It’s almost nine o’clock at night, kids are finally sleeping ( hopefully LOL. There’ve been the usual trips downstairs with silly but oh so sweet excuses . A trip for a cup of water, another for one more goodnight kiss, and the last one when they said they smelled popcorn which of
course was not popping at all. 🙂 ), and I sat down in front of my computer to share a new PopSugar Must Have box after a three month hiatus with the subscription.

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POPSUGAR MUST HAVE DECEMBER 2014
POPSUGAR MUST HAVE DECEMBER 2014

 

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The last  PopSugar Must Have I received was the September box. At the time I wanted to try some new subscription boxes, and decided to take a brief break. I am so happy I re-subbed with the December box.

When I opened my pink/white box I was so pleasantly surprised to see a healthy variety of items from different categories, such as fashion, beauty, food, and home. I love it when my favorite subscriptions introduce me to products I can use in different parts of my life.

Let’s see each item in more detail.

POPSUGAR MUST HAVE DECEMBER 2014
POPSUGAR MUST HAVE DECEMBER 2014

SPUN by SUBTLE Luxury ($62)

This is a super pretty, lightweight scarf with gold speckles all over. I love that the base color is an easy to wear neutral but that it has been elevated to something special with the addition of gold. Like the name of the brand, the scarf feels luxurious. See my favorite way to wear it below.

POPSUGAR MUST HAVE DECEMBER 2014
POPSUGAR MUST HAVE DECEMBER 2014

 

When the scarves I use are not huge ( like a blanket scarf) I like to use them tied like shown above. You fold the scarf in half, and put two equal sides of the scarf on top of each other. You then put it around your neck. Hold both sides together with your right hand, and pull the sides through the loop (which is on your left) in between. Play with the scarf a bit to make it look messy, and not too perfect. Looks cooler in my opinion. PopSugar did a great job choosing this piece.

POPSUGAR MUST HAVE DECEMBER 2014
POPSUGAR MUST HAVE DECEMBER 2014

Smashbox Be Legendary Long-Wear Lip Lacquer ($24)

It was a pleasant surprise to discover the Smashbox Lip Lacquer in my December PopSugar Must Have box. I love Smashbox as a make-up brand, and have been using some products by the brand on & off over the years.

I’ve been wanting to try this particular product for a while, especially in the darker burgundy red color. I put the product to good use immediately wearing it at my New Years dinner get together, and this past weekend to a good friends bday party. In my experience the product was long lasting which was a surprise considering the lipgloss like texture. It also has a pretty, subtle shine.

An application tip: Make sure to pay extra attention to apply it carefully inside your lip line. These type of products may bleed on the sides. Even a better idea? Use a lip pencil to frame your lips before applying the lacquer.

POPSUGAR MUST HAVE DECEMBER 2014
POPSUGAR MUST HAVE DECEMBER 2014

Knot & Bow Parcel Tags ($4)

When my 10 year old & I saw these tags in our PopSugar box we looked at each other thinking the editors must have read our minds. These came at a time we were wrapping up a million gifts, and they made it easy for us to label our packages. We both love this shade of blue. Perfect timing PopSugar!

POPSUGAR MUST HAVE DECEMBER 2014
POPSUGAR MUST HAVE DECEMBER 2014

Sparklepop Sydney Necklace ($42)

By now, if you’ve been reading TheBoxQueen for a while, you know how much I love accessories. After the gorgeous scarf, having another accessory piece in the same PopSugar Box was like hitting the jackpot.

This necklace has a big clear sparkle at the end of a long gold chain. It feels well made; beautiful yet understated.

POPSUGAR MUST HAVE DECEMBER 2014
POPSUGAR MUST HAVE DECEMBER 2014

This is how long the necklace is on me. ( It’s crystal clear, so clear that in the photo the black dress reflects) I think for layering it would work perfectly. however on its own it is a tad long for my 5’5 frame. I think on taller ladies, it would be the most perfect accessory. I am still happy to have received it. I may end up gifting it ( PopSugar boxes send items that make amazing gifts), using it layered, or may sell it. In any case this necklace is a quality item to receive in a subscription box. Thumbs up for sure!

POPSUGAR MUST HAVE DECEMBER 2014
POPSUGAR MUST HAVE DECEMBER 2014

Williams – Sonoma Cupcake Mix in Vanilla Bean ($14.95)

I don’t know who in the family was more excited for the cupcake mix. Me, my husband, or the kids? Williams-Sonoma is a store I stop by every time I am at the mall. They carry the most interesting, & sometimes hard to find condiments, food, olive oil kinds, and deserts/desert mixes.When I am short on time I also order from Williams- Sonoma online store. I was happy to see their food product in my December PopSugar box.

As I mentioned earlier, my box came right around the holidays, when my kids were home from school. We made an afternoon out of cooking these cupcakes, and I must say they turned out quite yummy.

POPSUGAR MUST HAVE DECEMBER 2014
POPSUGAR MUST HAVE DECEMBER 2014

 

Canvas Dauville Platinum Bowl ($29)

Last item in my December PopSugar Must Have was this charming bowl. It’s a glamorous porcelain bowl that is covered with hand painted platinum inside. I immediately took the bowl upstairs to our room, and it has find its place on top of my dresser. Perfect little house for my rings.

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Overall Impressions: I got an amazing variety of products from my favorite categories in this month’s PopSugar box. The items are great quality, and are pretty & functional which is a hard to find mix. The total value ratio to what I paid for the box ( $39.95) was pretty incredible this month. The total value here was over $175. Over 4 times the subscription price for well made pieces. AMAZING!!

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  • Cheryl

    I agree, this was a nice box and a nice variety of items. The necklace is a little long for me, too, so I layer it and I’ve even paired it with the scarf. Love Popsugar!

    • Theboxqueen

      I’ll try to get creative with the necklace. Worn on it’s own not layered it doesn’t look right on me. I’ll try what Jill recommended above, and also like you did with the scarf. Hope your week started nicely dear. XOXO, Elif

  • Wow! What a great mix of items this month! That scarf is so pretty and I love the little bowl! I really should try this sometime!

    Jill
    Doused In Pink

    • Theboxqueen

      Jill I think you would love Popsugar as they are not only fashion but also home/fitness/food as well. A great all around lifestyle box. Some months are better than others but on avarage they are pretty good. XOXO, Elif

  • Jill Banks Geraci

    I also love the necklace. I wear it long and shortened. I un-clasp the necklace and loop the ends of the chain around my neck once then re-clasp. It makes it look “layered” plus shortens the overall length. I tried doing it without un-clasping but my heads too big thus I had to change my approach.

    • Theboxqueen

      Jill that sounds like such a creative solution to the too long necklace problem. Definitely will try. Right now on me the length looks a bit silly haha. Thanks so much for sharing!! <3 Great to chat, happy Monday. XOXO, Elif

  • Tulay Ban

    I find this box quite practical. They thought about all angles:) very creative.

    • Theboxqueen

      They sure did! Almost smt. from each category. ( except fitness) Popsugar did amazing. I am especially partial to all the accessories LOL. XOXO, Elif

  • I just bought one of those smashbox lippies from sephora, love it!!

    xoxo Francy @ http://www.fancy-francy.com

    • Theboxqueen

      Aren’t they great? Which shade did you get? I want more. 🙂 Thx for stopping by. XOXO, Elif

  • Wasn’t this box just the BEST?! I’m still in love with the scarf and necklace… obsessed. 🙂

    • Theboxqueen

      It was one of the great boxes from Popsugar for sure Abby. The scarf goes with everything. Love love. 🙂 XOXO, Elif

  • Lr Jamison

    Wow! You received some really nice gifts. Love the scarf and bowl the most. I just recently starting subscribing to various box companies to treat myself from time to time.

    • Theboxqueen

      Welcome to TheBoxQueen! 🙂 Treating myself with subscription boxes has been one of the most fun things I do for myself over the last couple of years. PopSugar is definitely one of the better ones. Which subs have you tried? XOXO, Elif

  • Lr Jamison

    Julep, The Kindness Box, etc…