Sorry for the bad lighting in all of the pics, I opened it first thing this morning when my house was super dark, and ever since I broke my phone (shattered the edge of the screen) the camera is all wonky.
Date of arrival: April 9, 2013
Packaging: Same size box and same packaging as the last two months - white and bright pink.
Contents and mini reviews:
|You can kinda see in the top right how the nuggets don't lay down.|
|Gold flakes in charcoal paper. Click if you want to read the background info.|
|I didn't feel like unfolding and photographing, but you get the idea.|
Value: So, if you were keeping track, that all adds up to $104.98 or $94.13 depending on whether you buy the Kai from an authorized dealer. Popsugar claims their $35 box will be worth at least $100, so that's spot on.
Overall impression of the box: As I said before, I found this one to be pretty disappointing. The only items I really like are the two cheapest, so this wasn't worth my $35 this month (unless I can regift or resell or trade or something). I also felt like there was hardly anything in this one compared to previous boxes. The past 2 boxes had an $84 item in it and there was still more goodies to test out. Boo. If I had liked the Kai I'm sure I'd feel differently - I kind of feel like your whole opinion of a box depends on whether or not you like the big ticket item.
Overall impression of the service: Normally, I am really excited to open my popsugar box and I feel glowy and happy afterwards. Even after over a year of subscription services, I still love getting packages and seeing what's inside and the little high afterwards and petting all of my shiny new things. Popsugar is extra fun because it could be LITERALLY ANYTHING at all - beauty, fitness, home, fashion, food, you name it. The only problem is that it's impossible to make everyone happy and there is bound to be stuff that simply isn't your taste (like the bracelet) or is something you already have (like the garment bag) or you just can't use it (like the blotting papers). I think it's one thing to be sad or even frustrated about stuff you can't use, but I think it's super funny when people complain to popsugar about how much they hate the box. It's just part of the deal with a subscription service! No one forced you to spend your money on what is basically a fancy grab bag! So I'm not going to let one lame-o box cause me to cancel, but if next month's isn't for me either, I'll probably choose to spend my money on stuff I KNOW I like instead of stuff I MIGHT like.
Edited to add: I think because I didn't love this box I was a little down on the service. I should also say that I have been pleasantly surprised by how many things popsugar sends that I end up loving, including (and maybe especially) things I would have never picked out myself. It's a good mix of things that are SUPER HANDY but I wouldn't actually think to go buy and things that are SUPER TRENDY that I wouldn't have bought myself but I totally love. I get TONS of compliments on popsugar things I wear in public, and either myself or my girls have loved all of the snacks. I also think they get a lot more value out of my $35 than I would, since the boxes are worth $100. If you only have $35 to spend a month on frivolous things, I'd say do your own shopping and get what you know you'll love. But if you have room in your budget and like the element of surprise, this is a fun service. Hope this helps if you are on the fence!