November 2012 TOPBOX Review

Last month, TOPBOX gave me the option to select eco-friendly packaging for my November delivery, so I did! Everything was shipped in the same cardboard tube as last time, but it was a bit more no-frills, without the patterned paper on the outside, and with less tissue paper and ‘fluff’ on the inside.

It was a pretty good haul, if you consider the time of year. All of the products seemed like they would be put to good use over the glitzy holiday season (I’m not very glitzy, but I would be if I had the opportunity!).

I have tried China Glaze polish before (in my Luxe Box fall package, actually — funny how the samples repeat) and I like it. It has great coverage and lasts forever. The one I received is called I Herd That (it’s from the Safari Collection) and I immediately put it on my toes. I love gold-toned polish, and this one is really, really sparkly. It also only took two coats to make it solid enough for my liking! I found a review with some close-up photos of it here, if you’re interested. It’s not really a time for open-toed shoes around here, but I think it’d be an awesome polish for fingernails at a Christmas party.

There was a decently-sized sample of Vera Wang’s Lovestruck Floral Rush. I think one of my first Luxe Box packages included the same perfume, in a smaller size. I’m not much on wearing perfume — I go to too many scent-free public places for my job to feel comfortable with it — but again, given that the holidays are a time for parties and dressing up, perfume fits in perfectly. It will, however, likely end up in my drawer full of perfume samples.

Benefit’s They’re Real! mascara has intrigued me for a while now. I forgot to try it out and accidentally used my regular mascara instead, but rest assured, I will be checking it out ASAP!

Pari Beauty’s lip paint is a new product. I don’t often wear red lipstick but hey! Christmas! It is a true red, I think, with no weird undertones, and it even looked okay on my super-pale self. It’s a stain, and it does that well — I tried it on just for fun and wiped it off right away, and the colour was already on there pretty good. I’m looking forward to an opportunity to wear lipstick! 🙂

So, although a few of the samples were kind of repeats from other beauty boxes, I think that’s to be expected a bit. I was happy with November’s TOPBOX!

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Comments

  1. Catherine says:

    Yay! These look like great products and that nail polish is so pretty!

    1. Shayla says:

      I think it’s my favourite subscription box item of all time!

  2. Stephanie says:

    Is scent-free like a no-smoking mandate/decree? I’m intrigued.

    1. Shayla says:

      Sort of! It’s basically a request for no perfume, no heavily scented lotions, that kind of thing. I work a lot in places like the hospital and schools, where they have people who are allergic to perfume. I never know for sure if I will be dropping by a scent-free place, so I feel awkward wearing perfume… and I am 90% sure that one of my co-workers is allergic to perfume, too, if I’m remembering correctly!

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