NYC Kiss Gloss

July 7, 2014

2014-05-NYC-kissglossI wasn’t a fan of this: your lips feel like they’ve hit an oil slick after a taste of this and it smells a bit plasticky.

It’s about as pleasant as the el-cheapo ones you can buy from the $2 Shop. But a tad more expensive.

That said, I’ve never really been a lip gloss kinda girl anyway. And this one won’t change that.

Spend your $15 on a Lotto ticket instead.

NYC Kiss Gloss (RRP $15.50 for 9.4ml)


Now you see it …

July 3, 2014



MOR Correspondence Argan Oil hand cream

June 30, 2014

2014-05-MorThis has a truly luxurious feeling, with the argan oil leaving your hands smooth but not greasy.

The smell is really nice, not too strong but definitely fresh and appealing.

The best part is just how long that silky smooth feeling lasts: whack some of this on in the morning and your hands still feel great hours later. And a little goes a long way so it’s great value.

MOR Correspondence Argan Oil hand cream (RRP $35 for 75ml)


Sympathy for the scammed

June 28, 2014

(This is the Online column, written for The Southland Times)

The news that someone in Cromwell fell victim to one of the many cold-calling scams doing the rounds at the moment is a timely reminder that we need keep our wits about us, both online and off.

Many online Southland Times readers weren’t particularly sympathetic on reading about the victim losing a whopping $4000, but I can’t help feeling sorry for them: not everyone reads or watches technology news and I’m sure we all know someone trusting enough to take the “I’m calling from Microsoft” line as gospel.

phone (15)It’s not that I’m an extra nice person. In fact, much of the time I’m not even an averagely nice person. However, I really can see how someone who is new to the internet, or maybe just a little naive, can be sucked in. It’s not like the fake lottery/Nigerian scams where people let pure greed get in the way of good sense.

I get fairly frequent calls from the fake Microsoft representatives telling me there’s a problem with my computer and requesting my credit card number to fix said problem. Sometimes, I simply hang up, often uttering a rude word or two before doing so, but I do also quite enjoy wasting their time. I figure if they are tied up on a fruitless phone call with me, they aren’t targeting some other poor bugger.

The simplest method of messing with them is to just pop the phone down and let them carry on talking until they finally realise you’ve abandoned them. They will get the message and hang up. A variation on a theme is to ask them to hold on while you go get your credit card: I’ve found they will stick around for quite some time if they think you’ve taken the bait.

If you would rather go for a more interactive option, try repeating everything they say but making it a question . . . “you’re from Microsoft, you say?” . . . “is there something wrong with my computer?” . . . “do you need my credit card number?”

Or go for the toddler-inspired “but why?” response to everything they say.

More recently, I’ve been a little more creative, reciting the lyrics of whatever song happens to be playing when they call: yesterday it was Rocket Man, last week it was Walk on the Wild Side. However, I think my high point was Barbie Girl: I almost made it to the end of the song before he twigged and hung up on me.

Be careful out there.


Goodiebox, May unboxing

June 7, 2014


The May theme was “Tailor Made” and tagged as being “for your finishing touches”.

It came with and the box came with three full-size products and two samples. There should have been a fourth full-sized product but it was missing. I have emailed GoodieBox and am awaiting a reply (UPDATE: The missing product was sent in the June box).

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

MOR Correspondence Argan Oil hand cream (RRP $35 for 75ml); 40ml sample so $18.60 value: Handcream, always nice to get. Have heard good things about this range and it’s a decent sized sample tube.

DR LEWINN’S Skin Perfect primer and foundation (RRP $45.90 each for 30ml); 2 x 2ml samples of each so $12.20 value: Hmm, not a fan of foil sample sachets … too much like the freebies you can get at any beauty department or in a magazine. Besides that, it’s not even the right shade for me. Pass … next please …

NYC eyeliner duet (RRP $16.50); would have been $16.50 value but was missing from the box!: OK, moving right along …

NYC Kiss Gloss (RRP $15.50 for 9.4ml); full-sized product supplied so $15.50 value: Another lip gloss product. NYC is very much a budget brand in the States, but that’s not to say all the products are rubbish. I’ll give this one a go.

SWISSPERS cotton makeup pads (RRP $5.69 for 80 pads); full-sized product supplied so $5.69 value: Well, this is an exciting turn of events. I buy cotton makeup pads to remove nail polish from the $2 Shop.  Another bit of a failure in this month’s GoodieBox.

U BY KOTEX Designer Series tampons (RRP $5.50 for pack of 16); full-sized product supplied so $5.50 value: Tampons? WTF? Dudes, please. This is neither a goodie nor a “finishing touch”.

My thoughts

Theme of “finishing touches” has to be a joke, right? Tampons? Sheesh. This month’s goodies had a retail value of around $73.99, which on the face of it looks good. However, deduct $16.50 for the missing eyeliner and the value drops to $57.49. And I’m not convinced the NYC values stated by GoodieBox are entirely accurate, since it’s very much a budget brand in the United States. For example, the missing eyeliner duet retails over there for just $1.99. And the cotton wipes? Not my idea of a “goodie”. Ditto for the tampons Crappiest GoodieBox yet.

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.



I wonder what sides come with it?

June 4, 2014




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