POPSUGAR Must Have Box Winter 2018 Review + Coupon
POPSUGAR Must Have is a trend-savvy lifestyle subscription box for women from the trend-savvy minds at POPSUGAR! Each season, members get beauty, fashion, food, fitness, and home items from top- and up-and-coming brands that POPSUGAR editors have tried, tested, and loved.
Right now, get $20 off your the Winter box (a $400+ value) when you use coupon code MSA20—sign up now!
This box was sent to us for review purposes. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).
As always, the packaging is great. (This would be a wonderful subscription to gift, too.) And as you can see with the “PS, there’s more!” cardboard piece, beneath the cardboard, you’ll find the special extra sponsored goodies! (These items are not counted toward the value of the box.)
The Subscription Box: POPSUGAR Must Have
The Cost: $75 a box
If you haven’t signed up yet, use coupon code MSA20 to save $20 off of your first box!
The Products: “Must Have” items for women selected by POPSUGAR editors. (Fitness, Home, Beauty, Food, and more)
Each box comes with a booklet detailing the items included, and a letter from Lisa Sugar:
And POPSUGAR also included a card with coupons for the brands featured in the box:
Now, on to the items!
Uncommon James 100 Percent Handmade Cotton Fringe Throw – Retail Value $118
Great to know:
The piece was made in partnership with Tribe Alive, a company whose mission is to promote female artisans, ensure they’re paid living wages, and provide safe work environments for them.
This creamy white throw blanket has tassels on the ends, and fringe accents throughout. It’s giving me Anthropologie vibes and I love it!
Here I am holding it up to give you a better sense of scale:
It measures 65 x 50 inches (fringe included). It’s 100% cotton, and dry clean only. (FYI – we put it in the dryer on the refresh setting – 15 minutes steam, and it came out perfectly.)
It’s large enough to cuddle up with on the couch or to accent your bed:
(Shown on a queen size bed.)
The weight of the fabric isn’t too heavy/thick, but it’s substantial enough to give you warmth. I’d say it’s about a medium weight.
Melinda Maria Designs Sabrina Pod Necklace – Retail Value $98
For this item, subscribers could pick between an 18k gold-plated or sterling-silver plated version.
Here it is on:
And looped around twice:
And here’s the silver version on, too:
I think this would look lovely layered with a few other necklaces, too! And I really love that POPSUGAR is letting subscribers customize their metal choice with jewelry – I know most people are usually team gold or team silver, so it’s great that this piece isn’t one color fits all!
Winky Lux Sugar Palette – Retail Value $25
This palette has a gorgeous sparkly cover:
The shades include matte, shimmer, metallic, and glitter:
Here is a closer look:
And the pigment is amazing! Here are all the shades swatched:
The Sugar Cookie shade can double as a highlighter, and the Gummy Bear shade also works great as a blush! (Check out Marne’s daytime/nighttime look tutorial for this palette to get more ideas!)
Apotheke Tobacco Blossom Scented Candle – Retail Value $36
One item I’m always happy to see in a subscription box? A candle! (And this feels extra appropriate for a white winter cozy theme!)
This large candle (11 ounces) has a burn time of 60-70 hours. The tobacco blossom scent has notes of cognac, anise, and vanilla. Honestly, I probably wouldn’t have picked out a Tobacco Blossom scent if I was browsing candles online, but this was a pleasant surprise – it’s subtle and sweet!
And I love the frosted glass vessel – so simple and pretty.
Just like the blanket, I think this should work with any decor!
Kate Spade 2019 Desktop Calendar – Retail Value $20
First, how lovely is this packaging?! I love when Winter/December boxes include items that are perfect gifting!
But I think most subscribers will want to keep this for themselves because – how sweet is this design?
It has the classic Kate Spade polka dots, too!
The calendar features gold metal pegs and the cream cards are highlighted with gold foil.
On the back of each month is a card is a word with a definition.
It’s such a stylish piece – I love it! And POPSUGAR included a note about remembering Kate Spade, too:
Whiskey in a Teacup by Reese Witherspoon – Retail Value $35
This book is big! 304 pages, hardcover, and I think it would make a perfect hostess gift if you don’t want to keep it to yourself!
The pictures are gorgeous, and it’s a mix of a memoir (perfect for Reese fans), an etiquette guide, and a cookbook. (There are meal-themed recipes throughout.)
Check out my full review of this book if you want a more in-depth take!
Wander Beauty Baggage Claim Eye Masks – Retail Value $25
I’ve sampled these before and they are great! They are super gentle and soothing, plus they are ingredient-conscious! (Paraben-free, Phthalate-free, Synthetic fragrance-free, and cruelty-free!)
They come in a plastic disc to help keep things as non-messy as possible:
And they are gold! I put them on for 10 minutes, and I was pleasantly surprised by how well they stayed in place. The formula has a faint (natural) lavender scent and is designed to help with hydration and diminishing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Now, time for the Special Extras in the box! (If you aren’t familiar, these are extra items that don’t count toward the value of the box. AKA bonus freebies!)
Ellia Jet Lag Travel Support Roll-On – Retail Value $14.99
What a perfect inclusion for the holiday-travel season!
This is my favorite special extra in the box – it’s made with natural essential oils and the scent includes all my favorites: orange, peppermint, and lemongrass!
Ellia recommends using it any time you need to wake up and feel energized – just roll it on pulse points, temples, the back of your neck, or the soles of your feet.
Estee Lauder Beautiful Belle Eau de Parfum Rollerball – Retail Value $28
This is a brand new scent from Estee Lauder. The fragrance is a blend of Lychee, Mimosa, Rose Petals, Orange Flower, Gardenia, and Marzipan Musk.
Personally, I’m not a big perfume wearer, and this floral scent isn’t for me, but it’s a bonus item so that’s fine! Plus it’s a full-size rollerball – great for gifting or a stocking stuffer!
Lumify Redness Reliever Eye Drops – Value $12
I feel like redness-reducing eyedrops are having a beauty moment, and these definitely helped make my eyes pop a bit more – especially with mascara and eyeliner. Once in a while, I’ll wake up to one or both eyes looking a little bloodshot, so this is a welcome addition to my beauty bag!
Verdict: This box has a retail value of about $412 counting the special extras! Amazing! I am really impressed with this box – it includes 4 home items, 2 beauty items, and 1 fashion item – a perfect mix for a holiday season box in my opinion. (I think the blanket alone is worth the $75 box cost.) And I love that just about everything in this box can be gifted, too. If you’re looking to grab a few holiday gifts and keep a few items for yourself, I think the value here is amazing.
To Wrap Up:
DEAL – If you haven’t signed up yet, use coupon code MSA20 to save $20 off of your first box!
What do you think of the Winter POPSUGAR Must Have Box? What’s your favorite item in the box?