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

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.