Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Pop Sugar Must Have - April 2014

So this is probably going to be my one and only post about this subscription service because I purchased it for one specific reason this month.  Pop Sugar Must Have is a monthly subscription that isn't specifically a beauty subscription but does often seem to include a beauty item.  This months beauty selection was awesome, which is why it deserves a post here.  The website describes the service as delivering "Hand-selected items in beauty, fashion, home, fitness, and food"  I believe Popsugar Must Have sends out only full sized items.

I've seen unboxings of this subscription on blogs and YouTube vlogs and while it often has cute stuff, at $39.95/month it is too pricey for me to spend on something that includes surprise items I may or may not use.  That said, for April they released a sneak peak that made me sure the box would be well worth the price.  I've been looking for a neutral eye palette and they leaked that April's box would include the Too Faced Natural Eyes palette!  I was also able to find a $5 off coupon code so I got box for $34.95 with free shipping.  The Too Faced palette alone is $36 so it's like I was buying the palette at a slight discount and getting 5 other bonus items.  Signing up for April did automatically sign me up for a monthly subscription, but after my April box shipped it was very easy to cancel online under the "My Account" settings.

The Too Faced Natural Eyes Palette (Retail Value $36) that came with the box is the newly released update that includes 3 new shades.  The packaging also changed from a cardboard box with the old palette to a nice sturdy tin.  I'll do a full review of this palette at some point soon once I've worn it a little more, but for now here's a couple of pictures of the palette itself.

The Blue Avocado Eco Shopper (Retail Value $25) is a cute and very convenient collapsible totebag.  I will definitely be using this and I'm glad it was included in the box, though I don't see myself paying full price for a second one.

The Graphic Image Pocket Notebook (Retail Value $20) is cute but not something I have much use for, I use my iPhone for most notes and reminders, and only use notepads for shopping lists, and for that I prefer the magnetic notepads that I can put on the fridge.

The Fresh Pastry Stand Totally Awesome Tea Towel Set (Retail Value $18) included 2 nice quality tea towels but they are not ones that I would display since they don't match my kitchen decor.  However I do have someone in mind who I think will really like these, so I will be passing them on to that person soon. 

The Caldera Rosewater Driftwood Hand Soap (Retail Value $10.50) is nice and has a pleasant mild scent.  I typically buy unscented hand soap, but I'll use this in the guest bath.

The Naturebox Popsugar Exclusive Must Have Mix (Retail Value $5) has soy in it, which I can't eat unfortunately, but I'm sure my husband will enjoy this.

Overall this was a fun treat this month (especially since it came just a few days before my birthday), but aside from the Too Faced Eye Palette I wasn't overly excited about the items.  The box did have a total retail value of $114.50 so it was well worth the price of $34.95 that I paid since I was considering purchasing the Too Faced Palette on its own.  I might get this box once a year or so, especially if I see a good spoiler, but I don't plan on getting it regularly.  There are a lot of bloggers & vloggers who do though, so if you're interested in seeing other months unboxings Google will definitely help you out.  I think Popsugar only releases spoilers some of the time, so some months it's a complete surprise.  If you want to go ahead and sign up you can do so here and use the code REFER5 to get $5 off your first months box.  That's a referral link but if you prefer not to use those you can sign up simply by going to

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