Showing posts from September, 2013

Bonjour Jolie Review - September 2013 - Time of the Month Subscription Box

What is it?Bonjour Jolie
How much? $16 per month plus $10 shipping to Canada
What's in it? "Each Box Contains Feminine Products, Specialty Bath and Body Items, Gifts, Teas, and Artisianal Chocolates"

My three month subscription came to an end after August, but Bonjour Jolie was kind enough to send me one more box as a thank you for referring some new subscribers. The theme of September's box is "Go Vegan!" and features edible and pampering products that are all vegan.

First look
Product card
The Supplies:

25 assorted pads, liners, and tampons (brand & type of my choosing, approximate value $10)
They used to offer 30 units and I'm not sure when this changed. I noticed this month I only received 25, so went back to my August box and counted 25 there as well. There were definitely 30 in the May box, because I counted, but since then I didn't pay much attention.

The Gift:

Personalized Silver Necklace ($16)
Everyone received a personalized necklace this …

Beauty Box 5 Review - September 2013 - Beauty Subscription Box

What is it?Beauty Box 5
How Much? $12/month, $30/quarter, $99/year
What's in it? 4-5 samples from your favourite beauty brands  

As of September, Beauty Box 5 is shipping boxes by the 8th of every month instead of by the 15th (which in reality always eneded up being around the 18th). Not only are they shipping earlier, but the shipping is quicker. My September box shipped September 9th and arrived September 18th. It used to take 2-3 weeks to get my box, shipped from Texas to BC. Now it's looking like a week to ten days.

 First look
Beauty Box 5 also changed their product card. The front side (shown above) includes a little blurb and explains the theme of the month (another new feature). The back side (shown below) lists the products and includes a little snap shot.
Product card

The theme for September is "On The Go" and includes products "focusing on the girl on the go". The box is supposed to include products that "we always need in a pinch".


Topbox - Mid Subscription Review - Beauty Subscription Box

In June I wrote a detailed assessment and analysis of my experience with Beauty Box 5 after 4 months. Now it is time to focus on Topbox.

What is it?Topbox
How Much? $12 per month, shipping included
What’s in it?  4 deluxe beauty samples
My Topbox subscription started in April, so this analysis will cover April, May, June, and July. As with my last analysis post, I am going to analyze a few areas of this subscription: shipping, content and value. Shipping will look at when the boxes ship and how long they take to arrive, content will examine product count, product quality and product/brand variety and value will break down cost paid, value received and total savings. This post will include only the facts and figures; no commentary or judgment.

SHIPPING Box is supposed to ship on 10th of every month from Toronto, Ontario.

Number of months shipped on time or early: 4/4 Number of months shipped late: 0/4 Average number of days in transit: 1.25
CONTENT Topbox promises 4 deluxe beauty samp…

Ipsy Glam Bag Review - September 2013 - Beauty Subscription Bag

What is it?Ipsy Glam Bag
How Much? $10 per month, plus $4.95 shipping to Canada
What’s in it?  4-5 beauty products every month
The theme for the September Ipsy Glam Bag is "Classic Beauty". I chose not to check out any spoilers again this month. I had no idea what to expect until I saw a blog review the other day. My first impression wasn't great. I saw a lot of brand repetition and a lot of products I wouldn't use. I decided to reserve judgment until my own bag arrived, mostly because there are several different versions of Ipsy's Glam Bag each month. 

Included in the bubble mailer was this pamphlet/sample from a new makeup line from Ipsy founder Michelle Phan. The line is called "em" and there are six palette's available. The sample pamphlet above shows the "Career Life" palette, and it depicts the actual size of the palette. It's huge! Each palette includes makeup to create 4 "looks". There are 2 lip colours, 6 eye colours…

Julep Review - September 2013 - Beauty Subscription Box

What is it? Julep Maven How Much? $19.99 per month, shipping included What’s in it? At least $40 worth of products chosen depending on your style profile, or upgrade your box for an additional $35 and get the entire collection for the month ($220 value). Modern Beauty: Get two full-size beauty products in every box.
Boho Glam:  Get two limited-edition nail colors and one full-size beauty product in every box. 
Bombshell: Get two limited-edition nail colors and one full-size beauty product in every box.
Classic with a Twist: Get two limited-edition nail colors and one full-size beauty product in every box.
It Girl: Get three limited-edition nail colors in every box.
 It feels like forever since I received a Julep box. I skipped August so I haven't seen Julep since early July. I decided to go for the September box because of the cleansing oil. Facial cleansing oils are hot right now and I wanted to see what all the hype is about.

"If your dreams do not scare you, they aren't bi…

Topbox Review - September 2013 - Beauty Subscription Box

What is it?Topbox
How Much? $12 per month, shipping included
What’s in it?  4 deluxe beauty samples The September Topbox was curated with the assistance of the Chatelaine Editors. The box promised to include on of Chatelaine's top beauty picks plus 3 additional samples. A copy of the September edition of Chatelaine magazine would also be included.

The tube is much larger this month to accommodate the magazine. I love the design of the tube wrap. I will find a way to re-use this for sure!

The first look wasn't the norm for Topbox. Usually the products are wrapped together in tissue paper. These ones were just stuffed into the tube so I had to dump everything out. At first I couldn't find the product card but reader Sher suggested I check the magazine and there I found it, tucked into the pages.

September 2013 issue Chatelaine Magazine ($5)

Benefit - The Porefessional (0.1oz/3ml, $4.64) 
I received one of these in my May Topbox. This is the "Chatelaine Pick" in my box.…