Top Of The Line


Preview: I’m working on a post on ideas to help you stretch small gift-giving budgets. When you’re looking at $25 and under – typically the range for friends, Secret Santas, cousins, et al. – it can be tricky to find things that won’t break the bank. Ideally you want to give someone more than one thing, cause as gorgeous as that $24 lip gloss might look, smell, and taste – it’s still a little sad to JUST open a lip gloss right?

Enter one such suggestion that fits the bill for affordability: Topbox, a new Canadian company that handpicks four luxury sized beauty samples based on a custom beauty profile and delivers them right to your friend or family members’ door for $10 a month – shipping included! Suddenly that $25 budget has scored you four items, and you haven’t even gone through half your cash.

Now, there are a few other companies in Canada offering a similar service. But if the Topbox Facebook wall is anything to go by, or their list of featured brands, then this is definitely the company you’ll want to gift your girlfriends with. These are top-of-the-line brands like you would find in Sephora, and samples that would be pretty much impossible to get otherwise. And if your giftee finds something they really love, the full-size products are available for purchase directly through the Topbox website. Hello future gift ideas for birthdays!

And if you’re looking to spend a little more than $10, Topbox is a monthly subscription that can be cancelled at any time. So spend $60 on mom and treat her till Mother’s Day, or give five of your best friends a month’s subscription for a taste of the high life. Gentlemen – consider giving your ladies a year’s worth of pampering for just $120.

As I alluded to, Topbox is generating all kinds of buzz, and rightfully so. Their boxes are selling like hotcakes – so much so that they’re sold out for the next two months – but I’ve worked some Canadian Gift Guide magic and managed to reserve a December Topbox for one lucky reader to win. Keep it for yourself, or split the goods for stocking stuffers or add-ons for your friend’s Christmas gifts. To enter:

1) Leave a comment below before November 30th and tell me what your number one beauty essential is. Gentlemen, in lieu, feel free to tell me what your favourite beauty feature is – luscious lips? long lashes? shiny hair? Be sure to include your name and email address (the latter of which only I can see) so I can contact you if you win!

2) Entries are limited to one per person per email address (or more if you score bonus entries). A random draw will be conducted on or around November 30th to select the winner, who will have 48 hours to respond before another winner is chosen in their place.

3) Entries are limited to Canadians that have reached the age of majority in their province. Quebec is not eligible to participate in this promotion.

4) Bonus Entry Time: ‘Like’ Topbox on Facebook for a bonus entry! We’re working together to track who’s joining, but give me a shoutout in the comments so I can absolutely make sure you earn your bonus entry for liking the Topbox gang.

For full rules & regs, feel free to drop me an email at canadiangiftguide -at- gmail -dot- com. Bonne chance ma belles!

THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED – THANKS FOR ENTERING!

Comments
198 Responses to “Top Of The Line”
  1. Kiki says:

    I’d have to say that y number one beauty essential, that I couldn’t leave the house without, is mineral power. I don’t feel quite myself without a light dusting (and a little lipgloss too!)

  2. My number one beauty essential is lipstick.

  3. I now follow TopBox on FB

  4. Holly Sproule says:

    My beauty essential is mascara!

  5. Erin says:

    My beauty essential is black mascara!

  6. Erin says:

    I like TopShop on facebook!

  7. Louise says:

    My beauty essential is black mascara and lip gloss

  8. Hey There!

    My name is Steph and I’m a part of the Topbox team. We are so thrilled that you are happy with your Topbox subscription. We really appreciate the shout-outs!
    We are continuing to work hard to make each and every box a spectacular one- you wont be let down πŸ™‚
    Cheers!
    Steph & the Topbox Team
    xo

  9. Elaine says:

    Black mascara is my essential for every day use.

  10. Cathy M says:

    My #1 is eyeliner. It enhances my sleepy eyes in the morning.

  11. Bare Study Paint Pot by Mac

  12. Marlene says:

    what your number one beauty essential is Mascara πŸ™‚

  13. Marlene says:

    I now follow TopBox on FB

  14. My number one beauty essential is a good black eyeliner suitable for daily use.

    I follow Topbox on Facebook -> Que Mini-Mite Banh.

    email: hainam AT shaw DOT ca

  15. Natalie Fraser says:

    My number one essential is red NARS lipstick.

    I liked topbox on facebook!

  16. Shelby Jones says:

    My one beauty essential is benefits high beam, I have very dry skin so I find this is the only highlighter I’ve found that gives me that beautiful glow! I’ve also liked topbox on facebook. Shelby

    (I commented on swap where you posted this then realized I should have posted my comment here.)

    • CGG says:

      Awesome thanks Shelby! You’ve earned a bonus entry – good luck and be sure to check out the rest of the Canadian Gift Guide for more great gift-giving ideas and giveaways.

  17. Laura says:

    I love using foundation to have an even look. I have also started to use primer which I find really helps the foundation look better.

  18. Lori says:

    My no. 1 beauty essential, if using only one item, is blush in the same shade as my natural blush, which makes all the difference between looking washed out and looking vibrant and healthy.

  19. Victoria Ip says:

    My number one beauty essential is black liquid eyeliner, preferably waterproof so that I can run through the rain without panda eyes afterwards.

    I’ve liked Topbox’s Facebook page too! (Facebook name is the same as this comment)

  20. Andrea Bilec says:

    My #1 beauty essential right now is Lancome’s Visionnaire Serum. It tightens up my skin and makes me look and feel younger. Loves it! I liked Top Box on Facebook as Andrea Bilec.

  21. Andrea M says:

    If my face is dry, it doesn’t look its best no matter what makeup I put on it! So I’d say moisturizer is my number one beauty essential.

  22. My essential is powder foundation

  23. sean pynaert says:

    I really like full luscious lips on my girl, plus nice eyeliner and mascara. A woman that takes her time to look good for me makes me feel fortunate.

  24. Number one beauty essential – Mascara. If I have to run out of the house and only have time for one thing, it’s mascara. It’ll instantly make me look more awake and bright eyed.
    (number two would be some sort of highlight to give my face a glow)

    – I’ve also liked Topbox.ca on facebook. They’re awesome!

  25. Lily says:

    My beauty essential is undereye concealer! (:

  26. Amy says:

    Heavy duty concealer for my under-eye circles

  27. Pat Battles says:

    A really good mascara is my beauty essential.

  28. Burcu says:

    Eyeliner is my beauty essential

  29. Bianca Beaulieu says:

    My number one beauty essential is concealer for my hereditary dark under-eyes.

    I have been a fan of Topbox on facebook for a couple of months now. Excited to receive my first box in January but would definitely love to win the December box!!

    • CGG says:

      Thanks Bianca, you’ve earned a bonus entry! I see you’ve already checked out the site for some other exciting giveaways…stay tuned for way more!

  30. Melissa H says:

    Concealer is my beauty essential and I have liked Topbox on Facebook

    • CGG says:

      Thanks Melissa – you’ve earned a bonus entry! Be sure to check out the rest of the Canadian Gift Guide for more ideas and prizes.

  31. ShannoninBC@hotmail.com says:

    My beauty essential is actually two fold – foundation to even out redness & acne scars & mascara to highlight the windows to the soul πŸ˜€ I have liked topbox.ca on fb already prior to this contest so I hope it still counts! good luck everyone πŸ™‚

  32. Joelle says:

    My beauty essential is mascara!

  33. Amy M says:

    My must have beauty essential is foundation. I can’t leave the house without putting on foundation!

  34. Amy M says:

    I β€˜Like’ Topbox on Facebook.

    • CGG says:

      Good job Amy, you’ve earned a bonus entry! Be sure to check out the Canadian Gift Guide for other awesome gift-giving ideas this holiday season (and giveaways)!

  35. Andrea M says:

    Hi again, I just liked TopBox on Facebook πŸ™‚

  36. Melanie Hernandez says:

    Without a doubt mascara is my beauty essential. I liked the topbox page as well!

  37. Samantha C says:

    My beauty essential is my Ipsa powder palette. Unfortunately their target market is East Asian woman so it can’t be found in Canada :(.

  38. Lauren says:

    my #1 beauty essential is Olay classic beauty fluid. it’s a light texture & keeps my skin moisterized. I also really love the smell (which not a lot of people enjoy) but it reminds me of my childhood, because my mother used to use it everyday….very nostalgic β™₯

    liked topbox on FB
    thanks for the giveaway!!!

  39. Julie Shannon says:

    Black mascara is my beauty essential πŸ™‚

  40. Susan says:

    Lip balm or lip gloss.

  41. Christina says:

    My beauty essential is undereye concealer. Concealing those bags under your eyes makes you look so alive. It’s my quick makeup fix when I’m on the go!

  42. Christina says:

    I’ve liked TopBox on facebook! πŸ™‚

    • CGG says:

      Awesome, you’ve earned a bonus entry Christina! Feel free to check out the rest of the Canadian Gift Guide, there’s a ton of other awesome contests happening on here.

  43. Deborah says:

    I can’t leave the house without lipstick!

  44. Courtenay says:

    My beauty essential is definitely mascara! i can give my cheeks a little pinch if i need some colour but i cant make my eyelashes stand out without the mascara!

    i also liked topbox on fb πŸ˜€

    thanks for this chance to win one of the beauty boxes!

    • CGG says:

      Awesome thanks Courtenay – you’ve earned a bonus entry! Be sure to check out the rest of my blog, there’s a ton of other great giveaways happening right now.

  45. Eva says:

    My number one beauty essential is heavy foundation! Because I have moderate adult acne, it really gives me a confidence boost when I’m out and about – covers most of my acne scars.

  46. Ashley Caza says:

    My beauty essential is lipgloss, it’s the one thing I always have in my purse πŸ™‚

  47. Alissa Lysack says:

    I have to say my number one beauty essential is mineral powder. Also love my eyelash curler!

  48. Gisele says:

    lipstick is all I need to make my day

  49. karryk76 says:

    My mascara is my essential beauty item…it is an everyday need and I always have it with me

  50. Maria Goulart says:

    I need coverstick under my eyes and lipstick

  51. linda chaput says:

    I like SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic Serum.Gotta have it.

  52. Gina says:

    My number one beauty essential is Stilla One Step Primecolor – I can use it as blush, eye shadow and to give quick colour to my lips! It’s an all-in-one product that I never leave home without! I liked TopBox on Facebook!

  53. Stephanie F says:

    My number one beauty essential is mascara! I can go bare faced with just a touch of mascara and it makes a complete difference to my look. I very close second would be lip balm– who wants dry lips? haha.

  54. mandykins33 says:

    My number #1 Beauty Essential is, hands down, mascara πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚
    I cant WAIT to give topbox a try!!! πŸ™‚ I just “liked” πŸ˜€

  55. Sue says:

    Need my lipgloss. Don’t feel complete without it.

  56. Janet Butler says:

    Love philosophy’s microdelivery peel! Oh – and liked Top Box, so am hoping for that bonus entry! Thanks!

  57. Sarah P says:

    My number one beauty essential is Benefit Dandelion powder – adds a natural rosy glow on even my palest days : )

  58. Dan You says:

    Definitely lip gloss!

  59. Dan You says:

    I liked Topbox on fb. My name is Dan UKo

  60. Krista Embertson says:

    Liked Topbox on FB! Love that your Canadian! my big essential is primer I mix my foundation right into it goes on smooth and flawless. With age I have got some of those red spotty things and I cannot go without foundation anymore Now I will research eye creams on your site! Thanks TopBox!

  61. Becca J says:

    My number one beauty product is the classic Bad Gal lash, nothing makes my lashes look so good for a such a good price.

    -becca

  62. Becca J says:

    I also liked Topbox on facebook!

  63. Colleen Nyborg says:

    Definitely powder to keep the shine away!

  64. Colleen Nyborg says:

    I ‘liked’ TopBox.ca on FB!
    My name is Colleen Nyborg on FB.

  65. Karla says:

    # 1 beauty essential: Bioderma Sensibio H20 ; it takes off ALL forms of make-up that I slap on my skin (even HD) AND it doesn’t cause my reactive/sensitive-plus-(chin)oily visage to break out. BIG loves and will never buy another cleanser. ever.
    * ‘Liked’ TopBox on FB *

  66. OPI Addict says:

    I would love to win this prize!!
    My beauty must have is a total body exfoliator – I like one from Clinique, blanking on the name!
    I liked Topbox on Facebook – Laura Morrain – I left a comment as well πŸ™‚
    Thank you so much!

    • CGG says:

      Awesome thanks Laura – you’ve earned a bonus entry. If you’re super into beauty, I’ve got a ton of great beauty-themed giveaways coming up…stay tuned!

  67. ginette4 says:

    I don’t normally wear makeup, so my number one beauty essentials is a tooth whitening toothpaste

  68. ginette4 says:

    Now Following Topbox on facebook; Ginette Dube Anger

    • CGG says:

      Wicked Ginette – you’ve earned a bonus entry. I’ve got *tons* more giveaways and great gift-giving ideas coming up, so stay tuned!

  69. samantha h says:

    It’s mascara for me. Number one can’t go without beauty product.

  70. samantha h says:

    Oops. forgot to add I Liked Topbox on facebook. Samantha Hayward

  71. Jil says:

    My Beauty essential item is lipstick =P
    I’ve liked them on fb too!

  72. marc-andre taillefer says:

    My number one beauty essential is lipstick.

  73. Juju says:

    In my opinion it would be my big dolly eyes with bold eye makeup on!
    It’s the number one thing that pops out to me.
    I definitely love beautiful eye with gorgeous colors.

  74. Ashley says:

    I looooove mascara it is for sure a must have for me !! love long lashes make me feel sexxxy!

  75. Ashley says:

    I liked topbox on facebook ! Heads up !

  76. Emiy Cheng says:

    My number one beauty essential is concealer!

  77. Emiy Cheng says:

    Forgot to mention, i liked topbox on fb too!

  78. Jessie Chong says:

    My number one beauty essential is foundation – be it liquid or powder. something to even out my skintone
    I liked topbox on facebook also

  79. I have to have foundation on every day if I am going out. My face has uneven colour and I use foundation to even everything out. It is definitely my number 1 beauty essential.

    Thanks for offering this great giveaway opportunity. ~Pauline (dod@rogers.com)

  80. I am a fan of Topbox on Facebook.

    Facebook ID: Pauline Milner Pike

    dod@rogers.com

  81. Kathy says:

    My beauty essential is moisturizer. It’s not pretty having dry, flakey skin!
    I’ve also liked TopBox on Facebook πŸ™‚

    • CGG says:

      Awesome Kathy, you’ve earned a bonus entry. Be sure to check out the rest of the Canadian Gift Guide for more great contests and gift ideas!

  82. Jeannie Smyth says:

    My number one beauty essential would have to be lip gloss. I feel naked without it!

  83. Jeannie Smyth says:

    Liked Topbox on Facebook.

    • CGG says:

      Thanks Jeannie, you’ve earned a bonus entry. Be sure to check out the rest of the Canadian Gift Guide for more great gift ideas and contests.

  84. Stacey says:

    my number one beauty essential is lip gloss. it’s a must have!

  85. Monisha says:

    My number one beauty essential would be my lipstick. πŸ™‚

  86. Natalie C says:

    My number one beauty essential is lipgloss! Especially in the winter when the air is so dry!

  87. Natalie C says:

    I like Topbox on Facebook! (Natalie Chizen)

  88. carol says:

    My essential beauty product has got to be mascara! Don’t leave home without it!!

  89. Rhonda says:

    My essential beauty product is foundation…I have a reddish tone to my skin that I do not love!!

  90. Rhonda says:

    Bonus Entry….LOVING Topbox on FB

    • CGG says:

      Thanks Rhonda, you’ve earned a bonus entry. Be sure to check out the rest of the site for more great giveaways & gift giving ideas.

  91. Anne-Marie T says:

    My beauty essential is blusher

  92. Anne-Marie T says:

    LikedTopbox on Facebook (Anne-Marie Tvete)

  93. Kristina says:

    My beauty essentials are foundation and concealer to hide acne scars and uneven skin tone.

  94. Beverly Wilcox says:

    My beauty essential is mascara! I cannot leave the house without at least my L’Oreal Telescopic Mascara on my eyelashes to give my greens eyes the ‘POP’ they deserve!

  95. ihv3gr8kdz says:

    My beauty essential is a my trusted foundation (to get rid of my pink sensitive skin look)

  96. Gillian says:

    Mascara is my beauty essential. I “Like” Topbox on Facebook too!

  97. Evelyn says:

    Eyeliner in the thing for me! I can do without the other stuff, but eyeliner is my essential!

  98. CandaceW. says:

    I’d have to say that eyeliner and mascara are my beauty essentials. And my Oil of Olay moisturizer!

  99. Jenny says:

    My beauty essential is eyeliner!

  100. Ada L says:

    My #1 beauty essential is black eyeliner! πŸ™‚
    I also ‘liked’ topbox on FB!

  101. Karen says:

    liked topbox on fb

  102. Jackie Man says:

    I can’t live without my mascara!!!! πŸ˜€ and I liked Topbox.ca on facebook!

  103. Marlene V. says:

    I can’t live without foundation!! Thanks for the chance to win.

  104. Dana says:

    I can’t leave the house without lip gloss! I ‘liked’ Topbox on Facebook. Thanks for the great contest! πŸ™‚

  105. Shelly S says:

    Moisturizer followed my mascara

    • CGG says:

      Thanks Shelly, you’ve earned a bonus entry. Be sure to check out the rest of my blog for more awesome gift-giving ideas & contests!

  106. bella erin says:

    My favorite beauty feature is my eyes… I get lots of comments on them and even more since I got my eyebrows waxed! Who knew something so simple would make such a difference. πŸ™‚

  107. Dora Phanouvong says:

    Mascara is my #1 beauty essential!
    And I liked Topbox on Facebook πŸ™‚

  108. belinda m says:

    My number one beauty item is lipstick. I can’t live without it

  109. belinda m says:

    I like Topbox.ca on facebook – Belinda M

    bluebelle0367(at)hotmail(dot)com

  110. Huguette En says:

    My #1 is concealer

  111. Huguette En says:

    Like Topbox.ca on FB (Huguette En)

  112. BooBooNinja says:

    Thank you for this incredible giveaway.
    Guess what? Topbox is currently sold out until March. You must have some heavy duty Canadian Gift Guide magic. Go Canada!

    My beauty essential item is sunscreen. Sounds boring, but it’s what I always put on in the morning.
    I also follow Topbox on FB as Boo-Boo Wug.

  113. Irene L says:

    Mascara! And have liked on Facebook πŸ™‚

  114. Pamalot says:

    One of my fave (can not go without products) is Burt’s Bees lip shimmer.

  115. Pamalot says:

    I now like topbox on facebook
    pam w h

  116. Anne B says:

    mine is lipstick!

  117. 409cope says:

    My number one beauty essential is blush.

  118. 409cope says:

    I like Topbox on facebook.Shari Dalton

  119. Margaret Imecs says:

    My number one beauty essential is lipstick.
    I follow Topbox on Facebook as Margaret Imecs
    margaret.imecs@gmail.com

  120. Angela C. says:

    I love Topbox.ca!! I heard so many great reviews from the November box! I really want them! =D
    I will have to say that my number one beauty essential is nail polish… I just can’t go anywhere without having any of it on my fingers!!

  121. Tara Andrews says:

    I have liked top box on Facebook.

    My essential is foundation or tinted moisturizer, to help even out my skin tone.

    • CGG says:

      Thanks Tara, you’ve earned a bonus entry. Be sure to check out the rest of the Canadian Gift Guide for more awesome gift-giving ideas & contests.

  122. CA says:

    My essential is eyeliner. Even a sparkly cream color just adds to a natural look on a summer day. (Or winter!!)

  123. nicolthepickle says:

    My essential is a shimmery light eyeshadow. The rest I can skip :).

  124. nicolthepickle says:

    I follow Topbox on facebook as Nicoline G…

  125. Michelle Buan says:

    Definitely black mascara!

  126. Michelle Buan says:

    Also, I have liked topbox on facebook!

  127. Melody says:

    i’m not one to wear a lot of makeup so black mascara is the one thing i can’t leave home without

  128. Maira says:

    My number one beauty essential would have to be eyeliner! Its all I need before rushing out the door!

  129. Michelle Leies says:

    My must have is black mascara and lip gloss always makes me feel like a million bucks and I liked topbox facebook πŸ™‚

  130. Vanessa RestagnI says:

    Lip plumper!

    I have also liked Topbox on Facebook!

  131. pat galas says:

    my most important product is my eyebrow pencil. its scary without it

  132. Tegan says:

    My ultimate beauty essential is Smashbox High Def concealer… it layers perfectly for spots and brightens under the eye…. eliminates the need for two products!

  133. Debbie says:

    I need eyeliner!

  134. MadisonRobyn says:

    Must have beauty essential… Mascara… even if you do nothing else you just look alittle “brighter” and happier!

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