Topbox is STILL Top Box

Topbox. The most amazing beauty subscription service. The best. My favorite. Phenomenal. Their customer service is always A+. Their products are high end. And they have wonderful little bonuses that you can take part in (like a “wishlist” for a Prive Topbox; a special brand exclusive box!!).

So who or what is Topbox? It’s a Canadian beauty subscription service that sends 4 personalized items to your mailbox. And it’s only $12 CAD!! That’s it! No shipping. No handling. No hidden fees (you just pay the GST/PST applicable in your province). You can chose to get your subscription sent in a printed tube that is adorable and totally reusable. Or an eco friendly organza bag. Every month I continue to be amazed by the high end samples I receive: Deborah Lippmann, Buxom, Estee Lauder, Lancome, Benefit, The Balm, Eyeko, Elizabeth Arden, … I could keep going, but you get my point.

For the last three months, Topbox has been pushing all of my happy buttons. It’s like my subscription keeps getting better! Here’s my summer Topbox breakdown!!

May Topbox

For May’s box, all subscribers had the option to add on a $10 Beauty Surprise. I opted in. You never know what you are going to get, it could be a product worth $15 CAD or one worth well over $100 CAD. My surprise this month came from Bobbi Brown. I found this so ironic because I had just had my first Bobbi Brown experience EVER, in April, at Nordstrom’s Beauty Trend Event. And it wasn’t a great first impression. I feel like I was gifted a do over!!

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The Bobbi Brown box came complete with my choice of makeover at Bobbi Brown in Holt Renfrew, a coupon for a free mini Instant Long Wear Makeup Remover, and five mini BB products.

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I’m very excited to have an opportunity for another makeover from Bobbi Brown. I would love the second chance to fall in love with a different, new to me, makeup brand. I also got a nice range of samples and minis. This will allow me to play my way and get a better feel for the products.

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The products I received:

• Soothing Cleansing Oil
• Smokey Eye Mascara
• Hydrating Eye Cream
• High Shimmer Lip Gloss
• Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner Sample Card (includes Black Ink and Steel Ink)

This box is currently being sold in the Topbox Shop for $27 CAD. So at $10 CAD for a beauty add on, I would say it was a great surprise!!

This was just my add on! I also got my regular monthly Topbox. I didn’t “wish” for any of the offered Prive boxes this month. I chose the regular Topbox with surprise contents.
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The products I received:

The Face Shop Herb Day Cleansing Foam Aloe – The Face Shop has recently been brought to my attention. I have seen their products popping up and then I found a retail location in passing. So I’m beyond thrilled to have some products to try. The Face Shop is a South Korean based beauty company. They have a wide range of skin care (and makeup?) products available. I plan to visit the store soon to get a closer look!! About this product, from The Face Shop, “This cleanser will leave your skin supple and soft to the touch. Its formula is enriched with aloe and its soft foaming texture soothes irritated skin and provides the epidermis with intense hydration.”
The Face Shop Seaweeds Moisturizing Pack – The perfect follow up for the Aloe Cleanser! “This sleeping pack contains seaweed extract, providing vitality and moisture to tired and dry skin.” These products compliment each other so well. I’m thrilled to have them both. You get a much better feel for a brand and their products when you can try a few things from their line. #teamwork
Medusa’s Makeup Eyeshadow – This shadow is a mineral shadow. It is highly pigmented and glittery. Perfect for an intense eye on a big night out. I’m loving the smoky grey shade. It seems ipsy always sends me the champagne shades and Topbox sends me the smoky grey shades (see April’s Topbox). I’m starting to crave a little variety though!! I’m excited to have an eyeshadow to try from Medusa’s Makeup. I was extremely surprised (I’m a great way) with the Lipgloss I received in a past Topbox.
D:fi Reshapable Spray – This is a styling spray. Much like a flexible hairspray. You can use it on dry or wet hair to reshape or maintain style. It’s very versatile. Perfect for travel or the office … or your purse. Basically, anywhere that you are on the go and could need (or want) a style change.
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All together now. So many great products to sample and try for May!! It’s hard to believe that June got even better

June Topbox

As if May’s Topbox wasn’t amazing enough, June came with a HUGE surprise bonus! I was 1 of 500 (very lucky) women who were chosen to try 3 FULL SIZE Vichy products for FREE. It appears to me that our Topbox personalized quiz answers might have been taken into consideration, as different women got different product lines. The product line I received, Idealia, fits my skin concerns exactly!! The products were sent out in collaboration with Topbox, Vichy, and Lou Lou Magazine. Click Here to read my in depth review and personal skin story on the Vichy Idealia line.
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In addition to the (ah-MAZE-ing) BONUS, I still received my monthly Topbox. Again, I opted out of any Prive Topbox options.
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The products I received:

Deborah Lippmann Luxurious Nail Color – This is the second Deborah Lippmann nail color that I have received (see April’s Topbox). The shade is different so I’m assuming that means it isn’t considered a repeat item. Not that I would complain anyways, I mean it’s a FULL size DL polish. I also received a coupon for a complimentary Smooth Operator Nail File from Holt Renfrew. Yes!!!
Paula’s Choice Clinical KP Treatment Cloths – I suffer from KP. And I hate it. Being fair, I feel the redness and bumps are always super obvious. If I get cold they can turn purple hued. This is a product that I didn’t know existed and am thrilled to have found (been sent). Unfortunately, I need to actually use these clothes long term to tell you if they work, but I can tell you that I felt a reduction in redness after only one use. Side note, if you also have KP, coconut oil works amazing at helping to clear it up. I’m starting a routine with these cloths, followed by slathering on some coconut oil.
Buxom Show Some Skin Weightless Foundation – I love Buxom. It’s one of my top five favorite brands. I’m thrilled to have this sample of foundation shades to try and find my perfect match. My only negative is that I received this sample for free from Sephora. I would be lying if I said I wasn’t disappointed in the sample size given that I pay for this subscription service.
Fruits & Passion Aloe Face Mask – How interesting that I received a Fruits & Passion Aloe Face Mask a month after I received The Face Shop products (The Face Shop locations replaced the Fruits & Passion locations). I also received a coupon for a face treatment FREE from Fruits & Passion. Except there are no longer Fruits & Passion locations in my province. I could order online, but it seems pointless to pay for shipping on such a small item. I don’t see myself using the coupon unless I surprise myself with a trip across eastern Canada. The Aloe mask is made to hydrate and refresh skin. It is a single use sheet mask. I haven’t used this mask yet as I intend to use it in Mexico, in August, on my sun drenched skin. What could be a better, travel friendly, soothing, DIY, face treatment?!!?

Another killer month. I’m starting to wonder what miracles Topbox has hidden up their tiny $12 sleeves …

July Topbox

For July, Topbox was offering (again) their $10 Beauty Surprise Add On. This time (for the first time ever) I chose not to partake. This was a budget based decision, not a preference. I have yet to see a bad beauty surprise. I’m not sure what the “surprises” were for July but I saw a few Instagram shots of a 4 pack of Marsk Mineral Eyeshadows and a Yaby Palette, I’m sooo jealous!!

I (once again) chose the Regular Topbox. I have yet to not like a single box. And I love the surprise!!

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The products I received:

OFRA Cosmetics Universal Eyebrow Pencil – Yes!! Another OFRA product. And brows are definitely having their moment in the spotlight. Being a natural blonde, I was worried about how “universal” this product would actually be. However, how heavy you apply the pencil, determines the shade. Even applied with a very light hand, the color is still a bit darker than I’m used to. Not over the top darker, just a few shades darker. I’m excited to have a shade to make my brows big and bold when the mood strikes. Also, it’s full size!!
Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat – Another full size item. Another GREAT item. Another reason to continue my love affair with Topbox. I don’t own this but I always see it at my nail salon. I love that it is fast dry. Perfect for my busy lifestyle. The formula adheres, through the color, to the base coat for a flawless durable finish.
St. Tropez Gradual Tan Everyday Body Medium/Dark – St. Tropez is everybody’s favorite self tanning brand. I have already owed and tried this exact product. I loved it. And I love that I now have more. A perfect item for these summer months! This is a daily (gradual) self tanner. It not only gives you a bronzed look, but it also has super nourishing skin benefits.
Bare Minerals Lash Domination Volumizing Mascara – This mascara is “10-in-1”. It is volumizing, lengthening, thickening, separating, and long-wearing. It has an exclusive “ProTwist180 Wand” that is spiraled 180 degree. It curves around each lash to coat from ALL angles. The formula contains nourishing minerals and quinoa protein complex. I’m very excited to try this mascara as I love many other Bare Minerals products.

July’s Topbox might be my favorite one EVER. Each item was a 10/10 on the “fuck yes”, “impress me” scale. But honestly, it’s a tough call. It’s like they know me. Every box thrills me. Every item has been awesome.

If you are interested in subscribing to Topbox, comment and I’ll send you my referral link via invitation email!! Unfortunately for some of you, they only offer their subscribtion to Canadians at this time. But if you are a Non Canadian, you can just continue drooling over my reviews! ♡♡♡

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Sweet, Sweet Summer

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Ipsy’s July sneak peeks are here!!! And the theme is Summer Lovin’. And I’m lovin’ this theme!!! It so bright and fun. The perfect compliment to June’s Swim into Beauty theme.

☆ EMAIL SNEAK PEEK
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☆ EARLY ACCESS SNEAK PEEK
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Every ipster will get one of these fabulous summer products with their July bag!

Products Are:
▪ TARTE Amazonian Clay Waterproof Bronzer
▪ Essie Nail Polish
▪ AURORA Gel Effect Nail Polish
▪ Nude Stix Magnetic Eye Color
▪ Teeez Trend Cosmetics Love Triangle Lipstick
▪ Jelly Pong Pong Cosmetics 2-in-1 Shadow/Liner

Some great summer products! I will happily take the Nude Stix (I’m dying to try any of their products) or the Tarte Bronzer (even though I already own and love it).

☆ SNEAK PEEK VIDEO
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I love watching the behind the scenes peek into the monthly ipsy themes. If you haven’t seen the video yet, Click Here to watch it. The ipsy stylists are so beyond adorable!! This month we get a pretty generous peek in the video! Here is a screenshot with all of the products!!

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Products Are:
▪ Jelly Pong Pong Cosmetics 2-in-1 Shadow/Liner
▪ Octavio Molina La Playa Salt Spray
▪ Eva NYC Freshen Up Dry Shampoo
▪ Lulu Blossom Raspberry Lemonade Lip Balm
▪ AURORA Gel Effect Nail Polish
▪ Bellapierre Mineral Lipstick
▪ ‘Tini Beauty Eyetini Swizzle Stick Eyeliner
▪ Nicka K HQ Quad Eyeshadow
▪ Nude Stix Magnetic Eye Color
▪ Ole Henrikson The Clean Truth™ Cleansing Cloths: Brightening
▪ AURORA Intensive Eyeliner Pen
▪ NUXE Gentle Exfoliating Gel
▪ Bare Republic Naturals SPF 30 Mineral Face Sunscreen Lotion
▪ Vasanti BrightenUp! Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator
▪ Eau Thermale Avène Cleanance Gel Soapless Cleanser

There are so many great products being offered this month. I’m in love with the Canadian beauty brand, Vasanti, and would really love to try their exfoliating scrub.

☆ SNAPCHAT GLAM BAG SNEAK PEEK
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☆ OFFICIAL GLAM BAG SNEAK PEEK
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It’s getting hot, hot, hot.‬”

How cute it this bright and colorful bag. It’s the perfect summer “throw and go”!! I’m totally pairing this with last month’s bag, for all my summer necessities.

☆ SNAPCHAT SNEAK PEEK #1
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☆ OFFICIAL IPSY SNEAK PEEK #1
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Summer nights sizzle with one of these pretty picks. Bright or bronze, which one are you planning to simmer down with?

Products Are:
▪ TARTE Amazonian Clay Waterproof Bronzer
▪ Essie Nail Polish
▪ AURORA Gel Effect Nail Polish
▪ Nude Stix Magnetic Eye Color
▪ Teeez Trend Cosmetics Love Triangle Lipstick
▪ Jelly Pong Pong Cosmetics 2-in-1 Shadow/Liner

I’m sticking to my first impulse. Send me the Nude Stix or the Tarte!!! Please.

☆ SNAPCHAT SNEAK PEEK #2
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☆ OFFICIAL SNEAK PEEK #2
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Think outside! We’re warming up with one of these fantastic finds. Are you ready to soak up the summer sun this 4th of July weekend?

Products Are:
▪ Crown Pink Tweezers
▪ Crown Infinity Shadow/Crease Duet Brush
▪ Bellapierre Mineral Lipstick
▪ City Color Cosmetics HD Powder
▪ Be A Bombshell Lip Balm
▪ Jor’el Parker Fragrance Classico

I know ipsy doesn’t send repeat items, but if somehow the Duet Crown Brush found it’s way into my bag, I would be elated. The tweezers and lipstick would also be warmly welcomed!! But please, no fragrance!!!

☆ SNAPCHAT SNEAK PEEK #3
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☆ OFFICIAL SNEAK PEEK #3
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Only bright things ahead with one of these! Stellar eyes or a new mani? Which one do you want to reclaim your free time with?

Products Are:
▪ Nicka K New York HQ Quad Eyeshadow
▪ ‘Tini Beauty Eyetini Swizzle Stick Eyeliner
▪ Jelly Pong Pong Cosmetics 2-in-1 Shadow/Liner
▪ City Color Cosmetics HD Powder
▪ AURORA Gel Effect Nail Polish
▪ OFRA Cosmetics Bliss Eyeshadow

I hate to say it, but I want the OFRA eyeshadow/highlighter. I have received so many champagne colored shadows from ipsy, but I have only had a taste of OFRA Cosmetics and so far I’m loving what I have tried.

☆ SNAPCHAT SNEAK PEEK #4
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☆ OFFICIAL SNEAK PEEK #4
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Summertime and the livin’ is easy. Cleanser, scrub or balm? Which one will help you get into the summer groove?

Products Are:
▪ pūr~lisse pūr~delicate gentle soymilk cleanser & makeup remover
▪ pūr~lisse pur-bright ultra skin brightening serum
▪ Jersey Shore Cosmetics Mongongo Vanilla Coconut Cream Lip Conditioner
▪ Lulu Blossom Raspberry Lemonade Lip Balm
▪ Vasanti Cosmetics Brighten Up! Exfoliating Cleanser
▪ Bare Republic Naturals SPF 30 Tinted Mineral Face Sunscreen Lotion
▪ Eau Thermale Avène Cleanance Gel Soapless Cleanser
▪ OLEHENRIKSEN the clean truth™ cleansing cloths

I have been dying to get my hands on the Vasanti scrub (as I already said!!). Given that I’m receiving it in my July Birchbox, I would love the pūr~lisse serum or Bare Republic Naturals tinted SPF. Tinted SPF is my go to for hot summer days. I can’t stand feeling like my makeup is sliding off so I ditch the foundation in favor of some tinted protection.

☆ SNAPCHAT SNEAK PEEK #5
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☆ OFFICIAL SNEAK PEEK #5
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Summer vacation forever! We’re walking on sunshine with one of these delightful finds. Which one is your summer pick?

Products Are:
▪ Octavio Molina Hair La Playa Salt Spray
▪ Bare Republic Naturals SPF 30 Tinted Mineral Face Sunscreen Lotion
▪ Coolway Beachy Salt Spray
▪ Eva NYC Freshen Up Dry Shampoo
▪ Jor’el Parker Classico

Send me the beachy waves!!! I’m dying for a good salt spray! I love a little texture. Especially for summer styles!

I’m loving the summer fun!!! I’m so excited to see what I’m getting this month! I’m so in love with my ipsy subscription! I keeps me smiling all month long. Click Here to get your own Glam Bag. Or Click Here to see last month’s Swim into Beauty theme.

July Birchbox Sneak Peek

Birchbox Canada is teaming up with Best Health for July!! How cute is this box? I love the colors!! I’m really loving these themed boxes, I have reused every box I have received so far.

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This July we’re partnering with the health and wellness experts at Best Health Magazine! All ‪#‎BirchboxCA‬ subscribers will receive this beautifully curated box, filled with samples personalized to her beauty profile, PLUS a special subscription offer to Best Health Magazine!

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For the first time, Birchbox Canada released a sneak peek video. Click Here to watch it. All July boxes will include a Best Health Magazine offer and either a mini Benefit They’re Real Mascara or a mini The Balm Desert Bronzer/Blush.

Doesn’t look like they will send us the Eyeko Liner that we all DIDN’T receive in our June boxes, #sadface. Click Here to subscribe to Birchbox Canada.

Spa Sunday

I love to get naked and have a “Spa Bath” on Sunday nights. Prep my skin for the busy week ahead. Wash away all the stress from the week before. Sometimes I grab my tried and true favorites. Other times I go through my samples and minis and pick out a few goodies to make the ultimate DIY spa.

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Today’s Picks!! It was a glorious rub a dub dub

1) GlamGlow THIRSTYCLEANSE Daily Hydrating Cleanser ($43 CAD) – The first step is to wash your face. This cleanser starts out as a mud and turns in to a foam. You apply the mud to a dry face and spread it around evenly. Then apply water to your hands and massage your hands into the mud. The water will cause the mud to lather into a cleansing foam. I very much enjoyed this product. The mud was calming and soothing, my skin was left clean and refreshed. I would totally consider buying this product in the future. I really enjoyed it!!

2) Dr. Brandt Skincare Microdermabrasion Skin Exfoliant ($90 CAD) – I followed up the cleanse with this scrub. The scrub brightens skin, reduces the appearance of discoloration, and helps increase the absorption of other skincare products. It felt very fine and although you could feel lots of gritty pieces, it wasn’t at all damaging or abrasive. It felt like a very fine scrub. It didn’t leave my skin dry or irritated. I have sensitive skin, and still found this scrub to be gentle enough for a weekly treatment. This scrub is NOT suitable for daily use. It is intended to be used with a minimum of three days between treatments.

3) GlamGlow BRIGHTMUD Eye Treatment ($76 CAD) – Next, an eye treatment. This GlamGlow treatment is made to minimize puffiness, dark circles, and fine lines. It also claims to brighten and hydrate the eyes. I prefer to do one eye at a time, applying was a bit tricky. You open the pod and “tap” the product on to your eye. This did not work for me. I had to scoop the product out and light tap my fingers to my eye (and undereye) to apply. Left the treatment on for three minutes and then wipe off with a soft dry tissue. I did feel a slight burning sensation for a few seconds, but it went away quickly. My eyes did appear fresh and hydrated. My puffiness had subsided.

4) Indigena Blueberry Bliss Sugar Scrub ($60 CAD) – This scrub is AMAZING! All natural, food grade (yes, it’s edible!), and never tested on the fur babies!! The best thing? You can use this scrub on your face, lips, and body. It has a coconut base, citrus essential oils, and wild Newfoundland blueberry seeds. This is hands down, the best scrub I have ever used. It smells amazing and leaves my skin feeling revived. I can’t wait for my next trip to St. John’s to stock up on more Indignea products!!! For Spa Sunday, I used this on my entire body for a much needed polish.

5) L’OCCITANE Ultra Rich Body Cream Rich in Shea Butter ($48 CAD) – After a relaxing Spa-esque soak, I need to immediately hydrate with a thick cream. To help seal in moisture, I like to apply the cream immediately after toweling off, when my skin is still plump and hydrated from the water. This cream was rich and luxurious. It made my skin feel like a dream. The sample size was very generous and I was easily able to use it for my entire body (face excluded).

6) AmorePacific Intensive Vitalizing Eye Essence ($105 CAD) –  A serum specifically for the eyes. This one works on three levels: de-puffing, lifting, and brightening. It has a very light, watery consistency. It’s so runny I had to be careful with the packet to not make a mess. However, this consistency made it very light and fresh, and easily absorbed.

7) ESTÉE LAUDER Advanced Night Repair Eye Synchronized Complex II ($65 CAD) – I love this eye cream. It reduces all of the key signs of aging around the eyes. I can feel it working with a slight tingling or tightening sensation. You only need a tiny amount, and it’s best to pat it into the skin (as in don’t rub it in). Although it says “night” in the name, this eye gel can be used morning and night. This is quickly becoming one of my favorite eye products.

8) Dr. Brandt Skincare Laser FX Lift Serum ($89.50 CAD) – This serum is used for the face, and is great for signs of aging (it will tighten and firm). Serums are designed to penetrate the deeper levels of the skin. Used with an exfoliant, your skin will be primed to make the most of this product. I love the way my skin feels and looks. I also enjoyed the combo of the the two Dr. Brandt products in the sample. They really compliment each other.

9) Biotherm Skin Best Night ($71 CAD) – I follow up the serum with the Skin Best Night cream. This is a favorite of mine. A staple. A routine. This is a thicker, heavy cream best for overnight, or in this case after a heavy string of products. When I have a Spa Sunday, I don’t put make up on for the rest of the day and I use a night cream (even if it’s only the afternoon) to really boost hydration and repair. I get so many compliments on my skin, and it’s all thanks to my daily regimen of Biotherm.

10) RELAX. And drink lots of water. And get a good night’s sleep.

This is my favorite way to use samples. Just make sure you compliment your products and don’t use too many “treatments” at once, for example, I chose to do a facial scrub so I didn’t do a mask. If you use bath bombs, bubbles, or oils in your bath water, be sure to use fresh tap water for all DIY facials. To make it the most amazing spa day ever, pair your face and body treatments with a mani, pedi, and hair mask. Don’t have a hair mask? Coconut oil is all you need. Apply it to wet hair and let it soak for ten minutes BEFORE you shampoo and condition for a quick boost. Or apply it after you shampoo and condition and leave it in overnight as a mask.

You’ll have Monday all like “Meowwww, Bitch!“. But seriously, you will be fierce and ready to Carpe Diem seize the day!! How do you use your samples? And how do you prepare for the busy week ahead?!