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PopSugar Resort Must Have Review

A few months ago, PopSugar announced that they were coming out with a special “Resort” themed Must Have box, so just after Valentine’s Day, I ordered one.  They were supposed to ship by March 31, but on that day I got an email saying it would be postponed a week.  Finally, two months after ordering it, the box arrived! Screen shot 2014-04-19 at 2.48.39 PM I had a subscription to PopSugar from September through December of last year, but cancelled it at the beginning of this year for a few reasons.  1) The price increased just slightly, but it was already a monthly splurge for me, so it made more financial sense to not get them monthly and 2) I usually only liked one or two items from the box, though the rest usually grew on me.  I happened to like the most expensive items the most (go figure), so the box paid for itself, but I’m glad I cancelled my monthly subscription because I haven’t liked their past few months anyway.  However, I love anything that has to do with the tropics, so I really wanted to splurge on this for Valentine’s Day (for myself ;) ).  Screen shot 2014-04-19 at 2.51.44 PM This was a box within a box, so it didn’t arrive in the normal pink and white PopSugar box, but instead the black box came inside a regular one. Screen shot 2014-04-19 at 2.52.29 PM Each item was individually wrapped, which I thought was kind of fun, though I had already obsessively checked the internet for spoilers starting weeks ago, so none of this was a surprise for me.  I’m ok with that :) Screen shot 2014-04-19 at 2.53.40 PM Screen shot 2014-04-19 at 2.54.32 PM Out of all the items, I think I was looking forward to these Sisco Berluti stacks the most.  They retail for over $150, which, let’s be honest, is completely absurd for a BRACELET, however, they are beautiful, well-made, sturdy, and I’m so excited to wear them!

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Screen shot 2014-04-19 at 2.56.10 PM This was the original spoiler that PopSugar had provided a few months ago, right after they announced the box, and I was also excited about this Cuyana Turkish Towel.  It is super soft and I’ll probably end up using it as a travel blanket.  It seems too nice to use at the beach with sand and sea salt all over me.

Screen shot 2014-04-19 at 2.56.40 PM I wasn’t super jazzed about this Salty Road Salty Caramel Apple Taffy.  I’m just not a huge taffy fan, and caramel apple reminds me of fall and apple orchards, not a tropical beach.  Maybe that’s just me.  I’ll just feed it to the college kids I work with (college kids will consume anything–especially if it’s free and sugar-laden!)

Screen shot 2014-04-19 at 2.59.14 PM I hadn’t heard of Clark’s Botanicals before reading other views of this PopSugar box, but once I did some research, I heard some good things about this brand so I’m looking forward to trying this Cellular Lifting Moisture Mist.

Screen shot 2014-04-19 at 2.59.41 PM I’m a product junkie and a post about all the amazing products I’ve found since January is long overdue, but I was definitely looking forward to trying this Smashbox double-ended liner, with gold and blue.  I love different colored eyeliners and mascara, and these just remind me of club hopping in Spain.  I have never been club hopping in Spain, but something about these colors makes me think I have ;) [Also, it could just be that I've been spending way too much time studying and working and need to take a trip to Spain...don't we all :) ] Screen shot 2014-04-19 at 3.01.18 PM

Screen shot 2014-04-19 at 3.00.48 PM Now this is one of those products I’m dying to use, but also don’t want to use because it smells so good that I’ll be really sad when it’s all gone.  Yeah, I know, I can just buy more when I run out but it’s not as special when it doesn’t come in a PopSugar box…

Screen shot 2014-04-19 at 2.57.35 PM The card says this Tropical Lave by Epicurean contains coconut oil and papaya extract, but it just smells like tropical paradise heaven to me.  It makes me wonder why I still live in Colorado when places like Hawaii exist.  Apparently it can double as a shampoo, which makes this a perfect product to travel with (unless of course you just dyed your hair red and need special shampoo so you don’t have to re-dye it the week after next…. ;) )

Screen shot 2014-04-19 at 3.04.11 PM Finally–the R.B. of McD clutch, designed exclusively for PopSugar.  I’m not a big fan of the all navy color (and wish I got the half tan instead but you don’t get a choice), and the 3/4 canvas makes it feel kind of flimsy to me, but the consensus seems to be it would retail for about $100, which was the price of the whole box.  It’s ok, but it’s not my favorite, though most of the rest of the items make up for it, and I guess I’m glad it came with it.

Screen shot 2014-04-19 at 3.03.40 PM Overall, I’m glad I got this box though it was not at all was I expecting.  I was guessing (and kind of hoping) there’d be a cute beach tote bag, maybe a sunhat or a fancy/organic sunscreen, and some food item with coconut.  However, I do think that for $100, the value and quality of the products were pretty great in this special edition box.  I particularly love the bracelets, the towel, and the eyeliner, as well as the body wash which I’m very excited to try out.

This came just in time since finals are two weeks away and I’m going to need all the help I can to stay semi-relaxed while the finals (and some work) chaos ensues.  Hope you all have a fabulous weekend, and to those celebrating Easter or Passover, happy holidays!  Unless of course you live in the People’s Republic of Boulder, in which case, happy holidaze ;)

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  • Jan @ Sprouts n Squats April 20, 2014, 6:11 am

    Definitely nice to treat yourself sometimes! These surprise box things are only just starting to come to Australia and they aren’t very good yet or not as good as what you got. I am totally in love with the bracelets you got. I agree with you on the bag front, the one in the picture I definitely prefer the two tone colour. I do love the overall sentiment of feeling like you are on a getaway – probably because I seriously want a holiday ;)

    I hope you’ve been having a nice weekend and a great Easter <3 <3
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    • Alex April 21, 2014, 7:43 pm

      Thanks Jan! It was a nice treat and it was something I really looked forward to. I’m really loving the bracelets and how they have some weight to them. I hope that PopSugar starts up in Australia, because even though I love some boxes way more than others, it seems to be the best in terms of quality and full-size products. I hope you get a holiday soon too :)

  • Ashley @ Kick Ash Mom.com April 22, 2014, 8:26 am

    This is really cool! I may be living under a rock but I don’t think I’ve ever heard of these boxes. They look awesome!
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    • Alex April 23, 2014, 8:11 pm

      I hadn’t heard of them either until late last summer, and it was just by chance looking at a blog. It seems like their choices for products were a lot better (or I liked them better) before I had a monthly subscription, so I think I’d rather get the special edition boxes than the monthly now when my budget allows :)

  • Sam Brown April 23, 2014, 7:21 pm

    This is why I sometimes wish I lived in America! Like Jan said – this kind of thing just isn’t as good in Australia and it always seems to be a few years before things pick up over here haha. I love those bracelets!

    Sam xx
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    • Alex April 23, 2014, 8:07 pm

      I hope Pop Sugar comes to Australia too, because it’s a pretty fun treat :)

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