UPDATED Kiri Manuka Honey face moisturiser

December 7, 2013

October 2013 Goodiebox Review

2013-10-kirifaceKIRI MANUKA HONEY FACE MOISTURISER (RRP $19.90 for 70ml)
I 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 downstair 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).

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Le Tan in Le Can

December 7, 2013

October 2013 Goodiebox Review

2013-10-letanLE TAN IN LE CAN (RRP $18.99 for 150g)
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.

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Goodiebox, October review

December 7, 2013

2013-10-barrymI joined Goodiebox a few months back and so far have been pretty happy with what I”ve got.

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.

There are heaps of Goodiebox “unboxing” videos on YouTube, but I prefer surprises so try to avoid those videos … I was a kid who never shook my Christmas pressies to try to guess what was in there and I’m much the same with this!

So instead of an unboxing video, I’ll review the products I got last month (now that I’ve had some time to try them out).

Each month has a theme, and for October it was Sweet Rejuvenation. Here’s the rundown on my October goodies. Click on the links for more info.

2013-10-kirifaceAUSTRALIS BLACKEST BLACK EYE PENCIL (RRP $14); this was a full-size sample so value was $14

SAVIQ BEE VENOM MIST TONER (RRP $26.95 for 150ml); this was a full-sized sample so value was $26.95

BARRY M LIP PAINT (RRP $15); this was a full-sized sample so value was $15

KIRI MANUKA HONEY CLEANSING SOAP (RRP $7.90 for 125g bar);sample was 70g so value was approx $4.40

2013-10-bloomKIRI MANUKA HONEY BODY LOTION (RRP $15 for 250ml); two sachet samples provided so value less than $1

KIRI MANUKA HONEY FACE MOISTURISER (RRP $19.90 for 70ml); sample was 30ml so value was approx $8.50

LE TAN IN LE CAN (RRP $18.99 for 150g);  sample was 45g so value was approx $5.70

TOTAL VALUE: approx $75

So there you have it. There were seven products included in the October Goodiebox, which is pretty good. In fact, eight if you count the wee bonus lifestyle sample they chucked in: Bloom hot chocolate mix. There were two sachets in there but I was a good diabetic and didn’t go near them. The blokes of the house, however, did take them for a test drive and both said they were very tasty.

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You’re missing the fit Russian blokes in tights

December 3, 2013

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

Gather ’round children, as today we learn all about something from the olden days, that long ago time before Facebook and texting: how to behave like a real human being in public.

Ballarina DudeI went to the ballet a couple of weekends ago and it was awesome: fit Russian blokes in tights flitting around the stage with a bunch of pretty wee sheilas, rousing music and a spot of Cossack dancing chucked in for good measure made for a spectacular afternoon of entertainment.

However, the cellphones nearly ruined it. Turn the damn things off, or at least turn down the volume. And don’t text during the performance: it’s rude to the performers and distracting to those of us in the audience who are there to see the ballet. You know, the enthusiastic leaping stuff with the fit blokes that was happening on stage.

And if you arrive late, don’t take that as an opportunity to have a not-so-quiet chat with you friends who arrived earlier.
And, damn it, don’t kick the back of the seat of the person in front of you. Or take your shoes off and put your gnarly foot on the armrest next to the person in front of you.

I was back at the Civic a few nights later to see ventriloquist David Strassman and his merry wee band of puppets and, once again, it was cellphone city: two of them rang during the first half of the show and the bloke two rows in front of me who spent most of the first half texting could at least have turned down the brightness of his screen so it didn’t shine like a beacon.

The minute the lights came up for the half-time break, every second person had their phone out, texting, surfing or just being generally isolated. Why do we go out with other people if we are simply going to limit our human interaction to whatever we can manage via cellphone? It’s like we’re losing our ability to actually interact with other human beings face-to-face.


Master of disguise

December 3, 2013

Fresh tomatoeWhat’s red and invisible?

No tomatoes.


Positive changes

December 1, 2013

I’m looking great, apparently. No, really: everyone keeps telling me how good I look at the moment.

It’s lovely to hear it, and I suppose I probably do look a tad healthier than I did a year ago. And even better, I’ve managed to control my normally inbuilt sarcasm and have refrained from responding to the compliments with “so I look great now? As opposed to normally looking like shit?”

Although, that’s probably because a year ago I did look like shit. I certainly felt like it!

The “you look great” comment is generally always followed by “how did you do it?” I think everyone expects some sort of earth-shattering answer along the lines of me discovering some until-now-unheard-of herb or magic potion, so they always look a bit shocked when I offer up the whole “heart failure” response.

Anyway, it is lovely to be complimented but also a wee bit embarrassing. And I think the next time someone says I look great and asks how I did it, I’ll tell them I’ve started the new alcohol diet: it’s fuckin’ great … I’ve lost 3 days in the first week!

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