I am Amelia.
Grown up on a farm in the middle of the city, I am essentially a tomboy, but trying to become a little more cultured.
I'm trying to be a decent human being in a world full of injustices. I also love a good bargain and am always on the lookout for cheap cool stuff.
You are probably getting downright sick of me
posting about the Durban Blogger Meet. Sorry. I will try to put normal stuff in
between the blogger meet and reviews. Please don’t forget to pop over to my pet
project "Escaping Paradise", a fictional story I'm attempting to write.
So I am not normally a person who goes out and buys
stuff for myself. I occasionally will buy a treat or something special for my
parents or friends, but not for myself. It’s not that I don’t like being
spoilt, it just so happens that I don’t have a man in my life who spoils me
(actually I just don’t have a man in my life other than dad), and I don’t
normally have the time, energy or money to go get those special little things
that make one feel pampered and spoilt.
Thus, when I got a chance to go to the Durban
Bloggers Meet Up last Saturday (05 April 2014), I was already keen, but when
they mentioned there would be goodie bags with cool stuff to test out and
review, I was over the moon. In the gift
bag we got lots of cool stuff. From chocolates and cookies to hairspray and
make-up; vouchers for various cool stuff to books, from cappuccino cups to
handmade bags. So much stuff in fact that it is downright hard to fathom.
Thankfully the organizers put together a list of all the amazing and generous
sponsors, so I can share them with you.
I’ve decided to split the posts up, some of the
products I will dedicate an entire blog post to, or at least half a post to
reviewing them. But most of the products I will split into categories (beauty,
food, non-perishables, vouchers, etc) and do a blog post with multiple reviews
for that category.
Today’s post is going to be very uncharacteristic of
me, as the heading of my site says, I am a Tomboy.
It is all about the beauty products! So, here goes:
I have known the “Oh So Heavenly” brand for a while.
I always do enjoy their products. I believe that these two products are fairly
new, I got to sample a Moroccan Argan Oil
Body Wash and a Lily Lovely Body
The Body wash is very nice. I have skin that breaks
out very often, so I normally use hygiene soap, like dettol. However it’s nice
to treat myself with a nice smelling body wash every now and then. It does
leave you feeling clean, smelling nice, and surprisingly moisturized. I’d give
it a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5 stars.
The Body Cream, well that is a particularly special
thing! You see a few years back a cousin of mine whom I am very fond of, and
happens to be a professional globe trotter (lucky her) had visited Fiji, and
brought me a gift. The gift being body butter made in Fiji, it was frangipani
scented and felt like velvet, the best stuff I’ve ever used. Sadly I finished
it a while ago. The reason I’m telling you this is because when I opened the Oh
So Heavenly Lily Lovely Body Cream jar, the scent that hit me was exactly the
same as my cousin’s Fijian Body Butter! I felt it, and immediately recognized
that velvet goodness! So, I am head over heels in love with this stuff and when
I finish it, at least I know I can get more now. YAY. I would rate it 10 stars
out of 5, but maybe that’s just because I’m biased.
Being brought up by conservative parents (it’s not a
bad thing mind you) on a farm, and pretty much being a tomboy, I have never
really been big into make-up and hair products. So honestly, no one ever taught
me how to use them and I have to read the instructions on the labels and wing
it. Being a grown woman and discovering my feminine side with these sorts of
products has been interesting, to say the least. So I had never heard of John
Frieda products (yes, I can hear you gasping with horror from here) before I
got this bottle of Volume Refresher Hair
I have tried the occasional attempt at using
hairspray before. I can’t say I am very fond of it, usually it makes my hair
stiff, and yet still doesn’t hold my serious curls into place. Also, as you
know I still live with my parents (hey, its cheaper and comes with a ton of
benefits, but I’ll save those for another time), my mom has serious sinus
issues when it comes to anything strong smelling, and often hair spray has a
distinct “take your breath away smell” which I love, but gives my mom an
instant sinus headache. Needless to say, hairspray and I are not the best of
However, I decided to give this product a bash.
First thing I noticed (and mom didn’t) is it is odorless. Second thing I noted
is that this is not a “hold your hair in place” type of hairspray that makes
hair stiff and uncomfortable. It literally does what the label says, it
enhances the volume. So if you haven’t had time to wash your hair, or have long
hair like me and wash it only every third or fourth day, this takes away the
oily look and gives your hair a “newly washed” kind of bounce. So yeah, I like
it. I don’t yet know when I’m going to actually use it, but I like it.
Now is there a
hair stylist out who wants to teach me how to really tame my mane for free?
I got a nice toiletry bag with 4 Clarins products
inside it. I cant tell you very much about them, they are all Anti-Aging
products. I certainly don’t feel a need for them, (I mean really, I’m still
under 25 years old) and mom immediately noticed them and asked for them. So,
score for mom. But she hasn’t started using it, so I’ll have to get back to you
Yet again another product I have never heard of. I
got a little “scent kit” I guess you could call it, with an Alien Body lotion and Perfume. Again, I’m
not much a person for strong scents, but this has actually got quite a nice
smell to it. I have used the perfume a couple of times, and intend on using the
body lotion in the dryer winter months when I need moisturizing.
I had to dig to the bottom of my gift bag really
fast and find out what that awesome smell permeating the bag, and in fact my
entire room, was coming from. It turned out to be the Rondavel Lemongrass natural handmade soap. I haven’t
yet opened the product because honestly, I am just enjoying the smell, it has
prime position in my room just for that lovely lemongrass scent. I also like
the packaging, it looks like a page torn out of a novel, which is really cute,
and if it is in fact out of a novel, it’s a nice recycling idea.
So for now that’s all the reviews I’m going to do on
Beauty Products. I still have a list to review of this category, from suppliers
that include Ponds, REN, Ice Box, RubyBox, Optiphi, and a
few others. Chat soon J