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POPSUGAR Must Have Box January 2015 Review + Coupon

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POPSUGAR Must Have January 2015 Review + Coupon 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 January box to one lucky My Subscription Addiction reader – giveaway at the end of the post!)

POPSUGAR Must Have January 2015 Review + Coupon 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 January 2015 Review + Coupon Info

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

POPSUGAR Must Have January 2015 Review + Coupon Beanie

Jack + Lucy Pom Pom Hat – Value $32

I love the look of a slouchy beanie, but for me the faux fur topper on this one seemed to not look quite right with the extra fabric at the top. I tried it with just rolling up the band once, and now it’s perfect – I love it!

POPSUGAR Must Have January 2015 Review + Coupon Cup

KeepCup Brew 12-Ounce Reusable Coffee Cup – Value $26

This reusable coffee cup is made with tempered glass, and it is dishwasher safe and BPA free! The pink band is removable/adjustable, so you can position it to where it works best for you. (I haven’t tried it with a hot beverage yet, but I’m hoping that band is wide enough to prevent touching the glass!)

POPSUGAR Must Have January 2015 Review + Coupon Eyes

ToGoSpa Eyes – Value $12.50

These are paraben-free and scented with lavender oil – one of my favorite scents. I haven’t been super impressed with eye masks I’ve tried in the past, but I’m going to give these a try. (They recommend chilling them in the refrigerator before application for a more refreshing experience).

POPSUGAR Must Have January 2015 Review + Coupon Towel

Manduka eQua Hand Towel – Value $16

This is one of those microfiber towels that always stays a little grippy for workouts (or I guess household chores too). I like that they included a fitness item in this box (seems appropriate for January), and I think this is a versatile pick in the fitness category that could work well even for someone who isn’t interested in fitness items.

POPSUGAR Must Have January 2015 Review + Coupon Fab

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream – Value $28

This cream is wonderful! It’s paraben, sulfate and phthalate free, and great for sensitive skin. It’s designed for both face and body, but so far I’ve only tried it as a body cream. I love how quickly it absorbs, so I may try it as a face cream too!

POPSUGAR Must Have January 2015 Review + Coupon Tattoos

Skin Jewel Tattoos – Value $18 (Sponsored by Empire)

I know jewelry tattoos are the new on-trend item, but I just don’t feel like I can pull them off. Maybe I’ll try one of the more subtler gold bracelets though. (I received similar tattoos in another box before, and gave them to my friend heading to Vegas – apparently they were the perfect poolside accessory!)

Also – has anyone seen the show Empire? And recommend it? From what I’ve seen it gets good reviews, and I’m in need of a few new shows while I wait for Game of Thrones, House of Cards and Walking Dead to return!

POPSUGAR Must Have January 2015 Review + Coupon Granola

General Mills Nature Valley Protein Granola – Value $3.49

I couldn’t eat this because of food intolerances, but my husband is always happy to help with reviewing the food portion of POPSUGAR Must Have boxes! He loved this granola!

Verdict: I think this is one of POPSUGAR’s best January boxes. There are quite a few practical yet special items which makes it a very usable and exciting box for me. So far my favorite item is the beanie (I have been wearing it the whole time while writing this review).

What do you think of the January POPSUGAR Must Have box? Which item is your favorite so far?

(Make sure to enter the giveaway below for your chance to win one from me! If the giveaway isn’t appearing, you can enter here too).

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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. Read the complete My Subscription Addiction disclosure.


  1. So disappointed I cancelled my membership. I love the October, November, & December boxes but this one falls so short of expectations I’m not going to be “surprised” by this company any more. Seriously $32 for an acrylic hat that needs to be dry cleaned, $26 for a glass mug, & $16 for a microfiber towel and Nature Valley granola!!!! I could have bought similar stuff in a local discount store. The eye gels and the cream are fab. Hopefully I can just purchase these boxes after I know what is in them.

    • If you want, I will buy this from you!

  2. Hey everyone! Do you guys know how to start the popsugarbox subscription in feb and not get the January one? On the site it says you will start with January’s if you sign up now. Thanks!

    • You’ll have to wait for the box to sell out or until they roll it over to the next month’s box which I think happens on the first. Once that happens make sure waitlist is uncheck so you don’t receive a Jan box.

      • Thank you! 🙂

  3. I seem to have forgotten to cancel my subscription after December’s box so it looks like I’m getting January’s box! Ideally, I wouldn’t have paid $40 for this box, but I do like everything, so I don’t mind much. 🙂

  4. Once again, I’m getting my box late, after most people have already gotten theirs. Based on the contents I think I’m one of the only ones that is not thrilled with this box. I’ve read the comments that some of the hats smell icky. If they are moldy mold is extremely tough to get out. I dont want to spend the $12 on dry cleaning for a hat I don’t like, in hopes that the smell will come out. If the hat in my box smells like mold there is no way I’ll touch it. The cup everyone likes, I have way to many similar ones of. I could go on and nitpick. I can’t see myself keeping this subscription to get my box late continously, and lack of good customer service. I think I’ll be sticking with Wantable. Values might be less, and the boxes might be different, yet they can be customized, + they have wonderful customer service.

  5. This box is amazing. I always feel like PopSugar boxes were made for me because I always use everything haha. I think the towel is such a beautiful color, although I don’t do yoga this seems like a good use for the gym which I do go to every week. I’m excited to try the coffee cup, it’s the perfect size! I’ve heard amazing things about the cream, I tried it yesterday and it makes my skin so soft. My favorite item in the box is the beanie! I wear beanies every week, not kidding. This beanie is so soft, the color is perfect, I love the slouch, and the pom pom is adorable. The granola is so delicious! The eye pads will definitely be used. I’ve been seeing the tattoos everywhere lately so I’m interested in trying them. Popsugar definitely made a great box this month and such great customer service.

  6. for me this is a hit and a miss. i like the yoga towel. i’ve never used the cream but everyone raves about it so i will try it. the coffee cup was a miss for me as i wont use it i already have one i love. i will gift it. the granola was a miss. i have food allergies and man this item hit almost EVERY ONE of them! i just wish they would skip the food items. im on the fence on the beenie. i dont like that its slouchy i just dont knwo what to do with the slouch. i might try liz’s suggestion of rolling it and see if that helps !

    • I am interested in buying the coffee cup if you want to sell!

  7. I love every item in this box! (yes even the tats) Popsugar is usually a homerun for me though 🙂 I love this subscription!

  8. Honestly, I was planning to cancel my sub to PSMH, even though I did love December, due to shipping difficulties, multiple re-sent boxes for ones I never received, poor customer service etc. Then this box arrived, yesterday!!, with all kinds of things I will use – wow factor, maybe not, a box full of things I will use, TOTALLY!!! I do avoid spoilers completely, where is the fun in getting a subscription when you know everything inside already? So I didn’t know how much I personally would love this box and I am very pleased I didn’t cancel!! I am going to continue to hang in there and hope for more great things to come in 2015!

  9. Does anyone know if this box is still available? Or if I sign up will I start with the feb box?

    • I just got an email today inviting me back with a discount for the Jan box. So yeah, it’s available.

  10. I liked the box (my first one!), but I think I would have liked it more if I lived somewhere else. This box was definitely curated for a cooler climate in mind. Living in South Florida, I won’t get any use out of the hat until like, next November (and even then, it’ll only be as an accessory). The intense cream isn’t so necessary because we have humid, warm weather, so no one is really battling dry skin due to that. Still, I’m sure I can use for any little ailments that come up. I don’t know if there’s anything in this box I would have definitely purchased on my own, but having said that, I like everything and will try to use it all!

  11. I got my PSMH box yesterday and I love it! When I first saw the spoilers I wasn’t that excited, and even thought about cancelling. But now that I have it in my hands, I remember why I love this subscription so much! I wore the beanie to work today, and can’t wait to use the cup for tea. The only thing I’m kind of “meh” about is the temp tattoos, but even those I’m sure I can find a use for.

  12. Does anyone’s hat smell moldy/mildewy? I love the style but there’s no way I’m putting it on my head – the smell is horrible! I thought it might be because of the plastic bag, but airing it out for a couple of days hasn’t helped a bit.

    • Yes! I thought it was just mine. I wore it around for a day without noticing it before my husband pointed it out. The tag says ddry clean only, but I am going to try to handwash it and see if that helps.

      • Maybe put some baking soda in the water and let it sit a bit. I always add this to the washer when I am washing gym clothes etc. Works great for removing odors.

        • Thanks for the tip. I will try that!

      • I was staring at the hat thinking saying I wish I would have subscribed. Then I see that it smells and is dry clean only. Without the hat, the box is still nice.

    • Too funny. When I opened the hat bag I literally said out loud what is that smell?!?! It smelled like body odor to me. Yucky

    • I emailed PSMH CS about the smelly hat. Within three hours I had a response – they’re sending me a new hat!

      • I’m glad you mentioned this. I did this when I got home from work and they are sending me a new one as well. Thanks!

    • I don’t know the material, but anytime any of my washables (towels, etc) have a smell (including moldy smell), I was it in vinegar. I don’t know if the hat would stand up to washing it or not.

  13. Overall, I think this is a great box. However, I do have one complaint, and that is that I am very allergic to peanuts and I wish there was a way I could note that on the website for future snacks. But I am very happy with the other items in this box!

    • i think it would be very hard for them to replace food items based on food allergies/intolerances. people can always give it to a friend. ps markets to the majority.

  14. I have received the last 5 boxes and this is the best one so far in my opinion. I will use everything!

  15. Just signed up for this the box looks great cant wait to get mine!

  16. Best PSMH box EVER. Seriously. I wore the hat today in NYC and got a ton of compliments. From random strangers. From co-workers at the office. And the hat is not itchy and is warm. I also love the granola, which taste to me like crumbles from no-bake cookies. Delicious. The cup is my new office mug/cup. Eye masks – who knew I liked eye masks? The cream is PERFECT for the winter. I will buy this when it runs out for sure. The towel went directly into my gym bag. The tattoos went right to my kids, but those were obviously just a promo for a tv show and not part of the real box. Seriously, best box ever. Thank you PopSugar! This NYC lawyer mom is HAPPY. Do it again in Feb!!! I will buy all these products again!

  17. Anyone want to swap the beenie for something?

  18. Love the hat, granola, and moisturizer! I’ll let my bf use the towel, and my grandma just got a Keurig for Christmas so the coffee cup would be great for her!

    • Oh and I’ll use the eye things. I don’t have dark circles, but I get puffy bags often from allergies.

  19. Can you cut the Pom Pom off without ruining the hat?

    • I’d say yes. Though it is a slouchy hat so you might keep it on to weigh it down. It has a very indie look on.

  20. I love all the products, this is my first box and I’m very happy!

  21. I loved the box; it’s probably my favorite PSMH box so far. I used the glass barista cup this morning to make oatmeal, which I ate in the car on the way to work. It was the perfect size and fit in the cupholder, so I didn’t have to worry about it spilling. I had planned on using it for coffee when I first opened it, but after this morning’s great experience, it’s now my oatmeal cup!

    • Love this idea! Oatmeal cup!

  22. I tried to share the giveaway on facebook as well as email for 10 extra entries, but it seems that’s broken? It just takes me to a blank page with a grey squiggly box on it.

    • I’ve also shared it several times but nothing happens on this site (no points added, etc). Not sure what’s wrong. This has happened to me the last few giveaways. I just gave up on it.

  23. Like the intense repair cream and the beanie with the pom.

  24. I was going to order this box just for the FAB repair cream! What a great value! I can’t wait to see February spoilers!! 🙂

  25. This is one of my all time favorite boxes from popsugar. I’ve used the cup everyday since I’ve received it and I love it- not to mention everyone keeps asking where to get one. I’ve been eyeing this slouchy hats and this one hit the mark for me. While I won’t use the towel for gym purposes it certainly won’t go to waste and FAB….. LOVE!! I was complaining about my dry hands just hours before I received my box- it’s been 3 days and they’re like new again!!

  26. I love the coffee cup and granola but those don’t justify buying the whole box. I hope I win!

    • The granola is sinful good! I mean sure it’s not worth a whole box but I’m a fan of the dark chocolate!

  27. I would love the coffee cup. Would anyone want to trade the cup for the fitness mat from the targetsugarpop box. I am not on the swap site so we could connect via email.

    • Hi Debbie,
      I would love to swap the coffee cup for the fitness mat. Email me at [email protected]

  28. Hmmm…wonder why my previous comments haven’t posted…
    I LOVE this box and wish I could afford to buy it this month. I especially want that cup.
    Liz, how long is the wait list for the swap group…I have a lot of unused items (like the blue clutch from PSMH nov box) I would like to try to swap for a couple things from this box.

    • Sorry – sometimes I have to manually approve comments before they are posted. We open up the swap wait list about every two weeks! 🙂

      • Awesome! Thank you! I will look forward! I’m too obsessed with this site! I’m here everyday, sometimes several times checking updates, I figured I should finally make a login and join the swap. Thank you for all your work Liz!

        • Yay – I hope you like swapping! 🙂

          • Could you tell me what the swap is? I’m fairly new to the site so I’m not familiar with it. Thanks!

  29. Excited about the hand cream, mug and towel! I can’t find the eye pads though… Were they hidden?

    • I couldn’t find mine, either. I tore apart the whole box last night. I just emailed customer service and asked for a replacement item to be shipped. Here’s hoping I have good luck with that!!

  30. i signed up when i saw the FAB cream. it’s my HOLY GRAIL! i’m half way done with my current one and well… why not pay $6 more for a bunch of extra goodies? (: i’ll probably cancel after i receive the january though… xD

    • I’m fighting that logic right now myself….

  31. I loved this box, and I definitely prefer it over December’s box in terms of quality and items I will actually use. Particularly loving the hat! It’s freezing here and it’s adorable one. Also very excited for the FB cream. I’ll probably gift the tattoos but I will use everything else.

  32. love this box.. I had the same issue with fur on the hat & I rolled the band too… Love it! Love the coffee cup! Not big on the tattoos, but everything else was a winner!

  33. I am very pleased with this box! The eQuas is a swap for me since I have several similar products but everything else was a direct “I’m keeping it” hit!

  34. I don’t subscribe to this box yet. Hoping to get a look at the products and fall in love with them enough to want more and subscribe.

  35. I forgot that I signed up for the great deal in November and was taken by surprise when my box arrived last week. Took me a while to figure out why I’d received it. Although this has a nice variety, this is mostly a ‘save for gifts’ box for me.

  36. I purchased this as a 3 month subscription for my BFF/godparent of my 2 kids. Figured a gift from each of us for 3 months! I read through your site so much trying to pick the perfect box and decided on popsugar. She just received her Jan box a hour ago and she is so excited! Thank you. Got to say I am a little jealous, I want everything in that box. Told her to tell my husband to give me 6 months for my bday next month! Also signed up for fabletics thanks to your reviews and really happy with my outfit! Thanks for all your great opinions and pics on these boxes!

    • Yay! I’m so glad to hear it made a great gift!! 🙂

  37. It’s well curated but I don’t love it. I can’t rock the hat at all – it’s a really cute hat, it just doesn’t work on my head I guess. It’s darling enough to gift at least. I was really excited about the cup but I find it to be an awkward size….I can’t explain it but it’s sort of too short and too round? To me it’s awkward to drink in the car. I do love the cream! And I’m excited for the eye thingys. Tats will be gifted…..

  38. I’m really excited about the cup, the eye masks and the FAB cream. I’ve had some foil samples of their different products but never a full size. All in all it’s a perfect January box — practical but still fun.

  39. I really like everything in this box except for the hat. It was in the 80s today where I live so I won’t get any use out of it. I also don’t like the fact that it has fake fur and it was made in China because there’s a chance that the fur is actually dog fur (google fake fur from China). Ugh, I hate even bringing that up, but it’s the sad truth. But…the cream is awesome, eye pads are perfect after a hectic day at work, towel is perfect for workouts, and the granola is delicious! I think the coffee mug is my favorite item…I’ve been on the hunt for a BPA free travel mug and love that this one is glass. Perfecto! I’m indifferent about the jewel tattoos…I think I’ll save them for Halloween. 🙂

    • I thought this hat was super cute, and I live in the Midwest so it seemed practical, but after ready your post and googling Faux Fur China, my heart broke! I have always been skeptical of products made in China, and also have a passion for animals and dogs especially. It is absolutely disgusting to me that PopSugar would put a product that could potentially be made with a dog’s skin/fur in their box… shame on them! It seems they need to do a little more research before choosing their products. I stopped receiving a box from them a while ago, and this just reaffirms that decision! The other products seem nice, but when I can buy granola at the grocery store, I’m not sure I would’ve been happy with that either. Everything else I would have probably used, but ugh.. puppies! Can’t get over that.. Sorry PopSugar, this is another bad mark in my book.

      • I feel like such a party crasher! To give Popsugar some credit, Neiman Marcus and a lot of other high end stores (Bloomingdales, Saks, Macy’s, Lord & Taylor) have accidentally labeled products as being faux, that have turned out to be real. Kohls has been guilty of it too. It might actually be fake…I just personally don’t buy anything with faux fur just to be safe. 🙂

    • The fur is definitely fake. If you part the strands, you can see the fabric weave. It doesn’t feel anything like real fur. It’s terrible that real fur is sometimes sold as faux, but this is definitely fake.

      • Thumbs up!

    • The fur on this hat is obviously fake.

      • Glad to hear! I literally didn’t even take the hat out of the packaging because I won’t get any use out of it.

    • I had the exact same thought about the fake fur from China. Since I didn’t directly pay for it, I’ll keep it, but I seriously judge PSMH for putting a fake fur item in the box given how often this issue has been in the news.

  40. The hat and the cup are the most exciting to me!

  41. Most excited about the FAB cream! I could never have enough of that stuff. Also really liking the mug for me tea.

  42. Oh, the glass works just fine for hot drinks! I haven’t stopped using it!

  43. I received my box today, loved it as usual!

  44. I rolled up the edge on the hat too to make it less awkward. Now I like it more than I thought I would. I’m looking forward to the eye masks.

  45. Liz, I love Empire but I could be biased b/c I love Taraji, Terrance Howard aaaaaaand Gabrielle Sidibe so its like an awesome acting threesome with that show hahaha.

  46. Liz… How long is the wait list for the swap group? I have a bunch of things I’m interested in swapping. Like the blue clutch from PSMH nov box. I would really like to make a swap for that cup from this box since I can’t afford to buy this box this month.

  47. It’s killing me I don’t have the money for this box right now. I would buy this in a second. I LOVE everything in this box and would use everything!

  48. that keep cup is awesome I just spent forever on the site “customizing it” with every color combo I could think of!

  49. I got mine and I love it! I will continue to subscribe to this box 😉 The only item that I won’t use is the hat, not my style.


  50. I really am looking forward to this box… If I ever get it. Do they base shipping times off of when you originally subscribed? I seem to be one of the last people to ever get my box and it’s frustrating. I see all the reviews and everything posted in swaps and wish I had my items to be able to enjoy them too. I can’t wait to wear the head and use the mug. 🙁

    • I don’t have my box or a shipping notice either.

      • Add me to the list of “no tracking notice” or box yet. I’m beginning to wonder if this will be like my October box which arrived on Oct. 31. I began trying out subscription boxes this past fall, and PopSugar Must Have is definitely one of my favorites as far as contents but in terms of delivery, etc., it’s one of the worst. (To be fair, my November and December boxes arrived by midmonth.)

    • I am tracking my box (suburb of Chicago) and it’s just sitting at the post office. This FedEx/USPS combo really stinks. Box was shipped on 1/7 from New York and has been in the hands of the USPS since 1/10. Now the notification says it will be delivered on 1/15. So much for snail mail…. I just caved and checked out the reviews so no surprises for me but at least I know that the box will be a good one as far as my tastes go. 🙂 After going thru some tough times with PSMH I feel like my loyalty has been vindicated! (Now get to get the physical box in my hot little hands..)

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