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.
SinfulColors ALL NEW Color Cosmetics Collection
with Global Color Collaborator, Vanessa Hudgens
Introducing SinfulColors Trend Preview Collection of color cosmetics featuring all new mascara, eyeliner, cream eye shadow, brow and highlighter products.
This first-ever beauty launch is available exclusively on Amazon, and created with globally acclaimed actress and singer, Vanessa Hudgens!
For beauty lovers who live for vibrant color as a means of self-expression, SinfulColors has all the outrageous, innovative, on trend & eye catching color you crave, so you can create looks as unique as you are.
Prepare to be excited and inspired by these insanely awesome makeup must-haves that will take your makeup routine to the next level (and the next level after that level)!
This is pretty big news, too—despite it not being nail polish-related!
SinfulColors (previously a nail polish-only brand) has just released their first makeup products! I imagine they will be similar to Revlon products, since Revlon acquired SinfulColors back in 2011.
The new products are all for eyes and face (no lipcolors): Shade Babe Duo Cream Shadow, Bold Brow Intense Effects, Stop & Stare Gel Eyeliner, Diva Lash Color Mascara, and Face Forward Allover Highlighter Stick.
Earlier this year (or possibly late last year), Milani introduced two new shades of their highly popular Baked Blushes: Bella Bellini and Rosa Romantica.
I noticed them in a Rexall last month (Canada often gets new drugstore releases fairly late) and have been stalking the weekly sales ever since. Last week, they finally had Milani products on Buy One, Get One 50% off so they came to $6.29 each—yeah, Rexall’s sales can be pretty meh—and I had to run to a larger Rexall to snag both shades. Ideally, I’d have waited for a sale at Well.ca where Baked Blushes are a smidge cheaper, but they didn’t have the new shades at all.
But anyway, I am so happy I got them because they’re utterly gorgeous!
They have the same lovely, soft, highly-pigmented texture of all the other Baked Blushes (see my Megapost here! I think I have all of them except for Red Vino, which I can never find and may have to purchase in the US).
Bella Bellini (12) is a stunner. Milani calls it a “rose gold”, though I think it’s a lot more intense pink than rose gold usually inspires. It’s an azalea pink loaded with golden shimmer: very NARS Orgasm, except with even more shimmer.
Below, I have a swatch comparison of the following blushes:
For my third Topbox (referral link) after resubscribing this summer, I once again just went for a regular box instead of a Privé box. I also didn’t choose to add on a $10 Beauty Surprise, as I don’t recall even getting that option this time around.
All prices are in CA$ unless otherwise noted.
What I Received in my Topbox
Avry Beauty (by Voesh) Ultra Nourishing Gloves in Chamomile (2 pairs, full size) [value: 2 × US$1.10]
GLAMGLOW YouthMud Tinglexfoliate Treatment (0.5 oz sample) [$79 for 1.7 oz or $24 for 0.5 oz, value: $23.24–$24]
IBY Beauty Highlighter in Bubbly (1.8 g, full size) [value: US$5 (Topbox mistakenly put the value down was $14.98! Hmph.)]
Michael Kors Sexy Ruby eau de parfum (1.5 mL sample spray) [$135 for 100 mL or $110 for 50 mL, value: $2–$3.30]
Total Value: CA$25.24 + US$7.20
The box also came with a couple of coupons, which I am unlikely to use (Urban Decay Troublemaker Mascara GWP only at Urban Decay in Square One, Toronto; and Bonus Optimum Points with a Michael Kors perfume purchase at Shoppers Drug Mart).
Obviously, the GLAMGLOW sample provides the bulk of the value of this box. I wouldn’t really have bought it, myself, so I’m not thrilled. It’s especially vexing when I see other people’s Topboxes this month include a very pretty, very full-sized China Glaze nail polish, instead of a small Michael Kors perfume sample—you know, the kind you often get for free!
Well, it’s a CA$12 box which includes shipping, so I should not really complain too much. I do wish there was a way to tell Topbox the kind of stuff I really want (all da nail polish, please), but they don’t do any form of customization at all. I guess they probably don’t have enough items each month to attempt it.
On the positive side, I do look forward to trying the gloves! They sound cool, and I’ve never used anything like them before. The IBY highlighter is actually quite pretty, and I think I could use it as a blush or eyeshadow. And, even though I complained about the small perfume sample, I do like getting perfume samples, and I haven’t tried Sexy Ruby. I’d just rather get a nail polish, instead!
Everyone’s doing a little better today—no more fevers, just a little congestion—and Peanut made it back to school today, yay! I managed to use some of my Peanut-free time to write up my February Ipsy Glam Bag post. There are loads of goodies this month.
Seriously, Ipsy is totally killing it for me these days—and I got another nail polish!
When I saw that I was getting one of two shades of Trust Fund Beauty nail polish, I had my fingers crossed for $12 Latte, since I already have a mini of the other color, I Give Good Tweet. When I opened my Ipsy bag on Tuesday, out fell the deep, mauve-toned brown I had been hoping for. Awesome. (I’ve lucked out once before, when I received Urban Decay’s Lounge eyeshadow instead of Fireball, which I already had.)
I’ve also recently accumulated a lot of Ipsy points, mostly via referrals, so I have to give a huge thank you to those who used my referral link to join Ipsy! I was able to redeem some of the points for a couple of things last month, so I received those with my February Glam Bag.
Last time, I complained about how Ipsy’s point rewards always sold out too quickly, and that there weren’t enough of them. Lately, I’ve found it easier to jump onto the new rewards: they seem to upload refresh them on Friday nights (my time is EST). The point amounts required seem to have increased a little, but they’re also kind of inconsistent with regard to the dollar value of the rewards, too. I’ve seen an item retailing ~$6 cost ~400 pts, and an item retailing ~$40 cost ~800 pts. Who knows? Anyway, I don’t know if they really did anything or if I am just checking the rewards more often and lucking out, but it does feel like it’s been improved!
So…I love, love, love my Ipsy bag this month! Here’s what I got (four out of five are full-sized products!):
What I Redeemed 800 Ipsy Points For
Ren Evercalm Global Protection Day Cream (200 Ipsy Points for 30 mL deluxe sample; 50 mL full size US$45 / CA$56)
Wet n Wild MegaGlo Highlighting Powder in Crown of My Canopy (300 Ipsy Points for 5.4 g full size; US$4.99)
Wet n Wild MegaGlo Highlighting Powder in Precious Petals (300 Ipsy Points for 5.4 g full size; US$4.99)
What I Received
Juice Beauty PHYTO-PIGMENTS Last Looks Cream Blush in Flush (3 g full size; US$24)
Naked Cosmetics HD Finishing Powder in Banana (0.35 oz full size; US$23.99)
NYX Butter Lipstick in Lifeguard (4.5 g full size; full size US$6)
True Botanicals Resurfacing Moisture Mask (7 mL sample; 50 mL full size US$90)
Trust Fund Beauty Nail Polish in $12 Latte (17 mL full size; US$15)
Ipsy makeup bag
Ipsy Coupon Codes
Juice Beauty: 25% off any purchase + free shipping on $30 orders with code ipsy217 (through 03/31/2017)
Naked Cosmetics: 30% off any purchase with code IPSY30 (through 03/31/2017)
NYX: 25% off Butter Lipstick with code BUTTERUP (through 03/31/2017, US only)
True Botanicals: 15% off your first purchase with code TRUEIPSY15 (through 03/31/2017)