POPSUGAR Must Have Box Winter 2019 Review + Coupon


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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).

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)

Check out all of my POPSUGAR Must Have reviews and the Women’s Subscription Box Directory!

Hudson + Bleecker – Preto Nomad Round Travel Case – Retail Value $60

I love the vintage hat box vibes of this case! Such a classic design, and the black exterior with gold metal accents + the striped lining = forever chic!

The inner clear circle bag is TSA friendly and easy to clean, while the outer case has a hard exterior to help protect your items in travel. It could even double as a purse! I have yet to figure out how to make packing a non-stressful event, but this surely has to help!

Nima Oberoi Lunares Blanco Nero Tray – Retail Value $69

This piece is handmade by artisans, using the ancient technique of sand casting. The inside of the dish is an abstract white and black enamel design, and the exterior is aluminum. This could be used as a trinket dish, jewelry catchall, etc. And the nice surprise is that it is food safe! It also comes in its own box, so I think it would make a lovely hostess gift if you’re thinking of subscribing to this box and using some of the items as holiday gifts!

This might be a little out there, but right now I’m using this tray as a remote control holder on our coffee table – I think it looks really good!

Kevyn Aucoin Beauty – The Neo-Blush in Rose Cliff – Retail Value $38

This gorgeous gradient blush allows you to get different shades that best suit your skin tone. If you scroll through the photos, I included a swatch that shows the colors on each end, and the bottom swatch shows a blend of the colors. The lighter, left side has shimmer, and the darker right side is more matte. The formula is well-pigmented (I recommend using a light hand), and I personally love the blended color – it’s the ideal amount of subtle shimmer for me.

Rifle Paper Co Boxed Set of Merci Cards – Retail Value $18

I don’t know what came first, my love of subscription boxes or my love of Rifle Paper Co, but I’m always happy to see anything Rifle Paper Co in a box! I’ve framed several of their cards I’ve received over the years, too. (It’s my go-to move for inexpensive office art!)

These cards feature a classic Rifle Paper Co floral background with a metallic gold foil stamped “Merci.” I am making a conscious effort to bring gratitude into every day, and these cards are a great reminder for that, too.

Rainbow Arc Necklace– Retail Value $60

This is the item that all subscribers got to pick! Lately, when POPSUGAR includes a jewelry piece in their subscription, they let subscribers select the jewelry piece of their choice. (Swipe through to see all options).

Delicate gold jewelry is my weakness, so I had to pick the rainbow necklace. I love the tiny rainbow sparkles, too. I don’t have any piece like this in my collection.

M.S Skincare KAPHA Energizing Body Oil – Retail Value $68

This brand is new to me, and it’s one of my favorite discoveries in the box! First, I love that M.S Skincare is ingredient-conscious for both the formulations of their products and their packaging.

Now let’s talk about the body oil itself. I was delighted by the scent – it’s my favorite essential oil blend for winter: orange, cinnamon, and clove. (One of my favorite holiday traditions, when I was a kid, was making pomander balls with my mom, so this scent is equal parts warmth and nostalgia for me.) The formula is a rich blend of oils including Coconut oil and Vitamin E. I found it took a minute or two to fully absorb, and it left my skin feeling soft and hydrated.

Here’s more from M.S Skincare on the benefits of the oil:

Coconut oil and gotu kola extract are known to help reduce the appearance of cellulite, scars and skin damage. Vitamin C rich kakadu plum and amla oil are known to brighten and firm skin for an even, all over glow.

Apotheke Reed Diffuser in White Vetiver – Retail Value $48

This frosted glass diffuser should work with any decor, and it has already found a home in our powder room. The scent carries well in a small room, and still holds its own in a larger room without being overpowering in either case. The scent is described as: “Cashmere, eucalyptus, and lilac are entwined with earthy vetiver, sandalwood, amber, and cedarwood to form a sultry fragrance.” I keep smelling it and can’t decide if I really like it or just sort of like it!

Fast Bar – Value $3.20

This bar is “scientifically formulated with premium ingredients to nourish the body and keep it from feeling hungry.” This bar is primarily a blend of nuts (including coconut), cocoa powder, and honey for some sweetness. It’s gluten-free, non-GMO, and works for the ketogenic diet.

But here’s my main question – how does it taste? It’s just slightly chewy (which is good because my first fear was crumbs everywhere.) The cocoa taste is very apparent to me, and I didn’t find it to be that sweet. In fact, I have a sweet tooth and would have liked it to be a little sweeter. But, it’s a health food, so it’s a good thing that there are only 7 grams of total sugar!

So I didn’t mind the taste, but I didn’t love it, and I know I would never find myself craving it. I ate half a bar midday and decided that was enough for me. But here’s where things get a little interesting… I totally forgot I had snacked on the bar earlier in the day, but then later that night I realized I had skipped snacks without realizing it, never craved or ate dessert after dinner, and still wasn’t feeling hungry. This could be a complete fluke, but I’m definitely going to try this bar again to validate if it actually does help curb unnecessary snacking. Again though, I want to stress that this could be a fluke (I could just have gotten plenty of sleep or something) so it may not work this way for you or even really for me!

Either way, POPSUGAR Editors have an excellent track record of including new-to-me food products in their boxes, and this is another interesting discovery!

Verdict: This box has a retail value of about $364! I think that’s an incredible value for a $75 box! I think this box has a perfect mix of home, beauty, and fashion items. The brands and the quality of products are great, too. I think this is a very classy box that has items I’ll be using for years. I do miss the special extras (sponsored items), though! But hopefully, those bonus goodies will be back in the Spring Box!

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? Yes, if you sign up today, your first box will be the winter 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 Winter POPSUGAR Must Have Box? What’s your favorite item in the box? 

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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 Box Reviews, Subscription Box Reviews, Subscription Boxes for Women| Tags: POPSUGAR Must Have Box | 102 comments

102 Comments

  1. Just got an email to resubscribe and get the winter box for half off with code Winter50 – total was $40 after taxes! All 3 jewelry customizations appeared to be in stock!

    Excited to have the travel case and silver necklace for a wedding I’ll be in over the summer, and the trinket dish seems precious!

    Pretty meh about the rest, I’ll probably use it but it doesn’t excite me. For $40 though, I’m thrilled!

    • I just used this code and it worked, thank you so much for sharing!!!

      • I did too. Do you know when they ship?

        • I’m not sure on when they will ship. If the established subscribers already got their boxes then I would think they would ship soon-ish since the boxes are already made up and ready? Really I have no clue though. I’m glad the code worked for you too! Now we wait excitedly!!!

          • got one too, figured could use some items for gifts esp at ½ off! rec’d email as well, used code AND had a $20 credit that applied automatically, it was $18! cancelled right after – bet they will ship soon to clear out boxes for spring psmh!

          • Heheh Thank you! Hopefully it’ll be soon!

          • I ordered on 2/13 and got a shipping notification today.

    • rec’d box today and have to admit that it is soooo much better in person than it seemed in photos! really like everything + def helps that box was well more than 50% off!

      enjoy everyone!

    • Okay I’m still super excited, but come on PS I ordered on 2/11, it’s been 11 days, 10 if you subtract what they may have treated as a holiday, but I still have nothing!

      Box in hand would have been nice by now, but I should have at least gotten a label created by this point, sheesh. I know I’m being impatient, but it’s not like regular shipping season where they’re swamped, so I just can’t figure out what’s up, and CS only had a boilerplate “the warehouse is on it”.

      After having been burned by Causebox Black Friday, and dealing with FFF being their usual shipping mess, I just want to know when I’m getting what I bought.
      This long of a time being incommunicado, plus my year having been an FFF member means I’m always nervous that another company is going to have inventory issues and be out of stock on my customization .

      • Me too, I ordered on 2/11 and it’s still processing. No news

    • So my order from February 11th finally arrived today.

      My travel case was damaged (CS was quick to replace when I sent pics!)

      My silver necklace didn’t arrive. I got the gold earrings instead and the silver necklace is now out of stock. I can’t wear gold and pretty much only ordered the box for the necklace.

      CS offered me a $10 credit for my necklace… but I’m no longer a subscriber and can’t use a credit. Waiting on a reply to see what their resolution is but yikes on taking nearly a month to get to me and double yikes on not being what I ordered. Pretty good CS so far though!

      • I guess I had your same selection. My box (purchased on 2/11) arrived this Tuesday with the Earrings instead of the necklace I selected, and a candle as extra to make up for the missing necklace (as told by cs). I actually don’t have my ears pierced and the candle has a smell that I find extremely unpleasant. I gave up, I’m getting getting tired to contact CS. On the bright side, everything else was perfect.

  2. I received my black friday deal box today. Love everything. However, the Wander beauty duo promo deal items were not with the box. I’ve sent an email to PSMH. Man, I hate having to track down promised promo items! Having flashbacks to Boxycharm…sheesh.

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