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Pop Sugar Must Have May 2014 Review + Photos

Pop Sugar Must Have May 2014 Review + Photos. Monthly beauty, fashion, lifestyle subscription box review. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Pop Sugar Must Have May 2014 subscription box

I usually love my Pop Sugar Must Have box every month, well, I love pretty much all of the subscription boxes I receive, but the Pop Sugar box always has an awesome mix of all full-sized products and it’s probably the box I look forward to the most. It costs a bit more than a lot of the other boxes (at $39.95/month), but it’s definitely worth it because it isn’t a sampling service — you’re actually receiving all full-sized items (many of them are new), ranging from fashion to beauty to fitness, food, jewelry, etc.

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Pop Sugar Must Have arrives in this big pink and white box every month

This month’s Pop Sugar box wasn’t the most exciting, but there were still a bunch of products I really like and the best part, for me, is receiving products that I normally wouldn’t buy for myself (like the Citrus Zinger) and discovering new products (like the beachy-scented perfume spray).

Hi I'm Skinny Sticks Multi-Grain Sweet Onion review and photos. Pop Sugar Must Have May 2014 Review + Photos. Monthly beauty, fashion, lifestyle subscription box review. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Hi I’m Skinny Sticks Multi-Grain Sweet Onion

First up is the Must Have Food item of the month — these crunchy, airy, multi-grain, sweet onion-flavored snack sticks. These are okay. I like healthy food but I don’t like healthy food when it tastes too healthy. These are good because you get that satisfying crunch that you normally would from a potato chip (with 40% less fat), but they still taste a little too …. healthy. The sweet onion taste is kind of blocked by the taste of the multi grain, in my humble opinion. You can still taste the sweet onion flavor, but the overall flavor that I got was the multi grain.

Hi I’m Skinny Sticks Multi-Grain Sweet Onion ($4 for 7-oz. bag or $35.88 for a case of 12; hiimskinny.com) are described as a “super tasty and healthy alternative to chips and cookies,” with 40 percent less fat than potato chips, 15g of whole grains per serving, and under four calories per stick. These all-natural snacks are packed with “all kinds of grains” including whole ground corn, rice, oat flour, and barley.

Zing Anything Citrus Zinger review and photos.  Pop Sugar Must Have May 2014 Review + Photos. Monthly beauty, fashion, lifestyle subscription box review. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Zing Anything Citrus Zinger

I’m definitely excited about this citrus zinger because I have been wanting to make my own drinks for a few summers now …. just never really got around to it (like so many other things). This zinger is a very simple little device, really. You just press lemons, limes, or any other citrus directly into your water and you have your own refreshing drink. I just bought a lemon-scented/flavored leaf plant for the garden (I forgot the name of it), and those leaves are going to infuse an awesome flavor into the drinks I make with this thing.

Zing Anything Citrus Zinger ($16.99 for one zinger; zinganything.com) is a simple, easy-to-use zinger specifically designed for citrus fruits like lemons, limes, clementines, and more. You can easily extract juice and flavor from citrus fruits to infuse them directly into your water bottle and create delicious lemonades, limeades, and orangeades. This zinger can be used with your on-the-go water bottle and enhance your water with vitamin C and flavonoids. The Zing Anything website has detailed instructions for how to use and wash the zinger, plus recipes to make a bunch of different drinks.

Tone It Up One Day Fat Blast and Kerry Cassill Eye Mask review and photos. Pop Sugar Must Have May 2014 Review + Photos. Monthly beauty, fashion, lifestyle subscription box review. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Tone It Up One Day Fat Blast and Kerry Cassill Eye Mask

These next two items were kind of … meh. The DVD is okay, and I’ll definitely be using it, but these get boring after awhile and I would really much rather go to my dance, yoga, and pilates classes to get fit. An eye mask is something I have never used and I have a feeling I probably won’t be using it because I usually pass out every night in my bed still half typing on my laptop. Hee.

Tone It Up One Day Fat Blast ($15 for one DVD; toneitup.com) contains two “fat-burning, calorie-smashing workouts” with the ladies from Bravo’s Toned Up. Each calorie-blasting workout is only 30 minutes long, so even the busiest of girls can fit in a quick workout sesh.

Kerry Cassill Eye Mask ($24 for one mask; kerrycassill.com) is made of soft voile cotton and comes in a bunch of different colors/patterns “so you can sleep peacefully.”

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Pool Boy Nail Lacquer review and photos. Pop Sugar Must Have May 2014 Review + Photos. Monthly beauty, fashion, lifestyle subscription box review. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Pool Boy Nail Lacquer

I was really excited about this next item because I needed a new, pretty, bright blue polish for the summer. I also haven’t used any polishes from Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics before, so I was excited to try this one out. The smell kind of threw me off when I opened it up, and I thought that it was formulated with all the icky stuff that so many nail polish companies have been straying away from, but a quick reading of the bottle assured me that this polish is 100% vegan, cruelty-free, and formulated without all the questionable ingredients.

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Nail Lacquer ($10 for 0.5 oz.; sephora.com) is described as a “nail lacquer in a professional formulation and modern color palette.” These polishes come in over 40 different densely pigmented, quick-drying, and “super long-lasting” shades.

Smell Bent St. Tropez Dispenser review and photos. Pop Sugar Must Have May 2014 Review + Photos. Monthly beauty, fashion, lifestyle subscription box review. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Smell Bent St. Tropez Dispenser

So the last item in this month’s Pop Sugar Must Have box ended up being my favorite. I am in LOVE with the beachy smell of this fragrance spray, and I have even been spritzing it around my room and car, essentially having this scent all over everything I own. My puppy even smells like this spray now since it rubs off on him after I cover him in hugs. I think this is the kind of scent that a lot of people might not really like — it’s like a mix of the beach, tanning lotion, some coconut, and jasmine — but I love it and I’m going to check out more fragrance sprays from Smell Bent to see what else they have to offer.

Smell Bent St. Tropez Dispenser review and photos. Pop Sugar Must Have May 2014 Review + Photos. Monthly beauty, fashion, lifestyle subscription box review. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Smell Bent St. Tropez Dispenser

Smell Bent St. Tropez Dispenser ($45 for 1.7 oz.; smellbent.com) is described as having an “intoxicating blend of jasmine absolute and fresh coconut aromas” — it’s pretty much the beach in a bottle. This fragrance spray contains notes of jasmine, fresh coconut, aloe vera, and vintage musk. Like I said before — I don’t think this scent is for everyone, but I am certainly enjoying it.

 

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This month wasn’t my favorite Pop Sugar Must Have box, but I really liked three of the items (the nail polish, the fragrance spray, and the citrus zinger). As far as value goes, this box definitely surpassed the $39.99 price (as do all Pop Sugar Must Have boxes). I’m just looking forward to what the June box has to offer; if one month is kind of meh, then the next month is usually a lot better.

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Pop Sugar Must Have is a monthly beauty/fashion/lifestyle subscription box that costs $39.99 per month with the option of paying multiple months at a time for a discounted price. To subscribe click here, or visit musthave.popsugar.com for more information.

 

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Birchbox May 2014 Review + Photos

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My Birchbox for May

I still haven’t posted my review of the Julep Maven box from April yet, but for some reason I just can’t seem to get through the photos – I think I just don’t like how they came out — plus there’s a lot of them – so I decided to just do the Birchbox review first, and then I’m posting the Pop Sugar Must Have review for May right after this one. I might not even get around to doing the Julep review for this month (last month, really), and I honestly wasn’t too excited about the last Julep Maven box anyway.

I seriously have so many things to blog about but I always tie myself down with these long subscription box reviews (I say this all the time), so I try to get them out of the way first. I’m going to try to get these next two done quickly so I can finally get back into the swing of blogging about things that aren’t JUST subscription boxes.

SO, with that being said, I was actually quite happy with my Birchbox this month, and that’s really saying a lot because I’ve been pretty disappointed in my Birchboxes for, well, almost a year now, really. I mean, I haven’t DISLIKED every single one, but I just felt like the ones I have been receiving have had more products that I didn’t like than products that I did like and would actually use.

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This month I am happy to say that I did like the majority of my products, and even though I received yet another shampoo/conditioner sample (I really don’t use anything but Wen Haircare products), these samples were okay because I got to try out the new Nexxus Color Assure products. I didn’t really like how they worked (definitely will be sticking with Wen), but it was nice to see the whole shampoo/conditioning/pre-wash primer collection all in one in the box.

Birchbox May 2014 Review + Photos. Monthly beauty subscription box review. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Birchbox May 2014 Review + Photos. Monthly beauty subscription box review. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Kate Spade Saturday tea

This month, Birchbox also teamed up with Kate Spade’s new Kate Spade Saturday line and hooked subscribers up with a $25-off offer from the brand, and also packed up the boxes into a pretty bright yellow shipping box (doesn’t look too pretty in the pic ^^ because of “wear and tear,” but the color itself is one of my favorites).

Harney & Sons Fine Teas Pomegranate Oolong and Caribe Tea review and photos. Birchbox May 2014 Review + Photos. Monthly beauty subscription box review. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Harney & Sons Fine Teas Pomegranate Oolong (left) and Caribe Tea (right)

A few times a year, Birchbox has been sending out a variety of different teas from different brands and I like the fact that when a tea is sent out, they usually include more than one flavor for you to try out. I haven’t tried out these teas yet but I definitely will over the next two days. These were a “Lifestyle Extra” item this month (Lifestyle Extras = non-beauty items that Birchbox occasionally sends out … there is an option in the Birchbox profile to receive Lifestyle Extras more often, too — I don’t have this option checked, but I still receive them from time to time, which I like).

Harney & Sons Fine Teas ($9.60 for box of 20; birchbox.com) are described as “rich and flavorful tea blends” from a family-owned craft tea brand. Harney & Sons started out with six original teas and has now grown to over 600. I received Pomegranate Oolong, a “tangy fruity brew,” and Caribe, a black and green tea blend with tropical flavors.

Nexxus Color Assure Pre-Wash Primer, Shampoo & Conditioner review and photos. Birchbox May 2014 Review + Photos. Monthly beauty subscription box review. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Nexxus Color Assure Pre-Wash Primer, Shampoo & Conditioner

Okay, so I really wasn’t too thrilled about this shampoo/conditioner combo. First of all, I really thought that I would have been able to get more than one use out of the little sample packet “bottles” — I mean, I should have known that they were only single-use packets, but the little mini bottle shape kind of threw me off and made me think that they were like deluxe-sized samples for some reason. Then I opened up the package and realized that it was really just a fancy-looking sample packet.

So, I guess more important than the packaging, is that the shampoo totally dried my hair out (even though it’s sulfate-free), and the conditioner wasn’t conditioning enough to make up for the dryness of the shampoo. I’m not sure what I think/how I feel about this whole “pre-wash primer” deal — With this one, you can definitely get more than one use out of, and I only used about 1/4 of the sample packet so far. I think I put too much on though, because my hair was all greasy feeling, but that instantly went away when I shampooed.

 

I seriously feel like my hair was completely stripped of all of its nourishing nutrients. That might not be entirely fair, because maybe I’m just too used to the Wen line that I use (I have SEVERELY dry hair), but I will definitely not be using this stuff again.

Nexxus Color Assure Pre-Wash Primer, Shampoo & Conditioner review and photos. Birchbox May 2014 Review + Photos. Monthly beauty subscription box review. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Nexxus Color Assure Pre-Wash Primer, Shampoo & Conditioner4

Nexxus Color Assure Pre-Wash Primer, Shampoo & Conditioner ($11.99-17.99; birchbox.com) is described as an “oil-infused trio” that helps keep color vibrant for up to twice as long. The system is sulfate-free and it is supposed to provide extra nourishment and moisture that color-treated hair usually needs. Again, it didn’t work for me, but I have hair that’s drier than most, and shampoos in general tend to make my hair feel extra dry and stripped.

Coola Environmental Repair Plus Radical Recovery After-Sun Lotion and Marcelle New-Age 8 in 1 Power Serum review and photos. Birchbox May 2014 Review + Photos. Monthly beauty subscription box review. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Coola Environmental Repair Plus Radical Recovery After-Sun Lotion (left) and Marcelle New-Age 8 in 1 Power Serum (right)

I was fidgeting with this photo for what seemed like hours and I just couldn’t get it to come out the way I wanted it to, and then I messed up a little bit on the editing part. So just excuse the photo quality and read on to the descriptions!

First, I wasn’t too thrilled to see yet another Coola product in a Birchbox (I have received at least four so far over the last year, year-and-a-half), and they have all been moisturizers or sunscreens that I really had no use for, and ended up either giving them away or throwing them out. So, when I read a little further about the actual product I realized that it wasn’t just another SPF sunscreen/lotion, and it is actually an after-sun lotion, a product that I will most certainly be needing over the next few months as the weather gets hotter and hotter.

Coola Environmental Repair Plus Radical Recovery After-Sun Lotion ($32 for 6 oz.; birchbox.com) is described as a “soothing lotion” that uses agave to “moisturize, protect and calm any post-sun woes.” Unlike other after-sun gel lotions, this one is lightweight and has a silky, smooth texture that “sinks into skin immediately.” The agave takes the sting out of sunburns, moisturizes the skin and “promotes collagen synthesis to help repair your skin and reverse sun damage.” Seventy percent of the ingredients in this lotion are harvested from organic farms, so there’s a sweet, all-natural bonus.

The next product, a serum from Marcelle, is a Birchbox exclusive. I was really excited as soon as I read about this product because I have been looking for a serum that would hydrate and plump my skin, the way this promises to do. I have only tried it out a couple of times so far, and it says that you will see results after one week of use, so I’m not sure how well it works yet, but I will definitely be using it over the next five days so I can find out, and if I like it I’m going to buy the full-size version (only available at Birchbox.com).

Marcelle New-Age 8 in 1 Power Serum ($34 for 1 oz.; birchbox.com) is described as a lightweight formula that “boasts five peptides, the amino acids that amp up collagen production and improve elasticity, plus xylitol, a natural sugar alcohol that helps retain moisture.” These potent ingredients work to smooth and fill fine lines and visibly reduce wrinkles. They also firm, lift, strengthen, boost radiance and “improve the texture of your complexion.” This serum is formulated without parabens or fragrance.

Pixi Shea Butter Lip Balm in Coral Crush review and photos. Birchbox May 2014 Review + Photos. Monthly beauty subscription box review. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Pixi Shea Butter Lip Balm in Coral Crush

I’m really not sure how I feel about Pixi beauty products. I feel like I haven’t tried out enough of them to fully judge how well they work, but I do think a lot of the packaging is cute (like this lip balm). It’s obviously not super luxurious or anything like that, but it’s cute. I really like the colors. This balm has a great color payoff — it’s not too reddish (as I thought it might be), it’s a pretty true coral shade. I’m not sure about how well it moisturizes because my lips are still chapped from the winter (and biting them too much), so I used it over a moisturizing balm and I liked how that came out. I’m not sure about how long it stays on, either, but I plan to test it out more over the next few days.

Pixi Shea Butter Lip Balm ($8 for 0.141 oz.; birchbox.com) is described as a “dual-purpose balm that hydrates with shea butter while giving lips a pretty wash of color.” It comes in five different shades that can be worn alone or layered under or over lipstick (or gloss). These balms contain shea butter AND vitamin E to “soothe parched lips and prevent future dryness” and Birchbox sent out a full-size version of these balms, so that is always a plus.

 

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I was a lot happier with this box than I have been with most of my recent Birchboxes. I know that Birchbox is one of the cheapest subscription boxes (at only $10/month), but I have been receiving so many products that I would either A). never use; or B). small sample packets that I could hardly even get one full use out of, so those just seemed like a waste.

I’m happy with all of the products this month, except for the Nexxus shampoo and conditioner (especially since the packaging is a little misleading and I hardly even got one full shampoo out of it) — but I think that people who don’t have super dry hair like me might find the Nexxus products useful. Overall, I really liked May’s Birchbox, especially when compared to other recent Birchboxes.

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Birchbox is a monthly beauty and lifestyle subscription service that costs $10 per month (including taxes and shipping). To subscribe, click here or visit Birchbox.com for more information.

 

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