May 10, 2017

Topbox - April 2017

Topbox is probably the most affordable subscription service that I have ever subscribed to. It's only $12 a month, which means in Ontario it only comes to $13.56 after taxes. Super affordable. Especially for those who aren't looking to spend too much, while getting to try new brands. They usually only send sample sized products, and a lot of skincare. So if you're looking for mostly makeup, or full size items, I'd recommend Boxycharm instead. Or even Ipsy. There generally isn't a theme of the month either.

Each month we are given the opportunity to wish for a prive box. What that is, is a box featuring a specific brand. First let's take a look at what our prive options were for April.

The prive options for this month were

Biolage Prive Topbox
Biolage R.A.W. Recover Shampoo - with yucca & goji berry, helps restore shine to stressed, sensitized hair and leaves it feeling replenished.
Biolage R.A.W. Recover Conditioner - with Coriander Oil & Kaolin Clay helps restore stressed, sensitized hair for improved strength, shine, and bounce.
Includes: Biolage, R.A.W. Recover Shampoo (325mL x 1), Biolage, R.A.W. Recover Conditioner (325mL x 1)

Yves Saint Laurent Prive Topbox
Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat Blur Primer - evens the look of skin tone, blurs pores and fine lines, and helps your makeup last longer.
Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Mini Lipstick - gives lips luxurious, rich colour, with intense hydration and antioxidant care in just one stroke.
Yves Saint Laurent Mon Paris Eau de Parfum - introduces a new sparkling fragrance inspired by Paris, the cit of intense love. Red berries and pear immediately exude sensuality and femininity.
Yves Saint Laurent L'Homme Ultime Eau de Parfum - a woody aromatic with powerful elegance.
Includes: Touche Eclat Blur Primer x 1 (10mL deluxe sample), Rouge Pur Couture Lipstick Mini x 1, L'Homme Ultime Eau de Parfum x 1 (1.2mL), Mon Paris Eau de Parfum (1.2mL) x1

Mirabella Prive Topbox
Mirabella Velvet Lip Pencil - bold colour, lightweight feel. Moisturizing lip pencil glide on for a flawless pop of long-wearing colour. Preserves lip suppleness, elasticity, and tone.
Includes: Mirabella, Velvet Lip Pencil in Love Velvet (2.30g x 1)

Lashes by Hiba Prive Topbox
If you're up for anything, our Loca lashes are the pair for you. Your cat eye is on point, your look is fierce, and with these high-volume mink false eyelashes, you're unstoppable. Simple to apply, this lash set will upgrade your look from stunning to striking.
Includes: Lashes by Hiba in Loca (1 pair)

BareMinerals Prive Topbox
Lips look fuller and more voluptuous. An infusion of minerals revitalizes lips for a healthy-looking pout, while a moisture-loaded hydrating complex helps to nourish and condition with Abyssinian Oil and Omega Fatty Acids for supple, baby-soft smoothness.
Includes: bareMinerals, marvelous Moxie in Get Ready (1.5g deluxe sample x 1)

Jor'el Parker Prive Box
Intensely hydrates, protects, and deep cleanses your skin. Bring out your body's sparkling natural luster and tone with Fango Mud.
Includes: Jor'el Parker, Fango Mud Therapy (30mL deluxe sample x 2)

Mereadesso Prive Topbox
An all-in-one moisturizer, serum, primer, day cream, and eye cream. Made with 16 botanical extracts, 8 minerals and enzymes, and over 20 antioxidants from around the world. The Tinted All-in-One moisturizer acts as a concealer that helps even out your skin tone.
Includes: Mereadesso, Tinted all-in-one moisturizer (7mL deluxe sample x 2)

ModelCo Prive Topbox
BB Plus cream covers blemishes and imperfections, helps maintain hydration, corrects signs of dullness or fatigue and helps protect the skin from UV rays.
Includes: ModelCo, BB Plus Cream in Light (full size x 1)

Saint Cosmetics Prive Topbox
Highly pigmented velvety rich eye shadow infused with moisturizing jojoba and sunflower seed oil glides on smoothly blends effortlessly, and stays put all day.
Includes: Saint Cosmetics, Eye Shadow - Assorted (3.5g x 2)

Tarte Prive Topbox
A follow up to Tarte's best selling smolderEYES Amazonian Clay waterproof liner, this eyeliner is the trimmed down "skinny" version.
Includes: Tarte, Skinny smolderEYES Eyeliner in Green (full size x 1)

The Beauty Crop Prive Topbox
A long wearing creamy highlighting crayon that glides on like silk to highlight and accentuate your features, making you look effortlessly gorgeous like an amazonian stunner!
Includes: The Beauty Crop, Glamazon Stick Highlight Crayon (1.5g x 1)

As usual, nothing really stood out to me. I was kind of interested in the Biolage prive topbox, but I have so many other shampoos and conditioners to get through, that I decided to skip the prive and wish for a regular Topbox. So, this is what I received.

Topbox usually only comes with 4 products, but this month we were given the option of an add-on product for $10, so I chose to do that.

Cake - The 'Do Gooder Volumizing Dry Shampoo Spray
Spray generously into hair in sections, concentrating on scalp and roots. Lightly brush through.

This stuff smells great! I did a quick little spritz. I haven't used it though just because I'm trying to get through other dry shampoos, but I can't wait to use this one! Full size is 200mL and retails for $19. This sample size is 50mL, making it worth $4.75.

LA Ritzy Cosmetics - Lip Pencil
This creamy lip pencil can be worn alone or under your favourite lip gloss or lipstick for long-lasting colour.

This came in the colour retro red.

I find it looks a little more pink when it is swatched. I don't use lip liners too often, but this could be used as an all over colour as well. It will be nice when it cools down again for the Fall. This is a full size lip liner, retail price is $18.

Marcelle - New Age 3-in-1 Lumi Power
An invigorating multi-action gel cream anti-aging & anti-fatigue that smooths and hydrates skin with it's Radiance + HA complex, making skin visibly brighter and radiant. Perfect product for women with active lifestyle.

This sounds interesting! I know people hate getting skincare in these types of boxes, but I like it. You never know if you will find your next holy grail moisturizer. I'm excited to give this a try. Again, just trying to finish up another product. Full size retails for $32.45 and is 50mL. This sample is 7mL making it worth $4.54.

La Roche-Posay - Micellar Water Ultra
Use on a cotton. Ultra efficacy on make-up removal. Ultra gentle cleansing.

I'm excited for another micellar water. I've only tried Garnier and Bioderma so far. I don't use these as my main makeup remover, but they come in handy when doing swatches, or even to clean up during makeup application. Or to get that pesky mascara that just won't budge after cleansing your face twice. Anyway, these sizes are great for travelling, and I'm excited to try this as well! A full size bottle is 400mL and retails for $19.99. This travel size is 50mL which makes it worth about $2.50.

Finally, this last product was not a part of the regular bag, but as an added $10 bonus.

DDM Cosmetics - Ultra Matte HD Kiss Proof Liquid Lipstick in Christine
Sexy, bold, vibrant, creamy true-colour lipstick that will turn heads. Everyone will ask you where you got your lippy from! DDM LIQUID LIPSTICKS get the staying power of a stain and the intense colour of a matte liquid lipstick. Using exclusive prolong lip wear technology. This innovative HD Matte Liquid Lipstick formula saturates lips for full, coverage that is non-transferable, kiss proof won’t dry out or crack your lips.

I will say, this stuff does dry down to be very matte! It looks like a very wearable shade from the outside of the package.

The DDM cosmetics website recommends using two thick layers, but to be honest, I found one to be very drying and uncomfortable on my lips. The colour is a good every day colour, but to be honest... it's very similar to Colourpop - which is cheaper. This full size liquid lipstick retails on their website for $9.99, which isn't expensive, but there are similar alternatives for a lower price.

Overall, the value of this bag works out to be about $29.79, which isn't bad when the cost is $13 and some change. I enjoy seeing these in my mailbox every month, but I think I'm going to skip out on the $10 beauty add-ons from now on. The last time I received one, was the purity make-up remover wipes... that value was $21... and now they are starting to send cheaper items, that nobody really likes. Anyway, this had a decent value without the add-on, and I'm excited to try the skincare items! I would like the add though that the Marcelle product came with a $3 off coupon, that expired in January. Which is kind of a let down if you really like the product and was looking forward to buying the full size.

*I purchased this subscription with my own money. All opinions are of my own. This post contains referral links*

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