It’s our favorite time of the month! POPSUGAR Must Have time! Woooooo! Jill and I both subscribe to and love the POPSUGAR Must Have box and for good reason– for $39.95 a month, you receive a box of beauty/lifestyle/home/fashion products that you probably would not buy for yourself. Each box is definitely a treat as you wonder how you lived without these fun items. Jill and I will review this box together because it’s more fun that way. Also, I’m super curious about what she thought of everything.

Let’s see what we got…


This month’s “inspirations” were “Organization, Morning Routines, Celebrations, Caffeine, and Back to School.”  I’d say the POPSUGAR Must Have themes are a little loose but I can kind of see how the different items fit in with this theme.

Pastel: Best Day Ever Mug ($12)

Lauren: I’m pretty sure this was my favorite thing in the box. I’m an iced coffee girl through and through– sometimes even in the Winter– but I LOVE coffee mugs for holding pens on my desk! This one is SO cute, too. I’m about to start a new job and this even matches the company’s colors. This will be one of the first things I put on my desk. Along with my Katniss Barbie. 
Jill: I just laughed when I saw Lauren’s picture of the mug with pens in it because that is exactly what I was planning on doing with it. I don’t really make hot beverages enough to justify the number of mugs I already own, but this one is cute enough to display on my desk!
Happy Jackson Yay Lunch! Lunch Box ($10):

Lauren: I really like the idea of this lunch box more than I like the actual lunch box. I think it’s really cute but it just seems so SMALL. I feel like my lunches are bigger than this. I’m not the kind of girl that eats a tiny salad and a few carrot sticks for lunch. I mean, I wish I was that girl. But I like to eat a meal. With sides. And cookies. So I’m not entirely sure what to do with this. Maybe this can be a box to hold my snacks that I eat before or after my lunch? The only problem is this isn’t microwave OR dishwasher safe. Almost seems more trouble than it’s worth, really. Maybe I can repurpose it to store desk supplies or something. 
Jill:  Let’s be real. This is so stupid. Popsugar gets a pass because they are the best box ever, but this was a silly thing to include. First of all, who eats that little food for lunch? It’s the size and shape of one thin, square sandwich and several carrot sticks. As an adult human, I require more than a child human to sustain me through my work day, but this tiny lunch box was designed for someone with the palate of a 9 year old. Also, it looks like a minion. I’m not wrong.

Southern Culture Shortstacks Pancake & Waffle Mix ($7.99)

Lauren: In the Guzman household, we eat Breakfast for Dinner several times a week because we realized we are adults and we can do what we want. Also, breakfast is awesome. We received many appliances upon getting married and one of them is a waffle iron which we have used to our advantage many, many times. I’m excited for birthday cake waffles! Yum.
Jill: I can’t think of any situation where I’d turn down birthday cake waffles. We have mastered The Perfect Crispy Waffle with our waffle iron, so I have a feeling these are going to be so good that I buy more. I love cake and I love waffles – the fact that waffles made of cake are a thing makes the world such a better place.
Meri Meri Toot Sweet Pink Stripe Napkins ($5.95):

Lauren: This is one of those things that I would never buy myself because I never think, “I should buy some pretty scalloped napkins.” There are some women that think that way. These are the type of women who can make their own wreaths and don’t hang their pictures way too high on the wall. These napkins will be great when I have those kinds of girls (or my mom) over to my house. They will appreciate this.
Jill: While I have no interest in buying fancy paper napkins, I can admit that these are pretty cute. They’d be so perfect for someone who cares if their napkins are cute when having a party. I am not that person. I generally stick to the white bulk package of napkins from Target, so I may get some funny looks when I whip these out sometime.
American Colors Mediterranean Plaid Scarf ($79):

Lauren: I keep on telling Matt that this is one of those items that I would not have ever picked out for myself but the more I keep staring at it, the more I really love it. The colors are what initially threw me but the pink that originally stood out to me now looks really subtle and pretty. I’m picturing this worn as an infinity scarf with a grey t-shirt, skinny jeans and Frye riding boots and these Rose Bar 360 Studs. I’m ready for Fall, y’all.
Jill: I thought I would hate this scarf, but in person I actually like it. Like Lauren, I would never have picked this out for myself, but now that I’ve wrapped it around my neck I can see myself wearing it occasionally with the right outfit. I am so excited that autumn is around the corner, this scarf puts me in the mood for some riding boots and pumpkin flavored EVERYTHING.

Royal Apothic Tea Balm ($36):

Lauren: As I am writing this, I am wearing this. As we age, a great eye cream is a MUST. I have never settled on a holy grail eye cream so I am totally open to trying new ones. This one by Royal Apothic is incredibly rich but also firming without feeling tight. I feel like it might be a bit too much for during the day but I’ve been wearing it every night since I got it. This gets an A from me.
Jill: I’m with Lauren on this one. I’m all about eye creams at this point in my life. I’ve had my eye on some super expensive creams, but this one is more realistic. It’s a fairly small tub for the price, but that’s what makes getting it in a subscription box so awesome. This feels more like a super nourishing night cream to me, which is exactly what I need.

MyYogaWorks ($45):

Lauren: I am REALLY interested in this! This is a three month trial to online yoga classes. You don’t have to sign up with a credit card or anything! It’s a legit 3-month trial! I am supposed to be doing yoga regularly and I have to admit that I don’t love it so I don’t go as much as I should. I’m interested in trying it in my own house.
Jill: I have no problem going to the gym to work out, but I have been wanting to give yoga a try for some time. A friend of mine has been telling me about some meditation yoga class that she’s been into that I’m going to join her for sometime soon, so I might as well learn the basics in my living room before humiliating myself in a place where strangers can see me.

Special Extra! Folgers Iced Cafe Caramel Macchiato Flavored Coffee Drink Concentrate ($4.99):

Lauren: I’m not thrilled with this… I am kind of a coffee snob and though I have lowered my standards for my Keurig iced coffees, I just can’t bring myself to squeeze this concentrate into milk and drink it. Maybe it’s good BUT AT WHAT COST. It sounds terrible.
Jiill: I really don’t care for flavored or sweet coffee, but I know my husband and his insatiable sweet tooth will have no problem using this. Like Lauren, I am a bit of a coffee snob and it makes me wince to consider putting this in my Intelligentsia brew.


Lauren’s Grade: B+
I actually ended up liking this box more than I thought I would after I saw the spoilers. I am in love with the mug, I’m totally already imagining all the outfits I will wear with the scarf, I’m excited for birthday cake waffles and I think those napkins are so cute to have on hand. I also love the eye cream and I’m intrigued by the yoga trial. The only things I’m not thrilled about are the lunch box and that Folgers concentrate. Ew.
Jill’s Grade: B – This is unfortunately not one of my favorite Popsugar boxes, but I do really like a few of the items. More than likely a few of these items will end up in our Boxy Ladies Shop, but I am already super intrigued by the September box! Plus the Fall Special Edition box is coming out soon, so I really excited to see what’s coming up!

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A self-proclaimed beauty junkie/hoarder with a serious Sephora problem. After years with Birchbox, she now has a subscription box problem as well. Her free time is a mixed combination of cats, TV, and finally trying to figure out how to do her hair.

2 Comments on POPSUGAR Must Have: August 2015

  1. Addie
    August 22, 2015 at 11:39 am (2 years ago)

    Yes. I too was perplexed at a couple things in this months box.
    -I am the friend that makes her own wreaths. And for her friends *ahem. I actually thought the scalloped napkins were lame. Cute but lame.
    The scarf is adorable but SUPER long. It will have to be an infinity scarf. Or tablecloth. But I like it.
    The birthday waffle mix. Yum. Because “breakfast is awesome”. Yes yes it is.
    I love me some boxy ladies. They are my kind.

    • laurenelectro
      August 24, 2015 at 10:25 pm (2 years ago)

      You are definitely the friend that makes the wreaths for her friends. I can’t believe you thought the napkins were lame! I thought they would be right up your alley. And the scarf was sooooo long. I sort of got tangled up in it one night and had a very difficult time getting it off. I’m glad Matt was in the other room. I miss you already, Addie Girl!