Review on Zim's Max-Freeze: An Unexpected Secret Weapon for Sores and Aches

Migraine Mood
I suffer from tension migraines regularly. I know a migraine is in my future when I have been stressed out and spent long hours studying at the computer.  During this past finals season, I had a really terrible migraine, but the CVS near my school only had Tylenol, and I'm a Motrin type of girl...Needless to say, the Tylenol was not cutting it because my head was still throbbing. To top it off, my shoulders felt tight from hunching over my computer, and carrying my boys who were both sick and in result more needy than usual.

I looked in my bag, again, to see if I had perhaps overlooked a bottle of Motrin that I always leave in my bag, but instead found a bottle of Zim's Max Freeze Roll-On I was sent as a press sample. I can't even tell you why it was in my bag -- honestly, I don't remember putting it in there, but if I could time travel and give myself a high-five for putting it in my bag, I would...considering I was a little skeptical of its abilities, and did not think that I would really need it.  Honestly, when I'm having a headache I am not reaching for something topical.

My shoulders were aching, so I thought I would give it a chance. Immediately, upon first roll I felt a huge surge of coldness on my shoulder. Freezing -- I am telling you! I have used IcyHot, Bengay, Tiger Balm, SalonPas, Vietnamese Eucalyptus oil, and no other topical pain relievers come close to the coldness you feel after applying Max-Freeze -- and it's really the coldness that numbs away the soreness and aches.


My favorite part about Zim's Max-Freeze is the roller applicator. When I apply the roller with pressure, I can really work on the knots in my shoulders. It's really handy when you can target, massage, and also "medicate" to a specific area that's sore.

I was also impressed by the non-greasy formula. Zim's is, a company aiming to stay natural, which I love. So, no parabens, synthetic fragrances, DEA, or petrolatum in this formula<3 <3 <3 It's main active ingredient is 3% Menthol. It is also packed with soothing aloe and powerful tea tree oil. As you may have read in my Trader Joe's Facial Cleaner Review or Neem Oil Mask review, tea tree oil is an anti-inflammatory, and so it is a natural and amazing ingredient for releasing sore muscles and joints.  

The formula is also long lasting! A few days after applying it at school, I applied the roller to my shoulders right before a shower. The entire shower my shoulder were freezing. So, it lasts quite a while and is water resistant -- which is great for gym junkies and those in water sports like swimmers.  

Law school has turned me into a sweater-wearing shoulder aching grandma....Thank goodness I gave I this little guy a chance. . I love this roller so much it will never leave my school bag...

As always, use in moderation, and before use, test a bit on a small area to see if you have an allergic reaction. 

 Zim's Max-Freeze Roll-on may be purchased on amazon.com or zimsusa.com for $9.99.


 















Active Ingredients: Natural Menthol USP 3.7% (Purpose: Topical Analgesic) Inactive Ingredients: *Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, *Arnica Montana Extract, Camphor, Carbomer, Ethylhexylglycerin, *Ilex Paraguariensis Leaf Extract, Isopropyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Tea Tree Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E Acetate), Water.

#MasqueSundays: JustNeem Mask

Hooray! Pop the champs! Light the firecrackers!!!  This mama is finally going back to law school!!! My husband works hard to provide our family with the luxury of me being able to stay at home with our two boys, but I do miss interacting with adults, and working (somewhat, lolz).  Now, my eldest son is going to start preschool, and I am stoked to be able to do me (at least for a couple days a week.) 

Believe me, my skin NEEDS me to do me. After going on 10+ preschool tours, back-to-school shopping, etc.,  #MasqueSundays fell on my priority list, and consequently my chin (my worst problem area) is breaking out like crazy with lots of little bumps and one deep cystic pimple. So I am busting out JustNeem's Neem Clay Mask, which is made with French clay, neem oil, and other beneficial oils, to hopefully calm my current breakouts, and stop any future ones.



What is a Neem Tree and Neem Oil?

Neem oil comes from the neem tree, which has been used for centuries in Ayurvedic medicine for its anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial qualities. JustNeem partnered with African farmers in a program to not only cultivate neem trees, but also stimulate the local Mauritanian economy. 

Mauritania, West Africa is where the neem tree grows indigenously. It is also one of the most arid and impoverished regions in the world. (10% of JustNeem proceeds goes back to the collaborative orchard product.)



Neem Oil has many skin care benefits because of its extraordinarily high levels of antioxidants and carotenoids (similar to carotene), which defend the skin against aging free radicals. Neem Oil is also especially high in the all mighty fatty acids and vitamin E, so it has healing properties, too! It is also easily absorbed into the skin... without leaving skin greasy. 

This Neem Clay Mask by JustNeem is not my first encounter with neem. If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen pictures of my mother-in-law's lush backyard with fruits and herbs. Well, she uses neem oil as a bio-pesticide for her farming and gardening, as it repels a wide variety of pests, including aphids, ants and mosquitoes.  So, when I saw Dr. Oz feature JustNeem on his show, you know I had to get my hands on JustNeem's skin care! I contacted JustNeem, and they generously sent me  the famous Neem Clay Mask, and a bunch of great samples (stay posted for reviews on, the other JustNeem super star, the AcNEEM Acne Spot TreatmentGreen Tea Lotion, and Coconut Soap).

WHAT I LOVE.

When my skin is super congested and dull, I look to clay masks to give me a deep cleansing. I love clay masks because they really draw out the black heads and other impurities plaguing my skin. JustNeem's Clay Mask is made out of French clay, which is rich in iron, silica, magnesium, calcium, titanium, sodium and potassium. These natural minerals found in French clay stimulate blood circulation, slush off dead skin cells, and tone and brighten the skin.The French clay base also makes this mask great for all skintypes --  normal, combination, and oily skin. It is, especially, great for acne prone individuals like myself. 

Additionally, the star ingredient is Neem because of its amazing antibacterial properties, so the mask is superb at fighting any acne you feel creeping up. Neem also boasts anti-inflammatory properties, so it is great at calming existing breakouts and redness. 

The JustNeem mask also smells refreshing and herbal thanks to the eucalypytus and peppermint.

BUT, my favorite part about the mask is that is has little microbeads that really exfoliates, softens, and brightens your skin. I have not used too many clay masks that have microbeads, and I was presently surprised that the JustNeem mask incorporated them.

HOW TO APPLY.
Generally, I like to apply a thin layer of cheesecloth in between my skin and clay masks. It makes cleanup easy! If I don't have cheese cloth, I like to use a clean, damp towel to wipe off the majority of the mask, and then I rinse my face in the shower or by splashing water. 

I cannot recommend the JustNeem Clay Mask enough. JustNeem's mask is an example that you do not need to sacrifice quality or feel like you are are treating yourself any less to a facial at home. 


Have you tried the JustNeem Clay Mask? What is your favorite clay mask?












Ingredients: Water, Montmorillonite (French Green Clay), Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Emulsifying Wax, Glycerin, Stearic Acid, Azadirachta Indica (Neem) Leaf Powder, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Xanthan Gum, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Eucalyptus Globulus (Eucalyptus) Oil,  Cedrus Atlantica (Cedarwood) Bark Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil.

Wish list: Makeup Essentials

Wish list: Makeup Essentials



I've been wanting to buy some new makeup goodies, but I spent an unspeakable amount on school books. So, I compiled a short little wishlist of things I have been eyeing...hopefully, this will temporarily quench my desire to buy makeup >.<

I have been working up the nerve to splurge on RMS Beauty's "Un" Cover-up. It's a "green" concealer made with coconut oil and cocoa butter, and all these other goodies.

Josie Maran's Black Oil Mascara has been on my radar, too. It is paraben and phtalate free :) And honestly, who doesn't want argan oil conditioning and softening their lashes?

Lastly, Anastasia Beverly Hill's Brow Wiz has been on my wish list for a whileeeee...I have been wanting to try a luxe version of my beloved, Milani Easy Brow. I will definitely be purchasing this ABH eyebrow wand my next make-up trip.

What have you been wishing for?








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On the Go Moisture: Neocell Refreshing Herbal Mist


About a month ago, my husband and I whisked our kids away for a mini-vacation. We stayed in the Casitas (which were so nice and relaxing away from the main hotel) at Morongo, about an hour away from South Orange County.

Morongo is about 30 minutes from Palm Springs, so it's desert weather and extremely tough on anyone's skin because of the dry 100+ degree heat and super strong winds (there are sand storms on the regular!). Luckily, before we left for Morongo, Neocell sent me a bunch of press samples, including this dry weather essential, "On the Go Moisture Complex: Refreshing Herbal Mist". 

Any moment my face felt hot and tight under the sun, or while walking through the strong winds to the main pool from our casitas, I'd spritz a couple pumps on my face and my skin felt immediately refreshed and less tight. 

After I came home from our little vacay, I liked to use a couple sprays after applying my ELF translucent powder. I love how the mist makes my makeup look ever so slightly more natural. I get that nice finish with just a bit of dewiness -- like I just got my makeup done and did a few jumping jacks.

In addition to the general hydrating abilities that face mists provide, the Neocell formula has lots of other beneficial ingredients like collagen, skin balancing herbs like aloe vera and rosemary, and Vitamins A and E. It is also paraben and oil free! (yay!!)

summer necessities in my purse
The Neocell spray contains rosemary, an ingredient that stood out to me. So, I did a little research on the benefits of including that particular essential oil in the Neocell face mist. Well, I found out that rosemary is widely used in aromatherapy for stimulating the brain, improving memory, and mental clarity (my mommy brain is definitely needing all of that). It is also used in the treatment of congested respiratory tract problems, stiff muscles, and boosting liver and gall bladder. So, not only does the Neocell face mist refresh, it has a bunch of other health benefits like treating stuffy noses and waking your brain up! 

The only bummer is that it seems you can only purchase this online from retailers like amazon.com. So, it's not super convenient to obtain. Maybe order a couple at a time if you like it :)

Since, I started beauty blogging I have been introduced to so many wonderful products I would have never gone out of my way to try. I am a creature of habit, and would have been too shy to try face mists not knowing how my acne-prone skin would react. Thanks to Neocell, face mists are now an essential in my purse!


Have you tried face mists? What are your favorites? What ingredients do you look for?









Neocell Refreshing Herbal Mist, 1 fl oz., $16 via amazon.com

Ingredients: Water, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, soluble collagen, rosemary (rosmarinus officinalis) extract, rosemary (rosmarinus officinalis) oil, polysorbate 20, horse chestnut (aesculus hippocastanum) seed extract, retinyl palmitate (vitamin A), tocopherol (vitamin E), inositol, calcium pantothenate, linoleic acid, biotin, calendula (calendula officinalis) flower extract, chamomile (anthemis nobilis) flower extract, linden (tilia cordata) extract, cornflower (centaurea cyanus) flower extract, matricaria (chamomilla recutita) flower extract, hypericum (hypericum perforatum) extract, butylene glycol, PEG-35 castor oil, phenoxyethanol, ethylhexylglycerin, sodium benzoate.