Thursday, October 24, 2013

*Breast Cancer Awareness & Halloween* Popsugar's Monthly Must Have Box for October

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month & Popsugar brought attention to the cause by teaming up with various companies who support multiple breast cancer charities, they are also donated $1 for every Monthly Must Have Box that was purchased in October. Of course, with Halloween & a few other major holidays right around the corner they included items to help us ease into the holiday spirit as well. Each month this box holds the #1 place on my favorite subscription boxes list, October's box firmly secured the spot for Popsugar for another month. Want to see what was inside of another amazing Popsugar Monthly Must Have Box???? Of course you do, just check it out below! 

I was really excited to see a cookbook in this months box, then I looked it over & realized that it really isn't suited for me. I'm very far from terrified in the kitchen, it's my safe place & I'm very comfortable stepping into the middle of a cooking storm & guiding myself through it. Jessica Seinfeld did a great job with putting this book together, the formatting & design of the book overall is fantastic. The recipes are quite impressive too, if you are intimidated by cooking, baking & being in the kitchen in general this cookbook is perfect for you! I will be holding onto my copy for a giveaway or a gift. :)

Julep for Popsugar Duo, Freedom Polymer Top Coat & Millie ($18 & $14)
I really love Julep Polishes, I was subscribed to their monthly subscription box service Julep Maven, until today. I just decided I didn't need to continue to grow my nail polish collection as quickly as I had been. Luckily I was able to get one last fix from Popsugar & Julep. I know that the Freedom Polymer Top Coat is fantastic, & I already have the Millie shade in my collection from one of my monthly Julep Maven boxes. This little duo is going to be hanging out with Jessica Seinfeld's cookbook for a future giveaway or gift. :) I also have a code I will share at the end of the post for 1st time Julep Maven Subscribers to get a free box.

   NXY Cosmetics Smokey Eye Palette & Liquid Brown Eyeliner ($7.00 & $6.00)
 I'm a fan of Nyx so I was thrilled to see both of these products in my box. I have the Natural palette & have wanted to try the Smokey Palette out for a while now. I've also been wanting to add some brown liner to my collection & this liquid version with a brush style applicator is a good one. I haven't tried out either of the products on my eyes yet, but I did swatch them out to see what kind of pigmentation & quality they had.

Overall, none of the shadows have a really true *WOW* factor to them. The pigmentation isn't anything impressive & while they do not seem to be chalky when swatched, I'm not sure that they will wear very well or be long lasting.

While the Smokey Palette proved to be pretty underwhelming when swatched, the Liquid Brown Eyeliner is pretty awesome. With the thin brush style applicator you can apply a very thin or thicker line depending on what look you want to create. These lines I drew on my hand are still there after hours & hours & multiple hand washes.

The Wet Brush Beauty Fights Edition ($14.00)
The Wet Brush is one of the companies that teamed up with Popsugar & made donations for every brush included in the box to the fight against breast cancer. I have wanted to try out the Wet Brush for a long time, currently I use a Tangle Teaser that I picked up at Sally's Beauty Supply about a year ago. I really love my Tangle Teaser & I do have less breakage overall since I started using it, my only complaint was that it didn't have a long enough handle. The Wet Brush has more of a traditional brush design so I can't see that being an issue. I have used the brush a couple of times since my Popsugar arrived & so far I really love it! I think it is my favorite item in the box for October!

Jane Tran Thin Metallic Bobby Pin Set ($12.00)
I can never have too many bobby pins. Between myself & the girls we seem to lose at least 5 or more a week. This set from Jane Tran I will not be sharing though, I really like all of the colors & they hold my hair in place way better than traditional style bobby pins. I spent a few minutes on the Jane Tran site & there are a few more things I would like to have someday. I mean hair accessories are a must have item right??

Gorjana Charity Bali Bead Bracelet ($45.00)
When I first saw this bracelet I was super excited, then I thought that it looked super tiny & there was no way it was going to fit me. I tried it on just to be sure & it not only fits me its really cute! 100% of the proceeds of this bracelet goes to Breast Cancer Connections. If you are looking for some more accessories that benefit Breast Cancer Awareness, specifically the Noreen Fraser Foundation check out the Shop for a Cause Collection that Stella & Dot has right now, the single wrap Wanderlust pink bracelet is one of my favorites. Check it out here! 

This is not the Crispycake that was in my Popsugar October Box. That Crispycake I consumed over last weekend when there were 7 children at my house & I had a midnight oh thank goodness they are all sleeping snack. It was almost exactly like the one pictured above (thanks for the snapshot!) except the sprinkles were black & orange. While it was delicious I do prefer the homemade variety.

As an extra Popsugar included a coupon code for $20 off a Stitch Fix order & a free styling consultation. I have been wanting to try out Stitch Fix for a while now & this is an offer I can't pass up. I will be sure to write a post about the experience. :)

Popsugar & Warriors in Pink, Powered by FORD for this contest. Follow this link to enter yourself.

There is everything from the October Popsugar Box, Breast Cancer Awareness & Halloween. Well, everything minus the Halloween Crispycake. ;) 

The total for this months box was $136.70! That doesn't include the Stitch Fix card either. Although there are 2 items (the cookbook & Julep duo) that I personally will not be using, I was really, really happy with this box. For me it was the perfect blend of lifestyle & beauty items. Monthly subscriptions were $35 a month but Popsugar has raised them to $39.95 starting November 4th. I know quite a few subscribers are really unhappy with the price increase, but I have never had a month were the product price point was even close to the $35 a month amount. I chose to cancel my Eco-Emi & my Julep Maven so that I could afford & continue to be subscribed to Popsugar. I'm addicted to the lifestyle box!! :) 

To subscribe to Popsugar click here! 

If you are interested in trying out Julep Maven (which I totally recommend!) you can use the code JULEPMUSTHAVE to get your first box free, aside from shipping costs I believe! 

as always, love from alaska,