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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

Peaches and Petals March 2017 Review

Not sure what has been going on with Peaches and Petals lately, but it seems like their shipping schedule has been pushed further back in the month. I received my March box a week ago, on March 30th. The February box also arrived very late last month.

Peaches and Petals is a monthly subscription service that sends out vintage-modern items and beauty goods. For $19.99 a month (includes shipping), you’ll receive a mix of jewelry, fashion accessories, lifestyle goods, and beauty samples. Usually each month has a theme for the box, and the theme for March is “Hello Spring”. I think that’s a pretty generic theme that doesn’t feel that exciting. I would actually consider March to be a travel-themed box!

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DCWV Lifebook Planner | $16.99
This is a hardcover binder that functions as a daily journal. Mine was defective upon arrival and the binder rings don’t stay closed, so I’m questioning the quality of this. On the other hand, I think it’s a really cute product. It feels on the young side, so I think it would make a cute gift for a middle schooler.

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The pages have lots of patterns and feels very “scrapbook”, so I’ll probably end up using the pages as regular scrapbook paper. The hardcover jacket also features pockets so you can keep notes, postcards, and other stuff in them.

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Hello Breath Spray Mojito Mint | $3.39
I remember getting this exact spray about 3 years ago in a college-themed box. At the time I didn’t care for it, but that’s mostly because I personally don’t use breath spray very often. If you do like breath spray, this one sounds great–who doesn’t like mojito flavor?? I could also see this being a good item to bring on a flight. For long flights I always pack a toothbrush and a little tube of toothpaste so I can brush my teeth before I land (seriously, try it! You feel so much more refreshed afterwards!) but if that’s too much hassle for you I think breath spray could give you a similar effect.

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Sprigs 3 Pocket Carry All Belt | $28.00
I was most excited for this item! This is a 3 pocket belt that can hold money, keys, or even a phone if it’s small enough. (For reference, my iPhone 6 fit with plenty of room to spare.) My husband has a similar product and I had been interested in picking one up for myself, so I am very happy to get this! It is so useful for traveling, especially if you have any concern for pick pockets. He wears his a little higher at his waist, under his shirt. It’s super secure and perfect for essentials like emergency money, passport, and hotel key.

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I wish this came in a smaller size, since it’s too big for me. But I plan to take it to my tailor and get her to restitch the strap and shorten it. It should only cost a couple of bucks, but that’s a price I’m happy to pay! The fabric of this belt is great quality so I’m very impressed we got this in a $20 box!

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Yes To Cucumbers Gentle Milk Cleanser | $6.18
Pleasantly surprised to find this brand in my box. I really like the Yes To line and buy their products from Target pretty often. Yes To Blueberries wipes are awesome, by the way! Anyways, I like this brand because they use natural ingredients, are great for sensitive skin, and are certified cruelty free. I’ve only used this face cleanser twice so far but I already know I plan to finish the bottle. The scent is light and fresh and the cleanser is really gentle and great for daily use.

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Stephanie Corfee Elephant | $10.49
This was really unexpected, but I totally love it. What an adorable little elephant! I think the design is just so sweet and cute. I have no idea how this ties into the theme but I think it’s so cute that I don’t even care. Already have it on our bookshelf and it makes me smile when I see it!

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Here’s a little more detail of the printing.

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Overall I really enjoyed this box. It’s infinitely better than last month’s box, and probably the best I’ve seen from Peaches and Petals in a while! The value is also excellent, totaling $65.05. That’s more than triple the cost of the box. I hope all the future boxes continue in this direction!

POPSUGAR Must Have December 2016 Box Review

December is always such a great month for subscription boxes! Each box just feels brimmed with Christmas cheer–it makes me so incredibly happy! POPSUGAR Must Have has consistently been one of my favorite subscription boxes, and definitely my most consistent subscription. I’ve been a subscriber for over 3 years now and will probably still be subscribed 3 years from now.

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.

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Bauble Bar Snowfall Pendant | $28.00
We’ve gotten pieces from BaubleBar in the past from POPSUGAR, and I’ve always been happy with the quality. This is an exclusive design for the Must Have box. I love that it comes with a pouch that is perfect for gifting, since I think a lot of people (myself included!) buy extra boxes for gifts and stocking stuffers. This would be such a cute stocking stuffer!

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Close up of the front. I like that the pendant actually swivels and is minimal enough to appeal to lots of people. White and silver is a simple and classic combination. This would go with pretty much any outfit. It feels wintery without being too specific, so it’s a versatile piece.

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The curved part swivels up and down! The pieces all feel well made.

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Winky Lux Lip Pill in Bunny | $14.00
I had never heard of this brand before so I like getting to try something completely new. While I have waaayyyyy too much lipstick right now, I can’t resist adorable packaging. Look at how pretty the lipstick case is! The color itself is a nice muted cranberry, which is great for the holidays.

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Sisters’ Gourmet Classic Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix | $7.00
It’s probably a little pathetic how excited I was to see cookie mix, but I mean, COOKIES! What could be more Christmas?! And seriously this mix is so posh and pretty. I really wanted to gift it since it really is a beautiful jar, but in the end I decided to keep it for myself for Christmas cookies. I’ll be baking these on Christmas eve!

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The mix requires butter, 1 egg white, and vanilla extract. I can’t wait to taste these in a few days! You have no idea how much self control it required to wait this long!

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Dessange Top Coat Serum | $12.00
When I first saw this I was disappointed, since I don’t have color treated hair and didn’t need another serum. But this actually has UV protection for your hair! I desperately need UV protection in the Texas summer here, so I am actually now really excited about this! This is one of the best parts about subscription boxes: finding new stuff that surprises you with how useful it is (plus the great value)!

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Mane Message Date Night Bobby Pins | $10.00
Perfect stocking stuffer! I was set on gifting this but then I needed some cute bobby pins for my company’s holiday party and these fit the bill. They’re cute and sparkly without being overly gaudy, and the colors can work for all occasions.

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Odeme Ring Dish | $23.00
Saving my favorite items for last! I always love receiving home items in boxes, especially really useful ones like this. I keep little trays all over the house for keys, jewelry, coins, etc. For a messy girl like me, these trays help me keep my messes contained! I love the minimal look of this ring dish too!

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Odeme Catchall | $44.00
How cute is this little set? The tray is a great size and perfect for my makeup collection and brushes on my vanity. Both the tray and the ring dish are very solidly made and look quite pretty in my home.

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And look at how adorable the boxes are! I purchased a 2nd December box mostly because I have a friend who would love this set for Christmas!

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This wasn’t part of the December box, but since I re-subscribed during the Black Friday sale, I got a bonus item. I won’t be counting this towards the overall value, but just wanted to include it in my review because it’s a great product! I have only used this mask twice so far but it’s really quite fantastic. I usually use GlamGlow masks but this is seriously comparable! Just for reference, I have combination skin with some hormonal acne and it works so well for me.

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What a great December box! The value is $138.00. Everything is very giftable and the curation was on point. It definitely felt like a holiday box! I know it’s a great box when I had planned to gift most of the items but ended up keeping everything, so had to buy a second box for gifts! That’s what I would call a successful box. I hope 2017 brings more boxes like this one!

Free 12-Piece Nail Polish Set ($168 Value) with Julep Subscription!

Julep has a reputation for great sign up bonuses, but this is the best one I’ve seen! They are offering a free 12-piece gift (valued at $168) when you sign up for a Julep Maven subscription!

Use this link and coupon code FREEFALL to get this free gift when you sign up! 

Free 12-Piece Nail Polish Set ($168 Value) with Julep Subscription!

And I totally caved–I signed up for a subscription again! I don’t need any more polish in my life, but I love to give Julep as stocking stuffers for Christmas. I figure this is an amazing deal because I get 12 free bottles of nail polish (score!!!) and I’ll pick up some hand cream and makeup with my subscription.

This box is $24.99 with a monthly subscription or $19.99 with a 3-month subscription. You can customize the box to get exactly what you want: you can swap out items and add items freely! I’m looking forward to getting mostly body lotion and hand cream and cuticle oil, but you can also add makeup and tools and skincare. If you’re curious, this would be a great time to try. This gift is pretty amazing, I can’t wait to receive it!