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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Ipsy fivezero's Glam Bag "Rockstarlet" November 2016

Ipsy — November 2016 Glam Bag “Rockstarlet”

Ah, another nail polish-less Ipsy bag!

Ipsy Glam Bag, November 2016, Rockstarlet
Image: ipsy.com

What I Received

  • Absolute New York Matte Stick in Dark Red (5.4 g full size; US$5.99)
  • theBalm Mad Lash Black Mascara (2.5 mL mini, 8 mL full size US$18)
  • Doucce Freematic Blush in Zen Orange (3.4 g full size pan; pan with compact US$28)
  • Luxie Beauty Rose Gold Small Duo Fiber Brush (524T Travel Size) (full size US$18)
  • pūr~lisse Blue Lotus Balancing Moisturizer (15 mL travel size; 15 mL travel size US$20, or 50 mL full size US$55)
  • Ipsy makeup bag

Ipsy Coupon Codes

  • Absolute New York: 20% off any purchase with code IPSY (through 12/31, US only)
  • theBalm: 20% off any purchase with code IPSY20 (through 12/31, US only)
  • Doucce: 30% off any purchase with code BLUSH30 (through 12/31, US only)
  • Luxie: 20% off brushes with code ipsytravel (through 12/31)
  • pūr~lisse: 30% off any purchase with code ipsynov30 (through 12/31, US & CA only)

Here are some more detailed product shots:

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