Pop Sugar Must Have July 2015 Subscription Box Review

As soon as you thought I was gone for good…nope, nope, nope! I’m back! I plan to stick around this time too, now that I’ve got my life all in order (sorta). My game plan is to post three times a week, but we will see how that goes (please hold me to it!).

2015-07-27 11.20.41Keeping up with my train of Pop Sugar posts, here’s this month’s box and what was inside! This month was all about beach days, easy travel, summer heat, fourth of July, and stripes.2015-07-27 11.20.31

Henri Bendel Signature Stripe Canvas Dopp Kit- $282015-07-27 11.21.26

I love this little bag so much. I’ve always loved the color combination of blue and brown, and this little bag is really cute, and expandable. If you know anything about me, you know I’m overly organized and compartmentalize my purses…always having a little makeup bag inside to store all of my randomness. This one is now in my bucket bag, and couldn’t be more perfect! *This item also came with a code for 20% off on their website.

Supergoop! Defense Refresh Setting Mist SPF 50- $282015-07-27 11.21.59

For some reason, this stuff smells minty to me, but I really think it’s just me. That’s definitely not a bad thing though! I used this for the first time yesterday, and actually think it works really well! It’s a great makeup setting spray, and it has awesome UV protection. It even mentions on the box to reapply every 2 hours when out in direct sunlight to maximize protection. It leaves a matte finish and says it’s helps eliminate oil and shine, and I will give them a 10 out of 10 for that one…because lately, I’ve been using my little oil blotting sheets like no one’s business…and this stuff really did eliminate all the excess shine I get, saving me a few of those sheets.

Sorial Card Case- $282015-07-27 11.22.21

I’ve always found these little card cases to be so cute, but I never use them, partially because I have about 15 cards (most of them being rewards cards) in my wallet. I never just carry 3 or 4 cards on me, and have never found a reason to use the little ones like this on top of my regular wallet. Maybe I can use it in the future for business cards, but for now, it will probably hang out in my closet with all of my other less loved wallets. *This item also came with a code for $25 dollars towards your next purchase on their website.

PopDental Portable Toothbrush- $19.992015-07-27 11.22.36

This was actually a bit different than things I expect to see in Pop Sugar Must Have boxes. I like that I now have a toothbrush I can dedicate to travel (although I don’t travel that much), rather than scrambling to find a toothbrush travel carrier for the one I’m currently using at the time. This one also comes with a replacement head.

Yes To Blueberries Cleansing Facial Wipes- $5.992015-07-27 11.22.49

This is one of those items that I would never buy in the store when I see it, because I want to try it out first, so I’m glad I got this in this month’s box. I typically use Neutrogena’s makeup remover wipes, but I was excited to see these, because I’ve seen them in Target before, but didn’t want to spend the $6 dollars to try them out, in the off chance that they clashed with my skin. I like the smell of them, and they seem to be doing well with my skin, but I really need to give it a week or two to make sure. Either way, I liked seeing these in this month’s box.

The Good Bean Fruit & No-Nut Bar, Chocolate Berry!- $1.992015-07-27 11.24.13

I’ve had chocolate chick peas from this brand before and liked them as a snack, so I’m excited to try this out. One of my co-workers gets this box too, and told me she already ate hers and that it was delicious, so I’m gonna save this for when I need a really yummy snack (which will probably be when I’m hangry)!

Hallmark Signature Greeting Cards- $14.97+2015-07-27 11.23.59

This was this month’s special extra in the box, and I really love them.   I’m not sure if everyone who received this box got the same 3 cards, or if it was a variety, but I received one for a birthday, one with a pineapple on it which was blank inside, and another more generic card. They all require extra postage if you mail them, because they are the more fancy card options, but I’ll probably just give them out to people I’d see in person. I actually really like the pineapple one, so I might just frame it and hang it on my wall in the kitchen.

Overall Thoughts of the July Box:

There was no wow factor in this box, but that’s a-ok for me. I really loved the Henri Bendel dopp kit, and it fits perfectly in all of my purses, so I know I’ll be using it for quite some time. I also really like the Supergoop! setting mist, and I think it will be a good substitute for my current Urban Decay version. With the exception of the card case, everything in this box will get used for me. And now with fall around the corner, I can’t wait to see what August has in store!

Value of the Box: $126.94 (not including the coupon/discount codes included with some items)

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Bows and Arrows,

Lynda

Pop Sugar Must Have February 2015 Subscription Box Review

2015-02-13 20.21.27I got home from work last night, and look what was waiting for me! My February box, just in time for Valentine’s Day. I know you’re curious, so here’s what I got inside of my box. 2015-02-14 11.24.25

Tarte Cosmetics Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in True Love – $26

2015-02-14 11.35.43I’ve never tried Tarte’s blushes before, but I’ve heard great reviews. And since I only have 3 other blush options currently, this one will be easily integrated into my makeup routine…and it’s different than my go-to Nars blush.

U.S. Apothecary Rose Water Bubble Bath – $30

2015-02-14 11.31.43I currently don’t have any bubble bath products at my house right now, so this was something exciting to get. I don’t take baths too often, but sometimes they are needed after a stressful day, and this scent is perfect to help you relax.

ACME Party Box Company Bamboo Heart Cutting Board & Cheese Knife – $32

2015-02-14 11.36.23I actually don’t have a wooden cutting board yet…or a cheese knife, so this is a great addition to my kitchen. And if I didn’t think I’d be using this (which I definitely will be), it comes in a burlap pouch which would make it easy for gifting.

BaubleBar Mini Arrow Pendant Necklace – $32

2015-02-14 11.29.21 I saw spoilers for this before I received mine and was really hoping for the gold (which I got!) instead of silver. This is hands down my favorite item in the box. It’s so delicate, and is going to become one of my everyday jewelry pieces.

Figs & Rouge 100% Natural Balm in Lemon Berry – $8

2015-02-14 11.33.40I’ve never heard of this brand before, but the scent smells nice. I’m not really a fan of the containers for lip products that you have to touch to get the product from the container to your lips, but it’s still something I can give a try.

Chuao Chocolatier Ravishing Rocky Road Bar – $6

2015-02-14 11.28.35I must not be up on my brands lately, because I haven’t heard of this chocolate brand either…and it seems like everyone was really excited for this. I am always excited for chocolate though, and can’t wait to eat this later today during my dinner break at work!

Sally Beauty FingerPaints Nail Color in Pink Imagination – $5.502015-02-14 11.28.19

I will say I am happy with the color I received because I don’t have anything very similar to it. This baby pink has some shimmer to it as well, and if I don’t end up using it, it will be a great add-on to someone’s gift in the future.

 Overall Thoughts of the February Box:

I don’t think I’ve ever really been disappointed with any of the boxes I’ve received from Pop Sugar. This one will definitely get some use. The only thing I can see myself not really using is the lip balm, but that’s mainly because I have to use my finger to put it on my lips. Everything else will get use, and were all things I don’t think will just sit somewhere around my house. And I already know that chocolate is going to be gone by the end of the night!

Value of the Box: $139.50

Just a reminder, all opinions are my own, and I do pay to receive this box each month. If you want to get one for yourself, just click here!

Thanks for reading,

Lynda

Pop Sugar Must Have October 2014 Subscription Box Review

2014-10-27 18.06.42There were a lot of issues surrounding the Pop Sugar box this month that resulted in multiple emails being sent out to acknowledge these issues. I always stalk the ladies at MUT to see if anyone got their box early, and a lot of people posting on there were very frustrated for one reason or another. I happened to be one of the people that never got shipment confirmation or notifications, but my box did happen to show up last night! Hopefully next month, everything will go smoother for them.

2014-10-27 19.08.59What’s in the box:

 Butter London Wink Eye Pencil- $18

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I already have about 7 or 8 of Butter London’s nail polish and I absolutely love it, but I’ve never tried any of their other makeup items. This is one of their blendable eye pencils in the color Earl Grey. It has a slight shimmer to it, but I do actually really like the way it looks…it’s a really dark grey which is a great alternative to wearing black all the time. This liner also says it sets in 30 seconds (and that you can blend it out) and wears for 24 hours, so I’m going to try it out today and see if it actually does last all day.

Happy Socks- $12

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My socks from last year with the ones from the Pop Sugar box

My socks from last year with the ones from the Pop Sugar box

Soooo….the company I work for sold this brand last year, so I already knew I loved these before I got them because I already have 3-4 pairs of them! In fact, I have a pair that are very similar. I love these to wear with booties for a pop of color underneath jeans, or to wear with riding boots. They are also perfect to wear with pj’s while you cozy up by the fireplace with a warm cocoa.

 Hall Designs Shoreline Shea Butter/Olive Oil Bar Soap- $10

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This soap smells really good. And even though it doesn’t scream “fall” scent, it does have something in there that reminds me of the holidays. (I don’t even know why because it totally has a beachy scent to it.) I don’t use bar soap at all, so I’m considering turning this into a liquid soap or gifting it over the holidays. Side note: this brand also makes the Barr-Co. products, which I already love.

Dean & Deluca Pumpkin Spice Malt Balls- $5.75

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I already love boutique style candies, and since mine didn’t come melted like a lot of other subscribers seemed to get, these were great. I don’t think they taste super “pumpkiny,” however, they do taste like the “spices” you do associate with pumpkin. Either way, I think they are delicious…I’m also not really picky when it comes to chocolate. (Also, Happy National Chocolate Day!!!)

Mine Design Chalkboard Candle- $24

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I agree with other subscribers that it would have been nice to get a candle with a fall scent this month, but I do love the concept of this candle. I can change the design anytime I want with the chalk that was provided, and once my candle is completely burned, I can even reuse the ceramic container (maybe for my makeup brushes…I’ll figure something out). My candles scent is pomegranate, but for some reason it smells like a fresh spring scent…not really reminiscent of fall, but I’ll still use it!

Isaac Jacobs International Acrylic Frame- $36

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I’ve seen these frames before (probably not this brand), and thought they were cool, but never wanted to spend the money on them. I don’t really have too many pictures to frame either, but I’ll probably use this for something…or I’ll gift it during the holidays. Either way, it’s nice.

Nailed Kit Halloween Decals- $8

So, I was thinking that I was lucky when I saw that my box arrived last night, because I was getting to actually use these decals before it was actually Halloween…I’m sure some subscribers are going to be upset when they get their October boxes in November, because that makes this product worthless until next year. However, my nail decals weren’t in the box! I didn’t get them at all!!! So yeah, it’s on the list of things in the box, yet, I didn’t get them in my box at all…so I guess I’ll be contacting Pop Sugar about that.

The Blue Jean Bar Blue Jean Box- $40 dollars off box

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This is a unique coupon code for $40 dollars of the subscription box service offered by The Blue Jean Bar. It’s similar to the other clothing subscription services where there is a stylist that curates your box and mails it to you, and then you choose what to keep and what to mail back, and you only pay for what you keep. I may or may not try this out…if I do, I’ll post it on here. I’m conflicted though, because I work for a denim company, so I’m not sure I want to try this out since it focuses on denim, which I don’t need.

Overall Thoughts on the October Box:

I did like the items I got in my box this month, though it was lackluster compared to other previous boxes. This may be because I was reading all the negative comments about how this month didn’t go by so smoothly in terms of billing and shipping since their new website launch. But I’m torn, because I will use everything I got in this box in some way, even if it’s by gifting it. And past boxes with bigger ticket items are either a hit or miss. But who knows, I definitely understand that these boxes can’t please everyone. Hopefully next months box will be awesome!

Value of box: $105.75

(Not including the $8 Nailed Kit decals since I didn’t get those, or the $40 off BJB Express coupon since not everyone will use that)

Bows and Arrows,

Lynda