Sunday, December 22, 2013

December 2013 PopSugar Must Have Box Review!


I am SO excited to be bringing you guys a new review for a completely new (to me) subscription box!
The PopSugar Must Have box is a lifestyle box that is filled with goodies that the Editors over at PopSugar.com think you need in your life!

I have definitely seen this box around, as lots of my youtuber/blogger friends subscribe and swear by this box! It's $39.95 a month (price goes down depending on how many months you subscribe for ahead of time) and while that may seem like a lot more than some other subscription boxes, these are NOT sample-size products you'll be receiving. Birchbox and other beauty subscriptions send out deluxe samples for $10 a month. The difference with PopSugar is that you not only get beauty products, but lifestyle products as well, and they're all full size! PopSugar has sent out newly released books, candles, scarves, kitchen gadgets, makeup palettes, you name it! You're only paying $39.95, there's no shipping charge and each box will be more than double what you paid in value. Get this: The full value of this month's box is :  $187.95! Which is 4x the value!

 Curious to see what was in the December box?


I was SO excited to receive the December box (can we say, Early Christmas?) that I tore into it and ruined the pretty tissue paper and sticker. You have to take my word for it that the items were packaged so nicely! :) Let's get right into the good stuff!

1. Ghirardelli Chocolate Candies (Extra!)
Retail Value: $12 for both bags

These guys were actually listed in the booklet as "extras" so I thought I'd mention them first. Ghirardelli chocolates are always so festive, and these are no exception! I'm not huge into "holiday" flavors, so I'm going to hoard the Milk and Caramel all to myself and give J (my fiance) the funky flavors which include: Eggnog, Pepperment Bark and Pumpkin Spice Caramel. For those who are a bit more adventurous, I think those are a great little gift! I may even stick one in all the Christmas cards I have to write up tonight! :)

2. MIXT Studio Holiday Gifting Set
Retail Value: $9

How cute is this gifting set?? I regret getting all my wrapping done early because I am obsessed with this paper! This set comes with 3 large sheets of wrapping paper: 1 Blue Snowflake, 1 Red squiggly lines, 1 Green Holiday Words. It also comes with 3 printed gift tags and 3 yards of cotton gift twine. This was such a great idea to put into the December Box! I am going to dig into some of the gifts that I put into gift bags and wrap them now! haha :)

3.NCLA Nail Wraps in "Peppermint Lane"
Retail Value: $16

I feel like I keep saying this over and over but, how cute are these?! I'm sure most of you are familiar with nail wraps or stickers by now, but for anyone that isn't, you simply place these stickers on your nails, press down, and file off the excess. These particular wraps require a clear top coat, and then that's it! You've got a super festive mani with hardly any work! There are two different applications in this package (the stripes and the dots) however you could also mix and match them if you wanted! I am definitely using these for Christmas Eve!

4. CC Made Caramel Corn in "Pistachio Nut"
Retail Value: $4

This is a bag of yummy organic popcorn drizzled with caramel and tossed with roasted pistachios. There was also the option of "classic" or "almond" flavors, but I know my mom loves pistachios, so I was super happy to get this flavor and give her a little treat when she came over today. It was hard to resist opening it up! I think this would make a great addition to a gift and/or a cute little hostess gift!

5. Govino Go Anywhere Flutes
Retail Value: $12.95

Just want to start off by apologizing for the laundry basket in the background as well as the pile of randomness you can see peeking out in the background. My room is chock-full with presents and laundry and you name it! The holidays are a stressful time for me! haha :)  These Govino Wine flutes are cute, travel friendly, and perfect for ringing in the new year wherever you are! They look like crystal, but they're made from a shatterproof plastic-like material that is reusable and recyclable if desired! They even come with a cute thumb groove that makes them not only chic, but also easy to hold!


 Of course I felt like I had to demonstrate the thumb groove, but I also though it would give you a good idea of the size of these flutes. Super cute and I think they would make a great gift!

6. Lulu Frost Bracelet
Retail Value: $110

I have never heard of Lulu Frost jewelry before, but apparently it's quite high-end! A few of the ladies on the MakeupTalk forum had heard of, and were fans of the brand, so I was quite excited to have a piece from the line! This is a great holiday accessory, and features a brass chain, silver plated zinc pendant with glass stones. It's an absolutely beautiful piece and really made the box for me!

7. ModelCo Fibre LashXtend Black Mascara
Retail Value: $24

I have heard a lot of great things about not only ModelCo cosmetics, but this particular mascara. It promises a completely clump-free application, creating instant voluminous lashes because of it's glossy texture and added lash fibers that grab right onto your lashes and make them even longer, without the use of falsies, which I'm all for! I love falsies but they can be a pain to put on when you're in a rush! There's also a mirror on the back of the tube so you can apply anywhere! I'm super excited to try this out!

Also included in the box was a for $10 off your next order on the ModelCo website as well as a free lip gloss in the shade "Strip Tease" with purchase. The code is: SHINE10 in case you're interested! There is no limit on the code (you can use it on a $10 purchase!) so you can potentially get an item AND the lipgloss for just the cost of shipping! (Be aware that they are an Australian company, and it costs $15 to ship to the US, but you'll be getting $10 off and a free gloss valued at $16, so it's a great deal!)

Here's Everything all together!

The total value of this box without the coupon code is $187.95!
The value WITH the coupon is: : $213.95!

I think that is an AMAZING deal for just the $40 investment, and I also think that these would be great to gift to friends and family!

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I hope you join me and let me know what you think of PopSugar Must Have! <3

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