Finally got my May POPSUGAR box this week! I peeked and looked at spoilers before I got my box, so I knew what to expect already. I never seem to have the self restraint to avoid looking at spoilers! But it’s completely different to actually have the box in my hands, because sometimes the spoilers don’t look that exciting but I end up loving the box once I actually receive it. I was hoping this would be one of those boxes.
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.
Recently POPSUGAR has gone through another rebranding, so I’m still getting used to the new look. While I like the more minimal branding, I think the boxes are packed more haphazardly now. This month all my items arrived kind of jumbled without much protective packaging. Luckily nothing was broken, but I miss the old days of carefully packed boxes!
On the bright side the information cards look really posh now!
Kocostar Foot Therapy | $10.00
First of all, I always get excited when I see products that I’ve seen at Anthropologie being featured in a subscription box! Normally this is a little out of my price range for what I’m willing to spend on a single-use foot mask, but since it came in a box I’m pretty happy. This foot mask is meant to be worn for 1.5 hours, so get Netflix ready! Word of advice: don’t try to walk in this mask! There’s a good chance that you’ll slip, since the interior is very slick.
Spongelle Spongology Body Buffer | $20.00
I’m a sucker for gorgeous packaging, and this is my favorite that I’ve seen from Spongelle before! Even though the concept of a cleanser-infused sponge is sort of wasteful, I do enjoy using them for traveling. Instead of having to bring little bottles of of body wash, I can bring a sponge that is meant to be disposed of after a week or two. This one is supposed to last for approximately 20 uses.
This sponge is definitely great for exfoliating–it’s much rougher than I expected! I found it to be pretty luxurious, almost like a little massage for myself in the shower. My skin felt really soft and clean afterwards and I love the scent!
Happy Spritz Breathe Deeply | $25.00
I don’t really know what to use this for. It’s meant to be used on your face as a refreshing spray, and also on your yoga mat after an intense workout session. I find peppermint oil to be very harsh on my skin, so I definitely didn’t want to spray any on my face. I tried some on my yoga mat but I still prefer the actual cleaner that my yoga studio provides after each class. I’ve also tried using it as a room freshener spray but it didn’t really do much. Feeling sort of disappointed since it’s one of the higher priced items in this box and so far I’m totally stumped on what to use this for. Open to any and all suggestions!
GAIAM Foldable Yoga Mat | $24.98
I applaud POPSUGAR for sending something very different, because I don’t think I’ve ever seen a yoga mat in a subscription box like this before! Personally, I won’t get very much use out of this mat because I pretty much never travel with a yoga mat and I already have a very thin one that rolls up efficiently (also by GAIAM). Since this one is meant to be folded, it’s quite difficult to get the folds out of it even after keeping it unfolded for several days. For me, that’s a deal breaker because I love having my yoga mat lay perfectly flat. It bothers me to even have a small corner curled up! Plus I think over time your mat would crack at the fold marks. I’ll be passing this along to a friend who needs a yoga mat, since I know it would just be collecting dust in my home.
Bluma Project Capri Bracelets Set of 2 | $44.00
I love the adorable packaging! These bracelets are so much smaller and more delicate than I thought they would be. They are handcrafted by Guatemalan artisans and made with a thin elastic to stretch to accommodate your wrist size. I found them to be a little on the smaller side, since they fit me sort of snugly but I think I have pretty average sized wrists.
POPSUGAR must really have a thing for tassels right now! First the tassel necklace in the March box and now 2 tassel bracelets! I believe every subscriber received the same color combination: one light blue and one navy.
I actually like these bracelets way more than I thought I would, but I’m finding myself incredulous about the price tag. I have no idea how these are valued at $22 each. It’s literally just a thin piece of elastic with seed beads.
JimmyBar! Peanut Butter Clutter Clean Snack Bar | $2.49
Not a huge fan of peanut butter or dates, so my boyfriend got to enjoy this. He liked it, but didn’t feel it was special enough to warrant buying more. It’s gluten-free, dairy-free, and doesn’t contain any preservatives. Very simple ingredients list for those who are watchful of that: Dates, Peanut Butter, Crisp Brown Rice, Peanuts, Almonds, Honey.
Hint Kick Black Raspberry Infused Water | $1.69
This was a “special extra”, meaning it’s a sponsored item. My boyfriend and I are both big fans of sugar-free beverages, so I was happy to try a drink that I had never heard of before. I guess maybe because I was expecting it to be a slightly sweet flavor that I was a bit thrown off when it tasted kind of herbal, if that makes sense. It did taste like the fruit infused water that I’ve been obsessed with, but more chemical and herbal. I wasn’t a big fan. I wish I had gotten to try the Lemon Cayenne flavor that some subscribers received. It sounds more interesting. For me, I don’t really see the point of buying this drink. You can make your own infused water by adding mint or lemon or whatever fruit you want. It’s easy, delicious, and cheap! And if you want caffeine, tea comes in a bunch of different types and flavors as well.
Revlon Volume + Length Magnified Mascara | $8.99
This is another sponsored item, which makes sense since POPSUGAR doesn’t usually send drugstore brands like Revlon. I’m happy to try out a new product though, because sometimes drugstore brands yield amazing results! Unfortunately, this one didn’t impress me. Maybe because I’m so particular about my mascara, but I found the wand difficult to work with and the formula to be flaky. It actually went on my lashes pretty well and I was able to get decent volume. But after a few hours they started to flake off and smudge.
There was also supposed to be a Half Hitch Goods $10 “Gift Card” in my box, but it appears to be missing. I didn’t even bother contacting customer service about it though, since it wasn’t a true gift card. If I have to spend extra money to get something, shipping isn’t covered, and it doesn’t stack, I don’t count it as an actual gift card. Half Hitch Goods does have some super cute stuff though!
Overall it was a disappointing box for me. I hate to be so negative, and I think this is probably one of the worst I’ve ever written for POPSUGAR, but I’m also trying to be honest. It wasn’t a good fit for me this month. I’m not saying it was a terrible box, since the value is still $137.15 (though to be fair that’s on the lower end for PSMH) and I’m sure plenty of people enjoyed theirs. I just don’t think I’m an active enough person to make this one exciting. The things that I did like are the lower value items: the foot mask, the sponge buffer, and the bracelets. Even though the bracelets have a high price tag, I personally would value them at a much lower cost (maybe like $10 each). I feel like I probably could have purchased similar items for around the same cost of the box.
On the bright side, this just means that next month will for sure be better than this month and I can’t wait to see what we’ll be getting!