August 31, 2016

Empties: August 2016

Empties time!
Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Replenishing Moisture Shampoo (250mL)
I have previously gone through several travel size versions of this shampoo and I much prefer the squeeze tube packaging on those. I don't like the full size packaging and found it difficult to get the product out towards the end. I still like this shampoo, but will likely only repurchase the travel sizes.

Diptyque Multi-Use Exfoliating Clay for the Face
I had no idea that Diptyque made skincare until I came across this sample. This exfoliant has a gritty texture and it leaves my skin feeling soft. However, it is not special enough for me to purchase the full size, especially given the $65 price tag for a 100mL jar.

Live Clean Sensitive Hypoallergenic Shampoo (350mL)
I don't like this shampoo enough for repurchase.

Tatcha Indigo Soothing Triple Recovery Cream (10mL)
The weighted packaging makes this sample feel very luxurious. This cream has a thicker texture that easily absorbs to leave my skin with a silky finish. The scent reminds me of rice cakes. The 50mL jar retails for $135 and I won't be purchasing the full size any time soon.


What products did you finish this month?

August 21, 2016

In the Mail: Topbox August 2016

Today I want to share the products that I received in my August Topbox.



Topbox is a Canadian beauty subscription box with 4 deluxe samples for C$12+tax/month (shipping included).

My box with a value of ~C$45
  • Elizabeth Arden Skin Illuminating Brightening Night Capsules with Advanced MIx Concentrate - 4 capsules (full size 50 capsules for C$105) - value: C$8.4
  • Manna Kadar Bronzer Highlighter - full size for US$21 - value: US$21
  • Novex Argan Oil Deep Conditioning Hair Mask - 100g (full size 100g for US$4.99) - value: US$4.99
  • Smashbox Photo Finish Pore Minimizing Foundation Primer - 7mL (travel size 15mL for C$20) - value: C$9.33

While this box has good value, I don't feel any enthusiasm to try these products.


What did you receive this month?

July 17, 2016

In the Mail: Topbox July 2016

Today I want to share what I received in this month's Topbox.



Topbox is a Canadian beauty subscription box with 4 deluxe samples for C$12+tax/month (shipping included). This month includes a bonus fifth item.

My box with an approximate value of C$80:
  • Elizabeth Arden Grand Entrance Mascara (Stunning Black 01) - 2.5g (full size 8.5g for C$32) - value: C$9.41
  • Glamglow Flashmud Brightening Treatment - 0.5oz (travel size 0.5oz for C$24) - value: C$24
  • Lancome Genifique Yeux Light-Pearl Eye-Illuminating Youth Activating Concentrate - 5mL (full size 0.5oz for C$83) - value: C$27.67
  • Revlon Uniqone Coconut All in One Hair Treatment - 9mL (full size 150mL for C$19.95) - value: C$1.20
  • Starlooks Gem Pencil (Ultra Orchid) - 2.4g (full size 2.4g for US$16) - value: US$16


I am most looking forward to trying out the Glamglow Flashmud Brightening Treatment. I am very happy with this month's products, even though this is the second time that I have received the Lancome eye concentrate and the Starlooks Gem Pencil.


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June 30, 2016

Empties: June 2016

Today I want to share the two products that I used up this month.
Live Clean Hydrating Shampoo (350mL)
I really enjoyed using this shampoo - it does the job at an affordable price and I really like Fresh Water scent (in fact, the hand soap with this scent made into my 2015 Beauty Favorites). I am currently trying out another shampoo from Live Clean and I would definitely repurchase this hydrating version.

Rituals Zensation Foaming Shower Gel (50mL)
Although I adore the scent of this Rituals range with rice milk and cherry blossom [Body Scrub Review Here, Body Cream Review Here], this shower gel left my skin feeling more dry than usual. The gel-to-foam experience was also a bit disappointing. I would not repurchase this shower gel.

What did you finish this month?