Chicky Quicky is the newest monthly box that I started subscribing to and it’s the only one I receive that focuses mostly on jewelry and accessories. All of the accessories seem to come from the Patty’s Closet boutiques, which originate in Las Vegas. The Chicky Quicky box was started by Patty Barba, who is also the founder of Patty’s Closet.
Every month the Chicky Quicky box comes wrapped in really pretty and/or adorable wrapping paper. I especially loved the wrapping paper this month with the super cute Matryoshka nesting dolls pattern, complete with a colorful ribbon in one of my favorite shades of green.
The first item in my October box is this large cuff bracelet. I’m really not too crazy about this one so I’ll probably be passing it along to a friend, but I do love the color (which is pretty similar to that mint green ribbon). It’s just not really my style, but I’m sure someone I know will be able to wear it.
I received two pairs of earrings this month and these were probably my favorite items in the October box. I wear a lot of post earrings (as opposed to hoops or dangle-y ones), so I will definitely be wearing these. I think both pairs are great pieces for any season and they can pretty much be worn with any kind of outfit — dressy or casual.
Starlooks Gem Pencil in Ultra Olive (top) and Starlooks Longing for Lashes Lengthening Mascara (bottom)
Each month Chicky Quicky usually includes some kind of beauty item and the beauty items this month were both from Starlooks. I’m sort of familiar with this brand because I received a few different products from them in past Ipsy Glam Bags. I don’t remember ever really using those Starlooks products, but I do have to say I was pretty impressed with this shimmery olive green eyeliner. I absolutely love the color and it glided on my lower lash line very well. I think this shade is a great way to still be in the neutral-ish range with a little bit of color and it looked great with the natural eyeshadow look I wore it with. I’m not really sure how well the mascara works because I haven’t tried it out yet but I have so many mascaras as it is that I might just pass this one along to a friend.
Starlooks Gem Pencil ($16 for 0.08 oz.; starlooks.com): Highly-pigmented eye pencils with a glistening micro-glitter finish. Available in 11 different shades.
Starlooks Longing for Lashes Lengthening Mascara ($7 for “perfect size” travel tube; starlooks.com): A lengthening mascara in a clump-free formula that comes in Starlooks’ “perfect size” tube (which is about 70% of a full-sized mascara tube).
The last item in my October Chicky Quicky box was this super cute necklace, also in green (there was obviously a green theme this month). This statement necklace would look great dressed up or dressed down and I think it’s going to be a great way to bring a nice pop of color to a lot of my outfits this season. I definitely would have picked out something like this for myself if I saw it in a store so I’m really happy with this one.
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I really loved the earrings and the necklace this month, and I was pretty surprised at how much I loved the Starlooks olive green eyeliner. So I loved four out of six products, and that really ain’t bad. All in all I think it was a good month for Chicky Quicky!
Pricing & Availability:
Chicky Quicky is a monthly jewelry/accessories and beauty subscription box that costs $35 per month for the regular box. There is a $25 “Lil’ Miss Chicky” box (recommended for girls age 5-10) and an exclusive monthly box that costs $50 and includes more items than the regular box. To subscribe click here, or head over to chickyquickybox.com for more information.
Last month was my first month of receiving the new Chicky Quicky subscription box and I really loved it! I think this month’s box was even better so I am going to stand by the statement I made in last month’s Chicky Quicky post that this is definitely my new favorite subscription box. This month’s box was awesome I’m so happy with it!
Pop Sugar Must Have subscription box for June 2014
This month Pop Sugar updated it’s Must Have box a little bit with a new design on the inside of the box (it used to say “Enjoy!” now it says “Surprise. Love. Enjoy!“), and a new, more compact design for the product description card that comes with every box. I definitely like this new description card better — the old one used to fold out into six different sections, one section for each item featured that month, and the new one folds out into just three sections with product descriptions on the left and right and then photos of the actual products in the center.
The new product description card that was featured with this month’s Must Have box (the front side of it at least).
I’m always excited for my Pop Sugar Must Have box every month because it’s the only box I subscribe to that features all full-sized products, and there is a big variety in products from beauty to fashion to home decor, fitness, food, and more. At first, I kind of thought this month’s box was a little on the less-exciting side, but, honestly, as I go through these products more and more and now that I’m actually using them I’m liking the box way more than I did when I initially opened it two days ago.
You Smell Lemon Wet Wipes
Every time I run out of a beauty product it seems like it always appears in my world within a week or so in a subscription box. I ran out of makeup wipes a few days ago actually, so I was happy to see these individually-packed wet cleansing wipes in this month’s Must Have box. At first I thought that they were just your regular run-of-the-mill wet wipes, but they have multiple uses and they are gentle enough (and effective enough) to use on your face for makeup removal.
You Smell Lemon Wet Wipes
You Smell Lemon Wet Wipes ($6 for 12 individually wrapped wipes; yousmellsoap.com) are described as “naturally antibacterial wipes” that are both durable, gentle, and alcohol-free. These soothing, individually-wrapped wipes are great for cleansing and are made with aloe to help soothe and restore the skin. They are strong enough “for a lot of use,” gentle enough for your face, and they do not contain any parabens or phthalates.
One Potato Two Potato Hawaiian BBQ Kettle-Cooked Chips
I’m really never that impressed by a lot of the snacks that have appeared in my Must Have boxes over the last few months — many of them are super healthy and because of their good-for-you ingredients a lot of them lack significant flavor. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I still always eat them (so I guess there isn’t room for too many complaints), BUT what I’m trying to say is that I was a lot happier this month with these super yummy kettle-cooked Hawaiian BBQ-flavored chips. I’m not even a big potato chip person, but these were great … and the packaging is also really cute.
One Potato Two Potato Hawaiian BBQ Kettle Potato Chips ($2 for 2 oz., or $24 for a case of 24 two-oz. bags; onepotatosnacks.com) are cooked with all-natural ingredients, “packed with flavor”, and they are gluten-free with no MSG. These super yummy chips are kettle cooked in small batches with sunflower oil, which contains vitamin E and monounsaturated fat (“the good fat”), and they come in five different flavors.
Lollies Basic Hair Ties
I love this whole new, cute hair tie revolution. It’s like everyone is making hair ties right now that look super cute in your hair, and even cuter when worn on your wrist.
Lollies Basics Hair Ties ($8 for three ties, lollieshairties.com) are made of swimsuit material that doesn’t stretch over time and they come in packs of three in a bunch of different color combinations. The ones featured in the June Must Have box came with a little gold ring, and then, on the website, there are others without the ring that tie together at the end instead. I’m definitely ordering more of these!
Emily Giffin’s “The One & Only”
I’ve been reading so many non-fiction books recently that I haven’t read a real novel in over a year, so I was very happy to see this one in the June Must Have box. I think it’s awesome to receive a hardcover book in a subscription box, and this looks like one that I’ll definitely enjoy.
Emily Giffin’s “The One & Only” ($28; amazon.com) is the highly anticipated new novel from the New York Times bestselling author. It is the story of “an unlikely romance and lifelong friends set against the backdrop of Texas football.” I read the extended summary on the inside sleeve and I’m definitely excited to start reading!
Turkish-T Beach Towel
I actually haven’t unfolded this beach towel just yet because I’m never able to roll these kinds of things back up correctly, but, from what I see (and feel) this towel is very pretty, “chic”, and it definitely doesn’t feel like your average beach towel, which could be a good thing. I’m totally into anything unique and outside-the-box, so I’ll be rocking this towel down at the beach in the coming weeks. It really doesn’t seem all that big, but Pop Sugar says it’s a beach towel, so it must be big enough for the beach.
Turkish-T Basic Breeze Sorbet Terry-Lined Beach Towel ($32; turkish-t.com) is a lightweight beach towel “loomed from the world’s finest cotton” with an added light layer of terry that makes it “an ideal beach towel, pool towel, or bath towel.” It comes in a bunch of different colors and my favorite part about it is that it doubles as a “glam wrap” at night.
SACHAJUAN Shiny Citrus Body Lotion
The last product in this month’s Pop Sugar Must Have box was an awesomely-sized luxe body lotion from SACHAJUAN. I love getting full-sized products like this that are always useful, no matter what season it is. It feels super smooth and it has a pretty, light, citrus-y scent.
SACHAJUAN Shiny Citrus Body Lotion ($24 for 10.1 oz.; sachajuan.com) is described as a “luxurious body lotion” with “earthen silk technology” to hydrate and soothe skin. This lotion has “anti-aging and anti-irritant properties” and leaves skin feeling smooth with a light scent of fresh citrus and jasmine.
I definitely liked every single product featured this month and I was happy to discover a few new products that I will probably be ordering more of (like the hair ties, the wet wipes, and even the potato chips). The novel really seems like one I will enjoy, and I love receiving super-sized necessities like the 10-oz. SACHAJUAN body lotion. Oh, and, I love when Pop Sugar includes a fashion accessory that I’ll get plenty of use out of like the beach towel. If I find my way to a beachy vacation this summer I’ll also be using it as a wrap.
I forgot to mention (because I didn’t take a picture of it), that this month’s box also included a $15 gift card to Native Union, a company that creates tech accessories and “geek gadgetry.” I haven’t perused the site just yet, but I’m sure I’ll find something I like (I always do …).
Pop Sugar Must Have is a monthly lifestyle subscription box that includes all full-sized items in a number of categories, including beauty, fashion, home decor, fitness, food, and more. Subscriptions start at $39.95 per month, with the option to pay a little less per month with 3-, 6-, or 12-month subscriptions. To subscribe, click here, or visit musthave.popsugar.com for more information!
1). Marc by Marc Jacobs Bookmarc Heart Notebook ($18; marcjacobs.com): Super cute red notebook with the Marc Jacobs heart logo. I’m writing constantly and go through notebooks like crazy so I’m definitely picking this one up for myself 🙂
2). Elizabeth and James Nirvana White Eau de Parfum Rollerball ($22 for 0.34 oz.; sephora.com) I have to admit, I’ve been a fan of Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen since their “Give us a mystery” days. I don’t care what anyone says, I love them, always have and always will, so I was super excited to learn that they had debuted their first-ever fragrances, part of their Elizabeth and James line. I just ordered Nirvana White, but Nirvana Black is also very pretty. The Nirvana White perfume is delicate and feminine with a blend of peony (one of my favorite scents), muguet (Lily of the Valley) and tender musk.
3). Kate Spade New York Fairgrounds Candy Stud Earrings ($48; bloomingdales.com) I was looking up earrings at Bloomingdales.com the other day and came across a bunch of cute new ones by Kate Spade. This specific set is gold-plated in an adorable candy shape. I wear studs more than any other kind of earring so I’m definitely going to be buying these and/or the pink heart pair (#10).
4). Modadorn Accessories Nautical Lightweight Chevron Infinity Scarf ($9.99; amazon.com) I was actually searching for “pink scarves” on Amazon when I came across this super affordable one in my favorite chevron pattern. This scarf comes in 20 different colors (color pictured is “Pink/Ivory“) and it actually got really high reviews — Amazon customers said this scarf was “perfect” and even though it is sheer, there is a lot of fabric, so it’s not chintzy-looking.
5). Freshware 6-Cavity Silicone Mini Rose Cake and Soap Mold ($9.95; hsn.com) I came across this baking mold accidentally and I’m so glad I did — impulse buy, much? Well, I would say 90% of my buying is on impulse so it’s not like that makes a difference anyway. This amazingly adorable silicone mold creates mini rose-shaped cakes, muffins, brownies, corn breads and even DIY soaps. I love it!
6). Too Faced Candy Bar Palette & Phone Case ($25; ulta.com) I’ve been meaning to get this little two-in-one palette/iPhone case since it came out, so I finally ordered it. I was putting it off for so long because I’m really not a huge fan of Too Faced’s eyeshadows. I love a lot of their other products, but their eyeshadows just aren’t my favorite. The biggest selling point for me is the awesome, exclusive candy bar iPhone case which I can’t wait to use.
7). Babycakes Nonstick Waffle Maker ($37.99; Amazon.com) Ahhh I love this! If only I made waffles more often … well, maybe I will if I buy it. It’s a hot pink mini waffle makers and it includes 50 wooden sticks for waffles … on a stick! Awesome!
8). Too Faced Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush in Candy Glow ($30 for 0.19 oz.; sephora.com) I’m in love with the Too Faced Sweethearts blushes and they’re the perfect Valentine’s Day beauty gift. I find these blushes to blend extremely well and I love the color selection. Too Faced also just came out with two new colors — in addition to “Candy Glow” there is now a darker pink/mauve shade, “Something About Berry,” as well as a bronze-y shade, “Beach Peach.” I own Candy Glow and Something About Berry and I’m pretty sure I’ll be picking up Beach Peach sometime soon.
9). Chloé ‘Roses de Chloé’ Eau de Toilette Spray ($95-$120 for 1.7-2.5 oz.; nordstrom.com) The original Chloé scent is my go-to perfume, and this new version plays off the original so I had to pick it up. I think I might actually like this one better. It contains beautiful notes of fresh cut roses, Bergamot, Rose essence, Magnolia Accord, White musk and Amber.
10). Kate Spade New York Be Mine Enamel Stud Earrings ($48; bloomingdales.com) The last item is another pair of Kate Spade earrings. There are so many more that are really cute but I couldn’t list them all so I just chose two. These are also gold-plated with hot pink enamel hearts. I sense another impulse buy coming on right now.
Happy Valentine’s Day! And remember, it’s okay to indulge and spoil yourself every once in awhile. Especially for those of you who hate this “made up” holiday 🙂
I always get super excited when my Pop Sugar Must Have box arrives on my doorstep. This is definitely one of the more pricey monthly subscription boxes at $39.95/month (a little cheaper if you choose any of the multiple month subscriptions), but the value of the items in the box always exceeds the subscription price by a lot. This month’s box would have cost about $122 if you purchased all of the items separately, so it’s really an awesome deal.
The idea behind this subscription service is that Pop Sugar sends out “Must Haves” for the month, including beauty, fashion, food, home, reading and more. It’s like an “everything” subscription, I guess you would call it a “lifestyle” subscription, that features pretty awesome stuff every month. Every person gets the same exact box each month, and the content of the box is pretty much a surprise until it arrives on your doorstep.
The mystery factor can lend itself to a bit of disappointment, since you don’t know what you’re paying for until you receive it, but if you understand how these boxes work, and how every box can’t possibly have something you absolutely love every single time, then you should enjoy it. Besides, they send out enough items that if you’re really disappointed in every single one then perhaps Pop Sugar Must Have isn’t the box for you.
This amazing, wondrous, where-have-you-been-all-my-life?, little tube was my absolute favorite item in this month’s box and probably the best item I have ever received in any of Pop Sugar’s Must Have boxes or any subscription box ever. Yes, I really mean it. I honestly haven’t read many reviews about this stuff yet so I’m not sure what other people thought of it but I can say that it worked SO well for me and my skin type and I am so shocked that I found a product in a subscription box that has instantly become a favorite and staple in my beauty routine.
I really don’t go into subscription boxes with high expectations and I definitely don’t expect to love each item I receive; as I said before, many subscription boxes are a “mystery” and I have no idea what I’m going to receive, I don’t really get to choose what I want, and boxes like Pop Sugar that send out the same items to every subscriber have to appeal to a huge range of women with different skin types, skin/hair/eye colors, different interests and different makeup/beauty/fashion needs in general.
So, with all of these facts taken into consideration, I am seriously so surprised that I found this cleansing mask and I can’t say enough how much I LOVE it. Malin + Goetz Detox Face Mask ($40 for 4 oz.; Malinandgoetz.com) is like one of those multi-tasking products that is also wonderful for lazy girls (like me) and provides some serious, NOTICEABLE, results.
I will probably review this product in a post of its own since I love it so much, but, for now, I’m going to rave a little more about it in this post right here. I’m 26 years old now and I have been breaking out more than I ever have my entire life. I think my new puppy might be part of the reason (hugging and cuddling him and rubbing my entire head on his face … he is so cute), especially since my mom is allergic to dog fur. I am not allergic per se, but I think that my skin might not be able to handle anything on his fur (like, after he rolls around outside … should have been more obvious to me), so I think my skin reacts by breaking out a little bit. Either way, I am NOT happy with it.
What I am happy with (ecstatic, even), is that Malin & Goetz’s Detox Face Mask almost instantly cleared up my tiny blemishes upon first use of the product. You don’t need to wet your face before applying (which is perfect for lazy/late nights), you just apply a layer to your skin, let the product oxidize and do its job (it’s so cool to watch the bubbles form up and then dissipate), and then either rinse off or pat off with a warm washcloth.
This product works in multiple ways for people with different skin types; it uses antioxidants and vitamins to seal in hydration, it gets deep into pores and clears out all the icky stuff, and it even brightens skin. You can use it for deep cleansing and hydration, or if you have oiler skin you can use it for night-time deep cleansing and oil control. Read the instructions because you apply it and take it off differently for each one of its different uses.
After trying so many different products to calm the recent breakouts on my face, and finding that most of the products hardly worked, I was so, so happy to find that this cleansing mask worked almost instantly. I figure that any beauty product has to be pretty powerful if I see near-instant results. I’m not sure how it would work for someone with skin different than mine, but it says it’s supposed to work with every different skin type. Either way, I personally think this stuff is awesome and I will be buying it every single time my bottle runs out.
The next product in this month’s Pop Sugar Must Have box were these cute little tech gloves by Jack + Lucy. I can’t seem to find these gloves anywhere online to buy them on their own, but Liz over at My Subscription Addiction (one of my favorite blogs) estimated the value of the gloves to be around $25.
These gloves are cute, practical, in a color that goes with everything, and works with touch-screen phones or tablets thanks to their special finger panels. I heard that a lot of people weren’t too happy with these gloves because they live in warm weather regions, and that I can totally understand, but for me they are awesome in New York’s single-digit weather this week. I can also always use another pair of gloves since I constantly lose the ones I already have, which is why I never spend much money on gloves. Good thing I got these for free (sort of).
Pop Sugar usually includes a “Must Have Food” in their monthly boxes (actually, it might even be included in every box, but I’m not 100% sure), and I almost always enjoy the food choice they include. For example, in December everyone received Ghirardelli chocolate squares which were yummy and for Halloween everyone received a version of a marshmallow square with Halloween sprinkles. I’m actually excited to see what they include this February, hoping for a Valentine’s Day candy theme to satisfy my sweet tooth.
Besides sweets, Pop Sugar often sends out other treats, like this month’s Pipcorn. PipSnacks White Truffle Pipcorn ($18 for three 4.5-oz. bags; ManyKitchens.com) is an all-natural, gluten-free, whole grain mini popcorn in a yummy white truffle flavor. I love truffle anything, so I enjoyed the flavor, but I didn’t quite get the mini popcorn thing. The whole idea is to make popcorn that’s easier to eat/doesn’t get stuck in your teeth but I actually found that this was kind of harder to eat and the mini kernels got stuck in my teeth more than regular popcorn would. Also, sizing down on popcorn pieces leaves you without that fluffy popcorn feeling — these kinda tasted like I was snacking on something small and non-puffy like nuts or something. Either way, it’s cool to try a full-sized bag like this.
I love when Pop Sugar includes books in their monthly Must Have boxes, whether they be regular fiction/non-fiction books or recipe books … any kind of book is fine with me. I am a huge book nerd, so I was happy to see some sort of book in this month’s box.
I have to say I never really jump on these trendy diet bandwagons, especially juicing. I don’t even think that detox juicing is that good for your body in the long-run, but I haven’t done enough research myself to come to a serious conclusion (and I do realize that the detox thing is only a part of this whole juicing craze). Either way, The Juice Generation by Eric Helms ($15.93 on Amazon, $20 at most other retailers; Amazon.com) contains enough regular smoothie recipes for me to find it useful. I wouldn’t buy this book myself, but it’s always great to get a new recipe book for free (well, sort of … as part of the nearly $40/month I spend on the Pop Sugar Must Have box).
This book contains “100 Recipes for Fresh Juices and Superfood Smoothies” (which is also the book’s subtitle), as well as tips and information on different super-foods. I will definitely be trying out some of the smoothie recipes soon and sharing the finished products here on my blog.
The other “Must Have Beauty” item this month were these cute mini nail files from Revlon. Revlon by Marchesa Box O’Files ($3.49 for pack of six nail files; Target.com) are brand-new, easily portable, high-quality nail files. I can’t find them anywhere online to purchase but Target’s website has a listing for them, which says they are “not sold online,” so they must be available in Target stores.
They come in three different pretty patterns (the one I received is shown in the photo) and I found that they actually work quite well, judging from the one time I have used them so far. I can always use more nail files as mine are constantly worn down and/or get lost, so this was a good addition to the Must Have box for me.
And the last item from this month’s box is this cute stand-up desk calendar. Rifle Paper Co. 2014 Flip Around the World Desk Calendar ($16 for one 6″ x 7.5″ calendar; RiflePaperCo.com) contains 12 “charming illustrations” of international cities like New York, Paris and Istanbul. It’s a cute little addition to my desk, and another one of those items that I wouldn’t necessarily buy for myself, but I will make use out of, so I’m glad it appeared in a monthly subscription box.
All in all I enjoyed this month’s Must Have box. I pretty much enjoy every Pop Sugar Must Have box since they send out a bunch of different products which are always “full-sized” products, so it’s a nice change of pace from some of the other boxes I subscribe to where I would mostly receive small or deluxe-sized sample items.
Pop Sugar Must Have costs $39.99 per month if you choose the month-to-month payment option. The price-per-month is lowered if you buy in bulk (i.e. 3, 6 or 12-month subscriptions). To subscribe to the Pop Sugar Must Have box click here, or for more information check out musthave.popsugar.com.