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.

Veet Suprem Essence

2013-11-veetcreamThere were two Veet products in the November Goodiebox, but at least this one wasn’t such a painful method of hair removal as the first was (wax strips … ouch). Although, to be honest I didn’t try them myself because I’m not really a fan of sel-inflicted pain.

But I digress: back to the Veet hair removal cream. According to the info on the box, this is meant for, ahem, sensitive areas.

I tried it on my legs and it did the job: hair gone.

Oh, but don’t believe the blurb about it smelling all nice and wonderful: it’s hair removal cream, it smell like an explosion in a chemical factory.

Aside from that, it works well, melting away the hair with no stinging or tingling afterwards and my skin actually felt quite nice after using it.

Veet Suprem Essence Hair Removal Cream (RRP for 90ml $14)



Burt’s Bees Res-Q Ointment

2013-11-burtsOh, how I love this stuff.

I’m a klutz and this little tin of ointment has been getting a good workout since Christmas, dealing with my many and varied cuts, scratches, burns and bites.

It’s gentle but really does take the heat and/or sting out  of all sorts of things. I’ll definitely be buying more of this so that I’ve got one at home, one in my handbag and perhaps one at our little home away from home on the river (ie: our whitebait hut).

I know everyone was singing the praises of teatree lotions and potions a year or two ago but this seems to be way more effective. And it’s also way more pleasant to use: it smells quite fresh, with none of the “dirty clothes” smell that so many teatree products have.

Burt’s Bees Res-Q Ointment (RRP for 15g $14)



Goodiebox, November unboxing


From left, a cutesy sample bottle of Aveeno moisturiser, an even cutsier Hard Candy lippy, and the rather smelly Veet hair removal cream.

The November theme was “Light Summer Nights” and the box came with four full-size products, two samples and a lifestyle booster.

This month’s goodies had a retail value of around $74.75, so pretty good value for the $30 subscription cost (which includes delivery).

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

Veet Wax Strips with Easy Grip (RRP for 20 pack $17); sample pack of 8 so $6.80 value:
Waxing. Ugh. I just cannot bring myself to rip out my own hair (if you saw the video of me unearthing the contents of the November Goodiebox, you probably already know that). Note: I passed these on to a friend who does partake of ripping her various bits of body hair out by the root and she says they were fine so I guess you could say they worked as one would expect from such instruments of torture.

Aveeno Daily Moisturising Lotion (RRP for 345ml $19.99); 29ml sample bottle so $1.70-ish value:
Phew, something I can use! I have used this in the past and it’s actually pretty good: slap it on when you are still a bit soggy after getting out of the shower and it keeps your skin hydrated all day. It has a really smooth texture and seems to have little or no fragrance, so it won’t compete with your favourite perfume.

Veet Suprem Essence Hair Removal Cream (RRP for 90ml $14); full-size product so $14 value:
More Veet, but this time not such a painful method of hair removal. It’s meant to be for sensitive areas, according to the box.

QVS Glamour Lashes (RRP $13); $13 value:
Woohoo, these things are awesome! I managed to put them on without gluing my eyes closed or anything silly like that, and once in place I didn’t look too much like I’d stapled a couple of spiders to my eyelids. Great value and great fun.

nov-hardcandy Hard Candy Painted Lady Lipcolour  (RRP $18); $18 value:
I love the colour I was sent: very bright and chirpy. Feels nice on the lips: not heavy or dry, but not too slippery or slidey either (hate when your lip colour disappears the minute you take that first sip of your latte … now there’s a real first-world problem). The packaging is pretty awesome, too.

Burt’s Bees Res-Q Ointment (RRP for 15g $14); full-size product so $14 value:
A handy little tin of an all-purpose soothing ointment for bites, stings etc. Smells fresh and is all natural.

LIFESTYLE BOOSTER: Hydrodol (RRP for 8 capsules $14.50); 4 capsules supplied so $7.25 value:
These are supposed to ensure you don’t feel too jaded after a big night out. I don’t drink these days but will get someone to test them out for me.


More Goodiebox goodies: The painfully scary Veet wax strips, awesome QVS lashes, Burt’s Bees Res-Q Ointment and Hydrodol.

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.


Australis Blackest Black Eye Pencil


I’m not good with eye makeup in general, and especially with pointy stuff like eye pencils. I’m a wimp when it comes to my eyes, and tend to get a bit nervous about poking things into them so rarely wear eye makeup of any description. In fact, when I had Lasik surgery a few years ago, it was the prospect of having to use eye drops that caused me the most stress (the whole “getting my eyeballs vapourised by a laser” didn’t get my blood pressure up nearly as much!) and I now get my eyelashes tinted instead of wearing mascara.

On top of the whole fear of pointy things near my eyes, I’m also a bit unco-ordinated, so have never been very good at driving eye liner pencils. However, I decided to give this a go and was quite surprised that I (a) didn’t stab myself in the eye, and (b) managed to get most of the liner in the vicinity of my eyes and not look like a panda. It lives up to the “blackest black” hype, with lots of pigment, and was soft enough to smudge easily for a softer look. However, it definitely had staying power.

It’s unlikely I’d buy this again because of my eye phobia, but if was happened to be a person who enjoyed poking stuff in my eyes, I’d add this to my shopping list.



Saviq Bee Venom Mist Toner

2013-10-saviqI loved this stuff! It’s a spray mist toner that you use after cleansing, but you can also use it to set your makeup or just refresh your face. It’s New Zealand-made and is part of the world’s first complete range of organic, bee venom skincare.

It’s got a light, fresh fragrance and because it goes on as such a light mist, it is great on a hot day. I’ve already bought another bottle of this so I can keep one in my bag. Go the bees!



Barry M Lip Paint

2013-10-barrymThis cute little lip paint came in my October 2013 GoodieBox and was in a vivid rose pink and I must admit, I was a bit dubious: I tend to wear neutral colours for lipstick and besides, I really thought the colour might have been a little too young for me.

But I decided to give it a go and was pleasantly surprised. It felt really light: much lighter than my normal lipstick, in fact. It wasn’t greasy but had really good staying power. Also, I loved the colour once it was on … there was much more depth to it than I expected.

It’s a little smaller than any of my other lipsticks but given the fact it’s a bit of a statement colour that is likely to go out of fashion faster than the more classic neutrals, that’s probably not a bad thing: it’s unlikely to still be on trend this time next year so you’re unlikely to want a long-term supply of the stuff.

It’s good value, too: $15 is pretty affordable



Kiri Manuka Honey cleansing soap

2013-10-kirisoapKiri is another New Zealand range, this time featuring manuka honey.

I don’t normally use soap — and no, I don’t smell. Well, I don’t think I do. I use a PH-balanced, fragrance-free soap substitute because I have sensitive skin (possibly the only sensitive thing about me).

Any-hoo, this has a nice, fresh smell (almond and honey … yum) and didn’t irritate my skin. It reminded me of the old Pears soap that my dear old mum used to love.

I love the fragrance and the fact that my skin didn’t feel dry or itchy after using it so I’ll be buying more.



Kiri Manuka Honey body lotion

2013-10-kiribodyThis was the stingiest sample in the October 2013 Goodiebox, which was a shame because I loved it. Oh well, I guess I’ll have to add this to my shopping list, too!

Again, the fragrance was really nice and it absorbed into my skin really well. I don’t know that I’d use this during the day: if you wear perfume this would compete with it a little too much. However, it would be nice to slather on after a shower or bath in the evening.

The whole Kiri range looks to be quite reasonably priced, too.



UPDATED Kiri Manuka Honey face moisturiser

2013-10-kirifaceI went back and tried this again a couple of weeks after initially testing it and my opinion has changed.

To be perfectly honest, I was simply too lazy to walk downstairs to the bathroom to grab my usual moisturiser so decided to give this another go, since the sample tube was sitting on my computer desk.

Second time around, I found the heaviness of the lotion didn’t bother me so much at all. And the slightly hot/stingy sensation I noticed after cleansing has disappeared. The result? I’ve now gone and bought this in both a day and night cream and use it daily.

I still cleanse my face with Cetaphil but am now really liking this. And as an added bonus, it’s incredibly cheap!

Here’s my original review:
This one I wasn’t such a fan of: it was very thick and felt quite greasy on my face.

Also, when applying after cleansing it felt a bit “stingy” and hot. To be fair, it didn’t actually irritate my skin but it wasn’t pleasant.

It has the same fragrance as the body lotion, which I found a bit much in a face cream. I think I’ll stick with my Cetaphil moisturiser (wonderful stuff if you’re inclined to have problem skin).



Le Tan in Le Can

2013-10-letan I tend to avoid the sun (it hates me, and the feeling is mutual) so if I want a tan, I do the fake tan thing.

On the very rare occasions I feel like splashing a bit of colour on my deathly pale skin, I usually spray on the Garnier version but gave this a bash the week it arrived, giving my arms a wee coating of liquid sunshine.

It smells great and left my skin feeling well moisturised but the colour was probably a little too intense for me.

If you like a deep bronze tan, this will probably be right up your alley.

TIP: If you are using a fake tan, don’t forget to exfoliate and wear latex gloves so you don’t end up with orange palms.

LE TAN IN LE CAN (RRP $18.99 for 150g)



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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