POPSUGAR Must Have December 2013 Review

I’m slowly working my way through the pile of boxes that has accumulated in front of my door while I was away. Up for review today is my POPSUGAR Must Have December box! I already knew what to expect since I was reading spoilers while on my trip (don’t judge me, airports are boring!), but it was still very exciting to open the box and experience the items in person.

POPSUGAR Must Have is a subscription service that sends a variety of items for women that are curated by the POPSUGAR editors. Items typically include food, beauty, home, among other miscellaneous things. Each month is $39.99/month, and you can use the code REFER5 to get $5 off your first box!

Check out last month’s review here.

POPSUGAR Must Have December 2013 ReviewFirst look!

POPSUGAR Must Have December 2013 ReviewGhirardelli Squares Holiday Assortment | $6.00
Ghirardelli Squares Milk & Caramel | $4.25
I didn’t think I would be excited about Ghirardelli chocolates, but I actually really love the holiday assortment. The pumpkin spice caramels are dangerously good! Of course, I would value these bags at more like $3.00, since they are very easy to find on sale in lots of stores.

CC Made Caramel Corn in Classic Caramel | $4.00
These were pretty good and it’s definitely great for the holidays, which is fun! As others have pointed out, the spelling error on the packaging (spelled artisanal as “artisinal”) does bother me more than it really should…but hey the popcorn is tasty and that’s the most important!

POPSUGAR Must Have December 2013 ReviewMIXT Studio Wrapping Paper | $9.00
While I do love wrapping paper and this is a useful product for me, I’m not sure it was the wisest choice for PS to include it. Many people bought these boxes as gifts for Christmas (POPSUGAR even recommended it!), and it’s going to be really pointless to receive a gift that includes wrapping paper. Not to mention that the paper quality is not good and rips easily. I certainly wouldn’t be paying $9.00 for it even though the designs are very cute.

Govino Go Anywhere Flutes | $12.95
Another miss for me. I think PS intended for this to be used to throw a holiday party? With plastic champagne flutes nothing gets broken…but then who is actually throwing a party with only 3 guests? And I don’t think I will be reusing these plastic cups so the price point is very high for what I consider to be one-time use disposable cups.

POPSUGAR Must Have December 2013 ReviewModelCo Fibre LashXTend Mascara | $19.95
My favorite item in the box! I haven’t tried a fiber mascara yet and I’m super excited to play around with it. I get a lot of ModelCo products from various boxes and they always seem like a solid brand with good quality cosmetics.

POPSUGAR Must Have December 2013 ReviewNCLA Designer Nail Wraps | $16.00
I haven’t tried nail wraps in forever, so this will be a fun experiment. I like that the wraps are both seasonal and versatile. I think the polka dot ones are really cute and could be worn outside of the holiday season very easily. I’m picturing a cute summer mani with a fun sundress.

POPSUGAR Must Have December 2013 ReviewLulu Frost for POPSUGAR Bracelet | $110.00
And last but certainly not least, this bracelet! I’m pretty torn about it, since it’s the big ticket item but I don’t like it as much as I want to. The bracelet is too big for me and is chunkier than I thought it would be. I think the charm itself is really cute and I love how sparkly it is, though I’m unsure if it warrants the $110 price tag.

POPSUGAR Must Have December 2013 ReviewA closer shot of the piece:

POPSUGAR Must Have December 2013 ReviewThis kind of bothered me: the back of the charm has this tag engraved into it. In my opinion, it feels kind of cheap and is frustrating because the charm flips around a lot when it is worn as a bracelet and then I feel like a walking advertisement for POPSUGAR. I saw some other ladies were painting over the back with a sparkly nail polish, and I like that idea a lot. I think I might do it! I also saw lots of people reusing the charm as a pendant for a necklace, and I love the results. I’ve already started hunting for a delicate silver chain!

POPSUGAR Must Have December 2013 Review

So in total this box has a value of $182.15, which makes it one of the highest value boxes from POPSUGAR that I’ve seen a while. And yet, so many people are dissatisfied with this month! I think the curation feels a bit scattered and some of the pieces didn’t feel special or relevant. A December box should definitely feel more luxurious! I think I’m starting to notice a trend that whenever the Limited Edition box is also going out, the box for that month with the regular subscription suffers a little bit. I remember the Fall Limited Edition box made shipping for the regular box very delayed. Anyways, I’m hoping that January will be awesome and make up for this lackluster shipment.

As always, all views in this post are the opinion of the author. I am not affiliated with POPSUGAR, though this post does contain referral links. You don’t have to use them, but I sure would appreciate it if you did 🙂


3 thoughts on “POPSUGAR Must Have December 2013 Review

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