Popsugar Must Have April 2016

Happy Earth DAY everyone & Happy Friday!  My April PSMH is finally here and totally worth the wait.

April Must Have 2016

I’m crazy about the farmers Market-esque theme and the kitchen-y products this month.  Lots of made up words there, but you will see what I mean.  Many of you already know of and have even read my review on the very first PSMH ‘mini’ that debut earlier this month; if not you can check it out here.  I felt a bit underwhelmed with the box, to say the least and thought it seemed somewhat out of place…after receiving this box I feel differently about it.  ‘The mini’ seems to be some what of a ‘booster pack’ for this box.  It’s like the extra items that make this collection perfect: an additional product from the brand Farmacy, which is wildly popular right now, and a candle in a style that is a perfect addition to the overall styling of this curation.  I knew that there would be no repeats for those subscribing to both versions but it seems that they will be sticking to the same theme with both boxes each month, making them go very well together.  Now, I could be wrong, only time will tell, but it’s certainly the case for its first month and I love that. When you consider the cost of the two boxes together plus the value of everything, which is more than double, I feel much better about the addition of the mini box.  Ok, enough about the ‘mini’ I will leave that for you to ponder.

Introducing April’s Popsugar Must Have Box…

PSMH April 16

It’s no secret that I love PSMH, anticipating what the next box will bring, digging through my box upon arrival, trying everything, finding places in my home for others.  It is simply stated: a really fun box, with a little of everything. This particular box is no exception:

April Inspiration:

April Must Have Inspiration

floral . green . NATURAL . fresh . Renewal

If you are new to the game Popsugar Must Have is a Monthly Lifestyle Subscription Box service, delivered to your door monthly for $39.95 (free shipping) and is valued at over $100.00.

*They also curate several 1 time purchase, luxury, limited edition boxes that are fabulous!

NEW  Popsugar has also recently launched their newest monthly addition ‘the mini’.  This version released its very first box this month, April.  You can read my review for the first box and all about the subscription here!

Each Must Have box is filled with the best in fashion, beauty, home, fitness, food and more; curated by Popsugar Editor in Chief Lisa Sugar.  I personally adore this box and look forward to receiving it each month.  They may not hit it right on the mark, every time, for everyone but most of the time, for me; they do a really good job.  I really enjoy receiving such a wide variety of products in one sub box and I love the anticipation of such!  I generally like and use all of the products I receive yet in the event something does not suit me it is always something of quality that I can gift it to another.  PSMH works with many good, quality, relevant and on trend brands, many of them high end so it’s a great box for receiving tried and true products/brands as well as new products and up and comers!  2 words: Beauty Blender!! :)  Thinking of taking the plunge?  Check it out here!

The Box:

April Popsugar Must Have 2016

A closer look:

Popaugar Must Have April 2016

The Goods:

Chrissy Teigen's Cravings

Chrissy Teigen’s Cravings; recipes for all the foods you want to eat: Sugg. Retail $29.99

Cooking is totally my bag & wanting to make new and unique items each night can be a pain to think up with a thousand other things on your mind and lots to do.  This book is filled with things I will actually make and many that I already do.  It’s easy stuff that tastes good; but mostly, for me, it’s a book full of ideas so I can save my brain the trouble.  If you are interested in this fab cookbook my link above is to Amazon where I have found it for: $14.99 Woot!  Prime Members get free 1 day shipping…even better. 😉

Chrissy Teigen Cookbook Pages

Above is a little sneak peak of what’s inside!  Mmmm. mmm….

Farmacy Sleep tight Firming Night Balm

Farmacy Sleep Tight Firming Night Balm: Sugg. Retail $48.00

I adore the packaging of this product, from the box itself to the adorable jar with the wooden lid.  It’s really too cool.  It’s described as a lightweight balm for night time, to be applied just prior to bed and designed to replenish your skin overnight.  It claims to firm, protect, balance and prevent wrinkles.  The scent is a very light herbal fragrance.  I’m going to level with you, I was afraid to use this stuff.  It looks as though it will be quite thick at first, almost petroleum jelly-like, but it’s lighter than that and kind of springy, almost jello like and transforms in to an oil gel on your skin. The heaviness and the oil factor scare me.  I don’t care how many people say that face oils can be good for breakout prone skin or won’t break you out and blah blah blah.. because on me, they do, every. single. time.  Sometimes after the first use, sometimes the 3rd but it never fails, they always do.  Because I’ve got a stellar skin care routine going on and skin that’s been perfect for a month, for the first time in 2 years; I’m afraid to chance it by applying this product all over my face. This balm has great reviews, plenty are 5 star.  It seems the only ones that are not are from the people that broke out while using the product.  I do use some very specialized oils on very targeted areas of my face, where I do not get break outs.  I read where a specific product reviewer used this product just around the eye area and loves it, so that is how I decided I would use mine.  I applied it under and around my eye area and then decided to dab a bit above my upper lip and expression line area, last I covered my neck and chest area…  This stuff took forever to fully absorb, but it did and the areas I applied it to were supremely soft and smooth come morning.  My neck looked much better than it does using the night time retinol product and it actually worked really great as an eye cream.  I think it’s really good stuff.  If not for my issues with easily clogged pores and breakouts I would definitely cover my face with this.  I will definitely continue using it and I really dig the brand!

Canvas Home tinWare Salt & Pepper Shaker

Canvas Home Tinware Salt & Pepper Shakers: Sugg. Retail $12.00

These little S & P shakers are adorable.  I love tinware and despite having a decorative wooden ‘salt box’ with a matching spoon filled with numerous imported salts, and pepper grinders galore in my cooking area;  I somehow did not own a simple table top shaker set.  Now I do, and that makes me happy.

Noon Design Shop Tea Towel

Noon Design Shop ‘Lemons’ Flour Sack Tea Towel: Sugg. Retail $18.00

I destroy and go through kitchen towels like mad.  This is a bright, sunny, tea towel that will look nice while having it on hand in my kitchen.  Nothing fancy but always handy & it’s hand made in the US.

Royal Apothic Field Poppy Hand Creme

Royal Apothic Field Poppy Conservatories Hand Creme: Sugg. Retail $24.00

If there is any product that I am totally maxed out on, it’s hand creme but this supersized version is housed in the most beautiful packaging it’s begging to be set out.  This hand creme has a light floral/herbal and somewhat earthy scent that I love and it’s ultra rich and moisturizing on my dry hands.  It also comes with it’s own little ‘key’ to make certain you can squeeze every last bit from the tube.  It wins the spot on my nightstand.

Next by nature dark chocolate espresso beans

Next By Nature Dark Chocolate Covered Espresso Beans: Sugg. Retail $3.99

Oh how I love thee.  These are something I purchase on my own a bit too often.  Espresso beans & dark chocolate, need I say more?  They are the perfect little pick me up and so very hard not to eat too many.  Perfect food item for me this month! 🙂

Special Extra:

PSMH April bloom this gift card

Bloom That $20.00 Gift Card:

BloomThat is a stress free floral delivery market.  I typed in my city and was given 8 different floral arrangements starting at $30.00 and up to $88.00, soonest available delivery 2 days from now.  The options are quite pretty, nicer looking then that of other common floral services I have used.  I’ll definitely use this gift card.

Included Literature:

April Must Have Stocl Photo

April Must Have info card 2

April Must Have Info Card

Well… What do we think!?  I really liked this box, it’s very useful and paired with the mini it’s even better.  I really liked the theme, the inspiration and the way everything came together.

Thinking of checking it out?  Subscribing for yourself?  Check it out here!


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  1. Popsugar Must Have Mini May 2016 – Kelifornia79

    […] both the content and the value better when you subscribe to both boxes. (check out my reviews for April’s Must Have & Must Have Mini)  The value on this month’s mini seemed quite a bit higher than the […]


  2. ClassicMaggie

    I was eyeing up a Farmacy Skincare set during the Sephora sale but I passed on it, because like you, I have uber sensitive skin. Loved the packaging tho…

    The only oil I’ve ever found that works on my skin and doesn’t cause breakouts is Tarte’s Maracuja Oil. I’ve been mixing a drop of it into my foundation in lieu of applying a primer and it makes my foundation look amazing. I use it as a overnight moisturizer too and I love it. I did not expect it to work for me at all but I’m so glad I tried it.

    Again, super jealous of this box and wish they’d ship to Canada! Love the variety in it!

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    1. kelifornia79

      They seem to have gotten big enough to expand…I figured they eventually might!! I know, the packaging is the best. That stuff really does make your skin as soft as a baby..I’m still to scared to use it as a full on moisturizer but I have been feeling my neck all day! Hahaha! I have the Maracuja oils as well. I use the roller ball versions around my eye area…and I use a ton of Tarte products that have the oil in them to some extent and my skin seems to do well with it. I bought a bunch of the rainforest of the sea stuff too…that I love & still need to review. I bought the concealer to try before taking the plunge on the foundation, due to mixed reviews but the concealer looks and works amazing with my skin. I just put a few dabs on my forehead a few on each cheek and a couple on my chin, blend it with my damp beauty blender and wear it as my foundation. It works great, feels like nothing and with a couple spritzes of the facial mist of the same line, looked great all day and didn’t budge or make me oily! I think I will purchase the foundation as well. I love Tarte.


      1. ClassicMaggie

        I picked up the Tarte foundation at the Sephora sale and had to return it – it was SO dry! I have combo skin with some dry patches though so if you have oily or normal skin it might work for you! I was so disappointed in it. 😔

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      2. kelifornia79

        the rainforest of the sea one!? That’s so surprising! I didn’t think the concealer was at all. I have pretty combo skin, I used to get really bad dry patches, it’s so dry in California..and then I started using Benton snail bee steam cream and it changed my skin completely in seriously, like 2 days!

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