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Subscriber Survey: What Spoiler Item Surprised You?

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Sunday Subscriber Survey time! I thought it would be fun toย look back on subscription box spoilers! Sometimes comments/reactions vary from the spoilers to the review, so my question this week is…

What item were you not sure about when you saw the spoiler, but ended up loving once you had it in your hands?ย 


One item that comes to mind for me is the Dylanex necklace from the Winter 2016 Box of Style.


If you follow my jewelry box reviews, you may know that I always prefer gold jewelry to silver, so I wasn’t sure if this would work for me.


BUT! Once I saw it in person I was in love!


This necklace has made me a silver jewelry wearer again! ๐Ÿ™‚

What’s one item thatย you ended up loving once you were able to see it in person/use it?

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. I would say the Winter BOS in general had some of my favorite items…Dylanex necklace, Dagne Dover card case, and candle. A couple other of my favorite items were probably not spoilers but I love the Veneffect lip product from Beautyfix and a chocolate mint lip product from Love Goodly.

    • Agreed! I think that Winter box was my favorite out of all the boxes I’ve ever gotten for any sub box. I wasn’t even that excited about the hat as a spoiler but I got my use out of it this winter. The purple color I chose is just so interesting. Heck, I’m STILL wearing it even though it’s starting to get warm here.

  2. Fun topic! I was super skeptical about the Breathe Deeply spray in the May ’16 popsugar box, but ended up loving it. Who knew?

  3. I love the Kendra Scott earrings in the Pop Sugar box! WOW!

  4. The SeaRx microdermabrasion scrub from Birchbox. I hate the sensation of scrubs or anything with beads. The only reason I didn’t swap the sample was because I thought it was too small to bother! I decided to try it in a low-risk area — my upper arms — and I was really surprised with not just how it smoothed rough patches, but the creamy formula really helped soothe the skin & kept it very moisturized the rest of the day! I bought the full size.

  5. My first Stella McCartney bag from the first Avenue A Adidas box. It was a “thank you for subscribing” gift, I believe. I still use it and still get compliments when I carry it.

  6. An oldie but a goodie…I LOOOOOVED the Model Co lipstick/lipgloss duos that came in a past Popsugar box (my first PS box actually). I loved them so much I ordered them from Model Co and payed an unGodly amount in shipping to get them to Alaska. But I loved those so much.

    Other items I really loved: Oyin hair conditioner I got in a Hemp box…holy moly was this stuff amazing. I loved it…but it was SO expensive to buy. I never did but I daydream about that conditioner to this day.

    Oh a Tea brand shirt that was the spoiler for a children’s subscription that went under. I loved that little shirt and went on to use the discount. Now I buy from the website about once a year (after christmas sale!) The brand is great…very well made clothes that have lasted. My daughter loves her Tea brand clothes too. I am thankful I got introduced to the brand because I wouldn’t have otherwise (I don’t often buy namebrand clothes for my kiddos).

    • I LOVE Tea Collection! I got my first taste of it in the Citrus Lane box, too. (I really miss Citrus Lane. Sigh.) I’m always on the hunt for Tea sales. The clothes are so well made, and the customer service is wonderful. On occasion, I’ve had a pair of pants fade at the knees, or a manufacturing defect, and they have replaced the items immediately. Also important, the clothes are GORGEOUS and unlike the same old thing you see everywhere else.

  7. Mine would be the Dr Jart bb cream and the beauty blender. I have always used bare minerals powder foundation. Liquid foundation has never worked for me and I never understood the hype about the blenders. Omg the bb cream turned out to be the exact color match for my face and when applied with the blender my face is flawless and looked so natural! Never have had a break out using the bb cream and my face has not dried out. Love these two products

  8. My surprise spoiler would be the Tribe Alive bag in the Spring Box of Style 2017. I thought it was nice in the previews, but I expected it to stain easily, get dirty, and not look great. It is my favorite now! It is still white with no stains and I love the contrast on it. Again, I thought from the pics that it was nice but I never imagined how much I would like it in real life! I still can’t believe the value of it.

    • Lol. I love mine too but the white is definitely dirty.

  9. Mine biggest one has to be the PS March 2016 tassel necklace that everyone hates. I switched it to a shorter silver chain and love it. I almost threw it out, but Iโ€™m glad I experimented. The beachy colours are great for this time of year.

    I was disappointed that so much of the value of the last OuiPlease box was in the Filorga cream, but having just finished using it all up, I will miss it.

  10. The Adornmonde Earrings from Box of Style. I thought they might be heavy and lay awkwardly, but they’re a perfect weight and actually hang/move perfectly.

  11. the globein baskets… i always think they’re gonna be useless, but i have so many ways to use them!

  12. My biggest surprise was the Pretty Peaushun skin tight body lotion from a LE Popsugar if I remember correctly. Love it, and have purchased several since.

    • Agree!

    • I LOVE this lotion too. I didn’t necessarily think that I wouldn’t like it…I love lotion in general….but I didn’t know how much I would love it. I have traded for several of them. I love how emollient it feels and absorbs into my skin…and the light citrus scent….my favorite!

  13. The crossbody black and white bag from Limited Box of Popsugar Must Have was my gift to me – made me reach for my wallet. Recently, despite my numerous subs when I saw the post on Juice Moisturizer from
    beauty Fix – I went for it. Thanks for keeping us informed ๐Ÿ˜˜

  14. Josh Rosebrook Shampoo from Beauty Heroes, I was not at all excited, but I love it and bought several more. Osmia Lip Doctor and Night oil are also pleasant surprises!

  15. I have to go back to my first Pop Sugar box that I ordered because of the watch spoiler. I still love that watch. It was March or April last year?

  16. It’s hard for me to keep track of what was the spoiler item vs any other box item, but several of the hair products have been really big for me – the marrakesh oil, R+Co oil, Dessange serum, and the Briogeo mask. I have hair that does pretty well without any extra boosts, and isn’t dry or oily. It’s also really short, so products that say to avoid the roots…well, if it’s on my hair, it’s already on my roots. I wasnt excited about amy of these items fod that reason. But these products have all been great and I use them all frequently. The oils and serum do better x1000 for me if I straighten my hair after using them – I think the heat helps spread it better. I have traded for more of a couple, and would definitely pay full price for the Dessange.
    I definitely agree on that Dylanex necklace. I was so bummed that so much of the box value was THAT, but it was perfect through the holidays with an LBD!

  17. I really thought the spoiler’s from the Globe In Wine Glasses were really nice to see and actually got me anxious to purchase the box.

  18. My favorite is the Nuxe Shimmering oil. My pasty white legs drink that stuff up and I’m in LOVE with the product. I thought it wouldn’t work on my skin color but it adds just the right amount of oil and shimmer. I’ve been able to swap for a few of the large bottles at a great deal too. Since it’s for my legs, I don’t mind if it’s been sampled or expired. Love my Nuxe Shimmering Oil.

    * I mean this stuff is awful!! I’ll gladly help you remove this crap out of your home. I’m over on the swap site ๐Ÿ˜œ

    • ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Almost full bottle . Haven’t traded but on swap site. Because I don’t have any swaps . People don’t write me back .Have full size from glossybox. Thanks tanzy thress

    • I’ve listed them on swaps

  19. The Glov on-the-go makeup remover glove from the Allure Beauty Thrills box. I didn’t think I would like it but I love it! I use it twice a day and will buy another soon.

  20. Subscription box items are SUCH great value that we’re spoiled with the cost vs value ratio. I know I really love something when I’m willing to pay “full price” for it. I’ve done this with only two sub items (both I wasn’t expecting much from but ended up loving). 1. The Osima Lip Doctor lip balm from Beauty Heroes (I bought 3 more from them so I’ll always have one in every purse/pocket) and 2. The BKR bottle from BOS. I purchased one from the BKR site and swapped for one. I know it’s just a water bottle but gosh they’re pretty :p

    • That lip balm is THE BEST!! I forgot about it. I think I may need to buy some more, too!

  21. Caeden ear phones. Wasn’t sure about white. They seemed so feminine. Turns out I love white AND rose gold. My first rose gold item.

    • Yay! Those are a great first rose gold item! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • This would be my choice too. I wasn’t that excited about headphones and the reviews of them falling apart and getting caught in people’s hair, had me worried.

      BUT…I love them so much!! They are beautiful, delicate, fit well and look and feel luxe. I wear them a lot. They’re still in perfect shape and my LONG hair (that is goes past the middle of my back) does not get caught.

    • I love these too, even though my shoulder length hair sometimes gets caught and I need help to get untangled. I even purchased the earbud converter for the latest and greatest iPhone just so that I could continue to use these headphones and the fancy ones from the Precious Metals Birchbox LE from a few years back.

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