POPSUGAR Must Have Box: August 2016.

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One of my favorite things about POPSUGAR’s “Must Have Box”, apart from what I receive- is how on top of things and on the ball their customer service department is. If there’s going to be a delay in deducting payments, or shipments- they let you know A.S.A.P. You’re never left wondering when the money is going to be pulled from your account or when your box is going to arrive at your doorstep. They keep you informed with e-mails and alerts and I love that! It’s greatly appreciated and it’s just good business overall!

August’s payment/shipment was a tad late- arriving earlier this week, actually- but I had known in advance the company was slightly behind, so I didn’t mind at all.


With Fall right around the corner and many students already back in school for the new semester- it seemed only appropriate that August’s “Must Have Box” would incorporate that into their theme/inspiration for the month. MOTIVATION, ORGANIZATION, ORDER, FRESH, TRANSITION AND BACK-TO-SCHOOL were the words and phrases used to curate the assortment of items enclosed in this installment.

Let’s take a look at what I got!


It’s breaking my heart that I have to retire my beloved beach tote I had picked up from Primark earlier this Summer- but this lovely, durable and adjustable brown duck bag from BAGGU helps to take away the sting a little.  Made with recycled fabric, I’m loving the print of this bag- which is perfect for the Fall and will compliment my more neutral ensembles perfectly. The bag is also big/deep enough to hold the necessities without weighing me down or getting in my way, too- so it’s a win! I think this will be a perfect transitional piece from my nautical Summer tote for the coming season.


I plan on upgrading my phone at some point this weekend since it’s on it’s last leg. It’s barely holding a charge anymore, and only half of the touch-screen works properly. It’s been a fun few years- but I need to find something newer and better for myself and my technological needs.

Of course, with a new phone comes that fun first few weeks of paranoia about scratching or dirtying up the screen- so these reusable screen clothes (in the cutest shapes!) from UNPLUGGED arrived just in time. These individual wipes can stick to the back of your phone (or it’s case) for quick, on-the-go clean-ups- perfect for travel!


Speaking of awesome travel necessities for technological needs- I am LOVING this portable USB PowerGloss charger from TRIPLE C. I mean seriously loving it. This thing is a lifesaver. This charger is about the size of a lipstick tube- which makes it SO convenient when I’m on the road or in transit and my aforementioned dying phone needs a bit of juice so I can text/call.

This might be one of the most practical and most used things I’ve ever received in a subscription service. It’s a game changer and something I honestly and truly needed in my life.


Also in need of some serious updating- apart from my phone? My makeup collection. I’ve used up pretty much every last bit of my Summer cosmetics: BB creams, aqua eyeliners, gold shadows and bronzers. I’ve hit pan on nearly everything- so receiving this beautiful and sheer pink blush from CARGO COSMETICS was a nice surprise for my face (and my wallet.)

I tend to lean towards more natural rose/mauve tones on my cheeks in the Fall and Winter- and this color is so flattering and beautiful with my complexion- that I know I’ll get plenty of use out of it!



I am constantly reaching for post-it notes at work (and at home, or in my car, or while shopping for post-its) so this booklet of brightly colored ombré sticky notes from CHRISTIAN LACROIX PARIS is fantastic. Not only are the notes themselves bright and fun- but the case they’re sealed in is beautifully made, too!

This booklet has found a home in my bag for when I need to write myself a quick reminder or have to jot down an idea I don’t want to forget!


I’m fairly sure I’ve said it before- but it can definitely be repeated- POPSUGAR finds the most unusual, but oddly delicious snacks to include in their “Must Have” boxes. This cookies & cream flavored popcorn from COOKIE POP is no exception. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I first laid eyes on this stuff- but it actually tastes really, really good- like a saltier version of Cookie Crisp Cereal. It’s low in fat and calories, too- which makes it completely safe for those who are trying to snack healthier but still need to satisfy their cravings for something sweet!


Finally, this month’s bonus coupon(s) came in the form of this %20 OFF and FREE SHIPPING voucher for CARGO COSMETICS (I edited out the actual code for privacy purposes)– which I’m sure I’ll be using to stock up on some stuff prior to flying out to Vegas at the end of this month. I can’t wait to browse their selection of products and see what I find!

Overall- as usual- I was thrilled with my “Must Have” box (shocking, I know.) I am going to get plenty of use out of each item I received- and the overall value of the products included easily surpasses what I paid for the box to begin with. I am beyond grateful for the portable charger- and the blush and the bag have saved me a ton of aggravation of having to go out and purchase ones on my own.

August’s box was another success- and you know I’m looking forward to September’s!


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