Monroe Misfit Makeup | Beauty Blog: Subscription Box Reviews: POPSUGAR, Boxycharm, MeMe, Fab Polish, Sudsybox, Dottiebox, & BlushBox

August 26, 2014

Subscription Box Reviews: POPSUGAR, Boxycharm, MeMe, Fab Polish, Sudsybox, Dottiebox, & BlushBox

My August Subscription's were two beauty boxes I've shared before...BoxyCharm and MeMebox Global #13. With a some new ones the POPSUGAR Must Have Box, Sudsy Box, Dottie Box, Fab Polish and a sexy quarterly subscription the Blush Box

Keep Reading for the August Subscription Boxes Review

POPSUGAR Must Have Box ($39.95) *
The POPSUGAR Must Have subscription box is curated by POPSUGAR editor in chief Lisa Sugar and her team of editors. They select full-size, premium items - the very best in fashion, beauty, home, fitness, food, and deliver them right to your door.

I was pretty excited to get my first POPSUGAR must have's box, I've seen this one all over the place and it always looked like a consistently good one.
The Mason Jar Cookie Company ($12)
thinkTHIN Brownie Crunch High Protein Bar

I totally see why POPSUGAR boxes are so popular now, you get all full size products and it taps in to every sort of area I think most women like. Beauty, food, candles, fashion it's all in here.

 Can never have too many soy candles, Paddywax Ocean Tide & Sea Salt is a little perfumey for my allergies, but it's a very beachy Summery scent and the color of the jar reminds me of the Ocean.

The packaging of the Mason Jar Cookie Company is adorable! I can't even eat cookies so I should be disappointed in getting this, but I know it'll make a really cute gift.
Bite Beauty is quickly becoming one of my favorite brands for lips. This shade of Lush Fruit Lipgloss was created just for POPSUGAR's must have second birthday. The color is a bright pink in the tube but goes on sheer. It's very nourishing on the lips, the ingredients of strawberry, coconut, and avocado make it a smoothie for your lips! Super glossy too! Will look amazing layered over pink lipstick's.
Kendra Scott's earrings are the most expensive item in the box at $52 and they're lovely. They have a drop shape with a slate-grey stone. You'll either get these earrings or a necklace this month, I was hoping for the necklace because i don't wear earrings but they're both beauty's.
Lolita At Last Perfumed Shower Gel, haven't tried this one yet but it smells lightly fresh and clean and it's full size!

These Goodbyn Meal & Dipper sets are super portable and make keeping track of your portions easy. thinkTHIN brownie bar is the special extra in the box. I was eying these at the grocery store because its hard to find a protein bar low in sugar and free of gluten.

POPSUGAR must have box IS a must have. It's probably the best Women's box available just because it would appeal to so many with the amount of variety you get in here. For $39.95 I estimated over $130 value in here. Awesome!

In the September Box which you'll get if you start you subscription now there's a sneak peek that every box will include the Fall essential by Tilo scarf ($125 value!) If you use the link/code below that's only $29.95 for this box!

Popsugar - Must Have!

My first monthly box from BOXYCHARM *  impressed me a lot and it's now edged out Wantable as my favorite beauty box. For $21 a month you get 5-7 full size beauty products. August's theme is Beach Babe. Very pleased to see that it wasn't just filled with all bronzey colors but some shades that can take you in to Fall.
August Beach Babe Box
Model Co Cheek & Lips Cheek & Lip Tint Rosy Red
Tarina Tarantino Conditioning Lip Sheen
Enter Pronoun Blowtorch Bronzer
OFRA Cosmetics Eyeliner Black
Morphe Brushes Powder Brush (not pictured)

Favorite product in the box was the Model Co. Lip & CheekTint. I like the balm Staniac and Benefit tint's but they can be a little sticky. Model Co'.s is a light gel that you can dispense the smallest amount of. It blends in to the skin beautifully for a cool rosy glow. The finish is so light, not sticky, and it mimics a natural flush. Just this one product makes Boxycharm worth it this month.
Tarina Tarantino Conditioning Lip Sheen ($22)
This was my first try of the TT makeup line and now I'm not sure what took me so long! These lip sheen's are light, hydrating, scent and taste-free, and look so kissable on. Finally I got a shade that wasn't brown or bronzed, Floriculture is a raspberry red with excellent pigmentation for a sheen. Keeping this on deck for Fall.
EnterPronoun Blowtorch Bronzer ($35)
Blowtorch is very fitting. The finish is a nice satin almost matte and not sparkly. Like most bronzers I encounter this one was way to warm for my skintone, pretty orange in fact.
OFRA Black Eyeliner ($13)
Your run of the mill black pencil eyeliner, goes on smooth and blends easily but not that special.

MORPHE Face Brush ($19.99) (not I photographed my own Morphe brushes)
My box was missing the Morphe brush because it was just a pr sample, but I happen to have this brush already and it's a great dense powder brush that doesn't shed. Morphe makes excellent brushes, high quality very dense with a soft feel.

I was really happy with August's BoxyCharm, minus the orangey bronzer all of the other products were a hit and full size. The value you get in Boxycharm is some of the best I've seen for any beauty box, this one was well over $100 worth and the price is right at $21/mo.

 BOXYCHARM ($21 mo.)

MEMEBOX Global #13
Memebox Global is the bestselling, original version Memebox. Memebox Global is designed to offer the best way to explore Korean beauty products. It comes out every month and it includes 4-8 full size and deluxe samples of items from skincare to haircare.

Yunt Eon-What Germ Cream ($48)
So Bio+ Fermented Lumpoule ($174)
Nuganic Customized Sun Base Color Control Cream ($54)
23 Years Old CX Detoxifying Air Therapy ($50)
Dongo Tempo Eco Natural Super ($11)
CNP Cosmetics Derma-Scalp Shampoo ($27)
CNP Cosmetics CNP Tone-Up Protection Sun ($34)

If you read my Summer Loves you know I was less than lovin It Cosmetics CC Cream SPF 50. This CC cream was exactly what I was looking for. It's a white base CC cream so it self adjusts to your skin tone, I didn't notice any color from this but what it does do is give your face a "primed" finish. No scent..major points there. This is the CC Cream I wanted for our sweltering Summer, high SPF with a little boost to the look of your skin so you can skip makeup but still stay matte. I was a little eww that it contains snail mucus secretions, but apparently this is a quite common ingredient in Asian skincare...still...kind of weirds you out.

I am a sucker for anything that comes in a syringe, so dope!  This is a DIY sheet mask. Dispense the product on to your face then place the sheet mask over it and wear for 20 minutes. Made from carbonated bubbles it feels like it's bubbling on your face, very refreshing like a deep cleaning to your skin. Can't believe this is $50, pretty pricey mask treatment so I was glad to receive it.
The natural tampons were a bit of an odd choice for a box. The CNP Shampoo has a distinct tea tree oil scent, which I don't like but I think it'll work well for oily hair. I think I'll finally try one of these ampoule's, the Soy+ ampoule full set retails for $174. The wheat germ cream looks very rich, will pull it out when the weather cools. For me finding the perfect CC Cream made the whole box worth it. Once again the value in the MeMe boxes is outstanding and you always discover something unique or completely new.

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for $5 off on any order for your subscribers  
(Valid date : August 1st ~ end of August, limit to one time per customer.)

SUDSY BOX ($20) *
Sudsy Box delivers 100% All Natural Soaps and Bath and Body Products to your door every other month. You will receive three handcrafted, luxurious soaps and a free sampler of a bath or body product. Sudsy soaps are blended and scented specifically for the time of the year. Imagine calming Lavender and Rosemary or the bright scents of Orange and Lemon or the classic smells of Clove, Peppermint and Cocoa. All of their natural soaps are free from artificial colors and fragrances and contain no chemical preservatives.
August Sudsy Box Soaps from Around the World
Takesumi Soap (charcoal, shea butter, anise & orange scented)
SoleSeife Spa Bar (sea salt, scented eucalyptus & spearmint)
Tranquility French Soap (lavender scented)
Naturally Clean Hand Sanitizer (aloe vera & vitamin E scented with blend of essential oils)
The little description paper tells about each soap, it's ingredients and history and what it's good for. The recyclable paper contains plantable tiny wildflower seeds imbedded in to it. So cool!
When I opened this box it smelled amazing! The scents of these soaps are so authentic and pleasing to the senses. I couldn't decide which one to use first! Because I love lavender and calming scents I chose Tranquility. It's made of 72% Olive Oil to leave your skin feeling soft. The smell is a light lavender reminiscent of the luxurious soaps "Savon de Marseilles". I can't imagine ever buying commercial soaps after switching to natural handmade soaps.  Heidi's Artisan Soaps smell amazing and leave your skin feeling clean without any yucky chemicals or perfumes. They also look like works of art they're so beautifully crafted. The hand sanitizer was nice too. With notes of cloves, lemon, lavender and tee tree oil, much better than that medicinal alcohol scent. 

Sudsy Box's beautiful handmade all natural soaps are available individually ($6)100% All Natural Hand Made Soaps, Lotion Bars, Sea Salt Scrubs and Body Butter

Get 20% off your SUDSYBOX with Code BOX20 at Checkout!

FAB POLISH ($14.99) *
For $14.99 a month Fab Polish gives you four mini nail polishes from the hottest brands. They feature O.P.I., Essie, China Glaze, Orly, Cuccio. Fab Polish arrived super quick by USPS and in a regular padded envelope, no showy packaging just the nail polish you want :)

For August I received the mini O.P.I Nordic Collection. It's the Fall Winter 2014 Collection and all colors I don't already have, yay! Fab Polish is great because it's the brands I think many of us use and love already. Rarely do I finish a full size nail polish before it goes sticky so the mini size is just right for me. This subscription is also very on trend with the colors of the moment and sending current collections. ($14.99 mo.)

Dottie Box ($20 full size and $10 for the Dottie Mini + s/h)
DottieBox is a monthly curated box that features high quality handmade items, small businesses, and indie brands. The products from month to month differ in category's from beauty, home, bath, candles, nails, edible items, to Eco-friendly and causes.
August DottieBox
After I opened this I immediately wanted to know what other uncommon scents they offer because this one smelled soooo good. Just like fresh peaches! They have some pretty cute names for some of their candles like "Clean Undies" and "Happy Hippy".

Yum! This jam is so delicious I'm ordering the full size and some as gifts. It tastes just like fresh raspberries with a slight kick of heat at the end and the ingredient list is short and sweet.
A fragrant blend of rich, sweet, and peppery flavors, the Taste of Tuscany brings the flavors of Italy to your kitchen. This was the first spice I've gotten in a box and I hope to get more. This blend will go great on Italian dishes.

The official soap maker of country music. They had me with the cool names like "Stand by your Mandarin", "I walk the Lime", and "Friends in Aloe Places" Neat right? I don't know exactly what soap I got but it smells a bit minty and I dig it. Vegan, all natural, handcrafted.

August Dottie Mini
The Mini Dottie contains two items for $10
Moe's Apothecary Sugar Scrub Coconut Lime & Mint ($8)
I love Tree Hut's Coconut Lime scrub so I was ready to compare it, but this is very different. The granules are substantial and provide a lot of exfoliation but on top of that the coconut oil and shea butter moisturize your skin so much you don't even need a moisturizer after. The scent has refreshing hints of mint and lime with a finish of coconut oil. It looks hideous, but it works fabulous.
Naturally Kamdyn 3 Hair Ties ($5)
These kind of ties are all I use now, they won't leave dents in your hair. Loved these colors!

With DottieBox I immediately went to check out every single brand more. Having a selection of not just beauty products but also candles and food was a nice change up in variety. Plus you're also supporting independent artists and brands in the process. The value you get isn't incredible, but being able to discover new independent brands is the value. The mini was cute, loved the scrub and hair ties but the large box is definitely the way to go. Dottiebox curates these so well you'll love every item. Boxes are also available as one time purchase too.

Get the DottieBox ($20) and Dottiebox Mini ($10) at

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Blush Box ($49-$99) *
BlushBox is about Style, Surprise and Spice. Four times a year they send a BlushBox that combines sensual and sultry with fun and fashionable surprises to help you indulge your sexy side and transform your intimate lifestyle. Whether you want to treat yourself, a friend or your significant other, BlushBox provides an annual subscription and a catalog of sexy gift boxes--all curated to keep the spice in your life. The idea behind every BlushBox is to keep romance alive in a classy, sexy and stylish way. 

Blushbox has a few different boxes to choose from both quarterly and monthly. The quarterly boxes are $49 and $99 and ship every three months. They also offer some fun monthly's like the Teaser, Panty Delivery, Condom Courier, and Club Play. I received the Blushbox Mini which is a seasonally curated box tailored to your own unique sexy style with 3-5 full size high end products for $49.

The Summer 14 Blush Box theme was Sexy Summer Lovin' with items to get you blazing hot!

 Blushbox Mini ($49/quarterly)
The Hottie Lowrider Hotpant in California Sun by COSABELLA

I loved how Summery this box was! Everything was a bright sunny yellow and fit the theme perfectly. I have a lot of black and leopard so these Cosabella yellow hot pants stick out like a sore thumb in in my lingerie drawer but its such a happy color. The Neon pasties are well...not for the shy! Never did I think I'd say a toy was cute..but how adorable is the sunny tickler? Its waterproof and made of a smooth flexy silicone. Be A Bombshell blush in Whisper is more of a shimmering bronzer than blush, a little too golden for me but would be sexy on tan skin.

Blushbox is one of the pricier subscriptions, but it's curated very well. All of the items were high quality, not sleazy, and they sure know how to do a seasonal theme right. Gonna check this one out again around Valentine's Day.
Heat up your summer with BlushBox. Make yourself blush with some sexy summer surprises.
Sign up now. ($49-$99)