Thursday, 7 August 2014

Topbox Limited Edition- Chatelaine

Topbox is a beauty subscription box that I have been eying for awhile. They are a Canadian company and are environmentally aware; trying to reduce their carbon footprint, using reduced packaging and having their boxes made from recycled material. I also like that they have two options;
  1. Monthly subscription- $12 a month, including shipping, and offers 4 samples a month. They work with a lot of great brands (you can find a full listing here) but I've heard mixed reviews about the samples (size, quality, variety) and the overall value, which is why I haven't subscribed.
  2. Limited Edition boxes- These are released throughout the year (I think seasonally, but can't say for sure) and are curated, usually, by a magazine. You buy them individually for $40-$50 (shipping included) and includes a 12 month subscription to the magazine that curated the box. Plus you don't have to be a subscriber to purchase these boxes and you can see the exact products that will be in the box.
I recently purchased one of their Limited Edition Boxes curated by Chatelaine, a Canadian lifestyle magazine. Honestly, getting a subscription to Chatelaine was a selling point for me. This is not a magazine that I subscribe too currently and I liked the option to try it out.

So, what was included in my box?

Be A Bombshell Eyeshadow in Bora Bora. I had actually received this same eyeshadow (which can also be used as an eyeliner) from ipsy. I didn't like it then, and I don't like it now. The colours just aren't for me. Retail value: $16
Topbox value: $16

Aveda Smooth Infusion Style-Prep Smoother. I am a fan of Aveda products but I have yet to try this one. This is to be applied to damp hair before styling. I haven't used it yet, but I am excited to try it. And it smells amazing!
Retail value: $24 (3.4 fl oz/100mL)
Topbox vale: $9.88 (1.4 fl oz/40mL)

Ceramic Glaze in Honolulu Hibiscus. I had never heard of this brand and I'm not a huge fan of anything purple. But, this is a really pretty colour. The polish went on evenly, needed one coat and it was quick drying.
Retail value: Unknown. This product is sold exclusively at Shoppers Drug Mart and I was unable to find a price.
Topbox value: Unknown, but it is full size.

Kiehl's Ultra Facial Oil-Free Gel Cream. This is another brand that I am a fan of. This is an all day moisturizer which was not greasy. I have mentioned time and time again that my skin is SUPER dry and I am always on the hunt for a good moisturizer. This product is for normal skin, so it didn't add as much moisture to my skin as I need.
Retail value: $30.35 (1.7 oz)
Topbox vale: $4.46 (0.25 oz)

Yves Rocher Grand Rouge in Bordeaux. This looks like a dark colour in the tube and is, thankfully, a little lighter (but not much) when you apply it. I have very pale skin and dark hair, so I can easily pull off dark colours and I really like this on me.
Retail value: $19
Topbox vale: $19

Ceramic Glaze in Blueberry Bubblegum. The colour is nice, I'm indifferent to it. This is definitely not a colour I can wear on my fingernail, but it would be nice on my toes. 
Retail value: Unknown. This product is sold exclusively at Shoppers Drug Mart and I was unable to find a price.
Topbox value: Unknown, but it is full size.

Be Delectable Ultra Nourishing Hand Cream in Strawberry and Cream. I was really excited to try this! I see this brand all the time in the store but have never bought it. The cream was a little thick for my liking, but my skin definitely felt great after I applied it. On top of that, it smells like strawberries, one of my favourite good!! This product has found a home on my desk at work.
Retail value: $19
Topbox value: $19

Sweet Pea Soap Co in Mango Papaya. I am not a huge fan of solid soap, I prefer liquid, but I love mango and I love papaya. While I do love that this is a natural product, the smell makes me sick to my stomach. I haven't been able to bring myself to even try this soap.
Retail value: $5.95
Topbox value: $5.95

Jewels & Aces Crystal Triangle Cuff. I love that this is from a Canadian company! It's really pretty and I will likely wear it from time to time.
Retail value: $28
Topbox value: $28

Total retail value: 142.30
Total Topbox value: $102.29

The above values do not include the two nail polishes or the magazine subscription ($14.95/year). I would say the overall total value is amazing! I paid $40 and received well over $100 worth of products and a magazine subscription. I like that there were a lot of full size products and I think it's a great value, but I\m just meh about the whole thing. While I likely won't subscribe monthly, I will likely purchase a Limited Edition box in the future.


  1. What a cool box, for only $12! I like the nail polish colors. I also love anything Aveda! They are a great company. Happy Thursday!