fivezero's Topbox (August 2017)

Topbox — August 2017

For my second Topbox (referral link) after resubscribing this summer, I didn’t “wish” for any of the special “Privé” boxes, because even though some of the brands were higher end/interesting (Bobbi Brown, Dr. Belmeur, Glamglow, Missha, Too Faced, etc.), I wasn’t enthralled by the actual products on offer, or their value. One option was actually a tarte eyeliner that costs $16 normally, so I’d be saving $4 by getting it? Gee, what a great deal. This isn’t what I find “fun” about a subscription box.

So, I stuck with the regular Topbox as I always have. (Will they actually have a Privé box that interests me, someday? I wonder.)

I also did not get a chance to pony up $10 for the additional “Beauty Surprise” since it sold out before I could sign up—but after checking out what other Topbox subscribers received, I’m a bit relieved that I saved my ten smackers.

I’m particularly relieved since I found my box this month to be something of a letdown. They are mostly items I can use, so at least they won’t go to waste, but there’s nothing I’m especially excited about at first glance. In hindsight, I should have opted for the Missha Privé, which was a tension compact valued at $24, which I would definitely have enjoyed using. Ah, well. Can’t win ’em all.

At least I didn’t get more Cake stuff, which is lovely but I’m so bored receiving the same Coconut & Cream hand creams from Topbox/Luxe Box.

All prices are in CA$ unless otherwise noted.

What I Received in my Topbox

  • Barefoot Venus🇨🇦 Green Tea Body Wash in Lilly Pilly (50 mL sample) [$6.90 for 50 mL /  $20.05 for 250 mL, value: $6.90 / $4.01]
  • Be a Bombshell Lip Crayon in Some Beach (2.5 g full size) [value: US$7]
  • BeneFit The POREfessional Pore Minimizing Makeup (5 mL sample) [$40 for 15 mL full size, value: $13.33]
  • Satin Smooth Day/Night Daily Moisturizer (10 mL / 0.35 fl oz sample) [US$43.99 for 1.7 fl oz full size, value: US$9.06]

Detailed pics follow:

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Luxe Box (Canada) — Summer 2016

I just canceled my Luxe Box (referral link) subscription. It wasn’t a terribly hard decision to make, apart from the fact that I was sad to not be able to continue supporting a Canadian beauty box! That now makes it both Topbox and Luxe Box that I have unsubscribed from—both are operated by Topbox, the Ipsy-equivalent.

Today, I’ll show you what I got in my Summer 2016 Luxe Box, and give you the reasons I decided to discontinue this service.

Luxe Box is a seasonal box that costs $26 per quarter, though you can get a slight discount for signing up for more boxes at a time. I signed up with the semi-annual option: two boxes for $25 each. The annual option gives you four boxes for $24 each. Shipping is included, at least for the Canadian options.

You receive 7–8 items in each curated Luxe Box (I got 5 full-sized items and 2 trial-sizes this season). I did not take up the $10 “Beauty Surprise” option, even though I was pleased with what I got the one time I did.

What I Received

All prices in CA$, unless otherwise noted. Also, I didn’t receive my product card or any additional coupons with this quarter’s Luxe Box. The outer box it was packed in was unsealed, so I don’t know whether they just fell out, or if the card(s) were just never packed in the first place. This means I don’t have access to full information about all the products I received. (Incidentally, Ipsy’s website is great in that you can see all the details of all the products you’ve ever received from them, plus links to each product’s official website. Luxe Box’s website is totally useless in this regard. You can’t even see what you got this quarter, let alone your purchase history! As someone who worked in website design, I can’t bring myself to support their hopelessly useless website any longer.)

Luxe Box

  • AMIKA Perk Up Dry Shampoo with Sea Buckthorn Berry (0.75 oz / 21.3 g, sample) [MSRP US$9.00 for 1 oz, or US$24 for 5.3 oz; sample works out to ~US$6.75]
  • BAREFOOT VENUS Lip Bliss Ultra-Repairing Lip Balm in Spearmint (8 g, full size) [MSRP US$7.50]
  • HARVEY PRINCE Body Cream in Sincerely (15 mL, sample) [MSRP US$6.50, based on the 50 mL fragrance + body cream set they have on their website]
  • MIRABELLA Pearls & Pastels Eyeshadow Pigment in Refreshmint (4.7 g, 1 single-use pair of eye gels) [MSRP $25/box of 4 pairs]
  • MORGAN TAYLOR Professional Nail Lacquer in I’m the Good Witch (15 mL, full size) [MSRP US$9]
  • MORGAN TAYLOR Professional Nail Lacquer in Nautically Inclined (15 mL, full size) [MSRP US$9]
  • NOVEX Brazilian Keratin Extra Deep Hair Care Cream (3.5 oz / 100 mL, sample) [MSRP US$6.99 for 7.4 oz, or US$16.99 for 34 oz; sample works out to ~US$3.31]
  • pūr~lisse BB Tinted Moist Cream, not sure which shade but probably Medium? (10 mL, travel size) [MSRP US$10 for 10 mL, or US$32 for 40 mL]

Random Additional Items

  • Nada this quarter. Don’t know if they forgot it, if it fell out of the box, or there just aren’t any this time.

Here’s a quick rundown of what I think about each item:

Quick Rundown

AMIKA Perk Up Dry Shampoo with Sea Buckthorn Berry
(8 g, full size) [MSRP US$7.50]

Guess I can use a travel-sized dry shampoo. I’m not generally happy getting hair products from my subscription boxes, though, and it’s listed that way in my profiles. The packaging is super cute, however!

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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.

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