Unboxing Topbox, January 2019

Price: $12.00 CAD (plus tax, free shipping) 4 items.

Topbox is a Canadian monthly beauty subscription service. Each month you have the option of getting a surprise box or to swap it for a prive box where all the products are from one brand or fall within a theme and you know what they are. This month I wished for a prive box but I didn’t get it. I got a surprise box instead.

I have decided that I will be cancelling my Topbox for my year-long no-buy. February will be my last box!

All prices in Canadian Dollars.

Steve Laurant Velvet Matte Liquid Lipstick in Lilac
Full Size $22.00 (3.2g), this is a full-size item

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This lipstick is described as a matte, weightless, and long wearing. I like the lilac colour, it’s very unique to what I currently have in my collection and it’s nice to see a cooler toned colour instead of the deep nudes I usually get in my boxes. I haven’t worn or swatched this yet but it looks promising!

Purlisse Watermelon Aqua Balm
Full Size $45.00 (50mL), Sample Size $9.00 (10mL)

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Well, I’m never disappointed with more skincare! This balm sounds really good based on the description, it’s an oil-free gel cream that energizes, refreshes, soothes skin while providing hydration. It has watermelon which is packed with vitamin A, B & C, aloe vera to reduce inflammation, white tea to protect skin from cellular damage and cucumber to soothe and firm skin. These are all things that I need especially in the winter!

Morgan Taylor Professional Nail Lacquer in Pretty Wild
Full Size: $15.83 (15mL), this is a full-size item

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I’ve received a few different nail lacquers from Morgan Taylor through Topbox and I really like the formula. Usually, two coats are enough to give my nails full coverage. It’s a thicker formula so when it dries it feels gel-like. I really like this colour as well, I don’t think I have anything in this dusty purple so I’m happy to try it on! I think it might be a similar colour to the liquid lipstick so I can see them working together.

Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief
Full Size: $46.00 (50mL), Sample Size: $6.44 (7mL)

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Another face cream! Woohoo! This is an oil-free, lightweight cream-gel formula that plumps skin with 24-hour hydration. I’ve tried other Clinique skincare and really like them so I’m curious to see how well this will work for me.

My Thoughts

Overall, the box was pretty good. I was a bit bummed at first that I didn’t get a prive box but I really like the collection of items that came this month, there is skincare, nail lacquer and a liquid lipstick, so a good selection of items. I’m also happy that the items are not ones I currently have in my collection.

Total Value: $53.27

Did you get Topbox this month? What was in your box?

Lots of Love,
Dal

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Unboxing BoxyCharm, January 2019

Price: $21.00 USD (+$5.00 shipping to Canada)
Number of items: 4-5 full-size items

Boxycharm is a monthly subscription box of full-size makeup, skincare and beauty tools. The theme for this month is “’Boxy and Chill”. I guess after the hectic holidays, January is just for relaxing!

Now I know I’m on a no-buy this year, but I’ve decided that I’m going to continue to subscribe to BoxyCharm for now.

PRICES ARE IN USD, CONVERTED TO CAD AT THE END

Briogeo Roscaro Milk Reparative Leave-In Conditioning Spray
MSRP: $12.00 US

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Most of the items I have from Briogeo came from boxes or as deluxe samples with makeup orders. That’s great because I’ve had a chance to try out different items from this brand without needing to purchase any large sizes. I’ve liked everything I’ve tried so far. This spray has a blend of rosehip, argan, and coconut oils to detangle hair and protect against heat. I already have one of these open and I really like it to use when my hair is damp before styling.

OFRA Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Havana Nights
MSRP: $20.00 US

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This is a matte liquid lipstick in a berry purply-red. I did a swatch of this on my hand and it’s very pigmented. It does transfer so I’m not sure if I would wear such a bold shade on my lips because I would be afraid of it rubbing all over my face. I just can’t trust myself to not touch my face, or ruin a makeup look when eating. This is infused with vitamin A and antioxidants and smells like candy!

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Highlighting eyeshadow palette Vol.III
MSRP: $36.00 US

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I own the Vol.II version of this palette which I have reviewed here. I do like the formula of Tarte shadows so I’m very tempted to keep this although I know I have very similar colours in my makeup collection. I think these shades are beautiful for those who like to keep their makeup subtle.

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This has seven micro shimmers and one matte nude. This is long wear, vegan, crease-free and enriched with vitamin E and antioxidants.

Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Face Mask (2 Pack)
MSRP: $24.00 US

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I’m SOOOOOO excited to get these masks in my box! I really don’t think I’d pay $12.00 for one mask, especially when you get some for about $2-3 but I’m happy to have them to test out! This has rice germ oil, vitamin E, essential fatty acids and botanical oils. This is a nourishing and anti-ageing serum so I’m really happy about that!

Billion Dollar Brows Universal Brow Pencil
MSRP: $18.00 US

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I’m not sure how I feel about how thick this brow pencil is because recently I’ve been liking really thin brow pencils. As I don’t have many brow items in my collection right now, I might end up using it when I finish up the other brow products I have.

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This is a self-sharpening pencil that glides over the brows without pulling your skin. I think the colour itself will work for me as I have medium brown brows.

My Thoughts

This is a good box. It’s not my favourite from BoxyCharm but I do like a few of the items like the Tatcha mask, the Tarte Cosmetics Palette and definitely the Briogeo spray. I’m not as excited for the Ofra lipstick and brow pencil. Overall, pretty good value and new items that I am willing to try!

Total Value: $110.00 US ($145.82 CAD)

Did you get BoxyCharm this month? What was in your box?

Lots of Love,
Dal

Unboxing BoxyCharm, December 2018

I hope everyone who celebrated Christmas had a wonderful time with family and friends! Happy Boxing Day!

Price: $21.00 USD (+$5.00 shipping to Canada)
Number of items: 4-5 full-size items

Boxycharm is a monthly subscription box of full-size makeup, skincare and beauty tools. The theme for this month is “’Tis the Sea-Sun”. I love the play on words and that this has a little flamingo with a Santa hat on. I know a lot of people travel to warmer climates during the winter and I think a lot of the items in this box are travel-friendly!

Prices are in USD, converted to CAD at the end

Tarte Glitter Paint in Flaming Hot
MSRP: $20.00 US

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This is described as a sheer lip gloss with shimmery glitters. The shade Flaming Hot is gorgeous! I love the deep berry colour with the blue and pink glitters in it. Although I really like this shade I’m not going to swatch this because I think it might be better suited for someone I know.

Bodyography Lip Liner in Barely There
MSRP: $12.00 US

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Recently, I’ve been wearing lipstick a little more often than I usually do, it’s the season of bright lips after all, so having this lip liner that matches my lip colour is perfect. It’s a traditional wooden pencil which I like and the formula is on the dry side, which I like as well. Last month, I received a makeup brush cleaner from this brand in my BoxyCharm so I’m happy to get another product to explore more than they offer.

Marajo Anti Frizz Smoothing Serum Capsules
MSRP: $18.00 US*

*my boxycharm card had these at $28.00 but I looked on their website and saw it was $18.00

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These capsule size serums are really perfect for travel. You can take the jar and use as you need while on vacation without the worry of taking a whole bottle of serum that might leak in your bag! This serum nourishes with Shea Butter and helps prevent heat damage and is ideal for taming frizz on the go.

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OK! I’m super excited to try this, however, it is super pricey for only 10 capsules. That means I’m only going to get 10 uses of this. I’ve purchased bottles of serums that cost about the same but last me way longer. I did use this the last time I styled my hair. Since I have short hair I only needed half the little capsule of serum which was a waste because I had no way of saving the rest of the serum without it spilling all over the place. It did smell really good and left my hair feeling really silky so there is that.

Wander Beauty Dusk to Dawn Blush & Highlight Palette
MSRP: $26.00 US

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This is a BoxyCharm exclusive product. It includes two blushes (Hava Nights and Tuscan Sunrise) and one highlighter (City Lights). I think the colours are really beautiful and perfect for every day.

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The pan sizes are smaller but I like that there is space between the shades so you don’t accidentally mix them together if you don’t want to. I also really love the pink sunrise packaging. This would make a great travel item.

PYT Mini Hair Straightener
MSRP: $75.00 US

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UM WOW! Did this seriously come in my BoxyCharm!

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Probably the ultimate travel tool; the mini hair straightener! This is a ceramic flat iron that gets up to 400-degree Fahrenheit. A great little tool to keep for touch ups on the go. I love that it’s a bright green and that it comes in a little travel pouch. I’m super excited that this came in my BoxyCharm! I might keep this at work or save it for my next overnight trip!

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So that was all the items in my BoxyCharm this month. Overall, I’m super happy with everything I got. I am definitely thinking about using these items on my next trip, I just need to decide where to go. I’m shocked that the flat iron came in this month’s box because it is so pricey.

Total Value: $151.00 USD ($202.09 CAD)

Did you get BoxyCharm this month? What was in your box?

Lots of Love,
Dal

Unboxing Topbox, November 2018

Price: $12.00 CAD (plus tax, free shipping) 4 items.

Topbox is a Canadian monthly beauty subscription service. Each month you have the option of getting a surprise box or to swap it for a prive box where all the products are from one brand or fall within a theme and you know what they are. This month Rexall was offering 3 different prive boxes. I opted for one of them and got it!

All prices in Canadian Dollars. 

Physicians Formula Spotlight Illuminating Primer
Full Size: $14.95 (30mL), Sample Size: $4.19 (8.4mL)

This is a universally flattering illuminating primer that blurs, corrects, and protects leaving you with a glow. I love illuminating primers because it makes my dry skin look radiant and I always enjoy the look of dewy skin. I might do a comparison of this with other primers I have that are meant to do the same thing.

Iman Cosmetics Luxury Lipstick in Scandalous
Full Size: $10.00 (3.7g), this is a full-size item

This is a creamy, semi-matte lip colour that offers full coverage and long-lasting smooth finish. The formula is creamy but not super smooth when I first applied it to my lips. I felt it drag a bit but it did offer full coverage. Once it was on it did feel really creamy. I’m the worst at applying lipstick straight from the tube, especially when it’s very opaque. Next time I will try it with a brush.

I love that this is bold red shade though, it will be perfect to wear around the holidays.

Almay Goddess Gloss in Rainbow
Full Size: 10.49 (0.96 oz), this is a full-size item

When I first saw this in the box I was a bit intimidated by the colour, it’s a very bright fuschia with iridescent silver glitter. I really wasn’t sure I was going to like this. When I applied it to my lips, it was a lot more wearable. It’s bright, yes, but not crazy bold. The base of the gloss looks a lot more sheer on the lips so you get a bit of the bright pink and the sparkles are a lot more subtle and just add sine. 

You can wear this on it’s own or even on top of other lipsticks. I actually tried it on top of the Iman red lipstick and thought it looked pretty good. It has an interesting smell though. Almost like hot chocolate but a bit more on the sweet side. This is very comfortable on the lips. Usually glitter can feel gritty, but this one does not.

Batiste Dry Shampoo Original
Sample Size: $5.99 (50ml)

Having dry hair, I don’t use dry shampoo all the time but that doesn’t mean I don’t like keeping a bottle around for when I do need it. Batiste dry shampoo is a staple in my vanity. I like always having one in my collection of hair products.

Earthsafe Hand & Body Lotion
Full Size: $7.99 (400mL), Sample Size: $0.90 (60mL)

Here’s a cold weather staple for me, hand and body lotion! My hands get really dry this time of year, so I always collect new hand lotions. When I saw that this was offered in the Prive box, I definitely wanted it because it saves me from having to purchase a large container and I’ll have the opportunity to test this out. This is formulated with a natural blend of essential oils that will leave your skin feeling hydrated and refreshed. 

Swatches

My Thoughts

This is a good selection of products! I really enjoy the Rexall curated boxes because then I can try items from the drug store that I normally wouldn’t imagine myself picking up, like the Almay lip gloss. The other items I know I will definitely use, such as the illuminating primer from Physician’s Formula, dry shampoo from Batiste and lotion from Earthsafe.

Total Value: $31.57 

Did you get Topbox this month? What did you think of the November box?

Lots of Love
Dal

Unboxing BoxyCharm, November 2018

Price: $21.00 USD (+$5.00 shipping to Canada)
Number of items: 4-5 full-size items

Boxycharm is a monthly subscription box of full-size makeup, skincare and beauty tools. The theme for this month is “Goal Digger”. It’s a really fun play on gold digger and I love how all the products have gold packaging or gold theme. I’m super excited about what is inside. 

All Prices in USD converted to Canadian at the end.

CoverFX Glitter Drops in Nova
MSRP: $44.00 USD

How about this for gold! I have always drooled over the CoverFX Glitters and I’m so happy to get this in my box. It’s a very intensely pigmented product. I think this would make a really pretty body glitter or used as a highlight on the cheeks or eyes. I think I can find a lot of use for this.

These drops offer multi-dimensional glitter that create a high impact, reflective finish. You can use this alone, under or over makeup or mixed into foundation.

I can imagine this product lasting me a really long time. I think it would be really pretty over the shoulder for a cute little holiday party.

Ace Beauty Grandoise Palette
MSRP: $24.99 USD

Whenever I come across a brand that I’m not familiar with, I always like to look them up and get more information on them. Ace Beauty started in 2016 and mostly sold lashes. Since then, they have gone completely cruelty-free, replacing their mink lashes with faux-lashes and expanding their range into colour cosmetics and tools like brushes.

This palette features 4 shimmers and 4 mattes to create a variety of eye looks. I wasn’t planning on using this palette because I recently bought a new one at the Sephora VIP sale BUT the colours in here are so pretty that I could not help but want to swatch it!

I’m also really loving the packaging. Although this has no mirror, it does have a very interesting gold pattern. I love the sleek cardboard packaging. I’ll be sure to create a few looks with this and share them on Instagram or the blog!

Luxie Luminous Eye Set
MSRP: $21.00 USD

When I first looked at this I thought about saving them for friends/family since I have a lot of brushes in my collection but the packaging and size of these brushes are different from what I currently have so I’m going to use them myself. I love the glittery gold barrels. This came packed exclusively for BoxyCharm and I think it’s cute if you wanted to give these as a gift because they make a nice set. The brushes themselves are super soft!

The 121 mini tapered allows you to blend in the crease. The 131 mini angled can be used for adding highlight to the brow bone or to precisely add colour to the crease. The 141 mini round can be used to smudge or smoke our the upper or lower lash line. The 111 mini flat angled can be used to blend out harsh lines or pack cream products on the lid.

Farah Galaxy Gold Tweezers
MRSP: $12.00 USD

This is an interesting dual-ended tweezer. I’ve never seen or used something like this before! Again, I love that this has gold splatter on it which really goes with the over all theme of the box! Plus, I like when we get other useful beauty tools inside of our boxes. This really goes along with the eye shadow palette and eye brushes.

This thin side is used to remove really fine or short hairs.  The flat side is good for removing really coarse hair.

I would have thought that because this was dual-ended that it would be very stiff and difficult to use. That’s not the case at all. This bends very easily and tweezes out the hair without snapping it.

Bodyography Makeup Brush Cleaner
MSRP: $12.00 USD

Another really useful beauty tool to have around! For a quick clean, you can use a spray of this on your brushes and wipe them on a towel. If you want a deep clean, you work the cleanser into the brush and rinse it out.  This is made from natural orange peel and gentle cleansers.

I did a quick read of the website and Bodyography is a brand based out of the US that offers cruelty-free, mineral-based makeup with clean ingredients that are infused with skincare benefits. They have a full line or makeup, skincare, tools, etc. I’m excited to try something from this brand!

My Thoughts

I am absolutely in love and excited to try everything in this box. This is probably one of the most well-thought out boxes I’ve received from any subscription box. Everything went with the theme, I got some fum makeup items, new brushes and tools that I’ll actually use!

Total Value: $113.99 USD ($150.21 CAD!)

Did you get BoxyCharm this month? What was in your box? What did you think of this month’s box?

Lots of Love,
Dal

Unboxing Topbox, October 2018

Price: $12.00 CAD (plus tax, free shipping) 4 items.

Topbox is a Canadian monthly beauty subscription service. Each month you have the option of getting a surprise box or to swap it for a prive box where all the products are from one brand or fall within a theme and you know what they are. This month I opted for the Laneige Prive Box and got it!

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This box only has one item but I really, really wanted to try this so I couldn’t resist opting for it. I saw Tati on Youtube rave about this and I trust a lot of her recommendations. I’m not the biggest fan of cushion foundation, it’s very expensive for so little product and you have to be very careful you don’t leave this unopened or else it will dry. However, I like that the formula is thinner and lighter which works for everyday minimal makeup looks.

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The Laneige BB Cushion Hydra Radiance SPF 50 it’s infused with Melacrusher™ to brighten skin and double-coated pigments to brighten and hydrate (Sephora.ca). This is exclusively sold on Sephora, you can’t find it on the Laneige website for Canada.

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I like the packaging. It’s a sturdy plastic case in white that looks very elegant and I enjoy the silver detail. The box came with two cushion compacts so you have a backup when the foundation runs out.

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I love that it’s broadspectrum SPF 50, one of the higher SPF’s of all the foundations I own.

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I opted for the colour No.11 Porcelain (fair porcelain skin with neutral tones). I thought it looked a lot darker in the online swatch but it’s pretty light. It will work for me since the undertone is right and I can match it to my skin tone better using some bronzer. I would definitely recommend swatching these in store to determine your shade. There are only 6 shades in this range and if mine is any indication of them, they all will be lighter than they look online.

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I have used this a few times now, even for my friend’s wedding and I think the coverage is good. It is light so you will need to build it up which is very easy to do because the formula is really thin. On me, I can get this to medium coverage which is how I prefer my makeup.

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For the wedding, I used the Laneige BB Cushion Hydra Radiance after primer, but then went in with my Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum foundation to build up the coverage (I really love this foundation, see my review of it here). This combo stayed in place all day and really kept my skin looking hydrated and natural.

I’m super happy I received this in my Topbox this month! I say this time and time again but I love that with Topbox I can opt to switch my surprise box for a prive option. Getting this full-size foundation for a quarter of the cost is well worth it to me, especially when I want to test it out.

Total Value: $49.00 CAD!

Did you get Topbox this month? Have you opted for any of the Prive boxes? What are your thoughts on the Laneige BB Cushion Hydra Radiance Foundation?

Lots of Love,
Dal

Unboxing BoxyCharm, October 2018

Price: $21.00 USD (+$5.00 shipping to Canada)
Number of items: 4-5 full-size items

Boxycharm is a monthly subscription box of full-size makeup, skincare and beauty tools. The theme for this month is “Alter Ego”. I think it’s a great theme for October, especially since Halloween is a time to be someone/something else!

ALL PRICES IN USD CONVERTED TO CAD AT THE END

IT Cosmetics Superhero Elastic Stretch Volumizing Mascara
MSRP: $24.00 USD 

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I’ve heard lots of positive reviews on this mascara so I’m really excited to try it. This claims to be lengthening, volume boosting and ultra-conditioning. All sounds good to me!

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I also think that the packaging is really cute. This has an Elastic Stretch Technology (not sure what the means – marketing!) and ultra-black tint to give you the thickest and most defined lashes.

Farmacy Green Clean Makeup Meltaway Balm
MSRP: $22.00 USD

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If you’ve read my review on makeup removers I’ve tried, you’ll know I love balms. I use a balm when I’m wearing a lot of heavy makeup since it just helps it glide right off. This bottle claims to remove long wear makeup while still being nourishing to the skin.

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Farmacy is a brand that uses natural ingredients, is cruelty-free, synthetic fragrance-free, and paraben free amongst other things. I can feel good about using this on my skin.

Dermovia Lace a Peal Black Bamboo Charcoal Peel Off Mask
MSRP: $30.00 USD

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Now I love a good charcoal mask, but I’m not sure what the lace is meant to do here. Supposedly, the lace provides compression to give you spa-like extraction results. I guess I’ll see if that does anything. This comes with two masks which is great to truly test out the product. I think it’ll mostly just be fun.

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What you do is apply the peel off mask first from the tube, then you apply the lace and leave it on your skin for 15-20 mins. I did check their website and this has some positive reviews. Now, tell me the mask itself does not look creepy!!! hehe!

PUR Cosmetics The Complexion Authority Midnight Masquerade Palette
MSRP: $38.00 USD

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I received the PUR The Complexion Authority Eyeshadow Palette in my March 2018 BoxyCharm and I really like it. I used it so much during the spring and enjoy a lot of the colours as base colours to build on other looks. It’s got great pigmentation and lasting colour. I’m sure this palette will be the same.

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The colours are super pretty and though I think it’s missing a crease colour, this would make a perfect gift for someone who might enjoy an all-in-one palette so I’m going to save this as a gift to use over the holidays for a friend I think would enjoy this.

Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Lovesick
MSRP: $20.00 USD

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I’ve heard really great things about this formula and I would love to give this a try. The colour is like a cool purply mauve so it might work really well for the cooler vibes I’ve been feeling this Fall.

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This formula is described as highly pigmented, vegan and cruelty-free that coats your lips in one swipe. It’s infused with vitamin E and sunflower seed oil to moisturize. That’s very interesting to me!

My Thoughts

There is a little bit of everything in this box, some makeup, some skincare. That’s always something I enjoy! I’m most excited for the IT Cosmetics mascara and Farmacy cleansing balm which together more than makes up the cost of the box itself. I will be trying out the face mask soon so look out for my thoughts in my October empties!

Total Value: $134.00 USD ($174.56 CAD)

Did you get BoxyCharm this month? Anything you’ve been enjoying in your box?

Lots of Love,
Dal

Unboxing Topbox, September 2018

Price: $12.00 CAD (plus tax, free shipping) 4 items.

Topbox is a Canadian monthly beauty subscription service. Each month you have the option of getting a surprise box or to swap it for a prive box where all the products are from one brand or fall within a theme and you know what they are. This month I opted for the Benefit #Benefaves Prive Box and got it!

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I really wanted this prive box because I love Benefit products and love the little mini sizes for travelling. If you weren’t familiar with Benefit products this is also a good way to discover a lot of the popular makeup items.

Prices in Canadian Dollars

They’re Real Lengthening Mascara
Full Size: $32.00 (0.3 oz), Sample Size: $10.67 (0.1 oz)

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I’ve said many times on the blog that I love this mascara. It’s my favourite for adding so much length and volume. I own the full size of They’re Real in both the black and the brown and always keep backups. If you’d like to see how it looks on my lashes you can read my post here where I compared the Band Gal Bang against They’re Real and Roller Lash mascara.

Gimme Brow+ Brow Volumizing Fibre Gel in Shade 3 Neutral Light Brown
Full Size: $32.00 (0.1 oz), Sample Size: $9.60 (.03 oz)

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I have semi-full brows but when I want them to look really full and natural, I’ll run some of this through them. It just coats the hairs I have in the brown shade and the fibres add a little bit of thickness. The brush tip is tapered and short which makes it easy for me to brush this through my brows. Since this is a gel, it also helps to keep the hairs in place.

The POREfessional Primer
Full Size: $42.00 (0.75 oz), Sample Size: $5.60 (0.1 oz)

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I don’t use this primer too often, but whenever I’m wearing a full face of makeup I like to put this around my nose and cheek to fill in my pores and leave that area smooth for makeup application. I do have other products that do the same thing but I will always enjoy this one the most because it leaves my skin feeling matte and works well for my dry skin.

Hoola Matte Bronzer
Full Size: $38.00 (0.28 oz), Sample Size: $13.57 (0.1 oz)

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This is one of my favourite cool-toned bronzers. I like that there is no orange in this, so it gives me a more natural glow. It works so well with my skin tone and I just love how fine the powder is.  I like the style of this packaging because although this is a sample, it’s not in a small round pan, but a flat square one which makes it easy to dip my large brush into.

Watt’s up Cream to Powder Highlighter
Full Size: $40.00 (0.33 oz), Sample Size: $9.70 (0.08 oz)

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I used to have another little sample of this highlighter that I used all the time before I started purchasing powder. I do really like this when I’m doing all cream makeup on my face. It does transform from a cream to powder but I find that it just applies a lot easier when there is little to no foundation underneath. It’s a gorgeous light champagne colour that I’ve worn numerous times on my cheeks and eyes. I’ve even popped it on the centre of my lips when I wanted a little-highlighted lipstick. It’s maybe not as popular as the other Benefit products above, but it’s still really good!

My Thoughts

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Well, if you couldn’t guess, I’m extremely happy with this box. These are all Benefit items that I really enjoy. The only suggestion I would make is that Topbox offers two versions of this prive, this one and maybe one with more recent Benefit products, like the Bad Gal Bang mascara or new Hoola light bronzer. Either way, I’m going to use all of these products right away!

Total Value: $40.14 CAD!

Did you get Topbox this month? Did you opt for a surprise box or prive box? What did you enjoy from your box?

Lots of Love,
Dal

Unboxing BoxyCharm, September 2018

Price: $21.00 USD (+$5.00 shipping to Canada)
Number of items: 4-5 full-size items

Boxycharm is a monthly subscription box of full-size makeup, skincare and beauty tools. The theme for this month is “Wild Flower”.

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ALL PRICES IN USD CONVERTED TO CAD AT THE END

Pretty Vulgar Nightingale Smokey Eyeshadow Palette
MSRP: $35.00 USD

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Oh yes! An everyday type of palette, this so my style. I love that the colours are cool/neutral rather than warm because I have so many warm palettes in my collection. I was tempted to do swatches for this post but I actually wanted to test the eyeshadow and do a review on it so look out for that soon!

This is described as a highly pigmented shadow, the shades are soft and smooth for easy blending and long-wear. I saw a few first impressions of this online and they look really positive.

Laura Gellar Baked Blush-N-Bright in Tropic Hues
MSRP: $28.00 USD

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This baked blush leaves your skin with a glowy flush to the cheeks. It’s very shimmery and lightly pigmented which is great if you like a stuble wash of colour on the cheeks and a little dewy finish.

I love bold cheek colours so for me I might wear this as a cheek topper. I think it’s absolutely gorgeous.  This is paraben free and infused with antioxidants.

Alamar Cosmetics Ojitos Brush Set
MSRP: $18.00 USD

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I fell head over heals for the Alamar eyeshadow palette that I received in my June BoxyCharm so I’m really excited to see more items from this brand in my box! These brushes are 100% synthetic but are extremely soft.

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This three brush set includes;

Flat Pointer Brush, to apply shadow all over the lid. It’s very dense so I think this would be really good for glitter or metallic shadows.

Fluffy Blender Brush, to blend colours together. This one is extremely soft and flexible so I think it will work really well to blend out colours. It’s very fluffy. I am most excited about this one.

Flat Tight Liner, well, to do just that line your eyes. I actually really love using brushes like this to apply shadow on my lower eye lids. I know some people like to use brushes like this for their brows too.

I’m pretty excited about this set. I like that the handles are thin making it easy for me to store them and to hold.

Hank & Henry Liquid Lipstick in Petal Pusher
MSRP: $17.00 USD

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This smells like icing! OH MY GOODNESS how I find it so delicious! This packing is actually pretty cool too. I thought it was a bullet lipstick in a clear case but when I screwed it open I realized it was a liquid lipstick.

I like the raspberry colour and the pigmentation of this liquid lip is amazing. One sweep and you have bold colour. It’s also very comfortable on. I think the applicator is interesting but useful. It’s got a wider base and comes to a sharp tip which makes it really easy to be precise with application.

Butter London Stroke of Wow Roll On Liner
MSRP: $19.00 USD

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I was unimpressed when I saw this item in my box. It’s a liner with a roller tip, kinda like a pizza cutter. It’s supposed to make application much easier but I’ve seen a few youtubers try it with not much success.

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I’ll give it a shot and see how I like it. I wear liner a lot but I don’t know if this would be easier than a felt tip. When I did a swatch on my hand I was really impressed with the formula which makes this a lot my disappointing in my opinion, why couldn’t they just make this felt tip!

Swatches!

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My Thoughts

Over all I’m pretty happy with this box! Beside the Butter London eyeliner, everything else is an item that I’m pretty excited to try. I’m most excited about the eyeshadow palette and brush set!

Did you receive BoxyCharm this month? What was in your box?

Lots of Love,
Dal

Unboxing Topbox, August 2018

Price: $12.00 CAD (plus tax, free shipping) 4 items.

Topbox is a Canadian monthly beauty subscription service. Each month you have the option of getting a surprise box or to swap it for a prive box where all the products are from one brand or fall within a theme and you know what they are. This month I opted for the Prive Box! Topbox was offering 2 or 3 versions of the Cosmetics Magazine Awards Privé Boxes this year and I wished for the first one and got it!

Prices are in Canadian Dollars.

Shiseido Urban Environment UV Protection Cream SPF 40
Full Size: $34.00 (50 mL), Sample Size: $10.20 (15 mL)

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This was my main attraction to this specific Prive Box. I really enjoy Shiseido products, especially their skincare so whenever I have an opportunity to test them out I always go for it. I think the other boxes had Shiseido products as well but I really wanted the UV protection to take with me on my weekend trip to Chelsea, Quebec. This is an ultra-hydrating, feather-light daily sunscreen for face and body.

Rimmel London Stay Matte Liquid Lip Colour in Pink Bliss
Full Size: $7.98 (6.5 mL), this is a full-size item

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Gosh, the colour on this is sooo pretty!  It’s a rose pink which I thought looked really pretty when I wore it. It has an interestingly shaped applicator, with it being a little more triangular and edgy. The texture is whipped and creamy but it does apply streakily so what I did was apply one layer, allow it to dry for a minute and then applied a second layer.

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Once it’s completely dry it looks pretty and matte. It also was long-wearing, more than I thought it would be. It lasted through my day including drinking and eating which surprised me. I might actually pick up more shades of this formula. 

Narciso Rodriguez For Her Fleur Musc
Full Size: $144 (100 mL), $1.44 (1mL)

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I love Narcisco Rodriguez scents, one of my favourites is the For Her EDT perfume. This has notes of roses, spices, and amber wood. I think it’s very pretty.

Vichy Laboratories Minéral 89 Fortifying and Plumping Daily Booster
Full Size: $39.95 (50 mL), Sample Size: $4.00 (5 mL)

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This was the second item that I was most drawn to in this Prive Box. I really love Vichy skincare and have written about them in previous blog posts and on my Instagram. I had tried a few packet samples of this daily booster serum and really loved it. This is a mix of Vichy’s mineral water concentrated to 89% with natural origin hyaluronic acid. It is made to help skin stronger against aggressors like pollution, stress and fatigue.

Clarins Double Serum [Hydric+Lipidic System]
Full Size: $120 (50 mL), Sample Size (x6): $12.96 (5.4 mL)

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More skincare! Can you start to see why I wanted this Prive Box?! This is an anti-ageing treatment. Although I would have preferred this in one little tube rather than a bunch of tiny packets I do really like this for travel. I’ve actually used this when I’ve been travelling before and this really does re-invigorate my skin. Clarins has so many skincare items, I really want to explore more from this brand!

My Thoughts

Whenever I chose a prive box over a surprise box I know I’m going to love every item because that was the reason why I chose that box in the first place. I really am happy that I got this box because you aren’t guaranteed to get the prive boxes, it’s always dependant on how many they might have to go around. All of the skincare items are ones that are tried and true to me or ones that I really want to try. I’m also really surprised by the Rimmel Liquid lipstick so that’s always nice too!

Total Value: $36.58 CAD

Did you get Topbox this month? What is your favourite skincare item?

Lots of love,
Dal