topbox – november 2013 prive box – givenchy

For the past few months, there really hadn’t been many prive boxes that had caught my eye so I’ve been opting for the regular Topbox. I believe the last prive box I received was the Benefit one in February. So it’s been awhile.

I will admit that I was excited to see that Givenchy was an option when we received our November wish list email. And as I read more and more negative reviews on the regular November Topbox, boy, was I hoping that I would luck out with the Givenchy box and get it!

This past week, I received two purple Topbox packages. I will admit, I wasn’t too sure why I had two… until I remembered that I took part in the Chatelaine offer. I was on pins and needles as I was opening each package. The first one I opened was the Chatelaine Bonus Box (a separate post about this one later)… and the Givenchy Box!!! I was SO excited to see that I had the Givenchy box and I was so happy with everything that came with it. It is one of the brands that I would see and wonder about… but never actually bought.

givenchy topbox. november 2013.

givenchy topbox. november 2013.

Without further ado, the contents of the Givenchy Topbox!

givenchy goodies!

givenchy goodies!

1. Le Rouge Lipstick – 103 Brun Creatéur
This is the product in the sneak peeks on Facebook that really got my attention! I will admit, I was not a lip junkie until recently but I was really intrigued by this lipstick. Brun Creatéur is a dusty rose color, which is what I usually use anyways so that makes it perfect! Plus the size of this deluxe sample sized lipstick is perfect to keep in your purse for touchups throughout the day. Fantastic! It came in super cute packaging so I really had to share some pictures.

the details. retail: $38 CDN, $36 US for 3.4g (full size) – topbox sample is worth $16.76 CDN, $15.88 US for 1.5g.

topbox_nov2013_givenchy_3topbox_nov2013_givenchy_42. Noir Couture 4 in 1 Mascara – Black Satin
Okay. So here is the deal. I have too much mascara. WAY TOO MUCH MASCARA. So at first I wasn’t to thrilled that I was getting another mascara, however, after reading up a little on it, I’m actually quite excited to try this one. It has a very interesting brush wand where the brush is made up of three balls. Plus, it claims it is a “4-in-1” mascara which will give you: volume, curl, length and conditions. I likely won’t try this soon (I’m still using a couple of different mascaras at the moment) but I will likely write a review when I do.

the details. retail: $35 CDN, $32 US for 8g (full size) – topbox sample is worth $17.50 CDN, $16 US for 4g.

3. Dahlia Noir – Eau de Toilette
This has a very nice flowery scent – and this coming from someone who isn’t a fan in the first place! It comes in a super cute bottle and is the perfect size for travel or to keep in your purse.

the details. retail: $80 CDN, $70 US for 50ml (full size) – topbox sample is worth $8 CDN, $7 US for 5ml.

4. Gentlemen Only – Eau de Toilette
As you can probably tell from the name, this is for men. 🙂 It is a small foil packet so I have no idea what it smells like but I’m sure I’ll find out eventually. I will give this one to my fiance.

the details. retail: $67 CDN, $59 US for 50ml (full size) – topbox sample is a small foil packet.

I’m giving my November 2013 Givenchy Topbox a 5 out of 5 pixel star rating.

What did you receive in your Topbox this month?

Topbox is available in Canada for $12/month + taxes. I purchased this beauty box using my own money.


october 2013 regular topbox. edition.

Topbox sent us our boxes uber early for October! Which is probably why I actually have time to hash out a review on the blog before the next one comes out. Cause we all know, this never happens!

It looks like (a store very similar to Sephora here in Canada, spun off from Shoppers Drug Mart) is sponsoring this box so it is full of brands you can find at Murale. I’ve shopped there a couple of times now so I was excited to see this box! Until I opened it, anyway. More about that below.

topboxoctober2013So now down to the nitty gritty. What was in my box? Here we go!

1. Yves Saint Laurent – Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils Babydoll
I’ll be honest. I was not too thrilled about seeing another mascara in a beauty box. My Ipsy glam bag has been ridiculously horrible for it lately. I have SO MUCH MASCARA! But I will admit, I was happy to see something from YSL in my Topbox. I don’t have anything from YSL other than my Touche Eclat so it will be nice to try something new from them. I couldn’t find this on the Murale sight but found it on Sephora and the reviews look good. This is an exciting find in my box. Can’t wait to try it!

the details. YSL Beauty – retail: $36.00 CDN, $30.00 US for 0.2oz (full size) – topbox sample is worth $10.80 CDN, $10.00 US for 0.06oz (sample)

2. Darphin Predermine Densifying Anti-Wrinkle Cream
The first of three (yes, three!) anti-aging products I received in this months box. “Predermine” is Darphin’s anti-wrinkle and firming line. I’m not quite sure I’m at that stage in my life just yet. Nonetheless, this is a pretty decent size sample for a very expensive product but I don’t know if I will use it just yet.

the details. Darphin Paris – retail: $200.00 CDN, $152.00 US for 50ml/1.6oz (full size) – topbox sample is worth $62.50 CDN, $47.50 US for 0.5oz (sample)

3. Erno Lazlo Transphuse Eye Refiner
Anti-aging product number 2 is an anti-aging cream. I’ve never heard of this brand before so it’s something new to me. On the Murale site, it shows that this product does the following: smoothes fine lines, tightens and nourishes, preserves and boosts collagen production, and, moisturizes, protects and increases elasticity. Personally, I’m already using an eye product that I use for dark circles and fatigue that I like so this one might be waiting awhile as I’m not looking for a true anti-aging eye product yet.

the details. Erno Lazlo – retail: $120.00 CDN, $100.00 US for 15ml/0.5oz (full size) – topbox sample is worth $24.00 CDN, $20.00 US for 0.1oz (sample)

4. Rivoli Le Visage Luminious Serum
I’m not entirely sure if this is an anti-aging product, per se, but it is a serum of sorts. I’ve never tried a serum so I think I may give this one a go. What I like about this is that there are no preservatives.

the details. Rivoli Geneve – not sure about price as I could not find this online

Overall, the October 2013 Topbox was okay. Th e value of this box was through the roof! While I like how they give us skincare, I really could have done with less anti-aging skincare. I am quite excited to try the mascara, though! I’ll give it a go when I get ready for work tomorrow.

Only 2 out of 5 pixel stars for the October box.

What was in your Topbox this month?

regular topbox. march 2013.

I love beauty boxes.

My first ever beauty box subscription is from Topbox. I liked it because it was available for Canadians and at that time, most of the mainstream boxes weren’t. I added my name to the wait list in November 2011 and didn’t get my first box until March 2012. It was well worth the wait!

topbox beauty box. march 2013 edition.

topbox beauty box. march 2013 edition.

A year later, I’m still subscribed. Since then, Topbox has introduced the concept of prive boxes. These are special boxes that feature one beauty brand. It could be numerous samples or even full-sized products.

None of the March prive boxes caught my eye so I chose the regular box. A regular box contains four deluxe beauty samples.

Here is what was in my March 2013 Topbox…

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