Showing posts with label PopSugar. Show all posts
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Monday, December 22, 2014

Best Subscription Box of 2014




In January 2013, TME published “Battle of The Beauty Boxes: Round One,” with the aim of informing our readers about which beauty/lifestyle subscription box offered what. The market of monthly subscription box services exploded and this led us to publish “Battleof The Beauty Boxes: Round Two” -- a mere six months later. Since our initial “Battle,” the market of subscription box services continues to grow and we’ve seen our fair share of the good, the bad, and the “What were they thinking”?

Sure we could have done “Round 3,” but with all that we’ve witnessed it was time to give a huge shout out to the subscription services that continuously offer superiorly curated boxes. While there can only be one “Best Subscription Box,” we present the beauty and lifestyle boxes that are superior and deserving of acknowledgment. So, just who are the brands and which one took the Best Subscription Box of 2014? There were a total of 24 subscription services that threw their hat into the ring, but we’ve chosen the best of the best and here they are!


Most Improved Beauty Box - Beauty Army ($12/month – Shipping Included). In 2013, Beauty Army was a less then thrilling experience. With a revamped website (launched in January 2014), navigating the site to fill out your personal beauty profile and choose your own samples is a fun experience. Included in our Beauty Army box were seven real-sized samples that easily exceeded the $12 subscription price. Good Job Beauty Army!


Best Lifestyle Box PopSugar Must Have ($35/month – Shipping Included) Many of you may be familiar with PopSugar.com, a leading online source of women’s lifestyle information and a favorite site here at TME. Every Must Have box is expertly, and lovingly, curated by the PopSugar editors, which guarantees that you are going to be presented with top-notch lifestyle products. Proving that PopSugar Must Have truly is a superior lifestyle box with their fingers on the pulse of lifestyle -- the brand has launched Must Have boxes for specific life milestones such as bridal and baby!


Best Specialty Box - Escape Monthly ($49.95/month - Shipping Included) is an essential for anyone who, like us, loves to travel and learn about other places. Gigi, an extensive world traveler, was blown away by the accuracy of information and the stellar curation of the Escape Monthly box. Items included in each box range from informative travel books to cuisine and well exceed the monthly subscription price. Escape Monthly is perfect for the adventure bound … even if the adventure is from your living room.


Best Beauty BoxGLOSSYBOX ($21/month - Shipping Included) We have watched this brand for over three years and had the pleasure of interviewing GLOSSYBOX CEO, Charles von Abercron. From the industry insider perspective, we have witnessed many changes within this company … some left us believing that all hope was lost for this brand … but, with a major rebound GLOSSYBOX is back on top delivering beautifully and thoughtfully curated beauty boxes that leave us doing the “happy dance” upon the box’s monthly arrival!


Drum roll … please … Yuzen is THE Best Subscription Box 2014! With boxes arriving quarterly, Yuzen's tagline of "Sending you a little Zen" reminds us to stop and take time for ourselves. Yuzen Boxes ($33/qurter – Shipping Included) arrive each season -- winter, spring, summer, and fall -- and include high-end luxurious beauty, grooming, and lifestyle products that are carefully selected by Jen and Ted Ning, the owners of Yuzen.

The Ning's shared, "When making selections for each Yuzen box, we always look to quality, mission, and integrity before we put it to our Yuzen test -- evaluating its performance, experiencing the benefits first hand, and then sharing our favorites with others".

So what can you expect when receiving one of these boxes? To start, Yuzen is artfully packaged, making a perfect gift for any person -- especially the "hard-to-buy-for" in your life. As part of the packaging, the brand encloses a strip of authentic Japanese Yuzen paper, which can be used as a bookmark, for origami making, or for any paper crafts.

Inside the box, one will find a card with detailed information about each product and an explanation as to why it was chosen, a mix of nine full-sized and sample size products, and discount codes for each product. Plus the products are encased in a lovely reusable mesh drawstring bag. There isn't an aspect of Yuzen that hasn't impressed us -- from the Ning's philosophy of "pampering oneself," to the brilliantly executed packaging and, of course, the high quality, natural, organic products that are contained within. The $33 price includes shipping and product value is approximately $100, unless you count the needful pampering encouraged by Yuzen … priceless in our book!

For your convenience, all products have been hyperlinked. Please note that The Makeup Examiner is NOT affiliated with any brand, representative or public relations firm.


Tuesday, February 11, 2014

PopSugar for Valentine’s Day



Beauty and lifestyle box subscription services have become insanely popular and after publishing Battle of the Beauty Boxes Round One and Round Two, plus a review of men’s lifestyle subscription boxes, The Makeup Examiner can attest that there are myriads of subscriptions to choose from.

Yes, TME has her favorites and certain beauty and lifestyle box subscription services earn favor due to the quality of content, stellar customer service, and the versatility of what the service provides. PopSugar Must Have Box is just that type of subscription service making this beauty and lifestyle box the perfect gift for Valentine’s Day.

PopSugar Must Have boxes, available for him (seasonally) and for her (monthly), include PS editors’ favorites from areas like food, fitness, fashion, beauty, entertainment, and décor. Monthly PopSugar Must Have boxes for her contain full-sized, premium items, valued at over $100, for $39.95 per month that includes free shipping! Men’s Must Have boxes are available seasonally and are full of everything that a guy would need for that particular season!

And since Valentine’s Day is positioned during travel season (a great time for couples to getaway), PopSugar is launching a Special Edition Resort box! With higher-end items, this box has everything a girl, or a couple, headed on an adventure would need. The box retails for $100 and is valued at $250, and is scheduled to order on Monday, February 17. PopSugar makes gifting super easy and allows you to print out an order conformation that you can put in a Valentine’s Day card and be remembered year round! For more information, or to order the PopSugar Must Have box, visit PopSugar.

©2014 Yvonne P. Mazzulo, a.k.a., The Makeup Examiner. All rights reserved. 

Thursday, November 21, 2013

PopSugar Neiman Marcus Box Big Reveal *Spoiler Alert



PopSugar gave the green light today, Nov. 21 for the “Big Reveal” of PopSugar’s Neiman Marcus Must-Have Box. While there has is been much speculation as to what’s inside this holiday season’s luxury subscription box, readers need not speculate any further!
   
Although PopSugar is known for several “firsts,” such as the launch of their Men’s Lifestyle Box in December 2012, the Neiman Marcus collaboration was quite the coup and a brilliant move for consumers. Curated by Neiman Marcus Fashion Director Ken Downing and PopSugar Editor in Chief and Founder Lisa Sugar, each item inside makes the perfect gift, but you may want to keep them all for yourself. Are you ready to see what’s inside this limited-edition holiday offering? Have a look through the list!



Le Metier de Beaute Le Metier Custom Palette (Retail Value $95) - Le Metier de Beaute, in collaboration with Ken Downing and Lisa Sugar, designed an exclusive kaleidoscope for the Neiman Marcus Must Have box. Ken and Lisa loved the combination of black and pink and developed an assortment of colors that can be blended together or used separately.

Oribe Texturizing Spray (Retail Value $39) - Bigger, better, full-on glamorous hair. This invisible dry hair spay builds in incredible volume and sexy texture. Patented polymers absorb oil at the roots, leaving you with just-styled hair for days (and nights). Shake. Spray where you want volume and style. A brilliant alternative to dry shampoo!

Sanford Design Chevron Throw (Retail Value $226) - Throws are a great way to add color and pattern to a solid-color chair or sofa, but we also like the element of cozy comfort they bring to the mix. Consider adding one to a reading chair in the guest room to make it especially welcoming. Colors featured: Navy/Natural, Lunar/Natural, Midori/White, Persimmon/Natural, Hemisphere/White

Slim & Sage (Retail Value $99) offers stunning design with scientifically based portion control to make eating healthy feel effortless, discreet and casually luxurious. Crafted with a gentle curve and gorgeous interlaced lines, these plates are ideal for everyday use or casual entertaining. Slim & Sage is a fusion of credible science and fabulous design to make portion control and healthy eating safe, simple and casually chic. Colors featured: Ruby and Pacific

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Shy by Sydney Evan Love Necklace (Retail Value $125) - Since it’s inception in 2001, Sydney Evan has become one of the leading trend-setting jewelry designers. Rosanne Karmes, the creator of Sydney Evan, celebrates the uniqueness of our lives, from spiritual protection, to luck and good fortune. The Neiman Marcus Must Have box features Shy by Sydney Evan Love Necklace. A 14k yellow-gold plated over sterling silver necklace with a single bezel-set diamond.

Jonathan Adler Zebra Ring Dish (Retail Value $32) - Made from porcelain with a bold zebra print, the perfect pop of graphic glamour for any bedside, bathroom or table setting. Jonathan Adler pottery begins its life in our Soho studio, where Jonathan and his team design and sculpt every prototype. Colors featured: Navy, Light Blue, Green, Yellow


NEST Birchwood Pine Candle (Retail Value $35) - The aroma of a majestic winter forest is created by blending white pine, fir balsam and birchwood over a base of rich musk and amber. NEST Fragrances candles are made with a premium, soft, highly refined, cosmetic-grade wax that was developed over many years to optimize burn and fragrance diffusion. The ingredients used are the highest grade of wax materials and the finest fragrance oils available.



Bedre Neiman Marcus Corn Snack (Retail Value $19) - This exclusive Neiman Marcus snack is perfect for any holiday gathering. Enjoy a delicious white fudge covered corn snack with a light milk chocolate drizzle and let the parties begin!

As for the exclusive PopSugar Neiman Marcus Box ($250with a $639 retail value), the limited-edition box is available exclusively at PopSugar.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

PopSugar partners with Neiman Marcus for a holiday subscription box



PopSugar officially announced today, Oct. 16 that they have partnered with the iconic fashion retailer, Neiman Marcus for a first-ever holiday subscription box. In a sneak peek exclusive, The Makeup Examiner is bringing readers news of the limited-edition box that is filled with an assortment of luxury gifts for the holiday season.

Although PopSugar is known for several “firsts,” such as the launch of their Men’s Lifestyle Box in December 2012, the Neiman Marcus collaboration is quite the coup for the luxury lifestyle information source. Choosing an iconic fashion retailer, known for their Holiday Book, was a stroke of brilliance for consumers.

Lisa Sugar, founder and Editor-In-Chief of PopSugar, and Neiman Marcus’ Fashion Director, Ken Downing collaborated to hand select items, just in time for the holiday season, and featuring some of fashion’s most charming brands. Specifically, the PopSugar Neiman Marcus Holiday Must Have box will include eight high-end brands including items from designer Jonathan Adler and a custom Le Métier item, designed by Sugar and Downing, and available only in the subscription box.

The Makeup Examiner was fortunate to catch an exclusive look at the PopSugar-Neiman Marcus box and can reveal one item, a Sanford Design Chevron Throw valued at $165, which will be included in the Holiday Must Have box. While TME isn’t able to disclose all of the amazing items contained in this offering, she can submit to readers that the $250 box, featuring items worth over $600, has something to satisfy everyone. The limited-edition box is available today, Oct. 16, exclusively at PopSugar.


PopSugar partners with Neiman Marcus for a holiday subscription box

Sanford Design Chevron Throw Blanket $165



Get more details about the PopSugar Neiman Marcus Must Have Box HERE

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

PopSugar Partners With Neiman Marcus For A Holiday Subscription Box


PopSugar officially announced today, Oct. 16 that they have partnered with the iconic fashion retailer, Neiman Marcus for a first-ever holiday subscription box. In a sneak peek exclusive, The Makeup Examiner is bringing readers news of the limited-edition box that is filled with an assortment of luxury gifts for the holiday season.

Although PopSugar is known for several “firsts,” such as the launch of their Men’s Lifestyle Box in December 2012, the Neiman Marcus collaboration is quite the coup for the luxury lifestyle information source. Choosing an iconic fashion retailer, known for their Holiday Book, was a stroke of brilliance for consumers.

Lisa Sugar, founder and Editor-In-Chief of PopSugar, and Neiman Marcus’ Fashion Director, Ken Downing collaborated to hand select items, just in time for the holiday season, and featuring some of fashion’s most charming brands. Specifically, the PopSugar Neiman Marcus Holiday Must Have box will include eight high-end brands including items from designer Jonathan Adler and a custom Le Métier item, designed by Sugar and Downing, and available only in the subscription box.

The Makeup Examiner was fortunate to catch an exclusive look at the PopSugar-Neiman Marcus box and can reveal one item, a Sanford Design Chevron Throw valued at $165, which will be included in the Holiday Must Have box. While TME isn’t able to disclose all of the amazing items contained in this offering, she can submit to readers that the $250 box, featuring items worth over $600, has something to satisfy everyone. The limited-edition box is available today, Oct. 16, exclusively at PopSugar.

Friday, June 28, 2013

PopSugar Must Have Box

PopSugar Must Have Box  - Cost: $35 per month, includes shipping  


In The Box:
  • Gorjana & Griffin | Gift Card $25
  • Gorjana & Griffin | Zuma Scarf $62
  • Juice Beauty | Stem Cellular Repair Moisturizer Full-Size $65
  • Juice Beauty | Stem Cellular Repair CC Cream .17 oz (2) $7.80
  • Hard Candy Fitness | Addicted to Sweat #4 DVD $19.95
  • Revenge Wears Prada The Devil Returns | Hardcover $20
  • Project 7 | Quench the Thirsty Wintergreen Mints $5
  • Popcorn, Indiana | Fit Popcorn Full Size $4.10
Approximate Value:  $208.85


Subscription Perks: Value far exceeds the cost

Philanthropic Endeavors: Majority of curated products participate in a socially responsible forum. For example, Project 7 creates useful products and donates 100 percent of the proceeds to charity; Gorjana & Griffin are a socially conscious company with an in house charitable foundation. 


*All products were sent to The Makeup Examiner courtesy of PopSugar. Monetary payment in never exchanged for product reviews.



Yuzen

Yuzen Cost: Yearly Commitment $132, Boxes sent out quarterly $33/box



In The Box:
  • Juil Footwear | Coupon $40
  • Level Naturals | Shower Bomb $7.99
  • ACURE | Argan Oil $2.50
  • ACURE | Marula Oil $2.50
  • Pritte Organic Skin Therapy | Daily Moisturizing Lotion $4.50
  • SpaRitual Nail Lacquer | Emerald City $6.50
  • SpaRitual Nail Lacquer | Multi-Tasker Base & Topcoat in One $5
  • suki Color | luscious lips berry cream trio $31.95
  • ski Body | Sensitive Cleaning Bar $26.95
  • JJ’s Sweets | Cocomels Sea Salt Pocket Pack $3.99
  • Action Wipes | Large $1.49

 Approximate Value:  $133.37

Subscription Perks: Value far exceeds the cost; Yuzen Summer Box would cover subscription

Philanthropic Endeavors: Yuzen’s products are chosen on the LOHAS philosophy

*All products were sent to The Makeup Examiner courtesy of Yuzen. Monetary payment in never exchanged for product reviews.


Birchbox Man

Birchbox Man Cost: $20 per month 


In The Box:
  • The Art of Shaving | Pre-Shave Oil .5 oz $2.50
  • TOWELDRY | Creme Styler .05 oz $2.50
  • Balla Powder | Intimate Anti-Order 10.3g  $5
  • John Varvatos | Artisan Cologne glass vial $12
  • Jack Robie | Pocket Square $25
  • Birchbox Man | Shoe Horn $18

Approximate Value:  $65


Subscription Perks: Rewards points, discounts on full size products

Philanthropic Endeavors: Birchbox uses 100 percent post consumer recycled boxes

*All products were sent to The Makeup Examiner courtesy of Birchbox. Monetary payment in never exchanged for product reviews.






Thursday, June 13, 2013

POPSUGAR For Men: The sugar for Father’s Day


Sugar and spice and everything nice that's what little girls POPSUGAR Men are made of and give The Makeup Examiner some sugar! Recently, The Makeup Examiner had the pleasure of reviewing the POPSUGAR’s Summer For Him box and TME was completely elated with this very distinctive men’s lifestyle box.

Yes, yes loyal readers … we all know that I have an addiction to beauty and lifestyle boxes. But, this addiction has made me a connoisseur. So, for as many of the boxes that I fall in love with, there are an equal amount that I would never recommend to anyone. Which leads me to inform you to gear up for “Battle of the Beauty Boxes – Round Two”. I digress, back to POPSUGAR!

Many of you may be familiar with POPSUGAR.com, a leading online source for women’s lifestyle information and a favorite site of The Makeup Examiner’s. In December 2012, POPSUGAR came out with their first ever men’s lifestyle box curated by the brilliant POPSUGAR editors. The limited edition Summer For Him box ($100 – approx. value $255 - gifts Dad loves … priceless) is filled with items that Dad, or recent grad, will love.

Summer For Him box includes:
  • Proof Sunglasses
  • Ivy Prepster Pocket Square
  • Anthony Logistics For Men Facial Lotion SPF 15
  • Stu’s Bloody Mary Mix
  • S’Well Water Bottle
  • Modern Gourmet Wing Sauces
  • Stuff Every Man Should Know by Brett Cohen

What made this lifestyle box stand out to The Makeup Examiner is that each item is a gift itself, each company is in someway socially responsible and the items are so relevant for the modern gentleman. It’s a gift that I would give to my father, brother, boyfriend, son or any man that I cared about. To order the limited edition Summer For Him box, visit POPSUGAR For Men and monthly subscriptions ($35) are also available. Fun Fact: POPSUGAR was founded in 2006 by Lisa and Brian Sugar … seriously their surname is Sugar!