PopSugar Must Have May Box

I hope everyone had a lovely Mother’s Day celebrating with your loved ones!

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Today, I received May’s PopSugar Must Have Box and I am very happy with the contents inside.  The theme of this box is Summer and must have items you need to get ready for the Hot Summer months approaching.

 

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1.)  Kerry Cassill Eye Mask:($24) This comfortable eye mask was exclusively designed for PopSugar. It is made from voile cotton and incredible soft. It also has a nice fit and is not tight around your head. I have personally never used an eye mask but I will be giving this one a try.

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2.) Tone It Up DVD: ($15) Toning DVD created by Karena & Katrina who also have a reality show on Bravo. This is a 30 minute workout to help sculpt and tone your body. I am not a work out DVD fan. Not sure, I will be giving this one a try but keep an eye out and this may be given away in next month’s Give Away!

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3.) Hi I’m Skinny Sticks Multi-Grain Sweet Onion: ($4) Healthy alternative for snacking with 40% less fat than potato chips and 15 g of whole grains per serving. You can enjoy a snack with out the guilt. These were pretty good and my husband and I are starting to stray away from potato chips and find healthier choices.

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4.) Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Nail Polish: ($10) Long lasting polish and better yet 100% Vegan and Cruelty Free. This polish isn’t for me. Wild colors don’t look great with my skin tone. Watch for June’s Give Away!

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5.) Zing Anything Citrus Zinger: ($17) Take any type of citrus fruit and zing it right into your water bottle. This is such a great idea! You have the option to turn boring water into something a bit more exciting with a citrus flavor. Perfect to take with you on the go.

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6.) Smell Bent St. Tropez Dispenser:($45) Bring the beach to you with this tropical island scent. A blend of jasmine and coconut it will take you to another place. I absolutely love this and can’t wait to wear it on a Summery day! The smell is just yummy!

I was very happy with this month’s box. PopSugar is my favorite monthly subscription, very rarely do I receive a box that I just don’t care for. They also have excellent customer service and will replace any item that was damaged or broken for any reason no questions asked.

This box retailed $115.00 and I will end up using all the items except the nail polish and possibly the work out DVD.

Must Have Pop Sugar Box ($39.95 monthly/free shipping) High end, full size products hand picked from their editors. Items include, beauty, food, home accessories, jewelry, life style products. Month to month or 3-6-12 month subscriptions available. You also have the option to make a one time purchase for their special boxes (usually seasonally) Examples: Pop Sugar Neiman Marcus Box, Winter Box, Resort Collection etc.

Conscious Box- Get Your’s Free

Conscious Box ($19.95/free shipping) Select from three choice boxes, Vegan, Classic & Gluten Free. Receive beauty products, natural goods and snacks. Monthly, 3-6-12 subscriptions available.

Get your first Conscious Box Free! Just pay $7.95 for S/H. Use code ESCAPEFREE at check out.

I wanted to try out their free box and recently received mine in the mail. This is not a box for me at this time since I do receive boxes from several health subscription boxes. I did cancel my subscription before I was charged for my first box.

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Contents Inside

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1.) All Natural IPS Egg White Chips- Pressure Puffed, Aged White Cheddar Egg White Chips. Gluten-Free, Non-GMO, 0g Trans Fat, 7g of Protein, 5g of Fat, 130 Calories & 240mg of Sodium. I have had these before from another subscription box. My husband and I did not like them. They have a bland taste. ($39.03 for 24 pack from Amazon)

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2.) NeoCell Beauty Bursts- Gourmet Collagen Soft Chews. These are suppose to help rebuild Collagen, provide Vitamin C & bring hydration to the skin. ($13.19 for 60vitamins from DrVita)

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3.) Scheckter’s Organic Energy Drink- 100% Natural Organic, No Refined Sugars, No Artificial Ingredients, 110 calories, 28g of Carbohydrates & 28g of Sugar. I am not a good judge of energy drinks and I wouldn’t drink this one because it has too much sugar. I know it’s not refined sugar but It’s still too much. My husband will have to give this one a try. ($32.53 for 12 pack from Amazon)

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4.) Via Nature Soothing Skin Lotion Lavender Eucalyptus & Vanilla Coconut - Antioxidant Omega Essential Complex. Great for sensitive to normal skin. Contains Argan Oil to condition and Hydrate. I am a huge fan of both lotions! Great smell and makes my skin feel really soft! ($8.33 Vanilla Coconut from Amazon & $8.33 Lavender Eucalyptus from Amazon)

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5.) Kramp Krusher Electrolyte Chewz- Chewable drops for athletes. Provides sustaining energy and reloads electrolytes lost during working out or racing. I tried these when I was sick- I was unable to tell if it made a difference but I knew I lost a lot of electrolytes and used this in conjunction with Gatorade G2. I think you would need to use these on a daily basis during work outs. ($29.99 for 12pack from Amazon)

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6.) Pangea Organics Pyrenees Lavender with Cardamon Lip Balm – This is a long lasting lip balm with antioxidants and organic oils to nourish lips.  I did not try this. This will be part of a  JUNE GIVEAWAY. ($12.00 from C.O. Bigelow)

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7.) Traditional Medicinals Organic Chamomile Tea Sample- Naturally Caffeine Free Herbal Tea. All Chamomile Tea taste the same to me. ($3.79 a box from Vitacost)

This was a great sample box. I was introduced to products I have never used. Does anyone subscribe to Conscious Box? What are your thoughts?

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Pop Sugar Must Have- April 2014

April 10th, 2014

Next weekend is my birthday and thus being said, I am going to pretend that every item that comes in the mail is a gift for my birthday…so thank you Pop Sugar for your gift!

I have been receiving Must Have Pop Sugar boxes since September of 2013. This just started as treat for myself. I was able to justify the cost of $39.95  monthly because I curtailed going out to shop before and after my son was born in October. I wish that I had started this blog sooner to share the items that arrived in the previous months. Today happens to be the first Pop Sugar box that I get to review.

I am so happy to share April’s box with all of you, by far the best Pop Sugar of the New Year!

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As soon as I woke up this morning I went to look outside my door. Our doorman is prompt with package deliveries and I knew it would be sitting there. I grabbed my baby and knocked on my 81-year old grandma’s door who happens to be our neighbor. Grandma helps me review my boxes and this subscription company is one of her favorites. There wasn’t much, “hello, how are you?” it was more like, “sit down, what’s in that box!”

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Nature Box included custom-created trail mix called the POPSUGAR Must Have Mix. This trail mix contains almonds, soybeans, corn and cranberries. Nature Box has it’s own monthly subscription company; what a great way to cross-promote and market to a new audience. Nature Box stays away from high fructose corn syrup, artificial sweetners, colorings, flavors and other not-so-good-for-you chemicals. This mix is tasty and it has only 130 calories, 115mg of Sodium and 6 grams of fat per serving. Coincidentally, I should be receiving a Nature Box next week. Right now, you can go onto the Nature Box website and order your first box at 50% off with “POPSUGAR” code. It applies to any Nature Box boxes. ($5.00)

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An adorable set of tea towels from an Esty shop called Freshpastrystand was next. One towel says “Totally” and the other “Awesome”.  How fun! These are handmade, contain a water-based ink and are completely lint free which is great for drying glasses. These towels are adorable and how perfect would this be for a hostess gift or even as an extra bridal shower gift? Oh how..about for Mother’s Day? ($18.00)

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When I saw this next item I knew the value of the box was equal to what I paid just by this make up palette. Too Faced Make Up has been a staple in my make up bag for years from lipsticks to eyeshadows – it is a fabulous brand. This palette is called Natural Eyes and the colors are beautiful, it’s perfect for my fair skin color too. It contains nine different shades of eyeshadow ranging from tans to browns and even some shimmery pinks.  Included is a how-to guide for creating stunning eyes. ($36.00)

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My husband and I try hard to be eco-friendly and take reusable shopping bags with us when we go for groceries. Future trips to the store will now include my floral print collapsible tote bag from BlueAvocado. This shopper was co-designed by Lauren Conrad and is useful to carry just about anything. Made from upcycled (recycling to produce a better product) plastic bottles and folds into a wallet sized pouch. For me, this bag is perfect as a diaper bag- it’s so lightweight and won’t kill my shoulder if it just contained a few baby neccessities. ($25.00)

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Caldrea Rosewater Driftwood Hand Soap was next in my box of goodies. The hand soap has a lovely scent and the soap it self is thicker which shows quality compared to the name brand grocery store hand soaps. I’ll be putting this soap in our guest bathroom to share. ($10.50)

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Sadly, these boxes are not bottomless and have to end at some point.  My last item was a pocket notebook from Graphic Image. It’s a shame that in today’s world we are dependent on our smart phones to hold every important piece of information from: calendar reminders, addresses and to-do-lists. This is a nice reminder of what it was like when you relied on pen and paper to jot down notes. It is a quality notebook, with acid free paper, a flexible cover and tipped with silver edges. It fits nicely in a purse. ($20.00) <—This will be a MAY GIVE AWAY.

It’s safe to say that this was an excellent box! Filled with some fun new goodies to play with.  For the record, grandma liked the tea towels and tote bag the best.

The entire box retailed $ 114.50 just for$39.95! If you pre-pay for a 3, 6, 12 month subscription you will receive a discount.

Stay Tuned because next week arrives the Spring Special Edition Box from Must Have Pop Sugar 

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FabFitFun- Spring Edition 2014

April 6th, 2014

Fab Fit Fun is exactly what it sounds like. This is a curated box put together by style host Guliana Rancic. Fab Fit Fun boxes ship each quarter which is great for someone who loves beauty, wellness products and accessories with out having to commit to a monthly subscription. Each box is $49.99 and free shipping.

If you want to sign up for their Summer box, you can use coupon code SUMMER5 and save $5.00- Must use by July 15th, 2014

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I received my Fab Fit Fun box for Spring 2014 and wait until you see all the great gifts inside!!!

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Ordinarily, my mini make up bag contains a couple of perfume samples from department stores, perfect for when you need a refresh when your out and about. Fab Fit Fun included a Perfume oil by Kai. This is a roll-on oil perfume and the scent is amazing, very fresh and Spring like. It has a beautiful floral smell that is not at all over powering. I didn’t think I would enjoy this because I am suspect about the scents that come from roll-ons.  However, once I put it on it smells great! Kai says to roll it on your pulse points and claims it will smell different on everyone. What a lovely smell for Spring and definitely something I will throw into my on the go make up bag. This is a full-size bottle ($48.00 Nordstrom)

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I’ve been blessed with really great skin and it’s probably because I am so fair that the sun is my enemy. Wearing sunscreen is something I do quite often in the summer months and I am always using an SPF moisturizer on my face. Cover FX is an SPF 30 Protection Primer that is water resistant, hydrates and smooths skin to extend your make up wear. I try to use products with the least amount of chemicals and this is a Vegan, paraben-free, fragrance free, gluten free, mineral oil free and talc free. It will be great for your skin. Included Full Size ($38.00)

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Spring means it’s your last chance to get in shape before summer comes. Inside my box was a Merrithew Mini Stability ball and DVD. This ball and dvd will help you build core stability, stamina and resilience. It will also help you improve your posture and breathing. Retails ($28.94) **** This is an April GIVE AWAY****

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Exfoliation is an important shower routine for me- at least once or twice a week I use a scrub to exfoliate my skin and I always feel wonderful afterwards. I’ve used Exfoliating mitts in past and have found them not to work or last more than a few uses. Inside my Fab Fit Fun box was a Dermasuri Deep Exfoliating Mitt. All you have to do is put the mitt over your hand and buff away dead skin cells. We will have to see just how good this item is. If your interested in purchasing you can get 25% off your order with code FFFVIP25 expires 12/31/14. Retails ($19.99)

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When I saw the next item, I found myself with a love-hate opinion. Cult Gaia Turband, is a wrap headband- part turban, part headband. It has a wire like structure to wrap around your head and tie it in a knot like a turban. This style and print is not my cup of tea but the more I looked at it I started to like it. I put it on for my husband and thought I would get a crack or a laugh but no..he said I looked cute in it! I wore it for my mom and she said I looked like Rosie the Riveter. Honestly, this is going to get used- though I may not wear it out to restaurants or the mall.  But for activities like tanning on my balcony, going to the farmers markets, or taking my baby to the park, this is great. According to other receivers of this box we got different prints, I wish I would have received the blue and white polka dot but I will make due with this one. Retails ($48.00)

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Next in my box was Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Shampoo Invisible Spray. This is a dry shampoo that helps you maintain your mane for a couple of days without having to wash your hair. Sprays on clear and helps to absorb excess oil while vitamin E and wheat proteins strengthen hair while volumizing your hair. Interested in a purchase? Use code FabFit20 for 20% off your next purchase. Retails ($25.00 Sephora) ****This is an April GIVE AWAY ITEM****

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Back in my early post college days, I worked for a bath company that sold shower bombs. Not everyone is familiar with shower bombs and if you haven’t tried them you should, it’s a fun little shower treat. Level Naturals Shower Bombs change your shower from boring to refreshing. All you have to do is drop one in the bottom of your shower and  be amazed as the organic menthol and eucalyptus work with the shower steam to create a spa like experience. Full Size, 4 bombs ($7.99)

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Lastly, a new chip ( I love me some chips!) to try from The Better Chip Spinach and Kale with Sea Salt. Contains natural ingredients, non-GMO verified and gluten free. Contains 7g of fat, 130 Calories, 100mg of Sodium and 0g of Sugar, I munched on these as a wrote my review and found them to be delicious! I bet you can’t tell, I took a picture of an empty bag of chips! Retail ($1.99)

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Drum Roll Please………Remember this box sells for $49.99 with free shipping……the total value of this box is $217.91. Now that is a deal!  Don’t forget the Mini Stability Ball, dvd & The Dry Shampoo are all give away items, but you have to be a fan on Facebook to win!

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