POPSUGAR Must Have August 2017 Box Review

The August box from POPSUGAR is always a highly anticipated one because it’s their anniversary box. This year is their 5th year anniversary so I knew they would be curating a very special box. I was totally checking the tracking compulsively like a crazy person. And I’m happy to say that I was not disappointed. It’s a great box!

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 consistently one of my favorite subscriptions ever! I have been subscribed for over 3 years now!

POPSUGAR Must Have August 2017 Box Review

First Aid Beauty 5 in 1 Bouncy Mask | $38.00
If you haven’t used this brand before, I highly recommend trying their products! It’s especially great for those with sensitive skin, since a lot of their products are fragrance free. In the winter I swear by their Ultra Repair Cream. This “bouncy” mask is a new product and it’s really mild and hydrating. It only takes 10 minutes but adds a lot of moisture to your skin. My face felt super soft after I was done and I didn’t have any irritation or discomfort. It was very soothing when it was on (definitely doesn’t feel like the mud type of mask) and has a cooling effect. It’s so refreshing in the summer heat!


The container is smaller than I expected but a little goes a long way. The first time I used a thick layer, and the second time I did a very thin layer and the results were the same. It has a very light fragrance that I barely noticed when the mask was on, so if you’re sensitive to perfumed masks this could be a good one to try.


Meri Meri Gold Glitter Candles | $7.50
These are cute and practical–my favorite combination. They’re longer than your typical birthday candles (about 6 inches long) and look very elegant. I love that it comes with little candle holders to stick into the cake! My coworkers and I always buy a cake for my boss for her birthday at the end of August so I’ll have a chance to use these pretty candles! I would love to see more Meri Meri products from POPSUGAR!


Dogeared Friendship Bracelet | $34.00
Yay, more Dogeared jewelry! I am such a huge fan of Dogeared and their minimalistic dainty jewelry, so it’s always a good box when they feature the brand. While I love the bracelet, I think it would be an awesome stocking stuffer gift for my cousin-in-law when Christmas rolls around! (Don’t judge me y’all, planning early is how I sane when the holidays hit!) I know she will enjoy this bracelet and the message is perfect.


Goodie Girl Cookies in Chocolate Chunk | $2.95
I’ll never complain about getting chocolate chip cookies in a subscription box! These are gluten free and peanut free, and taste totally amazing. My only complaint is that the package is very small. I could have eaten a huge bag of these! Though it’s probably for the better that POPSUGAR sent a portion controlled size…


Cheers Lacquered Tray by Fringe Studio | $28.00
I love this tray so much! It’s so cute and festive and I adore the touch of gold. It’s approximately 12″ x 8.5″ and the sides go up 1.5″. It’s made of wood but the finish is waterproof. I really like how versatile a tray like this is. I’m currently using it to organize all my random clutter on my desk, but I think once it cools down around here I’ll use it as a cute tray to serve drinks. It would also be so pretty on our coffee table to store the ridiculous number of remotes we have and drink coasters.


I can’t get over how much I love this tray! Imagine how pretty it would be to serve champagne on this tray for a New Year’s Eve party!


Fringe Studio Free Spirit Journal | $16.00
This is a sponsored item from Jeep, but the journal itself doesn’t have any Jeep or POPSUGAR branding on it.


The journal cover is a metallic rose gold and the “free spirit” text is embossed in white. Attached to the spine of the journal is a ribbon that functions as a bookmark. The quality of the journal feels very good, I’m trying to decide what to use it for. Maybe a travel journal?


The interior is lined and has “Follow Your True North” on the bottom of each page.


Shoptiques.com $25 Gift Card | $25.00
And last but certainly not least, a gift card! It’s considered an extra but since it functions as an actual gift card (not a coupon, where you have to spend more money to get something) I’m counting it as the full $25 value. It’s so generous for them to include a $25 gift card in a box that only costs $40.


The box that the gift card comes in is so well designed that I’m torn about what to do with it. On one hand, I love Shoptiques and the brands they carry. On the other hand, since the box is so cute I think it would be an amazing gift!


Overall I thought this was an amazing box! I love the curation so much, and each item is a hit. I’m blown away that they were able to deliver a $151.45 value box that includes an actual $25 gift card! I wish I had purchased several of these August boxes. All the items would make wonderful gifts, if only I didn’t want to keep everything for myself! I am so excited to see what fall will bring for POPSUGAR, since fall is my favorite season and usually comes with my favorite box curations as well.


POPSUGAR Must Have July 2017 Box Review

Happy to be reviewing another POPSUGAR box today! I skipped reviewing last month’s box because I was out of the country, but it just feels right to be back on track. I’ve been subscribed to POPSUGAR for over 3 years now and at this point it’s part of my routine!

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.


Ocean Tribe Kilim Towel by Turkish-T | $49.00
This is possibly my favorite item from POPSUGAR this year! I love the Turkish-T brand a lot and I’m always excited to see it included in a box. Their towels are absorbent but dry very quickly and get softer and softer the more you use them. They’re my absolute favorite towels to bring to the pool or beach since they’re so compact and dry much faster than regular towels.


The pattern is so cute! The texture of this towel is thicker and softer than previous towels that I have received from Turkish-T in the past, but it’s still significantly thinner than your standard beach towel. I think this could double as a throw in the winter months! I love the quality and design of this towel so much that I already bought a second one to have a matching set. Just this towel alone covers the cost of the box for me!


Supergoop! Super Power Sunscreen Mousse SPF 50 | $19.00
I feel like every summer box sends out sunscreen, but I use so much of it year round that it’s a great time for me to stock up. This one by Supergoop is really unique because it’s a mousse! This was my first time trying a mousse sunscreen and I’m officially a fan. It’s ultra light, covers well and evenly, and doesn’t leave behind a greasy feeling. The size of the bottle is quite compact as well, making it perfect for throwing into your bag for on-the-go application. Since it’s water resistant for 80 minutes and has a high SPF, it’s perfect for pool days! I’ll definitely repurchase from Sephora when I run out!


Ban.do Sip Sip Tumbler | $14.00
When I first opened my box, I figured this would be my least favorite item. I usually use water bottles instead of tumblers and I already have so many water bottles! I also really dislike the design and color. But you know what’s weird? I tried it once just to test it out and now I actually use it every day.


I find myself drinking more water with a tumbler! Since there’s no cap to unscrew, I drink more water absentmindedly throughout the day. I also love that it makes drinking water while driving so easy. Since I live in Houston, I do quite a bit of driving and the straw is very convenient. I don’t know why I hadn’t thought about this before! I still think the bright red design is rather ugly but it’s totally functional and I only use it in my car and at the office. I love that POPSUGAR consistently introduces me to products that I never would have bought for myself, but once I have it I discover that I really like it!


Tarte Cosmetics Lights, Camera, Splashes Waterproof Mascara | $23.00
The regular version of this mascara is one of my favorites, so I was thrilled to see this waterproof one in my box! In Houston’s humid summers it’s best to wear waterproof mascara if you want it to last all day. I like to wear a waterproof top layer of mascara (Anastasia makes an amazing one!) over my regular mascara during the summer. Oddly I’m not a huge fan of this Tarte waterproof formula. It doesn’t seem to add as much volume as the regular version and clumps much more. I’ll still end up using all of it, but will not be purchasing more.


Sisters of Los Angeles California Fireplace Matches | $10.00
Whoa, these matches are huge! If you’re someone who constantly misplaces matches like me, this solves the problem. Like 100% solves that problem.


These fireplace matches are about 10 inches long (pictures in my hand for scale) which is perfect for lighting bonfires, fireplaces (duh), deep pillar candles, BBQ pits, etc. I love having fancy matches in the house so I’m very happy to receive them. It’s definitely not something I would have purchased for myself!


Snyder’s of Hanover Wholey Cheese! Smoked Gouda | $3.69
I wasn’t a fan of the smoked gouda flavor, but my husband thought they were delicious! If the smoke flavor wasn’t so intense, I would have enjoyed them as well. The texture of the crackers is really light and crisp, and the cheese flavor is really strong. I’m glad he got to enjoy something from this box! He always looks forward to the snack that comes every month in POPSUGAR!

POPSUGAR Must Have July 2017 Box Review

I loved this month! Every single item is useful and I completely adore the towel and sunscreen! The tumbler is helping me drink more water, which my husband thinks is the best part of this box. Followed closely by the cheese crackers that he finished in one sitting.  The total value comes out to $118.69, pretty standard for POPSUGAR. I really can’t think of any other subscription box that even comes close to providing the level of curation, value, and consistency that POPSUGAR does! Even though they obviously have their fair share of flaws (mostly slow shipping in my experience), I doubt I will ever unsubscribe. It always brings me happiness to see it on my doorstep every month!

POPSUGAR Must Have May 2017 Box Review

Back on track with May boxes! I’m always amazed by how much I look forward to getting my POPSUGAR box each month. I have been subscribed for 3 years now and it’s still one of my favorite subscriptions. They consistently deliver amazing value and the curation is always thoughtful and on trend. I have discovered so many new brands and products that I love!

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.

POPSUGAR Must Have May 2017 Box Review

Samantha Faye Inspirational Cuff | $60.00
First up is a silver cuff that is exclusively designed for POPSUGAR. It comes in a little velvet pouch that is great for gifting. While this is the highest value item in the box, it’s actually my least favorite item. The phrasing “Be good, Do good, Feel good” isn’t for me and I prefer gold jewelry. But luckily I have a friend who would really enjoy this and I can pass it along to her.


It fits very well on me and is comfortable to wear. The quality looks excellent and the cuff feels sturdy. I wish we had received one of Samantha Faye’s regular designs instead of this exclusive one, since I think her actual line of inspirational cuffs is more my style. They usually have just a single phrase like “courage” or “believe”, which I prefer more.


I think this a very versatile piece. It would be excellent for layering with other bracelets but is also simple and chic and can be worn alone. I know my friend will be really excited to receive this! I love that even when something doesn’t suit my style, everything I get from this box is easily giftable.


Lipstick Queen Mornin’ Sunshine | $25.00
I was really confused when I first opened this lipstick because the yellow color was so surprising! But after reading more about it and trying it on, I love it. The yellow color transforms into a sheer coral once you apply it and it’s super flattering. It reminds me of Dior Addict LipGlow (one of my holy grail items!) because of the way the color morphs to match your skin tone and how moisturizing it is. I am so thrilled with discovering this product and this brand as a whole.


Tocca Montauk Candle | $20.00
Whenever I see Tocca in a box I get really excited. I love their scents so much! I wish I had purchased a second box so I can have two of these candles. The salt air cucumber scent is so fresh and light–it’s perfect for summer. It reminds me of enjoying delicious cocktails on the beach! Even though this is just a 3 ounce candle, it has a burn time of about 30 hours.


Swing Design Essex Frame | $13.00
I was very surprised to see the low retail value of this frame! I expected it to be more expensive since it looks really elegant with the sleek silver edge and thick white mat. It’s versatile enough to go with any home decor. I have a lot of pictures that I never remember to purchase frames for, so this is perfect! And at such a low price point I will probably be purchasing more of them so I can have a set. Another great find!


The frame also comes in a box so it’s ready to be gifted.


Southern Culture Strawberry Muffin Mix | $8.00
Always happy to see baking mixes! I love to bake but I’m also rather lazy, so a nice baking mix like this is the best of both worlds. This mix requires whole milk and 2 eggs. I haven’t found an occasion to bake these yet, but from the reviews it sounds like you might need to add extra sugar or fresh strawberries to help bring out the strawberry flavor. I’m reserving judgement for now since I haven’t baked it myself, but I do hope they turn out okay!


Nicely Noted Card Collection | $17.50
When I first saw the cards I was so excited! I adore letterpress everything and had been eyeing Nicely Noted for a while now. I was really excited to get 3 beautiful letterpress cards, but I was disappointed to discover that these are not actual letterpress cards. It seems really pointless to include cards that are not what a subscriber would actually receive. These are just your typical printed cards, sort of like something you could buy in a boxed set at Target.


I also really dislike the Nicely Noted logo on the backs of the cards. I always prefer it when subscription box items do not include a logo of the actual subscription that they came from, since it feels like advertisement and it seems tacky to me. In this case, I love buying card from independent small studios and it feels weird to have a Nicely Noted logo slapped on the back.


Overall it was a great box for me! The value comes to $143.49 which is fantastic, and pretty standard for POPSUGAR boxes. I loved the frame, candle, and lipstick! They are some of my favorite subscription box items this year! If the cards had been actual letterpress cards, this would have been a complete home run for me.

POPSUGAR Must Have March 2017 Box Review

Spring is definitely in the air here in Houston! We have notoriously hot and humid summers so when the weather is nice we definitely take full advantage of it. I’ve been trying to pack all my outdoor activities into these next few weeks before it gets super hot again! Lucky for me the March POPSUGAR Must Have box seems to be perfect for outdoor activities and I have already used everything from the box at least twice!

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.

POPSUGAR Must Have March 2017 Box Review

Sunny Life Eco Lunch Box in Watermelon | $18.00
First up, this super adorable watermelon lunch box! I have been trying to find more excuses to use it because I love it so much. It’s perfect for bringing snacks and sandwiches to work. I have also brought it to a few outdoor picnics with friends and everyone comments on how cute it is. It’s dishwasher safe (always a must for me!) but unfortunately not microwave safe.

POPSUGAR Must Have March 2017 Box Review

Look at how pretty the colors are! If there’s one thing I would change about this lunch box it’s making it completely leak proof. Due to the way the lid closes, it would definitely leak if you were putting any liquid in the box and had it on its side. For a watermelon patterned box it would have been nice to be able to put watermelon inside!

POPSUGAR Must Have March 2017 Box Review

Kate Spade New York Photo Album | $20.00
Wow, a Kate Spade item! I so rarely see Kate Spade stuff in boxes, and I love that POPSUGAR was able to include one. I am such a big fan of Kate Spade everything, so this is a slam dunk for me. I know some people think photo albums are outdated, but I still love them! There’s something really nice about being able to hold a tangible album, manually flip through the photos, and feel the paper between your fingers. I used to love going through old family photos with my parents. It’s actually still one of our Christmas traditions! We pull out all our old albums and laugh at all the silly baby pictures, bad haircuts, and questionable fashion choices.

POPSUGAR Must Have March 2017 Box Review

The inside pages are your standard 4″ x 6″ photo sleeves.

POPSUGAR Must Have March 2017 Box Review

The linen wrap on the cover is beautiful! The polka dot print is classic Kate Spade and the cream/black color combination is sure to work with almost any interior decor. I can’t wait to fill this album with pictures from our vacations! The album holds 80 4″ x 6″ pictures.

POPSUGAR Must Have March 2017 Box Review

Stephanie Johnson Camera Crossbody Bag | $45.00
This was sort of a “hate it or love it” item in the box. I saw lots of negative reviews, but I actually think it’s pretty useful. I’ll admit that it’s not fashion forward or anything, but it’s a great waterproof bag that I can bring to the beach, to an amusement park, or to a sporting event. Lots of the stadiums around here ask that you bring see-through purses to sporting events for security reasons, and this fits the bill perfectly. And for a plastic bag, it’s well made!

POPSUGAR Must Have March 2017 Box Review

It fits a ton of stuff (shown with photo album and highlighter inside) and has pockets for additional items. Here in Houston we love our water parks, and I will definitely bring this purse next time! I think this is super useful for someone looking for a cheap waterproof bag that you don’t need to worry about. I won’t bat an eye if I get this scuffed up, dirty, or wet. I can’t say the same for all my other purses (case in point: that time I cried at a Six Flags because a little kid sprayed sunscreen all over my new Kate Spade crossbody)!

POPSUGAR Must Have March 2017 Box Review

Thrive Cosmetics Brilliant Eye Brightener in Stella | $24.00
Okay, I was seriously just looking at an ad for this highlighter on Facebook! They seem to do a lot of sponsored posts and one of my friends had shared it. She swears by this stuff so I was really happy to get one in my POPSUGAR box to try for myself. So far I have only tried this twice and it goes on super smooth and is easy to blend. The champagne color is subtle and natural. Only time will tell if this is a holy grail item for me, but I have to say so far it’s looking really promising! Really happy with this discovery!

POPSUGAR Must Have March 2017 Box Review

Smashmallows in Cinnamon Churro | $4.00
Marshmallows!!! Best snack we’ve gotten from POPSUGAR in a while! This brand has the cutest packaging ever, don’t you think? I love the illustration style. They also have a ton of different flavors that sound absolutely delicious: strawberries and cream, mint chocolate chip, lemon chia, and lots more! The box included a promo code MUSTHAVE for 20% off your order. I took advantage of that coupon and got one bag of each flavor. Can’t wait to receive them!

POPSUGAR Must Have March 2017 Box Review

These are so amazing! I’m sad to say I polished off half the bag in one sitting. The marshmallows are soft and pillowy and dusted with plenty of cinnamon sugar. It tastes just like a churro! If the other flavors taste as good as this, I am going to be one happy camper!

POPSUGAR Must Have March 2017 Box Review

Velvet Eyewear $25 Card
The last item is a “gift card” to Velvet Eyewear. I personally don’t count this as a gift card because you can’t stack it with another code and there’s nothing on the website for less than $45. To me this is just a coupon.

POPSUGAR Must Have March 2017 Box Review

I thought this was a great box! I know lots of people hated it, but I really enjoyed all the items (sans gift card). They were practical and useful to me! The value comes out to $111.00, which is standard for POPSUGAR. I would definitely love to see more practical items in future boxes as well! Don’t get me wrong, I love makeup and fashion as much as the next girl, but home items and kitchen goods are always my favorites in subscription boxes. Can’t wait to see what April brings! I’m anticipating using all my goodies from this box in the warm weather!

POPSUGAR Must Have February 2017 Box Review

It’s almost Valentine’s Day! I’m so glad POPSUGAR mailed these boxes out early so I was able to treat myself to an early Valentine’s Day present. In the past all the February boxes have been amazing, and I definitely had high expectations. I was beyond excited to see this pink box on my doorstep!

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.

POPSUGAR Must Have February 2017 Box Review

What a fun box! I was thrilled to see some familiar brands that I really adore, and there’s plenty of new stuff as well.

POPSUGAR Must Have February 2017 Box Review

TribeAlive Foldover Clutch – Atitlán Brocade | $98.00
This was the spoiler that was released ahead of time, so I knew to expect this clutch. But the pictures really don’t do it any justice. The material is a thick woven texture and feels very high quality. The patterns are simply gorgeous. Even though I was a little worried about the cream color getting dirty, now that I have it in hand I feel like it would be pretty easy to spot clean.

POPSUGAR Must Have February 2017 Box Review

The way the patterns are cut makes this clutch beautiful from every side, no matter which way it’s folded.

POPSUGAR Must Have February 2017 Box Review

POPSUGAR Must Have February 2017 Box Review

POPSUGAR Must Have February 2017 Box Review

POPSUGAR Must Have February 2017 Box Review

I got a little carried away with the pictures of this clutch. Just wanted to showcase how pretty it is! The interior is lined with plain canvas.

POPSUGAR Must Have February 2017 Box Review

This is to show the size of the clutch. It’s big enough to fit all your essentials: keys, phone, credit cards, with plenty of room left over for makeup and other knick knacks.

POPSUGAR Must Have February 2017 Box Review

Juara Candlenut Body Creme | $35.00
I’ve had good luck with Juara products before and this is no exception. I swear, this is some of the most moisturizing body cream I’ve ever used! It absorbs really well and leaves my skin so smooth. There’s no greasy feeling afterwards, not even a little bit! The scent is subtle and smells very fresh and bright. The size of this tub is very generous so I’m sure it will last me for a long time. A little goes a long way! Really happy with this find and will be repurchasing when I eventually run out!

POPSUGAR Must Have February 2017 Box Review

Battington Lashes Monroe 3D Silk Lashes | $26.00
I couldn’t be more excited to get high quality false lashes! I have a ton of special events to go to this spring (hello, wedding season) and I love wearing false lashes when I get dolled up. My natural lashes are short and stick-straight, so falsies are a really good way to get a big dramatic look without caking on mascara. I was ready to buy a couple pairs from Sephora but now I have these to play with, and I am super pumped!

POPSUGAR Must Have February 2017 Box Review

Silk lashes are even lighter than the synthetic ones I usually buy, and tend to look more natural as well. I am really looking forward to using these because they are the “3D” lashes, which means they have several layers for a more fluffy look. One thing I do want to note about these: the glue that is included is very hard to work with. I personally swear by Duo Lash Adhesive, and recommend anyone else who is interested in trying false lashes to use it! Using the right glue makes lash application a million times easier!

POPSUGAR Must Have February 2017 Box Review

Kris Nations Jewelry Love Script Necklace | $48.00
We’ve gotten Kris Nations jewelry from POPSUGAR in the past, and the packaging is just so adorable I can never have enough. The quality of their jewelry is good for the price tag, and I find it is always amazing for layering. This love necklace is dainty and perfect for a minimal look on its own, but looks even better layered with other gold necklaces.

POPSUGAR Must Have February 2017 Box Review

The necklace and chain are 18k gold plated. So far I’ve never had an issue with the gold rubbing off, and I’ve had Kris Nations earrings for well over a year now (from the September 2015 PSMH box). It has held up really well over time!

POPSUGAR Must Have February 2017 Box Review

Chuao Chocolatier Cinnamon Cereal Smooch | $6.00
Another brand repeat, but one that I will never complain about. Chuao is my favorite chocolate brand! I’ve ordered from their website many times in the past and love every flavor that they offer. It’s all so so so delicious and the textures are always interesting. The honeycomb and firecracker flavors are my two favorites. I’ll never turn down a full size bar of a new flavor that I’ve never tried before, so thank you POPSUGAR! No Valentine’s Day box would be complete without chocolate 🙂

POPSUGAR Must Have February 2017 Box Review

Revlon Super Lustrous Love is on Lipstick | $7.99
This is a special extra for this box, meaning it’s sponsored and isn’t supposed to count towards the value of the box. I always like finding new drugstore products that work for me, so normally I would try this out. But since I have SO much lipstick sitting around, I’ll be adding it to my donate pile. My local women’s shelter is always in search of new cosmetics donations because many of the women aren’t able to afford makeup. Not only is makeup useful for job interviews, but they are also a nice luxury to enjoy. As a fellow makeup addict, I completely get it!

POPSUGAR Must Have February 2017 Box Review

Whew, what a box! As usual, the value is astonishing. This box contains $222.99 worth of stuff for only $39.99. Incredible, right? I’m never disappointed with the value that POPSUGAR manages to pack into one box. No other box out there compares!

The curation felt really perfect for me. The clutch is so cute and will go with a ton of outfits. The lotion was an amazing discovery and I already have plans to buy more when I run out. I was just about to go buy false lashes, and now I get to try really cool 3D silk ones! The necklace is a cute little extra that I can easily gift. Plus, this box included my favorite chocolate brand! And on top of it all, I have a lipstick to give away. Seriously, it doesn’t get more perfect. I’m very excited to see what March will bring, but it seems so far away now! I guess that’s the only down side to getting your box early in the month!