How to Use the Scholl Velvet Smooth Electronic Nail Care System

How would you like to have shiny, smooth, healthy looking nails without having to visit a salon or wearing nail polish? With the help of the Scholl Velvet Smooth Electronic Nail Care System, it is now possible! Yes, you can now achieve beautiful finger and toe nails without stressing your nails through the repeated use of … Read moreHow to Use the Scholl Velvet Smooth Electronic Nail Care System

The Best Blackhead Remover so you can Stop Picking Your Face!

“Stop picking your face!” This is something I hear my Mother say to me still, in my 30’s. But no matter how many times she warns me, I still love doing it especially when I find the perfect light for seeing blackheads and giving them a good squeeze. But this happens to be in her … Read moreThe Best Blackhead Remover so you can Stop Picking Your Face!

How to Use Magnesium Bath Flakes

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Not a lot of people know that magnesium deficiency is a pretty common condition. Under-developed countries are mostly affected but surprisingly as well as in well-developed countries. Perhaps it is because magnesium is not a very popular mineral. It seems like a lot of fingers are pointing to our diet and lifestyle as the two … Read moreHow to Use Magnesium Bath Flakes

Truth About Dry Cracked Heels

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Do you lie in bed and shudder at that feeling when one heel rubbes across the other. Those little bits of dry skin, poke into your leg, and the sore cracks make you wince under pressure? Dry, cracked heels may seem to be common skin problem, but this seemingly simple and dismissible condition can actually lead … Read moreTruth About Dry Cracked Heels

5 Scabies Treatment Products in the Spotlight.

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Have you ever seen someone who is infected with scabies? Did you know that it is a very contagious skin condition? So contagious, that almost in an instant, you can get infected by simply touching the skin of someone who has it. Children and the elderly are particularly susceptible to contracting this condition. The symptoms … Read more5 Scabies Treatment Products in the Spotlight.

How to Heal Scars: Dealing With Scars Your Over The Counter Options


We cannot avoid getting wounded and hurt. Especially during childhood, when we start to explore the wonderful world around us. Bruises, scalds, scrapes, and cuts are all part of growing up.  And sometimes scarring is inevitable, which leaves a mark not just on the skin but on the self-esteem.  So, what is the solution? Help heal … Read moreHow to Heal Scars: Dealing With Scars Your Over The Counter Options

6 Over the Counter Hydrocortisone Creams in the Spotlight

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Do you suffer from skin allergies? Do you find it hard to concentrate while itching? Eczema and psoriasis can affect anyone of any age and can cause skin flare-ups that are very itchy. In addition, they can also result in inflammation, rashes, and redness. I notice this in my children. I see them scratching every … Read more6 Over the Counter Hydrocortisone Creams in the Spotlight

How to use Bondi Sands Ultra Dark Self Tanning Foam ( With Pictures)

Bondi Sands have just released two new products just in time for spring. Their Bondi Sands Ultra Dark Self Tanning Foam and a new Gradual Tanning Foam. Perfect if you need some new tanning products to bump up your colour – any time of year.

Bondi Sands ultra dark now available in store

Choose the right tan for your skin.

Don’t you hate it when you invest in skincare, makeup or tanning products and they suck! I have sensitive skin and in my early 20’s I had a cupboard full of barely used products that I “Just wasn’t that into”. They would either leave me dry, itchy or in the case of some older fake tans, smelling like a carrot. This is why I love YouTube and Instagram for checking out products before I buy. I can usually find how to videos, colour swatches and read about other’s first-hand experiences with a product. I have included some in this blog so you can see the new Ultra Dark tan in action.

You can find before and after pics of the Bondi Sands Ultra Dark Self Tanning Foam here.

As you can see from the pictures above this tan gives ULTRA dark results so you want to make sure you put it on properly. Using a fake tanning mitt goes a long way to avoid those telltale signs your tan is fake on your hands and nails. And prepping your skin will help you create the perfect smooth canvas for tanning. Here is a video from the Tanning Experts at Bondi Sands walking you through an application of this new Ultra Dark Tan so you can see it in action.

Want to know where to buy it? You can find it in our online store’s self tanning section. You will also find the other shades there including regular dark and light medium.

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Avene XeraCalm for Red Hypersensitive Skin: What You Need to Know

Having hypersensitive skin is a delicate situation.  Do you find your skin easily turns red after using skin care products?  Is your skin often patchy or itchy? Do you find you are disappointed with the product options out there?  Confused about which ingredients will annoy and irritate your skin? Do you have a cupboard full of products you can’t use?  I know how you feel and I completely appreciate your frustration.  So let me share with you a secret I have recently discovered. A range of products made especially for hypersensitive skin– Avene XeraCalm.

Do you ever wonder if you suffer from hypersensitive skin?

According to, surveys show that 50% of women and 40% of men report of having sensitive skin. To have sensitive skin means you have low tolerance level for cosmetics and other personal care products. And these sensitivities are manifested in many different ways, such as experiencing stinging, itching or burning sensations. You can also see the appearance of redness, dryness, scaling, peeling and, in more extreme cases, bumps and hives.

So, have you confirmed your suspicion? Let’s see if you really have hypersensitive skin. You have it if you said yes to at least 3 or more of the symptoms above.  Now that you have finally confirmed this, what do you do? Do you just sulk and accept your condition without doing anything? Or do you switch to a product specially formulated for sensitive skin?

Perhaps your next question is, which products can help?

Avene XeraCalm is one product we trust in dealing with hypersensitive skin. Specially formulated for those who are hypersensitive to weather changes. It is also ideal for those who easily react to products that contain harsh chemicals. As well as those who suffer from irritant contact dermatitis.


Who can benefit from using Avene XeraCalm?

Those who suffer from moderate to extremely dry skin or eczema will benefit from Avene XeraCalm.  The reason? It contains carefully chosen ingredients known to soothe and help relieve extreme dryness symptoms.

What makes it different from other products made for sensitive skin?

The Avene XeraCalm range has a unique yet common active ingredient known as the Avene Thermal Spring Water. It comes from the Cevennes Mountains in Avene France. It is pure, free from bacteria, has low mineral content, and has a wide range of anions, cations, and trace elements. Dermatologists prefer Avene Thermal Spring Water among dermatological thermal spring waters because of its 2 is to 1 ratio of calcium vs. magnesium.


Now that you know more about Avene XeraCalm, let me share what are most common causes of hypersensitive skin.

Here are two of most common reasons why those who naturally have hypersensitive skin react.

First, irritant contact dermatitis.

Irritation happens when someone is exposed to either products or environmental aggressors that lead to a skin reaction. These irritants can either be personal care products, irritating body fluids such as urine, faeces, or sweat. It can also be environmental conditions such as heat, cold, low humidity and ultraviolet light.

Next is allergic contact dermatitis.

This happens when you apply either chemicals or materials to your skin and develops an allergic reaction after.  Examples of the most reported allergens are rubber, latex, and silicone. These can also be active ingredients such as SLS, paraben, and others.

Here is the range of Avene XeraCalm:


Now that you know how can Avene XeraCalm help, go ahead and check our online store. And if you know someone with hypersensitive skin, please take a few seconds to share, pin or tweet this post using the buttons to your left.



Confused about Skincare in your 50’s? Prime Renewal

They say life begins at 40.  If that is true, then what happens in your 50’s?  I bet a lot of women would say….menopause. Indeed! Menopause is a major event in a woman’s life and because of decreasing levels of estrogen as a result of menopause, a lot of changes happen to the skin. You … Read moreConfused about Skincare in your 50’s? Prime Renewal

How to Choose and Use the right Benzac AC for your acne

Does your acne get you down? Sometimes it’s hard to feel put together and polished when you have sore bumps all over your face.   If you are struggling with acne, you want a product that you know will fight pimples, while still looking after your skin.  Benzac AC Gel is a high quality, over the … Read moreHow to Choose and Use the right Benzac AC for your acne

Your Guide To Home Wart Treatments in New Zealand

Have you ever looked down and noticed a wart on your foot? First of all, did you know they are contagious and they could spread to other parts of your body. In Addition they can also spread to anyone who shares a floor or shower with you. So what are your options as far as home wart … Read moreYour Guide To Home Wart Treatments in New Zealand

Everything You Need to Know About Nude By Nature Makeup Brushes

Do you often get frustrated with the way your makeup ends up looking?  You want to make it look amazing but you’re not sure how to apply it like a pro.  There are tons of video tutorials you can access, but you feel you also need the right kinds of makeup brushes to get that … Read moreEverything You Need to Know About Nude By Nature Makeup Brushes

Confused about Skincare in your 40s? Imedeen Time Perfection

Women do not want to wear their age on their sleeve… or their face for that matter. When they reach the age of 40, they start to notice those fine lines cropping up around their eyes and mouth. And a few of those freckles and sunspots that remind them of their mother (or grandmother). These signs of … Read moreConfused about Skincare in your 40s? Imedeen Time Perfection

Need to Pop a Pimple? Here’s a Tutorial on How to Pop a Zit Properly

We all get them at some stage of our life– a pimple! And while popping a pimple is never a good idea, sometimes you get those pus filled pimples that you know people are staring at. That you also can’t live with … So, if you must pop a zit here are our top tips for … Read moreNeed to Pop a Pimple? Here’s a Tutorial on How to Pop a Zit Properly

Get Flawless Skin: Revlon PhotoReady Foundation is Now in Store

Have you ever had a friend snap a photo, and when you look at it you feel down about how cloudy and awful your skin looks? This has happened to me a couple of times after a day at work. My friends and I love to hang out after work and we love to take … Read moreGet Flawless Skin: Revlon PhotoReady Foundation is Now in Store

How to Give Yourself a Thin Lizzy Makeover in 3 Minutes or Less [Video]

We have all been there – It is 8am and you have just woken up, your late because your alarm hasn’t gone off… you do not have time for a shower. You throw on your go to work outfit, and have exactly 5 minutes to put your face on, grab a banana, put your coffee in … Read moreHow to Give Yourself a Thin Lizzy Makeover in 3 Minutes or Less [Video]

Are You Suffering from Dry Skin?

Dry skin is probably one of the most common problems we are encountering during cold season, specially during winter time. But this condition is not exclusive to this season alone because too much sun exposure and too much swimming can also lead to dry skin. What are the basic characteristics of dry skin? Some of … Read moreAre You Suffering from Dry Skin?

Whats Best For Bad Sunburn? Sunburn Remedies

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Really Bad Sunburn is a skin condition that most everyone will experience, at least once in their lifetime. Anyone who goes to the beach loves to swim, take a walk or do gardening in the yard will definitely get sunburned. But the good thing about it is it’s not that serious, especially if you know … Read moreWhats Best For Bad Sunburn? Sunburn Remedies