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POPSUGAR Must Have Special Edition Today Box Review


The POPSUGAR Must Have Special Edition TODAY Box is designed to be a Holiday Survival Kit, and it is curated by Lisa Sugar, and Hoda and Kathie Lee!


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


The Box: POPSUGAR Must Have Special Edition TODAY Box

The Cost: $75

The Products:POPSUGAR and NBC’s TODAY have joined forces to bring you the essentials to survive this holiday season. Total retail value $150+.

FYI – this box is still available for sale. Orders placed by the 18th will arrive by the 24th.


This box comes with a fold out card detailing the items included:




Found Goods Market Homestead Candle Special Holiday Edition – Value $23.50

POPSUGAR knows how to pick out holiday scented candles! (This is right up there with the Nest Birchwood Pine candle from the 2013 Neiman Marcus box for me!) I also love the brass mixed metal vessel design. Here it is without the label:




Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray (Travel Size) – Value $22

Oribe is one of those super luxe brands I absolutely love getting in subscription boxes. $22 for a 2.2 oz dry shampoo is a lot, so I like getting it at a discount instead! This spray smells amazing, and of course it works well too!


Olivia Palermo X Ciate London The Cheekbone Cheat Blusher Bronzer Duo in Seaside Park – Value $32

This packaging is gorgeous! So luxe – I love it! (Also I think it is fun that we have two items from The City stars in boxes this month!)


And even more importantly, the makeup is great too! The formula goes on so smoothly, and it is infused with oil-controlling bamboo extract. I’m happy with the pigment: it isn’t too much, so you don’t have to worry about a overdone clown look, and I found the colors to work well with my skin tone:



Barr-Co Fir and Grapefruit Bubble Elixir – Value $32

This is such a unique scent! I love the fir and grapefruit combo. You use 2-3 tablespoons per bath, so this should last a while too. I think a bath time relaxing product is a very appropriate addition to a holiday survival kit box!

More info on the formula: Made without parabens, sulfates or petrochemicals. This product is vegan


Govino Go Anywhere Wine Glasses – Value $22.95

I didn’t realize Govino products are now dishwasher safe!


And BPA-Free too! Not to be too dramatic, but when I saw Dishwasher safe on the packaging my first thought was, “this changes everything!”




I love the simple design of these glasses. And they have an indent for your thumb too:



Jacobsen Salt Co. Salty Caramels (4) – Value $3.50

My husband said these were very good (no surprise there), but just a head’s up that they are not soft caramels!


Knot + Bow Gift Tags – Value $4

We received these in blue in the December 2015 POPSUGAR Must Have Box, and they are a great basic to have for packages, so I’m happy to see them again.


ToGoSpa Rejuvenating Green Tea Eyes – Value $12.50

(Scents may vary)

These are another item we’ve seen in POPSUGAR before (from the January 2015 box). I would have preferred a new product instead, but I get that this box is in part for TODAY show viewers who are new to POPSUGAR, and these also tie in with the Holiday Survival Kit theme.

Verdict: This box has a value of about $152.50. That’s a little more than double the $75 cost, so I’m good with the value. I think they did a good job with items that fit the Holiday Survival theme, and a lot of the products I liked a lot more once I had them in my hands. My favorites are the candle, blush/bronzer duo, wine glasses, and bubble bath. (You know, just all the priciest items! 😉 )

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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!

Posted in POPSUGAR Must Have Box Reviews, POPSUGAR Must Have Box Spoilers, Subscription Box Reviews, Subscription Box Spoilers, Subscription Boxes for Women| Tags: POPSUGAR Must Have Box | 35 comments

Comments (35)

  1. I purchased this today for 49.95…great deal for this box!!

    • Me too! I even added the November box cause it was on sale for $19.95. ???

    • I just did too! I couldn’t believe it really. I was about to buy the bubble bath online, then remembered it had been in a popsugar box. Did a little research, and I couldn’t believe it was still available, and on sale! I only spent $25 more than I originally planned to spend on the bubble bath to get ALL that other stuff! ::pats back:: 😉

  2. For those of you who have received your box, did you get a tracking #?
    I ordered mine as soon as they went on sale and am still waiting for any notification about mine. Popsugar account still says “processing”…
    My For Her LE box is taking 12 days to get to me. So if this one ships like last time, I won’t be getting it until after Christmas. I don’t remember if this one was guaranteed before Christmas or not, but it said it was a holiday survival kit or something and at this rate it won’t be helping me survive the holidays, instead I’ll need something else to help me “survive” the waiting game of waiting for PSMH boxes…

    • I am in the same boat. I ordered mine on November 27 and it still says it’s processing with no tracking. I’m nervous because the FAQ’s say that it will ship in 5-7 business days and it’s been way more than that. I emailed [email protected] (their “support” email) and haven’t heard anything. You’re not the only one!

  3. Received my Today box just now. What a disappointment. Soglad I did not send it to a friend. Glasses are cheap looking,could do better at a dollar store, don’t think they would survive a dishwasher cleaning. Extra items not worth much. 4 carmels?? Gift tags, I may never use.

  4. I am so glad I went ahead and got this box! I loved everything in it. Sometimes things I get sit around since I’m not sure what to do with them. Everything here went to where it belongs to get used. Very excited about the wine glasses. We put in a pool last summer and have a strict no glass rule out there. We’d been using plastic wine glasses with stems but this will be much better!
    I do hope I like the LE Holiday box after reading the comments. My husband ordered it for me for Christmas so I’m trying hard not to read the spoilers. Some good surprises would be nice!

  5. Am I the only one who doesn’t see a whole lot of Kathy Lee’s or Hoda’s influence in this box? I can see it with the wine glasses, but with everything else I can’t. Not a bad box by any means, but if I had ordered specifically because I like the last hour of Today Show, I’d be disappointed.

  6. This was such a nice mix of items with an evenly distributed retail value. Plus all the items are immediately useable like you could take a bath, with your candles, wine and caramels while you wear the eye spa patches. I love boxes like that!
    The words dishwasher safe also make me do a happy dance!

  7. glad I bought the for her box and not this one. Most of the box was already given away in the spoilers, and I wasn’t that excited about it. I do love those wine glasses and have several. But I can just buy them and the bubble bath (the other thing I liked). Hope everyone who bought it loves it!

  8. My box arrived today–no card with the detailed items, no blush bronzer and my candle was dented. I was so disappointed! I sent a message to customer care, i hope they make it right. It’s the first time I’ve been let down by a box from Popsugar!

  9. I have those wine glasses and I love them! They are my go to ones because I’m not very coordinated and my dog has a long, coffee table height tail. No more breaking my crystal glasses with these. Toss them in the dishwasher and they’re all good. I’ve had them for like 8 months now, we use them about 2-3 times a week and they have held up really well, they aren’t all scratched up or anything.

    • the dishwasher killed mine! recommend hand washing if you have a hot dishwasher.

      • Thank you so much for the heads up!!!!!

  10. I SO wish I got this box instead of the “For Her” box!! Even though this box has repeaters in it, they are good items to repeat (and I wasn’t a subscriber then either!) I was truly disappointed in both the Neiman Marcas box & really disappointed in the For Her box. I subbed to every special edition they did this year sans the CDMA one & thought they out did themselves on each box and did better than the previous year’s. I so wish I could exchange…

  11. Great review Liz, I’m getting this box as a gift from a friend and I’m disappointed that three of the items have been in previous must have boxes. I know they targeted a new group the Today show viewers but the majority of their clientele are must have subscribers or former subscribers who only buy their limited edition boxes. They need to step up their curation on the limited edition boxes.

  12. I love those glasses! Word of warning, make sure your guests know they are reusable. I had a dinner guest help me “clean up” and he threw all of them away. I still want to cry when I think about it…

  13. There’s really nothing here for me – except maybe the candle (okay, and the caramels.) I didn’t get it but was hoping for some stuff to trade for. Oh well.

    • I’m glad to see I’m not the only one… I just received mine on Sunday.. Love the makeup, but Cargo have the exact same product that is water resistant that I have just received… I do love the dry texturing spray by Oribe.. It’s nice to have a smaller can to travel with & it is $22 for the travel size. But I am kinda a little let down by this box… (This is my first Popsugar box ever)….

  14. If they would’ve put the candle in the spoiler I probably would’ve jumped on this right away instead of the Holiday LE for Her box. Oh well… Still tempted by this one, and the LE Him box… Hopefully I can stay strong, my CC will appreciate it.

  15. This looks like a fun box – love the wine glasses! Instead of this, I got the Holiday for Her box, am and spoiler-free about its contents, but from reading comments here, it doesn’t sound like it’s as well curated. I hope y’all are just being extra picky. Please tell me you are! 🙂 Actually, I’m leaving town in one week, so I don’t think I’ll get my box before the holidays anyway, which is a bummer as it was my gift to myself.

    • It’s all so subjective. I didn’t care for the Holidays For Her box, but that’s just me.

    • I’m excited about the Holiday for Her box after reading the spoilers. It’s just a matter of taste and expectations.

    • I’m the same! I haven’t peeked at the spoilers, and the comments here make it seem disappointing 🙁 either way, I’m wrapping the For Her box and my Rachel Zoe and putting them under the tree for me from Santa (lol) so I’m just going to hope they’re good for me!

  16. This box feels like a giant repeat of things from previous boxes

  17. Hmm. My 12yo son was looking through my boxes last night for bubblebath. Was thinking I’ve never received bubblebath in a box before and now this today. Maybe trying to tell me something…lol

  18. Very excited that the glasses are dishwasher safe – I completely agree that “it changes everything”. and I wondered what that indent was for… so thank you pointing that out 🙂
    I’m excited for the candle and bubble bath! and the glasses too, just need to add the wine 🙂

    • Glad to know I’m not the only one who highly values dishwasher safe items! 🙂

      • That is great for wine glasses … I always end up having to wash them by hand (and normally if I’m drinking wine I would much rather just throw them in the dishwasher). This box is definitely tempting me to order. I am newer to popsugar so the repeat items are new to me.

  19. I wish I would have purchased this box instead of the holiday box. I like this much better!

    • Ditto. And for $25 bucks less dernit.

      • Points for use of the word dernit. 😀

      • 😉 Thanks!

    • Me too!

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