Wednesday, October 17, 2012

October 2012 Topbox unboxing

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I was so excited to receive this last week but then I found out that they didn't get it to Canada Post by the cut-off and I had to wait until Monday. It's really tough waiting a whole weekend in anticipation!

I'm pleased with my contents. I couldn't use the phrase "blown away" like I wish I could because it's just not that type of package content-wise but it was solid for me.

Here are the contents of the October 2012 Topbox (cylinder):

From the left, I got:

  • MaskerAide sheet mask called Detox Diva (Cleanse, Exfoliate & Detoxify)
  • Vasanti BrightenUp! enzymatic Face Rejuvenator (20g)
  • Aveda invati solutions for thinning hair exfoliating shampoo and thickening conditioner (10ml each)
  • Stila sampler palette (one-time use type sample on a card)
  • OH and I forgot to take a picture of it because I can't find it but on the product card it says we can get a 3-piece Lise Watier sample kit from Shopper's Drug Mart. We don't have that in Quebec so... Not gonna happen for me. Pharmaprix is linked to them but I called and they didn't have any idea of this coupon and no 3-piece Lise Watier sample anyway.

My thoughts: 

The MaskerAide sheet mask is the best sample of the bunch for me. I love masks and I've been wanting to try this brand. I find the retail price of 4.99$ too much for me to want to buy regularly even if it's awesome but I would have paid that price for at least one time to know how good it is and have the experience of using this mask.

I used it the same day I got my Topbox and I have a small review coming up!

The Vasanti BrightenUp! prdoduct is the second-best sample for me because it's a decent size and seems to be something interesting. It's a cleanser-like product that should brighten up dull complexion. Said to be good for all skin types.

The Aveda shampoo and conditioner are interesting... I never thought of myself as having thinning hair but it's not super thick so this product could be useful and I appreciate sending some shampoo AND some conditioner. BUT it's 10ml each which is good for 1 or 2 washings and it wouldn't be enough for me to know if I want to buy or not. Kind of defeats the purpose of the box samples. I was so much more pleased with the Glymm shampoo and conditioner samples last month than this (see HERE for that post).

The sampler palette of Stila eyeshadows (In the Light) are basically one-use but at least you get the whole palette to try as it's sold in stores. I think this fulfills the goal of trying a product to know if we want to purchase the full size but it's a cardboard sampler so it seems like less than what should be a DELUXE sample.

Still, the sampler is much better for me than getting one colour in larger quantity since it will allow me to make a couple complete looks and allow me to try a couple of Stila's matte shadows. I wish I got the fully matte palette since that's the one I've had my eye on, but this one has a couple still. So even if it's the weaker sample in a lot of ways, it's still a winner for me.

Final thoughts

I'm a mix of disappointed and perfectly satisfied. lol

All the products are something I'm happy to try but it didn't blow me away and 2 of the 4 products have borderline not deluxe samples... I'm happy to say that I'm not "threatening" to unsub like I have pretty much all subscriptions lately. Well, I haven't been threatening only, I really did unsub to Glymm last month and Glossybox this month. Thankfully I got Divalicious to keep me going and will be getting the Natural Beauty Box very shortly! And the final month of Glossy too...

What did you guys think of your Topbox this month?


  1. great review, I agree this was not Topboxes best month! however I have faith they will turn it around for November! They're reasonably priced and deserve another chance from me. With Glossybox, if I paid 21$ and didn't like the box I would feel so much more ripped off! haha.

  2. As my first box, I actually liked it. I'm excited to try the Vasanti product. I didn't get the shampoo in mine. Definitely didn't blow my mind but I'm happy :)

    1. I just tried it and it felt pretty good. I definitely don't dislike it after one try!

  3. I think they took a big risk this month including the "palette" as a deluxe sample. I think it would have been much better as a bonus!

    1. I figure it was not that big of a risk for them since people would not unsub after one month when they waited so long to get it. People will practically all give Topbox another chance.

  4. I've been unsubscribed to Topbox for a while, not because they're bad or anything. Just because I put myself on a beauty box spending ban. I would be pretty disappointed to get a box like this. I hope it's better next month!


  5. I just got off the wait list for Topbox after 7 months, so I'm really hoping November's box is good! I have to say this one is the least impressive that I've seen, but it's not bad for their low subscription fee.

  6. Yes, I was a bit bummed with my first box. :/ I'm looking forward to trying the vasanti.