Masterclass Mondays: How To Conceal Acne And Scars

Wondering how to make that pimple disappear? Bobbi Brown gives us her best tips for concealing acne and scars – with a few simple makeup tricks you’ll have clear, radiant skin all day!

For acne

1. Apply a lightweight moisturiser to smooth your skin and prime it for perfect makeup application.

2. Using a concealer brush, apply a stick foundation or cover-up stick onto the blemish, making sure that the shade matches your skin exactly. Don’t use your under eye concealer on a blemish. Because concealer is designed to be one shade lighter than the skin on the rest of your face, a bright, light spot of concealer on a blemish will look awkward and out of place against your complexion.

3. Finish by using a powder puff to apply a small amount of face powder onto the blemish. This locks your cover-up in place.

For scars

1. First, you have to understand that it may not be entirely possible to cover up the scar 100 per cent. But, you can make it less noticeable with makeup.

2. Apply a lightweight moisturiser to smooth your skin and prime it for perfect makeup application. Next, apply concealer or a creamy foundation directly onto the scar using a concealer brush or your fingers, and set with your skin-tone correct foundation.

3. Finish by using a powder puff to apply powder, locking the foundation in place.

What’s your favourite makeup product for concealing blemishes?

Do Women Fall For Men Who Look Like Their Fathers?

A leading expert has found that women are attracted to men who look like their fathers. What do you think?

Professor David Perrett of the University of St Andrews, has confirmed the women have a tendancy to choose partners who resemble their fathers, while men will also pick women who look like their mothers.

It seems that characteristics of our parents’ faces are imprinted in our minds from a young age, and these features go on to influence who we find attractive in later life.

Professor Perrett’s large-scale survey found that by far most participants had partners with the same hair and eye colour combination as their opposite sex parent. In other words, if a woman has a blonde, blue-eyed father, her partner is very likely to be blonde and blue-eyed as well.

But it’s not just the colouring that we try and match in our partners. Facial features play a huge part in our attractiveness towards others. A further study in Hungary compared photos of married couples with photos of their parents at a similar age. The study found there was a distinct resemblance between the two generations.

While we might be too scared to look at our own families to see if this is in fact true, Professor Perrett says Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are a prime example of a woman choosing someone who looks like their father.

A young Brad Pitt does appear to look very similar to Angelina’s father Jon Voight.

But don’t be too frightened. Professor Perrett claims it all stems from the good relationships we had with our parents as children and simply wanting to replicate that experience in our adult relationships.

So what do you think? Is your own example true?

Throwback Thursday: Create A Killer Cleavage

 Feb 13, 2012Did you know you can use bronzer to create the illusion of super sexy cleavage? One of our favourite mineral makeup brands Nude by Nature shows us how to get the look in three easy steps.1. Apply Nude Mineral Bronzer down the middle of your chest between your breasts, blending upwards to create a V-shape along your natural curve.

2. Now brush a small quantity of the Nude luminous light-reflective Mineral Finishing Veil onto the top half of your breasts and blend. Blend thoroughly with your Kabuki brush.

3. Keep checking the mirror while you are applying to ensure even shading, add more to increase the contrast and definition to your ultimate cleavage. Make sure the colour is blended into your neck and shoulders so it looks natural.

Throwback Thursday: Instant Confidence Boosters

There are many ways to exude confidence in your everyday life – and here are just a few of them.

Love yourself

Close your eyes and think of a person you love and trust and who you know loves you. It could be your best friend, your sister or your lover. Think about all the things you adore and appreciate about this person, and notice how wonderful that love makes you feel.

Now turn it around the other way. Imagine you are your friend, sister or lover feeling that same fee love for you. Believe in this love and really feel it. Try to see yourself the way this other person sees you. Even if you can only do it for a moment you will experience a warm flow of confidence.

Be good to others

React to others are you would like them to react to you. If you wait for others to behave in a particular way before you do so yourself you may well be waiting forever. For example, if you want someone to be affectionate toward you, make a point of being as affectionate as you can to them. You don’t have to have a reason and don’t expect any payback. Similarly, react to co-works in the way you would like them to react to you. If they are rude or unfriendly don’t automatically take your cue from them. It’s up to you to set the tone yourself.

Compromise, compromise

Saying ‘no’ to someone who wants you to do something can be very powerful, but it does not have to be unhelpful. You can always suggest a friend or co-worker who might be able to help out, or ask if they have considered such and such as an alternative.

You could also put forward a compromise such as ‘I could do it for you next week when I am not likely to be so busy’.

TIP: Snack Sensibly. Snack on dried fruit and nuts rather than chocolate or junk food for a long-lasting confidence boost. You may crave sweet things, but all you will get is a quick sugar fix that won’t last long.

What is your favourite tip for instant confidence?

Throwback Thursday: Beauty And Technology – What Does It All Mean?

December 10, 2010

SHESAID’s then-publisher Monique Talbot sat down with Roslyn Stutchbury from Body By Design in Sydney to discuss what are the best beauty technology tools around right now. Roslyn has been in the health and beauty industry for over 20 years, although you would never know that to look at her, she still looks a girl in her 20’s so you should listen to her advice!

Roslyn’s top 3 favourite technology advances are LED (Light Emitting Diode) Cold Light Skin Therapy, Ultraceuticals Sonophoresis, and Shellac Nail Treatment. Don’t be alarmed by the industry jargon and acronyms, Roslyn explains everything in plain English, it is easy to understand why she recommends which treatment for you depending on your health, skin and lifestyle factors.

Roslyn says: “Invest in your skin as you wear it every day.” She also compares skin fitness to your body’s fitness and that both need to be done regularly for positive results.

Monique says: “Roslyn is like a secret beauty professional to the stars, you can sneak in to her Lane Cove salon unnoticed and experience the most amazing session in her ever so capable hands. She has been in the industry for years, teaches yoga, doesn’t drink or eat junk food, looks about 25 years old and can read people so easily it is a little spooky. She is a great example of what looking after your skin, your body and your soul can do for you.

“I was green with envy but not enough to give up my love of champers! I did willingly let her recommend the LED and Sonophoresis for me and left glowing and relaxing like I had just had a long nap in the sun. Can’t wait for my next visit!”

What is Photonlite LED?

Phototherapy is a non-invasive therapy whereby light of specific wavelengths is delivered to the skin to stimulate and activate cellular processes deep within the skin layers. This kind of therapy is completely safe and does not produce a thermal reaction in the skin which makes this a comfortable treatment for your customers.

The LED therapy is best for toning and firming skin, reducing fine lines and wrinkles and collagen stimulation. The Photonlite uses LED technology to produce a range of light wavelengths to aid in many treatment applications. Being the latest in LED technology, the Photonlite is able to provide not just monochromatic treatments (one colour), it has polychromatic programs using a variety of colours to attain additional therapeutic benefits. There are 3000 powerful light emitting diodes (LEDs) on the Photonlite and this allows a greater surface area to be treated effectively.

Phototherapy has had much success as a stand alone treatment and as a complementary treatment for the following conditions: Reducing fine lines, wrinkles and crows feet, firms and tones the skin, reduces photo aging and sun damage, increases circulation, stimulates and regenerates collagen and elastin, aids in wound healing and scar prevention, kills P-acne bacteria, gentle skin rejuvenation, reduces melanin production and collagen stimulation.

Treatments last 20 minutes and a course of 8-12 sessions is recommended (twice a week) for optimum results. $95 per session or 5 for $380 (1 treatment free) with Roslyn at Body By Design.

What is Sonophoresis? 

Ultraceuticals Vitamin Infusion Sonophoresis is a great booster for hydration, is non invasive and improves skin tone, texture and overall clarity of your skin.

Sonophoresis occurs because ultrasound waves stimulate micro-vibrations within the skin epidermis and increase the overall kinetic energy of molecules making up topical agents.

How Ultraceuticals Sonophoresis works

It allows for deep penetration of active ingredients for longer lasting results. Ultraceuticals Sonophoresis Skin Workouts allow for intense transdermal penetration of active ingredients to improve the skin’s overall appearance.

The skin is very effective at providing a barrier to external compounds, primarily through lipids (oils) between skin cells. Disruption of the lipid barrier by ultrasound vibration helps in transdermal delivery. In a short period of time the skin can receive much more than is possible without this method. Low frequency sonophoresis infuses Vitamin C and A into the skin by momentarily creating little spaces in the skin, allowing a greater penetration of applied product. The deep vitamin infusion assists in lightening abnormal skin pigmentation and helps promote the production of collagen, which smoothes the skin and diminishes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Benefits of Sonophoresis

Increased skin suppleness and glow, skin appearance rapidly improves, quick results for healthier skin, revitalises skin’s appearance and stimulates new cell growth, excellent companion treatment following peel or microdermabrasion and most importantly no down time and very, visible results.

Hope that helps explain some of the jargon around beauty treatments for you.

Throwback Thursdays: Healthy Breakfast Options

March 26, 2002

Don’t do breakfast? We’ve all been told we should. Nutritionists insist on it. The problem for most of us is that we are usually in a mad panic in the morning with only 5 minutes to spare – so instead of eating something nutritious, we grab a coffee and run. We’re cheating ourselves. Eating breakfast will help boost our blood-sugar levels and make us more alert which then increases the ability to be more productive at work. Wouldn’t all our bosses want that? How do we do it?

Nutritionist Sam Pelly says: “Get up a few minutes earlier each day and spend some time enjoying breakfast.” With that key advice we asked Sam if she knew any great food ideas to make getting out of bed worth it. This is what she came up with:

Breakfast fruit smoothie

Quick and simple just whiz together two or three softened fruits in a blender and sip through a thick straw to make it more fun.

Try 1 ripe banana, 3-4 strawberries, a small glass of fresh orange juice and a small carton of low-fat yoghurt and add 1 tbs of wheat germ to give it an extra health boost.

Halve a ripe paw paw and scoop out the seeds. Blend with the juice of a lime and a peeled and chopped kiwi fruit. Add 1 tbs of coconut cream or a teaspoon of desiccated coconut.

Plain yoghurt with poached fruit and cinnamon


1 cup water

1 cup orange juice

2 tablespoons caster sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla essence

1 cinnamon stick


  1. Prepare the poached fruit the night before by mixing water, orange juice, sugar, vanilla essence and cinnamon stick in a saucepan.
  2. Add the fruit (apricots, prunes, dates, figs, sultanas etc) and gently bring to the boil.
  3. Once boiled pour the fruit and mixture into a separate container and store in the fridge.
  4. Get up in the morning, grab your poached fruit and a tub of plain yoghurt and enjoy.

Spring Clean Your Love Life

As the layers come off and the social scene comes alive again, The Dating Stylist Kim Lal has some essential tips on how to spring clean your body and mind and get your love life ready for summer!

1. Set your new exercise routine

If you’ve spent your winter binge-eating, drinking and sleeping the days away, then it’s safe to say you’re not going to be looking the best version of yourself – and if you don’t find yourself attractive then how can you expect anyone else to?

Take the time and energy to reinvigorate yourself by engaging in daily exercise to blast those winter kilos away. This not only trims your waistline, but it also gives you more energy, helps you sleep better, improves your mood and libido, and increases self-confidence.

2. Change the stodgy winter diet to spring vegies and fruits

You are what you eat! Eating healthy foods reduces your risk of stroke, cancer and type 2 diabetes. It also helps maintain a healthy weight, gives you more energy, makes you look younger, feel fresher and live longer.

(Secret date tip: When you’re on a date, the food you eat will tell your partner a lot about you. The Dating Stylist recommends being healthy and adventurous when eating on a date.)

3. Preen those feathers

As we shed the thick tights and long-sleeve shirts, it’s often a good idea to give your entire body a good spring clean. A full body exfoliation will get rid of dry skin cells and a wax to remove any hidden hairiness will really prepare you for spring.

4. Sort out your emotional baggage

Spring is definitely a time of new beginnings. If you’re looking for love then it’s time to remove the past from your life. Give your Facebook page a good clean out, delete old photos from your phone and computer, delete old numbers and face the future with a positive frame of mind free from the past.

Are you looking for love now that winter days are behind us?

Throwback Thursday: Hugh Jackman’s Old-Fashioned Parenting Style

October 6, 2011 

Could we love Hugh Jackman any more? He might be playing a reluctant father in his last flick Real Steel but in real life he’s a amazing dad who’s giving away some old-fashioned parenting tips.

Jackman, 42, father to Oscar, 11, and Ava, six, says he’s strictly anti-technology during the week.

“A buddy of mine has a rule that I installed: No screens during the week. No TV, or computer, or anything like that,” says the Aussie actor.

Jackman and wife Deborah Lee-Furness try and maintain an ordinary lifestyle especially for the sake of their children. “Kids nowadays have very little time,” says Jackman. “They seem to be at school longer than ever. They have all sorts of after school activities. By the time you have eaten and showered and dressed, it is over. So there is not much time for it anyway.”

And it sounds like the low-profile parents have brought their children up with great values, enjoying spending time outdoors.

“I love to play Wii Tennis,” admits Jackman. “So I’ll say to my son, ‘Hey, lets go play on the Wii.’ And he goes, ‘Dad, it’s a beautiful day! Let’s go outside!'”

What do you think? Should kids be allowed access to TV and computers during the week?

How To Get The Ultimate Night’s Sleep

Counting sheep yet staying up all night? Sleep expert and Chairman of the Sleep Health Foundation, David Hillman, shares his top tips to help you get the ultimate night’s sleep!

1. Set the mood for slumber

Your room should be quiet and dark. Before you go to sleep, be sure to turn off the lights and any other stimuli such as the TV and completely close your blinds or curtains.

2. Sleep in a clean and pleasant environment

You know the saying ‘out of sight, out of mind’? Well, a mess-free and uncluttered room will help aide a clear and undistracted mind. Spend just a few minutes each night tidying your bedroom before you get into bed. Instead of throwing your clothes on the floor, hang them up or fold them neatly in a pile to be put away properly later.

3. Get the room temperature right

There’s nothing worse than a freezing cold bedroom at night. An hour before you’re ready to hit the sack, get your room temperature right by closing the windows and adjusting the air conditioner or heater in winter. You’ll sleep better when you have the balance right.

4. Avoid interruptions

Switch your phone to silent mode so if it rings or you get a message you won’t be woken. If your partner is noisy then ear plugs can help block out the snoring or restless noises. Similarly eye masks are a great sleep companion whether at home or away, to help eliminate light and movement.

5. Choose the right bed and bedding 

It’s essential to have the right bed and bedding. Have an expert help you pick your mattress and pillow. You’ll be surprised what a huge difference this can make!

6. Manage jet lag 

If you’re travelling across time zones, help your body clock adapt more quickly to the time at your destination by adjusting your watch and phone as soon as you get on the plane. Try to eat meals and sleep as you will in your new time zone as soon as you can to make the adjustment process easier.

7. Bring a piece of home with you 

For some, sleeping in unfamiliar surroundings is difficult, no matter how comfortable it is. Keep to familiar routines. Bringing a few personal items from home (e.g. a photograph, a mug, reading material) may help you to relax and bring familiarity to your new location.

8. Wind down and relax before bed 

Have a buffer zone before bedtime. Sort out any problems well before going to bed. This may mean setting aside ‘worry time’ during the day. Use this time to go over the day’s activities and work out a plan of action for the next day. Try to avoid using your computer within one hour of bedtime, instead pick up a magazine or book to help take your mind off any problems. Exercise is fine, but not too late in the evening. Find a relaxation technique that works for you.

9. Spend the right amount of time in bed

Most adults need about eight hours sleep every night. Many poor sleepers spend much more than eight hours in bed and this makes fragmented sleep a habit. Except if you have lengthy sleep requirements, limit your time in bed to no more than eight and a half hours. If you often take hours to fall asleep, go to bed later or try reading to help you drift off. Remember that children need more sleep than adults.

10. Things to avoid… 

Alcohol may help you to get off to sleep, but will disrupt your sleep during the night. Caffeine (tea, coffee, cola drinks) and the nicotine in cigarettes are stimulants that can keep you awake. Instead, choose special blends of herbal tea that encourage sleep. Steer clear of sleeping pills except in exceptional circumstances and as advised by your doctor, they won’t fix the cause of your sleeping problem.

What’s your best tip for a good night’s sleep?

Throwback Thursday: Re-energize Your Career Goals

January 11, 2005

We show you how by conducting a personal stocktake, deciding where you want to be, making a plan and staying on track with that plan you can increase your career success.

Conduct a personal stocktake
Assess where you are and what have you achieved in the past 12 months. Make a list and consider: What were the highs? What were the lows? What did you enjoy the most? What did you achieve career-wise? Have you achieved a good work/life balance?

Where would you like to be?
Now that you have assessed your progress, start to think about where you would like to be in your career and personal life. Be completely open and honest with yourself by listing all of your dreams and goals. Even list the things that may be out of your reach.

Set about making a plan
Now that you have assessed what you have achieved in the past and what you want to achieve in the future, start to make a plan of how you can get to where you really want to be. Consider what steps you have to take from where you are today in order to get to where you ultimately want to be.

Work out what you have to do to get to the position you desire in your career and life. Then think about how long it will take to get there. Plan out what you have to achieve in the year and then break it down to what you have to do each month, and even each week.

How to stay on track with your plan
We all know from experience that it is one thing to have a great plan but a whole other thing to actually stick to the plan.

The following are some tips to keep you focused on your plan and ultimately achieve your objectives:

  • Make it fun – As Ita Buttrose once said: “If you love your job, then you never have to work another day in your life.” Use this concept when setting goals find fun ways to achieve the things you want to achieve
  • Get a coach – Hire a professional coach to keep you on track. If you can’t afford a coach right now then get a friend to help, someone who is creative and motivating, and someone who will keep you on track and help you to enjoy the process
  • Set achievable goals – Don’t set yourself up for failure by setting goals that are too high. Start by setting small goals and reward yourself each time that you achieve one of the goals
  • Remember it takes 21 days to form a new habit. If you remember this then it will help you to get through those tough days
  • Self-analyse – Each day analyse your progress, what did you do well what could you have done better. Be kind but thorough in your self analysis
  • Visualise success – Imagine yourself having achieved the goal or objective. Think about how you will feel
  • Assess your progress throughout the year

This article was written by Lisa O’Brien from Careerscoach, which specialises in career coaching, interview training, corporate coaching, life coaching and job seeker applications

Throwback Thursday: Golden Globes 2004

January 27, 2004

Everyone knows that award shows aren’t just about the winners. Self-respecting, hard-working fashion victims around the globe sit glued to awards shows for hours, critiquing the outfits, the accessories, the boyfriends, the make up and the speeches. Come on, fess up. You do it, we all do it. Now, let’s compare notes…

Former royalty A-lister, Sarah Ferguson quite frankly should have stayed home! Her Cleopatra eye makeup was more Mardi Gras than Golden Globe… Someone who has all the right moves, however, is South African farm girl turned superstar Charlize Theron who made a fabulous entrance in Christian Dior. Gorgeous, charming and a winner through and through, taking home the best Actress award.

Blondes have more fun? Not so for Sarah Jessica Parker and that haute coute dress made especially for her by Karl Lagerfeld at Chanel looked stunning! Also looking like a million bucks was Jennifer Aniston, minus her most famous handbag, hubby Brad Pitt. Mrs Pitt also presented an award on the night, and it looked like she came dangerously close to popping out of her sexy dress with its super plunging neckline!

One of the spunkiest men on earth, Johnny Depp looked positively sexy in his old-style gangster get up, accompanied by his stunning wifey Vanessa Paradis. Sex in the City veteran Kim Cattrell looked just peachy with an up hair do, and a silky frock, that was ten times as classy as her alter ego Samantha has even been. Vintage Valentino will do that to a girl, darling.

Will and Grace star Debra Messing was positively glowing in a fab frock with loads of cleavage! Not a hint of frumpy maternity wear here! And that other fabulous-when-pregnant star Catherine Zeta Jones, self-appointed princess of Hollywood, rubbed everyone’s noses in it – talk about smug married! Queer Eye fav Carson got into the spring of things, sporting a pink jacket – how appropriate. Notably absent from the red carpet was another fiery raven-haired beauty, Penelope Cruz.

Current beau Tom Cruise was nominated for best actor, the award being presented by ex-wife Nicole Kidman. Now, that could have been one awkward moment. But luckily, for our Nic, neither Tom, nor good friends Russell Crowe and Jude Law took the title. Nic was a fashion star on the night with a stunning frock featuring a gold sequin bodice, plunging neckline and romantic flowing, chiffon skirt, courtesy of Yves Saint Laurent. Critics the world over have been commenting on our Nic’s style on this night of nights. To us, she can never put a foot wrong.

Throwback Thursday: Top Of The Crops

Novemeber 26, 2010

Considering going the crop? It’s a brave move but as these celebs prove short hair is the hot hair trend. Get inspired by our favourite Hollywood looks…

Sienna Miller

Hairdressers must love Siena because she’s always changing her hairstyles, but this super short crop was a major success. Long layers at the front and shaved at the back, this is a really versatile cut. Long sparkly earrings are playful yet elegant.

Natalie Portman

If we all looked like Natalie Portman that it really wouldn’t matter what our hair was like! The gorgeous actress braved a gamine crop but it paid off, she looks absolutely amazing. Rub a small amount of wax between the fingers and wiggle through your hair to create shiny, textured pieces for a fresh, modern look.

Victoria Beckham

Victoria has been a fan of the uber crop for a while now, but alternates between platinum blonde and chocolate browns. If you’re a fashionista then look no further than a cut like this, made even funkier with chunky highlights.

Sharon Stone

Women over 40 are often advised to cut their hair short and what better inspiration than Sharon Stone. Would she look as sexy and cool with long hair? Don’t think so. Make sure you treat the hair with a weekly hair masque or overnight serum to nourish the hair.

Alyssa Milano

The pixie cut suits Alyssa’s heart-shaped face really well. As you’re not hiding behind lots of hair make sure you play up your features, such as the eyes and brows like Alyssa’s done.


Super dark and glossy, with chunky layers at the front, Rihanna turns a plain bob into an edgy, fashion-forward cut.

Natalie Imbruglia

If you’re thinking of going short but scared to cut too much off, Natalie’s chin-length bob is the perfect alternative. Make sure you ask for long layers at the front which frame the face beautifully with either a side or centre part.

Which celebrity has the best crop? Are you a fan of short hair?

Throwback Thursday: 20 Best Celebrity Mums

July 2, 2009

We asked you to choose which celebrity Mums you looked up to and boy did we get some surprises. Check out the list below:

Gwen Stefani because she often has her hubby and children with her all looking happy and fantastic!

Goldie Hawn has done such a wonderful job raising a great family in the limelight and I respect her so much for keeping them grounded.

I think Brooke Shields is an excellent celebrity mum. Like a lot of “normal” mums, she basically gave up her career to raise her kids.

Jenny McCarthy because she’s constantly raising Autism awareness and look after her autistic son! I have Autistic teenagers and appreciate what she’s doing!

Angelina Jolie. She is using her wealth to take care of children who would otherwise go without (and doesn’t make a big deal of it like Madonna!)

Jessica Rowe because she was open and honest regarding her feelings during her post natal depression. She made it real.

Julia Roberts is someone who could have continued to work and earn enormous amounts of money, but who has chosen her children over her ego.

Cate Blanchett because she’s elegant and refined but real. She has a conscience and can see she genuinely loves motherhood!

Funnily enough, Nicole Ritchie looks really down to earth and has embraced motherhood and cleaned up her act. I respect her for that.

I look up to Michelle Williams. Going through everything that she’s had to in the public eye whilst raising her daughter is a job well done.

Reese Witherspoon. She is so in love with her children and the fact that the most she will ever be away from her kids is two nights is really admirable.

I think Terri Irwin is doing a fantastic job as a single Mother raising two young children and managing Australia Zoo. What an exceptional and inspirational Australian!

Heidi Klum because of her incredible bungee stomach. After every child it just snaps back!

Does Rebecca Gibney’s character on ‘Packed to the Rafters’ count? Only a super mum would let all those kids back in the house!

Sarah Murdoch is a mum and a business woman and she remains grounded and gorgeous!

Kris Kardashian. The way she handles all those daughters of hers (and Rob) definitely creates good entertainment! She deserves a big pat on the back!

Michelle Obama. She’s always so stylish and is such an amazing role model for the world. I love how she is so grounded and family orientated.

I look up to Johanna Griggs. She demonstrates strength and humour in a down to earth, easy to like package.

Olivia Newton-John. She had so much to overcome with cancer and her daughter suffering from an eating disorder, but she still keeps smiling.

Sharon Osborne because she’s survived her famous faulty family AND survived cancer as well, that deserves recognition.

So do you agree? Let us know what you think now.

Throwback Thursday: Most Popular Romantic Couples

February 16, 2004
Hollywood’s favourite couple, Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston have won yet another award. This time the couple have kissed and cuddled their way to victory in a Valentine’s Day Most Romantic Couple poll conducted by Britain’s leading glossy magazine Hello. The pair easily won the polls snaring over 20 per cent of the overall poll to win first place. But following not too far behind with 17% of the votes was the famous Beckham couple with soccer-ace David Beckham and his spicey wife Victoria polling highly to take second place. The ‘Becks’ duo were just in front of Las Vegas star, Canadian Celine Dion and her manager and hubby Rene Angelil. The renowned singer and her husband/manager have been working together for 25 years and been married for the last ten with a little boy born almost two years ago thru IVF. Other celeb couples deemed romantically noteworthy included our very own Mary Donaldson and her spunky prince of Denmark, who came home in fourth place, and yet more Aussie?s invaded the poll with Russell Crowe and his wife Danielle Spencer coming in fifth. Coming in surprisingly low in the sizzling partnership stakes appeal were Tom Cruise and Penelope Cruz, who came ninth. Meanwhile, Spanish heart-throb Antonio Banderas and his wife Melanie Griffith had to settle for tenth place.

Bye Bye Meatball
Comedian Adam Sandler, 37 took a serious moment recently to remember his beloved dog who died suddenly. Meatball, who was four years old when he died of a heart attack, appeared in the short film A Day with the Meatball that followed Sandler’s animated feature Eight Crazy Nights in theatres. Meatball, who sported a yarmulke and tuxedo, served as the ring bearer at Sandler’s wedding to Jackie Titone in 2003. Oh too sad!

Tits and Arse Awards
Two British actresses have been nominated for ‘best breasts and bum’ award in this year?s Golden Shmoes awards. Keira Knightley and Kate Beckinsale have been nominated for an award for the best breasts and bottom. Beckinsale has been nominated by fans for her role in ?Underworld?, while Knightley is up for the honour for her role in Pirates of the Caribbean. While other noteable actresses nominated for the award include Monica Bellucci for The Matrix Revolutions, Jessica Biel for Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Terminator 3 star Kristanna Loken. Even if we think it is degrading to women we can?t disagree with those choices, can we?

Image via US Weekly

Throwback Thursday: The Language Of Love

April 8, 2003

Lonely Planet helps you get to grips with the language of love with these extracts from their popular phrasebook series. Try these on for starters…


He’s a babe!

C’est une nana! (Pronounced: sayt ewn na-na)

Would you like a drink?

Si on buvait quelque chose? (Pronounced: see on bew-vay kel-ker shoz)

What star sign are you?

Tu es de quel signe? (Pronounced: tew ay der kel see-nyer)

You’re a fantastic dancer.

Tu danses vraiment bien. (Pronounced: tew dons vray-mom byun)

Do you come here often? 

Tu viens ici souvent? (Pronounced: tew vyun ee-see soo-von)

Will you take me home?

Tu veux bien me ramener ? la maison? (Pronounced: tew ver byun mer ram-nay a la may-zon)

Can I kiss you?

Je peux t’embrasser? (Pronounced: zher per tom’bra-say)

I want to make love to you.

Je veux faire l’amour avec toi. (Pronounced: zher ver fair la-moor a’vek twa)

Let’s go to bed!

On va se coucher. (Pronounced: on va ser koo-shay)

Oh yeah!

Chouette alors! (Pronounced: shwet a-lor)

That’s great.

C’est sensationnel. (Pronounced: say son-sa-syo-nel)

I love you.

Je t’aime. (Pronounced: zher tem)

From French Phrasebook, Lonely Planet Publications

Throwback Thursday: Nicole Kidman Uses Botox

Each Thursday, we’ll dust of the SHESAID archives to bring you a story of years past. Everyone loves a walk down memory lane, right? So why not do it every week…
She’s denied it for years but most of us didn’t buy it: Nicole Kidman has finally admitted to using Botox, but says that’s all in the past. The 43 year-old actress with the porcelain complexion says she no longer has Botox injections because she doesn’t like the results.

“I’ve tried a lot of things but apart from working out and a good diet most things don’t help,” she told a German magazine when asked how she keeps her skin looking so good.

“I even tried Botox but I didn’t like how my face looked afterwards. Now I don’t use it anymore – and I can move my forehead again.”

The photo above is from a recent premiere of her latest movie Rabbit Hole. Her forehead and undereye area do look very smooth – could she be telling the truth?

She has famously denied using Botox to keep her skin line-free, saying her anti-ageing secrets are to stay out of the sun and not smoke. She previously stated: “I am completely natural. I have nothing in my face or anything.” But in 2008 one cosmetic surgeon said she was so “over-Boxoted” she gives female celebrities a bad name.

What do you think? Does it look like Nicole Kidman is still using Botox?

Throwback Thursday: Who Was The Most Annoying Celeb Of 2005?

Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes have been nominated for a swag of awards. Tom was shortlisted for the Worst Actor Razzie for his role in War of the Worlds and Katie was nominated for her supporting role in Batman Begins. The Worst Picture category is also competitive: what’s the worst between House of Wax, Dukes of Hazzard, Son of the Mask, Deuce Bigalow: European Gigalow and Dirty Love? Other stars who have been nominated include Will Ferrell for his role in Bewitched, Jessica Alba for Fantastic Four and Into the Blue and Jennifer Lopez for Monster In Law. Halle Berry actually attended the awards last year and graciously accepted her Worst Actress Razzie for her role in Wonder Woman, so let’s hope one of these stars realise their foibles and turn up! The new category for the awards is the Most Tiresome Tabloid Targets category. Nominees include ‘Tom and Katie: Oprah Winfrey’s Couch, The Eiffel Tower & “Tom’s Baby”, Tom Cruise: Anti-Psychiatry Rant, Paris Hilton and Whoever?, Mr & Mrs Britney, their baby and their camcorder and The Simpsons: Ashlee, Jessica and Nick. Tough competition. Who do you think will win?

Katie’s baby fears

As the big day approaches, it has been revealed that Katie Holmes is getting more and more anxious about the birth of her first child. She is roughly seven months pregnant, but the young actress is afraid she?ll give birth to a premature baby, like her mum did. One friend said: “Katie’s mom went into labour with her almost two months early. Katie was only four pounds at birth and it was touch-and-go for several days before doctors determined that she was going to make it. She seems desperately afraid that the same thing could happen to her!”

Sienna in the arms of co-star

Sienna Miller is reportedly seeking consolation after her break-up with Jude Law with her Factory Girl co-star Hayden Christensen. Apparently the pair have been getting closer during filming and their attraction for each other became obvious at the recent cast party in Louisiana. According to one witness, there was an impromptu Karaoke session and the pair were singing to each other: “The party was just getting going when someone brought out the restaurants karaoke player – Sienna was on it in a flash. She started jokily serenading Hayden before begging him to join her on stage – and it wasn’t long before he complied. They’d had a fair few drinks by this time and their flirting was obvious to everyone.” According to others, their mutual attraction has been obvious for some time: “Everybody has been talking about it for a while and after the cast party they were acting like more than good friends.? Meanwhile, it seems she didn’t impress another of her co-stars. Jeremy Irons starred with her in new release Casanova and said Sienna?s acting performance isn?t particularly impressive. “It doesn’t bear much examination,” he said. “Sweet, but inexperienced.” Wow, what a way to promote a movie, Jeremy!

Exercise Tips for Beginners

So you want to exercise, but not sure where to start? Love Your Liver share some inspiring exercise tips for beginners.

Active prevention and cure
Exercising regularly and eating a healthy diet are the most effective ways to achieve and maintain a healthy weight, immune system and liver. In fact, there is evidence to suggest that exercise itself (with or without weight loss) can prevent and reverse fatty liver  disease.

Finding the right kind of exercise for you
To help you create an exercise routine you can stick to, it’s important that you spend your 30 minutes or more each day doing something you enjoy. Walking, cycling, jogging, football, yoga, tai chi, pilates, dancing or even gardening. If you’re not sure what type of exercise you should do, ask your doctor or health care professional for advice.

Good for the mind as well as the body
So much of our day is filled with stress, so taking time out to engage in a pleasurable activity will distract you from your worries, revitalise and lift your mood, reduce anxiety and depression and even help you sleep better at night too.

Take it easy and don’t overdo it
Start with gentle exercise and slowly build up to establishing a 30-a-day routine, or more if you wish. But don’t overdo it – too much strenuous exercise can have a negative impact – making you feel tired and rundown.

How do you keep motivated to do exercise?

5 Antioxidants You Need to Know About

So what’s the big secret to antioxidants? We know they’re good for us but do we really know what they do?

Antioxidants neutralise excess free radicals, largely protecting us from premature ageing and diseases associated with ageing.

Antioxidants and free radicals work together to help keep our bodies functioning at their best.

Free radicals are well known for causing damage but it’s only when we have excess free radicals which our bodies can’t control do they then become a problem.

This is why we need to consume as many foods with antioxidant properties to promote good health as well as slow down the ageing process.  Stephen Eddey, Principle of Health Schools Australia QLD and qualified nutritionist and naturopath, shares the top five foods to help promote a happy and healthy lifestyle.

A is for Artichoke
Artichokes may have a peculiar appearance but don’t let their shape fool you. Within their enclosed leaves behold an array of rich antioxidants. Artichokes are high in Vitamin C, K as well as being high in folate and especially fibre. Dietary fibre promotes the growth of good bacteria which helps to maintain a healthy gut and therefore a fit immune system. Dietary fibre naturally occurs in plants such as artichoke and should be consumed as part of a balanced diet. Wash the vegetable, chop off the stem, break off the outside leaves, trim the tips and boil or roast with oils and spices for a delicious and nutritious low calorie meal.

Don’t just eat the olives, eat the olive leafs
This winter, reach in the medicine cabinet for Olive Leaf Extract as your cold and flu preventative. A fresh-picked Olive Leaf Extract in an Australian study has shown to be 5 times stronger than the equivalent amount of vitamin C providing powerful immune system support and relief of common cold symptoms. Research indicates that Olive leaf extract contains a strong broad spectrum of over 20 antioxidants including Oleuropein, a polyphenol compound, which has been shown to be one of the most powerful antioxidants. The recommended dose is 5mls, 3 times a day with food. You may want to complement it with a morning smoothie.

Eat your heart out cacao
Chocolate, a food that tickles most taste buds is surprisingly good for us! Cacao is the most nutritious form of chocolate and dissimilar to cacao which is heated and loses its nutritional value. Cacao is high in magnesium which is a mineral that the western diet lacks. Magnesium is also great for a healthy heart as well as promotes energy to the brain to help us feel focused. Cacao is also rich in serotonin which is that feel good sensation. The richer in cacao, i.e. the darker, the more potent the antioxidant and higher the nutritional benefits.

Beans beans the magical fruit
Legumes don’t just preach to the vegetarian choir. Leguminous plants such as dried beans – kidney, pinto , black and lentils are special proteins in the way they can take nitrogen from the air and incorporate it into amino acids. Beans are a rich source of antioxidants and with their amino acid profile are important in breaking down proteins as well as stimulating enzymes in the metabolism process. Match your legumes with grains to receive the optimum amount of essential amino acids.

Pick a pecan
If you munch on 15 pecans a day you can receive up to 55% of your daily recommended intake of manganese according to a study. Manganese is great for healthy skin, maintaining blood sugar levels, lowers cholesterol levels with unsaturated good fats and overall boasts a high antioxidant profile.  Pecans as well as other nuts and seeds complement a healthy diet are packed with vitamins and minerals but should be taken in small doses due to a high fat content.

Do you eat a lot of antioxidants?

Stephen Eddey is a qualified Nutritionist and Naturopath and is the Principal of Australia’s longest established natural medicine college, Health Schools Australia. He has completed a Bachelor of Complementary Medicine as well as a Masters in Health Science and PhD in Nutritional Medicine.


Get the Look: Cate Blanchett’s Elegant Updo

Didn’t Cate Blanchett look amazing at the BAFTAs? Here’s how celebrity hairstylist Nicola Clarke created her gorgeous, elegant updo.

1. “I prepped Cate’s hair with John Frieda Luxurious Volume Fine to Full blow out spray. I blow dryed with a small round brush and pinned each section, allowing it to cool off.

2. “I gently spritzed with John Frieda Luxurious Volume hair spray and tousled with my fingers to create texture before loosely braiding.

3. I then pulled the braid back and secured with pins at the nape of the neck. I finished with a generous spray of Luxurious Volume All Day Hold Hairspray to hold the look for the night.”

What do you think of Cate Blanchett’s elegant updo hairstyle?

Meat-Free Mondays: Creamy Mushroom Quinoa Risotto

Quinoa is an easily digestible grain which contains more protein than any other grain – almost twice as much as rice. It makes a delicious addition to this mushroom risotto recipe.

Serves 4


300ml boiling water

15g mixed dried mushrooms

900ml vegetable stock

2 tbsp olive oil

200g white closed cup mushrooms,sliced

200g brown closed cup mushrooms,sliced

1 onion,chopped

2 cloves garlic,crushed

175g quinoa

175g arborio rice

100ml dry white wine

25g freshly grated Parmesan cheese

2 tbsp snipped fresh basil leaves or rosemary leaves


1. Place the dried mushrooms in a bowl,cover with the boiling water and leave to soak for 10mins,drain,reserving the liquid and chop the mushrooms. Place the chicken stock in a large pan,add the dried mushroom liquid and slowly bring to the boil,leave on a gentle simmer.

2. Heat half the oil in a large pan,add the mushrooms and sautÈ over a high heat for 2-3mins until golden brown. Transfer to a plate and set aside.

3. Add the remaining oil to the pan,add the onion and sautÈ for 2-3mins. Add the chopped dried mushrooms,garlic,quinoa and rice and stir for 30 seconds. Add the wine and gently simmer,stirring until the liquid has evapourated.

4. Add a ladleful of the hot stock to the rice mixture and cook,stirring until the liquid has been absorbed. Repeat until the rice is tender and the stock has all been used about 15-20mins. Stir in the reserved mushrooms, Parmesan and basil or rosemary and remove from the heat. Serve.

What’s your favourite quinoa recipe?

Kim Kardashian Gives Birth To Baby Girl!

Kim Kardashian has given birth to a baby girl, a few weeks ahead of her expected delivery date.

With boyfriend Kanye West, 36, by her side, Kim, 32, delivered the baby by c-section just hours ago in a hospital in West Hollywood, L.A.

The couple announced at the beginning of the month at her baby shower that they were expecting a girl.

Kim was due in early July, but felt like she was going into labour last night so checked into the hospital.

What an amazing gift for Kanye with Father’s Day in the U.S. tomorrow!

There’s no word on what they’re calling their daughter yet – let’s just hope it’s not North as was rumoured months ago!

Congratulations to Kim Kardashian and Kanye West!

Fluffy Pancake Recipe

Whip up a batch of these fluffy buttermilk pancakes this weekend – don’t forget to serve with butter and maple syrup (and a side of crispy bacon!).

Makes about 12 pancakes


2 eggs

2 1/2 cups but­ter­milk

1/4 cup but­ter, melted (plus more for cook­ing and serving)

2 cups plain flour, sifted

1 Table­spoon caster sugar

2 tea­spoons bak­ing pow­der

1 tea­spoon bak­ing soda

1 tea­spoon salt


1. Whisk the eggs, then add the but­ter­milk and melted but­ter and keep whisking until just com­bined. Add the flour, sugar, bak­ing pow­der, bak­ing soda, and salt and whisk gen­tly until the flour is incorporated, being careful not to overmix.

2. Heat a large fry­ing pan over medium heat (if it starts smoking, take it off the heat and allow to cool down to medium). Add a small knob of but­ter to the pan. When melted, pour 1/4 cup of the batter into the pan. If there is enough room in the pan, pour another 1/4 cup to make another pancake, leaving 5cm between each pancake.

3. Cook until the surface of the batter is dotted with bubbles, about 2 minuets, then flip with a spatula. Cook on the other side until the batter is no longer runny, about 1 minute. Remove and keep warm.

4. Con­tinue cooking the remain­ing pan­cakes in the same way.

5. Serve warm with butter and maple syrup.

What’s your favourite pancake recipe?

Jennifer Aniston: I Want Bed Head Hair On My Wedding Day

Jennifer Aniston has wedding on her mind, revealing that she wants her hair to look like she “maybe had a romp”!

“For my wedding, I wouldn’t do an updo, but I think a veil is always pretty,” she tells the July issue of US Marie Claire.

“I like loose and natural hair because it goes against the formality of the dress. Loose, like, “I just got out of bed, maybe had a romp” hair.'”

And her longtime hairstylist Chris McMillan – he’s worked with Aniston for 20 years – agrees.

“It always looks like she just had a romp in bed!” he tells the magazine. “I plan to do her hair three hours early, and hopefully she’ll have a romp in bed before the ceremony.”

Despite having some of the best locks in the business, she says that her addiction to over-styling has resulted in her using clip-in extensions on the red carpet.

“I have naturally wavy, frizzy Greek hair, and over the years it’s taken a beating from blow-dryers, flatirons, curlers, and extensions, which I think are the most damaging.

“I couldn’t get it to grow because it just kept breaking. Even when it was longer, it didn’t look long because the ends were so thin. I ended up using clip-in pieces just to fill it out.

Rumours are swirling that Aniston and fiancé Justin Theroux have postponed their wedding – or could that be a clever way to trick the media?

Either way, there’s no doubt Aniston will make a gorgeous bride.

What’s your favourite wedding hairstyle?

7 Day Detox Diet

Thinking of doing a detox for weight loss? Forget soup or lemon detoxes – this 7 day detox diet is healthy and easy to stick to. Plus try our juice detox recipes.

Drink lemon juice in the morning<BR
Instead of doing a lemon detox, start each day by drinking hot water and lemon. It cleanses the system and kickstarts your digestive system. Add the juice of half a lemon to a cup of hot water. Drink this on an empty stomach, first thing in the morning.


Do 1 hour of exercise daily during the detox week. Do any exercise that makes you puff and pant, and makes you sweat more than usual like walking uphill, jogging or yoga. High intensity exercise increases circulation and lymph flow that helps release toxins via sweat. Plus after a week of exercise, this should kickstart your fitness regime going forward.

Eat raw foods

Eat mostly raw foods during your detox diet week. Uncooked foods are rich in enzymes and nutrients. You can add fresh sprouts to your salad for that extra energy.

Mental detox

While you are doing your detox diet, do a little mind detox too. Declutter the mind with daily, 15 minute meditations. If you are not familiar with meditation try belly breathing first. Place the palms of your hands onto your lower belly and breathe in and out through your nose, slowly to 3-4 counts. Do this for 15 minutes for best results.


Drink at least 3 litres of water every day. It will support kidney detoxification and help the lymph. In addition, drink fresh vegetables juices and white or green tea. You can also make your own detox tea by adding red clover, burdock, calendula, cleavers, nettle and dandelion roots. Just add 1 teaspoon of these herbs to a cup of boiling water and steep it for 15 minutes, strain and drink.

Brush your body

Regular body brushing increases skin detoxification and supports better circulation. Use natural fibre body brush or loofah, and brush in circular strokes before you hop in the shower. Start brushing from the feet then move upwards, to the legs and under arms. Avoid the face, throat and other delicate areas. After brushing take a quick tepid shower and finish it off by a cold water burst that helps in blood circulation.

Chewing properly

Chew at least 12 times before swallowing your food. This slows down your eating and helps you to be mindful of what you are eating which helps boosts your digestion and curbs overeating.

Juice detox recipes

Carrot With A Kick

3 carrots

1 cucumber

½ large beetroot

½ lemon (including peel)

5cm ginger

Better Than Tomato Juice

2 tomatoes

Handful spinach leaves

2 radishes

4 parsley sprigs

½ lemon (including peel)

Veggie Mix

3 carrots

2 celery stalks

½ large beetroot

2 broccoli florets

½ lemon (including peel)

Note: Do not detox if you are underweight, breastfeeding, pregnant, elderly or against a doctor’s recommendation.

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