Yippeeeee my Pop Sugar Must Have box has arrived! The inspirations for November’s box were friends and family, gratitude, gifting and festivities … so basically a very Thanksgiving-y theme. There were a lot of great items this month, including an absolutely wonderful eyeshadow quad from Tarte (one of my favorites). Read on for more descriptions … !
This is my first month ever receiving the new Chicky Quicky Box and I really wanna say that this is my new favorite subscription box. I really loved it … lots and lots of stuff packed into this box! It’s also different than most of the other boxes I receive so it was very new and exciting for me.
Pop Sugar Must Have is one of my favorite subscription boxes and I get so excited when I see it on my doorstep every month. This month’s box wasn’t my favorite one ever, but it did have a lot of great stuff and I like pretty much every item in it. I’ll definitely be using them all!
G.H. Cretors Chicago Mix Popped Corn ($3.69 for 7.5 oz.; ghcretors.com): I’m not really a fan of cheese-flavored popcorn so this bag was a little weird to me. I LOVE, love, love caramel corn, though, so I picked those out and ate around the cheese-flavored pieces. The caramel corn pieces were amazing and perfectly popped, puffy and crunchy and all that popcorn awesomeness. I would even say this was one of the best caramel popcorns I have ever tried … !
The Secret Recipes by Dominique Ansel ($35; books.simonandschuster.com): I love getting new recipe books and this is a beautiful, beautiful book. This one is definitely more of a coffee table book (for me, at least) because a lot of the recipes are a bit complex. There’s definitely a few in there that I can try out (I’ll post the results here when I do). Dominique Ansel’s pastries are GORGEOUS so this book is worth it just to look at the amazing, super intricate and crazy unique pastry designs.
Wine Glass Writer ($9.95 — custom 3-pack for Pop Sugar Must Have; wineglasswriter.com): These are cute fast-drying metallic wine glass writers that you can use to design your glasses. They wash off with soap and water so you can write (or draw) something new each time. Not something I would necessarily buy for myself but I will definitely be using them!
Tiny Prints Thoughtful Heart Stationery ($15 for set of 15 notecards & envelopes; tinyprints.com/popsugar): I loveeeee stationery so I was happy to recieve this cute set, which was designed exclusively for Pop Sugar. The November box also included a card to get $25 off your order at tinyprints.com — they have a bunch of cute stuff that you can personalize with your name, photos, sayings, etc. I’m going to order a new notebook and maybe new business cards too 🙂
SORIAL Saffiano Wallet on a Chain ($49 for one wallet; shopsorial.com): This wallet-on-a-chain is super cute to use as a tiny evening bag or even to throw in your purse and use it as a wallet or case to hold makeup/phone/accessories — which is probably what I’m going to do with it. The SORIAL website features different mini clutch/wallet designs in a bunch of different colors as well.
K. Hall Simpatico Ambergris Shea Butter Cream ($22 for 3.4 oz.; khalldesigns.com): The last item was this super smooth shea butter cream for hands and body. It has a sweet musky scent and “intense moisturizing qualities.” I have soooooo many body creams and lotions that keep piling up but I’ll definitely be using this one because it works so well and I love the scent!
Subscription Box Breakdown:
Again, it wasn’t my favorite month ever for Pop Sugar Must Have but it was definitely a good one. I liked every item pretty much and it was a nice mix of goodies. My favorite item this month was probably the notecard set!
Pricing & Availability:
Pop Sugar Must Have is a monthly beauty, fashion and lifestyle subscription box that costs about $40 per month (I am charged $43.39 per month, which includes tax and shipping to NY). To subscribe click here, or visit musthave.popsugar.com for more information!
So I took a few months off from blogging because I had a lottt going on. I had computer issues towards the end of the summer, and then I started working a new job with crazy hours so as much as I tried, I still couldn’t sit down and write up the posts that I wanted to do. I hardly even did my makeup over the last few months — so I had boxes and boxes of new makeup piling up on the floor of my bedroom and I wasn’t even using any of it! But I am back now, with a MUCH better work schedule (yay) and I have sooooo much to blog about. I will definitely be making AT LEAST one blog post a day from now on.
Pop Sugar sent out their October Must Have boxes a little late this month, so I just received my box a few days ago. I usually like to get subscription box reviews up the day that I receive them but I figured that since I took so much time off from blogging that it really doesn’t matter this month! And this month’s Must Have box was pretty cool so I definitely wanted to review it.
Since Pop Sugar had some issues this month the Must Have boxes were shipped out pretty late and I received mine on Thursday, one day before Halloween. I got it just in time to try out these Halloween nail decals, which came with a sheet of four different designs, and each design has six decals. Only two of the designs are really Halloween-ish (the pumpkin and spiderwebs) so I’m definitely going to try out the other two throughout the month. They’re fall-ish colors, so they would be cute for Thanksgiving too.
Nailed Kit Halloween Nail Decals ($8 for a sheet of 24 decals; nailedkit.com) are non-toxic, “easy-to-apply” nail-art decals which were designed exclusively this month for Pop Sugar Must Have. I always have a hard time with things like this, which is probably mostly because I’m always super impatient and I never apply these things correctly … so my decals fell off within one hour of applying them. I’m going to try them again with the orange designs and actually take my time applying them — and then I’ll post some pics if it goes well!
Pop Sugar usually sends out a food/candy item in their monthly Must Have boxes, so this month everyone received these pumpkin spice malt balls from Dean & DeLuca. I love pumpkin spice anything, so I loved these!
Dean & DeLuca Pumpkin Spice Malt Balls ($5.75 for 5.50 oz.; deananddeluca.com) are gourmet malt balls that “capture the flavor of Fall,” made with real pumpkin spices and dipped in dark chocolate.
This next item was one of my favorites this month. It’s a super cool chalkboard candle that comes with a piece of chalk so you can write whatever you want. As you can see, I’m not the best at writing with chalk (I broke the piece of chalk already), but you can write (or draw!), erase, and then write something new!
Mine Design Chalkboard Candle ($24 for one candle; minedesignhome.com) is a reusable and rewritable chalkboard soy ceramic candle. It comes in the cute ceramic design that was in the October Must Have box, as well as a tin chalkboard design which is smaller and a little cheaper.
A good photo frame is always a great thing to have, and this is one product that I honestly don’t really buy for myself (and I don’t have an acrylic one like this, so yay!).
Isaac Jacobs International Acrylic Photo Frame ($36 for one frame; isaacjacobs.com) is described as a “durable and chic frame” that is “the perfect way to display your special memories for years to come.” You can even use this as a double-sided frame and display two photos in it — all you have to do is slip the photo in the center of the frame, and done! Super cute and easy (and no glass for klutzes like me to break!).
I loveeee fancy new soaps and shower gels so I was super happy to see this one by K. Hall Designs as a “Special Extra” item this month. Every time I am running low on soap/shower gel, I always find one in a monthly subscription box, it’s an awesome cycle 🙂 I don’t think I have actually went out and bought a soap or shower gel for myself in about a year now.
K. Hall Designs Shoreline Shea Butter/Olive Oil Bar Soap ($10 for 8 oz.; khalldesigns.com) is a pure vegetable, triple-milled soap enhanced with shea butter and olive oil to moisturize and protect the skin. The half pound oversized soap bar is “rich and creamy” and it will last longer than your average bar soap.
The next item was this cute pair of combed cotton socks in a leopard print design. I could always use a new pair of socks (somehow I end up losing mine all the time — and I have no idea how), so these are always great to have.
Happy Socks Animal Socks ($12 for one pair; happysocks.com) are “crafted with the finest combed cotton” to “ensure that only the highest-quality material will hug the feet of men and women alike.” Happy Socks come in a bunch of different animal print colors and designs, and the pair that I received in this month’s Must Have box were dark grey with black and red leopard print spots. Not something I would necessarily buy for myself, but that’s what I love about subscription boxes — finding new and unique products that I don’t already own 🙂
This product was probably my favorite item this month — a super long-lasting eyeliner pencil from Butter London. I love Butter London polishes and I was super excited to see this pencil in my October Must Have box because I have never really tried any of their beauty products before (except for the manicure and pedicure products). I only tried this out once really quickly yesterday but I definitely loved the way it glided on so easily and the color (“Earl Grey”) is an awesome smoky grey.
butter LONDON WINK Eye Pencil ($18 for .04 oz.; butterlondon.com) is a blendable eye pencil that sets after 30 seconds, so it’s supposed to stay put all day. Pop Sugar sent out the color “Earl Grey” which is described as a “steel grey shimmer,” and they come in a bunch of other colors too.
Subscription Box Breakdown:
There were more products than usual in October’s Must Have box so that was a plus! This wasn’t my absolute favorite month for Pop Sugar Must Have, but I really liked most of the items and I will definitely be putting them all to use. I also forgot to add above that there was a second “Special Extra” in this month’s box: a $40-off coupon for an Express Box from Blue Jean Bar. It’s a monthly subscription box that sends out hand-picked clothing items based on your style preferences and size. I’m definitely trying this one out! I love getting discount coupons for new subscription boxes so I can try them out 🙂
Pricing & Availability:
Pop Sugar Must Have is a monthly beauty, fashion and lifestyle subscription service that costs about $40 per month (I am charged $43.39 per month, which includes tax and shipping to. To subscribe click here, or visit musthave.popsugar.com for more information!
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.
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.
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 ($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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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 ($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.
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.
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.
1). Marc by Marc Jacobs Crossbody Classic Q Natasha Handbag ($368; bloomingdales.com): Super cute, crossbody bag. I cannot waittttt to get this for myself. I love Marc by Marc Jacobs handbags and this color is way too amazing to pass up.
2). Smashbox Always Sharp 3D Liner in 3D Pacific ($20 for 0.01 oz.; sephora.com): I actually don’t have this liner, but I need to pick it up. I love Smashbox’s Always Sharp 3D liners (they’re one of the best), and this color is the perfect mint green — It’s described as a “seafoam mint green.”
3). J. Crew Patent Narrow-Buckle Belt in Pale Mint ($34.50, on sale from $39.50; jcrew.com): A cute, skinny, leather belt that can add a sweet pop of color to an outfit.
4). Mint Green Ceramic Pottery Heart Dish by DarriellesClayArt Shop on Etsy ($14; etsy.com): The store Darrielle’s Clay Art on Etsy has some beautiful ceramic pottery dishes in mint green (as well as other colors) that can be used in a bunch of different ways. This one would be great for jewelry, candles or any other small items.
5). ZOYA Nail Polish in Dillon ($9 for 0.5 oz.; zoya.com): A pretty, full-coverage green mint metallic nail polish with silver shimmer in ZOYA’s wonderful “5-Free” formula.
6). Mint Scalloped Jar ($12.99; worldmarket.com): This super cute mint-colored jar would look great in the kitchen, bedroom and even the bathroom.
7). Kendra Scott Rosemary Floral Earrings in Mint ($77; laylagrayce.com): Beautiful gold metal earrings with natural seafoam magnesite gemstones.
Yayyy spring is here and, even though we still have had a few whacky, cold snow days here in New York, the weather has generally been getting warmer and yesterday was especially beautiful! I feel like springtime comes sooo slowly and when it’s finally here we only have about a month (sometimes even less) of actual “spring” weather before the hot days of summer arrive.
With the beautiful spring weather comes my birthday (yippeee!) in April, and, the best part, is a change in wardrobe with all the pretty spring colors that adorn everything from fashion and accessories to makeup, housewares and decorations. I love spring colors and one of my favorites is this pretty mint green.
The mint Marc by Marc Jacobs handbag (above) is what inspired this post, since that is exactly what I want for my birthday (from my wonderful mom). I tried to keep this post as short and sweet as possible — you can click any of the links next to the product names above for more information 🙂