Saturday, November 17, 2012

November 2012 Topbox - Unboxing and Review

This month's Topbox was definitely more to my liking! There were a lot of variations this month but I feel Topbox did a pretty good job making sure the boxes were reasonably equitable among subscribers. For reference, I received BOX-17.



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

1. China Glaze Nail Lacquer in Elephant Walk

A few months ago, I saw many Loose Button subscribers receive a China Glaze nail polish from the On Safari collection in their fall Luxebox and I really liked most (if not all) of the shades! My favourite of the bunch was definitely Elephant Walk so I was very happy when I received this very colour in my November Topbox! This is a cool-toned grey that leans a little blue and/or green in certain lighting. It's got barely detectible shimmer in it (I didn't even realize there was any shimmer until I looked at the bottle very closely).

Impressions: Now that I've tried this shade, I was not loving it as much as I thought I would. The grey is a little too cool and I feel it's not that flattering on my skin tone. The formulation was thicker than normal so it became a little goopy to apply. That being said, I am still happy I received this product.



Full Size & Sample Size // 14 mL // $7.75 (card says $10 to $12 but it's available on Nail Polish Canada for $7.75)



2. Roberto Cavalli Eau de Parfum

Hmmm, I'm pretty sure I indicated on my last Topbox survey that I was allergic to perfume yet I still received this sample. It appears all subscribers received a fragrance this month... gone are the good ole days when Topbox did not sample fragrances. I really love miniature perfume bottles though and this one is very pretty! The box it came in ain't too shabby either.

This fragrance is described as an amber floral scent and here are the notes:

Top Notes... Pink Peppercorn - Green Mandarin
Heart Notes... Orange Flower - Mirabelle Plum
Base Notes... Roasted Tonka Beans - Benzoin Laos
(Source)

I think I read somewhere that this scent was inspired by actress and model, Elisa Sednaoui.

Impressions: I've only worn this fragrance once but it didn't give me a scent headache so that was definitely a relief! The scent is a little too mature and spicy for me as I normally gravitate towards lighter, fresher, and more citrusy scents. I thought this fragrance was ok - it was definitely not my favourite but the scent did not bother me.

full size // 50 mL // $80
sample size // 5 mL // approximate value of $8




3. Cuccio Naturale Pomegranate & Fig Butter Blend

When I initially pulled out this product, I thought it was a full sized lip balm. I was a little disappointed in the sample size when I saw that it was actually a cream. It's intended for hand, feet, and body so I guess it's a decent sample size for a hand cream. I've never heard of this brand and a quick visit to the website revealed that the company was founded in 1999 and was apparently the first natural nail, hand, and foot care treatment product line. The company is based in California.

Impressions: I wasn't sure how to open this product at first and eventually figured you have to cut off the skinny part of the little nib on the tip of the tube so you can squeeze the product out. I was so surprised by how much I loved the scent of this product! It smells fruity, sweet, and refreshing. :) This is a great hand cream - I really like the texture - it is non-greasy and absorbs quickly. It makes my hands feel very soft. I'm considering buying the full size, which apparently will be available on the Topbox online shop (not yet listed at the time of this post).

full size // 240 g // $18.95
sample size // 9.24 g // approximately $0.73




4. Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes

I used to not like receiving eye liners in my beauty boxes because I never really wore eye liner. Lately though, I've been loving the look of tight-lined eyes so I was a little more excited than normal to receive this MUFE sample. I couldn't find the shade of the eye liner at first but now I see it's the 0L (Mat Black) shade. This sample looks really tiny but it's actually 62.5% of the full size!

Impressions: This eye liner is very creamy and I enjoyed trying it. I've worn it around 2-3 times (tight-line) and it held up pretty well except it smudged pretty badly under my eye the first time I wore it (maybe I rubbed my eyes?). I still prefer the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil though. :)

full size // 0.04 oz // $20
sample size // 0.025 oz // approximately $12.50




When I first opened the Topbox, I wasn't blown away mainly because of the sample sizes (they took up less than half the tube). However, after taking a closer look at the products and trying them out, I realized they were actually all decent sizes for the most part and very good products. Overall, I am happy to say that I am quite happy with my November Topbox! :)



// Approximate value of the products in the November 2012 Topbox: $28.98 //

What version of the Topbox did you receive this month? What did you think of the samples?

If you wish to join Topbox through my invitation, I will earn a credit and send heaps of good karma your way!

FTC: I purchased this Topbox with my own money.

34 comments:

  1. I love the nail color you got! It'll be great when spring comes around too :)!

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    1. thank you!! the colour is starting to grow on me... initially, i didn't like it much but after seeing it in the video, i thought maybe it isn't as bad as i thought... :)

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  2. You got a completely different box than I did! I enjoyed hearing your thoughts about the products

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    1. oooh, off to read your post now!!! :)

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  3. it's too bad the nail color didn't live up to your expectations! hate when that happens!

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    1. i always tend to hype up products in my mind... the shade is starting to grow on me a little but it's still nowhere near how much i *thought* i would love it.

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  4. I'm really disappointed that I received perfume too. My box included China Glaze in elephant walk as well (I'm on the fence about the colour at the moment), Vera Wang perfume-not in a cute bottle like yours --just a loooong version of a regular sample, they're real mascara from benefit and red lip gloss from Pari. My box last month was missing the mask, so they sent that too, which I'm dying to try! Overall, a pretty good box I thought.

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    1. i received the benefit mascara in a previous box and i've been using it as my everyday mascara. i thought the red lip gloss from pari was really pretty. glad you received the missing mask - it was probably my favourite product in last month's topbox, even before trying it haha.

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  5. Invite me both at luxebox and top box.. joanna.ropero@mail.utoronto.ca.. Thanks!

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    1. i don't subscribe to luxebox so i don't have an invitation but i'll send you one for topbox (there is a 3-6 month waiting list though...)

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  6. Too bad about the polish color not being the best! The eyeliner was nice though, I really like MUFE liners.

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    1. the good thing about the nail polish is it's holding up pretty well (only one chip but that's because i'm very rough with my hands). i've been wearing the mufe liner every day and i've been really liking it!! :)

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    2. Haha I'm rough with my hands too, my nails get chipped within a few hours of doing them :( No idea how though!

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  7. I receive box #11 which included:
    Benefit - They're Real! Mascara
    China Glaze - Jungle Queen
    Vera Wang - Lovestruck Floral Rush (long bottle sample)
    Pari Beauty - Lip paint

    I have no complaints with this box :)

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    1. jungle queen looks like such a pretty colour!! i would have been very happy to try the pari beauty lip paint! :)

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    2. I got box21 but it had all the same stuff as 11! The only difference is that I got the I'm not lion nail polish, which I love! Definitely super pleased with this box!

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    3. box 21 sounds amazing! "i'm not lion" is such a pretty colour (i love the name too)... :)

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    4. The nail polish is sooo pretty! One coat looks great over a solid colour, two coats makes a really nice solid glitter.

      The only issue I've discovered is with the lip paint. It goes on CRAZY thick and really red. I just need to find something to mix it with pre-application!

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  8. I saw in your other box review that you have a bunny! I do too, a lionhead! :)

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    1. yay a bunny buddy!! truffle is such a sweet bunny... we love him. :) lionheads are sooo cute!!! what's your bun's name and what colour is he (or she)?

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    2. his name is oslo! he is babyyy, such a social butterfly. he is black with dark grey paws and his lion mane is black with grey tips haha a little fashionista

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    3. ooooh oslo is such a great name - your bunny sounds so cute!!! truffle loves to be pet and will nudge us or put his paws on us when we're not paying attention to him haha.

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  9. I got the same box minus the eyeliner, kind of jealous! I received box 8.

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    1. did you get the benefit mascara instead of the liner? the mascara is a pretty good sample too (i got it in a previous box)...

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  10. I am waiting for mine still! I am praying that I don't get Elephant Walk because I already have it from my Luxe Box...I know what you mean though about the colour. It's alright, but my skin tone is like yours so I wouldn't be wearing it all the time.

    The MUFE pencil is pretty awesome though! I love the MUFE Aqua Line so much!

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    1. i'm definitely enjoying the liner. :) what number box did you get? i *think* elephant walk is only in box 17... anyway, crossing my fingers for you that you get another shade!

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  11. I got box 19 which was the same except I received "I Herd That" as the nail polish shade. I'm pretty happy with it!

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    1. i herd that is so pretty!! i love the name too haha. :)

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  12. Same box but I got Jungle Queen! Love!

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    1. i may have to pick up a bottle of jungle queen... i've heard such good things about it!!

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  13. I absolutely love the butter cream! I wish it was a bigger size! definitely going to purchase a full size. The smell is amazing and lingers faintly for hours. And I actually love the little end - especially with hand creams you never need much and I tend to "over pour" so definitely thought it was a great product! Although I absolutely loved this entire box!! for $12 I certainly cannot complain! I do however plan to use the perfume as a stocking stuffer! lol

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    1. i know, right?! i am forever sniffing my hands after i put on that cream. the product is now available for pre-order on the topbox website... looks like it's $20 for around 240 ml, which seems pretty reasonable. :)

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  14. can you send me an invite to top box? jmvnn@yahoo.ca
    I wanted to know your opinion on comparing all of the subscription boxes and which one you thought was overall the best.. I generally buy higher end make up (sephora) so what do you suggest I should subscribe to?
    Thanks xox

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    1. done! i just sent you an invite. :)

      i used to like topbox the best but now i have to say that starbox (based in los angeles) is probably my favourite now. it's a little more expensive ($15 plus around $4.50 for shipping to canada) but you get 3-4 very good quality full size make-up products in every box. otherwise, i would say topbox is probably your best bet because the brands featured are usually more high end... versus glossybox, which includes a lot of drug store brands... and glymm, which includes very small samples of mostly niche brands.

      i will send you a copy of this reply to your e-mail address too. i hope this helps! let me know if you have any additional questions. :)

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