13 September 2015

The Parcel - Spring 2015/20th Anniversary Edition

 This edition of The Parcel by Marie Claire is a special one to celebrate their 20th Anniversary. The box feels a lot heavier and is about twice the size (height wise) than normal. This posts obviously contains spoilers, so considered yourself warned if you're (im)patiently waiting for Mr Postman to deliver your box of goodies.

John Frieda Frizz Ease Smooth Start Hydrating Shampoo & Conditioner - full size ($15.99 each - 250ml)
I have to admit that I was disappointed when I opened the box and saw the John Frieda conditioner and shampoo, as they would be why the box felt so heavy. I was kind of hoping for more luxurious products. Nonetheless, I would use these as they do suit my hair type, so I guess I can't complain too much about it.

St Tropez Gradual Tan In Shower Tanning Lotion - 50ml ($39.99 for 200ml)
As you may already know, I'm sadly allergic to self tanners - I get super itchy and little red bumps appear all over my skin. I don't seem to get too itchy when I use a gradual tanner (which is what this is). So I'm hoping I'm not allergic to this one. This also gets bonus points since it's "coming soon" on sttropeztan.com.au (I love trying new things before they're released!)

MOR Rosa Noir Hand & Body Milk - 50ml ($34.95 for 500ml)
I don't really care for MOR products, but I do like that it contains rose extract - rose is my current favourite scent. I also like that the sample size is perfect for travelling (which I will be doing in a couple of months.. YAY!) 

Redwin Coconut Balm - full size ($5.99 for 25g)
This is meant to be a multipurpose product that repairs dry hands, heal elbows and lips, soothe burns, cuts and insect bites. I think it'd come in handy for the upcoming warmer weather, when we will get swamped by bugs.

Clinique Smart Custom-Repair Serum - 10ml ($80 for 30ml)
This serum is meant to somehow understand your skin's needs and magically provide custom repair for damage such as inflammation, wrinkles, uneven skin tone and dullness. Is anyone else skeptical? I will give this a go and report back if it's not a dud.

L'Oreal Paris Colour Riche Lipstick in 430 Mon Jules - full size (RRP: $21.95)
I've just googled swatches and this is not a shade I'd wear. It's a bold berry-red shade, that is so far out of my comfort zone that I might as well be in space without an oxygen tank. As such, I'll probably give this one away. 

Estee Lauder Modern Muse Le Rouge EDP - 1.5ml (RRP: $120 for 50ml)
If you bought the Marie Claire 20th Anniversary magazine, you would have gotten a coupon to redeem this Modern Muse Le Rouge EDP perfume vial. It's a perfect mix of floral, musk and fruity. It has roses (bulgarian rose and may rose) in its middle notes, so it's no wonder that I love this perfume!

Overall, I was hoping for a little bit more considering the hype around this special edition of The Parcel. However, I am still pleased with what's included, as I am able to use most of these products.

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