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POPSUGAR Must Have Summer 2015 Special Edition Box Review

Liz Cadman
ByLiz CadmanJun 5, 2015 | 92 comments

POPSUGAR Must Have Summer 2015 Special Edition Box Review Box

The POPSUGAR Must Have Special Edition Summer Box was released on May 13th, and I believe it sold out quickly. I can’t resist a POPSUGAR Special Edition box, so I had to buy one!

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My Subscription Addiction paid for this box. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).

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The Box: POPSUGAR Must Have Special Edition Summer Box

The Cost: $100

The Products: Summer-inspired favorites selected by POPSUGAR editors.

FYI – this box is sold out.

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

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Kendra Scott Ainsley Cuff Bracelet – Value $120

While I normally don’t wear bangles, I’m loving this statement cuff bracelet. It has some give to it too, so I imagine it will work for most wrist sizes.

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Fringe Studio Glass Tray Love Anchors The Soul – Value $13.95

This tray measures 6 by 4 inches (a little smaller than what I was imagining after seeing the spoilers), but I like it. It will be perfect for lip balm, rings, etc.

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Omorovicza Gold Shimmer Oil – Value $80

This might be my favorite item in the box. The brand is a new discovery for me, and I really like the natural scent of this oil, and the gold shimmer. FYI – you really need to shake the bottle to get the gold shimmer particles to disperse through the oil:

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Sunny Life Beach Paddles in Bronte – Value $26

I think this is the first time POPSUGAR has included a game like this in a box. I like it! It’s a fun addition to the box that doesn’t take up too much of the value.

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Savannah Bee Company Honey for Cheese and Dipper – Value $7.50

This is the one item in the box that seems a little out of place for me, but quality honey will go to use! (Plus I really like the Savannah Bee Company).

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Baggu Weekend Bag – Value $74

This bag is so big I couldn’t even fit it all in the photo! I love an oversized tote, and I love Baggu, so this item is made for me. I also like that it has a zippered  top, and a zippered inner pocket:

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Here is my attempt to show the scale of this bag:

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Verdict: This box has a value of about $320. I’m very happy with that value for a $100 box, and I think POPSUGAR did a great job with the nautical theme too. And I’ll use every single item in this box. (Though I must admit, I might put those paddles in our garage and forget I own them).

What do you think of the Summer Special Edition POPSUGAR Must Have box?

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!

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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92 comments

Krista

I ended up getting this and I’m really happy with it! I think some of the hate is residual from the CFDA mess (which was legit hate for that box but not for this one).

I totally agree that people who are VERY specific about things like jewelry tones or don’t enjoy large categories of things are not the right target for subscription boxes but this is the internet and people love to complain.

Lara

My box shipped 5/29 and FedEx said it was damaged when it was dropped off by Popsugar! I have been contacting them ever since and now apparently it’s on backorder?! How is that possible?! This was the first special edition I was excited for and now I don’t get one? They said they don’t have a date when it’ll be off backorder but they will refund my money, I don’t want my money I want the dang box! I have left them poopy reviews when they send a help request survey but still nothing. I’m so sad.

Lara

If anyone wants to sell their box for the $100 that they paid plus shipping please let me know and I will ask Popsugar for a refund, I don’t want to pay someone’s markup for profit.

Meghan

Selling my box! I already opened it… but I haven’t used anything :] E-mail me at [email protected] if your interested.

stephanie buckles

Would love to buy the box from someone! $110+ shipping, please email me at [email protected]

Mamo

Anyone still looking for a box? email me: [email protected]

kim

For me I always love any PS box
Even if I won’t use what’s in it I still want it
Lol that probably makes no sense
I guess it’s even if something isn’t or me it is perfect time for someone else or a great gift
As bizarre as this sounds I loved the box but tradedwhole thing

Kerry

Looking to sell my bracelet if anyone wants it. I’ve applied to be in the swap here, but I’m still waiting.

pmbeatlefan @ Hotmail.com

Michelle

Like whoa! There is just WAY too much drama on here for reviews on a subscription box!! I don’t think there is ever a reason to post anything negative…but that’s just me.

Anywho…I LOVE this box!! I was also a little disappointed that the tray wasn’t the Paris themed one they posted because I have a Paris theme in my room, but oh well…it’s still nice, smaller than I thought. Can’t figure out if I’m gonna keep or swap yet.

I’m in LOVE with the cuff!! I’ve been looking for a gold one forever but haven’t found one I liked until this, and who knew it’d come as a blind item? I have super tiny wrists, it fell off immediately but I was able to reshape it to fit. (If you don’t like the gold, Nordy’s has a great exchange policy, and I’m sure you can get the silver, btw) And the gold shimmer oil, I was shopping for something similar earlier in the week – so bonus! And this one is much nicer than the ones I was looking at.

I think the Paddles are super fun & match the Summer theme with the Baggu bag – what a great beach bag! And with the Sisters of Los Angeles beach towel from the May PSMH box, you’re really good to go! I think the Paddles and Towel will make a great gift for my brother who is constantly at the beach, but if he continues being a jerk – swapping!! Lol or I might keep for Hawaii later this year.

And the honey is a great item, who couldn’t use honey? To use in tea, bake with, or to use with cheese? Seems wonderful!

For my first LE PSMH box, I just feel like I hit the jackpot!

Shannon P.

By Nordies, do you mean Nordstrom? And would they really let me exchange my gold one for silver, even though it’s not from their stores?

I ordered a box off eBay, as I missed out on the original sale of it. And though it’s still in transit, my assumption is that all of the ones from this box are gold. Bummed, because I absolutely want the silver one instead. With my skin tone, silver looks much better.

Michellesomer

Yes, I do mean Nordstrom’s 🙂 I am not 100% they will exchange but I know they have a great return policy, so it’s worth a try? I love silver too but gold is a lot more flattering on my skin tone so I learned to love, so I know how you feel! I mean the worst that can happen is they say no right?

CreativelySwank

In the same boat as you with the tray! I want to keep it but have to occasions I can gift it. I was going to use it in a housewarming basket with the red vase from last month, but I think I have a better use. Next week I have a bridal shower and I think the gift card for a massage will fill perfectly in the basin of the dish, which is appropriately themed. Often I find that after putting aside items after a several months I have a great jumpstart or a complete gift basket with theme, such as your beach one.

CreativelySwank

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I really wish we could edit for a short period of time, because I have an uncanny ability to see my errors only two seconds after posting.

Sarah

I’m glad I got this box. It just came today. I like everything. The idea of a game is awesome but don’t you need a certain table to play paddle ball? I don’t have anything long enough

Steph

It’s not table tennis, you play by batting it back and forth with someone. I’m in Florida and it is a standard beach game (or at least used to be)

Anne Shaw

Ahhhh! I was thinking the paddles were huge for ping pong! Now I am excited to try it out!

Thanks!

I thank you too! I had wondered how to play 🙂

Sarah

Ohhhhhh. Thank you. I never played but it sounds fun!

Elo

I apprecaite the curation and value of this box but glad I passed because I’m not excited over anything.

Kerry

I’m going to be selling my cuff. I’m plus size and there’s no way that cuff will fit me. If anyone is interested, contact me pmbeatlefan**at**Hotmail.com otherwise I’ll be posting it on eDivv

Joanne Lelovic

If anyone wants to sell their box please email me at [email protected].

How to get on the swap site?

Hailey

Thanks for the heads up! I really wanted the tote, but wasn’t interested in the rest of the box. Score!

Claudia

As someone who DID purchase the CFDA and did end up returning it (had the lipstick been the right shade I would have just kept it!) I was hesitant about purchasing this box. But, since I have no self control I did anyway. I haven’t received it yet but it looks terrific. This box has incredible potential! I’m a fan of Omorovicza products so this is a plus. As an aside, they are a terrific company to deal with, quick shipping, loyalty points and they’re forever running sales! They ship from various warehouses in the US so it always arrives super fast!

As for the other items, if they’re things you don’t like they look like fantastic swaps or gifts! I feel like I have too many subs that offer crappy little bittles if products that I don’t want and are to small to give away or swap. Generally PS items, even if they’re “not for me” will work for someone in my life.

KirstenEE

If anyone doesn’t like the box, I’m happy to buy the whole thing for $125 plus shipping. Let me know, kirstenee at gmail 🙂

CreativelySwank

Perhaps it was because I had just won on roulette before this was released, who knows, but I took a gamble on this box. I’m surprised by the negative comments. This is such a lovely box for summer and for once PS has it right, a little credit is due.
I’m the first to speak up when things are unethical but too much glitter or I don’t use honey are comments that lead me to believe that perhaps some people shouldn’t buy subscription boxes. These are all high quality items that can be found for sale at the current price, they are summer themed, and packaged beautifully…what are people looking for?
Are there zero children in your life? Surely not, give them the paddles and get them off the xbox. I can’t wait to bring these to the beach with us next month and I know the bag will be going with me to every outing this season, I love that I can toss our towels and cooler in it! The cuff while a little big on my tiny wrist can be molded with a little heat from the hair dryer and is a great statement piece, I could never limit myself to just one metal so gold is great for me! How the honey baffles people I just find amusing, surely someone you know likes a little bee vomit with their tea…tea is quite in now and although it says “for cheese” it’s ok to stretch the boundaries a bit. The oil has the most heavenly scent and adds a nice light shimmer that compliments bare legs in the summer and the tray will compliment the little red vase from May nicely in a housewarming basket for a friend. Come on ladies, use your imaginations, there is a lot a good to be found here.

jess

Exactly. I think you nailed when you wrote “some people shouldn’t buy subscription boxes.”

Bridget

I couldn’t have said it better! Some people cannot be pleased no matter what. Any of these items would be good for gift giving at the very least.

CreativelySwank

If I were to give this whole box as a gift to someone I would normally drop a hundred bones on for their bday, they would be blown away and I would look like a rock star friend!!!

But I’m not that nice 😉

Denise M

There are some selling on eBay right now for those looking to buy one. Seems like a bidding war, popular box this go around

PA Anna

I like this box. I like the tray in the spoilers better, yet this tray is a good fit for the box. I didn’t order this box because I haven’t liked the summer boxes in the past. Now I wish I did!

Fruit and cheese served with honey sounds yummy as a summertime snack 🙂

Laura

I love PS Must Have and their LE boxes and this one is no exception. I think this is a great useful summer box. I just wish they would begin shipping to Canada.

doclauren

I really love this box, but I wish the bag had a shoulder strap. It kinda defeats the purpose for me if I can’t carry it hands-free.

CreativelySwank

It does!! It has a two straps a hand and shoulder one. Yay!!

Annette

So bummed I missed this box, if anyone wants to sell their entire box please contact me, I would like to purchase it littlekatiebird (at) gmail (dot) com

Jessica

I actually really like this box! The only thing I can do without, is the paddles, but they seem pretty easy to swap! Great job, Popsugar!

laura

I am ok with it but not in love, my favorite item is the baggu weekend bag its the perfect size for me to travel, but thats more of a useful item not a “i love it item”. Of course i will use the honey, the tray i like but am not sure where i would put it right now since i have several but is useful. The cuff i like, not my typical style but i like gold jewelry so i will try to use it. The shimmer oil i was on the fence about but after reading how others like it i will try it after i shower tonight. Hopefully there isnt too much glitter i dont want glitter all over my bedsheets, anyone else have that issue, lol? The paddles are a no. Anyone have luck selling on ebay, not really into swaps.

CreativelySwank

there is no glitter in the oil so you should be good to go! It smells heavenly!

AmyM

I didn’t end up getting this (was still stinging from CFDA) but I would have been very happy with it if I had. Well-curated, interesting, fun items that I would never buy for myself. Exactly what I hope for from a special edition box.

Negative Nancy

So, maybe I’m being a negative Nancy here, but if I had an extra $100 to spend, it wouldn’t be on an ash tray, paddle balls, honey, and a side bag that you can get at any sales give away.

PA Anna

I must be shopping at the wrong stores. Where do they give away these type of bags? I never heard of Baggu being given away.

CreativelySwank

I’m starting to feel the comments here are akin to NYT on FB where people comment without reading the actual articles.

CreativelySwank

Did you received the box? If they give these bags away as promos please let me know where!! I’m a bag lady with a serious addiction, collecting LV, MG, Chloe etc and this is a high quality bag although made in China. I would have no problem dropping $75 on this bag.

Sondra

I agree with you. Popsugar tries too hard sometimes and in doing so, they miss the mark.

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