POPSUGAR Must Have February 2014 Review

My least favorite thing about living in Texas is probably how slowly I receive my subscription boxes! I feel like I’m always in the last batch of recipients. Most companies either ship from the West Coast or the East Coast, so being smack in the center means I spend a lot of time stalking spoilers and trying to be patient. I already knew what to expect in my February POPSUGAR Must Have box, but I was excited to receive it nonetheless. There are a lot of mixed opinions about this month’s box, so I’m happy to have it in person and add my two cents to the discussion.

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! It’s hands down my favorite subscription thus far. Check out last month’s review here!

POPSUGAR Must Have February 2014 Review

Sugarwish Mini Red Hot Cinnamon Hearts | $7.50
Adorable packaging! The candy itself definitely isn’t worth $7.50, but the presentation is really lovely and I can see Sugarwish being a great gift. The box also included a coupon for 20% off that I will definitely take advantage of. Too bad I’m not super into cinnamon candies, but I do enjoy how festive they are for Valentine’s Day!

POPSUGAR Must Have February 2014 ReviewNCLA Nail Lacquer in Rodeo Drive Royalty | $16.00
Gorgeous color! I’ve never tried NCLA’s formula before, so I’m excited to see how it holds up compared to other 5-free brands. After browsing NCLA’s website, I wish we had received the ‘Heart Attack’ polish instead (too cute!).

POPSUGAR Must Have February 2014 ReviewGorjana Brooks Jewelry Roll | $45.00
This is the big ticket item for February, and I’m pretty disappointed. When I first saw the spoilers I was really happy! I’ve been wanting a travel jewelry case for a while now, and almost bought one from Gorjana & Griffin during their holiday sale. But now that I have it in person, the quality is really not what I expected, especially for a $45 price tag.

POPSUGAR Must Have February 2014 ReviewThe jewelery roll interior features 3 zip-up compartments. The zippers are pretty hard to pull and the stitching is very poor quality. On the website, the interior is black, which makes me think that maybe these jewelry rolls are a bad batch or leftover stock from a clearance sale. Whatever the reason, I’m really let down by this item.

POPSUGAR Must Have February 2014 Review

Gorjana & Griffin also sent a $25 off coupon, but it can’t be combined with any other offers or used towards shipping. I’ll probably use it in the future when they have a ‘free shipping with any order’ option, since they normally have pretty high shipping prices.

POPSUGAR Must Have February 2014 Review

K. Hall Designs Peony Candle Tin | $11.00
I love this candle, it smells so nice! It’s pretty small for the price, but the scent is fabulous and it burns well. I will definitely be exploring more from this brand! Out of this month’s box, the candle is my favorite item.

POPSUGAR Must Have February 2014 ReviewNourish Organic Argan Face Serum | $23.99
Oil-based moisturizers are all the rage right now, and anything with argan oil in it is a must-try for me! Although this isn’t really a serum, so I don’t recommend anyone trying to put moisturizer over it; it’s already pretty heavy. I’ve only been using it for one day so I can’t see any results yet, but I do see some pretty good reviews for Nourish Organic and their products!

POPSUGAR Must Have February 2014 ReviewModel Co Lip Gloss and Lipstick Duo | $22.00
I can’t find this exact product online, so I’m ballparking the value here. I like the nude/soft pink color, and I’m glad it’s not a red or bright pink. But I’m a bit tired of Model Co. products at this point. I get a lot of their items from Ipsy and we just got a Model Co. mascara in the December POPSUGAR box. I’d like more variety in terms of brands!

POPSUGAR Must Have February 2014 ReviewDial Vitamin Boost Lotion Infused Body Wash | $3.00
So this is the controversial product. Since we usually get 5-6 items in our PS boxes, this was considered an ‘extra’ 7th item. People seem to be upset because it’s a drugstore brand and doesn’t feel very ‘must have’ or exclusive. I agree that it definitely feels out of place. The fact that it’s the largest item in the box doesn’t really help. But on the other hand, I don’t really mind receiving it. As long as products like this don’t count towards an actual item in the box, I’m fine with whatever POPSUGAR wants to send me. On the bright side, this body wash actually smells surprisingly nice and I’ll probably use it at some point.

POPSUGAR Must Have February 2014 Review

Overall my box had a value of around $128.49, give or take a little for the Model Co Lip Duo and depending on whether the Dial Body Wash counts. Even with a high retail value, this box was kind of a miss for me. I love the candle, I like the NCLA nail polish, but nothing else was that fun. I’m mostly disappointed with the big ticket item (jewelry roll). I really expected better quality for something that supposedly costs $45.

But despite these shortcomings, I’m still a big fan of POPSUGAR. I just can’t find a box that compares to them yet. (Though I’ll be trying out the FFF VIP Box for Spring, so stay posted for that review!) If anyone has any subscription suggestions, please let me know!

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 🙂


2 thoughts on “POPSUGAR Must Have February 2014 Review

  1. I totally agree with you on the candle being the best item and the jewelry roll being disappointing. I just talked about gorjana griffin and Model Co. on my blog because they both seem so cheap and icky.

  2. Pingback: POPSUGAR Must Have March 2014 Review | Secretly Hoarding

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