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POPSUGAR Must Have Mini Box Review – September 2016


POPSUGAR Must Have Mini is a less expensive subscription box from POPSUGAR Must Have! The subscription box includes 2 full-size items, (beauty, fashion or home), and these items will be different than those featured in the regular POPSUGAR Must Have 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 Mini Box

The Cost: $18.95

The Products: Introducing a smaller version of our box of curated, full-sized products including the best in fashion, beauty, and home for only $18.95. In the Must Have MINI Box you will receive 2 full-size items worth over $30. Please note that the products in the Must Have MINI Box will be different from the products offered in the Must Have Box.

Check out all of our POPSUGAR Must Have Mini reviews!

(And Check out our POPSUGAR Must Have reviews of the regular sized box.)


Like the regular POPSUGAR Must Have Box, this box includes an info card detailing the items included.



SparklePop Heartbeat Necklace – Value $33

Yay for our first jewelry item in a POPSUGAR Must Have Mini box! I love that this comes with a jewelry box too – it’s perfect for gifting if you don’t want to keep it for yourself.


I really like the heartbeat design of this piece – it’s a simple but unique look! The necklace measures 18 inches long with the extender. (Without extender it is 15.5 inches.)


Rose gold seems to be everywhere this season, so this piece feels right on trend, too.

(This piece also came with a 30% off coupon code for any order on SparklePop.)


Makeup Eraser AmpliLash Instant Fiber Eyelash Extensions – Value $39 (On Sale for $28)


I’ve seen these fiber mascara sets on Instagram, and I’ve been so close to buying one to try it out, so I couldn’t be happier to get this in the mini box!

This set is comprised of two pieces: The Mascara Serum and the Amplifying Fiber Extensions.


This mascara serum gives lash definition, but not a lot of volume, so I wouldn’t use it on its own, but the formula is perfect for the fibers.


One you apply one coat of the mascara serum, you follow that by applying a coat of the fibers. These are just individual small fiber pieces that mimic the look of lashes. They stick easily to the mascara fiber, so you don’t have to worry about them falling off or getting in your eyes.

Once you’ve added the fibers, it is time to do the whole process again! (It only takes about 30 seconds, so it isn’t too time-consuming.) You can keep layering to intensify the look, too. I applied it to one eye so you can see the difference with this mascara:

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For this, I did three layers of mascara + fiber. (Sorry about the up-close pic – but I felt a product like this needed a before and after picture!) You could also make the look even bolder if you apply to bottom lashes!

I wore this the entire day and I’m happy to report that I didn’t have any issues with fibers flaking off, and the lift of the mascara held throughout the day, too. Plus, this mascara was surprisingly easy to remove with my regular makeup remover wipes.

Verdict: This box has a retail value of $72 (or $61 if you count the sale price of the mascara set.) This is my favorite Must Have Mini Box since this subscription started! The mascara set is something I’ve been dying to try and it works really well too, and the necklace is a very wearable and giftable piece that makes this box feel special.

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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 Mini Reviews, POPSUGAR Must Have Mini Spoilers, Subscription Box Reviews, Subscription Box Spoilers, Subscription Boxes for Women| Tags: POPSUGAR Must Have Mini | 63 comments

Comments (63)

  1. And I just caved and ordered…..

  2. Does any one know when this box ships? I’m having trouble finding it in the faq’s.

  3. Had to order just for the necklace! Have an Alex and Ani rose gold trio love set and this piece will compliment it well!! Mascara is just a bonus!

  4. This is what a mini box should be!

  5. Ordered as a gift to myself, the first mini I was interested in. Not really digging the monthly box this month as I don’t care for the hat.

    • I have not liked any past mini boxes, but had to order this one.

  6. Love that necklace and I’ve always wanted to try fiber lashes, so I just signed up! This is the best PSMH mini I’ve seen.

  7. That necklace would be way cuter if it were an accurate representation of a heart beat. Does the designer not have google?

    • I totally agree with you!

    • LOL!

    • It’s a heart skipping a beat. I thought it was sweet. … don’t you have google? XD lol

  8. Liz your brows look great. What do you use and how do you use it?

  9. This is the first box that I can finally say they finally stepped up they game. I only bought the first mini and I really loved the candle and the lip balm. But if they just threw in a candy or a notepad that doesnt cost anything but its cute and your happy that it inside the box. This was a great mini though. Great Job PopSugar. Bring back the Mysterybox please….. I need more of that honey mustard…and all the other goodied.Please.

  10. Love this box. Cannot wait to try the mascara and hoping my box arrives tomorrow so I can wear the necklace on Saturday.

  11. Do the minis have the same thing in them as the regular subscription?

    • The mini box will always have different items. If you subscribe to both, you will never get duplicates. Hope that helps! 🙂

  12. OMG, I NEED THIS NECKLACE IN MY LIFE! Not sure about the mascara though. I tried the fiber lashes from Younique and the fiber fallout was terrible.

  13. I am loving this box. Great job.

  14. Not interested in the heart necklace even thoughI work in the medical field. Just not my style. Would love to try the mascara though and may try to swap. It does seem clumpy though??

  15. Like a lot of people, I must agree – the Mini box is excellent this month. I’m in Orlando and that’s a symbol we’ve been seeing and repping in support since June. I might give in and buy this for a friend.

  16. I like this better than the regular box! But I can’t get both. I’d definitely swap items from the regular box for these, if anyone is interested!

  17. I’m a nurse and I have to have this necklace! AND I really want the Mascara item! I hope this is still available. I’m ordering in the morning if it is. This is the first mini box review that has peeked my interest!

    • I just ordered it, says first box will be September

  18. This is one of my favorite mascaras! So happy to greet another and with fibers took yaay!

  19. Purchased my first Mini as a one time gift for myself. Loving the necklace and really want to try the mascara.

  20. Phew I feel like we dodged a bullet ladies…Went to check out the necklace company cuz it’s so cute and noticed they sell tassels! So glad that’s not what are getting LOL

    • No kidding- kudos to popsugar for not playing it safe!

  21. Wow! This is the first mini that I would be interested in! Would love the necklace-but do you know if it is nickel free?

  22. I have a feeling that we’ll be seeing this necklace a lot at dr offices and hospitals in the near future… it seems to be pretty popular with those in the medical field 🙂
    (I just ordered another box so I can give the necklace to my best friend who is a nurse of course)

    • I’m in the medical field, and I’m would never wear this particular “heartbeat” necklace because of it’s inaccurate design…it’s just a bunch of random zig-zags. IMO an accurate EKG design would have been prettier and I would wear that.

  23. Oooh definitely signed up for this! I’m working on being accepted into nursing school so that necklace will be a perfect everyday reminder for me!

  24. This is really special for me because I have a heart condition and the necklace will be perfect. (Unless I end up stuck in a bunch of convos where people ask me if I’m a nurse”

  25. I’m sooooo excited to get my box this month. Love everything! Thanks for the before and after pics.

  26. I just bit at this and didn’t even think about it! Looks like a good month!

    • Me too! I think PopSugar is killing it this month!

  27. I need another subscription box like I need a hole in the head, but this is the first mini that has made me want to sign up!!

  28. Argh- had to get the box for that necklace. Favorite thing I’ve seen in any box so far this month!

  29. Wow, that lash picture is AMAZING! I think the necklace especially speaks to anyone in the medical field. Or really anyone at all for that matter. Love the rose gold, too! Great review of a great box!

  30. Super cute necklace style…I just wish it were in silver or plain goldtone…I’m so over the rose gold trend. Maybe it’s just me, but rose gold just screams tacky/cheap to me?

    Love the look of the mascara. Unfortunately, though, the fiber mascaras just don’t work for me. I’ve tried several different brands and the fibers always flake into my contact lenses, causing serious discomfort…

  31. Liz! You got me with that before and after:) I agree with the other the first mini I liked – Very nice review:)

  32. This is the first mini that I have wanted to purchase! I love the mascara and the necklace.

  33. Sooooo good! Just ordered!

  34. Ooh, that mascara is really cool. I might have to try it. I’d order the whole box but my heart just isn’t in it when it comes to the necklace.

  35. I’m going to have to try to swap for that necklace to give to my best friend who is a nurse!

    • I thought the exact same thing! My dear friend is a nurse and I instantly thought of her when I saw this (although I want one too!)!!

      • Hah. I’m a nurse and I have no great interest in that necklace.

  36. Oh my gosh!!!!!! I love it I’m a super nerd and a nurse and live the heart beat necklace and holy moly look at your eye lashes close up and all I’m so excited!!!!!

    • Ugh auto correct I LOVE it

  37. i’m not a huge fan of that mascara. looks like younique’s “moodstruck 3d fiber lash” mascara, which is also a two-step fiber mascara set. it’s just…i don’t know…clumpy? not the look i’m really going for. i like the necklace, though.

    • I tried the Younique fiber mascara and Idid like the look initially but noticed the clumpiness of the setting tube after a few uses.

  38. I just purchased myself a gift sub for this POP Sugar Mini — the mascara is already worth more than the box cost, and I’ve been wanting to try it anyway! The necklace is a nice throw-in that I can give to someone else. Great job, POP Sugar! Since I also loved the fall hat spoiler, I might resub just for September’s full box, as well.

  39. Now this is a mini that speaks to me….just bought it!

    • Ditto! First mini box I’ve seen that I want.

  40. Those lashes are so long they look false (in a good way)! I wouldn’t even be able to wear my glasses with them on. The necklace is cute. Might make a nice, if obvious, gift for a nurse or EMT.

  41. I never wanted to sub to this box til now. Are there any coupon codes for this one?

  42. Wow, surprisingly I actually really like this PS box. A first for me. Are they still for sale?

    • Yes they are actually still on sale! I just got mine! ? this month is awesome!

      • Any discount codes?

  43. Love it! So glad I resubbed this month.

  44. This is the first Must Have Mini since they started this sub ?

  45. Now THIS is an awesome Popsugar Mini box!!!

  46. WOW – on the difference in lashes!

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