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POPSUGAR Must Have Box Review – November 2014 + Giveaway!

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POPSUGAR Must Have Box Review - November 2014 + Giveaway! Box

POPSUGAR Must Have is a monthly lifestyle subscription box for women. Each month they send a mix of items from categories like beauty, fashion, food, fitness, home, etc.

This box was sent to us for review purposes. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes). I also have a POPSUGAR Must Have subscription that I pay for, but my box hasn’t shipped yet. (Since POPSUGAR sent me this box for review, I’m giving away my November box to one lucky My Subscription Addiction reader – giveaway at the end of the post!)

POPSUGAR Must Have Box Review - November 2014 + Giveaway! Items

The Subscription Box: POPSUGAR Must Have

The Cost: 39.95 a month

COUPON: Use coupon 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!

POPSUGAR Must Have Box Review - November 2014 + Giveaway! Info

Each box comes with a fold out card detailing the items included.

POPSUGAR Must Have Box Review - November 2014 + Giveaway! Wallet Purse

 SORIAL Saffiano Wallet on a Chain – Value $49

First thoughts – I knew it was a wallet/cross-body bag from the spoilers, but it still is a little smaller than what I was expecting. So I decided to give it my going-out test. Could it hold the three items I will never leave the house without?

POPSUGAR Must Have Box Review - November 2014 + Giveaway! Test

My three key items: Hand sanitizer, phone, and lip balm. (And credit card/ID, but I knew those would fit.)

POPSUGAR Must Have Box Review - November 2014 + Giveaway! Lining

Phone and lip balm – yes. Hand sanitizer – no. I have some single-use hand sanitizer wipes though, so I should be good. (Can you tell I’m a little obsessed with hand sanitizer?)

My iPhone 5 fits – but I’m guessing any new iPhone won’t fit, or any other larger model phone.

Also worth noting – love the lining!

Here’s how it looks on:

POPSUGAR Must Have Box Review - November 2014 + Giveaway! model

It’s really light weight – and very well-made. (There’s something wonderful about feeling like you aren’t wearing a purse at all).

POPSUGAR Must Have Box Review - November 2014 + Giveaway! Hand Cream

K. Hall Simpatico Ambergris Shea Butter Cream – Value $22

This is one of my favorite items in the box. The scent is subtle and wonderful, and it’s a great hand cream.

POPSUGAR Must Have Box Review - November 2014 + Giveaway! Tube

One thing I thought was a little weird is that the opening of the tube is sealed in a way that you have to puncture it open, but the cap doesn’t have a sharp end to open it with – so I used a pen. (This is probably TMI – but I wanted to mention it).

POPSUGAR Must Have Box Review - November 2014 + Giveaway! Ingredients

I also thought it was worth mentioning that even though there is a whale on the cover of the box – this lotion doesn’t contain any animal components!

POPSUGAR Must Have Box Review - November 2014 + Giveaway! Popcorn

G.H. Cretors Chicago Mix Popcorn – Value $3.69

This popcorn is a mix of part cheddar popcorn, part caramel corn – AKA the most delicious combination ever (according to my husband).

POPSUGAR Must Have Box Review - November 2014 + Giveaway! Notecards

Tiny Prints Thoughtful Heart Stationery – Value $15

This is a set of 15 cards and envelopes. It’s from the new line at Tiny Prints designed by Lisa Sugar. The cards are really good quality, and I will definitely use this set!

POPSUGAR Must Have Box Review - November 2014 + Giveaway! Code

The cards also came with a unique coupon code for $25 off a purchase at Tiny Prints – no minimum order required. Here is the fine print:

POPSUGAR Must Have Box Review - November 2014 + Giveaway! Fine Print

They have so many options at Tiny Prints I’m not sure what I’m going to spend my $25 on yet. If you have any suggestions let me know!

 POPSUGAR Must Have Box Review - November 2014 + Giveaway! Wine Glass

Wine Glass Writer – Value $10

I thought this was a fun inclusion in the box – perfect timing for holiday parties. These markers are designed to let you mark you wine glass with your name (they are smudge proof in 3 minutes, and wash off with soap and water). Since they work on any glass or glazed ceramic surface, there are lots of uses outside of wine glasses too. I will be using them to write on wine bottle hostess gifts:

POPSUGAR Must Have Box Review - November 2014 + Giveaway! Wine Bottle

(Wine not included in box!)

POPSUGAR Must Have Box Review - November 2014 + Giveaway! Book

Dominique Ansel: The Secret Recipes – Retail Value $35 ($20.47 on Amazon)

POPSUGAR Must Have Box Review - November 2014 + Giveaway! Image

This book has tons of gorgeous food photography.

POPSUGAR Must Have Box Review - November 2014 + Giveaway! Recipes

And I was happy to see that there are beginner, intermediate, and advanced recipes. He’s serious about Intermediate recipes – most of them are a two day process!

POPSUGAR Must Have Box Review - November 2014 + Giveaway! GF

And there are plenty of gluten-free recipes (marked with the GF symbol).

I think I will be gifting this book to someone who really enjoys baking. Even some of the beginner recipes look a little advanced for me, and most of my attempts would probably come out looking like this.

Verdict: This box has a retail value of $135 ($120 if you count the Amazon sale price of the book). And if you count the Tiny Prints coupon toward the value, that brings it up to $160 retail value. (I will definitely use the Tiny Prints discount, so for me I’m counting it in the value).

I think this is one of their best POPSUGAR Must Have boxes recently. I’ll use every item, with the exception of the book – which will make a great gift. What do you think of the November box?

Since POPSUGAR sent me this one to review, I’m going to send my regular subscription box to one lucky reader. Enter the giveaway below!

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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. If you buy something, MSA may earn an affiliate commission. Read the complete My Subscription Addiction disclosure.


  1. I can’t leave home without one (or more!) lipgloss, my iPhone and sunglasses!

  2. Farm Hussy chapstick, extra hair ties, money.. and a sippy cup!

  3. Aside from the ID & CC (I think those should be a freebie), I couldn’t leave without my cellphone, chap-stick (or gloss) & a mini hand lotion. My hand are so dry this time of year! It is already driving me crazy & I have a lot of cold months to go!

    • My items are the same as yours… Phone, gloss, and a mini lotion. Bathroom soap is so drying and I can’t stand that feeling! Also, I think it’s important to note that your keys have to fit. Some people have huge keychains or a ton of keys.

  4. Of course my phone and money!

  5. Phone, ID, CC, chapstick, and hand sanitizer

  6. Love everything in this box, sad that i don’t subscribe to popsugar, may be in future.

  7. Lipgloss!

  8. So excited to get mine!

  9. Money/ID, Burts Bees & my phone! Well my keys of course too…

  10. Definitely my phone, gum and a credit card

  11. Well, I hit the jackpot today and got both my November box and the Neiman Marcus box and I can’t be more happy! Bo are awesome! PSMH. Did good! Oh Liz the little purse is awesome but as you said doesn’t fit my I Phone 6 plus! Love the cards, the pastry book (always wanted to be a pastry chef, so this is right up my alley). The cream is wonderful and rich and creamy, the wine markers fun! No washing glasses because someone forgot which glass was theirs and needed a new one! And the snack mix I have bought at Cosco fo a long time and just love, love, love it! Awesome!!!

    • Did you receive shipping notification?

  12. I need my phone, my id and lip gloss.

  13. I normally can’t go out without my wallet, lip balm, hairbrush, keys, phone, and compact mirror. That’s the minimum, so the bag included in this box is going to be for nights out where I might just carry my ID, phone, and cash (but those occasions are rare!)

  14. I like the wallet on a chain. Can you take the chain off if you want Liz?

    • Not without jewelry pliers! 🙁 The chain is connected on the inside of the wallet, so if you did remove the chain with pliers, the good news is you wouldn’t be able to see that there ever was a chain attached from the outside of the wallet.

      Hope that makes sense!

  15. I must have my wallet, keys, phone, lip gloss, nail file. I don’t travel too lightly, but a mid-size bag is perfect for me most of the time.

  16. phone, money, lipstick.

  17. This always happens- when I unsubscribe for a couple months bcuz I can’t afford it,man awesome box comes! I love this box! I love this wallet and everything else!
    I would really love this bix especially the wallet!

    For the entry- the items I never leave home without that must for in my purse are: diaper, small pack of wipes, some cash/credit card, lipstick. That’s it for must haves 🙂

  18. I love little purses so I hope this one is big enough for me! I can’t leave home without my iPhone, ID, fresh sugar lip balm and a mini hair clip

  19. Can’t leave home without: Ellovi lip balm, cell phone & keys.

  20. My must haves are iPhone, ID, CC, lip gloss.

  21. I would need my cc and id and phone for sure.

  22. Am I the only one who hasn’t gotten a shipping notification ? I got my box last month on the last day of the month I hope they don’t do that again … I have no info on shipping

    • I haven’t received a shipping notification email for my paid subscription yet.

    • I haven’t received one either.

    • I am STILL waiting for october box, was billed on october 4, and have not gotten any shipping info for november,

      • Same here.i still haven’t received my October box. And I emailed them on Sunday and still havent heard anything on their end.

        • Try posting your comments/concern on FB. PSMH doesn’t seem to care about private communication… But they are quicker to answer public posts. (they’ve never answered any of my email questions.) Go Figure!!

    • I haven’t received a shipping notification either!

    • I haven’t received one either

    • No, I haven’t received anything except billing notification from my bank.

    • I haven’t received shipping notification either, I just now emailed them and hope to get the box soon. I was beginning to worry that I was the only one who didn’t get a shipping email haha.

  23. I was going to swap the wine markers until you posted the idea of writing on the wine bottles! I’m super excited to buy all my girlfriends their fav bottles of wine and write personal messages right on the bottle! Thanks so much for the idea.

  24. I cannot leave the home without lip balm (usually Burt’s Bees) – I have a bit of a lipstick/gloss/etc. obsession, where I apply 20-50 times per day. I also need my phone, ID and a credit card, and keyless entry fob for my car.

  25. I have to have my phone and id

  26. Liz,

    Your reviews are so helpful. 🙂

    • I’m SO happy to hear it – that is my ultimate goal. Thank you! 🙂

  27. Great box! I can’t leave home without having my cell and a lip product. Hopefully my new iPhone 6 will fit in the wallet!

    • Hi! I would like to know if you iPhone 6 fits in this bag? and what else you were able to fit with your iPhone 6 in it. thanks!!

  28. I’m right there with your husband and am obsessed with Chicago Mix. It’s a good thing I don’t live anywhere close to a place that sells it because I could eat it by the troughfull. Hahaha!! Looks like a super cute box! Happy Holidays! 🙂

    • And my can’t leave without is definitely my phone!

  29. Lip balm and lip gloss!!

  30. I can’t leave home without my iPhone, debit card, Altoids, and Baby Lips lip color. What a great giveaway!

  31. Love the little purse! I can’t leave home without my tokyomilk lip balm, and iphone & it looks like they’ll fit perfectly!

  32. I haven’t received my PS box yet, but I am excited after seeing your review! I will use everything in the box, including the cookbook. I will use the bag when we go back to NYC as we go twice a year and I will definitely carry my hand sanitizer wipes instead of my bottle…I am obsessed as well.

  33. I can’t leave without phone, ID/CC, lip balm, hair brush, keys, and possibly makeup depending where I’m going….

  34. I would need my phone and wallet in my purse 🙂

  35. I can’t leave home without Chapstick!

  36. Just my phone and keys if the kids are not with me. If so then everything AND the kitchen sink is needed!

  37. definitely the phone and chapstick. hand lotion if it fits

  38. I definitely need lip stuff, phone, a pen and hand cream

  39. While the purse is a bit on the small side, I wonder if it passes NFL requirements for purse sizes! I know, I’m a strange one.

  40. I can’t leave my house without my phone, wallet and some kind of snack haha

  41. Love it!!! Fabulous box. Excited! And i used my ruelala voucher for this one. Yay!

  42. I can’t leave home without chapstic and mascara!

  43. This is a way better box than I expected from the spoilers. I especially love your other ideas for how to use the wine glass markers. Thanks for the contest!

  44. I just need my phone, lip balm, and ID/credit card!

  45. I’ve been wanting to get a butter cream hand cream. I just saw one yesterday I wanted by another brand for $18. I was going to get it, yet decided to skip it. So glad they included one in this box. The recipe book is a fun gift to give to someone for the holidays. I also like the wine markers. Fun and different. The purse I’m bla about since it is not have an adjustable strap. This box reminds me of the reason why I started getting popsugar. Most the items in this box I like. Now that I’m getting popsugar I can stop swapping for these items =)

  46. Ugh!!! I am getting SO mad with this company. If I didn’t love the boxes so much I would’ve cancelled due to their HORRIBLE customer service! I am seriously concerned they are going out of business. So many bloggers and you tubers have received their Nov box and some STILL haven’t received last months. I have not even been charged for this month and my account shows NO information regarding this months shipment. Just shows next shipment Dec. if they don’t get back on track by Dec I will definitely be canceling.

    • They I believe had skipped my Novemer box because funds were not in there at the start of the month and then they said as long as they were there by the 14th I would get the November Box. It has been the BEST BOX and if the screw me over I AM DONE!!! I am sick of being disappointed each month and I don’t do the trading anymore because I have to focus on finances (Trading doesn’t pay the bills–only if we could barter). I sent a mail mid-week and NO ONE RESPONDED….. I am NOT ONLY going to unsubscribe if they screw me over but I AM ALSO GOING TO MAKE SURE EVERYONE I KNOW REALIZES HOW careless they are and how they don’t care about their customers like those companies that are smaller or started out small and not as corporation add-ons. It just SUCKS how disrespectful they can be not even responding to issues. IT is UNPROFESSIONAL!!! One person can make a HUGE Ripple!! Like someone said bloggers are not happy and that is not the way to be toward your customers because you never know who they are or who they know or what they can do to discourage others from subscribing. I have had a hellish year losing my mom from a sudden battle with three cancers she didn’t even know she had and companies like Birchbox have been amazing (they sent my family flowers), and For the Makers the CEO answers issues and sent the last box on her dime…. I wanted to make sure the billed me but she was so lovely and understanding. When you don’t plan for death it can really cause financial issues you never dreamt of. I suddenly have to give my father $500 a month and then I had to give him more for an emergency and that left me with $1.64, and thank goodness by debit card didn’t put anything through so I’d pay in overages!!! Glossybox did that to me. I’m thinking of cancelling them after this yearly subscription is up. I think Birchbox has earned my business and they has the best way to earn money toward an order…. you don’t have to refer people which I HATE doing you just have to fill surveys and get points for buying things. I think that makes the most sense. I need in my bag…. well if I have a tote fragrance… mini (adorable clinique compact that is refilled with another brand in it). A mini LaMer creme (I just keep filling the sample sizes from my HUGE Jar), julep cuticle oil…. I put it on scars and love the smell, a harvey prince mini fragrance (thank you Birchbox for introducing me to them) a brush (need order a new sporonette one because mine got lost on Saturday night, but those new gold ones are TOO CUTE!!! my phone, keys, I will use on a night my smaller wallet as I don’t use credit cards I only use a debit card. I have no debt & don’t spend beyond my means (except in my dad’s emergencies!!). I need a lip balm and then a gloss (I love sample sizes to take with me). I will have some chanel foundation in an old LaMer foundation sample mini-jar. If it is a small bag night then the mini-compact a sample fragrance, one of my mini brushes or a comb, phone mine is ultra slim which helps and then a credit card holder and one mini lippy at least. Love the size of the Birchbox Cynthia Rowley minis they had as GWPS or a smaller lip/cheeck chubby pencil works too. OH I FORGOT I like to have a notebook (old school and pen and my agenda if I care a tote and a mini notebook I have one that is like 3×3 and For the Makers has some really adorable ones that are small too and then then I take my ORIGINAL(when they first came out when the space shuttle first went into space my dad got us all a space pen when we were little…. if i have a tote or my Marni crossbody then I carry my Fisher Swiss army knife pen with light scissors, etc. and FINALLY if there is room I will add my mimergency kit or a sewing kit that is so small that I curated myself. I hope I win this if I am being screwed over by POPSUGAR and I can put that AWESOME crossbody clutch to the test…. when I saw that and new fairly for certain I was not getting it I wanted to cry!!

      • Three items I gave like a zillion phone small card holder & I have a compact from Mirenesse this may be long but has eye, lip, check, and facial coverage in it…. So that is my makeup kit in one!!!! Eek I guess if I only had room for three things I better be wearing something with pockets if I am driving but I am lucky it I leave my house at least once a month these days since my mom died and an agoraphic tendency turned into anxiety disorder with agoraphobia. Love the response with the journal as a must have!!!!

    • I honestly never comment on here (but ALWAYS read), but I have to agree about PS customer service. I have contacted them three times in the past two weeks and have heard nothing! It is incredibly disappointing to feel that they simply do not care about what their customers have to say. While I have enjoyed my boxes, this will be my last month due to their lack of effort and time put back into their customers.

  47. I always have hand sanitizer, too! My phone and a lipstick are also always in my bag. I also carry my own pen. I HATE using the pen that is provided–especially in a doctor’s office. I can’t even think about the germs.

  48. I’m so glad I ordered this box! Nice review, can’t wait to receive mine in the mail.

  49. ooh!! I can’t wait for mine to get here!!! I’m in love with the little clutch/purse.

  50. Wow! Talk about quality! The purse does seem a bit small, though– I usually have to carry so much with me. Phones, wallet, small make up bag, etc.

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