Well, I’m still subscribed to Canadian subscription box Topbox (referral link)! I didn’t expect to be, but they stepped up their game a bit over the last two months, which justified the low CA$12 shipped price for me.
Here’s my November 2017 box, which I’m late in posting. I have a couple of Topbox special collection boxes to post, as well as my December 2017 box, as well.
What I Received in My Topbox (November 2017)
- China Glaze Nail Lacquer in Dope Taupe (0.5 oz) [CA$8]
- Elizabeth Arden Lasting Impression Mascara in Lasting Black (2.5 mL sample) [CA$32 / US$24 for 8.5 mL, value: CA$9.41]
- Laritzy Silicone Makeup Blender [US$14]
- Sebastian Professional Shaper Plus+ Extra Hold Hairspray (38.5 g sample) [CA$19 for 300 g, value: CA$2.44]
Also, because I submitted a mild complaint the previous month (about getting disappointing, itty bitty samples two months running), they sent me a bonus this month:
- BeneFit Dandelion Shy Beam (4 mL sample) [CA$35 for 10 mL, value: CA$14]
Box Cost = CA$12 + 1.56 tax, free shipping
Total Box Value = CA$8 + CA$9.41 + US$14 + CA$2.44 ≈ CA$37.55
Unfortunately, I already own China Glaze Dope Taupe, but it’s still nice that they sent a polish. It’s just a shame it isn’t from a more recent collection, so I’d have been less likely to own it.
Detailed pics follow:
China Glaze Nail Lacquer in Dope Taupe
full size [value: CA$8]
This is a really great and versatile China Glaze shade, and I’d have loved it except I already own it! Off to the destash pile.
Elizabeth Arden Lasting Impression Mascara in Lasting Black
2.5 mL (sample) [value: CA$9.41]
I don’t think I’ve ever tried a mascara from Elizabeth Arden—or at least not in over ten or fifteen years. It’s not waterproof, so I’ll have to use it over a waterproof primer.
Laritzy Silicone Makeup Blender
full size [value: US$14]
This totally looks like something I could find at Winners/TJ Maxx for CA$5.99, so the retail price seems hyper-inflated to me. Laritzy’s a Canadian company, too! They’re based in Montreal.
I don’t really know what the deal is with these silicone makeup blenders—how is using this much different from just using my fingers?—but I’m game to give it a try.
Sebastian Professional Shaper Plus+ Extra Hold Hairspray
38.5 g (sample) [value: CA$2.44]
I don’t use hairspray, so I gave this to my mom, who was very happy to have another travel-sized product!
BeneFit Dandelion Shy Beam
4 mL (sample) [value: CA$14]
This was the bonus item. It’s kind of nice, though I really find BeneFit products so ridiculously overpriced!
Not too bad. If the China Glaze nail polish had been in a shade I didn’t already have, I would have been pretty happy with this box for CA$12 shipped. I can always use a new mascara, the silicone blender was something I was maybe a little curious about, and my mom enjoys her free hairsprays!
I hope everyone is having an awesome winter holiday! ⛄️