Saturday, September 15, 2012

September Topbox - 2012

This month's Topbox was a lot lighter than last month and it definitely wasn't jam-packed with samples but it still kept its promise of providing 4 deluxe size luxury samples. I really liked this month's Topbox.



Here is what i received (in order of appearance in the video):

1. Benefit They're Real! Mascara

I'm always happy when I receive a Benefit product and this was no exception... even though I have tons of mascara in my collection that I still need to try. I've read good reviews about this product so I was glad to be able to try it without shelling out money for the full size. This is a black mascara with a large synthetic brush.

Impressions: I really like this mascara! It does not clump or transfer or smudge. The first coat lengthened my lashes. The second coat volumized and further lengthened my lashes. Sometimes I have trouble with the second coat getting clumpy but I had no issues with this mascara. My curl lasted all day with this mascara and I imagine I could have built it up for an even more dramatic look (which I will try tomorrow). Overall, I am very pleased with this product.

full size // 8.5 g // $29
sample size // 3 g // approximate value of $10.24




2. Balenciaga Paris L'Essence Eau de Parfum

I'm not crazy about receiving fragrance samples but I love Balenciaga handbags so much that I totally got googly-eyed when I pulled this product out of my Topbox. To me, this fragrance has a fresh and floral scent. The official notes are below.

Notes... Violet leaves - Vetiver - Woody Notes

Impressions: I wore this fragrance on my wrists and behind my ears and the scent lasted all day. I got a whiff of the fragrance every time I ran my fingers through my hair and it caught my attention each time because it's so different from anything I've used or tried. I really like this scent and find it mild yet long lasting. I find this to be a very feminine and high quality scent.

full size // 50 mL // $110
sample size // 4 mL // approximate value of $8.80




3. Philosophy Purity Made Simple

I've read so many things about this cleanser but I've never actually tried it so I was excited to receive this in my Topbox.

Impressions: When I first smelled this cleanser, I really liked the scent... but after applying it to my face, I detected an underlying medicinal scent. The cleanser was gentle yet worked well - even on my eye makeup when I tried it this evening - but it felt a little more drying on my skin than my other cleansers.

full size // 90 mL // $13
sample size // 30 mL // approximately $4.33




4. M. Asam Vino Gold Perfect Teint

This is the third M. Asam product I've received from my beauty boxes but I don't mind in the slightest because I've really enjoyed trying these samples. I love the scent and, while I haven't used this primer on my face yet, it seems to smooth out the lines on the back of my hand. I will provide an update once I've used this product a few times.

full size // 50 mL // $42
sample size // 5 mL // approximately $4.20




5. Exclusive Topbox Member Offer

This month's Topbox included an offer to receive a complementary Balenciaga Paris cosmetic pouch. I was very excited about this promotion so I headed to my local Holt Renfrew this very morning. Unfortunately, the sales associate and manager had not received "any direction yet" on what to do with this offer so I had to leave the store empty handed. They said they would set one aside for me so I provided them with my name (and the card) and I'm hoping they will call me soon. This isn't the first time I've had an issue with Holt Renfrew promos so I can't say I was surprised.

Edited to add: I was very pleased with the customer service at Holt Renfrew! I got a prompt call on the weekend about the pouches being en route and I was able to pick up my bonus today! Click here for a review.

The offer card had the product information on the other side so I'm glad I took a photo of it before I turned the card over to the Holt Renfrew sales associate.



Overall, I was very happy with this month's Topbox. Although there were no full size products, the sample sizes were all pretty generous. I really liked all the brands that were featured this month. There were a couple of items I've been meaning to try (the Benefit mascara and the Purity cleanser) and I was excited about all the items I received.

Topbox promised subscribers at least one make-up sample every month starting in the fall but I hope we will have some more variety - mascara seems to be included very often in these subscription boxes. I'd love to have something with a little colour!



// Approximate value of the products in the September 2012 Topbox: $27.57 //

I've read some mixed reactions about this month's Topbox. I believe new subscribers may have received some samples that were included in previous boxes (such as the Redken shampoo & conditioner duo). This happened to me as well when I first started receiving Topbox but I was still okay with it because I liked the products. Did you receive a September Topbox? If so, what were your thoughts?

FTC: I paid for this box and nothing was sent to me for free.

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