Popsugar: Holiday for Her & a January Spoiler!

So after some really upsetting uber expensive limited edition Popsugar fails (to be specific – the 2014 Neiman Marcus and the CFDA box). I finally opted to get back on the horse with their 2015 Holiday for Her box priced at $100. Popsugar released for this that included a bracelet I thought was lovely and since I saved money on my freebie Rachel Zoe winter box, I decided to go for it.

Let’s see if I made a mistake or not.

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Bracelet Bracelet On
Elizabeth Cole Jewelry Adelia Cuff
(Suggested Retail: $167.50)
Description: “The Elizabeth Cole Adelia cuff will add an instant touch of sparkle to your holiday ensemble. Featuring Swarovski Crystals with an antique gold-plated cuff created specifically for POPSUGAR, it makes a statement worn alone or looks great stacked with other accessory favorites.
Verdict: Love!
This was the released spoiler and why I opted to take a chance on this box. I think this bracelet is so lovely and the small size works perfectly for my weirdly tiny wrists. They have this same bracelet available in an Opal shade that I am in love with and even though this one is lovely I really wish we’d gotten the Opal version instead.

Lippy
Butter LONDON Lip Service
(Suggested Retail: $29.00)
Description: ”If looks could kill, these bloody brilliant lip crayons from butter LONDON would definitely be to blame. The set of four features two exclusive colors giving you maximum moisture and high pigment to last you through any occasion. ”
Verdict:
Hit/Gift
I really wanted to keep this set for myself but I have so many lip products right now I knew they’d go to waste,  Instead,  I opted to give them to someone on my Christmas List who I thought would enjoy them. I don’t see this available any longer on the Butter London site so I’ll go with the retail value listed on the Popsugar card.

Headband
White + Warren Luxe Knotted Headband
(Suggested Retail: $88.00)
Description: Once you wear this Must Have-exclusive cashmere luxe knotted headband, you’ll understand our obsession. This ultrasoft hand-knit headband helps you stay warm while never compromising style.”
Verdict: Hit!/Gift
This is a must have exclusive so I linked to a similar headband on their site. This headband was high quality, really soft and super warm. I opted to give this as a gift because I’d already purchased this grey headband from Urban Outfitters and I really couldn’t just having two that were so similar.

Lotion
PRTTY PEAUSHUN Skin Tight Body Lotion
(Suggested Retail: $39.00)
Description: “PRTTY PEAUSHUN’s illuminating lotion will keep your skin dewy and radiant despite the Winter chill. Using a luxurious blend of avocado, jojoba, and botanical extracts, this vegan lotion moisturizes the body, face, and even hair.”
Verdict: What the hell is this? A Capri Sun?
Of course what’s important is what’s inside the package, however how you present something does matter and in a $100 box, I expect lotion that comes in some type of container – not a pouch resembling food you give toddlers. I don’t even feel comfortable gifting this because it looks so cheap. No way would I ever pay $39 for something that looks like this.

Candle Holders
Nima Oberoi Lunares Orb Candlestick Holders
(Suggested Retail: $69.00)
Description: “San Francisco designer Nima Oberoi makes it easy to decorate during the holidays with these gorgeous Orb candlestick holders. Handcrafted to not tarnish or break, these exclusive holders are a special way to show off your candles.”
Verdict: More Nima Oberoi
After the December Popsugar Promotion debacle, I have already have two Nima Oberoi stoppers so I guess I just needed something else to fill out my set? I like the idea of taper candlestick holders as you rarely get them in sub boxes and these are simple and classic. I kind of wish they were a touch more interesting. Don’t most people already own basic candleholders? In any case I’ll mix them up with some vintage brass ones I have for an eclectic boho vibe.

CandlesBroken CandleWax Buttons
Et Al Designs Dot Candles
(Suggested Retail: $24.00)
Description: “We’re swooning over these Must Have-only candles for the home from Et Al Design. Each design is hand painted and hand embellished with silver and glitter for the perfect touch of tinsel.”
Verdict: Sad Candles
I really appreciate that we got fancy taper candles to go with our holders, but sadly mine came broken. I got in touch with Popsugar as soon as I opened them and still haven’t received a replacement yet. I was told that they ran out of the original ones and will send another design and that they’ve been delayed with the holidays and regular boxes. We’ll see when the new ones get here. They also included little wax pieces so you could get your candles to fit properly in different holders. I couldn’t find this silver version on the site but I did find the same style in another shade although Popsugar lists the retail value at $24 and all the candles in similar style on the Et Al website are listed at $22. It makes my hinky meter go off a bit, but since I can’t find the same exact one we’ll use Popsugar’s price.

Perfume
Estée Lauder Modern Muse Le Rouge Eau de Parfum
(Suggested Retail: $???)
Description: “Make Estée Lauder’s new Modern Muse Le Rouge your signature scent. This perfectly sized vial captures the aromas of rich roses and velvet créme in one daring fragrance.”
Verdict: Another ##(&#*%& Perfume
Stop putting perfumes in these damn boxes! Do you know how many people don’t like perfume? Do you know how many people who love perfume but are super particular about it? Do you know how many people are fucking allergic? STOP PUTTING THEM IN EXPENSIVE BOXES! Okay, well on the bright side this one doesn’t give me a headache but I don’t really love the scent either. I’m going to try it for a little bit, but it will probably be given to a friend. I’d really love for subs to abstain from perfumes for pricier boxes. Thankfully this one is a small size and since I can’t find a price listed on the card (or online) it won’t factor into the cost of the box.

OVERALL:
Popsugar Holiday for Her Box 2015
Verdict:
Almost amazing, but not quite
I paid $107.00 for this box and excluding the perfume, the estimated retail value on this was $416.50. The big misses were the lotion and the perfume, but I thought the remaining items all were interesting, high quality and felt right for a Holiday box. I wish the lotion and perfume had been replaced with a more posh feeling beauty item instead.

What did you think of the Holiday for Her Popsugar box? What do you expect from higher end beauty items? Do you think the packaging needs to match the pricetag?

JANUARY SPOILER
January Spoiler

The January Popsugar theme is “New Year, Renewal, Organization, & Detox” and this is the spoiler for one of the items. What do you think?
I just got my box in the mail and it’s waiting patiently for me to open it and take some pictures, so be sure to come back for a full review.

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 living 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,” is set to be released May 30, 2017 by Xist Publishing. In the meantime, she keeps herself occupied by obsessing over subscription boxes and home renovations.

4 thoughts on “Popsugar: Holiday for Her & a January Spoiler!

  1. Interesting items in your collection…I am no sure about those candle holders modern look! But I do love the Estee Lauder perfume and since I am pursuing a healthy/fitness more for 2016…anything that can tighten my thighs and tummy areas I am willing to try!

    Ursula

    http://www.blueridgebeautyblogger.com

    • Yeah I tend to like my candle holders to be a little less modern as well. But I figure the simple design might blend in well with other things. Good luck on your 2016 goals!

  2. wish I had ordered the “Him” box for my hubby. I have looked to see if there is a wait list. HOWEVER! I am somewhat reluctant to order the Resort SE, when I haven’t received my January box or Target SE. or shipping notice for either one. I am relatively new to Popsugar MH. Does anyone complain besides me?

    • A lot of folks have problems with Popsugar so you are most definitely not the only one complaining. I can tell you I’m still waiting on my replacement for the broken candles and I saw someone post that they oversold the Target box and that they ended up getting a refund instead of the box. The trick with Popsugar is just to constantly stay on top of their customer service people. Don’t be afraid to keep emailing them and bothering them about your items.

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