I received a $40-off coupon in my October Pop Sugar Must Have box to try out a pretty cool-looking food subscription service called Hello Fresh. Since I am addicted to subscription boxes I naturally jumped on the opportunity to try it out. I also thought it was pretty unique, and definitely unique to me personally because I’m not currently subscribed to any food subscription boxes. I figured there was no harm in trying it out and the $40-off coupon made it cheap enough that I wouldn’t care about the money lost if I ended up hating it (I spent $29 total).
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.