Popsugar: May 2016 & Fall Limited Edition Presale!

Somehow in the madness that is my life, I completely forgot about my Popsugar Must Have subscription so I’m a few months behind and definitely overdue for a review.  Since we’ve waited long enough, let’s dive into the May 2016 Popsugar box.
Open Box

Bracelets
Bluma Project – Capri Bracelets – Set of 2

(Suggested Retail: $44.00)
Description: “These delicate bracelets are handcrafted by Guatemalan artisans.  You’ll love the calming combination of blue and gold hues, and won’t want to take these off all season!”
Verdict: Miss
I really appreciate supporting artisans, but these bracelets just aren’t worth $44 and the tassels just make them look even more inexpensive.  They aren’t hideous, but there’s not much to them.  You could craft something really similar, without much effort and for just a couple dollars worth of supplies.

Foot therapy
Kocostar Foot Therapy
(Suggested Retail: $10.00)
Description: ”Whether you’re howing off your feet in sandals or during a barefoot yoga session, this wrap treatment will give you soft soles using natural, paraben-free botanical extracts.”
Verdict:
Hit!
Foot masks are always awesome, but they are a great treat after you’ve been wearing flip flops all summer.

Spongology
Spongellé Spongology Body Buffer
(Suggested Retail: $20.00)
Description: ”Designed to cleanse, exfoliate, and massage, this body-wash-infused sponge lasts at least 20 washes – and because it’s made with organic extracts and sulfate- free ingredients, you can enjoy moisturizing in the shower worry-free. ”
Verdict: Like
We’ve seen the Spongelle brand in Popsugar boxes before and while a body buffer isn’t exciting, it’s definitely something I will use.

Mat
Gaiam Foldable Yoga Mat
(Suggested Retail: $24.98)
Description: “Ultralightweight and compact, this foldable yoga mat is easy to transport in your favorite toe bag.  Plus, its POPSUGAR-exclusive blue hue will help you reach your happy place before even beginning your yoga session.”
Verdict: Poor execution
Normally, I’m not too thrilled with workout items because they tend to be either water bottles (of which I have eleventybillion) or customized for routines/habits not everyone has.  A super portable yoga mat seemed like a great idea since you could use it for all kinds of different exercises and stretching.  I grabbed mine and took it to work to use in our tiny closet, er gym to use on my lunch hour.  I don’t need a super thick mat, but dear lord this thing has no cushioning whatsoever.  It’s really not much better than just being right on the floor.  Great idea, but terrible execution.

Spray
Happy Spritz Breathe Deeply
(Suggested Retail: $25.00)
Description: “Made with peppermint and eucalyptus essential oils, this spray helps naturally invigorate and soothe you.  Mist it over your face or breathe deeply while spritzing it on your yoga mat after an intense workout session.”
Verdict: On the Fence
I don’t really use aromatherapy sprays, but this sounds interesting.  Part of the fun of sub boxes is trying things outside my comfort zone, so I’ll give this a shot.

Jimmy Bar
JimmyBar! Peanut Butter Clutter JimmyBar! Clean Snack Bar

(Suggested Retail: $2.49)
Description: “Perfect for a pre-workout energy boost, this gluten-free and dairy-free bar is made without artificial anything.  Naturally sweet dates eliminate the need for added sugar, and peanut butter lends the saltiness you crave from a midday snack.”
Verdict: Okay
I swear every time someone uses “clean” to describe food, my eye starts twitching.  It’s the same way that people decry “chemicals” in their food.  (Because there are things not made of chemicals?)  Repeat after me, there are no damn “dirty” foods.  There is stuff you should eat only in moderation, or once a year on your birthday, but the food isn’t dirty.  And “clean” foods are not some magic pill that will make you skinny and safe from all health related problems.  Now, this bar tasted fine and it’s nice for folks that have gluten or dairy allergies.  I just hate the “clean” labeling nonsense.

Special Extras
Cayenne Water
Hint Kick Lemon Cayenne Water

(Suggested retail value: $1.69)
Description: “Each all-natural Hint Kick is infused with 60mg of caffeine – the equivalent of a small cup of coffee, minus the coffee-breath. Lightly flavored with a hint of your favorite fruit flavors, this refreshing drink is your perfect pick-me-up.”
Verdict:
@$#$#
You know what I’ve always said will make water more refreshing? Caffeine and cayenne.  Seriously?  I know this is a freebie, but come on.  This is not something that needs to exist.  This is the first time I contemplated just throwing out a product because I couldn’t think of someone who would even want to try it. (Eventually I just brought it to a BBQ to give away to whoever was brave enough).

Half Hitch Goods $10 Gift Card
Description: “Put this credit toward the purchase of a quality-crafted gift for yourself or someone you love.”
Verdict:
Not really an extra
Sorry I didn’t take a picture of this one as I often don’t really think of gift cards that require you to spend money as real extras.

Mascara
Revlon Volume + Length Magnified Mascara
(Suggested retail value: $8.99)
Description: “After using this megavolumizing mascara formula, get ready to experience rich, intense – lashes – if you’re looking to amp up your eyes this the perfect pick!”
Verdict:
Hit!
Mascara is a product I use every single day, so I love trying out different brands.

OVERALL:
Popsugar May 2016 Must Have
Verdict:
Disappointing
With my prepaid discount this box only cost me $24.91 and the estimated box value (excluding the special extras) was $126.47. Unfortunately, I just didn’t really like most of the items in the box.  I think my favorite product is probably the foot mask that only retails for $10.  The ideas for this box were good, like stackable bohemian style bracelets and a foldable yoga mat, but the actual items just didn’t deliver.  I’ve had some great boxes from Popsugar this year, so I guess it was time for a miss.  I’ve got lots more Popsugar reviews coming so be sure to check back.

POPSUGAR NEWS!
Presale

Popsugar launched a pre-sale for their Fall 2016 Limited Edition box.  The pre-sale is open to current subscribers.  As with most Popsugar Limited Edition boxes it costs $100 and so far no spoilers.  My birthday is in October, so I’m considering snagging one as a gift to myself, but I’m just not ready to commit until I have a better idea of what’s inside.

Am I totally out of touch with my hatred of the Hint Kick water, or would you love to try a caffeine infused lemon cayenne water?

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 Mini Pricing:
(Features 2 Full Size Items)
Monthly – $18.95

Popsugar Must Have 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 to Must Have

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 trying to help real people, while making up stories about imaginary ones. 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.

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