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 "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.
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