Marie Claire's The Parcel, Summer 2015 Edit


This showed up on Monday but the postman didn't actually knock: instead he just left a card and scooted off. I know this because someone was home all day, plus the dog always lets us know if someone's at the door - so he must have dumped the card and run.

Annoying! Particularly when you have a baby and it's not so easy to drive down to the postal collection centre. Hmph. 

Anyhoo, I've had my vent. Let's have a look at the box.

My golly, look at all that stuff! This has to be one of the best boxes I've ever received. I haven't loved every edit of The Parcel (sometimes it contains ho hum stuff), but I'm loving the look of this one.

Most exciting is the Zoeva brush: I've heard so much about the brand online that I've been itching to try one of its products. Now I can!

The box does contain a lot of smaller products but I don't mind that because it includes a whopping eleven products. Thirteen, if you separate the shampoo/conditioner combo and count the masks as two items and not one.

There's the card that came with the box. 

I'm pleased the box is nicely varied and covers everything from nails to skincare to haircare to makeup.

I'll comment on each item briefly now and then update this post once I've used everything I'm going to use. 

I'll probably keep everything in here except the Maybelline Color Elixir because it's not my colour, so it's a good-value box for me because most things will get used.

Zoeva Eye Brush (RRP $17 AUD)

Zoeva is a German brand that apparently delivers high-quality, luxurious and affordable makeup and brushes. You could have received one of three brushes and I got the 227 Luxe Soft Definer.

This is definitely the most exciting product in the box for me and I can't wait to use it. First thing tomorrow!

OGX Argan Oil of Morocco Shampoo & Conditioner (RRP $17.99 AUD each for 385ml; received 60ml samples)

These are apparently infused with argan oil sourced straight from Morocoo, and are rich in super charged antioxidants that help reduce damage from heat styling and UV rays. They're also meant to renew hair's cell structure and promote softness and healthy shine.

I recently discovered this brand and the products I'm using from OGX went straight to HG status, so I'm thrilled to have more stuff to try. Already this box is a winner!

Maybelline New York Color Elixir by Color Sensational (RRP $17.95 AUD; received full size)

These apparently deliver hyper-saturated colour with an ultra-cushiony feel. The description card says that a trio of concentrates deliver the colour pay-off of a lipstick, the nourishing care of a balm, and the glassy shine of a gloss. You could have received either Petal Push or Fuchsia Flourish (I got the fuchsia).

I have a purple one of these and I love it, although I doubt this colour will suit me and it's not one I would normally wear. I might test it and then send it to a better home - unless it looks better on me than expected.

Maybelline New York The Colossal Pumped Up Volum' Express Mascara (RRP $19.95; received full size)

This will apparently take your lashes to new heights. It features Maybelline's biggest mascara brush, a smoother formula with twice the collagen, and a curved stem that delivers a double shot of mascara. It will leave lashes looking bigger, bolder and more extreme.

I'm up to my ears in mascara at the moment because I receive so many of them via sub boxes. I'm a bit suspect of anything that has a big brush since my eyes are hooded and big brushes mean big errors. We'll see. If the brush is a nightmare to use, I'll send this to a better home.

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure (RRP $14.95 AUD; received full size)

According to the card, this contains a base coat, strengthener, treatment, colour, top coat, chip-resistance and a gel finish in one bottle. The unique precision brush makes for a flawless finish thanks to patented technology for advanced 10-day wear. You could have received one of 10 shades and I got number 560 Kook A Mango.

I've recently cleaned out my nailpolish collection so there's room for a fun summer colour like this one. It's the kind of colour I might have chosen for myself. If this really is chip-resistant, then looks like I'll be clearing out my drawers and lining them with these products instead because nailpolish chips on me in a heartbeat and I'm always looking for polishes that last.

Trilogy Make-up Be Gone Cleansing Balm (RRP $36.90 for 80ml; received 10ml sample)

This is apparently made from a blend of pure plant oils including rosehip, coconut and sunflower oils. It's a semi-solid balm that melts on contact to quickly and easily dissolve makeup, leaving skin silky smooth and hydrated.

I'm really pleased to see this: I've been wanting to try something from Trilogy and I love cleansing balms, so I can't wait to try it.

Paula's Choice Vitamin C Spot Treatment (RRP $70 AUD for 15ml; received 5ml sample)

According to the card, this innovative spot treatment comprises 25 per cent stablised vitamin c in a silky texture, and is ideal for spot-treating wrinkles, stubborn brown spots and post-acne discolourations anywhere on the face, neck or chest. You use it at least three times a week.

Now this sounds like something I need. I got a few age spots during pregnancy (who'd be a woman) and I've been looking for something to treat them, so I really hope this is it : ).

Swisse Deep Sea Hydrating Mist Toner (RRP $9.99 AUD for 125ml; received 15ml sample)

Enriched with soothing aloe vera, hydrating sea minerals, antioxidant-rich niacinamide and calming rosa damascena flower oil, this spray hydrates, rejuvenates and tones the skin, leaving it looking brighter and more youthful.

I love facial mists and I'm always on the lookout for new ones since I get through them so quickly, especially in summer. This one sounds nice so I'm happy to give it a go.

Elizabeth Arden Superstart Skin Renewal Booster (RRP $30 AUD for 85ml; received 5ml sample)

This is apparently a lightweight treatment that's clinically proven to restore the appearance of the skin's surface layer for supple, smooth and more radiant-looking skin. It helps to boost skin's natural defences and ability to renew itself, while optimising the results of your entire regime. You apply it before serum or moisturiser.

This sounds interesting and I have nothing like it so I might open it straight away. I'll let you know how I go.

Lonvitalite Face Masks in C2 and C4 (RRP $39 AUD for a 5 pack; received two masks)

According to the card, these deliver ingredients deep into the dermis. I've used these before and I'm not a huge fan of sheet masks, so I'm not sure yet whether or not I'll keep them or give them away. We'll see.

Michael Kors Gold Collection EDP (RRP $110 for 50ml; received 1.5ml sample)

The next chapter in Michael Kors fragrances is The Gold Collection, three individual scents designed to reflect the opulence and luxury of the highly prized metal. You could have received one of three samples, and I received White Luminous Gold.

I've smelled this and I don't love it unfortunately, although that's good in a way because I can't afford perfume at the moment!

In sum

This is a brilliant box and I'm thrilled with it. It's jam-packed with fun stuff and I can't wait to use it all!

If the next editions of The Parcel are anywhere near this good, then I'll stay subscribed : )

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