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The Parcel Autumn 2017

Apologies, 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 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 other 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.

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The Parcel Spring 2016

I 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
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

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 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 & 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.

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The Parcel Autumn 2016

I was honestly a little sad that there were only 6 products in The Parcel Autumn, after the last Parcel had so much in it.
The Parcel Autumn 2016

RELATED: The Parcel: Winter 2016

Body

Autumn parcel OPIOPI Nail Lacquer – Embrace-Dare Ya!

If I were to describe this colour to someone I’d call it red Chinese satin. It reminds me of the Chinese style dresses & tops that are made of satin. I actually have one, although it’s blue & I am pretty sure it was from Taiwan. I was surprised to see that once I had put two coats of this on my nails it appeared to be more of a mauve/purple colour. It’s really nice though, goodness knows I have about a million red nail polishes!

autumn parcel mor soapMOR soap – Blood Orange

I don’t mind getting soap because that’s what I use in the shower. Before checking what scent this was I guessed that it was mandarin. I was pretty close. I’ve had another of these soaps in a previous parcel & found it lasted quite a while & that the scent slightly lingered on my body.

autumn parcel crop macadamia oilCROP – Natural Pure Macadamia Oil

I read the instructions before using this. it says to use a few drops. Unfortunately one pump was more than enough for my face & neck. I’m wondering if this would be any good for stretch marks, it is an oil after all.

Face

autumn parcel gilded cage lipstickGuided Cage – Lipstick in 107

I wasn’t actually going to open this but as the tube wasn’t sealed with plastic or a sticker I thought I’d take a squizz to see what colour I got. I’d call it a frosted rose colour. I actually had a lipstick that was a similar colour to this when I was in high school & it was my favourite. It is a subtle colour that makes people wonder if you are wearing anything on your lips or not.

autumn parcel garner micellar waterGarnier – Micellar Cleansing Water

I stopped using micellar water at the beginning of December. I bought a bottle of a different brand but found I had a reaction to it, so I stopped using it. It gave me small bumps on my forehead, not quite pimples but they were something. Since this arrived I have used it everyday. I thought it would be interesting to see if my face was actually really dirty from the new regime I had been using, alas it was fine.

autumn parcel esteem lauder serumEstee Lauder – New Dimension Shape + Fill Expert Serum

I’m really not sure if any of this stuff actually works. I don’t notice any difference in my face after using a lot of these high end samples. I would really love it if one blew me away so much that I purchased it.

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