As a Canadian I was really starting to hurt with the exchange rate. My Ipsy subscription is around $21 instead of $10. I decided I needed to look for some Canadian subscription boxes charged in my own currency and I decided on Topbox, a Canadian monthly beauty box. In the past when I looked at this box there was only an option to “request an invite”to get on the wait list, but when I checked again there was an actual subscription tab. I guess they are able to accommodate more subscribers at the moment?
I am currently obsessed with subscription boxes. They have pretty much taken up my life! I am always looking for more boxes to review, and at $12 I figured I couldn’t go wrong.
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PRICE & FREQUENCY: $12 CAD Monthly
VALUE: Topbox typically contains four items, sometimes five.
SKIPABLE: No, unless you unsubscribe and subscribe at a later date. You might get wait listed though.
GIFTABLE: Yes, there are options to give a gift subscription on the front page of the website, but in the FAQ it says that gifts are only available during the Holiday season. Maybe this has changed?
CUSTOMIZE: While customization isn’t really an option for the regular topbox, each month there are Prive Topboxes, specially curated boxes of specific brands that you can put on your wish list. You are not guaranteed to get a Prive box if you ask for one, but there is a possibility.
Topbox ships on the 15th of each month, and I was amazed when my package was delivered on the same day as the shipping notification. It seems that all the processing is done prior to the 15th and that just leaves actual delivery on the day of. I was really impressed at how quickly it came, I was expecting to get my Ipsy subscription first!
This month I asked for the Elizabeth Arden Prive topbox on my wish list and Topbox delivered. Here’s my product card. I love that it tells you where you can go to buy the full sized items in Canada!
Superstart Skin Renewal Booster 5ml (0.17 fl oz.) $14.67
Seriously, this sample is crazy expensive! This is a teensy tiny tube and it’s worth almost
$15!? Skincare is expensive. This is supposed to be good for “lines, wrinkles, uneven skin tone, and sun damage.” And oops I mixed up the sample cards for the serums. Rookie mistake.
Flawless Future Powered by Ceramide Eye Gel 5ml (0.17 fl oz.) $16
I recently ran out of the eye cream I received in my January Ipsy bag, so I’m happy to try another. I’ve been on a hunt for a good eye cream, but since I don’t have a crazy amount of money for the beauty budget I don’t think I’d go out and purchase this on my own for such a small product.
Prevage Anti aging daily Serum $5ml $16.20
This is a serum which is meant to help your skin repair itself. I would never ever ever ever spend $210 on a product! NEVER! I don’t think my skin is particularly damaged myself so I probably won’t be using this one.
Ceramide Daily Youth Restoring Serum Capsules 8 Capsules $9.87
The sample says 7 capsules but I’m counting 8. Honestly I feel like this sample kit was really meant for an older person than me!! I maybe should have done some research before requesting it. I think I may gift this to my mom since I’m not in an age bracket where I need to worry about smoothing wrinkles. I occasionally have dark circles under my eyes if I’ve been running on low amounts of sleep for a few weeks, but lately I’ve been sleeping in and my skin is back to it’s youthful perfection. Or whatever. I like the idea behind the capsules, at first I was worried it was a vitamin capsule of some sort, but it’s actually a tab that you open with a pre portioned serum amount.
Always Red Eau de Toilette Spray 1.5ml (0.05 oz) $1.50
Now this here is something I can use. I probably won’t be using this up entirely, but perfume samples are nice because you can try them at home and be able to tell how it works with your skin over a few hours before buying (or not). The perfume is supposed to have fruity notes of red plum, blood orange, and passion fruit, floral notes of jasmine sambac, pink freesia, and velvet rose petals, and layers of cashmere, praline, and amber. All I’m smelling is the floral scents, but I never was that good at identifying smells. It’s a little over powering so spray sparingly!
Total Value: $58.24CAD
Thoughts: Hmmm. These are definitely products that are targeted towards the skin concerns of older women so I probably won’t get much use out of any of these samples unless I save them for fifteen years. I will pass them on to someone who will use them with the exception of the eye gel because let’s be real, I work some crazy hours and need all the help I can get against dark circles. I get that these are expensive products, but I would really rather have a less expensive product with a bigger sample size. I feel that the 5ml sizes aren’t enough to really try the product and find out if it works for you. I think I’ll be trying the regular Topbox in April to see what I get.
While this bag may have been a bit iffy for me, Ion liked the little mesh bag it shipped in!
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