Reviews

More opinions from me (lucky you). This time it’s product reviews of everything from wax strips (ouch) to software.

Goodiebox, March unboxing

Goodiebox, March unboxing

The theme this month was “Blissful Indulgence”, which seems a bit fluffy given the contents of the box. Sure, there was little block of chocolate in there (and I was a good little diabetic and passed it on to my hubby), but the rest of it didn’t feel particularly indulgent. Earlier this year the GoodieBox experience felt a little pedestrian but this one was a bit better than the previous month, which in turn...

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Manhattan Soft Mat Lip Cream

Manhattan Soft Mat Lip Cream

All the way from Denmark, this product performs a little magic trick. It starts as a liquid but dries matte, so there’s no smudging. And interestingly, even though it dries to a matte finish, it doesn’t feel dry on the lips. It also smells pretty amazing: none of that weird melted plastic pong you get with so many liquid lippies. Nosiree Bob, my one was reminiscent of a chocolate cake. Not overly strong, but...

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Celebrity Slim milkshake

Celebrity Slim milkshake

One of those diet drink things, this one was in banana flavour, which put me off from the get-go. Bananas aren’t really my favourite fruit anyway, but fake banana flavours are just plain nasty. A quick read through of the information and words like “green tea extract” and “soy protein” put me off even more: they both taste like arse and I’m sick to death of them being heralded as the be-all and end-all...

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Swisspers Aloe Everything Balm

Swisspers Aloe Everything Balm

I was pretty happy with this one: it’s a good, all purpose balm that comes in a convenient little tub that will fit in any handbag. I loved the Burt’s Bees Res-Q Ointment that I tried out a few months ago and I reckon this one will become another of my “go to” products. While the Burt’s Bees concoction is a great little balm to heal all manner of bites, scratches and burns (great...

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Skinfood exfoliating cleanser

Skinfood exfoliating cleanser

On the face of it, pretty good value (being a full sized tube of the stuff rather than a sample). However, my problematic, sensitive skin comes into play here: I don’t use an exfoliant. If I do, I end up looking like I’ve taken a belt sander to my face. Yes, it says on the info card with this month’s Goodiebox (this was part of the February GoodieBox package) that this stuff is “gorgeously...

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Goodiebox, February unboxing

Goodiebox, February unboxing

I had mixed feeling about the February Goodiebox: good value in that four of the five samples were actually full-sized products, but not such good value for me because I’ll never use at least two of those products. And the lifestyle helper bonus product was a bit of a washout for me, too. The theme for February 2014 was “Ready … Set … Enhance!” and once again, the good people at Goodiebox have taken...

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Blistex Five-Star Lip Protection

Blistex Five-Star Lip Protection

Everyone knows the Blistex name and the move to making a lip balm is a good one. This has protection from the sun (SPF30-plus) and ingredients that moisturise as they protect. In general, this was OK-ish but I did find it seemed to disappear off my lips fairly quickly so I was constantly reapplying. It also felt a little waxy when first applied, but that settled down. Er, probably because it disappeared so quickly!...

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Palmers Eventone tone perfecting cream

Palmers Eventone tone perfecting cream

This was OK but nothing spectacular. Although, it was a tiny sample provided by GooodieBox this month so it’s really hard to tell just how good a product is from just one application. Plugging this cream as “magical” on the info card, GoodieBox says it’s able to “visibly reduce the appearance of dark spots caused by sun damage, ageing, scarring and pregnancy”. I didn’t think there was any way to reduce the appearance of...

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Party Feet Ultra Slim

Party Feet Ultra Slim

Party Feet have a new design that is made to fit into narrow shoes. Not that I have narrow feet.  In fact, most Kiwis don’t have narrow feet. Any-hoo, I use the normal width Party Feet gel cushions and they are great: they stop the balls of your feet absorbing all the impact and seem to be pretty much indestructible: the pair I’m currently using have been in action in my shoes for close...

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NS8 heel balm

NS8 heel balm

My husband has the world’s worst feet: gnarly and cracked, with callouses so sharp they should be registered as lethal weapons. I don’t go near them. Ever. I know there are people out there who find feet quite attractive; who even get quite excited by the sight of a well proportioned foot. I’m not one of them: even the most attractive of feet is still just a foot. And feet aren’t sexy. And they...

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