POPSUGAR Must Have Box October 2013 Review

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The Box

POPSUGAR Must Have Box. This is one of my favorite boxes that I subscribe to because of all the full-sized products and the range of categories the items fall into. It’s basically like opening a surprise gift to myself! “POPSUGAR’s monthly favorites delivered to your door. Hand selected items in beauty, fashion, home, fitness, and food. Full sized products and premium items.”

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$35/month with free shipping!  The total value of these boxes is basically always over $100 so you definitely get your money’s worth! {UPDATE: The price of the boxes beginning in November will be $39.95. They are encouraging their active members to sign up for a 3, 6, or 12 month plan in order to lock in the $35 price for as long as they can. You can do this by signing up by November 4th}

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The box is always bursting full with amazing full size products, and I honestly love their little fold out notecards on why they picked each product and how it can be put to good use. They do a great job of explaining the items in this packet. The box also comes pretty nicely wrapped with the pink tissue paper and sticker everytime : )

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1 • The Can’t Cook Cook Book: Recipes for the Absolutely Terrified!
$27.99
This book is absolutely AMAZING! It came at such a perfect time for me when I’m doing some major cleaning and organizing in my house, I’m finally ready to take on some good cooking! I have my kitchen (pretty much) organizing and I’m ready! This book has beautiful step by step photos on every page, alongside the recipes and all the wonderful tips. The night I opened this box, I couldn’t put this book down. It’s just so good and wonderful to read with all the pictures and step by steps! Check out this book and her others here.
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2 • NYX Cosmetics Liquid Liner & Smokey Shadow Pallet
$6.00 + $7.00
Since I already unsubscribed (for now) to all my beauty subscriptions because I have so many little products and samples of every kind of piece of make-up I can imagine, I wasn’t TOO excited to receive even more make-up in this box. Unless it’s a really awesome brand or something that I’ve been excited about, I really don’t need anymore liquid liner (I basically use the same exact eyeliner every single day for the past 5 years), but this eyeshadow pallet does look pretty nice and I didn’t have most of the colors on the pallet. It helps create a great dramatic (or not too dramatic) smokey eye look. Check out NYX cosmetics here.

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3 • Gorjana Charity Bali Bead Bracelet
$45.00
This is a very delicate, adorable pink bracelet. 100% of the proceeds from each bracelet went to a charity, Breast Cancer Connections. I LOVE this bracelet and was SO EXCITED to wear it along side my usual 3 silver bracelets I wear daily… However, this bracelet is TINY. I know my wrists aren’t that big at all, and this barely fits around it, plus it’s hard (at least it was for me) to try and close this bracelet on your own wrist. I honestly really do still love this bracelet though. Check out the bracelet here.

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4 • Julep for Popsugar Duo Nail Polish
$28.00
I received “Freedom”, a polymer top coat, and #3108, “Coco” (it also says “It Girl” it smaller letters so I’m not sure if that’s maybe the collection it is in or completely vice versa). I am so happy I got these colors; ready to paint my nails with it any minute! : ) Check out the Julep site here.

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5 • Jane Tran Bobby Pins
$12.00
These aren’t my favorite item in the box, but they are certainly cute and I go through my fair share of bobby pins throughout the year! These are really cute for a messy do too. Check out other cute bobby pins like these here.

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6 • The Wet Brush
$14.00
This is one of my favorites in the box – or even ever! This is why I love subscription boxes… things that you never knew you would love (or in this case, actually really really need)! My hair tangles SO EASY it is so gross, and now with this I don’t mind when I quickly have to get ready when I get out of the shower when I’m running late for work. My hair is no longer a problem! This brush is amazing and perfect for a girl with long, easily tangled hair like me. Click here to check out the wet brush.

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7 • The Crispery Halloween Crispycake
$3.95
This was SO. DAMN. GOOD. nom nom nom!! Me and the bf both thought this delicious sweet rice cake was absolutely perfect. It was covered in decadent marshmallow and was so soft and chewy with just the right amount of slight crunch. I am honestly probably going to order more of these sometime very soon. I’m looking at some of the other adorable holiday cakes that they make and I am wanting to try this fabulous Christmas one! It’s full of peppermint and that amazing marshmallow! Check out the Halloween crispycake here.
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8 • Stich Fix
$20 off my purchase + a waived styling fee
I have been reading GREAT things about Stich Fix! It’s “a personal styling service to get handpicked fashion goodies delivered right to your door”. You basically complete a profile about your style, you then pick a date and they send you 5 clothing & accessory items that are hand-picked just for you. You get 3 days to decide if you want to keep (and buy) the item(s) that you got. If you keep anything, the $20 styling fee is automatically reduced off of one of the items, therefore, I’m pretty sure everyone’s styling fees are waived (well, just as long as they keep anything, and with the $20 they are giving me, I am bound to want to purchase something!)
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product value
Cook book: $27.99
Crispycake: $3.95
Wet brush: $14
Bobby pins: $12
Nail polish: $28
Bracelet: $45
Eyeliner: $6
Eyeshadow Pallet: $7
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TOTAL VALUE: $143.94
(this isn’t even including the $20 certificate for Stich Fix!!!!) 
* This box has SUCH a great value! Remember, I only paid $35 for it! I am SO HAPPY about the October must have box!
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all love & smiles,

Sig3

Popsugar Must Have Box – May 2013

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I was so pumped to find my second ever Popsugar Must Have Box waiting on my doorstep the other day! Although the items are random and from many reviews I have read almost a hit or miss, I honestly loved all the boxes I read about it and am eager every month to find out what they will send out to us next!

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These monthly subscription boxes are full of hand-selected items in beauty, fashion, home, fitness, and food. The cost is $35/month, and is well worth the money because the boxes are usually worth well over $100 in products. They always include a little booklet explaining all the items inside.

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Let’s get to May’s must have goodies!!!

1 • Kooringal Giselle Mid Brim Hat 
{Retail Value: $27.99} 
At first I laughed out loud at this hat because I was confused by it’s shape (I didn’t realize that it was super bendable and able to be packed tightly into bags) and I also am just not normally a hat person, especially a huge beach hate like this one. However, after reading good reviews and taking to heart all the benefits this hat has against harmful sun exposure, I was kind of excited about it. I live near the beach now too, so this can now go to good use! :] Check out the hat here.

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2 • The Modern Margarita 
{Retail Value: $8.00} 
Mmmmmm I was so excited to see these in the box! I love margaritas and there are some delicious flavors included in this simple kit… and they even give you salt to brim the glasses with! It’s perfect! I also LOVE the packaging, so bright and an excellent design. These will go to great use this summer. Check out their website here.

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3 • Questions I Ask When I Want To Talk About Myself Deck 
{Retail Value: $14.95}
“50 Topics to Share with Friends.” This is based off of her book (which I have but still have yet to read), and they are basically cards to start topics up around, say, a group of ladies having a fabulous wine night. I love Mindy Kaling and think she’s hilarious, so hopefully some of these cards will be funny… otherwise, I’m not the biggest fan of this item in the box. Check out the product here.

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4 • The Original BeautyBlender & BlenderCleanser 
{Retail Value: $23.95} 
I was SO PUMPED to get this!!! Whenever I see these in the store I contemplate buying one but can never get myself to pay so much money for a sponge. This is the reason why I love subscription boxes!! They send you things that you couldn’t/wouldn’t normally buy in stores! I’m almost too scared to use it and get it all full of make-up, but after watching the videos about the product it seems fairly simple to clean. This was probably one of my favorite items featured in this month’s box!! Check out this amazing product here.

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5 • Pacifica Natural Color Quench Lip Tint 
{Retail Value: $9.00} 
This lip tint smells SOOOOO yummy! I got the color Guava Berry, and it’s a very sheer tint, not too overwhelming, so perfect for me! An awesome lip product I’m excited about! Check out the product here.

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6 • Charm & Chain $30 Gift Card 
Charm & Chain is a great online jewelry store that features over 50 different luxury to every day jewelry designers. A lot of their jewelry is REALLYYYY out of my price range, but they have super cute pieces starting at $33. Since they gave us a $30 credit towards the store, I’m excited to pick out a piece and basically only pay the shipping charges! Check out their website here.

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7 • Way Better Snacks – Simply Sweet Potato Tortilla Chips 
{Retail Value: $3.49/ 5.5 oz bag} 
I can never complain about getting snacks in one of my boxes. Especially when they are chips. These are unique and delicious and not as bad for you as many of the other brands. My only complaint is that the bag was too tiny! Check out the chips here.

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8 • Popsugar Bag 
We also got this bag as a little added bonus! I seem to always be lugging random crap around me with everywhere, so bags like this certainly get some good use!

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So although I really enjoyed this box, the value came in VERY LOW this month. The added retail value of all the products is only about $85.39. If I count the $30 gift card that brings the value to $115.39, but that’s still very low for this box, and I don’t think adding the $30 is really fair because you’re going to have to pay more on the website because the products are all over $30 to begin with.

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Although the value was low, I’m super excited about my new BeautyBlender and fun margarita mixes, not to mention my new beach hat :]

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all love & smiles :]

mary elyse

Popsugar Must Have Box – April 2013 Review

I WAS ECSTATIC TO RECEIVE MY FIRST POPSUGAR MUSTHAVE BOX IN THE MAIL TODAY!

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I have been reading review after review about all the previous months, and loved every single one! It seems to me that a lot of people get pretty upset about this box when it’s not all to their liking, and I do understand that on some point because the price is a bit high for a monthly subscription box (it’s $35/month). HOWEVER, all the items that people tend to complain about… I usually like! Maybe I’m just a super positive person (at least when it comes to gifts and fun items and surprises), but I honestly liked every single box in the past that I have read reviews about….

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Then, I received my first box, the April MustHave box. My first reaction was, “wow, this box feels SUPER light, are there even any products in there??”. I opened to find that there are only 5 products, so that was just a tad disappointing to me because it seems like many of the other months received up to 8 products. After looking through all my products though, I found that I was very happy with the box and love just about everything included!! :]

Anyway, since this is my first box, it’s obviously my first review on this subscription service, so I thought I’d just give a little rundown of the box itself!
• $35/month
• Hand selected items in beauty, fashion, home, fitness, & food
• Full size products and premium items, each box worth at least $100
• If you would like to join, or even just try out a month or 2, you can use my referral link here

The first look of all the products!

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NOW LET’S GET TO THE GOODIES!!!!!! :]

Must Have Food 
Item #1 • Alter Eco 
Dark Quinoa Organic Chocolate, $3.99 
I’m kind of scared to try this…. a) dark chocolate just isn’t my thing, b) “nutty toasted quinoa” is not exactly what I envision in my chocolate snacks, and c) I’m annoyed I always get dark chocolate “healthy” treats, just gimme some fatty milk/white chocolate with marshmallows and nuget and carmel please. ASIDE FROM ALL THAT, the packaging and brand are great. I actually want to eat/try it only because that kinda stuff is just so appealing to me. I am an advertiser’s dream audience :] Check out their website here.

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Must Have Beauty 
Item #2 • kai 
Perfume Oil, $48.00 
O.M.G. I am IN LOVE with this perfume!! It smells sooo luscious and radiant and fabulous! I wish it was a spray, rather than an oil, so I could spray down my bed and clothes and sweatshirts so I could just be in lovely smelling heaven all day… Ok, I know that was a little much, kinda creepy, but I honestly think it smells amazing! I read a lot of reviews of people saying it smelled too floral or too strong, blah blah blah, but it says on the label that it smells different on everyone, so my natural body scents and oils must be made for this perfume oil! I love it!!!!!! Check it out here.

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Must Have Fashion 
Item #3 • The Green Garmento 
4-in-1 Reusable Dry-Cleaning Bag, $9.99 
Ok, sooo I know a lot of people were complaining about this product because they don’t dry clean their clothes (well then how do you wash them correctly…?) and they just thought it was unappealing to get a garment bag in this box. I THINK IT’S FANTASTIC!!! For a couple reasons, the first being that this was featured on Shark Tank!!! I freakin LOVE that show and love all the inventors and entrepreneurs putting themselves out there and trying their hardest to sell their products! So inspirational. Second reason I think this is awesome is because it seriously is 4 in one! I’m already using it to do my laundry today, and it’s so perfect for dropping/picking up your clothes from the cleaners. It’s eco-friendly and fantastic :] Check out their website here.

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Must Have Fashion 
Item #4 • Shashi 
New Nugget Bracelet, Grey, $28.00 
I adore this bracelet! It’s so simple and pretty and definitely something I would buy (although not for $28 bucks, but I never buy jewelry over $10, I’m cheap like that)! They make them in several different colors, but Popsugar was sending them out in turquoise, cobalt, and grey, and I am SO HAPPY that I got the grey, and not just because it’s my second favorite color (behind blue of course!), but because this way it seems more versatile and will go with more colors/outfits. I love this bracelet :] Check out all the other colors here.

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Must Have Beauty 
Item #5 • Tatcha 
Petal Fresh Evening Aburatorigami Beauty Papers, $15.00 
Ok so I bought a pack or 2 of these kinds of papers before back in the day, but I got e.l.f. brand ones that costed like .50 cents or something. $15? Nothing I would pay for, but I guess it’s because I still don’t really understand how/why they’re useful. I would THINK I would need them since it’s getting warmer outside, but my face honestly never really gets oily. Sweat, yes, certainly, I sweat a gross amount for a girl. So if they made papers that turned my super red hot cheeks normal and made my sweat go away while keeping my makeup fresh… well then THOSE would be papers I would pay $15 bucks for. Maybe these papers will come in handy one day though, so I will keep them in my travel makeup bag :] Check them out here.

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The grand total: $104.98
They promise the box to be worth at least $100, so they were really cutting it close this month. Kinda stinks that my first box with them had to be one with a lower than usual value and lower than usual item count, but all in all, I really enjoyed it and I am eager to see what they will come up with for the May box!

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{Photography note: Obviously I don’t know what I’m doing taking pictures, I just enjoy doing it, sooooo don’t mind the random background with my porch, kitty bowls, and Aria’s little alligator toy hahah}

all love & smiles :]

mary elyse