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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’m underwhelmed by this month’s bag, but I’m not sure that it’s totally Topbox’s fault.  There seems to be a lot of repetition in brands and some of those brands do not appeal to me, but they could be someone else’s favourite.  

I received a sample size of Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara.  I have several of these laying around and it is not a favourite of mine because the brush is so big and I tend to get more mascara on my eyelids than my eyelashes.  The Bella Aura Skincare Antioxidant Booster looks promising, I have never tried this brand and if I like it, I’m still not going to pay $125 CAD for the full size of this product.

I received a Novex Leave in Conditioner.  I’ve received 3 items from this brand this past year and it’s okay but I’d like to try something different than a leave in conditioner or hair mask.  I was excited to see a nail polish from China Glaze and it’s Holo at ya Girl from the fall collection.  Despite the name there is no “holo” in it and it’s a glitter topcoat.  I’ve applied it with a sponge to get full opacity of colour.  Because it’s a glitter topcoat, this might be the only time I wear it as glitter is difficult to remove and a peel off base coat (which I am using for this picture) doesn’t have the longevity I like.  It is pretty though.  Overall it’s a “meh” for this month’s Topbox for me.  Hoping next month is more exciting for me.

My e-mail arrived a few days before I actually received my package this month so I knew what I was getting.  I’m okay with that.  Topbox now sends an e-mail description of what you are receiving instead of a card that used to be included inside the bag.  I’m okay with that as well.

I received an Argan Oil Deep Conditioning Mask by Novex.  It’s a pretty good size!  I’ve had another hair mask from this company and it was fine, but nothing spectacular.  This one might be different so I’m happy to try it.  I also received a Smashbox Photo Finish Pore Minimizing Primer.  I like Smashbox primers and this one worked well for me but not any better than their regular primer.

I’ve never heard of this brand, Manna Kadar Beauty and I was happy to receive this eyeshadow/highlighter/bronzer.  The bronze colour is very shimmery and shiny, so I won’t be trying it as a bronzer, but for sure as an eyeshadow.  The highlighter is quite lovely and would work well as an eyeshadow as well.  It swatched very nicely and was very smooth to the touch.

A couple of packets with Elizabeth Arden’s Skin Illuminating Brightening Night Capsules were included this month.  I gave one a try and that tiny little capsule held a ton of product.  I would have used half the amount, but I put all of it on my face and it was extremely oily.  I wanted to wash it off my face, but decided to give it a try and by an hour later, it had completely absorbed into my skin.  I’m sure you have to use a few of them to see any results, but with just one use, I didn’t see any changes in my skin. 

I  was excited to see a coupon to Visage for an free eyebrow waxing.  I will be taking advantage of this for sure!  My unruly brows need some serious help and maybe they can help me with them!  I’m quite pleased with what I received this month!