I’m always super excited when I see the new Pop Sugar Must Have box on my doorstep, but this month’s box wasn’t really the most interesting for me. I think last month’s box was a lot better. The July box had some cool items … some things I wouldn’t normally buy for myself, so I guess that’s a good thing since I like discovering new products, and I’m definitely going to be using most of these items, I just think that the box overall was a bit blah. I’m really not complaining, especially since the Must Have boxes are usually so awesome, this one was just not the best (in my humble opinion).
This month’s Must Have box was a very summery July theme, complete with items for the beach, brightly-colored foodie accessories, and yummy toasted coconut snacks. The other side of this card (above) details each item featured for the month, I just didn’t use the photo for that side because it didn’t come out clear enough!
The first item was a pair of these super fun salad servers. French Bull Ziggy Salad Servers ($12 for set of two; frenchbull.com) are scratch- and shatter-resistant and dishwasher safe so they will last for a longggg time. I’m loving the cute zigzag pattern, but they also come in three more colorful patterns that are available on the French Bull website.
My favorite item this month was actually this pack of super cute chevron-patterned paper straws. I have actually been meaning to pick up paper straws just like these for awhile now because I have seen a lot of cute DIY projects online that use them, so, even though they might seem like a boring subscription box item (“a pack of straws??”), I will definitely be putting them to use.
ACME Party Box Company Chevron Straws ($7 for pack of 24; acmepartybox.com) are described as “old-fashioned paper straws” that will “make any occasion feel extra-special!” They’re one of those “too pretty to use”-type products — and I would much rather have them on display somehow than to use them in a drink (that’s where the DIY projects come in!).
Okay I’m still not exactly sure how I feel about this one. I’m not exactly a hat girl … although this one is described as a “beach hat” to protect you from the summer heat. Either way, I still don’t think I’ll be wearing it. I don’t know, maybe. I haven’t really tried it. I feel like my hair needs to be a little longer to wear a hat … like, down to my hips. Then maybe it would look cute?
Michael Stars Sea Grass Crusher Hat ($48; michaelstars.com) is made from knotted sea grass and has a faux leather band wrapped around it with two buttons at the end. The dark brown color I received (above) looks like it might be exclusive to Pop Sugar, or it’s just not available on the website. The website features two different colors — a cobblestone blue-ish gray and a natural straw shade.
These “chips” were actually a LOT yummier than I thought they would be. I’m not a huge fan of some coconut-flavored foods (I definitely don’t like coconut in my chocolate, and I’m not really feeling the coconut water craze), but there are some other coconut foods that I loooooveee, like Thai coconut milk-infused soups, or toasted coconut in or on pretty much anything. These chips were awesome, and what I liked most about them is that they’re crunchy on the outside, and then you get a slightly softer feeling in the center of the chip from the meaty flesh of the coconut. I’m about to buy the 3.2-oz. family size bag on Amazon because these chips are my new favorite snack.
Dang Foods Toasted Coconut Chips (~$3 for 1.43-oz. bag; dangfoods.com) are non-GMO, gluten-free and vegan “chips” that can be eaten straight out of the bag or sprinkled onto just about anything (ice cream, yogurt, oatmeal, salads, etc.) for a delicious treat. Coconut “meat” (copra) is high in fiber and provides “loads of energy”, making these chips an even more awesome snack.
I guess any good summer subscription box should have some kind of sunscreen in it, but I’m stocked up on enough sunscreen to get me through to next summer, so this was another not-so-exciting part of the July Must Have box for me. The after-sun lotion, on the other hand, I will definitely be using. It is infused with aloe, Vitamin E and cocoa butter to help soothe skin and preserve your tan.
Sun Bum SPF 30 Moisturizing Sunscreen Lotion ($15.99 for 8 oz.; shop.trustthebum.com) is described as a “moisturizing sunscreen formula” that will protect your skin from harmful UVA/UVB rays while enriching skin with Vitamin E, which helps to neutralize free radicals (the main cause of premature skin aging).
Sun Bum Cool Down Hydrating After Sun Lotion ($11.99 for 8 oz.; shop.trustthebum.com) is enriched with soothing Aloe and Vitamin E to provide “an intense hydration to gently restore the skin’s natural moisture balance,” in a light, non-greasy formula that absorbs quickly, leaving skin soft and smooth.
Another product that’s not so exciting, but useful nonetheless. I have been meaning to buy a new jump rope and this one is perfect. Jump rope workouts are fast and efficient and it’s the perfect workout to get in in the morning before a busy day.
TKO Jump Rope With Soft Grip Handles (~$13; tko.com) are perfect for a quick workout sesh and you can burn up to 170 calories in just 15 minutes. This one has soft grip handles so you can jump rope in comfort 🙂
The last item this month was a “Special Extra” product from Revlon — a new mascara with high-shine, ultra black fibers.
Revlon Bold Lacquer Length & Volume Mascara ($7.99 for 0.24 oz.; drugstore.com) contains a lacquer film technology and intense color pigments that deliver a “lustrous, deep color to lashes,” and a “lash stretch” brush that pulls the high-shine, lengthening fibers “from root to tip and beyond.”
Pop Sugar Must Have is a monthly lifestyle subscription box that costs $39.95 per month. They feature a range of items from beauty to fashion to home decor, fitness, food and more, and all items are full-sized (so it’s well worth the price!). To join, click here, or visit musthave.popsugar.com for more info 🙂