Topbox – October 2014

It’s Topbox time! I was actually expecting my box this October since I remembered it was after Thanksgiving!

What I didn’t remember was that I ordered the LouLou box and I completely forgot what was supposed to be in it. More on that in a separate post, though.

Topbox October 2014

Anyway, I got the original tube packaging but this month’s box looks pretty good again!

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!

Bioderma’s Sensibio H2O Micelle Solution ($8.78 for 100mL) – $21.95 for 250mL

I’m starting to really like Bioderma’s products. The sample of face cleanser I got from an earlier Topbox is now hiding at the Monsieur’s place and it works really well alternating with my usual face wash!

Their micelle solution is absolutely legendary and I know so many people who swear by it as a makeup remover, mild cleanser and toner at the same time, so I’m super excited to try this!

MeMeMe Cosmetics’ Eye Inspire Mono Collection in Mirage – £4.99/$9 for about 5g (Full size)

Mirage is actually a burnt bronze colour that’s deep enough for some light definition on a natural look or as a base colour to layer on a smokey eye.

It feels pretty good and light, but I already have a colour very similar to this, so this might go into my swap pile…

Topbox October 2014

Prestige Cosmetics’ Back to Black Makeup Eraser Pen – Unknown price (Full size)

At first, I wasn’t sure what the product card was talking about and I actually thought that it was a misprint of some sort! The summary on the card was so vague that I wasn’t sure if I got the right product or not. To me, Back to Black is an eyeliner or a mascara of some sort.

It turns out that Back to Black is Prestige Cosmetics’ product line, like how Maybelline has their Eye Studio collection and Expertwear collection. The makeup eraser pen takes care of minor mistakes really, really well, which comes in VERY handy when it comes to liquid eyeliner! This may be a life-changer for me…

Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Serum Synchronized Complex II ($20 for 4mL) – $75 for 15mL

I’m not too sure if I’ll use this one since I’m trying not to use anything like serums or chemicals near my eyes. I might give it to my mom if she wants to use it since she likes to try things like this. However, I think that the sample size is very generous compared to the amount you’d get in a full size!

Verdict: 3.75/5 – I’m not going to use a couple of the items in the box but I do like how there’s full sized products from brands I’ve never heard of before! Plus, the Bioderma micelle solution and makeup eraser pen are GENIUS.

xoxo,

B.elle

Topbox – September 2014

Wow, it’s halfway through September already! Jeez, where does the time go?

Anyway, it’s already the mail time of the month and I’ve decided to review Topbox first because it’s got the least amount of things for me to write about and I’m lazy tonight.

I get points for honesty, right?

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!

Here’s what I got in the September Topbox!

Topbox September 2014

I actually really like this box even though it’s got another nail polish in it. I’m starting to get back into nail polish and I definitely don’t have a forest green, so I’m pretty happy with it!

Topbox September 2014

Lancome Visionnaire Advanced Multi-Correcting Cream (15mL sample = $27.60) – $92 for 50mL

Does this even count as a sample?! This thing’s gigantic! Not to mention, the retail value of this is more expensive than most other full sized items I’ve BOUGHT.

It’s really smooth, light and silky, too! I’ll definitely be trying this for a week to see how it does.

(PS – Molecules are usually referred to by their unique IUPAC name or by their chemical structure, not an acronym. Funnily enough, the term Lancome uses looks more like a code used in astronomy when naming new discoveries in space.)

Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo – 156mL for $29, 30mL for $11, only at select professional salons

Oooh, dry shampoo! I’ve always wanted to try it out since my bangs tend to get oily much faster than the rest of my head.

It smells really lovely and definitely carries a faint sea buckthorn berry scent that I actually quite like! It’s also really light and soaks up the oils, so it looks like a pretty good investment if I ever see it in a salon.

Topbox September 2014

Bioderma Sebium Purifying Foaming Gel for Combination/Oily Skin (15mL = $1.50 sample) – 200mL for $19.95

It might not be a very high value or large sized sample, but I can definitely get some good use out of 15mL for a face cleanser!

It definitely has a distinctive “soapy” scent in it from that type of fragrance that they tend to use in gel face and body cleansers, but it’s not slimy or goopy at all and my face feels reasonably clean afterwards.

Teeez Scandalous Nail Lacquer in Spa Retreat – 8.5mL for $15, Full Sized!

Even though it’s another nail polish, it’s from Teeez and I really like this brand! The colour’s a deep forest green that I didn’t have in my collection before and it’s perfect for the chilly months ahead.

The formula’s really nice and pigmented, not like some cheaper nail polishes that you can get for like $4. I’m looking forward to wearing it for a while after my demo on Thursday!

Topbox September 2014

Verdict: 4.5/5 – Even though there’s not a lot of colour cosmetics in this box and there’s yet another nail polish, there’s something about it that I really like about September’s offerings! The dry shampoo smells great, I know I’ll get a good use out of the Bioderma and the Teeez, and I’m actually pretty curious to try the Lancome. All in all, a good box at the perfect time for me!

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

xoxo,

B.elle

Topbox – June 2014

Last week was crazy at work and this week is less so, but not as calm as I’d like! At least I got to go to a fancy gala event where there was really good food and discovered that Rockport’s heels are really comfortable for fancy nights.

It was so busy that it was kind of a surprise when I got home that my Topbox was waiting for me on the table! Of course, since I got home at around midnight, I had to wait until today.

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 June Topbox!

This looks like a pretty decent box! For once, the full sized versions of the products in the box are actually kind of affordable and they’re things I’d use pretty much every day or regularly, which is really nice to see. I’m not complaining about getting deluxe samples of high-end luxury brand cosmetics, but I just don’t use them as often.

China Glaze in Wait N’ Sea – $10-12 for 14mL, full sized

I think this makes the third nail polish that I’ve received from Topbox. But, this one’s from China Glaze and it used to be the most hyped up brand back in my high school days, so I’m looking forward to seeing how the brand is now.

I thought it looked kind of similar to the LA Splash nail polish that I got a few months ago, but it’s clearly a lot lighter! Perfect for the summer!

Topbox June 2014

La Roche-Posay’s Anthelios XL Lightweight Lotion SPF 60 (3mL sample = $0.84) – 100mL for $28 at London Drugs

This sample is TINY! I may just use it on my face tomorrow because there is absolutely NO way that 3mL of sunscreen can cover anything besides my face or one of my hands.

The little bit that I managed to squeeze out to try on the back of my hand is pretty thick at first, but went on like silk and it wasn’toily or filmy. There’s some hope for this sunscreen!

Vasanti Cosmetics’ BrightenUp! Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator (20g = $5.67 sample) – 120g for $34

This is a nice sized sample for a face cleanser!

It’s actually pretty grainy but the particles are pretty fine compared to other microbeads in the market. I’m worried that the sheer amount of particles would be too aggressive in the long run, though.

On the plus side, it smells pretty!

Bioderma’s Atoderm Moisturising Stick – 4g for $6.95 Full Sized!

It smells like raspberries! It really does!

I don’t really like the way they have the mouth slanted inside because I tend to twist my lipsticks and chapsticks with one hand. When I do it with this, the whole thing twirls around like a madman on a carousel and it’s kind of weird trying to turn it around so I can put it on!

The balm is actually VERY moisturizing, but it tends to sit on my lips like a layer of wax instead of something like EOS where you can practically feel the balm seep into your lips in a good way.

But, it’s not oily or feel like it’s melting off my lips like some other lip balms, so it’s a win!

Verdict: 3.5/5 – Third nail polish in a row and the La Roche-Posay sample is really too tiny for an effective sunscreen sample. It’s not Topbox’s fault, but it does leave you wanting a little more.

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

xoxo,

B.elle