Goodiebox, April unboxing

2014-04-goodieboxThe April theme was “Beautiful Rituals” and the box came with three full-sized products and four samples.

Here’s the rundown on my April goodies. Click on the links for full reviews of some products.

SEBAMED Anti Dry Derma-soft Wash Emulsion (RRP $20.40 for 200ml); 20ml sample bottle so $2.40 value: Sebamed had a good reputation so I’m keen to try this. It’s meant to be good for dry and sensitive skin, so here’s hoping!.

BIORE Ultra Deep Cleansing Pore Strips (RRP $14.95 for 14 strips); 2 strips supplied so $2.13 value: Bog standard pore cleansing strips (or as I prefer to call them: “pain-inflicting bastards). Usual story here…wet skin, apply strip, wait for it to dry the rip the fecker off. Gently, according to the instructions. No matter how gently you go with these things, there’s always pain, redness and irritation. You’d do just as well by stretching a strip of packing tape across your nose and ripping it off. I won’t be trying these.

MANICARE Invigorating Sponge (RRP $9.99); full-sized product supplied so $9.99 value: A bath/shower sponge with a textured cover to help with exfoliation. I’ll give it a go and will report back.

SEBAMED Anti Dry Defence Day Cream (RRP $22.50 for 50ml); 10ml sample bottle so $4.50 value: Another Sebamed product, this time a moisturise to apply to damp skin.

ELEVEN Miracle Hair Treatment (RRP $32 for 125ml); 5ml sample so $1.53 value: Apparently this one’s great for stressed tresses … something I’ve had a problem with since the heart condition turned up. I’ve had a deep conditioning treatment at my local salon, have been trying different home treatments and have even resorted to getting my hair cut short. It will be interesting to see if this has any impact on my hair.

COLOUR CLUB Poptastic Nail Polish (RRP $14.95 for 15ml); full-sized product supplied so $14.95 value: Love the colour! It looks perfect for a splash of colour to brighten up the coming winter days.

CAROL PRIEST Cherry Lip Balm (RRP $17.50 for 10ml); full-sized product supplied so $17.50 value: I’m not a fan of cherry fragrances/flavours but we’re getting closer to winter so lip balms are always welcome.

My thoughts

This month’s goodies had a retail value of around $53, so nowhere near as generous as some of the earlier boxes. I’m starting to wonder if GoodieBox is losing its shine. However, it was nice to get a few skincare products to trial and the nail polish was a pleasant surprise.

What is Goodiebox?

It’s a subscription service where you pay a monthly fee to receive a box of beauty products delivered to your door. The cost is around $30 a month (including delivery), and for that you will get a minimum of five “premium” beauty samples. These samples are generous sizes, and often there are a few full-sized products in your little box of goodies. Click here to join.

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Roberto Cavalli Acqua

2014-03-acquaAt first squirt I really didn’t like this: it was really strong and sharp. However, after a few minutes it settled down and left a fragrance that was lovely and fresh.

It has jasmine and lily of the valley for the floral notes, mixed in with a touch of musk. The end result is a perfume that is really nice.

And at $85, it’s pretty good value for a “designer” fragrance.

Plus it’s nice to see a perfume that hasn’t been put out by some little pop tart. What is it with all these fecking singers hawking smellies these days?  You never saw Sid Vicious trying to hock off any perfume now, did you?

ROBERTO CAVALLI ACQUA (RRP $85 for 30ml. 1.2ml sample, so value approx $3.40)

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One of those days

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That personal touch

Now for something completely different. And pretty cool to boot: a wedding. If you haven’t yet seen the viral video of Father Ray Kelly’s surprise, personalised rendition of Hallelujah at the wedding of Chris and Leah, you’re in for a treat. While you might expect it to be a bit corny, it’s anything but. And the dude has a pretty decent voice.

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An intrusion by the boss

(This is the Online column, written for The Southland Times)

Is your boss your Facebook friend? Do you want the person who oversees your work also having an overview of your private life?

While chatting with a friend this week, she commented that her boss has friended all the staff at her office and not everyone was happy about it. However, they faced a dilemma: do you reject the boss’s friend request and put him or her offside? Ignore the request and hope they don’t mention it again? Or, as most of them had, do you feel obliged to hit the approve button and live with the knowledge that your boss is now privy to your drunken escapades, romantic meltdowns, “I hate my job” tirades and all manner of other outside-of-work information?

While most businesses have some sort of accepted code of conduct for face-to-face interactions between bosses and staff in the workplace, the online version is often overlooked. Sure, there are usually rules and guidelines for when, where and how you can surf the net (do it in your lunch break, stay away from naked people sites and don’t download dodgy stuff), but I’ve never heard of a company with a policy covering the social minefield of social media on a boss versus staff level.

So, should your boss friend you on Facebook? I think probably not: they are in a position of authority and you may not feel you have any choice but to accept their request because of that imbalance.

If you want to be their friend on Facebook, then that’s fine. But they should allow you to be the one to make the first move.

Unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be a set of guidelines for strange dudes who insist on emailing messages through my website with details about their dangly bits, but it’s safe to say the accepted unwritten etiquette would be to avoid exaggeration of the acreage of said bits and please, wash your hands.

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Manhattan double loop lip liner

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This nifty little critter from Manhattan is a lip liner with a built-in lip gloss. Or is it a lip gloss with a built-in lip liner pencil?

Either way, you get one of each with this product, which was included in my March GoodieBox. I got a deeper shade than the lip cream from last month: this time it’s more of a berry tone. It smells just as good though and the gloss actually stays in place reasonably well (unusual for me).

I wasn’t as much of a fan of the lip liner pencil because I found it a bit hard: I prefer them a tad softer. This one was like a rock. I’m not sure I’d buy this product: instead of one good and one average item, I’d rather just have one of them that works really well. Besides, what if you use one faster than the other? You’re then stuck with carting around an empty lip gloss so you can still use the lip pencil.

MANHATTAN DOUBLE LOOP LIP LINER (RRP $18 for 6ml)

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Awesome ducking bags

The last Louis Vuitton catalogue that arrived in my letter box was so cute, I took some photos and thought I’d share the awesomeness. Of course, that was months ago and I’m only just getting around to sharing them now because I’m a bit slack.

Anyway, here they are!

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Jemma Kidd Tone-on-Tone Duo

Jemma Kidd duoThis is a cream to powder eye shadow in a compact with two complementing shades.

The colours provided were neutral enough to suit anyone of any age (Silk, according to the compact), so I was pretty happy about that.

The compact itself is has a mirror in the lid and is small enough to tuck into your makeup bag.

The shadow goes on smoothly and looks nice on: the colours aren’t overpowering but have enough pigment to avoid falling into the wishy-washy category that so many neutrals hit. It also stayed on well, without creasing or disappearing as so many cream shadows do.

It actually has quite a strong metallic sheen to it … a stronger look than you’d expect from looking at it in the compact. Not too strong, but enough to be interesting.

JEMMA KIDD TONE-ON-TONE DUO (RRP $48 for 3g)

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Angel Helichrysum Revitalising shampoo & conditioner

2014-03-angell-helichrysumSamples from the Angel II Provence range were included in the March GoodieBox and  while I’m not a fan of getting little foil sachets in this monthly subscription package, I was pretty happy with the results from this product.

In fact, when my current supplies of Redken shampoo and conditioner are gone, I’ll probably go buy the Helichrysum Revitalising shampoo and conditioner s as a replacement.

A bonus of my new, rather short hair, is value for money when it comes to expensive hair stuff: my Redken supplies are lasting forever and I actually got three washes out of these little sample sachets.

This stuff smells amazing and is packed with good stuff to protect your hair from UVA and UVB damage.

My dry and quite curly hair felt soft after chucking this on, and it also had a wee bit of a shine.

Good stuff.

There were also sample sachets of the Orange Flower Shining Colour shampoo and colour protect hair mask but I didn’t try those because I don’t have coloured hair.However, if it’s anything like the Helichrysum duo, it should be good.

Although, I snorted at the “will strengthen hair from within” claim on the Goodiebox info card. You can’t do anything to strengthen your hair from within by spreading goop on it of any description, no matter how flash it is, how shiny the packaging, how good it smells or how much it costs. All you are doing is coating your hair in goop. It may feel slightly better to touch, but you’ve done nothing to the inner bits of it.

ANGEL HAIRCARE: HELICHRYSUM REVITALIZING SHAMPOO & CONDITIONER (RRP $39.50 each for 400ml)

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Fun with veges

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