Wednesday, October 17, 2012

TOPBOX: October 2012

got my Topbox on the 15th - i didn't think it was that long of a wait but judging from many of the Facebook comments, it seemed that some people were waiting forever or something.
let's see how long i waited:

2027! that's almost 15 years! if anything, i should be the one complaining on Facebook.

i really don't know what they are processing in 2027 since i have the actual box in my hands... haha all kidding aside, this month's box (version 6) was okay - like last month, it's alright if you compare it to other boxes but it's a little underwhelming if you compare it to earlier Topboxes. 

October's beauty items:

1) Aveda Invati Exfoliating Shampoo & Thickening Conditioner - i can already smell it when i take it out of the box; smells like some kind of spice (not very pleasant). i do not have thinning hair so this product is really not for me. i am going to pass it off to my boyfriend though who is concerned about his receding hairline... i hope that was OK for me to share. he sometimes skims through my blog but i hope he doesn't read that part.

the box came with an offer for a complimentary Invati botanical therapy hair treatment with a hair cut or shampoo style...  i actually got my hair cut recently at the ABA Show so i won't be needing another one soon.  in Calgary, this offer is accepted at Diva Salonspa and Redbloom (haircuts start at $30 if you wanted it to be done by a student).
size: 10 mL each x 2
retail value: $27 (200 mL) 

2) MaskerAide Hydrating Facial Sheet Mask in "All Nighter" - i have heard fabulous things about this Canadian company: it's hydrating, eco-friendly, natural and it works. but the price is a bit of a turn-off though. especially since it says on the back to use once per week.
and speaking of the name "All Nighter" - the only time i've ever pulled an all nighter was not even for homework or deadlines... it was for video games - a really really long 50 rounds of Mario Party. 
size: 1 mask - 23 g (full size!)
retail value: $4.99

3) Stila Eyeshadow Palette in "In the Garden" - there are two other versions of the eyeshadow palette sample available: "In the Moment" (purple cover) and "In the Light" (gold cover). 
the colors in "In the Garden" are absolutely gorgeous but i am not sure if i can use this enough to warrant its' label as a "deluxe" sample. the card also has instructions on how to create two different looks. 

some swatches:

i'd have to say some are pigmented and some not so much. the colors seem to be more intense on the right side. they are all very shimmery though. i tried to use as little as i could since i didn't think there was much to begin with. in the end, i seemed to take off just a bit off the edges:

size:  N/A - sample card
retail value: $50 (14 g)

4) Stila Prime Pot in "Taffy" - i am always excited to try new eyeshadow primers and this is a decent size. i used it today and it works wonderfully.

size: 2 g
retail value: $26 (3.3 mL)

so no wow factor in this Topbox but it's okay. i hear a lot of new subscribers already unsubscribing but i think they haven't given Topbox a fair chance. i know Topbox took on new subscribers this month so i hope that a greater number of subscriptions does not affect the quality of the Topbox.
how do you guys feel about your Topboxes?

22 comments:

  1. We got the same box! Ah, Mario Party...did you have to get the glove for the N64? My palm got a blister!

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    1. you are so fast Jayne! so fast that Blogger hasn't even counted you as a view and yet i have a comment :)
      anyways, a glove? that sounds and looks intense (i had to google it) haha. did you have to get the glove?

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    2. I may have improvised...I had to win and the blister wasn't going to stop me!

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    3. lol i get so competitive while playing these games too!
      oh and you can't forget Mario Kart!

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  2. I got the same version, but the palette isn't the same colors and we got a different sheet mask!

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    1. strange! i know some people said they got Box-10 and i doubt there is 10 versions... so maybe the box number doesn't mean anything? haha

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  3. Great review! ^_^ I love reading your blog :)

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    1. thanks for reading and for mentioning the organizers. i am always trying to figure out how to organize everything since i keep buying more and more makeup :)

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  4. Same box here. The stila palette was underwhelming for me. The primer is excellent though! I've also heard great things about the mask.

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    1. i've been using the primer lately and it definitely is the highlight of the box for me

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  5. I think I would have expected more from the Stila palette... I'm usually a big fan of theirs but I don't think I would have picked that one up... But the primer has been one of my favorites for a while it truely is amazing =)

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    1. yeah the pigmentation wasn't the best and $50 is quite pricey!
      i am enjoying the primer so far!

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  6. I got a similar box as you but different palette. My palette was a nude shade which I'm excited to try! : ) Here's my review!

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    1. i checked your review out! looks like we agree on many of the items :)

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  7. That is crazy the tracking says 2027! lol

    Looks like a pretty good box overall though, much better than my birchbox this month I'd say.

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    1. oooh your October birchbox? looks like your post is not up yet but i am curious as to what you got!

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  8. Disappointing - it seems as though Topbox has been going downhill. I'm still hoping to get an invite soon so that I can try it, but I'm getting worried that it may end up being a waste of money!

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    1. i really hope Topbox takes all the comments about this month into consideration! the last two months were not Topbox's best months but i hope your wait is paid off in the near future! how long have you been waiting?

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  9. Hi i love your blog! I found your blog at Monday Blues Blog Hop!

    :)I am now following you hope you follow back!

    xoxo

    epitomeoffeminineallure.blogspot.com

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    1. hi daisy - i am heading to your blog right now :)

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  10. Hi helen, wow we have beauty boxes here in australia too and i subscribe to 1. Im quite happy with mine but yours looks amazing! Cant believe u got 2 stila makeup products! Cant wait to see what u think of them; im a beauty blogger too. Im following u from the blog hop and would love if u could return the favor at www.makemeupmandy.com :) have an international giveaway coming up soon too. Thanks helen x

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    1. hi there mandy! i am your newest follower :) i am excited to read about some Australian beauty boxes! my dad's side of the family all live in Australia - i've gone there twice but the flight is so very VERY long!
      and i am loving the stila prime pot right now! i haven't reached for the eyeshadow sample too much yet :)

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