It’s a little unfair to review the Popsugar Must Have box. For one, I bought it knowing full well what came in it. I got it with a 50%-off limited time coupon, so I paid $22 for it. I am reluctant to spend $40 on a fully mystery box – though I may very well do that, after I’ve sampled a few and figured out which one made me happiest. But even knowing the items, receiving them and using them was a different experience. Some of the items I thought I’d love, I didn’t. Some of the items I’d have no use for, turn out to be very nice to have around. But at the end of the day, I don’t think I would pay more than $30 for this box. Now, Popsugar Must Have often has coupons for $10 off your first box (though the current one is just $5 off – check ) – but I don’t know if you can keep cancelling and re-subscribing at that price.
This is the main reason why I got this box. I just got a Keurig Coffee Maker for Christmas, and I figured this would go great with it. I’m less enthusiastic about it now that I got it, at least as far as hot drinks go.
First, the glass gets very hot when filled with fresh tea/coffee. Keurig drinks don’t start particularly hot, but it’s still uncomfortable holding the glass at first. The cup doesn’t have any insulation, so the drink becomes cold quite quickly. Don’t plan on sipping anything from this cup.
The design of the glass is also uncomfortable for my fairly small hands – it may work better for people with larger hands. While holding the cup by the band, I can’t really avoid having my other fingers touch the glass. And the band area is too large for me, it makes for a very uncomfortable grip.
All in all, this may be a better cup for when you are transitioning your kids from sippy cups to real cups – but I’m well past that point. I wouldn’t buy it again.
One of the reasons why I got this box was because I knew my daughter would like this beanie. And she did!. She’ll wear it to school tomorrow and I’ll update how the wearing experience was.
I was unable to find *anything* online about the Jack + Lucy brand. No information came in the beanie packaging, they don’t seem to have a website or anything. So far, the only outlet for their products seem to be subscription boxes. And said products are made in China. This does not appear to be a particularly high-quality products. These beanies are selling at around $8 on e-bay, and that seems like a reasonable value for it considering what similar beanies
sell for on Amazon.com. Wholesale value for similar beanies is around $1-2.
Under normal circumstances, I would think that spending $28 on a cream was ridiculous. But I saw it as a “freebie” included in the box. But I tried it, and definitely fell in love! It’s extremely refreshing when you apply it, it has a seductive almost playful texture, and its easy to spread on your skin. It took a while for my skin to absorb it, but I might have over-saturated my skin with oils today. The fragrance is sort of strange. It’s not something I’d love to smell, and yet it’s quite calming. It may be playing off some long-forgotten smells in my past.
But take the label seriously – specially considering the price. This is not just another lotion. It’s basically a salve in cream form. Its main ingredient is colloidal oatmeal (finely ground oatmeal). A cheap ingredient, for sure, but one scientifically recognized for its anti-inflammatory, barrier repair, and moisturizing properties. Studies show that daily use of products containing colloidal oatmeal significantly improves eczema, dryness and itchiness. So, as much as I like it, I’ll probably save this for times when I or the kids actually need it.
These are little gel pads that you put in the fridge and then place under your eyes to get rid of puffiness and dark circles. Reading through Amazon reviews, it would seem that they work best for cases when your eyes are really puffy and dark, after crying, or a sleepless night. They may not do much for subtle needs.
They are disposable and they are expensive, and I wouldn’t buy them myself, but I’m glad to get them. We’ll use them for a spa day with the girls.
I love these tattoos. I think they will look great on my daughters this summer (they do require tanned skin to pop out), and I’m sure they’ll love to wear them. This particular package came sponsored by a TV show and shows samples of what Skin Jewel produces. Most of their packs follow a theme and include four sheets. The sheets pictured are the ones I got, though I got the first one (the one with the Native American symbols) in all silver and the second one (the one with the chains) in all gold. The first sheet comes from Skin Jewel’s Navajo collection and the second from its Key West one.
Now Skin Jewel seems to be a British company, though some of their products are available through Amazon.com, but there are plenty of other companies that sell metallic tatoos at much more reasonable prices. Wholesale prices start at around 15-cents a sheet.
Manduka eQua Plus Yoga Hand Towel, Seaglass, $12
I don’t have much use for a yoga towel, which is just as well as my daughter absconded with it already. She left the label behind, but it doesn’t do me much good. I, of course, think it’s ridiculous to pay $12 for a towel, one made out of artificial fibers, no less. So this is definitely a product I would never have bought. Which is what makes subscription boxes so valuable – you end up trying stuff you’d never get otherwise.
Nature’s Valley Granola, Peanut Butter n’ Dark Chocolate, 12.7 oz, $4
I liked getting this in the box, as it not only added value but was something I could munch on right away. As a snack, it’s too dry, but it has a good flavor and should be nice added to yogurt. But we’re going to eat it just like a snack, I’m sure.