As another thank you to my regular Canadian readers, I have a surprise giveaway for you! (Edit: The giveaway is now closed. See bottom of post for the winner.)
What can you win? A December Topbox! See details at the bottom of this post.
What you see pictured is from the November Topbox, and that’s what I’ll be reviewing.
I was recently contacted by Topbox and asked if I would like to try out their November box. They also generously offered to provide the prize for this giveaway!
What is Topbox? It’s like the Canadian version of Birchbox (similar to the Loose Button Luxe Box that I previously blogged about).
So what’s the difference? Topbox sets themselves apart in terms of only providing top brands (hence their name) and minimalist packaging, which is environmentally friendly. You get 4 deluxe-sized samples each month for just $10 CAD. Shipping is free. (Edit: I just signed up to receive the February 2012 Topbox – found out that there’s tax, so in total, you’ll be paying $11.30 CAD.)
I was really excited to see it in person, and as I was opening the package for the first time, I was taking photos. At one point, I had to put my camera down because I was so ecstatic and couldn’t believe my eyes!
Allow me to go into further details.
November Topbox Pictures
Edit: I tried it out. Click here to see my Cake It’s a Slice Velveteen Hand Creme Review & Pictures!
Edit: I finally ended up wearing this polish. Click here to see my Deborah Lippmann Some Enchanted Evening Swatches & Review post!
√ Contains 4 deluxe samples
√ Samples are from only premium brands
- Name: Topbox (November edition)
- What You Get in Each Month’s Box: 4 deluxe samples from premium brands
- What I Paid: Nothing! (This was sent to me by the company.)
- Where to Sign up for a Subscription: Topbox website
November Topbox Review
Company Name & Logo
The name Topbox definitely gets the message across that they only offer premium brands. The logo uses a font that reminds me a lot of the same font used for America’s Next Top Model.
Because of the name, I was literally expecting a box. When I got a tube in the mail, it was pretty cool because it’s different. The unique shape makes it stand out. Every other company sends out rectangular or square boxes, so this was something refreshing!
Because the tube is reuseable, I already know what I’m going to use it for. It’s going to be my new container to hold my coins!
Although they don’t have personalized stickers and printed cards like Loose Button Luxe Box, you can still tell that Topbox went the extra mile. The thank-you card was handwritten and not printed, which shows great care in putting together the package. This really made it feel like a close friend had sent this to me and not a company who doesn’t know me.
You get 4 deluxe-sized samples normally, but in the November box, I was surprised that 2 out of 4 of them were actually full-sized products!
In fact, when I was snapping photos and unboxing everything, I took out the hand creme and thought, “Wow, that’s a generous size!” It was only after I opened everything that I read the card and realized it was a full-size product! Great value, and I was very curious about Cake Beauty’s products, so this was great! Now that winter’s coming, I needed a good hand creme to carry in my purse. (I’ll report my experience with this in a future review post!)
But what made me put down my camera was ultimately the full-sized Deborah Lippmann polish in Some Enchanted Evening! When I saw it, I literally exclaimed, “NO WAY!”
You see, before this, I only had a single Deborah Lippmann polish (because they’re pricey) – Across the Universe. So just imagine my shock and giddiness when I saw this baby! The way to my heart is through nail lacquer…
Now, if you’ve been following Swatch And Learn, you’ll know that I’m not a fan of pink polishes. I have nothing against them, but they’re just hard for me to wear. However, since Some Enchanted Evening is a glitter polish, the layering options are limitless! Even if it doesn’t blow my mind when worn solo, I can easily layer this over black or any other colour and use it as an accent to make it more wearable.
Edit: Click here to see my Deborah Lippmann Some Enchanted Evening Swatches & Review post!
Based on the package I got, I must say that I was blown away by the value. Had I paid $10 CAD for this, the nail polish itself would’ve more than paid for it all! Now, I’m not sure if they regularly include full-sized items or not, but this month was superb value!
As I keep mentioning, Topbox prides itself on offering only prestigious brands. Some other brands they mention on their site include Benefit, Shu Uemura, Lise Watier, and SkinCeuticals.
To join Topbox, it costs $10 CAD per month to subscribe. If you want to cancel, their website says you can do so at any time by e-mailing them. There are no cancellation fees.
(Edit: I just signed up to receive the February 2012 Topbox – found out that there’s tax, so in total, you’ll be paying $11.30 CAD.)
What I like about Topbox is that when they send out your package, they e-mail you with a tracking number so that you can track the package en route. You’ll have a better idea when to expect it, which I appreciate. Also, no signature is required for delivery.
Final Verdict: 9.8/10
Overall, I really liked Topbox. While I appreciate personalization, I do like to pay more for quality-brand products. So, Topbox got a top score. The only reason I deducted a smidgeon was because of the randomness factor. You don’t know exactly what you’re getting. That’s fun, but sometimes it’s a gamble.
What do you think about Topbox? Were you as blown away as I was when you saw the full-size Deborah Lippmann polish? How do you think it compares to similar companies in the market?
*~* Surprise Giveaway for Canadians *~*
Edit: The giveaway is now closed.
And, finally, here’s the part that you’ve been waiting for! 😀
I love reading comments from you, and anyone can leave a comment below, not just those entering this giveaway.
Ends: Sunday November 20 @ 12:59 pm (Eastern)
How to Enter:
If you’re Canadian and you do want to enter, though, please indicate somewhere in your comment that you would like to win a Topbox. That’s it – easy peasy!
(Please double-check that you’ve included your valid e-mail address in the comment form so that if you win, I can contact you. You may also want to add firstname.lastname@example.org to your Safe list so that should you win, my e-mail doesn’t land in the Spam folder by accident.)
You can leave as many comments as you want, but I will only put in one entry per person to make it fair for all.
I’ll use random.org to select a winner sometime on Monday November 21. I’ll e-mail the winner, and from the time I send my e-mail, the person has 72 hours to reply to me. If I don’t receive a reply, I’ll have to choose another winner, but I really don’t want to do that.
When the winner replies, I’ll forward your name and e-mail address to Topbox. At that point, they’ll send you a promo code to use on their website to redeem your free Topbox!
(They’ve told me that to receive the following month’s box, you need to put in your order by the last week of the month. They also sell out of their boxes pretty quickly, so it’s best to place the order once you get the promo code.)
And if you like Topbox, go ahead and “Like” them on their official Facebook page. (There’s a little “Like” button on their website.)
I’ll announce the winner on this post (in this section), on Twitter, and on Google+!
Good luck to everyone!
Edit: Congratuations, Lindsday! You’ve won the giveaway! I e-mailed you at 2:22 pm on Monday November 21st. Please reply to the e-mail within 72 hours to claim your prize.
Edit: Lindsay replied to my e-mail. Thank you, everyone, for participating!