The One with The Kit’s Limited Edition Spring Skin Box

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I want to share this awesome skin care box I got from Topbox! I am a real sucker for these boxes. I think I’ve bought almost every one they’ve put out since I discovered Topbox. I got this one late April. I’m going to start posting them on my blog so you can see for yourself how great they are, and the amazing value that is in them!


The great thing about these boxes is you do not have to be subscribed to Topbox in order to buy them. But if you are subscribed, they will ship these boxes for free with your monthly subscription! Here is how Topbox described this box:

Brush away any winter blues with the beauty essentials of the season—from refreshing eye masks to touchable smooth skin.

Let’s take a look at the products!

Elizabeth Arden PREVAGE Anti-Aging Antioxidant Infusion Essence
Not going to lie, I love getting anti-aging products! It’s hard to want to spend a lot of money on these sort of products (especially when they retail for $120 for a full size, like this one!!), so I love stocking up on deluxe samples.
Retail Value: $8 CAD

Schick Hydro Silk Razor
Another Topbox powered box, another Schick razor. But hey, that’s ok! I knew it was there when I bought it! A girl can’t have too many razors!
Retail Value: $12.64 CAD

Smashbox 24 Hour Photo Finish Shadow Primer
I’ve tried Smashbox’s face primer but not this. I’m excited to use this since I’ve never tried a shadow primer before!
Retail Value: $7.67 CAD

MaskerAide All Eyes On Me Hydrating Eye Gel Patches
Eye gel patches for hydrating, brightening, and firming! I got these in a previous Topbox and I’m happy to get more!
Retail Value: $6.25 CAD

Burt’s Bees Cleansing Oil with Coconut & Argan Oils
This is a full size product, which is awesome. I love coconut and argan oil so I think this cleansing oil is right up my alley. It’s supposed to not leave an oily residue.
Retail Value: $15.99 CAD

NeoStrata SecureWhite Brightening Serum
This product is perfect for me. While my acne isn’t as bad it used to be, I do have some leftover reminders of how bad it was. This serum is supposed to correct the appearance of dark spots and acne scars!
Retail Value: $13.07 CAD

Skinfix Hand Repair Cream
Another full size product. This must be a miracle cream, judging by the price!😉 This is supposed to be great for dermatitis and eczema!
Retail Value: $17.99 CAD

Trind Perfect System Nail Repair
I wouldn’t call this a skin product, but I’ll take it! My nails have taken a real beating since using polish lately. This nail repair will strengthen without yellowing or dehydrating the nails!
Retail Value: $19.95 CAD

Marc Anthony Nourishing Argan Oil of Morocco 24Hr Moisture Extra Hydrating Hand Cream
I had no idea that Marc Anthony made anything but hair care! This hand cream is really cheap to buy ($3.96 for full size at Walmart) but it’s very hydrating! I love Argan oil for my skin.
Retail Value: $1.98 CAD

Total Retail Value: $103.54 CAD
What I Paid: $29 CAD

As you can see, the value is insane. As long as they are products you will use, it is worth it to buy these boxes. For me, skin care products are my favourite! And I’m in desperate need of getting rid of these dry hands!

Au revoir,
Tigritsa

The One with the Topbox April 2016 Box

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What is it? Topbox
How much is it? $12 CAD per month
Ships to? Canada
Shipping costs? Free
What’s inside? 4 deluxe sample or full size beauty products

Ofra Lipliner
This is a water resistant lip pencil created with synthetic beeswax. This came in the shade “wine.” You would think it would be more purple in colour, but it’s more of a reddish brown. I can see myself using this as long as I have the right shade of lipstick to go with it!
Retail Value: $16.41 CAD

pur-lisse Blue Lotus 4-in-1 Eye Adore Serum
I previously received this in an Ipsy bag. This is above and beyond my favourite item from my Topbox this month. I’ve been using eye serums and creams every day lately. This serum firms and brightens, and helps reduce puffiness, dark circles and fine lines. It’s also expensive as hell so if I can keep getting these samples, I’d be ok with that!
Retail Value: $38.26 CAD

Vichy Laboratories Ideal Body Balm
I wasn’t initially excited by this but after reading into it and it’s benefits, I can’t wait to try it. This body balm is formulated with Hyaluronic Acid, LHA, and 10 essential oils for firmer, smoother, more radiant skin. It’s paraben free and hypoallergenic!
Retail Value: $2.06 CAD

POP Beauty Pure Pigment
I received the colour “crystal glitz.” I have no idea how to use this product! How do you apply it? Wet brush? Glue? Silly putty?😄 However you do it, it just seems way too out of my comfort zone!
Retail Value: $12.61 CAD

Schick Hydro Silk Razor
This was a bonus item that everyone received this month! It has 5 blades which is what I normally like to use so this razor is perfect for me. It also came with a coupon.
Retail Value: $12.64 CAD

Total Retail Value: $81.98 CAD

Final Thoughts? I wasn’t very excited about this box, evident by my late review, clearly!😛 I think I was just disappointed that yet again I didn’t get any of the stellar prive boxes I wished for. However, the more I think about it, I’m actually happy with this box. Sure, the pigment was awful for me, but the rest ranged from decent to great items. The pur-lisse eye serum alone was worth the cost of the entire bag by a long shot! Keep sending those my way, subscription boxes!😉 It’s so awesome that Topbox sent everyone an extra item, too, because it’s normally 4 items.

Until next time,
xoxo, Tigritsa

The One with the Ipsy April 2016 Glam Bag

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What is it? Ipsy Glam Bag
How much is it? $10 USD per month
Ships to? Canada & US
Shipping costs? $4.95 USD per month; Free for US
What’s inside? 5 deluxe sample or full size beauty products, plus a makeup bag

pur-lisse Beauty Sheet Masks
Ipsy sent 2 pur-lisse sheet masks this month. The first one is blue lotus and white tea, which is described as intensely moisturizing, nourishing and renewing. The second one is blue lotus and seaweed, which is described as intensely moisturizing, soothing and balancing. I love sheet masks so I’m happy I got these! I tried the seaweed mask already, and loved how smooth my skin was after.
Retail Value: $16 USD

Luxie Dreamcatcher Tapered Highlighter Brush
I’m so happy I got this highly sought-after brush! Not only do I love the cute periwinkle colour, but I was in need of a brush just this size to set my under-eye concealer! It’s a highlighter brush but versatile! It’s 100% vegan, and cruelty-free! I really like the quality. Super soft!
Retail Value: $24 USD

tarte LipSurgence Lip Crème
This is a lip crayon in the colour “wonder.” I wasn’t sure about this colour based on the preview, because it looks super dark in the picture. In person, it’s such a lovely shade of berry red. I like it way more than I thought I would!
Retail Value: $12.80 USD

Starlooks Luxe Longwear Eye Pencil
This eye pencil is in the colour “jet.” I like this brand, but I don’t think I will use this. If I wear black eyeliner, I generally use a liquid liner rather than a mechanical kohl pencil. I will save it to give away as a gift.
Retail Value: $16 USD

City Color Cosmetics Highlight Trio
This is such a cute little highlight palette. There’s 3 shades to try! I have to admit I don’t ever highlight so I may save this to give away as a gift, but I’m also really tempted to open it and swatch it!
Retail Value: $8.99 USD

Total Retail Value: $77.79 USD / $98.92 CAD

Final Thoughts? Now that I am calculating the value of my bags, it’s simply amazing to see how much value is in here! Almost $100! I was pretty happy with this month’s bag. The highlighter brush is a real gem, and I’m obsessed with sheet masks. The other 3 items aren’t my absolute favourite but great brands, and good for gifts or giveaways. I also really loved the bag this month. It’s such pretty colours! Ipsy has stepped up their game this year.

Ciao bellas,
Tigritsa xoxo

The One with the April 2016 Shopping Finds

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I have a little secret to divulge. I’m a bit of a shopaholic. I’m sure that’s no shock and many of my readers probably have the same “secret.”😄 So, I decided I wanted to start doing posts about my purchases. This month in particular, I have been doing a lot of spring wardrobe shopping and I may have went a little overboard. Let’s check out my finds!

One of my first purchases this month was this beautiful Swarovski Crystal Eiffel Tower pendant. I had a $30 gift card from my FabFitFun spring box for Sterling Forever. The necklace was on sale for $42 USD, marked down from $48. After using my gift card, I paid $12 for this necklace!

I’m always looking for cheap blu-ray deals on Amazon.ca. This month, I bought 3. The Notebook for $6.25 CAD, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory for $8.49, and How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days for $5.99. I only buy movies that I love and know I’ll rewatch.

I am a little late to the trend but I’ve been obsessed with rompers lately. When I saw this Fashion Web Geometric Lace-Yoke one on Zulily.ca for $20.99 CAD, I had to have it. I took forever to decide between the orange and black or the lime green and black. I eventually decided on the orange because I thought the colour popped just a little more!

I bought 3 items from Garage at 25% off. The first item I have been watching for awhile and waiting for it to go on sale. I paid $27.71 CAD for this gorgeous Aztec poncho. The picture doesn’t really do it justice but it’s so pretty when I’m wearing it!

The next item I bought from Garage is this super cute gypsy print romper that I paid $29.96 for. I love the print and colours, and I’m excited to wear it this spring. The sunny weather can’t come soon enough!

The last item from Garage are these red and white shorts with tassels. I paid $18.71 CAD for them. They are the same gypsy print as the romper I got. I think it suits me and my style!

I bought these grey and black raindrop Toms from Zulily. I have been wanting some Toms for awhile now to wear casually with my jeans so I finally decided to go for it when I saw the deal pop up on Zulily. I chose this design because I love the colour grey for shoes, and the raindrop design was simple but cute. I paid $39.99 CAD.

This Clarisonic Mia 2 Ole Henrikson set was my purchase from the recent Sephora sale, so I got 10% off. I was going to buy this anyway so I’m glad I waited for the sale. It is priced at $189 CAD, so with the sale and after taxes, I saved $20. I’m really anxious to see if this makes a difference in my skin, and also to try these Ole Henrikson products! The fact that the Clarisonic is red is a huge plus in my book. Red is my favourite colour!

That’s all for now but I have some Zulily orders on the way, and I’ll make a post at the end of the month with those purchases!

Stay beautiful,
xoxo Tigritsa

The One with the FabFitFun Spring 2016 Box

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What is it? FabFitFun Box
How much is it? $49.99 USD quarterly
Ships to? Canada & US
Shipping costs? $8 USD per month; Free for US
What’s inside? Full size, premium beauty, fashion, fitness, wellness and home products, valued $200+

 

MakersKit Kitchen Herb Garden DIY Kit
This product really excites me! I have been wanting to grow my own herbs for awhile now, and that’s what I love about subscription boxes. You get to try things that you’ve always wanted to but never got around to. This kit comes complete with plastic pots, compost, and a wooden trough. You can grow basil, thyme, and mint!
Retail Value: $35 USD

Jus D’Amour Bath Bomb Trinity
Here is another product that I have been wanting to try but haven’t yet. I haven’t given myself the extra time to take a relaxing bath since my son was born over 4 years ago, so I think these are the perfect excuse to finally get a nice bath in. It comes with 3 different bombs with 3 different scents – jasmine, rose & sandalwood; lavender, chamomile & ylang ylang; and eucalyptus, peppermint & lime. They are made from organic ingredients and essential oil blends!
Retail Value: $28 USD

Merrithew Yoga Mat Strap Plus
This is my least favourite item I received. You have to expect at least one fitness item in these boxes, and I’m ok with that. I just won’t use it!😉 For the fitness enthusiasts, you can not only use this as a yoga mat strap but also as a resistance cord! Multi-purposeful!
Retail Value: $14.99 USD

Marrakesh Argan & Hemp Oil Therapy Hair Styling Elixir
I absolutely love getting stuff like this in my boxes! I have really wavy hair so the frizz can be out of control. I rely on products like this to keep it tamed! It will leave your hair with a beautiful shine and silky smooth. It smells amazing too. It combines Argan oil from Morocco with hemp seed oil to improve your hair’s condition. I’m a big fan of the glass bottle it comes in. Very nice!
Retail Value: $22.99 USD

Bodipure Keratin Gloves and Socks
This package comes with 1 pair of gloves and 1 pair of socks, and from what I’ve heard, they are individually wrapped so you won’t have to use both at the same time. I know my cuticles can really use some help and I have the worst dry skin on my hands and heels. I am so excited to try these! They are supposed to strengthen nails and moisturize skin with the power of keratin.
Retail Value: $9.98 USD

Jook & Nona Gold-Plated Tag Necklace
This is a chic tag necklace, made with 18k gold-plated stainless steel. It is engraved with one of four words. You could get “love,” “happy,” “dream,” or “inspire.” This was one of the items that annual subscribers could choose which option they wanted. I went back and forth between dream and inspire, but eventually chose dream. I think this necklace is super cute and I’ve worn it a couple times already!
Retail Value: $65 USD

ISH Counter Kit
This is the debut product from FabFitFun’s first makeup line that they created with Joey Maalouf. Each palette includes a highlighter, blush, bronzer, and contour, and you could receive light/medium, or medium/dark. I’m really happy about this product. I’ve never tried contouring or highlighting before. I don’t own any bronzer at all and minimal blushes. For me, this is perfect to receive!
Retail Value: $32

HelloLegs Shaving Emulation Lotion
It does not say on the front of this product that this is a shaving lotion. I’ve heard some ladies went ahead and used it as a regular lotion before realizing what it was intended for!😄 I always find it strange when a product doesn’t say what it is on the front. You shouldn’t have to search for it! Anyway, this product combines rich, creamy body lotion with gentle shaving cream, and some “blade butter.” I’m really interested to try this!
Retail Value: $19.95 USD

Gift Cards
FabFitFun always includes a couple gift cards. The first is a $25 gift card for 31 Bits, which is handmade jewellery by artisans in Uganda. I wasn’t able to find anything I really loved so I don’t think I’ll be using this card. The second is a $30 gift card for Sterling Forever, which is mostly jewellery made from sterling silver. I already used this card, and was able to buy a beautiful Swarovski Crystal Eiffel Tower necklace. There were so many things I wanted but I didn’t want to spend much more than what the gift card was worth!


Final Thoughts? I am beyond impressed with this box! I can’t believe I loved almost every single product. The only thing I wasn’t fond of was the yoga mat strap, and I’m ok with that. I always assume there will be a couple items I wouldn’t use, so only one is great! I’m not sure I could even choose a favourite thing from this box. Maybe the herb garden, Argan oil, or the contour kit. Or maybe the necklace. OR the keratin gloves. It’s too hard to choose. I was just thrilled with everything! Also, the box design was so pretty and just felt like spring. The artist, Minna So, did an amazing job. 5 star box!

Add On: Passport to Beauty Gold Radiance Luxury Facial Mask
You may remember this product from the fall 2015 box. It comes with 2 masks, so I shared with my best friend and we loved them. Our skin was amazing afterwards. It looked brighter and felt so smooth and hydrated. They are very pricey at $65, but FabFitFun has an add-on program that gives a discount on past box products with free shipping! So I scored these for $19, and can’t wait for my BFF and I to have another girls night!

Much love,
Tigritsa

The One with the Lise Watier Glam Sense Box

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I feel so lucky to be part of the Glam Sense program, powered by Topbox! This program is completely free! They send free products, and all I have to do is review them in exchange. Nothing more to it! If you’re in Canada, sign up. You won’t regret it!


This box that I received is from the brand Lise Watier. I have definitely seen this brand in stores like Shoppers Drug Mart, but I have never tried one of their products. I was sent the HydraForce Hydra-Protective Comforting Creme! This retails for $45 CAD for 45 ml. This is a Canadian brand, and this line is designed for Canadians and their harsh winters! Here is a little more about the product from their website:

The formula’s effectiveness lies on the remarkable power of Gaspé Algae Extract. A survivor of harsh environments, the Gaspé algae has developed a highly efficient resistance system, enabling it to thrive in severe conditions. Its extract guarantees the skin’s global hydration, transforming it into a veritable defensive shield.


HydraForce has been tested in extreme conditions and they claim that skin will be 3 times more hydrated after using. I’m not sure if these results are expected after one use, or multiple, as it does not say on the card I got. I liked the consistency of this cream, and that it did not leave my skin looking oily after application. I think that’s a big plus in my books because I have an oily t-zone. The cream does have a light fragrance, and it might not appeal to some. It’s not the best, but I don’t mind it.


One of the interesting things about this review is that I was sent a little device that attaches to my phone via the headphone jack. I downloaded an app called Hydra-Detect, and then I pressed the instrument into my skin, and the app can actually tell me how hydrated (or not!) my skin is. This is really neat, I’m not going to lie! I played with it a lot, on myself and others, as well. I took some before and after screenshots.

hydraforcebefore

Now that spring is in the air, my skin is making a recovery. But during the harsh winter weather, my skin, especially my hands, were so dry and cracking. I wish I received this to try just a little bit sooner, but I think you can tell that the product does indeed work. My hands felt 100% softer and smoother after using the HydraForce creme. My face isn’t very dry right now but you can tell that the HydraForce actually did add extra hydration to my face. You can see there is a pretty big jump in percentages directly after use, and I imagine after continuous use, the results would be even more dramatic.

hydraforceafter

If you’re in the Toronto area, and you find all this very interesting, I suggest you check out an event for this product that Lise Watier is hosting called the HydraForce Squad. The date is April 2nd, from 12 pm – 5 pm at The Bay in Newmarket. Take a picture and share it with us if you go! More info below, and at the HydraForce website.

17600 Yonge St.
Newmarket, ON
L3Y 4Z1
(905) 853-0986

I hope you enjoyed my review and remember, #GetInTheBubble!

xoxo, Tigritsa

The One with the Topbox March 2016 Box

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What is it? Topbox
How much is it? $12 CAD per month
Ships to? Canada
Shipping costs? Free
What’s inside? 4 deluxe sample or full size beauty products

Jelly Pong Pong Lychee Gel Softening Shower & Bath Gel
I received this shower gel in my Luxe Box this month. This is one of the cons of subscribing to both boxes. There are a lot of duplicates between the two. If you’re lucky, the doubles that you end up getting will be a product you like. In this case, I got lucky! I really liked this shower gel. The lychee-lemon scent is heavenly!

MaskerAide All Eyes On Me Hydrating Eye Gel Patches
I can’t wait to try these. I work night shifts, getting home at 4 am, then up again for 7:30 to get my son ready for school. Sleep is hard to come by! So, I’ve noticed more and more that I am getting dark circles under my eyes. These eye gel patches are supposed to help with those, along with fine lines! There is only one pair in this package but it says that both sides of the patches can be used, so I think I will try to get two uses out of them.

Nova Scotia Fishermen Extreme Lip Care Fisher-Mint Lip Balm
This is a 100% natural lip balm. I like the name of it, “Fisher-Mint.” Clever!😉 As you might have guessed, it is mint scented and it definitely tingles my lips. I’m not sure if I will like this or not. I’m kind of picky with my lip balm because my lips tend to react badly to most brands other than Nivea.

Teeez Trend Cosmetics La Isla Chic Brush
I just noticed on the packaging that this company is from The Netherlands. I find that interesting because that is where my family is from! Anyway, this is an angled brush for eyes or maybe brows. I’m guessing – I’m really not the best with this makeup stuff but I’m learning! It doesn’t look to be the best quality but I love the design on the handle. I find this brand always has great designs on their packages and products!

Final Thoughts? I think I’m 50/50 on this box. On one hand, everything I received are items I can use. On the other hand, there’s nothing that got me excited or really stuck out. I would say the shower gel but I just got that in my Luxe Box so the novelty is gone! The eye gel patches are useful but it’s only one pair so it’s an underwhelming sample. Also, this is my third month in a row that I “wished” for a Privé box and didn’t get one, so that has been disappointing.

Thanks for reading,
xoxo, Tigritsa