POPSUGAR Must Have Box Summer 2019 Review + Coupon
POPSUGAR Must Have is a lifestyle subscription box for women. 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. (It was voted one of the Best Subscription Boxes for Women by MSA readers, too!)
This box was sent to us for review purposes. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).
I love the inside lid of the box this season!
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:
Now, on to the items!
Seafolly Bronte Sunglasses in Blush or Blue Stone (You pick the color) – Retail Value Listed $99
These rounded sunglasses have mirrored frames, and they have a nice balance of being sturdy but still on the lightweight side. I tend to gravitate to aviators and wayfarer sunglass styles for my face shape, so I’m not sure if I’m able to pull off the round shape, but I have nothing like them in my sunglasses collection, and they push me out of my comfort zone a bit!
Tofino Towel – Retail Value $64.99 (You pick the pattern)
I have a Tofino circle towel from the Summer Limited Edition 2016 POPSUGAR Must Have Box, and it’s one of my favorite items from POPSUGAR, so I was thrilled to see this rectangular towel inclusion in the Summer box! The quality of towels from this brand is phenomenal! The fabric is 100% cotton terry velour and it is SO soft! The twisted fringe trim is a nice luxe accent, too!
Brooklyn Hat Co. Safari Hat – Retail Value $55
I included a picture of the packaging of this hat because I was very happy to see that POPSUGAR made sure it arrived in perfect condition! Again, the quality of this item is impressive. It’s handmade in Mexico, with palm fiber and an outer black band. Inside, beneath the inner band, are strings you can pull to adjust it and make it a perfect fit. (Or, if you’re like me, and have a large head, those strings may not be necessary! It had a snug fit on my head, and I might even use a hat stretcher for a looser fit.)
Julep Creme-to-Shadow Stick in Champagne Shimmer – Retail Value $18
It’s been a while since I used a Julep eyeshadow stick, but it’s one of my favorite products from their line when they used to have a subscription, and it’s a great summer makeup staple. The pigment and shimmer are great, the formula doesn’t budge once it sets, and I love how easy it is to apply – no makeup brush needed. Just apply directly to your lid and use your finger or the built-in smudger to blend.
Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Mermaid Skin Hyaluronic H2O Serum – Retail Value $42
I’m a big fan or tarte makeup, and I’ve tried a few of their skincare products and have been impressed, so this was another great box inclusion for me. This serum formula is SO lightweight! POPSUGAR describes it as a “water-light hydration serum” and that sums it up well! It absorbs almost instantly, provides moisture, and there’s no noticeable scent.
The packaging is gorgeous, it’s ingredient-conscious, and it works for all skin types. (If you have oily skin, you can probably skip applying moisturizer after this serum.)
Hint Sunstick – Retail Value $9.99 (Scent may vary)
I’m a fan of Hint sunscreen – it smells SO good! This stick smells just like grapefruit, goes on clear, moisturizes skin, and is water resistant for up to 80 minutes. (It’s also free of parabens and oxybenzone.)
Hint Sunscreen Spray – Retail Value $17.99 (Scent may vary)
The pineapple spray smells just as good as the grapefruit, and the mist goes on clear. Again, it is water resistant for up to 80 minutes and free of parabens and oxybenzone. Putting on sunscreen is usually a necessary chore, so I love that this is as easy to apply as it gets, and smells delicious!
Candy Club Lemonade Straws – Retail Value $8.50
These gummy straws are vegan-friendly but not gluten-free, so I couldn’t enjoy them, but here’s Marne’s review:
The sour pink lemonade straws are a favorite of mine. Not only are they brightly colored and a fun shape to eat, but they are SUPER sour. I can only eat about one or two at a time and am wincing while doing so, but the pink lemonade flavor is worth every pucker. Great candy for summer!
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!)
Nair Leg Mask – (2 oz)
This formula is designed to remove hair, moisturize and exfoliate the skin, and minimize hair regrowth. You apply a thick layer, leave on for 5-10 minutes, then wipe off with a damp cloth and rinse thoroughly. I tried a small patch test to see how my skin would react (I haven’t use Nair since Middle School) and removed it at exactly the 5-minute mark, and it left my skin completely hairless and smooth.
I still don’t love the scent of Nair, but it definitely seemed much more subtle than the formula I used long ago. This is one of those products I personally had forgotten about when I switched over to Schick Intuition razors, but I’m glad I got to try it again – it’s a great bonus item for a summer box!
This new serum set from Strivectin is “like a juice cleanse for skin.” With the full-size set, you’ll apply each serum day and night for a week and basically, reboot your skin. Here’s the regimen:
- WEEK 1: rebuild by restoring optimal, lasting hydration
- WEEK 2: boost skin to improve elasticity & visibly relax fine lines and wrinkles
- WEEK 3: balance skin for a radiant, even-toned complexion
- WEEK 4: restore resiliency & improve the look of sagging skin & deep wrinkles
The samples included provide enough formula for one day each. Not enough to notice a difference in my skin,
Verdict: This box has a retail value of about $315 not counting the special extras! I think that’s a great value for a $75 box (that works out to less than $10 an item), and I would pay $75 alone just for the towel + serum! I think this is a great summer essentials box full of items that should last you many years. If I had to pick one word to sum up this box theme it would be quality.
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No, if you sign up today, your first box will be the fall box. POPSUGAR has been selling out of boxes earlier and earlier, so I recommend signing up soon if you want to make sure you get the fall box.
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 Summer POPSUGAR Must Have Box? What’s your favorite item in the box?