Rebecca Minkoff, Je t'aime Medium Crossbody in Opal Iridescent

Holiday Haulage! Christmas & Boxing Day 2017

I still need to browse through other bloggers’ holiday hauls (I love haul posts!), but here’s my beauty-related Christmas and Boxing Day sale haulage for 2017.


CAKE BEAUTY
Deck the Haul Gift Set

  • The ‘Do Gooder Volumizing Dry Shampoo Spray (7 fl oz)
  • The Locks Smith Hydrating Dry Conditioner Spray (7 fl oz)
  • The Wave Maker Texturizing Beach Spray (2 fl oz)
  • The Brush Crush Dry Styling Dual Bristle Brush
  • 2 × The Grip Clip Dry Styling Hair Clip

The MSRP was C$73 (really?) but I got it after the holidays at Shoppers Drug Mart for $11!

Cake Beauty Deck the Haul Gift Set


CHANEL
Le Vernis Longwear in Fiction (582)

Chanel Le Vernis Longwear in Fiction

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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, 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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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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