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?
Do you subscribe to any beauty boxes?

xxx
Ingrid

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53 comments:

  1. Can't go wrong with travel sized stuff! A bit of a shame you got the item twice but hey, more mess to carry in your bag! hehe DF xoxo

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  2. This looks really similar to the Allure Sample Society box I get (not sure if that's only a US thing). I love getting Estee Lauder samples, their skin care is amazing! It's hard to believe it's winter somewhere, the temperature in Florida is in the 90s everyday!

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  3. Really good value for your money. I like the surprise effect!

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    1. I love the surprise factor as well! It's a great way for discovering new products!

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  4. Ooh this looks fantastic. I'm really tempted to subscribe. What a great gift that would be for someone to have such a lovely little package arrive each quarter. Meanwhile, I've never seen nail polish wipes before. What a brilliant idea! I wish I thought of that! #teamIBOT

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    1. The Parcel is definitely worth subscribing to! It's the only subscription box I currently buy!

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  5. Oh I love the colour of that nail polish!
    It's a pretty impressive subscription box really.

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    1. It was the best colour I could have received! :)

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  6. I hadn't heard of this before, but what a great way to try new products. Since I've stopped working full time I've had to quit beautician appointments and not buy expensive face products. I'm yet to really find stuff I like but the options to 'test' a few products would be great!

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    1. This box has a great mix of high end and drugstore products.

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  7. What a fab box of treats!!! I love subscription boxes especially The Parcel!!! :) x

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  8. Wow, this box looks great! I don't subscribe to any beauty boxes, but I read lots of reviews and honestly, The Parcel really looks like the best contents and value for money! I'm actually considering signing up now :)

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    1. In my opinion this box is definitely worth subscribing to!

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  9. Don't get a beauty box but love trying new things, so probably should!

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    1. It is great for trying new products, I've found a couple of new favourites in this way.

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  10. I love getting these things and start using stuff straight away but then I forget and they stay hidden in the cupboard ..

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    1. The trick is to have the new items out on your bathroom vanity and not hidden away!

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  11. I once got a Bella beauty box for mums and I wasn't convinced that the samples would have been worth what was paid for the box. At least with this box you get the full sized product so it seems worthwhile to buy... if you will use those products.

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    1. Some of the higher end products in this box are deluxe sample sizes and not full sized, but this box is still the best value box I've seen. Plus I do end up using all the products each season.

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  12. This looks so cool! Both my daughter and step daughter have been recipients of Bella Box as ongoing gifts. They are fun and a great way to get across new products.

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    1. The latest Bellabox which was reviewed by Pynkbunny in a post linked up to the Monday Makeup Madness #12 link up party on my blog today looked fantastic, especially the Stefan eye shadow palette.

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  13. WOW you actually get loads for your money. Whilst I am not sure I would use all the products to get my own moneys worth (I am hopeless with beauty stuff) this is by far one of the best beauty boxes I have seen so far. xx

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    1. The Parcel is brilliant value for money!

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  14. I love beauty boxes! I subscribe to Wantable. I have gotten some of my very best makeup from this subscription. Love this post! - Seri from www.serisblog.com

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    1. Thanks Seri. You are most welcome to link up one of your beauty related posts or videos to the Monday Makeup Madness link up parties on my blog if you want.

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  15. This is a great beauty box - I didn't realise that Marie Claire did one. I'm liking the nail polish colour and am always on the hunt for a good mascara. I was wondering what to get my niece for her 18th birthday and this sounds like a great idea for her too.

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    1. I was thinking of getting my niece one of these subscriptions also. The Parcel also has a Girlfriend The Parcel box which is aimed at a slightly younger beauty lover.

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  16. Wow, this is cool. Thanks for sharing your little bundle with us. I love seeing what is inside these subscription boxes.

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    1. I enjoy getting a peek into other subscription boxes too!

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  17. Nail polish removal wipes? I need those! I just recently bought the same OPI colour you've got. Loving my deep purples this winter!

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    1. The wipes can be bought from Woolworths for $2 and after using them I've got to say they work well, without the stinky acetone a lot of other nail polish removers contain.

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  18. This sounds like such a great box! I'm impressed with the brands they've included. I also think it's so great that they included a polish from a recent collection! I'm most interested in the Lanolips product as I've heard a lot of good things about it. It's always confusing for me that you're going into Winter and the weather is warming up here.
    Ivory Avenue

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    1. The products in these boxes are usually recent release products :)

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  19. Oh I just love surprises but these would probably be wasted on me as I rarely wear makeup, except for foundation, one of the downsides of working from home!

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    1. I guess that one downside is worth the many upsides of working from home!

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  20. My favourite would have to be that OPI colour! What a lovely box of goodies.

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    1. The OPI shade I received was one of my favourite items too!

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  21. HI Ingrid! This parcel looks awesome! Especially that polish!! I'm going to investigate a parcel service, I'm hoping it might satiate my shopping addiction slightly! :)))

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    1. Unfortunately receiving The Parcel hasn't curbed my spending much, except maybe in the week I receive it!

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  22. I love parcel boxes! Such a fab way to try new products. This looks wonderful!

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    1. The Parcel is such a good way to try new products! I especially love trying the deluxe sized high end samples.

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  23. I got OPI get cherried away the rest was the same!
    I love lanolips lemon aid and the EL supreme skin is lovely, I have purchased it in the past also.

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    1. I hope you were happy with your OPI shade, I loved mine!

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  24. Oh wow - some great products in there and what a treat to get a 'lucky dip' box each quarter! I've never even thought to subscribe to something like this but maybe it might be a very good gift idea to tell a family member! ;-)

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    1. I am considering a subscription to this box as a Christmas gift for some of my family members.

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  25. Wow! Who would have thought there was so much in one box! I love magazines so I think I would be a sucker for these boxes! Great to know about!

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    1. You do get a lot of products in this one box! It's amazing value!

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  26. I am thoroughly impressed with The Parcel, I'm not subscribed to any boxes at the moment, this one is very tempting!

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    1. Marie Claire's The Parcel has not disappointed me yet!

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  27. I don't subscribe to any beauty boxes but I totes think I should - that's quite an impressive collection. I love that mascara and use it all the time and I'm a big fan of OPI too! What's your favourite?

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  28. How awesome to receive one of these boxes in the mail. When I was a working teenager I used to get boxes like these. I should start again.
    I like the polish and the lip balm. I could do with just about everything! :)

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  29. I did not know that you could order these - how cool. I love that nail polish colour - gorgeous. Thanks for sharing x

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