Tuesday, March 31, 2015

PopSugar Must Have Lifestyle Box Review, March 2015 + $5 Discount Codes!

It seems like a LONG time since I've reviewed a PopSugar Must Have box!  While this is still one of my favorite subscription boxes, it does feel like they've lost a bit of their energy over the past few months.  For a while last year, the boxes were just getting better and better, but they've definitely been a little less dazzling lately.  Still...this is a fun subscription and if you're not familiar with PopSugar, their boxes definitely deserve consideration.

PopSugar is classified as a lifestyle box because they send items in a number of different categories, including fashion, beauty, home decor, fitness and food.  They sometimes include a few samples as well.  The value of each box (using MSRPs) is generally above $100.  

There are three subscription plans available with significant discounts for the multi-month plans.  Shipping is free.  The 3 mo. and 6 mo. plans auto renew on the 25th of the month.

Monthly - $39.95 

Three Months - $109.85
Six Months - $214.70

The March PopSugar box contained several on-trend items that pretty much cover the range of categories mentioned above.

The fold-out information card provides the vital stats and retail prices.

The dominant item is a big tube with a diffuser kit inside.  This one is called "The Archivist" and it comes from Greenmarket Purveying Co.  The kit contains an 8 oz. bottle of Lemon & Cucumber fragrance oil and a set of eight black reeds. I have this diffuser set up in my office; the scent is very refreshing and invigorating!  Retail $20

The next item seems like a strange choice to me.  It's a hot pink zip pouch by Samudra.  It has a pattern of pineapples and the card says the see-through plastic is meant for easy access to beach items.  But it looks more like a document holder for a grade schooler to me.  Since I don't live anywhere near a beach, this will have to serve as some kind of office accessory.  The card says the retail value is $40 which is absurd.  This would probably sell for a dollar or two at Walmart.

The food item in the box is a bag of Half Pops in Chipotle Barbeque flavor.  I like Half Pops but they have been in so many sub boxes that this isn't a particularly interesting addition to this box as far as I'm concerned.  Retail $1.69

More weirdness...this pad of "What to Pack" packing list sheets from Knock Knock. The idea is to help you remember all your travel essentials but with 60 sheets here, one would have to travel a LOT to really make use of this pad.  It is designed in a cute way but I wonder how many PopSugar subscribers will really find this useful? Retail $7  

The Micro Magic Microdermabrasion Treatment from Bliss gets us back on track.  This full size product uses volcanic pumice and aloe to resurface, smooth and renew skin.  This is said to provide "spa perfect" results at home.  I think it's nicely timed as we head into Spring.  Retail $48

This little yellow brush is called The Squirt by Wet Brush.  It uses "IntelliFlex" bristles to eliminate hair breakage while also massaging the scalp.  It is a nice small travel size and can be used on wet or dry hair.  Retail $4.99

Last is a cute pink Benefit box that contains luxury sample sizes of their Roller Lash mascara and POREfessional balm.  Oddly enough, I was just studying Benefit's Roller Lash mascara at Ulta this afternoon.  It is said to curl and lift lashes giving you a more wide-eyed look.  The POREfessional is a lightweight mattifying primer that minimizes the appearance of pores.  No retail value given.

Not counting the Benefit samples, the total retail value of this box is $121.68. That is at least $38 over-stated because of the ridiculous valuation of the plastic pouch. For me, the winners in this box are the diffuser kit and the microdermabrasion treatment. The Benefit samples are a great little bonus.  The detangling brush is a nice item but not suitable for my hair so it will be gifted.  The plastic pineapple pouch and packing list pad...well, I am resourceful so will find some way to use these.

Although this box was not their absolute best, PopSugar has been one of the most consistently fun and interesting boxes available.  So I trust there will be many more great boxes to come!   If you're interested in trying PopSugar, click here and use code REFER5 or MUSTHAVE5 at checkout for a $5 discount on your first box.

Thanks for reading,


Disclosure:  Views and opinions expressed in this blog are strictly my own.  Product discussed in this post was purchased by Lone Star Shopper. Post may contain referral or affiliate links.

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