November 29, 2016

Empties: November 2016

Today I want to share the beauty products that I finished this month.

Alterna Caviar Replenishing Moisture Shampoo (40mL) + Conditioner (250mL)
I have gone through many travel bottles of this shampoo and conditioner. I still like the combination, and would continue to purchase the travel sizes.

Andalou 1000 Roses Soothing Shower Gel (251mL)
While I adore the body lotion from the same line, I don't feel the shower gel is as special. I may repurchase eventually, but it is not something I would miss from my routine.

Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist (15mL)
I like the fine mist and the delicate rose scent, but this product didn't do much for me. The bottle is weighted and felt sufficiently heavy that I thought there was still product left when I stored it away in the spring. Technically this product should have been featured in an empties post months ago.


What products did you finish this month?

In the Mail: Topbox November 2016

Today I want to share my November Topbox.



Topbox is a Canadian beauty subscription box with 4 deluxe samples for C$12+tax/month (shipping included).

My box this month with an approximate value of C$65
  • Bella Aura Antioxidant Booster - 10mL (full size 30mL for C$125) - value: C$41.67
  • China Glaze Nail Lacquer (Heroine Chic) - 14mL (full size 14mL for C$8.25) - value: C$8.25
  • Novex Bamboo Sprout Leave In Conditioner - 110g (full size 300g for C$15) - value: C$5.5
  • Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara (Jet Black) - 4mL (full size 11.5mL for C$28) - value: C$9.74

I have previously tried the Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara [Review Here] and while it wasn't a product that I would have repurchased, I don't mind receiving a travel size.

I am a little disappointed with this third Novex product within the past six months. Otherwise, I am happy with this month's box.


What did you receive this month?

October 30, 2016

In the Mail: Topbox October 2016

A quick post about this month's Topbox.


Topbox is a Canadian beauty subscription box with 4 deluxe samples for C$12+tax/month (shipping included).

My box with an approximate value of C$30
  • Elizabeth Arden Prevage City Smart Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 50 Lotion - 5mL (full size 40mL for C$85) - value: C$10.63
  • Eyeko Fat Eye Stick (Gilt) - 4g (full size 4g for US$12) - value: US$12 - not found on Eyeko's website, potentially discontinued?
  • Jor'el Parker Fango Mud Therapy - 1oz (full size 7oz for US$27) - value: US$3.86 - appears to also be branded as Harvey Prince
  • Revlon Equave Hydro Nutritive Detangling Conditioner - 9mL (full size 200mL for C$14.50) - value: C$0.65

The only product I am looking forward to trying is the Elizabeth Arden sunscreen.


What products did you receive this month?

August 31, 2016

Empties: August 2016

Empties time!
Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Replenishing Moisture Shampoo (250mL)
I have previously gone through several travel size versions of this shampoo and I much prefer the squeeze tube packaging on those. I don't like the full size packaging and found it difficult to get the product out towards the end. I still like this shampoo, but will likely only repurchase the travel sizes.

Diptyque Multi-Use Exfoliating Clay for the Face
I had no idea that Diptyque made skincare until I came across this sample. This exfoliant has a gritty texture and it leaves my skin feeling soft. However, it is not special enough for me to purchase the full size, especially given the $65 price tag for a 100mL jar.

Live Clean Sensitive Hypoallergenic Shampoo (350mL)
I don't like this shampoo enough for repurchase.

Tatcha Indigo Soothing Triple Recovery Cream (10mL)
The weighted packaging makes this sample feel very luxurious. This cream has a thicker texture that easily absorbs to leave my skin with a silky finish. The scent reminds me of rice cakes. The 50mL jar retails for $135 and I won't be purchasing the full size any time soon.


What products did you finish this month?