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The Parcel Autumn 2017

The Parcel Autumn 2017Apologies, I have been so slack with the Parcel Autumn edition. I forgot to take a photo of the outside packaging before I disposed of it. I took way too long to try everything. Then I took even longer to sit down to write about it.

FACE

Burt's Bees - Lip Crayon

Burt’s Bees – Lip Crayon 100% Natural

I do quite like the few Burts Bees products I have tried & this is no exception. The colour is a good match for me, it looks quite natural. The only let down is it smell quite waxy, like a crayon.

Biore - Baking Soda Scrub

Biore – Baking Soda Scrub

This looks interesting & fun to use. The packaging is fun & easy to use. It smells quite zingy but leaves a bit of a film on your hands & face for a moment. Have you ever hand washed something & your hands feel slimy afterward? It feels like that but it goes away quickly.

Elizabeth Arden - Flawless Future Powered by Ceramide Caplet

Elizabeth Arden – Flawless Future Powered by Ceramide Caplet

I think there is way too much liquid to n these caplets. Even after slathering it over my neck & décolletage

La Roche-Posey - Micellar Water Ultra For Reactive Skin

La Roche-Posey – Micellar Water Ultra For Reactive Skin

Another micellar water. I’m still using the Nivea one from the winter parcel! I did give this one a try. It seems to work just as good as the other brands I’ve tried. Although I don’t like the wide opening for the top, too much product comes out.

Bioderma - Sebum Pore Refiner

Bioderma – Sebum Pore Refiner

I love how smooth this makes my face feel. If airbrushed had a * this would be it. My face is generally smoother, especially across the larger surface area of my cheeks.

Palmer's - Cocoa Butter Moisture Rich Night Cream

Palmer’s – Cocoa Butter Moisture Rich Night Cream
I’ve sampled this product before & quite like it. It’s a thick, rich cream that smells the same as the other Palmer’s Cocoa Butter products. I think it’s a great cream for intense overnight repair of dry skin.

RELATED: The Parcel Spring 2014

HAIR

John Frieda - Sheer Blonde Colour Renew Shampoo & Conditioner

John Frieda – Sheer Blonde Colour Renew Shampoo & Conditioner

This product surprised me because from what I can tell, everyone gets the same products in their Parcel. But not everyone that receives the Parcel is not blonde, let alone bottle blonde.

BODY

Jergens- Hydrating Coconut Lotion

Jergens- Hydrating Coconut Lotion

I’ve appreciated each Jergens product that I’ve tried& this one is no different. Later in the day, after applying it in the morning, I got the occasional waft of tropical that takes me a while to place. After a few days, I realized that it was this moisturizer.

Estée Lauder - Bronze Goddess Eau Fraîche Skinscent

Estée Lauder – Bronze Goddess Eau Fraîche Skinscent

Normally when I get perfume in samples boxes I pass them on to my mum as most don’t appeal to me. If I were to describe this to someone I’d say it’s summer, tropical & slightly floral.

The Parcel Summer 2016

The Parcel Summer 2016The Parcel Summer 2017

FACE

Nude by Nature - Sheer Glow BB Cream
Nude by Nature – Sheer Glow BB Cream
I really liked the Nude by Nature mineral powder in the Spring Parcel so I was expecting good things. But I was a little disappointed. The colour match is great but I am yet top find a BB Cream that isn’t patchy. It has also left my face shiny, so I will have to use a powder on top.

Nip+Fab - Glycolic Fix Daily Cleansing Pads
Nip+Fab – Glycolic Fix Daily Cleansing Pads
I don’t recall having tried anything glycolic before. After using these pads for a few days in a row my face does feel a bit firmer.

Avene - Micellar Lotion
Avene – Micellar Lotion
Micellar water is always such a useful product. I’m still actually using the micellar water from the winter Parcel. This one retails at a much higher price than many others, but I can’t see a difference.

RELATED: The Parcel Autumn 2017

Swiss - Manuka Honey Detoxifying Facial Mask
Swiss – Manuka Honey Detoxifying Facial Mask
I thought this mask would be honey coloured. I was mistaken. It was grey, like the clay it contained. I really could have got 2 uses out of the sample but I slathered it all on my face.

HAIR/BODY

Moroccanoil
Moroccanoil
There are many Moroccan Oil products on the market but I’m not sure if I’ve used anything from this brand before. I’m not sure if I see any improvement after using a hair oil. This sample is quite small, I will probably only get one use out of.

Banana Boat - New Sun Comfort Lotion SPF50+
Banana Boat – New Sun Comfort Lotion SPF50+
I was always of the belief that sunscreen is sunscreen but not anymore. The formula is so light, it spreads incredibly easily & is great for the face. There is a real possibility that I will purchase this in the near future.

Jergens - Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer
Jergens – Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer
I was incredibly surprised to see results after only using this twice. And technically I noticed the results while applying it for the second time. It doesn’t smell like most another self tan, and it also doesn’t smell like other Jergens products I’ve tried.

Palmer's - Coconut Oil Formula Coconut Oil Body Lotion
Palmer’s – Coconut Oil Formula Coconut Oil Body Lotion
I’ve now sampled quite a few coconut oil products. This is a nice light body lotion. It spreads easily & is absorbed relatively quickly.
Schick - Hydro Silk Razor
Schick – Hydro Silk Razor
I don’t actually use disposable razors, I use one that takes batteries. However, I will donate this because I will never use it.

Klorane - Conditioner with Quinine & B Vitamins
Klorane – Conditioner with Quinine & B Vitamins
I’m beginning to think that all products by Klorane contain Quinine! This conditioner is absorbed really quickly. The first time I used it I thought it must have slid off my hand before I had the chance to apply it.

The Parcel Spring 2016

The Parcel Spring 2016I have been so slack in getting The Parcel Spring review organised. I’ve waited for ages to try most of the products and now that I am watermarking my photos it seems like such a chore.

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FACE

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The Body Shop – Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask

I was expecting a thick cream-like mask however it was quite runny. There were chunks of what appeared to be seaweed, which I found odd. Overall it left my face feeling smooth & clean.

Nude by Nature – Natural Mineral Cover

This is my favourite product from this parcel. The shade is a tad dark for me at the moment but will be great for summer. It can be a little hard to blend if there is too much on the brush. I think this is the most natural looking foundation I have ever used.

nuxe-huile-prodigiuese
Nuxe Huile Prodigiuese – Multi Purpose Dry Oil for Face, Body & Hair

I actually sampled the Huile Prodigieuse Or in the November 2014 BellaBox. I’ve actually still got it, I should pull it out & start using it!

maybelline-the-nudes
Maybelline – The Nudes Pallette

This palette is almost identical to my Urban Decay Naked palette. Although the colours appear to be more matte than shimmery. I don’t think I will open this or keep it.

RELATED: The Parcel Summer 2016

BODY

st-tropez-classic-bronzing-mousse
St Tropez – Self Tan Classic Bronzing Mousse + Applicator Mitt

I rarely use fake tan but I have heard St Tropez is the best of hte best. Now I know why. Firstly, for fake tan, it smells great. It was so easy to apply, you don’t need to use much & it dries incredibly fast. I’m a bit surprised to see that the Bronzing Mousse doesn’t come in a variety of shades, just classic & dark.
As for the mitt, it looks the same as the one I got off eBay for $1.

clab-and-co-coffee-scrub
CLAB & CO- Coffee & Coconut Scrub

I haven’t actually tried a coffee scrub before. I wish I could eat this. It smells & looks like the ingredients for coffee & coconut bliss balls. It left my skin lightly moisturised & smooth. The shower base was a bit slippery from the oil & I am a bit concerned about what prolonged use will do to the plumbing.

mor-body-milk
MOR – Mon Amie Adele Luminous Body Milk

The lid had come loose on this & transfered some shimmer to the other products. But when I put it on my body you barely notice the shimmer.

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Narciso Rodriguez – For Her eau de toilette

I haven’t bothered to wear much perfume lately, I keep forgetting. Somehow, I don’t think I will be wearing this one though. I can’t pick what it smells like. After some searching on the Narciso Rodriguez website, I found a description of the scent. I guess I don’t like musk, which features heavily along with rose, peach & amber.

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Sunsense – Sensitive Invisible SPF 50+

This small sample managed to cover my face, neck, arms, chest & the top of my back. I wasn’t able to test it in water but for the 2 or so hours I was in the sun I was well protected.

essano-argan-oil
Essano – Argan Oil of Morocco Shampoo & Conditioner

I am surprised by how much both the shampoo & conditioner smell like perfume. Not just any perfume either. Strong, overpowering, old lady perfume. Nevertheless I will still use them. I also wish the lid had a smaller hole to make it easier to get the product out.

Book Review: Strong Looks Better Naked

When Strong Looks Better Naked

Khloe Kardashian - Strong Looks Better Naked

I had to wait a little while for Strong Looks Better Naked to become available at the library. But I didn’t mind waiting. I get an email notification when something is ready for me to collect, which is one of the reasons why I love my library.
The book is broken into three parts covering the body, mind, and heart.
The body section focuses on exercise & food as they often go hand in hand when it comes to improvement. She talks about how she first started going to the gym & how she came to love it. How to set realistic goals & finding a way to work out that you enjoy. After all, not everyone loves the gym.
The mind section concentrates on willpower, getting your head on straight, making the best of everything, friendships & learning to recognize when you need to let something go.
The heart section emphases compassion, thinking before you act and that life is not a competition, the only competition you should have is yourself.
There are tons of photos of Khloe & her family at various times in her life. As well as numerous inspiring quotes (keep a look out on quote Monday). A sample of what she eats in a day. At least 20 recipes that cover breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, and beverages. And songs that are on her playlist.

Why you should read it.

This book was a great little perk up. To remind me to be the best version of myself through exercise, eating nutritious food & spending time with like-minded people.
I don’t think I could say that this book will inspire you to make drastic changes to your life. But it may make you think about a few things that could be improved because small changes really do add up.
I also think this is a great book to read every year or so just to give me that extra nudge with some motivation.

The Parcel: Winter 2016

The Parcel Winter has quite a few full-size products!
The Parcel Winter 2016
the parcel winter 2016

Face

Burt's Bees Tinted Lip BalmBurt’s Bees – Tinted Lip Balm

I got a Burt’s Bees lip balm in a subscription box a little while ago & I actually don’t mind it. I keep it by my bed and usually put it on before I leave the house and before I jump into bed. I’m not sure I will be using the tinted version before bed, but I have been using it before I leave the house.

Garnier Wake Up CreamGarnier – Wake Up Cream

I have sampled a few Garnier face creams in the past but I find they just sit on my skin. If I rub or scratch my face it rubs off in little clumps. I’m not saying that’s what will happen to this if I use it, I’m just not willing to risk it. It’s a full-size product & I would rather it go to someone that would actually use it.

 

The Body Shop Drops of Youth ConcentrateThe Body Shop – Drops of Youth Concentrate

I’ve had to look this up to determine what it smells like, I can’t quite put my finger on it. The list of ingredients hasn’t helped me figure it out either! It goes on smoothly, doesn’t feel greasy & is absorbed pretty quickly. I don’t even need to wash my hands afterward.

Nivea Sensitive Caring Micellar WaterNivea – Sensitive Caring Micellar Water

I’m glad this arrived, the micellar water I got in the last parcel is almost empty. I’ve tested it out once so far & seems to do the job.

Garnier BB Cream Miracle Skin PerfectorGarnier – BB Cream Miracle Skin Perfector

I’m hoping this will be a good colour fit for me, the medium is just too dark. I do have a feeling it might be too light though.

Body

Rituals Cosmetics Fortune OilRituals Cosmetics – Fortune Oil

I was curious to see how this would work. It’s an oil that you use in the shower that foams up. The label listed the scent is sweet orange which I wouldn’t have guessed by the smell. It smells like a light oriental incense. It didn’t leave me feeling afterward, nor did the water bead up on my skin like it would after using an oil. I don’t think I would go out of my way to buy it but I will continue to enjoy using this sample.

 

Mor Rosa Noir Hand & Body MilkMor – Rosa Noir Hand & Body Milk

I am pretty sure the last lotion I got from this brand was the sam. I’m also pretty sure that I gave the last one to my mum. She will also be getting this one.

Colgate Optic WhiteColgate – Optic White Toothpaste

I have actually been meaning to buy some of this it was a nice inclusion in The Parcel! I’ve actually kept it to myself & keep putting it away after I’m done. Although I’m not sure if I have actually seen a difference in the shade of my teeth though.

RELATED: The Parcel: Spring 2016

Hair

John Frieda Frizz Ease Forever Smooth Anti-Frizz PrimerJohn Frieda – Frizz Ease Forever Smooth Anti-Frizz Primer

As with the Garner face cream, I think I’m going to give it to someone else to use. I’m not quite sure when I would use it. I barely to remember use oil while my hair is still damp.

Klorane Shampoo with Quinine & B VitaminsKlorane – Shampoo with Quinine & B Vitamins

I’ve used this shampoo before. It does a decent job & smells ok. This sample seems to be quite runny compared to the last one, from memory.