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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Jelly Pong Pong — Lychee Gel Softening Shower & Bath Gel Review

I received a full-sized Lychee Gel Softening Shower & Bath Gel in my most recent Luxe Box. It was one of the items that I was most excited about, mainly because of how cute the packaging is, and that I love lychees (or litchis)!

The lychee is native to southeastern China, and it’s now cultivated in many tropical regions worldwide. My extended family is from Malaysia, in southeast Asia, and because of this I have been lucky enough to have eaten heaps of lychees, practically fresh off the trees! The skin of the fruit is a bumpy pinkish red, thin and pliable so it’s easy to peel off the delicate, white, and very juicy flesh. The flavor is sweet, floral, and honeyed—I don’t think there’s any other fruit that tastes quite like it.

Lychees are also available canned in most Asian shops, though, of course, they won’t taste quite as delicious as the fresh fruit. I’m particularly fond of canned lychees served on ice. A Thai restaurant near me also serves a chicken-and-lychee dish served in a hollowed out pineapple—it sounds weird, but it works amazingly well!

So, as you can tell, I’m a little crazy about this fruit, and it’s not often that I come across a perfume or bath product that is lychee-scented. (Fragrantica says that good options are Juliette Has a Gun’s Miss Charming, Sonia Rykiel Rose, and Diptyque Eau Rose are good options with lychee as one of the centerpiece notes, so I’ll definitely need to check these out! I’m just so sad I missed out on Yves Rocher’s soliflore—solifruit?version, since those tend to be really nice.)

Jelly Pong Pong Lychee Gel Softening Shower & Bath Gel

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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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Luxe Box (Canada) — Winter 2015

I received my second and probably last Luxe Box (referral link) a couple of weeks ago, and I’m a bit late getting it posted!

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 trial-sized items in each curated Luxe Box (I got 5 full-sized items and 2 trial-sizes this season). This time, I did not take up the $10 “Beauty Surprise” option, even though I was pleased with what I got last time. I guess the holidays were getting a little too spendy for me.

Luxe Box Canada, Winter 2015

What I Received

All prices in C$, unless otherwise noted.

Luxe Box

  • BIODERMA Hydrabio Tonique Moisturizing Toner Lotion (250 mL, full size) [MSRP $21.95]
  • CUCCIO Colour Nail Lacquer in Gazing in Genoa (13 mL, full size) [MSRP $4.21]
  • THE FACE SHOP Character Mask in Soothing / Apple (Monkey) (1 single-use mask) [MSRP 3/$9]
  • HASK Monoi Coconut Oil Deep Nourishing Conditioner (50 g, sample) [MSRP $1.77 (not sure why they say this; it’s US$2.99 at Ulta); 355 mL for US$5.99]
  • NEOSTRATA Acne Clear Clarifying Gel Cleanser (50 mL, sample) [MSRP $24 for 200 mL]
  • STARLOOKS Pro Luxe Longwear Eyeliner Pen in Black (10 mL, full size) [MSRP $19]
  • TEEEZ Read My Lips Lipstick in Roulette Red (2 g, full size) [MSRP $28.94]

Random Additional Item

  • BIODERMA coupon for $5 off Hydrabio Sérum Moisturizing Concentrate

Here are some additional photos of all the items:

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Luxe Box packaging

Luxe Box (Canada) — Fall 2015

Last month (yes, before I decided on a low-buy for the fall!), after unsubscribing from Ipsy and Birchbox, I decided to try out another subscription box with my newly released funds. I went for Luxe Box, which 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. (At the moment, I cannot see the semi-annual option on their website, just the quarterly and annual options.) Shipping is included, at least for the Canadian options. It appears they do ship to the US and other countries, but their website makes it a bit difficult for me to find out details.

You receive 7–8 trial-sized items in each curated Luxe Box. However, I was pleased to see that I actually received three full-sized items in my Fall box. Some time last month, they also offered their subscribers a “Beauty Surprise” for an additional $10. I took the plunge and received a lipstick as my Beauty Surprise.

Luxe Box Canada, Fall 2015, with $10 Beauty Surprise

My only complaint so far with Luxe Box is that their website is very underdeveloped. Even when logged into my account, there are no details about my box, what I have the possibility of receiving, no social aspect and no reviews. You can buy a few boxes, subscribe, see your account details, and that’s about it. There are dead links here and there, as well. I feel that they really need to work on the site, as it’s very lacking and uninspired compared with the Ipsy and Birchbox sites. It looks nice enough, but functionally, it doesn’t inspire confidence, which is part of the reason why it took me so long to actually subscribe to it. Only others’ positive reviews made me take the plunge!

As a side note, I only just discovered that earlier this year, Luxe Box merged with Topbox (which is the only other subscription service I use at the moment).

From Canadian Subscription Box Addict:

As of April 15th, 2015 Luxe Box has merged its operations with Topbox. Going forward Topbox will run both Luxe Box and Topbox business and operations. Both services will continue to operate under established names, and Luxe Box will continue to maintain its unique brand identity.

Huh. I guess I’ll see if the content of the two boxes starts overlapping!

What I Received

All prices in C$, unless otherwise noted.

Luxe Box

  • (be) DELECTABLE by CAKE BEAUTY Ultra Nourishing Hand Cream in Coconut & Cream (60 mL, travel size) [MSRP $7, or $12 for 118 mL]
  • CIATÉ Paint Pots in Brocade Parade (13.5 mL, full size) [MSRP $15]
  • LANCÔME Visionnaire Advanced Multi-Correcting Cream (15 mL, sample) [MSRP $92 for 50 mL]
  • MEDUSA’S MAKE-UP Lip Gloss in Loud Mouth (6 mL, full size) [MSRP US$9]
  • pūr~lisse pūr~delicate Gentle Soy Milk Cleanser & Makeup Remover (30 mL, sample) [MSRP $36 for 165 mL]
  • SHU UEMURA Essence Absolue Nourishing Protective Oil (30 mL, sample) [MSRP $69 for 150 mL]
  • YVES ROCHER Grand Rouge Lipstick in Bordeaux (34) (3.7 g, full size) [MSRP $19, though the price has recently jumped to $20]

$10 Beauty Surprise

  • LIPPY GIRL Vegocentric Lipstick in Boss Lady (5 g, full size) [MSRP $23]

Random Additional Item

  • TRESEMMÉ Perfectly (un)Done Sea Salt Spray (45 mL, sample) [MSRP CA$5.99 for 200 mL]

Here are some additional photos of all the items:

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