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
The Products: “Must Have” items for women selected by POPSUGAR editors. (Fitness, Home, Beauty, Food, and more)
Each box comes with a fold out card detailing the items included.
They also let you know the themes that inspired the box:
Time to dig into the items!
Henri Bendel Packable Umbrella – Retail Listed Value $58
This umbrella is pretty compact when it is closed (9.5 inches). Opened up, it has a diameter of about 38 inches.
It comes with a protective outer sleeve.
And the umbrella has the signature Henri Bendel brown and white stripes, plus a pink accent!
I really like the logo at the top of the umbrella, too.
Opened up, it has a diameter of about 38 inches.
This is a quality umbrella, though I wish that it was automatic. (It's still the nicest umbrella I own now, and I didn't have to pay $58 for it!)
Lalicious Brown Sugar Vanilla Shower Oil and Bubble Bath – Retail Value $28
(Good to know for swaps - has inner foil seal)
This brand is new to me, and after sampling it, I'm already a huge fan. Let's start with the first win: the formula is paraben, sulfate and phthalate free! And the next best part? It smells like Crème brûlée!
It's an oil/gel formula that converts to a lather when you use it like a body wash. Or you can add a few drops to your bath for a bubble bath, or you even try it as a shaving gel.
So far, I've tried it as a traditional body wash, and it did a great job at cleansing while leaving a faint brown sugar scent. (And even though it's described as a shower oil, it doesn't leave your skin oily after you rinse off.)
One tip: a little goes a long way with this oil as a body wash, so start off using it sparingly!
Morning Culture Rise & Shine Diner Mug – Retail Value $16
Good news - this mug comes in lovely packaging in case you decide to gift it instead of keeping it for yourself.
It's a standard mug size (10 oz) and has that classic diner look and feel.
The packaging doesn't indicate if it is dishwasher safe, but it looked like it would be, so I put it in the dishwasher to test it out. It came out perfect!
I use my other "Best Day Ever" POPSUGAR Must Have mug all the time, so I'm happy to have another one! (Anyone else always happy to get or buy another mug even when you have no cabinet space left?)
And the mug pairs perfectly with the cocoa:
My Cup of Cocoa Dark Drinking Chocolate – Retail Value $5.99
This cocoa just sugar and cocoa, so you can use whatever type of milk you prefer. (I used sweetened coconut milk, and it was super decadent!)
Whenever I'm looking at subscription boxes, I always think of what might be great to gift if you aren't interested in keeping it for yourself, and I think this mug and cocoa would be a really thoughtful set!
Makeup Eraser The Makeup Eraser Mini -Retail Value $12
I've heard a lot about this Makeup Eraser, but I haven't had a chance to try it up until now.
It's a tiny micro-fiber towel that is designed to help remove makeup with just warm water. I tried it with removing the eyeliner from this box, and it completely removed it with ease. Then I tried removing the same eyeliner with just water and a regular towel. It got me about 90% clear, but still a difference compared to the Makeup Eraser.
And you wash this in the laundry which is great. I think I may end up buying a few because otherwise, I'll have to do laundry all the time - the eyeliner definitely transferred to this cloth!
Power Your Happy by Lisa Sugar – Retail Value $25 (Special Extra)
Book Summary from Amazon:
Lisa Sugar has an amazing job. She spends her days at POPSUGAR creating content about pop culture, must-have handbags and makeup, healthy recipes, and Instagram-worthy sweets. She manages an enormously successful, growing company with employees who love what they do. And her life is just as great at home. She and her husband have three daughters and she’s the number one soccer mom who loves reading bedtime stories every night.
How did she do it? By figuring out what her dream job was, taking risks, and believing in herself. And now she wants to motivate others to do the same. She wants to show them how to live colorful, interesting lives where every second counts.
She'll do so by sharing her personal and business story. Lisa knows that creating your dream job requires hard work, patience, and experience. She'll give advice, in big and small ways, about exactly how to do that, from starting a company to ditching a relationship that isn't working to becoming a fabulous boss. And with the great, accessible writing style that has made PopSugar such a hit, she'll make it fun!
I started reading this book as soon as I got and finished it the same day! There are some mentions of the Must Have box and Lisa's involvement, which I loved!
From the book summary, I was a little concerned that this book might feel like an unattainable "having it all" type of story, but I found Lisa to be very relatable, and honest about times she came up short, and how she relied on the support of family, friends, and coworkers.
I have two copies of this book since I received one early to share as a spoiler, and I'm planning on saving one to use as part of a graduation gift next year. I think Power Your Happy is great for anyone who is just leaving high school or college (or even just switching careers). Lisa reassures readers that you don't have to have it all figured out at once, and how to make the most of any job/position you have - to make sure it leads to the next best thing. (As someone who switched the college major two times, I definitely would have appreciated this encouragement years ago!)
And this book goes really well with the hot cocoa and mug - I like the cozy vibe!
Revlon ColorStay Liquid Eye Pen – Retail Value $8.99 (Special Extra)
This eyeliner has a rounded tip to help you easily dot eyeliner on:
The dotting method is great if you don't have a steady hand - you can just connect the dots! (Word of caution - this eyeliner is smudge proof but NOT waterproof!)
Verdict: This box has a retail value of about $120 BEFORE you add in the value of the book and eyeliner. I think that value is good, and I even though I wouldn't likely pay retail for the umbrella, it's a special piece, and it's a rainy day, today, so I already got to put it to use!
This is one of those boxes that didn't wow me at first glance, but after using every item, it all works. My favorite discovery in this box is the Lalicious Shower Gel - a decadent bath product pretty much always seals the deal for me and a box. (And that alone practically covers 3/4 of the cost of the box!)
What do you think of the October POPSUGAR Must Have Box? What is your favorite item?