February 2012 Topbox | Cosmetic Proof | Vancouver beauty, nail art and lifestyle blog

February 2012 Topbox

Hello again!

This month my Topbox was MIA for about a week and I was a day away from getting a replacement box when all of a sudden it arrived! Of course, I'd already seen what I was supposed to be getting so it wasn't really a surprise, but I tend to do that with everything...I always know what happens in movies or books because I have this urge to know whether I should even bother continuing to watch/read. Bad habit, I know! 

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The items I received this month were:

C. Booth Derma Skincare - Collagen Elastin Restorative Hand and Nail Treatment (full size $16 for 120mL)
Yves Saint Laurent - Mascara Volume Effect Faux Cils (full size $36 for 7.5mL)
Yves Saint Laurent - Touche Eclat (full size $50 - I can't seem to find the volume...)
Pari Beauty - Eyeshadow in 72 (full size $11 for 2g)
LillyPilly - Kakadu Plum Hand and Body Cream (full size $22 for 150mL)

This is a better view of the Pari Beauty eyeshadow out of the box:

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Here is a swatch of this colour which in the past, I would have been completely afraid to wear, but now I embrace colour! This eyeshadow was the personalized shade for me because I knew choosing "trendy" would get me colours other than neutrals, which I own MANY of. This is a blue with a shimmer to it and had good pigmentation. This may not be an everyday colour for me, but it's still a beauty! I can imagine wearing this as a smokey eye with a black shadow for a night out. 

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I guess the most exciting part of this month's Topbox was the fun eyeshadow. I have another mascara to try so I think I'd better start putting on multiple coats of mascara if I'm ever going to go through it all before they get dry! I tried putting on three coats of the new Benefit mascara I bought and because I'm not used to applying so many layers, I seriously felt like my eyelids were closing due to the weight of the extra mascara!

The hand cream (yay full size!) is one of those hardcore hand creams that not only moisturizes your hands, but is an anti-aging treatment that diminishes lines, wrinkles and discolourations due to age. I don't have old hands...yet...so the lines and wrinkles aren't there, so I might pass this along to someone more mature, but the one thing I noticed was that the hand cream smelled "medicinal". Definitely not sweet at all. I'm sure you all know what I mean when I say that, but it definitely smells like serious stuff.

It was nice to see two YSL products although the Touche Eclat sample wasn't exactly the most generous. It's definitely a one time use, maybe two if you've got like a really small face...

It was fun to see LillyPilly again too since I did like the hand cream we were given in January's Topbox. The scent was nice and subtle so if you don't like strong smells this is probably something you'd like.

C. Booth Derma Skincare - FULL SIZE = $16
YSL Mascara - 3mL = $14.40
Pari Beauty - FULL SIZE = $11
LillyPilly (2 packets 3mL each) - 6mL = $0.88
Total Value of Topbox = $42.28

I didn't include the Touche Eclat sample, one because I would only be estimating how much is in that peel off packet and two, I don't think it would make too much of a difference to the overall value of the box. Overall, this wasn't my favourite Topbox, but what I did like was that I had not tried any of the products in this month's Topbox. I also love the fact that because Topbox is a tube, the odds of having larger sized products is a lot higher. They totally chose the right shape!    

2 comments

  1. That Touche Eclat sample looks like you could find it in a magazine - should have been a bit bigger I think!

    I am a big neutral fan myself - what made you step out of the neutrals and into the colours?

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    1. Other than having ALL of the neutrals? ;-) After watching a couple of tutorials from vloggers like Jen from frmheadtotoe, I realized that colour doesn't have to be scary. For the most part, I still mainly wear browns because you know that the look will work unlike with colour where you can possibly get it wrong. Hopefully I'll be able to post what I come up with for this Pari Beauty eyeshadow!

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