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Reviews of my monthly subscription to PopSugar

PopSugar Must have box November + Thanksgiving Giveaway

I opened my November PopSugar box last night and was once again pleasantly surprised.  It was very heavy so I was excited to see what was adding all of the weight.

PopSugar Must Have Box November 2014

 

G.H. Cretors – Chicago Mix Popped Corn

PopSugar Must Have Box November 2014

This was the first thing I pulled out of the box in excitement.  I am a huge fan of Chicago style popcorn and get it locally from Kukuruza.  I’ve had this brand before too, and it’s pretty good.  (Nothing beats fresh warm chicago style popcorn though!)

Tiny Prints – Thoughtful Heart Stationary

PopSugar Must Have Box November 2014

This stationary was designed by the curator of PopSugar and is pretty cute.  I like having notecards on hand for any occasion.

Wine Glass Writer

PopSugar Must Have Box November 2014This is a cool idea.  I’ll definitely be using these when my in-laws are here for Thanksgiving so we can identify our glasses.

K. Hall Simpatico – Ambergris Shea Butter Cream

PopSugar Must Have Box November 2014

This one was really confusing to me.  The package had a whale on it and said something about a whale product, but it turns out its a vegan cream so I’m not sure why the whale?  My husband told me that Ambergris is actually whale vomit and was used by perfume manufactures, so I looked it up on Wikipedia and he was right.  (Gross!) It looks like this product does not contain it though.

Simon & Schuster – The Secret Recipes

PopSugar Must Have Box November 2014

This was written by the pastry chef behind the Cronut.  (It’s also what was adding the weight to the box.)  It would make a pretty coffee table book (I do not have a coffee table) and it’s pretty to look through.  There are recipes at the back so maybe I’ll try something.  I just got done making cake pops this weekend and have plans to make an apple pie for Thanksgiving so it won’t be soon.  🙂

and finally…

Thanksgiving Giveaway (Winner selected)

The last item that came in this box is a wallet on a chain, which I unfortunately have no use for.  I just recently purchased a Vera Bradley purse in order to give myself more room for my things, so this is definitely not going to cut it for me.  It is lovely though and a nice shade of blue so I thought I’d give a reader a chance to score it for free.

Sorial – Saffiano Wallet on a Chain

PopSugar Must Have Box November 2014

Winner Selected:  Congrats to trrsmile, I’ve contacted you to get your contact info and will get the wallet on a chair out to you early this week as soon as I get your address.

If I don’t hear from her by Tuesday night, I’ll select another winner.  Thanks!

 

 

 

 

Popsugar Must Have Box October

I am reviewing the PopSugar Must Have October box very belated because I only just opened it today.  I had been cleaning up in a hurry a few weeks ago and shoved this box on top of my bookshelf where I managed to forget about it until today when I came home from work.  It was a pleasant surprise, but I wish I had opened it sooner since it actually contained a Halloween item.  Oh well, I guess I learned that I better do a  better job cleaning up in the future!

Popsugar Must Have Box October 2014

 

 

Happy Socks – retail $12

PopSugar Must Have Box October 2014

These are actually brown in color with a red and black almost camo pattern.  I love fun socks like this, so these are a winner.

butter LONDON WINK Eye Pencil – retail $18

PopSugar Must Have Box October 2014

I also wish I had seen this, because I just last week bought a grey eye pencil from Sephora because I had been wanting one.  I could have saved some money.  Great item.

Isaac Jacobs International Acrylic Frame – retail $36

PopSugar Must Have Box October 2014

I’ll have to find a photo for this very sophisticated frame.  It’s heavy and looks very nice.

Mine Design Chalkboard Candle – retail $24

PopSugar Must Have Box October 2014

I had to refrain from writing something obnoxious on this before I took the picture.  I can see it as a way to add “colorful” messages to my decor.

Dean & DeLuca Pumpkin Spice Malt Balls – retail $5.75

PopSugar Must Have Box October 2014

 

I read the description, “Made with real pumpkin spices and dipped in dark chocolate…” and decided to dig right in.  After experiencing one of them, I’d have to say it was reminiscent of eating a pumpkin perfume.  I made my husband try one, then threw the rest away.

Nailed Kit Halloween Decals – retail $8

PopSugar Must Have Box October 2014Wish I had seen these at Halloween.  I would have enjoyed making my nails into jack-o-lanterns.  Maybe next year.

K. Hall Designs Shoreline Shea Butter/Olive Oil Bar Soap – retail ?

PopSugar Must Have Box October 2014

This soap smells nice and should be moisturizing with shea butter and olive oil.  Strangely, this item was “sponsored by Progresso”.  Very odd tie in.

Overall Impression

I continue to love and look forward to my PopSugar Must Have box, and each month I get some great surprises.  The November box has already shipped, so I’ll try to remember to not “clean up” that box and review it soon.

 

Popsugar Must Have Box September

My September PopSugar Must Have box arrived with its usual fun surprises.

Popsugar Must Have Box September

Here is the breakdown of the 8 items.

Tilo Scarves

Popsugar Must Have Box September

This is a modal graduation scarf which you can’t tell from the picture, but it goes from dark grey to light grey to a nice raisin color.  Very lightweight and soft.

Nicole Miller Stereo Earbuds

Popsugar Must Have Box SeptemberThese are pretty nice looking and have a answer/end call or play/pause music button built into the earbuds themselves.

Urban Remedy Almond Brownie

Popsugar Must Have Box SeptemberThis looks very… natural?  Not sure how it will taste, especially since its Gluten Free but I’ll give it a try.

Oribe Superfine Purse Size Hair Spray

Popsugar Must Have Box September

I rarely use hair spray, but I’ll give this a try next time I do.  It’s a nice small size that I could use for travel if I wanted to.

Letter C Design Gold Foil Arrow Pencils and Sharpener

Popsugar Must Have Box September

Cute pencils, but I don’t know what I’d use them for.  Maybe I’ll give them to my niece?

Rifle Paper Co. Garance Dore Assorted Girls Set

Popsugar Must Have Box September

Popsugar Must Have Box September
Alternative designs

If I remember correctly, this designer did a collaboration with Kate Spade a while back and had some cute designs.  I like the top notecard.  Very cute for when I want to send a little personalized note.

Ghiradelli Milk Chocolate Sea Salt & Almond Minis

Popsugar Must Have Box September
Yummmmm!

Be still my beating heart!  These are quite delicious.

Nike $20 Gift Card

Popsugar Must Have Box September

This is a $20 gift card meant to be used towards a new Nike Pro bra.  The presentation was very cute with the black envelope and bright green measuring tape.  I probably won’t use this because I went to the website to look, and the new Nike Pro bras run around $65 or so.  I don’t really need a new sports bra, but this would have been cool if I currently needed something.

If you’re interested in signing up for the PopSugar Must Have Box, the cost is $39.95 a month with free shipping and you can use the code REFER5 to get $5 off your first box.

 

 

August PopSugar Must Have Box Review

The August PopSugar Must Have box arrived and it’s just as great as the previous two!  I think this is my favorite subscription box because they send a nice variety of items and I end up trying new things that I wouldn’t have otherwise tried.

August PopSugar Must Have Box Review

Here is a breakdown of the items.

Lollia – At Last Perfumed Shower Gel

August PopSugar Must Have Box Review
Body Wash

This has a nice fresh fragrance which is what I tend to go for.  I like warm soapy smells and this is very pleasant.  Plus the packaging is adorable!

The Mason Jar Cookie Company – Celebrate!

August PopSugar Must Have Box Review
Cookies!

Mmmmm cookies… (channeling my inner Homer) I’ve never tried one of these before but it sounds delicious!

Kendra Scott – Elle Earrings in Slate

August PopSugar Must Have Box Review
Earrings

These aren’t something I would have necessarily picked on my own, but they are definitely pretty and I’ll wear them next week.

Goodbyn – Purple Meal and Dipper Set

August PopSugar Must Have Box Review
lunch container

I’m not sure how secure the lid is on this, but I like the idea of having a separate dipper container that fits into the main container.  I often take dip or hummus to work for my carrots or pita chips.

Paddywax – Ocean Tide + Sea Salt Mini Jar Candle

August PopSugar Must Have Box Review
Zen

This candle has a pretty blue jar and the smell is very relaxing and zen.

Bite Beauty – Lush Fruit Lip

August PopSugar Must Have Box Review
lip gloss

I love Bite Beauty lipstick and they partnered with Popsugar to make a special color.  It’s a bright shade of pink but I will definitely try it.  I’ve become a fan of lipgloss lately and this should be a nice summery shade.

Bonus Item – Think Thin Brownie Crunch High Protein Bar

August PopSugar Must Have Box Review
Protein!

With a vegetarian diet I often find myself scrambling to get enough protein in the day and with 20 grams of protein this bar packs a punch!  It does have 230 calories but it’s worth it for the protein.

If you’re interested in signing up for the PopSugar Must Have Box, the cost is $39.95 a month with free shipping and you can use the code REFER5 to get $5 off your first box.

July PopSugar Must Have Box Review

My second PopSugar Must Have Box has arrived and once again I’m very pleased!  This month’s box contained 7 very cool summer items.

PopSugar Must Have July Box Review
The Goods

Michael Stars Beach Hat

PopSugar Must Have July Box Review
Cute Straw Hat

The first thing I pulled out was this cute straw hat by Michael Stars.  I really like the look of a summery straw hat on other women when I see it, but I wasn’t sure how to wear this one.  The positioning of the tag made it appear that the bow should go in the back so that’s how I was wearing it.  It didn’t look very good on, but with the sunny 90 degree weather we’ve been having here, I might wear it anyway!

French Bull Ziggy Salad Servers

PopSugar Must Have July Box Review
Chevron Patterned Salad Servers

I love the pattern on these and they will be super cute to server salad with.  I rarely have guests over for dinner, but next time I do I’ll definitely be pulling these out.

Sun Bum Sunscreen and Lotion

PopSugar Must Have July Box Review
Sun Bum products

I’ve seen Sun Bum products at a few stores now but never really picked them up.  I really liked the smell of the Cool Down lotion and actually used it yesterday after a day out in the sun.  It smells like Hawaii to me.  Will definitely use these.

ACME Party Box Company Chevron Straws

PopSugar Must Have July Box Review
Adorable Straws

These are super cute paper straws and I’m not sure what I’ll do with them yet, but they seem like a nice way to sip lemonade from maybe a mason jar.

TKO Jump Rope With Soft Grip Handles

PopSugar Must Have July Box Review
Jump Rope

I haven’t used a jump rope since grade school, but it’s probably worth a try.

Dang Foods Toasted Coconut Chips

PopSugar Must Have July Box Review
Yummmm….

All I can say about these is that they were delicious.  I shared them with my husband but ate most of them myself.

Revlon Bold Lacquer Length & Volume Mascara

PopSugar Must Have July Box Review
Mascara

I only wear mascara on special occasions because it irritates my eyes and makes them swell up before the day is over, so I might try this once but it won’t be a staple in my makeup routine.

PopSugar Must Have July Box Review
Product Card

If you’re interested in signing up for the PopSugar Must Have Box, the cost is $39.95 a month with free shipping and you can use the code REFER5 to get $5 off your first box.

 

PopSugar June Box Review

I seem to be getting addicted to subscription boxes.  The latest one I heard about and signed up for is called the PopSugar Must Have Box.  It will include hand-selected items in beauty, fashion, home, fitness and food.  They are full size products and the cost is $39.95 a month with free shipping.  You can use the code REFER5 to get $5 off your first box.

PopSugar June Must Have Box

I wasn’t sure what to expect with the first box since the April and May boxes seemed pretty different.  I was very pleasantly surprised.

PopSugar June Must Have Box

In total there were 6 items and a $15 voucher for a store I had never heard of before.

Hardcover Novel – The One & Only by Emily Giffin

PopSugar June Must Have BoxThis book kept popping up as a suggestion for me on GoodReads and Amazon so I’m excited to see it in this box.  I probably wouldn’t have bought it myself because I usually wait for the paperback version of a book, but hopefully it’s a good summer read.

Turkish-T Beach Towel/Wrap

PopSugar June Must Have Box

I probably would use this more as a wrap then a beach towel, but I love the colors and it is super soft.  Another great item!

SACHAJUAN Shiny Citrus Body Lotion

PopSugar June Must Have Box

I haven’t used this yet, but it smelled very nice and fresh like a summer day.

You Smell – Lemon Wet Wipes

PopSugar June Must Have Box

I love the name of these.  They seem like super fancy wet wipes, but I’ll stow a few in my bag for while I’m out and about.  (Never know when you need a wet wipe.)

Lollies – Basic Hair Ties

PopSugar June Must Have BoxLove the colors and they will look cute on my wrist where I usually wear a hair tie in case I want to pull my hair back at some point during the day.

One Potato Two Potato – Hawaiian BBQ

PopSugar June Must Have Box

I’m sure I’ll be digging into these later when I’m craving my night time snack.  I love Hawaiian BBQ chips.

Native Union – $15 Voucher

PopSugar June Must Have Box

I checked out their website and it is mostly pricey hipster tech accessories.  Since I don’t have an iPhone5, I probably won’t use this, but they did have a pretty cool charger thing that ran for $49.  I’ll probably pass on this.

Overall, I was really excited about this box.  Totally worth the $39 and I love the surprises.  I can’t wait to sit in my wrap with some of my citrus body lotion and read my new book.