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POPSUGAR Must Have Box November 2015 Review + Coupon

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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.

FYI – November boxes are still available if you sign up for a monthly subscription.

This box was sent to us for review purposes. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).


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!


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


Deepa Gurnani Katie Crystal Headband – Value $56

I think this is a beautiful sparkly piece for the holidays – and I’m a fan of Deepa Gurani pieces thanks to subscription boxes, so I’m happy to have another one in my collection. Here is a better look at the detail:


And the fabric lining on the flip side helps to keep it from slipping:



Tarte Cosmetics Beauty & the Box Eye Shadow in Apple of my Eye (Colors may vary) – Retail Value $22

(This is a new product from Tarte’s fall line that will be released soon). I’m already curious about the other color variations subscribers may receive. I will probably try to swap for them!

This palette has two matte shades and two shimmers. Here they are swatched:


I’m happy with the pigments, and as always – I love Tarte’s formulas. Their products are always free of parabens, phthalates, etc. These are very wearable shades for me too.


West Emory Bingo Set – Value $20

I love the design of this bingo set! I’ve always wanted POPSUGAR to include a game in their boxes, and while Bingo wouldn’t have been my first choice, I totally get it – it works for all ages!

Here is the first look when you open the box:


And I love the metallic bingo chips:


This is probably the only board game I have that I want to display on our coffee table!


Capri Blue Mercury Jewel Box Candle in Rain – Value $18

This is a recycled hand blown glass box with wooden lid, and inside, a candle:


I like that this has a great use after you finish the candle, plus it’s a great gift item too.


Gramr Gratitude Co. Exclusive Thanksgiving Postcard Pack – Value $10

These postcards are perfect for a November box. Here is a better look at all 5:


And Gramr included a $15 coupon code to try out their quarterly subscription: GETHAPPY


Terrapin Ridge Farms Pecan Honey Mustard – Value $7.30

This mustard is gluten and dairy free – and it tastes so good! I can’t wait to use it as a chicken marinade. Terrapin Ridge also suggests using it for a vegetable glaze, cheese pairing, sauce for pork tenderloin or roast turkey, or pretzel dip!


InkDot $20 Gift Code

This gift code has no minimum purchase requirements (but shipping is not covered with the code). I tried it on a set of 9 prints, and the shipping was $3.99. I think I might use this for a new iPhone case!

(And there’s a 20% of coupon for Capri Blue Candles).

Verdict: This box has a retail value of about $133. That’s great for a POPSUGAR Must Have box, and I really like the mix of items this month – it is a great blend of sparkly/special holiday items, and some wonderful family/home items too.

What do you think of the November 2015 POPSUGAR Must Have box? What is your favorite item?

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. My candle was smashed, I was so upset, because I love candles. I reported it right away. Got a reply on the 17th. Emailed again. Was told it was backordered, they were adding a gift, but here we are, January 6 and nothing. This is not the first time I’ve had breaking or leaking due to lousy packing. I’ve only missed two regular boxes since their inception. Guess why I’m here looking at sub boxes

  2. Does anyone have the Capri Blue 20% coupon code? I threw my card away on accident! 🙁

    • CBPOP20

  3. Loved this box. Wore my headband yesterday! And we played Bingo also. My aunt actually had the same Bingo set (she got hers from JCrew) – and brought hers so we were using that one. *Funny story, my grandma’s card had 2 “I-19″s on it… never seen a card with 2 of the same #s before. I didn’t look at mine to see if mine set had the same, but thought it was weird.

  4. If anyone liked the pecan honey mustard as much as me terrapin ridge has 40% off all gift cards for Black Friday. I got a $50 gift card for $30- they have free shipping at $50.

  5. Love, love, love this box! One of my all time favorite boxes from PopSugar. This may be the first time I will keep every item for myself. The headband is fabulous, the eye shadow feels very luxe – I got Eye Candy. The mustard will be used for holiday entertaining, the lovely note cards are already sent out for Thanksgiving greetings, the candle smells lovely and the pretty glass and wood container will be used later, and I like the compact, modern feel of the Bingo. I think this is one of the best PopSugar boxes. Very pleased this month.

  6. I am so proud of myself that I actually held off reading all the reviews until I got my box today. My shadow box is “Eye Candy” . I didn’t open it but research online indicates the shadows are greens. Absolutely love the headband.

  7. I have the Apple of My Eye eyeshadow pallette and would love to switch for the purple pallette, if anyone is interested.

  8. I have the apple of my eye pallette if anyone wants to swap for the purples!

  9. I was not blown away with this months box. Not a terrible box but probably my least favorite of the year. I hate when they send gift cards and stuff that do not cover shipping ( a true gift card would). Hated the postcards since I will not use them and do not know anyone who would either. Bingo game was alright but I do not have enough people together at one time to play and for it to be fun. I will gift it but I am not even sure who I will gift it to will even enjoy it. As far as the other items go (headband, tarte pallette, candle, and pecan honey mustard) I will keep those and try them myself but its not like OH WOW like other boxes have been for me.

    • I normally don’t send cards/postcards, but since they came in the box I sent them to close friends with a note thanking them for their friendship. I got great feedback from them on how it made their day. Maybe give it a try.

  10. I have the whole November box minus the headband up for swap on my page! I need to get rid of this stuff! Looking for home items or jewelry preferably, will consider everything though!

  11. I really loved the curation of this box. Everything made sense and fit the theme. Hopefully another great box in December!

  12. I like the lower value items better than the high in this box! Bingo for the grandparents! Mustard to take to thanksgiving. And I’ll use the postcards as notes in my swaps! Swapping the headband if anyone wants it.

  13. The value of the headband seems a bit inflated IMO. Good box overall, though. The bingo set looks super fun!

  14. I was disappointed with this box. This is my first box and I have been watching reviews on these boxes every month for almost a year. I finally decided to take the plunge and subscribe because I love all of the boxes I’ve seen and of course the first box I get I don’t like. Oh well, hoping for a better box in December.

    • Me too! This was my first box and I was disappointed as well.

  15. I loved this box! The headband and mustard were two of my favorite items and of course I already had a love for tarte 🙂 now bring on an amazing black Friday deal Popsugar! (This time for 1 year)

  16. Stupid question but how do you glaze the chicken? Do you do it after you cook it? Mix it with anything? TIA

    • I didn’t mix it with anything. I just baked the chicken (well chicken parts), and then when it was almost ready I just basted it with the mustard. Maybe it can go earlier, but as it’s so sweet, I was afraid that the sugars would burn if I did. And then I served it with more mustard on the side. So I’m pretty much out of mustard now. Fortunately it’s not too expensive to buy, ’cause I have had no luck swapping for it.

      • Thank you!!

      • I already ran out of my mustard because its so good ! I went to go buy more but didnt buy it because the shipping was like $10 , making it over $17 to reorder ! I will have to find it elsewhere

        • I will swap the mustard.

  17. I was happy with this box, liked it better than the last one. Candle is cute, headband I would never buy on my own but like, can’t wait to try the mustard on some chicken! The bingo could be fun for a family night.

    What is the name of the other palette people got? I’d be curious to see that one, I got the Apple one and I use more pinks/purples normally so I wonder if I would have liked the other one better. I’ve only seen the Apple one up for swap though. I would possibly consider swapping colors if I could see it. Lol I don’t know makeup very well and don’t even know how you use all 4 at once! (Unless you don’t?)

  18. I’m quite happy with this box. I absolutely love the candle and the mustard. My daughter saw the bingo game and said “we can play after Christmas dinner! and I’m planning to use the thank you cards for MSA forum RAOKs.

    The headband is not my thing but it was easily swapped. That leaves the eyeshadow. I’ve swapped for lots of palettes lately, and this one is made in China, so it’s up for swap now.

    • The palette is made in China??? How disappointing 🙁

      • Yep. I think that explains why it’s only $22 (being tart and all)

  19. Is the winter limited edition box going on sale tomorrow? Their FB page says “P.S. Can you keep a secret? Here’s a hint: tune in tomorrow for something pretty *special*.”

  20. I used the mustard as a glaze on Salmon tonight and it was amazing!!

    • Used it on chicken and it was great too.

      But I also just loved it straight out of the jar.

    • I used it on salmon tonight too, and it was delicious!

  21. I bought this box with the intention of gifting most items for the holidays, but man – the more i look at it, the more i want to keep it all for myself! should have purchased 2 boxes!!

  22. How long does it take to normally be invited to swap ? I just requested. I would love to join !

    • Usually a few weeks. Make sure to add [email protected] to your contact list so you don’t miss our invite email! 🙂

    • Where is there a group to swap gifts from monthly boxes?

  23. I actually don’t have a use for most of the items in this box, so that is a disappointment for me, but I still think the curation is good. These are not the same old thing, and I appreciate that.

    • I’m trying hard to swap for another candle and another mustard. Alas, I only have beauty items right now, but I’m offering double the RV in beauty items.

  24. First time I got my box before you, Liz. 😛 I’m surprised since you get them to review. And we had spoilers so late this month!

  25. This box is one of my favorites in a while! Love everything! I was especially excited for the headband (love Deepa Gurnani stuff!) and the candle (more to have a really pretty jewelry box than the actual candle part of it, LOL!)! Everything else was great as well! Now I’m eagerly hoping for an awesome Black Friday deal! 🙂

  26. I was really looking forward to the eye shadow and ended up getting purples which I hate. They make me look like a zombie and come out more grey white and black on me. I am SO disappointed. The apple color palette would have suited me way better.

  27. Eyeshadow is from China, super disappointment in that. Will pass it on. But besides that it was a good box.

    • is that different from where Tarte usually makes their products?

  28. This is one of my favorite boxes they’ve had in a while! I will use everything besides the bingo set, which I already swapped for something I’ve been wanting. Score!

  29. I loved this box! I was going to buy Bingo for my family for Christmas. I used the candle and one of the postcards as a little Thanksgiving display. I wish I had gotten the purples for eyeshadow, but I’m still happy with the brand and getting eyeshadow. I ordered an Inkdot item and got it already. Happy Happy!
    Now I have high hopes for their holiday box.

  30. Personally I think this was a phenomenal curation! Best ever! A game is such a fun item that I haven’t seen before and like you say, even just as a graphic design it is cool decor. My kids are 3 & 5 and can play this with all ages. All of the rest is lovely. I am drowning in makeup and still appreciate the item/brand. I need to gift some of it and don’t want to!

  31. I think this is the best box PSMH has had in a long time!!

    Love the head band!!

    LOVE the candle, although mine arrived shattered. 🙁 (They’re sending a new one but it’s backordered.)

    Would probably love the Tarte if I hadn’t become such a horrible eye-shadow snob over the years. But I love that they sent out color variations! (Mine is plums/purples.)

    I can see why they would include the Bingo game. It’s a party game that almost anyone can play. And the set itself IS really nice. But it just isn’t for me.

    The post cards are lovely and perfect for the season.

    The ink dot gift code is perfect for a gift I’ve been thinking about for my father.

    Good job, Popsugar!! 😀

    • My candle was shattered, too! I emailed customer service- how long did they take to reply?? Thanks 🙂

    • My mustard came shattered! It was a MESS. I emailed them too but haven’t heard back yet.

    • Have you received your replacement candle yet? They told me it might take as long as two weeks before I received it, but it has been three weeks and o shipping notification yet.

  32. Love everything except the headband, this was a nice box

  33. I was a little thrown off by the Bingo. I don’t really have a use for it but I guess I can see where they were going… holiday parties and such. Everything else was really neat and I love the shadow. I used my Inkdot gift card for a set of custom coasters. I can’t wait to get them! I did have to pay $10 for shipping, but I am okay with that. 😀

  34. Does the headband come in different colors? It looks silver in some photos, gold in others. I feel like I’m taking crazy pills!

    • Mine is silver, and there is no indication on the info card that there will be variation, so I’m assuming all will be silver. Hope that helps! 🙂

      • Thank you! 😀

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