Topbox May 2013

I’m actually pretty disappointed by Topbox’s products for May. I’ll talk about that later on.

Cuccio Colour // Nail Lacquer (Tel-Aviv About It!)

[[ Triple pigmented colour, DBP, Toluene and Formaldehyde FREE, high shine professional nail colours. ]]
Full Size: $10/14mL || Received: $10/14mL *FULL SIZE*

Lise Watier // Haute Couleur High Coverage Lip Lacquer

[[ Intense colour, extreme shine, long-lasting. ]]
Full Size: $23/6mL || Received: $5.75/1.5mL

Yaby // Eyeshadow Refill (Green Delicious)

[[ Highly pigmented eyeshadow with super smooth texture that blends effortlessly. ]]
Full Size: $3.15/3g || Received: $3.15/3g *FULL SIZE*

Deborah Lippmann // Smooth Operator

[[ An ultra-modern 4 way nail buffer. ]]
Full Size: $12/each || Received: $12/each *FULL SIZE*

Approximate Box Value: $30.90

I don’t really get why they gave us a green shadow. It’s not exactly the most wearable colour available. Whenever these subscription services ask what about sort of looks or colours we go for I choose natural, simple options. If I receive more nude colours I would probably use it, but green? When would I use green?

I also wish we got a polish from Deborah Lippmann instead of the buffer LOL. Come on, that’s what the brand is known for ::GAH::.

The Body Shop Satsuma Beautifying Oil Review

The sunny days are upon us! Okay, maybe not so much for me because my province is being bipolar and it’s 80% windy and chilly right now. Hopefully it’s been better for everyone else? With sunny days though, we know what comes along with that right? Time to bring out those shorts and skirts! Which also means it’s time for us to save our legs up from their ashy graves during winter and back to their smooth, gleaming selves.

My skin gets horribly dry during the winter time. I have to regularly use body scrubs and lather myself in thick creams. Even so, I’m not very good at doing that regularly so sometimes it gets super dry. During the summer it’s not as bad but I still need some help keeping the moisture in so I have legs that I wouldn’t want to hide from everyone.

I’ve started to turn to body butters and oils to help with that. I got The Body Shop’s Beautifying Oil when it was newly released and have been using it for quite a while. It comes in all your favorite scents from TBS. I actually love the strawberry line from TBS, but I read a review saying the strawberry scent for the oils are weird. It smells nothing like the original scent. I opted for the Satsuma scent instead since I love this one too.

I like using it because I feel like it does keep my legs nice and soft for the whole day. I do feel like the product takes a bit of time before it absorbs completely though. After it absorbs there’s no sticky feeling.. but that’s only after it absorbs. I would put it on a little bit earlier than when you plan to leave the house. If it’s hot outside you might feel the layer of it on your legs.

The scent of the product is strong, just like the body butters. It has a lingering scent afterwards too, but it’s quite faint. It shouldn’t bother others around you.

The size of it is great to throw into your purse. However, I wouldn’t really suggest it. I always get the stuff everywhere because when I pour it out, it kind of drip a bit or I have it all over my hands and I touch the bottle. The oil will get on everything if you throw it in your bag unless you put it in a plastic ziploc or makeup bag.


My Beauty Diary Earl Grey Tea & Macaron Sheet Mask Review

I’m sure anyone who has been into Asian sheet masks have heard of My Beauty Diary before, am I right? Even if you don’t use them, you’ve probably heard about My Beauty Diary (MBD) or seen them around Asian supermarkets. I’ve actually tried out quite a few before when I bought a box that contained a variety of MBD sheet masks, but none of them really impressed me. The only one I kind of enjoyed was the Cooling Mask. It is pretty awesome during summer time because.. well, it’s cooling LOL! But that’s not the mask I’m going to talk about today. Today I shall tell you the joys of MBD’s Earl Grey Tea & Macaron Sheet Mask!

So what exactly does it claim to do?

My Beauty Diary Earl Grey Tea & Macaron Sheet Mask illuminates and clarifies the face in 20 minutes.

The combination of black tea ferment and bergamot essential oil gives a miraculously brightening effect. It brightens dull and yellowish skin tone, leaving skin briskly clear, fair and flawless.

Sweet almond protein and sugar cane extract are mixed to leave skin glittering and translucent, smooth and delicate. The fruit extracts of rosa canina, blueberry and acerola leave skin fair and perfectly clear, enhancing the skin’s translucency and ability to defend.

Did it meet those expectations?

I believe it did! I don’t use face masks regularly. Usually I reserve it for “special occasions” (AKA when my face decides to flip out). Anytime I feel like my face is in need of a mask, I throw this on for 20 minutes and it’d help out a ton. Clears my face, makes it brighter, etc.

I know usually people say that sheet mask only gives temporary results, and in a way I guess it does. One mask isn’t going to make your face flawless for a billion years. It does however make me face appear much better the next day. So if you use it and don’t see immediate results, wait until the next morning. Give the ingredients time to work into your skin and work its magic. I mean, this was the only MBD mask that I actually saw results after using it. It’s now one of my favorite masks. Actually I’m on my second box ::heart2::

I also noticed that the shape of this mask and the material used to make it seems better than their more common lines. The other ones seem more thinner and easier to rip. In fact, I think I might’ve accidentally ripped a MBD mask once while trying to unfold it and remove it from the plastic wrap that it’s usually folded with.