It’s that time of the year again – The Parcel has arrived! I must admit the Autumn Edit really impressed me and left me looking forward to the next edit, so I was very happy when I received a shipping notification to say a box brimming with goodies was on its way to MNB HQ. I must say, I have mixed feelings about this one.
I’ve explained how this service works, as well as my first impressions in my previous post, which you can read here.
I avoided actively looking for others’ unboxing pictures to keep a sense of suspense and surprise, and I made it through just fine – it’s just a lot more fun that way. I believe delivery for this edit *should* have ended, so let’s see what has made the cut, shall we?
Anything marked with an asterisk (*) is a sample sized product.
O.P.I Nail Lacquer, $19.95
I received the shade Romantically Involved from O.P.I’s 50 Shades of Grey. It’s a true red, and I don’t know why I’ve never liked red nails on me. I think a seasonal nail polish shade is great to have, but O.P.I nail polishes in general don’t work for me at all – they chip the next day, even with a top coat. I painted my nails yesterday (applied 3 coats for full opacity + top coat), and I regret to inform 7/10 nails are already chipped, without having done any major manual work. I’ve tried 4 shades with the same outcome – is it just me? Anyone have any tips?
L’Oreal Paris Volume Million Lashes So Couture, $27.95
Another mascara, and that’s OK, because I like to constantly try new ones (even if I have a bottom-less stash). This one is supposed to deliver clean, clump-free volume with its silky formula and 408 mini bristles. As you can see by the price, this product alone covers the cost of this box which is great. I’ve never tried a L’Oreal mascara before, or delved into their product range much for that matter – I have high hopes!
Woolworths Select Quick & Easy Nail Polish 30 Removal Wipes, $2
I have used these and, how can I put it… they’re not great. They get the job done, but what should have been a 1 minute job, ended up taking a LOT longer. The wipes leave you with very wet, oily fingers. There is lots of rubbing back and forth to try to successfully remove nail polish. I would imagine these to be a nightmare if you were removing glitter polishes. It’s a good concept, just poorly executed. I will stick with my Maybelline Express Care Nail Polish Remover.
Lanolips Lemonaid Lip Aid, $15.95
A lanolin treatment with over 70% medical-grade lanolin to soften lips. I already own this in the Peach flavour and I quite like it; it will definitely get used – a girl can never have too much lip balm.
John Frieda Beach Blonde Cool Dip Purifying Shampoo, Smooth Seas Detangling Conditioner and Ocean Waves Sea Salt Spray, $16.95ea*
When I think of tousled beach waves, I think of summer, not winter, so this inclusion confused me a little. I would have liked to see some nourishing, anti-freeze hair care, as we’re all more prone to heat damage in the colder months. I will probably use these minis for travel or give them away.
Estée Lauder Revitalizing Supreme Global Anti-Aging Creme, $80*
I was excited to see another EL sample. I’ve been using the Advanced Night Repair serum and just started using the ANR eye and I really think they’re products of the highest quality. I am almost 25 and now is a good time to incorporate anti-aging products to my skincare routine. Thumbs up from me!
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Mask for Intense Hydration, $25 *, and Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes, $3.99
Hmmmmmmmmm I am a little bit disappointed. I’ve never tried cloth face masks so I am curious to try them. Plus, everyone needs a hit of moisture in the winter, and I’ve heard great things about the Neutrogena Hydro Boost range. That’s all good and well, BUT after snooping around, I noticed some people got 3 masks (me), whilst others got 4. This bothers me for some reason, I think they should keep it consistent across the board and everyone should get the same quantities. I was also disappointed to see the towelettes included in this box again. To me, it looks like they had these left over from the Autumn Edit and they decided to chuck them in. I am not a fan of makeup removing wipes in general; I haven’t even opened the previous packet received. I might just use them to clean up makeup swatches when I take blog photos.
So, there you have it. Needless to say, I was a bit underwhelmed this time around – it wasn’t bad but it didn’t wow me. I feel like it’s a lot about perspective when it comes to the Winter Edit; after all, it’s still excellent value, there’s no denying that (over $100, if you’re curious). I just wish the product selection would have been better. I also don’t consider anything but Estée Lauder to be very high-end, so I would have liked to see a few more of those in the mix, as well as another makeup item. I am sure some will love everything included, whilst others, like myself, will be left wanting more.
Here’s hoping the Spring Edit can make me swoon again!
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