I always say time flies; because it does. Between the kids activities, daily responsibilities, my beloved space here, and living life, time does go by so unnoticed. This month however I think time did not just fly, it blasted off with the speed of a rocket! I have no idea how it is the third week of April, and time for another Popsugar review.
As some of you may know, Popsugar Must Have is my go to monthly lifestyle subscription to be introduced to many cool new brands, a lot of well-known luxury ones and occasional mainstream products. (If you are new to theboxqueen you can find reviews of previous months here: Popsugar Reviews) The editors at Popsugar put together a box each month from any of the Fashion, Beauty, Home, Food, Fitness categories, with an unpredictable mix. ( yayyy for that fun surprise element). There is usually some kind of a loose theme they plan the boxes around. ( for instance for April it is getting outside, cleaning house, and going green) Monthly boxes cost $39.95. There are pre-paid longer plans, for savings that increase with the number of months purchased. POPSUGAR just released a new discount code for May. To get $10 off your first month you can use discount code: MAY10
Popsugar April box was a total surprise for me. I usually sneak a peak at the spoilers. There are other times I don’t even mean to but they end up right in front of me, on Facebook or instagram, and I can’t look away. 🙂 This time though my box arrived earlier than usual; and it was 100% mystery which is always so exhilarating just before I open the white/pink box.
April box is Must Have Home heavy ( notebook, hand soap, towel set) with a few other Must Have’s sprinkled in like Fashion (eco shopper), Beauty (Too Faced Palette), and Food (Trail Mix). I usually love Popsugar Boxes that have more of a Fashion or Beauty focus; (Btw I don’t really consider eco shopper a fashion item as it is more like a necessity to me – a very cute one at that) so it came as a surprise to me that I found a great purpose for each item.
One of the huge benefits of a Popsugar box for me, is gifting some of the items to family and friends. Popsugar brands are usually high quality and some really original; I think they make the best presents for loved ones. I know after all this introduction you can’t wait to see the individual Must Have’s of April. Here we go:
Too Faced Natural Eyes ($36) This month, the Too Faced Palette is, without a doubt, my favorite of the box. It comes in an adorable mirrored tin box with a nifty little how-to guide, and houses nine gorgeous neutral eyeshadows. I love that this palette is so easy to use. There are three looks they labeled as Day, Classic, and Fashion. Each look is achieved with the corresponding three eyeshadows, by using the step by step tutorial.
As someone mildly obsessed with neutral eyeshadows, (such as the famous Naked Palette’s) I think this Too Faced Palette is a great start to have it all in neutrals with just the right number of shadows. I’ll surely try all the looks shown in the guide; the first one that grabbed my attention is the Day look and I can’t wait to replicate that.
Caldrea Rosewater Driftwood Hand Soap ($10.50) Caldrea Liquid Hand Soap Rosewater Driftwood — 10.8 fl oz ( found it for $8.99 on Amazon) Okay so this is a soap right; at first glance not something to get overly excited about. Don’t get me wrong; I love pretty soaps in cute packaging as much as any girl. This was a standard looking soap bottle though, so I was pretty ho-hum about it right out of the Popsugar box.
I read the description and saw that on the bottle it says aromatherapeutic home keeping. That intrigued me; I have a soft spot for aromatherapy, aromatherapeutic oils, and love relaxing with beautiful scents. I gave the soap a fair try. Ladies I love it! The smell, to me, is much more floral than spicy; it is not overbearing and is very pleasant. I can’t stop smelling my hands, and feel like this soap is to the hands what Chanel 5 is to the
soul body. Feels so luxurious! The soap has found a home in my master bathroom.
Fresh Pastry Stand Totally Awesome Tea Towel Set ($18) This towel set from Fresh Pantry Stand is really cute, and whimsical -reading Totally Awesome. Let’s face it though; two white tea towels in my kitchen, with three young kids, and a couple of chocolate, strawberry, blueberry eating hands, won’t last long. These towels don’t particularly look like they would take great to consistent washing either. Until my kids are older I’ll keep my pretty things everywhere but the kitchen, and this charming set will soon find itself a home at a loved one’s house. I am listening to your suggestion Popsugar!
Update on 04/26: Deva from Fresh Pastry Stand stopped by and commented below. <3 She let me know that she too has three little kids and use &wash her towels frequently! She informed me the towels are printed with water based ink, and the design becomes a part of the fabric- suitable for rugged use! Totally changed my mind knowing I can wash and spot bleach these beauties, and now my towels are hanging in my kitchen. Thanks Deva for taking the time to give me more information on your towels!
Blueavocado (Eco) Shopper ($25) I want to start talking about this bag but I can’t get over the loveliness of that print. Like I mentioned above, I don’t necessarily consider this bag a Fashion Must Have, I consider it a Life Must Have. I have to admit I still use the paper bags at grocery stores ( and recycle); as I usually do weekly shoppings, and a tote would never hold everything. My city is famous for its Farmer’s Markets full of fresh, natural, or organic produce though, and this tote is a necessity for such outings. The baguette peaking from the bag is there for demonstration purposes for now. 🙂 Pretty soon, when the weather is nicer, I have plans to make it a reality.
Just to give you some more details, this particular bag is light, it’s fabric is on the thinner side, but the bag is obviously strong as it is labeled to carry up to 20 pounds. I have to test the tote on a regular basis until I can back that claim. Will get back to you on this one!
Graphic Image Pocket Notes ($20) Popsugar editors must have heard me talk, or they read my mind, as I have been wanting a cute notebook (GraphicImage) from them for a while now. Granted what I had in mind was a larger notebook. I would use it as a journal, and to write down inspirations; but I’ll take this cute little blue thing, especially with that clever statement on the cover! It is special too; with silver edges, acid free paper and that soft cover. Definitely a keeper she is!
Naturebox Popsugar Must Have Mix ($5) My kinda snack. First thing that comes to my mind to describe Nature Box’s custom mix for Popsugar. It has no artificial flavors, or colors- all natural goodness full of almonds, soybeans, corn, and cranberries. Took about half an hr for the fam to finish it all up. So good!
Overall Impressions: Once again I am impressed with Popsugar’s value, and it is consistency in introducing & delivering unique, high quality brands/products. This month the value of the box is $115 for $39.95 I paid. The total value is almost three times the purchase price which is pretty huge. This wouldn’t have meant much if I didn’t actually like the products of course, and each month I love the majority of the products! The ones I feel like I won’t use are still high quality, and I feel great gifting those to a family member, or a friend.
If you are considering trying a box for yourself; there is a new code for May to get $10 off your first Popsugar Must Have Box. Discount Code: MAY10
Have you ever tried the Popsugar Must Have Sub? Did you get the April box? Which products are your favorites?
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