Topbox Canada June 2015

Topbox (Canada) — June 2015

Since I canceled my Birchbox (Canada) last month, I signed up for the Canadian subscription box, Topbox. (If you’d like to sign up, you can contact me for a referral email, but honestly, that’s a pain and you may as well just sign up directly on their website. I don’t believe there’s a waitlist or anything!)

One nice thing about Topbox is that for Canadians, it doesn’t cost as much as some of the US boxes, which charge in USD and an additional $4.95 for shipping. So, for Canadians, Topbox sends out five samples (just like Ipsy and the regular Birchbox) for $12 (plus your provincial tax) rather than US$14.95 (which currently works out to a little under CA$18). I’m in Ontario with 13% tax, so my cost is CA$13.56. Not too bad.

But how good is the box?

Now, I’m not sure why, and I am pretty sure I was only charged 1 × CA$13.56, but I ended up with two boxes of stuff! I’m going to have to check my credit card bill to see if I got charged extra. One box looks like the regular Topbox with 5 items; the second box contains three apparently full-sized skincare items. Maybe it’s an intro thing…? I am not expecting to get this much stuff next month, that’s for sure.

What I Received

Topbox Canada June 2015

Regular Topbox

Aveda Invati Solutions for Thinning Hair Exfoliating Shampoo (Mini)
Aveda Invati Solutions for Thinning Hair Thickening Conditioner (Mini)
Barefoot Venus Shea Butter Hand Cream in Sugar Leaf (Mini)
China Glaze Nail Lacquer in New Birth (Full-sized, from The Giver collection)
Essie Sleek Stick UV Cured Nail Appliqué in Sneek-E (Full-sized)
Topbox patterned cylindrical cardboard container
Deborah Lippmann coupon for a free nail file to be picked up at Holt Renfrew

Extra Box (Loulou Magazine × Vichy Laboratoires)

Vichy ProEVEN Brightening Cleansing Foam (100 mL)
Vichy ProEVEN Advanced Daily Dark Spot Corrector (30 mL)
Vichy ProEVEN Night Overnight Concentrate (40 mL)

Topbox Canada June 2015, Loulou x Vichy

The regular Topbox stuff all came in a pretty white and purple patterned cardboard cylinder, which is not as handy as Ipsy makeup bags, but sturdier than Birchbox boxes. Eh, it’s a box 🙂Topbox Canada

But, I actually will use everything in here! That is, apart from the Essie nail appliqués, which look way enormous (I guess you have to trim them to fit the nail? They’re massive to me!) and are not something I’ve ever used.Essie Sleek Stick Nail Appliqué in Sneek-E

Normally, I’d complain about getting shampoo and conditioner samples, but with my postpartum hair loss, I’m keen to try Aveda‘s products for thinning hair. Just in time, too, as I’m running low on my current Andalou Naturals shampoo for thinning hair.Aveda Invati Hair Care, Shampoo & Conditioner (Minis)

The Vichy products all look cool and I’ve never tried the brand before, so that is exciting.Vichy ProEVEN Brightening Cleansing FoamVichy ProEVEN Advanced Daily Dark Spot CorrectorVichy ProEVEN Night Overnight Concentrate

The China Glaze polish is a newish shade (New Birth, a pale, whitened mint green cream) that I don’t already own.China Glaze Nail Lacquer in New Birth (The Giver)

The Barefoot Venus hand cream is maybe a bit meh, but I guess we can all use hand cream. I’ll probably save this one for fall/winter. It’s a pretty big container, too.Barefoot Venus Shea Butter Hand Cream in Sugar Leaf (Mini)

And, I don’t usually go to Holt Renfrew (upscale Canadian department store, typically staffed by snobby SAs) but if I’m passing by one this month, I don’t mind picking up my free Deborah Lippmann nail file (which looks like it’s actually a buffer).

So, it’s a win for now, and I am looking forward to my next box!

For those of you in Canada, have you tried Topbox?


12 thoughts on “Topbox (Canada) — June 2015

  1. oh that’s good to know about the pricing – for once us Canadians don’t get ripped off!
    And that’s AMAZING you got 3 extra full size items. Shhh don’t tell them, they won’t know.
    Neat that you received just the hair product type for what your current concern is – did you have to fill out a profile?
    Vichy stuff is really good – I’ve tried a few of their face products including micellar water, serums, face cream – all good.
    What does it say on the handle of the CG polish? Is is the Giver movie LE?

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    • I think I did fill out a very short profile, so they probably did send me a tailored package (which is more than I can say for Birchbox, and even Ipsy at times).

      Yay, I’m excited to try out Vichy!

      And, yes, the ChG is from The Giver collection. I have no idea what The Giver is, apart from a movie based on a book. For some reason I’m associating it with Hunger Games or those Divergent/Convergent/Detergent whatever teen movies/books. I’m probably way off base!

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