Popsugar Must Have Box February 2014 Review

IMG_4771Popsugar Must Have is my all time favorite subscription box. For $39.95/month you get amazing hand selected items in beauty, fashion, home, fitness, & food! I’m literally obsessed with this box and so sad to say this is my last for a while since boxes are out of my budget at this time without my full time job! This was the hardest box to “unsubscribe” from [insert tear]. 😦

IMG_4773Every month they wrap it up all nice so it feels like you’re opening an awesome gift just for you! They always include a fold out on all the products featured and a note from Lisa Sugar. Let’s see what I got this month!!

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• MUST HAVE FASHION •
Gorjana Brooks Jewelry Roll
Retail: $45
This will be purrrrfect for my trip to Louisiana in April. At first I wasn’t sure about it, but it’s actually pretty nice and I know it’ll be a great way to remind myself to pack cute matching jewelry! My pictures are clearly horrendous but I received it in the color “Berry” so it’s a little darker than it appears in the pics.

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•MUST HAVE BEAUTY•
Nourish Organic Pure Hydrating Argan Face Serum
Retail: $23.99
First off… look how tiny the little bottle of serum is compared to the huge box it comes in!!!! If I bought this in the store thinking I was getting a product more the  size of the box I would be highly disappointed… Anyway, this stuff smells and sounds pretty nourishing for the skin, I was so glad to get the tip to use on my cuticles from Liz over at My Subscription Addiction! Since my cuticles are soooo bad from me constantly chewing on them, this could be the start to new fresh cuticles!!

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•MUST HAVE HOME•
K Hall Designs Peony Travel Candle
Retail: $11.00
This smells SO GOOD!!! I love candles, this is perfection : )

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Modelco Lip Pops Duo Lip Gloss & Lipstick
Retail: $20.00 {estimated}
At first I didn’t even see this came in the box until I saw it on the information card, then I didn’t even realize it was duel ended. The colors aren’t bad but I usually don’t wear anything on my lips… gotta start somewhere! I got the price from comparing to their other lip products and packages on their website.

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•MUST HAVE FOOD•
Sugarwish Mini Red Cinnamon Hearts
Retail: $6.25
This was the absolute cutest packed candy I’ve ever seen!!! Made me feel special just opening the little adorable box. I also love cinnamon candy so that part didn’t hurt either 😉

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•MUST HAVE BEAUTY•
NCLA Rodeo Drive Royalty Nail Polish
Retail: $16.00
LOOOVE this red! I tested it on one nail and in one coat it already looked great! Love the creamy finish and the classic, beautiful red. Found my new  go-to!

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•SPECIAL EXTRA•
Dial Vitamin Boost Body Wash
Retail: $4.00
Ok, first off, this item just looks SO out of place in this box. Yes, yes, I know, but after my initial shock, I realized that this soap actually smells suuuuuper good & we’re running a bit low on my current favorite soap: Ponche bodywash from Lush. I am actually happy to get this, it will go to great use, therefore making it an excellent valued item for me! : )

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Overall, a great box, but I don’t really think I’ve ever been really unhappy with my Popsugar boxes!!

all love & smiles,

Sig3

Popsugar Special Edition Must Have Holiday 2013 Review

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This was a special edition box (one time purchase) from Popsugar, that is no longer available (I’m pretty sure they sell out very quickly). This was the first time that I sprang for one of their Special Edition boxes, and boyyyyyy am I glad I did!!!!

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Unlike their regular monthly subscription box, this box is a one time purchase, and they generally have 4 of these “seasonal” special edition boxes a year. They are a bit more pricey than the regular box, costing $100, but of course promising a value of products that is much, much higher.

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The box itself is just overall amazing. It comes in a reusable, nice black plasticy box, and everything in the inside comes wrapped, just like you’re opening a special present. I surely felt like I was opening a Christmas present from myself (now that I think about it, I kind of wish I kept this under the tree and opened it on Christmas just to make it even more special)… although I don’t know if I could have waited for that!

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Whats inside

1 ~ Cuyana – Elizabeth Infinity Scarf
$65.00
This scarf… ohhhh this lovely, super soft, oh so warm, scarf, how I adore you. I was kind of creeped out for a second that it’s made of purely baby alpaca fur, but I realized it’s actually healthy for them and with their coat they are too hot, etc., etc., so this way, we are both benefitting… this scarf is absolutely fabulous and perfect for both fall & winter!

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2 ~ Erickson Beamon Rocks – Blondie Stone Bangle
$75+ {this is just an estimate when comparing prices to similar items in their collection}
I have to be honest and say that I was not familiar with the Erickson Beamon Rocks brand at all before this bracelet discovery. This is a great piece, especially for holday outfits around this time of year.

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3 ~ Lunares – Cheese Paddle with Knife
$69.00
What an amazingly awesome cheese plate!!! This is so unique and cool looking, can’t wait to show it off one day!

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4 ~ Tokyomilk by Margot Elena – Body Souffle
$40.00
This product, packaging, scent, everything about it gets an A+!!! It smells wonderful and the heavy square container is so unique and feels so incredibly fancy (which essentially it is considering it’s a $40 lotion!) LOVE love love this product.

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5 ~ Fatty Sundays – Peppermint Crunch Dark Chocolate Covered Pretzels
$6.95
These look so great, however, I do not like dark chocolate, so that’s a bummer. I’m sure someone else will enjoy them in my family this Christmas season though! : )

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6 ~ Winks by Georgie – False Lash Compact
$28.00
I love false eyelashes. I think they look so pretty on girls BUT I am just so so so bad at applying them. I like that these are good for your skin, and reusable, so I am eager to try and give it another go! For parties during this season, this is a perfect go to item!

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7 ~ Graphic Image – 2014 Datebook
$97.00
OMG!!! I was legit squealing when I opened this!! By far the fanciest, nicest most beautiful little planner that I have ever seen. I love how it was packaged, in a fancy little box. It’s the perfect size for purse, desk, bag, travel, anything!!! AMAZING GIFT!!!!!!

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product value
Scarf: $65
Bangle: $75(ish)
Cheese paddle: $69
Lotion: $40
Pretzels: $6.95
Lashes: $28
Datebook: $97
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TOTAL VALUE: $380.95
This is an amazing value for the amount paid, and I absolutely love almost everything in the box! I am now sooooo eager to discover the other special edition boxes that will become available in the future… I want the “spring” box already!!!

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all love & smiles,
Sig3

Popsugar Must Have Box December 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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cost
$39.95/month with free shipping! The total value of these boxes is basically always over $100 so you definitely get your money’s worth!
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the goods
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. This is my absolute most favorite box that I look forward to and always am so excited and happy about the products that I receive!
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Whats inside
1 ~ Lulu Frost for Popsugar Bracelet
$110.00
If you look at this bracelet through the link provided, you would think it’s a gorgeous peice, with the thrifty looking gold and great pendant… in realy life however, it looks like it would be a 2 for $1 deal at the Dollar Tree. No joke. I wanted to love this, but I honestly think it lookds strange next to my nice bracelets I like to wear regularly. It is a cute concept, but I just wish it didn’t look so cheap… reguardless of the $110 pricetag. {I also feel bad for any customers that order this peice from online, only using their photo as the reference, because they will certainly be suprised when their bracelet comes and looks the ways it does…}
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2 ~ Mixt Studio Holiday Gifting Set
$9.00
I love crafting/art type supplies, so this was a hit for me. I love fun new paper and designs, and although at first I thought the blue paper was weird, I realized that it was full of waterprint snowflakes and it looks gorgeous!
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3 ~ Modelco Fibre Lashxtend Black Mascara
$20.00
I instantly tried this mascara and it was FABULOUS! It worked just as well (if not better) than They’re Real! Benefit mascara. The mirror on the side is a great added benefit for on the go too! Love this item!
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4 ~ Govino Go Anywhere Flutes
$12.95
These little flutes are freakin awesome! They look like real crystal but they are totally just plastic and washable and portable! I like that you can set them down and they are less likely to fall over without the long stem. These are a hit!
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5 ~ CC Made Caramel Corn – Pictachio Nut
$4.00/ 3oz.
This looks like a very fun unique flavor! I love caramel corn, so I’m sure these will be great.
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6 ~ NCLA Peppermint Lane Nail Wraps
$16.00
I’ve never used nail “wraps” before, but the directions seem easy enough. The designs are really cute and Christmasy, so I know I’ll be giving these a try soon for the season.
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7 ~ Ghirardelli Squares Chocolates
Milk & Caramel, $4.25
Holiday Edition, $6.00
Me & the bf were both happy for this sweet suprise! The Holiday bag flavors were what I was most excited to try: Pumpkin Spice Caramel, Peppermint Bark, & Eggnog. DELISH!
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product value
Bracelet: $110
Paper: $9
Mascara: $20
Flutes: $12.95
Popcorn: $4
Nail Wraps: $16
Chocolate: $10.25
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TOTAL VALUE: $182.20
I know this value is a bit skewed if you, like me, don’t believe this bracelet is worth anywhere NEAR $110, but retail value-wise, this is accurate.
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all love & smiles,
Sig3

POPSUGAR Must Have Box November 2013 Review

IMG_3789 The BoxPOPSUGAR 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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IMG_3791 the goodsThe 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. This is my absolute most favorite box that I look forward to and always am so excited and happy about the products that I receive!

My cats even go crazy over the Popsugar Must Have Boxes!!!! Whenever I try to take pictures or open my boxes this is what I have to deal with... Notice Dexter creepin in...

My cats even go crazy over the Popsugar Must Have Boxes!!!! Whenever I try to take pictures or open my boxes this is what I have to deal with… Notice Dexter creepin in…

Whats inside
1 ~ Michael Stars Scarf
$42.00
This scarf is so soft and amazing and comfy and cute!! I am so happy to get it in this box! I also wasn’t familiar with the brand of Michael Stars but I’m starting to love the designer! Great stuff on the website.
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2 ~ Nice Boxed Glass Candle by Illume
$15.75
This candle smells delicious and warm and vanillay. We LOVE candles around the house so this was a perfect gift in my box!
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3~ Maison de Monaco Strawberry & Blackcurrant Cream Preserves
$6.00
I love jams!! Yayyy!! This is certainly a different flavor for me to try that I’ve never had before! UPDATE: Just ate this with some vanilla ice cream….. SO AMAZINGLY DELICIOUS!!!
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4 ~ BareFruit Crunchy Sea Salt Caramel Apple Chips
$3.50
These are soooo yummy…. I’ve been snacking on them throughout the day at work and for breckie… healthy and delicious!
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5 ~ The Soap & Paper Factory Roland Pine Shea Butter Soap
$8.00
This smells amazing. The pine scent is so wonderful and rich and perfect for this time of the year! Gets me excited to shower and smell up the bathroom with this wonderful Christmas tree forest scent!
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6 ~ Lands End Canvas Wine Tote
$14.50
This is much classier than me carrying my wine around in CVS bags. Excited to have something like this and be able to put it to good use!
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7 ~ Absolute! Nail Polish Remover Pads in Peach
$2.99
This product promises that one pad can remove polish from all 10 fingers… I have been slacking lately on nail art, but I will for sure put these to the test the next time I do and change my nail color! If it works, it may just be a life saver nail product!
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8 ~ Canvas Pop Gift Card
$30.00
All of their products are priced mostly a lot higher than $30, so you can’t really use this certificate unless you spend money too, making it not that great for me. I like the kind where you can pretty much spend nothing and get something from it, like a true gift card.
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Canvas Wine Tote: $14.50
Soap: $8
Chips: $3.50
Preserves: $6
Candle: $15.75
Scarf: $42
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TOTAL VALUE: $92.74
{$122.74 if you include the gift card, which I’m not because you have to spend money to use it}
This box doesn’t have the highest value (usually they are well over $100) but I LOVED this box and every single item made me happier than the next!
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Aria just lovin' on the box

Aria just lovin’ on the box

all love & smiles,

Sig3

POPSUGAR Must Have July 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!

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Whats inside“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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cost

$35/month with free shipping! They offer month by month plans, 3-month, 6-month, and year long options (where you can save up to the price of one whole box!) The total value of these boxes is basically always over $100 so you definitely get your money’s worth!

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themeI usually love a good theme for the month, but since the Must Have box is full of random items, they don’t  really fit perfectly together, however they do give a short and simple explanation of the month’s box in the amazing booklet they give which gives detailed info about each product. For this month of July, they talk about the “dog days of Summer”, with items that would be perfect to use at the this mid-summer season!

the goods

1 • Baublebar Rose Double Curb Chain 
$28.00
When I read that we’d be getting a statement piece that would “complement every outfit”, I never expected this. Rose gold looks so much nicer on delicate pieces, not huge chunky necklaces. It just looks sooooooo cheap to me, although I have been looking around online and found a bunch of cute pictures of nice outfits that women have styled the necklace with, so at least I know it’s doable! Check out the necklace here.

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2 • Supergoop! SPF 30 Anti-Aging City Sunscreen Serum 
$42.00
Ummmmmm 42 bucks for a sunscreen? That’s still only 30 SPF? Not something that I would ever normally purchase. I realize that this is a nice item but I certainly don’t take care of my skin the way I should so this big-ticket product in the box isn’t really too great for me… It promises to smooth fine lines and wrinkles and many other things so maybe I’ll give it a try just to see if it lives up to it’s promise. Check out the serum here.

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3 • Mighty Leaf Iced Tea – Calypso Mango
$6.25
I’m not a huge iced tea drinker but I have been warming up to some delicious flavored ones and this one sounds good so I’m excited to try this out! I love pulling a fresh pitcher out of the fridge when it’s nice and freezing cold on a super hot day. Perfection. Check out the tea here.

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4 • Tovolo King Cube Ice Tray 
$7.99
Me and the bf both think this is an awesome item! It’s perfect for summer drinking, no more watered down cocktails!! Check out the tray here.

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5 • NCLA 5 Free Lacquer – #029 As If! 
$16.00
I always love getting nail polish! I love pretty much every color because you can always work it into a cool design or pattern… helps me stay creative! I don’t have any other polishes by this brand, so I was certainly excited to try it out (especially with such a high price tag!). The color is pretty and it’s very easy to apply, with a nice brush and smooth application. Check out the nail polish here.

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6 • Hannahmax All Natural Crunchy Cookie Chips – Dark Chocolate Chocolate Chip 
$23.96 – 4 pack/ 6 oz. bags
Oh. My. God. These cookie chips were to die for! Soooooo delicious and crispy and sweet and chocolately and all around amazing. I was nervous because a) I love ooey gooey cookies, not crispy ones, and b) I don’t like dark chocolate…. but these cookies proved me wrong and showed me a completely new taste sensation that I can’t wait to get more of! Check out the cookies here.

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winners

The only thing I LOVED and would actually want to buy are the cookies. I enjoy the polish and ice tray too!

losers

The most expensive product was the sunscreen……. not too fun. This definitely was NOT my favorite Popsugar box.

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product value

Necklace:               $28.00
Sunscreen:            $42.00
Tea:                         $6.25
Ice Cube Tray:      $7.99
Nail Polish:         $16.00
Cookie Chips:      $1.99
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TOTAL:              $102.23

For a box that promises over $100 of goodies, this one was cutting it pretty close. I like the products, but hopefully next month’s August box will be much better! We already got an email giving us a sneak peek at one of the products, a pretty gold simple necklace. I am excited to see what else they have planned! :]

all l0ve & smiles,

Sig3