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.


  1. Ohhhhh I got the same box and I loved it too! I'm a new subscriber but I didn't get the shampoo and conditioner duo. Maybe this will change in future boxes.

    I'm so disappointed that you didn't manage to get the pouch yet! I would've loved to see what the pouch looks like. I really hope it's like a mini motorcycle bag but most likely I think it will be a drawstring bag. Which store did you go to?
    I did like my box but then again this was my first box so maybe I was overly excited! Did you get a card for a complimentary cosmetic pouch from Holt Renfrew?

    Here's my review

    1. I'm glad to hear you loved your first topbox! Yes, I received the Holt Renfrew card for a free cosmetic pouch but they didn't have them when I tried to pick one up. The sales associate called me today and said the pouches are en route to the store so hopefully I will get one soon! Off to check out your review :)

    2. Just wanted to let you know that I got my pouch!!! It was bigger than I thought!

      Here are the pics. I got it at Yorkdale so maybe yours will be ready soon!

  2. Please update us when you get the pouch :)

    1. yes, i definitely will! holt renfrew called me on the weekend and said the pouches are en route so hopefully they will be available soon. :)

    2. here's the pouch! it's cute!

    3. i noticed this post on facebook today and i agree... the pouch is super cute!!! holt's hasn't called me yet (argh) but i think i will drop in tomorrow to see if i can pick mine up.

  3. Nice items! I'm curious about that makeup pouch though...

    1. thanks! i'm curious about it too... i wish it had been available on friday!

  4. Such a great post. Love the products!

    Have a great week!


    New post - Bonton Look!

  5. i got the same box, im going to head to holts on wednesday after class ... fingers crossed they'll have the makeup pouch

    1. oooh, let me know if they have them... i'm hoping they'll call me by then as i'm out of town thursday and friday...

  6. I'm a new subsciber! I didn't get that Philosophy product or Balenciaga. BOO. I only got 4 products, one being the Redken shampoo/conditioner. =(

    1. i got the redken samples in my march topbox but they are probably my favourite shampoo & conditioner i've received from any of the beauty boxes. i will be purchasing them if i ever finish all the stuff i have stockpiled at home haha!

  7. I still have to try the mascara! I use to use Purity. It was great while it lasted but it's expensive.

    1. i don't think i will be purchasing purity... i prefer my drug store cleanser and it's only a fraction of the price!


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