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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Topbox (Canada) — December 2015

Yeah, I know I’m crazy late with this one, but it’s my last Topbox since I discontinued it, and it arrived over Christmas and got lost among my other packages and things!

By the way, one of the main reasons I unsubscribed from Topbox is that it shares many products with its sister box, Luxe Box. It is pretty dumb that they do this, since why would anyone wish to subscribe to both boxes if they’re going to get so many duplicate products?

What I Received

Regular Topbox

Prices are in CA$ unless otherwise specified.

Topbox Canada, December 2015

  • CUCCIO Colour Nail Lacquer in Gazing in Genoa (13 mL, full size) [MSRP $4.21]
  • FRUITS & PASSION Cucina Regenerating Hand Cream in Coriander & Olive Tree (40 mL, sample) [MSRP $5 for 60 mL]
  • 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]
  • SEARX Birchsap Moisturizing Lotion (2x samples, unknown volume) [MSRP $42.11 for 118 mL]

Extra

  • TOPBOX online discount of 15% with code TB152016.

Here’s a roundup of my impressions:
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TRESemmé — Beauty-Full Volume Reverse System Review

TRESemmé, the international hair products company, is releasing a “Reverse” haircare system that consists of conditioning the hair before shampooing. Sounds weird, right?

I’d heard of co-washing before, but not this; and yet, it appears that this reverse method of hair cleansing and conditioning has been around for some time (see this overview at Nouveau Cheap, which I’ll reference later in this post). TRESemmé, of course, nearly talk about their system like it’s ground-breaking—it’s new and a game-changer—but to be fair to them, I hadn’t heard of it until I saw their new product line!

I recently signed up with Topbox Canada’s Glam Sense program, which occasionally sends products to participants in exchange for reviews. The TRESemmé package I received last month is the first time I’ve ever participated in Glam Sense.

TRESemmé x Glam Sense Box, December 2015

TRESemmé x Glam Sense Box, December 2015

What I Received

The three full-sized products I received for review are:

  • Beauty-Full Volume Pre-Wash Conditioner (16.5 fl oz / 488 mL)
  • Beauty-Full Volume Shampoo (25 fl oz / 739 mL)
  • Beauty-Full Volume Hair Maximizer (2.3 fl oz / 70 mL)

TRESemmé x Glam Sense Box, Beauty-Full Volume Set, December 2015

TRESemmé x Glam Sense Box, Beauty-Full Volume Set, December 2015

TRESemmé x Glam Sense Box, Beauty-Full Volume Set, December 2015
Peanut interference.

As I said, I wasn’t familiar with this method of hair conditioning, so I was pretty excited to try it out!

I’ll lay out the facts about my hair now, so that we all know what we’re dealing with in this review:

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Topbox (Canada) — November 2015

This month’s Topbox is a fairly average one. It contains three items that I’ll use, but would not necessarily have gone out of my way to try, and one item that I am sick of receiving from subscription boxes (yep, another hairspray) but it won’t go to waste since my mom uses it.

What I Received

Regular Topbox

Prices are in CA$ unless otherwise specified.

Topbox Canada, November 2015

  • BeneFit Air Patrol (1.5 mL sample) [MSRP $38 for 4 mL]
  • The Face Shop Character Mask in Brightening / Cotton (Puppy) (1 mask) [MSRP $9 for 3 masks]
  • Nova Scotia Fisherman Xtreme Lip Care Lip Balm in Sea Salt & Caramel (9.9 g full size) [MSRP $6.95]
  • Revlon Professional Style Masters Modular Hairspray (75 mL, sample) [MSRP $19.95 for 500 mL]

Extra

  • Nova Scotia Fisherman online discount of 20% with code TOPBOX.

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Topbox Canada, October 2015

Topbox (Canada) — October 2015

I’m inching ever closer to the “unsubscribe” button, Topbox! I did get a nail polish, though I found it underwhelming. I also got yet another hair product, which I dislike receiving.

What I Received

Regular Topbox

Topbox Canada, October 2015

  • Avon ANEW Power Serum (7 mL sample) [MSRP US$40 for 30 mL]
  • (be) Delectable by Cake Beauty Ultra Nourishing Hand Cream in Coconut & Cream (60 mL, travel size) [It says MSRP $15 on the Topbox card, but Well.ca has the 113 mL size for $12, so I’m calling shenanigans. The 60 mL travel size is actually $7.]
  • Cuccio Colour Nail Lacquer (13 mL full size) [MSRP $4.21]
  • d:fi Reshapable Spray (9 mL, sample) [MSRP US$15.95 for 150 mL]

Extra

  • Avon ANEW Power Serum discount

    Topbox Canada Avon Anew offer, October 2015
    Nobel Prize-winning research, huh?

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Cuccio Colour Nail Lacquer in Bologna Blush

Cuccio — Bologna Blush (Colour Nail Lacquer) Swatch & Review

Collection: Cuccio, Amore

I just received this polish in my October 2015 Topbox. On one hand, it’s pretty fun to try out new brands of polish. On the other hand, this bottle is so dated-looking that it was hard to get excited over it!

Cuccio is a salon nail polish brand that’s been available at online discounter NailSupplies.us (formerly TransDesign, one of my old haunts! No affiliation). And yet, I hadn’t seen fit to ever give them a try! They’re US$3.25 a pop over at NailSupplies, if you want to check them out.

I finally do get to try them, now, but unfortunately I was sent a color that is most unflattering to a warm-toned person. It’s called Bologna Blush (6068), which is also unfortunate because all I can think of is this:

Oscar Mayer Beef Bologna
Image: oscarmayer.com

I realize I’m a total pleb, and they really wanted me to think of this:

Bologna, Italy
Bologna, Italy. Does this look like it’s been extra colorized, or is it just me? Image: wisegeek.com

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Topbox September 2015

Topbox (Canada) — September 2015

I guess it had to happen! After a couple of months of being pretty pleased with my Topbox subscription, I’m disappointed in this month’s selections. For the first time, it seems like Topbox ignored my profile for half of the 4-item box.

What I Received

Regular Topbox

  • Ciaté Paint Pots in Speed Dial (13.5 mL full size) [MSRP CA$15]
  • Condition Culture Colorsmash Hair Shadow in Electric Beat (4.1 g full size) [MSRP US$13]
  • Nova Scotia Fisherman Rescue Balm (0.35 oz / 10.4 mL, sample) [MSRP CA$11.95 for 30 mL]
  • Curly Hair Solutions Curl Keeper Leave-In Conditioner (30 mL, sample) [MSRP US$18 for 240 mL]

Extra

  • Nova Scotia Fisherman online coupon for receiving free shipping and a sample (doesn’t say what product). The code doesn’t appear to be user-specific, so feel free to try it. It’s the first online code I’ve seen with spaces in it. Use code FREE SHIP AND SAMPLE at Nova Scotia Fisherman.

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