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October 2014 Topbox

I got my October 2014 Topbox a few days ago and I wanted to share the exciting goodies that were in it. I used to have a subscription a few years ago but gave it up when I started getting way too many repeat products. Now I’ve heard that if you get a repeat you can email customer service and they fix it for you. With that in mind I decided to re-subscribe and I have to say I couldn’t be happier with my first box!

Topbox delivers 4 deluxe beauty product samples right to your door for $12/month. It often has full size products thrown in there too, and there are some specialty boxes you can pick from as well.

October 2014 Topbox Contents

October 2014 Topbox Contents

The items I got in the October 2014 Topbox are pretty great. Check out my thoughts on them below!

Bioderma Sensibio H20 Micelle Solution: This makeup cleanser is great for sensitive skin and can even remove water-resistant makeup. It’s a pretty nice solution and it won an award for Chatelaine Magazine’s Beauty 100. It’s high end, good quality, and definitely something I wouldn’t purchase for myself on a regular day, but to get a deluxe sample size (100ml) is a really good treat. It retails for $21.95 for the 250ml bottle, so to get 100ml in my Topbox is a pretty great steal.

China Glaze Seas The Day Nail Polish: This is a full size polish which typically costs about $10. To get it in my Topbox is amazing, and it happens to be an awesome colour too. It’s a medium red-pink hue and it looks great for both Summer and Fall. I’ve already worn it twice and I really love how opaque it is. It’s bold without being bright, and the formula is fantastic.

Lancome Genifique Yeax Light-Pearl: This is an illuminating youth-activating serum, which is pretty fancy but not necessarily for me. I’m still young so samples like this get passed along to my mother. Still, I can’t afford Lancome products on an average day so it’s kind of nice to get to check one out without spending the big bucks. This retails for $88 for the 20ml product, and the sample size I was sent is only 5ml, but that’s still a great deal to add in the Topbox.

Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real! Mascara: This was the most exciting thing in the box. I adore this mascara and love getting the trial size tubes to throw in my purse. It’s Benefit’s #1 mascara and it really is no surprise why. This mascara gives me perfectly defined, dark, long lashes every time and never clumps or flakes. It’s probably the best mascara I’ve ever used and somehow I keep getting by on samples. Lucky me! You can read my past review on the mascara here. They’re Real! Mascara retails for $29 for an 8.5g tube, and the sample size I got is 3g.

The items in this month’s box had a broad range, which I like. I wouldn’t want all four to be eye products or face creams, so this one was perfect because it had a little bit of everything. To have a full size China Glaze nail polish in the box already made it worth it to me. That polish is about $10 depending where you buy it, and for me it’s pretty hard to find China Glaze polishes in any stores anyways. I also had just finished my travel size tube of Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real! Mascara and was debating on buying a full size one. This Topbox really hit the spot for me with those two products, and the other two were nice bonuses.

Do you subscribe to Topbox? Did you like your box this month?  Leave a comment and let me know!

NOTD: Blue, Turquoise and Tiny Floral Nail Art

Blue, Turquoise And Tiny Floral Nail Art

Blue, Turquoise And Tiny Floral Nail Art

These ocean-themed ombre nails are a fresh and fun look for summer. The base is a combination of China Glaze Sea Spray, China Glaze For Audrey, and OPI Fly sponged into a gradient. The tiny floral design was stamped on top using Konad plate m73.

Valentine's Day Gradient Heart Nail Art

Check Out This Adorable Valentine’s Day Nail Art

Happy Valentine’s Day!

I’m one of those girls who loves this holiday because it features a lot of pink, and I love pink. Skip the roses ans chocolate but another excuse for more pink in my life – count me in! One more pink thing I added to my day today were these adorable Valentine’s Day nails that I did.

Valentine's Day Gradient Heart Nail Art

Valentine’s Day Gradient Heart Nail Art

To get these super sweet nails I sponged on a gradient base with two shades of pink and white. Then I stamped the heart pattern over the gradient with Essie Licorice using the Bundle Monster image plate BM-317. The polishes I used for the gradient were China Glaze Dance Baby (light pink) and Fuchsia Fanatic (dark pink) from the Electropop collection a few summers back, used Sally Hansen White Out.

I think these nails look a little bit like candy hearts. They definitely fit the Valentine’s Day theme and are totally adorable. They didn’t even take too long to do! I have been having a serious gradient nail colour phase so this fits right in with that. The heart stamp is just cute enough to be pretty, but not too over the top. I really like these nails the more I look at them and don’t think I’ll be taking them off anytime soon.

What do you think of this Valentine’s Day nail art?

Gradient Purple Fishnet Nail Art

Gradient Purple Fishnet Nail Art

Gradient Purple Fishnet Nail Art

Gradient purple nails using a sponge technique, topped with a simple fishnet design. Polishes used were Essie No more Film, Essie Licorice, Essie DJ Play That Song, and China Glaze  Sweet Hook. Fishnet design done with Konad plate m57.

Gradient Purple Fishnet Nail Art

Gradient Purple Fishnet Nail Art

Sparkle From Tip to Toe With These New Year’s Eve Nail Polish Picks

New Year’s Eve is a chance to wear lots of glitter, drink champagne, and count backwards from 10. At least to me it is. Whatever you plan to do for 2014 you can always add a little extra glitz. Here are a few pretty polishes that will help you sparkle like the ball dropping in Times Square.

L-R: The Living Daylights, Techno, Teenage Dream

L-R: The Living Daylights, Techno, Teenage Dream

The top three glitter polishes I picked to ring in the new year are OPI The Living Daylights, China Glaze Techno, and OPI Teenage Dream. The Living Daylights comes from the Skyfall collection, Techno is from the Electropop collection, and Teenage Dream is of course part of the Katy Perry collaboration.

All three polishes are super pretty on their own, and you can layer them to cover the whole nail. Another option is to layer them over a bright colour to match your outfit, or even black to make the sparkles really pop.

L-R: The Living Daylights, Techno, Teenage Dream

L-R: The Living Daylights, Techno, Teenage Dream

Go out in style on the last party of 2013 and start the new year shiny and bright!