Girly stuff

Reviews and info on girly stuff I’ve been buying lately. Get your mind out of the gutter … not THAT kind of girly stuff.

Sebamed Anti Dry Derma-soft Wash Emulsion

2014-04-sebamed-antidryThis creamy emulsion is pH balanced, making it great for sensitive skin. It isn’t strongly perfumed like some cleansers, and is really quite gentle: no stinging or redness after use with this one.

It does a good job of cleansing the skin and has no drying effects. However, while I found it hard to fault on performance, it is no better than Cetaphil but the price tag is quite a lot steeper (for around the same price you’ll get a 500ml pump bottle of Cetaphil).

SEBAMED Anti Dry Derma-soft Wash Emulsion (RRP $20.40 for 200ml)

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Manicare Invigorating Sponge

2014-04-manicareA basic sponge with a textured fabric cover, this  “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, not getting too enthusiastic at shower time, and have managed to make it through the past week without feeling like my skin has been shredded. However, the promised glowing soft skin never eventuated.

If you’re an exfoliator, go for it. If you are like me (stupidly sensitive skin), stick with a friendly face cloth and soap-free cleansing lotion.

MANICARE Invigorating Sponge (RRP $9.99)

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Carol Priest cherry lip balm

2014-04-carolI’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

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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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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Aveda Hand Relief

aveda-hand-reliefThis was OK, but not earth-shatteringly good. It felt a little greasy when I first applied it but did eventually absorb quite well.

At first, the smell struck me as a bit medicinal but the more I’ve used it, the more the smell has grown on me.

More importantly, I like the way my hands have felt after using it: clean, smooth and soft.

And at first glance, $15 seems quite a reasonable price, but this is for quite a small tube. That said, it’s actually a convenient size to chuck in your bag.

AVEDA HAND RELIEF (RRP $15 for 40ml)

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