Cosmopolitan x Pink Parcel Review | August 2018

It's been a long time since I've had a subscription box. I was absolutely mad for a few different brands back in the day, and I've tried Betty which is very similar (and really good, despite being aimed towards girls younger than me), but I haven't explored the idea of getting a new one in a while. With so many monthly subscriptions on the go, do I really need a period and beauty box each month?

When I saw an advert for the new collaboration between Cosmopolitan Magazine and Pink Parcel, I was intrigued. I always forget to pink up my pads in the supermarket, and a few treats as a 'pick me up' around my time of the month sounded a bit nice. It cost me £19.99 with free delivery, but you cannot buy a one off box, so instantly I had to pay, and then email to cancel, as I couldn't find a clear way to cancel or pause my box. I was a little disappointed when I opened it and found it slightly crushed, presentation is important to me but at least the box can be recycled easily.

I'm a pads kind of girl, so I selected my favourite ones from Always and I have to admit, they had a good choice when it came to pads or tampons selection. I was sent 12 'normal' pads, 5 'overnight' larger ones, and 4 smaller ones. This is probably exactly the right amount I need, but I personally don't use the smaller or larger ones and would have preferred the option to just have normal pads and nothing else. I did however like the little canvas draw-string bag some of them come in.

When I opened the box, the products inside didn't wow me much, until I started trying and testing them. The quality is certainly there, with five gifts in total.

The Organic Pharmacy Antioxidant Lip Balm | £13.00 for 7ml | 5ml inside box (EDITORS PICK)
This looked pretty bland when I pulled it out the box, but it's actually a great lip balm. I have never tried anything from The Organic Pharmacy before, and I wouldn't usually spend that much on a lip balm either, so it's nice to receive something like this in the box. An essential for the handbag, silk-smooth feel and zingy citrus scent.

Lord & Berry Blush Crayon in Camellia | £14.00 for 1.6g | Full size included
Normally with boxes like these you get colours you'd never wear for make up products, but this lip crayon is actually a great shade, especially going into Autumn. My only gripe is that I can't believe this is full size, it's really small! I'll probably use it up really quickly, but at least so far, you've already got your money's worth with two products.

Beautaniq Beauty Radiant Glow Brightening & Youth Renewing Mask | £18.00 for a set of 5 | 1 in box
Worth £3.60 for one sheet mask, this certainly is a bit more luxury than I'd usually buy and I was pleased to see a mask inside, as my skin always needs some TLC during my period. However, it's a very mediocre product. There is nothing particularly special about it, and it left my skin feeling a bit sticky. Not a fan.

Balance Me Hyaluronic Plumping Mist | £16.00 for 30ml | 5ml in box
I really like the brand Balance Me, they always have lovely products and I was pleased to see a completely new item I didn't own. However, I'm not 100% sure when I'd use this. I already have cooling mist, setting sprays and toners, so this doesn't really fit anywhere in my skincare routine. A nice idea, but not something I'd use again.

Percy & Read A Walk In The Rain Shine & Fragrance Mist | £15.00 for 75ml | Full size included
Similarly to Lord & Berry, I was convinced this was just a smaller sized sample but it is in fact the full size. Great for getting your money's worth again, and not something I'd buy without trying first. I don't have a major use for this either. It made my hair smell gorgeous but I wouldn't say I noticed much shine. It's expensive for the size it is. If you liked it, you'd run out pretty quick.

Would I buy it again? Probably not, unless they had a 'one-off' option to get a box I liked the look of or I fancied an extra treat. I don't actually always have my period every month as I'm on the pill and sometimes go over my packs, so it wouldn't be worth my money in that respect, but it's a great way to try new beauty products and the quality was better than I expected.

What do you think? Are you subscribed to a period or beauty box? Shall I try any others? Let me know!

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