Friday, December 20, 2013

December 2013 Topbox

I was very surprised to receive a Topbox this month since I cancelled my subscription in November after receiving only skincare samples for two months in a row. I’m guessing that Topbox bills a month in advance so this should be my final box.
Despite the fact that I no longer want to receive Topboxes, I was fairly impressed with the December box, especially the nail polish and lip butter.
Here are the items that I received this month:
1. Cuccio Colour Nail Lacquer in Remix (full size) – There is a lot of colour going on in this glitter polish (even though it isn’t visible in the photo above), so I’m going to try my best to describe it. The polish includes many hexagonal silver glitters. The rest of the polish is made up of very tiny glitters in shades of green, purple, blue, and silver. Everything is held together with a clear base. Cuccio polishes are free of Toluene, DBP, and Formaldehyde, and they retail for $10. While I love nail polish, I don’t wear glitters often and probably won’t get much use out of this one. For this reason, I will save Remix for a giveaway.
2. Belvada Cosmetics Coconut Lip Butter (full size) – This lip butter is very smooth and has a light coconut scent. Since this product retails for $10, I expected better quality packaging. The little brown pot is made of a very cheap plastic. I probably wouldn’t purchase this product on my own because I don’t like using lip products in pots since they are not very sanitary.
3. Estee Lauder Modern Muse Eau de Parfum (sample is 2.9 ml) – I normally avoid the Estee Lauder brand because it is not very youthful. I thought the packaging of this sample was so cute though so I decided to try the fragrance. Unfortunately it was very strong and mature. I had to wash it off because it made me feel like sneezing even though I only applied a tiny bit of it to my wrist. I like fragrances that are a bit lighter and sweeter so I will not be using this.
4. Skiin Instant Tightener and Line Filler (sample is 3 ml) – Although I fill out the Topbox surveys every month and try to communicate that I really do not like skincare samples, I still continue to receive them. This sample is meant to tighten sagging skin and lift and smooth creases and wrinkles. While it does sound like an interesting product, I have very sensitive skin and tend to avoid anti-aging products which are often quite irritating.
Overall, this Topbox was more impressive than the boxes I have received over the past few months; however, I am still happy with my decision to cancel my subscription.
At the current time, I am not subscribed to any beauty boxes, but I would love to try something new. Any suggestions?