Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Popsugar: June

Popsugar Must Have boxes:  "Every day we are pitched hundreds of new products. We love testing them all out and sharing our favorites with our readers.

For over five years, our editors and I have been reporting about our monthly must haves. Now we'll curate the very best in home, fashion, and beauty and send them right to your door.

Imagine getting an awesome surprise present every month, full of fun products for you to enjoy!"

The unveiling--and remember, if you want beautiful pictures, you've came to the wrong blog.  These pictures are what's going to happen when you actually open your box, assuming you aren't the Martha Stewart type.  And if you are, I bow in your direction. (I know I say this every post but it bares repeating).

The box:

Item 1:  Emily Giffin's "The One and Only"

"Thirty-three-year-old Shea Rigsby has spent her entire life in Walker, Texas—a small college town that lives and dies by football, a passion she unabashedly shares. Raised alongside her best friend, Lucy, the daughter of Walker’s legendary head coach, Clive Carr, Shea was too devoted to her hometown team to leave. Instead she stayed in Walker for college, even taking a job in the university athletic department after graduation, where she has remained for more than a decade.
But when an unexpected tragedy strikes the tight-knit Walker community, Shea’s comfortable world is upended, and she begins to wonder if the life she’s chosen is really enough for her. As she finally gives up her safety net to set out on an unexpected path, Shea discovers unsettling truths about the people and things she has always trusted most—and is forced to confront her deepest desires, fears, and secrets.
Thoughtful, funny, and brilliantly observed, The One & Only is a luminous novel about finding your passion, following your heart, and, most of all, believing in something bigger than yourself . . . the one and only thing that truly makes life worth living."

My take: It looks like a book I'll like but I certainly wouldn't have bought it in hardback form.  It's certainly popular--I saw it on a main display in Barnes and Noble this weekend.

Verdict: Read and then trade or give away (I'm a big fan of trading books, I love PaperbackSwap, if you are interested in joining, let me know and I'll send you a link!).

Value:  $28 (I'm using the Popsugar booklet for all my prices in this one)

""The key to the future is anticipation. I’s getting there before everyone else. It’s not just solving the problem in front of you but also what’s after it. In this day and age, it is not enough to understand where we are. We have to know where we are heading.
Native Union was founded on this principle. Formed in 2009 to provide solutions to the challenges of the digital age, we had one goal: to make life simpler in a rapidly changing world.  Our biggest investment has always been in our people. Native Union consists of a pool of creative designers and engineering talent from all over the world who are passionate to deliver only the best products to our customers.
At every stage, from concept to execution, we ensure the level of quality is consistent. Improving lives through technology is not an easy task and we take pride in providing the best product experience. Through great design, we strive to bring communication back to how it should be: simple and enjoyable.
Who we are is a result of our core values: innovation and design. Part of our job is to figure out what you need before you do. We believe that the future is not something you wait for.  It is something you create." (I've resized this but it's all from the website).
My take: I'm starting to fall in love with this cable/charging station.  Considering my iPhone and iPod are constantly running out of charge, this is an exciting product, and once you take off 10% for being a new customer and the $15 off, it's pretty cheap.

Verdict: KEEP and use before I forget about it.

Value:  $15

Item 3: Turkish-T beach towel

 (This is for the tie-dye version of this beach towel but they seem similar).  "An alternative to the standard striped Turkish towel, the Basic Breeze Tie-Dye towel serves as a sophisticated, stylish bath sheet and beach wrap. Lightweight and quick-drying, this semi-sheer, 100% Turkish cotton towel makes the ideal beach sarong, dress, and shawl.  As the summer temperature rises, the brightly-colored, hand dyed Tie-Dye Breeze is certain to keep you cool and comfortably covered.

My take:  I can always use new headphones, especially for working out, and I like that these have 3 sets of earphones and a microphone.  They come in like 5 colors if you hate the green but I think it's okay.

Verdict: Not sure yet.  I want to be a beach person but I'm almost never at a beach.  I hate coverups.  This might go to my cover-up loving friend.

Value:  $32

(This isn't the same one but gives you an idea of a Turkish towel):

Item 4: Sachajuan Shiny Citrus Body Lotion

"After a long day under the sun, your skin needs hydration.  Using Swedish oats, this lotion reduces the appearance of wrinkles and calms irritation--keeping your skin replenished all summer long"

My take: Undecided.  I, obviously, don't tan.  But I do want to start using night cream.  So we will see.  It certainly smells great.

Verdict: Unsure

Value:  $24

Item 5:  You Smell Lemon Wet Wipes

"Finding time to freshen up just got easier.  These naturally antibacterial wipes are not only durable, but also gentle.  Throw these in your bag before your endless adventures ahead."

My take: These are going straight in the gym bag.  I will report back but I like the idea of adult wet-wipes.  And they are certainly cheap enough.

Verdict: KEEP

Value:  $6

Item 6:  Lollies Basic Hair Ties

"Spruce up your ponytail instantly with Lollies.  Made from swimwear fabric, they'll look cute on your wrist, and we love that these braided ties don't stretch over time like your average hair bands"

My take: If these actually work like they say, they would be like magic.  I hate the stretching of hair bands and I constantly do have one on my wrist (as does every woman with long hair).  I'm happy to give these a try.  And the $8/3 isn't a terrible price.

Verdict: KEEP

Value:  $8

Item 7:  One potato, Two potato chips

These are pretty much fancy kettle potato chips with a Hawaiian BBQ flavor.

My take: FINALLY a food item I will actually try.  I like potato chips and they sound tasty.

Verdict: KEEP

Value:  $2

All in all, about $115 worth of stuff for about $39.95 for the normal box. 

Another month?  I really love Popsugar.  If I had to give up all other boxes, this would be the one I would keep.

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As always, swap on my Pinterest page, so if you want to buy any of the stuff that didn't quite trip my trigger, email me!

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