Monday, September 26, 2016

September Popsugar Must Have Unboxing!

September Popsugar Must Have

Hellooo friends :) I'm back with another unboxing post! Maybe someday I'll get the courage to just do unboxing videos like everyone else...but today is not that day! :D Popsugar was super awesome and sent me their September box to try out, so let's do this!

This post contains affiliate links and is sponsored by Popsugar. I received this box for free in exchange for my honest opinion and sharing it on the interwebs. All opinions are my own. Any monetary income usually goes towards feeding my turtle.

The Popsugar Must Have Box is a monthly subscription service curated by the editors of the website, Popsugar. I can't really think of many words to explain what type of themed box this is, aside from, like "women's lifestyle box"...or something. They send you on-trend items for you to use and/or wear (last month subscribers got cute office supplies and a Baggu bag for back to school season - jealous!). While this doesn't exactly cater to my geekier hobbies, what I really like about the Popsugar Box is that everything they send are items that can (and usually will) actually be USED, rather than just sit around and look cute.

The first item I saw when opening the box (it was kinda hard to miss...) was this nice, big, wool hat from Jack + Lucy. Holding it, I thought it looked really nice and I could totally look cool and mysterious wearing it. Instead I looked more like Pharrell at the Grammy' that was too bad. I've seen pics of other ladies in the hat though, and they all look great. So it's not a bad hat, it just fits on my head funny (my family jokes about my little brother having a large head, now I'm wondering if he got it from me *cries*). This hat retails for $58 (woah), so the hat alone costs more than a one month subscription to this box.

Next was this Smith & Cult Lip Lacquer in the shade The Warning. At first I was like, "no way man, that's way too bold for me!" But I gave it a try and was pleasantly surprised. It's more like a really tinted lip gloss. So if you're like me, and like the look of red lips but are not brave enough to actually wear red lipstick - this is a great product for that. I was also a little wary because I stopped wearing lip gloss when I was, like, 15. It can be so sticky and lips aren't meant to look wet 24/7. Again, I was pleasantly surprised. The shine is more of a dewy, rather than glossy look. There is still a bit of stickiness, but it's really not that bad (but don't go making out with your boyfriend right after applying this, unless he's into that sort of thing I guess). I've been dealing with really dry lips lately (I don't know why??? not usually a problem I have) and this has been really nice for that as well. These retail for $22, which IMO is a bit steep for a lip gloss, but honestly I like it so much that I might get another next time I see a good sale or just feel like spending money that I shouldn't. The other color I have my eye on is called The Queen is Dead.

Smith & Cult Lip Lacquer The Warning

Honestly - I'm kinda over the whole gluten free fad. If you legit cannot eat gluten, then you get a pass (also this must be an exciting year for you), but if you don't have a gluten allergy then there is NO REASON for you to not eat gluten. Ok? Ok. Anyway, next up was Gluten Free Bites in the flavor Dark Chocolate Coconut. They claim to be gluten free, non-GMO, vegan, soy free, AND dairy free. So I was like, "well what's left then???" These taste ok-ish, but I wouldn't buy them myself. They are sort of like truffles, but the texture is a bit dry. I only have one friend that is gluten free, and I tried giving these to her, but she's allergic to coconut -_- These retail for $4.99.

This NCLA Mani E.R. Tool Kit is probably what I'll get the most use out of. I usually keep my nails long, so they get banged up on things ALL THE TIME. Having nail tools handy will be super helpful. The tools are good quality, too! I used to have a kit that was similar to this, but the case had a little snap thing to close it (rather than a zipper all the way around, like this one) and it was always getting caught on things! This one is a huge upgrade. I also really like the bright red case :) This retails for $16.

I was surprised to get two full sized beauty products in one box, (I forgot to mention, the lip gloss is full size!) the second being this Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask. My hair isn't actually damaged (#blessed) so this isn't exactly targeted towards me, but I'm going to try it soon and I bet it will make my hair crazy soft. I'll try to report back on that later. Currently all I can say is that it smells like vanilla. This 8oz tub retails for $20.

Admittedly I was not super excited about this F’lint Lint Roller at first glance. The packaging is cool, but like, a lint roller? I don't normally buy lint rollers so I was kinda "meh" about it. However I've been living in black leggings this week (I will probably die wearing a pair of premium black leggings from Torrid, they are everything) and YES they get lint and other things all over them. I used to just brush it off, or pretend not to care, but I started using this lint roller instead and, yeah, it's pretty nifty. I also like that you can buy refills for it! Save the environment! Use less plastic! However the best part is that the lint roll part pops out of the tube like a light saber.

The Popsugar Must Have Box is $39.95 a month, which at first seems really steep for a subscription box. Buuut all together the items in this box retail for about $147 - so if you're interested in this type of thing then that's quite impressive and a really great deal! My favorite items from this are definitely the lip gloss and nail kit...but like I said I'm really excited to try the hair mask, too!

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