FabFitFun Summer 2016 Subscription Review plus $10 Off!

After a few delays, I finally have my FabFitFun Summer box in hand! The spoilers came out ages ago and I’ve been dying to get my box to see what variations I received! This is my second FabFitFun box and I’m so glad I decided to sign up last season.

FabFitFun is a quarterly subscription box that sends out beauty, wellness, fashion, and fitness products for $49.99 a box. If you choose to purchase a whole year (4 boxes), the price goes down to $44.99 a box. They promise at least a $200 value in each box, though they sometimes exceed that by quite a bit. If you’re looking for a box that delivers an amazingly great value each time, this is the one!

If you like what you see, the Summer box is still currently available for purchase. Get $10 off (bringing the price down to only $39.99) by using this link. For $39.99, that’s a total steal! That makes it the same price as POPSUGAR Must Have, and with the lackluster couple of PSMH boxes lately this box shines especially bright.

FabFitFun Summer 2016 Subscription Review plus $10 Off!

I really love the box designs! Such adorable illustrations. I’m a sucker for cute packaging!

FabFitFun Summer 2016 Subscription Review plus $10 Off!

Each box comes with a little booklet about the items and interesting articles. This box they featured an interview with Trina Turk that I enjoyed reading.

FabFitFun Summer 2016 Subscription Review plus $10 Off!

Upon first glance I was really happy with my variation colors!

FabFitFun Summer 2016 Subscription Review plus $10 Off!

Trina Turk Tote | $55.00
The yellow tote is the one I wanted, because I love the cheerful color and the phrasing. It’s the perfect summer beach bag! I already used it a bunch of times, and have already gotten compliments on it! Subscribers either received this yellow tote, or an orange one that says “Vitamin Sea” or a navy blue one that says “Seas the Day”.

FabFitFun Summer 2016 Subscription Review plus $10 Off!

Thick rope handles give a really fun nautical feel. I also like that it’s really comfortable on the shoulder. My current beach bag has thin straps that dig into my skin, and once I switched to this bag I’ve converted for good! The yellow canvas is also really thick and sturdy, and best of all–it can go through the wash. I put it through a gentle cycle recently and it came out good as new!

FabFitFun Summer 2016 Subscription Review plus $10 Off!

And heads up, it’s also huge. The width is around 22 inches. It fits so much stuff, I can carry several beach towels and still have room for flip flops and sunscreen.

FabFitFun Summer 2016 Subscription Review plus $10 Off!

Summer & Rose Yoga Towel | $36.00
This is another variation item. The other two options were blue and orange, with the phrases “more happy, less worry” and “dream big” respectively. I wonder if the towels matched the totes, so if you got an orange tote you got an orange towel? I was hoping for the blue towel but the pink would have been my second choice, so I’m pretty happy.

FabFitFun Summer 2016 Subscription Review plus $10 Off!

Cute, right? The hand lettering look is beautiful and really trendy right now. The towel is a microfiber blend and absorbs moisture very well. It’s also machine washable, which is pretty much the most important thing to me. It’s meant to be a yoga towel, but can definitely be used for a variety of purposes.

FabFitFun Summer 2016 Subscription Review plus $10 Off!

Stemulation Daily Micro Derm Scrub | $34.00
Since this is such a huge bottle, I was expecting it to be a really course scrub for the body. It’s actually quite fine and gentle enough for the face. The scrub also works as a cleanser, and it foams up as you massage it in circles. This thing should last me a very long time, and I can’t wait to see the long term results! My skin feels really soft and smooth after using it and I’d love to see if these results are sustainable.

FabFitFun Summer 2016 Subscription Review plus $10 Off!

FabFitFun Every Day Beach Waves Spray | $18.00
This is the only item in the box that I dislike. I’m up to my ears in sea salt/beach hairspray and really don’t need a big full sized one like this. I tried it once pretty half-heartedly because I don’t have much luck with these sprays, and this one didn’t work for me either. It did absolutely nothing except make my hair smell a little nicer…

FabFitFun Summer 2016 Subscription Review plus $10 Off!

Passport to Beauty Gypsetter Luminous Lips in Bohemian Glow | $18.00
I gifted this to a friend because I have so many lippies and she was in search of a new gloss. Subscribers received one out of three color variations, but my friend said the pigment didn’t transfer that well. It’s more a sheer tint of color with a really high gloss factor. She loves how shiny the glossy is, but wishes the color payoff were better.

FabFitFun Summer 2016 Subscription Review plus $10 Off!

Betches Ice Pop Molds | $19.00
This is an exclusive collaboration with FabFitFun. I like the idea of getting ice pop molds, but not sure this is one that I will use. For one thing, they’re pretty small. The plastic sticks also don’t stand up in the liquid on their own, so they come out crooked most of the time. I’ve actually been using this mold as an ice tray.

FabFitFun Summer 2016 Subscription Review plus $10 Off!

The molds are in the shape of champagne bottles. The plastic quality doesn’t seem very high, so I think the $19 value is pretty ridiculous. I bought the most adorable ice trays at IKEA the other day for like $5 that had better silicone. Target also has lovely ice pop molds for under $10.

FabFitFun Summer 2016 Subscription Review plus $10 Off!

OSEA Atmosphere Protection Cream | $48.00
Okay, I love this stuff. I didn’t think I would, but I totally do. It’s lightweight, absorbs quickly, and gives your skin a matte finish. It works really well as a primer and it’s perfect for the hot humid summer days of Houston. I’ve been using it every day since I got my box and love how it feels on my face. The glass bottle is also super chic.

FabFitFun Summer 2016 Subscription Review plus $10 Off!

The box also included some samples for Burt’s Bees BB Cream and Compeed Blister Cushion Packs. I found it kind of weird that this box didn’t include any gift cards, because in the past few boxes they’ve always had at least one gift card. But nonetheless, I did use these samples and actually found the blister cushions pretty useful when I was breaking in a new pair of leather sandals!

FabFitFun Summer 2016 Subscription Review plus $10 Off!

Overall it was a good box for me. I love the tote, the towel, the scrub, and the moisturizer. Seeing as how those are the big ticket items from the box, I would call that a win! The moisturizer is actually a potential holy grail item, and it basically covers the cost of the box! The overall value is $228, which is amazing for a $50 box.

Since this is only my second box, I can’t really attest to the pattern behavior of this subscription. But I do know that both boxes that I’ve received so far are great! I think the team at FFF does a really thoughtful curation of seasonal items. This definitely felt like a summer box to me! Many of the items have already become part of my routine now and I look forward to seeing what amazing goodies they’ll include in the fall box (my favorite season!).

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Glossybox May 2016 Review

After the drama from last month’s Glossybox, I was really interested to see what kind of box we would all be receiving. Since I seem to always be one of the last people to receive my box, I get to see what everyone else got in their boxes and get an idea about the different variations that are sent out. I’m happy to report that I got the combination I wanted! Also, the variations didn’t have such a huge price difference this month, which is always a good sign.

Glossybox is $21 a month, or less with a 3 month, 6 month, or annual subscription. Each month you get 5 deluxe sized beauty samples, and sometimes they’ll send out full sized products as well. They aim to send high end brands, but in the past I’ve seen some lower price point items as well. If you’re interested in signing up but not in a rush, it might be worth waiting for a good deal to come around if you don’t want to pay full price. I certainly would not be shelling out the full $21/month for this subscription.

Glossybox May 2016 Review

Box looked more substantial this month! The sizes seemed a bit bigger than what the past couple months have been.

Glossybox May 2016 Review

RITUALS Cosmetics Shower Foam in Zensation | $3.75
Very pleased to see a RITUALS item in this box. I love this brand! It feels very luxurious yet is reasonably priced. I usually buy a few of the shower gels from Barney’s when they have the gift with purchase beauty events. This shower gel turns into a soft foamy texture when you use it, and is very gentle on the skin. It also smells absolutely divine! At $12 for the full size (which lasts forever, by the way), it’s a nice little treat that doesn’t break the bank. I’m glad to have a travel sized one now, thanks to Glossybox.

Glossybox May 2016 Review

Talika Photo-Hydra Day | $39.50
Yay for more French beauty items! I do enjoy discovering European brands through Glossybox and think that is currently their most interesting selling point. This is a lightweight gel moisturizer and I’m surprised by how much I like it. I usually don’t like gel moisturizers, but this one is so lightweight and works really well with my skin. My face feels moisturized and soft, but there wasn’t any shininess that I had to cover up with powder. I’m glad we got such a large bottle to play around with. If my skin doesn’t react poorly after this tube, I will probably purchase more.

Glossybox May 2016 Review

Estee Lauder Revitalizing Supreme Anti-Aging Creme | $8.50
This was the item I was hoping to get, so I was really happy when I saw this in my box! Usually my main issue with Estee Lauder products is the heavy fragrance used in many of the creams. This moisturizer has a light fragrance that I found quite refreshing, and it definitely gave my skin a great boost of moisture when I used it overnight.

Glossybox May 2016 Review

The cream has a thick texture and feels like it’s going to be heavy, but it actually absorbs really quickly and well. I would only use it as a night moisturizer though, since I think it would be hard to apply makeup on top of the moisturizer.

Glossybox May 2016 Review

Benefit Roller Lash | $8.00
As much as I like this mascara, I’m not excited about this sample at all. It feels similar to when we got a sample of Benefit’s POREfessional a couple months ago–I love the product, but the sample is so easy to obtain. Sephora gave these mini mascaras out for free when the product first went on the market, and I’ve gotten several of them within the past year. I just feels boring and old to get another roller lash mascara sample from a box that is supposed to be “luxe” and “full sized”. With all that being said, I do like this mascara. It doesn’t provide much volume for me, but it gives great curl and length. I like to layer it with my current favorite, Armani’s Eyes To Kill.

Glossybox May 2016 Review

NIOXIN System 3 Cleanser and Scalp Therapy Conditioner | $10.00
I’m a bit confused about these products, since it’s not entirely clear if this is meant for people who are currently worried about thinning hair but still have normal hair, or if it’s meant for people who are already dealing with thinning hair. Either way, I don’t think I really fall into either category. If anything, my hair is too thick! I was hoping it would maybe provide a lot of volume, since my hair is thick but tends to lie flat (or get really frizzy). Unfortunately, it doesn’t deliver any additional volume. The cleanser claims to “help remove follicle-clogging sebum, fatty acids and environmental residues from the scalp skin”, thus stimulating more hair growth in the future. Not sure how effective this is, but it’s just not a product I’m that interested in.

 

Glossybox May 2016 Review

Overall, it was a decent box. I found a moisturizer that I really like, and got travel sized versions of two products I already use. The value comes out to $69.75, which is more than triple the cost of the box.

My main issue with this subscription is the same thing I’ve been talking about for months now: it doesn’t feel exciting. Some of the products that Glossybox sends are items that have already been featured in boxes before, so there isn’t a sense of discovery. With so many other beauty subscription boxes out there, I feel like Glossybox can’t really claim to be a “luxury” box or a “full sized” box. Not a single item I got in my May box was full sized! Glossybox also sends out variations for their boxes but does not take your profile into account, so there’s no guarantee that you’ll be getting the products that match with your interests/lifestyle/skin tone. Everyone got the same shampoo and conditioner for thinning hair, even though that’s a vey specific concern. It just feels odd to send it to everyone!

The one thing I really do enjoy about Glossybox is the inclusion of international brands. It’s fun to get European products and I think they’re the only beauty box that consistently offers brands from Europe month after month. Despite that,  I don’t see myself resubscribing when my year is up. And definitely not for the full price.

Birchbox May 2016 Review plus June 2016 Sample Options

I actually got my Birchbox early this month, but one of my samples had leaked during shipment and gotten all over my other samples. It wasn’t a huge deal because I was able to rinse some of the items off, but I contacted customer service and was immediately sent a brand new box with all the samples! I didn’t even need everything to be replaced, but they were so apologetic and sent me a brand new box anyways. Just thought I would share that little tidbit about the customer service!

Birchbox is $10/month (less if you sign up for a longer subscription), and it’s the original beauty subscription box. I think my favorite part about Birchbox is that they have an amazing point system. Every 100 points is worth $10 in the shop, and you get 10 points for each sample you review from your box. So you’re basically guaranteed to get at least $5 worth of store credit from each box, making the subscription an amazing deal.

Each month you get 5 samples based on your profile, and you can choose one of the samples from a short list that they released the previous month. It’s usually an option between 3 or 4 samples, and you can log into your account to add one to your box. You can also opt to be surprised for all 5 samples, or go for a curated box. Curated boxes will list all the contents so you won’t be surprised, and are usually curated by a guest or with a partnership around a theme.

Promo code alert: use coupon code PIXIPALETTE to get a free Pixi by Petra Palette ($12 Value) with your first month of Birchbox!

Birchbox May 2016 Review plus June 2016 Sample Options

I’ve been on a curated box binge lately! Usually I prefer to choose one sample and be surprised by the other 4, but recently the curated boxes have been great choices for me.

Birchbox May 2016 Review plus June 2016 Sample Options

Davines Love Smoothing Shampoo | $7.40
I’ve sampled this in the past and loved it, so seeing this in the curated box helped seal the deal for my choice. This shampoo smells amazing and leaves my hair feeling very soft without being harsh. It rinses out really clean and I’ve found my hair to be easier to style. I always love having travel sized containers of shampoo and conditioner on hand, and at 2.5 ounces this is a very generous size but still perfectly okay for TSA. Word of advice though: this is the sample that leaked during shipment. Keeping that in mind, I will probably transfer the contents to a more leak-proof travel container.

Birchbox May 2016 Review plus June 2016 Sample Options

Davines Love Smoothing Conditioner | $1.37
Whenever I get a little conditioner packet like this, I wish I could swap the sizes between the conditioner and the shampoo! I use more conditioner than shampoo, so that would have been more practical for me. Extra bummer because I really like this conditioner and would have loved a bigger sample. It’s gentle on my hair and keeps it really soft and shiny and easy to style. This conditioner bumps the number of samples in my box up to 6, which meant I got to review 6 items and get 60 points (worth $6.00 store credit) instead of the usual 50.

Birchbox May 2016 Review plus June 2016 Sample Options

COOLA SPF 30 Organic Makeup Setting Spray$7.20
I wear sunscreen religiously 365 days a year, so anything with SPF is a win in my book. I personally really like COOLA products and use their matte bb cream almost every day, so I had really high hopes for this spray. While I did like the way it felt on my skin (dried quickly and didn’t feel sticky), I’m not sure how well it works as sun protection. A light misting wouldn’t give you enough product to block UV rays but anything more than a few sprays would be way too much product sitting on your face. I put on a very generous layer and my face felt sort of greasy as the day wore on. All the rain and humidity we have here in Houston probably wasn’t helping, but I just felt like there’s no way you could get adequate SPF coverage without putting on too much.

Birchbox May 2016 Review plus June 2016 Sample Options

ModelCo Lip Lacquer in Creme Brulee | $5.33
When I got the curated box, I thought this would be more of a pink-toned nude. As it turns out, it’s really quite close to my skin tone and so I look sort of strange wearing it. I look like I tried to cover my lips with foundation or something, haha. But I think for someone who is paler this would be a really nice no-makeup nude! The texture was okay, nothing spectacular. It wasn’t bad, but I guess I’m just not that excited about ModelCo products anymore because I feel like they’ve become one of those “subscription box only” beauty companies. I’ve received so many of their products in various boxes and I’m feeling bored. The true sign of a subscription box addict…

Birchbox May 2016 Review plus June 2016 Sample Options

CLEAN Blossom Eau de Parfum | $1.68
I don’t think anyone is thrilled with getting these tiny perfume samples in their box, but at least I really like this scent! It definitely reminds me of spring and cheerful weather. Orange blossom is one of my favorites fragrances, and I can smell it pretty strongly in this perfume.

Birchbox May 2016 Review plus June 2016 Sample Options

Benefit Hoola Matte Bronzer | $10.36
The main reason I got this box was to get this bronzer! I’ve always heard so many great things about it and I love Benefit’s products. I’ve been wanting to try it for such a long time but since I have so much bronzer samples from various boxes, I never bit the bullet to buy one. Thrilled that I got it as a sample!  It’s a generous size too, at about a third of the full sized product.

Birchbox May 2016 Review plus June 2016 Sample Options

Totally love it! It blends so easily and goes on super smooth. It’s a great match for my complexion, since it’s not super dark but is buildable and looks amazing for light contouring. It doesn’t have any sparkle or shimmer, which is something that I see in a lot of bronzers and dislike. Paired with Benefit’s Dandelion blush, I can get a really great “barely there” natural look!

Birchbox May 2016 Review plus June 2016 Sample Options

Overall, I thought this was an amazing month! I know it sounds like I disliked several of my samples, but I’m actually really happy with what I got. Even though the COOLA didn’t work out for me, I love that I got to try it through Birchbox. The Benefit bronzer and Davines products are amazing and will get used up. Just the bronzer was worth the cost of the box! My total value comes out to $33.34, which is more than triple what I paid.

Next month’s sample option:

  • Benefit Gimme Brow Volumizing Fiber Gel in Light, Medium, or Dark

Or choose the curated box, which comes with

  • LOC One and Done Shadow Stick in Haute Cocoa OR Heavy Petal
  • Davines Authentic Cleansing Nectar Hair/Body Deluxe + Authentic Moisturizing Butter Packette
  • NUXE Reve de Miel Facial Cleansing and Make-Up Removing Gel
  • Air Repair Complexion Boosting Moisturizer
  • The Beauty Crop PBJ Smoothie Stick in Raisin the Roof

What do you think? More Davines in my life sounds like a good idea. I’m surprised that the sample choice is only one product, but I guess it’s good that they’re letting people choose which shade works best. I already have sufficiently thick brows so I think this fiber gel might make them comically dark.  I’ll probably go for the curated box!

Glossybox April 2016 Review

Up for review today is my Glossybox, which I received a few days ago. There was some drama and general unhappiness with the contents of the April box (more on that later), so I was relieved to see that I got lucky and received one of the better options. Glossybox has no idea that I blog and my subscription account isn’t tied to this blog at all. I actually got an annual subscription at a huge discount through Gilt, so I know I did not receive this box because of my blog.

Glossybox is $21 a month, or less with a 3 month, 6 month, or annual subscription. Each month you get 5 deluxe sized beauty samples, and sometimes they’ll send out full sized products as well. They aim to send high end brands, but in the past I’ve seen some lower price point items as well. If you’re interested in signing up but not in a rush, it might be worth waiting for a good deal to come around if you don’t want to pay full price.

Glossybox April 2016 Review

I always like to mention that Glossybox has really cute packaging. I always love to reuse the boxes for storage or gifting, and I appreciate their attention to detail when they’re packing the boxes. The ribbon is always a nice touch.

Glossybox April 2016 Review

This is the box variation that I received. Some subscribers did not get the Norell perfume, but instead got a Not Your Mother’s Sea Salt Hair Spray. The perfume retails for around $11.25 and is sold at stores like Neiman Marcus, while the sea salt spray retails for around $3.00 and can easily be found at Walmart. A lot of subscribers were rightfully upset, but as far as I know, Glossybox hasn’t done anything about it. It’s something to be aware of if you’re interested in subscribing: not everyone gets the same box, and not everyone gets the same value in a box.

Glossybox April 2016 Review

Unani Dermo Defense Face Mask | $18.00
I’m always excited to try new face masks! This one is a gel formula, so you won’t feel the mask dry and tighten your skin. If you’ve ever tried GlamGlow’s ThirstyMud (the blue bottle one), it’s kind of similar. It’s very hydrating and designed for sensitive skin, so if regular mud masks are too harsh for you this would be a good one to try. The tube is quite large, so I’ll get plenty of uses out of it.

Glossybox April 2016 Review

Leighton Denny Expert Nails Nail Polish in Pillow Talk | $16.00
Usually I shy away from bright colors, but this is a great pedicure color for summer! I’m unfamiliar with this brand, but so far I like the formula. It leaves a glossy finish and the color is very opaque. I only needed one coat for great color! It applied smoothly and after 3 days I haven’t had any chips yet. Glad to have discovered this brand!

Glossybox April 2016 Review

Biossance The Nourisher | $9.60
Even though I don’t like face oil and tend to use oils only for cleansing, this one is really lightweight and absorbs well. Unlike some oils that I have tried, I don’t end up with a greasy feeling and I haven’t even noticed any residue left on my pillow when I use it at night. A little goes a long way, so even though the sample is pretty small I still anticipate using it for at least 2 weeks.

Glossybox April 2016 Review

Studio 10 Brow Life Perfecting Liner | $20.00
Yay, a full sized brow liner! It’s double ended so it also has a highlighter, which is nice for definition. I did find it a little odd that Glossybox sent out a full sized brow liner without checking to see what people had in their beauty profiles. I can imagine quite a few subscribers aren’t able to use the shade that was sent out. Luckily for me, it works well with my natural hair color and I like the precision of the liner. But I would be pretty disappointed if this were too dark or too light, since it’s a pretty big chunk of the value of the overall box.

Glossybox April 2016 Review

Norell New York Perfume | $11.25
Ah, the problematic perfume. I know a lot of people were really excited to get this in their boxes, since the bottle is super cute and the full sized scent is pretty pricey. My friend who also subscribes to Glossybox got a sea salt spray in her box in lieu of the perfume and she was so disappointed, so I’m going to give her my perfume. I have too much fragrance anyways. I didn’t open it, but based on the description on Neiman Marcus, it’s a very fresh and floral scent.

Glossybox April 2016 Review

Honestly, if I did not know about the discrepancy between boxes, I would have been very happy with Glossybox this month. I really liked the items that I received and there were 2 full sized products, both of which were great for me. The value comes out to $74.85, which is pretty good.

But unfortunately, I’ve been hearing a lot about disappointed customers who got boxes with the Not Your Mother’s Sea Salt Spray. If I had gotten that box, I would be so upset. I have not had any luck with any Not Your Mother’s brand products, and they have such a low retail value. I always see their items for sale at Target and Walmart, and it seems incredibly out of place for a “luxe” sample box. To add insult to injury, the exact same item was included in a Target Beauty Box recently, and that box only sells for $5. Seriously, five dollars.

So my verdict on Glossybox: it’s a gamble, and definitely not a good choice if you’re looking for value. Plenty of other boxes out there offer better value for the money (Birchbox, Allure Beauty Box, Target Box, Boxycharm, etc.) and Glossybox isn’t featuring as many luxury brands as they advertise. It seems pretty risky to subscribe to Glossybox even after spoilers come out, since the boxes vary in content. Some people subscribed after the spoilers for April came out because they wanted the perfume, and were left disappointed with the sea salt spray. I’m locked in for a full year, but I know I won’t be resubscribing once the year is up.

POPSUGAR Must Have April 2016 Box Review and Promo Code!

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.

POPSUGAR Must Have April 2016 Box Review and Promo Code!

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?

POPSUGAR Must Have April 2016 Box Review and Promo Code!

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.

POPSUGAR Must Have April 2016 Box Review and Promo Code!

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!

POPSUGAR Must Have April 2016 Box Review and Promo Code!

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?

POPSUGAR Must Have April 2016 Box Review and Promo Code!

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.

POPSUGAR Must Have April 2016 Box Review and Promo Code!

Lovely packaging! I’m a total sucker for beautiful design and Farmacy has been delivering it in spades this month.

POPSUGAR Must Have April 2016 Box Review and Promo Code!

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.

POPSUGAR Must Have April 2016 Box Review and Promo Code!

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….

POPSUGAR Must Have April 2016 Box Review and Promo Code!

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!

POPSUGAR Must Have April 2016 Box Review and Promo Code!

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.

POPSUGAR Must Have April 2016 Box Review and Promo Code!

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.

POPSUGAR Must Have April 2016 Box Review and Promo Code!

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.

POPSUGAR Must Have April 2016 Box Review and Promo Code!

Love how bright and cheerful this lemon print is! It makes me think of summer and drinking homemade lemonade.

POPSUGAR Must Have April 2016 Box Review and Promo Code!

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!

POPSUGAR Must Have April 2016 Box Review and Promo Code!

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.