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

Glossybox January 2013 Review

Jan 2013 Glossybox

Jan 2013 Glossybox

little card inside the box.

little card inside the box.

wrapped up so pretty & nice.

wrapped up so pretty & nice.

Alright so there is my first Glossybox of the year and oh my gosh did I LOVE it! They usually send around 5 travel sized beauty products a month. The monthly subscription runs for $21/month. Usually you get your money’s worth with the high values of products included in the super fun boxes!

So what’s inside this month’s box???

goodies inside

goodies inside

list of items included.

list of items included.

Item #1: Estée Lauder: Sumptuous Extreme Lash Multiplying Volume Mascara (0.1 oz)

(Full size $25.00/ 0.27 oz)

Mascara

Mascara

This came in the color “01 Extreme Black”. It has a very nice brush & works great on my lashes. I always think tiny samples somehow magically work better for me than normal large sizes…. hmmmm….

Item #2: fresh. : Umbrian Clay Mattifying Serum (0.17 oz)

(full size: $35/ 1 oz.)

Serum

Serum

It doesn’t have much of a smell, which is a great plus. Haven’t tried to really use it yet, will see how it goes…

Item #3: Le Métier De Beauté: Replenishing Daily Solution (0.10 oz)

(full size: $225.00/ 1.17 oz)

Solution

Solution

Seems super fancy, will definitely try this out soon. 

Item #4: Narciso Rodriguez: for her Eau de Toilette Spray (0.02 fl. oz)

(Full size: $77-104 / 1.6 oz.-3.3 oz)

Perfume

Perfume

My spritzer part was kind of messed up on mine so it kind of sprayed strange, but all in all I think it’s a pretty good smell. I would definitely wear this perfume before a fun night out!

Item #5: OPI: “Can’t Let Go” Liquid Sand Nail Laquer (full size)

(Full size: $9.00)

Nail Polish

Nail Polish

This was my first Liquid Sand polish from their collection and I absolutely love it!!! It looks great on your nails and has just the right amount of sparkle! (I would have added a picture but my nails are just NOT in the best shape right meow)

Item #6: Sebastian Professional: Potion 9 (1.7 fl oz)

(Full size: $19.00/ 5.1 oz)

styling treatment

styling treatment

I’ve used some of their products in the past and have always loved them, making my hair feel and look great. This in particular is a wearable-styling treatment. I can’t wait to try it out.

Item #7: tarte : glamazon pure performance 12-hour lipstick (full size)

(Full size: $26.00)

outside

outside

i loved the casing!

i loved the casing!

This came in color “Fierce” , and is a very bright reddish color. One day when I’m feeling bold I’ll be giving it a try :]

I honestly think that Glossybox is such a fun and rewarding box of goodies to get every month in the mail. Sometimes they just feel like surprise goodie bags and you never know which item will be even better than the next one! This just keeps my blood pumping it’s so much of a great fun surprise, will all products that you know you’d at LEAST want to TRY.

Let’s take this box for example of how much we got for our money:

  • Full size OPI nail polish: $9
  • Full size tarte lipstick: $26

WE JUST MADE THE MONEY BACK FROM OUR BOX COMPLETELY & GAINED $14 WORTH IN PRODUCTS… and those are just TWO of the items from the full box!

All love & smiles :]

Mary Elyse