Monday, April 9

The Post I Should Have Written A Week Ago

A week or so into March I received an email from a lovely PR lady.  One who was asking if I was interested in sampling and possibly reviewing some beauty products.  While one part of me was going, wow this is awesome I am slowly making it in the world of blogging, there was another saying something a little different.

It was saying "Really?  Have you really made it anywhere?"  After all this lovely PR lady couldn't even take the time to personally address the email to me.  What's more what part of A Parenting Life, suggests that I am interested in beauty products?  I am the least like person to ever use a cream, or even lotion, let alone an actual beauty product.

My ego however took charge and before I knew it I was sending off a reply email that basically said yes please send me some of your beauty products.  After all who doesn't love the idea of free stuff.

As it turned out the beauty products were detangling treatments designed with children in mind.


As well as some rather cool washes and soothing relief moisture cream.  


Not exactly what I initially think of when I hear the term beauty products but certainly things I would consider using.  Cracking the big time felt never felt closer.

Coming home to find parcels on my doorstep was pretty excitement.  Opening to find they are beautiful wrapped and tied with pretty ribbon only added to the effect.  Perfect I thought for beautiful bloggy photos I thought to myself as I laid my naive little eyes upon the goodies before them.

There they sat in the box for two whole days.  I didn't want to ruin the photo opportunity yet for some reason I couldn't make the time to take the photos I knew a good blogger  would take.  Eventually though I was faced with morning bed head that I could no longer endure.  There were more knots than I cared to deal with at quarter past already late for school.  So I tore of the ribbon and cracked open the no more tangles detangling spray.

Let me tell you it worked a treat.  Miss Nearly Six sat there oh so patiently and let me work through the mess that was her hair.  All without complaining, wincing or screeching in pain as is the case some mornings.  I did notice a bit of a smell but the ease with which the brush went through the hair I did not care.  Even though her hair is already shorter than longer, hair time has been somewhat of a battle of late.  I was relishing the ease with which it was not occurring.

Moving on to Miss Almost Eleven I was feeling quietly confident and looking forward to a similar pleasurable experience.  All was going well, till I sprayed.

Turns out the smell I thought I got hold of earlier my darling eldest had well and truly caught hold of and was not letting go of.  In her honest opinion the detangling spray smelt like dog poo and there was no way on god's green earth she was letting me put it anywhere near her head.  Instead she opted for me ripping the brush through the birds nest that was her well past her shoulder length hair.

Thankfully though the shampoo and conditioner are much less offensive to the nose and while they left my hair feeling remarkably like straw Miss Two didn't scream when she inevitably got some in her eyes.  Which was nice.

Now to be totally honest with you (which I always am) I still haven't actually used all the products.  In fact, in the incredibly dodgy photos above I even neglected to include one of the products (the baby bedtime bath if you are interested)  We don't have a bath (nor a baby for that matter) so a few of the products were out of out market so to speak.  I do know a few new born babies that I could have probably accosted for a photo shot but I just couldn't be overly bothered.  

Terrible I know.  When I saw a number of other posts all reviewing the same stuff I became disheartened and left feeling a little used.  I was not in fact special, just one of a number of mediums used to influence your average mum.

I have used these products at one time or another with my children and while they are alright and do the job I have never experienced anything that would leave me raving about them.  I feel it is only fair to mention here that I am rather indifferent to all soaps creams and stuff like that.   If ever faced with a situation where I am in need of such a product it is more than likely this is what I would choose.

What I do have however is dry cracked feet.  What bought wonderful relief to these dry itchy feet was the Soothing Relief Moisture Cream.  That stuff is the bomb.  Seriously awesome I tell you.  It brings an instant relief that lasts for hours.  As good (if not better) than any over the counter specialised and over priced foot cream you would get at a chemist.

Anyway there you have it.  My views on Johnson & Johnson No More Tangles, Bed Time Sleep Better, and Aveeno Baby products.  Since this blogging gig is all about honesty I was not given any cash for this review however I did receive some cool products, which I will probably re-gift to the next new mum I come across.  All thought and opinions are my own and can never be bought or paid for.

I wish that I had the sense to ask for some extra stuff to give away.  Every house should have some of that Soothing Relief Moisture Cream.  My feet have never felt so good.  Oh well live and learn.  Should I ever be asked to review something again I know now how to respond.