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

September 2012 Topbox

Time must be flying by because it feels like I just shared with you all what was in my last Topbox! I think we were pretty spoiled with last month’s Topbox, but this month’s box had some great products in it as well, one in particular that I was quite excited about!

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Benefit They’re Real! Mascara

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This long wearing, jet black, gloss formula reveals lashes you never knew you had.

Thoughts: If I see Benefit anything, I am a happy camper. I already have a full size of this that I am still working on, but I guess it’s always nice to have a backup/travel version. I don’t use this mascara everyday because I feel like my lashes are out of control when I use it. Although my baby Asian lashes probably look like “normal” lashes when I do and I’m just not used to it!

Full size: 8.5g/$29.00

I received: 3.0g/$10.24 (Topbox paid for!)

L’Essence by Balenciaga Paris

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It is a sequel and a new beginning. A leathery violet fragrance, a new contemporary elegance.

Thoughts: I’m sorry, I don’t really like the smell of this…it’s so overwhelming. I definitely smell the “leather” in this fragrance. The sample size is great though so it’s just unfortunate that this isn’t my kind of scent.

Full size: 50mL/$110 and 75mL/$150

I received: 4mL/$8.00 (using second value)

Philosophy Purity Made Simple One Step Facial Cleanser

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Formulated to gently cleanse, tone and melt away all face and eye makeup in one simple step.

Thoughts: I have never tried anything Philosophy before, can you believe it? Every since I saw Hope in Jar on Oprah’s favourite things years ago, I just always believed it was one of those brands I could never afford. It says it’s a 3 in 1 cleanser for face and eyes? I guess it must be pretty gentle then. Another great sample size.

Full size: 90mL/$13.00 or 240mL/$26.00

I received: 30mL/$3.25 (using second value)

M.Asam Perfect Teint

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This primer immediately smoothes the appearance of lines, pores and imperfections for a flawless finish.

Thoughts: I have received a sample of this before in a previous Glymm box and found it to be quite greasy even for my drier skin. This might be ok when the weather gets a bit drier so I will see how this primer fares on my skin then.

Full size: 50mL/$42

I received: 5mL/$4.20

Total value of Topbox: $25.69

My favourite item is the Benefit mascara as I’m sure it was for most people who received this box. I’m also pretty excited to to try the Philosophy cleanser! I loved the variety of products I received and as usual have yet to be let down by a Topbox!

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  1. You got some awesome stuff Jane! Do you have a holts nearby to get your balenciaga pouch??

    Samantha
    Nail Art Couture

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    1. I do! So, I'll send the fiance to get it since he works right by a Holts!

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  2. Love these types of posts Jayne!
    I gave my younger sister the Purity Cleanser for christmas and she isn't hooked on it. I tried it out but found it smelled really harsh (sort of chemical-y) :/
    Philosophy christmas gifts sets (gingerbread men, marshmallows for roasting) are great if you want to try out more products from the brand!

    xx Veronica

    http://frowardfashion.blogspot.com

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    1. I've heard mixed reviews about the cleanser, so I guess we will see how it works out for me. I keep seeing their wonderful Xmas sets, but have yet to actually buy one! Thanks for the recommendations!

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  3. Wow Topbox looks amazing, I wish we had it in the US :(

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    1. They are pretty good! The US has some pretty amazing boxes though!

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  4. Nice box ! I'm getting my very first Topbox next month and I can't wait !!! I'm so excited ! I also ordered a Divalicious box yesterday after reading your post about it !! Another exciting box on the way :)

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    1. Yay! You will love Topbox! I can't wait to see your Divalicious post! I didn't end up getting one because I couldn't wake up and I am still working on stuff that I got from the March box...I figured I shouldn't do it, so I will live vicariously through you!

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  5. you and me both dislike that Balenciaga smell - it is wayyy too overwhelming. but you should definitely pick the pouch up! i wonder which version you will get.
    and it was my first time trying any philosophy product too! i've been using it since then and it is quite gentle

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    1. I'm having the man pick it up on his way home from work so we'll see! I just wish it didn't smell so strongly :(

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  6. Gasp! The benefit mascara! So awesome! Let me know how it is! :D

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    1. It's great Traci! It totally gives you lashes you never knew you had!

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  7. I LOVE the mascara! Looooove it, it actually makes my lashes look a bit fuller. The perfume was repulsive lol, it's too bad because it's a really good size! And the Purity cleanser.. eh. But you might like it, depends on what kind of cleansers you like.. the smell kind of puts me off, though. And there's my topbox review in 5 whole sentences. haha.

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    1. The mascara is awesome! I love it too! I am also sad about the perfume :( Such a great size, but I guess it can be hit or miss with perfume scents. I've heard that people didn't like the smell of the cleanser too, so we'll see if I can handle it. I love your succinct review! If I did that, my blog posts wouldn't be so wordy! I try to shut up, but sometimes I just can't stop!

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  8. awesome box you have got! I love my Benefit they're real mascara. Best I have tried so far.I signed on the waiting list months ago and am still patiently waiting.....

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    1. Well, it looks like people are getting removed from the wait list more frequently so I'm sure you'll be off of it soon! I am loving the mascara as well!

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  9. Best box I've seen! love the benefit and philosophy:)

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  10. Just put my name on the TopBox waiting list. Cannot wait until I get the email that it's my turn to buy! I signed back up with GlossyBox for the time being.
    I really want to try the philospohy face cleanser!

    :) Chelsey
    My Beauty Full Adventure

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    1. We just can't stay away from our beauty boxes! Glossybox and Topbox are really the best ones.

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  11. I've signed up for a subscription on Topbox since February and have been on the waiting list since then. Just received an email that I will be receiving my first Topbox next month and I can't wait! Just like you, I think anything from Benefit will make me happy :)

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    1. Oooh, I can't wait to read your first Topbox post!

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  12. okay I guess I am glad I didn't get the Balanciaga perfume. Nobody seems to like it. I am waiting to use tha mascara, until I finish one up. I got too many going at once LOL Hope you get the bag!

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    1. The perfume is pretty awful :( I have like 10 mascaras that I'm using and since I only use one or two coats a day, it's taking so long to go through them! I'm sending the man to get my little Balenciaga bag ;-)

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  13. I can't wait to receive my first topbox in october! :)
    I have waited so loooong :(

    http://beautyyreviews.blogspot.ca/

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    1. Ooooh! Can't wait to read what you received!

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  14. OMG I love that you mentioned that Hope in a Jar was on Oprah's favourite things! I saw that too and asked for it for Christmas the following year... I remember that favourites so clearly!

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    1. I loved that episode! That was THE episode to watch all year!

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