My Must Have Gamble Paid Off

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Last month I wrote about PopSugar’s deal on the September Must Have box. $35 and guaranteed to get a Tilo Scarf worth $125. I’ve been underwhelmed by their selections in the past, but since I love scarves as a practical accessory staying warm during fall travel (and changing up my look) I decided to risk it.
And this was one of the better boxes!
PopSugar Must Have September Contents
There was, of course, the Tilo scarf which is deliciously soft and a useful gray/reddish color (it’s called raisin but it’s way more attractive than that). Excuse the bad selfie!PopSugar Must Have September Tilo scarf selfie
There was two food options, which I’m usually strongly against, but the Ghirardelli sea salt & almond minis was a generous size (and a bonus item) and the Urban Remedy almond brownie ($6) came with a $10 gift card to their online store.
PopSugar Must Have September ghiradelli urban remedy
I was really excited to see the Nicole Miller Stereo Earbuds ($20) since I can never have too many to keep tucked in my laptop and carry-on if they’re comfortable. And the Oribe Superfine Purse Size (and travel size!) Hair Spray ($21.50) for the same reason!
PopSugar Must Have September nicole miller oribe
The Rifle Paper Co Garance Dore assorted stationary card set ($18) was rather cool, but the Letter C Design Gold Foil Arrow Pencils ($5) didn’t excite me, even though it came with a sharpener (thank goodness!).
PopSugar Must Have September Letter C Design Rifle Paper
PopSugar Must Have September Rifle Paper Card Designs
The last item was an unexpected bonus. It was a measurement set to try out the new custom fit Nike Pro Bra which comes in 25 sizes and instructions for how to order online and redeem the $20 gift card that was included. I haven’t been online yet to check out the prizes, but rather happy about this.
PopSugar Must Have September Nike Bra gift card
This was definitely an improvement over previous boxes, but I think I’ll still hold out and only indulge when they’ve partnered with brands I know I want (like the Tilo scarf) or when it has more of a travel than a seasonal theme. If you got the box what did you think?

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  1. Jennifer

    September 20, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    That looks great! Do you have a referral code for them?

  2. Kendra

    September 20, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    You know how I feel about PopSugar boxes – I’ve been getting them since the very first one, and I LOVE them. Sure, some are (way) better than others, but for the most part I love at least 2-3 items per box. I think it also helps that I have an 11-year-old daughter who is the happy recipient of the goodies that I don’t want or need. Her stocking is always easily filled at Christmas 😉

    • Jeanne Marie Hoffman

      September 20, 2014 at 4:56 pm

      That’s an amazing idea! I didn’t think of them as stocking stuffers before!

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  4. Jennifer

    September 20, 2014 at 5:30 pm

    lol… you are ALL enablers. Just put in a subscription. The stocking stuffer idea is brilliant. I need to start doing that with my Ipsy and Birchbox less loved items too!

    • Jeanne Marie Hoffman

      September 20, 2014 at 6:08 pm

      Enablers are the best sort of friends! For example, should I get those red sparkly peep toe heels I saw yesterday?

  5. Keri Anderson

    September 20, 2014 at 5:41 pm

    I’m definitely going to be doing the stocking stuffer idea! Another fun idea a friend is experimenting with is holding swap parties to exchange the items you didn’t want. I went to one and felt like I got 5 new boxes.

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