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Topbox’s First “Prive Box” – Clinique

Clinique Prive Box, January 2013 Topbox

A couple of months ago Topbox announced that they would be adding a Prive Box to their offerings.  The Prive Box is a beauty box featuring products all from one brand, Topbox members would be able to see the box ahead of time and decide if they wanted the Prive Box that month, or the regular mystery box.  For January though, as their first Prive Box, it would be a surprise and everyone was to get one.  No one knew who the brand was ahead of time or what would be inside.

So when I saw the little cylindrical box in my mail box last week, I wasn’t sure what to expect.  I unwrapped the brown shipping paper to find personalized paper featuring the name of a high-end brand – Clinique.

Clinique Prive Box - January 2013 Topbox

In Canada, Clinique is available at both Sephora and department stores and generally speaking costs a pretty penny.  The only time I purchase Clinique is during the bonus time’s where you spend a certain amount of money and get a beauty bag for free.  So, over the years I’ve ended up with a variety of Clinique samples, some of which I’ve used until they were gone, others I have hardly touched.  But nevertheless I was happy to see a well known brand in January’s Topbox and knew before opening it, that the value would be there this month.

My shipment didn’t have a tag # this month, so I’m not sure what box # I received.  But it was definitely customized for my combination skin.  Let’s take a closer look at what was inside:

Repairwear Laser Focus

Clinique Topbox

Said to be “A second chance for skin against sun damage and wrinkles.  At 12 weeks, the visible wrinkle-reducing power is remarkably close to a dermatological laser procedure.  63% to be exact.”  I guess that is how it gets its name.  I actually received this exact sample in my last Clinique Bonus Time beauty bag (months ago) and I haven’t even given that one a try.  So it will likely be some time before this seal gets cracked, but at least I have it for when I need it.  And honestly I probably should start incorporating these types of products into my regular routine.  This wrinkle and UV damage protector is 7mL in size.  The full size (30mL) retails for $57.00 CAD which makes this sample valued at $13.30.

Clarifying Lotion 3

Clinique Topbox (Prive - January box)

Part of Clinique’s 3-step skin care program this is actually for step 2 (the 3 refers to the skin type).  This is to be used after you wash your face and before you apply your moisturiser.  Again, this is my second time receiving a sample of this.  I received a larger sample (double the size actually) of this quite a while ago during a Bonus Time and still use it a few times a week.  So it’s nice to know that I won’t need to rush out and a buy a new one.  I can use this up as well…  This sample is 30mL in size and with the full size being 200mL and retailing for only $16.00 this puts this sample’s value at  just $2.40.

Rinse-Off Eye Makeup Solvent

Clinique Topbox offerings - January Prive Box 2013

This eye makeup solvent is to be used for quick removal or quick change.  It says that it leaves no oily residue so fresh makeup adheres immediately.  To me, that sounds like MAC’s Pro Eye Makeup Remover (the purple bottle) which is okay for some products, but won’t work well on anything with waterproof or waterproof like formulas (because of the lack of oil).  If you’ve tried this product already, let me know what you think of it below?  I’m curious about it and I have no doubt I will try it.  But considering I have both an oil-free and waterproof makeup remover on the go right now, I don’t have an immediate use for it.  This sample is the largest sample in the January Topbox, at 60mL.  The full size is 125mL and retails for $25.00, making this sample valued at an even $12.00.

Color Surge Eye Shadow Duo in 02 Like Mink

Clinique Topbox

Clinique Prive Box, by Topbox

This neutral toned eye shadow duo contains two “go-together” shades in a chrome slide compact.  I’m not sure how much use I will get out of this, given that I am such an eye shadow hoarder and already have far too many, but it can’t hurt to try it out…I just need to remember I have it.  🙂  The full size 2.5g version of this product retails for $25.00, so this 1.6g sample is valued at $16.00.

Total value of January 2013 Prive Box featuring Clinique = $43.70.  Not bad for a $12.00 investment.

Clinique Prive Box for January 2013

Overall, for this month, I see myself using 2, maybe three of the products regularly and can’t really say that I’m disappointed, but I can’t say that I’m super excited about it either.  Just sort of content with it I guess.  The value is there, the products are definitely high quality and generally speaking I love Clinique.  There just wasn’t anything in this box that put a giant smile on my face that I couldn’t wait to try out.  It’s just a variety of useful high-end products.  But really, that is good enough for me!  If you’d like to sign up to become a Topbox member, you can.  It is $12.00 a month with free shipping and you can cancel at any time.  Join here.

For February, they are featuring three different Prive Boxes.  One of which contains the highly sought after brand benefit.  They don’t have enough for everyone though, so I believe the people who receive it will be selected randomly from the people who requested it.  Should be interesting…I really hope I am lucky enough to get one!

Were you happy with your Beauty Boxes this month?

I signed up for Ipsy as well, so I should be receiving my first glam bag from them soon!   Can’t wait!



To see what I’ve received in my last few Topboxes, feel free to follow these links:

October 2012 Topbox

November 2012 Topbox

December 2012 Topbox

It’s Back! Clinique Bonus Time!

Winter 2012 Gift with Purchase from Clinique

Let’s start out by saying that I’m a sucker for “gift with purchase” programs, in this case what they like to call “Clinique Bonus Time”…which is why, once a year I go out of my way to buy Clinique product.  Right now, at The Bay they have their program where if you spend $28.50 or more, you get a free gift with a retail value over $70.  What I love about this, is it allows me to try new things without investing in them upfront and having to purchase full size products. So let’s take a look and see what I actually purchased:

Best Clinique Mascara, Hot Pink Lipstick by Clinique

I purchased Clinique’s High Impact Mascara.  This is actually a product I got a sample size of in a “free gift with purchase” of Clinique’s a couple of years ago and I absolutely love it.  I did end up buying it before and when I ran out I never picked it up again because I already had so many mascaras on the go.  But now, I figured it was the perfect opportunity to repurchase it, seeing as I needed to get to my $28.50 anyways.  I also opted for a very bright pink lipstick – Watermelon.  It is definitely brighter than I would normally wear, but I am hoping I can pull this off in the Spring.  If I put it on with no other makeup, it looks ridiculous, so I am hoping that with hair done, contacts in and some eye makeup it will be a little less terrifying! Best Mascara by Clinique

I did have a hard time getting the camera to capture the colour I was actually seeing on my lips, so I am posting both an image with no flash and one with flash.  Watermelon Lipstick Swatch with no flashWatermelon Lipstick Swatch with flash

So, by purchasing one mascara and one lipstick, I got my gift with purchase.  Right now they have two options.  They come with all of the same products, just different shades to choose from for the eyeshadow and lipsticks.  I went with the “purple” one and there was a “brown” one as well.  I figured I would get more use out of the lipsticks from the purple gift.  It is really nice that you are able to select what colours work best with your complexion and something you actually see yourself using.

Winter 2012 Gift with Purchase from Clinique

What they’ve included:

  • Carrying Case
  • Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion (Step 3 of their 3 step program)
  • Turnaround Overnight Radiance Moisturizer
  • Repairwear Laser Focus (Wrinkle & UV Damage Corrector)
  • Colour Surge Eyeshadow Duo in Blackberry Frost with Smoldering Plum Blush
  • Full Size “A Different Grape” Lipstick
  • Full Size “Heather Moon” Long Last Lipstick

Clinique Winter 2012 Gift with Purchase ProductClinique Winter 2012 Gift with Purchase Product

I also wanted to take a special look at the lipsticks so you guys can see what they look like on.

Clinique Winter 2012 Gift with Purchase Product

Clinique Winter 2012 Gift with Purchase Product

Heather Moon Long Last Lipstick by Clinique

Clinique Winter 2012 Gift with Purchase Product

A Different Grape Lipstick by Clinique

I am pleased with the package I got during Clinique’s Bonus Time – I have no doubt I will get use out of the moisturizers and lipsticks.  So, if you like what you see, head into your nearest Clinique counter before it’s too late!