Monday, 21 September 2015

Marie Claire The Parcel - Special Anniversary Edition - Beauty Subscription Box Review

I love this time of year, Spring is my favourite season! The sky is blue, the weather is warming up, the birds are chirping and the flowers are fragrant and blooming! 

Being a new season also means it's time for a new Marie Claire The Parcel box! It's an extra special season in terms of the Marie Claire The Parcel boxes too. Not only is it 12 months since the release of the first Marie Claire The Parcel box but Marie Claire magazine is celebrating the big 2-0 and thus to celebrate they have compiled a Special Anniversary Edition of The Parcel! 

So without further ado, let's discover what this latest, Special Anniversary Edition of The Parcel box contains!
  
Special Anniversary Edition Marie Claire The Parcel
Beauty Subscription Box

Listed below are the products I received in the Marie Claire The Parcel Special Anniversary Edition. 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.

Clinique Smart Custom-Repair Serum
Deluxe Sample Size: 10 ml. Value: $26.67. (Full sized 30ml: $80)


Clinique Smart Custom Repair Serum

"If multi-tasking is your middle name, you expect your skincare to work just as hard as you do. This clever serum claims to understand the particular needs of your skin, providing custom repair for damage. Apply morning and night after cleansing to address inflammation, wrinkles, uneven skin tone and dullness."

This is one of the two products that I was most excited to see as an inclusion in this Special Anniversary Edition of the Marie Claire The Parcel. I have been wanting to try it for a while now. It sounds perfect for my 40+ year old skin. I really hope it lives up to its hype and I'm glad of the opportunity to try it before deciding whether or not to purchase a full size version of it.

Estee Lauder Modern Muse Le Rouge EDP
Sample Size: 1.5 ml. Value: $3.60. (Full sized 50ml: $120)


Estee Lauder Modern Muse Le Rouge

"A new feminine fragrance inspired by the glamorous, more provocative side of the original Modern Muse. A sexy contrast of rich roses awakened by ripe fruits, with a velvet creme accord."

As I have said in previous posts, I absolutely LOVE fragrances! Thus I was totally excited to finally see the inclusion of a fragrance in the Marie Claire The Parcel boxes! And such a fabulous fragrance at that! I hope there are many more fragrance inclusions in future boxes.

John Frieda Frizz Ease Smooth Start Hydrating Shampoo & Conditioner
Full Size: 250 ml each. Value: $15.99 each


John Frieda Frizz Ease Smooth Start Hydrating Shampoo & Conditioner

"Love the heat, but hate the frizz? Then it's time to reconsider your haircare. Sleek strands begin with the right shampoo and conditioner: Frizz Ease Smooth Start promises to start blocking frizz in the shower for easier styling. Powered by the exclusive Frizz-Mending Complex and enriched with natural olive oil, it smooths strands, replenishes moisture and restores hair's natural defence against humidity."

Having recently discovered my holy grail shampoo and conditioner I'm probably not as excited as I would have previously been about receiving this new full sized shampoo and conditioner to try. Having said that, if these products are as good as my newly found ones, I'll be ecstatic, as these John Frieda products are significantly cheaper. It will be interesting to see how these products perform. Fingers crossed!

L'Oreal Paris Colour Riche Lipstick
Full Size. Value: $21.95


L'Oreal Paris Colour Riche Lipstick In Perfect Red (377)

"Happy birthday to this lipstick icon! There's nothing like a slick of lippy to instantly make you feel more glamorous or even daring, and over the past 30 years, L'Oreal Paris has released an incredible 350 shades to help women look good and feel great. Available in Perfect Red, Matte Ouhlala, Matte Erotique and Matte Mon Jules."

I was happy with the Perfect Red shade I received. A sexy red always makes me feel more confident. This will be perfect for evenings out.

MOR Rosa Noir Hand & Body Milk
Deluxe Sample Size: 50 ml. Value: $3.50 (Full sized 500ml: $34.95)

MOR Rosa Noir Hand & Body Milk

"Cloak your skin with the hypnotic floral scent of Rosa Noir. This silky Hand & Body Milk contains a luxe blend of shea butter and macadamia oil to nourish, while extracts of wild rose, hibiscus and fig revitalise and hydrate"

MOR is one of my favourite bath & body brands. I love the divine fragrances of their products. I look forward to luxuriating my skin with this product.

Redwin Coconut Balm
Full Size: 25 g Value: $5.99


Redwin Coconut Balm

"Powered by 100 per cent certified organic coconut oil, there are so many uses for this multi-tasking ointment: repair dry hands, heal elbows and lips, or soothe burns, cuts and insect bites."

This sounds like a great multi-tasking product which will be handy to keep in my handbag.

St Tropez Gradual Tan in Shower
Deluxe Sample Size: 50 ml. Value: $10 (Full sized 200ml: $39.99)



"Introducing the first ever in-shower fake tanning lotion. It promises a streak-free gradual glow, plus up to 24 hour hydration. But how does it work? Apply to wet skin in the shower, working from your ankles upwards. As with all tanning leave your hands and feet until last and quickly rinse your palms. Wait three minutes before rinsing and then pat dry. Your tan will develop throughout the day. Repeat daily."

I am not a self tanner so I will be passing this product on to a friend who is. 

Conclusion
In conclusion, this Special Anniversary Edition of Marie Claire's The Parcel contained $103.69 worth of products for the cost of $25 if you have a seasonal subscription or $29.95 if you bought it as a one-off box.

This, like all The Parcel boxes, is brilliant value! In a way however I almost expected more from this Special Anniversary Edition. I expected this Special Anniversary Edition box to surpass all the previous boxes which I don't think it did. See my past reviews of their Spring EditSummer EditAutumn Edit, Winter Edit and Ageless Beauty boxes in these links. 

I think this box did however equal the previous boxes and I am very happy with it. There is only one product in this box which I won't use. I'd love to hear what other subscribers of this box thought.

Marie Claire The Parcel Special Anniversary Edition
Beauty Subscription Box

Do you subscribe to any beauty boxes?
Which of these products appeals to you the most?

xxx
Ingrid

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46 comments:

  1. I love checking out the surprises that come in these boxes. I think my favourite would have to be the gradual tan, sounds interesting being in shower application.

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    1. It's a great box of surprises each new season!

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  2. Oooo looks amazing and a great way to try new products. I had to laugh though when I read the description for the Redwin cream, I thought it said it soothed "bums" not "burns" LOL

    Visiting today from #teamIBOT x

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    1. Haha - my kids are way past their nappy days when I used to buy them Sudocrem to soothe their bums!

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  3. I've never seen one of these before - I'm off to check out more details!

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    1. The Marie Claire The Parcel boxes are brilliant value beauty boxes with high quality products! Definitely worth checking out.

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  4. Oooooh! Never seen this before! DF xox

    www.doaner-fide.com

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    1. The Marie Claire Parcel is the best beauty subscription box I have seen here in Australia.

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  5. I wonder how that tanning lotion works. A few years ago, I inadvertently bought a tanning cream, mistaking it for moisturiser. It was quite funny because it revealed just how unevenly I apply moisturiser :)

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  6. I can guarantee those John Frieda Frizz Ease products are awesome. That's what I use. It's the only shampoo and conditioner that can tame my 'fro :)

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    1. Fantastic! I look forward to using them. I love finding more products that meet my needs.

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  7. I'm using the Clinique Custom Smart Repair Serum at the moment and I really like it. The red lipstick looks really pretty, too! :)

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    1. Receiving the Clinique Serum in this box was a real bonus as I've been wanting to try it for a while now!

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  8. I've never heard of an in shower tanning cream. I wonder if it works well? I find the gradual creams tend to leave and uneven colour on my skin - probably from my application so I wonder how well it would work in the shower? Looks like a great box to receive but shame it didn't give you the wow factor it was probably meant to being a special/limited edition.

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    1. Unfortunately I won't be able to comment on the self tanner as I've given it to a friend to use as I'm not a self-tanner. Overall I am actually very happy with this box.

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  9. That red lippy is just amazing. Added it to my wish list!

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    1. It is an amazing red. Very aptly named by L'Oreal as "Perfect Red".

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  10. I love getting mail but I don't use enough beauty products to justify a box subscription.

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  11. I like that the box includes all different brands, however I'm notorious for not using beauty products after I buy them so I doubt it'd be worth me getting a subscription box.

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  12. Oh these have some of my favourite products in it! And a subscription box is like a gift that keeps giving! Love love love

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  13. This box was great value huh! I love The Parcel. I hope they stop bringing out new boxes to subscribe to - I will go broke!!

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    1. I know, originally I said I'd only subscribe to one box at a time, but now I subscribe to both the Marie Claire Parcel and the Ageless Beauty
      Parcel boxes. Lucky they are seasonal and not monthly boxes!

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  14. I just don't know what I'd DO with all those products... but I'm glad you like your parcel, Ingrid. x

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    1. It's surprising how quickly I manage to use up products!

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  15. WOW!!! That is a mega parcel! I love the lippy and the Clinique!! Lucky you. Bron x

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  16. A box like that would be wasted on me, I just emptied out the bathroom and it was full of products I had opened and then never used! I've got a few hair and beauty favourites that I always use, and that's it. I'm such a purist! I love the scent though, because there's no such thing as too much perfume!

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    1. I totally agree there is no such thing as too much perfume! I love my fragrances!

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  17. Gorgeous products, I would use everything here except the tanning product. I don't subscribe but always look forward to reading reviews of subscription boxes :)

    Fatima // Lipsticks and Coffee

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    1. I'm glad you enjoy reading subscription box reviews Fatima! They are one of my favourite posts to write.

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  18. Neat set, and beautiful lip color.
    Thanks for linking up to "Bloggers Who Have Inspired me" hope you can join in again on Tuesday.
    Rachel xo
    Garay Treasures

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    1. I'm definitely planning to join in again Rachel! I love your link up!

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  19. Wow you actually get so much in it dont you! I should try something like this as I am such an amateur when it comes to beauty products, I really have no idea lol xx

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    1. This is a great introduction to products you might not otherwise try.

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  20. Thats a really good box. I dont subscribe to any. A work colleague subscribes to two different beauty boxes and for what she was paying wasn't worth it so Ive been turned off subscribing but the Marie Claire is def good value.

    (Bernadette - Beauty Reign)

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    1. This subscription box is definitely the best value one I've seen in Australia.

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  21. Loved reading this, I have nearly purchased one of these a few times but wondered if they were worthwhile. Great to see what is actually in them.

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  22. What a great box! The lipstick looks fantastic :)

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  23. That L'Oreal lipstick looks lovely and I have been wanting to try the St. Tropez tan for a while!!! Looks like a great box Ingrid x

    Sarah | Bows & Pleats

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  24. Lovely collection of products. Enjoy using them all! #mummymondays

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  25. I've subscribed to that one and can't wait to receive it. I think Marie Claire boxes are great value for money. Thanks for sharing with us at #AnythingGoes.

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  26. I'm really quite impressed with the MC boxes - looking forward to your reviews hon

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  27. Score! What a great box. I'd be happy to receive all of these. I don't whether I could be bothered putting the tanning stuff on every day though.

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  28. Oh it all looks fabulous! I recently was gifted a 12mth subscription to Bella Box and am not so sure about it - sizes are very sample like and small. This looks like the way to go!

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