After years of seeing friends and bloggers subscribing to monthly boxes, I decided to give it a try too. Now came the time to research and decide which box to go with. The main criteria I felt were important were: price and variety of products. This led me to TOPBOX, a Canadian beauty box subscription that is only $12 a month and includes free shipping. Products in your box vary from makeup, skin care and hair care, which is exactly the variety I was looking for.
I was on a short wait list for a couple of days, then was able to purchase my subscription. After this step it is important to create your Beauty Profile, so the items sent to you will match your skin and hair. You also have the choice to have your items shipped in a cardboard tube, or a reusable organza bag. After my first post about reducing waste , you can guess that my subscription comes in the bag. Next, you wait until the middle of the month and your awesome new products arrive in your mailbox.
Month 1 – February 2018
Wella Professionals Luminous Reveal Shampoo and Conditioner (sample size 50mL, 32mL) full size $21.32 @ chatters salon
My favorite thing about this product was the smell. It definitely had a “professional shampoo” smell. My only problem was that the conditioner sample only lasted one time with my extra long hair. Maybe because it has 16 mL less than the shampoo sample?
Laritzy Cosmetics Eye Pencil (full size) $18
Honestly, haven’t even tried this yet because I got a silver pencil and I am not sure what to do with a silver eye liner. Any tips?
GlamGlow Supermud Clearing Treatment (sample size 15g) $27 at Sephora
This is an awesome sample. This is also available in a sample set as the birthday gift at Sephora for 2018. It goes on dark grey/black and dries to a light grey mud look. It tingles as it dries so you know its working. I have only used it for spot treatments on minor breakouts, but it is totally acceptable to use as a full face mask and I intend to try it one day soon.
CAKE Beauty Heavy Cream Body Balm (travel size 30mL) $9 @ Cake Beauty
This was my favorite (and my sons) from this box. The cream smells like vanilla ice cream and it is so thick and moisturizing that we have already used the entire tube.
Month 2 – March 2018
Delectable by Cake Beauty Sweet Mint & Cream Ultra Nourishing Hand Cream (travel size 60mL) $6 @ Cake Beauty
Like last months Cake lotion, this one was another big hit. My hands have never felt more moisturized and the minty smell is awesome.
Voesh Green Tea Detox 3 in 1 Pedi in a Box
This product includes a foot scrub, mask and lotion all in individual one time packages. I haven’t tried this one yet because it requires about 20-30 uninterrupted minutes to spend pampering yourself and I just haven’t had that time lately.
LaSpa SPF 20 Daily Sun Protection Lotion (sample size 3mL) full size $44
I love how light this sun protection lotion is. Most of the time you associate anything sun protection with being a little on the thick side. I don’t think I could ever justify buying the full-sized product, but it is nice to try the sample.
The Beauty Crop 3 Amigos Eyeshadow Trio (full size) $13 @ thebeautycrop.com
I like the color trio that I received. I don’t always wear eye shadow, but these colors are fairly neutral, so I can wear them on a regular day I decide to wear makeup.
Nude by Nature Perfecting Primer (sample size 15mL) $16 @ Shoppers Drug Mart
This product line is new to Shoppers. I like the matte finish you get from this primer. It smells really nice and it only takes a little bit under foundation.
GLOW for a Cause Natural Lip Balm (full size) $6
My favorite thing about this product is the message behind it. For every product purchased through their site, they make a donation to a non-profit organization. Also the lip balm is actually really nice too.
MAC In Extreme Dimension 3D Black Lash Mascara (sample size 13mL) full size $29.37
Mascara is one of my favorite makeup items, so I was really pumped when I received a MAC sample in my bag. The wand is the best part. It is long and has a ton of small bristles. I love how long my lashes look when I wear this mascara.
Elizabeth Arden Superstart Probiotic Cleanser (sample size 5mL) full size $32
I am not sure yet how I feel about this cleanser. The first time I used it my face remained bright red for 20 minutes after washing. I am willing to try it again before I decide if it’s for me or not.
*Bonus Sample* Garnier Whole Blends Oat Delicacy Shampoo and Conditioner Pack
After three months of subscribing to TOPBOX, I would totally recommend it. It is exciting to get the package mid-month because who doesn’t love getting surprise goodies in the mail. It is totally worth the $12 because each month, you receive products that are worth that and more. If you are new to beauty box subscriptions and not ready to pay an arm and a leg, TOPBOX is definitely a great choice for you.