Topbox – August 2014

It’s Topbox time! Wheee!

What is it?

Topbox is a Canadian monthly beauty box subscription that features 4 deluxe samples for $12 per month, shipped right to your door via Canada Post. Some months even include full sized products! Keep in mind that they do have a waitlist of about 2-3 months from initial sign-up before you start your subscription!

Let’s see what’s in the August Topbox!

I totally forgot that they offered the organza option again this month, so I was pretty surprised when I picked up my Topbox and there wasn’t a box inside! When I saw pics of other people’s Topboxes with organza bags, I hoped that I picked it because I’ve been needing a separate bag for small storage.

On first glance, this month’s contents look pretty good. I’m pretty happy that I didn’t get another nail polish, to be honest! Although I find it pretty hilarious that there’s a nail polish REMOVER this time around.

Barefoot Venus’ Macadamia Oil Hand Cream in Hunny Mango – $5.99 for 60mL, full sized

I love this hand cream! It’s so soft and light, so it’s perfect for summer use after washing a ton of dishes or when my callouses start flaking off a bit too much. The fruity, honey scent is absolutely heavenly, too.

LAQA & Co.’s Bees Knees Sheer Lip Lube Pencil – $20 for 2g, full sized

I laughed out loud when I saw this product because I had have this thing about the ’20s, its glitz and glam, and especially the funky sayings they had like “bee’s knees”!

The colour is really quite sheer but it turns out to be a more delicate, lighter pink than it looks in the tube. It feels really smooth and buttery, with a slight hint of mint in it, too.

Here’s a swatch of it on the left compared to Tarte’s Amazon Butter in Coral Blossom!

Bees Knees LAQA & Co. vs Tarte Coral Blossom

It might be a bit too light against my particular complexion, but it might work for me in late fall or winter. If not, I’ll put it up for swap!

Clinique’s All About Eyes (5mL sample = $10.33) – 30mL for $62CAD

According to the product card, it’s supposed to reduce the appearance of eye puffs, darkness and fine lines. Considering how I’ve been sleeping lately, I’m hoping that this will show some kind of result if I try using it.

I’m not a huge fan of Clinique’s products, but I do appreciate the larger deluxe samples they provide compared to their full sized things. It’ll give me time to see if there’s any effect on me rather than just a single serving sample.

Belvada Cosmetic’s Nail Polish Remover

It’s been a while since I’ve thought about Belvada! In fact, I think the last time was when Topbox had sent out a round of their blackhead masks that turned out to be pretty painful. Like last time, Belvada doesn’t provide a lot of information online about their new products, so it makes me wonder what they do with these things after they’re sampled in Topbox.

I actually like the concept of having some portable nail polish remover wipes on hand! I did my nails on Saturday before Edgefest, but I noticed that my nails needed a desperate clean up halfway to the monsieur’s place.

Luckily, I didn’t face any fashion faux pas since it was just Edgefest and it was getting pretty dark anyway. But, this little container would’ve been perfect to keep in my bag!

Verdict: 4/5 – I got one of the best variants I’ve seen so far and I really like it! There’s a good variety and top quality in my box that I really can’t complain. The colour of the Lip Lube would have been a lot better in a different colour for me, but that’s just the way it is!

Did you get the August Topbox? What did you think of it?




8 thoughts on “Topbox – August 2014

    • B.elle says:

      It’s pretty cool, isn’t it? Even though Topbox isn’t available in the US, there’s Birchbox and Ipsy down there!

      • I have Ipsy! I’m going to upload my august ipsy post soon on my blog. I love it. I might get birchbox too…..what boxes do you recommend for Americans? I’d love to know your opinion.

      • B.elle says:

        Oooh, can’t wait to see it!

        I don’t subscribe to a lot of boxes since I would probably go broke VERY quickly, but I hear that the Memebox series is really good! They mostly curate with Asian beauty products, so if they’re tough to find in your area, I think a box would be a good sampler.

        I’ve also heard some very good things about the Wantable boxes and the POPSUGAR box.

  1. I just got my first real job ever at an insurance company in accounting. Once I settle in, I bet PopSugar would be a viable option, still expensive though at 40 dollars a month.

  2. Tash says:

    Your August 2014 Topbox had more variety than mine. This was the most boring one ever! I received 3 moisturizers and the Belvada nail polish remover lemon scented (this item will be great for travel). As for the moisturizers, I received a Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+ 15 ml (which I received in a previous box), Barefoot venus hand lotion 60 ml (Wildflower scent) and Pur-lisse spf 30 sunscreen15 ml (I had not heard of this brand before). At least they are different types of moisturizers, but I would have appreciated more variety in types of products.

    • B.elle says:

      Did you email topbox about the repeat Clinique moisturizer? I’m sure they’ll replace it!

      I got a Purlisse moisturizer before and I liked how it felt, tbh! It’s a shame there wasn’t more varietyin yours, I agree. 😦

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