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#MSA01 Quarterly Box Hints

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MSA Quarterly Box Ships Thursday + Updates

Well, lesson learned – I won’t do a “MSA Boxes shipping today” post again! I’m still trying to learn everything about the Quarterly shipping process, but now we know the boxes arrived at USPS yesterday, so they will start to arrive at their destinations over the next few days.

I know someΒ you have been asking for spoilers to make up for the wait, and then there are some who still want to be surprised, so I’m thinking a good compromise is a little hint about the box contents without giving away any more specific items.

Here we go…

The #MSA01 box will have 5 items total (no filler items like a snack bar or anything like that), and the total value is more thanΒ $100.

I really hope you like it! But either way I want to know your feedback! I’ll be watching for #MSA01 on social media, and you can always comment here or send me an email too. (liz @

Also, I’ll be doing posts about the process of building the box and working with the different brands featured, and I’d love to answer any questions you have about any of it!



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. Liz, I opened this box and thought… wow, the curation and theme of this box is so cohesive! I’m definitely blown away by the obvious thought put into this box. I feel like the quality of the items was amazing and when I looked at the prices of each item (thank you for including them prices in your letter!), I thought… okay the value is good but not so out of reach that I couldn’t splurge and buy/explore more products by these brands. It’s one thing to say that you are providing us an opportunity to see what you, the curator, enjoy… but I think that people often forget that these boxes are also an opportunity to discover new brands that you will continue to use. A couple of items aren’t for me, but they will make excellent gifts, and a few were… WOW yay! I think one product will get used up pretty quick given how much I love it, and I will definitely replenish it. The first spoiler you gave away, is it Clairsonic compatible? Can’t wait to see what you come up with for the next box, great job!

    • Thank you so much Jenn! I wanted to make sure I included some new brand discoveries that I hadn’t seen in subscription boxes before, and I’m glad you appreciate that. I think the first spoiler item is Clairsonic compatible – at least I used it with my Clairsonic! πŸ™‚

  2. This box is incredible, it feels like you hand picked the items just for me.

    • My phone added in an emoji and the rest of my comment didn’t post but it was something along the lines of thanks times a million Liz for the wonderfully curated high value box. You are amazing!

    • That’s exactly what I was hoping to achieve – what a wonderful compliment, thank you! πŸ™‚

  3. SO depressed I missed the boat on the first box. Everything on Instagram looked AMAZING. Can’t wait to see what you put in #2!!!

  4. “WOW”! What an amazing box! You did a great job Liz πŸ™‚ I love every item in it!! It is so thoughtfully curated to go with your theme, the items you picked are wonderful and unique so that it feels like I was opening a wonderful gift put together with a lot of thought…as well as a great value too. I’m so glad there weren’t more spoilers (and I can’t say too much) because it was so fun to open! Now I can’t wait to use everything until the next box πŸ™‚

    • Thank you! I’m so glad it felt like opening a gift – that’s definitely the subscription box gold standard! πŸ™‚

  5. I got my box and I really, really love it. I think it’s not only a great value but it’s very thoughtfully curated with items that most people can use and brands most people will be happy to be introduced to. Thanks for this!!

    • Thank you Erin! I’m so glad you love it!

  6. I actually watched my mailman throw this on my front porch and was worried that when I opened it, it would have some damage… but nothing inside was damaged….not even the fragile items. So, your repackaging idea and the larger box definitely worked!!! I’ll have to have a talk with my mailman about that (lol… need to stay on his good side, due to all my box deliveries)

    • Phew! Glad it arrived in one piece!

  7. I received mine today as well and like everyone else – I agree this box is just absolutely wonderful! The smell just when you opened it, you knew if was going to be awesome! I can’t wait for future boxes!

    • Yay – so glad you loved the scents! I can’t get enough of them πŸ™‚

  8. One if my items is damaged. What do I do?

    • Oh no πŸ™ Can you email [email protected] ? They should be able to take care of it for you. So sorry!

  9. Wow! I am so impressed. This is one of the best boxes I’ve ever received. It felt like a surprise care package from a good friend. I love how every item was carefully selected to support the theme. Thank you LIz!

    • What a compliment! Thank you!!!! πŸ™‚

    • I was thinking along those same lines about care package from a friend……I would be happy to have my name on this as a gift to a close friend.

  10. I am probably the biggest critic on this site, I am so tough on each and every box because I am so picky!
    That being said………

    Liz, you hit it out of the park!!!!! Thank you so much! And it was nice for a change to be surprised so thank you again for delaying the reveal.

    • Yay!!! So glad you like it! I know it’s impossible to make a box that 100% of people will love, but so far it seems like everyone really likes it! πŸ™‚

  11. Wow Liz! Great box! I signed up immediately because I knew you would know what subscription addicts want. I love the variety & EVERY single item. Thank you!

    • Thanks so much for having that trust in me! I’m so glad you like every item!!

  12. I just opened my box. The whole thing smelled AWESOME! Minor leaking from one item, but nothing of significance. I checked my tracking and it did update past Compton, saying that it had arrived at my local PO last night but it hasn’t updated to say out for delivery or anything (which obviously it is/was). My daughter was here while I was opening it and she kept asking if there would be food inside. I told her no, because you’d mentioned that but I also let her know that you’re GF/CF too so if there ever was food in your box it would probably be something that she could enjoy. She was very excited to hear that.

  13. Just opened my box, and I am truely blown away at the excellent curation of the box – well done. I am so happy with it and wanted to say from the bottom of my heart – thank you Liz!

    • Thank you SO MUCH! I am so overjoyed with the positive reactions to this box! πŸ™‚

  14. Truly “packaged with radness” LOL Thank you Liz!!!! love it all:)

    • Just saw your instagram post! So happy you like it!!

  15. My box just arrived. Great choices, Liz!
    Totally on the mark for fall. I live in Florida and this box makes me miss the changing leaves and shifting of clothes from summer to fall.

  16. My box arrived in my city today… Yay! But it’s not out for delivery until tomorrow, πŸ™
    I’m going to try to hold it together until then!! Tomorrow is going to be a awesome day πŸ™‚

  17. I happen to be working at home today and just got my package delivered. Yay!! I LOVE everything you picked out!! Great job, Liz!

    • Yay! I’m so glad you love it!!!

  18. OMG Mine says delivered and i’m at work until 5:00 πŸ™ I think I feel myself coming down with something.. cough cough

  19. My box tracking states it left Compton but is nowhere else yet.

    Okay, who has the get out of jail free card? I need it for my box!

    • I meant to also ask: For those of you who got your box, did it show anything else after Compton before you got your box? Or did it just show up?

      I know I’m not getting it today because the PO has already left my packages for the day. I would love to see the progress but I know the USPS is horrid at tracking.

      I would not be upset if it showed up tomorrow without warning! πŸ˜‰

      • After Compton, CA tracking didn’t show anything but I got my box TODAY!

        Liz, I love love everything in this box. I will use everything in this box and maybe grudgingly hand over one item to my mom πŸ™‚

        • Also I’m already looking forward to your next box!

      • After Compton my tracking doesn’t show any info except that it arrived in my city today… So it doesn’t update in every city like most packages!! I can’t wait until I get my box tomorrow πŸ™‚

        • I feel that is a normal ‘defect’ in USPS shipment tracking. Theirs is (unfortunately) the worst tracking of any I’ve seen. Usually, it leaves someplace and it arrives at the end and nothing in between. UPS is the best!

  20. I just got my box this morning and I absolutely love every single item! I won’t say what’s in the box so I don’t spoil the surprise for anyone. Great job Liz! I’m so glad I subscribed!

  21. Saw the spoilers, amazing job! I’m so sad I missed this first box but glad I snagged the second one. If anyone doesn’t want there box, I’ll buy it πŸ˜‰

    • Should have added, I can’t imagine anyone not wanting it! πŸ™‚

      • Thank you so much! I really hope that’s the case! πŸ™‚

  22. Yay! Mine was delivered to the post office today! I don’t think I can wait for it to be delivered to my mail box tomorrow so I’m going to go pick it up today! I am so excited ya’all!

  23. I emailed quarterly to see whats up with my box ……they sent me a shipping number and apologized that I didn’t receive one…….I tracked and ……IT’S OUT FOR DELIVERY TODAY……OMG
    (I am in N. VA if that helps anyone)

    • Yay! Let me know what you think! πŸ™‚

  24. I’m in PA and mine says it’s out for delivery today. Sweet!

    • I’m excited for you! I checked both MSA and Arianna Huffington’s tracking numbers and nothing is showing up. This happened to my Nina Garcia box too. One day it showed up. I’m hopeful that means I will receive my box today or tomorrow!!!

      • No Quarterly boxes today πŸ™

    • JC, may I ask you what day your package went out? I’m in PA, and it appears my package is still floating around Compton.

  25. I’m excited for mine too, but it’s not moving either. It left the Compton facility it says on the 17th, and hasn’t shown any updates since. I never ordered from Quarterly before, so I don’t know the path the boxes take. Hopefully, the next stop is PA. πŸ™‚

    • Mine has not moved. πŸ™ and I am in Texas. But I already read the review on another site. Love the items, Liz. I have 2 subs for your next box. I cannot wait to get min. Ugh…

  26. I couldn’t stand it and caved and saw the spoilers on MUT. Giggle, giggle! Why is my box still saying Compton? C’mon….zoom across the country, will ya?

    • I also just read a review earlier, I don’t know what MUT is, so I’m assuming the one I read was a different person. LOL. I’m so excited for the box after seeing EVERYTHING that comes in it, and I love that there are different variations on at least one of the items (no spoilers from me!)… I also think everybody will be in love with the value of the box.
      Liz did awesome and it’s just the first box! Now I’m really excited for November!

      • Thanks so much Valerie! I hope you love the variation you get πŸ™‚

        • I hope I do as well, sadly, not here yet =( Watch it come tomorrow and since I know I’m gifting some of it it’ll be awkward since the people getting some of the items will be here lmao.

          • I’m in Ohio and nothing yet… sad that’s some of you further away have received yours. πŸ™ Mine hasn’t even updated since 3.44am 9/17 when it left Compton.

          • Mine updated from Compton to out for delivery overnight! Crazy!

  27. I can’t wait to get mine! So hard to go without spoilers. I live in Los Angeles and mine is in Compton, CA but hasn’t budged since 9/16. Maybe that’s a fluke and I will get one tomorrow?

    • Sorry to tell you not a fluke! I am in Orange Co and the same thing is happening to my box.

      Hopefully soon!

    • My box hasn’t moved from Compton either, I’m in Utah. Hopefully the wait won’t be much longer! I am trying so hard to not search for spoilers. I want to be surprised! I know it will be amazing!

      • *update* my box is at my local post office! Today will be the longest work day of my life…. πŸ˜‰ but seriously I’m so excited. It’s like Christmas morning!!!!

  28. I am dying to see the unboxing, I was not able to grab the first box (subscribed to the next). Please I hope it is soon πŸ™‚

  29. I cannot believe how amazing this box is! This is even better than Popsugar! I’m so upset with myself for not signing up right away and missing the deadline but I’m thrilled to be getting the next one. I hope its just as good.

    • Thank you so much! Hopefully the next box is even better – we’re working on it now! πŸ™‚

      • Liz,

        This box is so amazing I’m actually worried that it’ll be near impossible to top it for the 2nd one πŸ˜› But considering what a subscription expert you are, I have complete faith. Loved that it stuck to a fall theme yet still had mostly long-lasting/multi-season/beauty items as opposed to short-term, trendy trinkets as often seen in other boxes (e.g. shot glasses, items with “loud” graphics or vulgar slogans, etc). I’m a beauty product addict so would’ve preferred another beauty item over the scarf, BUT with that being said, the scarf is still beautiful and will be a perfect gift for my sister who is a scarf addict!

  30. There is not one thing in this box I don’t absolutely love! You really came through for us, Liz. You are getting rave reviews πŸ™‚

    • YAY! Thank you Thank you!:)

  31. AHHHH Liz! Words can not express how excited I am to get this box and how happy I am to be one of the first people to take this ride with you! I got my shipping notification yesterday, saying it was in Compton, CA. I was checking the website all day and it finally updated and says its already in my city in VA!! And here I thought I wouldn’t see it until next week but looks like I will be getting it tomorrow! :)) Great way to start my anniversary weekend!! I’ve been trying to find any spoilers or pics using the hashtag with no luck so I guess I will just have to be surprised tomorrow. Thanks again for all that you do!!

    • Thank you so much Ingrid – I hope you love the box!! πŸ™‚

      • I loved it! You nailed it! Shipping was great for me, packaging was excellent , well curated, and awesome value! Not to mention its ingredient conscious! Definitely excited for the next one and to have another great box to add to my list!

  32. OMG you knocked it out of the park!!!!! All things I love and I will be buying the next one. Nice job πŸ™‚

  33. Oh my God Liz you are a subscription genius!!! This has literally one of all my favorite things to receive in it. I will subscribe to this box until the end of time! :p You should be extremely proud. Thank you for a wonderful, actually fall themed, box!!

    • Erin – thank you SO much! That means so much to me. My stomach has been in knots this week worrying about how everyone will feel about the box, so this just made my day. THANK YOU!

    • I’m a terrible person (probably) but has anyone who received their boxes already posted about the items? Now that other people have it, it’s just killing me…even though I should get it tomorrow, ha.

      • Go to Makeup Talk and look under “general subscriptions” on the menu. There is a thread about Quarterly subscriptions and there are spoiler pictures on the last page or so of the thread.

        • Yes! Thank you so much, Sneaky Burrito!

          Liz, I was already excited for this box but the full spoilers are insane. Is it tomorrow afternoon yet?!

  34. NAILED IT Liz.

    • Thank you!!!!! So happy to hear it! πŸ™‚

  35. First time I had a chance to read the website today. I head over to look at spoilers and pictures because I can’t wait!!! WOW! WOW! WOW! Now I am even more excited for the box!!!

    • Yay! So glad!!

    • Where did you find spoilers and pictures?

  36. I also received my notice that my box is en route. I clicked to check tracking and it says it left Compton, CA at 3:59 A.M. I live in Tennessee, so I hope it’s here by Friday. I can’t wait!

  37. Seriously Liz…great job!! You blew some of these other subs out of the water! One of the best Quarterly boxes ever. I rushed to subscribe for the next box because I know it will be wait listed in a heartbeat when people see whats in it!

  38. Received your curated box today and I’m so impressed. Excellent job and can’t wait for your next box!

    • OMG thank you so much! So happy to hear it. I am ALL nerves today! πŸ™‚

      • You don’t have to be nervous; it will be VERY WELL received. I love everything you chose. Can’t wait to shower. It’s a bit hot in CA to use one item but it’s super soft.

  39. Omigosh!!!! It’s at my local post office now!!!…..which means I should have it FRIDAY!!! woohoo!!!!

    • Same here!!! I’m so excited! (And super jealous of the people who got theirs today, ha.)

  40. i signed up for the next one.

  41. I might get my box today. I just checked tracking and it is in L.A., I live close so either today or tomorrow. I really hope it comes today! I like how it will be a surprise. I can never resist spoilers so its nice to have a bit of a surprise πŸ™‚

  42. This is completely off topic (although I am checking my msa tracking like a crazy person) but has anyone heard anything about doteable? I ordered a 3 month but now I can’t get anyone to get back to me via email, phone or FB and my account info tells me nothing although I was charged – their FB and twitter haven’t updated in a while either and I am a little concerned …….

    • Here’s a phone # for them…. 1-888-989-DOTE

  43. I’m excited for you. I can’t wait to see the box. The boys want to know if there will be food πŸ™‚ . That is their favorite type of box besides the gamer boxes.

    • No food in this one – sorry boys! πŸ™

  44. Liz, are you so anxious/nervous this week? I would be on the edge of my seat! πŸ™‚ Don’t worry! It will be great.

    • SO nervous!! And thanks – I hope everyone likes it πŸ™‚

  45. I also got my confirmation today too and I know 2 of the items and can’t wait to see the other 3!!!

    • What’s the second one?! …sorry, I’m a little excited. LOL!

      • LOL you have to read her blogs carefully….it’s in there πŸ˜‰

        • Put in ” MSA Quarterly Box spoiler” in the search box and it is listed in the box that is not the MSA box.

          • Thanks, PA Anna!

  46. Thank you, Liz! I can’t wait for your insider posts about the process of building a box.
    Hopefully, I will get my first MSA tomorrow or Friday! Thanks again!

  47. I had mine shipped to my US mailbox and it’s enroute, excited about the box and curious because you said before you had to get Quarterly to ship it in a bigger box.

  48. I also received my notice that my box is en route. I clicked to check tracking and it says it left Compton, CA at just before 4 A.M. I live in Ohio, so I hope it’s here by Friday. Ooh hints! I like hints just as much as spoilers, if not more because they keep ya guessing.

    • Oh, and I want to point out that the value will probably be well over $100 as the first spoiler alone was worth $65 :)) That one item enough is a great deal/value for the box.

      • Oh sorry my bad, I did not proof read my comment lol. What I meant to state was that most Quarterly boxes I have seen reviewed by Liz have had horrible value (IMO). That is why I am so glad that for $55 (with shipping for me) the value of this box is going to be $100. I think Liz does a great job with this website, is super knowledgeable about what her readers like in terms of sub boxes, so this box no doubt is going to be wonderful!

        • Laura, my comments weren’t directed at you, just a general observation I made (as I had just seen the second item in the box, so with them added together, is almost at the $100 mark with 3 items to go πŸ˜‰

          • No worries Valerie I just wanted to clarify what I actually meant lol πŸ™‚ Have you received your box yet? Based on all of the great comments, this is going to be one fabulous box to open! I can’t wait!!

    • What! Shipping out of Compton, CA…that’s like an hour from me! Crossing fingers I get it by Sat!

  49. Came over to the site to post that I got my shipping notice! Nothing actually on the USPS site for tracking yet.

  50. I just received an email stating my box is in transit but that they cannot provide a tracking number for an international order. I would just like to tell you Liz that already this sounds like it will be an amazing box. This is my first Quarterly box and from the reviews I have seen, the value seems to be around $50. I am super excited to receive your box, no doubt it will not disappoint!

    • Thanks so much Laura! I kept international subscribers in mind knowing that I still want the value to be good counting the additional $20 or $30 shipping. I really hope you like it! πŸ™‚

      • Thank you so much, Liz! I’m really excited to get it!

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