Monday, 22 June 2015

Marie Claire The Parcel - Winter Edit - Beauty Subscription Box Review

It's freezing outside, I'm wearing my warm woolly jumpers and boots, and the heater is on! Yes, winter has arrived in Australia again! One of the main reasons I look forward to a change of season is the arrival of my Marie Claire The Parcel beauty subscription box

Marie Claire's The Parcel is a seasonal beauty subscription box, which if you get a seasonal subscription, costs $25 per box delivered to your doorstep on a quarterly basis. You can also buy a one-off box for $29.95. 

My Marie Claire The Parcel - Winter Edit box arrived earlier this week. The box contains Marie Claire beauty editors' picks of the best buys to get us through the cooler winter weather.

Marie Claire The Parcel - Winter Edit

Marie Claire The Parcel - Winter Edit Contents

Listed below are the products I received in the Marie Claire The Parcel Winter Edit. I have quoted the product information that The Parcel provides on its information card in italic print and I've followed this with my comments in normal print.

O.P.I Nail Lacquer
Full Size: 15 ml Value: $19.95

O.P.I A Grape Affair
"Inject a bit of fun into your winter wardrobe with a slick of new polish. We've chosen a great range of shades for you from O.P.I's 50 Shades of Grey, Coca-Cola or Classic collections. Tip: maintain a chic mani by keeping nails short and square with a slick of varnish, and prolong your polish with a topcoat by topping up every second day."

I was so excited to receive the stunning purple 'A Grape Affair' shade of O.P.I nail polish from the Coca-Cola collection. I had just been looking for a rich deep dark purple to go with my winter wardrobe outfits and here it was home delivered to me in The Parcel! Win!

L'Oreal Paris Volume Million Lashes So Couture
Full Size: 9 ml. Value: $27.95

L'Oreal Paris Volume million Lashes So Couture Mascara
"Bat a fuller flutter with Volume Million Lashes So Couture, the latest addition to L'Oreal Paris' Volume Million Lashes franchise. Delivering clean, clump-free volume and the finest silky formula, the precise brush has 408 mini bristles to capture and extend each individual lash. Position the wand at the roots and zigzag to the tips, to amp-up glamour."

I'm always needing new mascaras and welcome this new addition to my collection.This black glamour mascara will be well used. I'll open it after my current mascaras have past their expiry dates.

Lanolips Lemonaid Lip Aid
Full Size: 12.5g Value: $15.95

Lanolips Lemonaid Lip Aid
"Replenish chapped lips on the go with this rich, whipped lanolin treatment. With more than 70 per cent ultra medical-grade lanolin to soften lips, and organic lemon oil to naturally exfoliate - your pout is left feeling fresh, soft and supple. Stash it in your tote this winter and enjoy its refreshing lemon 'zing' flavour."

Chapped dry lips are such a winter beauty hazard. This Lanolips product is the perfect addition to the winter Marie Claire The Parcel subscription box.

Estee Lauder Revitalizing Supreme Global Anti-Aging Creme
Sample Size: 5 ml. Value: $13.32. (Full sized 30ml: $80)

Estee Lauder Revitalizing Supreme Global Anti-Aging Creme
"With the cooler weather here and heating turned up high, it's time to look at shaking up your skincare routine. This super-luxe cream from Estee Lauder works to soften skin, smooth lines and boost luminosity - all while working on your specific anti-aging concerns. Use day and night after cleansing."

This product sounds as if it were made to order for my 40+ year old skin this winter! I loved the luxurious and effective Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Cream in the Summer Edit Marie Claire The Parcel subscription box so I am sure I will love this product also. I love sampling luxurious brand products as I am hesitant to buy them at such high prices without trying them first.

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Mask For Intense Hydration
3 Masks. Value: $15. (Pack of 5 Masks: $25)

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Mask For Intense Hydration
"Take some time out to treat your skin with a hydrating mask."

I was very happy to see these masks included in this subscription box. I find winter weather, and being indoors in heating very dehydrating on my skin. Plus being 40+ years old, my skin is drier than it used to be anyway winter or not! I find masks relaxing to use and I'm sure I will enjoy using these hydrating masks.

Neutrogena Make-up Remover Cleansing Towelettes
Travel Size: 7 towelettes. Value: $3.99.

Neutrogena Make-up remover Cleansing Towelettes
"We know you love the wipes as much as we do, so we've included them again to help you prep the skin before your mask."

I was a bit disappointed to have exactly the same product in two of The Parcel subscription boxes in a row. I would have preferred to have tried a new and different product but having said that, travel size packs of makeup remover wipes are always useful to have in my handbag. The fact that these wipes easily remove waterproof mascara without stinging my sensitive eyes is an added bonus. I did like them when I tried them from the last box.

John Frieda Beach Blonde Cool Dip Purifying Shampoo, Smooth Seas Detangling Conditioner and Ocean Waves Sea-Salt Spray
Sample Size: shampoo 50 ml, conditioner 50ml, sea salt spray 30ml. (Full sized: $16.99 each).

John Frieda Beach Blonde Cool Dip Purifying Shampoo, Smooth Seas Detangling Conditioner
and Ocean Waves Sea-Salt Spray.
"Not just for blondes or summer, anyone can get gorgeous beachy waves all year thanks to this three-step regimen. We love the cult Sea-Salt Spray - back due to popular demand - with its incredible hair-tousling formula."

At first I thought this was an odd choice for the winter edit box and that it would be better suited to the summer edit box but then I realised that yes, I do like styling my hair with the tousled beachy wave look just as much in winter as in summer, so the Marie Claire peeps got it right yet again!

Woolworths Select Quick & Easy Nail Polish 30 Removal Wipes
Full sized: 30 wipes. Value: $2

"There are no excuses for chipped nails. Remove old varnish on the go with these easy-to-use wipes. Free from acetone and scented with aloe vera, they're perfect for the gym or handbag."

I'm curious to see how effective these wipes are. I'm hoping they work well as I can see myself finding them useful to keep in my handbag for when I'm out and about.

Woolworths Select Quick & Easy Nail Polish 30 Removal Wipes

In conclusion, once again Marie Claire's The Parcel subscription box has impressed me. The products have been well selected, they are a lovely mix of high end and drug store brands, and the box itself is brilliant value! I'm really happy with the nail polish colour I received and there is nothing in this box that I won't use!

If you are thinking of subscribing to this box but want to see what was included in previous boxes, here are my reviews for the Autumn Edit and the Summer Edit.

Marie Claire The Parcel Winter Edit

Which of these products appeals to you the most?
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Monday, 15 June 2015

12 Easy Steps To Host A Successful Clothing Swap Party

How To Host A Clothing Swap Party

Is your wardrobe overflowing with clothes yet you still have nothing to wear?

If you answered "yes" to the above question then a clothing swap party might be a great solution for you. 

A clothing swap party gives you the opportunity to declutter your wardrobe of clothes that are still in good condition but you no longer wear whilst adding new clothes that you love. 

I've been attending by best friend, Lisa's amazing clothing swap parties for the past 5 years now! How does she organise and host these amazing clothing swap parties? Following are her 12 easy steps for hosting a successful clothing swap party.

1. Set a date for the party approximately 3-4 weeks in advance to increase the likelihood that your invitees will be able to attend and don't have anything else already booked in on that night.

2. Invite 10-15 friends with similar clothing tastes. A smaller number also works if all invitees are roughly the same size. 

If your friends are all varying sizes ensure you invite at least three or more friends in each size group to ensure there is suitable clothing for swapping for everyone.

3. Allow each friend to bring a plus 1 to join in the swapping fun. Not only will you get to meet new people but this will also result in a larger pool of clothes to swap. Depending on the size of your venue the more the merrier with clothing swap parties.

4. On the invite stipulate all swapping clothes must be in good wearable condition and washed. No ripped, torn, holey or stained clothing allowed.

5. Also stipulate on the invite if you will be swapping other items such as shoes, accessories, unopened beauty items, children's clothing, toys or books. 

6. Agree beforehand what will happen with the leftover clothes at the end of the night. At Lisa's clothing parties the leftovers are donated to charities such as Lifeline and The Salvation Army.

7. Organise the clothing swap party space before everyone arrives with well labelled areas, whether these are tables, lounges, racks etc, for each different clothing size and style i.e. size 12 dresses, size 12 tops, size 12 bottoms, and so on for each size.

8. Organise a separate space for accessories, bags, belts, jewelry, shoes. The clothing party I regularly attend also includes children's clothing and books, although we don't have children actually attending on the night.

9. Wait for everyone to arrive before the actual swapping begins. Invite people for 7pm, then let everyone sort out their clothing into the designated labelled areas, chat and socialise for the first 30-45 minutes before the swapping begins.

10. Determine a system as to how the swapping will work and remind everyone of it before the swapping starts. Different parties that I have attended have had different rules. At Lisa's parties, as we are all friends, the rules are more relaxed as opposed to larger clothing swap parties run by councils with a bunch of strangers.

At Lisa's party everyone starts looking at what they might want at the same time. People can try on a couple of things at a time before returning unwanted items to the labelled clothing areas and taking some more items to try on. Ultimately everyone is welcome to claim as many items as they want regardless of how many they brought along with them. 

Clothes can only be taken from the designated labelled areas, not other people's personal piles. Participants may only claim items for themselves or their children, not for friends who are not attending, unless that item is left over at the end of the night.

11. Make sure you have at least one full length mirror, or preferably more.

12. Ask everyone to bring a plate of food or a bottle of champagne to the clothing swap party to make a party of the night.

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12 Easy Steps To Host A Successful Clothing Swap Party

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Monday, 8 June 2015

Introducing Your Teenager to Skin Cleansing & Exfoliation

 As I opened the mystery parcel I could feel my daughter's eyes on me watching to see what goodies I was about to pull out and reveal! When she spotted the pink Clearasil Daily Clear Superfruits Refreshing Wash & Scrub she gave a little squeal declaring one of her best friends had just started using these products and could she pleeeeeease use them as well!

I was happy that my daughter was interested in cleansing her face and these products are definitely suitable for her 15 year old skin! Clearasil is such a trusted skin care brand, perfect for the changing needs of teenage skin.

So after a quick bit of negotiation, because I'm a mum after all, and I needed something to bribe cajole my daughter into cleaning her room, I agreed to let her have these products after I had photographed them and tried them first myself for the blog AND providing she cleaned her room TODAY! 

So please excuse the strawberries in the photos below. I am aware that these Clearsil products contain raspberry and cranberry extracts and not strawberry extracts, but strawberries were the closest superfruit I could find in our fridge that day!

Clearasil Superfruits Refreshing Wash & Scrub 

Clearasil Daily Clear Superfruits Refreshing Wash ($10.99)

Clearasil Superfruits Refreshing Wash

Clearasil Daily Clear Superfruits Refreshing Wash comes in a clear 150ml pump action bottle. It has a sweet, berry scent that my daughter loves!

As mentioned above it contains raspberry and cranberry extracts and is designed to be gentle enough to be used on your skin daily, keeping it hydrated and looking radiant. It also contains one percent salicylic acid.

One pump of this wash is enough to use on your face. I found it lathered up well with water. It felt gentle on my skin, cleaning it thoroughly but not stripping it of its natural oils. 

My daughter has been using this facial cleanser daily for over a fortnight now and loves it. She says her skin is clearer now than it used to be. Her two brothers have started asking questions about this wash also and I suspect I will be buying it on a regular basis for all three of them to use. I'm happy about this as I want them all to have good skin care regimes right from the start.

Clearasil Daily Clear Superfruits Refreshing Scrub ($10.99)

Clearasil Superfruits Refreshing Scrub

Clearasil Daily Clear Superfruits Refreshing Scrub comes in a 150ml flip top tube. Like the wash it has a fresh, sweet, berry scent that my daughter totally loves!

Once again it contains raspberry & cranberry extracts, known for their antioxidant properties, and also Vitamin B3 to protect the skin's barrier. It also contains one percent salicylic acid to fight existing blemishes and prevent future breakouts.

This superfruits cleansing scrub is pale pink in colour and thick in consistency. It is thus easy to dispense into your hands and massage onto your face. Perfect for first time skincare scrub users such as my daughter.

The exfoliating granules are a darker pink colour and quite small, resulting in a gentle exfoliation of the skin and unblocking of pores for a smoother complexion. 

After use my skin felt super clean but not stripped of its natural oils at all.

Although the tube recommends using this scrub everyday, both in the morning and evening, to keep your skin clear I've encouraged my daughter to start off using this scrub twice a week initially. We have built it into her cleansing routine in the shower each time after she washes her hair twice a week. For now this routine and frequency combined with the daily use of the Clearasil Daily Clear Superfruits Refreshing Wash seems to be working well for her teenage skin.

If my daughter's skin condition changes I will consult the Clearasil skin care guide on their website to determine what the best Clearasil washes, scrubs and other products are for her skin.

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Monday, 1 June 2015

Rimmel Oh My Gloss! Swatches and Review.

Oh My Gloss! I am absolutely loving these new Rimmel London Oh My Gloss! lip glosses! 

Oh My Gloss! lip glosses are lustrous and hi-gloss yet lightweight and comfortable to wear. It's probably the addition of Argan Oil and Vitamin E in their formula which makes my lips feel so nourished and moisturised whilst wearing them and not at all dry.

Unlike most of my other lip glosses these ones have the added benefit of being non sticky! Perfect for wearing in winter's dehydrating windy weather when I'm standing on the sidelines cheering on my son in soccer (sorry but I don't think I'll ever get used to calling it football).

There are 8 succulent shades of pink, red, mauve, nude and clear Rimmel Oh My Gloss! lip gloss available in Australia. I was lucky to receive 4 of these shades to trial.

The Rimmel Oh My Gloss! shades I trialed are from top to bottom:
  • 520 Rebel Red
  • 330 Snog
  • 130 Purrr...Glossy Cat
  • 800 Crystal Clear.
My favourite shade to date is Snog, a beautiful berry colour, perfect for the current winter season! Rebel Red is a close second! Although I do also love adding the Crystal Clear lip gloss over the top of my regular lipsticks. Who am I kidding, I love them all and want to buy the rest of the collection too, to complete my set!

Rimmel advises these lip glosses last for up to 6 hours on your lips however I've found I usually have to reapply them after about three hours when I've had something to eat and drink. At this stage the gloss is usually worn off my lips, although there is a remaining subtle stain of colour. This doesn't really worry me as it is so easy to reapply this lip gloss on the go with the applicator wand provided.

The foam tipped applicator wand is easy to use, providing just the right amount of lip gloss to coat my lips. The Oh My Gloss! lip gloss glides onto my lips smoothly and easily. It has a pleasant vanilla like scent. 

It feels so comfortable wearing this lip gloss. It really is a nourishing and hydrating formula, perfect for my mature 40+ year old lips!

Below are swatches of the three coloured Oh My Gloss! lip glosses I trialed. 

I love these lip glosses and have been wearing them either on their own or the clear gloss on top of my regular lipstick every day since receiving them. I definitely recommend them.

Rimmel London Oh My Gloss! lip glosses are available for $13.95 RRP each. 

Click HERE to buy these Rimmel London Oh My Gloss! lip glosses from Priceline.

All 8 Shades of Rimmel London Oh My Gloss!
Image Credit: Rimmel London Au

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Or do you do what I sometimes do & wear both together?



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