Monday, July 21, 2014

TopBox June “Flare” Limited Edition

I recently purchased the FLARE limited edition Top Box. I really loved the Chatelaine Limited Edition Top Box so I purchased the FLARE one kind of on a whim without even really looking too closely at it. I paid $40.00 for it and it came with a year subscription to FLARE and an add on for being an existing TopBox subscriber.

1. Kerastase Elixer Ultime Radiating and Beautifying Scented Oil for Color Treated Hair (50ml) - Haven't had a chance to try this yet but it smells great. I usually don't try to figure out the cost of each item in these boxes, as I do it for fun and that's it, but this item is listed as $67.32 on Amazon for 125ml.  That makes this 50ml size about $27.00! It has excellent online reviews so I'm excited to try it.

2. Estee Lauder DayWear BB Multi-Perfecting Beauty Benefit Creme SPF 35- 01 Light (5ml) - The sample is incredibly small. Something that the Estee Lauder counter would give out for free. Although I have heard that this is a great BB cream for people with oily skin so I am excited to use this as well.

3. Shu Uemura Art of Hair POREfinist Anti-Shine Fresh Cleansing Oil (20ml) - Love this!! I have been wanting to try a cleansing oil for a long time and this one is fantastic!

4. Aveda Air Control Hair Spray (42g) - The smell is something I have never smelled in a hair spray before. I haven't decided if I like it or not. But great hairspray overall.

5. essie 'cute as a button' and 'sand tropez' nail polish (full size) - Great colours!! And essie is my favorite nail polish brand so these I love already.

6. St. Tropez Gradual Tan Everyday Body - MediumDark (30ml) - I have wanted to try the St. Tropez self tanning products for awhile now! But I haven't tried this one yet because I'm scared it will be too dark. I have auburn hair and am fair skinned so hence my reservations. But I will try soon.

7. Vasanti Cosmetics Luminous Cream Blush- Pinnacle (3.75g) - I LOVE this blush!! Great colour and great formula!

8. Miracle 10 Skincare AHA Cream (15ml) - I was looking forward to this product when I seen it was in this box. I have only had a chance to use it twice so I don't have an opinion on it quite yet.

9. Jewels and Aces Blush Riley Drop Earrings - These are cute! Not sure how often I will wear them. They are not exactly my style but they are good quality. Might gift these to someone.

I also received a Vasanti Cosmetics Lipstick in 'Hot Brit' for being an existing TopBox subscriber. It is a great colour!! It's a hot pink color (which is my favorite lip color to wear).

Overall, it's a good box. Great value and some great products to play with and try that I wouldn't have bought myself.

Did you order this box? What were your thoughts?

Thursday, July 17, 2014

July 2014 Wantable Box

Wantable is a monthly subscription box that offers 3 choices - Accessories, Makeup and Intimates.
For Canadians, it is $36.00 USD plus shipping and duties. Boxes are customized depending on your style preferences from a survey that you fill out that can be updated whenever you want to change things up.
Wantable is the most expensive subscription box I subscribe to, but it is the one I look forward to each month.

Brenda Sunglasses $18.00

This is the 4th pair of sunglasses I have received from Wantable in the last couple months.  But these are my FAVORITE pair. They also have a high quality feel. They are sturdy and provide UV protection. They have a slight cat-eye shape with a slight tortoise pattern on the sides.

Fabiana Necklace $22.00
Ok when I first seen this, I hated it. But I wore it the other day and now I love it. It's a great length and has a great rocker/summer vibe. Love love love!

Gia Earrings $15.00
This is my least favorite item from this month's box. I do like them, they are only my least favorite because I feel like they are more of a fall/winter item.

Candace Earrings $34.00
I think these are great! Great colour! I haven't had a chance to wear them yet but I know I will. I was very surprised to see on the description sheet that they are 10K gold plated.

Overall, July's month was good The overall value of the box is $89.00! The price is slightly inflated, but I do believe it is still a good value. I love subscribing because it's a surprise every month. I absolutely love the necklace and the sunglasses and have worn the sunglasses almost daily since receiving them.

For August I will take a break from the Wantable box. I have been invited to a Lia Sophia party and I just can't justify doing both for August.

Do you subscribe to Wantable? What items did you receive?

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

June 2014 Favorites

My Favorite Items This June 


1. Cover Girl truMagic in 'Sunkisser'

$10.99 Shopper's Drug Mart

I read other reviews about this product, and there wasn't a lot of love for it. I love it! It is the best bronzer I have found for my skin tone. I am very fair with auburn hair. This bronzer is very sheer and buildable. Doesn't look muddy on my fair skin.

2.Loreal Voluminous Miss Manga Mascara in Blackest Black

$8.99 Shopper's Drug Mart

Ok so this mascara is probably on everyone's June favorite list. But it's fantastic! Creates long, separated lashes. It doesn't flake and lasts all day.

3. Batiste Revitalise It Dry Shampoo in 'Tropical'


I have to admit, this is the first time I have tried the batiste dry shampoo as much as I have heard great reviews on it. the scent is amazing and creates great volume. I use dry shampoo before I go to bed as it seems to absorb better. By the time I wake up, my hair feels great and any residue is easily brushed out.

4. Too Faced Melted Liquified Lipstick in 'Melted Peony'

$25.00 Sephora

Most of my favorites this month have been drugstore brands. I almost didn't buy this because of the price but I was dying to try it. I'm glad I did. the colour is perfect for me and it lasts for hours. The formula is super soft and feels great on the lips.


5. Benefit Fake Up Concealer in '01 Light'

$29.00 Sephora

Under eye concealer is a new thing for me. I was using just normal foundation until i received a sample of this product and fell in love. It feels so smooth and creamy and completely covers under eye circles. 


6. Revlon Super Lustrous Shine Lipstick in 'Lover's Coral'

$7.99 Shopper's Drug Mart

This is a very sheer lipstick. Just a light coral tint with some gold shimmer. It is great for just a pinch of color for summer. I have been wearing it almost every day.

So those are my June favorites! What are yours? I love to see other 'favorites' blog articles. Post yours in the comments!

Monday, July 7, 2014

June 2014 Top Box

Topbox is a Canadian beauty subscription box for $12.00 per month, shipping included. 

For June's box I opted for a regular box.

China Glaze Nail Lacquer $10-$12 in Wait N' Sea (full size)
I love this colour! The china glaze formula is fantastic. 

Barefoot Venus Lip Fable in Cherry Crush $7.50
I had seen on other Topbox reviews that many people complained about this item. I personally love the Barefoot Venus brand and have tried a few of their products. I'm glad to try the lip balm, I am just picky about the container. I prefer lip balms in a tube form.

Vasanti Cosmetics BrightenUp! Ezymatic Face Rejuvenator $5.67 
To be honest, I wasn't overly excited when I seen this product. I have never heard of Vasanti Cosmetics. But after trying this, I fell in love. It is probably one of the best exfoliaters I have tried. 

Bioderma Atoderm Gentle Shower Gel $3.95
I have never tried Bioderma products but I have heard of them. I was quite underwhelmed by this product because it has no scent. I understand that is why some people probably love it, but personally I want my body washed to have a scent.

Overall I thought this month's Topbox was great! What items did you receive? 
Post your June Topbox reviews in the comments!

June Wantable Accessories Box

Wantable is a monthly subscription box that offers 3 choices - Accessories, Makeup and Intimates.
For Canadians, it is $36.00 USD plus shipping and duties. Boxes are customized depending on your style preferences from a survey that you fill out that can be updated whenever you want to change things up.
Wantable is the most expensive subscription box I subscribe to, but it is the one I look forward to each month.

Shilo Necklace $22.00
 A great statement necklace for summer. I love the pistachio/mint green colour with the gold tone. I have several outfits I know this will look great with.

Mallory Sunglasses $18.00
I actually changed my styles preferences last month in hopes that they would include more sunglasses as I badly needed some for summer, so i was pretty excited when i received 2 pair.
These have a tortoise shell frame with a gold bar across the top.
To be honest, I am not sure about these. The sunglasses actually look great off, but when i put them on I think they look crooked. I think it's actually because of the gold bar across the top, unless you have a super symmetrical face, that bar brings out your flaws.

Victorya Earrings $21.00
Unfortunately these earrings came broken. (You can see on the left earring, some of the tassels had fallen off). These do look nice, but they are very heavy. I feel like even if I got to wear them, they may have bothered my ears within an hour.
Wantable has great customer service so when I emailed them about the earrings they gladly offered to send a new item.

Aimee Sunglasses $17.00
These sunglasses are have big lenses with a green frame. These are not my normal style but I do very much like them and have wore them several times already.

Overall, June's month was just OK. The overall value of the box is $78.00. The price is slightly inflated, but I do believe it is still a good value. I have on my style preferences that I 'love' the Rock 'n Roll style and I don't know how much of this box i would consider 'Rock 'n Roll'.

Do you subscribe to Wantable? What items did you receive?

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Shopper's Drug Mart Redemption!

I redeemed 50,000 of my Shopper's Optimum Points this weekend as they were having a Super Spend Your Points event where redeeming 50,000 points got me an extra $25.  I believe they do this once or twice a year.

There was a better value if you ad 95,000 points, you received at extra $50, but sadly I did not have enough points!

I'm most excited about my Benefit posie balm and Loreal Manga  mascara. They are items I haven't tried yet. Most of my other items where just replacing items I already have.

Did anyone else take advantage of this redemption? What did you get?

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Current Subscription Boxes I am Subscribed To

Wantable Accessories

$56.00 CAD per month

I actually just resubscribed to this for the June box. I hated my May box (April box is shown in pic) so much I sent the entire thing back and cancelled my subscription. It is the most expensive box I subscribe to, and the value isn't always what it should be. But then I had some remorse about it because I originally loved it so much. We'll see what next month brings.

Ipsy  Ipsy

$14.95 USD per month 

I have only received Ipsy for 2 months, and so far I have loved it! Ipsy is still really new to me, so I don't have many complaints.

Top Box

$12.00 CAD per month

Probably my favorite beauty subscription box that I am subscribed to. Last month I got a fragrance prive box and Stila eyeliner as a $10 add on. I love that it's a Canadian subscription box and I love how they have the options to apply for prive boxes.  I haven't been disappointed by Top Box yet. Top Box has also been releasing Limited Edition boxes. I didn't sign up for the LouLou limited edition, but I did sign up for the most recent FLARE and Chatelaine ones.
Top Box does have a wait list, and I believe I waited about 2 months to actually be able to join.

Beauty Box 5

$12.00 USD per month

Beauty Box 5 is a decent beauty subscription box, but so far with my subscription where I haven't really been too excited about it. I haven't received any boxes where I have even really remembered any items that came in it. I subscribed for a year, and I think I am about 4 months in.

Bark Box Bark

$19.00 USD per month
Sounds silly, but this is usually the box I get most excited for when I see it in the mail.  My two dogs always love the products inside and get very excited when they receive new toys. Which is exactly probably why I get excited when I see the box in the mail. I am a dog person and spoil my two rotten.

So that is my current list of Subscription Boxes. I am Canadian and I know there are lots of great subscription boxes that are unavailable here at this time.  Are there any I am missing out on that you love? Any you think I should get rid of? Comment below and let me know!