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POPSUGAR Must Have Box December 2015 Review + Coupon


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 – December 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 code MSA20 to get $20 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.


LUV AJ The Rose Gold Ombre Bracelet – Value $65

This bracelet is a POPSUGAR Must Have designed item! It’s a mixed metal design with gold, rose gold, and silver plating:


I usually stick to one metal in jewelry (gold) but I think I like this piece! And I guess in a way it covers everyone’s metal preferences?


Here it is on:


And the clasp:



Swing Design Nova Blue Mist Jewelry Box – Value $36

This is another POPSUGAR exclusive item! It’s made with stitched leatherette and a suede interior:


It measures 7 by 5 inches, with a 2.5 inch height. Here it is with the bracelet in it to give a better sense of scale:


I’m very impressed with the detail of this piece:


I love this piece – and I think it’s a great addition for the December box, since it is great for gifting too! It came in a separate box as well:



Stowaway Creme Lipstick Trio – Value $30

Yay – I’ve seen a lot of press for this brand, and I really wanted to try it out! The concept is essentially makeup in sizes you can carry and use up before they expire. (Kind of like the new Birchbox LOC line).

Here are the mini lipsticks:


Good to know: all Stowaway products are paraben, phthalate, gluten and cruelty-free.



The colors: Raspberry, Muted Plum, and Cranberry.

Here they are swatched:


I LOVE the pigment in these shades! And the lipstick glides on so smoothly too! I think my favorite is the Muted Plum shade. (And I love that POPSUGAR included a beauty item in multiple shades this month – hopefully all subscribers can find at least one color that works for them).


Nima Oberoi Lunares Geo Stopper – Value $24

Another exclusive item! And another item that is packaged ready to gift! Here it is unwrapped:


And this is designed to not tarnish!


Meri Meri Sliver Stars on White Glitter Tape – Value $4

At first, I assumed this was washi tape, but this is way more special:


It has glitter stars, and a backing you remove to reveal the sticky side. And for 3 yards, this should cover quite a few gifts. (I’ll be using it sparingly, though!)


My Cup of Cake Classic Belgian Chocolate – Value $6

This mix gives you a souffle in a mug in under 3 minutes! You mix it with 1/3 cup water, a tablespoon vegetable oil, then put it in the microwave for 1-2 minutes, and you get a mini mug cake!

I couldn’t sample this since it includes wheat, but my husband Eric was happy to try it out! He gave it an A – it had a great moist cake texture. He said the only thing that would have made it better would have been a whipped cream topping!


Tiny Prints Gift Tag Stickers – Special Extra Item

These are a super useful special extra! This box included 24 gift tag stickers from Tiny Prints designed by Lisa Sugar. And subscribers also get a Tiny Prints $20 off COUPON: Use code MSA20 to get $20 off your first box!


(Offer expires 1/15/2016). No minimum purchase required. Code does not apply to shipping, taxes or personalized postage stamps.


This box also included coupons for 25% off My Cup of Cake and an offer to get 3 more lipsticks free with a purchase of your first Stowaway Kit.

Verdict: This box has a retail value of about $165 (not counting the value of the Tiny Prints $20 coupon). I think that’s a great value, and I really like that all the items in this box feel special, and many of them would make perfect gifts on their own. I think my favorite item in the box is the jewelry box – it is gorgeous!

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


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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!

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Comments (129)

  1. It’s funny, when I first got this box I was grumpy that they sent a different box then I originally thought they would when I placed my order, but it turned out to be my favorite of the three so far! I used or swapped everything but the lipstick trio, and I really like the bracelet, tape, bottle plug and jewelry box. I’m hoping March is much better! Their February box is actually nice- just not much I can use.

  2. The My Cup of Cake promo code we received in the December Popsugar box isn’t working and there isn’t any contact information on the website. Has anybody tried to pursue it? Thanks so much.

    • I got a reply from someone with creative marketing who said to create an email address and password first, then log on and it should work.

  3. Has anyone tried using the promo code for My Cup Of Cake on their website? I just keep getting the message that the promo code is not valid. I’m not trying to use it on a sale item or anything. What a tease! Was this promo code a fake? Has it worked for anyone else?

    • @liz – would it be possible for you to reach out to popsugar and see if there have been issues with the promo code provided by asprinkleandadash for their cup of cake items?

      • Sure! I’ll email you for details.

      • Ah hah! I got a reply from someone with creative marketing who says:

        We are so sorry
        There is a glitch in the system we are trying to fix checking out as a guest

        Just create an email address and password – log on and then it works
        Sorry for the inconvenience and thanks for ordering!

    • I’ve had several of the codes show up invalid when I tried to use them online. However, I called and they took my order along with the discount code right over the phone. Easy peasy. Try that.

  4. I love everything in this box!! If anyone received two and wants to swap the other one for a bespoke post box (I have Copper up on the swap site) let me know!

  5. I got my box today and am only keeping the chocolate cake and the lipsticks. But my box was missing the gift tags and coupon. But oh well I don’t really need them. I still dislike the bracelet, the jewelry box and wine stopper. I can’t wait to see what January brings!

  6. Did anybody get a confirmation email yesterday about getting the November box ??
    I already got a november box last month and just got my December box yesterday.
    I did order the 6 month deal but this is weird.
    Really dont want two Nov boxes

    • I actually got one yesterday for the Today LE box… but my Today LE box was delivered last week. I checked the tracking # and it shows it being delivered last week.

      • Yea same here , I checked tracking and it showed it was delivered two weeks ago . Weird idk whats going on probuly a glitch in their auto emails or something .
        Oh well
        Merry Christmas everyone !!??

  7. This box is much nicer in person. Wasn’t thrilled to receive it but I really liked everything now that I see it in person.

  8. I love this box. This is the first time since I signed up in July where I didn’t read any spoilers. It was so fun to open. I love the chunky bracelet and have a petite wrist but chunky Jewerly is in. I like that it’s a mixed metal so I can pair with one of my watches. I needed a Jewerly box and it’s cute. Wine stopper is cute and will make a great gift along with a bottle of wine.

  9. I’m sad. I got my box today and it was missing the bracelet.

    • I have a bracelet I don’t need. I can send it to you, if you want. Come to think of it, I can send you two. I already got a December box, then couldn’t resist the six-month special. So I got another December box. I think it’s at home waiting for me. I really don’t mind sending them to you.

      • Monica, you are a very, very nice person.

  10. Did anyone else’s chocolate pouch thing get punctured and spill chocolate powder all over every single thing in the box??? I wanted to gift the lipsticks and the chocolate got down deep into the crevices of the inside packaging and smeared all over the outer packaging. And I don’t get to eat the yummy cake now 🙁 I emailed them – but it sounds like replacements are usually super slow?

    Also, the bracelet is nicer in person, I hated the picture but now am thinking about keeping it. It’s different. And the jewelry box is gorgeous! I can never have enough wine stoppers and this one is the prettiest I own now 🙂 so mostly a good box except for getting chocolate powder everywhere upon opening …

    • My cake package was ALL over too. I emailed and they said they would send a replacement, but I was SO upset that fine powder was all over everything like you said! I’m a sucker and did the 6 month deal so I am expecting another. I really hope it doesn’t happen again. There was a noticeable slit on the back of my package. Customer service didn’t seem awfully worried about it… They were nice to say they will send a replacement but didn’t care about the mess it made by any means. Oy.

  11. So either I am an idiot or there is something wrong with my bracelet I can not for the life of me figure out how to clasp it… There was a little piece that was in the bag that fell off of the bracelet… I am wondering if I am having such a hard time because that little price was supposed to do something… Please someone help me

  12. I signed up to PopSugar after reading this review and absolutely fell in love with the Luv Aj The Rose Gold Ombre Bracelet. Rather than swapping, I decided to give this subscription a try. Just opened the box this afternoon and please with every single item EXCEPT the bracelet. Half of one of the links is missing so it’s completely unusable/unwearable because it can’t clasp together. I’m extremely disappointed that the single item I was the most excited about, came broken in the box. I cancelled my subscription and emailed them with attached photos. (probably should’ve waited until a response before canceling)

  13. Liz,
    I know this is the plight of those with food allergies but do you ever feel a little bummed when the food items include wheat? We are a celiac family and it’s super annoying to find that almost every food item has gluten in it or was made in a facility that also produces products with wheat like the box of chocolates.

    • I really think Popsugar should have a food preference / allergy question on the survey you fill out. I don’t remember all the questions, but I do remember gold/silver and pierced ears or not. I would surely think they could do something about the snacks. I’m a vegetarian so I get super bummed when there’s snacks I can’t enjoy.

      • I couldn’t agree more. No one wants to waste food! I would like to see an option to maybe not receive food items and would be thrilled to just not get them. It doesn’t really matter in the end. I’ll find someone who doesn’t have allergies and give them away.

      • This could be why they don’t send food. It’s hard to find something that fits with all of the food needs out there — vegan, no gluten, nut-free, no dairy, etc. It’s probably easier to just not send food at all.

  14. I love the bracelet way more than I thought I would… however… the clasp is a bit flimsy. I’m not sure if the silver part is supposed to be wearing through at the edges to look a bit rose gold or if its just the silver already coming off? Either way… I hope it lasts longer than I predict because it really is very nice looking on.

  15. This is a good box for me. I think the jewelry box is pretty, and the bracelet is nicer in person. I like that it features a mix of the metal colors, so I can use it as a blending piece to wear more than one tone seamlessly.

    The glitter tape is kind of cute, and I like the Tiny Prints gc.

    I like lipstick but two of the three aren’t really my colors, so I think I’ll swap the whole set. I also don’t drink wine, so I have the geo stopper up for swap, too.

    I’m giving the cake to my husband. It’s right up his alley. 🙂

  16. I really like this box! Unfortunately I have no idea where it is being sent because as I was trying to change my shipping address when the popsugar website crashed! The subscription section hasn’t been working in over a week, I can’t even cancel my subscription if I wanted to ! Has anyone else had this problem? Does anyone know a customer service number to call? I’ve sent three emails to customer service and haven’t received any replies….

  17. I really like this box!!! The bracelet is much better looking in person. In my opinion it looks great on and not “Mr T” like if you ONLY where the bracelet.. I think If you had on earings, a necklace and rings on it would be overkill. With just the bracelet on it looks really nice. I liked last months box a lot too.

  18. Like several other commenters, I never received my shipping notification. Even on their website my December box still says “processing.” But my box was waiting for me when I got home last night. Or, at least, HALF my box. The bracelet and wine stopper were missing! It took about a month to get my Capri jewel box, which arrived shattered in November’s box, replaced. I hope I won’t be waiting a month for these two items. I’m not going to get into whether I actually like these items – the packaging and shipping has just been atrocious lately. I wrote to customer service immediately.

    Also, I used the recent promo code to renew my subscription for six months. I assumed since my December box was already processing, the renewal would begin in January. My account shows that I will receive a second December box though, so I sent an email asking that the subscription be changed. I received what I hope was an automated response with the “good news” that I will be able to get the December box. Not what I want!

    Starting to wonder if I should cancel the six months I just purchased….

    • I got that “good news” email as well…NOT GOOD NEWS.

      • Same here. 🙁 I like the December box, but not enough to get two! I purchased the six month deal because I thought it woudl start with January.

  19. I just received my box today but I never receiving a shipping notice. I logged into my account and there wasn’t a tracking number there either (so for anyone who hasn’t received tracking it might be on the way). This wasn’t my favorite box but I really liked the jewelery box and wine stopper.

  20. This bracelet is so bad! It’s hard to sub to this knowing you will receive something you don’t like. The blue box is gorgeous though. I’m sure there will be 100 bracelets on swap. But it is a great deal and not sure I can resist. But does that mean subscribers will get two December boxes?

  21. Received this box today. I tried unsuccessfully to cancel my subscription before it was sent to me after I saw the review. I hate everything in this box. I wouldn’t pay $5 for all this stuff combined.

  22. Whoa. I’m glad I scrolled down to read the review and look at all the pics. I thought the lipsticks were wine-related items since they were pictured next to it. I love lipstick. Good old-fashioned lipstick, not gloss. The colors look super cute and I can’t wait to try them.

    I went to Stowaway Cosmetics website to see what else they offered and when you sign up for the Stowaway Kit and get the bonus 3 lipsticks, they don’t have to be the same colors you got in the box. You can mix and match and get any three or even three of the same color!!!

    The jewelry box is pretty. I don’t wear much jewelry but even if I did, I’m giving the box to my boyfriend. His father passed away a few months ago and he was given a few pieces of jewelry to remember him by. I think he would really like the color and style of the box and that it would keep his treasures safe and secure from harm or loss. We have cats and he’s known for putting things in random places.

    I don’t drink wine, but my sisters do, so whichever one I decide I like more will get it for Christmas. It’s lovely, though.

    Boyfriend will like the My Cup of Cake dessert. He is the chocolate fan in the house. I like buttery sweets so all chocolate goes to him. It would have been nice if they included a brand mug in the box. For a little extra expense, they could have received so much blog buzz and word of mouth advertising. I’m sure Jim will “complain” that the cake is too rich, but he’ll end up eating every bite. It would pain him too much to let perfectly yummy, warm cake go to waste.

    I agree with some of the ladies who dislike the chunky “Mr T” bracelet. Even when I was a little girl, I didn’t like that kind of look, even though it was style back then. I’m sure it’s cute on the right person, just not for me. I don’t have tiny wrists but my style is more bohemian and I don’t like the feel of metal on my skin. I don’t think any of my family or friends would like it so I might trade it or sell it.

    The tags and glitter tape are cute so I’ll use those. Although, I may be the nice aunt and let the kiddos have the tape for crafts.

    Thanks for the heads up. It’s always great to see your spolier alerts and read your reviews.

  23. Wow. I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I’m swapping the ENTIRE box. 🙁

  24. I love that the wine stopper matches the candle holders in the For her box! But that’s a lot of lip color, even for me!

  25. I’m glad you like your box. December box is not to my taste. I’m still waiting for my November box. I have contacted them three times. I didn’t even get a response back to second time I contacted them. I feel as though they keep giving me the run around. Response back I got back earlier this I still don’t know if they sent my November box. That was a lot of money for me to purchase the November box. Is too much to ask for them to say yes your box shipped out or no it didn’t but should by this date? I’m glad I cancel before I could be charged for December box since one I wouldn’t have been able to afford it and two this box is truly not to my taste at all and would not be able to use at least half the stuff.

  26. Anyone else have trouble with getting billed twice for December? I ordered 1 box and my order showed a quantity of 1, but then I got charged for 2. I have been emailing customer service for over a week and in the last correspondence they asked for a screenshot of my bank account to show I was billed twice. I sent it back on December 3rd and now they just stopped answering me! SO frustrating. I know they are busy with holiday orders but you can’t just leave someone hanging for over a week with no response when you’ve taken money out of their account that you shouldn’t have!

  27. I just got the following email:
    Hi there,
    Thank you for being such a valued Must Have subscriber! We can’t wait to share our December Must Have box goodies with you. If your subscription is set to auto-renew, your account will be charged no later than Dec 13. We are shipping all boxes via FedEx Home Delivery to ensure delivery on or before 12/24.

    We appreciate your understanding as we are working hard to fix billing delays and we apologize for any inconveniences we may have caused.


    POPSUGAR Must Have

  28. I still don’t have my tracking or shipment for my November box… is that normal? It’s been charged (about 2.5 weeks ago).

    • It looks like they’re having some charging/shipping delays on regular boxes right now. They sent an email saying all December boxes would be charged by the thirteenth and arrive by the twenty fourth so I would hope since you ordered your November box recently it will be charged within the same time frame. I would send an email if your aren’t charged by then.

      • I’ve been waiting for tracking since 11/17. Emails are being ignored.

    • I’m dealing with the same thing… I’ve been charged for both November and December and haven’t gotten anything yet… Not even a tracking number…
      Terrible service with this company so far

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