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

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Za Za Zoom! Tuesday, Dec 8 2009 

My latest foray into facial/body and makeup products has been with the line from Za New York. And I’ll tell you what – I love the stuff!

They have a whole heap of different things, but I’m mainly going to talk about their True White Emulsion Clarifying Agent. The bottle claims “Smooth moisturizing (it’s from the US so will stick with their spelling!) emulsion helps diminish spots and acne scars”. Well, like most women, my skin tone isn’t perfectly even. So I thought, hmm, worth a go. It’s also a moisturiser, prevents blemishes and smoothes skin while retaining its natural moisture balance. Now I’ve got you all excited, you’re thinking – “Does it work?!”

Well, so far yes! It feels like heavy silk when it goes on, and it absorbs beautifully. I put it on when I go to bed and have found that, in the morning, I don’t HAVE to slather myself in face creme due to my skin drying out overnight! This was a bit of a miracle to me, as dry skin just is my pet hate. It looks awful and I’m anal about making sure my face is void of it at all times.

Now, my skin tone is also looking better. More even, less dull and – amazingly – just plain healthier. The Za tinted moisturiser I am using is also great – has good coverage, looks natural and doesn’t dry out. Now, how often can you say that? (Unless you use Lancolme, but I can’t afford their products!)

And the pièce de résistance is the pricing of the Za products. I bought the emulsion creme for less than NZD$25.00 and the tinted moisturiser was less than NZD$20.00 – zing! How good is that? Available at Farmers, too, which means the range is often on special, and if you have a Farmers beauty card you get points. 

B-E-A-utiful! 

Za New York Beauty Product Range

Help In Tens Monday, Nov 30 2009 

I have had a lot of medical issues recently (Don’t drive scooters, they aren’t worth all the broken bones when some git runs a red light) and the most frustrating and painful part of all has been a sore back and neck. My accident left me with a lot of sore muscles, but I was limited in using them. I couldn’t stretch, couldn’t work my them normally. This caused my muscles to waste and become weak, throwing my whole body out of balance. Let me tell you – ouch!

Then I came across a Tens Machine (also know as EMS and NMES). It’s a small unit (And there are hundreds of types out there ranging from cheap to extremely expensive) that you place over the muscles you want to focus on, turn it on and it sends low-level electrical impulses to the area. It causes the muscles to work, tensing and unclenching. This treatment is used for major and minor injuries – I am recommending this to everyone! This little unit is something I have continued to use since the accident for no reason other than to keep my muscles loose and pain-free. I often use it on my neck and shoulders to stop them getting stiff, and to help with leg cramps. Other people I know use it for reducing swelling, the improvement of circulation, and muscle strengthening – some of my friends even claim their muscles have become more firm and they have dropped a size or two!

This machine is just brilliant for loosening stiff muscles. Anyone with a chronic bad neck or back will understand the need for relief from pain. So, there are plenty of websites and shops that sell them. Buy a cheapie to start with and give it a go! Honestly, it has helped my quality of life tenfold. 😉

TENS Unit