September 18, 2012

September's Topbox

I'm subscribed to Topbox.ca.  While I haven't tried other beauty subscriptions out there, I absolutely love Topbox. I've been getting them since March.  For those of you who don't know, Topbox is a monthly "box" that gets delivered to your doorstep (well, my mailbox). It's $10 ($11.30 with taxes), and it includes 4 deluxe size beauty-related samples! They'll sometimes have bonus items or even full sized items!  This is a great subscription for anyone who likes trying new products but doesn't like investing in full size stuff that you may not like.

Before I get started on what I got this month, let me show you a quick picture of what I've gotten so far (since I didn't post about the other months..)

March: Cargo eyeshadow (full size), Redken Color Extend Shampoo/Conditioner (x2), mark.Gloss Gorgeous Stay On Lip Stain (Frilly Frou Frou), mark. Mini Nail Lacquers (not shown - gave to mom), Bonus: Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes (not shown - used them)

April: Benefit POREfressional (mini), Principessa Dry Shampoo, Misa Nail Lacquer, Bella Pella Body Lotion.

May: Deborah Lippmann nail polish (full size!), Cover FX ClearPrep FX, Orlane eye cream, Expressions bronzing powder brush (not shown as I don't know where it is....)

June: Stila Mascara, Pari Beauty Precious Glow (primer, highlighter, etc). Get Creamed Body natural shampoo, Bread&Butter Face Cleanser (yes, this is for men - we had the option and I went with it -- Full Size!)

July: China Glaze nail polish, Nume Shampoo (not shown as I used it all), Pure+Simple mask,  Sampar hydrating fluid (x2)

August: Expression brow/lash brush, Expression Kabuki brush, Chloé Perfumed body lotion, Kellett Skincare Polishing Gel Cleanser, `Summer Travel Extra` Pink Wipe (femine wipe - not shown)
Bonus:  Nexxus Shampoo & conditioner

And now for September's box...

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What'd I get and what's it say on the card?

Benefit They're Real! Mascara: This long wearing, jet black, glossy formula reveals lashes you never knew you had. Full Size: $29 (8.5g) (Received 3.0g). Shoppers, Murale and Sephora.

M.Asam Perfect Teint: This primer immediately smoothes the appearance of lines, pores and imperfections for a flawless finish. Full Size: $42 (50ml) (Received 5ml) cosmolaneboutique.com

Vasanti Cosmetics BrightenUp! Enymatic Face Rejuvenator:  Dramatically improve your skin's texture to reveal soft, brighter and younger looking skin! Full Size: $34 (120ml) (Received 20ml) vasanticosmetics.com

Calvin Klein ENCOUNTER: A distinctive sensual woody fragrance, ENCOUNTER combines a blend of freshness, warm cognac and sensual wood. Full Size: $45 (50ml) (Received 15ml)  Available at fine retailers across Canada. 

This month's value: $39.86

I'm kinda excited about this box. I know a lot of people were disappointed with theirs though. Some people got the Redken Shampoo/Conditioner that I got a while back, Philosophy's Purity face wash or Balenciaga perfume (small vial). I know everyone got the mascara (Topbox mentioned that for Fall they'll be featuring at least one makeup item per box) and I believe everyone got the M.Asam primer as well.

In this month's survey, it asked if we wanted to get a sample of a newly (or to-be) released men's fragrance or if we wanted to swap it out. I decided to go for it, and I'm happy I did. Calvin Klein's ENCOUNTER just came out this September and smells amazing. The picky bf even liked it! The size is pretty awesome for a sample - 15ml! That's about the size of a regular nail polish. It's perfect for traveling.

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My two fave items from this box

The next thing I'm excited for is the mascara. I've read so many great reviews about it and looking forward to trying it!

Vasanti's face wash promises great things, however I'll have to test it out.

M.Asam's primer feels nice and smooth, but it has a scent to it. I put a little on my hand and 15 minutes I can still smell it (it's not as strong as before, but still noticeable). I have many face primers already and I have a feeling I wont like this one based on the smell - Let's face it, you put that stuff under your eyes too!

Anyways, I hope you like it! If you're interested in subscribing, there is a wait list (apparently several months), but I'd be happy to send you a referral, just let me know.

I'll see you next month! (hopefully before that though..)



  1. Ohhh I haven't seen this version of the box yet. The CK perfume smells amazing! I like woody fragrances so that's right up my aisle. Do you wear it too or is it strictly a male fragrance? I'm glad I got the balenciaga perfume though. That one is an androgynous perfume so it's not too girly! Here's my review

    I just managed to subscribe so I missed all the nice goodies from the previous boxes. Everything looks so good!

  2. I'd say it's more of a men's smell. But one that you'd be completely ok with when it rubs off on your sweater or dress :)

    I see you got the Balenciaga bag - It looks so cute!

    And Welcome to the wonderful world of Topbox!

  3. Looks like you got a lot of great things overtime!


  4. Thanks for posting this... I was wondering about the mens fragrance option. Looks like an awesome and very generous sized sample!

    1. It is quite the generous size! The only issue is that it's not a spray/mist - it's the one where you have to dab it onto your finger then onto the spot you want it, so you don't smell it too much. Gonna try to get one of those atomizers that Sephora uses for their samples, might help disburse the fragrance more.