POPSUGAR Must Have 2016 Neiman Marcus Special Edition Box Review

It’s down to the wire for getting all your Christmas gifts bought and wrapped! I can’t believe Christmas is on this upcoming Sunday! I feel a little bit guilty for opening all my subscription boxes before Christmas while I’m making everyone else in my family wait to unwrap presents…

Up for review today is the POPSUGAR Must Have Neiman Marcus Special Edition Box. It’s a collaboration between POPSUGAR and Neiman Marcus, and has traditionally featured a mix of food, beauty, home, and fashion accessories. This was a one-time purchase for $250, promised to contain a value of over $700! I’ve only purchased one Neiman Marcus box before this, which was the 2013 box, the very first time they did a collaboration. It was one of my favorite boxes ever! And since I had a little extra money to blow this year (yay for holiday bonuses!) I figured I would treat myself.

POPSUGAR Must Have 2016 Neiman Marcus Limited Edition Box Review

Such a Neiman Marcus pattern! This box always does feel very luxe when unboxing due to the great box quality and lovely little details. Each item is individually wrapped with tissue paper, so you definitely get the experience of unwrapping several little packages.

POPSUGAR Must Have 2016 Neiman Marcus Limited Edition Box Review

Alice + Olivia Stace Face Zip Wallet | $198.00
This was one of the spoilers that POPSUGAR released, and I think it’s funny how polarizing it was. Everyone either seemed to love it or hate it! Oddly enough, I was sort of in between. I don’t love it and certainly wouldn’t have picked it out for myself, but I do think it’s cute and feels very Kate-Spade-ish. I definitely plan to use it, and think it would be a nice statement purse with a little black dress! But it won’t be a staple in my wardrobe and won’t get used as often as some of my more classic pieces. I found it a little strange that this would be a chosen item for the box though, since I think it’s quite taste specific. I would expect a more neutral wallet for Neiman Marcus since I think that holds a wider appeal. It’s also concerning that this wallet can’t be found for sale anywhere–it could possibly be old or an exclusive for the box.

POPSUGAR Must Have 2016 Neiman Marcus Limited Edition Box Review

The interior is standard for a zip wallet of this size: plenty of card holders with a zippered section in the middle. Most of the wallet is leather, and the sunglasses and lips are patent leather. Definitely a well made piece!

POPSUGAR Must Have 2016 Neiman Marcus Limited Edition Box Review

Alexis Bittar Gold Crystal Studded Spur Lace Cuff | $195.00
This item was the first spoiled item in the box! Alexis Bittar makes great quality costume jewelry so I knew this would be a worthwhile item to have. The cuff is adjustable so it can work for almost any wrist size, and can be reshaped for a more snug or relaxed fit. I always get nervous with open cuffs like this so I prefer to wear them a little tighter.

POPSUGAR Must Have 2016 Neiman Marcus Limited Edition Box Review

It came in a box ready for gifting, though mine arrived a bit dented. I plan to keep this so it’s not a big deal, but it would be disappointing if I had intended to gift it. Wish they had added extra bubble wrap or something for the more fragile items!

POPSUGAR Must Have 2016 Neiman Marcus Limited Edition Box Review

So beautiful! I think it’s a great piece for me. I love dainty jewelry but also need more statement pieces, and has such lovely dainty elements while still being bold enough to work as a statement piece.

POPSUGAR Must Have 2016 Neiman Marcus Limited Edition Box Review

Close up of the stunning detail work! This is such a perfect cuff to wear for holiday parties. It feels so festive and sparkly!

POPSUGAR Must Have 2016 Neiman Marcus Limited Edition Box Review

Antica Farmacista Prosecco Scented Candle | $44.00
If you follow my blog you probably know I have a large collection of candles at this point, even though I continue to hoard them and love collecting interesting scents and pretty containers. So surprisingly, I’ve decided to gift this candle! It was so hard giving it up, but it made for a stunning hostess gift for a holiday party! This is the only item from the box that I did not open and thus will not be able to provide a lot of details about the candle itself. What I do know is that Antica Farmacista makes incredibly high quality products and this candle is sure to last a very long time and produce a lovely fragrance.

POPSUGAR Must Have 2016 Neiman Marcus Limited Edition Box Review

Le Metier de Beaute Lip Kaleidoscope in Lip L’Amour | $95.00
I remember in the first Neiman Marcus box there was also a Le Metier de Beaute Kaleidoscope! It was a fascinating concept for the eye shadow–the colors are designed to layer on top of one another in the same order that they are stacked. For the lip palette, you sort of lose that cleverness. You obviously would not want to layer all these lip colors on top of each other. As for the colors themselves, they have a good range and the quality is top notch. Very highly pigmented and super smooth application.

POPSUGAR Must Have 2016 Neiman Marcus Limited Edition Box Review

However, I don’t really know how much I like this way of stacked lip palettes since it makes the whole thing a rather bulky thing to carry and I also have to carry an applicator/spatula too. I think the kaleidoscope concept really works best for eye shadow or other powder products. It comes in a little organza bag for gifting.

POPSUGAR Must Have 2016 Neiman Marcus Limited Edition Box Review

Nima Oberoi Lunares Wishbone Bookends | $129.00
Really surprised to see a Nima Oberoi product in this box! POPSUGAR has worked with them before but I never realized this was a brand that Neiman Marcus carries as well. I seriously adore these bookends! They are simply stunning and so very beautiful. Pictures honestly don’t do it justice. They remind me of Jonathan Adler’s design aesthetic and I can’t wait to find the perfect place to put these in my home! The minimalistic wishbone design is simple and chic, and just like all Nima Oberoi products the quality is superb.

POPSUGAR Must Have 2016 Neiman Marcus Limited Edition Box Review

It also came in a gift box that is ready for easy wrapping and gifting.

POPSUGAR Must Have 2016 Neiman Marcus Limited Edition Box Review

Studmuffin Desserts Bleeker Street Brittle | $30.00
Boo, my brittle came damaged! I was excited to try $30 brittle even though I don’t exactly like peanuts, but since it arrived open and damaged the brittle had become very stale. Luckily I was able to get a replacement sent to me, but it won’t arrive in time for Christmas.

POPSUGAR Must Have 2016 Neiman Marcus Limited Edition Box Review

The side of the can is a very thin plastic, so any pressure can crack it quite easily. Sort of a design flaw, even though the rest of the packaging is so thoughtful. They even include a little washer that you can use to lift the edge of the lid!

POPSUGAR Must Have 2016 Neiman Marcus Limited Edition Box Review

Can’t wait to get my replacement so I can taste test this!

POPSUGAR Must Have 2016 Neiman Marcus Limited Edition Box Review

Neiman Marcus Gift Card | $50.00
Last but certainly not least, a $50 gift card to Neiman Marcus! Literally something that everyone can enjoy. It’s not branded with POPSUGAR on it anywhere, so it looks just like a gift card that you purchased direct from Neiman Marcus. What a wonderful surprise! There’s also plenty of stuff that can be purchased for $50 or less from Neiman, and since it’s a true gift card it can be combined with all sales. I was able to use it recently with a huge sale and got all my items for a total steal. Love the inclusion of a gift card so much! It does feel a little bit lazy on the curator’s part, but I absolutely loved it so I guess I really can’t complain. In a way it brings the cost of the box down to only $200.

POPSUGAR Must Have 2016 Neiman Marcus Limited Edition Box Review

The total value comes out to $741.00, which is amazing! Overall verdict on this box is mixed though. I think it was definitely worth the money, but didn’t wow me as much as previous boxes. I really loved the bookends and Alexis Bittar cuff, and I got a great candle to gift, but the lip kaleidoscope and brittle were misses. The $50 gift card really helped even things out since I started to think of my box as only being $200. For $200 it was an amazing deal! Would I buy it again? Absolutely. But some of the choices were questionable to me and I found it strange for the curator to pick some specific items (in particular the very bold wallet and lip kaleidoscope). I guess I was just expecting a different aesthetic than the ones that we received.

Nonetheless, I am very pleased with the contents. It was such a fun treat for myself and I think the variety of items was well balanced. There was 1 beauty item, 2 fashion accessories, 2 home items, 1 food item, and a gift card. If each regular POPSUGAR Must Have box followed this formula it would be an even more wonderful subscription! Hint hint, POPSUGAR editors 😉

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POPSUGAR Must Have November 2016 Box Review

Wow, Thanksgiving is next week! It really snuck up on me this year (but then again, I’m pretty sure I say this every year). I’m actually super excited to host family dinner this year and have been going nuts on Pinterest looking at cute decor ideas and fun recipes. Hope everyone is just as excited as I am, if not more! Today I’ll be reviewing the November POPSUGAR box, which really fit in perfectly with my plans for Thanksgiving.

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 November 2016 Box Review

Stowaway Cosmetics The Dawn to Dusk Palette | $25.00
This was the first spoiler item that POPSUGAR released, and I admit that when I first saw it I wasn’t that excited. I already own the Naked2 Basics palette which is really compact and the colors are gorgeous. It’s my go-to for when I travel and I hadn’t planned to replace it any time soon. So I assumed I would be gifting it.

POPSUGAR Must Have November 2016 Box Review

But look at these colors! I love that the top row has warm undertones and the bottom row has cool undertones. You can easily get a ton of different looks from these 8 colors. The lighter colors can also work as a highlighter, thus helping to cut down even further if you’re planning to travel.

POPSUGAR Must Have November 2016 Box Review

Seriously, this thing is so slim and compact! It’s about the size of a credit card and very thin. I was planning to gift it, but now that I have it in hand I’m thinking I’ll keep it! I ordered 2 boxes this month so I’ll still be able to gift one, but I wish I had more to use for stocking stuffers. This would really be a great staple item in any girl’s makeup collection!

POPSUGAR Must Have November 2016 Box Review

Pehr Chambray Table Runner in Wine | $44.00
Oh my gosh, love this so much! The Pehr brand has been featured in a previous POPSUGAR box and I loved the quality, so I know this will be held to the same standard. It definitely feels very well made. The colors are just perfect for the holidays! Wine and cream are such a timeless and classic combination, I think it would work for anyone! The size of this table runner is also very versatile: at 90″ x  14″ it would be great for a lot of different table shapes and lengths. It’s actually because of this table runner that I ordered a second box!

POPSUGAR Must Have November 2016 Box Review

Meri Meri Star Party Picks | $8.00
How adorable are these? And so incredibly festive without being too holiday specific. It can work for a variety of holidays, events, and parties. The box comes with 2 different sized stars in 2 different colors. I think they would be perfect for hors d’oeuvres or cupcake toppers! I really can’t wait to use these for my Thanksgiving family dinner that I am hosting! The timing was truly perfect. If I like how they turn out, I’ll definitely be ordering more. Meri Meri also sells fruit shaped party picks and they are so cute!

POPSUGAR Must Have November 2016 Box Review

Kendra Scott Elaina Rose Gold Bracelet in White Pearl | $50.00
Who doesn’t love Kendra Scott jewelry? They’re good quality (especially for its price point!), classic, and super trendy right now. I love the rose gold! The white and rose gold combination is so beautiful. The white pearl stone will work with any outfit!

POPSUGAR Must Have November 2016 Box Review

Simple and dainty, which is exactly my style. I love how it looks and I’ve already gotten compliments on it! So excited to gift my extra bracelet to my best friend.

POPSUGAR Must Have November 2016 Box Review

The adjustable sliding closure is my favorite. You can easily put it on with one hand and the little charms at the ends are cute! The dangling ends are a decent weight and not too long, so it’s not in the way at all.

POPSUGAR Must Have November 2016 Box Review

I almost forgot to take a picture of this last detail: the back of the stone! How beautiful and intricate, right? I almost like it more than the front of the stone itself!

POPSUGAR Must Have November 2016 Box Review

Oogie’s Toffee Butter Popcorn | $3.00
Yum! You really can’t go wrong with toffee butter popcorn. My only complaint is that the bag is small and not the full sized version. I would have loved a huge bag of this. But my waistline thanks POPSUGAR for the little bag, especially with all the decadent holiday food I’m going to be eating soon!

POPSUGAR Must Have November 2016 Box Review

AJ Goods Charcoal Nest Wire Bowl | $35.00
When I first pulled this out of the box I wasn’t sure what to think. I was excited about the idea of a decorative basket but was on the fence about the wire aesthetic. I was worried that it would be too industrial looking for my home.

POPSUGAR Must Have November 2016 Box Review

And then I just grabbed some citrus I had and threw it in…and I totally love it. It looks so chic yet casual, right? Like sort of effortlessly nice? I’m so glad I’ll have 2 of these since I got 2 boxes! They will be perfect for scented pinecones come Christmas time, and fruit for the rest of the year!

POPSUGAR Must Have November 2016 Box Review

What an amazing box! I was seriously blown away. I ordered a second box immediately and am so glad that I did. The value is $165.00, and I think all the items were very appropriate for November. This is hands down my favorite box of the year from POPSUGAR! The curation is so on point and the quality of each item is wonderful. I’m hoping this is a streak that they stay on for December as well! Can’t wait to see what’s in my box next month!

Peaches and Petals August 2016 Review

Back from a little unplanned blogging break! I sort of hit a mental roadblock last month when I got the controversial Peaches and Petal box, and I didn’t really know how to review it in the most fair and honest way. After thinking about it for a long time, here’s the review! Thank you to all my readers for your support! Y’all are the best 🙂

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.

The theme for August was “Thank You For Being A Friend”. It included a cute little inspirational sticker, which I put on a plain notebook. The pink watercolor background is pretty and very on-trend right now!

Peaches and Petals August 2016 Review

Golden Girls Notecards Pack of 5 | $2.00 (?)
I usually adore stationery in boxes and would love to get a set of thank you cards. I go through thank you cards really quickly and am always looking for new cute designs. Unfortunately, I don’t really care for Golden Girls and don’t have any friends who are fans either. The print quality is also pretty low.

Peaches and Petals August 2016 Review

Funkytech Kitty Kat Two-Port Splitter | $7.25 
I would have loved this a few years ago, but my boyfriend and I are upgrading to the new iPhone 7 soon, which doesn’t have a port for headphones. But on the bright side I’m going on a long international flight with my mom next year, so I might be able to put this to use during the flight! She also really likes cats so I’ll probably just give it to her. Some subscribers received the splitter in a fox shape, which was also super cute.

Peaches and Petals August 2016 Review

Manna Kadar Split Pan Bronzer and Highlighter and Duo | $21.00
As you can see, this item arrived completely smashed. I don’t fault Peaches and Petals, because Birchbox recently sent the exact same item out and most of them arrived damaged as well. I think there was also another box that sent them out last month with the same problem. It’s clearly a manufacturing problem. Unfortunately due to the mixing of the bronzer and highlighter, the broken powder can’t actually be used for either. It’s too pale and sparkly as a bronzer but definitely not a highlighter. I think the best bet would be as an eyeshadow.

Peaches and Petals August 2016 Review

Friendship Surprise (Picture Frame) | $14.99
I don’t get very many picture frames in subscription boxes, so I appreciate a more unique item. The style isn’t really for me, but I’m sure I can find a friend who would like it. Since the frame is made of wood, it’s also an easy DIY to paint over the current design and do something else with it. Some subscribers received a trinket box instead of the picture frame.

Peaches and Petals August 2016 Review

The frame is a pretty big size. Here it is with the cards and the bronzer/highlighter for size reference. It fits a 4×6 photo.

Peaches and Petals August 2016 Review

And here’s the controversial item that I really struggled with:

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Anchor Necklace | $1.02
The anchor necklace that they sent out came on these “Friendship” cards. Once I saw it, I instantly knew it was a counterfeit Dogeared product. The one I received from Peaches and Petals is on the left, and on the right is the authentic product from the Dogeared website. I’ve removed the logos on the packaging I received at the request of Peaches and Petals. 

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Notice how the text is in Comic Sans? Yikes.

Peaches and Petals August 2016 Review

The corners are also sloppily cut, probably by someone at home with a simple paper cutter and scissors.

Peaches and Petals August 2016 Review

I emailed customer service about the issue and was eventually given the following response:

“The anchor necklace that was sent out was sent to us in incorrect packaging and it was NOT what we had been shown or ordered. The item we specifically purchased had no mention of a brand. Unfortunately, our first round of boxes were shipped with the incorrect packaging as our shipping team did not catch the error. The necklaces included in our August box are in no way branded or associated to the brand, and as so we did not mention any branding on our item list postcard. Also, please note that the retail value of the item is no more than $9.99.”

I was still hesitant about what to post in my review, since I wanted to address my issues with the box without putting all the blame on Peaches and Petals (because I do genuinely believe they are not 100% at fault here). I was able to receive a little more insight about the process, shown in the email I received:

“We’re fine with you being honest, but we do ask that the brand not be shown in the review. This is because we never once stated subscribers would get a branded item, nor mentioned it on the post card. The product we purchased had pictures that did not have any brand on it what so ever. It was just the plain phrase with the necklace, which is also sold on ebay and many other sites at this time. 

When our shipment arrived our warehouse counted the amount, and we began preparing boxes. It’s 100% our fault for not looking at the product we received, as we would have stopped them from shipping with the logo. The majority of the first round of boxes left the warehouse (which included our bloggers) with the incorrect packaging, and the rest were fixed. We advised all bloggers to not over value the product (many had put the high retail value of the branded item), and that the item was worth no more than $9.99.

Many other bloggers have said the packaging on many of the first round boxes was incorrect and showed branding, and that we did state to them that we are NOT claiming this to be name brand nor does it have the value.”

My main problem is this: While I understand that Peaches and Petals did not advertise this as a Dogeared product, they still ended up sending it out. And as such, they should be taking full responsibility for it and reaching out to customers. Not all subscribers who received the first wave of boxes were contacted about this problem. I know that for sure, because I have friends who were not aware of the problem until others started posting about it. I’m sure there are others who don’t even know they got a counterfeit item!

But I’m also sympathetic to Peaches and Petals if they really did not know they were buying a knock-off product. Sourcing is a difficult job, and it is very possible that the extra packaging was just overlooked at the warehouse.

I’ve been a loyal Dogeared customer for many years now and I was horrified to see this. They’re a company that makes high quality handmade jewelry in the USA, and started from very humble beginnings. It’s sickening that people out there are ripping off their designs and giving their brand a bad name by putting out bad quality counterfeit products. Sourcing is hard and labor intensive, but it’s a job that should not be taken lightly. Whomever is in charge of sourcing at Peaches and Petals really needs to do more research and be more diligent at his or her job. Purchasing counterfeit products is incredibly harmful (it can literally end up funding terrorism!) and should be taken extremely seriously.

Verdict: I’m sorely disappointed with this box. For $19.99, the value is only $46.26 with almost half the value coming from a broken product. I also found the age demographic of this box to be strange. I was always under the impression that I (working professional in my mid-20’s) was in their target demographic. But this box felt like it was for an older audience due to the Golden Girls cards and the outdated headphone splitter. This is without a doubt my least favorite box so far. Even without the necklace problem, I would have been unhappy with this box.

Oh and one last thing: if you like the look of dainty charm necklaces, I would highly recommend checking out Dogeared! They make beautiful pieces and their customer service is top notch. I promise you that the authentic pieces are wonderful quality and will last you much longer than the cheap imitations.

POPSUGAR Must Have November 2015 Full Box Spoilers and Promo Code

Yay for full spoilers! We had 2 spoilers but now thanks to Liz at My Subscription Addiction and @abeautifulwhim on Instagram, we have all the spoilers for November’s POPSUGAR Must Have box.

POPSUGAR Must Have October 2015 Review plus November 2015 Spoiler

Spoilers below!

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Each November box will contain:

POPSUGAR Must Have November 2015 Full Box Spoilers and Promo Code

What do you think? I love it! It definitely feels very Thanksgiving/holidays and Fall to me, and can’t wait to get my box! And as it turns out, the tarte eyeshadow is part of their Fall/Winter collection that will be released soon. Love that we’re getting a brand new-to-the-market product!

If you haven’t signed up yet (how are you resisting?!), use coupon code MUSTHAVE5 to save $5 off your first box!

POPSUGAR Must Have November 2015 Box Spoiler #2 and Promo Code

Now that it’s November, I can officially start compulsively checking my mailbox for all my November boxes, right? The one box I always really look forward to (not that I don’t look forward to all of them!) is my POPSUGAR Must Have box. I’ve been a loyal subscriber for over two years now and still get excited every month, which is saying something!

And to make the wait even more excruciating, we have a 2nd spoiler out for November 2015 and it’s completely awesome and I need my box, like, right now.

POPSUGAR Must Have May 2015 Review plus Gift With Purchase Coupon!

Each November box will contain a Capri Blue Mercury Jewel Box Candle in Rain, an $18.95 value. Even though the value isn’t super high, I am so excited! I love getting candles in beautiful reusable containers, and this one is gorgeous. It will be such a cute jewelry box on my nightstand! The Rain scent is a mix of gardenias and other florals, which is right up my alley. Oh POPSUGAR, you understand me so well.

POPSUGAR Must Have November 2015 Box Spoiler #2 and Promo Code

And in case you missed the first spoiler, it’s a Tarte Cosmetics Beauty and the Box Eyeshadow Quad. Not sure if there will be color variation, but I’m really digging the combination in the spoiler picture! I’d be so happy with those smoky plum hues.

POPSUGAR Must Have October 2015 Review plus November 2015 Spoiler

So are you as excited as I am? If you haven’t signed up yet (how are you resisting?!), use coupon code MUSTHAVE5 to save $5 off your first box!