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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…


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.


Canada Post must be working into the evenings, because my tracking for my Topbox said it would be delivered on a certain day and it wasn’t, but when I woke in the morning, it was in my mailbox!  Maybe it was Christmas magic!  I was sort of hoping for a holiday themed Topbox for December, you know something with some shine and sparkle but nothing that exciting was received this month.

  
I received a Fusion Beauty clear eyebrow gel that is supposed to help nourish the brows as well.  I’ll be excited to see if it makes any difference on my sad, sad brows.  Last month I received a product from Bella Aura, I couldn’t get past the smell and after a few uses, I threw it away.  A different product this month, for the eyes, same smell.  It reminds me of fabric softener sheets and moth balls.  Anyways, I threw it away as well.  I can’t imagine passing this along to someone when I can’t stand the smell of it.

  

Remember when Cake was the big thing?  I used to love using their products, but I haven’t used anything in a long time.  I received a Heavy Cream hand cream.  It’s thick, it absorbs well, it’s really smelly in a sickly sweet sort of way.  If I keep my hands away from my face, I’m okay and it really does make dry hands feel nice.  Lastly I received a make up sponge from Laritzy cosmetics, I never heard of this company and I’ll give the sponge a try for sure.  There was also a coupon for a free product of U by Kotex not to exceed $4.00.  I’ll take it along to the store with me and see what I can get with it.

Another “okay” bag for me this month, it would have been fun to get some red nail polish or lipstick or some glittery eyeshadow for the holiday season.  Even though I didn’t love the products I received, someone else might have been thrilled with all of these products.  You can’t please everyone!


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.