The Parcel is a quarterly beauty box by Marie Claire. It costs $25 per quarter and is filled with around $100 of deluxe samples from very well known brands. The October release is it’s first and I am sure it will give the other beauty boxes a run for their money. The Parcel Spring edition was sealed in plastic to keep everything dry and intact.
Then the actual package was in a sleeve (pictured above) with my name and address printed on it. The leaflet inside the parcel was also personally addressed to me, but digital printing makes that so much easier these days.
It all came really well packaged with bits underneath the slimmer boxes to keep them in place which made it look really well presented.
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OPI Nail Lacquer – Chrome
I have never had any OPI nail polishes before and was excited to try my first one. In the bottle it just looks like silver, when it goes on the nail it’s still silver but when it dries it’s magic! I didn’t figure out what colour it was until I tested it out and it had dried like chrome.
Revlon – Colorstay Moisture Stain in Cannes Crush
This goes on like a waxy but wet lip gloss. The colour goes on as a coral/orange and turns into a red/orange stain. I like it because it its not sticky, its not too wet and the stain lasts for hours. I’m glad I got to sample this because I would probably never try otherwise. If I’m in the market for a new lip colour this will certainly be high on my list!
Benefit – They’re real mascara and push-up liner
Again, I’ve heard great things about Benefit products and this is my first time using them. My current mascara is on its way out and I now have a replacement! Unfortunately, it appears to be waterproof and I am not a fan of waterproof mascara, I think it’s absolutely pointless but I will probably keep using it until I buy another one.
As for the liner, I had to look it up on YouTube to figure out how to use it because it didn’t come with instructions or anything! I wasn’t sure how this was going to turn out. So I tried it when I got home from work and wouldn’t be going out again. I needn’t have worried, it turned out quite nice once I have figured out how to use it! But this also seemed to be waterproof and was difficult to get off. If it was easier to remove I would most certainly be buying some.
Lancome – Visionnaire
I think I will need to use this for a week straight night and morning before I can decide what I really think of it. The packaging didn’t really have much information on it but after googling it a bit I see that it’s an anti wrinkle serum. Attached to the inside of the lid is a small rod (like you would find on a lip gloss or nail polish, just without the brush part) that makes it very easy to apply. I believe the full size is a pump pack.
L’Oreal – Elnett Satin hairspray
From what I’ve read on Instagram and a few blogs, this is the hairspray of all hairsprays! Unlucky for me that I usually only use hairspray when I am going to a wedding or engagement party. And they are a bit sparse at the moment so I don’t know when I will get a chance to use the hairspray properly.
Pantene – Daily Moisture Renewal
I am not one of those people that care what shampoo and conditioner they use. Anything that will clean my hair will do. I didn’t find this to be overly fabulous or anything else. But I will use it until it’s all gone but that’s about it.