One of those days

April 22, 2014

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That personal touch

April 19, 2014

Now for something completely different. And pretty cool to boot: a wedding. If you haven’t yet seen the viral video of Father Ray Kelly’s surprise, personalised rendition of Hallelujah at the wedding of Chris and Leah, you’re in for a treat. While you might expect it to be a bit corny, it’s anything but. And the dude has a pretty decent voice.

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An intrusion by the boss

April 18, 2014

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

Is your boss your Facebook friend? Do you want the person who oversees your work also having an overview of your private life?

While chatting with a friend this week, she commented that her boss has friended all the staff at her office and not everyone was happy about it. However, they faced a dilemma: do you reject the boss’s friend request and put him or her offside? Ignore the request and hope they don’t mention it again? Or, as most of them had, do you feel obliged to hit the approve button and live with the knowledge that your boss is now privy to your drunken escapades, romantic meltdowns, “I hate my job” tirades and all manner of other outside-of-work information?

While most businesses have some sort of accepted code of conduct for face-to-face interactions between bosses and staff in the workplace, the online version is often overlooked. Sure, there are usually rules and guidelines for when, where and how you can surf the net (do it in your lunch break, stay away from naked people sites and don’t download dodgy stuff), but I’ve never heard of a company with a policy covering the social minefield of social media on a boss versus staff level.

So, should your boss friend you on Facebook? I think probably not: they are in a position of authority and you may not feel you have any choice but to accept their request because of that imbalance.

If you want to be their friend on Facebook, then that’s fine. But they should allow you to be the one to make the first move.

Unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be a set of guidelines for strange dudes who insist on emailing messages through my website with details about their dangly bits, but it’s safe to say the accepted unwritten etiquette would be to avoid exaggeration of the acreage of said bits and please, wash your hands.

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Manhattan double loop lip liner

April 18, 2014

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This nifty little critter from Manhattan is a lip liner with a built-in lip gloss. Or is it a lip gloss with a built-in lip liner pencil?

Either way, you get one of each with this product, which was included in my March GoodieBox. I got a deeper shade than the lip cream from last month: this time it’s more of a berry tone. It smells just as good though and the gloss actually stays in place reasonably well (unusual for me).

I wasn’t as much of a fan of the lip liner pencil because I found it a bit hard: I prefer them a tad softer. This one was like a rock. I’m not sure I’d buy this product: instead of one good and one average item, I’d rather just have one of them that works really well. Besides, what if you use one faster than the other? You’re then stuck with carting around an empty lip gloss so you can still use the lip pencil.

MANHATTAN DOUBLE LOOP LIP LINER (RRP $18 for 6ml)

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Awesome ducking bags

April 13, 2014

The last Louis Vuitton catalogue that arrived in my letter box was so cute, I took some photos and thought I’d share the awesomeness. Of course, that was months ago and I’m only just getting around to sharing them now because I’m a bit slack.

Anyway, here they are!

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Jemma Kidd Tone-on-Tone Duo

April 11, 2014

Jemma Kidd duoThis 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)

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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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