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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Trilogy Ultra Hydrating Cream Monday, Jun 28 2010 

I work in a lovely office environment, but this also means I spend 40+ hours a week stewing beneath a heavy blanket of machine controlled air that is harshly circulated around me and dries out my skin. The end result? My skin needs some moisture baby!

I have a few good skin products to remedy this, but recently, nothing has quite been cutting it. So one day I was talking to my beautician about said issue, when she mentioned that the wonderful nourishing mask she used on me also doubled as an extremely hydrating facial cream. ZING!

So we got to talking, and she showed me the range she used – Trilogy. This is a New Zealand brand started by two ex-Australian sisters that use fresh, luxurious ingredients including their favorite ingredient, rose-hip oil. Price wise, they are middle of the range (most of their items cost around NZD$40) but the quality of their products are top-notch.

You know when you get a facial and the next day you break out? I have never, EVER broken out after a Trilogy facial. I have sensitive skin that reacts to almost anything, and yet it has positively sung out with happiness after I use their different products. They sell skin regimes for all skin types, to reduce wrinkles, help with acne and for both men and women.

Now, the product I am raving about today (and most of the past week!) is the Trilogy Ultra Hydrating Cream. This seemingly heavy cream goes on and just melts into your skin, leaving your face feeling supple and nourished. There is no shiny-faced monster looking back at you in the mirror, and it works wonderfully as a makeup primer if you are in a rush. My skin has never looked healthier, more even and best of all, there is no dry skin! I put it on before I go to bed and again after I wash my face in the morning. You don’t need a lot, it goes on beautifully and smells wonderful according to all of the people who have commented! My 75ml tube cost me just under NZD$40, and to be perfectly honest – I would have happily paid twice that much. And I certainly don’t say that often!

So, if you are searching for an eco-friendly, wonderful skin care range – try Trilogy. You will not regret it!

Trilogy Ultra Hydrating Cream

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

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

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

Glisten up Tuesday, Nov 10 2009 

One of the absolute banes of my life happens to be dry lips. With working in an office that has air conditioning plus the hot sun of New Zealand, I find myself licking my lips only to find them a little cracked.

Lipstick does nothing by colour in the dry patches and accentuate them. Lip gloss makes them feel sticky and inevitably worse. Lip balms are okkkaaayyyyyyyyy… But tend to not really moisturize those poor little lips.

After whining about this problem for quite a while, one of my friends (We’ll call her Essy) introduced me to Lucas Paw Paw ointment. It’s available in a small tube and also in pots, and is used for everything from rashes, cuts, dry skin to – you guessed it – extremely chapped lips. 

Created by a botanist over 100 years ago, this is one of those old-school remedies that you might have seen your Nan use at one time. It is gentle, nourishing, and makes your sore lips (Or any skin ailments!) feel better and heal super fast. Many of my friends followed suit and bought some (Available from most chemists for about NZD$13.00) only to find their lips never felt better!

So, wonderfully, I found a cheap solution to my lip woes.

Check out their website for more information: http://www.lucaspapaw.com.au/

Lucas Paw Paw

Lucas Paw Paw Ointment