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.

www.bodybydesign.com.au

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

Ingredients

1 cup water

1 cup orange juice

2 tablespoons caster sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla essence

1 cinnamon stick

Method

  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: 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…

French

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

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?

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?

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

Ingredients

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

Method

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.

Exercise

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.

Hydration

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.

Winter Home Decor Ideas


Now that the cooler months have arrived, it’s the perfect time to get inspired by some new home decor ideas and give your home a winter makeover. Surrounding yourself with relaxing colours and warm home furnishings can help calm and soothe you – just what you need to unwind after a long day at work.

Melbourne’s Uni Hill Factory Outlet’s has a number of home decor ideas to help you liven up your space, without spending a fortune.

Stock up on candles

Candles will leave you feeling calm and can also make your bedroom smell amazing. Placing them around you room can bring life and warmth to the whole area, and choosing a scent you love can add a nice personal touch.



Unleash your inner gallery owner

Wall art, posters and photos are an easy and personal way to add some personality to your bedroom. Canvas paintings, large letters, fun shapes or pictures of your loved ones are a perfect way to add some personality to your bedroom. Decorative frames, canvas prints and funky letters are ideal for a mini makeover.



Vases are a great decorating tool

Vases, pots, bottles and other trinkets are a great decorating item and can add character to your space. Purchase a variety of different items and place them together for a shabby chic look, or add a colourful vase to a shelf that’s looking empty. Remember, you don’t always need to fill them with flowers – bright coloured or interestingly shaped containers can make a statement on their own.



Throw around some cushions

Cushions and throws are another great way to spruce up your room and give it a cosy feeling. This season it’s all about colours like aubergine purple, burnt orange, graphite grey, deep blues and chocolate browns. Match this to your bed linen, and team different textures together for an interesting look.


What are your best home decorating ideas for winter?

10 Ways To Maximise Your Tax Refund This Year


The June 30 deadline is rapidly approaching but knowing you could get a better tax refund might encourage more of us to get it done sooner. Tax pro Adrian Raftery, author of 101 Ways to Save Money on Your Tax – Legally! 2013-14 edition, shares his top 10 tips on how to maximise your tax refund this year.

1. Keeping a car log book could increase your refund by thousands

If you use your car for work purposes and keep a log book for 12 weeks then the deductions can be in the thousands. Make sure that you keep all costs associated with the running of your car (such as petrol, insurance, registration, servicing and lease payments) for the whole year, not just the period that you kept the log book. Remember that the ATO motto is no receipt = no deduction so you could be costing yourself a lot of money by not keeping those dockets!


2. Take advantage of the Government’s free money service known as the “Super co-contribution”

It is surprising how few people actually take advantage of some free money from the Government. If your income is under $31,920 and you contribute $1,000 post tax into super the government will match it 50 cents in the dollar. Whilst this incentive gradually phases out above this figure at $46,920, it’s free money! Also, if you earn less than $10,800 then your spouse can put up to $3,000 into your super fund and they will receive an 18% rebate ($540) on tax via the spouse super contribution rebate.


3. Minimise capital gains tax (CGT) by deferring sale or offsetting losses against gains already made
The share market has had a roller coaster year in 2012/13. If you made a nice capital gain or two earlier in the year then you can reduce CGT by selling any non-performing shares that you may be currently holding. Any unrealised gains should be sold after 1 July to defer tax for another year. And remember that if you hold shares for more than 12 months you reduce CGT by half.


4. Build your nest egg quicker by paying 15% rather than 46.5% by salary sacrificing into super

Salary sacrificing into superannuation is one of the best, and legitimate, ways to minimise your income tax bill. You can contribute up to $25,000 per year into super which is only taxed at 15 per cent instead of your marginal tax rate (potentially 46.5 per cent). There are not many pay packets left to do it this tax year, so keep in mind to start putting extra away when 1 July arrives.


5. Income expected to be lower next year? Bring some 2013/14 expenses forward into this year

If you are expecting that you will have a lower income next year – due to factors such as maternity leave, redundancy, a smaller bonus or perhaps cutbacks to overtime – then why not try to bring forward your deductions into this tax year. Stocking up your home office with stationery, laptops and printers or prepaying subscriptions and interest for up to 12 months in advance are just some of the simple ways to reduce your income before 30 June this year.


6. Prepay private health insurance

The 30 per cent rebate on private health insurance premiums gradually phases out for those who earn over $84,000 (single) or $168,000 (couple). If you are currently under these thresholds but think you will earn above these levels in 2013/14 you can still get the rebate in full if you prepay 12 months of premiums before 1 July.


7. Claim a deduction for the costs you incur in running your home-office

More and more people these days are doing work at home but not many are aware that they can claim a deduction for costs you incur in running your home office, even if a room is not set aside solely for work-related purposes. Deductions are available for the work-related portion of home telephone, internet, stationery, computer equipment and printers. Keep a diary of your time that you work from home and claim a 34 cents per hour deduction for electricity, gas and depreciation of home-based furniture.


8. Buy a new business asset for under $6,500 and claim it as a tax deduction this year

There are some great tax concessions out there for small businesses but none greater than the immediate write-off available this year for the purchase of new business assets that cost less than $6,500. There is no limit to the amount of assets that you can purchase under this concession. Businesses can also immediately write-off the first $5,000 of any new vehicle purchased but be wary of potential FBT implications if the car is purchased via a company or trust. If your business is registered for GST, then you can buy a business asset for less than $7,150, claim the 10% GST credit and get an immediate write-off for the balance in this year’s tax.


9. Keep your receipts

With the ATO continuing to ramp up their audit activity yet again it is important that you keep your receipts. The ATO motto is no receipt = no deduction so you could be costing yourself a lot of money not keeping those dockets!


10. Get a great accountant

Avoid paying too much in tax or leaving yourself to a visit from the taxman. Great accountants are like surveyors…they know where the boundaries are. And their fees are tax deductible!

Visit www.mrtaxman.com.au for more of Adrian Raftery’s tips on saving money on your tax.

Best-Ever Banana Bread

This is it: that cafe-style, moist banana bread you’ve been dreaming off. And it only takes a few minutes to get into the oven. A great recipe for making with kids and encouraging them into the kitchen!

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups caster sugar

1/2 cup unsalted butter

2 eggs at room temperature

1/4 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1 1/2 cups plain flour, sifted

3 large very ripe/black bananas, mashed with a fork

1/2 cup walnuts, pecans or chocolate chips (optional)

1 tsp vanilla extract

Method

1. Preheat oven to 190C. Grease a loaf pan with olive oil or a little butter.

2. Mix together sugar, butter and eggs using an electric beater or stand mixer.

3. Sift together the dry ingredients, then add to the sugar mixture.

4. Stir through the bananas, nuts or chocolate chips if using and vanilla extract. Pour the mixture into the prepared loaf pan and bake for 1 hour or until a skewer inserted into the middle of the loaf comes out clean.

5. Let cool for 5 minutes, then remove from pan.

What’s your favourite banana bread recipe?

Get The Look: Antje Traue’s Retro Updo In 5 Steps

You may not know who Antje Traue is yet, but that’s about to change. The German actress stunned on the red carpet for the Man of Steel premiere this week pairing a chic white Jill Sander dress with her vintage updo and glam makeup (love that raspberry lipstick!).

Here’s how Sebastian Professional lead stylist Thomas Dunkin created this vintage hairstyle in 5 easy steps:

1. Soak hair thoroughly with Sebastian Professional Thickefy Foam.

2. Blow-dry using a large, round brush to create mega volume and root lift.

3. Take 2-inch sections of hair and wrap them around a large-barreled curling iron.

4. Brush through the curls and create a ponytail, leaving out pieces that naturally frame the face.

5. Spritz Sebastian Professional Shaper to keep the hair in place all night long.

What’s your favourite vintage hairstyle?

Romantic Getaways: Our Guide To The Great Barrier Reef Islands


Why go overseas to enjoy a romantic getaway when Australia has some of the most beautiful islands (and five-star hotels) in the world?

Let’s face it, Australia is full of romantic destinations, from its secluded beaches to its luxury hotels, and the Great Barrier Reef have some of the best on offer.



The Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest coral reef system made up of 900 islands and stretching for over 2,600 km, so it can be a little intimidating planning your getaway. Even if you’ve visited in the past, there are plenty of other tropical islands to be explored. Here’s our guide to the best romantic islands of the Great Barrier Reef.


Hayman Island

Hayman Island is by far the most exclusive resort of the Whitsunday Islands, with the whole island privately owned. With luxury accommodation, spa treatments and a range of dining options, no wonder Hayman Island is Australia’s most awarded five-star resort.

Hook Island

If you’re looking for a cheap getaway that’s no less spectacular, Hook Island is your destination. Budget accommodation doesn’t get better than at the Hook Island Wilderness Resort, and after checking in, spend your days snorkelling, diving, kayaking or bushwalking. Some of the most beautiful coral reefs are just off-shore on the north west side of Hook Island.


Wilson Island

If you prefer to spend a few days immersed in unspoilt nature, away from all things modern, then this speck of an island is ideal. Don’t be fooled though, although it’s safari-style tent accommodation that’s on offer, it is still on the high-end, luxury side, with gourmet dining on your doorstep.


Heron Island

If you’re a diver then this island for you, offering 10 Great Barrier Reef dive sites within 15 minutes. Even if you’re not a diver, the pure white beaches and wildlife are enough to impress, with seabirds, turtles and multi-coloured fish, which is why the island is home to one of Australia’s most prestigious marine research stations.


Dunk Island

Dunk Island may not sound romantic, but it is probably Australia’s most beautiful tropical rainforest island, perfect for romantic getaways full of activity. There are countless options on offer, including rainforest walks, spectacular views from the top of Mount Kotaloo, snorkeling in the clear waters, horse riding, tennis, water skiing and golf.

Which is your favourite Great Barrier Reef island?


Top Hair Colour Trends


Australian Colour Technician of the Year Matt Clements of The Assembly Hair shares his top hair colour trends for winter – plus his tips for maintaining your hot new hair colour!

Hair colour is always interesting and this season is no different! Contrasting warm and cool tones used side by side, accents of muted colours such as soft powder pinks and lilacs with grey and whites is still very much an on-trend look.

Customers are looking to the likes of celebrities such as Nicole Richie and Kelly Osborne for hair direction and their use of colour tones to make a bold statement.


The 60’s influence is also still being felt in hair as well as on catwalks, and that’s resulting in colour blocking large sections and panels of contrasting shades to create beautiful finishes.



Hair colour maintenance

Regardless of which colour trend you want to follow, one thing I can’t stress enough is to consult with a professional before you undertake a major colour change. A lot of people don’t realise how much hair colour can change your whole appearance.

Choosing a hair colour that is complimentary to your skin tone is paramount to achieving a successful and long lasting result. Big colour changes and corrective colour needs in-depth consultation before you begin to make sure the change you’re after is realistic, not only about the condition of your hair but also the investment and maintenance you are prepared to make.

As well as refreshing your colour at the salon, it’s so important to invest in properly prescribed products that suit your hair needs – if you want beautiful hair you must take care of it!

Matt was named Australian Colour Technician of the Year for the third consecutive year at this week’s Schwarzkopf Professional Hair Expo Awards, which is especially great news considering his salon suffered devastating loss during last year’s floods.

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