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

Abra Cadavre Jewellery Monday, Apr 5 2010 

Recently, a New Zealand graphic designer started up his own jewellery collection. And I’ll tell you what – it’s bloody amazing!

The name gives you a hint at the tone of the collection (Abra Cadavre Jewellery – clever, isn’t it?) but for those of you that don’t get it, it’s a nod towards the macabre. Some of the pieces include Voodoo Doll Earrings, a Zombie Cameo and Severed Skull Studs. Dark, sexy, but still beautiful. Also, each piece is handmade and finely crafted.

I am lucky enough to have purchased a few things so far from the Abra Cadavre website, something for me and something for a friend. I don’t know who was more pleased, me or her!

The pieces aren’t expensive, starting from NZD$10.00 and going up to NZD$110.00. There are earrings, pendants, bracelets and cameos, with more being added to the product range all the time. If you like your jewellery with a bit of attitude that strays from the norm, then this is the range for you!

Abra Cadavre Jewellery

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

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