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Manicare Invigorating Sponge

Manicare Invigorating Sponge

A basic sponge with a textured fabric cover, thisĀ  “Invigorating Sponge” is supposed to be good for regular shower or bath use to exfoliate all over. I know the experts say exfoliation is a good thing but I’m afraid I always end up feeling like I’ve been sanded, but this one was nearly user-friendly. With the promise of improved circulation and “glowing soft skin”, I gave this a try. I’ve been treading very gently,...

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Carol Priest cherry lip balm

Carol Priest cherry lip balm

I’ve never been a great fan of cherry-flavoured anything so wasn’t overly enthusiastic about trying this. However, I gave it a shot and have to say that flavour-wise, it wasn’t totally disgusting. In fact, it was almost inoffensive. Unfortunately, the balm is quite greasy to start with, then disappears rather quickly. Stick with Chapstick. CAROL PRIEST Cherry Lip Balm (RRP $17.50 for 10ml)

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Goodiebox, April unboxing

Goodiebox, April unboxing

The 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!....

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Roberto Cavalli Acqua

Roberto Cavalli Acqua

At 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...

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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...

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Manhattan double loop lip liner

Manhattan double loop lip liner

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...

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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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