When I first decided I was going to get serious with my blog, I wrote out a list of brands I wanted to work with and top of the list was a brand called Pink Parcel.
At the time I’d just come off the pill and was struggling to adjust to having periods again, especially having to buy sanitary products. I loved the idea of a subscription box that sent everything you needed right to your door; no more last minute dash to the supermarkets because you’d forgotten to pick up pads…again.
So when they contacted me asking if I’d like to try out one of their boxes, I jumped at the chance!
Each box has four main components to it; a selection of daily pads or tampons, 5 nighttime pads, a lovely little pouch that you can use to discreetly carry around extra pads/tampons while you’re out and finally, a selection of products to make you feel better while you’re on.
You can also pick if you want to receive pads, tampons or a mix between the two when you sign up, and you can even choose a preferred brand which is really helpful. Since I was sent mine to try, they played it safe and included a mix of both tampons and pads in my box.
Amusingly I actually came on my period the day my box arrived, so that was really great timing!
The only problem with that was I couldn’t use any of products until after I’d photographed them, and trying to resist eating chocolate covered popcorn when you’re hormonal is seriously difficult!
Talk about first world problems.
As you may know if you’ve read my vaginismus post, I can’t use tampons without a lot of pain and discomfort. Because of that I only use pads, which come with their own set of problems for me.
Not only are they uncomfortable and unpleasant to wear, but I’ve always suffered with irritation when using them. I didn’t know for a long time what was causing it, until I collaborated with a company called Time of the Month, which use only 100% cotton in their products. It was through them that I found out most companies use perfumes in their sanitary products; something which irritates my sensitive skin.
Trust me, thats not a place you want to be irritated in either!
The pads that came in the box are Always by the look of them, which were the brand I used to use before I switched to TOTM. I decided to try them again in the interests of fully trying out everything that came in the box and, even thought I did struggle with irritation again, the pads were high quality, absorbent and actually stayed put.
If you don’t struggle with irritation like me, these would be perfect. You get enough in a box to cover the average period, although if you have heavy or long periods I’d defiantly recommend having at least one back up packet in case you run out.
You get 5 of these in the box, which should again be enough to last an average period. My periods have always been extremely painful (to the point I end up stuck in bed, unable to move for the first day or two usually!) but I’m lucky in that they only last around 3/4 days, which means that I ended up with a few pads left over.
I’m always terrified that I’ll leak during the night and ruin my favourite bedding, but I’ve not had a problem using these as they’re pretty absorbent.
I usually keep all of my sanitary and medical products together in my little cosmetics bag, but its too bulky when I use my little red New Look bag. So I’ll usually just just pop my extra pads and disposable bags into the zip pocket, which isn’t the best for privacy.
I’m not really bothered about people seeing me with pads, they’re a natural part of life and they aren’t anything to be embarrassed about; but I know not everyone thinks like this.
This is a great way to keep everything in one, discreet place that you can carry around with you at work or school, without having to take your whole bag with you to the toilets every time.
I’m not going to lie, I’m sat here eating these as I type this review.
I’ve never been the biggest fan of popcorn, but this stuff has changed my mind completely. They come in a handy resealable bags, which makes them great for cinema and travel snacks…if you have any left to seal back up that is.
I’ve been trying to find where I can buy some more of these, but they seem to be pretty hard to come by- the only place I’ve found them is Ocado so I might be putting an order in there soon for a few more bags!
I’ve only recently jumped on the tea drinking bandwagon. I used to be a pure coffee drinker, especially caramel lattes and I swear I was slightly addicted at one point.
Chris got me into drinking it last year by buying me a McDonald’s tea of all things…which I then promptly spilt all over myself and his car!
I don’t actually know what he sees in me sometimes.
I’d probably give this about a 7/10. It smelt delicious when it was freshly made, but it tasted more like hot fruit juice than anything else. I think I might order a few of the other flavours and see what they taste like before I pass judgement; the Moroccan Mint and Peppermint Leaf ones sound intriguing, as I think they could be really helpful when my IBS flairs up!
I haven’t actually tried either of these yet; I’ve had a busy week with meetings and even attending my first ever event as a blogger.
Trying out new face products can be a bit risky for me. I have extremely sensitive skin that can react quite badly to products it doesn’t like, which means I end up with really bad redness and even swelling and soreness if a product causes me to have a reaction.
So if I have a busy week and have to go out of the house, I don’t tend to risk trying any new products in case I end up reacting to it. I will however be trying them all out over the weekend since I’m not going anywhere, and I’ll report back on what they’re like next week.
I’ve always found micellar waters to be a bit hit or miss with my skin. It can be really drying and since I already struggle with dry skin, it can make my skin even worse!
Luckily this micellar water doesn’t seem to be one of them.
As I’ve already mentioned, I haven’t tried this out properly on my face yet, but I have used it to get some products off the back of my hand and was initially impressed. It has camomile in it, which supposedly helps sooth your skin and reduce redness; something I hope works as I’ve struggled with redness on my cheeks and nose for as long as I can remember.
I’ve heard a lot about glow drops over the last year or so, but I’ve never actually got round to trying them. You can either add a drop or two to your foundation or use them afterwards as a liquid highlighter.
I’ll admit I’ve not tried adding them to my foundation, that amount of glow and shimmer isn’t my kind of look at all; I’m way too pale to pull that off.
I did however try it out as a highlighter, and though it took a bit of getting used to because I’ve never used liquid products before, I did like how it looked.
I will say this though, less is defiantly more with this product. The first time I tried it out I put way too much on and could have given a disco ball a run for its money!
This is easily my favourite item out of the box. The first time I used it I’d already taken all my makeup off…or so I thought.
I originally only planned to see how soft it fell, and cool my face down a little before bed as it still felt at least 30 degrees in my room.
To my surprise though, it came away with makeup on.
Even though I’d taken my makeup off with my usual No7 micellar water, it had apparently still left some behind on my skin. So I’ve started to use this to wash my face with before going to bed, and most times it comes away with at least some left over makeup on; which makes me really glad I do as I wouldn’t want that to be left on my face overnight.
All of the products from this and previous boxes can actually be bought from the Pink Parcel Shop, which makes re-buying products you’ve tried and loved so much easier.
I also have a discount code “PP20″, which you can use to get 20% off your first order if you’re interested in trying a box for yourself. Don’t worry, you can cancel anytime and you get free delivery too!
Have you tried Pink Parcel? What are your thoughts on it?
A twenty-four-year-old autistic writer and designer from Sheffield. Tattoo obsessed, animal lover, self confessed bookworm and eclectic witch.