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

Anastasia Beauty Express for Brows and Eyes

Anastasia Beauty Express for Brows and Eyes

Anastasia Beauty Express for Brows and Eyes

My sister is a makeup artist and the only thing she ever criticizes about me (lovingly of course) is that I don’t apply eyebrow makeup often enough. She’s absolutely right and it’s a habit I have to break. I find that try as I may, too many products end up looking unnatural on me. But I’m not giving up and my goal is to perfect eyebrow application. Luckily Anastasia Beverly Hills has sent some products for review.

My first step is with the Anastasia Beauty Express for Brows and Eyes set. This is a great set especially if you need to shape your eyebrows. It contains almost everything you need, it’s only missing a tweezers. Inside the faux leather kit are 5 stencils, brow products and a great angled brush to apply the products.

Anastasia Beauty Express stencils

Anastasia Beauty Express stencils

Anastasia Beauty Express brow stencil

Anastasia Beauty Express brow stencil

The stencils cover the different shapes that your current brows could be. There are directions to teach you how to use the stencils to change the shape to perfection. The 5 stencils are: Petite Arch, Medium Arch, Slim High Arch, Full Arch and High Arch. For me the Medium Arch is the best fit.

Anastasia Brow Express cosmetics

Anastasia Brow Express cosmetics

The brow products are double duty products. You use them at first with the stencils to shape the first time or to keep your brows precise several times a month as needed. They are also what you’ll use on a daily basis to fill in your eyebrows. There is a brow wax cream, a double sided brow powder and an eyeshadow duo.

Anastasia brow brush from set

Anastasia brow brush from set

Directions in the top of the palette

Directions in the top of the palette

What I do after my brows are cleaned up is to put a little of the brow wax on the brush and go over my eyebrows. The set I have is Brunette and the colors are good ones for my hair (it also comes in Blonde). I find that I have to fill in my brows a little darker towards the front because they aren’t full there. I pick up the lighter tone and fill in my arch area. I go over the front with the lighter tone too to make it all blend and look more natural. Sometimes I just blend the two colors together on the brush instead of using them separately. The eyeshadow duo hasn’t gotten a lot of use from me but the colors are great for your browbone and enhancing the inner corner of the eye to lighten and brighten. Since using eyebrow makeup isn’t a built in habit yet I’m happy to have the directions as part of the palette for reminders.

Anastasia Beauty Express for Brows and Eyes is $39.50 and you get a lot for the money. It’s a great beginner set for those of us who need direction and brow shaping. The products in it contain a sample of what makes Anastasia Beverly Hills a leader in eyebrows. It’s also great for travel since it’s all in one.

You’ve seen my before in my Joey Healy review and in my pictures throughout the last three years. Now I’ll share my after. I’m still learning but Anastasia Brow Express is making it easy. What Anastasia items have changed your brows? — Marcia

Brows filled in with Anastasia Beauty Express

Brows filled in with Anastasia Beauty Express

the other eye!

the other eye!

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