POPSUGAR Must Have Box Review + Coupon Code – January 2014

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January 2014 PopSugar Must Have Box
January 2014 PopSugar Must Have Box

Ahhh, my January 2014 PopSugar Must Have Box is here! PopSugar is the box that started it all for me (aka the box that got me hooked on subscriptions) and I always look forward to receiving it.

January 2014 PopSugar Must Have Box
The Box

As usual PopSugar ships via FedEx Smart Post and took the standard week to arrive.  It always starts off at such a good clip and then it gets to my local FedEx Smart Post hub and it all goes downhill.

January 2014 PopSugar Must Have Box
First Look

I knew what was in the box (I always post the spoilers for PopSugar because I get so excited about them), but opening it and checking it out yourself is different (to me) than just knowing what’s in it.

January 2014 PopSugar Must Have Box
The Information Card

January’s PopSugar Box included the following items to check you check off those helpful resolutions and give you that fresh start in 2014:

Must Have Beauty
~Malin+Goetz Detox Face Mask ($40): This is easily my favorite item in the box. $40 is a lot (to me) for a 4oz face mask, so this feels like a total treat. It takes five minutes which is pretty much at the max limit for my skincare attention span. It suppose to address concerns for aging while instantly brightening complexion, which sounds good to me. I may use this as an “I’m Totally Trying It February” item!

January 2014 PopSugar Must Have Box
Malin + Goetz Detox Face Mask

Must Have Food
~The Juice Generation Book ($15.86): Hmm. We don’t juice, but we do have a juicer so perhaps we may use this. Maybe we just didn’t know what we were doing before? It also has superfood smoothie recipes in it too so I will check those out too. I have big goals of making green smoothies without them tasting the least bit “green”.

January 2014 PopSugar Must Have Box
The Juice Generation Book

Must Have Fashion
~Jack + Lucy Knit Gloves (~$20):  I believe this is the third pair of tech gloves I own, but I do NOT mind the extra!  I live in Michigan and it’s freezing here.  Seriously, it’s glove weather like 6 months of the year.  And tech gloves are genius.  Sometimes I am outside and want to take a picture or send a text!

January 2014 PopSugar Must Have Box
Jack + Lucy Tech Gloves

Must Have Home
~Rifle Paper Co. 2014 Flip Around the World Desk Calendar ($16): I read a lot of comments that said that this should be in the December box and I have to say, I would agree with that.  I don’t think I will use this as a calendar (I already have a bunch and only have one desk), but I am going to try and use them as prints and frame them.  I would assume IKEA has some frames I can use for that.

January 2014 PopSugar Must Have Box
Rifle Paper Co. 2014 Flip Around the World Desk Calendar

Must Have Food
~Pipsnacks White Truffle Pipcorn ($6): I cracked into this right away to test it and thought it was great. However, I do feel like PopSugar sends a lot of popcorn (or in this case pipcorn). Does anyone else think that?

January 2014 PopSugar Must Have Box
Popsnacks White Truffle Pipcorn

Must Have Beauty
Revlon by Marchesa Box O’ Files ($3.49):  Totally practical and cute.  I don’t know when the last time I bought nail files were, but I like that they keep appearing in boxes.

January 2014 PopSugar Must Have Box
Revlon by Marchesa Box O’Files

All totaled I came up with an (estimated) value of $101.35 for the 2014 January PopSugar Must Have Box!  PopSugar is $39.95 and almost always (maybe even always) has boxes valued over $100!  I thought this was a practical box.  It didn’t have that “wow” factor that some of the months do, but everything is usable in one way or another, so I am totally happy. If you are interested in signing up for PopSugar (which is probably one box I will NEVER cancel), click here and use the coupon code “REFER5” to save $5 off your first box!

And if you want to win the January PopSugar box (it’s sold out), you are in the right place!  All you need to do is enter in the Rafflecopter widget below and you will be all set!

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Jennifer is the author and founder of Subscription Box Ramblings. She first discovered subscription boxes in 2012 and has been addicted since. Current favorites include CAUSEBOX, Boxycharm and Beachly!

This Post Has 147 Comments

  1. Brandi

    The mask is my favorite item! for sure!

  2. Alexandra S

    I must have the calendar! SO cute.

  3. Brianna

    Hey, I just started reading your blog, and I love it! I’d love that juice recipe book, our go-to “carrot, apple, ginger” is getting a little tired. I’m game for any face mask, my skin needs some serious attention.

  4. Karen

    The popcorn, lol.

  5. Jean Eckert

    My favorite item is the face mask!!! I’ve seen others review it and compare it to a science experiment….I seriously need to try this out for myself! #intrigued

  6. Stacie

    Those files are adorable! I’m going to try and hunt them down around here!

  7. Vicky Locke

    I am on a self imposed no shopping year (with the exception of my popsugar and ipsy subs) and was just complaining that if I could shop again, the ONE thing I would buy is tech gloves!!!! SCORE!!!! And super excited to try the face mask!

  8. Kim Chapman

    I would have loved the face mask! What a fun treat!

  9. megan

    Jack + Lucy Knit Gloves!

  10. stacy willert

    i need to bite the bullet and just sign up for this box!

    1. stacy willert

      ohh, and the item id want the most is the mask!

  11. Tammy

    I love the gloves

  12. Amy

    I actually really like the calendar. I like the images for framing like you said.

  13. Sarah Dineen

    The mask! I loooooove malin + goetz.

  14. Melissa

    Definitely the face mask. I can’t wait to try it!

  15. Lisa D

    it was so funny- I got home yesterday and the hubby was home before me and got the mail and the box was sitting on the counter. He was like hurry up I want to see what’s in the box. I said it’s girl stuff. He still stood there and wanted to know about everything…it was cute. Gave the gloves to the daughter….she is the one that would use them most. But it doesn’t get that cold down here in Texas…so IDK. Loved the pipcorn (popcorn) hubby liked it. Looking back on most of your PS reviews..yes they do give a lot of popcorn. Crazy – this is my fourth PS monthly box. I am addicted and don’t think I will ever cancel too. Lets see what Feb. has in store for us addicts 🙂

    1. Jennifer

      I can’t wait!

  16. Amy Ballou

    My favorite item in the box that I want to try is the Malin+Goetz Detox Face Mask.

  17. Stephanie Kiggins

    the detox face mask!

  18. Jenny

    I’m going to say the tech gloves. I don’t own any since I just don’t wear gloves all that often here in NC. LOL

    BTW I got an email from Hautelegs and my second bag is on its way. 🙂

  19. Jen

    I found a great green smoothie recipe on Pinterest. It is really good and I make it almost daily. This is for 2 servings, but you can easily cut it in half. 2 cups fresh spinach, 2 cups water (I use coconut water or apple juice), 1 cup frozen mango, 1 cup frozen pineapple, 2 bananas. Tightly pack 2 cups spinach in measuring cup and then toss into blender. Add water/liquid until blended well. Add the rest of the fruit and blend til smooth. You can’t even taste the spinach, just fruity.

  20. Iris

    Definitely the truffle popcorn! I love truffle popcorn and cheese popcorn so I know this will just hit the spot. 😀 I hated the caramel corn from the December box because I really dislike caramel corn in general (so I gifted it) and so even though they’re giving us popcorn again, I don’t mind this time. XD

  21. Mrs. L

    I’m with you on several points…the calendar should have been in the December box and this was a “practical” box not a “Wow” one…which is okay by me. And I have to smile that my favorite thing in the box is the little box of nail files!

  22. melissa m

    I love the gloves the most! And the calendar is super cute.

  23. Samantha V

    I haven’t seen the PopSugar boxes, I had Ipsy once and enjoyed that for the couple months I had that…I will have to check out PopSugar now, I love getting surprises in the mail…I think the ~Malin+Goetz Detox Face Mask would be my top choice also.

  24. Sher

    Really wish they would ship to Canada.

  25. Amanda Dukes

    the pipcorn my son loved them 🙂 but yes i see a lot of popcorn we even had some last mouth . but both got eaten so thats a plus

  26. Rachel

    I’m definitely most interested in the tech gloves. I need a pair of those because I don’t have any at all! 🙂 Thanks for all the giveaways you do!

  27. Erin

    It a toss up between the gloves and popcorn. The juice book I just got last week when I went to see The View. We got that book, plus a juicer and a few other goodies 🙂

  28. Kesha

    I am in love with the gloves!!!! I am in Florida, and it is finally cold enough to wear our winter clothes, and trying to text with regular gloves is not functional.

  29. Amy S.

    The texting gloves are my favorite, I’ve been dying to get some!

  30. Laura Maya

    The Mask for sure!

  31. Megan W

    I’d want either the book or the calendar!

  32. Ali M

    OK, my answer is I don’t know, I covered my eyes, mine is on its way and last night my husband told me I don’t have a sense of mystery because I couldn’t not look at spoilers so uh yeah, I think I saw some stuff anyway but I have put it out of my head!

  33. Cathy@Five Boys

    I think the gloves are my favorite item. Do you think Pop corn being in the box so frequently is because it’s called Pop sugar??

    1. Jennifer

      I don’t know! I thought about that. They have done Popcorn a few times, PopUp Pantry, Canvas Pop, etc.

  34. jenn

    The mask! I love this brand!

  35. jenny

    I love the calendar, but the gloves are really nice too

  36. janelle

    Living in Ohio, I would have to say the tech gloves.

  37. Debby

    Enjoying the popcorn right now. Great box!

  38. Kristen

    Arg! I want everything in this box, so frustrated I had to give up my subscription.

  39. Jordan McEntaffer

    The gloves I will use the most, since my last pair finally fell apart. I am iffy on the Juice book, not sure if I would even use it, I will have to look at the recipes first to decide. I have never used a mask, so that will be fun though.

  40. Jill

    I *think* my favorite will be the gloves and face mask. I won’t know until it gets here next Wednesday!!!!!!!!!!!

  41. Kristy

    Love the calendar, popcorn and gloves! Miss my box, Can’t wait until I can afford it again!!!

  42. Tammy

    Ha, I bought myself a pair of tipless mittens and before I could wear them my dog chewed off one of the fingers, so now I have a replacement. He’s eying them, but I am going to make sure he doesn’t get this pair! This is my first box, and I agree there is no wow factor here, but I love it. I don’t think I would have bought a single item for myself, besides the gloves, but they are all items I would have liked to have gotten as a gift. Christmas and birthday in a box every month. Love it!

  43. Enrica

    The gloves 🙂

  44. Niki T.

    My favorite item would be the Malin+Goetz Detox Face Mask! Thank you for having the giveaway! =)

  45. Pilar

    The calendar is my favorite item in the box.

  46. Rita Morgan

    I’m sure the popcorn taste great!

  47. Zong

    Must have home! A calendar always come in handy!

  48. Alice

    My favorite item is the popcorn…I am still trying to figure out what truffles taste like. I have tasted items with truffles but still have not figured out what truffles taste like.

  49. Beth

    I live in Wisconsin up near the Twin Cities, so my favorite item is the pair of gloves! And we’re getting to that annoying time of the year when stores stop selling gloves (and hats, snow boots, snow pants, ski masks, etc.) because in Retail World it’s swimsuit season already. Obviously, retail gurus don’t have kids who lose these items on a regular basis.

  50. Jaci B.

    I sent my sister a 3 month sub., and was so excited to see what she got! I’m a huge fan of the calendar, personally, and I definitely wouldn’t hate a nice detox mask!

  51. Valerie

    My favorite is the malin + detox face mask

  52. Casey S

    It is so hard to choose what my fave item in the box is! I think if I have to pick it would be the mask!! I had to cancel Popsugar several months ago and had not loved the boxes I saw after I cancelled. This one however seems right up my alley.

  53. Brooke

    I love that calendar!

  54. Shawn

    The mask sounds AMAZING!

  55. Joanne

    Definitely the mask!

  56. Emily W.

    This month I had a mix-up with my Must Have box. I upgraded a subscription that was about to expire, but for my January box I was billed for and received two boxes when I only wanted one. I contacted the support staff and they said that they could not refund me for the duplicate box, but would like to send me a “package of their ‘Favorite Items’ to remedy the issue,” but they don’t go into any more detail about what the ‘Favorite Items’ is, and I’m so confused. Has anyone ever heard of this happening? I can’t find any information about this happening to anyone else anywhere!

    1. Jennifer

      I have heard of them sending gifts for broken / missing items. I can’t wait to see what you get! It will probably be a little collection of things from previous boxes!

  57. Melanie K.

    I really like the calendar and the idea of making prints out of them. Our walls are seriously lacking in decor.

  58. Linda Flick

    I think I love everything in this box!

  59. Marietta

    For some reason, I just love the calendar. Hadn’t gotten around to getting one for my desk, so, this is perfect!

  60. Frances

    I loved, loved, loved the calendar!

  61. Allison

    I love the gloves!

  62. Kristin t

    The face mask!

  63. Shana

    The truffle popcorn!!!!

  64. Sara

    I love that calendar!

  65. Sylvia

    I’m torn between the calendar and the truffle popcorn! I’d actually seen the calendar in stores over the holidays and considered getting it for myself or as a gift, but didn’t in the end. All in all it’s a pretty great box!

  66. Lauren

    I loved the pipcorn!

  67. Kristen

    I’m very excited about the mask!

  68. Nikki K

    My fave item- the gloves

  69. Mallory B

    The mask! I got the Malin+Goetz mojito lip balm in my ipsy bag and completely adore it. I’m dying to try more of their products!

  70. Rachel Uresti

    The face mask for sure! Pays for the box itself 🙂

  71. rayraycartucci

    The detox face mask is my favorite

  72. emilia

    The face mask.

  73. Kayla

    The mask is my favorite by far!

  74. Mar G

    The calendar!

  75. Sandra

    I like the mask the most by far. But I would use all the items
    And I like the idea of framing the prints from the calendar.

  76. Traci C.

    I would love to see whats in that juice guide. We just started trying out some DIY smoothies and things.. everyone here loves them! Fresh ideas are always a plus!

  77. Lisa

    The Pipcorn looks yummy, and I could use the gloves!

  78. Allison

    I love Malin+Goetz and was so excited about the mask! Also, I love the popcorn even though they do send it a lot it’s fine with me!

  79. Lisa

    I love your idea about using the calendar as prints and framing them! I too have more calendars than I need and was actually looking for prints to hang on the wall in my recently redone den/reading room and the prints from the calendar are perfect. I don’t think I would have thought of that on my own and the calendar would have probably sat around collecting dust, so thanks for the great idea!

    1. Jennifer

      Totally not my idea – I borrowed it! But it’s a good one! Let me know what you do for frames!

      1. Lisa

        I’m thinking of trimming them into a 5 inch square(so just leaving the picture & city name)and then using an 8 inch square frame.

        1. Jennifer

          Will you use the same color mat?

  80. Bethsaida W.

    I definitely want to try the face mask 🙂

  81. karen

    I like the mask the best!

  82. sonia mancha

    the gloves!!

  83. Theresa H

    I definitely love the mask the most!!

  84. Ali M

    OK, I got my box today. I’m glad I didn’t look at the spoilers. I was very disappointed until I saw the mask had a nice high value, and this is because I went to go put the first glove on and something unraveled in the thumb and now there’s a couple inches of yarn sticking out. I’ll hope next month’s suits me better so I don’t cancel my sub, thank you for the great reviews!

    1. Jennifer

      Thank you for the kind words! You should e-mail PopSugar about the gloves!!!!

  85. Amanda G

    The gloves! I seriously need to get a pair of tech gloves and it always slips my mind when I’m shopping.

  86. soon p

    The knit gloves.

  87. miranda

    I think the calendar is pretty cute

  88. Candice

    White truffle pipcorn! Just calling my name and know my toddler will love to share it 🙂

  89. Julie Ernst

    Love the mask!!!

  90. Sam Stamp

    The Juice Generation Book is my favorite I’ve been interested in juices and smoothies but terrified of them having a green taste or looking truly disgusting!

  91. Stephanie

    I would love to try the truffle popcorn! Love truffle flavor!

  92. Lisa Dion

    I love the face mask and can’t wait to try it

  93. Sher

    How large would you say the calendar pages are? I like your framing idea.

    1. Jennifer

      After you cut off the months I’d say like 4 x6’ish???

      1. Sher


  94. carol

    I love pop sugar, its my favorite box. So glad I heard about it. I’ve been getting since I found your blog many months ago. Much better then the Fancy boxes. I could have done without the Juice book but I still loved the box

    1. Jennifer

      Love me some popsugar!

  95. Bryna

    The gloves!! I’ve been wanting a pair like that

  96. Crystal Gregg

    I still have not gotten a pair of those gloves! Always on my phone out in the cold. I’d like to check out the juicing book too 🙂

  97. Lori

    This is my first month receiving Popsugar and I’m sooooo excited for it! It should arrive tomorrow I am most excited for the calendar!

    1. Jennifer


  98. Janet

    My favorite item would be the Malin+Goetz Detox Face Mask! Thank you for having the giveaway!

  99. Jill Geraci

    Definitely the mask. I love good skincare products.

  100. Talaura

    Yea for a giveaway!!! Thanks! I think I might like that mask best.

  101. Kayla

    The face mask sounds so fun! I also love that desk calendar, super cute. 🙂

  102. Lauren M.

    I love it all! Would love to win! It’s one those boxes I keep thinking about subscribing to but just haven’t! Maybe holding one would convince me! 🙂

  103. Natalie

    I love the calender for the type alone!

  104. Karrie

    I would love to try the mask and popcorn!

  105. Beth

    Hands down – The face mask is the only thing that I’m excited about in this box

    Also I think the popcorn is a genius idea on Popsugar’s part to fill up space & cut down on shipping materials! (Plus I’m never complaining when they send me popcorn)

  106. Maureen Kelleher

    Love the mask! Makes the box worth much more because it’s so great!

  107. Chris

    I love the calendar–I haven’t gotten one yet…procrastination at its finest. :3

  108. kelly t

    That calendar is so cute, I must have it for my office!

  109. Andrianie

    my favorite item definitely has to be the tech gloves! So convenient to have especially in New york since its FREZZING here and I always need my phone! First world problems you could say hahah

  110. Ashley G

    The detox face mask!

  111. Dawn

    Probably the Malin & Goetz. I received the lip balm in Ipsy which I love, love! I’ve also tried shampoo from them that Birchbox sent me and I liked that as well.

  112. Cara James

    All of it, especially the popcorn!

  113. Jenny McCambridge

    I would LOVE to have this box! It would definitely get me out of the winter blues. That mask! Yum!

  114. Diana Vuong

    I like the tech gloves, truffle popcorn, and the face mask.

  115. Allie Drew

    I love the tech gloves and the popcorn looks delicious!

  116. Carly michelle

    I feel like Debbie downer! It’s been 75+ degrees every day since Christmas, so I can’t imagine ever using the gloves. I’m jazzed to try the face spray “aka mask”. I am kind of tired of popcorn and find ZERO use for the juicing book. As a working mom I have negative amounts of time. While juicing sounds fast it requires keeping lots of fresh food on hand, chopped/prepped and cleaning out the monks daily. I’m exhausted thinking about it! One day I’ll be healthy. Maybe I’ll read the book that day.

    1. Jennifer

      LOL!!!!!!! Feel free to come here with your gloves. It’s so cold sometimes I made L wear two pairs when he goes outside!

  117. Jeannie

    My favorite item in the box I would like to try would be the facial mask.

  118. Leanne

    I enjoy my PopSugar Must Have Box subscription, and I just want to say that I like your attitude toward the items in your review. I see so many people complain on their Facebook page about the quality of some of the items. Even if one or two of the items is something I might not use, I can always “re-gift” or donate, and it’s just so much fun getting a surprise every month. I always feel like the value is good for what we receive. So, thanks for your positivity on your posts about these. I can’t wait to try the facial mask, I already re-gifted the nail files, and I love the tech gloves. I’ll never turn down popcorn, so this was a fun box!

    1. Jennifer

      I feel like if I can total what I would pay for the items up and it’s over the cost of the box, I am happy! Plus, it’s a surprise box of stuff. I never expect everything to be perfect for me!

  119. Mary Jenkins

    I think I am most excited about the Jack and Lucy gloves! I’d wear them even when it wasn’t cold!

  120. KAREN

    Hoping I win so I can share the excitement.

  121. Jennifer Pittman

    The popcorn & mask!

  122. Lacey Burd

    I’m loving the gloves! I definitely need to get myself a pair 🙂

  123. Elisabeth

    Those nail files are gorgeous!

  124. Madelyn

    I love the Malin and Goetz mask!

  125. Rachel

    I am loving the malin + goetz mask! Feels so amazing on the skin! 🙂

  126. Jennifer Pittman

    The Jack + Lucy Knit Gloves look great!

  127. Chelsea

    Finally got my box this weekend. The mask is so much fun to use and the pipcorn is DELICIOUS! I can’t wait till the end of next month to get my box. 🙂

  128. alison

    I miss getting my popsugar box

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