May 29, 2017

Topbox - May 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 May.

The prive options for this month were

Bella Aura Prive Topbox
Bella Aura, Purifying Cleanser - Beautiful skin starts here. This exclusive blend of exotic botanical oils cleanses the skin without stripping it of its natural moisture barrier.
Bella Aura, Instant Lifting Eye Contour - Our Multi-Functional Instant Lifting Eye Contour significantly reduces the appearance of multiple signs of aging.
Includes: Bella Aura, Purifying Cleanser (10mL deluxe sample x 1), Bella Aura, Instant Lifting Eye Contour (10mL deluxe sample x 1)

Cake Beauty Prive Topbox
This supremely hydrating formula renews and protects hands for immediate and long lasting results.
Includes: Cake Beauty, Heavy Cream Intensive Hand Repair Balm (30mL deluxe sample x 2)

DDM Cosmetics Prive Topbox
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.
Includes: DDM Cosmetics, Ultra Matte HD Kiss Proof Liquid Lipstick (full size x 1)

Doucce Prive Topbox
Doucce Mineral Matte Lipstick makes 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: Doucce, Mineral Matte Lipstick in Ancient Amber 904 (5g x 1)

Eyeko London Prive Topbox
Eyeko London Black Magic Mascara - Transform your lashes with our award-winning, best-selling mascara to create drama, volume, and curl with an extreme carbon black finish for a full bodied lash fringe.
Eyeko London Eye Do Liquid Eyeliner - The Eyeliner creates the perfect line to subtly accentuate the eye or create a dramatic cat eye look. Glides on over eye shadow and stays on even on the waterline.
Includes: Eyeko London, Black Magic Mascara (4mL deluxe sample x 2), Eyeko London, Eye Do Liquid Eyeliner (1.2g deluxe sample x 1)

Fragrance Prive Topbox
Elizabeth Arden, White Tea Eau de Toilette Spray - Elizabeth Arden White Tea is inspired by the simple pleasure that accompanies the first sip of tea. Exquisitely uncomplicated, this new fragrance invites you to revel in the moment. (1.5mL deluxe sample x 2)

Roberto Cavalli, Just Cavalli Parfum - Introduced in 2003 by Italian fashion house Roberto Cavalli, this women's fragrance is designed with its bright citrus neroli notes that are tempered with the lush warmth of the Tahitian tiare flower. (1.2mL deluxe sample x 1)

Uomo Salvatore Ferragamo Eau de Toilette Pour Homme Vaporisateur Natural Spray - An elegant embodiment of masculinity, where vibrant notes interplay with seductive gourmand ingredients: a potion of pure Italian style. (1.5mL deluxe sample x 1)

Reem Acra, Reem Acra Eau de Parfum Vaporisateur Spray - Reem Acra, Lebanese designer of glamourous wedding dresses with headquarters in New York, launches her first perfume in 2012 simply named Reem Acra Eau de Parfum. This fragrance reflects the designer's devotion to the classics and modern luxury and sophistication. (1.5mL deluxe sample x 1)

Calvin Klein Reveal - Reveal defines a new olfactive category: the solar oriental. A second-skin scent characterized by unexpected raw salt, luminous flowers, and warm woods, the fragrance hints at a play between relaxed sensuality and an undercurrent of addictive allure. (1.2mL deluxe sample x 1)

Jing Ai Prive Topbox
Give your lips a powerful dose of highly pigmented long lasting colour. The formula is infused with 100% natural macadamia seed oil, shea butter, and jojoba seed oil.
Includes: Jing Ai, Velvet Shine Lip Jewel in Champagne (full size x 1)

Luxie Prive Topbox
A thin brush with a rounded tip for the precise application of perfecting concealers.
Includes: Luxie, Rose Gold Concealer Brush 211 (1 brush)

MaskerAide Spotted! Prive Topbox
Introducing spotted! Anti-blemish clear spot patches to help minimize, detoxify and calm those pesky pimples.
Includes: Maskeraide, Spotted! (2 x 1 sheet with 12 clear patches x 3)

North American Hemp Co. Prive Topbox
North American Hemp Co., Soak It Up Moisturizing Shampoo - Drench your dried out locks in its Omega Fatty Acid rich formula containing chamomile extract and thermal algae to hydrate, repair split ends and add incredible shine.
North American Hemp Co., Soak It Up Moisturizing Conditioner - Restore your dry brittle hair to silky smoothness with Omega 3, 6 and 9 fatty acids, chamomile extracts and thermal algae. Provides the most moisture you can get in a daily conditioner.
North American Hemp Co., Linoleic  Line Lifting Face Cream - Your skin will feel more firm, elastic and hydrated for up to 24 hours with a youthful glow and smoother look.
North American Hemp Co., Face Off Face Wash - You can say so long to dry dead skin cells with this daily cleanser that gently cleanses to reveal a healthier, more radiant new you.
Includes: North American Hemp Co., Soak It Up Moisturizing Shampoo (15mL deluxe sample x 1), North American Hemp Co., Soak It Up Moisturizing Conditioner (15mL deluxe sample x 1), North American Hemp Co., Linoleic Line Lifting Face Cream (15mL deluxe sample x 1), North American Hemp Co., Face Off Face Wash (15mL deluxe sample x 1)

Teeez Cloud Nine Prive Topbox
The special finish is formulated to reflect the light, giving you a soft, alluring look that will last from am to pm. And the ultra slim brush utterly glides across your skin with impeccable precision. They're heaven to apply and the look is mega mysterious.
Includes: Teeez, Cloud Nine Eyeliner (full size x 1)

Teeez Desert Metals Prive Topbox
The Desert Metals Volume Mascara gives your lashes a full and flirty look. The formula is Paraben free, long lasting and smudge proof.
Includes: Teeez, Desert Metals Mascara (full size x 1)

I decided to pass on a prive box this month because nothing really stood out to me. So let's see what I received in my May Topbox.

For some reason I was sent the cardboard packaging even though I had requested an organza bag. Not a big deal, but I just feel as if it's a waste because I have no need for it. The pattern is really pretty though!

First glance - not too exciting.

Pureology - Hydrate Shampoo
Gently cleanse without stripping colour with this concentrated moisturizing shampoo. Sulfate-free formula with the exclusive Anti-Fade Complex delivers a rich lather while infusing hair with essential hydration. Full size is 250mL (they didn't include the pricing on this one)

Pureology - Hydrate Conditioner
Reveals soft, lustrous hair while protecting colour vibrancy with this luxurious, concentrated daily hydrating conditioner. The exclusive Anti-Fade Complex maximizes colour retention. Full size is 250mL for $33. Making this 50mL sample size worth about $6.60

I have so much shampoo and conditioner to get through, that I really didn't need this. I guess these sample sizes are great to have on hand through for travelling. Not that we have travel plans any time soon. Into the stash they go.

China Glaze Nail Lacquer in That'll Peach You
These unique lacquers contain China Clay as a nail hardener, the same material that gives porcelain its shiny finish. This is a full size bottle and retails for $10. 

I was excited to see China Glaze, but disappointed in the colour. There were a few other shades sent out like a nude-ish pink, and one in a mossy green. I would have preferred either one of those. This one is straight up orange, nothing peach about it.

Be Delectable - Hand Cream in Strawberry & Cream
Packed full of goodness, this ultra-nourishing hand cream is enriched with shea butter, coconut oil, and aloe vera, to smooth, nourish and rejuvenate hands and cuticles. Full size is 118mL and retails for $12. Making this sample size of 60mL worth about $6.12

I've received this in the past, but in a different scent. This is a nice, nourishing hand cream. Hopefully the strawberry and cream scent smells nice!

Purlisse - Blue Lotus and White Tea - Treatment Sheet Mask 
After cleansing skin, unfold mask and gently place on face. Relax and remove mask after 15-20 minutes. Don't rinse - let your skin absorb the essence by massaging the skin. Use 1-2 times a week. This sheet mask was valued at $8.

I use sheet masks all the time, and I've received this one in the past. I actually had one more in my stash, so I was happy to see this one. It makes my skin feel moisturized, and I'll definitely use it.

Dr. Roebuck's - Pure
The ultimate hydrator for sensitive skin, containing only 6 ingredients. A super rich face cream that calms, nourishes, and repairs. Perfect to enhance any serum when applied on top, as part of your skincare regime. Clinically tested for sensitive skin. 100mL retails for $54.95 which means this sample of 20mL is worth $10.99

I actually received this sample in my March 2017 Topbox. This was only included in my bag for the month because I emailed and complained about the value of the liquid lipstick I received last month for my $10 add on bonus. I'm glad they tried to fix the issue by sending another replacement product when they didn't really have to, the value is there, but... it would have been nice if they sent something they sent me already 2 months ago.

Overall, I'm not really impressed with this box. They are sending a lot of repeats. Theres only so many hand creams, and shampoos/conditioners someone needs at a time. Maybe this is a sign that I need to cancel soon. I might. I don't really want to because it's so affordable, and I just know they will come out with something good if I did cancel. I think I'm going to hold on for another month or two, and if I'm still feeling let down, I may cancel for a little bit.

Oh yeah! Not pictured - they sent everyone who didn't request a prive box, a colgate toothbrush. This brush has a hollow bottom, and you can insert this teeth whitening pen. Included in the package was the tooth whitening gel pen, and its expiring in June. Yup. 2 weeks away. Thanks for sending everyone expiring products? I mean it was an added free bonus and we shouldn't really complain, but it just looks bad.

Do you subscribe to Topbox? How did you feel about your box this month?

*This post contains referral links. Topbox is purchased by me with my own money - all opinions are my own*

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