POPSUGAR Must Have April 2014 Review

April wasn’t a very good month for POPSUGAR in terms of shipping, but they really hit the box out of the ballpark! I didn’t think they could top the March box, but I think April is now my favorite POPSUGAR Must Have box ever.

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, but you can use the code MAY10 to get $10 off your first box! It’s hands down my favorite subscription thus far. (And for $30 it’s an awesome deal.) Check out last month’s review here!

POPSUGAR Must Have April 2014 ReviewBlue Avocado Eco Shopper | $24.99
I have more than enough reusable totes, but this one is definitely the cutest! And I love that it zips up into a convenient size (iPhone pictured to show scale). Unlike some foldable/collapsable totes that are near impossible to refold properly, this one is actually really easy to do. You don’t have to fold it precisely, and it took me maybe 30 seconds to get it the first time. Definitely a keeper!

POPSUGAR Must Have April 2014 ReviewThe pattern is adorable and totally perfect for Spring and Summer. I took it to the farmer’s market yesterday and got tons of compliments! The straps are wide and comfortable on the shoulder, which is a huge plus for me.

POPSUGAR Must Have April 2014 ReviewCaldrea Rosewater Driftwood Hand Soap | $10.50
The scent is a great blend of rose, gardenia, and lily, with undertones of cedar and musk. I was already a big fan of Caldrea before I got this soap, since they use natural and safe ingredients and have an amazing range of unique scents. I highly recommend their Sweet Pea scent, it’s one of my favorites! I did notice that my soap leaked a little bit, and it seems a lot of people experienced this. Luckily it was wrapped in bubble wrap and in its own box, so the leakage didn’t damage anything.

POPSUGAR Must Have April 2014 ReviewFresh Pastry Stand Totally Awesome Tea Towel Set | $18.00
I love Fresh Pastry Stand, even though these aren’t my favorite designs from her shop. I’m so happy to see POPSUGAR partnering with an Etsy seller for this box! I hope they continue doing this, since there are so many amazing shops and who doesn’t like handmade goodies?

POPSUGAR Must Have April 2014 ReviewBeing a total type nerd, these are going to be fun to have around the house. I feel like a lot of Fresh Pastry Stand’s other patterns would fit the theme of the April box more (you should check out her vintage Pyrex prints!), but I still really like these. They’re pretty big tea towels measuring approximately 28″ x 29″, which is useful for drying dishes 🙂

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Nature Box POPSUGAR Must Have Mix | $4.00
I used to have a Nature Box subscription, but have since cancelled (just too many snacks in this household!). This mix definitely was not for me, since I don’t like soybeans or dried corn. And I would probably like them even less combined together. Nature Box has rebranded very recently, so this is actually the old packaging. I’m surprised they didn’t take this opportunity to show off their new brand!

POPSUGAR Must Have April 2014 ReviewGraphic Image ‘Run The World’ Pocket Notebook | $36.00
Love this notebook! It’s the same size and material as the one I got in my Nina Garcia box recently, so it seems like Graphic Image is working with various subscription boxes. And since I love Graphic Image, I couldn’t be happier! The leather is really amazing quality and this blue one is softer compared to the Nina one I received. I don’t think I can have enough small notebooks in my life, so this was a definite win in my book.

POPSUGAR Must Have April 2014 ReviewToo Faced Natural Eyes Palette | $36.00
Oh my gosh, totally love! The last thing I need in my world is more eyeshadow, but I couldn’t resist such a gorgeous palette! I used to have the very old version of this many years ago, back when it was still cardboard with a pull-out drawer, and I’m thrilled with their updated packaging. It’s so much sleeker and sturdier now!

POPSUGAR Must Have April 2014 ReviewSo pretty! I’m glad they replaced the bottom left color, because before this it was full of glitter and it was the only one I didn’t get to the pan of. That was probably the only complaint I had about this palette, so I guess it’s perfect now. But seriously, just this palette made this whole box more than worth it for me!

POPSUGAR Must Have April 2014 ReviewTotal value for the April box: $129.49. For what I paid (about $32), that’s a phenomenal deal! I’ve loved March and April so much, is it too much to hope for a May box that is just as good? It seems like POPSUGAR is really stepping up their game for these boxes, and I hope it pays off for them. Can’t wait to see what’s in store for us in May! And don’t forget to use MAY10 to get $10 off your first box for May (that brings the price down to just $29.99)! If you’re a current month-to-month subscriber, you can cancel your account and make a new one with a different email. I know a lot of people have been doing that, and honestly it makes sense. I would do it too if I didn’t have an annual plan that I prepaid for!

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 🙂

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Julep Mother’s Day Gift With Purchase Promo Code!

Yay for Julep gift-with-purchase codes! They’re always a great deal and this one is no exception. In honor of Mother’s Day, you can get a mystery gift set of mini nail polish colors (a $70 value) with a $35 purchase. Add the Mystery Gift Set to your cart, then add at least $35 worth of products, and then apply the code FORMOM.

I love the Julep mini bottles, they’re so adorable and great for travel! And they’re perfect for my mom, since she doesn’t do her nails very often and I’ve never seen her finish a whole bottle.

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For anyone interested in signing up for Julep Maven (I highly recommend it!) you can use code FREEBOX to get your first month free. You get free shipping and a discount on their full priced nail polish plus other items! The nail polish goes from $14 each to $11.20! 

POPSUGAR Must Have Special Edition Resort Box Review

So I finally got my Special Edition Resort box from POPSUGAR Must Have, about a month late. I ordered it back in February, and it was supposed to ship by March 31st. However, they had a problem with one of the suppliers (I’m guessing it’s RB of McD…but more on that later), and ended up not having enough boxes for all the subscribers. As a result, some people got their boxes on time, while others got an email saying they would ship by April 7th. And then out of the group who got the email, a handful of people (including yours truly!) didn’t get their boxes shipped until a week after that. And since they ship using FedEx Smartpost, it took about 8 business days to get from California to Texas. Yikes.

Can you tell I’m not a very happy camper right now? At $100/box, it’s definitely a splurge for most people and when POPSUGAR doesn’t deliver on time, it’s disheartening and frustrating. I didn’t even get a heads up when the shipping got pushed back a second time! I’ve been with POPSUGAR for a while now and know this isn’t their normal level of service, so I won’t hold it against them in regards to future purchases. But it definitely put a damper on my excitement for this box 😦

POPSUGAR Must Have Special Edition Resort Box ReviewEvery time I get a Special Edition box, I’m impressed with the overall presentation. They definitely manage to get the luxury vibe across.

POPSUGAR Must Have Special Edition Resort Box ReviewAnd each item is always individually wrapped in tissue paper. It definitely feels like a mini Christmas morning each time!

POPSUGAR Must Have Special Edition Resort Box ReviewSalty Road Salty Caramel Apple Taffy | $6.50
Delicious! I honestly can’t imagine how caramel apple taffy could possibly go wrong! I’m happy to discover and support this brand, since they make all their candy in small batches in Brooklyn and I have a soft spot for any up-and-coming confectioner.

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Clark’s Botanicals Cellular Lifting Moisture Mist | $28.00
We received the 30ml size, which is actually perfect for keeping in a purse for on the go. It’s really refreshing and I foresee a lot of use for this in the awful Houston heat that’s slowly creeping up. This definitely feels very ‘vacation’ and ‘resort’!

POPSUGAR Must Have Special Edition Resort Box ReviewSmashbox Santigolden Age Double-Ended Limitless Liner | $24.00
Although I like Smashbox products, I was pretty ‘meh’ about this liner. Maybe it’s just because I’m not adventurous at all when it comes to eyeliner…but I can’t imagine being able to pull this off. If anyone has tips, that would be greatly appreciated! I received the bright blue and soft gold combination, which in my opinion is at least better than the green/yellow combination? But still, I’m totally clueless about what looks I can achieve with this.

POPSUGAR Must Have Special Edition Resort Box ReviewSisco Berluti Bracelet Stack | $160.00 (?)
Since this stack was made exclusively for POPSUGAR, I can’t find an exact value for it online. But judging by the price of individual bracelets that are similar in style, I think $160 is a fair assessment. These bracelets are definitely my favorite items from the box! They’re absolutely gorgeous and perfect for summer. Totally stunning as a stack, but works individually too or mixed with other bracelets.

POPSUGAR Must Have Special Edition Resort Box ReviewEpicuren Discovery Tropical Lave | $25.00
This is a body wash that can double as a shampoo, which is interesting and potentially useful for travel (one less bottle to worry about!), though I haven’t tried using it as a shampoo yet. The scent is really perfect for the resort theme: coconuts and lime! And it’s such a generous size that it will last me a long time.

POPSUGAR Must Have Special Edition Resort Box ReviewR.B. of McD Clutch | ??
So this is the item that I have a serious problem with. It’s definitely not a luxury item, even though the brand usually sells very beautiful leather bags. They created this special clutch for the POPSUGAR box, but honestly the box would have done better without it. The craftsmanship on this clutch is truly awful. Awful to the point where if I saw it in a store, I wouldn’t buy it for any price. And the really sad part? I actually got an okay bag compared to a lot of other people! I’ve seen pictures of completely crooked bags, zippers that don’t line up, leather that doesn’t match in color for both sides, etc.

POPSUGAR Must Have Special Edition Resort Box ReviewThe way the leather is cut and stitched looks like one of my early sewing projects! Definitely not something I expect from a high-end company, and not the kind of bag I would want to be seen with. It’s also not so much a clutch but more of a travel/cosmetics bag.

POPSUGAR Must Have Special Edition Resort Box ReviewThe inside isn’t even lined, and it’s painfully obvious that it was made in a hurry. Something tells me this was the item that held up the boxes for so many people. I do feel kind of sad for R.B. of McD, since they obviously wanted to get their name out there but the bag is a total flop. I wish they had maybe done a smaller bag without any leather, but spent the time to sew it well.

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Cuyana Turkish Towel | $55.00
This was the spoiler that was released for the box, and I love it! It’s very soft and lightweight, yet highly absorbent. Perfect for bringing to the beach or the pool! I actually went ahead and bought another in the Rose color for my mom. With beach season right around the corner, I couldn’t be happier to have this on hand.

POPSUGAR Must Have Special Edition Resort Box ReviewSo overall, this box was okay for me. I love the bracelet stack and the towel, so that’s a great value already. However, the clutch is awful and I probably won’t be using it at all. Maybe as a random travel bag for toiletries or something? I’m also still frustrated with the shipping, since I had to wait 3 extra weeks because of the silly clutch that I don’t even like! But at least the other items are enjoyable and fit the resort theme really well. This was a good mix of items and the value is still there, even without considering the clutch.

I’m looking forward to reviewing my April POPSUGAR Must Have box tomorrow, so stay tuned! And for anyone interested in joining: use code MAY10 to save $10 off your first POPSUGAR Must Have box!

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 🙂

Julep Maven May 2014 “Fresh Twist” Collection Released

Happy Easter, everyone! And it’s also Julep Maven selection day! If you’re subscribed to Julep don’t forget to log in and select which box you want, or choose to skip if you have the option. You have until the 24th to make a decision!

This month features The “Fresh Twist” Collection. I love it! Perfect spring/summer colors and even more perfect for an Easter release date. This is also the month of the Plie Wand debut, so if you’re interested in it, definitely jump on board this month!

Julep Maven May 2014 "Fresh Twist" Collection ReleasedBoho Glam:
Jeanne: Jet-set blue crème
Paulette: Golden lilac tulle shimmer
Julep Plié Wand: Ergonomically designed to bring more control, accuracy, and fun to every polishing experience. Comes with a Plié overcap & precision brush.

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Julep Maven May 2014 "Fresh Twist" Collection Released

Julep Maven May 2014 "Fresh Twist" Collection ReleasedBombshell:
Laree: Golden pink taffeta shimmer
Saaya: Golden apricot shimmer
Julep Plié Wand: Ergonomically designed to bring more control, accuracy, and fun to every polishing experience. Comes with a Plié overcap & precision brush.

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Julep Maven May 2014 "Fresh Twist" Collection Released

Classic with a Twist:
Maddy: Raspberry sorbet shimmer
Ramona: Muted lavender rose crème
Julep Plié Wand™: Ergonomically designed to bring more control, accuracy, and fun to every polishing experience. Comes with a Plié overcap & precision brush.

Julep Maven May 2014 "Fresh Twist" Collection Released

Julep Maven May 2014 "Fresh Twist" Collection Released

Julep Maven May 2014 "Fresh Twist" Collection Released

It Girl:
Kam: Vintage spearmint crème
Jules: Warm powder pink crème
Julep Plié Wand™: Ergonomically designed to bring more control, accuracy, and fun to every polishing experience. Comes with a Plié overcap & precision brush.

Julep Maven May 2014 "Fresh Twist" Collection Released

Julep Maven May 2014 "Fresh Twist" Collection Released

Julep Maven May 2014 "Fresh Twist" Collection ReleasedColor Crush:
Iona (It Girl): Hydrangea blue crème
Jules (It Girl): Warm powder pink crème
Paulette (Boho Glam): Golden lilac tulle shimmer

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Julep Maven May 2014 "Fresh Twist" Collection Released

Julep Maven May 2014 "Fresh Twist" Collection Released

Modern Beauty:
Brilliance Glycolic Scrub: Our best-selling five-star scrub has a brilliant new name. Gentle enough to use every day, this dual-action exfoliating scrub instantly reveals brighter, smoother skin—like a facial for your hands! Natural apricot seeds whisk away dirt, oil, and dead skin cells while a potent concentration of glycolic acid works to fight signs of aging. 90% of users noticed softer, younger-looking skin after just one treatment.

Rock Star Hand Crème: This anti-aging blend of shea butter, glycerin, coconut oil, and vitamin E keeps hands hydrated, even after washing. The non-greasy, fast-absorbing formula will leave you cheering for an encore. Rock on.

Julep Maven May 2014 "Fresh Twist" Collection ReleasedFeatured Add On #1:
Plié Wand Creativity Kit: Take your nail color to the next level with these Plié-compatible tools!
Striping Brush: Features superfine bristles for French manis, swirls, and stripes
Dotting Tool: Features a rounded tip for dots and hearts

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Mod Art Kit: includes
Brigitte (Classic with a Twist): Bright white crème
Jet (It Girl): Jet black crème
Sienna (Classic with a Twist): Sophisticated, shimmer gold
Madison (Classic with a Twist): Electric neon hot pink crème
Bette (Bombshell): Electric neon purple crème
Plié Striping Brush: Features superfine bristles for French manis, swirls, and stripes
Plié Dotting Tool: Features a rounded tip for dots and hearts

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Julep Maven May 2014 "Fresh Twist" Collection Released

Featured Add On #3:
Jules (It Girl): Warm powder pink crème
Iona (Color Crush): Hydrangea blue crème

Julep Maven May 2014 "Fresh Twist" Collection ReleasedFeatured Add On #4:
Evelyn (It Girl): Magenta purple crème

Julep Maven May 2014 "Fresh Twist" Collection ReleasedFeatured Add On #5:
Raegan: Electric dark pink crème

Julep Maven May 2014 "Fresh Twist" Collection Released

Love it!! I’m drawn to the Boho Glam option, since Paulette is absolutely gorgeous! But all the colors are so great, I might have to upgrade. And girls, if you take this month’s box you’ll get double Jules.

 

For anyone interested in signing up for Julep Maven (I highly recommend it!) you can use code FREEBOX to get your first month free. You won’t be able to get May colors for your first box, but it’s a great way to figure out if you like the formula and you can get the June collection if you like it.

 

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

POPSUGAR Must Have Promo Code: $10 Off for May 2014!

Another $10 promo code for POPSUGAR Must Have to use in May! Use code MAY10 to save $10 off your first POPSUGAR Must Have box! I’m loving all these $10 codes they’ve been doing each month. But since they have been releasing these codes each month since February now, I would recommend doing the month-to-month plan since it’s affordable and there’s no commitment. For $30, it’s absolutely worth it! POPSUGAR is definitely my favorite box, even when they have some shipping problems (like they do for the April one…I still don’t have my box yet!). In the end, they have fantastic customer service and the value of the boxes can’t be beat!

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