Dermal Clay Cleanser by Dermalogica Sunday, Oct 31 2010 

Years ago, one of my good friends turned me on to Dermalogica and their brilliant range of products. At first, I hesitated at their prices (you are looking to spend, on average, about NZD$80.00 per product), but after giving in one day and buying a skin regime I was instantly hooked.

Now, Dermalogica is an American brand that is sold around the world including in some of the best beauty salons and skin clinics. The main focus of all of their lines is getting your skin to be at it’s healthiest, whether that means clearing up adult acne or reducing dry skin. After 25 years of success, and with a lot of scientific proof to back their claims, it stands to reason why they are so popular.

There is one particular product that I fell hard for – the Dermal Clay Cleanser (NZD: $74.00 for a 250ml bottle). Made from water soluble kaolin and green clays, this cooling product feels amazing on and leaves your skin fresh, refined and supple. I use it a couple of times a week when I’m in the shower, and find that if I forget to use it my skin actually looks dull. Using it is luxurious, as the cool menthol feels glorious when you have had a long day/hard night. Leaving it on for five minutes gives you the added benefit of a masque, for those days when your skin has just packed it in.

I would recommend this for anyone with oily or combination skin, and though it isn’t cheap, it lasts for months on end. You only need a small dollop per application, and I find it works well with other brands of skin-care.

Dermal Clay Cleanser by Dermalogica

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Za Za Za – you’ve done it again Sunday, Aug 1 2010 

I have been a Za fan for a while now, since discovering their White Emulsion Range of skin care. But I had never tried any of their concealers – until now.

So, I was strolling through Farmers (as you do) with a friend recently, when I spotted the Za stand. As any decent representation of the female species would, I went to check if there was a) anything new or b) anything on sale. There was a 15% sale, so I just HAD to buy something.

That’s when I tried the Za Concealer Perfection and you know what? Wow. Covered better than I could ever have expected. Went on easily, blended perfectly and left my skin looking like I wasn’t wearing any makeup at all. Now I use it every day as part of my routine, and I have never been more pleased with a concealer. Available in three shades, packaged in a small 9g tube that is easily added to the handbag essentials, this concealer is a brilliant everyday product.

It’s available at selected pharmacies and online, along with Farmers Department stores nationwide (go the beauty card!)

Go. Buy. Enjoy.

Za Concealer Perfection NZD$17.99

Neutrogena Body Oil Sunday, May 23 2010 

I was at the Supermarket recently with a friend, and spotted something on the shelf I hadn’t seen before. I love Neutrogena products, always have, especially when it comes to basic skin care regimes. So it gave me a small happy to find the Neutrogena Body Oil.

I am a big lover of Bio-Oil, but the bottles are so small and I use the stuff so much that I thought it would be good to have a general oil for using on my legs after shaving etc. The price on the shelf said NZD$10, so I chucked it in my shopping basket and that was that. Later on, when I checked my receipt, I found it was actually about NZD$20 – and I thought “Damn! What a rip-off!” But by then, it was too late and I couldn’t be bothered going back to exchange it.

Well, now I’m GLAD I read the price wrong! I have been using this product ever since and it’s fantastic! A lightly scented sesame infused oil that absorbs well and leaves your skin soft and dewy looking. It isn’t greasy (yes, it leaves you with a bit of a shine, but not like Baby Oil does) and is brilliant to rub all over when you get out of the shower. The directions state it works best with “shower-damp skin to lock in the moisture”, and at first I thought “Hmm, oil and water? REALLY?!”, but it actually works quite well! I have even found that my skin is less dry directly after shaving, just due to using this product daily.

My verdict? I love this product. It’s one of those good old maintenance items for your skin. No more dry elbows or knees! The price puts it somewhere between your basic everyday brands and the more designer products, so it is affordable for the masses, but you ARE paying a little bit more for the sheer quality of it.

Neutrogena Body Oil

Beauty Review Saturday, Apr 3 2010 

Every girl loves looking great, especially when it comes to her makeup. We want to cover up our imperfections, make our pretty eyes stand out and our lips look kissable, all the while trying desperately to keep it all as natural seeming as possible. (Boys, FYI – harder than it looks!) I try to stick to a budget and so have opted to not always buy MAC/Dior etc makeup unless I can really afford to. Which means finding cheaper options that still work, and work WELL.

I have found a couple of new products recently that have really impressed me, so I thought I’d share.

RADIESSENCE Foundation

I bought RADIESSENCE on a whim really, because I had seen the Ads on TV and had heard people talking about it over the past few months. I needed a new foundation so thought I’d try it out. And I’ll tell you what – I am extremely happy I did! I have only used it a few times so far, but each time everyone comments on how “fresh-faced” I look, and one friend also stated she didn’t even click that I was wearing foundation! WIN WIN WIN! The foundation itself is a creamy blend with an SPF30 sunscreen mixed in, and is so good I didn’t need to use a concealer AT ALL – it covered up everything! Under-eye circles, blemishes, redskin. I also found that, as long as my skin is fresh and clean, there is absolutely no caking or build up.  There are four shades to choose from and it comes with a brush and an applicator sponge, which is really handy. For NZD$49.90 this is an extremely well-priced product that covers just as well as those big-name brands do. (If not better than some!)

Revlon: Just Bitten

This little lip enhancer is a roll-on, long lasting lip stain. You roll it on in the morning, let it set over a few minutes, then apply your normal balm/gloss. All day the colour will stay, because your lips are (duh) stained. All you have to do it keep applying your gloss, if you choose to. It’s easy, it’s sexy, and the name reminds me of Twilight, so I love it all the more! 😉  Why is this better than a long-lasting lipstick, you ask? Well, lipstick is thick, and if you have even the smallest amount of dry skin the lipstick cakes on and enhances it. Lip stain doesn’t do this in the slightest. This is a limited edition release for Revlon, so they no longer sell it on their site, BUT a lot of chemists, online shops etc still stock it. For  NZD$16.99 (sometimes cheaper, sometimes more expensive) it’s not a bad buy really. It lasts forever, and you only need to apply a little bit each morning as it lasts most, if not all of the day.

Vaseline Lip Therapy

We all know about Vaseline, but let me tell you, it is SO handy to have in your handbag. As a gloss over your matt lipstick or lip stain, it works beautifully. The particular type that I use (green tin, see above) has Aloe added, which means it helps also to keep my lips feeling soft and supple. Other tricks for this cheap (NZD$4.00) little beauty is that it is great for tidying eyebrows and emergency patch ups for when you’re out, go to the bathroom and look into the mirror, only to find dry skin! Plus, it can easily be stuffed into a small handbag or even your pocket. Genius! Have a look at the product itself here.

Chi Chi Eye Palette's

I really like Chi Chi cosmetics. Farmers Department store introduced me to the range, and I have never been disappointed. The product I am using obsessively at the moment is one of their Eye Pallette sets (mine has blue, pink, dusky rose, red-orange, gold and black). For NZD$16.99 this is a cheap eyeshadow that not only goes on well and stays on for the entire day without fading or smudging, but its sturdy little snap case never ever opens in your handbag and spills everywhere like most other cosmetics do. I mostly use the gold and the black, which are rich and sexy – LOVE! Check out the Chi Chi website for the full range.

L'OREAL Glam Shine Lip Gloss

You can’t beat a good lipgloss. L’Oreal’s Glam Shine range isn’t cheap, but also isn’t going to break the bank at NZD$21.00 (the price can vary depending on the store though, of course). There is a good range (I have most of them!) and it goes on smoothly, with minimal smudging and absolutely no stickiness. It does come off on your coffee cup/boyfriends collar, but oh well. That’s the price of beauty! You can find this product in most Supermarkets, Chemists and online beauty sites.

Kleancolor Nail Polish (Black #5)

In a perfect world, I would have enough money to only buy O.P.I. nail polishes. They are great BUT… a bit too expensive unfortunately. My next best thing? Well, I found it today, put it on, and am totally chuffed! Kleancolor’s nail polishes go on so smoothly, with no flaking, lumps or blobbing. I am really impressed. The RRP is about NZD$9.99, but I got it on sale today for NZD$6.00 at a Postie+ store. It does need a sealer coat on top to stop it from peeling, but for a change-a-day type polish it’s good.

So, that’s it for now kids. Hopefully I have helped you in some way to improve your makeup range while saving you some money as well! Until next time…

Pink Just Sounds Better Thursday, Mar 4 2010 

Everything these days seems to be designed in such a way that people will buy it merely because it looks cool. Sure, quality comes into it (big time), but if you can buy a product that is both functional AND funky, then it’s all the more exciting. Days are long gone when you would just buy something stock standard – now it’s all about the x-factor. Does it have a cool pattern? Is it hot pink? Is it fashionable? Does it go with your outfit/computer/car/personality? You just have to look at the recent popularity of pink everything to see what I mean. I have friends who have eagerly bought a toolset, merely because it was pink. Same with the gorgeous pink Apple iPods or pink stationery.

So, in following this recent trend, I have succumbed happily to buying my every day items in exciting shades and designs, and of modern construction. I have pink pens, pink socks, sparkly hairbrushes, a bizarrely shaped but very funky toothbrush, all the way to my most recent of purchases: a pair of hot pink JVC headphones (HA-S150 On-Ear Stereo Headphones to be exact!)

Why did I buy them? You’re thinking, well, I probably needed a new pair and so bought pink just because. Not exactly. This is the power of target marketing. I have three pairs of headphones, two of them being of the Apple persuasion, and one cheaper pair from some unknown brand called Sony or something ( 😉 hehe ) So no, I certainly didn’t need another pair. I just saw these pink beauties and HAD TO HAVE. Now, as a girl, I wouldn’t normally spend my hard earned cash on anything functional and tech-like unless I really had to. I would save my pennies for clothing, accessories, makeup. But because JVC was smart enough to make a pair of headphones in this wonderful colour (or color for our American readers!) I was hooked in to buying them.

I took them to work today, and made sure I wore my matching pink scarf and ring (Hot!). The lesson here? If you make something practical and generally boring into something exciting and fashionable, you WILL sell your product. It’s just all about changing the image of the product to entice the consumer. Make it more desirable, make it fun, make it fashionable. It’s a win win situation.

My Hot Pink JVC HA-S150 On-Ear Stereo Headphones

Sandpaper Skin vs Bio Oil Tuesday, Mar 2 2010 

This is just my uber quick beauty tip.

Recently, I have been suffering from dry skin. Using my normal skin-care routine just hasn’t been cutting it; I end up with dry skin again a few hours later. Moisturisers, no matter how good, just aren’t quite enough to combat REALLY dry skin. Now, the one thing that looks just as bad as having dry skin, is having shiny, oily skin. So using any really oily skin products is out of the question, unless you want to walk out of your house glistening. Unless…

…Listen up, I have found something that works for me. Simple, easy.

Before I go to bed, I use my St. Ives exfoliant to get rid of any build up on the skin. Then, I absolutely slather my face in Bio Oil. Yes, you heard me correctly – Bio Oil. Bio Oil is mostly known for getting rid of stretch marks and scars, but it is equally effective on dry skin.

After you apply, you look like a shiny, glistening dork. But the next morning, when you wake up and wash the excess off, your skin is absolutely glowing, without a hint of dryness. Throughout the whole day you will see a marked difference. So if you suffer from dry skin that you just haven’t been able to beat – give it a go. It worked for me.

Extra tip – I also rub Bio Oil onto my legs after shaving/waxing. It causes no irritation, and stops my legs from becoming dry. Brilliant stuff! Plus, with a bottle of Bio Oil starting at NZD$20.00, it’s not expensive at all, and it lasts aaaggeesss.

Bio Oil can be purchased in most Chemists/Pharmacies and in some supermarkets. If you can’t find it, just go online and have a hunt. It’s worth it.

The Bio Oil Range

I Surfed, I Stumbled Saturday, Feb 27 2010 

Well, this is just a quick post to show you some of the things I have stumbled across online recently. The weird and the wonderful – truly!

Well, this made me cringe, but I thought the girl kind of deserved it. A guy used a Radio Station (Point) to end his relationship with his girlfriend after finding out she had been cheating on him. The twist was, the girlfriend had found the engagement ring he had bought her and thought he was going to propose – ouch! It’s not nice, and I’d never recommend anyone do this, but hey… kind of entertaining… Listen here.

Brilliant Old Spice Commercial… totally had me in fits of laughter!

Interesting article on nail salons and what some of them are doing unbeknownst to their customers. Apparently they have been refilling the designer brand polish with $2 Dollar Shop brands to cut costs… Totally evil, as the designer brands (such as O.P.I.) have been getting complaints. Plus, the customers are paying for quality and getting CRAP! Read the full article here.

Michael Jackson’s “They Don’t Care About Us” clip, danced to by Prison inmates… Amazing. Watch it here.

Here is a blog for all of you Tila Tequila haters out there (or people who just want to see a social car wreck). This blog breaks down all of the crap Tila has spouted, and aligned it with the truth, other news reports and so on. Damn, this girl liiieeesss. Check out this blog here.

My latest fashion find, thanks to a work colleague, is Shoes Of Prey. This is a website where you can design and buy your own pair of heels – Hot! It’s not cheap (approximately USD$350) but it’s brilliant fun to design your perfect shoes! And if you love them enough, you can buy them!

Here’s the new Robert Pattinson (of Twilight fame) video; an artsy, bizarre clip where he is surrounded by half naked women whilst the camera seems to be having an epileptic fit. Oh well, watch it here – he is still hot! 😉

For cuteness factor alone, here is Dory Moments, an edited clip of all the best Dory scenes from the Pixar movie Finding Nemo. “Just keep swimming, just keep swimming, just keep swimming, swimming swimming…”

I will end with something truly adorable! A news story on an elephant and her best friend, a dog. Watch it here. Will make you feel all warm inside (yeah yeah, I’m a sap!)

That’s enough of my time wasters, but I hope you found something to enjoy! 🙂

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“Sensitive Area” Bleach… Hmm… Monday, Feb 1 2010 

So I have a nice pink scar on one of my thighs from a car accident I was in last year, and as a woman, I could deal with the broken bones and all of the frustrating physio, but being left with scars has just annoyed the hell out of me. So, naturally, I scoured the internet and asked professionals what kind of scar treatment products worked the best.

So I used certain medical grade products for the scar, and it healed nice and flat, but I was left with a very pink line. So, once again, I went on the hunt.

Now, don’t laugh, but I basically ended up with Anal and Vaginal bleaching gel from South Beach. I bet that made you stop and question my sanity! But hear me out…

I did a lot of research and found that “South Beach Lightening Gel For Sensitive Areas” is purely a safe way to lighten any dark pigmentation of the skin. It can be used for anything from, err, what I just mentioned (haha) to scars, dark underarms and elbows, age spots and general pigment problems. It’s so gentle you can use it straight after waxing, and… it works!

My scar is looking great, going in a few short weeks from a purple-pink to a light pink. I put it on twice a day; when I get up in the morning and after my shower at night. It’s a brilliant, no fuss gel that doesn’t sting, smell or cause any skin reaction for those who are extremely sensitive (me!). The only warning on the box is to, obviously, not ingest it and to not risk using it if you are pregnant. Fair enough.

So! If you have any scars that you want to lighten (or have any other “Sensitive areas” that could do with some easy bleaching) I’d recommend this product. Have a look at their website (it is American) as they have a whole range of different products made by them. The products aren’t cheap, I bought my one 60 ml tube from a beauty salon here in New Zealand for NZD$95. Go on, don’t let the anal/vaginal thing scare you off 😉

South Beach Lightening Gel For Sensitive Areas

You Scrubber Sunday, Jan 17 2010 

 

St Ives Exfoliating Scrub

Best cheap beauty product EVER has to be (in my opinion) the St Ives range of Exfoliating Facial/Body Scrubs. You can find it in most supermarkets, both in large pots (my preference!) or tubes. 

Within the range there is everything from the Apricot scrub to the olive scrub, which also vary for sensitive to oily skin. Now, there are a lot of exfoliants out there. You buy it, you use it, and it feels like a nice face wash with a few grains in it. Nice, but certainly not an exfoliant. The St Ives range is like… well, SAND! It is extremely rough, but not in a way that it irritates your skin. It well and truly gets rid of those black-heads, dry skin and general build up on the skin. It leaves you looking fresh, clean and polished.

I use it on my face, chest, arms and legs (especially after shaving!) and then follow up by moisturising. My skin has never looked better! And when it costs me around NZD$10.00 for a pottle/tube… how on earth could I say no?! 😀

St Ives Exfoliating Scrub

To Die For Saturday, Jan 9 2010 

I just found something that absolutely took my breath away. It’s totally girly and over the top, but I think I’m in love. I have finally found the most perfect makeup case. It’s massive, it has a million different compartments, and its on wheels. Oh, did I mention, its PINK?! 

It’s not cheap (NZD$285 + shipping) but I don’t care. It is beautiful and big enough to contain all of my makeup, hair products, skin products, nail polishes and tools. At the moment I have about six small makeup bags, all bulging at the seams, and I can never find what I want. HATE CLUTTER! This way I keep everything in order and have it all in one place… plus, all of my friends are going to be jjeeaalloouusss!

The New Zealand site that sells them is Glamour Cases but I also found a US site that sells them too, Yazmo. Have a look, there are a whole range of great cases to choose from!

Makeup Case

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