Pop Sugar Must Have Box: October

It’s another busy month for me, so I fail at blogging epically.  Whoops!  I’ve been what seems like around the world this month with a wedding, lots of portrait sessions and a trip to Canada and back.  Whew!  October isn’t done yet and I hear we’re ending it with a snowstorm.  Cue the whining from all!  😉

I have been mad stalking my shipment of this month’s Pop Sugar Must Have Box after the delightful surprise last month.  I was kind of worried because I heard some complainers saying this one stunk compared to last months but I was very happy with mine when I opened it (I avoided spoilers because I’m weird like that).  I actually may have wooped a little and done a jig.  While I realize that the Pop Sugar Must Have Box is a bit more than most boxes at $40 or so a month (use REFER5 for $5 off!) I feel OK with it since I LIKE everything in it for two months in a row.  Lately with Birchbox, I’ve been lucky to like even one thing in it.  I keep meaning to pull the plug but I wanted to find something to fill its place.  I’ve also signed up for Ipsy and so far I love it more than Birchbox so I may finally be kicking that habit. I may have added a few other boxes in my quest like the Julibox (COCKTAILS!!), Glossybox and Julep Maven.  I’ll be adding those to the reviews now that I have time to actually breathe with my job (well, when I get them).  I also plan to start throwing in more book reviews!  🙂  Yes, this blog is a mixed bag, just like me.  Ha!

Back to the Must Have box… while it doesn’t have the high value that last month’s had, it’s still awesome and I loved it a lot.

Pop Sugar Must Have Box October

The October box included the following products for a total value of $121.44 (listed in order of excitement)

J.K. Rowling – The Casual Vacancy Hardback Book $35
OPI Pink of Hearts 2012  $14.95
Red Flower Japanese Peony Petal Topped Candle $38
Clear Scalp & Hair Therapy 3 oz Shampoo & Conditioner $3
Dylan’s Candy Bar Gummy Bears $4
Pirates Booty Aged White Cheddar $1.50
Crescent Moon ExerSocks $24.99

I’m a huge reader and although I’ve not read Harry Potter (yes I know), I am excited somewhat to read this new book by JK Rowling.  Since it’s free, I’m definitely giving it a whirl.  I’m OPI-obsessed so the Pink of Hearts is fantastic and straight up my alley, and since I didn’t have to donate to the Komen fund (I support cancer charities, just not Komen) I’m happy to be given it.  The candle smells AMAZING but I definitely wouldn’t buy it at near $40 for that small of a candle!  The shampoo & conditioner is perfect for me since I have long and thick hair – it’s NEVER fun to get the tiny samples b/c I need more than that to wash my hair!  The gummy bears look divine shall  be munching on those during trick or treat!) and the Pirates Booty does too.  The socks are… socks.  I’ll wear them but probably not buy them again.  Unless they totally wow me breathless.  I’ll come back and update with reviews of each items as I use them 🙂



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Pop Sugar: September Box

Ok, I have a new obsession with the sample boxes that come monthly.  A couple years ago I joined one that was all Etsy stuff but it didn’t last too long and I quickly found that while there would sometimes be an item or two I liked, I was usually disappointed.  Then last year my friend Mary (who is the guru of all things cool, a requirement in a friend for woeful ones like me that aren’t too cool or hip) blogged about Birchbox and I decided to give it a whirl and got quickly addicted.  It’s kind of like a lottery and since I was a kid, I’ve been a wee bit obsessed with luck-of-the-draw kind of things.  It’s a good thing that I don’t go to casinos!  😉  However, lately Birchbox has been lackluster (and the things I fall in love with seem to get discontinued and I’ve been kicking around kicking the habit but I wanted to find a replacement before I kicked the habit.  So this month I signed up for Julep Maven and Pop Sugar.  I got my Julep Maven box this month and I liked it but I just received my Pop Sugar box and I MUST TELL ALL OF THE PEOPLE!!!  This box is nothing short of awesome.  Lookie!

Pop Sugar Must Have Box: September

The September box included the following products for a total value of $274.47 (!)

Brokedown Scarf in Silver plus 50% code online $84 for full priced scarf, $42 in savings with the code
The Perks of Being a Wallflower book plus 2 free tickets to see the movie $14 for book, $24 for tickets
Rifle Paper Co.’s Lined Notepad $8
Benefit Cabana Glama $36
Becky’s Blissful Bakery Caramels $10.49
Pop-Up Pantry Dinners Cookie plus code for 1 free meal $17
Yes to Cucumbers Hypoallergenic Towelettes $2.99
Kitsch Hair Ties $9.99
$25 Gift Certificate to Tracie Martyn Skin Care Line $25
Food Should Taste Good Sweet Potato Chips $1
Must Have Pouch (a black coin purse)

That’s a LOT of stuff and not very much that I am blah about, which is usually 50% of my Birchbox stuff.  I actually have a few boxes of Birchbox stuff full of crap I’ll never use.  Out of this box I don’t think I’ll use the Must Have Pouch (I have plenty of others of this style that are cuter), the Pop Up Pantry coupon or the Tracie Martyn Skin Care coupon.  Other than that?  Totally using all of this!!!!  WIN!!!!  Below is some of my favorites in this box.

Brokedown Scarf in Silver

This is an awful picture but I’m in the midst of editing hell so I’m not breaking out the big guns for pics today.  iPhone 5 it is!  This scarf is so, so soft.  I didn’t have a clue that this was a fancy schwancy scarf though, just thought it was another one.  Here’s why it’s awesome.  I always LOVE scarves on other people.  I think they look so chic and adorable.  However, I just have yet to embrace this trend for myself and I don’t know why.  I’ve yet to buy a scarf and give it a whirl, I’m afraid I’ll look like I’m a mess… which I do 90% of the time.  So this scarf in the box means I don’t have to commit to purchasing one but can start to try this trend out (yes, I realize I’m only about 4 years or so behind the trend!) and give it a whirl!  Here’s hoping I don’t strangle myself.

Benefit Cabana Glama

I love makeup!  This is why I joined with Birchbox in the first place but a lot of the stuff I get with them is just… WEIRD!  Not what is up my alley and not stuff I can usually find again.  I seem to constantly get fragrance and skin stuff yet my profile says different.  Anywho, this is so my style and I did a happy dance when I realized it wasn’t NOTECARDS but was in fact an awesome box in a box!  WOO!

The last thing that rocked my socks was the hair ties.  I’d upload a picture but for some reason the darn word press thing keeps tilting the image even though it isn’t tilted sideways.  Hrumph.  Anyways, they are pretty and make ponytails less fugly.  WINNING!  Especially since I basically live with my hair tied back in some fashion or another.

I am still pretty stoked about almost ALL of this though.  The notepad came just at the perfect time, I was running out of my beloved grocery list pads and this will do nicely for that (for some reason I MUST hand write my list, cannot print one out, who knows why!).  The chips, cookie and caramels all look quite tasty and I can’t wait to try the towelettes.  YAY!  Here’s hoping this isn’t a one off of YAY and then the rest is going to super suck!

 Edit:  I just decided to try the Pop Up Pantry thing.  I found out the first meal TOTAL is free, for whatever reason I thought they just covered for one person so it’s a $34 deal and the shipping is free.  I got the pot pie dinner and it comes with a salad AND dessert for TWO people!  So… we shall see.

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