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.

Benefit They’re Real! mascara

There’s been lots of hype over this mascara, which the Goodiebox dudes tagged as a “cult classic” on the info card that came with this month’s box. According to the info, ithas “all the benefits; it lengthens, curls, volumizes, lifts and separates” … and by the time I read the last part of that sentence, I was beginning to wonder if I was reading the advertising blurb for a mascara or a bra.

Anyway, I gave it a bash and it’s actually pretty good — if you wear mascara (which I don’t). It has a fancy schmancy brush that gets into all the nooks and crannies, leaving your lashes looking a lot fuller than the started.

Best of all, it didn’t irritate my eyes or go streaky.

I don’t wear mascara because it often makes my eyes itchy and I hate poking things in my eyes: yes, I know I’m a wimp, but there you go. To avoid be traumatised by marauding mascara, I go get my lashes tinted every 4 to 6 weeks but if I was the type of person to regularly think about poking myself in the eye with a mascara wand (because I do, every time I apply the stuff), then I’d probably give this stuff a spot in my dresser drawer.



Goodiebox, January unboxing

Goodiebox: January 2014
This month’s theme was “Head Over Heels”, and the first GoodieBox offering for the year didn’t really excite me too much. It seems the whole hair removal thing is an ongoing theme and there wasn’t a lot else of interest in the box.

I know lots of people were excited by the mascara sample but I don’t wear mascara often so that didn’t work out so well for me!

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

Benefit They’re Real! Mascara 30g sample  (full size 85g, RRP $43)
According to GoodieBox, this stuff is a cult classic. It lengthens, curls, volumises, lifts and separates … is it just me, or is it starting to sound like a bra? And apparently it has a magic brush. Oooh.

Veet High Precision Facial Wax full size sample (full size $15ml, RRP $22)
There’s a bit of a theme happening with Goodiebox: hair removal hell. After November’s wax strips and pongy hair removal cream, here we get more wax to play around with. This time it’s a “high precision” kit to defuzz your face.

I’m not masochist, so I don’t wax myself. I’m happy to pay someone to rips bits of my eyebrows out with hot wax but that’s as far as it goes. I’m sure there are plenty of people out there who swear by this stuff, but it’s just not my thing. Ouch.

NS8 Heel Balm Complex sample tube (full size 100ml, RRP $25)
This stuff will, apparently, make your feet beautifully soft. Just the thing for summer. I’ll test it out on my husband’s feet … that should be something of a challenge for the product!

Party Feet Ultra Slim Invisible Gel Cushions (1 pair, RRP $13)
A variation on the tried and true cushioning pads, this time for narrow fitting shoes. Not that I have narrow fitting shoes … or indeed, narrow feet.

Palmers Eventone Tone Perfecting Cream 5g sachet (full size 75g, RRP $16)
Supposed to reduce the appearance of dark spots caused by sun damage and other nasties. Just a wee foil sachet so not much to try.

Blistex Five Way Lip Protection 2.8g sample (full size 4.25g, RRP $7.80)
With sun protection, moisturiser and a good level of water resistance so great for summer.

LIFESTYLE BOOSTER: Chillax (full size 90ml, RRP $5)
I really, really, really hate the name of this product.

Really hate it.

But back to the product: it’s a blend of cherry juice and lactium that is meant to help you relax and sleep. Or chillax, if you like. Which I don’t.

I haven’t tried this because I don’t have any problems getting to sleep but if you can look past the wanky name, I guess $5 a shot for something that is natural isn’t bad value.

And I hate the stupid fecking name, using that stupid fecking made-up word.

Does anyone know if this stuff works?
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.


Bourjois Paris liquid eyeshadow

2013-12-BourjoisI’m not a fan of liquid eyeshadows. Probably because I’m getting old and they tend to highlight all the undesirables: like wrinkles.

And looking at the packaging, this looked like quite a deep gold colour, so I wasn’t particularly excited about it.

However, I have to say that in the end I actually really liked it: the colour goes on quite sheer and results in a lovely shimmer of gold that doesn’t draw attention to the wrinkly bits and seems to stay in place quite well.



Tui Balms massage and body balm

2013-12-TuiThe fresh lavender fragrance is so yum: If you don’t like lavender, you might want to give this one a miss!

I found it good as just a bit of a body balm.

Despite the claims on the info card, it didn’t do much to shift a headache I had lurking last week but it smells nice.

However, it’s a tiny little tub so even at just $9, maybe not such great value.



Palmers EvenTone BB Cream

Hard to say on this one: I tried it and liked it, but I also liked the current BB cream I have the first time I used it.

Unfortunately, there was just one little foil sachet of this included in the December GoodieBox, and one little sachet doesn’t really give enough of a sample.

It felt quite nice on the skin, without the trowelled-on feeling I get from the Garnier BB cream that is currently languishing in my bathroom drawer.

The colour was also pretty good: it looked like a tidy match for my skintone from the get-go. Although, to be fair, the Garnier BB cream always looks quite orange when being applied but somehow manages to blend in.

Any-hoo, it looked nice and natural, and felt light. And at just $16 for a full-sized bottle, it’s pretty good value.



Manicare Glam nail pens

2013-12-ManicareNails are huge right now: everyone is getting fancy schmancy manicures and nail shops are doing a roaring trade.

If you are keen on doing your own nails, this cute little set is perfect: you get the polish with a brush and pen applicator, some little sparkly embellishments to give your claws some bling and even some stencils.

I’m not the world’s most co-ordinated of people but did manage to operate this quite well. Sorry, no photos: I used it on a friend and forgot to grab some photographic evidence (am growing out the results of the aforementioned dodgy set of gels so am letting my nails have a wee breather for a month or three).

The price is pretty good value for money, too.



Moreish Argan Oil

dec-moreishI’m a fan of Bio Oil, and more recently DermaOil, so I was keen to try this NZ-made natural oil.

The packaging says it’s good for scars, stretch marks and even heat-damaged hair.

I found a few drops smoothed out my hair, which has been giving me some grief due to a combination of heart problems, medication and surgery a few months ago: it’s become even more dry than it usually is and a bit on the frizzy side. The Moreish improved the texture without being greasy.

It’s also nice on the skin and was awesome on my cuticles and nails, which have been a big dry and brittle, also since the surgery and a dodgy set of gel nails that I suspect were actually acrylics and were also removed by the “technician” by peeling the damn things off rather than using a removal solvent.

The eye dropper style applicator makes this oil easy to use and it smells nice in a subtle kind of way.

I now prefer this to DermaOil because it seems a lot more versatile and absorbs faster.

MOREISH ARGAN OIL (RRP $35 for 30ml)


Goodiebox, December unboxing


The December theme was “Sealed With A Bow”, which annoyed me a little because a bow is tied rather than sealed. However, that’s just the sub-editor in me coming out.

But I digress: this time around we got a very much appreciated five full-size products and just the one sample size, along with a wee lifestyle helper sample. All-in-all, a quite generous Christmas box.

The goodies had a retail value of somewhere between $98 and $99, so pretty good value for the $30 subscription cost (which includes delivery).

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

Moreish Argan Oil (RRP for 30ml $35); full-size product so $35 value
A New Zealand-made natural oil that seems to be for everything from skin to hair, stretch marks to acne scars. These oils are always good to have and this stuff looks like it will go a long way. Smells pretty nice.

Matte Perfect Shine Control (RRP for 30 sheets $15); full-size product so $15 value
If you’ve ever had your makeup slide off on a hot day, these are for you. Kimono silk sheets absorb moisture and (according to the GoodieBox card) “mattify” the skin.

Manicare Glam Nail Pens (RRP $13); full-size product so $13 value
A cutsie little set that includes nail polish, stencils and some fancy wee embellishments. Looks like fun.

Palmers EvenTone BB Cream (RRP for 30ml $16); small sachet provided so … maybe 50c value?
The only sample sized product in this month’s GoodieBox, and one of those wee foil packs samples at that! Another one of the many BB creams on the market but have to say, it looks like good value at $16 for the full-sized product.

Tui Balm Lavendar Massage and Body Balm  (RRP for 25g $9); full-size product so $9 value
Another NZ-made product, this time  in the form of a soothing massage balm.

Bourjois Paris Shimmering Shine Liquid Eyeshadow (RRP for 8.5g $23); full-size product so $23 value
And the final “sample” this month is actually another full-sized product. Yay … gold and shimmery eye colour is perfect for the festive season.

LIFESTYLE HELPER: Isowhey Protein Bar (RRP for box of 15 $46.80); 1 bar supplied so $3.12 value
The stats on the nutrition panel looked pretty good and the flavour was great.

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.



2013-11-hydrodolAccording to the info supplied by GoodieBox and the makers of these pills, these little capsules will make sure your night out is a great one.

No, they don’t ensure you have no stray pimples, do away with the need for suck-in-the-flab undies, perfect your dance moves or make you particularly witty. Instead, they promise to replace the vinamins, minerals, sugars and amino acids that you need to stay hydrated. You know, because booze can be a tad dehydrating.

I don’t drink these days so my well-insured hubby tried this out after a big night at Christmas. His hangover didn’t appear to diminish at all, with his usual two-day extravaganza.

I recommend you flag the fancy pills and opt for plenty of water, maybe a banana milkshake and perhaps even a greasy pie.

That should do the trick.

HYDRODOL (RRP for 8 capsules $14.50)


Goodiebox, November & December

This was supposed to be just a quick run through of what arrived in the November Goodiebox but I was a bit slack about getting the video uploaded and my December Goodiebox ended up arriving the day I was going to upload this video.

Because of that, I decided to don some festive apparel, have a fossick around the December loot, and add that on to the arse-end of the video.



Jillian "George" Allison-Aitken

I live in the deep south of New Zealand, where smelly dairy cows are taking over from sheep in the livestock stakes. My hometown is the small but perfectly formed city of Invercargill, which is also the hometown of the original boy racer, Burt Munro. Find out more about me here.


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