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

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Pop Sugar Must Have November 2014 Subscription Box Review

Happy Thursday everyone!2014-11-20 00.05.02

My box arrived on Tuesday a little dinged up, but everything inside survived!  Getting right down to business, here’s what was in this month’s must have box.2014-11-18 14.35.05

 

The Secret Recipes by Dominique Ansel- $352014-11-19 23.54.05

This is definitely my favorite item in the November box! It’s a book filled with pastry recipes by the maker of the Cronut. I love baking, and this book has some really good recipes, along with some I’ve never even heard of, so I’m excited to try some of them out. I will say, however, that I can definitely see how some people might not be excited to get this in their box…especially if you aren’t a baker, or creative type.

Sorial Saffiano Wallet on a Chain- $49 2014-11-19 23.52.10

I’ll probably use this at some point. Right now, I’m really satisfied with my wallet and other pouches in my tote, but I can see this coming in handy on trips. The chain is long enough to wear it as a crossbody bag, and it’s small enough, yet has enough space for just what you need when you’re out and about exploring new places. Also, the leather is vegan, which I don’t mind. It’s actually pretty good quality, but I’m not a fan of the fabric animal print interior.

K. Hall Simpatico Ambergris Shea Butter Cream- $22 2014-11-18 14.52.44

I think this was a great addition to this month’s box, as a lot of areas around the U.S. finally start to get cold this month, which means dry skin. I’m not overly excited about the scent, but I think it was a safe scent, because I don’t think anyone could really hate this scent. I’ll probably end up gifting this item to someone for Christmas, because I already have a Shea butter hand cream I carry with me everywhere, so I don’t really need this one.

Tiny Prints Thoughtful Heart Stationery- $15 + $25 gift card for tinyprints.com2014-11-19 23.57.31

I am excited to use the $25 dollar gift card on their website to get myself some stationery. I love having cute note cards and greeting cards on hand. The ones included in the box are simple note cards with envelopes that I’m sure I can use to send out thank you’s, or to write a note just because. I am slightly disappointed that the backs of the cards are branded with both tinyprints and PopSugar.

Wine Glass Writer Pens- $9.952014-11-18 14.54.10

These are cool. It’s a different take on the little charms or suction cup designs that companies sell as wine glass markers. Realistically, I won’t use these for wine glasses. I do see myself using them for writing on glass, or something else I’m sure I’ll think to use them for. Either way, I think they were a cool addition to this month’s box, because I think a lot of people will get use out of them during the holidays.

G.H. Cretors Chicago Mix Popped Corn- $3.69 2014-11-18 14.46.22

Food. That’s really all I’ve gotta say about this one! I haven’t even opened the bag yet, but I’m almost positive whatever is inside is going to be quite tasty! It does say it’s a mix of caramel and cheddar cheese…two flavors I don’t think I’ve ever combined. I’m still excited to try them though!

Overall Thoughts of the November Box:2014-11-18 14.43.30

I feel like this box was missing something. I don’t know why, I just feel like the past few boxes have had more to them. Not necessarily in value, but just more in general. I don’t know…maybe I’m just losing it. I do like this box, but really though, I don’t think I’ve ever disliked a box from them!2014-11-18 14.43.53

However, I will say this. Once it hits November, people are really thinking about the holidays, and 2 of the 6 things in this box were branded with Pop Sugar (which almost never happens). That’s perfectly fine if you love everything and keep it all, but many people around this time, decide to gift the things they don’t like to friends and family. Now obviously, I’m posting this on here, so if I gave something from this box to someone, they would know where it came from. But, if you aren’t someone who tells the world you receive this box, you might have wanted to gift the tinyprints cards or the wine glass writers to someone, and if you do, they will know it wasn’t something you picked out for them (because they are branded). Maybe I’m just going out on a limb, but I don’t think everyone likes gifting things that show they were obviously not purchased for the recipient.

Either way, I did like this box, and I’m excited to see what next month has in store!2014-11-18 21.22.53

Value of Box: $159.64 including the gift card to tinyprints.com

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Bows and arrows,

Lynda