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POPSUGAR Must Have Box Review – December 2014 + Giveaway!

Liz Cadman
ByLiz CadmanFeb 6, 2015 | 77 comments

POPSUGAR Must Have Box Review - December 2014 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 December box to one lucky My Subscription Addiction reader – giveaway at the end of the post!)

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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 - December 2014 Items

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

POPSUGAR Must Have Box Review - December 2014 Necklace

Sparkle Pop Jewelry Sydney Pendant Necklace – Value $42

This necklace manages to be both delicate and a bit of a statement piece - I love it. This picture should give you a better sense of length:

POPSUGAR Must Have Box Review - December 2014 Necklace On Model

(You could also drape it around your neck twice for a layered shorter look).

POPSUGAR Must Have Box Review - December 2014 Detail

And I think it pairs really well with the scarf:

POPSUGAR Must Have Box Review - December 2014 Scarf

Subtle Luxury Speckled Metallic Scarf – Value $62

This is a very lightweight weave with gold metallic speckles on one side.

POPSUGAR Must Have Box Review - December 2014 Draped Scarf

The underside of the scarf is a bit of a muted silver sparkle, so you could get a bit of a different metallic look depending on how you drape it.

POPSUGAR Must Have Box Review - December 2014 bowl

Canvas Home Dauville Bowl in Platinum – Value $29

This is one of those items I would never think to buy myself, but I love getting little trays and bowls in subscription boxes - they are great for keeping my desk and nightstand organized. Plus this one is gorgeous! The outside white part has the traditional ceramic feel, and it's a nice contrast with the metallic chrome inside.

POPSUGAR Must Have Box Review - December 2014 Bowl

POPSUGAR Must Have Box Review - December 2014 Smashbox

Smashbox Be Legendary Long Wear Lip Lacquer in Bordeaux – Value $24

The info card references the "deep bordeaux color" of this lip lacquer, so I think it is safe to say all subscribers will get the same color. This lip lacquer seems to be part gloss/part stain. It's not too sticky, and I like the deep-berry color.

POPSUGAR Must Have Box Review - December 2014 Cupcake Mix

Williams Sonoma Cupcake Mix in Vanilla Bean – Value $15

I can't eat these cupcakes because of dairy/gluten, but I'm totally OK with that because I think this cupcake mix will make a great gift. (This is another item that was listed as Vanilla Bean in the card, so I'm guessing there won't be variation).

POPSUGAR Must Have Box Review - December 2014 Tags

Knot & Bow Gift Package Tags – Value $4

I think this is a smarter packaging/gift wrap item than the holiday gift wrap in last year's December box. I know quite a few people gifted the box for the holidays, so it was a little too late to get gift wrap paper as part of your gift. This is a small value item and the color works for all holidays all-year-long, so no complaints here!

Verdict: This is one of my favorite POPSUGAR Must Have boxes ever. It feels very thoughtfully curated, and I think they nailed just the right amount of sparkle! I also love it because I think it's a great box to gift. If you bought a gift subscription or are planning to buy one - I think this is a great introductory POPSUGAR box!

What do you think of the December box? (Make sure to enter the giveaway below for your chance to win one from me!)

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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!

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77 comments

Maya

I tried to use the “JOY” code a few days and it was working, but one of the links on the website was NOT working, and unfortunately that was the link that allows you to send different parts of your order to different addresses. So I was not able to place my order, and sent an email to customer service… no reply yet, naturally. I used to be a regular subscriber to Pop Sugar, and always enjoyed the boxes. But the LACK OF A CUSTOMER SERVICE PHONE LINE is ridiculous, and inexcusable. Normally I would no longer be doing business with a company that ignores my emails and doesn’t have a phone line, but I really liked the idea of giving the $100 holiday box to my mother in law, and I really like this month’s box for myself, so I attempted to place my order again today. The links are now working, but the JOY code has expired! It did accept another promo code (MH15), but that got me only $15 off, instead of a totally free December box. I have asked customer service to refund me on the difference, since the whole reason I was not able to use the JOY code was due to their lack of a timely response. Hoping they agree with me that it’s the least they can do, as it should not be quite this time consuming and frustrating to spend money on a website, LOL.

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Lacey

I paid $20 for my box on Cyber Monday… but they sent me two?! I feel bad, they only charged me once. I emailed them, but still have not gotten a reply. I just didn’t want them to send me someone else’s box 🙁

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Jennifer

I was really impressed with this month’s box! I had gotten the October box, which was my first Popsugar box, and I didn’t care for it, so I cancelled my subscription. Since I had a discount for December I decided to give it another try and I’m glad I did! The contents were great! I wasn’t sure about how I would feel about it from the preview, but when I actually got the items, I loved them. The necklace and scarf go together so well, I’m wearing them both today! And the lip color is beautiful; it was the type of color I’d been looking for, and now I know that Smashbox makes a great lip lacquer, so I will definitely be buying more in the future. I have yet to try the cupcakes, but I’m sure they’ll be delicious. The bowl is nice, although a lot smaller than I expected, so I guess I’ll just put jewelry in it.

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Jamie

Any news on when popsugar will start shipping to Canada?

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Emily

I finally got my box yesterday, I used the black friday deal for one box. Did anyone else notice this box is smaller? Also, I like the lipcolor. I never wear boring colors, I don’t see the point, so I am glad they sent a fun, season appropriate color.

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Mary Beth

I got my box last night. Great all around, but surprisingly my favorite item is the lip stain. It’s wonderful. I tried it on last night (after I’d already washed my face) and it was still looking perfect when I woke up this morning. It’s really hard for me to find lip products that work for me, so this is exciting.

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Brittney

Has the giveaway winner been chosen yet?!

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Liz Cadman

Yes – I’ll be posting a giveaway winner announcement about a few ended giveaways very soon!

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Brandy

Now that there’s a $15 off code I am thinking of ordering, probably will tonight. I wish the necklace was in silver, only complaint. I don’t know if I can work with the berry color lip gloss but can work with it. I love the scarf and bowl. Looks like a fantastic box. I’ve never found a good reason to sub to psmh but this box sold me. I’m not sure if I am going to use the bowl for a candy dish or jewelry but I love it! 🙂

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Michelle S

I’m so disappointed in this box the only thing I like is the cupcake mix.

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lisad

Wow, lightening fast shipping, I just got my Dec box today and I ordered with the 6 mo deal on black friday. I really love that scarf perfect for the holidays and the necklace is really cute, much better in person I will wear it for sure. My box is an exact match as shown.

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Catherine

Hi,
Oh my goodness, thanks for offering up this giveaway!
Thanks, Liz!

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Laura

I’m really excited! I wasn’t expecting to receive this box before Christmas (and I’ll admit I wasn’t mad at the idea of keeping everything for myself if I didn’t), but I just received shipping confirmation and an expected delivery date of early next week. I think I will end up passing a few items along as presents now. Really happy, and hopefully everyone gets shipping confirmation soon!

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Cindy

My box arrived today. I got the same color scarf as Liz. I like, but do not love, this box. I totally thought that bowl was going to be bigger–it’s very small, but I do like it. Although the scarf is a very neutral color, that color is going to drain a lot of skin tones–including mine. No worries, I am planning to gift it. However, that necklace is another story. There is no way I’d wear that and I don’t know a soul who would either. Even at the shortest length, it is down to my navel (and I am not a midget). Not only that, I’m sorry, but I really think that large fake looking crystal is tacky. To me it really looks fake and tacky. I thought I’d be gifting the necklace but I don’t think so now.

And, does anyone but me think it’s odd that those tags have a cut out so they should be tied but there’s no ties in the package? I do like them, though. Just thought it was weird.

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Leah R

Oddly enough popsugar may be the only box that comes through for me this month. I hope my quarterly boxes come before I leave for Christmas, but it’s not looking good right now. With all their recent shipping problems, I held out no hope for popsugar, but it should be at my door in a few days.

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Cindy

Liz, did the card state the color? I see that this scarf is also made in a pinkish tone and wonder if there will be a color variation for some people. Thanks!

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Dinah

This box is awesome I want everything! I hope I win this giveaway

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leah

OMG! SO GLAD I FOUND YOU! THANKS SO MUCH!!!

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Lorin

Thanks! Just got this box from Rue la la. Like one of the ladies I left the box unchecked on the Popsugar site, so I hope to get Nov/Dec, not two of the same month!

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Cindy

I am not sure what is going on with my account. I ordered a six month subscription for myself on Black Friday. Then I ordered a box for a gift with the HOLIDAY50 code. The box for the subscription has shipped (though why it is going to take from today until Thursday to go from CT to MA is beyond my comprehension!). However, the gift box has not shipped and it states next shipment is January.

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nikki

I also ordered a Six month with the Blck Friday $75 off…which I received Shipping info for yesterday. However, I also purchased a few extras as gifts, which have not shipped but all say “next shipment January” I wonder if the December gift boxes will still ship if I select “cancel subscription?” Ugh…I really dont want to be charged for multiple subscriptions next month, and I did make sure GIFT was checked when I ordered, but PSMH do not like taking blame or giving refunds!! GRRRR!! Their site can be so confusing! But I love the box just hope they all ship soon!!

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Cindy

I posted on FB asking about my gift subscription which has a next ship date of January and was told it means the December box is in process and is shipping soon.

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Jo

is it possible you didn’t mark waitlist for the next box (meaning December) and it just moved it to the following month’s list??? If for a gift..honestly, I don’t think a surprise in January would be bad since so many of get things in December that often things aren’t as appreciated…if gifts coming in January I’d write to tell you peeps to expect something fun during the gray days of the new year…

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Janet

What does it say for next payment? I also ordered a box as a gift – it says next shipment in January but next payment as N/A so I’m going to assume the N/A is correct (my six month subscription correctly says June)

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Rachel S

I definitely was not expecting to see spoilers already so this post was a nice surprise! The holidays have made me forget all about my sub boxes eeeek.

I always love jewelry and scarves, so that’s nice! It would be nicer if they’d take into account that not everyone loves gold, though 🙁 Seems like they send gold A LOT and I personally look hideous in gold and it doesn’t match my wedding set. But I like these items enough that I think I’ll make myself wear them anyway! Cupcake mix is so cute for this time of year, and the gift tags are going to get used for sure!

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Erika

This may make me subscribe, it looks so well curated!

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Victoria

Can’t afford this box, so I will keep my fingers crossed that I win this one! I LOVE The necklace and the scarf. Those are beautiful!

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Justeen

My first box is on its way! I’m so stoked. Thank you for your amazing reviews and for the Black Friday coupon code.

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I love Popsugar and their boxes are great, it is definitely my favorite box to get every month!! The variation of products are great! the scarves are always a plus in the fall and winter months. The selection of lotions to candles to food items is amazing keep up the good work!!

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