November 2012 Topbox
After receiving my first Topbox last month and being a little disappointed, I wasn’t sure what to expect for this month. Topbox customer service had assured everyone that it was going to be a great month, but I still didn’t want to get too excited in case I was setting myself up for a let down.
When I’d received the email saying it had been delivered, I ran right down to the mail box to get it. It only took two days this time, instead of the 4 last month too, so that is always a bonus. 🙂
My husband was watching “Rumble in the Bronx” (an absolutely terrible Jackie Chan movie) in the living room in the dark, so I snuck in beside him on the sofa to open up my Topbox. It felt very dramatic, because I couldn’t see anything when I pulled the cap off. I reached in, pulled out my first item and………..was so freaking excited!
My first item was a deluxe perfume sample of Vera Wang’s “Lovestruck”. At 4ml this generous sample is the perfect size. I honestly never buy perfume because the bottles are so large and take absolutely forever to use up, I just can’t stand the same overpowering scent everyday. So I always love receiving perfume samples because I can keep variety in my life and never get tired of a certain fragrance. Lovestruck Floral Rush is a mainly floral scent, with soft hints of fruit and musk. The 50ml full size of this product sells for $79.00, meaning this sample is valued at $6.32. WIN!
I stuck my hand back inside and felt around….and thought to myself “is that a full-size nail polish?!?” as I pulled out “I’m Not Lion” from China Glaze’s On Safari Collection. I was SO stoked about this. There were two shades that I was really sad about missing out on from this collection this past fall. One being Exotic Encounter (a jade creme) and I’m Not Lion, this stunning glitter! I immediately started applying this one and ever since have been staring at the pretty glitter. China Glaze nail lacquers sell at salons for $8.00-$12.00, but you can pick them up at Sally Beauty Supply stores for about $5-$6. This polish however was limited edition and the best place to track it down now would be on Ebay if you are trying to find it. WIN!
At this point, I already felt like my Topbox was a winner, regardless of the next two items. But I dove back in and was graced with another amazing item. Out came a Pari Beauty Lip Paint in shade “Red”. At 4ml, this is almost full size (5.5ml for $14), which makes this sample valued at $10.18. I was excited to give this shade a go and see what the formula was like as I’ve never tried any of their products before. So the day after receiving it, I promptly tried it out. It went on creamy with great pigmentation and then proceeded to persist through my meals and look fabulous – no splotchy or patchy wear as the day went on. We are talking, I didn’t even need to touch up after lunch…ummmn what? AND it didn’t feel at all drying, which is a huge accomplishment this time of year when my lips tend to dry out very easily! BIG WIN!
For my last item, I was sure it was going to be a dud. But NO! I was pleasantly surprised with a good sized mascara sample of “They’re Real!” by benefit. I already have and love this mascara (follow this link for before and after pictures), so I will likely use it for an upcoming give-away But I still absolutely love that it was something I knew would be put to good use and is a product I’m happy to have. With the full size mascaras retailing for $29.00 this makes the value of this sample a whopping $9.67. WIN!
So if I total everything up, that means my samples are valued at about $32.00. This Topbox only cost me $10.00 plus taxes. Are you freaking kidding me? What a great deal! Thank you TOPBOX!
Given this amazing box I received for November 2012, I was definitely curious to see what other people got in their boxes and as I started snooping around, I was shocked to see so much variety. Completely different items. Looks like they really tailored the items to the individual’s beauty profile this month. My box was labelled “Box 21” meaning there were at least 21 different boxes going out and there could’ve been more. I really think that is fantastic!
Please note: Starting December 2012, they are increasing their price to $12.00 plus taxes (shipping is still free). I want you all to know that I feel no bitterness surrounding this price increase. When they started out a year ago, they only had products from 6 brands, now they have working relationships with over 40. Their customer service is fantastic too! They are quick to respond to your inquiries and are continually seeking feedback so they can make sure they are going in the right direction. If you are interested in becoming a Topbox subscriber, you can join the waiting list here.
Hope you guys found this interesting! And if you are one of my Canadian readers and are trying to decide whether you should sign up or not, leave your questions/concerns below and I will answer them to the best of my ability and try to help you get off the fence.
If you are already a subscriber of Topbox beauty boxes, let me know how this compares to your beauty box and what you thought of Topbox November 2012!
Thanks for reading 🙂