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POPSUGAR Must Have Box June 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.

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

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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!

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

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Ridley Games Who Am I? – Value $13

POPSUGAR is the best at finding games that have great packaging design! (See also the Bingo set from the November 2015 POPSUGAR Must Have Box.)

How gorgeous are these cards?

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The game is simple enough – you start reading out the clues for a person, and see who can guess first. (Points vary depending on how many clues you need to get the right answer.)

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It’s a compact game and seems like it should work well for all ages.

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Hat Attack Neutral Diamond-Printed Sarong – Value $58

This sarong measures 42 inches by 78 inches, and it is 100% cotton, and super lightweight! This was the spoiler item for the box, and POPSUGAR sent out an email with different ways to style it:

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It looks great on the model, but I think I’m going to being using this as a scarf only!

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The neutral colors make this super versatile for me, too. Here it is on:

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(We could not get Buckles to look at the camera!)

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Pacifica Underarm Deodorant Wipes – Value $9

These wipes seem like the perfect summer travel item! They’re really refreshing, and if you like coconut scents, I’m pretty sure you will love these.

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NCLA Born on the 4th Nail Lacquer – Value $16

I love that they included a 4th of July item in the June box – plenty of time ahead! You can wear this alone with a few layers, or apply it as a fun top coat. Here is one swatch so you can see the glitter coverage:

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Pressels Sriracha – Value $1.29

Well, the tradition of POPSUGAR finding the best snacks continues! I couldn’t sample these because I avoid gluten but my husband Eric is always happy to help taste testing with POPSUGAR boxes! He took one bite and immediately said “Fantastic!”

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Now we just have to figure out where to buy more of these!

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Sisters of Los Angeles Cheers Gold Bottle Opener – Value $12

We’re not in need of any more bottle openers, but I have a soft spot for all things gold, so this will go into the rotation!

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Knock Knock Are You Ready (For Your Close-up?) Compact – Value $10

This compact mirror has a regular side and a magnified side:

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This is one of those items I’m not particularly excited about, but I’ll throw it in my purse and I know I’ll use it.

Verdict: This box has a retail value of about $119. At first glance at the spoilers I wasn’t too excited about this box (with the exception of the sarong), but after trying all the items, I know I’ll use everything, and I really love my new sarong(scarf)! I think the theme on this box is a little harder to detect than in some of their other boxes, but in general, it seems like a good box for summer travel/fun.

What do you think of the June 2016 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. This is just a great box and a great value. I almost never love everything in the box, but what I don’t love, I can give away and that’s fun too.

    My last two boxes have arrived as if they were packed by throwing the items from a great distance into the box. Everything was a jumbled mess with the card in the middle, sticker out of whack, tissue and bubble wrap kind of shoved into each box, rather than being wrapped. I was happy to see that this one arrived packed nicely.

    I loved the game (have already used it on a road trip), loved the sarong/scarf and loved the deodorant wipes (which I didn’t even realize were a thing, but have them in my gym bag and will never go without them again). I wasn’t as crazy about the bottle opener or the mirror, but I will give those away.

  2. Hey, it may not be THE most exciting PSMH box of all time but I really liked it once I got it… All great and useful summer items! Yeah you could go get them yourself but I’m a person who doesn’t have time or who just won’t go do that, so I love it when I get these boxes! #boxfreak #subboxlife

  3. This the first month of my sub, I got in on the discount deal but am purposefully ignoring the may box. The sarong/scarf is lovely but the compact? Looks more like a freebie for ipsy. Hopefully it will get better or this is a one and done for me.

  4. I was really excited when I saw the spoilers b/c I saw the pacifica wipes at Target and wanted to try them for after workouts. When I saw they were going to be in this box I held off on purchasing. I was disappointed when I finally received the box and my Pacifica wipes were a horrible coconut milk and kale extract (heavy on the kale) that smelled terrible. 🙁 Since my box usually ships later in the month, It makes me wonder if they ran out of the first round of wipes and had to sub the second scent. Anyone else receive this scent?

    • I just got my box on Friday and received the same scent as Liz from what I can tell anyways… coconuty. But I do remember seeing a comment somewhere about someone else getting the kale scent (they didn’t like the kale smell either) – maybe it was on the PSMH June Full Spoilers comments?

    • I got the same kale one. It’s… not good. I love the idea of the wipes but the acrid scent of the coconut/kale made it impossible to try!

  5. Those pressels are amazing! Anyone know where to get the sriracha flavor? I’ve looked on Amazon and their website but they don’t have this flavor listed. I need more!!!

  6. So glad I cancelled after this box…..used to love, love, love getting my PSMH every month. No longer. This box did it for me – I pulled the plug. Truly I ended up with a scarf & a bottle opener. The rest – not appealing in the slightest. Taking the game to work & leaving it in the break room, along with the polish & the dollar store mirror. Really disappointed.

  7. Finally gave in and read the review even though they are all spoilers for me ! Everything is great and I wish I had it in my hands! My biggest gripe with popsugar is the slow shipping !!! I received the email that they were thrilled to inform me my box was on the way 2 weeks ago! It’s scheduled to be delivered this coming Monday. I go on vacation Saturday. Extremely disappointed I won’t have these items for vacation. Would have loved that game on the road trip. Frustrated.

  8. I always avoid the spoilers too. I have never had a PopSugar box that disappoints. Some as aren’t as exciting as others but I will use everything in the box, either to keep or gift. My favorite sub box every month!

  9. I went spoiler free and received this box just before a cookout on Saturday. It was perfect! I used the sarong as a tablecloth for the drink table (but love your idea about the scarf-clever!!) The bottle opener is awesome and used to open drinks all day. I put the pretzels out with other chips and dips. The wipes were set outside for guest to use because it was crazy hot. I sat the game out too but I don’t think it is my style. I loved the box and felt it was put together really well.

  10. I forced myself not to look at spoilers to see if I would get excited! I love the sarrong and will use it as a scarf too. The color is great because it is a neutral. I wish they would put directions on how this could be tied in different ways.
    Game is new ! Will give it as gift to younger college kids…….myself I’m a bingo gal. Anyone want to trade a bingo game from pop sugar? I gifted one at Christmas white elephant and it was a hit. Now wish I had one. Pretzels will be swapped. I’m gluten free. Bottle opener is a nice size so I won’t lose it. Will put it on the boat !
    Mirror is useful and something to put in purse. Like the large side !!!!!! Nail polish is fun! This is something I wouldn’t buy and will try it for the fourth! Will travel with the wipes. Clever box for summer.

    • I’ve actually seen the same bingo set on sale at Target! It’s in the novelty section near the greeting cards.

    • I have a bingo set untouched if you are interested, I already had the card game from this box though….

      • I am still interested in the bingo game.

  11. Oh boy! when did this sub become so boring? I don’t like anything but the sarong which I will also use as a scarf (but I have enough of those already). Secondly, IMHO, makeup items and edibles should stay out of a lifestyle box (just saying).

  12. I’m moving and I had cancelled the subscription with a plan to do a 6-month starting in June today but I have to say I’m really not excited by this box. I think I’d use some of the items and would have been ok getting it but I don’t know…

    The sarong/scarf does look cute though!

  13. I had just tried to find a bottle opener in my kitchen the other day!!!!
    Definitely a better box in hand than in pictures!!!!!!

  14. After I got my box, I found that I liked it much better than it looked like it was going to be! I love the sarong as a scarf/shawl. … It came today, I had been sick for most of the day. My 15 yr old son and I had fun playing with the game – even though we were slightly silly. We generally had a good time together. Makes the box priceless!

  15. I got my box today and went spoiler-free so I would be surprised when I opened it. I was somewhat underwhelmed – I even thought something was missing, and checked the insert, but nope.

    I think the little mirror is cute and so is the bottle opener. I don’t really see myself using the sarong and I have too many scarves to use it as that.

    The 4th of July polish is cute, but I don’t love it because I will only get one use out of it all year. The wipes smell good and I’ll use them, but they’re obviously not exciting.

    • The polish would also work for memorial day and veterans day

  16. My box came today and I think I like it! I definitely like the sarong. SO pretty!! And it easily wraps around me, which I was a little concerned about. It’s really light, but I think that’s appropriate for its summery purpose.

    The game is less fun than I had hoped and I’ll certainly be putting the polish up for swap. But I misplaced the compact I kept in my purse, so that’s handy, and I imagine the wipes also be useful.

    Thank God, I love the sarong. Otherwise, this box would have been a bust.

  17. I know I am in the minority but this is my fav PSMH box of the whole year! Also, we love seeing pics of you, Liz!!

    • Me too!! I LOVED it!!

  18. Just got my box, and while I must say I wasn’t completely happy when I saw the spoilers, seeing the actual box really made me happy! I love the sarong! It isn’t something I would purchase myself just looking at the price but having it part of this box was super! I needed one badly for going to the pool, and I will definitely get a lot of use out of it! The nail polish is great and something I will be using on my toes for an extra sparkle! The underarm wipes have good reviews, so I’m looking forward to using those. The compact will go in my beach bag and the Pressels look delicious. I love they include snacks I wouldn’t normally purchase but able to try them. The only two items I’m not too crazy about is the bottle opener (but something I need since we don’t have one…how is that?) and the game, which will go into my gift bag (gifts to give out!). Overall, it was a pretty nice selection and I love it all!

  19. This was my last box. I honestly think I could go to TJ Maxx & put together better boxes for far less $. I may ordr the special edition boxes, but that’s it for me.

    • Oh! Forgot to mention, great pic of you & your pup!

  20. the best part of this review was the picture of you Liz. You are stunning. (and of course we love Buckles)
    Yes time to update the profile pic 🙂

    • I never post comments here although I religiously follow MSA, but I had to second the comment above. Love your pic, Liz!!

  21. I was a bit disappointed when I first saw the reviews….but after opening this box I love it! The sarong even fits my 2XL large and in charge behind! Or I can wear it as a scarf! The game will be fun for games around the holidays, wipes always come in handy! And the best part….the mirror…I can now pluck my chin hairs much easier in the car…when I feel that super corse black one that sprouted up from no where! Well done Popsugar! Also the nail polish is fun for the 4th! And you and Buckles look great Liz!!

    • “the mirror…I can now pluck my chin hairs much easier in the car” – exactly my reaction! LOL!

    • ? where do those dang hairs come from?!? I swear I will check one day and there’s nothing and then boom the next day a #%^*% quarter inch long hair is dangling from my chin . ?

      I’ll be using that sarong as a wrap. Just about every dress I own is black and it’ll make a nice contrast

  22. I would love this box! It’s got a ton of useful, fun items for me. Someday you will be mine Popsugar. Someday.

  23. I cancelled after my 6 month subscription from December, (and the double December boxes, arrrgh still irritated) ran out, and I have to say I am a happy camper. I might try and get the card set on a swap, it looks like fun. PopSugar will have to go a long way to win me back.

    • I completely agree. I cancelled in January and happy I did.
      I will stick with the FabFitFun box for my big monthly (or quarterly) subscription box.

  24. The so-called “sarong” really should have been presented as a Spring or Summer scarf. Being thin, the model can certainly pull it off but it even looks kind of skimpy on her (I know, it’s a SARONG!). I should be able to work this as a HANDKERCHIEF! lol

    • I figured they heard as complaining about so many scarves in the box so they just decided to call it a sarong and hoped we wouldn’t notice.

  25. Only thing i like is the sarong worn as a scarf , great idea ! And BTW love seeing you in review , I thought you were blonde from your profile pic so didn’t know that was you or a model ! You are very pretty. And Buckles looks like my toy poodle Jake , so so cute. Anyhow…
    This is one box I’m glad I missed out on. But can’t wait to see next months.?

  26. Great review and the sarong as a scarf looks better than an actual sarong. I’m looking forward to receiving. Also, it good to see you wearing the products in the reviews.

  27. I’m even more excited for the box now. The game is right up my alley and I like that all you need to play is the cards; easy and hassle free. Everything else fills a need I didn’t realize i had (i.e. magnifying mirror for tweezing my brows), don’t have a bottle opener. All in all, great box for me.

  28. I think all the items are pretty neat, BUT not for me. I’m a patient kinda gal so I will wait for the next box before I think to cancel. lol The sarong is sooo not “me” but maybe it will swap well? The game might get used one bored day with friends or family over, the deodorant wipes are a total fail for me, the compact will go in my bag with my MAC one and the nail polish i will actually try out. 🙂

    I just jumped up to lifestyle boxes this month from mostly all beauty subs so I’m still not sure what to expect from each box. I’m looking forward to my FFF addons to arrive, those I LOVE to death! lol

    And yes, Liz your photos are awesome and I agree with the others, keep em coming, with buckles too! It’s nice to see a real person wearing/trying on these types of items, it is extremely helpful!

  29. I loved most of the goodies. The game not so much. And I wish it would of been so makeup with a mirror in it as well.

  30. I feel like this box is very Cali-girl poolside? Glad I passed, hoping that July will be more my style. Although can anyone recommend a good women’s lifestyle box that isn’t so focused on fancy trends? Maybe I’m just subbed to the wrong boxes but I always want more kitchen, home and outdoors stuff instead of nail polish and bags.

    • You should look into Little Lace Box and Serendipity 🙂

      • Serendipity looks super fun, especially for $10. Not so sure about LLB, their last box looked kind of bad. I’d love one like Bespoke Post for women where we could pick for a few different boxes each month.

        • I have been on the fence about Little Lace Box as well, but Serendipity is great! The only thing is I wish it would auto-renew because each box sells out really fast.

          • Serendipity doesn’t auto renew once you subscribe? Bummer, maybe they’ll change that soon!

    • Try Bespoke Post! Lots of great kitchen stuff that can be for a man or woman, and definitely household items.

  31. You look great Liz (and Buckles too of course) – and I love those sunglasses!

    I’m actually looking forward to this box, I like getting games and fun stuff like that. And I always love trying the new snacks 🙂

    Might have to order one of these boxes to send to my friend for her birthday!

  32. I love the way you styled the sarong/scarf! I think it will be the perfect thing for cool summer evenings. So I think that redeems this box for me.

    And another vote to keep modeling, Liz — it’s so great to see the items in context! Also, hooray for bonus Buckles! I love Buckles! ?

  33. I haven’t gotten the box yet, but that sarong looked small even on the tiny model. I was hoping it could be used as a scarf. Its disappointing that they call it a sarong, when its more like a scarf, but a pretty one. I like it for that! I was thinking about the awesome sarong in last year’s Rachel Zoe box. I love that one and its big and can be worn as a dress and in so many ways and will fit everyone in my opinion (I have used it a lot as a cover up, dress, blanket, scarf, wrap etc.)

    I don’t need any more mirror compacts, so this will be a nice gift for someone. The card game I am excited about. The wipes not so much (I don’t need deodorant). The bottle opener is cool and I can use that. It will be easy to throw in a bag to go and big and bright enough it will be hard to lose.

    Also, I am glad you are modeling stuff! You look great and I love buckles too!

    You and Haley do the best reviews! Also I love seeing Haley on the GT FB page too!

  34. 1- I’m proud of you for being in the photo! Yay!
    2- Buckles too.
    3- I love this box. Great idea to wear the sarong as a scarf. I don’t know what percentage of subscribers want wear it over their teeny bikinis but not me!
    4- That beer is from my neck of the woods! I think a gold opener is V. appropriate.

  35. I am still having a hard time figuring out how the spoiler themes related to the items in the box. Are the wipes for the outdoors or is that the sarong (that I prob will be wearing as a scarf as well) and what about how does the compact relate? Regardless…I will still use most of the items in the box and my fave is actually the nail polish. (July bday here)
    I also wanted to comment that I laughed that most of the comments on here were not related to the box at all but of your pics and this next comment follows suit…I have to admit that now whenever I see a review from you or Eric that I actively seek photos of Buckles bc your dog just makes me smile but your pics are great too Liz!

  36. First, I just love your reviews! Yours are always great to send. Second, your dog is adorable, and you are gorgeous!
    I got a different scent of the Pacifica wipes, and they smell like Whole Foods (that weird heathy store smell), so I think when it comes down to it, I might prefer body odor. The nail polish seemed cheap to me, the compact felt too dollar store, and I definitely don’t need more bottle openers (especially not a chunky one like this). This box was a total miss for me, but I can’t complain because I have loved all the other boxes I’ve received.

  37. I truly hope you keep doing these pictures in your reviews!
    I went back to make sure that you weren’t a model! ?
    You look great! I have just promised to swap out the wrap since I will have a total of 3 between the 3 boxes.. (RZ, CDFA, and this one), but that rocks as a scarf!

    • You are so kind to say that – thank you for the encouragement! I always want the reviews to be as helpful as possible, so I’ll do my best to keep including these types of photos! 🙂

      • I really did!
        Thought you were a model!
        (You are welcome! )
        But I am agree with the others, I agree that you have gotten prettier than the blonde profile pic! ( You were/are pretty there, too)

  38. First of all, Liz, you look amazing using the sarong as a scarf! Secondly, as I opened my box today, I felt a little underwhelmed. First by the size of the box & then with the contents. Nothing screamed “WOW. I have to have.” And if I would have seen the contents of this box before buying the 6 month deal they had last month, I probably wouldn’t have bought it. I wonder if that’s why they didn’t come out with the spoilers ahead of time. All of that being said, the box did grow on me. The point of the box for me was to to get stuff that I normally wouldn’t buy or even consider buying and to get stuff to give as presents. In those areas, this box delivered. I never heard of the Pacifica underarm wipes, but I love the smell and I will definitely be using them this summer & re-purchasing. My daughter already swiped this container for this weekend as she goes to a pool party. I’m always looking to get new games as I think it’s a great way to connect & spend time with the family. The presentation of the game is beautiful & I can see using it when guests come over too. The bottle opener is not something I would have bought, but funny thing is that I don’t own a bottle opener. It’s small enough that I’ll throw it in a drawer & if I ever need it, I have it. The compact & nail polish are items I’m going to give to my daughter as a “just because” gift in a few weeks. It’s perfect for the 4th of July and I know she will love them. My hubby will love the pretzels b/c he is addicted to sricha. The only item I won’t use is the sarong, just b/c it’s not my color. But, I can definitely gift it or sell it or use it around the house like others mentioned. Is the value there? Definitely. Will I use most of the stuff? Definitely. So, although I was disappointed at first, I honestly think this box is a win. 🙂

  39. I actually liked this box so I ordered just the monthly box because I had canceled popsugar months ago but wow Liz I’m surprised you ever had any reason to be uncomfortable posting pics of yourself in reviews because you look really great. You also look completely different than the other pic you have on the site which is not a bad thing – you look great in both pics but I actually like being able to see the items on you to get a better idea of what the items look like so thank you.

  40. Liz I am LOVING seeing you in he pics! You are so cute and beautiful! And so is Buckles! I totally imagined you differently based on your old little pic!

    • Thank you so much! I guess it is time to update the profile pic! 🙂

  41. Eh this box was the nail in the coffin for me. I just would rather save the money as none of these are things I’d buy for myself at this point. Cancelled :-/

    • Ditto, waste of money every month. Almost everything I get from popsugar goes into the giveaway bag. Why would I get excited about a bottle opener????

  42. Liz! What kind of dog do you have? He looks similar to mine (Miley – Maltese shizu)

    I love that you are starting to post pics of yourself! You look amazing!

    I like this box. Not super excited but I’ll use everything!

    • Buckles is a Cairn Terrier Poodle Mix. And thanks so much for the encouragement for taking more pictures with myself in front of the camera! 🙂

  43. Liz, are you and Haley related??

    • No, but that is quite the compliment – thank you! 🙂

  44. The theme is totally A Day at the Beach! 😀 I kinda wish they would just come out and say that instead of relying on the meaningless inspiration words.

    Yay, the sarong is 78″ wide (long?)!!! That will certainly wrap around my big butt. 😀 42″ is a bit short, but then so am I. I’m so happy – that sarong is beautiful! And I’m so glad we’re getting something a little more subtle-looking for once. 🙂

  45. I am happier seeing the sarong can successfully be worn as a scarf. this box was a big of a miss for me but I kind of hate the summer and hot weather so I’m not surprised.

  46. great job showcasing the sarong/scarf! I LOVE the bottle opener 🙂

    • Thanks!! Those are two of my favorite items in the box, too! 🙂

  47. Hi Liz! You are rocking the wrap/scarf. Love seeing your pictures. Keep them coming beautiful.❤️

    • Agreed! 😀

  48. I am not a beer drinker, but I love AV summer solstice beer!

  49. Not the most exciting box, but I’m not mad at it. The wrap is freaking adorable so I’m content 🙂

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