 2015 Popsugar
Verdict:
Like!

Even though I ended up gifting a chunk of this box, I still thought it was nicely curated with interesting brands.   It felt cohesive and seasonally appropriate.  I paid $42.75 for this and with the lower Amazon retail for the Judy Blume hardcover (and excluding the gift card) I received $99.77 worth of product.  It’s a littler lower than the usual Popsugar value, but still a good buy.

What did you think of the June Popsugar Box? And do you consider the 1980s and 1990s to be vintage?

POPSUGAR NEWS!
Popsugar has released a spoiler for their August box!
August Spoiler

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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