So, I finally made the subscription box switch from my beloved BoxyCharm. And I must say I had pretty darn high expectations, given how spoiled I had become with BoxyCharm. But, really I was looking for a subscription box that had a few more lifestyle-type items, and just a bit more variety in the items in general (I have learned that even though I love make-up, my minimal-ish make-up everyday makes it a little difficult to justify having a beauty only subscription box come every month).
And after lots and lots of painstaking research I have decided to go with the… PopSugar Must Have Subscription Box!
This box is more pricey than what I used to pay. It costs $39.95 a month, which is pretty much double my BoxyCharm $21. But, I did receive 7 full-sized items (with one sample-size item) and the overall value of the items in the box is just about $145. Over $100 worth of products for $free.99? I’ll take it!
Why Not Me? by MINDY KALING ($15)
Yes, yes, yes! I absolutely love Mindy Kaling. Kelly was my girl as I watched The Office. I mean, of course, I couldn’t stand the sound of her voice and watching her drool over Ryan was almost unbearable. But, that was the best part! She is smart, funny, beautiful, and writes some incredibly witty stuff. So, basically, she is me. Except rich and famous and generally just more fabulous.
I have already read her first book: Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? And I just love her style of writing. She mixes in some serious lessons for empowering girls– while being hilarious and absolutely not preachy. I cannot wait to get to work on Why Not Me?
BELGIAN BOYS DE STROOPWAFEL ($1.30)
Food was sort of a new item for me when dealing with subscription boxes, but definitely not one I was going to turn down. I love caramel, and waffles, and cookies… so really it was just winning all around.
Unfortunately, I was only sent 1 package which contained 2 cookies. But you can buy them from the website linked above in a pack of 15 for $19.95.
THE HONEST COMPANY SEA SALT BODY SCRUB ($16.95)
Alright, I had heard of The Honest Company. I knew they made high quality items with natural ingredients. But honestly (pun totally intended), I just thought that they made baby products. Which left me a bit surprised when I saw this body scrub in the box. It was a surprise I thoroughly enjoy, though.
I live in super-freezing, super-windy, super-suck-every-ounce-of-moisture-out-of-your-skin Wyoming. So, I always need to exfoliate. Usually, I do this in the shower with old coffee grounds (yes, much like an adorable and eccentric elderly lady, I refuse to throw out used coffee grounds before I have gotten every single, teeny, tiny bit of use out of them) in the shower. And it makes a massive mess. I am then forced to spend extra time in the shower trying to rinse the coffee grounds out of the tiling and shower curtain. But, I can never do a completely perfect job, so I find coffee grounds for the next few showers until I need to exfoliate again and it all start it all over.
This sea salt and sugar scrub will dissolve and make much less mess. Thank goodness.
EASY, TIGER BROWN PAPER LIQUOR BAG SET ($8)
Now, this item was out of my fancy-ness level. These are cute, little paper bags that you can use whenever you need to bring wine, or some other liquor, to a dinner party or housewarming party. Surprisingly, though, I tend to just drink my wine with Teton at my house, rather than send it to other people’s homes.
So, really I won’t be using this, except to decorate my own $9 bottle of wine. However, I did get to check out the rest of the site where you can buy these and they have some really neat cards or notebooks that I will probably be purchasing as stocking stuffers this year.
DANIELLE STEVENS MONOGRAM GIFT CARD ($40)
This is a gift card to Danielle Stevens Jewelry website. And gift cards are always nice. But this one is not necessarily my style. I may grab one of the monogrammed clutches, because they are pretty cute. More than likely though I will be sharing this card with a friend.
I’ve just never really gotten into the monogrammed thing. And even though this gift card is for $40 (which is as much as the entire box costs!), I’ll still have to end up spending around $30 of my own money if I do purchase a clutch or bracelet.
SAVVY SLEEPERS LUXURY SATIN PILLOWCASE in “White Russian” ($36)
Frizzy hair saver! This is a satin pillowcase that is designed to help keep your hair from getting frizzy and is even supposed to be ‘anti-aging.’ Normally, I would be very skeptical of these claims. But, both of my great-grandmothers (Neuma who passed away at 100 and Pauline who will be celebrating her 90th this May) used these pillowcases for as long as I can remember. And grandmother’s are never, ever wrong. Plus they both had amazing hair.
I was also thrilled to see that mine came in white, because my entire bedroom (which is so small it can only fit my bed and 2 bedside tables jammed right up next to the wall– but still) is decked out in white and grey.
RICHER POORER HOPE SLIPPER SOCKS ($15)
As much as I love white and grey and anything/everything neutral, these socks were a nice burst of color in the box. These socks are incredibly soft, and I have already used them a few times when I lather my feet up with lotion and then wear these around all night to let it sink in. The little grippy-things on the bottom do drive me nuts, because I tend to just pick them off and leave little plastic-sticky-bits all over the house. But, maybe I’ve outgrown that– or I’ll just overlook it.
Bonus, these socks are pink for Breast Cancer Awareness month! You’ve got to love a brand supporting a worthwhile cause. I was able to look around their site even more, and I think I’ll be getting some unique socks as holiday gifts for some of my more-difficult-to-buy-for friends/family.
IT’S A 10 MIRACLE LEAVE-IN PRODUCT ($11.95)
This is a product that I have seen many times at the store, even picked it up to check it out a bit further, but never actually bought. But that was a mistake. I have tons of leave-in conditioners. I feel like everyone has their one ‘bored-shopping’ item they just can’t leave the store without and this is mine. Plus, I received quite a few in BoxyCharms. And this one is my favorite! Well, maybe tied with i’ll make you look amazing daily spray and good ol’ coconut oil. But, still out of the 46 that I own, making top 3 is pretty impressive.
We did only get the sample-size with this product, but I will be purchasing the full-size when it runs out.
How do I feel about the switch? Almost $40 a month is more than I wan to spend on a subscription box… but, I love it! Realistically, I see myself sticking with this box for a few months and then trying a cheaper one and then rotating this one back in. You know mixing it up. But, I loved almost everything in this box and it offered so, so much more variety than my other box. Plus, I found a few new sites that I can order gifts off of for the holidays, rather than just sticking with my last-minute candle stand-by.
What do you think about PopSugar Must Have compared to other boxes you’ve tried? What are your favorites or the next box that should be on my list? Please, help a subscription-box-addict out.
Thanks for reading,