I feel like the last person to get the Pop Sugar Must Have box this month! I accidentally fell into a spoiler (I try to avoid them if I can) and wasn’t too excited for the box but now that it’s here I’m a bit happier about it.
The Must Have May Box included the following products for a grand total of $115.00
Smell Bent, St. Tropez scent $45
Zing Anything, Citrus Zinger in green $17
Kerry Cassill, Eye Mask (not pictured because I forgot I took it out of the box), blue floral $24
Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics, nail lacquer in Pool Boy $10
Must Have Fitness, Tone it Up! $15
Hi I’m Skinny Sticks, Sweet Onion $4
I’m not listing it with the rest (but it’s in the picture) but I received a vbeaute’ Lip Spread Anti-Aging Lip Gloss($19) along with my May box as an apology for how long the Resort box took to ship. I don’t know what is in these types of lip stuff but generally I get blisters from them (got it from the Julep one and the Jouer kind). I’m going to try it and see what happens because I’m a glutton for punishment (and I LOVE my lip gloss!).
I immediately sprayed the St. Tropez and I am still on the fence on if I like it or not. I do but it’s pretty strong. We’ll see what I think of it as it mellows out. I’ve received the zinger thing before and it got banished to a closet and I’ve not seen it since. I like the idea of it but actual DOING is a different ballgame sometimes LOL. I will toss the eye mask in with my travel stuff, they can come in handy when traveling! The polish is OK but I hate creme polishes so this will probably hit the donation bag. I always aspire to do the workout stuff but rarely DO it so we’ll see on the DVD. I’ve had some flaring of the endometriosis this week (fun!) so I’m not really in the active mood right now. I’m allergic to onions so I won’t be able to try the skinny sticks (sad!) but I’m betting my husband will chow them down.
By far my favorite of all the beauty boxes is the Ipsy Glam Bag, especially for the price of $10! Each month you get 5 samples in a cute makeup bag that’s usually themed for the month. I’m getting so many makeup bags that I’m not sure what to do with them all (anyone have any ideas?) but they are pretty darn cute. So far the products have been really spot on as well and not nearly as many biffs and misses as Birchbox (who finally did send me the rest of my samples BTW).
The Ipsy May Bag included the following products for a total value of $38.68
Juice Beauty Reflecting Lip Gloss, Fig $15.00
Zoya Nail Polish, Blu $8
Nume Finishing Serum, $4.83
Yaby Concealer Refill, Buff $4.85
Pacifica Bronzing Body Butter, $6
I love lip gloss so the Juice gloss is a win, even though the texture is a bit strange. I am a HUGE Zoya fan so was excited to see they were in this months bag but creme colors aren’t my thing and I’m not sure I’m loving this light blue, I may send it on to someone else who will love it more but it’s still a win in my book. I’ve got the Nume serum before and it works so that’s a-ok. I used the concealer the other day and was happy to find it matched my skintone perfectly and I was able to toss it in the Glam RX thing from last month’s bag so it isn’t just floating around aimlessly in my bag. I heart Pacifica and am looking forward to trying the body butter and seeing if it works, although from what I can tell it’s just shimmer and not a lot of color. I also REALLY liked this months bag and am hoping to find some kind of use for these suckers in the days to come (shall search Pinterest).
I was kind of “meh” about The Fancy’s monthly box at the beginning but the past couple months have been really good and now I have been looking forward to it every month. For $39/month you can get their “generic” monthly box or a slew of celebrity themed boxes (currently there is Ashton Kutcher, Pink, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Coco Rocha, Tyler Florence and more) that are more gadgety oriented than other boxes. In the past I’ve got everything from t-shirts to nail polish to a mini dust bin. What I like about their boxes is that they have categories you fill out and so far I haven’t got anything I hate (just again, meh like the runaway alarm clock). Use code 20OFF16 for $20 off the first box.
The Fancy May Box included the following products for a grand total of $172.85
Mizu M8 Stainless Steel Water Bottle, $19.95
TKO Milano Skeleton Rubber Watch, Mint $125
Milo Micro Suction Stand, White $14.95
Menu Decanting Pourer Selection, $12.95
I was SO EXCITED about the watch! I got another rubber watch in my Pop Sugar box a few months ago but it never quite fit right and the watch stopped working pretty quickly after getting it. This one is funky but elegant at the same time and I wouldn’t feel odd wearing this for when I am working. I was pretty shocked at the price tag too! It’s really pretty and I love the color. I’ve been digging my s’well bottle from my recent Pop Sugar box so I’m glad to have another bottle to use since hubs tends to take all of the bottles and leave them at work. The decanter is also a win since I don’t have one. Not sure that I’ll use the stand but I may be able to gift it to someone that will use it. It may be handy for my desk though for a place to put my phone.
It’s been a while since Pop Sugar has really wowed me. Since last fall, most boxes have been ho-hum with a couple items that I liked but the majority being items I won’t use or just are plain odd. I’m pretty stoked that May’s box is pretty awesome and I think I will use every single item, which hasn’t happened in months! WOO! I’m glad I stuck with it. I was kind of concerned since they have their 50% off promo going for the next box (use code GET50 for 50% off your next box) that the next couple would be weak boxes but I’m quite happy with this one! WOO!
The Must Have May Box included the following products for a grand total of $121.87.
Charm & Chain, Gift Card $30.00
Kooringal Giselle Mid Brim Hat, Graphite $27.99
Beautyblender Travel Kit, $23.95
Questions I Ask When I Want to Talk About Myself Deck, $14.95
The Modern Margarita, Variety Pack $12.99
Pacifica Natural Color Quench Lip Tint, Guava Berry $7.00
Way Better Snacks, Sweet ChilI Tortilla Chips, $3.49
Pop Sugar Bag, $1.50 (?)
The gift card is maybe the only thing I won’t use in this box, thank god it’s not a subscription service like Pop Sugar’s past gift cards but their jewelry is pretty pricey so who knows if I’ll end up getting anything with it. The good thing is that the expiration is in December so it may be a good thing to use when trying to complete an outfit. The hat is a pretty neato idea – it folds up and unfolds and pops back into shape. I’m not a big hat person but I do like them when I’m on the beach and being foldable makes it great for travel. I LOVE the beautyblender I got with my Birchbox many moons ago and it’s starting to get a bit worn out so I’m thrilled to have a new one to replace it – I was just thinking about getting a new one so this was perfectly timed!!! The card deck is kind of cool and it could be a great thing to have on hand at parties and gatherings when there’s some awkwardness to be around. Even great for people you already know! I love margaritas so the variety pack shall go to good use! I am a chapstick-a-holic and adding a new one to my collection is always a win. I also LOVE Pacifica’s line of stuff so I am happy to have another product of theirs to enjoy!! I haven’t tried the snacks yet but they don’t look awful and the tote back can always be used.
Two thumbs up for a great bag this month Pop Sugar! Woo!
After the Winter “special edition” box epic fail, I swore I’d not do another damn Pop Sugar “Special” box but I fell for it. I figured that it couldn’t be any worse than the one for winter… and at least there I was right. It is better, but I’m still underwhelmed. However, I should use most of these items, unlike the Winter box which I used only two of the items. I am also thanking the stars that none of that ___Mint shit is in this box. SO over Style/Jewelry etc. Mint crap. Pop Sugar’s monthly boxes have also been decidedly meh as well lately. I’m not sure what’s going on. It seems like there was a mass exit because they are offering a 50% off discount on the next box, use code GET50 to take advantage of that!
The Must Have Summer Box included the following products for a grand total of $301.95.
House of Harlow 1960 Sunglasses in Tilda, silver $125
Sachin + Babi Baroque Print Foulard Sarong $50
Truffle Classic Clarity Pouch $38
S’well stainless steel bottle in Pink $35
Henri Bendel Lilac Scented Candle $30
Vitabath Fresh Citrus Twist Exfoliating Sugar Scrub $18
Starbucks VIA Refreshers Packets in Very Berry Hibiscus $5.95
Favorite of all of the items? The Lilac candle. Our local Bath & Body Works used to carry Henri Bendel and I LOVED it. I’m still kicking myself for not buying this one perfume of his that was on discount when they were getting rid of the collection that I thought was OK when I first tried it but LOVED once it mellowed on the skin. Something like Vanilla Rum or something? Anyway, I’ve always enjoyed his scents and I’m really excited to try the candle and I love lilac. So this is a huge win for me, I will be lighting that sucker ASAP.
Least favorite of all of the items? The sunglasses. I typically use prescription sunglasses anyway (well when mine aren’t broken that is) but even when I don’t I just haven’t ever got into the aviator thing. Beyond that, when I first tried on these sunglasses to see how they’d look, all I could focus on was the center piece, which to me looked like a penis. I know, most aren’t going to see it but once I saw it I couldn’t UNSEE it and now I keep seeing a penis on my forehead so I doubt I’ll ever wear these. I saw other styles that people got out there and I’m jealous.
Overall though I’m OK with this box. I’ll use the truffle thing this summer when reading my kindle outside instead of my ghetto ziplock bag that I typically use. I’m definitely going to use the water bottle to fill up for work this summer so I have cold water to drink after a photo session in the hot sun. We’ll see if it really DOES keep things cold for 24 hours (although boo to the no dishwasher!). Sugar scrubs can always be used or gifted and I’ve already got a box of the VIA’s so I’ll definitely use them – even if they give me the jitters. The sarong may not get used but I’ll toss it in with my suits with the INTENTION to use it this summer. Ha. I don’t think I’d go for another box (unless it’s a pumpkin themed one, which means I may fall into an autumn themed trap!) but I don’t hate this one like I did the winter box.
Oh, have you heard about my most favorite monthly subscription box yet????? If not, hold onto your hats because it’s a doozie!
A few months ago I stumbled onto this one when it was in its second month. I honestly wasn’t sure if it was going to last but so far I’ve loved every month, even if some aren’t my cuppa so to speak. So, what is this thing of goodness of which I speak? Julibox is a monthly subscription box with two different cocktails and most of the fixings each month. You read that right, COCKTAILS TO YOUR DOOR! If you are like me, I like my cocktails but I’m so woefully ignorant of any cocktail to order when at an open bar that isn’t vodka and cranberry juice. Which is fine but sometimes you want to change it up a bit. The Julibox has been amazing for that and the bonus is that I am trying drinks I’d never tried before. So far my biggest surprise hits have been the Magi Sour and the Polish Mule. This month I think is going to be my favorite yet as it includes bubbly!!!! Have I mentioned what a sucker I am for bubbly?? I can’t wait to get my hands on some strawberries and I think that will be my drink the night of my birthday! I’m going to try the French 75 before that though, I can’t wait that long to dig in.
When: Monthly (mid month)
Includes: Alcohol and some fixings for 2 drinks of each of the 2 cocktails of the month. Generally includes everything but juice, fresh ingredients and items on hand (i.e. sugar).
The Good: COCKTAILS!!!!!!!
The Not-So-Good: Cost is a bit high and it’s not a value box like some of the others but IMHO it’s worth it to try new drinks. You also have to be on site to sign.
Referral Bonus: None. Probably has something to do with the alcohol thing.
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.
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 🙂