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POPSUGAR Must Have Box August 2016 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.

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. They also let you know the themes that inspired the box:


I’m definitely getting the back-to-school vibes with this box!



Time to dig into the items!


Cargo Cosmetics Powder Blush in The Big Easy – Value $26


This Cargo blush is described as a “Sheer pink with gold and red grapefruit undertones.”


The pigment is buildable and blendable, so you don’t have to worry about overdoing it in one brush stroke. The swatch below is 3 layers to demonstrate the color:


There also is a subtle shimmer that is visible at certain angles.


Cookie Pop Popcorn in Cookies and Cream – Value $4


POPSUGAR is the best at finding delicious treats for their boxes! (I couldn’t eat this because it contains wheat, but I was jealous just smelling the opened bag!)


Fortunately, my husband Eric is always happy to help with sampling POPSUGAR treats! He said the flavor reminded him of Cookie Crisp cereal!


Unplugged Dusti Screen Cleaner – Value $6


These phone screen cleaners have a sticky side so you can stick them to the back of your phone.


Then, peel it off and use the design side whenever you need to clean your screen and get rid of any smudges.

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And then put it back on the flipside of your phone!


These will eventually lose their stickiness, but should last a few weeks each! (Anyone else hear Julia Robert’s voice when you say “Big Mistake” in your head?)


Baggu Duck Tote Bag – Value $26 (Patterns may vary)

I absolutely love Baggu bags and this Black Static print is fantastic! It is a perfect nod to back-to-school with the Composition Notebook pattern!

The fabric is a durable cotton canvas material accented with matte silver hardware. It functions as a tote:


As a shoulder bag:


And you can adjust the strap to wear it as a crossbody bag, too:


The bag also has an inner snap pocket perfect for holding your phone:


As you can probably tell, I’m a little obsessed with this bag! (Yes to all things Baggu!)


Triple C Power Gloss in Silver – Value $30

This power charger is designed to look like it belongs in your makeup bag! It comes charged, so you can put it in your purse immediately for backup power.

If you have an iPhone, iPad, etc, you’ll need an iPhone USB cord to connect to it to charge your devices:


And you can use the mini black cord it comes with to plug into your computer to charge the battery back up again. (The indicator light is blue when you are using it to charge your phone, and red when you are charging it back up.)


It really is almost lipstick-sized!


Christian Lacroix Paris Pasio Sticky Note Folio – Value $13

This sticky note desk set is all about ombre! I love the grey to white color with the embossed detail and gold foil:



And the sticky notes are ombre, too!


They are pretty bold – no one will miss these notes!



My desk is getting cuter almost every month thanks to POPSUGAR:


Can you spot any other POPSUGAR items? (I feel like this is Highlights Hidden Pictures for Subscription Box Addicts!)

Verdict: This box has a retail value of about $105. As always, POPSUGAR delivers a great value for a $40 box. This is one of my favorite POPSUGAR boxes for 2016. I LOVE getting practical items in subscription boxes that are also super stylish. This box really delivered on that. I know I’ll use all these items regularly and they are easy on the eyes, too!

Plus, I’m in a fall, back-to-school mode, and this box fits that theme well, too!

What do you think of the August POPSUGAR Must Have Box?

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. Shout out to Liz’s awesome jacket!
    I love it.

  2. Super cute box!!

  3. Big, big mistake… HUUGE.

  4. I’d love to buy August box and pay for shipping.

  5. This is the first POPSUGAR box I have ever really, really wanted! The spoiler of Cargo blush didn’t seem worth signing up for, but everything else is so great.

    • You cannot be blamed! I mean all the new/unusual stuff in the box and they chose the blush for a spoiler?! Are they trying to lower expectations or what? I would have chosen an item that 75% of the other boxes don’t contain. The right spoiler can double or triple subscriptions for a month which is why there are spoilers in the first place!?

  6. I cancelled when I saw the blush spoiler but then I got scared of missing an awesome box so I resubbed and man am I glad I did! I especially hope I get that pattern bag. Thank you so much for your awesome reviews Liz. You make us all want to own everything you model. 🙂

    • Thanks so much, Miriam! I hope you get the same pattern bag, too! 🙂

      • I am glad you are doing the pics. I have no idea why you’d be shy! Of course, I would be too and it is easier said than done 😛

        • Thanks!! You are very sweet to say that! 🙂

  7. Yay! LOVE this box (looooove all things school-supply-related haha).

  8. The blush and the phone charger totally make this box for me!!

    • That blush is really beautiful, and I am not one to go gaga over cosmetics!

  9. Gahh!! I’m so sad I missed out on this! Have had my subscription on hold for a few months since I’ve lately been bored with PopSugar.
    There’s nothing in here I really need but I want want want!

  10. I seriously am giddy. My love for school supplies was deep and passionate hahahaha. This feels exactly like back to school mode for adults and I’ll use everything despite not being in college anymore. I hope I get the same print on the duck bag, I have a striped summer marine vibe one already.

  11. Aside from being my favorite popsugar box ever possibly, this is easily my favorite review of yours. The pictures are fantastic and beautiful and make you want the box more! Seriously Liz, such a great job with this one!!

  12. I literally cannot wait for this box. Popsugar has officially redeemed themselves after the last few months of duds. I’ll use everything in this box. 🙂

    • I totally agree!! I was ready to cancel after this month! But I’ll give them another go now! 🙂

  13. I’m over the moon happy about this box. Can’t wait to get it!!! Ombre sticky notes??? YES! Need the phone charger & love the bag! Awesome awesome curation this month.

  14. NOOOOO!!! I love this box and of course this is the month I cancelled!! Every single item in it screams my name. So disappointed. If anyone wants to get rid of theirs…

  15. I love that I LOVED last month’s box (that everyone hated) but I kind of hate this month box (even though it seems like everyone loves it)! lol!

    • Would you want to sell any of the items? 🙂

    • I am on the same page as you. I don’t get excited about organization. I am excited about the blush and charger. If I get a different print of the bag, I might like that. Overall, I don’t hate this one but do not share the excitement of others. Last month’s box was much more my speed.

    • Same, lol! I loved last month and cancelled this one after the blush spoiler and am not sad about it. I am glad though that everyone seems to love it for once! With all the school supplies and uniforms I had to buy this month, I’m glad I’m not suffering from FOMO ?

    • Totally agree. Loved last month. Feel this month was a waste of money. Surprised at the accolades of so many people for August box.

    • I feel the same way! LOL! My bag was this AWFUL leopard looking one. I think if I received ANY other color, I would be okay. Anybody want to trade, or buy my bag? Ha!

  16. I’m liking this box a lot! And now the Fall Limited Edition goes on sale tomorrow. Oh dear! (My husband is going to kill me…)

  17. i just cancelled my sub after seeing this review- 3 awful months in a row for me. I want to sell this entire box but I’m new to the swap thing. If anyone is interested and knows how to do it, please let me know.

    • I’m interested. How much would you want for it?

    • What is your email address?

    • Yeah I stopped subscribing a few months ago but check to see if there’s anything I’d want. I already have a phone charger and more bags than I know what to do with. This one was not for me.

  18. This is a good box, probably the best in 2016 so far. I love the bag, I have one in navy stripe to go along with the big bag that was in a LE box last year. Hope I get a different pattern, I use mine as a work out bag at work, and still have room on top to out my lunch.

    • I got the canvas and blue striped bag. It’s super cute but much more summer than fall.

      • I received the blue stripe bag too… super cute… love the whole box!

      • I got a leopard print one. I hate animal prints and find it hideous. Big fail ?

        • I got the leopard one too. I don’t mind animal prints but this is a really ugly shade of brown. ????????

          • I got plain ugly brown and I am not happy!! It looks like what my dog throws up when she’s sick. Soo sad!

          • Agree, HATE the leopard bag. Makes it a thumbs down box for me all because of this ONE bag.

        • Same!

    • I got the brown with black leopard print. Not sure if I like this particular shade of brown but it is growing on me.

    • I received a plain navy bag. A little disappointed that I didn’t get the composition notebook pattern, so I’ll probably gift to someone. The rest of the box is great though.

      • I got the navy, too. WHEW thank heavens I didn’t get the leopard-print bag (I think animal prints are beyond tacky – only giraffe would be even remotely semi-acceptable) though I am bummed I didn’t get the static print. It’s still simple but so much more visually gratifying and interesting, which is typically what I desire in a Popsugar box. I did find a way to make it work, which I’ll get to in a moment.

        First I want to say how much of a home run this box was for me and why. The sorts of items that make my ideal MustHave box are pretty, sophisticated, high quality, and either a fresh update on a classic or a new practical product that’s also stylish. I like to bring a special *pop* into all the little corners of life, especially the ones that can become dull and uninspiring. I also seek anything that can spark an extra sense of satisfaction each time I lay my hand or eyes on it. So, I like a little sugar with my pop in my Popsugar Must-Haves 😉

        That’s why I was SO pleased with August. I could happily use every single item. Every. Single. One. That’s a rare statistic with Popsugar boxes and me. Recently there were several dismal months when only one or two things were exciting. April and May were back-to-back bummer boxes (1-2 ? items, the rest ? or ? or even a ?) and June and July were average (2-4 ?, the rest just ?.) I’m not surprised a lot of people quit after these last few months. (Though March was outstanding!) Plus not only can I use all of the must-haves, but when I use them, they make me smile inside.

        The navy baggu is ho-hum looking, but well made and a great multipurpose bag. I just tied a brightly colored patterned scarf to the handle – or I could’ve used the black-and-white scarf from the July box – and stuck a few Lisa Frank pins on it, which I’d been looking for a place to put for AGES. I was also able to press into service the pineapple pin from July! So the solid color actually did turn out great, and in fact being navy instead of black makes it more interesting.

        Actually, it’s pretty darn cool when previously unused items from a past box find life thanks to the latest box!

    • Mine is just black – no pattern at all. Just plain black. I would have liked a patterned one.

      • Would you like to swap your black fur my brown leopard print? It’s a small black print on brown.

  19. Of course after I cancel, they have this awesome box! Any chance anyone is selling theirs?

    • I’ll be hpgwtting rid of a LOT of mine…sticky notes, bag, blush…I only need one screen cleaner!

      • I’ve never bought one from someone else before- how does that work?

      • How much are you wanting for it?

  20. Sticky notes are my life. I cannot wait for those sticky notes.

    Looks like a great box all around!

  21. I love the new style of your reviews, you’ve always been the subscription box queen but now it’s next level awesomeness!!

    • Thank you SO MUCH! My goal is to make reviews as helpful as possible, and I’m so happy to hear you are enjoying them!! 🙂

  22. Yesssss! I re-subscribed after seeing the theme and I’m glad I did! I don’t use blush so I was scared when I saw that spoiler but I’m thrilled with everything else.

    Side note: I have been obsessed with this site since the day I found it. Thank you for introducing me to all theses fun boxes! I now have a mysubscriptionaddiction addiction ?

  23. Can I still use the charger if I don’t have an iPhone? I have a ZTE. ?

    • Yes – you should be able to use it. Pretty much any device that can charge via USB should work!

    • The charger is actually NOT compatible by itself with an iPhone. It’s made for use with products that charge via micro USB, like Android phones and tablets. In order to use it with any Apple electronics, you will need the Mac converter cable.

      • Well, not exactly. The little cord it comes with is NOT meant for charging your device. That is the cord to charge it. It is compatible with any cord that has a USB on one end – which most do, Apple or Android or otherwise.

  24. OMGAAHHHH Incredible box! I can’t wait to get. The only thing I’m a little bummed about is that colors will vary on the bag. That composition book print is just perfection to my nerdy writer’s heart. If I don’t get it I’ll try to swap for it. Other than that everything looks just perfect. Perfectly capture the “back-to-school” spirit for those of us who aren’t actually going back.

    • I’m glad you love the composition notebook print as much as I do. Fingers crossed that’s the bag you get!! 🙂

      • Thanks, Liz!!

  25. That is so crazy that I’ve been searching around today for spoilers because I had a promo code and then you review it! I like the box but if it’s sold out that’s probably for the best since most of those products I have some version of. Are they only releasing one spoiler now before they sell out?

    • I’m not sure about the spoiler/sell out question. It may depend on inventory for any given month.

  26. Nothing I “need” but I like this box sooo much better than the past few months. I think the last box I enjoyed was April.

  27. On your desk, other PopSugar items are that white and gold vase, the Spark Joy book and the Best Day Ever mug. That’s all I spotted. 🙂

    • The light blue planner on top of the Spark Joy book was from the January box, and the white tray holding the water bottle and mug is from an LE box 🙂 It’s one of my favorite items ever!

  28. I love that Baggu duck bag so much, I already own two of them. It is a great size bag. It says colors may vary, so I hope I don’t get a color that I already own.

  29. Omg! The Popsugar gods listened to me!!! I’ve been wanting an iPhone power charger!! So useful 🙂 In fact, everything is so useful here! I’m excited about the bag but I really hope I don’t get that print!

  30. Welcome Back, PopSugar!!

    • I know right! I was about to cancel because the last four months have been pretty dull! I just wish we could see the other styles of the tote bag.

  31. A power bank, bag and blush I have received those before. From PopSugar.
    Those screen cleaners get gross quickly.
    And who wants an overpriced designer sticky note holder? Send a wallet or a change purse not sticky notes.
    They had SO many things they could’ve done with an organizational theme. I’m done with PopSugar.

  32. OMGoodness… I was so scared to look, and WOW! After the last few months of being such horrible duds, this makes me so happy! So many products that are fun and that I will actually use. YAY!!!!

  33. Must score the post-its and bag in swap!!!!

  34. Big mistake. Big. Huge. I have to go shopping now.

    • YES! Thank you! 🙂

      • Now I want to watch it, again…. For like the hundredth time lol

        • Haha – yes, same!!

    • Lol! One of the best scenes in the movie.

    • Oh god best comment ever.

    • Pretty Woman.

      • Entered too soon. Cute movie?

  35. Wow! So happy with this box. I need all of the sticky notes as a teacher and notepad junkie!

  36. Love this box bummed it’s sold out. I’m sad I missed out on the July and August box, hopefully I can get the September box.

  37. I love this month! Knowing my luck, i am sure i will get the sailor stripe baggu bag that i already own. lol. Crossing my fingers and hoping i get a different print! Love all the pictures Liz! 🙂

    • Thanks! Hope you get your dream print for the bag! 🙂

    • The baggu bag I received is a brown and black leopard type print which I already have. Is anyone interested in trading with me for another print that you may have duplicated or don’t want?

  38. Wait, is August actually sold out?? 🙁

    • Right now, the site says that if you sign up your box starts with September. Sometimes if they end up having additional boxes, they will let you know your subscription starts with the previous month, but there is no guarantee you’d get the August box. Sorry!

    • Hi Meg, I sent Popsugar a message saying I subbed for September but if there are any August boxes left I would love one. They responded that they are completely sold out of the August 🙁

  39. When my six month sub ended after July, I opted not to renew for August, especially after seeing the spoiler – I don’t use blush/bronzer products. I can’t say I regret the decision. The only item I’ve not seen in other boxes before is the sticky note folio. It’s cute, but I have all the Post-Its I could ever need for free at my office. Also, I think the ombre colors would drive my boss nuts. Otherwise, totes/bags and portable chargers are pretty overdone in sub boxes. However, I’ve been saying all summer I’d love to see a SOLAR POWERED portable charger in a box. Now that would be a unique – and seasonally appropriate – item! Anyway, my overall impression: this would be a great first box for someone new to subs, but if you’ve been in the game for awhile, it’s probably all pretty familiar. I hope those who got this box do enjoy it though!

  40. I LOVE this box!! Baggu and Lacroix are right up my ally and I love the practical phone accessories as well. Funny that the blush was the spoiler item this month since it seems that many people are burned out on beauty and that bag rules! Sigh, I might have to subscribe for this one…

  41. This has nothing to do with the August box……what nail polish are you wearing in the photos? It’s so pretty! I love it!

  42. If I subscribe now will I get this box?

    • Doubtful. Website says Must Have next box is September. The mini’s next is August – guess they have extra August minus but not the regular must haves.

  43. LOVE!!!

    I find even care that it’s a relatively low value box. I luuuuuuurve getting phone chargers!!! I suspect I may be in the minority there, but I’m okay with that. I’m psyched to try the phone screen cleaners, I love that bag (I hope I get either the same pattern or something equally cool) – I love that you can adjust the strap!!! And I’ll take anything Christian LaCroix.

    Yay for useful yet pretty PSMH spoilers!!! XD

    Now I just need to get my shipping notification.

    • Useful + pretty = the best! 🙂

      Glad you love the box, too!

      • Right?? 😀

    • find = don’t. Stupid autocorrect.

  44. of course now that I cancelled my subscription! A box that I would have enjoyed. Never fails

  45. Of course… Finally a box I really like!e and I have already cancelled. But it’s just too much of a risk to keep on subbing when there are a bazillion other boxes or things I could be doing with my money. Dang you PopSugar!!!

  46. Omg this box is fab! Great review and way to step up the pics! Awesome!

  47. This is the first Popsugar box I haven’t purchased this year. People keep saying it’s easy to trade for PS items and I hope that’s true since I want a lot of things that are in this box!

    • Ha, I was thinking the same thing lol!

  48. I’m not a subscriber, but I love this one! I’d use everything except the blush.

  49. What a great box after the June and July disaster boxes!! I won’t resub to pop sugar, too much of a gamble.

    • Agreed! While I’m glad I didn’t cave and get another sub to them, this is a pretty good box!

    • I agree, I only buy the boxes I really like now since most don’t sell out like they used to. I was thinking about getting this one because of the blush but passed and I’m glad. This would not have been a good box to me, but I can see why people will like it.

  50. Omg I love this month’s box! First one since February that I am interested in!

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