Topbox Review: October – November 2013

Let’s continue with the topbox reviews and talk about October and November shall we? I actually paid and upgraded my regular topbox for the Cosmetics topbox and I am so glad I did. This probably ranks as one of my favorite boxes over the last year.

Cosmetics Skincare Guide

Cosmetics Skincare Guide

My upgraded box came with so many great products that I have no words for how happy I was when it arrived! There were a bunch of full size products along with some great sample sizes. My October box included:

  • Shiseido Hydro Balancing Softener (Full Size)
  • Biotherm Blue Therapy Moisturizing Cream (Full Size)
  • Bio-Oil (Full Size)
  • Bioderma Sebium Global (5ml)
  • Live Clean Fresh Face Refreshing Facial Wipes (Full Size)
  • Garnier Dark Spot Treatment Mask (1 mask)
  • Bio-Beauté by Nuxe Cleansing Milk with Orange Water (4ml)
  • Bio-Beauté by Nuxe Toning Exfoliant with Red Currant Pulp (7ml)
  • L’Oreal Paris Age Perfect BB Cream (1.5ml)
  • L’Oreal Paris Texture Perfector (1.5ml)
Full size products: Bio-Oil, Biotherm Blue Therapy Moisturizing Cream, Shiseido Hydro Balancing Softener

Full size products: Bio-Oil, Biotherm Blue Therapy Moisturizing Cream, Shiseido Hydro Balancing Softener

I have had so many friends rave about Bio-Oil especially for stretch marks that I have been wanting to try it. Although stretch marks aren’t really an issue for me, I do have a bunch of scars from my more clumsy adventures that I want to try this out on. I have tried the the Biotherm blue therapy cream before and really liked it so I am excited to have a full size container especially as the dry Edmonton winter starts to mess with my skin. One of my friends swears by Shiseido products and keeps telling me that I need to try it but I haven’t been motivated enough to switch from my usual brands, so this will be a nice way to test it out (even though I probably won’t get around to using it until next year).

Live Clean Facial Wipes, BIo-Beaute Toning Exfoliant, Bio-Beaute Cleanser, L'Oreal Texture Perfector, L'Oreal BB Cream and Garnier Dark Spot Mask

Live Clean Facial Wipes, Bio-Beauté Toning Exfoliant, Bio-Beauté Cleanser, L’Oreal Texture Perfector, L’Oreal BB Cream and Garnier Dark Spot Mask

The Live Clean wipes are currently sitting in my carry-on suitcase waiting for my next trip. I like to pack wipes for travelling because you just never know when you won’t have access to a washroom and will need to wash your face. The two Bio-Beauté products are in my sample bag waiting to be used and I don’t know anything about the brand so I am interested in seeing how they perform. I tried the L’Oreal BB Cream and it was actually not too bad – I was concerned about it being a much too light for my skin but once I blended it in, it was ok. I have ambivalent feelings towards the hype over BB (and by extension CC) creams as I don’t know if BB creams are really as awesome as they are made out to be. The L’Oreal Texture Perfector is another sample I haven’t touched yet and I have several samples as it also came in all my magazines but I imagine it won’t be that different from the other primers out on the market. And last but not least is the Garnier Dark Spot Mask – ever since my first vacation to Asia, I have been obsessed with paper masks. There is just something so easy about using them that I prefer them over other kinds of masks (i.e. clay masks – they are so messy!). I tried the mask and it was nice but I don’t know that you would see results with just one mask, so maybe a buying a box of these will be in my future.

I just received my November box recently and I have to admit, I don’t remember selecting this as a prive box, but yet I must have? I think that I may have been a in rush and selected the wrong box – this Bioderma box is for sensitive skin and redness, which isn’t a super huge issue for me, but I think it could come in handy as winter takes its toll on my skin.

Sensibio H2O Micelle Solution and Sensibio AR Cream

Sensibio H2O Micelle Solution and Sensibio AR Cream

Regardless, November’s topbox included:

  • Sensibio H2O Micelle Solution (100ml)
  • Sensibio AR Cream (Full Size)

So What Would Argenplath Pay?

As I mentioned earlier, the October topbox is my favorite topbox so far and it was an amazing value for $17+tax. I am so glad I decided to pay for the upgrade!

October Topbox (Total Value – $73.91)

  • Shiseido Hydro Balancing Softener – $18
  • Biotherm Blue Therapy Moisturizing Cream – $25
  • Bio-Oil – $12
  • Bioderma Sebium Global – $3
  • Live Clean Fresh Face Refreshing Facial Wipes – $10
  • Garnier Dark Spot Treatment Mask – $2.67
  • Bio-Beauté by Nuxe Cleansing Milk with Orange Water – $0.52
  • Bio-Beauté by Nuxe Toning Exfoliant with Red Currant Pulp – $1.17
  • L’Oreal Paris Age Perfect BB Cream – $0.30
  • L’Oreal Paris Texture Perfector – $1.25

Despite choosing that wrong box, the Bioderma prive box is a fantastic value as it was worth $36.80 and I only paid $12.60. Even if I can’t use the products in here, I am sure that one of my friends and family members will be willing to take it off my hands.

November Topbox (Total Value – $36.80)

  • Sensibio H2O Micelle Solution – $8.80
  • Sensibio AR Cream – $28
  • $5 off $15 or more coupon

With two fabulous months of boxes and products, I can’t wait to see what the holiday topbox will have in store for me!

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