Thursday, March 27, 2014

PopSugar Must Have March 2014 Review

I have chosen not to subscribe to PopSugar Must Have up until now for a variety of reasons. First of all, it costs a whopping $39.99 a month. Second of all, I do check in about what PopSugar is sending out every so often, and sometimes I love it and sometimes I am not interested at all. It's a total mixed bag of beauty products, accessories, clothing, food, and more. That could be fine, but there's no customization for this box. That means that it is quite likely that they will send you shit you don't want. If you're really picky (and readers of this blog have probably realized that I am really picky), they could very well be sending out shit that lots of people love but that you don't enjoy. At $40 a month, I don't want to have months that I regret.

I considered PopSugar for a long time, but the nail in the coffin came in February 2013 when they sent out a Nicholas Sparks novel. I know that sounds like a trivial thing, but I just concluded that this was a service that aimed at someone other than me. Even when I had totally ruled out PopSugar Must Have, though, there was one thing that they had sent that I fantasized about. In September 2012 they sent out a Brokedown scarf that I am still in love with (the whole box actually looked fantastic-- link to the Popsugar blog about it here).

In March 2014, they sent out another Brokedown scarf and goddamn it, I just had to have that sucker. I posted a facebook status about the scarf-shaped hole in my heart, and one of you lovely readers pointed out that the box was still available, SO I BOUGHT IT. I would have happily spent $40 on just the scarf, so everything else was a bonus.

Here's what I got:


Baublebar Elephant Ring Tree, retail value $12


I have a lot of rings. It's one of those pieces of jewelry I constantly convince myself that I will wear. (By the time I load myself up on clothing and makeup, though, I'm usually wearing enough decoration without any metal accoutrements.) Consequentially, this just isn't particularly practical for me, as you can only put a few rings on this teeny weeny elephant's trunk.

The aesthetic is fine, it's not not necessarily what I would choose for myself.

Jurlique Herbal Recovery Advanced Serum (0.5 fl oz), approximate retail value $27


I kind of instinctively roll my eyes at skincare products that say the word "serum". I feel like it is really common to market random-ass shit as a "serum" even when the ingredients make no sense at all. As long as something is approximately the texture of ejaculate and it is labeled "serum", people seem to buy it.

Looking at the ingredients, I really don't understand how this product is supposed to function. What stands out to me most is the laundry list of fragrances and other potential irritants. It smells nice (like roses!) and the iridescent packaging is kind of fancy. In terms of functionality, though, I would skip it.

Harvest Snaps Snapea Crisps (full size at 3.3oz), retail value $1.49


I actually already buy Snapea Crisps and I adore them. I've been buying them since I found a package in my then-boyfriend's cupboard sophomore year of high school. I opened them and ATE THE ENTIRE PACKAGE BECAUSE OH MY GOD THEY WERE SO DELICIOUS. Super recommended. They're basically the pea version of potato chips.

I would have preferred to get a food item that I had not tried, but I can't complain about getting a snack that I enjoy.

Nature's Bakery All Natural Strawberry Fig Bar (one bar at 2oz), approximate retail value $0.63.


This is basically exactly the same thing as a Fig Newton. I have purchased from this brand before and didn't have strong feelings about the products.

Dogeared Lucky Horseshoe Make A Wish Necklace, retail value $30



This is a very dainty piece of jewelry, and I am normally a chunky jewelry lady. I like this fine, but I am not jumping up and down about it. It's a little bit short as a necklace and it goes around my wrist only 2 and a half times, making it exactly the wrong size to work as a bracelet.

The concept for this necklace is that you wear it until it breaks and, when it breaks, your wish will come true. I'm not really sure how I feel about a piece of jewelry that is advertising that it is going to fall apart. I've been wearing it and have decided that I am going to wish for an indestructible necklace.


With that said, I was browsing the Dogeared website and found that they had a "wishbone" version of this necklace. (They also have it in bracelet form.) Even though the horseshoe necklace seemed a bit "meh", I think the wishbone version is adorable!

Image Source: http://www.dogeared.com/wish-wishbone-necklace-on-royal%2C-gold-dipped/MCGK15D803399.html#start=15&sz=12

ActiveForever Fusion Exercise Ball, retail value $9.95


This is an eeny weeny exercise ball. It arrived folded up, looking like either a vaginal fortune cookie or a neon pink folded napkin. You blow it up with a little straw.


Again, this ball is very small. So small, in fact, that I had no idea how one could possibly use it to exercise. I had to go to the Popsugar blog to gather even the faintest idea about how one would use it:

Image Source: http://musthave.popsugar.com/Little-Ball-Big-Results-Essential-Moves-Mini-Exercise-Ball-34292510/
Image Source: http://musthave.popsugar.com/Little-Ball-Big-Results-Essential-Moves-Mini-Exercise-Ball-34292510/

Maybe I'm just not exercise-savy enough, but I would never do shit like that. Ever. My idea of exercise is getting on my elliptical, setting up my laptop with some Netflix TV show on in front of it, and telling myself I can't stop moving until the episode ends. And I like it like that! I don't want to try to balance on your itsy bitsy ball!

Brokedown Blue Ikat Scarf, retail value $72


Grand finale! This is the reason I bought this box. Happily, it was totally worth it. It's really lightweight and soft, and the design is gorgeous.


A lot of the things on the Brokedown website seem to embody the Dolly Parton quote, "It costs a lot of money to look this cheap."(Would you pay $118 for this furry hoodie or $79 for a sparkly trucker hat emblazoned with the word 'Dream'?) Their scarves, though, are clearly perfection.

Total Box Value: $153.07

I am happy with the box. I already knew I was going to be happy with the box because scarf. Since I've unsubscribed to Wantable, I've decided that I'm going to give PopSugar Must Have a few months and just see how it goes.

If you are interested in joining PopSugar Must Have, you are, as always, welcome to use my referral link by clicking here. You can use the code REFER5 to get $5 off your first box.

29 comments:

  1. I feel like a little ball like that would be useful for doing modified versions of normal exercises (potentially useful for lazy people like me). This seems like a good box overall though. Usually PopSugar unboxings seem kind of 50/50 to me in terms of good/bad, but this one has more good in my opinion.

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    1. It probably does work for some people, I just am not interested in any of the exercises you can do with one, haha.

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  2. This post is full of gems...approximate texture of ejaculate! vaginal fortune cookie! You slay me.

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    1. I agree, I was oddly satisfied by this sentence. "I already knew I was going to be happy with the box because scarf" lol Because Scarf.

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    2. The 'ejaculate' comment was so unexpected, so apt and so hilarious that I may have sprayed my keyboard with tea in a way that was...appropriately inappropriate to the situation.

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    3. ...Am I not the only person whose mind goes there every time I try a serum?

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    4. Robyn don't be ridiculous we are all in the gutter with you lol. I am pretty not into serums for that reason haha

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  3. Having used the Jurlique thing I can tell you its not super helpful. Its not moisturizing AT ALL and thus can provide no helpful benefits to my skin without a greasy moisturizer of some sort which sort of defeats the point. It does smell lovely though, but for Jurlique's price point I need more than that.

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    1. Yeah, it doesn't have any ingredients suggesting that it would do much of anything!

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  4. "As long as something is approximately the texture of ejaculate and it is labeled 'serum', people seem to buy it." And it's because of wonderful quotes like these that I need this blog.

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    1. Between that comment and the vaginal fortune comment, I'm starting to wonder about Robyn's personal life! :P

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    2. My personal life is totally normal, guys.

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  5. The 'wish necklace' seemed like a cute idea until I saw the price... Kinda reminds me of those 'emotion' bracelets (and good ol' friendship bands) everyone had when I was a kid- a kind of cute, dinky thing that became progressively mankier until it disintegrated off the wearer.

    I want that scarf!

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    1. I wore a lot of disintegrating necklaces as a middle schooler, but they weren't designed to disintegrate!

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    2. yah I remember the ones that were almost hemp material and each color represented something like 'love, happiness, luck, money' and when it fell/broke off it was supposed to come true. LOL

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  6. I NEED THAT TINY ELEPHANT IN MY LIFE. Although I would not spend $40 for it. Hopefully I can find it sold separately?

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    1. http://www.ebay.com/itm/NIB-Baublebar-Elephant-Ring-Tree-Jewelry-Holder-PopSugar-Must-Have-Box-/390808727852?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item5afe03f12c

      Or you can buy it on Baublebar, but I don't know what the shipping cost is.

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  7. that scarf looks amazing on you!

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  8. Your "ejaculate" comment got me to look up the biological definition of serum, so I learned something new today. Thank you for that.

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    1. Any day you learn something is a good day!

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  9. I've always used exercise balls that size for doing leg workouts during barre. They can be awkward, but when you get it down they're great!

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    1. I think I'm just not exercise-savy enough for that sort of thing!

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  10. Vaginal fortune cookie is now part of my personal lexicon. Thank you.

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  11. The Netflix idea is a gem! Going to try it during my next gym visit

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  13. Love the post -- agree with the Jurlique comment. I feel like a lot of their pricing strategy is based on the packaging and idea of 'prestige' rather than products that deliver their claims. Then again, which company isn't like that?

    I also noticed that the price of the Brokedown scarf is now $38*; not sure if they changed prices since the date you published this. It doesn't really matter though, since everything in the box were effectively freebies!

    (Also wish there were an edit function!)

    *source: https://www.brokedownclothing.com/buy-now/blue-ikat-scarf

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