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Last day of the month and I’m finally posting my Topbox.  I had a chance to try out a couple of items, and I thought it was a great selection of products for me this time around!


I think everyone received a complimentary Optic White toothbrush with whitener.  I haven’t tried it yet, but I love the extras that Topbox has been including lately!  As soon as I replace my toothbrush, this is the one I’m going to use.


I received a package of Eyeko Mascara Off eye makeup remover wipes.  I can’t wait to try them.  It’s a nice twist to makeup remover wipes and sometimes I just have too much budgeproof eyeliner and mascara on, so I’m sure these will be helpful on days like that!

I also received a Face Shop Character Mask.  Perfect, I love sheet masks and looking like a pig instead of a mummy will be a nice treat!

I received a lip balm made by Barefoot Venus and it’s called Lip Bliss.  I have never heard of this company before.  It was supposed to have a grapefruit flavour to it, but I couldn’t detect it.  It’s an okay balm.  The packaging is sort of The Balm-esque, (making up my own words now) featuring a pin up girl.  It has cardboard packaging and a push up tube.

Lastly a nail polish, I have been so into Jamberry lately, I haven’t worn much polish.  This is a dark vampy colour by Trind North America.  I did wear it, it applied nicely but chipped after a few days…back to my two week Jamberry’s I guess!

I’m very pleased with what I received, I love when you feel like you got more than your money’s worth.  This month for me is a fine example of that!


I was surprised to find my Topbox in my mailbox this month, I didn’t realize how far into April we are!  Topbox has been doing a great job at providing its subscribers with some extras lately.  It’s always fun to find a new product sample to try out!


I’m very happy to report that I have received no Bella Aura products (my views on these can be found in the past few Topbox blogs I’ve posted).


I received a CoQ10 Caviar sheet mask, I always love to try these out, so I’m pleased.  I received a Micellar Water by La Roche-Posay and have tried it out.  It works well but I didn’t find it to be a game changer.  A dry shampoo from Cake was also included, its smells like vanilla, but I haven’t had a chance to try it out yet.


A Laritzy Lip Pencil was in this month’s bag, its just not my colour, I’ll pass it along to someone.  I assume that everyone received a Garnier Moisture Bomb sheet mask, so I’ll have another one to try out this week!


I also assume that everyone received a couple of trial samples of L’Oreal’s Hydra Genius.  I did try one out, it’s similar to a couple of gel moisturizers currently on the market, I really like them, and I liked this product as well!  Thanks Topbox, not a bad sampling this month and the “extras” are great!


I love when Topbox throws in an extra product or three, it’s always a great surprise and I usually love what they send.  This month it was some Dove products. But first, some products that I wasn’t thrilled about.

  
Cake Desserted Island body products had always been a favourite of mine, I was excited to see it, but when I tried it, I felt like it didn’t smell as good as I remembered.  So my “sniffer” isn’t working right or something has changed, either with the product or with me.  Another Bella Aura product that went right into the garbage.  I hate the smell.  I think I’ve come to the end of what this brand has to offer, so I hope I won’t get anymore.  I believe it’s been 5 months with this brand in every single Topbox.

 

 I received a shampoo and conditioner from Curly Hair Solutions.  I have curly hair, so I tested this one out without any extra curling products and let it air dry.  It left my hair fairly soft and quite frizzy.  No magical curling powers there!  I also received an Eyeko waterproof eyeliner and I just love it.  I have been using it daily since I received it.  It goes on easily and stays on all day without smearing.  It also removes quite easily with a wet facecloth.  I think everyone received a bonus of Dove hair products, such a nice surprise to receive extra products.  I can’t wait to try them out!  An okay Topbox for me, but I’m completely happy.  Love the eyeliner, I got to try a new curly hair shampoo, tried an old favourite brand and got three bonus products.  Did I mention that I love the eyeliner…


Chapped, dry lips.  I was having an awful problem this year and decided that it might be time to try something other than a lip balm.  I bought this lip mask off of Sephora’s website for $24 CAD after hearing a bit about it.  I didn’t know much about the product and was surprised that it is very much like a lotion.  It comes with a small silicone spatula, which is a nice touch that keeps you from dipping your fingers into the product.

  
It’s smells lightly of berries and has no real significant taste to it.  It glides on nicely with the help of the spatula.  The spatula is easily cleaned by wiping with a tissue and comes with a small plastic case for storage.  The mask is meant to be put on the lips before bed and wiped off in the morning and is supposed to melt away dead skin cells.  It feels smooth and comfortable when applied to the lips and no matter how much I put on before bed, I have never had to wipe off any in the morning.  My lips have felt smooth and moisturized after each use.  I like it so much that I’ve been using it every night and sometimes during the day I apply just a touch instead of a balm.  I’m not sure that this product has any “magical” properties, but I’ve not run across anything quite like this before.  We put moisturizers on our face and body all the time, this mask just feels like a really nice moisturizer for the lips.  Since a little bit seems to go a long way for me, I thing I’ll be enjoying this product for a long time!


My Topbox arrived and guess what I received AGAIN!?  I have a few words about that later…

  
I received a hot oil treatment and I’m excited to give it a try, I have never heard of this brand before.  I received a watermelon flavoured lip balm from Mettrum Originals.  I Googled the company and apparently they sell medical cannabis along with this line of hemp based products and foods as well.  I tried the lip balm out and it felt quite heavy and a bit waxy on the lips.  It smells nice though.

  
I received a deluxe sample of Too Faced Melted Lipstick in Chihuahua.  I love the melted metal formula, so I’m glad to try this formula out, but I fear the colour may be wrong for me.

  
I received a card sample of Cover Shot eye shadows from Smashbox.  I just reviewed this palette in Golden Hour and I’ve really enjoyed it.  Last and I hope it’s the last, please let it be the last.  I received another sample of Bella Aura skincare.  Topbox must have received samples of the the entire line, because this is the fourth month in a row I have received something from it.  This one, like all of the others has a smell that I cannot tolerate and I threw it into the garbage immediately.  I checked their website and there is one more item in the line that I’m willing to bet will be in March’s bag.  I am happy with my Topbox this month, a couple of new products to try is always a nice thing.  I hope I’ve seen the last of Bella Aura, but I guess I will find out next month.


My Topbox arrived and I was hoping that it was better than last month’s and I can honestly say yes it is!

  
I received some products that I already have and love, so I’m okay with that.

  
I’ve reviewed both of these products before.  The Garnier Micellar Water is a really healthy sample size, I’ll put it aside for when I’m done my full sized bottle.  Seche Vite is my very favourite fast dry topcoat.  This teeny tiny size will be my back up because I always like to have one on hand in case the one I’m using gets too thick.

  
Three months in a row I have received a product from Bella Aura Skincare, I’ve thrown the last two samples out and threw this one out as well.  It just smells horrible to me.  I was very happy to receive 3 packets of Voesh Pedicure Mud Mask.  I have never tried anything like this and I’m excited to do so!

  
A repeat brand with this product, but I love blushes so I was happy to receive it.  It’s a silky blush and has lovely deep coral and golden highlight tones to it.  I can’t wait to give it a try!

Other than the Bella Aura Skincare product, I’m completely pleased with this month’s bag.  Hopefully Topbox has run out of the Bella Aura, because I don’t want to receive anymore products from this brand.


I sort of hit a skin care jackpot when I bought this product!  I went into Walmart just after the new year and found this in the clearance section.  $19.97 for two products is an excellent deal as each of these products are sold separately at this price.  Curious as to why it was in the clearance section I scanned it and it came up at $5 CAD!  It must have been a value pack for Christmas and I was getting it at quite the deal!!!

  
I have not used the tube with the SPF and will review that at a different time if it has any significant differences. 

  
Even though I have oily skin, the winter weather can play havoc with it and it can also become very dry.  This product has Hyaluronic Acid which is supposed to deliver incredible moisture to the skin.  The cream does have a runny gel like consistancy.  The smell is not my favourite, it reminds me of laundry detergent and or fabric softener and or clorinated water, but it does disappate quite quickly and I’m getting used to it.  The cream is quite easily applied and a little bit goes a very long way.  That little bit in the picture was enough to do my entire hand.  Once it is applied and absorbed into the skin, it is not wet, slick or sticky.  The performance of this product is quite amazing on me.  After using it for well over a week, my skin is hydrated, smooth and just on a whole looks really nice.  My makeup even looks better and I look better without makeup too!  I have quietly tucked away my other moisturizers and am using only this now.  I am totally impressed with this cream and equally happy that I got it at such a bargain price!