MARIE CLAIRE THE PARCEL: WINTER EDIT 2016

 

 

The one positive about winter is Winter Edition of The Parcel 2016! It is super cold in Melbourne, ridiculous for this early on in winter. I have been pretty much glued to every heater I see and as a result, my skin, lips and hair are very dry so I was excited to see what goodies are inside to fix this problem!

The first thing I noticed when I picked up the box, was the weight, it was unusually heavy.  I opened it to discover 10 items (last quarter was 7), this is what I received:

The Parcel Winter Edit 2016:

John Frieda Frizz Ease Forever Smooth Anti Frizz Primer $16.99 (full size)

Burt’s Bee’s Tinted Lip Balm $12.95 (full size)

Ritual Cosmetics Fortune Oil $18.00 (sample size)

Garnier Wake Up Cream $19.99 (full size)

Klorane Shampoo with Quinine and B Vitamin $20.95 (sample size)

Colgate Optic White High Impact White $9.95 (full size)

The Body Shop Drops of Youth Concentrate $69.95 (sample size)

MOR Rosa Noir Hand & Body Milk $39.95 (sample size)

Nivea Sensitive Caring Micellar Water $9.97 (full size)

Garnier BB Cream Miracle Skin Perfector (sample size) (bonus item)

 

STANDOUT PRODUCTS:

John Frieda Frizz Ease Forever Smooth Anti- Frizz Primer

My hair is naturally quite curly and prone to frizz so I was keen to try this out. I found it best to apply to wet, freshly washed hair.  I used roughly a 10 cent sized amount, applied evenly to lengths of my hair and set the blow dryer on it.  My hair instantly became very manageable and I was able to style it in half the time.

Throughout the day I couldn’t help but notice how healthy my hair looked, it was frizz free and very shiny.  I checked the ingredients list and the John Frieda Frizz Ease Forever Smooth Anti- Frizz Primer contains coconut oil, which nourishes hair and actually helps it to grow faster. I would highly recommend this product to those with course or frizzy hair.

Burt’s Bee’s Tinted Lip Balm

I love and own many of the Burt’s Bee’s clear lip balms but I have to admit, I’ve never tried a tinted lip balm before. The colour I received was Red Dahlia, a beautiful burnt red.  It gives a lovely sheer wash of colour, perfect for no makeup days. Made with all natural ingredients like shea butter and botanical waxes it was hydrating without being too sticky or waxy.  You can apply it without a mirror and lasts long time for a tinted balm.  Perfect for those cold, windy days.

HONORABLE MENTION:

The Body Shop Drops of Youth Concentrate

I have tried a few products from the Drops of Youth line but am yet to try the concentrate.  Using advanced plant stem cell technology The Drops of Youth Concentrate is designed to help with skin renewal to reveal healthy and smooth skin. I found it to be lovely and light weight, with serum like consistency. It instantly sinks into your skin and I found it extremely hydrating. I am yet to see any anti-aging results but my skin feels very soft & the texture has improved.  Being a Body Shop product you can be sure it a natural product with no parabens, something which is very important to me.

This is a perfect example of what I love about the Parcel. I have contemplated buying this but wasn’t sure as it retails for $69.00. Once I have tested it for a little longer I will be able to make an informed decision on whether the product is right for me. I also love that even though it is a sample size it comes in a little bottle with an eyelet dropper.

Ritual Cosmetics Fortune Oil

A new brand for me, I thoroughly enjoyed using this oil in the shower. It smelt amazing, I felt like I was at spa with scents of sweet orange and cedar wood. Upon contact with skin it lathers up and instantly makes your skin very soft and hydrated which was great for getting rid my scaly crocodile legs from overuse of the heater.  A great new discovery, appropriate and useful product for the Winter Edit.

 

MISSES:
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Nivea Sensitive Caring Micellar Water

In the last box we received, the Autumn Edit  (see review of The Parcel Autumn Edit here: http://ausbeautyandskincarereviews.com/?p=271 ) we also received a micellar water, of course it was a different brand but I was a little disappointed to see another Micellar water so soon.  Don’t get me wrong I think the Nivea Sensitive Caring Micellar water is great I have tested it out and am happy to report it doesn’t sting your eyes and removes makeup thoroughly, but I would like prefer some more variety.
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The Garnier BB cream, which I can appreciate is clearly labelled a bonus items, if I’m being totally honest I have to admit, I never use samples in a little sachets.  Most of the time there is not enough product to give a fair trial of the item or it becomes unsanitary and messy once it has been opened. I much prefer to receive samples in a container/jar that can be sealed and reused after opening.  I have used this product before and have found it shades didn’t match my undertone.

What are your thoughts on The Parcel Winter Edit 2016? What was your favourite item?

Until next time ausbeautyandskincarereviews xx

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