Finally got around to photographing and reviewing my August POPSUGAR Must Have box, which got here about a week ago. It’s so hard to believe how quickly this month flew by! Please forgive my procrastination, things have just been so hectic lately.
POPSUGAR Must Have is a monthly lifestyle subscription box for women. Each month includes a variety of items, usually from categories like food, beauty, home, and fitness.
Royal Apothic Tea Balm Firming Eye Treatment | $36.00
Love this eye cream! It’s a brand new product from Royal Apothic and is very moisturizing and absorbs quickly. It has no added fragrance, which for an eye cream is really important. I can’t tell you how many times a heavily perfumed eye cream has irritated my eyes. The packaging is also lovely, which is to be expected from Royal Apothic. Their Cuppa Cuppa Tea Mask packaging is simply to die for!
Shortstacks Birthday Cake Pancake and Waffle Mix | $8.00
Yum! Usually I find birthday cake flavored things to be very hit or miss, and this is a definite hit. It’s not overly sweet or cloying and the pancakes were light and fluffy. Out of the past several boxes, this is hands down my favorite food item. It also fits nicely with the theme of back to school and morning routines.
Happy Jackson YAYLUNCH Lunch Box | $10.00
I’m not the greatest at packing my own lunch, so hopefully having this box will get me slightly more motivated. The striped elastic belly band that holds the box together is really adorable, but I wish the box could stay closed without the band. I feel like it’s something I could easily lose and then the box would look kind of weird (there’s grooves for where the elastic goes) and be less functional.
Since there are no compartments and the box is not leak-proof, I imagine this being ideal for a sandwich. I wish it were more versatile, but I am still happy to try it out. Could be cute for packing dry snacks too.
American Colors Clothing Plaid Scarf | $79.00
I wish there were more color options, since I love the red scarves so much more on their website. I’m generally really happy with the scarves that I receive from POPSUGAR, but this one doesn’t go very well with anything in my wardrobe. Since this color scheme isn’t really for me, I’m going to pass it along to a friend of mine who can pull it off. That’s kind of the great part about being a subscription box junkie: I always have gifts for my friends!
Best Day Ever Mug | $12.00
I don’t know who did the original art for this, but it seems like a lot of different brands have this same phrase, typography, and layout. I’ve seen a slightly cheaper gold version of this same mug made by a different company on Nordstrom that I like more, and wish we had gotten that one instead. Does POPSUGAR just have an obsession with cobalt blue? I feel like everything they send us is this same color. Don’t get me wrong, I like cobalt blue…but after the first handful of blue items (crossbody, umbrella, stationery, clutch, the list could go on) a girl starts craving different colors!
Meri Meri Toot Sweet Pink Stripe Napkins| $6.00
Never thought I would be excited to get napkins, but these are really pretty and unique! I can’t imagine when I’ll use them (maybe a nice brunch or girls night?) but I’m looking forward to it. If fancy paper napkins aren’t for you, there are a lot of DIY ideas on Pinterest for what you can do with them. I’m especially digging the idea of turning them into little banner garlands.
My Yoga Works 3 Month Trial | $45.00
I’ve been so lazy lately and skipping a lot of my yoga and barre classes, so perhaps this will help kick me back onto the routine. I imagine this service is perfect for someone with a busy schedule or who likes to workout at night (I’m definitely guilty of this), since you can access the classes 24/7. All my classes are early in the morning before work, which is part of the reason why I’ve been skipping so often. Sleeping in is just too tempting! Can’t wait to try out some online yoga.
Folgers Iced Cafe Caramel Macchiato Flavored Coffee Drink Concentrate | $5.00
This is listed as an extra, and even though it’s not terribly exciting, I think it’s a good choice for a back to school themed box. The bottle is much smaller than I imagined it would be: this thing could easily fit in your pocket. I’m thinking back to college days and secretly glad we didn’t have these around. I probably would have been hooked on this stuff…
The total value for this box is $201.00, which is high even for POPSUGAR standards. However, it’s not one of my favorites. Guess it’s just even more proof that high value doesn’t always mean customer satisfaction! Some of my favorite boxes have actually been the low value ones. Interesting how that works out, right?
While I definitely found some useful stuff and think the items match well with the theme, I didn’t love every item and especially wasn’t a huge fan of the big ticket item. Nonetheless I think it’s a solid curation and it sounds like lots of people really liked this month, so I’m happy for them and excited for September!