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

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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

Unboxing BoxyCharm, April 2018

FIRST THINGS FIRST!
CONGRATS TO JOY MILLS FOR WINNING MY SHU UEMURA GIVEAWAY!
(I’ll be reaching out for your details to send over the Wonder-Worker Air Dry/Blow Dry Protector)

Now on to the Box!

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 “Eye Candy”. I think it’s a really cute theme and there was an eyeshadow palette included in the box!

PRICES ARE IN USD CONVERTED TO CAD AT THE END.

Colourpop Semi-Precious Eyeshadow Palette
Retail Price: $29.00 USD

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This is 8-pan shimmery shadow palette. I really like the range of colours in this palette and I think the pigmentation is great!

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I included some swatches below. Looking on the Boxycharm website, subscribers received one of five different colourpop eyeshadow palette. I look forward to using this in some eye looks.

Tarte Tartiest Pro Glow Liquid Highlighter in Exposed
Retail Price: $29.00 USD

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I don’t use too much liquid highlighter (if you’ve seen my project pan post, you understand my struggle to use up the Cover FX Liquid Highlighter sample!) I do like the shade of this highlighter and think it will work really well for my skin tone. I included a swatch below where you can see how glowy this appears. It has a few specks of sparkle but it’s not very noticeable and I really enjoyed how it looked on my shoulder so I might end up using it as a body highlight.

Dr. Brandt Pores No More Vacuum Cleaner
Retail Price: $47.00 USD

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The description of this mask says that it will unclog and tighten the look of pores. This is made for oily/combination skin, however, I would definitely use this in areas of my face that have clogged pores such us my nose area. I always enjoy receiving Dr. Brandt items. I feel like I’ve got quite a nice collection of their skincare line through BoxyCharm so I can really test the brand out.

The Brow Gal Instatint Tinted Eyebrow Gel
Retail Price: $22.00 USD

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This is a tinted eyebrow gel with microfibers that is meant to help achieve a natural hair look. My brows give me so much difficulty so I enjoy gels because they tend to hold my hairs in place. I received  this in the brown hair colour which should work on me. I didn’t want to open this because I have other brow products I’m using at the moment.

Adesse Hi-Definition Liquid Lipstick
Retail Price: $24.00 USD

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This didn’t have a shade name but based on my best guess from the website I think I got Haute Cocoa, which is a pretty deep nude colour. This is a sticky formula that is really shiny and thick. It has this chocolate candy scent which I love. I read a lot of positive reviews for this so I look forward to giving it a try!

Swatches

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My Thoughts

Once again BoxyCharm has sent a box of really great items. I look forward to using the Colourpop shadow palette. I’m also happy to have more Dr. Brandt items. All around this is a really awesome box. Total Value; $151.00 US ($194.45 CAD)!!

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I’ve been getting BoxyCharm for a year now and I must say that I think the subscription is really great. I use so many of the items and those that I don’t use make great gifts to friends and family. I’ve been tempted to invest in one more year of these boxes, but we will see I may just continue to get 3 months at a time.

Did you get BoxyCharm this month? What did you think of the items in this month’s box?

Lots of Love,
Dal

Unboxing Topbox, April 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 and you know what they are. This month I got a surprise box!

All prices in Canadian Dollars

Nude by Nature Perfecting Primer
Full Size: $32.00 (30 ml), Sample Size: 
$16.00 (15 ml)

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This year the Australia Brand, Nude by Nature, made its way into Canada and I’ve been curious ever since to give their items a try. The brand is based on the philosophy of creating makeup that is good for you. It is committed to providing 100% naturally derived and cruelty-free makeup that is formulated without unnecessary chemicals, synthetic ingredients or preservatives often found in cosmetics. This is a smoothing, silicone-free primer.

Glow for a Cause Natural Lip Balm
Full Size: $6.00 (4.25g), this is a full-size item

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Glow for a Cause is a passionate project by Johanna Querry Smith, a teacher, artist and skincare products. Whenever you purchase a product you are giving back to the non-profit organizations they are partnered with! I love brands with such amazing initiatives like this. I always love a new lip balm, especially since I just used one up this month!

Klorane Dry Shampoo with Nettle
Full Size: $15.00 (150 ml), Sample Size: $5.00 (50 ml)

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I don’t use too much dry shampoo but I don’t think this would work for me anyways because it’s made for oily hair. I know some friends who might actually enjoy this so I’m probably going to pass it along to them. This has a light tint that should blend in naturally into brown to dark hair.

Skin&CO Truffle Therapy Boosting Anti-Aging Serum
Full Size: $80.00 (30 ml), Sample Size: $13.33 (5 ml)

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An anti-ageing serum! YES! YES! YES!! After cleansing, you apply a few drops of this over the face twice daily. You let it absorb and then use a moisturizer. I’m really excited to try this item especially since it’s pretty pricey!

BONUS! Garnier Whole Blends Oat Delicacy Shampoo and Conditioner Packets

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With my hair shorter, I might be able to get 2 uses out of these packets. I actually enjoy the Whole Blends line and the Oat Delicacy is made for Delicate Hair and Sensitive Scalp.

My Thoughts

I like that I got skincare and a primer in this box! They are items that I use quite a bit so I appreciate trying new ones. I look forward to testing out an item from Nude by Nature too. The only item that I won’t use is the dry shampoo. I wish that was made for dry or normal hair since mine is far from oily, but I will be able to pass it on so it’s not a complete loss.  Total Value: $40.33 CAD!

Did you receive Topbox? What did you think of this month’s box?

Also, have you tried anything from Nude by Nature? If so, what product recommendations might you have?

Lots of Love,
Dal

Unboxing BoxyCharm, March 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 “Bae Cation”. The theme is fun and I love the tropical print on the card. A lot of the makeup in this month box is bright and colourful and I think they tie well with the theme.

If you read my unboxing post last month, you’ll know that BoxyCharm experienced some issues getting the boxes into Canada and my shipment was delayed. I got my BoxyCharm in a reasonable time this month. I hope that the customs issue they encountered last month has been resolved.

Prices are in USD converted to CAD at the end.

PUR The Complexion Authority Eyeshadow Palette 
MSRP: $36.00 USD 

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This palette was created as a collaboration between PUR and BoxyCharm and I think the colours are absolutely gorgeous! I swatched a few shades (see below) and they appear to be super pigmented and soft.

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This is the second PUR palette I’ve received in a BoxyCharm. I never opened the other one (although I loved those colours too) because it was neutral so I thought it would make a perfect gift and was holding on to it. This one, however, I want to wear myself.

Butter London Double Decker Lashes Mascara
MSRP: $20.00 USD

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This is supposedly going to give you 200% thicker lashes in just one coat and 314% increased lash curl! haha! I love that it’s 314%, how do they measure these things! This looks to be a standard brush style and I’m looking forward to trying it, but I have a few opened mascaras that I’m using up to start.

South Mane Beauty Under Eye Gels
MSRP: $10.00 USD

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I like under eye masks because I find they are great for that awake look and are moisturizing the under eye area. I look forward to trying these masks out and sharing my thoughts. I also appreciate being sent the pack of three because I can then test them out consistently.

The Vintage Cosmetic Company Smokey Eye Makeup Brush Set
MSRP: $23.15 USD 

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Another product from the Vintage Cosmetic Company! I have a highlighter I received in my December Box that I’ve been enjoying so much so I’m glad that I’m slowly being introduced to this UK brand through BoxyCharm. I read on their website that they will launch in Canada in 2018! I sure hope that it is soon because I would love to try more. I love the vintage vibe.

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The set is supposed to help you create a smokey eye look and I love that each brush is numbered with a cute reference to the Elvis song, Blue Suede Shoes, but with a shadow twist on it. It’s darn cute!

Pretty Vulgar Make Them Blush in Prim Vixen
MSRP: $26.00 USD

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When I first opened this blush I was nervous that the pink was going to be super bright and way too pigmented. I’m pleasantly surprised that this is actually really light and buildable so it won’t look like a hot pink strip across my face when I wear it. I included a swatch below where I used my finger to really build up the colour so you could see it on camera but in person, it’s subtle.

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I’m glad I decided to swatch it and not judge the colour as it appeared in the pan. One thing I’m not a fan of is how cheap the packaging feels. It’s like a kids makeup type of plastic and I really don’t like it. For something that sells at Sephora at the price point above I would have thought it would be a better plastic. Either way, the colour is amazing and I love it, just an observation.

Swatches

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My Thoughts

I am happy with EVERYTHING in this box. Last month I had some hits and misses but this month is all hits! All the items would work really well together and I like that this goes with the theme of vacation because you could literally take everything in this box on vacation with you. Total value of the box; $115.15 USD ($148.51 CAD)

Did you get BoxyCharm this month? What did you think of your box? Get anything different than me?

Lots of Love,
Dal

Unboxing Topbox, March 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 and you know what they are. This month I wished for the Rexall Prive Box and I got it!

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All prices in Canadian Dollars

Wet n Wild MegaGlo Highlighting Powder in Blossom Glow
Full Size Price: $6.99 (5.4g), this is a full size item

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I’ve seen these highlighters in store and hear a lot of good things about them. If I’m correct, these highlighters are intense. This is a pretty dusty rose colour that I think would be super flattering on. I didn’t want to swatch this because I do have a few other highlighters I’ve been using and didn’t want to have too many open at the same time. I also really love the stamped floral print on the highlighter itself. It’s such a nice detail.

La Roche-Posay Lipikar Lotion
Full Size Price: $25.00 (200 mL), Sample Price: $1.00 (15mL)

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I’ve tried La Roche-Posay micellar water and moisturizer before and enjoyed them so I’m interested in trying this lotion. This sample is tiny so I would barely get one use out of it. Usually, Topbox only sends out 4 items and this prive box has 5 so I  guess I  won’t get too upset, but I think it would have been worthwhile to get a larger sample, especially for something designed for the body.

e.l.f. Cosmetics Intense Ink Eyeliner in Blackest Black
Full Size Price: $4.00 (2.5g), this is a full size item

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When I first saw this jumbo eyeliner I was afraid the actual liner itself was giong to be thick. Luckily it comes to a pretty small point which I prefer when doing eyeliner. I have tried other items from e.l.f. but never their eyeliner so I’m excited to try the formula and see how it compares to other eyeliners I own.

SoftLips Hello Kitty CUBE in Pom Berry
Full Size Price: $5.99 (6.5g), this is a full size item

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How cute is this!! The Hello Kitty print on the packaging is too adorable! It appears this is a clear balm and I’ve heard that SoftLips is pretty nourishing. This is meant to hydrate with shea butter, and has vitamin A, C & E to replenish the lips. I look forward to trying this out.

NYX Professional Makeup Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick in Tea & Cookies
Full Size Price: $10.00 (4mL), this is a full size item

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The description of this reads that this is a waterproof lippie that dries matte. Although I didn’t swatch it here I looked up some images of this colour online and looks to be a super pretty pink. I think it’ll make a great spring shade.

BONUS! Kit Anti-Anging Mask

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Did Topbox read my mind and know that I love anti-aging masks? haha! I guess so! This was an extra in my box and I’m really happy I received it.

My Thoughts

Since this was a Prive Box that I wished for, I’m happy that I received these items. They were things that I was interested in trying and I think getting them all in this box was super nice. Stand out products for me is the e.l.f. eyeliner and the Wet N’Wild hightlighter! Total Value of my box; $27.98. This is a pretty low-value box. I didn’t include the bonus mask but that might be $3.00 max. I think that might have been why it was added to the box as an extra.

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

Lots of Love,
Dal

Unboxing BoxyCharm, February 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 “Galaxy Glow”.

In the middle of February, BoxyCharm sent me (and likely other Canadian subscribers) an email to expect the box a little later usual because a change in customs policy delayed the box a few days. When my box arrived I noticed a more in-depth declaration label than it usually has. I wonder if BoxyCharm had to redo the declarations so that they could pass through Canadian Customs and that caused the delay. Anyways, I really appreciate that BoxyCharm sent the email to give me a heads up! I would have been worried that my box might have gone missing had they not sent an email. My box was about a week later than usual. I hope that this doesn’t affect future shipments moving forward.

On to what I received!

Prices are in American Dollars, converted to Canadian at the end

Ofra Cosmetics Pop-Up Mini Palette and Blush Godett Refill in Winter Gold Rose
Palette Retail Price: $19.00 US
Blush Retail Price: $12.00 US

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The pop-up palette is a magnetic palette for you to put depotted pans into. I think this would fit about 12  standard eyeshadows. I like the style of this palette and how the magnet feels pretty strong. I have a few pans that I’ve depotted over the years so I can use them in something like this.

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I love that a blush was included with the palette and it’s a beautiful everyday natural type of colour! It’s a nude rose that would look nice during the summer when my skin is a bit more tanned. I look forward to trying this.

Cover FX Shimmer Veil in Amethyst
Retail Price: $28.00 US

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Oh man! I wish I got this guy during the holidays when I was needing something like this for all those holiday parties I attended! Either way, I’m still happy with it now. This is a creamy pale purple shadow with silver micro-glitter that would look cute all over the eyelid in the spring! It’s not as intense as the glitter shadows from Stila so I feel I would wear it a lot more.

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Vintage Cosmetics Smokey Eye Pencil in Black
Retail Price: $21.00 US

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Can’t go wrong with a nice black liner in my books! I didn’t swatch this because I have my Marc Jacobs liner I’m trying to empty from my Project Pan for 2018 so I didn’t want to open this. Hopefully it’s an intense black  that is creamy and long lasting.

Pur the Complexion Authority X-Faux Lip Plumping Exfoliator
Retail Price: $17.00 US

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I’ve never seen a plumbing lip exfoliator before but I’m very intrigued by this. I love lip plumpers but the ones I own are in lip gloss form and all of my lip exfoliators are in jars. I like is that this is a twist up pen which should make application easier and more hygienic. I wonder if I’ll see a difference with this plumping my lips. I will test this out and let you all know what I think! 

Crown Pro Trio Brush Set
Retail Price: $29.99 US

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I was immediately excited about the medium sized brush in this set because I imagine it would be perfect for blending out concealer. It just has the right amount of density for me that I would think it would be great for that. The large sized brush would be great to powder under the eyes or as a blush brush and the small sized brush would be good to apply eyeshadow.

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I am quite obsessed with brushes and these ones are super soft and really light. The only downside is the handles are really chunky which makes it harder for me to store them in my brush roll.

Swatches

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My Thoughts

Although this box doesn’t go along with the glow theme, I still think the items are good. I am happy with the brushes and Ofra palette and the blush. Total Value of my box, $126.99 ($163.72)!

Did you get BoxyCharm this month? Did you experience any delays in shipping? What items did you get?

Lots of Love,
Dal

Unboxing Topbox: February 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 and you know what they are. This month I got a surprise box!

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

Smashbox Be Legendary Liquid Metal in Crimson Chrome
Full Size: $28.00 (8mL), Sample Size: $15.63 (5mL)

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I think I saw this colour a lot during the holidays, I have a feeling a received this as a deluxe sample from Sephora or something. Anyways this is a pretty high shine red. The description describes this as a liquid lipstick formula with the full coverage of a lipstick and the shine of a gloss. I haven’t tried this before so I’m for giving it a go.

The Face Shop MASK.LAB Anti-Aging Foil Face Mask
One Mask: $4.00 (25g)

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Oh yay! An anti-ageing mask! I am so excited for this. I always enjoy face masks, especially when it’s meant to fight wrinkles. One trick I do is save any extra serum from these overly saturated packets, that way I’ll be able to use them even after I’m done with the mask.

LARITZY Cosmetics Eye Pencil in Shimmer
Full Size: $18.00 (1g), this is a full-size item

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I’m happy to receive this in my Topbox because I don’t have any white eye liner pencils. I think they look so pretty in the water line or as an inner lid highlight shade to make your eyes pop. This is a super creamy pencil with a slight pearl-like sheen and isn’t a stark white colour. It’ll look very flattering on the eyes.

Wella Professionals Oil Reflections Luminous Shampoo & Conditioner
Full Size Shampoo: $21.32 (250 mL), Full Size Conditioner: $21.32 (200mL)
Sample Size Shampoo: $4.26 (50 mL), Sample Size Conditioner: $3.20 (30 mL)

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A perfect little travelling pair of hair items! These two items are meant to leave the hair deeply cleansed and luminous. It also smells so good! It has a really clean, sweet scent.

My Thoughts
I’m going to start using these items right away. The liner is going to be perfect in spring when I start wearing light makeup looks. I’m hoping the mask can provide some good hydration and improve elasticity as it claims. With my hair feeling dull lately I’m definitely going to put the Wella shampoo and condition to the test. The total value of my box: $45.09.

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

Lots of Love,
Dal

Unboxing BoxyCharm, January 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 “Rock 2018″. I think it’s a fun and new year feeling theme. I also love that some items received in this month’s box really go with the theme.

Prices are in American Dollars, converted to Canadian at the end

Dr. Brandt Pores No More Luminzer Primer
Retail Price: $38.00 USD

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I think this is my favourite product from this box! I was about to purchase the GlamGlow Glowstarter illuminizing primers from Sephora, but when I saw this I decided not to because this is an illuminating primer. It’s like BoxyCharm read my mind!

This delivers a naturally radiant glow while blurring pores and imperfections. Yes, please! I wonder if BoxyCharm has some deal with Dr. Brandt because I see their items quite often in the boxes. I’m not complaining because they are amazing products that are pricey, I’m just curious.

It Cosmetics Brow Power Universal Eyebrow Pencil
Retail Price: $24.00 USD

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I received a sample size of this eyebrow pencil a long time ago in an Ipsy bag (I totally miss that subscription) and I remember liking it. Based on the amount of pressure you apply to your brows, the pencil either can be intense or soft.

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I like this shade of taupe and look forward to using this again.

Crown Pro Glam Metals Palette
Retail price: $25.00 USD

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I was surprised that Crown created makeup because I thought they were mostly a brushes company. This packaging is adorable! I love the flying guitar mirror on the inside.

The colours are pigmented and smooth. Except for Black Metal, these are all shimmers so I will need to use other palettes to build my base but these all make great lid shades. Since getting the Kat Von D shade and light palette I’ve been enjoying colourful eyeshadows.

Pur Bronze and Brighten Cheek Palette
Retail Price: $34.00 USD

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Last month I received a shimmery cheek palette, highlight and bronzer through my BoxyCharm that I have no need for this one right away. I do like the highlight and blush colour included but I’m not going to use this seeing as I already have new items from last month that I’ve already started using. I may end up passing this along to a friend.

Girlactik Matte Lip Paint in Demure
Retail Price; $23.00 USD

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I have a few of these dark nude lipsticks and honestly, I’m starting to get sick of them in my boxes. I just wish I could get something else! A red, pink, glitter or clear colour would be so refreshing! I usually love these colours but I have too many!!!

I’m not sure if I’ll use this lipstick because this formula is supposedly amazing. I’ve heard it’s longlasting, lightweight and doesn’t transfer.

My Thoughts

Except for the repeat colour on the matte lip paint, I’m super happy with what I received in BoxyCharm. I might give away the Pur cheek set but I still think it’s a great item. I most happy about the pores no more primer! Total Value: $144 USD ($179.95)

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

Lots of Love,
Dal