Sunday, April 27, 2014

PopSugar Must Have April 2014 Review

First off, I apologize for being MIA as of late. The boyfriend just started a new nuclear tech job and he needs to get up at 5am to get to work. Being the supportive and wonderful girlfriend that I am, I've been getting up with him to make breakfast, which basically results in me being tired all day long. I've ended up going to work, caring for my pets, and getting nothing else done all day. I can only assume that you have all been sitting at your computers, pining away in my absence.

PopSugar Must Have is a relatively new subscription for me. This is my second month receiving it. It's a wee bit pricy at $40 (uh, "$39.95") per month.

Last month, I subscribed because my life was clearly going to be incomplete without a particular luxury item: a Brokedown scarf. This month, though, was all about practicality. The box was full of shit that I actually need. Here's what I got:


Too Faced Natural Eyes Neutral Eyeshadow Collection, retail value $36


Admittedly, as an eyeshadow hoarder, I don't actually need another neutral eyeshadow palette, but this is still practical as a motherfucker. Too Faced's Natural Eyes palette was originally released on 2009, but it was re-released this year with three switched-out shadows, presumably in response to quality-related criticisms about a few of the grittier colors.


Like all Too Faced palettes, it comes with a little card showing what eyes look like when they are photoshopped to vaguely look like the colors in the palette.


I also, as always, love the fact that the highlight shades are fatties at 0.07oz, with smaller 0.03oz lid shades. They are organized roughly around three looks, which is helpful for anyone who feels really overwhelmed by eyeshadow composition.




The "Day" look contains Heaven, a matte cream the color of vanilla ice cream, Cashmere Bunny (new to the update), a medium cool toffee color, and Sexpresso, a matte coffee brown.

The "Classic" look contains Silk Teddy, a shimmery pink-leaning beige color, Push-Up, a sandy, shimmery brown, and Erotica, a dark gray-brown with yet more shimmer.

The "Fashion" look contains Nudie (new to the update), a smooth, matte, pale brown, Honey Pot, a shimmery bronze-leaning gold, and Chocolate Martini (new to the update), a chocolate with gold glitter. Nudie is the only color I would happily pass on. Although the shade is pigmented and lovely in quality, I really wish that Too Faced has chosen to include more of a highlight shade, rather than a giant-ass lid color. (If you are dark-skinned, though, this will probably work a little better as a highlight on you.)

From left to right: Heaven, Cashmere Bunny, Sexpresso, Silk Teddy, Push-Up, Erotica, Nudie, Honey Pot, Chocolate Martini. 
Here's the "Day" look:


Here's the "Classic" look:


And I totally fucked up on symmetry for the "Fashion" look, so here is an awkward close-up of my eye. Go ahead and pretend my other eye also looked like this:


The full palette is $36 for 0.39oz, making it $92.31 per ounce. I like it in terms of quality, though it should be noted that there is nothing about this palette that makes it really stand out as something special in the world of nude shadows. The quality is great, though, and every shadow performs well.

Blue Avocado (Eco) Shopper, retail value $24.99


I am the first person to call out a gimmick, and the idea of a shopping bag that folds up originally made me roll me eyes. I have a gazillion cloth shopping bags. Why would I want one with an extra zipper?


I totally changed my mind the VERY NEXT TIME I WENT TO THE GROCERY STORE. I am the kind of person who habitually forgets my shopping bags in the car and then feels bad about killing the environment. The beauty of this bag is that, when it is folded up and zipped up, it fits in my purse. That means that it doesn't matter if I forget my bags in the car-- I literally always have a shopping bag with me! It's been super handy in the past couple of weeks. It also holds a surprising amount of weight.


The only think I don't like about this bag is that I think there are cuter designs on the Blue Avocado website. The "tuxedo stripe" one is more attractive to me. (Still, this is way prettier than any shopping bags I had before.)

French Pastry Stand Totally Awesome Tea Towel Set, retail value $18.00


Some of you are almost certainly adult enough to have your lives together and stuff, but I am still in transition. We actually didn't own anything with which to dry dishes. When something comes out of the dishwater wet, my strategy has just kind of been to hold it upside down for ten seconds and put it away damp.


Although I don't love the "Totally Awesome" design, this is a really handy acquisition for me.


Graphic Image Pocket Notes 'Run the World' Notebook, estimated retail value $20


A notebook that says "Run the World"? I'll take it. That won't stop me from secretly wishing it was a planner, though.


Caldrea Rosewater Driftwood Hand Soap (full size at 10.8 fl oz), retail value $10.50


I need soap. You need soap. We all need soap. This soap smells like rosewater. That makes me feel fancy.

(For the record, though: As an aquarium enthusiast, I probably have way more driftwood in my house than the average person. Driftwood does not smell like very much.)

Naturebox Popsugar Must Have Mix (4.5 oz), approximate retail value $5.00


PopSugar also kindly sent me a snack. I did not like it. It was almost impressively bland. There were off-brand Craisins in it, but there needed to be way more to counter-balance the absolute boringness of the flavorless soybeans and the like. I have been sticking baggies of them in my boyfriend's lunches so that he can have the, uh, joy of eating them.


Total Box Value: $114.49

I'm super pleased with this box. The Too Faced palette and the Blue Avocado bag were standouts for awesomeness and helpfulness, respectively. The only thing I didn't like was the Naturebox snack, and I'm still using it... just sneakily. With that said, I feel like many people who have their shit together in life enough to own tea towels and all that jazz might be less psyched about the contents of this box.

If you are interested in joining PopSugar Must Have, you are always welcome to use my referral link by clicking here. The code REFER5 will get you five bucks off your first box.

47 comments:

  1. Ha! I was going to say that I have not beensitting around pining and that I really came by expecting to see that a ton of posts had piled up over the last several days. But I feel like being the first commenter totally belies all of that.

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    1. At least my having-a-life-ness is not upsetting you too much!

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  2. It's been, like, four days since your last post. You're still one of the more prolific bloggers I follow and for that I love you. That and you're a genius.

    I have a love/hate thing about your subscription box posts. Here in New Zealand we have next to no sub box services, and what we do have is insanely over priced. I'm jealous but also love seeing what is on offer... If they'd tossed a paperback in, instead of that rank snack mix, I'd be head over heels about this box!!

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    1. I just need a broke down scarf every month, please!

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  3. #1 Nuclear whaaat? Sounds top-secret!
    #2 You are really pretty.
    #2 Thank you for the positive review of the tea towels. Dry those dishes, girl!!! Don't mess up your cupboards :)

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    1. It's only a little bit top secret.

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  4. Do you know how often PopSugar boxes are spoiled (as in spoiler previews, not as in rotten)? I got this box because it's basically a palette that I wanted with an amazing GWP. I cancelled before I could be charged for May though; I don't trust PopSugar's taste enough to spend $40/mo on total mystery products.

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    1. I think a lot of people cancel, wait for reviews, and then purchase if it didn't sell totally out.

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  5. I got this box because I was lucky enough to learn about an amazing code for 50% off the box. That made it less than the cost of the Too Faced palette! Yippee! Like the previous commenter, I canceled already. I've loved the things that I've seen in previous PopSugar boxes, but $40 is just too much for me to spend each month on a box of stuff that I may or may not like.

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    1. Yeah, it took me a while to subscribe because my love for the boxes was not consistent.

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  6. I bought that box for the pallet alone with the 50% off code. I am in love with that thing!

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  7. So, I feel like on your last box you ordered it after it had been released or, at least, announced. Do you know if or how to tell which box one would get if they subscribed now?

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    1. It tells you on the site whether the current month is sold out or not.

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  8. I missed your posts but I'm willing to wait for them. You're genuine which is more than I can say for a lot of bloggers. (Speaking from experience it can be hard to be genuine on a blog when you have all manner of trolls willing to jump down your throat for saying anything that seems negative.)

    I really do adore PSMH; I feel that the box quality has gone up since their price increase although that might just be some subconscious rationalization on my part. The only item that felt "meh" was the snack mix. Unfortunately I don't have anyone to foist it off on.

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    1. Yeah, people are kind of terrible. Blogging is not for the weak-willed.

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  9. I freakin love that bag. I'm obsessed! I can't wait to use it on vacation as a "oops, bought too much stuff" bag!

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    1. Or the "oops, I swear this all fit in here on the way TO my vacation…." bag. :)

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  10. you're a sweetie to get on your bf's new schedule - hope he knows that!

    thanks for the post - but a mention of *pets* and no photo documentation? doesn't that break some internet law or something?

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  11. I am a wee bit jealous. I've been eyeing that palette for a while now, but not allowing myself to get it because I don't need another neutral palette. Honey Pot makes me want to cry I want it so bad.

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  12. Now that I have learned you're an aquarium enthusiast I am now requesting you have an aquarium blog too.

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    1. I have actually considered it, haha.

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  13. I am thinking of subscribing to PopSugar boxes and selling the items on eBay that I don't want. $40 a month is too much for me, but if I can sell some items to others, I'm willing to try it. Do you have any experience with this? Is it a bad idea?

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    1. I have no idea. According to ebay, obviously people are trying. I don't know if they are having success.

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  14. The shopping bag is awesome, and I wouldn't say no to the Too Faced Palette, either...although I have to admit that living in the Land of Overpriced Cosmetics makes me feel sort of guilty for even looking at another neutral palette when I already have the Naked 2...

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    1. Naked 2 is not enough neutrals. FACT.

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  15. You're an aquarium enthusiast too? Pics wanted!! :)

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    1. They're not that fancy. Since it's already uploaded, here is Kaiju, at least: http://imgur.com/RdBFNGc

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  16. I LOVE Caldrea soaps. I hoard Birchbox points so that I can have a never-ending supply of their dish soap and hand soap.

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    1. I bought one of their room sprays the other day! This was my first exposure to the brand, though.

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  17. I just happened upon your blog and I love it! Is there a way to follow via email subscription?
    Thanks!

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  18. For the value I personally would much rather go out and buy a product or two or three I personally really want as more than half the items I'd probably not like but I did really like the Too Faced pallete, gorgeous!
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    1. Yeah, sometimes that is the better option, especially if you get really emotionally invested and disappointed when there's a crappy subscription box month.

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  19. do you read Tom + Lorenzo? http://tomandlorenzo.com/ i just realized your writing style reminds me of them a little. that's a great thing, they're brilliant too :)

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    1. I have never read their blog, no!

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    1. Hopefully they continue to be good!

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  21. okay, this is unrelated to this post in particular but can I just say THANKYOU a) for having this blog, only found it today, love it already b) for having the layout that you do, so so so many bloggers have the 'continue reading' and 'read more' button, but i really like just scrolling through, on and on and on. please don't change it!

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    1. Oh yeah, I hate clicking too.

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  22. I am perhaps rather biased towards the Too Faced Natural Eye palette, since it was the first eyeshadow palette I ever bought and I happily used it every day for two years. I now own many eyeshadow palettes, but I still have a soft spot for this one! I feel like it's the perfect palette to start out with, especially if you're not used to wearing eyeshadow. All the colours are so pigmented and buttery and they go so nicely together too, especially if you have warm undertones. That said, I can't help but agree with you that there are definitely neutral palettes out there that are a lot more diverse and more fun to work with!

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    1. Aw! Gotta love the first fancy palette.

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