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POPSUGAR Must Have Box March 2016 Review + $5 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 – March boxes have sold out. If you sign up now, your first box will be the April box.

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)

Ships to: US via USPS

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.


Nanette Nanette Lepore Classic Rose Gold Watch – Value $55



Nanette Lepore is launching her new watch category this month called Nanette Nanette Lepore and partnered with POPSUGAR to create an exclusive design as a first look into the new collection. Watch for this new collection on later this month.

This watch has a beige vegan leather strap and a white enamel dial with rose gold roman numerals, hands and face. Battery included.

I know quality can vary on vegan leather, and I’m very impressed with the material quality of the strap. I love the beige coloring too – it almost looks ballet-slipper-pink against the rose gold accents.

And the detail on the rose gold dials is beautiful:


Here is the other side of the strap:


Also (let me know if I’m the only one who feels this way), but one reason I love POPSUGAR exclusives is when I see someone wearing a POPSUGAR item in public – and I think, “Yay! A fellow subscription box addict!”


Pixi by Petra Book of Beauty Minimal Makeup – Value $24

Yay for palettes! This one is described as everything you need for a “barely there” look, and I think the colors are perfect for spring. Here it is opened:


The set includes two highlighters, two cheek shades, and 4 eyeshadows. The pigment on these shades is good, but since the idea is “barely there” makeup, some of them don’t show up well on my wrist:


The highlighters and eyeshadows are the most pigmented, the blush and bronzer are a little more subdued.

I really like this set! Since it is a barely there/natural look palette, it’s something I’ll use every day, and I’m really loving the highlighter shades – a little goes a long way with those!


Miss Ivy Pearl Five Tassel Necklace – Value $38

(I can’t find this online, so I’m assuming it was made exclusively for POPSUGAR!)

Here is a closer look at the tassels:


(Good news – this necklace was shipped with the tassels sealed in plastic to keep them in form!)

And here it is on:


This isn’t a piece I would have picked out for myself, but I really like the beachy vibes of tassel colors! It should be good for layering, too.

And it’s a different style from anything we’ve received from POPSUGAR in the past!


Govino Go-Anywhere Carafe and Water Glass Set – Value $14.95

(This set is BPA-Free but not dishwasher safe.) Here is the set:


Each Govino piece has an ergonomic thumb-notch:


I think this is a great nightstand item or something to keep on hand for guests.


Hello Extra Whitening Fluoride Toothpaste – Value $4.49

I’ve sampled Hello before thanks to subscription boxes, and I really like their products!

If you aren’t familiar with Hello, their products are free from artificial sweeteners, dyes, artificial flavors, microbeads, triclosan, gluten, saccharin, and peroxide.

And I always need toothpaste, so I’m happy to get a stylish looking tube in a box!


Goodie Girl Cookies in Toffee Chaos – Value $5

And POPSUGAR’s streak of sending ridiculously good snacks and sweets in boxes continues! These are gluten and peanut free, and according to my husband, “FANTASTIC with coffee.”

No surprise – the bag is empty now.


My Lola First Box Free Coupon – $10 Value

My Lola is a 100% cotton tampon subscription service. Each card has a unique coupon code. Here are the redemption details:

Offer valid through 4/30/16. Valid on one-box orders only. New customers only. One per customer.

Verdict: This box has a retail value of about $142 – not counting the value of the My Lola free box. Considering how awesome the February box was, I think this is a great follow-up box! It has a nice spring vibe, and a good mix of stylish and practical items. I think my favorite item in the box is either the watch or the palette – both are so pretty!

What do you think of the March 2016 POPSUGAR Must Have box? What item are you most excited for?

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. Every month I debate whether to get this sub, then the full box reviews come out and I’m glad I did not.

    • I so agree!!! I saw the watch and thought it looked pretty nice. But there is absolutely nothing else in that box I would remotely want.

    • I’m the same way, there’s always one or two items that I’m like, “wow I’d love that, great box!” but then I see the rest and I lose interest.

      The watch and pallette are nice…the toothpaste and cookies would get used/eaten. I don’t drink wine at all and I find this box to be very heavy on wine items…and that necklace! What is that?

      The idea always seems so great to me but when its executed it never really appleals to me.

      • That carafe is for water at your bedside…

    • This is me, but I caved at the watch this month… didn’t notice that it said April when I checked out (was stress shopping) and now am so glad I’m not getting this month. Too bad I already paid for next month :/

      • I subscribed just a day after you on March 10, and I just got an email today saying that I’m getting March’s box first! I don’t know how I feel about this, because I was looking forward to April being my first month.

    • I totally agree! I like the carafe & glass, but I can’t eat the cookies due to Celiac disease, I don’t wear make-up and I think the necklace looks like a wearable cat toy. Total miss for me.

      • That’s a fabulous comment about the neclace, thank you.

      • It looks like the cookies are gluten free 🙂

      • The cookies are certified gluten free!

    • I totally agree. I felt sad when I saw that this one was sold out but now that I see the full details I am so happy I saved my money. I already buy Hello toothpaste so I guess it would have saved me from having to buy it next month but that’s about the only positive. The watch is fine but I have a big gold one I love and I know I wouldn’t wear this one enough to make it worth it.

      Also, remember how everyone thought that the clues were talking about tampons? I guess they were right 🙂

  2. I am actually really happy with this box…the watch is gorgeous, the pixi palette is right up my alley and I love the brand, the necklace really isn’t a hit for me but I need to see it in person to judge. Would be cute with one tassel, kind of over doing it with 5….the carafe and cup is awesome!! So I’m a happy camper…

  3. Great box! Not thrilled with the watch, but, it will make a great birthday gift for my MIL, so that works for me!

  4. Liz,
    Do you know when the Resort box ships out?

    • I think I remember it saying March 15th, on the website.. (back when it was being advertised) ?

      • Thank you!!

  5. I knew I was going to love the watch when the spoiler was released. The rest is just gravy.
    I’m not usually into non-glass products, but for the bedroom I think it’s wise.
    Those four outer tassels will be slid off the necklace and attached to the corners of a throw pillow. I use aqua quite a bit in my decor so they’ll be perfect.
    Who knows, maybe the necklace will be prettier with just one tassel?

    The Pixi is up for swap – it’s a wonderful palette but I have so many and only one lifetime to use them in.

    • I am thinking the same with the necklace….I might only leave the middle tassel on!! It’s cuter that way and I’d wear it!!

    • I just noticed there is no clasp on the necklace, it’s one piece!

      • You can still open up one of the loops on the chain and then close it back up after removing the extra tassels.

  6. I am so conflicted. I have been really looking forward to these great boxes since re subbing in early February. PopSugar has charged me for my 3 mo sub, and I recv’d an email confirming that I would start with that amazing Feb box…then nothing. No tracking, no boxes, no response so far to my emails to customer service. I want the boxes…but…not impressed at all with being charged and recv’g NOTHING. What’s the deal PSMH?!?

  7. Thanks for another great review. That said, I’m glad I held off on buying this box. The only thing I liked is the watch. Not a fan of Pixi and that necklace would be in a box somewhere.

  8. Looking at getting rid of mine

  9. Happy with this month except that necklace– those tassels remind me of embroidery thread packs that have been cut in half…

  10. The watch is a huge win for me and makes the entire box for me. Everything else is good, not great.

    The necklace is a hard no though haha

  11. The cookie ingredients on amazon are completely different than what’s listed on the Goodie Girl website… I was disappointed to see gelatin listed on amazon, so I checked the Goodie Girl website and don’t see gelatin listed there…

  12. Ughh!! I didn’t get this box and now I wish I did! I guess I’m going to try to trade for every item individually. especially want that necklace! And the cookies! And the watch!

    • You want mine?

    • Oh I’d be happy to trade the necklace!!!

    • I’m happy to swap my necklace! Let me know if you’re still interested.

    • You can have my necklace!!

  13. I was the kid that could never find anything with my name on it. This watch is total redemption! 🙂

    • That’s awesome for you! I couldn’t ever find anything with my name on it either so I know exactly how you feel 🙂

      • Me too, I think I gave up after the 3rd or 4th search when I was a kid-I was so confused why my name was NEVER there lol
        Side note-Is it weird that people have no issue talking about A Marina but almost never get my name right?
        Also, I just discovered a show w/ a char w/ my name who turns out to be total B of a villain!! At first I was like “oh no she’s so meek” then “yay she has spunk” and then finally “oh no i’m a B!!!” (bc same name=me or at least must compare)
        Anyone else have something like that happen to them?
        I’m totally curious now lol

        • My oldest (6) LOVES the name Marina…she has named several dolls Marina over the years but the name stuck for her favorite pink haired mermaid that she sleeps with every night 🙂

          • That’s awesome, I think I actually had a mermaid named Marina too! It was one of the paper ones where u picked the accessories and folded them on to her.
            Oh, there’s also a singer/group I found scrolling through a youtube feed called Marina and the diamonds, she pretty awesome. There’s even a line in “Hollywood ” where she says “…no its not Shakira, actually my names Marina” that I loved!

        • A few years ago there was a GORGEOUS shade of Buxom lip gloss (from Bare Minerals) called Marina. Of course it was limited edition… grrr

          • That’s awesome! I still have a reg one of their’s somewhere. What kind of color was it?

    • Haha, that’s so awesome! Enjoy it!

    • My name is Briar…I totally understand! Too funny!

    • Me, too! I was so sad, because I could never get anything! Now, with the surge of Britney/Brittany, I’ll occasionally see a “Britt” here & there. So, I’ll pick up a mini-license plate, or a keychain or mug, just because I can now! lol! It was tough being a “Britt” in the 70’s & 80’s! ?????

      • I hear you on the not finding stuff with your name on it. I was a kid in the 70s & 80’s and NEVER found stuff with my name. Now it’s a little more common, and I admit, even at over 40 I will buy stuff just because my name is on it AND spelled right! LOL

    • I totally feel you… literally nothing with my name. Ever. haha

  14. OMG, Love this month’s box, the necklace, watch, toothpaste and the Govino water set are a hit. I can gift the Lola coupon to my niece. Thanks for an in depth review, Liz.

  15. Ugh. The only thing I like are the cookies… and I’m supposed to be eating whole-food, plant-based. They hit it out of the park last month, and this one is a total dud.

    • Agree. Womp, womp.

    • I’m looking for the govino carafe if you are interested in swapping !

      • I’d be up for swapping something for my carafe.

  16. I am thrilled with this box! I saw the Pixi and immediately thought: NOT ANOTHER SHADOW PALETTE!!!! So relieved!
    I’m not crazy about the watch or the necklace (prefer silver), but realize someone who prefers gold, rose, would say the same if they were silver. Overall thrilled, good selection, and Hello toothpaste is a nice treat!

  17. I think this is my favorite box EVAH! I’ve been looking at neutral makeup palettes, but holding off in hopes in getting one in a box…and lo and behold this one comes. 2 pieces of jewelry too?! I love the watch! I like the necklace colors, not sure how I’ll like it on, but it’s cool and different. I’m even thrilled about the toothpaste! And finally a decent snack. I could not be more pleased!

  18. Ugh, glad I canceled before this box. Glad most of the people receiving it like it.

  19. This box is a home run for me. Already like the watch, love the carafe with glass plus the cookies. I like the idea of the casual necklace, if someone doesn’t like the necklace, maybe they can get rid of the tassels just by cutting them and use it as a plain chain or with their own pendant. The only thing I am not excited for, is the Pixi palette, only because I am swimming in makeup. I love popsugar subscription, definitely going to continue when it expires.

    • Cutting off the tassels is a great idea! I think they’re so ugly, but I can always use another chain!

  20. if anyone’s looking to get rid of theirs, let me know!! kitty_katty88 (at)

    • Are you looking to trade anything for items in the March box?

  21. Love everything except the necklace. I think I’m going to remove 4 or all 5 and make them into keychains for me and my friends. Yay for cheap jewelry findings at Daiso!

    • Love love love Daiso!

    • That’s such a great idea! I feel like this necklace was made from a window curtain or decoration pillow lol I’d feel quite odd wearing it. But to each their own 🙂

    • Great idea! I get fixated on thinking things should stay the way they were designed when I could just alter them.

  22. the necklace is not my style so its going up for swap, but the rest of the box looks good

  23. Wow!! Very excited about this box. The only thing I’m iffy on is this necklace, will need to see it person and try it on to really know. But even if I don’t love it, someone will. SUPER excited about the palette, which is the last thing I actually need but very much something I want. And Hello toothpaste is fantastic. Loved the sample in the Target box a few months back. Thrilled to get more.

  24. I meant to add toothpaste to my list of items I would like see in a sub box and here it is! The tampons! Way. Too. Funny! After all of us guessing on the theme!

  25. Funny how some love and some hate. I like the watch and the cookies but that’s about it. I already have one of those carafe things from the same company from the BB entertaining box, the necklace is too much for me as I like dainty smaller items and the Pixi is meh.

  26. I love the GoVino Carafe. I’ve recently been thinking about getting one (but it’s not something I’d normal want to spend money on). I love that it’s plastic for the bedside too! This whole box is a home run for me! The necklace i’m not positive about but I love that they chose a GF snack item!

  27. Points for the tampons! I wonder if that was their original intention or just because of our overwhelming response to their theme lol?!?
    Three way tie for how much I love the eaych/palette/glass with carafe!

    Honestly, PSMH is what I want in a subscription: beauty, lifestyle, goodies, and the occasional surprise item 🙂

    • *watch ?

  28. I ADORE this necklace. It’s so unexpected and unique. It’s a statement piece, while being casual enough for daily wear. I’m on board this month in a big way because I really did not expect both watch and jewelry and to have both be my style is like hitting the jackpot.

    • Totally on board with you! They’re both easy to wear and super on trend! Love!

  29. And Pop Sugar wins again! After the amazing February box and the really sad Spring FabFitFun box, I have been wondering about the March Pop Sugar box. I loved the watch when it was spoiled and I’m instantly drawn to the Pixi palette. The Go Vino set will get stored until I decide to use it or gift it. I like how Liz pointed out that the tassel necklace is beachy. I’m wearing a casual beachy dress today and it would go perfect with the tassel necklace. And toothpaste and cookies are always a great box addition. I got the shipping notice on my box yesterday and it will be here next week. I bought six months, starting with the December box. I will definitely be renewing this subscription as long as my remaining two boxes are decent

  30. Anyone want mine?

    • I’m interested Meredith! Send me an email at kitty_katty88 (at)
      I’m so disappointed I missed this box!!

      • sent you an email.

  31. I really don’t know what to make out of this box. The watch is pretty and the palette is really nice. I don’t like that necklace. At all. I’m not a fan of tassels to begin with, but I could live with a necklace with one. Not five. The toothpaste and the cookies don’t excite me. The carafe and glass is neat! That I like. I will not redeem the tampon coupon. So … I guess I just paid $40 for a watch, eyeshadow, and a glass. I’m a little bummed out. I loved last month’s box so hard! Maybe I would be liking this one more if I hadn’t started out my PSMH subscription with such a huge WOW last month?

    • I do not like the necklace. It has a “curtain tie-back” feel to it that just isn’t for me haha. I guess I will see if I like it more when I get my box. I love the carafe and glass though!

  32. So excited to see what’s in the box! I’m excited for the watch.

    I was just thinking that I’m surprised we’ve never had a serving pitcher or carafe type thing in a box before… and here one is. BUT how is it not dishwasher safe?!?! The glasses from the Today Show LE box are and they look almost identical to the one here. The fact that its not dishwasher safe completely takes the excitement out of it for me 🙁

    Overall looks like a good box though

    • I tried the flutes and they warped.

  33. I love it! The watch alone is worth the cost of the box. The necklace is definitely not something I would buy, but it’s very spring/summer and I’m excited to try it out. I never use eyeshadow, but I’ll give the pixi palette a try. I’m also excited about the Govino as I’ve never received any of the PS boxes that had them, win for me!

  34. Wow. I think box is so good. Three months in a row of great boxes!

  35. This has to be the best subscription box I have ever received…..EVER!!! the only bad thing about that is now I’m scared they won’t be able to top that! Lol

  36. I can’t wait to get this box!!!! I will use all items inside!!!! PS has been going strong on the boxes this year!!! Can’t wait to see what is inside the Resort Box, hoping the LE boxes are better this year!!

  37. LOVE LOVE LOVE x1000! I can’t wait to get my hands on this. PS is back on a hot streak for me since the December box. The necklace is not my style but I want to see it in person to decide. In love with this watch. The rest is icing on the cake. XOXO

  38. I’m not that all impressed Lat months box was awesome however I think the watch and the cookies look awesome

  39. I can’t wait to receive my box. Pop sugar has not disappointed me since I signed up in December. 🙂

  40. I’m actually pretty happy with this box. The only thing i really don’t like is the necklace (so i’ll probably put that up for swap). While i like the eyeshadow palette i have so many already but i do enjoy the colors.

  41. Really really dislike the necklace. Not super thrilled about the box this month. Nothing in it that makes me super excited to get it.

    • I’m sort of in your camp on this. Yikes. The way to redeem the necklace I would say would be to remove 4 of the tassels.

  42. PopSugar hit it out of the box again. My Daughter and I will be fighting again over who goes first in the schoolyard pick over this box. We really need to start buying two boxes :(.

    • mine will go up for swap. can’t believe I paid full price for this :/ hopefully one person’s dislike is another person’s like 😀

  43. Love this box and I cant wait to receive, mine is supposed to arrived this weekend. I am so excited about the govino set.

  44. Love. love. love. love. LOVE! 🙂

  45. All I want is the cookies. 🙁

  46. Looks awesome!! Can’t wait to get mine!! Love PSMH!!

  47. I tried to avoid the spoilers but I couldn’t lol. I have no willpower at all. Unfortunately I hate the necklace and wish the govino carafe was actual glass. I love the watch though, the cookies look delicious and I love Pixi products, but not very sure about those colors for me. It looks like an excellent box for $24! I just don’t seem to get PS’s spoiler themes, this doesn’t really say illuminating or vibrant to me. I guess refreshing could be the Govino carafe or maybe illuminating is the pixi makeup.

  48. OH MY GOD IT REALLY IS TAMPONS. Anyone else disappointed that they don’t glow in the dark or vibrate?

    • I’m not sure how I would feel about vibrating tampons… XD

    • That’s exactly what I said!!! Too. Funny. XD

  49. I’ll buy this box off of someone please!!

    • You can buy mine. It is supposed to arrive Monday.

    • Anyone who would like to buy mine, e-mail me at lunajumper at Thanks!

  50. God I’m a piggy. 5$ bag of cookies? Yep, that’s enough for a 40$ box to be instantly worth it!

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