Saturday, February 27, 2016

PopSugar Must Have February 2016 Review and Unboxing

I feel like a part of me is super sad because I wasn't able to review PopSugar once or twice over the past few months. It's one of my favorite boxes to review and hands-down my all-time favorite subscription box, so I love sharing them with you guys in review-form! Luckily, I forced myself to sit my butt down and WRITE even though it's the end of the month. I've still got time to pump some reviews out, right? Especially when it comes to PopSugar! :)
The Deets
PopSugar Must Have Box is a subscription that sends you full size "must have" items from all areas of interest: fitness, beauty, skincare, home decor, books- you name it! You never know what is going to show up in these boxes, and that's why they're always so much fun to recieve! 
PopSugar costs $39.99 per month, however you can save more by buying a longer subscription, or if you gift yourself a box each month, you can use the frequent coupon codes they have available. You can use the code (REFER5) to save $5 off your first box, currently!

Each month, Lisa Sugar (PopSugar's Founder) will put all of the things that inspired the box on the info card.
This month was inspired by the words:
Adoring, Hearts, Sexy, Indulgent, Confident.

Tilo: Heart Print Scarf ($125)
I believe we've received a Tilo brand scarf in a past box, and while I think they're really nice scarves, I don't think they're worth the projected value of $125. Nothing about these scarves makes me think that anyone would pay that kind of money for them. Having said that, I would probably pay $40 for this scarf! The heart pattern was exclusive to PopSugar so only subscribers will have this. Fun! I'm not usually a huge fan of heart prints, but since this is grey and white I think that it's understated enough where it could work nicely with a simple outfit!

Beautycounter: Nourishing Cleansing Balm ($50)
It seems that cleansing balms have finally become the new big thing here in the US, although most of us know Korean brands have been formulating an releasing cleansing balms and sherbets for a long time now! This one is by Beautycounter, who I'm not super familiar with. I think that it was packaged really beautifully in that it came with a wrapped muslin cloth and spatula along with the balm itself. I did read that this has alcohol in it, which confuses me for a $50 cleansing balm. Luckily my skin isn't negatively effected by alcohol so I will most likely use this anyway. The only bummer here is that I don't use balms that often because they take too long for me and I'm always looking for the path of least resistance with my skincare due to how many steps I have! I have considered passing this on to a friend even though I think it's a good addition to this box.

Victoria's Secret: Coconut Milk Hydrating Body Lotion ($18)
I haven't purchased or tried anything from the beauty product line at Victoria's Secret in a looooong time. I remember Love Spell being the scent to have in high school, but it sort of died out and got overplayed with time and people stopped caring so much about VS's beauty line. This is the first time I'm seeing this style packaging for the lotion and I think that it's really chic! I hate the little "bow" on the neck of the bottle though. Something about those things makes everything look less expensive in my opinion. Regardless of the packaging (sorry I'm obsessed with talking about packaging), the lotion is decent in terms of quality. It smooths on nicely and has a medium consistency, although it does take a little bit of massaging to have it absorb well. VS is known for their very strong scents and this is no exception, however I'm a huge fan of coconut milk scents so this works nicely for me!

Special Extras: $20 Gift Card and Sport Socks
I haven't had the chance to peruse a Victoria's Secret in quite awhile. There was a time when I was too large (around 320 pounds) to fit into any of their bras or clothing, and most of their beauty products were mediocre at best. Now that I've lost 134 pounds and counting, I am more than excited to take this $20 bonus card and buy myself some cute undies or a bra. I like that this was just a little extra and there are no strings attached to using the bonus card. It really is like a gift card rather than a $20 off of $50 or something of that nature. The bonus set of sports socks was also a nice bonus item!

JewelryStorm: Endless Arrow Ring ($28)
This is probably my favorite item in the box! I love dainty, gold jewelry and this fits that bill perfectly! It comes at around a size 5 (I'm guessing?) but it can put adjusted if necessary. I left it at the size it came in and simply wear it on my pinky, however I'm sure this could be worn as a midi ring or opened a bit more and worn on a larger finger. It has a hammered band that make it look really rustic and cute. I've been wearing this ring every day since I got it and there has been no wear and tear yet, nor has my finger turned green like so many other pieces of costume jewelry have done. I'm really impressed by the quality from JewelryStorm and I'm interested to check out more from them!

Fringe Studio: Hello Beautiful Square Tray ($14)
I own quite a few things from Fringe Studio; I have everything from fancy stationary to expensive dinner plates. Maybe I just like their style, who knows? Having said that, this is a shallow, square tray that can be used in a variety of ways. I know a lot of people were saying they weren't sure what to do with a tray like this, although I have these all around my room! I've purchased some metal ones from Urban Outfitters in the past and they work amazingly well for being catch-alls for small items. I have one by my bed where I line up a variety of different lip balms and glosses, I have one that holds my jewelry that I wore that day when I'm too lazy to put it away. I have another on the top of my bureau that holds bobby pins and extra plastic spatulas that I get from random skincare products. Seriously these little things are so useful and help with eliminating "little" product clutter!

Foodstirs: Heart Cookie Mix ($12.95)
I don't know much about Foodstirs, although I heard that they're a subscription of some sort that was cofounded by Sarah Michelle Gellar. I've also heard a lot of mixed reviews on their products, prices, shipping times etc, so I'm not sure I could exactly recommend them. What I do know, is that this little set was the perfect edible addition to this box. Not only do their cookies have no artificial ingredients, GMOs or preservatives, but this set in particular is also just super adorable. I'm wondering if boyfriend will want to bake these with me even though Valentine's Day is over!
Overall Thoughts
PopSugar Must Have costs $39.99 a month, and the November box has a total value of about $248. That value is insanely high and that is NOT including the $20 gift card and pair of socks from Victoria Secret since they are special extras. Having said all that, the scarf is valued at $125, which I personally think is the most overpriced scarf I've ever come across in my life. Even if you took that scarf out of the box completely though, the value would still be $120+ dollars. Because no one does value better than PopSugar, in my opinion!
Aside from my scarf value-issues (which have nothing to do with PopSugar btw) this box is really nicely curated. It think that it's nice that it wasn't too overly "Valentine's Day" themed, but the arrow ring and the heart scarf made it festive, yet classy. Also buying a cute new bra from Victoria's Secret and baking cookies with your honey bump it up a notch! Definitely another winning box from PopSugar!

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