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POPSUGAR Must Have Box Review – December 2013

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POPSUGAR Must Have Box Review - December 2013

Finally! My POPSUGAR Must Have December box showed up today (12/12). After looking at all the POPSUGAR pictures on Instagram, I feel like I was one of the last people to get their box this month! (I’m not sure how they plan their shipping schedules, but I’m in Pittsburgh PA for reference).

If you aren’t familiar with POPSUGAR Must Have, it’s a monthly lifestyle subscription box for women – each month they send you their “must have” items in categories like beauty, food, home, fitness, etc.

POPSUGAR Must Have Box Review - December 2013

The Subscription Box: POPSUGAR Must Have

The Cost: 39.95 a month

COUPON: Use code MUSTHAVE5 to save $5 off your first box!

The Products: “Must Have” items for women selected by POPSUGAR editors. (Fitness, Home, Beauty, Food, and more)

Check out all of my POPSUGAR Must Have reviews and the Women’s Subscription Box Directory!

Make sure to add POPSUGAR Must Have to your subscription box list or wishlist!

POPSUGAR Must Have Box Review - December 2013

CC Made Caramel Corn in Pistachio – $4

Ghiradelli Squares Holiday Assortment – Value $6

Ghiradelli Squares in Milk Chocolate – Value $4.25

My husband loves pistachios and Ghiradelli chocolate, so this was probably the first time he’s been excited about a POPSUGAR Must Have box!

POPSUGAR Must Have Box Review - December 2013

NCLA Designer Nail Wraps – Value $16

Lulu Frost for POPSUGAR Bracelet – Value $110

These nail wraps are definitely super festive. I have so many nail wraps I need to try!

POPSUGAR Must Have Box Review - December 2013

This Lulu Frost bracelet is by far by favorite item in the box. I think I’ve been obsessed with Lulu Frost jewelry since they did their first collaboration with J. Crew, but I’ve never actually bought a piece! (I always find it so hard to justify spending over $100 on a jewelry item if I’m not sure I’ll remember to wear it a lot).

POPSUGAR Must Have Box Review - December 2013

I love that POPSUGAR got an exclusive piece for the December box!

POPSUGAR Must Have Box Review - December 2013

Govino Go Anywhere Flutes – Value $12.95

POPSUGAR sent out the wine glass version of these Govino glasses in the August 2012 box, so I’m familiar with this brand. FYI – these glasses are not dishwasher safe! I’m probably going to consider them a one-time use item, but I look forward to using them!

POPSUGAR Must Have Box Review - December 2013

ModelCo Fibre LashXTend Mascara – Value $20

This mascara gets good reviews, but I’m currently hooked on my Tarte Lights Camera Flashes mascara, so this will be my backup mascara!

POPSUGAR Must Have Box Review - December 2013

MIXT Studio Wrapping Paper – Value $9

POPSUGAR Must Have Box Review - December 2013

I think my favorite print in this set is the watercolor snowflake print! (These sheets probably will wrap one gift each, or lots of little gifts).

Verdict: The Lulu Frost bracelet made this box for me – so I’m very happy with December POPSUGAR Must Have box! I paid $40 for this box and received about $180 worth of items – definitely worth the cost for me.

What did you think of the December POPSUGAR Must Have box?

Written by Liz Cadman

Liz Cadman

Liz is the founder of My Subscription Addiction. She’s been hooked on subscription boxes since 2011 thanks to Birchbox, and she now subscribes to over 100 boxes. Her favorites include POPSUGAR Must Have, FabFitFun, and any box that features natural beauty products!

All views in this review are the opinion of the author. My Subscription Addiction will never accept payment in exchange for a review, but will accept a box at no cost to provide honest opinions on the box. This post may contain affiliate/referral links. Read the complete My Subscription Addiction disclosure.


  1. Waiting for the valentine’s box…love it!!!but it take to much ime for waiting..

  2. This was my first box and I was less than thrilled. I’m very sensitive to milk and so I cannot really eat it without getting sick. All three food products have milk. Ugh. I don’t drink alcohol and agree with you – I’m not sure where you would use only four plastic flutes. Perhaps if you drank and had a small party on an RV?

    The wrapping paper was okay. It feels like it would rip easily. I already have all my gifts wrapped too. Maybe next year.

    I don’t like the bracelet. The mixed metal thing is not great in my opinion. It would have been prettier with a silver-tone chain.

    The only thing I will use is the mascara and possibly the nail wraps. We have an ugly Christmas sweater party next week and I may use them for that.

    I only bought one box in case I was less than satisfied. I heard great things about prior boxes. I’m not sure I will buy any more.

    • I love the bracelet!! I will take it off your wrist for ya :-)~

      • I’ll part with mine if you’re interested 😉

  3. So i won’t be getting my box till the 18th…wth it shipped on the 7th and i live in ks. I LOVED the Nov box but the oct was just ok (that was my first). Since i haven’t gotten this one yet, i can’t be certain, bu ti’m pretty sure hate it. Candy i can buy at walmart…seriously, for this much money i want stuff i dont have easy access to and if i can get it at walmart, thats the easiest. Plastic champagne glasses…what am i, a toddler alchoholic. I want to like the bracelet and maybe i will, who knows. Cheesy christmas nail wraps…yuk. i so expexted this one to at least be as awesome as nov, especially with christmas and people gifting them, so i am beyond bummed. I’m gonna give them one more month to see if they’ve taken reviews to heart, but after that i’m don ei fi’m not blown away.

  4. This was my first box. I loved the bracelet, mascara, nail wraps and snacks.

  5. I was so disappointed with December box…bagged Candy and popcorn I can buy at Walmart! Press on nail art! Come on we are adult woman. Plastic flutes can be bought at the dollar store. I ordered two boxes one for gift and I am to embarrassed to even give it. This was my third box and the worst of all of them. I have two more boxes Jan. and Feb. hope it improves. Oh one more thing my girlfriend got her first box and she was so not happy either and I turned her on to them.

  6. I have the govino flutes and wine glasses that I bought last year. I accidentally ended up with 3 sets so I decided to try them in the dishwasher. They get just a little misshapen, but other than that they are completely fine. So although they say not dishwasher safe, they’re still ok

  7. This was my first box and I was pretty happy with it. My kids love the chocolate and I loved the caramel corn. My daughter loved the bracelet and because it’s so adjustable, it fits her perfectly. I also thought the wrapping paper was pretty and came in really handy.

    The nail wraps are cute (and the same company put nail wraps in my December Wantable box only with peacock colors). I like nail wraps so I’m sure I’ll use them over the holidays. I can always use mascara too

    I wasn’t that blown away by the glasses. I hate plastic. But I put them aside for picnics next summer

  8. I enjoyed the box…I would have preferred no gift wrap because I’m planning to give the whole box as a gift and I didn’t want to open the extra one’s I purchased. I guess I could wrap the box in the paper?

    I loved the bracelet, as did my daughter. I like the glasses and mascara. The chocolate…honestly just so, so because I can grab those at our pharmacy. I’ll put them out for a Christmas party or something.

    I liked the November box much, much better!

  9. I loved everything in the box! Even the plastic flutes since my cats always end up knocking glasses on the floor (I currently only have one wine glass, the rest have been broken at some point.)

    I like the bracelet, I love the nail wraps, and the chocolate is good to take you party or regift on my secret Santa.

    So happy with my box (and the winter special edition!)

  10. I never expect to love everything in the box…I was actually ok with this one, and I am glad I have a few more boxes left on my prepaid subscription. Will even try the nail wraps for a casual Christmas office party!

  11. My thoughts on this box:

    CC Made Caramel Corn in Pistachio – $4
    Ghiradelli Squares Holiday Assortment – Value $6
    Ghiradelli Squares in Milk Chocolate – Value $4.25
    …uhh is this a food subscription box?? the caramel pistachio popcorn was amazing but I gave the bags of chocolate to my dad to have on his desk at work. They could have left these out of the box or replaced it with something less fleeting

    NCLA Designer Nail Wraps – Value $16
    Not my style, not appropriate for work, childish but some of my friends who are into nail art might like it, probably meant for tweens
    Lulu Frost for POPSUGAR Bracelet – Value $110 – Pretty, antique gold chain, a glamorous accessory here or there to spruce up a simple outfit is my style, this piece can layer with your other gold or silver accessories
    Govino Go Anywhere Flutes – Value $12.95 -ehhhh, shouldn’t include any not-so-special items in the box, I could buy something of this sort anywhere, everywhere
    ModelCo Fibre LashXTend Mascara – Value $20 — always happy to see a useful item like mascara
    MIXT Studio Wrapping Paper – Value $9 – again, not so special

    I ordered a 3-month sub to try PSMH out…January is the last one, 3 strikes you’re out!
    The holiday edition for her had a couple items at least.

    • a couple of great items*

  12. this was my first popsugar box and i was so disappointed! i’ve been watching unboxing videos of previous boxes sent out and it looked so enticing! but this is it? even after a $5/month price increase?? so bummed.

  13. I was just about to make the comment that IMO popsugar is the best. I don’t subscribe because of the cost, but after seeing this box I would have been greatly disappointed.
    I did order and received today my popsugar special holiday box and Liz, I hope you review it soon.
    What I’m going to say next is kind of a spoiler so if you want to be totally surprised with items in holiday box stop reading!

    There is one item that I literally did everything except throw it across the room to get the top off. I finally called the company and they told me you twist it off. Very hard to open and now it won’t close all the way, but closes enough to keep what’s inside safe, I hope!

  14. My box just came today as well! I live in central New York. I like the bracelet, and will be gifting almost everything else (which is fine for December). I am wearing my Model co mascara now-I do love it! I am happy to have a back up. I like it better than Tarte (and I love Tarte products).

    I think the plastic flutes are lame! More of a summer item for sure.

  15. This was my first must have box. I was disappointed, also. I think the bracelet looks very cheap. I am excited for the mascara though.

  16. I was disappointed in this box, as well. Come on, Popsugar – this is your December box…I had high expectations. I’m giving my complete box to my 13-year old sister in law. She would enjoy the nail wraps, mascara and chocolate. I hope she likes the bracelet. I didn’t open it since I wanted to keep everything intact.
    I really don’t ever see myself canceling Popsugar but, for the price increase they really should step it up.

  17. Haven’t received my box yet, but I’m not really looking forward too it now. The November box was way better. The only things that are great is the bracelet and mascara otherwise everything else is just not my taste and really?! gift wrapping paper in this box? I got it as a gift for my sister for Christmas. I’m disappointed in this box. Hopefully the next one is better. They should have done a holiday box with a scarf, some festive makeup, a nice necklace, and maybe a holiday candle.

    • I just realized I’m gifting this box for Christmas too, and no one needs Christmas wrapping paper for after Christmas! Oh well 🙁

      • Exactly! and this is probably going to be my last box as well. I really thought this box was going to be amazing, but I will be buying my sister something else!

    • November’s box actually had a scarf and a holiday candle.

  18. I’m still waiting for mine, too. I’m in Las Vegas. I know there was some storm back east but 10 days for FedEx delivery (mine won’t arrive until Sat)? Give me a break! I’m overall pleased with the items (and relieved) since I bought another as a Christmas gift for my sister. I am supposed to be getting some additional piece of bauble bar jewelry for gifting a box (that my sister gets, too). But we shall see. For my first box I’m mostly happy though not bowled over by the value.

  19. This was my first PopSugar box and I was extremely disappointed. I did like the popcorn! The wine glasses I will prob use.. but other than those 2 items, I was upset. I’m giving PopSugar one more try and if January’s box disappoints, I’ll be ending my subscription.

  20. This box was a huge disappointment to me. The braclet is not my style at all. The mascara is my favorite item! I usually gift whatever I don’t think I will use. I’m with most people on the chocolate, it’s good but available everywhere. I recieved my box today in rural Montana.

  21. Loved this box! Gifted it and so also got a BaubleBar necklace in the box (my giftee got one too). Worried about the size of the bracelet though as it is so small. It fits me, but one of my giftees has larger wrists. Hope it fits her 🙁

    • Going to buy a bracelet extender to match the metal. That way, if it doesn’t fit my giftee, it can be extended. They cost like a dollar or two at craft stores and as long as I can match the metal color, won’t be noticeable. I just wish they had made the chain longer to begin with!

    • I have a big wrist too but it fits me ok!

  22. I live near Hershey Liz and I got my box yesterday so we aren’t to far off from each other receiving the box. I didn’t like anything in the box. My husband took all the food to work. I used the wrapping paper which ripped while I was wrapping its so thin. I actually threw the ugly bracelet away thought it looked so cheap didn’t realize they are so expensive

  23. This box had its ups and downs for me.

    Caramel corn: hate it, gave it away
    Nail wraps: useless to me, trading it away
    Govino: eh, not really going to use it because I don’t drink

    Mascara: currently have too many, but I guess I can always save it for later
    Wrapping paper: will probably use it somewhere down the line

    Bracelet: I didn’t expect to love it as much as I did, but it is currently my favorite piece and I’m so glad I have it. (even though it would have been just as easy to save some money on the entire box and buy it off of eBay where people are selling it for cheaper than the cost of the box)
    Chocolate: Ghirardelli’s isn’t really a luxury brand and since I live so close to SF, I can easily go to their factory, haha. But I found myself really liking the pumpkin caramel spice and peppermint bark so these additions were a plus in my book.

    This was my first popsugar box and I don’t know if I want to buy another one. Maybe when they have deals/coupons…

    I got my box pretty early because I live about 2 hours away from Gilroy, the starting location (I guess living on the west coast isn’t always that bad – though it does take me a lot longer to get my birchbox), and I was wondering when you’d post your review because you always seem to have yours up long before most people receive their boxes!!

  24. My box hasn’t even shipped yet…

  25. I’m kind of annoyed that you all have received your box. It’s driving me crazy. My box is taking longer because of the storm in the Midwest. At least I know what to expect now :).

  26. The only thing i really didn’t like was the nail wraps…but i’ll easily gift it to a friend! loved the caramel corn…ate it all as soon as the box arrived! I love the bracelet and i think it will look great with my holiday outfits! i didn’t realize until reading this the value of it so i am even more excited about it! thanks for the review! 🙂

  27. This is my third box and what a huge disappointment. I was excited to receive my box on Monday until I opened it. The only thing I liked was the mascara. It really seemed like a box filled with cheap garbage. While the wrapping paper is cute, I doubt I will use it. The chocolate can be bought anywhere and the plastic flutes are nothing special. Though I will find some use for them sometime. The bracelet is so ugly and looks like some I could get at a dollar store. I like the charm but not the brass chain. It is not worth 100 at all. I hope next month is better or I may cancel mt subscription.

  28. I was actually very happy with this box. I was actually concerned that the special edition box would be a disappointment because in reading your reviews, it seems that sometimes it’s one or the other. That being said, I have received both and am actually very happy with both boxes.

    I was most excited by the bracelet (although I didn’t realize the value at the time!) and the flutes are perfect with my house, because I have a sparkling wine subscription too! I actually use a lot of “plastic” glasses because I have a 3 yo and 2 big dogs that tend to knock over at least 1 drink a day. This way, I can have my bubbly out of something that doesn’t look like it should be on a picnic table unless you want it to be.

    I really enjoy your reviews and the new site. It has helped me both live vicariously through you (for the boxes I want) and know the value of the boxes I get without having to look it up each time by myself. I like getting a good deal.

    Thanks for all of your hard work! I hope you enjoy your Special Edition PopSugar box. I’m glad it was the first one I splurged for!

    • Thanks so much! I can’t wait for my Special Edition box to show up! 🙂

      • I received the Special Edition box before the Must Have one. (Now that one is GREAT!)

        Marie, what is the name of the sparkling wine box subscription?

  29. I may be the odd one out, but I actually like everything but the bracelet! I can’t believe it has $100 retail value. It just looks cheap to me.

    I will never turn down chocolate, especially since I make a point not to buy it even if it is cheap and I love the brand.

    The wrapping paper, mascara and nail decals will all get used as well. I think the polka dots are adorable!

    As for the flutes…yes they are plastic, but I actually prefer that. I usually spend New Years at a friend’s house, so I’d rather throw plastic flutes in my bag than worry about breaking a nice set. As for the not being dishwasher-safe, I don’t mind. My boyfriend is a chef and is very adamant about the fact that pots, pans and knives should NOT go in the dishwasher, so we already wash dishes by hand every night anyway.

    Overall this wasn’t my favorite box either, since I didn’t like the big ticket item. I loved November’s box! 🙂

  30. got my box today. no bracelet no mascara. very disapointed.

    • Contact Popsugar. They should be able to replace them for you.

      • I sent them a email. There reply was they would have to speack to there suport team.

  31. Unfortunately, I was also very disappointed in this box. I loved the Fall Special Edition box and I really liked the November box but this box was very mediocre.
    The Ghiradelli chocolates are nice but not very exciting as I can buy them aty just about any drugstore or grocery store. Would have been nice to see something from a small boutique. The glasses are nice but a little light for my taste although at least I can’t break them 🙂 My biggest disappointment though was the bracelet. I can’t begin to imagine how this retails for $100+ when it looks to me to be something I would get from a gumball machine. The brass bracelet with a silver sparkly pendent is just not my style and I was super excited when I heard that it would be art deco inspired. I guess I’m not an Art Deco fan as much as I thought. Would you (or anyone else) know where I may be able to trade or sell my bracelet?? I would be most appreciative for any info. Thanks.

      • I’d like an invite! FB: Victoria Reznik. I suscribe to Wantable, Julep and POP so this group would be perfect 🙂 Thanks!

      • Thanks so much. I would love an invite.
        FB: Cindy Albert

    • Suggestion for those that did not like the bracelet. I love the charm but hate the huge brass chain! I am taking the charm off and threading it on a delicate silver chain. Problem solved, way more useful!

      • I love that idea!!! I don’t wear a lot of bracelets, but I’m going to try stringing the charm on a chain like you said.

  32. i ‘m from berlin,pa 2 hour’s from pittsburgh. I just got my box today no bracelet & no mascara. Very disapointed.

  33. I was SO disappointed in this box – it was my first one. I can buy Ghiradelli chocolate at the CVS across from my house – so two packages of that was just disappointing/cheap to me. One might have been okay. Two though? I always think subscription boxes are for introducing me to new products. And since it’s such a generic brand, I even feel awkward using them as hostess gifts. And cheap glasses that aren’t dishwasher safe? You’re right, they may as well be disposable.

    I bought a six month subscription to PopSugar and this box definitely made me feel like I wasted my money.

  34. I was so happy with the bracelet as well. I LOVED it. That alone was worth the cost of the box for me. 🙂

  35. I just got mine yesterday, and I live in CA, where they ship from. I was disappointed with this box. I did like the bracelet a lot but the rest of the stuff is readily available and can be bought on sale. I can’t believe that the flutes are plastic. I would have been so happy so have glass flutes.

    • I can’t believe these shipped from CA. I’m in NV so there’s no excuse for this taking 10 days by FedEx. And I ordered on Nov 2 so it wasn’t that either. And I’m peeved they sent the shipping notice a full 6 days before the boxes actually shipped. God only knows when my sister will get hers in WV!

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