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


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 (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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Skin & Co Roma Truffle Therapy Boosting Anti-Aging Serum (sample)

Skin & Co Roma — Truffle Therapy Boosting Anti-Aging Serum Review

I received a 5 mL sample of Skin & Co Roma’s Truffle Therapy Boosting Anti-Aging Serum in an Ipsy bag a while back, and gave it a spin a couple of weeks ago.

The company’s truffle-based skincare line is based on research indicating that truffles contain strong anti-oxidants. The idea for such a product line originally came from the company founder’s grandmother, who sold her version of a truffle beauty oil from 1952–1980, in Rome, Italy. The truffles used are harvested from Italy’s Umbria region.

From Skin & Co Roma:

Formulated around the undiscovered properties of the truffle, Truffle Therapy Serum is infused with potent skin-renewing ingredients. Carefully handcrafted in Umbria, Italy, it restores skin with undetected radiance. Fine lines start to fade, roughness is surrendered and silky smoothness is immediately revealed and skin looks firmer and brighter, creating a healthy, youthful complexion with improved smoothness and tone.

The sample was fairly small, but I found that a bit of the serum went a pretty long way since it smoothed over the skin well and didn’t dry up too fast. It lasted me a little over a week, using it once each evening. I only applied it to my face, and not to my neck as well so as to stretch the sample a bit further.

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Ipsy — April 2016 Glam Bag “The Dreamers”

I canceled my Ipsy (referral link) subscription back in July 2015, partly due to the bags getting a bit mediocre and partly because the Canadian dollar had dropped and I didn’t feel the US$14.95 bag—that’s including the $4.95 Canadian shipping fee—was worth it any longer.

Ipsy Glam Bag, April 2016, The Dreamers

However, I recently checked out a couple recent Ipsy bags (like Jordan Leigh’s) and the bug bit me again! I’d also unsubscribed from Topbox so I felt I had a little more room for another box. In addition, the Canadian dollar has since bounced back to nearly 80¢! It’s a conspiracy!

So, I subscribed back to Ipsy and almost immediately received my April bag, which came filled with a surprisingly nice variety of items.

What I Received

  • L.A.B.² (Live and Breathe Beauty) Just Blending In Brush (full size / USD$6.99)
  • OFRA Eyeshadow Refill in Bohemian (0.07 oz full size / USD$12)
  • Probelle Nail Lacquer in In or Out (15 mL full size / USD$6 )
  • SKIN&CO Roma Truffle Therapy Serum (5 mL mini / 30 mL full size USD$70)
  • tarte LipSurgence™ Lip Crème in Wonder (1.5g mini / 3g full size CAD$29)
  • Ipsy makeup bag

Ipsy Coupon Codes

  • Ofra: 40% off any purchase with code IPSYOFRA
  • Probelle: 30% off any $20+ purchase with code IPSY30
  • SKIN&CO Roma: 15% off any Truffle Therapy products with code TRUF2IPSY
  • tarte: 20% off any purchase with code IPSYAPR

There were a couple other products I would have preferred, like any other nail polish since Ipsy had already sent me a Probelle polish, and all the other brands were ones I’d never tried before! Other Ipsters received polishes from Pretty Woman, SOPHi, or Adesse NY, which I’d have liked to try. There was also a nail appliqué product from Incoco—I’m not into those, but it’s nice that there seem to be more nail products available via Ipsy! Some skincare and makeup products from REN, TULA, and Trust Fund Beauty would have been fun to try, as well.

Overall, though, I am pretty pleased with what I got and am really looking forward to trying everything, especially the tarte Lip Crème and the OFRA eyeshadow pan, which I hope will fit into a MAC palette.

Here are some more detailed shots:

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