POPSUGAR Must Have Box: December 2016

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Happy Monday, everyone! I hope those of you who celebrated Christmas had a wonderful holiday weekend! I know I did- spending a couple of relaxing days with my family eating way too much food and exchanging lots of presents. I’m back to work this morning, wrapping up a couple of things at the office before New Years Eve- and putting the finishing touches on my last posts of 2016.

My December “Must Have” box from POPSUGAR arrived over this past weekend after a shipping delay, and I wasted no time in tearing it open and getting ridiculously giddy over what was inside before I laid out each product/item beside the Christmas tree to take a few photos.

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I knew December’s box would have a seasonal, “festive” theme- since nearly every December subscription box does- but this month’s assortment of items were also inspired by SNOWY, WHITE, MINIMALIST, GIVING and CELEBRATIONS. Christmas boxes are my second-favorite ones to receive after Autumn-themed ones, so I was really excited to see what was included in this last collection of the year.

Let’s take a look at what I got!

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I honestly can never get enough of these “all-in-one” baking kits that I usually see at farmers markets and general stores around the holidays. They make great gifts and when used correctly- they really are delicious treats. I got a couple from relatives this year, and I’m really excited to bake them AND this cookie mix kit from Sisters’ Gourmet. The only thing I need to create these chocolate chip cookies are eggs and butter- so I know what I’ll be doing on the next snowy day we have here in New England!

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Although I’ve been gradually making changes to my hair color/style- it’s still considered color-treated and as such, I have to remain pretty diligent on keeping an eye on the products I use. I haven’t had the chance to try this serum from DESSANGE Professional Hair Luxury– but it smells lovely and I’m hoping it gives me the same shine I’ve seen people raving about in online reviews of the brand/product.

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I am coveting cranberry shades lately, so this pill-shaped container of matte red from Winky Lux is my new favorite. The shade, “Bunny”, goes on super smooth and stays in place all day (and night!) This has quickly become one of my go-to hues for the holidays and for the Winter in general because of how comfortable it feels and for how pigmented it is. Side note: Winky Lux has a couple of purple, blue and green shades that I’d actually really, really like to experiment with. They look so interesting!

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Much like lipsticks, I can never have enough jewelry, either- so when I saw this circular silver & white snowfall pendant from BaubleBar– I was really excited to start pairing it with my oversized sweaters and fancier holiday dresses now that I’m heading back to work post-Christmas. This pendant is so simple, but eye-catching- and it works well with some of my other everyday silver necklaces, too. This is going to be making regular appearances in my outfits for the next couple of months.

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I don’t typically wear my hair in up-dos that often- maybe once or twice a year for special occasions- but I’ll definitely be making an exception so that I can integrate these sparkly hair clips from Mane Message into my style. I think these will give my hairstyle just the right amount of subtle sparkle to keep me looking and feeling festive without overdoing it- which is always good.

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With a retail value of $67, this porcelain catchall and ring dish from Odeme is one of the most beautiful home decor items I’ve ever received from POPSUGAR. I’m finishing up renovations on my bathroom and vanity area, and the simple black and white design of this set is going to match the room perfectly when it’s done. This might be my favorite item in this month’s “Must Have” box. I simply love it and am blown away by it’s quality!

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Finally, this month’s digital goodies came courtesy of Mane Message (20% off of an online order) and Sisters Gourmet (also 20% off of any order). The codes have been erased for photographing/posting purposes and I do plan on using both of them before the end of 2016!

Overall, I enjoyed the last “Must Have” box of 2016. The porcelain set and the lipstick were definitely the highlights for me- but the necklace and the cookie mix were also wonderful additions!

Here’s to another year of being surprised and impressed by POPSUGAR in 2017!

xx

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