Today I am sharing with you an amazing box I purchased from Topbox. It is called the “Cosmetics Magazine 2017 Canadian Fragrance & Beauty Awards Box.” It cost $26 CAD for 11 products.
In June, Topbox offered the items in this box in groups of 4 as privé boxes (boxes you can choose instead of the surprise box) and I ended up choosing one of them. But I remember thinking, I really hope they offer the same privés again because I wanted all 3! They didn’t end up offering the same privés for July… but they did release this box featuring all but one product from the 3 privé box options!
I’m not really sure what this whole Fragrance & Beauty Awards is all about, and truthfully, I’ve never even heard of this Cosmetics Magazine! Apparently it’s all Canadian too. After a little research, I learned that it’s an online magazine! The items included in this box are a mix of winners and nominees from the Awards.
Let’s take a closer look at what’s inside the box!
Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate
If I had to choose one item that I am most anxious to try, it’s this! It is a primer of sorts but for your skin care routine! It is supposed to enhance the effects of your following skin care steps. Aside from the fact that it smells amazing, I also like that it’s an anti-aging product and it is supposed to brighten the skin as well. It’s also super expensive so having a sample is very nice!
Retail Value: $23.20 CAD for 10 ml (full size is $116 for 50 ml)
Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil
Ok, this is the item I was second most excited to receive! I’ve only heard great things about it so I’m happy to get to try it for myself and so far, I’m loving it. First off, this is in the shade “02 Raspberry.” While it is pink in the tube, it barely adds colour to the lips, which I like. Because oil is in its name, I was surprised by its texture. It’s not oily at all but more like a thin non-sticky gloss! It’s very comfortable on the lips and it smells so good, like strawberry shortcake!
Retail Value: $10 CAD for 2.8 ml (full size is $25 for 7 ml)
Michel Germain Sexual Paris Tendre Pour Homme
This is a cologne for men. I found it a little strange that Topbox included this item in a beauty box. I tried to give it to my boyfriend but he wasn’t interested. I’m not sure who else I can gift this to. I’ll have to try one of my brother in laws! It’s a pretty typical male smelling cologne.
Retail Value: $8.43 CAD for 8 ml (full size is $79 for 75 ml)
These next 4 items were grouped together as a June privé.
CoverGirl Katy Kat Matte Lipstick
I had high hopes for this lipstick! It’s in the shade “Sphynx” which is a pink-y nude. It’s such a nice colour and I’m really happy it doesn’t go on really dark which most nude shades tend to do on me. I am so glad to find a nude shade that I actually think looks really good on me!! I don’t think it’s super matte like the name says but it’s also not super shiny. It’s a healthy medium! It feels comfortable on the lips, also.
Retail Value: $8.47 CAD (full size)
Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+
I feel like this is one of Clinique’s most iconic products. When I think of Clinique’s skin care, I think of the yellow lotion! Yet I’ve never tried it out for myself. In my most recent Sephora haul post, I showed you guys that I bought a Clinique Acne Solutions set which included the Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel which seems to be a better fit for me because it’s for oily skin. This Moisturizing Lotion is for dry skin! But to be honest, I usually use a hydrating cream at night because I don’t care if my face is oily while I sleep.
Retail Value: $9 CAD (travel size)
Clarins Hydra-Essentiel Silky Cream Normal to Dry Skin
This is another hydrating cream! I don’t think I’ve actually ever tried any skin care from Clarins! They seem like a brand that has loyal customers and I often see great reviews of their products. I’m excited to give this a go. I like the sounds of it – “silky cream.” I hope it really does leave my skin feeling silky smooth!
Retail Value: $13.80 CAD for 15 ml (full size is $46 for 50 ml)
Michel Germain Sexual Paris Tendre
I guess this would be the female version of the men’s Sexual Paris Tendre cologne. It smells pretty good. It smells very floral-y to me. I usually wear more sweet scents so it’s actually nice to get something different that I wouldn’t normally pick out but I still appreciate.
Retail Value: $6.27 CAD for 5 ml (full size is $94 for 75 ml)
And lastly, these 4 items were grouped together and are the ones that I received in my June privé box!
Bioderma Sensibio H2O Make-up Removing Micelle Solution
You know, I’ve only ever had to buy one bottle of micellar water ever?! That’s because I always get it in my subscription boxes. I love that I get fun things but also useful items like this that I go through like toilet paper! Bioderma is my favourite one, too!
Retail Value: $4.98 CAD for 100 ml (full size is $24.90 for 500 ml)
Mugler Eau de Parfum Angel Muse
I’ve been using this perfume a lot lately. I’m so happy to have another little vial because it smells really nice! It is in the “warm & spicy” family with hazelnut and whipped cream as it’s key notes according to Sephora.
Retail Value: $4.08 CAD for 2 ml (full size is $102 for 50 ml)
Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II
I haven’t tried this yet since I like to use up older skin care first before moving on to newer stuff. It’s expensive stuff though so it’s nice to get it for such a good deal. I love anti aging skin care products! This one is supposed to significantly reduce major signs of visible aging.
Retail Value: $16.80 CAD for 7 ml (full size is $120 for 50 ml)
Rimmel London Wonder’Lash Mascara
I have the same strategy with my mascaras as I do my skin care. New stuff gets sent to the back of the cupboard while I use my oldest product first to make sure it doesn’t go bad. I hope I love this mascara but at least if I don’t, this one is sealed and I can gift it to someone else! It has Argan oil in it which I’ve never seen before in a mascara!
Retail Value: $6.98 CAD (full size)
Total Retail Value: $112.01 CAD
I’m blown away by the retail value on this box! I was actually pretty surprised to see the box priced so low at $26 because there are a lot of high end brands included! I’ll definitely be using 10 out of 11 products. I will be finding a new home for the men’s cologne! But other than that, the rest will be put to good use. I mean, you guys know how I love my skin care!
Were you able to get your hands on this box?! It sold out fast! Hope you enjoyed reading, loves! ❤