This 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)
Samples 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.
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)
Radio presenter Rachel Smalley found herself in the poo after a not-so-timely comment or two this week but it was her attempt to weasel her way out of it that offended me.
Smalley thought her mic was turned off after a news story about the effectiveness of an emergency contraceptive pill for women weighing more than 70kg. Obviously gravely offended by the knowledge that the average New Zealand bloke-ess weighs in at (gasp) 72kg, she was heard to comment that we Kiwi chicks are “heifers” and a “bunch of lardos”.
Outrage ensued both online and off, and Smalley did the cliched “apology” thing: I’m so sorry, please forgive me, yada, yada, yada …
But let’s be honest here: she was apologising because she was caught out, not because she felt bad about what she said. Because if that had been the case, she wouldn’t have said it in the first place.
As someone who falls into the slightly more generously proportioned category, I’m not particularly offended by her comments. I am, however, offended by yet another person in the public eye who has cocked up and expects us to believe that suddenly, they have seen the error of their ways and want us to forgive them.
On Facebook, several people commented that Paul Henry has said worse. And yes, he has. And I have no doubt he will continue to say things that offend the masses. However, at least he owns it. Love him or hate him, there’s no denying the man says what he thinks and would never consider offering a bullshit apology just to stay in the good books.
I’d have had more respect for Smalley if she’d just told all us heifers to fuck off and eat a pie.
ON THE WEB
This 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)
This is why it is important for headline writers to have dirty minds!