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:

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fivezero's Topbox, October 2017

Topbox — October 2017

Canadian subscription box Topbox (referral link) is one of those things that’s so cheap that it can be hard for me to justify dropping it…but I think I’m close to being done with them, again. Each month, I am pretty underwhelmed, and I think I’d be better off just buying one or two nail polishes each month with the CA$13.56 it costs me, after tax. At least I know I’d be happy with what I got.

I mean, after last month’s 2 mL Michael Kors fragrance vial and this month’s miniscule BeneFit sample, I think they’re no longer living up to the “4 deluxe samples” promise.

Oh, and this month, I also got the option to pony up $10 for a Beauty Surprise, so I did it. ‘Cause I’m a glutton for punishment.

I’m going to give them one more month—hey, maybe I’ll actually see a Privé box I’d rather have, for once. If it’s a bust, Topbox are out for the second time.

All prices are in CA$ unless otherwise noted.

What I Got as a $10 Beauty Surprise

  • Doucce Freematic Eye Shadow Quad in Autumn Leaves (7)

Beauty Surprise Cost = CA$10 + $1.13 tax, free shipping

Item Value = US$35

What I Received in my Topbox

  • BeneFit Foolproof Brow Powder in Deep 05 (0.01 g) [CA$32 for 2 g, value: CA$0.16]
  • The Body Shop 100% Vegetarian Expert Face Masks (Japanese Matcha Tea Pollution Clearing Mask & Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask) (2 × 5 mL) [CA$28 for 75 mL, value: CA$3.73]
  • Redken Pillow Proof Blow Dry Two Day Extender in Clear (1.2 oz) [CA$24.99 for 3.4 oz, value: CA$8.82]
  • Skin & Co Roma Truffle Therapy Essential Face Toner (30 mL) [US$27 for 200 mL, value: US$4.05]
  • Wella EIMI Perfect Me (6 mL) (freebie) [CA$19.66 for 100 mL, value: CA$1.18]

Box Cost = CA$12 + 1.56 tax, free shipping

Total Item Value = CA$0.16 + CA$3.73 + CA$8.82 + US$4.05 + CA$1.18 ≈ CA$18.95

Ahahahahahahahahahaha!

Zoolander 2, lame, Owen Wilson

The box also came with a couple of coupons. One is for 20% off the masks from The Body Shop. I think it’s a coupon. There’s no barcode or anything, just says I can “Enjoy 20% off” if I bring it in-store. Super. The second came with the Wella freebie, and gives 50% off any Wella EIMI styling product at Chatters.ca (the online code is EIMI50), and it’s valid through the end of this year.

Soooo, ignoring the fact that I have a “deluxe sample” in my box worth 16 Canadian cents—we don’t even use pennies here anymore!!!—the bulk of my box’s value lies in the Redken dry shampoo. Also, I have no full-sized items this month; all are samples.

Detailed pics follow:

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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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fivezero's Topbox, July 2017, plus $10 Beauty Surprise

Topbox — July 2017

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.
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fivezero's Ipsy Glam Bag "Summer Friday" (May 2017)

Ipsy — May 2017 Glam Bag “Summer Friday”

I missed getting a post up yesterday—it was so freaking hot in the city, our air conditioning isn’t working 100%, and I could barely think. Uggggh, I hate hot weather. I believe that if I had grown up in a hot place, I’d never have made it through school as my brain shuts down so badly when it’s very hot and humid. We’re talking a mere 27°C/80°F that will do it.

But hey, it’s only fitting that this month’s Ipsy Glam Bag (referral link) is posted on a Friday! It’s also much cooler today, thankfully.

And, once again, Ipsy sent me a Glam Bag that color-coordinates, in shades of bright aqua, bronze, and cherry red. I don’t know if it’s coincidental (or that a lot of their products this month just happen to coordinate), but it sure makes for a nice photo op.

Ipsy Glam Bag, May 2017, Summer Friday

Ipsy May 2017 Glam Bag: “Summer Friday”

Image: ipsy.com

Thanks to some referral points (many thanks to those who used my link!), I was also able to redeem some of my Ipsy points for a full sized Estée Lauder foundation.

What I Redeemed Points For

  • Estée Lauder Double Wear Makeup To Go Liquid Compact in 2N1 Desert Beige (12 mL full size; US$45 / CA$50) [750 pts]

What I Received

  • Adesse New York Organic Infused Nail Lacquer in Surfer Girl (11 mL full size; US$18)
  • BeneFit Gimme Brow Volumizing Fiber Gel in Deep (5) (1 g sample; 3 g full size US$24)
  • Jelly Pong Pong Supercharged Super Intense Eyeshadow Duo in Electric (2 g full size; US$22.95)
  • Pixi by Petra Endless Silky Eye Pen in BlackNoir (0.8 g sample; 1.2 g full size US$12)
  • trèStiQue Mini Matte Lip Crayon in Tuscan Wine (0.025 oz sample size of just the matte crayon color; full size is a double-ended Lip Crayon + Shiny Balm, US$28)
  • Ipsy makeup bag

fivezero's Ipsy Glam Bag, May 2017, Summer Friday

fivezero’s Ipsy May 2017 Glam Bag: “Summer Friday”

Image: ipsy.com

Ipsy Coupon Codes

  • Adesse New York: 20% off any purchase + free US shipping with code IPSY20 (through 06/30/2017; US only)
  • Estée Lauder: 20% off all Double Wear with code DWIPSY20 (through 05/31/2017; US only)
  • Jelly Pong Pong: 30% off any purchase with code IPSY20 (through 06/30/2017)
  • Pixi by Petra: 25% off any purchase with code PixiIpsyMay (not case-sensitive; through 6/30/2017; US only)
  • trèStiQue: 30% off any $40+ purchase with code IPSYSPRING30 (through 06/30/2017; US only)

Here are some more detailed product shots:

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Luxe Box (Canada) — Spring 2016

So, I forgot to cancel my Luxe Box (referral link) subscription late last year, and this arrived in the mail yesterday.

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.

Luxe Box

  • BENEFIT The POREfessional Primer (3 mL, sample) [MSRP $37 for 22 mL]
  • BIODERMA Sébium AI Correcteur 2-in-1 Tinted Skin Perfecting Care for Acne Prone Skin in Light/Clair (30 mL, full size) [MSRP is I think ~US$24.95]
  • JELLY PONG PONG Softening Shower & Bath Gel in Lychee Gel (30 mL, full size) [MSRP US$15.95]
  • MASKERAIDE All Eyes On Me Hydrating Eye Gel Patches (4.7 g, 1 single-use pair of eye gels) [MSRP $25/box of 4 pairs]
  • MORGAN TAYLOR Professional Nail Lacquer in Eye Candy (15 mL, full size) [MSRP $15.83—holy heck! What?!]
  • POP BEAUTY Kajal Pen in Inky Purple (0.9 g, full size) [MSRP US$10]
  • SCHICK Hydro Silk Razor (1 reusable razor & 1 cartridge) [MSRP $12.64]

Random Additional Items

  • BENEFIT coupon for 3500 Shoppers Drug Mart Optimum Bonus Points when purchasing The POREfessional (if you shop online at beautyBOUTIQUE, you can use the code NOPORES, which expires April 16, 2016)
  • SCHICK coupon for $5 off any Hydro Silk refills

Here’s a quick rundown of what I think about each item (sorry, I don’t have pics of each individual item as my camera’s acting up again; guess I need to fiddle with it some more pics added!):

Quick Rundown

BENEFIT The POREfessional Primer
(3 mL, sample) [MSRP $37 for 22 mL]
I don’t really use primer, so this is kind of meh for me. BeneFit stuff seems excessively pricy to me, and I’ve rarely liked any of the few BeneFit items I’ve tried.

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Topbox (Canada) — November 2015

This month’s Topbox is a fairly average one. It contains three items that I’ll use, but would not necessarily have gone out of my way to try, and one item that I am sick of receiving from subscription boxes (yep, another hairspray) but it won’t go to waste since my mom uses it.

What I Received

Regular Topbox

Prices are in CA$ unless otherwise specified.

Topbox Canada, November 2015

  • BeneFit Air Patrol (1.5 mL sample) [MSRP $38 for 4 mL]
  • The Face Shop Character Mask in Brightening / Cotton (Puppy) (1 mask) [MSRP $9 for 3 masks]
  • Nova Scotia Fisherman Xtreme Lip Care Lip Balm in Sea Salt & Caramel (9.9 g full size) [MSRP $6.95]
  • Revlon Professional Style Masters Modular Hairspray (75 mL, sample) [MSRP $19.95 for 500 mL]

Extra

  • Nova Scotia Fisherman online discount of 20% with code TOPBOX.

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