27 April 2017

The Parcel - Autumn Edit 2017

I am a bit late to the party with reviewing the Autumn Edit 2017 by the Parcel, especially since I received this a few weeks ago, but better late than never!

The Parcel has been fairly consistent in delivering great, excellent-value-for-money beauty subscription boxes, and I have been subscribed to them for the longest time out of all the beauty subscription boxes available in Australia. I guess it helps that it's a seasonal subscription service (i.e. one box every 3 months), as you don't get as many repeated products. It's also affordable at $25 per box (or $99 for 4 boxes).

In the Autumn Edit, there was a large variety of products (10 to be precise). Products received in my box were:

La Roche-Posay Micellar Water Ultra for Reactive Skin - 50ml (RRP: $25.95 for 200ml)
"An extremely gentle, rinse-free cleanser to remove make-up, dirt and impurities without redness or irritation. New micellar technology contains a boosted concentration of glycerin for optimal tolerance, comfort and hydrating. No parabens, colourants, fragrance or soap."

I've been finding that makeup remover wipes only remove approx 80-90% of my makeup. I either use a really good cleanser or micellar water to remove the rest of it. So this will definitely come in handy.

Jergens Hydrating Coconut Moisturizer - full size (RRP: $16.95 for 250ml)
"Restore your skin's luminosity with the unique illuminating hydralucence blend and nourishing hydrators of new Jergens Hydrating Coconut Lotion. The gorgeous, rich texture of the lotion smooths on and absorbs beautifully, to leave your skin lightly scented with a fresh coconut fragrance."

Whilst I do love Jergens, I have passed this on to my mum as I'm currently up to my eyeballs with body lotions. However, I did have a quick sniff before I gave this away, and it doesn't have that yucky artificial coconut scent, but rather smells nice and fresh as described!

Palmer's Cocoa Butter Moisture Rich Night Cream - full size (RRP: $14.99 for 15g)
"With all the goodness of Cocoa Butter, nature's super beauty ingredient, this nighttime wonder contains Retinol and Vitamin E to promote softer, smoother, younger looking skin. With the added goodness of peptides to protect cell structure, this is the perfect overnight repair treatment."

I nearly gave this away too until I read that it had retinol in it (albeit not much, as it's the 14th ingredient on the list). I am excited to try this!

John Frieda Sheer Blonde Colour Renew Shampoo and Conditioner - 45ml each (RRP: $17.99 for 250ml each) 

"Australia's No.1 correcting range for colour-treated blondes contains colour-correcting technology and neutralises yellow tones to renew blonde colour. In just three uses, banish brassiness and see hair that's renewed, toned and salon-fresh. Suitable for daily use on all coloured or highlighted blondes." 

I'm excited about this because my ombre blonde ends needs all the help it can get. However, I've recently discovered Fanola No Yellow, and honestly think it's the best thing since sliced bread for blonde hair (I should totally do a review on this). I highly doubt there's another in this world that is better at "banishing brassiness", so I don't really have much hope for John Frieda. But I'm sure it'll come in handy when I can finally afford to travel again (damn you building!!!).

Elizabeth Arden Advanced Ceramide Capsules Daily Youth Restoring Serum - 5ml (RRP: $140 for 60 capsules)
"These capsules are a ceramide formula in a single dose. The clinically and dermatologically tested formula delivers triple the anti-ageing power to enhance skin's barrier repair function, replenish essential lipids and support skin's natural renewal process."

I feel like this product would be better suited to my mum's skin type than mine. So I've offloaded it onto her.

Biore Baking Soda Scrub - full size (RRP: $10.99 for 125g)
"Biore Baking Soda Cleansing Scrub is an oil-free and dermatologist tested powder scrub that activates with water. It gently exfoliates your skin then naturally dissolves so you never over-scrub. This innovative powder activates with water to deep clean pores and leaves your skin visibly smoother in just one week!"

This product excited me the most! This reminds me so much of Dermalogica's Daily Microfoliant. I'm looking forward to seeing how this one compares!

Bioderma Sebium Pore Refiner - 15ml (RRP: $36.99 for 30ml)
"Bioderma Sebium Pore refiner durably mattifies, refines and smoothes the skin texture. Thanks to a natural astringent action, dilated pores are tightened. Skin is left shine-free and more radiant. Its powdery finish makes it an excellent make-up base."

This sounds like an interesting product. Will definitely have to try this out as a "makeup base" one day to see if it really does mattify.

Burt's Bees Lip Crayon Napa Vineyard - full size (RRP: $16.95 for 3.11g)
"Introducing six creamy, full-coverage shades of matte lip colour in a modern crayon for truly beautiful lip colour. Lightweight moisture for a comfortable, everyday wear formula infused with Shea Butter, Kendi Oil, and Jojoba Oil. It's colour that truly cares for your lips and it's 100% natural!"

It is such a pity that this is a shade I'd never use. :( Will have to offload it to someone who will appreciate this more.

Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Eau Fraiche Skinscent - 1.5ml (RRP: $95 for 50ml)
"Capture the essence of summer with the alluring and sexy Bronze Goddess Eau Fraiche SkinScent. Reminiscent of a sun-drenched beach, the exotic scent is comprised of luxurious and intoxicating ingredients including: juicy mandarin, Sicilian bergamot, amber and lemon blend with pulpy orange for a mouth-watering sensation."

This smells so summery. Love! It kind of has a citrus x coconut scent to it. It's definitely a great scent for summer (or for cold, wintery days when I'm dreaming for summer).

All in all, I thought the Autumn Edit is a great box. There were a few misses, but let's face it, you can't create a box with products that will suit everyone. 

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