This time of the year, when we are about to enter summer, a lot of vacation plans, and summer activities start taking place. We’ll soon be traveling to see my parents, have a couple quick trips scheduled over there, ( blogging will continue as usual) kids schools are about to be over, and I am so exhausted from tying the loose ends on everything that I need to be re-energized. Enter Popsugar Must Have May Box. Seriously though, this month it is like they heard me talk, and saw inside my thoughts over there at the Popsugar offices where all this magic happens. It feels all too serendipitious this month. If I was to put the May box together it would look very similar to what I received.

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 May it is getting ready for summer) Monthly boxes cost $39.95. There are pre-paid longer plans, for savings that increase with the number of months purchased. To get $5 off your first month, you can use discount code:REFER5

I didn’t mean to see any spoilers once again this month. ( I was so great at this last month) Unfortunately my love for Instagram  ( are we already friends there?) spoiled the surprise element of the Popsugar May box for me. I was able to stop looking, after involuntarily taking a peak at a May box pic; I only saw the DVD and the onion sticks. Let’s take a closer look:


May Pop Sugar Must Have is all about the beautiful, sun-filled days approaching. Summer reminds us of the beaches, travel, and being fit and Pop Sugar box hits all those notes perfectly. This box is a great mix of beauty, fashion, food, and fitness. After the home heavy April box I was expecting this change and Popsugar didn’t disappoint.


Tone It Up! One Day Fat Blast ($10 value) This fitness DVD was the first item out of the box. I have done short online exercise videos of this duo and I know they are not joking around when they say fat blast. The exercises I’ve done from them were all to the point, intense moves that would surely get the job done. I can’t wait to take this DVD along with me during my trips this summer, and get a good workout whenever I can, wherever I am.


Zing Anything Citrus Zinger, Pink ($17 Value) Is it too silly that I am overly excited about this Zinger ? 🙂 It may even be the item I am most happy for and love. I love drinking water infused with lemons, cucumbers, even strawberries. ( at our favorite frozen yogurt place in town of all places) I do this at home frequently too. I just never knew there was a personal gadget that you can carry around, essentially a water bottle, with your fresh infused water. Pretty cool! I am a big fan of lemons, I am taking this baby around town with me tomorrow, and also will make myself a fresh batch for the airports, and plane rides. I know I’ll need it.


St. Tropez Dispenser by Smell Bent Eau De Toilette 1.7 oz Spray ($45 Value) Ok now beaches I know. I am very much a beach kind of person, and has spent all my summers on beaches since childhood. My first impression was that this scent was not very beachy. When I first put this scent on I did not particularly like the smell. Instead of fresh, and sweet it smells a bit heavy for me. I have it on for a couple hrs now and this perfume is still not my cup of tea. I know many people love this; scent is one of those things that is so subjective.

All is good though, I know of friends who would LOVE this scent! This is a good evidence of the beauty of Popsugar. You get high quality items and in the case you feel like they are not for you, you at least feel great gifting them. Also this perfume alone costs more than the box. Not bad!


Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Nail Lacquer in Pool Boy ($10 Value) This is a perfect shade of blue, a wonderful summer color. Now this nail lacquer reminds me of the beach. 🙂 There are so many other color options that I may pick up a couple more. Love that the polish is 100% vegan and cruelty free and is also without phthalates. I NEED that purple!

pop_2707Kerry Cassill Eye Mask  ($24 Value) Ok this mask was also one of those items from my “things to buy” list. I can’t say I sleep with a mask. I’ll definitely need one for my kids for plane rides though. When they sleep ( and it is not an easy feast to have them sleep 🙂 ) they are so sensitive to lights coming on and off, especially my youngest. This one will be hers. I have one more mask to alternate between my son and oldest daughter. Talk about perfect timing!


Hi I’m Skinny Sticks, Sweet Onion Multigrain, 7-Ounce ($4 Value) We are ( and I say we because the moment the white pink box shows up on our porch the kids get excited for the must have food item 🙂 The food portion of this box is always a family affair.) almost always happy with the food items in my Popsugar Must Have boxes. The skinny onion sticks were no exception and actually they found a place in our top three from Popsugar. All of us in the family loved the crunchy, savory taste of these snacks and we’ll surely get more of them.

Overall Impressions: More often than not, I am excited for my Popsugar Must Have Boxes and love the sub for its consistency in introducing & delivering unique, high quality brands/products. Each month the majority of the products I am very excited for. The remaining items may not be great fits for me but they are for people I know&love. I can feel good passing those items (like the perfume from this box) on. It’s great to know the contents are high quality and well-made; perfect for keeping or gifting. This month the value of the box is $110 for $39.95 I paid. The total value is more than two times the purchase price which is pretty great.

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Have you ever tried the Popsugar Must Have Sub? Did you get the May box? Which products are your favorites?

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Have a wonderful Thursday lovelies! Can’t wait the weekend approaching, XOXO,

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  • I agree with your sentiments on gifting. I have a gift closet full of super high quality gifts for giving at any time that I’ve basically purchased at rock bottom prices without any work whatsoever. If I don’t love it, I can always think of a friend or family member who will.

    • Me too! I have a closet I keep mine in too and love that they are such high quality gifts everyone will love. For instance I am visiting my parents soon and taking my mom a couple things I know she’ll use. <3 These boxes feel like such a win win 🙂 XOXO, Elif

  • Nuray Baysak

    This box looks great! I actually wanted a zinger this may push me over the edge. Also love the polish and the DVD. Another great review Elif!

    • The zinger is really great and will travel with me along with the DVD. It really is a great box. So happy you enjoyed the review. XOXO, Elif

  • Cheryl

    I was very happy with this month’s box as well! My favorite item was the Zinger- I set a goal to drink more water and I will happily do so if it is infused with fruit. I honestly haven’t tried the fragrance yet, but now I’m very curious to test it and see how I like the scent!

    • Exactly my thoughts Cheryl 🙂 I’ll surely drink more water and it’ll taste better- LOVE that zinger :)) Let me know your thoughts on the scent. It is just a bit heavy on my skin but I know someone I know will love it. Have a fab weekend my dear, XOXO, Elif

  • I was super impressed with this month’s box. PS has really stepped it up lately and you get a lot of bang for your buck. 🙂 Fabulous review!

    xo Always, Abby

    • I agree Abby, PS has been delivering great boxes lately. Past couple months, there seems to be a better thought of central theme, and each item feels purposeful instead of random. Thx for the sweetness 🙂 XOXO, Elif

  • This looks like such a nice box! I would love to have the water bottle. I never knew ones like that existed!

    • Welcome to theboxqueen Stacey! I always loved infused water but never knew a personal “zinger” bottle existed either lol. This was a great box. XOXO, Elif

  • I don’t get PopSugar but I’m sort of envious of that water bottle. I like fruit-infused waters. 🙂

    • Me too haha and that zinger is my favorite item from this month 🙂 XOXO, Elif

  • This is a superb collection of beauty and fun products. I absolutely love the portable juicer!! I need to find one for myself 🙂
    And the pretty blue pastel nail varnish – dreamy colour.
    Wish you to have a fab summer, my dear friend xx

    • It really is a very fun box with a good mix of cute items 🙂 Thx so much my lovely friend Lu for your good wishes, I hope you have an amazing summer too! XOXO, Elif

  • I loved this month. Favorite item was definitely the Zinger! I bought a Costco sized bag of limes and have used it almost every. My 2nd fav was the perfume! It’s so weird because it does smell exactly like coconutty sunscreen at the beach to me. I love it but it’s strong and I’m not sure the husband is a fan 🙂 I plan on swapping the nail polish and eye mask at subscription addiction. Nice products

    • I am actually wearing the nail polish, and usually nothing stays on without a chip for more than a day and this is staying so far :)) For me as well the zinger is the number one favorite from this box. I’ve been trying it with lemons but now that you’ve mentioned lime that sounds great too, I’ll give it a try right away <3 Have a great Saturday! XOXO, Elif

  • imnotsoho1

    I love seeing the reviews for this box – it looks like fun. Lots of variety – I just saw the water bottle in the store the other day and thought it was a great! 🙂

    • That water bottle is really amazing imnotsoho1 🙂 would recommend it! It really is a very fun box. Have a great week lovely lady. XOXO, Elif