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

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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

Unboxing Boxycharm, August 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 “Life of the Party”.

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ALL PRICES IN USD CONVERTED TO CAD AT THE END

Laura Lee Los Angeles Party Animal Eyeshadow Palette
MSRP: $19.00 USD

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This is a six pan pressed pigment palette of really colourful shades. I do have a few palettes of shades that are similar in other palettes and to be honest, I’m not really drawn to the colours here (although online reviews have suggested the palette is good) so I might just pass this one along to someone else.

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I would have much preferred receiving the Boss Babe palette which was the six pan everyday neutrals palette, you can see it here. Those colours really speak to me! Also, I really don’t think that I can’t use this as a stand-alone palette, you’d need to set a base up with another palette and then use these as pops of colour. A palette that I think is really colourful but still works well on its own is the Alamar palette I got in my June BoxyCharm. Anyways, the packaging is really pretty though. I like the feel of the case, it has almost that rubbery texture and it feels very sturdy.

House of Lashes in Bambie
MSRP: $12.00 USD

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These are really pretty wispy lashes. I like how there are a few lighter lashes mixed with the darker lashes to make them look a touch more natural.

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These might be a long but I could definitely wear them to an evening out when I’m getting all done up. I also really love the band on these because it is thin and clear. These lashes are cruelty-free.

Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick in Straight Up
MSRP: $24.00 USD

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Online this was described as terracotta cream and it’s a really pretty chocolate brown shade. I love brown-nude shades but this is much different than what I have because it looks straight brown on my lips, it totally gives me that 90s vibe.

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I think this is going to be amazing to wear in the Fall! I tried this on the lips and it’s super pigmented so one swipe is all you need and it’s also very comfy on the lips. It doesn’t feel like anything which I love.

Bang Beauty Chocolate Eye Liner
MSRP: $22.00 US

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A few boxes ago I got an awesome black liner from Pretty Vulgar in my BoxyCharm, this month I was super excited to get a brown liner! I actually LOVE brown liners, I always keep a set of black and brown pencil liners and liquid liners and now I have a set of gel ones! I haven’t tested this to know for sure if it’s good but I am excited to try it. You can use this as eyeliner, an eyeshadow base or to touch up brows. Sounds pretty interesting.

Wander Beauty Baggage Claim Gold Eye Masks
MSRP: $13.00 US

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These gold foil eyeshadows are meant to hydrate under the eyes and reduce the appearance of dark circles. They have hyaluronic acid, lavender oil and aloe oil which all work together to reduce wrinkles and to cool and soothe your undereye. I can’t wait to test these out!

Adesse Organic Infused Age Defying Nail Treatment Essentials Sweet Almond Cuticle Oil
MSRP: $18.00 US

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When I first saw this package I thought it was a nail lacquer because I didn’t read the description on the box and I was pleasantly surprised when I saw it was a nail treatment! As you may know, I don’t wear nail polish on my nails, only on my toenails, but I still apply treatments and oils to my cuticle and nail area to keep them strong. The one I currently have is getting old so this will make a good replacement. This is formulated with Vitamin E, Shea, Sweet Almond, and Jojoba Oils that are blended together to create a luxurious treatment that softens the cuticles moisturizes and hydrates the nails (boxycharm.com). 

My Thoughts

I think this was an ok box. The last few months I’ve been overly excited about my boxes but this was alright for me. I could do without the palette (even if I have a million neutral palettes, I still prefer them over colourful ones). I’m really happy with everything else, especially the cuticle oil and chocolate gel liner!

Total Value: $108.00 US (141.30 CAD)

Did you get BoxyCharm this month? What was your favourite item?

Lots of love,
Dal

Unboxing, Topbox July 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 surprise box!

Prices are in Canadian Dollars.

SKIN&CO Roma Truffle Therapy Whipped Cleansing Cream
Full Size: $40.00 (150mL), Sample Size: $8.00 (30mL)

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It’s been a while since I’ve received a facial cleanser and this one sounds really good! This is a highly concentrated cleanser so a little dollop is all you need to cleanse the face which is made for dry & dull skin. This is formulated with pure Truffle Extract from Italy and Almond Oil, it works gently while providing intense hydration. I love whipped or foamy types of cleansers for my face. One of my favourite whipped formulas is the Origins Checks and Balances face wash, but this Skin&CO one sounds like it will be way more hydrating than that one so I hope it works really well on my skin!

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant, The Original
Full Size: $29.00 (50mL), $2.90 (5mL)

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I absolutely love Elizabeth Arden skincare! I don’t think I’ve ever come across an item I didn’t like. This is one of those all over, do everything type of moisturizers. You can use it to do so much including; shaping brows, soothe dry hands, smooth cuticles etc. I’d probably use this on my elbows, lips, around my eyes and so many other areas of my face and body. I love carrying creams like this to use whenever I need.

Pretty Woman NYC Nail Polish in So Minaj
Full Size: $11.84 (10mL), this is a full-size item

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This is a pretty pink frost shimmer nail polish. I put two coats of this on my toenails when I received my topbox about a week ago and they’ve held up really well. This is a thin formula which I prefer because it tends to stick my nails a bit better. These polishes are, Cruelty-Free, Paraben-Free, Sulfate-Free, Phthalates-Free, Petrochemical-Free, GMO-Free, Triclosan-Free, & Vegan.

The Beauty Crop FABULOUS FLOCKING LASHES MASCARA
Full Size: $25.00 (8ml), Sample Size: $13.48 (4mL)

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I’m not sure if what we received are the Beauty Crop mascaras before they were reformulated or if this is just the tube that they put the sample size mascara into. The one online looks like a new tube style packaging, but, what we received is a volume size that is similar to a lot of my deluxe size mascaras so I am a bit confused. You can see what I’m talking about here. I, unfortunately, can’t find them on CheckFresh.com to see if it is indeed the other version.

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Anyways, the packaging on this is super cute! I love the pink tube and the little flamingos. I this the Beauty Crop has adorable packaging. The wand isn’t exactly the style I wear a lot of but I could possibly use it for my lower lashline. I do like that this is a waterproof mascara and I love the addition of argan oil and jojoba.

BONUS! Dove Exfoliating Body Polish in Crushed Macadamia & Rice Milk

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I’m really excited about this bonus item! I have a jar of the new Dove Exfoliating Body Polish in the kiwi seeds and cool aloe scent and love it so much because it smells so fruity and fresh. I love macadamia, so I’m sure this is going to smell like a delicious dessert. The exfoliating bits in this polish feel like sand, they are really small and feel like you’re at the beach. I really love it! I think I will get two uses out of this sample and I will use it to prep my legs before shaving or apply tanning lotion

My Thoughts

Again, Topbox has another great bag! The items I received are ones that I look forward to using. I’m most excited about the whipped facial cleanser! Total Value of my box; $36.22 (bonus sample not included)

Did you receive Topbox this month? What items did you get?

Lots of love,
Dal

 

Unboxing, BoxyCharm July 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 “Roadtrippin”. Being in the middle of summer and it being absolutely gorgeous and warm weather I have been wanting to plan a fun summer road trip.

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ALL PRICES IN USD CONVERTED TO CAD AT THE END

Farmacy Beauty Bright On Mask (made exclusively for BoxyCharm)
MSRP: $38.00 USD

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OH WOW! I’ve always wanted to try Farmacy Beauty but their products are so expensive! Luckily I get to test it out now with this mask. This is a vitamin C clay mask that turns from purple to green. This helps to remove impurities and buildup while improving skin’s brightness. I’ve been needing something like this for my skin because I have been breaking out lately.

Crown Brush Fuego Eyeshadow Collection
MSRP: $29.99 USD

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The pan sizes of this palette are pretty large and it does carry some weight (it’s 20g Net). Now, I’ll be honest, as someone who has a lot of palettes this one isn’t too exciting for me.

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The warm tones are beautiful and I did see some positive reviews for the palette but it’s not exciting for me. It would be something I would save to gift a friend who I know doesn’t have the same amount of makeup as I do.

Wander Beauty Unlashed Volume and Curl Mascara
MSRP: $24.00 USD

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I love mascaras with curved wands because they work the best on my lashes. I actually like the tube style packaging because then I can get to all the product inside.

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This has ingredients to condition and moisturize the lash. It’s also supposed to be clump-free, flake-free, smudge-proof finish and won’t dry out. I can’t wait to test it out!

Note Cosmetics Luminous Silk Compact Blusher
MSRP: $11.99 USD

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This is designed to work for all skin types, it’s a luminous, paraben free blush. This is a really nice compact. It comes with a cute little brush. This has argan oil.

I do really like the colour of this blush. It’s a pretty rose shade that I think will look very nice on.

Chella Beauty Eyebrow Cream in Tantalizing Taupe
MSRP: $26.00 USD

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I am loving this compact packaging. This is as big as a lip gloss but inside is a brush and eyebrow cream.  It’s actually great for on the go.

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I think this colour will work really well with my hair colour because it is a bit more cool tone. I usually don’t use eyebrow creams but ever since trying Clinque’s Pretty Easy Powder Brow product and liking it, I’m open to trying new formulas. You can see my review of Clinque’s Brow Product here.

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My Thoughts

Except for the eyeshadow palette which I will save for someone else, I’m so excited for everything in this box especially the Farmacy Mask because my skin needs it.  I think the brow cream will be great for travelling and The blush could really work on my skin tone.

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

Lots of love,
Dal

Unboxing BoxyCharm, June 2018

It is gorgeous outside as I write this but it is so warm in Toronto! I love it! Although I received my BoxyCharm about a week and a half ago, I’ve been pretty busy so I finally made time to post this unboxing!

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 “Caribbean Queen”. The products are very Caribbean inspired and makes me feel summer vibes!

ALL PRICES IN USD CONVERTED TO CAD AT THE END

Alamar Cosmetics Reina Del Caribe Palette
MSRP: $28.00 USD

I am so in love with the packaging of this palette! It has 8 intensely pigmented shades, with colours that are inspired by Cuban beauty and culture. I swatched a few colours and thought they were so pretty and bold! I really can’t wait to start using this on my eyes.

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I’ll have to share a look on Insta when I do. Beside each shade, name is either a sun or water droplet symbol. All of them can be used dry, but the ones with a water symbol can be used with a wet brush.

Battington Monroe Silk Lashes
MSRP: $28.00 USD

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These are handmade 100% silk lashes which explains why they are so pricey. I probably would never pick them up, but I’m willing to try them since they came in my BoxyCharm. I think the packing is really nice on this too. The lashes themselves are really soft and look very natural looking.

Sol De Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream
MSRP: $10.00 USD

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I LOVE this cream! I have a large tub of this in my bathroom that I love using it all over my body. It leaves me feeling really hydrated. This contains a tiny amount of mica that when applied over the body gives a little glow (it looks like micro-sparkle). The scent of pistachio caramel is soooooo good! I love this little tub because I can take this with me when travelling!

Luxie 3 Piece Flawless Complexion 
MSRP: $42.00 USD

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I love Luxie brushes and I’m really excited to receive them in this month’s box! The 660 Precision Foundation Brush has less bristle density that makes it good for applying powder and liquid foundation to create a soft, diffused look. The 522 Tapered Highlighting Brush is really fluffy to apply highlight on the high points on the face. The 516 Duo Fiber Powder Brush is good for applying cream or powder products for a softer diffused look. Although the 522 and 516 look the same, the 516 does feel denser which is good for applying cream products. If I used cream blush I might like this more. I have a mineral foundation that I want to try the 660 brush with and I actually want to use the 516 to buff out eyeshadow to give me a softer look. I wish at least one brush was a bit larger to make it more suited for foundation application.

Jonteblu Waterproof Eyeliner Pencil
MSRP: $5.00 USD

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I love brown eyeliners and as I use up the one I currently have, I’m glad to have a new one ready as a backup. This is 100% vegan and waterproof.

Ofra Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Verona
MSRP: $21.00 USD

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With the bright eyeshadow that came in the palette, I can understand that BoxyCharm decided to add a nude lip colour. I like getting Ofra items because I would not necessarily buy anything from them although I hear really good things about their products. I think it’s because I’d rather go into a store and buy their products to test out and they don’t sell in any store I know of.

My Thoughts

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I am so happy with this box! It really stuck to the theme, offering items that remind me of the Caribbean.  I also like that I can create a look using the items offered. It was a really well thought out box! Total Value $134.00 ($176.29 CAD!)

Did you receive BoxyCharm this month? What was your favourite item from this box?

Lots of love,
Dal

Unboxing Topbox, June 2018

This last week has been so busy! My office moved locations and over the weekend I spent all of my time managing that. As the week progressed I was focused on ensuring the transistion to the new space went smoothly and people were happy. It’s left no time for me to really focus too much on the blog.

I’m back now, but I’m going to keep today’s post really short and sweet and share what I received in my Topbox. I have some reviews coming up which I’m excited to share and maybe some other fun personal items too!

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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 Athleisure Derm box and I got it! These are gym ready kits that you can find at Shoppers Drug Mart that contain products designed to work with an active lifestyle. I think it’s great because whether you enjoy products made for pre and post gym care or know someone who does, it’s fun to pick up a set that you can throw into your gym bag!

Prices are in CAD

Avene Trixera Nutri-Fluid Cleanser
Full Size: $29.00 (400 ml), Deluxe Size: $7.25 (100 ml)

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You can use this for the face and body making it a great cleanser for after the gym. This is designed for dry to very dry sensistive skin. It hardly has a scent which I really like. I would use a product like this for vacation.

Avene Thermal Spring Water
Mini Size: $9.80 (50 ml)

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According to the description, this is good to sooth and cleanse the skin before exercising and cools and refreshes during your exercise and after. This sounds good for those hot summer days when you want to cool and refresh your skin as well.

Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk
Full Size: $15.50 (150 ml), Sample Size: $5.17 (50 ml)

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This is probably a staple for me for when I work out because I love using dry shampoo to refresh my hair afterwards. This is gentle on the hair because of the addition of oat milk and helps to volumize and add texture to the hair using absorbing micronized powders.

Elancyl Slim Design Night
Full Size: $60.00 (200 ml), Sample Size: $2.10 (7 ml)

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This little packet reduces the look of dimples and cellulite. I’m not sure how much you are supposed to apply every night but I’m hoping I might get about 2-3 nights worth of product in here if I’m being sparing with the product. We will see but I’m not sure I’ll see any major changes.

My Thoughts

I wanted this box and I’m really happy I got it. I mostly wanted it for the first three items I mentioned so I’m not too bothered that the Elancly cream is in a tiny packet. Total Value of my box;  $24.32

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Did you get Topbox this month? Have you tried any of the items mentioned above? Let me know your thoughts!

Lots of love,
Dal

Unboxing BoxyCharm, May 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 “Birthday Bash”. I wasn’t sure if this was to celebrate BoxyCharm’s birthday, but I think it might be.

All prices in USD converted to CAD at the end

PUR Sculptor Palette
MSRP: $30.00 USD

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This is a four-pan palette with two contours and two very shimmery highlight shades. I thought at first that this might be too dark for my complexion but the contour powders are not as dark when swatched as they appear in the pan (see my swatches below)

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Still, I think this might be suited for those who have a medium skin tone. Of course, I could wear these shades for my eyes. I find a lot of times I love wearing contour as an eyeshadow because it just works so well as a crease or lid shade. The highlight colours are really pretty that I would definitely use them on my face or eyes!

CoverFX Blurring Primer
MSRP: $38.00 USD

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This primer helps blur the appearance of pores. I like using blurring primers around my nose when I’m wearing a high coverage makeup because it smooths my skin and makes my foundation look flawless. I used to own the CoverFX anti-ageing primer and I rather enjoyed it so I’m curious if this is similar.

Pretty Vulgar The Ink Gel Eyeliner
MSRP: $24.00 USD

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How cute is this packaging! I love that this looks like a quill ink container. The gel inside is highly-pigmented and dries down really quickly. It’s been a long time that I’ve used a gel liner but there was a time when I preferred them over liquid or pencil liners. I remember I could do a really sharp wing using gel liner and an angled brush so I’m excited to test my skills at that again!

Aesthetica 3 Piece Eye Trio
MSRP: $46.00 USD

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I think it’s perfect to send along these eye brushes with the gel eyeliner from Pretty Vulgar because then you have the tools to use the eyeliner. These felt really soft but also very sturdy.

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I love getting brow spoolies because I use them all the time. I think the angled brush could be used for eyeliner or for brow products. Lastly, the fine tipped brush would be nice to use with gel liner, or even if you wanted to do a soft line using eye shadow.

Aesthetica P12 Face Brush
MSRP: $27.00 USD

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Again, I think it’s really great to get a tool that can be used with the face palette in the same box. It just makes it easy if you are building a collection of makeup or just don’t have a brush on hand. This domed and fluffy brush might work well with the PUR face palette either as a very soft contour brush or even to apply the highlight. I might use this brush to apply translucent powders but I’ll test it out and see how I like using it.

Beauty Creations Liquid Lip Gloss in Sweet Heart
MSRP: $10.00 USD

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This is a matte liquid lip gloss that provides full coverage and dries to a smooth matte finish. At first, I thought I received another nude colour but this is actually a berry colour which I’m way more excited for. I immediately tried it on my lips! I would need to wear lipliner with this (I’m not good at getting formulas like this within my lip line which is why I didn’t take a photo of it on). It’s super comfortable on and I liked the way it looked on.

Swatches

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My Thoughts

This box is great! I like that a lot of the makeup items came with brushes that they can be used with and I think the coverFX primer is something that I’d be interested to try. Total Value: $175.00 USD ($224.25 CAD) I think this is one of the highest value I’ve received from BoxyCharm, and I only pay about $35.00 CAD for it!

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

Lots of Love,
Dal

Unboxing Topbox, May 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 got a surprise box!

Prices are in CAD

Cake Beauty Triple Citrus Blend Body Butter Cream
Full Size: $15.00 (200 ml), Sample Size: $4.50 (30 ml)

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I’ve received a Cake Beauty product in Topbox for a while but I knew eventually I would see this brand again! I do enjoy Cake Beauty because their body care smells really good and works really well on my skin. This body butter cream smells so good! I love citrus scents. The butter is good for ultra-dehydrated skin with shea butter for nourishment. Lately, my hands have been feeling extremely dry so I might save this for them.

Benefit Cosmetics BROWVO! Conditioning Eyebrow Primer
Full Size: $38.00 (3 ml), Sample Size: $11.40 (0.9 ml)

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According to the description of this product it conditions & smooths your brows when worn on its own. If worn as a primer it enhances & extends the wear of other brow products. I have another sample of this product which I’ve never used because I don’t see the need to add another step to my brow routine by using this as a primer. However, I might use it when I leave my brows bare just to help brush and condition them in place.

Nude By Nature Natural Glow Loose Bronzer
Full Size: $30.00 (10g), Sample Size: $7.60 (2g)

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I’m really excited to receive another item from Nude by Nature to try out. I’ve been using the primer I received last month in my Topbox and I really like it! I’ve never used loose bronzer but this might be really nice for the summer because it looks to have a nice glow!

BLAQ Hydrogel Eye Mask
One Pack (5 masks): $29.00, One Mask: $5.80

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This activated charcoal eye mask helps de-puff and detox around the eyes. I’ve been testing a lot of eye masks lately because I’ve had long days at work and need something to hydrate my skin. This has hyaluronic acid so I definitely think it will help with that!

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I’ve never seen this brand before so I went to their website to get more information. Blaq is an Australian skincare brand that builds their products around activated charcoal as their main ingredient. I am interested in the eye mask and would also want to try their Blaq mask and Blaq teeth whitening wand.

Bonus Item! Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes

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I haven’t used one of these in the longest time! This isn’t the best wipe for removing makeup, but if you want to use it to quickly cleanse your face when in a pinch this is great. I love this little packet because then I can take it with me on an overnight trip.

My Thoughts

What a great box! Topbox has really been stepping it up lately and each month I am more and more excited about the items I’ve been receiving. A lot of these items are perfect for spring/summer, such as the bronzer and even the body cream because the scent reminds me of warm weather. I love that the box included brands and products I have not used before. The total value of the box: $29.30 (excluding the bonus item)!

Do you subscribe to Topbox? If so, what did you get in your box and what are your thoughts?

Lots of Love,
Dal