How To Deal With Work Stress

Who isn’t stressed at work these days? Whether it’s the people you work with, your work load, long hours or wanting a better job in an unstable job market, it’s no wonder that most of us dread Mondays the way we do.

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So, how can we effectively deal with work stress? Follow these proven stress management techniques.

First, identify what stresses you out at work. Is it your two-faced co-worker? A lazy boss? The unbearable noise coming from the construction area beside your office? Knowing what makes you so stressed at work allows you to address and start working towards fixing the problem.

Second, recognise manifestations of excessive stress levels at work. It is normal to experience some stress from work since the pressures of responsibility are always weighing on you. However, getting burned out quickly, drinking after work, arguing with your partner and having sleepless nights are a good sign you’ve exceeded that normal stress threshold. Remember, you work to live, not live to work.

Third, take care of yourself. Restoring a positive work-life balance is key.If work is causing you to be unhappy, balance it by making the most of your non-work hours. Treat yourself to a massage after a stressful work week or.  Eat a heart diet and exercise regularly. Both methods boost your mood and outlook in life plus they ward off diseases.

Fourth, manage your time and workload responsibly. Plan in advance and prioritise your to-do list. Make a time to check and answer your email instead of constantly flicking between your inbox and other tasks. Complete projects and tick them off instead of having multiple projects on the go at the same time.

Fifth, bring a positive, healthy energy into the workspace. Don’t complain about other employees, or your boss – you never know when it could back to bite you. Turn that negative energy into positive, trying breathing techniques and smile when you feel yourself getting angry. Take a walk at lunch instead of eating at the computer. Swap your double latte for herbal tea, your mid-afternoon sugar hit with yoghurt and a handful of nuts.

Four Ways To Create A Successful Business

There’s a lot of information available on creating and sustaining business. There are a lot of points of view too! Some points of view may be true for you. Many may be limitations that you can go beyond.

Whether you are considering starting a business, in the beginning phases of a business or have been doing business for many years, what matters is what works for you. We often attempt to duplicate what others have done rather than functioning from what we know.

If you are interested in creating a successful business, there are 4 things I recommend. I am not offering steps or formulas so that you can do what I do. Rather, I am offering tools that you can use to bring what works for you into existence. After all, you are the most valuable product of your business!

1. What’s Your Target?

What does success mean to you? What’s the real target of your business? What’s the real target of your life?

For me, business is about changing the world and creating more awareness and consciousness on the planet.  That’s my target.  If one person reads The Joy of Business or walks out of a class I have facilitated and has changed even slightly because of something I’ve said, then I’m a success.

What is it for you? What makes you come alive? What energy do you wish to have more of in your life and in the world?

Hint: Usually whatever you find really easy and think has not value is what you can make money from.

2. Ask Questions

Everything has consciousness, including your business. A business has a way it wishes to develop, and when you are in allowance of that, it can be much more successful.

Questions you can ask your business:

What can I contribute to the business today?

What does this business require of me today?

What would be fun for us to create today?

What information do we require to increase the business?

You can awaken your business and your life when you ask questions, trust your knowing and develop your awareness of what else is possible.

3.Empowerment Not Micromanagement

When you micromanage, you go into your thoughts and expectations and you leave the possibilities behind. Micromanagement shuts down the energy of the business.

Empower your staff and colleagues instead!

Ask them:

What could you contribute to this project?

What ideas do you have?

Where do you see this business in 2 years?  5 years?  10 years?

What would we have to institute today to increase our business today and in the future?

What is vital to you?

When you empower people in this way, you open the door for them to ask, “What can I contribute?” This is a huge factor in the success of a business.  It invites people to a possibility of contribution.

4.Be Willing to Receive

Your ability to receive is essential to the success of your business. What are you willing to receive? Success? Money? Gratitude?

If your business is not as successful as you would like, look at your willingness to receive and ask:

What energy have I been unwilling to receive that would create success beyond what I have ever imagined?

To create a successful business with ease: Know your target. Ask questions. Empower. Receive!

Simone Milasas is a business mentor and the author of Joy of Business, $38.50.  She has been involved in a multitude of companies, and is presently the world wide coordinator of Access Consciousness® as well as the founder and creator of Joy of Business.  For more information visit www.accessjoyofbusiness.com

Seven Days to Better Sex

Is your sex life getting you down? We’ve created the seven days to better sex plan. Just follow a different tip every day to get your mojo back between the sheets.

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It’s time to spice up how you live your sex life. Below are seven tips to increase your sex life.

1. Love yourself

The first step to better sex is accepting your body. Embrace it! Love your lumps and bumps – they’re part of you. Insecurities show, and this important confidence boost will play a huge role in improving your sex life – and your self-esteem overall.

2. Challenge yourself with change

We all get used to the same old scenarios and positions, but tonight, mix it up and give boredom the flick. Try a new sexual position. Being open-minded to your partner’s suggestions. Explore your fantasies and your partner’s as well.

3. What turns you on it?

It’s time to voice what turns you on and share it with your partner, and listen to what turns them on. Being able to share your sexual thoughts is an important step in communication.

4. Don’t be shy with the foreplay

Remember how great foreplay was when you first started dating? It’s like that delicious amuse bouche before a sumptuous dinner. Don’t rush into sex – tonight, linger over kissing, touching, and playing.

5. Make some noise

There’s nothing more exciting than hearing your partner moan in bed! Same goes for you – demonstrate how good it feels. It doesn’t hurt to talk dirty either.

6. Be intimate

Sex is more than just a race to orgasm. When you get home from work, kiss your partner on the back of the neck. Shower together. Enjoy a glass of wine with the lights turned low. Practise small tokens of intimacy every day.

7. Get your endorphins on

Exercise releases natural endorphins which make you feel amazing for hours afterwards, so tonight, get sweaty together before you even hop under the sheets. Go for a jog together, hit the gym, or enjoy a bike ride after work. You’ll love how good it makes you feel!

Throwback Thursday: 5 Celebrity Hairstyles For Date Night

It’s date night and you’ve got the perfect outfit, a sexy new lip gloss…but what about your hair? If you’re struggling to find the perfect look, here are five celebrity hairstyles that are ideal for a romantic look and how you can recreate the look at home.

Gwyneth Paltrows sleek and straight hair

Gwyneth Paltrow loves a sleek look and it’s easy to recreate at home. To create this stylish celebrity hairstyle, use an anti-frizz serum on damp hair before blow-drying with a paddle brush. Separate hair into sections, clipping the top sections out of the way. Use a flat iron to smooth the bottom section first, and then continue with the other sections. Mist with a shine serum for healthy, shiny-looking locks.

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Reese Witherspoons side-swept waves
For Reese’s soft, side-swept waves, start by using a lightweight styling cream on damp hair to create hold, then blow hair dry with a round brush. Create a deep side part and curl 1” sections of hair, being careful to curl all hair in the same direction. Lightly brush out your curls, then gather all hair over one shoulder.

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Jessica Chastains half-up style

To recreate Jessica’s romantic half-up hairstyle, begin with hair that has been blow dried and parted in the middle. Section hair into two parts by dividing the hair at the crown just above the ears and use bobby pins to secure the top section, wrapping the hair to create a soft twist. Pull a few face-framing pieces from the top section for a more romantic look.

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Kim Kardashians perfect ponytail

Kim’s sleek, low ponytail is a perfect look for a first date. To get the look, start with dry hair free of products and part hair on the side. Create volume at the crown by teasing, brush hair to smooth out any bumps. Smooth the hair with a small amount of straightening balm. Using an elastic hair tie, gather hair in a low ponytail at the base of your neck and spray with hairspray to tame flyaways.

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Jennifer Lopezs romantic waves

For Jennifer’s romantic look, blow dry hair with a diffuser attachment for extra volume. Section hair into two or three sections (depending on the thickness), and clip the top sections out of the way. Begin by curling the bottom section in 1” pieces away from the face. Finish with the remaining sections, then let hair cool completely before flipping your entire head over to shake out the curls. Spritz with a medium-weight hairspray to hold the look in place.

4 Easy Makeup Tips for Spring

Spring calls for fresh, dewy skin and bright, gorgeous hues. Try these easy makeup tips for spring that look great on everyone.

Keep your skin looking soft and dewy with BB cream

Part moisturizer and part foundation, BB cream also works overtime as a sunscreen and an anti-aging treatment, which makes it our number one spring beauty must-have.BB cream are so light it feels like you’re wearing nothing but lotion, perfect for anyone who wants flawless skin but hates wearing heavy foundation. We love how luminous our skin looks with Dr. Brandt Signature Flexitone BB Cream, and another favorite on our shelves is Too Faced Tinted Beauty Balm.

Get bold with orange lipstick

A quick and easy way to brighten up your face is with a bright pop of lip color. If you’re feeling particularly bold and adventurous, give orange lipstick a try. True orange isn’t always the most flattering, but coral looks fantastic with pretty much all skin tones. After applying, blot your lips for a matte finish, then reapply. If you’re looking for a more subdued way to incorporate the trend, Tarte LipSurgence Lip Tint has a gorgeous orange stain called Spirited that is a makeup artist favorite.

Ramp up the drama with the eternally chic cat eyeliner

Cat eye makeup is always on trend, and it’s so pretty for spring, especially paired with floral fashions and feminine accessories. If you struggle with uneven or asymmetrical cat eye makeup, don’t worry, we’ve got your back. Draw the outline of each cat’s eye with a pencil, then fill them in with the liquid liner. Dip a thin Q-tip in makeup remover and carefully clean up your work. If you’re handy with a brush, we’ve stayed faithful to Urban Decay’s 24/7 Waterproof Liquid Liner for years now.

Get your feet in on the fun with some nail polish

Once it’s warm enough to dustoffyour beloved open-toed sandals, grab a bottle of nail polishand get to work on those toes! We love OPI’s Spring/Summer Brazil Collection, particularly Amazon…Amazoff and Live.Love.Carnaval, vibrant hues that will warm up any skin tones that haven’t seen the sun for months!

What To Wear To A Job Interview

Preparing for a job interview is never fun. If you are getting ready for an interview, selecting the right outfit can play an integral role in whether or not you get the job. Follow these four tips before your next interview (and good luck!):

1. Keep it classy

Even if the company you’re applying for has a casual dress policy, it’s best to go conservative for the interview. Often, you’ll be interviewed by HR, who almost always dress in a suit. Plus, it shows your potential colleagues that you’re serious and professional.

2. Black is not always best

Black was traditionally seen as a power colour, indicating confidence and professionalism. But don’t think you have to wear black for your interview today. Sometimes it can look too severe and stuffy. You can still dress conservatively in shades of grey, which can look really smart against a coloured shirt or blouse.

3. Consider your industry

When you’re choosing your interview outfit, you need to think critically about your industry. For example, if you are applying for a job as an interior decorator, it would be appropriate and to incorporate colours into your outfit. An example would be wearing a light grey suit with a turquoise top. Unless you are going for finance or legal jobs, incorporate a taste of your individual style into your outfit.

4. Details, Details, Details

Remember to pay attention to details such as your jewellery, nails and makeup. While jewellery can enhance your interview outfit, it shouldn’t be too ostentatious or loud. Keep your nails chip-free and clean. Also remember that you wear your face just as you do your clothes. Opt for make-up that subtly enhances your natural beauty rather than loud colours.

5 Classic Makeup Mishaps (and How to Avoid Them)

We’ve all had that conversation where someone has lipstick all over their teeth and you don’t know whether to tell them or not. Or, their black mascara is speckled all over the top of their eyelids and their application of blush is more gauche than glamorous. These are the top 5 makeup mishaps (so make sure you aren’t guilty of any!):

Clumpy Mascara

It seems innocent enough, but clumpy mascara is oh so eye-catching and hard to ignore. Once you cross the line of too much mascara, it’s impossible to return. The lashes stick together in four or five main clusters so that it looks like you have, well, four or five individual (albeit very thick) eyelashes.

Buy an eyelash comb! They are cheap, effective, and should be in every woman’s makeup bag. Alternatively, switch to falsies and get the same look without the clumping woes.

Unsightly Eyebrows

Too thin, too dark, too arched, over plucked, uneven—eyebrows can be tricky business. They may be small, but they play a big role in shaping your face. Don’t draw on eyebrows that are far too dark for your complexion, or in an unnatural brow shape. You can groom your eyebrows, but it’s unwise to try and significantly alter them. After all, their natural shape is made specifically for your face! Often it’s best to leave the shaping to the professionals before trying anything drastic at home.

Foundation Troubles

Ah, foundation. No other product causes such makeup disasters! If there is a distinct line where your face ends and your neck begins, you are wearing the wrong shade of foundation. Go to the department store makeup counter and get matched with the right one!

If you tan easily in the warmer months, you will need to have a different foundation to the one you use in winter! An orange face does not give you a sun kissed glow—it sticks out like a sore thumb.

Another important lesson is that more is not more beautiful. Don’t slather yourself in foundation or it will become cakey. Modern foundations are highly pigmented so that you don’t have to apply much for an even coverage.

Lip Liner

In the 1990s there was a period of makeup history where it was trendy to apply dark lip liner and a lighter shade of lipstick. Let bygones be bygones, I say! And, always make sure to blend, blend, blend. This comes in handy in those annoying moments when your lipstick fades in the centre of your lips (from eating, drinking etc.) but the liner doesn’t, so you have a very noticeable outline around your mouth.

Instead, use a liner that is matched to your lip’s natural colour, or colour your lips entirely with liner before applying lipstick, to avoid the fade ring.

Similarly with eyebrows, don’t overdraw. Lips are often unsymmetrical; correct what needs to be corrected and don’t draw a whole new set of lips to compensate.

Blush and Bronzer

Less is more, ladies! Blush is supposed to accentuate the natural flush of your cheeks. Subtlety is key.

Avoid the tiger stripe look by sweeping bronzer underneath your cheekbones in order to accentuate your natural facial structure.

Have you ever made a makeup faux pas?

Leah Remini: Why She Really Left Scientology

Leah Remini controversially left the Church of Scientology last year after being a lifetime follower, and now she’s speaking out about her decision.

In an interview with BuzzFeed, the star of the upcoming series The Exes admits there were “dozens of influencing factors” but she ultimately made her decision when she realised she was spending more time at the church than with her family.

“In my house, it’s family first – but I was spending most of my time at the church,” she says. “So, I was saying ‘family first,’ but I wasn’t showing that. I didn’t like the message that sent my daughter.”

Remini, 43, says she tried to speak to her friends within the church to instigate change, but “they only cared that their lives would be disrupted if they stood with me. They didn’t care about doing the right thing.” She admits she’s lost a lot of friends and the church has publicly criticised her for speaking out.

She also became concerned that her daughter Sofia, nine, was approaching the age requiring auditing – a church process that involves a series of probing questions.”

The actress describes her harrowing childhood growing up in the church, “resenting” her own mother for spending so much time at the church instead of at home. “We went from a middle-class lifestyle [in Brooklyn] to living in a roach-infested motel with six other girls off a freeway in Clearwater [Florida].” She then grew up in the church’s compound, but fortunately her relationship with her mother is now better than ever.

“The fact my mother stood by me after all her years in the church totally took away any resentment I may have been harboring,” she says. “When it mattered the most, my mother was there for me. It was the moment that erased all those days she wasn’t there.”

Today, Remini is relishing the simple pleasures she wasn’t allowed to have while a Scientologist, like enjoying a glass of wine. “Before, I would be going to the church right after lunch. There’s no going to dinner with friends and having a glass of wine – I never did that in my adult life,” she says. “It was so crazy to me because you can’t get counseling the next day at the church if you’ve had a drink, so most Scientologists don’t drink.”

Dulce de Leche Ice Cream Recipe

You had us at dulce de leche. Now imagine dulce de leche ice cream – does it get any more indulgent? Try this recipe from beautiful new cookbook Argentinian Street Food.

Preparation time: 15 minutes. Cooking time: 5 minutes. Refrigeration time: 3–6 hours

Makes 1 Litre


1 tablespoon caster (superfine) sugar
1 tablespoon dextrose
5 g (1⁄8 oz) ice-cream stabiliser (optional)
500 ml (17 fl oz/2 cups) milk
350 g (12 oz) dulce de leche


1. Combine the sugar, dextrose and stabiliser, if using. heat the milk in a saucepan to just below boiling and add the dry ingredients in a steady stream, whisking to prevent lumps forming. Put the dulce de leche in a heatproof bowl, pour over the hot milk mixture and mix with a hand blender until well combined. Transfer to a container.Cover the surface with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 3–6 hours.

2. Churn in an ice-cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions. serve immediately or store in the freezer.

Recipes and images from Argentinian Street Food by Gaston Stivelmaher & Enrique Zanoni, published by Murdoch Books, RRP $ 29.99, photographed by Akiko Ida

Date Ideas: Married With Kids Edition

Sure, children are a joy, but don’t sacrifice the relationship you had with your partner before your lives were filled with soccer training, school lunchboxes and sleepless nights. It’s so important to have time together where you can switch off from being Mum and Dad and revert to your pre-kids selves. Even if you can’t afford a babysitter every weekend, here are some great little date ideas to keep the romance alive in your marriage:

Take a bath together

Not only is a bath free, it is incredibly intimate and one of the best ways to relax after a hard day of work and children shenanigans. Use bubbles, salts, candles, or whatever takes it from bath time to romance. Crack open a bottle of red wine to enter ultimate relaxation mode.

Make a meal together

Nightly dinners with kids often resemble feeding time at the zoo, so you try to find quick and easy recipes that will free your evening up for other things. Every once in a while, don’t think of making dinner as a chore, but rather as an opportunity to spend some time unwinding with your partner by cooking the family meal together. Maybe try something a little more sophisticated than spaghetti Bolognese! Be alone in the kitchen, take your time, and enjoy the process.


This is the perfect activity to do after the children have gone to sleep. Instead of just falling into an exhausted heap on your bed like you normally would, grab massage oils (or simply moisturiser) and take turns massaging each other. Not only does it show your love and appreciation for your partner, it’s a free massage! Why go to a day spa when you have a husband?

Find a new hobby

Just when you think you know all the ins and outs of your partner, find something new that you can mutually enjoy. Take a cooking class, an art class, get surfing lessons, or find a new author you both can pore over and discuss.

If you consider yourselves foodies, take a night off each week to explore your local restaurants. If you are an active couple, go for a walk every evening or on a hike every weekend—even joining a gym together means time away from the kids (plus added health benefits!)

Keep the spark in your marriage by escaping a mundane routine.

Weekend trips

This one requires a babysitter of some sort. Drop the kids off at their grandparents’ place or with a close friend and skip town for the weekend. Escape to a bed and breakfast in the country for a few days of (rare) tranquillity, or drive to the nearest buzzing metropolis and get lost in urban paradise together. Sometimes you need a reminder of what it’s like to be a couple, rather than a family.

What little things do you do to keep the romance alive in your marriage?

What Beauty Products You Should Be Splurging On

For those of you who, like me, aren’t aspiring makeup artists with more eye shadow palettes and lipsticks than you know what to do with, the department store makeup counters can be overwhelming. Should you be coughing up for a fabulous red lippie and picking up a no-name foundation? Or is it the other way around? Follow these makeup tips to find out the top 5 products to invest in:


If your skin looks flawless, everything else becomes obsolete. As the product that covers the largest area and provides the base for all your other bits and pieces, foundation is the number one product to splurge on.

It’s vital to have a foundation that perfectly matches you skin tone, so have the department store makeup consultant test it on your face before you purchase. A foundation match made in heaven is worth its weight in gold.

Eyelash Curler

This one might seem like an odd inclusion, but a good eyelash curler will last you the better part of a decade! I’m all for the gimmicky drugstore mascaras that promise you (unattainably) thick and luscious lashes, because there is little difference between the cheap and high-end mascaras. Instead, purchasing a high-end curler that has a more ergonomic design and won’t pinch your eyelids like the cheaper ones do is a solid investment. A better curler will require fewer squeezes, which means less likelihood of breaking or pulling our your eyelashes. The humble eyelash curler is a beauty must-have and my personal secret weapon.

Favourite high-end red lipstick

Red lipstick is an addiction. If you’re a chronic wearer, a quality red lipstick can be your style trademark. Regardless, at least one high-end lipstick should be in every woman’s beauty box. For fleeting colour trends, always buy cheaper brands, or for lip colours you are unfamiliar with.

Hot tip: MAC has the most beautifully pigmented lipsticks in a wide range of colours, and their Russian Red lipstick is pure perfection.

Makeup Brushes

Makeup artists have been telling us for years that good and hardy makeup brushes are a must. To have your makeup look professionally applied, you need to use professional makeup tools! Effective use of a makeup brush can make a cheaper foundation look far more polished and presentable. Make sure to buy super soft brushes and to clean them—they can last a decade if you take care of them properly.

Eye Shadow Primer and Eyeliner

Forget paying $40 for a single eye shadow by an expensive brand. Eye shadow primer is the product to spend big on. Regardless of how pigmented, crumbly or long lasting your eye shadows are, using a great primer beneath them will ensure the colour stays just as you applied it.

For regular eyeliner users, a quality product will make all the difference. If you love the pencils, the cheaper ones tend to smudge easily or fade, and the colour is never as powerful. There is a smaller difference in quality with liquid liners, but the high-end liners don’t dry out as quickly, and the finely pointed ones are less likely to fray and give you an even control.

The trick is to spend more on products that you wear everyday, instead of the other way around. Don’t waste $50 on a spectacular waterproof eyeliner if you only indulge for weddings and high school reunions. The same goes for foundations—if you rarely wear it, it might be best to splurge on a great concealer instead.

What is the product you can’t help but splurge on?

Chicken and Coriander Empanada Recipe

These luscious chicken and coriander empanadas from the beautiful new cookbook Argentinian Street Food are great served as part of a picnic or buffet.

Preparation Time: 30 minutes. Resting Time (Optional): 24 hours. Cooking Time: 45 minutes

Makes: 20 empanadas


1 quantity of puffed dough


500 g (1 lb 2 oz) chicken breast fillet
sunflower oil
1 onion, sliced
1 yellow capsicum (pepper), sliced
11⁄2 tablespoons finely grated fresh ginger 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
2 tablespoons tomato paste (concentrated purée)
a little chicken stockor water
3 teaspoons ground cumin 3 teaspoons dried oregano
90 g (31/4 oz/1 bunch) coriander (cilantro) leaves, chopped
salt, black pepper

For frying

1.5 litres (52 fl oz/6 cups) sunflower oil


1. Cut the chicken into small pieces. Brown the chicken in a heavy-based saucepan with a little oil over medium heat. Add the onion, capsicum, ginger and garlic to the pan. Stir in the tomato paste and cook for 10 minutes over low heat.Add a little stock if it starts to catch on the base of the pan.

2. Cool the filling and chop in a food processor. Add the cumin, oregano and coriander. Season with salt and pepper.

3. Let the filling rest for 24 hours in the refrigerator, if possible, for a more intense flavour.

4. Sprinkle a little flour on the work surface. Roll out the dough to a thickness of 3 mm
(1⁄8 inch) and cut out circles with a 14 cm (51⁄2 inch) cutter. Using a 60 ml (2 fl oz/1/4 cup) ice-cream scoop or measuring cup, form small balls of filling and place one on each round of dough. Lightly moisten the edge of the dough with a little water and fold over into a half-moon shape. Seal the edges and give them the ‘pollo’ decoration (see page 26) or an edging of your choice. Set aside in the refrigerator if not cooking immediately.

5. In a saucepan or deep-fryer, heat the oil for frying to 180°C (350°F), or until a cube of bread dropped into the oil turns golden brown in 15 seconds. Add a few empanadas to the oil, and fry for 5 minutes, or until they brown. Remove from the oil and drain on paper towels. Repeat this process with the remaining empanadas. Allow them to cool for a few minutes before serving.

Recipes and images from Argentinian Street Food by Gaston Stivelmaher & Enrique Zanoni, published by Murdoch Books, RRP $ 29.99, photographed by Akiko Ida.

How to Treat Pigmentation

Emma Hobson, Education Manager for the International Dermal Institute and Dermalogica, shares her best skincare tips to treat pigmentation.

Pigmentation and discolouration are actually the very first signs of ageing on the skin. It is caused by numerous factors – the number one being U.V. exposure – and other factors include hormone imbalance due to stress, pregnancy, the contraceptive pill or antibiotics (which make the skin more photosensitive), or artificial fragrance in such things as your perfume (which also affects the photosensitivity of your skin). Trauma to, and inflammation of the skin can also lead to discolouration.

If you’re looking to treat your pigmentation, the optimal time to start would be in the cooler months when UV exposure is at its minimum.

To effectively treat pigmentation, you will need skin lightening/brightening products which contain active ingredients that primarily act as melanin suppressors (the skin pigment) that can effectively lighten the skin and even out skin hyper pigmentation. Various ingredients are affective in the different stages of melanin production, so a combined ‘task force’ is the best treatment option, as opposed to, say, using just Vitamin C. Exfoliation is also a key component  as it ensures  speedy cell turnover and the removal of surface dehydration, dry and old pigmented cells. Exfoliation also enables the more efficient penetration of pigment lightening actives into the skin.

The three must-have products you will need are;

An Exfoliant (preferably Lactic Acid based), used 2 to 3 times per week

An active skin lightening treatment product (e.g. a concentrate used twice per day)

An SPF 30 – 50+ used throughout the day

Your ingredient guide (the key ingredients that will help target and treat pigmentation):

Oligopeptide 34
Palmaria palmata  a red algae
Vitamin C
Zinc Glyconate
Lactic Acid

Treating pigmentation takes daily diligence with your home care products, and application of a sun screen SPF 30-50+ is an absolute must. As well as at-home treatment, look at investing in regular professional skin treatments, including light therapy.

Celebrity Hairstyles: Hottest Hair Colours for Autumn

Autumn is the perfect time to experiment with your hair colour. Look for colours with plenty of warmth such as rich reds, deep browns and golden blondes. Before you head for that bottle of dye, take a look at some of our favourite celebrity hair colours to inspire you.

Amy Adam’s Strawberry Blonde

Red is perfect for autumn: think the change of leaves, bottles of wines by the fireplace, and deep berry lipsticks. Not everyone can pull of this hair colour though because it tends to cast a yellow tint to the skin. Women with fair skin, like Amy’s, tend to look best with shades of red. Red has so many tones from coppery red to deep burgundy, so speak to your colourist about the right colour to match your skin tone and eyes.

Hottest Hair Colours for Autumn

Tina Fey’s Rich Brunette

Tina Fey’s golden brown hue is perfect for autumn because it has a lot of richness and warmth mixed with the brightness of golden highlights. This hair colour is perfect for women who have light to medium skin, but it can also work on deeper skin tones. Ask your hair colourist to run toffee and cinnamon-hued highlights through your hair for depth.

Lea Michelle’s Chocolate Brown

Lea’s rich chocolate brown hue is infused with shiny golden highlights throughout to add dimension and bring out her skin’s warmth for autumn. If you have brown hair, getting this hair colour is simple. Just highlight and lowlight sections of your hair with cafe latte shades for the right touch of contrast. Because of the depth, this hair colour can also easily transition to winter.

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Emma Stone’s Auburn

Emma’s beautiful dark auburn colour is perfect for girls with fair skin who want to experiment with darker shades without looking washed out. These hair colors are perfect for fall because they brighten the skin. If you have dark hair, look for a colour 1-2 shades lighter, with an auburn tint. Always use a colour protectant as auburn and red tones tend to wash out quickly.

Green Wake-Up Juice Recipe

Juice Master Jason Vale’s morning juice recipe will give you more live nutrients than most people consume in a week!


1/2 cucumber

1 stick celery

1 cup spinach

6 green apples (preferably Golden Delicious)

1/4 lime, peeled

1/2 inch fresh ginger


1. Simply juice all the ingredients, pour into a glass over ice, drink and enjoy!

Whats your favourite green juice recipe?

Living Room Inspiration from 5 Famous Interior Designers

Thinking of giving your living room a makeover? Your living room should be both welcoming and reflective of your personal style.By browsing the designs of some of the world’s most famous interior designers, you can get some great ideas for how to transform your space so that it’s both stylish and functional. Here are a few designs that inspired us.

Simon Whitmore

Bold colours can create a striking look that will make your living room feel more vibrant. This red room doesn’t overdo it. The effect is muted by choosing a lighter shade in the same colour family and accenting the walls with neutral trim and paneling. Bolder accents provide a splash of colour, such as with the lamp or art work. Get this look by pairing a bright wall colour with a smart colour choice for furniture, like this sophisticated slate grey. Patterned curtains give you the opportunity to have a little fun and to pull the look together.

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Jeffrey Bilhuber

Jeffrey Bilhuber shows that your stacks and stacks of books don’t have to detract from your decor scheme, but can actually be a focus. Instead of just throwing books on a shelf and pushing the shelves together in a row, you can put books together in colour groupings and designs that turn them into art. Hang pictures directly on the bookshelves for a unique look, then fill the room with plenty of cozy seating. Choose neutral shelves so the colours of the books will pop, then choose room accents that complement the books.

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James Radin

This classic and soft design is more white than blue, but the subtle touches of blue create just the right accents for visual interest. The neutral colour palette is warm and inviting, and the soft blues create a beautiful contrast. To get the look, you should start with a neutral palette for your furniture and walls, then choose key accent pieces, like colourful pillows, vases or a focal piece of art work. You don’t have to choose blue. A seafoam green or coral would also look lovely in this design.

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Lynn Morgan

You can invert the colours for the furniture and the walls, like in this Lynn Morgan design, focusing instead on bright furniture and neutral walls. Choose key pieces like the sofa and love seat in a bright colour like navy or crimson. Accent pieces like chairs or ottomans can be in the same colour family or can include patterns with the same colour. Just be careful not to outfit the room with every piece of furniture in the same colour or you’ll overdo it. A piece of art work or an accent piece like a lamp can feature the bright colour and tie the look together.

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Laura Moss

Get this modern look from Laura Moss by choosing streamlined furniture in monochromatic colours. A white couch and chairs can be matched with other monochromatic pieces, such as black and white pillows, rugs and lamps. However, don’t like the black and white design scheme become too overpowering. Cut it with a few natural pieces to provide contrast, such as a wooden table or piece of wall art. A well-chosen plant would also look lovely sitting in the corner or on a side table.

How to be More Confident in the Workplace

Taking on a senior position as a young woman can be a daunting experience, especially when you are in a male-dominated industry.

Kellie Northwood, Executive Director, Australian Catalogue Association (ACA), says confidence is key for young female executives.

“I feel younger women may not have enough confidence to speak up in a meeting and voice their opinions. I remember in my early twenties sitting in meetings, too scared to take a sip of my coffee, let alone contribute to a conversation out loud. As the meeting progressed, some very senior executives would say things I had been thinking and I’d wish I had spoken up more,” Kellie says.

At age 36, in addition to her role at ACA, Kellie is also the Executive Director of Xsd, a brand and communications agency, and Two Sides Australia, a movement to raise awareness about the environmental credentials and effectiveness of paper and print.

Kellie shares some of her experiences being a young female executive juggling multiple responsibilities.

How do you manage a work/life balance? Do you have any advice for those who are trying to juggle a career with raising a family?

Work/life balance is managing time to suit me. I have two primary school aged girls and they are my number one priority. When I’m 80 years old, my girls will be sitting beside me. However, I’m pretty sure the print industry will have long forgotten me once I reach that age.

Sometimes when I’m feeling under the pump or that I have over-committed myself, I remind myself of that. It provides me with the perspective I need to put the things that matter the most first.

My girls are awake from 8am to 8pm each day. They attend school from 9-3:30pm.

Due to their schedule, I start my day early, sometimes at 4am. This allows me to clear out some emails or read new research. Then I’m offline for an hour sorting school lunches, the school drop-off, pony-tails and all the day-to-day things of family life.

I pick up the girls up from school after work; we go home and have a snack. After a while, the girls start their homework and I get back to work in the study. Sometimes I don’t, sometimes I end my day at 3pm and spend the afternoon in the park. I used to feel incredibly guilty for having children and taking time off if they were sick or the dreaded school closure days, now I simply manage my time. I say to my staff, you’re an adult, you manage how you do your job. Sticking to a 9 to 5 schedule when working is not something I promote to my team.

I have a wonderful partner who helps and contributes to running the family, however I’m a mother, and like many mothers out there, I like to run my home. It gives me satisfaction to know I’m nurturing my family and I’m providing for them in my own way. My partner and I have actually had arguments because he has done the washing before I had a chance. Silly, however at the time I felt like I was being replaced because I’d been travelling for work or attending a function. My advice to those juggling a career, children and relationships is to find the time to breathe.

Manage your time to suit your family and think outside the 9 to 5 schedule, build up the support networks around you (cleaners, someone to do the ironing, gardening or get the grandparents to pick up the kids once a week) and don’t try and be everything to everyone all the time – breathe and make your space.

How do you juggle having so many high responsibility roles?

I sound like a cliché, however I honestly love what I do. I really enjoy each of my roles and whilst we all have our moments, I think the fact that I enjoy my work keeps me motivated.

I am also one of those people who are always thinking of the next thing – wherever I am. I come up with all these wonderful ideas when I’m holidays such as “what if I studied next year?” or “we should launch X campaign internationally”. I then remind myself that there are days I struggle to eat, let alone launch a campaign across the globe.

In order to juggle all my responsibilities, I have to keep myself in check every now and then.

Do you have any advice for someone who is stepping into a leadership role, especially at a young age?

All you need is two ears and one mouth. When you’re young, you can fall into the trap of feeling like you need to prove yourself all the time. You don’t. You’ve been put into the position because you have talent and experience – people believe you can fulfil the requirements of the position. Listen to those around you, consider what is presented to you and then you can provide your leadership.

I remember a quote from the Dalai Lama:

“To only talk and not listen means you’ll only ever know what you already know.”

Stick to your path, don’t take things personally and find someone you trust in your workplace. Someone you trust can help you when you’re frustrated and need to vent without having to gossip. One of the worst things, male or female, is to get caught up in is gossip. It destroys your motivation, your ideas and your opportunities.

Prawn Queso Fresco Empanadas Recipe

Empanadas, a popular street food in Latin American, trace back to Spain and Portugal where they were often filled with seafood. This empanada is filled with prawn and creamy queso fresco served with a tangy charred tomatillo salsa, perfect for parties and entertaining.

Makes 20 empanadas

Prep Time:  30 minutes. Cook Time: 20 minutes


250g tomatillos, papery skin removed and rinsed well
3 serrano chilies, seeded
3 cloves garlic
2 teaspoons olive oil
125g cream cheese
1 cup shredded queso fresco, divided
3 green onions, sliced
3 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh cilantro
3 tablespoons finely chopped and seeded fresno chilies, divided
1/2 teaspoon salt
250g medium prawns , peeled, deveined and finely chopped
1/2 cup finely chopped almonds, divided
1 teaspoon McCormick® Ground Cumin
1/2 teaspoon McCormick® Chilli Powder
2 x 400g refrigerated pastry /pie dough


1. For the charred tomatillo sauce, toss tomatillos, serrano chilies and garlic with oil. Place on foil-lined baking sheet. Broil 4 to 6 minutes or until tomatillos and chilies begin to char in spots. Cool slightly. Place tomatillos, chilies and garlic in blender container. Add cream cheese and 1/2 cup of the queso fresco; cover.  Blend on medium speed until pureed. Add green onions, cilantro, 1 tablespoon of the fresno chilies and salt. Blend until smooth.

2. For the empanada filling, mix 2/3 cup of the Charred Tomatillo Sauce with remaining 1/2 cup queso fresco in large bowl Add prawns, 1/4 cup of the almonds, 1 tablespoon of the remaining fresno chilies, cumin and ancho chile pepper; mix until well blended.

3. To assemble empanadas, unroll pie crusts on lightly floured surface. Using 4-inch round cutter, cut each into 5 rounds for a total of 20 rounds. Spoon 1 heaping tablespoon of filling onto half of each round. Moisten edge of each with water. Fold in half; press edge with a fork to seal. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets. Pierce top of each with fork to vent.

4. Bake in preheated 205°C/400°F oven 20 minutes or until light golden brown. Mix remaining 1/4 cup almonds with remaining 1 tablespoon fresno chilies. Sprinkle over empanadas. Serve with Charred Tomatillo Sauce.

Tips: Fresno chilies are similar in size to the jalapeño pepper. When green they have a mild heat level. As they ripen and turn red, they become hotter. If unavailable, substitute jalapeño or serrano chilies.

What is your favourite Latin American dish?

How To Spice Up the Missionary Position

The missionary position is ol’ faithful in the bedroom. It’s what you use when you don’t know what else to use. It can become pretty mundane if it’s a dish you regularly order from the menu, but it doesn’t have to be! Missionary allows for multiple variations with only the slightest of adjustments, so follow these hot little tips for better sex.

Coital Alignment Technique

Otherwise known as CAT, the Coital Alignment Technique is a similar position to traditional missionary, but the man slides his body up a few inches so that his pelvic bone is on top of yours and the whole of his weight is on top of you (rather than on his elbows). He then grinds into you rather than thrusting, so that the base of his penis constantly presses against your clitoris.

While it doesn’t allow for deep penetration for the man, the constant clitoral stimulation is more likely to bring you to orgasm during intercourse.

Pillow play

Placing a pillow underneath your backside during missionary helps to keep your pelvis raised. Penetration will be deeper for the man, and his penis will also hit your frontal wall where the G spot is located, making it a beneficial position for both of you.

Head rush

Dangling your head and shoulders off the edge of the bed while engaging in missionary can heighten an orgasm for some women. As long as you don’t become lightheaded or dizzy, the tingling that occurs in your upper body will create a magical bodily experience when your lower half follows suit.

Knee hugger

Instead of spreading your legs apart as he enters you, bring your knees up to your chest and rest your legs over his shoulders. Not only does this provide deeper penetration for him, his penis will push against the back walls of your vagina for increased stimulation.

Legs together

Bringing your legs together instead of splaying them apart while he is inside you provides a completely different sensation despite being a tiny variation on the missionary position. He will feel your vagina tighten on his penis, and because he is forced to enter you from an angle grinds against your clitoris, it is a more pleasurable way for women to enjoy a position that traditionally favours men.

Do you have any tips to spice up missionary? 

How To Deal With Everyday Stress

Wasn’t life easier as a kid? Piling bills, long working hours, family dramas are just a few of the many things that make modern life oh-so-stressful. But you can take control of the stress in your life, with these tried-and-true tested stress management tips:

Be realistic

Many of us are stressed out because we set unrealistic expectations. You really cannot do it all. If you feel like you have too much on your plate already, then you should think twice about taking on another responsibility. And don’t be afraid to ask for help when you are feeling overwhelmed.

Get plenty of sleep

Taking care of your health is an important part of stress management. Eight hours’ sleep is essential for staying healthy, for both your body and mind. If you are like a lot of people who are chronically stressed out, consider limiting your caffeine intake. You may also want to take a Valerian supplement before going to bed, which is a natural herb available at health stores.


A busy lifestyle can leave little time for physical activity. However, you should try your best to squeeze at least 30 minutes of exercise into your routine three times a week. Exercise helps reduce stress by stimulating the release of endorphin, natural painkillers that also have a calming effect. Regular exercise will also help increase your energy. It will also help you to take your mind off of the things that are stressing you.

Eat healthy

You may want to reach for the phone and order a pizza, and open a bottle of wine after dealing with a particularly stressful day. But a healthy diet will help your body recover from stress, and you’ll feel a lot better after the junk food hangover has worn off. Start the day with a vegetable juice – this will give your body the nutrients it needs even when you do not have the time to eat a healthy meal.

Manage your finances

Because finances are a major source of stress for many people, getting them under control will make your life a lot easier. Keep track of your monthly expenses and eliminate unnecessary spending. Set a budget and try to stick with it. If you need help managing your finances, chat to your bank, a trusted friend or family member.

Gluten-Free Weekly Meal Plan

Meal planning can be challenging for anyone. Add in a dietary restriction like needing to eliminate glutencan be downright daunting. Whether you need to be gluten-free for medical reasons or it’s personal choice, this seven day meal plan has you covered with easy and delicious gluten-free dinner ideas.

Monday: Stir Fry

This easy meal is flavorful and quick to prepare. Just combine cooked rice and cooking oil in a hot sauté pan or wok with your favorite vegetables, a protein source like chicken or tofu, and two to three fried eggs. Be sure to opt for tamari sauce or coconut aminos for seasoning as soy sauce contains gluten. Bonus: switch out the rice for grated cauliflower to make it low carb.

Tuesday: Nachos

These aren’t your ordinary nachos. Skip the calorie-laden chips that can sometimes contain wheat and opt for antioxidant-packed green, red, and yellow sliced peppers. Lay the peppers out flat on a baking sheet and top withyour favorite gluten-free nacho toppings, like beans, cheese, lettuce, and cooked chicken or ground beef. Bake in a 400F for around 30 minutes or until the cheese is melted and all the ingredients are thoroughly heated. For those with additional dietary restrictions, this meal is easy to modify to vegetarian by leaving off the chicken or beef.

Wednesday: Spaghetti Squash and Marinara

Don’t underestimate the versatility of the mighty spaghetti squash! It is a low calorie and nutrient-rich replacement for pasta. One great use for spaghetti squash is pairing it with marinara and grilled chicken. Or if you prefer, sauté some ground beef along with your marinara for a hearty Bolognese sauce and filling gluten-free pasta dinner.

Thursday: Chicken Fingers

When you embarked on the gluten-free journey you probably thought chicken fingers were a thing of the past, but you can still enjoy them by tweaking the recipe. Even better, our version is tastier and healthier! Dip raw chicken strips in a mixture of whisked raw eggs and your favorite chicken seasonings. Next coat the chicken fingers in almond flour. Spray with olive oil and bake or fry. These are perfect served with baked sweet potato wedges.

Friday: Crustless Quiche

This one is a perfect meal to help you clean out the refrigerator at the end of the week and get a scrumptious dinner on the table. Begin by whisking 6 eggs in a bowl with 2 tablespoons of milk. Finely chop whatever vegetables you have available and add to your egg mixture. You can also add leftover chopped chicken or ham pieces. Finish by stirring in a cup of shredded cheese. Bake at 425F for about 45 minutes or until the quiche is firm.

Saturday: Chili

It would be a shame to miss out on this hearty classic simply because it is typically paired with cornbread or crackers. Cook a batch of your favorite chili recipe and pair it with rice, sour cream, and green onions. You can always use a gluten-free cornbread recipe, but we don’t think you’ll even notice it’s missing!

Sunday: Quinoa and Roast Chicken

One common complaint among those of us on a gluten-free diet is that rice can get boring. Avoid that problem by using tasty alternatives to rice, like quinoa. Rub a whole chicken with your salt, pepper and thyme, place on a bed of root vegetables, and let it roast while you cook the quinoa. Be sure to rinse your quinoa before cooking. Top with the roasted chicken and vegetables for a gluten-free Sunday classic.

Remember, always verify that your chosen ingredients are gluten-free.

Your Five-Step Financial Makeover

Did you know…by salary sacrificing the cost of a pair of stilettos every month, you could have an extra $225,387* in total savings for your retirement!

Women don’t have to earn the big bucks or have completed a degree in economics to make the most out of their superannuation.  However, women continue to lag behind male counterparts in retirement balances.

On average, a woman’s super payout at retirement is 43% less than a man’s – at $112k compared to $198k, due to sustained pay inequality and family caring needs. Given divorce rates are climbing and women live (on average) five years longer than men, it’s clear women must become more engaged in protecting their retirement nest eggs to ensure they get the retirement they deserve.

The ATO has created the Five Step Super Check to help women make the most out of their super.

1. Check your super statements

–              Is your employer paying the correct rate (amount equal to at least 9.25% of your pay) each quarter?

–              Does your statement correctly show all contributions, insurance and fees?

2. Does your super statement have your tax file number?

–              If not, you’ll pay more tax, and it’s harder to keep track of current and previous super accounts.

3. Keep track with Superseeker to

–              Check your super accounts.

–              Find lost super, and/or; Transfer super to your preferred account.

4. You may be eligible for government contributions

–              A government co-contribution can boost your super.

–              See if you qualify and what you need to do at www.ato.gov.au/boostmysuper

5. Are you putting extra money into super?

–              Make extra payments into your super fund account

–              Salary sacrifice or make contributions from after-tax pay

*Based on a 30 year old woman investing $160  into a moderate fund and assuming 5% growth over 35 years.

5 Celebrity Hairstyles for Oval Faces

Looking to change up your hairstyle this season? If you’re staring at a lovely oval face in the mirror, consider yourself lucky! Oval faces can get away with just about any look; extremely versatile and always stunning. Depending on your hairstyle of preference, you can wear a fringe, layers, and waves to play up and draw attention to your most striking features like lips, eyes, and strong cheek bones. Get inspired with these celebrity hairstyles and start having more fun with your oval visage ASAP.

1. Tyra Banks: The Slicked-Back Showstopper

If there’s one thing world famous former super model and America’s Next Top Model host and creator is known for, it’s drama. And lots of it! Her over-the-top personality and unpredictability extend all the way to the tips of her tresses. With her hair drawn back tight into a sleek, low bun she exudes red carpet-worthy glam and brings all the attention to her face (what else is new?!) Not every face shape can pull off a style that puts every facial feature and contour directly in the spotlight, but that’s the perk of being an oval-faced beauty. A little smizing (smiling with your eyes) doesn’t hurt either!

Oval Faces Celebrity Hairstyles

2. Liv Tyler: The Fringe-y Flirt

While actress and model Liv Tyler’s father rocks out on stage, she’s doing a fine job rocking some fun and flirty fringe. Gentle, slightly curved fringe balances Liv’s longer visage and brings all the attention to her steel blue eyes. The overall style is playful, demure, and put together much like Liv’s personality. Avoid bangs that are too blunt as they may come off as severe and require a lot more maintenance to look perfect each and every day.

Oval Faces hairstyles

3. Kate Middleton: The Under-the-Sea Royalty

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, wasn’t selected as one of The 100 Most Influential People in the World by Time magazine for nothing! A beauty in and out, she has been turning heads in the fashion world for years but her hairstyle is also making waves. Kate sports long chestnut tresses that have that just-back-from-the-beach appeal. The subtle, long layers prevent the style from coming off as dated or dowdy while her efforts to keep hair healthy really make those beachy waves shine.

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4. Julianne Hough: The Shaggy Bob Sweetheart

Long or short, Julianne’s blond mane gets almost as much attention on the dance floor as her jaw-dropping moves. Most recently she’s brought even more attention to her delicate features and sugar-sweet pout by chopping off some serious inches. The result is a super fresh and modern bob which looks and actually is effortless! Simply scrunch wet hair as it air dries and find yourself with a cute and casual shaggy bob like Julianne. The light, baby chick blond hue also ups the charm factor and really makes this style pop.

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5. Blake Lively: The Side-Swept Naturalist

Fashionista, actress, and model Blake Lively looks fun, fresh, and modern basically 24/7. It may have something to do with her luminous smile and free-spirited wardrobe but her hairstyle doesn’t hurt either. Daring and wavy or soft and straight, Blake commands a fair amount of camera time with her gentle side-swept bangs. Parted to the side instead of down the centre, the side-swept approach helps balance her features, bring attention to the eyes, and keep her looking effortlessly natural. Long layers and some subtle highlights add dimension and youth to Blake’s lovely look.

Fitness Tips: 3 Exercises to Tone and Shape Your Butt

Who wouldn’t want a nice, firm, round booty? Doing the right exercises can lift and sculpt even the saddest glutes into a behind you can be proud of, but the problem is that many women don’t know where to begin. Here are three of the best exercises for toning your butt.


Squatsthe ultimate booty-building exercise. If you’re serious about tightening up sagging bits, eliminating cellulite, and developing delicious curves, don’t leave squats out of your training routine. Even if this is the only butt exercise you do, you’ll still likely get better results than what you’d get doing a handful of other butt exercises.

There are many variants of the squat. Weighted and non-weighted, standing or jumping, feet angled in or out, wide stance or narrow stance–they all target different parts of the butt and legs. Before you get into complex forms, you need to know how to perform the fundamental standing squat.

To do a basic squat, stand straight up with your legs spread out at about shoulder width. Next, raise both arms straight out in front of you, or interlace your fingers with the arms held at chest level. Then, slowly lower your body by bending the knees until your butt is about parallel with the ground, and pause for two to three seconds.

You’ll know that you’ve done it correctly when your legs create a right angle. The form will look like sitting on an imaginary chair. Beginners can practice this form by squatting in front of a mirror.

After a two or three count, raise your body back up to the starting standing position. At the top of the movement, make sure to squeeze your glutes so that you can feel them working. You’ve just completed one repetition of the basic squat.

Aim for at least three sets of ten repetitions to complete the exercise. Once you’ve mastered this movement, you can begin to modify it for even better results. Women who want more definition should increase their reps and sets, while those who wish to plump up their butt and increase size should try squatting with a barbell on their back.

There are so many variations to the squat, and they all do something a little bit different for you because they activate different parts of the muscles. Experiment to see which variants work best for you.

Stability Ball Leg Curls

This creative exercise might require a higher level of physical fitness and coordination, but the results you get from properly executing it are pretty impressive. Before you begin, you’ll need to buy a stability ball if you don’t have one already. A yoga mat also helps to keep your back and head from hurting during the movement.

Begin the exercise by lying flat on your back with your legs resting on top of the stability ball. Your butt should be in contact with the floor. Then, straighten your body out to form a bridge by tensing up the muscles in your legs and core.

This is where things get a little tricky. From the bridge hold, you curl your legs into your body by squeezing the glutes until your feet are resting on top of the ball, and your knees should form a right angle or less. The ball will roll in closer to you during this motion.

Hold the last phase of the movement for five seconds before lowering yourself back to the bridge hold. Then, relax your core, and let your butt drop down to the floor again. Shoot for three sets of ten reps to finish this exercise.

Dumbbell Lunges

Dumbbell lunges work each butt cheek separately, but they’re still one of the most effective back-end fitness exercises out there. Start by standing straight up with a dumbbell in each hand. Next, take a big step forward with one leg until the knee nearly comes into contact with the floor, and hold for three seconds.

To get back to the starting position, squeeze the glutes, and use explosive force to push yourself back up with the same leg. Alternate legs, and repeat. Once again, try to do three sets of ten until you’re comfortable with doing more.

Best-Ever Pesto Pasta Recipe

When it comes to easy dinner recipes,pesto pasta is one of the easiest Italian classics (and one of the most delicious!). The sauce consists of just five basic ingredients – here’s how to make the best-ever pesto pasta.

Serves: 2


Large handful of fresh Basil

1/4 cup of Olive Oil

1-2 cloves Garlic (peeled)

Parmesan Cheese, to taste

2 Tablespoons Pine Nuts


1. Cook your chosen pasta in boiling salted water. Meanwhile, make the pesto. After gathering the fresh basil, strip the leaves from the stem and throw them into a food processor with the olive oil, the garlic, parmesan, pine nuts and a pinch of salt. Grind it down into an oily green paste. If it seems too dry, splash in a little more olive oil. Taste – does it need more salt? A little more Parmesan?

2. Drain the pasta, reserve 1/4 cup of the cooking water. Stir the pesto through the pasta, adding a little cooking water if the sauce is too thick. Keep tossing to coat all the pasta.

3. Pesto is great to have on hand not just for pasta, but as a dipping sauce for raw vegetables, marinade for fish or meat, or a spread in sandwiches.

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