What brought me back to POPSugar Must Have?

After about 18 months of buying the POPSUGAR MUST HAVE Subscription box in 2012 and 2013 (reviews here) I decided it was time to move on. The items were always quality ones and I certainly got more than my money’s worth from the subscription but I realized I was keeping 1/3 and giving away 2/3 of the box so I decided to go on a hiatus. But I’m back and going to give it a few months to see whether the boxes changed and/or my taste changed. I started with the September box after seeing their teaser:

Too Faced Brow Envy Kit

Too Faced Brow Envy Kit

PopSugar Must Have sells for $39.95 and the Too Faced Brow Envy Brow Shaping & Defining Kit is $39. That meant I could try a new product plus whatever goodies would be in the subscription and come out ahead. I know that PopSugar only sends full size items that are from great companies so I had nothing to lose. Did it meet my expectations??

PopSugar Must Have for September 2015

PopSugar Must Have for September 2015

PopSugar takes inspiration from the latest fashions and fads when putting together a box. All boxes are the same and they are a blast to open. I try not to read other reviews because I love the surprises inside. September’s box turned out to have a value of $156. Let’s take a peek:

TOO FACED BROW ENVY SHAPING & DEFINING KIT ($39) This is a one size fits all kit. I’ve become brow obsessed in the last year after realizing that my brows are beyond sparse. The kit is interesting but far from perfect. It contains setting wax, a cream highlighter, blonde powder and brunette powder. There’s also a set of mini tools (brush, spoolie, tweezers) along with 3 eyebrow stencils and directions.

Too Faced Brow Envy

Too Faced Brow Envy

Too Faced Brow Envy  swatches

Too Faced Brow Envy swatches

Too Faced Brow Envy tools and stencils

Too Faced Brow Envy tools and stencils

I am not a fan of stencils though I have used them on occasion. I always feel I need a third hand to hold them in place while my real hands do the work. Plus it’s hard to get them to match my brow shape. That said I know some people who need to start from scratch so these can be extremely helpful for them. While my swatches are quite light, the powders apply much better on my eyebrows since they have something to grab onto and a brown base. This won’t take the place of my Pixi brow favorites but it’s a good kit for on the go.

ncLA SO RICH VITAMIN-E ENRICHED CUTICLE OIL ($18) is close to perfect for a subscription box like this. There’s no worrying if you get a color you don’t like or can’t wear (glitters for me) because this works for everyone. Other than nail bloggers I’m willing to guess that most of us don’t take care of our cuticles like we should. This conditioning oil goes a long way and it smells so yummy. When I get my nails manicured I have about a minute with a cuticle oil on so having this is a nice touch.

NCLA So Rich Vitamin-E Enriched Cuticle Oil

ncLA So Rich Vitamin-E Enriched Cuticle Oil

NCLA So Rich Vitamin-E Enriched Cuticle Oil

ncLA So Rich Vitamin-E Enriched Cuticle Oil

BRIOGEO ROSARCO MILK REPARATIVE LEAVE-IN CONDITIONING SPRAY ($20)  is a leave in conditioner that’s different than the ones I have. First of all, it really looks and feels like milk. It’s not the least bit sticky. While it’s a thin consistency you don’t need as much as you’d first think because it’s loaded with amazing ingredients that will help protect your hair from heat and the elements. It contains an antioxidant rich milky blend and nutrient packed argan, rose hip, and coconut oils. I remember when my blog partner Lisa reviewed Brigeo and fell in love with the brand. Now I can too.

Brigeo Rosarco Milk Reparative Leave-In Conditioning Spray

Briogeo Rosarco Milk Reparative Leave-In Conditioning Spray

So far we’ve hit a triple with three great products. Let’s see if the others can score a run for the home team! Next onto travel, fashion and food!

KRIS NATIONS “XO” STUD EARRINGS ($35) are the cutest earrings I’ve seen. XO of course means hugs and kisses and that’s what these will do to your ears. The packaging is great – they come in the cutest cork topped bottle. I love mini items. The only bad news about these recycled brass & plated with 14k gold earrings is that I don’t have pierced ears. Boo hoo. I’d wear these in a minute but my once pierced ears have closed up after I had an allergic reaction to metals.

Kris Nations "XO" Stud Earrings

Kris Nations “XO” Stud Earrings

Kris Nations "XO" Stud Earrings

Kris Nations “XO” Stud Earrings

One of my favorite items in the box is the HUDSON+BLEEKER LABYRINTH ONYX TRAVEL TRIO ($42). It’s TSA perfect. There’s a see through cosmetic bag big enough to hold a good amount of treasures along with 2 14″X12″ silky drawstring bags to hold things like your intimates and shoes in your luggage. These are so well made and so handy. They fold up easily back into the travel case to store until you need them again. I can see using these at home too for your “special” intimates that you don’t want co-mingling with the reggies.

Hudson+Bleeker Labyrinth Onyx Travel Trio pouch

Hudson+Bleeker Labyrinth Onyx Travel Trio pouch

Hudson+Bleeker Labyrinth Onyx Travel Trio bags

Hudson+Bleeker Labyrinth Onyx Travel Trio bags

Hudson+Bleeker Labyrinth Onyx Travel Trio

Hudson+Bleeker Labyrinth Onyx Travel Trio

Yes ladies and gents, we’ve scored! The only thing I can’t use are the adorable earrings but I’m sure they’ll find a home with one of my daughter-in-laws. To celebrate …. let’s eat!

NOURISH SNACKS ALMOND TO CHERRIES ($2 for 1.4 oz) is an absolutely delish snack that is totally my taste. Their website is loaded with mouth watering products that are gluten free, dairy free, GMO free and vegetarian. They were founded by Joy Bauer, the Today Show’s nutritionist. I need these to carry around with me to stop my cravings!

Nourish Snacks, Almond to Cherries

Nourish Snacks, Almond to Cherries

Nourish Snacks, Almond to Cherries

Nourish Snacks, Almond to Cherries

PopSugar September Must Have Box

PopSugar September Must Have Box

A winner!! I’m so happy that I resubscribed and hopefully I’ll be filled with joy on subsequent boxes. I do have a referral code that will help me earn money off future boxes if you decide to subscribe yourself.

What do you think of this PopSugar Must Have Box? Is this worth $39.95 to you? — Marcia

October's teaser

October’s teaser

Get a great hair day with our Briogeo Hair review and giveaway!

The philosophy behind the new natural prestige hair care line Briogeo can be summed up in one sentence: “Every woman should have beautiful, healthy hair without sacrificing safe and nurturing ingredients.”  All of their products have at least 95% natural and naturally-derived elements and are free of SLS, parabens, phthalates, silicones, mineral oil, artificial colors, and synthetic fragrance.

Briogeohair.com officially launched yesterday, September 3rd.  For the past few weeks, I have had the opportunity to test the Be Gentle, Be Kind Shampoo and the Don’t Despair, Repair! deep conditioning mask.  I am extremely impressed, which makes me even happier to tell you that Briogeo is sponsoring a fantastic giveaway for the BIZ!  One lucky BIZ reader will receive one of all four current Briogeo products.  Read on for my review and for directions on how to enter this great giveaway.

Briogeo

Briogeo Be Gentle, Be Kind Shampoo

Be Gentle, Be Kind Shampoo ($19) has a beautiful name that fits since it is great for any hair type, from fine to curly to colored to dry and damaged. While it is sulfate-free so it doesn’t strip hair, it still foams up beautifully. Here’s what else it has:

  • Green Tea: powerful scalp and hair antioxidant
  • Panthenol (vitamin 85): repairing essential hair vitamin
  • Avocado Oil: conditions and enhances shine
  • Bamboo Extract: enhances shine and strength of hair
  • Aloe Vera: soothes and nourishes the scalp
  • Rice Extract: enhances shine and strength of hair
  • Vitamin E: nutrient-rich, hair essential vitamin
  • Palm fruit extract: antioxidant; enhances shine
  • Soybean seed extract: antioxidant; scalp soother

I LOVE this shampoo. It gives my hair body like you wouldn’t believe. It has an extremely light, clean fragrance that doesn’t linger so those with major fragrance issues will be happy.

Briogeo Curl Charisma

Briogeo Curl Charisma Conditioner

The Curl Charisma Conditioner ($23) ­ is perfect if you have curly hair that tends to be frizzy. It smooths hair and gives curls terrific definition. Ingredients include:

  • Mollis leaf extract: softens and defines curls; aids in consistent curl formation
  • Tomato fruit ferment extract: encourages curl formation
  • Rice amino acids: deters frizz and strengthens hair
  • Shea butter: enhances sheen, softness, and body
  • Bamboo extract: enhances shine and strength of hair
  • Sweet almond oil: nourishes and hydrates hair; increases shine
  • Rosehip fruit oil: diminishes frizz and moisturizes hair and scalp
  • Vitamin E: nutrient-rich, hair essential vitamin
Briogeo

Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair!

Briogeo

inside Don’t Despair, Repair!

Don’t Despair, Repair! deep conditioning mask ($26) is a fantastic deep conditioner that can’t be overdone. It comes in a tub jar and I found I don’t need all that much to make my hair look extremely healthy and bouncy. It’s meant for chemically-treated, color-treated, dry, breaking, and/or damaged hair. Briogeo says that lab studies show 81% less hair breakage after 3 uses and I am not the least bit suprised. Here are more ingredients:

  • Argan oil: repairs, conditions and reduces frizz
  • Panthenol (vitamin B5): repairing essential hair vitamin
  • Avocado oil: conditions and enhances shine
  • Biotin: essential vitamin that promotes hair growth and strengthens hair
  • Sweet almond oil: nourishes and hydrates hair; increases shine
  • Rosehip fruit oil: diminishes frizz and moisturizes hair and scalp
  • Vitamin A: hair vitamin that replenishes and supports healthy hair growth
  • Keratin: increases moisture & elasticity levels and improves hair strength
  • Aloe Vera: soothes and nourishes the scalp

Like the Be Gentle, Be Kind shampoo, this has a super light fragrance that won’t bother even the most discerning noses.

Briogeo Blossom and Bloom

Briogeo Blossom and Bloom Conditioner

Blossom & Bloom ($23) is a volumizing conditioner that is particularly good for very fine and thin hair. The ingredients promote hair growth so you get both instant results and long term effects. I love how this conditioner uses Maltodexdrin (basically sugar!) to coat each strand, increasing hair volume. Pretty sweet!­ Here’s the info on all the ingredients:

  • Maltodextrin: enhances volume and body by coating each strand of hair to achieve a fuller-looking appearance
  • Collagen: increases the density and flexibility of the hair
  • Ginseng root: stimulates blood flow to the scalp to encourage hair follicle growth
  • Ginger root: stimulates the scalp and follicle to encourage hair growth
  • Biotin: essential vitamin that promotes hair growth and strengthens hair
  • Argan oil: repairs, conditions and reduces frizz
My Briogeo hair

My Briogeo hair – Be Gentle, Be Kind shampoo and Don’t Despair, Repair! conditioner

I love, love, love my Briogeo hair products. It isn’t even possible for me to be more impressed than I am with this line. I can’t recommend them highly enough…they get an A++++ from me.

Win the full monty!

Win the full monty!

Here’s your chance to win every product in this exciting new hair care line – it’s a great giveaway to win since these are products that truly perform.

This giveaway is open through Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. There are two required entries when we do a Rafflecopter and the rest are optional to give you extra chances to win. You can retweet daily too. All entries are verified before announcing the winner. Good luck…and good hair!!

*products received from Briogeo Hair

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