Helen's Blog - Best Oscar Bits! - Monday March 3rd 2014

Hi there. Hope you’re well today & have had a great weekend.

On the show today it will be day 3 of the What am I & here are the clues so far

1: I come in all shapes & sizes

2: I can be many different materials, almost anything really

3: I have been given many different names

4: Some people have lots of me,

5: I hear a lot of speeches

6: People are normally happy to have me



I am a huge fan of the Oscars but I would but it would be worth going just for this:

There can only be one winner in each category at tonight's Academy Awards ceremony, but the losers won't go home empty-handed thanks to the annual gift bag.

There's nothing quite like $85,000 worth of gifts to salve the wound of an Oscars snub: that's the cost of this year's bag, almost double the value of last year's swag.

The bag - which must be size of a small house - contains everything from gift cards for luxury overseas holidays, hair transplants and a vaginal rejuvenation procedure to his 'n' hers pepper spray guns (hers pink, his camouflage).

All nominees and presenters head home with the goodie bag, curated by Distinctive Assets for the past 12 years.

The 50 gifts comprising this year's bag range in price from $6.50 to $16,000.

Getting their goods into the hands of Hollywood's biggest stars of the moment is a valuable marketing exercise for boutique businesses.


DrainWig plug that prevents hair clogging the drain - $6.49

Fabric wrap from European company Wrag Wrap - $15

Organic pet shampoo from Simon's Happy Pet - $15

Six-pack of Naked Luxury condoms - $20

Three-in-one dry-cleaning bags from Green Garmento - $23

Bluetooth camera shutter remote for Apple products from HISY - $24.99

AVIV 613 Vodka - $30

Herbal tea-based lollipops from Dosha Pops - $35

Hydroxycut weight loss gummies, protein bars, and shakes - $38.96

'Honey' made from organic apples from Bee Free Honee - $39

Tea from Blossom Blends - $49.95

'Loaded: The Story of a Ghost' graphic novel - $49.95

A DVD advertising cash off the services of aspiring film maker Charles Van Loucks - $50

Dinnerware from Slimware - $59

Cannonball Wines - $60

Caramels and sweets from Betty Jane Candies - $69.75 

Candles that double as perfume and warm massage oil from Objects with Purpose - $70

Horse shampoo and conditioner made for human hair from Mane 'N Tail - $95.35

Beauty products from M3K Beauty - $100

Organic makeup products by Diane Capt - $105

Activity tracker from Polar Loop - $109.95

Go Pro hair dryer from Coolway - $120

Two Mace pepper guns - $120

Accessories from CherryT Knit & Co. $158

Hookahzz E-Cigarettes and E-Liquids - $162

Shellfish knife set - $185

Leather iPhone 5 case from Vetvik - $230

Leather purse from Jitseu. A $279

Portable camera and app from Narrative Clip - $279

Organic maple syrup from Rouge Maple - $280

Swiss-made Slow Watch - $290

Organic skin, body, and hair products from Acure - $300

Jan Lewis bangle bracelet made from wood shapes - $400

House call with acupuncturist and nutritionist Heather Lounsbury - $500 

Lifetime membership to a meditation gym from Headspace.com - $500

Tickets to all-kid pro Cirque troupe, Le Petit Cirque - $575 

Max Martin luxury shoes - $750

10 personal training sessions with Huntley Drive Fitness - $850

Supplies from Epic Pet Health - $1,571.98

Five-night stay at the Koloa Landing Resort in Hawaii - $2,000

Home spa system from Steamist - $2560

'O-Shot' procedure to help a woman's sex drive - $2,700

Resort stay at the Imanta's Ocean Casa suite in Mexico - $3,300

Water filtration system from Krystal Klear Water - $4895

Artworks from Gizara - $5,000

10,000 meal donations from Ellen DeGeneres' Halo Spot's Stew pet food to a shelter of the nominee's choice - $6,100

Two-day Rocky Mountaineer train excursion from Vancouver to Alberta in the Canadian Rockies - $6,850

Trip to Las Vegas including tickets to shows, backstage passes to meet Meatloaf and Boyz II Men and two nights at the Riviera Penthouse Suite - $9,000

Walking tour around Japan from Walk Japan - $15,000

ARTAS Robotic Hair Transplant System treatment - $16,000


This has to be my favourite moment from the Oscars & also it has broken world records of being the most retweeted selfie. This is the moment it happened live at the Oscars


I also loved the moment when host Ellen DeGeneres handed out pizzas. Brilliant!





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