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POPSUGAR Must Have Box December 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 – 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 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.


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:


(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?

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. I have child-sized wrists, and I have never (not once, in 28 years) found a bracelet that wouldn’t fall off. This will be going up on the swap board, even though it pains me to do so, it’s such a beautiful piece fitting with my style 🙁

  2. I love those lipstick colors, but they’re not available on the stowaway beauty site 🙁

    • Their available now. ?

    • Their there now?

  3. MUSTHAVE5 coupon does not work

  4. I had been holding off my decision on the PSMH sub.. just watching the reviews.. this one decided me! I LOVE the blue leather box.. the others on their site are bigger and more expensive, this one is just right and easily worth the price with the $5 code for your first month. Everything else here is gravy for me and it’s some darn nice gravy. I also adore mini lipsticks as I never use up a full size before I’m moving on to a new favorite color.. minis are perfect for me! Everything else here is either usable or giftable.. so I’m in. I signed up last night and received an email very quickly showing that my first PSMH will be the Dec box and it will arrive by Xmas. {happy squeal}

  5. I just can’t see the bracelet working out for me. The chunky link chain looks like “Mister T’ jewelry on my petite arms

    • I thought I was the only one who thought Mr. T!
      The jewelry box is beautiful, but not worth my buying the box with other things. I already got the LE box which I’m waiting for…

    • I agree! Although I think I’d have been able to wrap my mind around this bracelet if it had been all one tone (especially if it was the rose gold tone, as that is really a current “must have” now). The mixed metal just looks a little cheapo on such a chunky piece … in my opinion! Maybe I’ll feel differently when I see it in person. I tend to be the.last.person to receive every box. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again — I wish they’d use a better shipping service than the Smart Post. I’d even pay extra for upgraded shipping! 🙂

    • Actually, it reminds me of a dog choker…..

  6. I bought this for myself with a $10 gift card from a friend and I can use or gift everything in it.

  7. I am pretty in love with this box. I had been thinking that I would either buy a Black Friday deal or cancel if there wasnt one, and I am so glad I didnt cancel yet!

  8. I still haven’t been charged for my box! Is that normal?

    • Me neither! I contacted PSMH and all they could say was that I will be charged soon and that my box will be here by Christmas.

      • Same here! I have emailed them twice. I love this box and really want to make sure I get one! It’s VERY unusual to not be billed this late. Usually mine ship around now.

  9. Aww, sad, hate to admit, but I don’t really like anything from the box. : (
    Last year’s December box was so- good!

    • I agree! This definitely doesn’t live up to last year’s December box 🙁

    • If you already got this box (or was billed for it) can you please post your Stowaway coupon code. I would love to get it if you aren’t going to use it. Thanks!

  10. I was hoping that after last year I would use this box as a birthday present for myself. I never wear bracelets, and I don’t drink. Oh well, lots of gifts! =D

  11. I’m excited! I think I’ll like the bracelet more in person. Liz — do you think any of the add-ons on Lacquer Jewelry’s site would fit in the jewelry box… like one of their trays? Hmm.

    • Oops! That’s not the brand name. 😛

  12. Is the tiny prints code generic? I am ordering xmas cards but I haven’t gotten tracking yet for my box.

  13. Wow, I love this box! I didn’t like November at all and practically listed the whole thing. The bracelet is totally my style (although I rarely get to wear them because I’m a preschool teacher) and I am really into the blue jewelry box. The wine stop can be a gift and the cake will be my midnight snack sometime this month 🙂 Oh and the tags and tape will make gift wrapping fun. Can’t wait to get my box, been disappointed since August.

  14. Not a fan of this box, thank you for saving me $40 because I was able to cancel it before it got charged. Not even interested in swapping the stuff. Bummer because I was looking forward to awesome holiday boxes but maybe I am just getting burnt out of subscription boxes. I have a huge box of just stuff from the last few months worth so I think I need to start using up that before I get more.

  15. I thought that I received tracking info for this box today. But upon further investigation, I discovered that it’s actually for the LE For Her box (est delivery 12/16. Too far away!) And I, like almost everyone else, still haven’t been charged for my regular box.

  16. None of these items fit my personal taste, but i can use these all as gift giveaways on Christmas for my employees and I’m sure all of them will be thrilled!

  17. I like this box, and will use everything. I especially like the jewelry box, the little lipsticks, and the cake mix. I’m easy to please, though: I usually find at least $40 worth of enjoyment in my PS boxes. I’ve had my favorites, but haven’t been seriously bummed about any of them in the past year.

  18. I’m not impressed with this box, glad I went with the LE Her box instead (Still waiting to see more spoilers!). I think I’m a minority here, but I’ve loved there past few boxes way more than this one. The only thing I’m tempted by in this box is the Lip Sticks, but it’s not worth purchasing the whole box for it.

    If January spoilers are good I’ll probably Re-Sub, for now I’m toying with ordering the LE Him box after seeing reviews.

  19. Not sure why, but this box really isn’t doing anything for me. :/
    The bracelet is not my style at all. Nothing about it is appealing and the trip-color scheme looks weird to me. I’m not OCD by any means but it makes me cringe.
    The box is okay…except I love the glass jewelry box from the NM box last year and the nice tray that they sent in the Fall LE box this year, in comparison this little leather box again seems on the cheap side.
    Lip sticks look nice and I’m glad that there are several different colors to try out.
    Bottle stopper will be gifted. Meh.
    Tape is something my little girls will LOVE to use during arts and crafts.
    Name tags are cute and I’ll use them.
    Mug cake…do people buy these things? Seriously, they’re so easy to just make on your own that I can’t imagine that this one is going to be more spectacular than one I can make on my own for probably $.50 worth of ingredients.

    I’m feeling underwhelmed by this whole box.

    • Something to keep in mind: last year’s NM box and this year’s Fall LE box were both more than twice the price of this regular subscription box. So it should be expected that the items in the regular subscription box are going to have a lower value.

  20. I just cancelled, hopefully it goes through before i get charged. I actually like the braclet, but not enough to pay for the box. The jewelry box is nice, but realistically i do not need it. Same with the wine stopper. I was really on the fence whem I first saw it, but the lipsticks were what pushed me to cancel, i wouldnt wear any of them. I am pretty disappointed because the box theme sounded so great : (

  21. Isn’t it funny how vastly tastes differ? I thought for sure there would be praises upon praises for this box.

    I am in LOVE with this box!! I haven’t been as in love with a PSMH box since last December! It’s also the first time since then that I’ll actually use everything in the box. (Except maybe the bottle stopper, since we don’t drink. Bummer though, because it’s gorgeous!)

    I’m SO happy to get non-dainty jewelry for once! Although I like the look of the dainty pieces, they don’t work on me since I am not daintily sized (big bones AND overweight.) I just hope the bracelet fits because I love it.

    • Tamara I also loved this box! I’ve been so-so with the past several boxes but jumped on their 6 month subscription deal. I was surprised to get December, but I’m so glad I did! This box felt very fancy and wintery. I wear the bracelet almost every day and feel super fancy, the blue box went into my jewelry cabinet as bracelet storage, lipsticks to my sister, and the tags and tape were used to wrap presents. The tape has a lot of cuts in it though so you can’t use very long pieces.

      I was shocked to see how many items from this box were up for swap! 380 of the bracelets–I would love more bracelets!

  22. love Love LOVE that blue/mint keepsake box!!! That’s it, though. I wish I could sign up and tell them, “Just send me a few of those boxes… none of that other stuff!”

  23. Thankfully they have delayed billing me this month so I just cancelled my subscription. NOTHING in the box interest me, but I am glad others like some if not all the items!


  25. I had enough friends sub that I’m supposed to get this box free so I’m glad to get a lot of things I’ll use! The only thing I’m not sure about is the jewelry box but it’ll make a cute gift or a reason to change up my decor as long as it’s mint! Thanks for the review!!

  26. lol that is one ugly bracelet! Love the rest though, and am really glad I resubbed for this one.

    • Haha the bracelet is pretty fugly, but like you, I like everything else and am glad to have re-subbed (I almost didn’t because I was pouting about the lack of Black Friday deals).

    • Totally agree! It looks like a super cheap bracelet that has the gold wearing off, not intentional ombré. The rest of the stuff I need like a hole in the head. bottle stopper? No, have too many already and only ever use one at a time. Blue box, no, not in my color scheme, or anyone I know plus I’m still saying to figure out who to pawn off that blue clock too from the NM box.
      Maybe can use the lipsticks but I went crazy with colorpop and bite on Black Friday and have lipsticks for days. *sigh* too late to cancel for me. It’s been mailed.

      • Those clocks are in high demand on the swap boards (last I checked.) If you sign up and list it, I have little doubt you’ll be able to swap it for something you actually like.

  27. I cancelled my box immediately after reading this review.
    Don’t get me wrong, it’s a perfectly good box – for someone else.
    I wear dainty jewellery and pale pink lipstick, so that’s two big ticket items going begging. I have enough bottle stoppers and pretty boxes to last a couple of lifetimes. Even these rather lovely offerings would be looking for a good home.
    I like the glitter tape.

    If I wasn’t quick enough and end up receiving this box anyway, there’ll be rather an uptick in my swaps listings.

    • Girl, we should hook up. I can’t wear delicate jewelry and prefer bold or red lip color. We should just clean out our closets and ship them to each other. LOL

  28. I think I like the bracelet and I do like the jewelry box and the coffee mug chocolate thing. This is next second month of not receiving PS since I cancelled, and I’m okay with that.

    December will be my last Little Lace Box and I might resubscribe to PSMH at some point. Not sad to miss this box though. Last year they ended up having a deal on the December box that made it $20 or $25. I would def resubscribe if there was some kind of a good deal.

    • Have you been liking LLB? I’ve been SO disappointed (i signed up for 3 months, and this is my last month). I feel like I missed out on all of their good boxes, and they’ll probably be even better once my sub runs out. Ugh!

  29. I am beyond frustrated with PopSugar Must Have. I ordered my first box last month (November) and it somehow got lost between when they created the label (on 11/11) and the pickup from their warehouse. They blame it on Fedex but it appears to never have been picked up. They said they would give me a credit for the December box, which I thought was odd they couldn’t replace November even though I initially contacted them weeks ago. I do not like the items in the December box and would have much preferred the November one. I feel like the overall experience was less than enjoyable not to mention I still have yet to receive anything. Would not recommend!

    • Same for me! I’m pretty sure I will never get the November box and I don’t like December’s. Worst part was, mine was a gift for someone who’s expecting it. I ordered on Nov 4th…..

    • The exact same thing happened to me. I ordered the November box specifically based on the spoilers. Their solution was to offer me a “free” box in December. But since I had paid for a box I never received, this would be a substituted box, not a free box. I said as much in my response to them. Then I got an email saying my issue had been resolved but never addressing the fact that they didn’t send me what I ordered and replaced what I wanted with something I never ordered, misleadingly calling it free.

  30. Oh geez, I really don’t like this box. I just canceled before they charged. Hope that actually works. Thank you for posting!

  31. I might be in the minority here but this box really isn’t me at all. Well at least the biggest items, like the bracelet, jewelry box, and wine stopper. I guess they might work for gifts and I am really happy with the other items in the box like the lipsticks, cake, and tape all of which will be used! You can’t win them all, but I’m glad others are so happy about this one 🙂

  32. What a coincidence– after reading through here I checked my email and saw my shipping notification– maybe now everyone else will start to get theirs too.

  33. Cute box for someone else but I’m echoing a lot of others when I agree that it’s not for me. The cake mug looks good but trying not to eat that stuff anyway. The star tape is cute. But the chunky bracelet’s too weird for me and the jewelry box just seems like a specific color that won’t go in many homes. Meh, I’m glad I canceled a while back. It seems like they’re trying though and that’s always a good thing.

  34. nice box, but doesn’t make me miss my popsugar subscription. I guess i will continue to hold off for now.

  35. Great box! The only thing I don’t love is the bracelet. The jewelry box will be perfect with my decor. I’ll gift the wine stopper and the soufflé. The tape and labels are useful. Between this and the Mens LE I think PSMH is having a great month. I hope the Women’s LE is as well curated.

  36. AH. I do admit this is a wonderfully curated box. Well done PSMH! But with that, it’s not my taste so I am glad I didn’t order this one. However, I’m so glad to see such a great box and can’t wait for next month!

  37. Great box but not for me. I don’t drink wine so I won’t use the stopper. Those lip colors don’t work for me. I prefer nude/light pink shades. Not a big fan of bracelets, rather have a necklace. Feel eh about the jewelry box. However I will use the tape and tags and will definitely make the cake! Oh well! Subscription boxes are a risk and sometimes it just doesn’t pay off. Can’t wait to see what they come up with next!

  38. I agree with Liz, this box does feel special and it looks like the best box PopSugar has had in a while. The last several boxes have felt like a mishmash of, well, junk that people wanted to get rid of. But this box seems like really thoughtful items that I’ll be thrilled to keep, or that will make lovely gifts. And I love it when the boxes fit a visual theme. These items together all look crisp and wintry with a hint of sparkle–a great December box!

  39. I have yet to be charged for December as well. I feel like it might have had something to do with all the extra boxes they’re doing this month. I really hope they bill us soon so shipping can begin! But it looks like I’m going to be giving most of my box away as gifts.

  40. I think I’m in the minority but I hate this box. I cancelled since they did not charge me yet, hope it goes though. The box seems like just a box without dividers, lip stick I have soo many already, the bracelet is too big for me as I love dainty jewelry and I have small wrists. Oh well I could use some extra money for holiday shopping.

    • I totally agree with you, don’t like this box. I love the lipstick colors and the chocolate cake, you really can’t go wrong with chocolate lol. Glad I didn’t sign up for December.

    • I agree, I do not like this box at all! I buy these for ME and not for gifts! lol. That bracelet is just tacky to me, I wish I had someone to give it to! I’ll try the lipsticks though and the cake. The rest will just go into the gift pile in hopes that I will find someone who likes it.

  41. Hands down my favorite ever PopSugar box to date.

    I am so excited about getting it. I’ll use EVERY item (a first for me from a PopSugar box I believe).

  42. I think this’ll be one of my favorite boxes! Looking forward to the lip products and jewelry box, although that bracelet is definitely going on ebay.

  43. The lipsticks look gorgeous. I wish Birchbox would start carrying this brand.

  44. I have nothing to be upset about with this box except for the fact I haven’t been charged for it and it hasn’t shipped. Hopefully it comes before Christmas because I could definitely get a couple gifts out of it as well as some things for myself! Love it!

    • Uh oh. I hadn’t been charged for mine today and I figured I somehow had signed up in November for a single purchase only when my card info changed. So I bought one today. I better go change my info so I don’t get charged again.

      • I haven’t been charged yet either and my account is always charged the first business day of the month too. That’s weird that so many haven’t been charged yet. Am I right? I hurried and cancelled when I saw this box-not for me. Hopefully I won’t be charged now!

  45. I love that bracelet !!! I normally wear white gold/silver jewelry so this will match. It’s great that it will match whatever your preference is. I also really like the jewelry box and wine stopper. Thanks for the review Liz !

  46. i haven’t even gotten my tracking number yet. as a matter of fact, i haven’t even been charged yet 🙁

    there is no shipping update on the LE box for her either. very disappointing if they don’t arrive before christmas.

    • I JUST got my shipping confirmation – FINALLY! Should arrive next week…

    • I just got a tracking email for my Holiday for Her box, so keep an eye out!

      I am pretty disappointed that they claimed they would ship by the 2nd, then the 4th, and it appears that my box didn’t ship until the 5th, but at least it’s on its way (finally)!

    • I never received an e-mail with my tracking number for the LE box but I went into my account and selected Purchase History and was able to obtain the tracking number that way. I also haven’t been charged for December yet…

  47. This looks like a fantastic box! I like mixed metal pieces, in part because they serve as great “transition” pieces from one metal to another – like from gold earrings to a silver necklace, or something like that.

  48. I’m not sure about the bracelet – I’m (ahem) big-boned – but I really like everything else. The jewelry box will actually go really nicely with my bowl and bud vase from the GlobeIn bedroom box.

    • It looks like the bracelet has some extra links so you can size it! Hopefully it works for you!

      • Sweet!!! Good to know. I was concerned about its length.

  49. That’s crazy that you got your box already, I haven’t even been charged for mine yet. Hopefully I get it before Christmas bc a couple of items would be perfect gifts.
    I think I’m most excited about the bracelet and the chocolate cake! 🙂

  50. Bummer! I held out buying one after they didnt offer a black friday deal. That only lasted until all the chatter about the druzy necklace. So I ordered. Now hugely regretting doing so. :/

    • But Liz! Thanks for the review. So fast too! Appreciate all you do!

    • What druzy necklace?

      • There was a bunch of chatter about a druzy necklace after PS posted an image on instagram. A lot of people assumed it would be in the box. So I jumped at it. I just don’t have enough space for all these trays and boxes and things that I have been getting. Though very pretty they are!

        • Ahh, ok – thanks 🙂

          • actually, looks like it was someone from PS – @BrandiMilloy

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