Popsugar Must Have: May 2014

So now is my frantic push to review all the May boxes that came late in the month or I forgot about when I got super busy. Cue my review for the May 2014 Popsugar box. The April box was chock full of awesome products so I was psyched to see what would show up this month.

Box Open Box
Open Box #2

DVD
Tone it Up One Day Fat Blast (Suggested Retail: $15.00)
Category: Must Have Fitness
Description: “Give your metabolism a boost, and get fit with the ladies from Bravo’s Toned Up.”
Verdict: Miss
I don’t mind fitness items necessarily, but from what I saw on youtube this is one of those DVDs that kind of needs you to be able to jump around and have a decent amount of space around you. Unfortunately I have a small apartment and not much room for this type of workout. It also requires you to have your workout space in front of something that can play a DVD, which is not always common in this age of tablets, smartphones and streaming media players. Unless it’s something super interesting or universal, I’d really like to see less random “fitness” stuff, and maybe it’s just me but the DVD feels super dated as a workout medium. A code/gift card for a fitness workout download or app would have been more on trend.

Water Bottle
Zing Anything Citrus Zinger (Retail: $16.99)
Category: Must Have Home
Description:“Press lemons, limes, or any other citrus directly into your water for a energizing drink.”
Verdict:
Hit!
While I have a glass infusion water bottle from a long ago Jennifer Love Hewitt box, I don’t own one in plastic so this is the perfect option for me to bring to work. I love citrus in my water and I’m sure I’ll get a lot of use out of this.

Perfume
Smell Bent St. Tropez Dispenser (Retail: $45.00)
Category: Must Have Beauty
Description: “Escape to your favorite tropical island with this intoxicating blend of jasmine absolute and fresh coconut aromas. It’s a relaxing beach day in a bottle.”
Verdict: Miss
I can’t say how disappointed I am that one of the big ticket items is a perfume and in a scent like coconut that is not particularly universal. I’m sensitive to scents so I really can’t use this.  I don’t mind including a perfume, I just think a better option would have been to feature a smaller size and allow for something more accessible to be the “big” item.

Polish
Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Nail Lacquer in Pool Boy (Retail: $10.00)
Category: Must Have Beauty
Description: “This polish is densely pigmented and delivers super-long-lasting results. Better yet, this quick drying nail lacquer is 100 percent vegan and cruelty free.”
Verdict: Like
I usually swatch polishes, but I didn’t with this one since I’m on the fence about keeping it. I have a fairly large polish collection and limited space so I have to be a lot pickier about which polishes I keep. It’s a nice color and a brand I haven’t tried before, so I’ll probably end up finding space for it.

Mask
Kerry Cassill Eyemask (Suggested Retail: $24.00)
Category: Must Have Home
Description: “…with your printed Kerry Cassill eye mask designed exclusively for Popsugar Must Have, you can sleep peacefully. It is made with soft voile cotton…”
Verdict: Miss
I’m shocked at the cost of this. It honestly feels super cheap to me—like something you’d pick up at Walmart for $5.00 or thrown in as a freebie in a cheap bath set. I tried to use it but the fabric and print are so lightweight that it lets too much light in. I thought the point of a sleep mask was to make it nice and dark so you could sleep better. I’d have loved a sleep mask that actually kept out the light.

Snacks
Hi, I’m Skinny Sticks in Multi-Grain Sweet Onion (Suggested Retail: $2.99)
Category: Must Have Food
Description. “…are a supertasty and healthy alternative to chips and cookies. With 40% less fat than potato chips, 15g of whole grains per serving and under four calories per stick, you can satisfy your munchies guilt-free.”
Verdict: Hit!
If you like onion flavor, you’ll probably love these. My boyfriend enjoyed them as well. I think they are a nice alternative to chips, but your healthiest snack bet is probably still to grab an apple or banana.

Because the Resort boxes had delayed shipping, Popsugar included a bonus product for those of us who purchased it.

Lip Gloss
Vbeauté Lip Spread® Original – Anti Aging Tinting Lip Gloss
(Retail: $19.00)
Description. “The clear gloss reacts with your pH balance to create your own unique shade of light pink to berry red. Our silky formula gives you the right amount of shine without your hair getting stuck to your lips. Cherry and Pomegranate fruit extract hydrate and BioCellular Peptide’s antiaging properties reduce fine lines and wrinkles.”
Verdict: Love!
I have this fabulous vbeauté travel kit (from my first Nina Garcia Quarterly box) that I’ve been hoarding and plan to use for a work trip at the end of the month. This will go perfectly with it. It was nice of Popsugar to send us a bonus because of their mishap, and I do appreciate the extra effort they went to.

 Full Box
Overall:
Trés Disappointed.

After last month’s box of awesomesauce, it was inevitable that May would be a let own, but I just feel like there wasn’t much thought put into these items. Opting for a perfume to be the big ticket item and throwing in a random cardio fitness DVD (which feels very dated and just not on trend) along with an eyemask that isn’t functional, just made this box super lackluster for me. I’m sure if these items just happen to be your taste you’ll enjoy this box, but I think the odds were stacked that a fairly large group of people were not going to enjoy or use a chunk of these items. The only item I really loved was actually not a part of this box and was an “I’m sorry/thank you for your patience” gift after shipping snafus with the Popsugar Limited Edition Resort Box.

Luckily I got this box free with referrals so I’m not out any money for this particular set of items. The suggested value was $113.98, which I do think is a bit inflated. I’m crossing my fingers the June box will be better.

Now I know I’m slow with posting the last of my May boxes (I’ll catch up, I will, damn it!) but Popsugar also introduced their Limited Edition Summer 2014 box which sold out pretty quickly.  And while the May Must Have box made me a sad panda, and I was meh about the Resort Limited Edition, I still picked up the Summer box, because I obviously have a shopping problem. The Summer Box is now sold out, but if you want to find out what’s inside be sure to come back soon.

So what did you think of the May Popsugar box? Did you use most of the items or gift them?

Do you regularly use fitness DVDs or do you head outdoors or to the gym for your workouts?

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The Backstory

Popsugar is a women’s lifestyle subscription that delivers a monthly box of fun, full-size products hand-selected by Popsugar editors.

In addition to Popsugar’s monthly must have boxes, they have some seasonal special edition boxes that contain uber luxe items.  The price tag on these boxes is higher, but the products you receive are high end.

Popsugar Pricing:
Monthly – $39.95
3 Months – $109.85
6 Months – $214.70
12 Months – $404.40

Coupon Codes:  REFER5 = $5 off site wide
POPSUGAR10 = $10 off a 3 month subscription

Once upon a time, long, long ago, Lisa attended Syracuse University where she studied singing in a giant castle surrounded by ice and snow. After she earned her music degree, she headed to the island of Manhattan, down to the West Village, to a place called the New School. There, she earned another degree in the great art of writing stories for children. She currently works on that same island, in the dungeon of an old building, making up stories while she sorts through endless stacks of papers, just dreaming of working somewhere with windows. She is currently working on several novels and hopes to write her way to that aforementioned windowed place. Her first book, “The Ice Maiden’s Tale,” a fairy tale adventure was released on May 30, 2017 and is up for sale on Amazon. In the meantime, she keeps herself occupied by obsessing over subscription boxes and home renovations.

8 thoughts on “Popsugar Must Have: May 2014

  1. Bummer, but the box does seem kind of “thrown together”… I think I would like the nail polish and the water infuser the best..such a good idea! 🙂

    • The nail polish is a pretty shade. I own Julep’s “Amy” which to me seems pretty close to this one. The practical side of me says I should gift this or swap it, and the polish hoarder screams “Keep it, the colors aren’t the same, they’re SIMILAR.” 😉

  2. I use work-out dvds pretty regularly! When I’m being good about exercising, haha. This was a good box for me, I think it definitely helps that I like the perfume, and I was really looking into buying an infusing water bottle, so it was great to have one show up. I think the problem with Popsugar sometimes is that, since it does send such a variety of items, it can be really hard to consistently please people. I know I personally am often less excited by the months that other people absolutely love. At least overall it comes out positive!

    • I think the perfume being the big ticket item in the box, was probably the biggest problem with it for me. Perfume is probably the #1 most difficult to please the masses type item.

      • Totally–I, like Rebecca, got lucky with the perfume–I like it. And I use workout DVD’s. So even though I thought this box looked totally blah when I saw the spoilers, it ended up working out really well for me. I’m using the water bottle right now!

        I didn’t have the willpower to avoid June spoilers, and I’m pretty disappointed in what I saw–but I’m also one of those whose tastes often differ from the majority. I really hope the summer LE box is awesome.

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