Wednesday, June 12, 2013

POPSUGAR Must Have Box Review! (June 2013)

Okay you guys....LOOK WHAT FINALLY CAME!!!

I am SO excited!! It came via FedEx, and it seems like it took forever to get here, but I have really been looking forward to it!!! That's probably why it felt like a lifetime :) I just can't wait to dig into June's box!

For this box, I am going to have to describe the box in pictures and with text because (unfortunately) I have laryngitis right now, and I won't be able to talk in for a video! :( So I will give you a look into POPSUGAR Must Have box on this post instead!! Hopefully I will sound more normal by the next box, and I'll film that one for you guys!


POPSUGAR is a company that deals with the most trendy of everything - fashion, beauty, entertainment, fitness - you name the cookie jar, their hand is probably in it. They offer this POPSUGAR Must Have box monthly, and their editors choose the trendiest "must have" items to put into it. The cost is $35/month (includes shipping), and you can choose to do 3-month, 6-month, or 12-month subscriptions as well as the month-to-month.

So this is what it looked like when I first opened it up:

It is so cute! I love that a lot of the subscription boxes (including POPSUGAR) will have a card on top telling you what's in the box for the month and why the editors love it!

This is the first look I got once I broke open that cute pink tissue paper:

The items are packaged nicely, and nothing was squished (score!). And I think I like the little pink dot on top of the box telling me to "Enjoy!" Thanks! I'm sure I will!

This was the first item I pulled out:

Special Extra
Popcorn Indiana - Fit Popcorn (Sea Salt) - 2.1oz bag
Retail: about $1.75

POPSUGAR adds a surprise "special extra" to their box every month, and this month it's popcorn! Surprisingly, the bag was pretty full. I was expecting to only get half a bag of actual popcorn, and then have half a bag of air. But it was actually closer to 3/4 full! Nice work! I tried some of it, and it seemed slightly stale to me, but the flavor was good. Not too salty, and not greasy at all. There are only 37 calories per cup, so that's pretty healthy snack food! They also have four other flavors on their website - the Parmesan sounds amazing.

Next was this (and I was SUPER pumped about this one!!):

Must Have Fashion
Gorjana & Griffin Zuma Scarf
Retail: $62!!

This scarf is SO pretty - it's really thin, which I think is the reason they decided it was okay to throw it into a summer-y box. Also, it's supposed to have a "nautical" color scheme (navy blue and white stripes, with a super cute block of neon coral along each side of the length), which totally says "summer" to me. All about the neon! It is also super soft, and if you didn't want to wear it as a scarf, it could also make a great swimsuit cover-up (that's how big it is). LOVE IT!!

Along with the scarf, Gorjana & Griffin also threw in a $25 gift code to use on their website.
I wasn't super overly thrilled about this after I did a little research, mostly because the only real limitation on the code is that you can't use it on sale items, and everything on their website seems to be at least $40. Their jewelry was the least expensive (because it is tiny!) and I found a pair of earrings I may purchase. This was kind of a bummer for me though - they have some super cute necklaces on sale, and I wish I could use it on one!

Okay, next:

Must Have Entertainment
Revenge Wears Prada: The Devil Returns - Lauren Weisberger
Retail: $25.99

I was kind of on the fence about this. I love to read, and this is a really nice edition - hardcover and everything! But it it's the sequel to The Devil Wears Prada, and I have never read the first book! I will probably gift this to my sister (because she is also a crazy bookworm).

This next item was also really exciting to me:

Must Have Beauty
Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Repair Moisturizer - 1.7 fl oz (full size!)
Juice Beauty CC Cream Samples (2) - 0.17 fl oz each
Full size retail: $65
Sample value: about $3.90 each (full sized product is $39)

This stuff is really expensive!! I don't know that I would have tried this on my own, so thank goodness for POPSUGAR :) This bottle is full-size, which is awesome, and it is supposed to be anti-aging. It's never too early to start! I am starting to get fine lines around my eyes, so I'm interested to see how this will work in the long run. I tried some, and it goes on pretty thick, but my skin is really dry so I need a thick moisturizer. It smells kind of like citrus. It's a nice moisturizer, and I will totally use it!

The CC creams came in two shades, Natural Glow and Warm Glow. This is actually nice, because I tan easily, and usually need a slightly darker shade of foundation in the summer. The Natural Glow is great right now, but in a month or two I'll probably need the Warm Glow! I tried these too, and they have a pretty strong odor. It's got SPF 30, and has a strong sunscreen smell, as well as a strong citrus scent. The coverage is light/medium, and overall I probably won't get the full-size, but I'll definitely use up the samples.

Next was something that I was not necessarily expecting in a box:

Must Have Fitness
Hard Candy Addicted to Sweat Workout DVD
Retail: $19.95

This workout looks intense. I am not going to lie, I've purchased workout DVDs before with every intention of doing them regularly and really getting into it...but I find that I really never use them!! Bad, bad me! I will certainly try this one out, if for no other reason than to review it and let you know what it is like. There is an entire series of these DVDs, and they are sponsored by Madonna and made by her personal trainer. This workout requires a "sturdy chair", so I am a little nervous because I'm out of shape and don't want to hurt myself (I'm super clumsy!), but I'm interested to try it out!

The last item in the box was kind of a win-win:

Must Have Food
Project 7 Quench the Thirsty Wintergreen Mints - 0.25 oz (full size)
Retail: $1.79

These are so cool - not only are there 50 mints in this little tube, but for every 12 tubes that get sold, one person in need gets clean water for one year! How cool is that?? Project 7 has seven different causes that they champion, and this is only one. The mints are super tiny, but very good. They didn't freshen my breath a whole lot, but they are not super intense (which I hate in a mint), and they are good for the world! Who can argue with that? You can also buy these at most Target and WalMart stores, which makes them super accessible.

So that's my June box! I was honestly impressed. This is my first box from them, and it may just prompt me to order July's box. It's a very well-rounded box (even though I may not get a ton of use out of some of the items), and there are some really high-value items in it!

Here is all the loot:

The total value of the box contents was: $209.28 (if you count the Gorjana & Griffin code)

For only $35 ($30, if you use the code below!), to get that much in a box is a super awesome value!! The scarf totally sealed the deal for me :) They vary the boxes each month based on the season and the trends, and I cannot wait to see what next month brings! I love this box!

If you want to try it out for yourself, you can use coupon code REFER5 to get $5 off your first box!

Do any of you already get POPSUGAR Must Have? Did you love your box? Was there anything in this month's box that makes you want to sign up for your own POPSUGAR subscription? Comment and let me know!! Thanks guys!!

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