Monday, 15 December 2014

The Parcel - Summer Edit - Beauty Subscription Box

After being really impressed with the first Marie Claire subscription box, The Parcel - Spring Edit, I subscribed to an ongoing quarterly subscription of these boxes. I did wonder however whether the subsequent boxes would live up to the fabulous inaugural one.

Well I needn't have been concerned. This week I received my second box, The Parcel - Summer Edit, and I'm happy to say that in my opinion this one is even better than the first! 

Once again it contains a mix of full size and deluxe sample sized products, with not a sachet in sight. Yay!

There is a good mix of cult buys and hot new products. Listed below in alphabetical order are all the products I received, the blurb The Parcel provided about the products is quoted in smaller italic print and then I've added my comments.

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant
Deluxe Sample Size 15ml (Full Size 50ml: $25)

"This iconic do-it-all balm helps to soothe, soften and protect dry or mildly irritated skin. For a dewy glow, try mixing it with your foundation, or dab across the tops of your cheeks for an instant radiance boost throughout the day."

A great sounding product from a well known brand which sounds like a good match for my dry skin. I like a dewy look so I'm keen to try this product mixed in with my foundation.

Essie Nail Polish and Essie Top Coat
Both Full Size 13.5ml ($16.95 and $17.95)

"From pretty pinks to classic red, you will have received one of Essie's top-selling nail polishes. Apply two coats of the feminine shade and then finish with a slick of top coat (available in All In One, No Chips Ahead or Good To Go) for a high shine, longer lasting mani."

I received the subtle pale pink Sugar Daddy Essie nail polish shade. I love it and will wear it often. It is a shade I would definitely have chosen for myself and it is perfect for everyday summer use. I also received the All in One top coat, which once again I will put to good use.

I should also add here that the nail polish this time came bubble wrapped. I know that some subscribers had problems with their previous box with their nail polish shattering and ruining the contents of their box. It's good that Marie Claire has taken steps to prevent this problem from recurring.

Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye 
Deluxe Sample Size 5ml (Full Size 15ml: $95)

"Zone in on fine lines, wrinkles, puffiness, dark circles, dryness and uneven skin tone around the eyes with this powerful gel serum. Suitable for all skin types, Australia's number one eye treatment works to visibly repair, hydrate, brighten and protect this delicate area - and all while you rest."

This product is definitely the highlight of the box for me. I have been wanting to try it for a while now as I believe it would be perfect for my 40+ year old skin around my eyes but due to its high cost I've been reluctant to buy it. I will be treating this 5ml of product like gold! I'm definitely going to be poorer soon if this product is even half as good as it claims to be. Thanks for including it Marie Claire.

Jergens Ultra Healing Body Moisturiser
100ml Full size ($5.99)

"For more than a century, Jergens beauty products have been a staple in the bathroom cabinets of American women and now this body-loving range is finally available on our shores. As a The Parcel exclusive, you're one of the first to try its coveted body moisturiser."

I love trying new brands and I've read quite a few American bloggers' enthusiastic reviews about Jergens products, especially regarding their BB cream, so I'm really excited to try this product. I hope I like this brand as it is so reasonably priced.

John Frieda Luxurious Volume Touchably Full Shampoo and Conditioner 
Both Deluxe Sample Sizes 44ml (Full Size 250ml: $15.99 each)
John Frieda Fine To Full Blow-Out Spray
Deluxe Sample Size 29ml (Full Size 118ml: $16.99)

"Party season calls for beautiful, bouncy hair, so get set for your next big night out with this volumising range. Wash with the shampoo and conditioner, then mist the spray to your roots. Then comb through before blow-drying for va-va-voom volume with a naturally soft feel."

If I didn't know better I'd say this subscription box has been put together specifically for my needs! I have fine hair and frequently blow dry it. These products sound perfect for my hair! I can't wait to sample them. 

Philosophy Purity Made Simple 3-in-1 Cleanser for Face and Eyes 
Deluxe Sample Size 30ml (Full Size 90ml: $15)

"Remove make-up, dissolve dirt, tone and lightly hydrate your complexion in one simple step. At the end of the day, massage the award-winning pH-balanced cleanser into a lightly damp face (even around the eye area), rinse off, and pat dry."

I love multi-tasking, simple products and this Philosophy cleanser which also tones and hydrates fits perfectly into that category. I can't wait to try it after my current cleanser runs out. It's also a perfect size to take away on holidays rather than lugging full sized products in my bag.

Revlon Age Defying CC Cream
Full Size 30ml ($26.95)

"Short on time and after a barely-there make-up base? Then this multi-tasking colour correcting cream might just be what you're after. It works to address the first signs of ageing (think: hyper-pigmentation, fine lines, dehydration and uneven tone) while offering buildable coverage with a broad spectrum SPF30."

Yay! This CC cream will once again be perfect for my 40+ year old skin and also perfect for summer thanks to the SPF30 it contains. The medium shade is also a good match for me in summer. I'm so glad The Parcel Summer Edit included this product.

In conclusion I absolutely love this box. It is full of products that would appear to have been put together specifically for my needs. It's great to receive a box which addresses the concerns of more mature, ageing skin.There is nothing in this box that I won't use. 

I calculate the value of this box to be over $120. Brilliant value for a $25 outlay. I highly recommend Marie Claire's The Parcel subscription box to anyone else over the age of 30. And for those under 30 years old the Girlfriend The Parcel subscription box would probably be perfect for your needs.

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  1. I'm a Revlon and Estee Lauder fan! What a gorgeous little box of goodies!

    1. I used the Revlon CC cream today. Quick, easy, effective! Revlon makes great products.

  2. Terrific value and definitely something to look forward to arriving!

    1. It's the best value beauty box I've seen!

  3. I'm still waiting for mine to arrive. Just hanging out here waiting! lol Looks great! I have the GF one coming too. All of the products look awesome and I can't wait! :)

    1. I'll be interested to read your reviews of the GF one.

  4. Wow, I've never even heard of this - how great!

    1. The Parcel is a new subscription box. The Summer Edit was only the second one.

  5. What a great idea full stop, let alone gift idea. How exciting to receive a box of mini goodies like this every season. #teamIBOT

  6. Ooh I want one of these. They look so good. Loving Essie nail polish at the moment and my mum swears by Elizabeth Arden's 8 hour cream. Great review.

    1. Thanks Renee. I'm glad to hear your mum loves the Elizabeth Arden 8 hour cream. I can't wait to start using it.