PopSugar Must Have box for November is loaded with gifts to give or keep

PopSugar Must Have November 2015

PopSugar Must Have November 2015

The theme of the November PopSugar Must Have subscription is

  • Friends & Family
  • Gratitude
  • Gifting
  • Festivities

There are so many items for November that will make great gifts, whether you are self-gifting or have friends and family that would enjoy some. I certainly am getting my money’s worth with this PopSugar Must Have box.

PopSugar Must Have November information

PopSugar Must Have November information

For my sister:  DEEPA GURNANI Katie Crystal Headband ($56).

Deepa Gurnani Katie Crystal Headband

Deepa Gurnani Katie Crystal Headband

Since this is a gift it’s still in the package. As much as I love this beautiful headband I rarely wear them but my sister does and this will be gorgeous on her. She often has to work early and needs a way to beautify her hair quickly and this stunning crystal headband will make a great gift for her. This is handcrafted in India and the detailing is perfect. The backside is made of material that will help keep it from slipping around.

For my older son: WEST EMORY BINGO SET ($20)

Bingo Set by West Emory

Bingo Set by West Emory

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This is the most elegant Bingo set I’ve ever seen. The cards are quite big and on heavy cardstock and the bingo markers are on silver cardstock. Everything about this particular game speaks adult and speaks quality. My son and his wife are big entertainers and always have people over. Games are a big part of their fun (especially once the wine and beer start flowing) and this coffee table game will be a big hit with him.

For my other son: TERRAPIN RIDGE FARMS Pecan Honey Mustard ($6)

Terrapin Ridge Farms Pecan Honey Mustard

Terrapin Ridge Farms Pecan Honey Mustard

This is my son who does all the cooking for his family. While my grandchildren wouldn’t go near anything made with this I know that this will be a great addition to his cooking repertoire. Since this is fat free (and gluten free) and that’s his number one criteria, I think he’ll enjoy this as part of his holiday gift.

Terrapin Ridge Farms Pecan Honey Mustard

Terrapin Ridge Farms Pecan Honey Mustard

For my sister-in-law: TARTE COSMETICS BEAUTY & THE BOX EYE SHADOW in Apple of My Eye ($22)

TARTE COSMETICS BEAUTY & THE BOX EYE SHADOW in Apple of My Eye

TARTE COSMETICS BEAUTY & THE BOX EYE SHADOW in Apple of My Eye

This new eyeshadow palette is part of a collection that Tarte is coming out with. My SIL is always amazed at the amount of makeup I have so it’s time to share. With these beautiful neutral shades from a cruelty free company this will definitely become the apple of her eyes.

Tarte Apple of My Eyes

Tarte Apple of My Eyes

For me: GRAMR GRATITUDE CO. Exclusive Thanksgiving Postcard Pack ($10)

Gramr Gratitude Co. Thanksgiving Postcard Pack

Gramr Gratitude Co. Thanksgiving Postcard Pack

This is a set of 5 large postcards with a Thanksgiving theme although several can be used any time. I’ve already used one to include in a gift and have plans for a second. These are really well made and unlike a souvenir postcard. What’s really a positive about buying from Gramr Gratitude is their giving back policy.

Gramr Gratitude Co.

Gramr Gratitude Co.

Hostess gift (or maybe just for me) CAPRI BLUE MERCURY JEWEL BOX in Rain ($18.95)

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Capri Blue Mercury Jewel Box in Rain

Capri Blue Mercury Jewel Box in Rain

This was the teaser for the November box. The candle from Capri Blue Candles is made from handblown recycled glass. Each box will be slightly different depending on the manufacturing of the glass. The top is made of recycled wood making this quite unusual.

Capri Blue Mercury Jewel Box in Rain

Capri Blue Mercury Jewel Box in Rain

Capri Blue Mercury Jewel Box in Rain

Capri Blue Mercury Jewel Box in Rain

I’m not a candle person but I’m oddly drawn to this. It smells mild and it becomes a keepsake box once you’ve burned the candle. Because of the imperfections of it being handmade I’m not sure if my holiday hostess will think I dragged this out of a closet for regifting which is why I’m on the fence about gifting this. But whoever ends up with it will surely enjoy it.

PopSugar Must Have November 2015 subscription

PopSugar Must Have November 2015 subscription

I had decided to give myself three months with PopSugar Must Have before deciding whether or not to continue. With a value of $133 for my $39.95 investment I think I came out ahead of the game so December’s box will be mine too. I love surprises and as long as they are items I can use or gift then it’s a fun box to get in the mail. Have you considered buying this subscription? Do you think it’s worth the money? — Marcia

If you decide to purchase a subscription for yourself or as a holiday gift I’d appreciate it if you could use my referral code.

The PopSugar October box contains just treats, no tricks

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Now here’s a box of goodness all from my subscription to PopSugar Must Have! Last month I gave you the lowdown on my return to PopSugar after about a year away from it. I missed the box and decided to try it for a 3 month period at which time I’ll reevaluate whether to continue. So far PopSugar Must have is batting about 75% as I loved last month’s box and I like this month’s box (though not quite as much).

PopSugar Must Have is a lifestyle box and not a beauty box. There’s a little bit of everything to make your life more complete. “What Inspired us for October? — Autumn, Restless Nights, Cozy, Irresistible, Breast Cancer Awareness”

Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling (PopSugar October 2015)

Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling (PopSugar October 2015)

Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling (PopSugar October 2015)

Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling (PopSugar October 2015)

Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling was the teaser for the October 2015 box. While I’ve never (gasp) watched Mindy Kaling on TV I certainly know a lot about her because I’m an avid magazine reader. The book looks fun and interesting, I’d never have picked it up on my own so I guess this will broaden my horizons a bit. The book retails for $25 but on Amazon it sells for $15 for hardcover and $12.99 for an ebook.

Savvy Sleeps Luxury Satin Pillowcase (PopSugar October 2015)

Savvy Sleeps Luxury Satin Pillowcase (PopSugar October 2015)

Savvy Sleepers, Luxury Satin Pillowcase is the first item I saw when opening the box since it was lying on top. A satin pillowcase is definitely a luxury item since they are pretty expensive. It’s also indirectly a beauty item as it helps prevent sleep wrinkles and protects your hair from breakage and ruining your style. I’m a restless sleeper and wake up with my hair all over the place but once a month I go for color and a blowout so this will get used on good hair days like that. This one is 100% satin and not a satin feel-alike. What’s unique about this pillowcase is that it has a secret pocket in it that you could use for aromatherapy or a stick a love note in for your sweetie. At $36 for just one it’s a nice treat all right.

Richer Poorer Hope Slipper Socks (PopSugar October 2015)

Richer Poorer Hope Slipper Socks (PopSugar October 2015)

Richer Poorer Hope Slipper Socks

Richer Poorer Hope Slipper Socks

To go along with your perfect night’s sleep, here are a pair of Richer Poorer slipper socks designed by PopSugar to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month. ($15)

  • Soft Fluffy Microfiber Material.
  • Non-Slip Silicon Grips on bottom of footbed.
  • Designed in support for the charity Right Action For Women.
  • Perfect for wearing when lounging around at home.

 

Easy Tiger, Brown Paper Liquor Bag Set (PopSugar October 2015)

Easy Tiger, Brown Paper Liquor Bag Set (PopSugar October 2015)

Easy Tiger comes from cardsforawesomepeople.com and they have some great items. Included in the October Box is a set of 4 paper bags that will fit a wine or liquor bottle with ease. With Thanksgiving and the winter holidays coming up these will come in very handy. This set of 4 bags is worth $8 since each bag is sold separately for $2 each. They even have one available for your beer buddies.

The Honest Company Sea Salt + Sugar Body Scrub

The Honest Company Sea Salt + Sugar Body Scrub

The Honest Company Sea Salt + Sugar Body Scrub

The Honest Company Sea Salt + Sugar Body Scrub

The Honest Company Sea Salt + Sugar Body Scrub ($16.95) is the first of two beauty products. I’ve bought cute diapers from The Honest Company but nothing else. This contains whole grain sugars and sea salts to exfoliate and shea butter and almond oils to hydrate. It sounds pretty great but the problem for me is that this is Lavender Vanilla and I really don’t like anything with lavender. I’m sad about that and I’m tempted to try it anyway but it will make a great gift for a friend. Unfortunately it’s the only fragrance that’s available.

  • Whole grain sugars and mineral rich Pacific sea salt provide gentle, yet deep exfoliation
  • Vanilla and lavender essential oils provide heavenly relaxation and a delightful indulgence for body and mind
  • Ultra hydrating shea butter and sweet almond oil deeply condition for silky softness
  • Leaves skin beautifully polished, hydrated, and glowing
  • All Natural • Mineral and Sugar Exfoliants • Hypoallergenic • Enriching
It's a 10 Miracle Leave-in Protect

It’s a 10 Miracle Leave-in Protect

It’s a 10 Miracle Leave-In Product is one of the first leave in conditioners I ever used. I remember when my hairdresser recommended it. I used it for a long time but didn’t replace it after I started trying so many brands of haircare. This particular size is 2 oz which will be great for travel especially. It will be interesting to see if it works as well as I remember it did. According to PopSugar this retails for $11.96 but you can find it for $8 for this size or about $14 for the 4 oz size.

Belgian Boys De Stroopwafel

Belgian Boys De Stroopwafel

It wouldn’t be a PopSugar Must Have Box without something good to eat. Last month I discovered the delicious Nourish Snacks and this month they send Belgian Boys De Stroopwafel caramel filled crispy cookies. I’m amazed actually that I got a picture of this because my grandson was enamored with these. He had these in his hand for hours – and he won! I did get a bite but that’s about all he shared with me of these amazing cookies. I hope I can find them locally; if I do I’ll hide them. (value $1.59).popsugar oct cardRight Action for Women was established by Christina Applegate after she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She wanted to encourage young women to understand how important it is to have breast cancer screening and to provide assistance to those in need.

A monthly subscription to PopSugar Must Have is $39.95. This month’s box is worth $125 (or $110 with the lower prices). In addition to the products there’s a $40 gift card to DanielleStevens.com to purchase something BUT there isn’t anything they carry that’s in that price range so I’m not counting it as part of the value. My money was well spent since I’ve made my little guy happy, I’ve got things I’ll enjoy and I have a few gifts to give. Not bad. I can’t wait to see what November brings. I know for sure there’s an eyeshadow palette.

What’s your favorite item the October PopSugar Must Have box? Any treats you see? — Marcia

*I pay for my own box but I have used an affiliate link to PopSugar to hopefully pay for a future box in case you decide to subscribe. Thanks!

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

April’s PopSugar Must Have box – must you have this??

The April version of the PopSugar Must Have bag isn’t really a must have for me. I’ve had it about a week though and it’s slowly growing on me. Initially when I opened the box my heart sort of sank. It just didn’t look like anything that was worth $35 to me. My feelings have changed and I like the box but I can’t say I love it or would have purchased it if I’d had a preview.

PopSugar Must Have for April 2013

PopSugar Must Have for April 2013

I’ve reviewed almost all of the PopSugar Must Have boxes that I’ve bought. I’ve used a lot of the items in the boxes but I’ve also given away a lot of the items. PopSugar picks a theme and puts in items according to the theme. All boxes are exactly the same unlike some of the beauty subscriptions like Glossybox and Birchbox. I’ve only gotten one box so far that I’d consider to be beauty oriented. These are lifestyle boxes. April’s theme is for Earth Day (April 22nd) so it’s in the eco spirit.

Here are the items in the April PopSugar Must Have Box; their website’s picture makes it look like a bigger box than it actually is. Kai Perfume Oil (value $48); Shashi Nugget Bracelet ($30); Tatchi Evening Blotting Papers ($15); Alter Ego Dark Chocolate Quinoa bar (?? maybe $3-5); The Green Garmento All In One Bag ($10). This equals approximately $105 which places it right about where PopSugar says the value will be.

My opinions:

Kai Perfume Oil – I’m sure this is nice, it’s got a nice value for it. But I personally don’t wear fragrance so this will be either gifted or put in a Beauty Info Zone prize box. I’m probably in the minority when it comes to fragrances in subscription boxes but it’s the one thing I never want. Kai is a “light, fresh smell of gardenia and white exotic flowers.”

Kai perfume oil

Kai perfume oil

Kai Perfume OIl

Kai Perfume OIl

Shashi Nugget Bracelet – this is very cute but there’s a B.U.T. here. It’s meant to be worn stacked. They show these bracelets on their website along with other bracelets. So if you loved it and wanted it to have a certain look, it’s going to cost you more. Of course you might have other bracelets that it would look good with so it might not be a problem. The boxes had either cobalt, turquoise or gray. Even though their website shows it should be available in 6 colors, all that’s available at this writing is turquoise.  It’s 1/8th inch wide, has adjustable sizing and it’s the cord that holds the nugget that’s the turquoise shade.

Shashi bracelet

Shashi bracelet

Tatcha Evening Blotting Papers – I received Tatcha Blotting Papers once before from them. It’s nice, it’s beauty, it’s sort of special because of the brand. I’m just not thrilled. What makes these the “night” ones is that they are smaller so they fit into your clutch.

Tatchi Evening Blotting Papers

Tatcha Evening Blotting Papers

Alter Ego Dark Quinoa Organic Chocolate bar – I love dark chocolate. Here’s what they say about it “Delicious chocolate with the perfect amount of crunch, it’s also 100% Organic & Fair Trade Certified — so treat yourself without the guilt.” I guess if I pretend it’s Rice Krispies and it’s not healthy I might like it more. (Actually I did like it, it’s a very dark chocolate taste with a touch of crunch.)

Alter Ego Dark Quinoa Organic Chocolate bar

Alter Ego Dark Quinoa Organic Chocolate bar

Green Garmento All in One bag – If you are a fan of Shark Tank then you might have seen the company on the show. I think it’s very smart of them to get into a box like this. It gets their name out to a lot of people that might not know of them or glossed over them. When I saw what this big black thing was in my box I was a bit dismayed but I’m glad I have it. I’m going to use it for travel since it’s sturdy enough for that but they recommend that you drop off your dry cleaning in the bag and tell the cleaners to replace it in the bag and skip the plastic. Not a bad idea. They also make these longer if you needed it for maxi dresses or gowns. It says POPSUGAR on it in bright pink so your significant other may not want to take it on a business trip but it’s actually pretty handy.

Green Garmento All in One bag

Green Garmento All in One bag

Green Garmento All in One bag

Green Garmento All in One bag

April’s box brought Food (eh), Beauty x 2 (ok, not exciting), Fashion (not sure about this) and Lifestyle (my favorite item in the box). It wasn’t a great box but it wasn’t awful. You can get $5 off your first box by using the code REFERFRIENDS5. If you do order I’d love you forever if you used my referral code (http://popsu.gr/yqR). What do you think you’d enjoy from this box? Is it enough to get you to buy one yourself in spite of my “meh” review? — Marcia

PopSugar Must Have box for March – spring has arrived

PopSugar Must Have for March 2013

PopSugar Must Have for March 2013

It’s reveal time for PopSugar’s March Must Have box. The surprise is that I received it on March 9th which is way early for them. Each month PopSugar has a theme and this month the theme is SPRING. I can certainly use some spring in my life! According to PopSugar they are “sharing one of the hottest trends of the season, A Hollywood fashion savior, a new way to make your lashes pop, and the best way to wash some of your most beloved articles of clothing. We’re also featuring a nostalgic Spring treat and making sure your next wine party has some festive flair.”

The categories for this month are home, food, beauty and fashion.

The Laundress Speciality Soap is the most obvious product in this box. It’s quite large at 16 fl. oz. The product in my box is their Delicate Wash in the scent Lady.

The Laundress Delicate Wash

The Laundress Delicate Wash

It can be used for both hand washing and machine washing and is formulated to help save you money on dry cleaning bills. Different boxes might have received their Denim Wash or their Wool & Cashmere shampoo. This sells for $19 and is full size. It appears to be a great product though it is fragranced with amber, citrus and herbal notes. I think I’ll wash a sweater of my husband’s first to see how I tolerate the scent.

Heather Belle Signature Tassel Necklace comes in a black and gray striped gift box which makes it nice if it’s not your style. The golden necklace is about 35″ long and the tassel adds another 4 inches. It comes down almost to my waist. While I don’t see this on their website I’d estimate it to cost about $80 when compared to the prices of the other items they carry. I’m getting quite a collection of costume jewelry lately!

Heather Belle tassle necklace

Heather Belle tassle necklace

Heather Belle tassle necklace

Heather Belle tassle necklace

The cutest item in the box is the Corkatoo Corkscrew. It comes in its own plastic case and is a colorful double hinged opener. This particular corkscrew is not on the True Fabrications website although they have some nice ones there, just not as cute as the Corkatoo. I’m estimating this at $12 though it’s really just a guess. I think this would make a great gift if invited over for dinner or a party.

Cockatoo Corkscrew

Cockatoo Corkscrew

Buxom Sculpted Lash Mascara is the beauty item I first noticed. I’ve yet to try a Bare Escentuals mascara so I’m looking forward to using this. I’m on the last week or so of my current mascara so the timing is great.

Buxom Sculpted Lash Mascara (sephora.com)

Buxom Sculpted Lash Mascara (sephora.com)

It has an “S” shaped brush (their picture is clearer than mine) and is $19.00 at Sephora. I hope this works out for me and I can do a full review of it.

Another beauty product is in the box and I’m excited about this one. It’s a two pack of The New Black Nail Polish. I can’t begin to tell you how many times I’ve had packages of The New Black in my hand to buy or in a beauty.com or sephora.com cart but never pushed the trigger. My particular set is called Pardon My French and the colors are great looking metallics. These are mini polishes and a two piece set (not this one) is $10. They are the company that I first noticed having sets for ombre nails. Pardon My French contains a silvery light denim and a light metallic green). On my nail wheel they applied like a dream and I can’t wait to wear these. They don’t normally sell sets of two unless you want one of the Glimmer Twin sets. A set of 5 sells for $22, a set of 3 for $14. The light blue in my set appears to be similar to one of the shades in Horizon which I’ve had my eye on for a while and the green as one in the Waves set.pops march polish2

The New Black Pardon My French duo

The New Black Pardon My French duo

The New Black polish swatches

The New Black polish swatches

For fashion they have two items; one is considered an extra. Hollywood Fashion Secrets Sweater Saver is a tool to remove pills from clothing. While it’s nice, if you’ve ever tried a Lilly brush, this doesn’t compare (review coming soon). This sells for $5.99 and is becoming easier to find lately. The other product from Hollywood Fashion Secrets is their Fashion Tape and this is a small assortment pack. This can be a lifesaver and it’s small enough to stick in a makeup bag. There are 4 pieces in the package. I’ve tried a lot of products from Hollywood Fashion Secrets and have been impressed with them all.

Hollywood Fashion Sweater Saver

Hollywood Fashion Sweater Saver

Hollywood Fashion Tapes sampler

Hollywood Fashion Tapes sampler

And a PopSugar MustHave box wouldn’t be complete without food. Now they didn’t get fancy this month. Instead they became nostalgic with PEEPS. 5 cute yellow chickies all ready to eat. This approximately $1 treat is best slightly stale in my opinion!!

Peeps!!!

Peeps!!!

As I’ve stated before the PopSugar Must Have boxes cost $35 a month which includes shipping but not tax. This particular box is worth about $149 in my estimation. With just the Buxom mascara, nail polish and Peeps I have basically what I paid but I also have a high end bottle of fabric shampoo, a nice looking trendy necklace, a sweater saver and the cutest corkscrew. All in all I’m happy with this and will continue this subscription. It’s fun!!

To subscribe I’d really appreciate it if you used my link (which is my referral code of http://popsu.gr/yqR ) which would help me get a free subscription. You can also use the code REFERFRIENDS5 to get $5 off your own subscription. If you haven’t read my other reviews on PopSugar Must Have you might enjoy them and see what treasures they come up with month after month. — Marcia

I purchased this myself, there is a referral link in the review.

 

 

 

February PopSugar Must Have – is it love?

February PopSugar Must Have

February PopSugar Must Have

My February PopSugar Must Have box arrived on Valentine’s Day so the timing was good. Their mission is to spoil you the month of Valentine’s Day. Let’s see if they spoiled me.

contents of the box

contents of the box

Each month the PopSugar Must Have box costs $35 plus tax. I probably should have bought a subscription to save money but I always think I’m going to cancel – and then I never do. The January box was not a Marcia box. The February box is a little better for my taste but not my dream box. Since it was a valentine month I would have been happier with something with hearts but then again I have a heart fetish.

Two items shout out V Day though – Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks ($7.27 at amazon.com) and Sweetheart Conversation Hearts (maybe $1). It wouldn’t be V Day without chocolate though so they included a box of Mariebelle’s New York’s chocolate. This is a shop in SoHo that makes some great looking candy. They are small balls of chocolate that you could snack on or put on a dessert. They’d probably be great with those mini marshmallow bits from last month over ice cream. They appear to be $12 but it’s awfully small for $12! They come in 4 flavors and mine is dark chocolate (yes!).february ps book

Mariebelle New York's Tresor Box and Sweethearts Conversation Hearts

Mariebelle New York’s Tresor Box and Sweethearts Conversation Hearts

One small cosmetic item this month – Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain. The shade I received is Honey which is – ta da – the shade I bought when they first came out. Look for this in an upcoming giveaway. (Retail $7.50)

Revlon Just Bitten Balm Stain in Honey

Revlon Just Bitten Balm Stain in Honey

Other Revlon Balm Stain shades

Other Revlon Balm Stain shades

Now onto lifestyle (??) – Connoisseurs Quick Jewelry Cleaner (about $6). This is something I’ll absolutely use. It comes with a short toothbrush for scrubbing.

Connoisseurs Quick Jewelry Cleanser

Connoisseurs Quick Jewelry Cleanser

Last are two items that you can wear. First is a one size fits all (except me most likely) Hanky Panky ($20). I’ve heard great things about Hanky Panky, this is the original rise thong. It comes with a gift with purchase card for a Zoya Polish that is made just for HP.

Hanky Panky

Hanky Panky

Here's the code!!

Here’s the code!! click to enlarge

One of my all time favorite PopSugar Must Have items was a scarf from Brokedown. I’m not alone in that feeling since PopSugar says it was the most popular item they’ve put in a box. Therefore they included a bath wrap that is launching exclusively here first. It’s available for presale ($84) in white, blue, pink, fuschia and black. I’ve got plans for this in a future review!!

Brokedown Wrap

Brokedown Wrap

february ps bathwrapThe “value” of the box is $138 without the download or polish or Brokedown discount. At $35 I came out ahead, if I use it that is.

You can use the code REFERFRIEND5 to get $5 off your first box. If you do decide to subscribe, even for a month, please use my referral code, http://popsu.gr/yqR. I’ve earned an upcoming free box and am hoping to now earn a second so if you are considering this I’d be happy if you used my link.

What do you think of this month’s box? Are there things you’d be thrilled about? — Marcia

 

 

 

Pop Sugar January Box revealed

PopSugar Must Have box for January 2013

PopSugar Must Have box for January 2013

It was bound to happen. I’ve enjoyed all my PopSugar Must Have boxes but the January one is just not me. It’s other people for sure but not Marcia.  The theme of the box is Happy New Year (I know, I’m late!) and it’s meant to give you a fresh start with resolutions. But these aren’t my resolutions. I made resolutions like not buying the same shades over and over (failed by the way) and keeping my lips in better shape (doing good on this one) but not feeling the burn.

PopSugar Must Have contents for January

PopSugar Must Have contents for January

Every month so far there’s been something for exercise and January was no different. What took up the majority of the box is a pilates ball “Merrithew Stability Ball”. It’s to work your core area and there’s a card in the main box with 6 tips for using the ball. As they say “it’s an essential piece of equipment for any home gym” but my home gym is non-existent.  Last month I sent my friend the CD for yoga but this is too big to mail so I’ll ask my family if they want it. I seriously won’t use it. $36.99  january pop ball

The second resolution they want to help you resolve is keeping on time so they’ve included a very nice watch called The Remix Timebomb. Mine is a bright blue, the silicone straps make it easy to keep clean. But I don’t wear a watch anymore and if I did, it would be one of my good ones. I appreciate this in the box even though it’s not my style. $44.95 january pop watch

Then there’s food galore in the box. Popbar Hot Chocolate on a Stick in both Milk and Dark Chocolate. Now I’d love to just eat this as a chocolate bar but I’m not a hot beverage person. Plus I’d rather eat my calories than drink them. $2.99 each on Amazon.com january pop choc

To go along with your hot chocolate there’s a jar of Kraft Jet Puffed Mallow Bits. These look like what are in kids cereal and will probably find their way into my mouth some insomnia night! Better yet I should bake chocolate chip cookies and put these in there too. Now that would make these worthwhile. (probably under $3 at a grocery store)

PopSugar Must Have food galore

PopSugar Must Have food galore

There are 3 different Think Thin Bars. My box has a snack one called Divine in Dark Chocolate Coconut which looks pretty darn good; there’s a protein bar in Creamy Peanut Butter with 0g sugar, 20 g protein and gluten free plus the third one is Think Thin Crunch in “caramel chocolate dipped mixed nuts”. Hey maybe this box isn’t quite worthless after all. Bars are between $1.69 and $1.99.january pop bar

The last item is Epicuren Discovery Lip Balm; a good choice for winter. This has SPF 15 and contains tea tree oil and aloe vera ingredients. This .25 oz jar costs $8.50 on Amazon.com.january pop balm

There’s always some kind of coupon and this one is from Casetagram. It’s $15 off a purchase. You can make customized phone and tablet cases from Casetagram for $35-$40 for phones. I’ve yet to use a coupon but I’d sort of love to see my grandson on my iPhone case.january pop coupon

The boxes cost $35 plus tax (mine was $37.10) and usually come toward the end of each month. The value of January’s box is approximately $102 but that’s if you use it all. If you read the comments on the PopSugar Must Have site you’ll realize that this box was filled with Must Haves for some but not for everyone. That’s the chance you take. If this box or any of the others I’ve reviewed make you interested in PopSugar Must Have I’d love it if you used my referral code http://popsu.gr/yqR. You can use the code REFERFRIENDS to get $5 off your first order. So far I haven’t gotten a free box but I’m not giving up. — Marcia