PopSugar Must Have Review, February 2016

PopSugar Must Have, $39.95 per month (US only)

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Picotee, my gorgeous 5-month-old Mini Satin bunny, was excited that there was a beauty box that was big enough for her to sit in!  She has two of the products from the box with her.  She's one of my special bunnies, so I am happy to finally have a chance to show her off.

PopSugar Must Have is a monthly box that is more lifestyle than beauty.  They always have a beauty product or two, but they also have things like jewelry, books, candles, household goods, and snacks.  PopSugar is on the more expensive side at $39.95 per month, but the value of the boxes is always $100+.  I don't currently subscribe to this box, but I saw spoilers for this month and loved it.  My sweet girlfriend, Emily, knew how much I wanted it and got the February box for me for Valentine's Day.  Isn't she the best?  I am one lucky lady.

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Here's what was in my February PopSugar Must Have box:

The Victoria's Secret socks and reward card were special sponsored extras.  Including the extras, the value of the February PopSugar box was $268.17.  That is an amazing value for a $40 box!  I subscribed to PopSugar for a few months last year because I saw last February's box and fell in love.  Unfortunately, they had sold out of the February box by the time I subscribed last year, so I didn't get that box and the boxes of the following months were not nearly as good.  Does PopSugar have amazing boxes every February?  I'll be sure to sign up again next February to find out.

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The Tilo scarf is what made me want this box so much.  I don't even wear scarves, so I'm not sure why I wanted this, but I did.  I've worn this scarf a couple of times so far and have loved it.  This scarf design is an exclusive for PopSugar, so you won't be able to buy this scarf, but Tilo has similar scarves.  I wondered if the price was a little inflated because $125 is a lot of money for a scarf, but I checked the prices of Tilo's other scarves and the value PopSugar listed seems to be accurate.  It's a gorgeous scarf made of modal and is very light and gauzy.  The heart pattern is perfect for Valentine's Day, but the soft grey color makes it wearable any month of the year.  

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This JewelryStorm Endless Arrow ring comes in one size and is not adjustable.  It fits perfectly on my pinky (or on Picotee the bunny's ear, as you saw above).  I'm not sure what metal it is made of as it isn't listed anywhere, but it can't be real gold at $28.  It could be gold plated, I suppose.  The arrow is great for Valentine's Day, but, like the scarf, it's a subtle design, so it's wearable year-round.  There are crystals on the front part of the ring and the backside of it is hammered metal, giving it an interesting texture and appearance.  I don't wear jewelry all that often, but I'll wear this occasionally.  It's pretty and has a unique design, so I'm happy to have this.

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The Fringe Hello Beautiful jewelry tray is pretty, but it's just not my style.  I don't have much use for it and it seems like it might be aimed toward a younger demographic.  The back of it is painted gold and is, in my opinion, prettier than the front side.  It's glass, but seems sturdy.  I might end up using this as a gift.

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I've heard good things about Beautycounter, but I've never tried their products before.  The Nourishing Cleansing Balm came with a big muslin cloth that you are supposed to use to remove the balm from your face with warm water.  The balm is a solid, but if you rub it between your fingers, it quickly warms up and becomes a thin oil.  You're supposed to use it every night to clean your skin.  First, you massage it into your skin when your face is still dry.  You then wet the cloth with warm water and gently rub the balm off and, finally, rinse with cool water.  It moisturizes and brightens while it cleans.  It can even be used as a mask if you desire.  I thought that the cloth was a little too big and would recommend cutting it in half.  My skin felt hydrated and looked more radiant after I used it.  I love this and recommend it, but, at $80, it's out of my price range.  There are cleansers out there that are as good or almost as good and that are considerably cheaper, so I would advise going with one of those products. Unless you are totally in love with Beautycounter's balm and have the money to spare, I would go with something else.  I find One Love Organics Skin Savior ($49) and Beige/Dusk/&/Greys Cleansing Eye Balm ($12) work similarly for much less money.  I love both of those products so much and highly recommend them.

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I haven't had a chance to try Foodstirs Valentine's Cookies yet, but I can't wait to try them.  They look so yummy.  Foodstirs doesn't have this exact item for sale on their site currently, but they have a number of scrumptious looking dessert kits to choose from.  This makes about fifteen sugar cookies.  They give you a mix and you add butter and an egg white to make the dough.  They include a heart-shaped cookie cutter and some pink sugar to make your cookies look pretty and festive.  Has anyone tried these yet?  While it's a cute idea, you can make many more sugar cookies for much less money if you make the mix yourself.  It wouldn't even take all that much more time.  Unless this mix tastes way better than the ones I make, I would say this isn't worth the money.  I like that I got this mix and I will use it, but I would never buy one of these.  What do you think?

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I've never been a big fan of Victoria's Secret skincare products, so I didn't have high expectations for this lotion.  This has a nice coconut scent, but the lotion is quite thin and doesn't feel all that hydrating.  I ended up applying a thicker, more effective lotion after using this because it just didn't do the trick.  I'm sure I'll find a friend who would be happy to have it.

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I couldn't find this exact pair of socks on Victoria's Secret's website, but I found similar ones and linked to them above.  I didn't realize VS even made socks. These were much nicer than I was expecting.  They're low-cut, but they don't slip down after you've worn them for a few minutes.  I absolutely hate when socks slip down!!!!!  It's hard to tell in the picture, but the little piece that sticks up at the back is cushioned, so it'll prevent shoes from rubbing against the back of your ankle and leaving blisters or sores.  The rest of the sock has some cushioning so it's quite comfortable.  I am considering buying more of these.

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Last but not least, Victoria's Secret threw in a $20 reward card as another special sponsored extra.  It works as a gift card, but it expires 3/31.  I'm not much of a Victoria's Secret shopper (hard to find bras in my size!), but I'm sure I can find a few pairs of cute underwear or socks.  I definitely won't let it go to waste!

I'm very happy with this PopSugar box.  The value on this was amazing!  Not all of the products were hits for me, but I loved the scarf, ring, and socks.  I also loved the Beautycounter balm, but there are just as good, if not better, similar products out there for much less money.  I'm going to enjoy the cookies, I'm sure, as I totally adore sugar cookies, but I think it's almost as easy and way more economical to just make your own mix.  The tray was okay, but not really my style, and the lotion wasn't for me.  Overall, though, this was a fabulous box and I'm elated that Emily bought this for me.  Did anyone else get this PopSugar box?  What did you think?  Did you have a favorite item?