Popsugar Must Have January 2017

Hey Everyone, it’s Must Have time! Today I’ll be reviewing the January PSMH Box but first, a little news:  Many of you may already be privy as an announcement was made, but the Popsugar Mini box, which recently [November] underwent a price reduction, is no more.  The December Mini Box shipped at its new lower price and then the announcement was made (to subscribers) that the box would no longer be offered at this time.  Because I did not get to my December reviews I will be posting pictures of both December’s Must Have, LE and Mini boxes at the end of this review.  Now for the January Box.  I must admit right off, that January boxes are generally my least favorite, the whole resolution themed, new year,  new you hanging in the balance… while I’m clinging to anything even resembling balance and routine while quietly wishing for January to end.  The first couple of weeks I am generally trying to claw my way out of the inevitable deep depression I always find myself in.  I do always find my way out but it seems to me January should be themed by items that generate comfort and come February, maybe then I’ll be ready to embrace die hard workout routines, new meal planning ideas and whatever wellness themed ‘resolutions’ we feel we need to embark on in the New Year.  Now that I’ve got that little ray of sunshine out of the way; I’ll get on with the January box! 🙂


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:

January Inspiration:


If you are new to the game; Popsugar Must Have is a  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 in April 2016.  You can read my review for the first box and all about the subscription here!  * Price for the mini has been reduced as of November 2016.  Price is now $15.95 as opposed to $18.95  Popsugar canceled the mini following December’s box

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:


The Bright and Cheery January Box

The Goods:


May Designs Desk Calendar & Notecard: Sugg. Retail $25.00

This Cheery Calendar comes with a hand-painted calendar card for each month and  a clear lucite stand to display them.  Once the month is over you can flip the card and cut along the dotted line to turn each page in to a note for a special someone.


I’m really glad this box included a nice calendar.  I loved the rifle Paper company version we received a couple of years back and was bummed that we did not receive one last year.  As cute as the planner books are that we often receive in PSMH and Special Edition boxes; I never use them.  Like I need another thing to keep track of and carry with me. hahaha.  But; I do like having a nice looking calendar to glance at. 🙂


Sourcebooks, Inc Instant Happy Notes:  Sugg. Retail $8.99

This is essentially a book full of colorful sticky notes, adorned with cute, inspirational messages.  This is a fun little something to bring a smile to someone’s face!  These are pretty cute in theory but flawed in design.  It’s a huge pain to remove one from the book without tearing it.


a closer look..


Manduka eQua Mat Towel in Playa:  Sugg. Retail $38.00

This is a super absorbent, quick drying, slip resistant towel designed for yoga class.  I suppose you lie it across your mat and it will prevent a slippery with sweat surface.  I do zero yoga, and will likely continue doing zero yoga but I have a smaller towel like this and I use it when I go to the gym to lie on machines for the same reason and in place of the towels they hand out at the gym.  This one is crazy soft.


Daily Concepts Your Hair Wrap Towel:  Sugg. Retail $18.00

This is a microfiber towel, designed for wrapping around your hair comfortably and staying put.  It’s designed to reduce frizz, reduce flyaways and cut your blow-dry time.  I actually already own the dream dry version and it’s nice.  It definitely beats trying to wrap my head in a big oversized bath towel and I think the material does reduce frizz and dry my hair more quickly.


Dean & Deluca Peppermint Loose Leaf Tea:  Sugg. Retail $10.75

I love hot tea in the evenings and I love Dean & Deluca.  This loose leaf tea smells fresh and minty.  I can’t seem to locate my tea infuser, so I’ve yet to try it, but I’ll be picking up a new one and trying it soon.


Goldfaden MD Fresh A Peel Multi Acid Resurfacing Peel:  Sugg. Retail $85.00

Hooray for skincare.  One thing I do not mind renewing during the first of the year…or ever, is my skin.  This is a supercharged peel with both fruit enzymes and lactic acids, designed to remove dead skin cells and with continued use, make skin brighter and softer, while reducing skin imperfections like fine lines and enlarged pores.  This is a natural skin care line and not the first product I’ve owned personally.  I’ve owned their scrub before, which I also liked.  This is a peel you will likely notice though;  I use plenty of peeling pads and other treatments on my face, yet I could definitely feel this one.  It was nothing intense or painful but I could feel it doing its work!  This peel is designed to be used 2-3 times per week or as tolerated.  I didn’t notice too much of a difference after one use, but again, I use peeling products often.  I’m definitely going to keep with it though, see how my skin reacts to it after continued use.

Special Extra:

Glade Coconut & Beach Woods Candle:  Sugg. Retail $4.99

This candle is part of Glade’s new line of multi-layered home fragrances.  I love the scent and I appreciate the fact that once removed from the Glade packaging, it’s just a simple glass candle void of any silly labels or branding.  Plus; I love candles.

As I mentioned before; not my favorite box theme, so not my favorite box.  But, there were in fact, some great items either way.  I liked the peeling product, the calendar was a nice touch and I always enjoy a nice candle.  The value was excellent as the box total came to $190.73!  The December box was really great, as was the Holiday/Winter Special Edition.  I apologize for missing my December reviews, but I’ve provided the content photos I took of them below, so check them out!


Must Have Limited Holiday/Winter Box:

Heavy, gorgeous throw (blanket), Cargo Eyeshadow palette (excellent nude palette), Hair smoothing Serum, Louis Sherry NY Chocolates, Gorgeous and amazingly scented diffuser, and a stylish mini satchel – Loved this Box


December Box:

Ceramic Tray and bowl set (adore this duo), Winky Lux Lip Pill Lipstick (totally love this), Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix (super fun), Long, Modern Bauble Bar Necklace (cute), Hair Treatment, Bobby Pin Trio (also cute) – really loved this box as well


December (and final) Must Have Mini Box:

Wooden stamp and ink pad set, Smith and Cult Nail Lacquer

And there you have it, January and a little recap from December.

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  1. ABeautifulWhim

    Oh this box is super cute! So many things I’d never buy for myself but would love to get in a box and use!

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    1. kelifornia79

      Yes! I totally agree. That is precisely why I love this box. The peel surprised me too, it was much stronger than I expected…in a good way as in, it actually did something! I also end up with a lot of items that make great gifts… and the December boxes were fabulous!

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  2. tay

    I also get the Popsugar box and was super excited when I saw the yoga towel since I practice hot yoga 3-4 times a week. The towel goes on top of your yoga mat to help your hands and feet stay put while sweating but unfortunately, the towel does not live up to it’s reputation. Just thought I would help fill you in since you said you don’t do yoga. Great review 🙂

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    1. kelifornia79

      Yea! I have friends that attend hot yoga, I bet the mats would get quite slippery! Bummer that it didnt hold up to its claims. It certainly looks nice. Lol. The one I already own works nice for use as a gym companion and an equipent shield. I lay it on the mats I use for other exercises …it’s nice for that, at least…

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  3. Azra

    Love the calendar you got. It’s so pretty. Also, that tea looks really fancy. 🙂


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    1. kelifornia79

      It smells delightful; I can’t wait to try it!

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