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

Marcia’s top 8 list from 2012 plus 1 worst

top8I’ve wanted to do a top 10 list for the longest time but I keep finding more and more items I used for the first time in 2012 so the list has been growing exponentially. I’m forcing myself to cut it down though so that I don’t bore the heck out of you. I know I’m going to regret leaving out some things but if I keep talking about them over and over (like Youngblood Cream blush, BB creams or It Cosmetics products) you’ll most likely click this post off. I might be sorry but the Top 10 is now the Top 8 plus 1 worst for 2012.

Algenist skincare – I haven’t reviewed everything I’ve tried yet from Algenist but with the three I have reviewed and the items I will be reviewing, I can say that this skincare line is my find of the year. As a beauty blogger I try a lot of skincare but few really grab my heart and my wallet. Algenist has done that with their Eye Renewal Balm and Ultra Lightweight UV Defense Fluid SPF 50 plus more that will be coming.

Algenist Eye Renewal Balm

Algenist Eye Renewal Balm

Anastasia – my first review for Anastasia was She Wears It Well eyeshadow palette. At the time I said that it seemed like so many of my other palettes. If that’s the case then why do I reach for it all the time? Then along came Want You to Want Me and that came with me to the Beauty Spotlight Team’s desert island. And don’t get me started on Kisses On My Lips since they are so amazing. Yes, Anastasia has won a place (or 3) on my 2012 favorites list.

Want You To Want Me

Want You To Want Me

Mont Bleu – the most beautiful items ever to own or give as gifts. I’m a huge Swarovski crystal fan so when I was sent a mirror and file from them I went a little nuts. I’d love to own one of everything they make.

Pink Flowers in the box

Pink Flowers in the box

Morning Glamour satin pillowcases – when I started this list I never had a clue that a pillow case would be part of my top items. But I like them that much. I just wish they’d come in King size too since a lot of people I recommend them too only have King size.

Morning Glamour

Morning Glamour

Nail polish – this is where I’m cheating because I’ve found brands in the past year that I’m crazy about. I haven’t reviewed them all yet but that will change in 2013. The ones I have reviewed and recommend are SoFlaJo, Color Me Monthly subscription box polishes, butter London, NCLA, A England, and Polish & Co to name just a few.

A-England Princess Sabra

A-England Princess Sabra

Subscription boxes – how could these not be on my 2012 list? I don’t dare add up what I spent on these. I love trying these in the hopes that I’m going to find a holy grail item. The one box I have had the most fun with is PopSugar Must Have. It’s not even cosmetic either. But there are so many items I’ve never tried before nor run across since I’m not a big shopper (outside of the cosmetic counters that is). This has been fun and of all the boxes the one I know I’m sticking with for 2013. The others may go, new ones may come, but PopSugar will remain. (Hint – I have a new exciting subscription box coming up soon that will be fun too.)

October from the popsugar.com website

October from the popsugar.com website

Sunday Riley – I’ve gone a little nuts with Sunday Riley products though not all have been reviewed. My favorite powder blush that I bought in 2012 though is Honest from Sunday Riley so I really needed to include this in my list.

Sunday Riley Honest blush

Sunday Riley Honest blush

Tarte – It’s exceptionally difficult not to list and list oodles of Tarte. There’s so much I love about the brand but for 2012 the best product is Maracuja Creaseless Waterproof Concealer. I’m mad about this concealer and during the last 30% off sale on tarte’s website I even bought a backup while knowing I won’t need it for a long time. But what if I misplace it?? I needed that backup!!

Tarte Maracuja Waterproof Concealer in Fair

Tarte Maracuja Waterproof Concealer in Fair

Now for my worst – Venus Spa razors. I hate spending the money on razor blades but they are a necessity. When I ran out this month I bought Gillette Venus Spa at Costco which contained a razor and 12 cartridges. I used one of the cartridges on my Venus razor and hated it from the first time I used it. These contain huge gel bars on the ends. Not only did I cut myself every time I used the razor but after 1 leg shave and 3 underarm shaves one end fell off. I usually get a few weeks out of a razor. It bothers me that I spent $30 on this and I will be returning it for the Venus Divine blades that I like.

Venus Spa blade new

Venus Spa blade new

Venus Spa after 3 showers

Venus Spa after 3 showers

 

I have to give one B.I.G. shout out to Makeup Wars. This series is so much fun and I’m so thrilled to be a part of it. I hope you’ve discovered a lot of new blogs and enjoyed reading these as much as I enjoy doing them. makeup wars holiday look logo

Thanks for reading my new favorites for 2012. I already have some items ready to review for 2013 that could easily be in the running for next year’s list so keep on reading!! — Marcia

Opening the December PopSugar Must Have box with glee

Pop Sugar Must Have box about to be opened

Pop Sugar Must Have box about to be opened

PopSugar Must Have December contents

PopSugar Must Have December contents

Is there anything more fun in December than opening up a box of surprises? Besides family of course! For me my box of surprises comes from PopSugar’s Must Have box. I’ve been looking forward to the December box since I assumed with Christmas, Chanuka, Kwanzaa and New Year’s coming up it might be filled with fun items. Let’s see if Santa had anything to do with this.

I’ve found in the past that there are categories that PopSugar seems to include: home, food, beauty, and lifestyle.

Home:

Bodum Bistro Insulated mugs

Bodum Bistro Insulated mugs

Bodum Bistro mugs

Bodum Bistro mugs

A boxed set of Bodum’s Bistro Double Wall Thermo-Glass Mugs – this is ready for gift-giving if you like since it’s boxed perfectly. Having an insulated mug is great since it keeps warm things warm and cold things cold. Plus these won’t break! It appears that this set costs $25. “The Bistro line is made of mouth-blown borosilicate glass known for its amazing insulating qualities. It is a perfect glass line for people enjoying a whole range of beverages, from ice cold drinks to espresso or café latte.”

Food:

Tea forte individual packaging

Tea forte individual packaging

Tea forte infusions

Tea forte infusions

Tea forte sampler box

Tea forte sampler box

A boxed sampler from Tea forte of 10 of their “most called-for” blends which includes Earl Grey, Black Current, White Ambrosia, White Ginger Pear, Green Mango Peach, Jasmine Green, African Solstice, Chamomile Citron, Raspberry Nectar and Ginger Lemongrass. Opening this box brings the most delicious scents. I can’t find an exact duplicate on the Tea forte site but a 10 bag set appears to have a value of about $12. This would be beautiful as a housewarming gift or last minute holiday gift. These aren’t bagged teas, these are a special triangular shaped tea infusion that makes it look so festive.

Bogdons Peppermint Pole Twists

Bogdons Peppermint Pole Twists

A box of Bogdon’s All Natural Peppermint Poles to which I say yum. It’s going to be hard to hold myself back from opening and eating these myself. There are 21 individually wrapped peppermint sticks that are covered in dark chocolate. It would also make a nice gift. These retail for $3.99.

Beauty:

Jaboneria Marianella soaps

Jaboneria Marianella soaps

 

Marianella soap

Marianella soap

Jaboneria Marianella Soaps The one I received is called Dama de la Noche and it’s in a pretty bright pink wrapper. This is a brand of luxury soaps made with goat milk. Dama de la Noche is a Rejuvenating Face and Body Bar. Another product ready to gift if you don’t want to use it yourself. A bar like this is especially nice for a linen closet to keep it smelling delicious. This retails for $14.

 

Lifestyle:

 

Pinch Provisions Minimergency kit

Pinch Provisions Minimergency kit

look at the great colors

look at the great colors

Pinch Miniergency

Pinch Miniergency

 

Pinch Minimergency closed

Pinch Miniergency closed

a peak inside

a peak inside

Pinch Provisions Minimergency Kit for Her. This is so cute!! This kit has 17 beauty and personal care essentials bundled in a small zippered bag. These come in the best colors and would make adorable gifts for bridesmaids or friends. Mine is a dark purple patent one with a wishbone on the zipper. It contains 17 must haves – hairspray, clear nail polish, nail polish remover, emery board, lip balm, earring backs, clear elastics, a mending kit, double sided Shemergency tape, stain remover, deodorant towelette, pain reliever, tampon, breath freshener, dental floss and an adhesive bandage. Would this be a cute item for a newly single friend? These sell for $15. Their website is loaded with cute gifts like a Dorm Survival Kit, Hemergency Kit and wedding kits. I think this is the star of the box personally. To see the contents of the box read Perilously Pale’s post about this. If I didn’t love it before, I sure would now.

 

GoSwype

GoSwype

GoSwype: In the PopSugar Must Have box there’s a single GoSwype cloth. This is really quite useful. It cleans things like your glasses, phone screen, tablet screen and handheld gaming devices. It’s antibacterial so it’s germ killing. They come in 20 designs for $1.99 each. GoSwype says it’s good for 2 weeks as far as the germ killing properties. It really would be a cute stocking stuffer.

Shopping:

PopSugar Must Have always has some shopping discount card included. This month it’s for $30 off your next rental at Rent The Runway. I notice in magazines all the time how some of the stars use Rent the Runway, maybe I can become a Starlet.

PopSugar Must Have Boxes cost $35 plus tax. This particular box has a value of $75 without the shopping. It really is a handy box for this December since it gives you a way to have a nice gift on hand for that unexpected time when you realize you either forgot someone or get something you didn’t expect. I’ve been very happy with my PopSugar Must Have buys even though I’ve never used 100% of the box. But it’s always fun to open and always fun to use. Plus I’ve gifted many of the items in them. I do have a code if you choose to sign up which would eventually entitle me to a free box. If you decide to sign up I’d be grateful if you used it: http://popsu.gr/yqR.

I hope you’ve enjoyed the grand opening of this box as much as I have. Now I have to go hide those Peppermint Poles so they’ll still be around when my company comes. — Marcia

What did the PopSugar Must Have box bring me for November?

PopSugar Must Have for November

Opening the PopSugar Must Have box for November reminds me of Oprah’s Favorite Things show without all the screaming. PopSugar is curated by a group of experts and they pick their favorite things each month. Like Oprah’s show though the favorites too have to be things that these companies are willing to “give” to the subscribers for the publicity.

The November box is a smaller box than last month’s, even the size of the actual container is smaller. It contains more than I first realized though. If you’ve seen my previous openings then you know they follow a pattern – fitness, food, beauty, adornment , brains and usually a coupon or two.

Mandy Ingber Yogalosophy DVD

Fitness- Mandy Ingber’s Yogalosophy DVD, an interesting choice that reminds me of the first box’s DVD on exercise. Mandy Ingber is Jennifer Aniston’s yoga teacher so I’m sure this is a great DVD if I did yoga (which I don’t!).

Stone Kitchen doughnut mix

Food – I’m glad I wasn’t hungry when I opened the box since the food wasn’t instant gratification like last month’s gummy bears. Instead it’s a Stonewall Kitchen Cinnamon Sugar Doughnut Mix. It’s pretty heavy and looks good. The problem is that you need a doughnut pan which I don’t have nor will I (even though I eyed it at Bed, Bath and Beyond the other day). (value $10)

La Boite spice mix trio

Recipe card for La Boite

In addition to the doughnuts there’s an unusual trio of spice mixes from La Boite. As a non-adventurous eater they don’t fit my style but they are interesting even if I’ve never heard of Reims, Cancale or Yemen.  Here’s what I found on two of the three: “Cappuccino or iced tea will sparkle with the warm ginger and top-of-the-line cinnamon in the Yemen blend and Reims is delicious rubbed on grilled meats or sprinkled into crock-pot stews.” And on Cancale: “Fleur de Sel, Orange, Fennel bring the fragrant breezes of the Mediterranean to your kitchen. Try this with fish dishes and whatever else strikes your fancy.” (Not sure of the value but I found one spice for $15)

Mor Lip Macaron

Beauty – a Mor lip balm called Macaron in French Vanilla. Nice, handy, but is that all? A cute tin of lip balm? Disappointing but the box doesn’t promise to be for beauty lovers. (Value $10)

 

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Gorjana leather bracelet shown open

Gorjana Parker leather bracelet

Adornment – an Oxblood leather Parker bracelet by Gorjana. This comes in a black box and is actually ready for gift giving. It’s a $55 value so that pays for the box.

 

Snow & Graham thank you cards

Brains- well sort of brainy, a package of thank you notes by Snow & Graham. Good timing with the holidays coming up. It’s a reminder of forgotten manners in this age of technology. (Value $15)

Canvas and Stylemint cards

Online shopping – There are two cards to order things. One is a $30 voucher at Canvas Pop to have a photo put on canvas.  The other is a card to order a tee shirt from Stylemint, which is one of the Olson twins companies. It’s actually a very Oprah thing to do since you get to pick your own size and color. Personally I could fit both of the Olson girls in one of my tee shirts since they are miniature sizes but my sister is a great candidate for this shirt. The only problem is that you have to join Stylemint to use the card.

Have you heard me screaming? I don’t think so but picture being in the audience of the show and you can imagine what you’d hear. It is interesting and will get some use but I’d probably wish I’d have been picked for last year’s show.  I got my $35 worth, it’s just not my personal “favorite” things. I am looking forward to the December box though and am hoping for a better beauty selection. Of all the subscription boxes I get this one is actually the most interesting and always filled with surprises. If these types of items (or the ones I’ve previously reviewed) look interesting I’d love it if you used my link which would help me earn a free box. More to review, more to give away in BIZ giveaways. Thanks! — Marcia

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