Tuesday, 16 October 2012

TOPBOX - October 2012

Yesterday evening when I came home from a lovely dinner out to celebrate my boyfriends birthday, I found a little present waiting for me in my mailbox! It was my October Topbox, which is always a welcome surprise :)


For those of you who are unfamiliar with it, Topbox is one of Canada's subscription beauty box programs. For only $10 a month (plus tax) you get a lovely box filled with premium cosmetic samples delivered right to your door. You can usually expect four samples per month, although sometimes you get more!

In my September Topbox I received:
Aveda Invati Shampoo and Conditioner samples (10 ml each) (full size shampoo retails for $27.00/200 ml)
MaskerAide Facial Sheet Masks (one mask) (retails for $4.99)
Stila "eye shadow palette" (this is not a real palette. It is a piece of paper with a little one-use trial of eye shadow on it) (value: I would say $0.00) (full size retails for $50.00/14g)
Stila Lip Glaze in 'raspberry' (1.5ml) (full size retails for $29.00/2.4ml)
Aveda Invati, Stila Lip Glaze in 'raspberry'

Stila "eye shadow palette" 

MaskerAide Mask in 'detox diva'
So there you have it, October's Topbox. I will note that Topbox recently accepted what I can only assume was a large amount of new subscribers. I say this based on the hundreds of posts on their Facebook wall by excited new subscribers who finally went off the wait list. I was worried this influx of new Topboxers would affect the quality of the boxes, and if this is my only box to judge, I would say the quality has gone down considerably. The Aveda Invati hair samples are so tiny, it won't likely be enough for one single shower for me, since I have long hair. One single wash is not enough to tell if you like a product, and at $27.00 a pop I doubt I would splurge on this product without trying it out with a decent sized sample.
The MaskerAide mask is lovely, and since I have already reviewed them, I can say this is a great product and I am very glad to see it in Topbox! I hope all the subscribers enjoy this lovely face mask, which is from a Canadian company! The Stila "eyeshadow palette" is the sorriest excuse for a "palette" I have ever come across. Topbox made a mistake in labeling this a palette in their description card, they should've called it an eye shadow sampler or something. To me, this is not a real sample. This is the type of thing you get for free in a magazine page. The big redeeming item in this box was definitely the Stila lip glaze, which is a very generous 1.5ml sample and will last quite a while. Overall, this was definitely not one of my favourite Topboxes. I always rave about how wonderful they are, but this month I was a bit disappointed. I won't cancel quite yet though, they have a great track record and I will hope that next month is better!

What do you think of the October Topbox?
--S


Topbox is currently on a waiting list, so if you are at all interested in getting a subscription you should go to their website and get on the wait list today! 

You can read about my May Topbox here. June Topbox here, July Topbox here, August Topbox here, September Topbox here

51 comments:

  1. I love the lipglaze - I got one long ago with a Strawberry Net order and used it up quickly!

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  2. I'm still on the wait list but you did mention a good point... more subscribers might cause the quality to go down. I hope when I finally get on the list, the items will be like the ones I've seen a few months back! Thanks for providing these reviews, it makes my 'beauty box subscription' decision a whole lot easier!
    xx Grace
    ouihui.blogspot.com

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    1. I still think Topbox is the best beauty box in Canada. Glossybox is shady and now quite over priced at $21/month, Glymm is way too hit and miss (usually a miss), BB5 is shipped from the USA and the samples are also hit and miss, Julep is good if you like getting polish but the polish quality leaves something to be desired. Luxebox isn't my personal cup of tea.

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  3. What version # is your box?
    I'm still waiting for mine, it was suppose to come today :S It's going to be my first Topbox, I'm excited :)

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    1. I got mine this morning, would appreciate if you checked it out :) I mentioned your blog :)
      http://tatianas87.blogspot.ca/2012/10/topbox-october-2012.html

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    2. going over to your blog now!

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  4. Wow, that Stila "eyeshadow palette" is the stupidest thing I have ever seen! These box things are really getting worse and worse!

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    1. haha yeah it is a sad excuse for a sample.

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  5. The stilla lipgloss is gorgeous!! xx

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  6. Yea I am a little worried as mine is on the way and it's my first one! From the reviews I am seeing I'm not terribly impressed. I also believe I have finally figured out what boxes to keep. I think I'll just stick with loose button and julep. That is plenty. I have to get rid of glossy as of their 6$ increase. Sad. Thanks for the review!

    Sarah

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    1. I think Glossybox is going to see a major dip in subscribers- 21/month for random samples? I think not! Topbox is much better priced at 10/month and yes, you do get only 4 samples per box but that is fine by me!

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  7. Not very impressed :( They shouldn't be accepting new customers if it's going to end up with a weakened product. Topbox used to be amazing!

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    1. I know, but I cannot give up on them quite yet! I have faith :) haha

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  8. I really like that Stila lip gloss!

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  9. I just got my first one and I'm a bit disappointed because of what I've seen in their previous ones. Overall, I'm pleased but not overjoyed.

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    1. Exactly! This box is not horrible or anything, it has some good products but I just have a high bar set for Topbox because of their past boxes.

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  10. I was bummed with my first box. :( I'll probably post tomorrow.

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    1. awww <3 don't give up yet, I have faith they'll get better!

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  11. It's nice to see they put in the lip gloss! I was thinking the same thing about the eyeshadow, it does seem like something you'd get in a magazine. I hope the next one is better!

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    1. yeah, the eye shadow palette is kind of garbage to me but at least the mask and gloss are useful!

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  12. I was not pleased with mine either and you're right it's because of all the people they took off the waitlist. I'm sorry, but I think that they should have just kept people waiting rather than lower the quality of the box so drastically for their existing clients. Maybe it's just like cell phone plans where once you're a client, the phone companies don't care about you anymore, they only care about new activations...

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    1. I REALLY hope that isn't the case, Jayne! I hope this was a little blip and they'll be in better shape come next month! fingers crossed.

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  13. Agreed. They accepted so many new customers. I think the problem is because they have to obtain these samples for free even though we are paying for it. It's harder to find a larger quantity of high quality products (which is why they couldn't give everyone the balenciaga sample last month). In the end of the day, we think we are customers but the truth is, we're just paying to be advertised.

    Anyway, here is my review

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  14. Not bad! Although .. this month they really didnt stick to the topbox ways! a few boxes didnt have any larger samples which was surprising.

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  15. Not Topbox's best, but I would love to try the mask and the eyeshadow. You got some nice shades, there's a bunch of other ones floating around.

    Samantha
    Nailartcouture

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  16. I got the same box as you! I actually liked it because I can use everything but I heard that the shampoo/condt. sample is only 1 use! I hope I can spare some and use it more than once haha. How did you like the lip glaze? I dont want to try it because Im afraid the colour might be too dark for my lips

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  17. I have long hair too so itty bitty samples, even deluxe samples, just don't last me beyond two washes. I'm kind of over these monthly subscription boxes...though I must say that Birch Box does it very well.

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  21. LOL at the Stila 'palette' :)

    Love your reviews! Followed your bloggg!!

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    Shari
    The Misty Mom

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  22. Great unboxing. I've been seeing subscription services everywhere but there's so many that I don't know which ones I would subscribe to! My biggest fear about subscribing to a monthly box would be getting lame products, like that Stila "palette." But I guess you never know til you try right?

    Also, I wanted to let you know that I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award(:

    Elle
    Lipstick & Lace

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