February 24, 2015

In the Mail: Topbox February 2015

Another month and another subscription beauty box. Today I want to share what I received in this month's Topbox.

This Canadian beauty subscription box is $C12/month with free shipping and comes with four deluxe sample in each box.

For a total value of C$50:
  • Aveda Hand Relief Moisturizing Creme - 40mL (travel size 40mL for C$13.5) - value: $C13.5
  • Elizabeth Arden Flawless Future Powered by Ceramide Eye Gel - 5mL (full size 15mL for C$48) - value: C$16
  • Eyeko Hydrogel Eye Patch - 1 set (full size 4 sets for US$18) - value: US$4.5
  • Be a Bombshell Lip Gloss (Hooked) - 3g (full size 3g for US$14) - value: US$14

Aside from the lip gloss, I am looking forward to trying everything else in this box. The value of this box for me is ~C$35.

So far, I have only tried the Eyeko Hydrogel Eye Patch. The gel patches has enough serum such that it didn't feel dry even after 30 minutes on my face. I am glad that there wasn't too much excess serum and the eye patches stayed in place as I worked on my laptop. There was a slight tackiness when I removed the eye patches, but that disappeared in a few minutes. The shape of the eye patch was not a good fit for my eye area and I didn't really see any visible results. I would use it again, but I would not spend money on it.

What did you receive this month?

A Week in Switzerland: Geneva

Today I want to share the last stop on my trip. Geneva is about an hour and half from Bern [Read Here] and a one-way second class train fare was CHF50 (purchased on the day of travel). The city offers a complimentary Geneva Transport Card with any overnight stay for free local transportation.

View from the North Tower of the Saint Pierre Cathedral.

February 15, 2015

A Week in Switzerland: Bern

After little over an hour on the train from Lucerne [Read Here], my friend and I arrived in Bern, the capital of Switzerland! A second class one-way ticket costs CHF38 (purchased on the day of travel). The only tour offered by the tourist information center was an IPod audio tour for CHF18/person (available in English). Today I want to share some of the attractions that I visited on this self-guided tour.

The Confoederatio Helvetica inscribed on the Parliament Building is Latin for the Swiss Confederation. This is the reason why Swiss websites end in .ch.

February 10, 2015

A Week in Switzerland: Lucerne

My trip continued from Zurich to Lucerne [Zurich Trip Here]! The two cities are an hour apart by train and a one-way fare is CHF25 (purchased on the day of travel). The first sightseeing that my friend and I did was to go out of the city (10 minutes by train) for a tour of the Aeschbach Chocolatier facilities. Return fare (priced as a day pass) is CHF15.20 (zones 10 and 28 access).

Mount Pilatus in chocolate! We weren't able to visit the real Mount Pilatus since it was raining during our stay and there was limited options to ascend/descend the mountain in the winter.

February 7, 2015

A Week in Switzerland: Zurich

I recently went away on holiday to Switzerland and today I want to share the first stop of my trip in Zurich. The first thing I did when I got off the plane was to purchase a ZurichCard. This pass is available for 24 hours at CHF24 or for 72 hours at CHF48. It provides free transportation in and around the city as well as discounted admission to museums. The airport is a 10 minutes train ride from the heart of the city and the fare is free with the ZurichCard.

My first day started with a 2-hours city tour operated by the tourist information center that departed from the interior of the main train station (Zurich Hauptbahnhof, or more commonly appears as Zurich HB). Regular price is CHF25/person for the English tour and there is a 50% discount with the ZurichCard.

On the walk...the view from Lindenhof of the tower of the Predigerkirche in front of University of Zurich with Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich on the left.