I recently resubscribed to Topbox (referral link), a Canadian beauty subscription that costs CA$12/month (shipping included!) for four beauty products. I had originally canceled it back in December 2015 because I felt I was getting too many of the same repeated items—Cake Beauty lotion, in particular. I chose to resubscribe last month because I’d been checking out some of the recent Topboxes and they looked pretty nice. Plus, $12 is really quite cheap considering it includes shipping.
Topbox offers a couple of different options each month. You can create a box wishlist from a list of “Privé” boxes, which typically consist of 1 or more items from a single brand (this month I recall seeing Privé options for Bobbi Brown, Dr Belmeur—there were quite a lot to choose from! I am just drawing a blank). You can wish for the Privé boxes that interest you, and depending on your luck, you might receive that box instead of the general Topbox. I’ve never personally wished for a Privé box—for whatever reason none of them has ever piqued my interest enough to forgo the regular box. I guess I just like getting a selection of brands!
Another option is the $10 Beauty Surprise, which you can add to your monthly Topbox. I believe I’ve only done it once (possibly twice?) and I remember receiving a full-size Teeez lipstick, which was awesome, except that it was red and I honestly have enough red lipstick. Nevertheless, I thought I’d do the Beauty Surprise this month—go all in!
My first Topbox, now that I’m back, is a bit of a mixed bag. On one hand, I got some great stuff that I will definitely use. The bag is well worth the $12+$10 I spent. On the other hand, I did get some repeat items!
What I Received as a $10 Beauty Surprise
- Cake Beauty🇨🇦 Delectable Skin Perfecting Bronzing Body Lotion in Sweet Cream (100 mL full size) [value: CA$18]
- Cake Beauty🇨🇦 Delectable Ultra Nourishing Hand Cream in Coconut & Cream (60 mL travel size) [value: CA$6]
Great, more Cake stuff! That was my first reaction, because I was already annoyed about receiving Cake lotion upon Cake lotion from both Topbox and their other subscription box, Luxe Box. I was initially also annoyed about getting a full sized bronzing lotion, since that isn’t something I normally use. But upon giving it a try on my skin, it turns out that it’s super subtle despite the way it looks in the bottle—and it smells awesome! I’ve never tried the Sweet Cream scent before, and it smells lovely and milky. So this is a reasonable win.
I just wish the hand cream was in a scent other than Coconut & Cream—I think every other Cake product I’ve gotten from Topbox/Luxe Box has been that scent. How about throwing me some Lemon, or Strawberry, if you insist on giving me so much Cake stuff?!
What I Received in my Topbox
- Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo (21.3 g deluxe sample) [value: $4.05]
- BeneFit They’re Real! Beyond Mascara (3 g deluxe sample) [value: CA$10.94]
- Cake Beauty🇨🇦 Delectable Triple Moisture Body Lotion in Coconut & Cream (60 mL travel size) [value: CA$6]
- Laritzy Undressed Liquid Lip Stain in Pebble (3.1 g full size) [value: US$20]
- Garnier SkinActive Moisture Bomb Dry Skin Gel Cream (6 mL sample; complimentary)
Promotional Coupon Code
- Laritzy: 20% off any order with code TB20 (through August 31, 2017)
Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo
21.3 g deluxe sample [value: $4.05]
I got this before from Luxe Box. I’m not really a dry shampoo user, but I guess it doesn’t hurt to have a small canister around. (I wonder how long dry shampoos keep.) The packaging is super cute!
BeneFit They’re Real! Beyond Mascara
3 g deluxe sample [value: CA$10.94]
I haven’t tried this BeneFit mascara before, so I’m happy to have received it in a generous sample size.
Cake Beauty Delectable Triple Moisture Body Lotion in Coconut & Cream (travel size)
60 mL travel size [value: CA$6]
Ahh more Cake stuff. And Coconut, again. At least it’s a Body Lotion, which I haven’t yet tried. Though I do have some massive bottles of Cake’s Supreme Body Mousses that I got on clearance at Winners, which will last me…probably forever. Didn’t need this.
Laritzy Undressed Liquid Lip Stain in Pebble
3.1 g full size [value: US$20]
Best item I got this month! A full sized lip stain in a color that totally suits me. Never heard of this brand before; seems like it’s making the beauty box rounds, as it showed up in this month’s Ipsy, as well. The packaging is sleek and feels nice in the hand.
Garnier SkinActive Moisture Bomb Dry Skin Gel Cream
6 mL sample
Sometimes, Topbox throws in a freebie. This month, it’s a Garnier moisturizer sample. Not gonna complain, and it’s even appropriate for my skin type.
Well, I am quite pleased with the Laritzy lip stain and the BeneFit mascara; everything else I could pass on, but at least they’re all still usable items. I was also surprised by how much I liked the Cake Beauty bronzing lotion—it just goes to show that sometimes, you really do need to step out of your comfort zone!
One other thing I noticed was regarding Topbox’s review service, Glam Sense, where you occasionally receive products for review on websites and/or social media. Once I was no longer subscribed to Topbox and Luxe Box, I immediately stopped receiving Glam Sense boxes. Now that I resubscribed to Topbox, I almost instantly received a Glam Sense box! I guess that’s one other perk…