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The Brunette One PopSugar June Must Have Box_8

I’ve experienced my fair share of subscription boxes, and while I’ve cut back in recent years to save some money, there’s nothing like a box full of goodies at your doorstep every month. It’s like Christmas, but year round! POPSUGAR sent me this #MustHaveBox to try this month, and it was inspired by summer – sunshine, cheer, joy, togetherness, & outdoor festivities! It’s got everything you need to prep for the perfect summer festivity!

The Brunette One | POPSUGAR's June #MustHaveBox Review

Stay fresh with these Pacifica Underarm Deodorant Wipes. After a day in the sun…or after a work-out when you have to rush to your next event, freshen up with these biodegradable wipes made with coconut milk & kale extract.

The Brunette One | POPSUGAR's June #MustHaveBox Review

In a hurry? Check your make-up with this compact mirror from Knock Knock. It’s small and will easily fit into any clutch or handbag.

The Brunette One | POPSUGAR's June #MustHaveBox Review

A snack to tide you over until the BBQ, these Pressels Sriracha Chips sure are tasty! These thin and crispy pretzels have a kick to them, and are sure to feed your appetite! I gave these to my husband because he loves everything spicy…but I made sure to steal a pretzel…or three.

I’ve already worn my Hat Attack Printed Sarong a handful of times. It can be worn so many ways and is the perfect neutral cover-up to wear to and from the pool!

The Brunette One | POPSUGAR's June #MustHaveBox Review

Possibly my favorite item in June’s #MustHaveBox, this Sisters of Los Angeles “Cheers” bottle opener. This bottle opener is the perfect accessory to any bottle of rose that we will enjoy this summer!

The Brunette One | POPSUGAR's June #MustHaveBox Review

All glitter nail polish is not created equal. This NCLA Born on the 4th of July nail polish is the perfect top coat to your manicure this weekend!

The Brunette One | POPSUGAR's June #MustHaveBox Review

I’m ready to host the next girl’s night with this Ridley’s Games Room – Who Am I? game. Time to pop some bottles of wine & get our guessing game on!

Check out my unboxing video from this month’s Must Have:

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Decor / Reviews

Tuft & Needle Mattress Review



When I bought my townhouse almost six years ago, I left my childhood furniture at home and invested in a queen bedroom set.  It worked well for us over the years but over the past few months I noticed more tossing and turning than I have in years. I was having trouble falling asleep and staying asleep. Our mattress was wreaking havoc on my back and sitting at a desk all day did not help my case.

This past winter we made over our guest room and picked up a Tuft & Needle Mattress. A handful of times over the past few months we spent the night into our guest room in search of a restful night’s sleep. After a rough night a few weeks ago, I threw in the towel and promptly ordered us a new king size mattress for our master bedroom, T&N has the best and most affordable prices – $750 for a king mattress, you seriously can’t beat that.


We quickly sold our queen sized furniture and matching nightstands. Over the course of a about a week, I was able to paint the room and we ended up camping out on our floor with our full size mattress we brought in from the guest room.

One of our favorite things about the new mattress is that it keeps you cool, this is a feature my husband appreciates. It offers heat wicking, it’s breathable, and there is a supportive layer helps keep you closer to the surface instead of sinking into the mattress.

A perk for me is the adaptive foam, it’s neither memory or latex foam, T&N created their very own type of foam that is paired with a supportive layer. No matter your size or weight, the mattress reacts to the amount of pressure you put on it. It’s just firm enough for me that allows me to find a comfortable position and sleep through the night!

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The best part is the mattress ships straight to your doorstep in a small box. It’s vacuumed sealed and as soon as you get it into place, simply carefully cut the plastic wrap and it expands in seconds. (Note to self: I unboxed this king size mattress by myself and placed it upside down on the frame when it was still wrapped up…let’s just say chaos ensued when I cut the plastic off and it expanded before I had a chance to flip it around. I’m happy there were no witnesses other than my puppy to watch this comedic event unfold. It’s definitely a two person job if you are under 5’3″ and attempting to turn a king mattress by yourself…).


If you are still hesitant, Tuft & Needle offers a 100 Night Trial and a 10 Year Warranty, so there’s no risk involved (if it doesn’t work out, they will help you donate it to a local charity)…but trust me, after sleeping on this thing for even one night you’ll be a fan.

PS. Lola may be the biggest fan of this mattress in our house…once again reminding me that it’s her world, we’re just living in it.


Tufted Wingback Headboard // gifted Lamps Plus LampNightstand // gifted Tuft & Needle Mattress // Bohemian Black by Sherwin Williams

Thank you, Tuft & Needle for sponsoring this feature, and thank you for supporting brands that support The Brunette One!

Beauty / Reviews

Your Holiday Smile with Crest Whitestrips


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Everyone is swamped this time of year, between shopping, holiday parties, cooking and baking, wrapping gifts, and life in between, so let Crest Whitestrips help you out along the way. These convenient and easy to use strips whiten teeth in just one hour for a noticeably whiter smile! Be confident with your holiday smile, rock that bold lipstick, and get as many red cups of deliciousness from Starbucks as your heart desires.  Sometimes holiday shopping is made a little bit easier when our favorite stores decide to offer a great deal. Wal-Mart is currently offering a BOGO special on the Crest 3D White Whitestrips 1-Hour Express Teeth Whitening Kit, so next time you are out shopping maybe keep the mindset of, “One for me, one for you…”

These strips were so easy to use. I tested the product while I wrapped Christmas gifts last night. Not only was I able to talk with my husband, I was able to drink water without the strips falling off, a multi-tasking champ if you ask me! Make sure to check back later this week to see my ‘after’ photo on Instagram!

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