Reviews

St Ives & Vaseline® Spray and Go Lotion

My skin is dry.

Like crazy dry. Like, every day no matter how much lotion I used I would scratch and scratch at my legs until J would scold me and tell me to stop.  They were just so itchy! So when I was contacted by Unilever® and asked if I would like to try out the new Spray & Go lotions I said, “Yes please!”.

I’d seen the commercial for Vaseline Spray & Go on TV and wondered how well they really worked…

…did they really absorb in seconds? I’m not stranger to slathering body lotion on, and one you get it on you are pretty much stuck for a good couple minutes before you can get dressed if you don’t want to have it transfer all over your clothes.

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From Unilever®:

Last year, Unilever® launched Vaseline Spray & Go™ lotion, changing the way many Canadians moisturize and helping more Canadians make it part of their morning routine.

This year, Unilever is expanding its spray lotion line-up with offerings from Vaseline MEN®and St. Ives® making moisturizing even more simple – the spray-on technology allows for faster* application, all-over coverage and a non-greasy feel while delivering the essentials in beauty benefits and skin moisturization.

In an era where finger-tip control, sleek design and on-the-go lifestyles are in high-demand, Unilever is offering a solution that doesn’t compromise on healthy looking, beautiful, moisturized skin.

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Number one – it really does absorb that quickly. I also really like that you can spray it upside down so you can spray up the front of your leg, turn it upside down and spray down the back all in one fluid motion.  It really makes moisturizing a no brainer.

Since I started using these products I shockingly have noticed a huge difference in how itchy my legs are.  Seriously you guys, I would dig and dig at my calves because they were so itchy and while I still get itch sometimes, it’s nothing like it was before. Makes me wonder if any of the lotion I was using before was actually absorbing into my skin or if it was all getting transferred off onto my clothes or the bed sheets.

Anyway, I’ve been using the St. Ives each day after I have a shower/bath and I LOVE the smell of the Coconut Milk and Orchid Extract Fresh Hydration Lotion they sent and then have been using the Vaseline® Spray & Go for dry skin just before bed. I don’t know that it’s necessary to put more on before bed but I’m sort of obsessed…

I wasn’t sure how much J would use the lotion, I don’t think he’s too big on body lotion (probably a boy thing). Anyway I put his in the bathroom and apparently he has been using it because he said that he has noticed a big difference in the skin on the sides of his torso. That the skin was really dry there and he finds that even only using the spray and go once every couple days has provided the area with enough moisture that it’s no longer dry or itchy.

I don’t think it hurts that the men’s lotion smells like a boy, if a guy is going to use body lotion they are probably want it to smell like manly body lotion hahahaha.

There is a full line of products including two  Vaseline® Spray and Go products for men (one fast absorbing, the other fast cooling), as well as three other  Vaseline® Spray and Go lotions in Alor Fresh, Cocoa Radiant & Dry Skin formulas each retail for $6.99-$8.99. And finally there are the St. Ives Fresh Hydration Lotions in Naturally Soothing Oatmeal & Shae Butter, Naturally Indulgent Coconut Milk & Orchid Extract and Energizing Citrus & Vitamin C Fresh which retail for $5.99-$7.99.

When my St. Ives lotion runs out I’m totally going in search of the citrus scent. I bet it smells amazing!!

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Ready to jump on the spray lotion bandwagon?  Well do I have a deal for you! The amazing folks at Unilever® have generously offered an amazing giveaway for my readers!

Sprays Giveaway

Enter for your chance to win a great summer-themed giveaway to prep your skin for the warmer months ahead! Includes a great beach tote bag, a trendy beach blanket and three assorted Unilever Spray Products.

To enter leave a comment below telling me which of the lotions/scents you most want to try!

Giveaway is open to residents of Canada only, and closes at 12:01am on Wednesday, April 16th, 2014.

Winner will be chosen via random.org and contacted by email.

**Update: a winner has been chosen and it was lucky comment number 6! Congrats Storm!!!

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Disclosure: Unilever provided me with these products free of charge in exchange for my honest review, and that’s just what this is, I never pretend to like something I don’t honestly like!

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Tommie Copper Review

Happy SUNNY Monday!! And if you live here in Nova Scotia like me, you’ll know that the all caps SUNNY is most certainly required. I feel like we haven’t had a proper week with sun in like forever, so I’m hoping this is the week!

Back in mid-March I received a few pieces of Tommie Copper clothing as part of a campaign with Fitfluential LLC.  If you’re not familiar with their line (I wasn’t until this campaign came up), here is a quote from their website:

Tommie Copper was founded in 2011 as a natural solution to increasing muscle & joint performance, pain relief and recovery. In doing so, Tommie Copper created the category of copper-infused apparel; apparel that actually helps you feel better and live positively. Tommie Copper offers compression and active apparel that offer increased performance, recovery and pain relief during sports, work and everyday activities.

Activated copper is at the core of every TC garment. By a proprietary process, it is permanently and densely infused into all performance yarns, releasing ions that provide anti-microbial protection, skin benefits and help you feel better.

As you can imagine, I was excited to try the products not only for recovery, but in hopes that they would provide some additional relief from my joint muscle pain caused by fibromyalgia.

The pieces I received were the women’s long sleeve compression shirt  and the full length legging (in bright pink!!).

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I’m always a little hesitant about choosing clothing sizes online from a line I’ve never tried before, but I went with my regular size in both the top and the leggings and they both fit perfectly. They are of course compression garments so they fit snugly but not overly so. You can certainly feel the fabric hugging your body/muscles and if I had gone up a size from my usual I’m not sure that I would have had the desired compression fit.

The reason I chose the long sleeved shirt when I picked out my items for review is because as I’ve wrote about in other posts, I have a lot of arm and shoulder pain thanks to my fibromyalgia. My shoulder and arms bother me more than any other part of my body, so I was anxious to see if the shirt would make any difference. The first day I wore it was on a Saturday after teaching Zumba Toning (in case you don’t know about Zumba Toning, or specifically my Zumba Toning classes, they are arm and shoulder and upper back killers!), and that night (night is when my arms and shoulder bother me the most) was the first night in months that my shoulder didn’t hurt or keep me up! I didn’t actually realize until Sunday afternoon that I had worn the shirt the previous day. I didn’t want to say anything in case it was a fluke – I wanted to do more testing! But the problem is, the only time I get to go all day in the same clothes is on the weekends so I had to wait for the next weekend to try it again – and again, another shoulder pain free night! Obviously I can’t tell you 100% that the shirt is what caused me to be pain free, but it seems like a pretty big coincidence, that after at least 4 months of shoulder pain every night, the few times I’ve worn my Tommie Copper shirt during the day are the few nights I’ve gone pain free.

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As for my pinkalicious leggings, I’ve worn them a few times and have found them to be comfortable for everything from Zumba to yoga. The picture above was taken one Thursday night after I had taught 1 hour of Aqua Fitness, a 1hr Zumba + Toning mix class, 1 hr of Zumba & 45 minutes of yoga.  Now I didn’t wear the leggings for all of those classes (I do change my clothes between classes people!) but Zumba & Yoga were back to back classes, at the end of a very long day and while I was certainly tired, my legs didn’t ache (which they often do at the end of Thursday), which in itself is a battle won.  They are super comfy and the waistband doesn’t dig in (like some do).  My only criticism is I wish the inseam were a tinge longer (yes tinge is a technical term), but that’s just me with my long old legs being nit picky.

I have another pair of hot pink tights from a different company that I have to wear exclusively as tights (like with a skirt kind of tights) because even though they were advertised as athletic tights the rear region is 150% see through.  That is not the case here, and while one needs to be a bit mindful of what colour underwear they are wearing in hot pink leggings, you can tell from my picture above that you can’t see my underwear (and yes, I was wearing some!).

They have a great range of products including knee and elbow sleeves, calf sleeves and compression knee socks ( <– I’m thinking about getting a pair to see how they compare to my pro-compression socks.  I’m interested to see if the activated copper makes a difference there too!).  The links I’ve provided are all for the women’s line but they do have a full selection for men as well.

I’ll say again that I can’t be completely sure that it was the shirt that has led me to this few pain free nights, I gotta say it seems like a pretty big coincidence if it wasn’t! If you are suffering from muscle and joint pain I would certainly urge you to give the Tommie Copper line a try, they have a 60 day money back guarantee so if you find that the products don’t work for you, you can return them!

Disclosure: I was provided with the items mentioned in this blog post free of charge from Tommie Copper as part of a campaign through Fitfluential LLC in exchange for my honest review, and that is what this is.  All thoughts, opinions and experiences are 100% my own.  They are not for sale.

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