fivezero's Topbox, November 2017

Topbox — November 2017

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

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 (sample)

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

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 (sample)

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 (sample)

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!


Verdict

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! ⛄️

 

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2 thoughts on “Topbox — November 2017

  1. Oh too bad about the duplicate nail polish colour!
    Ugh, silicone foundation blenders are LAME! Just google any review of them… your fingers will do a better job.

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  2. I’ve never tried Benefit but it does seem more expensive compared to other brands. Are their products generally more high quality? Dope Taupe is pretty, I can see why you already own it 😛

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