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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New Release: simplehuman — Hello Kitty Sensor Vanity Mirror (LE)

This isn’t the first time I’ve featured fine trashcan-makers simplehuman on my blog, but this time, it’s actually beauty-related!

simplehuman are probably most famous for their excellently engineered stepcans and precision bin liners (I swear, they’re awesome), but they’ve since branched out into other household goods.

They’ve just released a limited edition Hello Kitty 5″ Sensor Vanity Mirror! The mirror lights up with fancy LEDs and everything.

simplehuman Hello Kitty Sensor Vanity Mirror limited edition 5-inch

It also seems to comes with an adorable red Hello Kitty-embossed carrying case.

simplehuman Hello Kitty Sensor Vanity Mirror limited edition 5-inch with case

The 10x mirror comes with a 5-year warranty and is cordless (one charge via USB lasts up to 5 weeks). The MSRP is US$150. Sounds like a great holiday gift for a makeup fiend who has it all!

New Release: NYX — Custom Pro Palettes and Refill Pans for Eyeshadow, Blush & Contour

So NYX has fully jumped onto the MAC Pro bandwagon and released their versions of magnetic refillable eyeshadow and blush palettes, as well as refill pans!

This is fantastic news to me, as I hate having to depot eyeshadows, and love to have them all in reorganizable palettes. I also love that the new NYX palettes have a little notch by each pan (like the old school MAC palettes had) so you can easily remove pans. You know, instead of having to warp your poor palette every time you want to pop out a pan—thanks, MAC.

I definitely have my eye on the 9-pan eyeshadow palette, which retails for US$15. Not as cheap as I’d have liked from NYX, but if the quality is up to snuff, I won’t have any complaints. Now I rue all the time I spent depotting NYX eyeshadows with an Xacto and a flame, and sticking them into MAC palettes / cheapo palettes from eBay.

NYX Custom Pro Eyeshadow Palette, partially filled
NYX 9-Pan Eyeshadow palette. Image:

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Not the Most Auspicious Start with Birchbox (Canada) — April 2015

Birchbox April 2015, box by Rifle Paper Co.

When subscription box Birchbox finally came to Canada late last year, I thought about subscribing, but I had only been with Ipsy for a couple of months, so I thought I’d lay off signing up with anything new for a while.

Of course, curiosity got the better of me and I recently signed up with Birchbox (referral link), anyway. It costs the same as Ipsy (CA$14.95/mo, shipping and taxes included), and I have, for the most part, enjoyed getting my Ipsy Glam Bags (referral link). At the very least, even if I don’t care for the products in the end, I usually enjoy trying them!

My main reservation with Birchbox was that they seem to focus more on skincare than makeup, and I much prefer trying out new makeup and nail polish over skincare and haircare.

Well, it’s sad to say, but my reservations were not totally unfounded. Birchbox shipped my first box very quickly, and I received it just this week. I had filled out my Birchbox profile to say I preferred to receive Makeup and Nail products (and ticked the box for YAY FRAGRANCE SAMPLES PLEASE), and here is what I got:

  • Rifle Paper Co. floral print paper box
  • BeautyBlender Original Mini with BlenderCleanser Mini
  • Beaver Professional Hydro Nutritive Shampoo Mini
  • Beaver Professional Hydro Nutritive Conditioner Mini
  • Jelly Pong Pong Glow Getter Luminizer in Ibiza Mini
  • Not Soap, Radio Body Wash Mini in Beach + Sky Blue Water

I don’t have any proper reviews, since I haven’t tried any of this stuff yet, but here’s the rundown:

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