Wednesday, 29 August 2018

Pink Parcel Subscription Box - May 2018 - Review

Hi everyone,

I am a member of a free stuff group on Facebook and recently they posted up an offer where you could trial a Pink Parcel box for £1. I thought it would be something different to order and review for you all, and this box was the May 2018 version, I realise this is a tad late going up, but I think it's still worth giving you an idea of what to expect.

What Is Pink Parcel?



This is a period subscription box, and when you subscribe you receive a pile of sanitary wear and some treats to see you through the monthly woes. The different pricing options normally are:

£12.99 a month - free delivery, cancel anytime.
£35.97 for 3 months - free delivery, one off payment, save £1 a month.
£64.95 for 6 months - free delivery, 1 month free, VIP extras, one off payment.
£129.90 for 12 months - free delivery, 2 months free, birthday treat, one off payment, VIP extras.

When you order you get to choose whether you'd like to be sent tampons, towels or a mix of both, and the date you'd like the box by (supposed to be near your period time).

Ordering Process

It was very quick and easy to sign-up to the site, look at details of previous boxes, and use my trial offer. I chose for the box to arrive on the 20th May, and it said on the site that it would be a letterbox sized box that would arrive.



First Impressions

It's worth noting that dates are probably not guaranteed if you order this box regularly. I saw reports of people getting boxes early, late, and some were still waiting and getting impatient. If there is demand, it might be worth choosing a date a while before you need, or order at the end of the month for use the next month.

The branding, design, and outer envelope is very subtle, which I liked, although the box was bigger than expected, and there was no way it was going to fit through the letterbox, and as my point above, my box arrived 4 days late.

The Contents



I've got to be honest it's hard to get that excited over sanitary ware, though I like the fact they included your choice of item, along with some extra pads and towels, so I think you'd have enough to see you through a cycle, though maybe needed a few more pads.

I love the idea of the little fabric pouch to put your stash in if you're going out and about or are away. I'd never thought of that before, but it's so subtle and convenient.

The 'for you' treat box is where the real novelty factor comes in and for the most part I was happy. A nice addition, though not too my taste were the chai latte sachet and the chocolate, but that was just taste, on the less impressive front was the sachet of Optiat facemask! Stingy is putting it mildly - I threw it out the box in mild disgust, you can feel there is barely any product in there - really don't see the point if you don't even get one full application over your whole face.

On the good side I love the eye pencil, and it's in one of my favourite make-up colours. It will go really well with the eyeshadows I have. I was surprised to find I also liked the scent of the orange juice hand cream from Naobay, and am interested to use the soap and body cleanser.

There was good variety in the treat box, but I could buy more sanitary products for cheaper, and despite proclaiming the box contained product over £40, I don't think some of the samples would be worth the cost of a full price box, they were just too small.

If there are offers on to try a box, then I'd definitely try it out, and you're sure to find some treats, but it's not something I would subscribe too.

Monday, 6 August 2018

Book Review - Wartime At Woolworths, Elaine Everest

Heat waves are wonderful things for helping you relax, switch off, and really lose yourself in a book, and that has basically been me recently, as I read, in record time for me, the latest instalment in the Woolworth's Girls series. Unfortunately I then got writers block when writing a review, so this has taken a while to get up, so sorry guys, but here is my thoughts.

Wartime At Woolworths picks up the action in 1943, with war still raging around the lives of the friends and family in Erith. The blurb on the back declares that the Woolworths Girls 'face their biggest challenge yet' and that certainly seems true.


The reality of wartime is that you never knew what was around the corner, and you can live life in fear of death and destruction. There's an unpredictability about it, but it takes a skilled writer to accurately portray that on the page and give the reader no sense of when something will happen and to who, and that's just what Elaine Everest did. She captured the mood perfectly and kept me engaged with no idea of what would happen next.

I also enjoyed the fact she had gradually built up insight into what life was like in the time period over this series of books, and here she adds details of day to day life in wartime. Grey bread, the sourcing of luxuries, re-using and making clothes, and above all the escapism that a trip to the cinema brings, were all covered throughout the book, this was a story where the small details were noticed.

Small details included the fact that someone could send a letter in the morning announcing their impending arrival, and have the letter arrive before they did, that same day. Not ashamed to say I was a bit mind blown by that idea, and how quick/different the postal must've been back then.

The characters and their attitudes to life back then bought some of comedy moments to life, including when Ruby, attending a wedding tells the newly arrived Alan "I'll join you when I've seen that Gwyneth's parents are settled. They're pretty decent folk considering their teetotal". I was equally laughing, and feeling like I'd stepped into an alternate universe.

Christmas Time At Woolworths didn't quite meet my expectations, but Wartime At Woolworths far exceeded them. Well done and I look forward to seeing what you write next.



Have you read this or any of the other Woolworths Girls books? why not tweet Elaine and let her know what you think. Her handle is @ElaineEverest.

Thank you to Ed Public Relations for gifting me this book to review. All opinions are my own.

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