Topbox November 2014

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Okay, so this post may seem a little silly considering that I have cancelled my subscription to Topbox and this will be the last package I receive from them. However, I did not cancel because it is a BAD service, just because it hasn’t been providing me with things I prefer. There definitely are good aspects to Topbox so I do want to tell people about it for sure!

Topbox is a Canadian subscription service that costs $12 per month and ships out on the 15th of the month. It includes four deluxe sized samples that can be make up, hair care, or skin care. I found that it was mostly skin care and this was why I cancelled because I wished it included more make up. There are also extra boxes you can purchase or special sales where you can purchase individual products.

This month, I decided to purchase the Faith Aromatherapy Anti-Oxidant Exfoliating Sugar Scrub in Citrus/Ginger. I got this scrub for $12.19 and it is HUGE. I was not expecting it to be as hefty as it is. The jar has 12 oz of product and it is dense because it is a sugar scrub. I was expecting it to be really citrusy but for the most part I just smell ginger. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing but I was hoping for more of a fresh orange or lemon scent. I will definitely use it, especially before shaving my legs.

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One thing that I really like about Topbox is the card that they provide. On the card, Topbox gives you a description if each item, the retail price, and also where it is available for purchase. This is great so that you don’t have to go hunting for an item if you really like it.

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Topbox also gives you a little survey before they send out each month’s box. It asks you about products you may have received the previous month and it also lets you choose between the tube or an organza bag for your products to come in. This month, I opted for the bag.

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Alright, let’s get started with the products in this month’s Topbox

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Eyeko Black Magic Mascara

Designed for after-hours seduction, our ultimate mascara combines three key elements to create drama, volume and curl, packaged into our iconic squeezy tube. $24 Available at Sephora & eyeko.com

I am intrigued by this sample for sure! The design of it and the wand are both very appealing so I am excited to try this. I am just about out of my Perversion sample so I will be trying this next. This sample is .13 oz and the full size it .29 oz so that is a really nice deluxe size, especially for mascara. That makes this sample worth about $10.91 so I am happy with it! I hope it really does volumize my eyelashes.

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Elizabeth Arden Flawless Future Powered by Ceramide Caplet Serum

This sheet lightweight liquid serum with micro-caplets helps reinforce skin’s essential moisture barrier, evens skin tone, retexturize, and reduces the appearance of first signs of aging. Rejuvenates the look of tired skin for a more energized complexion. 30 mL $72 Available at Hudson’s Bay and thebay.com

I am interested in trying this. I don’t use any serums at the moment but it might be nice to add it into my skincare routine since winter is basically here and the air is so dry. Not only this but I have been noticing the little wrinkles around my eyes more so maybe this could help with that! This sample is 5 mL making it worth about $12.

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UniqOne All in One Hair Treatment

When UniqOne by Revlon Professional is applied to damp hair, it provides smooth, silky, shiny protected hair without weighing it down. When applied to dry hair, it refreshes the styles, providing a long-lasting, soft and silky finish without weighing it down. 150 mL $19.95. Find a solon at uniq-one.com. Also available at Trade Secrets and Chatters.

This is probably the item in the bag that I am least excited about. I don’t use many hair products (outside of my shampoo and conditioner) because my hair is so fine and long, it is easily weighed down. However, this claims to not weigh hair down so it may be worth trying on my dry hair when it needs a little pick me up. This sample is only 9 mL making it only worth about $1.20 which does not impress me very much. Not only this but on the back of the container it says “Sold in salons – free sample” so I am not thrilled with that.

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Benefit Cosmetics Stay Flawless 15-Hour Primer

Flawless works overtime! Our instant PRO-long primer acts like a magnet to lock on your foundation for 15 fresh & flawless hours. This invisible stick primer glides directly onto skin for optimal wear and a natural-looking finish. Go longer. Stay flawless! 16 mL $38 Available at Shoppers Drug Mart, Sephora, Murale & benefitcosmetics.com

This month, Topbox posted on their social media that if Benefit Canada got 17,000 followers on Instagram, than there would be a Benefit product included in the November Topbox. Here we are. I am intrigued by this because I have never used a stick primer so I am interested in seeing if it actually works. There is not a ton of product in this sample but I think it should be enough to see whether or not it works the way it should. This sample is 1.2 mL making is worth about $2.85.

The overall value of this months Topbox was $26.95. It certainly is over the $12 price point of the bag/box but it is not above by all that much. I do appreciate the brands that were included this month though. This is only my fourth Topbox and I cancelled after my third month so it definitely isn’t my favourite service. However, I think it is important to try services for a couple of months to see if they are a fit for you. Everyone has different preferences so this could be a really great find for some people.

If you are interested in checking Topbox out, you can find their website at www.topbox.ca

xo Amanda

Disclaimer: I purchased this box with my own money and all opinions are honest, and my own.

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