Saturday, June 25, 2016

PopSugar Must Have June 2016 Review and Unboxing

I'm genuinely terrified to look and see how long it's been since I last made a post. I have received a few messages from some amazing readers asking if I was OK and making sure I was still alive because that's how MIA I've been lately. All I can say is there's a variety of reasons for my absence. The major one: Applied Statistics. Boy, if anyone told me how terrible I was at statistics prior to taking that class I would have ran far the other way. It basically took up every single ounce of my free time and I wasn't able to get my reviews done. On top of crazy college courses, I've also been prepping to move very soon. My boyfriend and I are taking the plunge and decided to move in together (wooo so exciting!) and trying to find an apartment in the Boston area that isn't a zillion dollars a month is incredibly difficult, let me tell you!

I do have to say that since I'm not currently working and I'm desperately trying to save every penny for my move, I had to cancel the vast majority of my subscriptions, which also means less reviews and posts. However, I'm going to do everything in my power to get reviews up of the things I DO receive, so don't give up on me yet!

So let us get down to the business at hand: PopSugar! This is my last month with them unfortunately, but anyone familiar with my blog knows that this is my all-time favorite subscription. There's just no beating it in terms of quality products and a high value for what you pay. You never know what kind of goodies you're going to get, and it feels like a gift from your best girl friend showing up every month. I'm really going to miss not being subscribed but it's the very first thing I'm going to do when I get a new job!

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:
Sunshine, Cheers, Joy, Togetherness, Outdoors, Festivities

Hat Attack: Neutral Diamonds Printed Sarong ($58)
So you're probably wondering why I didn't take this out of the wrapping so you could get a better look at it in all it's pretty summery glory. Well, unfortunately I don't really do beaches or swimsuits because I hate the sun and I burn very easily. I tend to stay away from those things during the Summer, so the last thing I need in my closet is a Sarong. I'm sure there is something else I can do with it...tablecloth? Who knows. If I can't fin another use for it I will pass it on to a friend. It's actually a really nice addition to a June box since the weather is just starting to warm up and beach season is here!

Pressels: Sriracha ($1.29)
Bless PopSugar for always including snacks. Double bless them for including sriracha flavored snacks! My best friend Tiffany is most likely laughing at me right now (she teases me for my sriracha love) but oh man were these delicious. They're kind of like a pretzel chip with a spicy sriracha seasoning on them. They're super low calorie too, which is awesome. If you're not into the spice, they do have other flavors as well, and I highly recommend giving them a try! Delish!

Knock Knock: Are You Ready (For Your Closeup?) Compact ($10)
I am always in need of a good compact mirror to toss in my purse. Granted a lot of my blushes and powders that I carry in my small makeup bag tend to have mirrors on them, however they end up coated in a dry dust of product and are difficult to see into after awhile. Having a cute mirror like this on hand is great, plus there is a magnified side as well!

 Sisters of Los Angeles: "Cheers" Gold Bottle Opener ($12)
This bottle opener is huge and heavy. I'm not a very big drinker, and when I do drink it's usually a glass of wine, so I'm not really in the market for a bottle opener. Having said that, I think this is a cute addition to this box especially with all the summer cookouts and the 4th of July just around the corner. This will make a nice little gift for one of my friends!

Wild and Wolf: Ridley's Games Room"Who Am I?" Quiz ($12.95)
Another great addition to this box! What is more fun that party games at a BBQ? This one is super straight-forward which is good especially when everyone has a few drinks in them. You simply have to read off clues and people have to guess the celebrity or famous person you're describing. It's compact too so you can toss it in your beach back or your purse and bring it along with you wherever you end up this Summer!

NCLA: Born on the 4th Nail Color ($16)
I'm almost positive that PopSugar included a very similar 4th of July nail polish in a previous Summer box, and I was not a big fan. It may have even been from NCLA. Not only am I not a fan of chunky glitters like this, but I'm not entirely sure why I would want a huge bottle of nail polish that is really only appropriate to wear one (maybe 2?) days out of the year. Unless you're super patriotic I can't see this polish being used very often. I left it in the packaging and will pass it on to a friend if they're interested. It's a cute idea but not super practical.

Pacifica: Underarm Deodorant Wipes ($9)
I really like Pacifica and I love the scent of these deodorant wipes and the idea behind them. However, I sweat. A LOT. It's a family curse. I don't believe that a small towelette is going to keep me smelling fresh and dry all day long. Regardless, for those of you who sweat as much as me: I have found a really great use for these! Some of you may also suffer from that "old deodorant smell" that happens halfway through the day when you're out in the heat. It's not quite B.O. but not quite that fresh new deodorant scent, either. Even stacking more deodorant on your pits doesn't seem to get rid of it. Well, I discovered that if i use one of these wipes to cleanse my armpits and then reapply fresh deodorant it works like a charm! Very useful to toss in my bag if I'm at a cookout or going to be gone for most of the day! 

Overall Thoughts
PopSugar Must Have costs $39.99 a month, and the June box has a total value of about $120.
While there were a few things that I won't be able to use personally, I think that this a very nicely curated box. It feels very Summery in that there are lots of things to use here whether you're at a BBQ on the 4th, or lounging at the beach with friends. PopSugar almost always comes through with a cohesive curation. Overall I'm pleased with this box but it's definitely not one of my favorites. I sort of wish it was amazing since it was my last one for awhile, but I can definitely appreciate the party game especially. Can't wait to bust that out on the 4th!

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  1. I used the sarong as a light scarf. It works great for that and it helps to protect your chest from the sun. :)

    1. Great idea, Cassie! I'll just drape it over my entire white as a ghost body to protect it from the sun the next time I'm dragged to the beach haha ;)

  2. I was amazed by that bottle opener. You could use it as a crowbar to open a door or something!

    1. hahaha oh my gosh, right? I can't imagine that bottle opener feeling very nice being dropped on your bare feet while you're drunk and wearing flip flops at a summer party and trying to open a beer lol