popsugar must have – subscription box review

I’ve recently become quite obsessed with subscription boxes — a recent fad with a multitude of categories. If you’re not looking to possibly become obsessed as well, you should probably stop reading this. ;)

It seems that there’s a subscription box for everything these days! I had heard of POPSUGAR Must Have’s monthly subscription service before and, admittedly, I did try it about a year ago and was not too impressed. I immediately cancelled, not giving them another opportunity to impress me. On a whim, I decided to try it out again and was disappointed in myself for not giving them a second chance to begin with. From looking at past boxes over the last half year, they’ve definitely found their groove.

I’ve always enjoyed POPSUGAR’s articles and their fitness app has a lot of buzz for good reason. So, when I discovered that there’s was a little box curated by the POPSUGAR editors, my ears perked up. The Must Have box is hand-selected, full-size! (very important — not samples!) items in fashion, home, fitness, food, and beauty. It’s all about giving you little perks for your own lifestyle — a little gift to yourself each month. What’s lovely about the Must Have box, as well, is that you’re able to cancel at any time (and you will want to do so if you do not want to be automatically charged next month). There’s a monthly charge each month of $39.95, but the value of the box is always far beyond that. Some people feel that the “auto charge” feature is a scam, but I find that you just need to understand how it works — if you don’t realize it’s an “auto charge” feature by a certain date each month, of course you’re going to be surprised to see a credit card charge on your account. Always read the FAQs before ordering any product. :)

If you’re interested in learning more about POPSUGAR Must Have, click here (disclaimer: this is a referral link that will get me a little credit — you certainly do not need to use it if you would prefer not to). If you would like $5 off your first box, enter code REFER5 at checkout.

Here’s a review of all the products featured for May 2014! Each box always has a general theme — a holiday or special event. This month, it was all about getting ready for summer.

Tone It Up One Day Fat BlastValue: $10

This is something that I’m looking forward to trying, although I’m not usually into fitness DVDs. It’s something I should be into, but I’ve never quite caught onto them. Regardless, I’ve read that the two ladies featured in the DVD are a lot of fun on a television show that they have, so that could definitely provide some entertainment and not be entirely mind-numbing. Note to self: you need to workout more. A lot more.

Zing Anything Citrus ZingerValue: $17

I had heard about the Citrus Zinger before and very nearly purchased one in the past. However, as a lot of Amazon reviews state, the Citrus Zinger is apparently very prone to leaking. I was prepared for it to potentially leak, so I put it in the fridge overnight with a towel underneath it and did the same when transporting it to the office in my car. It leaked a tiny bit, but not enough to warrant complaining. However, when I got to my desk and opened it to drink it, it just started to leak uncontrollably. After receiving my own in this box, I did find out that the leaking is most certainly user error (to a degree). I say “to a degree” because The Citrus Zinger is a little misleading because the official graphic on the printout that comes with it (and is all over their web site) shows half of an orange inverted in the fruit container. An average person would think: “Cool! I can do that. Awesome. Time to stuff it with fruit.” However, you can’t. You need to fill the Citrus Zinger with no more than 1 inch full with fruit. Just be mindful of the amount of fruit you’re using and you really shouldn’t have any trouble.

Obessive Compulsive Cosmetics Nail Lacquer in Pool BoyValue: $10

I’m not someone that’s really “into” nail polish and never thought I’d wear a color that’s so… bright and blue. But, I love it! I’ve also found it to be a fairly strong brand, with no chipping in scenarios that other nail polishes would have. I’m definitely keeping this — and I’m very surprised I’m saying that. It’s why I love this subscription box so much — it gets you to try new things. :)

Kerry Cassill Eye MaskValue: $24

Again, this is a product that I’d normally not use. But, after a round of quite severe weather last evening, I used it to stop me from waking up from flashes of lightning. No visible crimp in my hair after waking up, either (my original concern). Again, I’m surprised to say that I think I’ll be using this more often than I’d ever thought now! This was also exclusively-printed for POPSUGAR, so no one who didn’t receive this box can purchase the same pattern.

Smell Bent St. Tropez DispenserValue: $45

There’s always a “big ticket” item in each box — something that exceeds $45. This time, it was this lovely scent by Smell Bent that reminds me of a day at the pool. “With notes of jasmine, fresh coconut, aloe vera, and vintage musk.” It’s definitely potent, though, so you only need a spritz or two. I’m surprised that they picked a scent for their higher priced item, but I think they chose something that’s fairly mild definitely reminiscent of the season.

Hi, I’m Skinny Sticks in Multi-Grain Sweet OnionValue: $4

These taste really good — so good that I could eat the entire bag. I’m a little sad, because I’ve never seen the brand around before. It would be nice if I could find these at my local supermarket!

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If you’re interested in learning more about the plethora of subscription box options, I’d highly recommend the very-addicting (WARNING: ADDICTING!) site My Subscription Addiction. The author provides honest reviews about all of the million boxes that she subscribes to.


things i found while looking around

I waste too much money on my dogs:

  • Island Mutt: I find their idea of using creating dog leashes/collars/toys with the nylon rope that’s used on docks really economical. I’d think keeping their Monkey Fist Dog Toy as an outside dog toy would be nice for the summer and dog park adventures.
  • Parapup and RuggedByDesignME: Etsy shops that offer leashes/collars made out of parachute cord. I’ll likely try this out for my next round of collar buying. It seems they would be far more durable than what I currently use which isn’t holding up to a rambunctious puppy.
  • Bergan EZ Steps Big Dog Dual Leash: I normally try to buy items such as this on Etsy or from a Farmer’s Market vendor since they always have such great patterns that stores do not (and they’re often cheaper or very similar in price — chain stores are such a ripoff for collars!), but I haven’t found anything similar in my searches. I need something that’s durable and tangle-free for both Quinn and Riggs and, while I’ve never, ever tried a dual leash, this one looks to be one the best I’ve found in terms of reviews.
  • ID4Pet: Unique, durable dog tags. I’ve purchased two already (one for Quinn and one for Riggs) and will definitely be returning to this shop in the future. They ship quickly and come with a really shiny gloss on them that doesn’t peel off.

Since we’re approaching spring, I definitely have “spring cleaning” on my mind. This includes getting rid of all the cans that have been in my pantry for weeks (just kidding — months!).

Deeeelicious recipes that have helped me do so:

  • Lazy Girl’s Chicken Enchilada Casserole: I substituted Greek yogurt for the sour cream and a can of Ro-Tel Tomatoes & Diced Green Chilies for the salsa and diced green chilies. I also threw remaining bits of the packages of shredded cheese we had in our fridge. No corn, either. This was fast, easy, and definitely ohmygod-I-have-so-much-crap-in-my-fridge friendly.
  • Lemon Yogurt Sugar Muffins: Minimal ingredients that I normally have on hand. This has been my go-to recipe if I feel the urge to bake.
  • Spicy Sausage Pasta: Um. This tastes like a dish I’d get at a restaurant and my “I swear I followed the recipe!” meals never come out to anything resembling that. I usually steer clear of any type of sausage, but this is really quite tasty.
  • Mexican Chickpea Salad: Why did I have three cans of garbanzo beans in my pantry? For this recipe, of course! I used red onion and RealLemon lemon juice from my fridge. I also didn’t include the avocado that’s suggested — that wouldn’t keep well. Divided into one cup containers and I had lunch made for work for three days. Warning: it’s really that good.

Random handmade goodies: