Oh my god, my POPSUGAR Must Have finally got here. If any of you have been following the craziness, they’ve had some serious issues this month with their new website launch and some people still don’t have their boxes yet! Keeping in mind that one item is pretty Halloween-specific, I can understand why customers are upset.
I think what really bothers me about the whole ordeal is their lack of communication with their customers. If I had gotten an email saying “Hey, boxes are shipping late and we’re very sorry. We had issues with x, y, and z, and hope to resolve this ASAP. Thanks for bearing with us!” I would be totally content to wait. Instead, they haven’t been responding to emails and even their apology email seemed condescending and didn’t explain anything.
What’s also odd is that I never got a tracking number for this box. It sort of just showed up on my doorstep unannounced. And I actually have two active subscriptions, yet only got this one box. Still no word on when I should be expecting my other one…
It’s too bad they had such a rough month, since this is actually a really nice curation for October and the transition to Fall! It just felt so anticlimactic when I finally got it.
I’m pretty impressed that the maltballs made it here to Houston without melting! Maybe this is proof that it’s actually cooling down?
k. hall designs Shea Butter / Olive Oil Soap | $10.00
POPSUGAR has sent out a k. hall item before (Peony scented candle), and I absolutely loved it, so I’ve got high hopes for this bar. I can’t decide if I want to use it or gift it. The packaging is so nice so it’s perfect for gifting, but I just can’t say no to another bar of soap. Oddly enough, this was listed as an “extra” on the card and it’s sponsored by Progresso. Like…the soup company. This is the first time I’ve seen a sponsored item like this before, so I’m wondering if this will be a new trend with their boxes? At least we didn’t get cans of soup!
Dean & Deluca Pumpkin Spice Maltballs | $5.50
Maltballs are a weird thing for me. I either love them (but it’s pretty rare) or hate them. There’s not much in between. Seeing as how these are from Dean and Deluca, I was optimistic…and I turned out to be right! I thought these were super addictive. You can’t go wrong with Pumpkin Spice, right? I swear, everything comes in Pumpkin Spice flavor right now. I just picked up some Pumpkin Spice Milano cookies and Pumpkin Spice M&Ms. Have these things been around forever and I just wasn’t aware of it? I was so excited!
Nailed Kit Nail Art | $8.00
So this is the Halloween specific item I was talking about. It would be kind of pointless to get it after October 31st, right? 2 out of 4 patterns would be really weird to wear any other time of year. I haven’t tried them out yet, but I already saw some pictures online of really cute Halloween manicures that I’m excited to play around with.
Happy Socks | $12.00
I’ve always wanted to try Happy Socks! I see them in Nordstrom looking all pretty in the displays, but I never feel like I can shell out the $12 for a pair of socks when regular cheap ones work just fine. I remember being really disappointed whenever I got socks or sweaters or any sort of clothing for Christmas, and now I’m always really excited for new socks. I’m a size 6.5 and these were a tiny bit too large, but still 100% wearable. I’m curious to know if POPSUGAR was able to accomodate anyone outside of the size range? I think it’s for sizes 5 to 9.
Butter London Wink Eye Pencil Crayon | $18.00
I was sort of let down when I first saw the spoiler for another eyeliner. I literally have a drawer full of liners I haven’t used yet. But the Earl Grey color is actually very pretty, and I’m just so happy POPSUGAR sent out a color besides black. It’s pretty rare for me to find a good grey color, since I usually see silver that is really bright or greys that have too much glitter. This one does have a glitter/shimmer to it, but the grey color is pretty dark and the glitter isn’t overwhelming. I think it’s a really lovely color! I’ve also never even seen Butter London cosmetics before so this was a fun discovery. I really thought they only made nail polish!
Isaac Jacobs Acrylic Magnet Photo Frame | $36.00
I don’t have enough printed photos to warrant keeping this, but I know a lot of people who would love to have this for the holidays. It’s a really sleek design: it’s two pieces of thick clear acrylic held together by four magnets in the corners.
Here’s a side view of the two acrylic pieces. It feels very well made and high quality, and I imagine would be really cute for holiday family photos!
Mine Chalkboard Soy Message Ceramic Candle | $24.00
I was so curious about what scent this candle would be, since I didn’t read about it in the spoilers. Mine is Pomegranate, and I’m not sure if there was any variation. It doesn’t really smell like pomegranate to me, but it’s a pleasant fruity and floral scent.
The whole box smelled amazing thanks to this candle! I think it’s really smart that the packaging is unsealed so you can write a message on the candle before gifting. I really really really want to burn it, but I also want to gift it! Hopefully my second box gets here soon so I won’t have to decide.
My piece of chalk broke, but is still functional. It took lots of restraint to not draw all over the candle as soon as I opened it for this picture.
Blue Jeans Bar Express $40 Credit | $40.00
Overall, the value was definitely still there despite not having a “big ticket” item. It came out to $113.50 without the BJB Express code, and $153.50 with the code. If it weren’t for the shipping fiasco, I would be very pleased with this month! Despite all the issues, I still recommend POPSUGAR Must Have because I’ve only had good experiences with them in the past. They’ve never had shipment problems before this and whenever I had a damaged item I was taken care of promptly. I’m unhappy with how they have handled this month, but I’m cutting them a little slack because (for me) it’s their first offense.
With that being said, subscribe at your own risk! If you’re worried about getting your box by a specific date each month, you might want to wait and see how the next few months go before trying it. To me, they’re still the best box for awesome value and a consistently great curation of home + beauty + food items. So if you’re still interested, there’s a great new code out courtesy of My Subscription Addiction! Use code GWP10 to get $10 off your first box AND a Kendra Scott necklace, valued at $50.
I’ve never seen a $10 off AND GWP combined in a single code from POPSUGAR Must Have yet, so this is really great promotion. If you want to use the code GWP10 make sure your total has $10.40 deducted from it. The extra $0.40 is to confirm your GWP is added. Here’s to a speedy and amazing November box!
EDIT: As of 10/30/2014 the GWP plus $10 code isn’t valid anymore. Boo 😦 I was hoping to pick up a November box with the code. Oh well, at least there’s still another code going around. Use code FSB10 to get $10 off, valid through November 13th. Oh and the November POPSUGAR box is available for purchase! Just make sure to uncheck the “waitlist” option when you purchase!