POPSUGAR Must Have Boxes: December and January

WHOOPS. I had every intention of getting my December post up way sooner than now, my b! Since I got my January box while I was away on vaca, here is a delayed December and January post! For a refresher, here is my introductory post that includes a link to sign up and a code (REFER5) to save $5.00. Let’s start with December:

Lulu Frost for POPSUGAR Bracelet (Must Have Fashion) - $110 - I think this bracelet is so pretty and simple. I could not believe it when I saw that it is valued at $110! Definitely wouldn’t pay that much for it, but I’ll rock it fo sho! I also got a 25% off coupon, but since everything is in that kind of price range, I’ll probably be passing. Hit me up if you want the code and I’ll share it!

Mixt Studio Holiday Gifting Set (Must Have Home) - $9 - I love that they included this around the holidays. I am a TERRIBLE gift wrapper so all of the accessories help cover that up!

ModelCo Fibre Lashxtend Black Mascara (Must Have Beauty) - $22 - I actually have gotten this mascara before in a Birchbox and really like to use it layered on top of another mascara since it is really “fiber'y”. I also got a coupon for $10 off next order and a bonus shine ultra lip gloss in “Strip Tease” valued at $16. I don’t think I’ll use it since shipping is kind of expensive annnd I don’t need any makeup, again if you want the code LMK!

Govino Go Anywhere Flutes (Must Have Home) - $12.95 for a pack of four - Again, love that they capitalized on the theme of the holidays for these. I don’t have champagne flutes and these are cute AND non breakable so a win win for me.

CC Made Caramel Corn (Must Have Food) - $4 for 3 oz - I don’t know if I like pistachio and in full disclosure, I haven’t tried these yet. If they aren’t my jam I’ll bring them into work and share!

NCLA Peppermint Lane Nail Wraps (Must Have Beauty) - $16 - These wraps are really cute and surprisingly easy to put on. It was my first time using them and I liked how fast it was. They didn’t last quite as long as I would have liked, but I think with added practice and effort I could get better at them!

Ghirardelli Squares Chocolate (Special Extra) - $4.25 - I got both caramel and a bag of holiday assorted that included pumpkin, peppermint and egg nog. I don’t love chocolate by itself, but I’ve been putting one of these in my coffee in the morning instead of adding milk or a sweetener and I really like the flavor it gives!

TOTAL APPROX VALUE OF DECEMBER: $182.45 (!!) - The bracelet definitely put’s it up there, but that is like 6 times the price of the box my friend. Nice work December POPSUGAR.


Malin + Goetz Detox Face Mask (Must Have Beauty) - $40 - I’ve never heard of this brand but I LOVE that they included a full size product. I have recently gotten into masks and am trying to pamper myself once a week at home!

The Juice Generation Book (Must Have Food) - $20 - Such crazy timing since the Suzies have recently gotten into major juicing and smoothie'ing. Can’t wait to get some new ideas from this book. Also included was a 30% off coupon on a six-pack at www.juicegeneration.com - shout if you want it!

Jack + Lucy Tech Gloves (Must Have Fashion) - $15 - I was really excited to get these gloves when I saw them. They felt very soft and I liked the neutral color. Since wearing them in the insane polar vortex of NYC, I am a bit disappointed in the actual warmth they provide. I also wonder if POPSUGAR MustHave Box subscribers in warmer weather got these as well. I guess they could always send them to a cold weather friend or donate them to a charity!

Rifle Paper Co. 2014 Flip Around the World Desk Calendar (Must Have Home) - $16 - This calendar is very chic and kind of reminds me of Mad Men, not sure why. I don’t have a calendar in my apartment and I like the way this looks on my bookcase! Also included is a 10% off riflepaperco.com coupon, lmk if you want!

Pipsnacks White Truffle Pipcorn (Must Have Food) - $6 - 100% honesty, I haven’t tried this yet, but how can it not be good?!

Revlon by Marchesa Box O’Files (Must Have Beauty) - $4.99 - Love these six mini files from Revlon and Marchesa. I have one at work, one in my purse, one in my car and the rest ready for a nail emergency. Plus the design is really pretty. Good add POPSUGAR!

TOTAL APPROX VALUE OF JANUARY: $101.99 - Another great box and value!

A perk to being late on December and January is that February can’t be too far away…

Scrumptious Pipcorn!


As promised, Ben B does an exclusive interview with the co-founder of Pipcorn, Jeff Martin. Jeff is a former Investment Banker from New Jersey who started this company with his sister, Jennifer. Here is their story:

TS: How long have you wanted to start your own snack company? How did you go about starting Pipsnacks?

JM: Let’s see… Pipsnacks has been in the works for about eight months in some form or another, so call it eight, maybe nine months?? To be frank, despite my love of cooking and my family’s history of entrepreneurship, I didn’t see this one coming. That said, I can honestly tell you that there is nothing I’d rather be doing on a daily basis than popping, bagging and selling Pipcorn with my little sister.

To make a very long story relatively short, a few years ago Jennifer discovered the variety of corn that we popped while living in Chicago. I was visiting her one weekend and helping her move apartments when she introduced me to it…

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