Every month all my subscription boxes seem to come within the same week, so it’s going to be a busy couple of days getting everything up on the blog!
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 REFER5 to get $5 off your first month. It’s hands down my favorite subscription thus far, and consistently has a great cost to value ratio. Almost every month the value of the box is more than $100.
New branding from POPSUGAR! I’m still surprised they chose to rebrand again, since their last rebrand and website revamp was only about a year ago. I wonder if they’ll do another change for next year?
Cravings: Recipes For All the Food You Want to Eat by Chrissy Teigen | $29.99
This was the sneak peek we got a while back, and I’ve been excited to receive it ever since. At first I was a little skeptical since she’s a model and I thought it might be full of salads and juices and stuff like that, but once I read more about it I realized it was actually full of delicious food that I would love to make! She went to culinary school before becoming a model, which I think is pretty awesome. Props to her for making all that yummy food and staying so thin! Her pictures are all phenomenal and a lot of the recipes sound delicious and doable. Nothing too fancy or complicated, but sophisticated enough for date night. It’s currently available on Amazon for $14.99.
It’s laid out in an easy to follow format and has loads of beautiful photos. Can’t wait to try some of the recipes!
Next by Nature Dark Chocolate Espresso Beans | $4.00
One of my favorite pick-me-up treats! I used to buy these from Trader Joe’s all the time when I was in college, so it’s great to get a little stroll down memory lane with these espresso beans. I’ll be keeping these at work for a post-lunch sweet treat. Is there a more perfect combination than chocolate and coffee?
Farmacy Sleep Tight Firming Night Balm | $48.00
Loving that we got another product from Farmacy! I’m so pleased that I discovered this brand through POPSUGAR, because this night balm and the lip balm from the mini box are both wonderful. One thing I really do like about the mini subscription is that I truly think it does a good job of complementing the regular must have subscription.
Lovely packaging! I’m a total sucker for beautiful design and Farmacy has been delivering it in spades this month.
It comes in a tub like this and feels pretty solid, but melts right into your skin when you apply. A little goes a long way with this! Using just a tiny amount on my fingertips, it acts as a great overnight mask and I wake up with soft and fresh skin. I’m really impressed with the results and will most likely repurchase when this one runs out, though that won’t be for a while.
Royal Apothic Field Poppy Conservatories Hand Creme | $24.00
Not the first time we’ve received Royal Apothic products before, but since I’ve loved them all I have no complaints. I think I just saw this hand cream at Anthropologie the other day! The packaging is stunning: it has pink linen all around the box with gold foil details. I’m debating between keeping this and gifting it. On one hand, I have so much hand lotion it’s not even funny. On the other hand, it’s gorgeous and smells fantastic and I’m a hoarder. Hmm….
Loving the fact that it came with a little tool to help you get every last drop out of the tube. I wish more companies sent these!
Canvas Home Tinware Salt & Pepper Shakers | $12.00
I think this is the first time we’ve received salt and pepper shakers from POPSUGAR, and I hope it means more home items in the future. Even though these aren’t really my style, I’ll happily use them for my outdoor patio dining area.
Very shabby chic and unique, and the vintage lettering is really lovely. But it just doesn’t go with the modern aesthetic inside my home.
Noon Design Shop Lemons Flour Sack Tea Towel | $18.00
So pleased with all the home accessories we’ve received in the April box! I have a slight obsession with tea towels so this was a home run for me. It’s very absorbent and soft, and supposedly will get better with more use. I must admit that I didn’t even know what a tea towel was used for until a few years ago, but they’re most often used to dry dishes. Traditionally it was for drying fine china and silverware, or used to spread over a tea tray and to cover teapots/scones to preserve heat. In my house, I just use them for pretty much anything you can use a towel for. This one is lint free, which is really important if you are using it to dry dishes.
Love how bright and cheerful this lemon print is! It makes me think of summer and drinking homemade lemonade.
Bloom That $20 Gift Card
Since I can’t purchase a bouquet of flowers using only this gift card, I won’t be counting the $20 towards the overall value of the box. I’m disappointed that it covers so little of the cost! Personally, I think Bloom That is a bit of a rip off. The smallest bouquet I can get delivered to my address is “The Teeny” for $30, which comes with 7 yellow tulips and a few sprigs of filler. Adding tax and delivery, it comes out to $60! Just to put that in perspective, my local Whole Foods is selling 10 stems of tulips for $6.99 right now. Now I totally understand that making a bouquet takes time and effort, and delivery will always be rather expensive for fresh flowers. I get it, I really do. One of my close friends is a florist so I know exactly how much work she puts into her business and the cost of fresh flowers and overhead expenses. But $60 for 7 tulips is pretty steep. If you want fresh flowers, I would recommend you call a local florist and see what he/she has available that is in season and within your price range. That’s how you get the best quality for the best price!
Overall I thought it was a solid month. Even though the value is on the lower end for POPSUGAR standards, it’s still impressive at $135.99. That’s more than triple the cost of the box. I really liked everything except the shakers and the “gift card”, so I definitely got my money’s worth for April. I thought the curation was on point and it felt like a spring box to me. With all the rain we’ve been having down here, it was a bright spot of sunshine in my otherwise dreary week.
Hoping that May will have lots of home items as well! If you really liked April, this box is still for sale! It will probably sell out soon though, so grab it now if you’re interested! Use the code REFER5 to get $5 off your first month.