Summer’s almost here! But before you throw on a bikini and head to the beach you may want to invest in one summer essential that’s sure to solve those troublesome (and often embarrassing!) beauty problems that many of us are faced with once the mercury rises. Coconut guru and author of Going Coconuts Brynley King shares her top tips for tackling seven of your most cringe-worthy summertime dilemmas – and the best part? All you need is one jar of coconut oil!
Let’s get the most embarrassing out of the way first, shall we? Chafing is a common problem that many people experience during our steaming Aussie summer – and it’s not just the thigh area that can fall victim to the dreaded chafe. Fortunately, coconut oil can be used on any part of the body to not only prevent chafe from occurring but also to heal sore and inflamed skin. It’s also perfect to use on infants as an all-natural alternative to nappy rash cream.
Forgot to slip, slop, slap and now you’re looking less like a bronzed goddess and more like a tomato? The properties found in coconut oil are known to relieve the pain of a bad burn plus heal the skin and limit peeling at the same time. Try patting a washcloth splashed with a little apple cider vinegar on burnt skin to relieve stinging before generously applying coconut oil mixed with peppermint oil to the affected area. The peppermint oil helps to cool the skin while the coconut oil heals and protects.
A pop of colour on the lips can make any outfit go from good to great, but if your pout has been receiving a little too much sun, wind and salty air, even the most moisturising lipsticks aren’t going to glide on as they should. Coconut oil works as an incredibly nourishing 100% natural lip balm and Pacific Islanders have been using it for centuries. Feeling creative? Mix 1 tablespoon of coconut oil and olive oil with ¾ teaspoon of honey for a sweeter, DIY lip treatment.
Razor bumps and ingrown hairs aren’t pretty but for many people they’re inevitable after any type of shaving, waxing or hair removal. Coconut oil is anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial and anti-fungal which makes it a miracle pre and post hair-removal product. Replace shaving creams or soaps with coconut oil for your closest shave yet before rubbing a decent amount into the area after your shower; and you can say goodbye to painful, unsightly bumps – for good!
Unfortunately, humidity = frizz. Luckily your new beauty Holy Grail works wonders at smoothing and conditioning unruly tresses. Before bedtime, apply a good dollop of oil to your lengths and ends, tie in a topknot and leave in overnight for a super nourishing and inexpensive hair treatment or use as an anti-frizz hair serum by applying a pea size amount to dry hair. You can also protect blonde locks from chlorine damage (green hair is never in fashion) by wetting the hair and evenly distributing coconut oil from roots to tips, which seals in moisture and creates a barrier against harmful pool chemicals.
For many, this time of the year means outdoor barbeques, picnics and the occasional game of backyard cricket, however, it also means the mosquitos are out in full force. If these pesky little bloodsuckers make you itchy just thinking about them, then coconut oil may be your new best friend. When applied to an insect bite, the oil is known to work faster than calamine lotion at stopping the itch and reducing swelling. Plus, if you dab it on the area regularly it works to speed up the healing process too.
Winter can play havoc on our skin, as we often neglect our moisturising routine in favour of hiding our pins under jeans and tracksuit pants. Come summertime, why are we then surprised when we pull on a pair of shorts only to discover our limbs aren’t quite as smooth and supple as we’d like? Bid dry, flaky skin farewell by mixing coconut oil with raw sugar for a DIY body exfoliator, then use the oil on its own as an all-natural, paraben-free body moisturiser.
For more coconut oil tips grab your copy of ‘Going Coconuts’ plus Banaban Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil at www.naturepacifc.com
Going green is all the rage and for good reason – it’s great for the environment, your mind and body!
One of the biggest benefits of using environmentally friendly products is that they’re natural and don’t contain any of the harsh chemicals that a lot of mass produced products sneak into their mixtures. We’re all about embracing the natural world of beauty, so read on for our best eco-friendly beauty tips!
Trade moisturiser for facial oil
Essential botanical or seed varieties of facial oil will penetrate all the layers of derma, leaving your skin feeling smooth, not greasy. Oil is perfect for making your skin as soft as baby’s skin and because you only need small amounts of it each use, you won’t need to replace your products regularly.
Brush up your act
There are plenty of makeup brushes available crafted completely from sustainable materials like bamboo. Brushes that feature synthetic bristles are also more eco-friendly and blend just as well, if not better, than those made with real animal hair.
Two gallons of water run down the drain for every minute the tap is on; an average eight-minute shower therefore dumps around 17 gallons. A great way to conserve water is to wash your face and hands with a biodegradable, rinse-free facial wipe. These gently exfoliate your skin and remove build up of dirt and oil, while using less water. Try keeping your showers to two-minutes too, these can be hard, especially when you’re washing your hair. But for the most part, you’ll conserve a lot more water and save on your water bill by simply setting a timer and washing off quickly.
Recycle your loot
Have you ever thought about what happens to all those empty shampoo bottles and tubes of lipstick after you throw them out? Every day, consumer product packaging accounts for approximately one-third of landfill waste. So next time you squeeze the last dregs from your shampoo and conditioner bottles, put them in the recycling bin, not the general waste.
Test out a natural fragrance
Natural fragrances are one of the best green beauty trends around because they’re formulated without chemicals, dyes, or phthalates. Two great brands embracing this trend are Lavanila Laboratories and Infusion Organique.
We all want to do our bit to save the planet, but who thought it could ever be this easy, or stylish?
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Does your hair sit flat and lifeless without texture? Sugar sprays are one of the newest beauty trends that can give hair body and bounce without the crispy residue. Dubbed as the new sea salt sprays, they are made from concentrated amounts of sugar extracts which can help to strengthen the hair follicle, and make it thick and bouncy!
How do they work?
Sugar sprays work in the same way a traditional salt spray would: spritz into dry or damp hair, then leave to air-dry naturally for best results. Sugar sprays are actually better for your hair since they don’t leave a sticky residue and will make your hair shine (in the good way!).
They are also designed for fine hair types since they create the volume of added texture, making each strand look thick and healthy. Concentrate most of the spray on the mid-section to the bottom of your hair, then massage gently with your fingers to create added volume. You could also dry your hair on a cool temperature to speed-up the process if you’re in a hurry to leave the house.
Where can I get a sugar spray?
Depending on your price range, there are high end options plus a great variety available at the drugstore.
Keratin Complex Sweet Definition Texturising Sugar Mist, $17
Apply the spray to small sections of your hair, then use a diffuser to create the illusion of body and texture in your hair.
Tigi Bed Head Candy Fixations Sugar Shock, $18.99
Or you could make your own elixir using water and sugar and concentrating it mainly on the ends of your hair. For extra lift at the roots, stick to a sea salt spray; or combine the two for a unique look!
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The UK cosmetics industry is worth an estimated £4.5 billion but an article in the Daily Mail shows that added toxic ingredients present in some forms of make up can cause danger. Although the UK Government regulates these products there are always loopholes that can be exploited. Here are ten chemicals and products to avoid.
1. Dying your hair
Latex Gloves from Brosch Direct are an excellent way to protect your hands when using hair dyes and other chemicals, but they don’t stop your scalp from being damaged during the dying process. Although hair products have changed drastically over the years there are still certain compounds such as coal-tar, which can cause bladder cancer and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
2. Aluminium pigments
Most skin care products are safe; mascara, eye shadow and eye pencils all contain aluminium powder, which can lead to neurotoxicity and cancer. There is a misconception that high cost and quality products are safe but these products are just as dangerous as their cheaper counterparts.
3. Sunscreens and vitamin A
Half of all sunscreens on the market contain an ingredient known as retinyl palmitate, or vitamin A palmitate. This chemical should not be put onto skin if you are going to be in direct sunlight, it is used in many night creams due to the fact that you can’t use it in daylight. If you use a sunscreen with this additive you can develop tumours.
4. Perfumes and fragrances
Any product that has the word fragrant on the advertising is probably not going to be good for your skin. Some alcohols used in the manufacture of perfumes have been known to cause hormone disruption and allergic reactions.
5. Propylene glycol
This clear odourless, tasteless liquid is used in food and cosmetics and is classed as safe, but it can cause brain, liver and kidney disorders if used incorrectly or regularly. When used in the chemical industry as revealed on the mindbodygreen website it is treated with great care by the people working with it.
6. Benzoyl peroxides and acne
Acne can be a horrendous problem for the young and old but most creams contain the chemical benzoyl peroxide which can cause cancers and also become a skin irritant.
7. Teeth cleaning
Brushing your teeth twice a day or maybe more should be a safe process but the toothpaste itself contains a chemical called triclosan which is linked to cancer cell growth and can cause damage to the gums and premature births if used long term.
8. Hair straightening
Some people prefer straight hair others curly; if you are using chemical hair straightening products you may not realise the damage you are doing to your hair and also your body. These products contain keratin which can cause nerve, chest pain and rashes.
9. Green isn’t always safe
Some so-called green products can still contain harmful chemicals such as chlorphenesin and neurotoxin. When buying cosmetics even reading the label won’t give you all the information you need. Some chemicals are left out.
All of us use some form of anti-perspirant and don’t realise the possible dangers of the aluminium salts that are present which can cause of breast cancer and skin irritation.
We’re all guilty of playing on the dark side – but these 10 beauty commandments will ensure you’re beauty regimen is always golden!
Thou shalt regularly wash your beauty brushes
Washing your makeup brushes at least once a week can prevent the development of acne or skin infections and reduces the amount of skin oils building up in your compact. Synthetic foundation and concealer brushes can be cleaned with regular face wash, while all your fluffy brushes and powder puffs can be cleaned with shampoo. Make sure you leave plenty of time for them to dry out before you try using them again – the last thing you want is lumpy powder.
Thou shalt get regular trims
Every six or so week’s just like the doctor ordered! The key to healthy hair is loyalty and regular trips to your hairdressers will keep those pesky split ends at bay – a good trim will keep your hair tidier and healthier.
Thou shalt indulge in a facemask
You don’t need to commit to these every other day, but using a hydrating sheet mask once a week will give your skin a moisture surge that will keep your skin glowing for days.
Thou shalt nourish from the inside out
It’s true ladies, good on the inside equals good on the outside. A diet rich in all your fruits, vegetables, protein, fibres, and healthy fats is exactly what you need to keep your skin, hair and nails healthy.
Thou shalt check your foundation shade as the seasons change
You might be white and pasty in winter, but come summer your skin develops a warmer glow. As such you should check your foundation shade as your complexion changes with the seasons to make sure you’re using the shade that’s right for you.
Thou shalt not use mascara that’s more than 3 months old
Mascara, like most other things, grows bacteria over time. Do you really want to put a bacteria filled mascara brush near your eye?
Thou shalt try something new
You don’t own just one pair of shoes, so why would you restrict yourself to one type of lippie or eyeliner? Be bold and exciting by mixing your style up every now and again.
Thou shalt learn the art of smoky eyes
This is the number one requested makeup look and is sexy and sultry for any time of the day or night. Try lighter shades during the day and darker, bolder shades at night.
Thou shalt never compare oneself to anybody else
A healthier and happier you – a more beautiful you – isn’t dependent on anyone else. Love your own skin and forget about everybody else’s.
Thou shalt abolish all self-doubt
You are who you are and you should love that!
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We’ve heard of clown contouring, plus those elusive Kim Kardashian-style techniques which are all over YouTube, but what exactly is colourless contouring? This new makeup technique can be described as strobing, which is all about achieving a fresh glow to the face.
1. Start with a freshly moisturised base. Make sure your skin is free from dry patches since this can only highlight problem areas after applying foundation.
2. Apply a light foundation or tinted moisturiser onto the skin, starting from your cheeks, then extending outwards. Use a stippling brush to buff the colour onto your skin and neck, taking care around the eyes and acne spots.
3. Set your foundation if you have oily skin, or even around the t-zone to prevent excess oil.
4. To create the colourless contour, use a shimmery cream or powder and apply it onto the very top of your cheekbones. Blend it out with a damp cosmetic sponge so it melts seamlessly into the skin.
5. Apply the very same highlighting shade onto the tip of your nose, on the brow bones and over your cupid’s bow to emphasise the shape.
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It’s no secret that good eyebrows can completely change the look of your face.
Just look at Cara Delevingne, Bambi Northwood-Blyth and Ali Michaels, all of which have solid careers based on their brows. But where do the rest of us start? Use the following tools and tricks to create the perfect set of brows.
Pluck the strays
But don’t go overboard! It might seem a little therapeutic to get rid of any stray hairs, but remember to keep your look natural. Follow the path of your brows and always pluck in the direction of the hair.
Tweezerman Slant Tweezer, $40.90
Use a gel
Whether you were blessed with big, bushy brows or something a little more sparse, it’s always important to use a brow gel. Not only does it help to lock-in your brows, but it keeps them looking neat and tidy.
Billion Dollar Brows Clear Brow Gel, $40.20
Fill them in
Depending on the look you want to go for, there are a few different ways to fill in your brows. But the most popular methods include:
Pencils: These are quick and easy ways to draw in some extra hairs without the hassle of perfecting the entire look. Brush them through with the spoolie on the opposite end to create a natural look.
It Cosmetics Brow Power Universal Eyebrow Pencil, $24
Coloured gel: A tinted brow gel is another quick and easy way to bring more depth to your brows. Simply brush in an upwards motion, and remove any of the excess with a cotton tip. This is best for girls with darker brows, since the look requires little maintenance. It’s like a 2-in-1 since the gel and colour are already combined.
Eyeko Brow Gel, $29.60
Pomade: If your brows are very fine, then a pomade is the best way to give them a re-vamp. Use in conjunction with an angled brush to create wispy hairs, then smooth it our using a clean spoolie. This look requires a little more time to create the perfect look, but your brows will last all day long.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade, $26.20
Don’t be afraid to trim some of those stray hairs which can get a little out of control. Use small nail scissors to get the perfect style, then slowly trim the edges. A spoolie wand is the best way to measure the length of your brows, then trim them finely without going over the top.
Revlon Brow Set, $15.99
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Move over coconut oil, a new beauty secret has us all talking this season and it’s grapeseed oil! Why? It’s good for cooking, skincare, beauty and even pain relief since it’s packed with high levels of vitamin E – a must-have for healthy skin!
Massage grapeseed oil slowly through your roots to stimulate hair growth and awaken the follicle.
Apply it all over your face and neck as an evening skincare serum to deeply hydrate your skin. It’s ideal for all skin types and won’t make you break out!
Combine one part castor oil and two parts grapeseed oil to create a luxurious body scrub that will leave your skin looking glowing and vibrant.
Use it as a hair mask to repair split ends, give your hair some extra shine and make it look super-sleek and smooth. Rinse with shampoo and cold water for best results.
Spent a little too much time in the sun? Mix a few drops of grapeseed oil into your sunscreen for ultimate protection. It can also help to minimise the appearance of age spots after extended use.
Skip the usual moisturiser in favour of natural grapeseed oil which can decrease the severity of stretch marks.
Create your own homemade muscle scrub by combining coconut oil, castor oil and grapeseed oil, and rubbing onto freshly washed skin.
Apply grapeseed oil as a concentrated spot treatment for acne spots and existing scars. It helps to regulate your natural oil production and will prevent future breakouts.
Just 2-3 drops of grapeseed oil onto a cotton pad will remove even waterproof mascara – without any leftover residue. The extremely concentrated formula means that a little goes a long way!
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In a move that literally screams science fiction, L’Oreal Paris has announced plans to harvest 3D skin for testing. We’re no strangers to the cruel effects of cosmetic testing on animals, so this bold move by L’Oreal is very welcome.
Although the company already utilises the skills of 60 scientists in Lyon to produce 100,000 skin samples per year, the samples are grown from donations from French plastic surgeon patients that are used to test anti-ageing moisturisers and are also sold to other beauty and pharmaceutical companies.
But this isn’t enough for L’Oreal whose latest partnerships will help speed up the production of skin samples for their usage. L’Oreal’s Global vice president Guive Balooch said of the brand’s move: “We’re the first beauty company Organovo has worked with.”
A San-Diego based company, Organavo, will help drive L’Oreal into the future with their exclusive deal. Proving the future is now, L’Oreal is leading the way in a beauty revolution that will change the way cosmetics are produced. This move will also provide the French cosmetics company with exclusive rights to 3D skin for testing on their non-prescriptive skincare ranges.
But what’s so good about 3D skin for testing?
This is the first safe method of cosmetic testing the world has ever seen. The Organavo company has methods of precisely replicating human skin, which means all their products effectiveness will be proven.
Women across the globe are constantly falling victim to beauty products that say they do one thing, but are actually over-priced lies. This new testing will help instill confidence in buyers, so you know that the products you’re purchasing are worthwhile.
Here are some of our favourite L’Oreal products:
- True Match Super-Blendable Makeup SPF17 Suscreen.
- This product works wonders on normal to oily skin with a fluid, silky feel that blends superbly and sets in a natural matte.
- Revitalift Daily Re-Volumising Moisturiser.
- This lightly-scented moisturiser has a beautiful perfume small and helps to naturally plump the skin.
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Once the domain of the kitchen, superfoods are creeping into our beauty regimens – and for good reason! Beauty superfoods, as we like to call them, proves that our health consciousness is going mainstream as we put our trust in the power of these wonder foods.
Superfoods ingredients offer a holistic approach to achieving that elusive glowing skin. What you apply on the outside should go hand-in-hand with what you put in your mouth. The high nutrient content in superfoods has been proven to be beneficial to your health and wellbeing, inside and out.
But before you start slapping greens on your face, we explore why superfood-charged skincare is a growing trend and how it stacks up against those found in our diet.
Superfoods have been proven to help protect and support the skin’s structure and cells, greatly improving your overall health and most importantly, your skin! Cosmetic manufacturers have been able to harness the properties in these healthy foods for effective topical use.
Superfoods in beauty have been around for centuries but have been gaining popularity over the past few decades. Natural skincare ingredients like coconut, avocado, aloe vera, acai and honey are becoming increasingly popular – and for good reason. The variety of ingredients being incorporated into skincare has even started expanding.
Education plays a large role in this new trend. The elevated demand for superfoods is growing because more consumers are becoming aware of the benefits of superfoods in their skincare routines. People are starting to take steps towards doing the right thing for their overall health and wellbeing by not focusing on just one problem.
So why are these beauty superfoods so good? The foods we eat play a large role in our skin’s appearance and a healthy gut and digestion is key to a radiant, clear complexion. Applying these superfoods topically can wield the same benefits. When you apply these ingredients to your skin, they help to nourish and protect the upper and lower layers of the skin, creating visible results. However, consuming superfoods in your diet will reap these benefits on a cellular level and help make your whole body healthier.
This is because superfoods like kale and coconut supply a concentrated mix of antioxidants that can be beneficial in treating certain skin conditions and can aid in the prevention against the ageing process. Pomegranate, for example, is known for its ability to penetrate the skin’s surface and assist in cell regeneration and collagen protection that protects against cellular damage.
Key products that include superfoods
Nutrimetics Energise Daily Boost Creme-Gel: Formulated with beetroot extract, taro leaf extract and Japanese pagoda flower extract, this gel moisturiser helps to energise skin while protecting it from everyday environmental stress.
Alpha-H Protection Plus Daily SPF50+ Moisturiser: Featuring pomegranate and mango seed butter, this daily hydrating moisturising protects against environmental elements and hydrates skin.
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Keep your makeup looking fresh and shine-free this summer with the help of oil blotting sheets. These compact beauty products slide right into your wallet or clutch bag and soak up excess oil due to increased humidity. Basically, they’re a lifesaver if you suffer from oily skin and are a must-have for the summer!
elf Essential Shine Eraser, $1.00
If you’re looking for something which is cheap and does the trick, these blotting papers are the best option. The pack contains 50 sheets which soak up all the oil on your face and leave skin matte and fresh.
Models Prefer Blotting Paper, $5.99
Carry this portable pack in your wallet to touch-up your makeup if you’re constantly on-the-go this summer. Simply press the sheet against your skin and it will soak up the oils without removing your makeup.
Japonesque Blotting Paper Pouch, $6.99
Try this fun and portable blotting paper with an additional pouch to keep skin looking matte all day long. They are perfect to carry around to the beach, bar and everything in between. Ideal for travelling, since they are so small and discrete.
Boscia Green Tea Blotting Linens, $10
For more of a luxurious blotting paper, try these which are made from 100 per cent natural Abaca Tree fiber. In addition, they are infused with green tea extract to soothe the skin and reduce shine.
Shiseido Pureness Oil-Control Blotting Paper, $18.50
Treat your skin to a portable pouch filled with oil-blotting sheets to reduce shine on hot summer days. Eliminate excess sebum by placing the sheets over your shiny areas for 2-5 seconds.
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Just because we’re perpetually lazy when it comes to hair and makeup, doesn’t mean we want to condemn ourselves to a life of baggy under-eyes and un-brushed hair. Here, we develop the lazy girls guide to looking great with little to no effort.
Be a sleeping beauty
Overnight success is only one step away with an overnight face mask. Do you have dry, parched skin? Try an ultra hydrating face mask. Or is your skin dull and in need of a pick-me-up? Try an over-night peel to exfoliate and refine your skin’s surface.
Sleeping on silk pillows is not only luxurious, but can also help reduce fine lines, creases, hair breakage and frizz. Yes girls, you can actually fight wrinkles and unruly hair just by going to sleep! If you’re prone to under-eye bags, sleeping on your back with extra pillows can help because it allows fluid to drain from your eyes.
An oldie but a goodie
Braiding your hair and putting it in a bun before you go to sleep can help add volume and texture to your tresses. For even more oomph, dry your hair about 60 per cent of the way up and apply a sea salt spray to the roots. You’ll be sleeping your way to gorgeous hair.
You can purchase a towelette for just about everything these days. From applying sunscreen to removing makeup, anything is possible with a quick mess free swipe.
Creams and lotions
Deflate your puffy eyes with soothing under eye moisturisers that reduce inflammation and visible circles under your eyes. Eye serums with caffeine in them are particularly wondrous. Our top pick is Garnier Skin Renew Anti-Puff Eye Roller.
Many beauty products aren’t restricted to just one use. These multi-purpose tools will save you time and money and keep your beauty regimen nice and simple. Misting hairspray can be used to tame your eyebrow arches, by spraying it on your fingers and dabbing the hairs into place. You can also brighten your lips and complexion by blending a clear balm over your mouth and your cheekbones as a makeshift highlighter. The list is endless.
Invest in an eye pencil
Sexy and sultry eyes are easier to achieve than you may think, all you need is an eye pencil that can easily define your eye shape and intensify your eye colour. Using a supersized liner will even save you time on the smudging step. Plus there’s no need for cleanup.
Brighten your smile
Dipping a clean toothbrush in bicarbonate soda and brushing it lightly over your teeth for two-minutes can help whiten your teeth and minimise any yellowing or discolouration. Make sure you rinse it off thoroughly and do it before bed to avoid eating and drinking for the next few hours.
So you see, maintaining a simple beauty regimen doesn’t have to be a long or drawn out process – it can be incredibly easy! The lazy girls guide to looking great is a simple and cost effective way to look your best all the time.
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There’s really nothing good about a sunburn – skin is red, extremely irritable,and sticking to loose clothes isn’t always an option. To assist with the healing process, hydrate the skin with a few of our natural after-sun products. Just remember to apply a generous amount of sunscreen before heading out again!
Who doesn’t love coconut oil? This miracle product actually soothes burns and reduces redness, all whilst keeping the skin hydrated. Apply a new layer every few hours to keep your skin from overheating.
Apple cider vinegar
Trust us, it won’t hurt! Get into the shower and quickly rinse your burns with apple cider vinegar. It might feel a little weird at first, but the apple cider vinegar helps to remove dry patches and heal your skin from the outside. Follow up with a moisturiser before going to bed.
Aloe rose water
Combine equal amounts of rose water and aloe vera into a small bowl. Apply directly onto your serious burns or have a quick rinse in the shower. Not only will it heal your burn, but it smells amazing!
Green tea bags
Fill a bowl with 3-5 tea bags and pour boiling water up to the top. Let the tea bags steep, then wait until the water cools down to room temperature. Apply the mixture right onto your burns to cool-down after a hot day in the sun. You can also apply the tea bags directly to your skin if the burn is small (such as on your forehead or cheeks). Another way to use green tea is to fill up the bathtub and add a few tea bags, then simply sit back and soak!
Apply a tablespoon of grapeseed oil after a cold shower to lock-in moisture and keep your burn from peeling. Repeat this step every few hours to decrease pain and get a good night sleep!
What are some of your remedies for sunburn?
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The secret to good skin isn’t just about using the most expensive product on your face, or getting a trendy facial. Sticking to a consistent skincare routine is the best way to give your skin the nutrients it needs on a daily basis. Even though we all have different skin types, there are a few tips all women should try for good skin.
Cleanse every evening
It seems pretty simple, but a good cleanser is often difficult to find. Getting into the routine of cleansing every evening before bed is ideal since it removes those impurities lying on the skin all day long. Don’t choose anything too harsh or abrasive if you’re suffering from exposed acne spots since it can leave a scar.
Remove your makeup
And not just with a wipe. Think about how much makeup we all pile onto our face (neck and body) on a daily basis. Sometimes, the skin needs a deep clean even after using a makeup wipe. If you’re feeling lazy, use a lightweight micellar water which will remove any makeup residue, and doesn’t need to be washed off the skin.
Use an SPF everyday
Or try and find a foundation with an added SPF which suits your skin type. Women suffering from oily skin might find this a little difficult since SPF can only cause a heavier build-up of oil. Set your foundation with a light, translucent powder so it doesn’t get too oily throughout the day. Your skin will thank you!
Don’t pop your pimples
It might feel a little tempting to pop those pimples, but it’s really just a short-term solution. Busting your own pimples is actually a hazard since it invites a whole lot of bacteria into an open wound – not good. Apply a topical cream with a cotton bud, and let the pimple heal itself.
Many women feel a little scared when it comes to using an exfoliator since it can feel quite harsh. Avoid using micro-bead formulas which can actually scratch the outer layer of the skin and lead to irreversible damage.
Hydrate your lips
Especially during the summer, our lips can get dry and dehydrated. Use a matte lip cream and re-apply as often as you need to moisturise your lips.
Start using an eye cream
Although eye creams are often targeted to women in their 40s, it’s never too early to start using one. Opt for a lightweight, cream formula and dab it gently around the eyes until it completely soaks into the skin.
What are some of your must-have beauty tips for women of all ages?
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Thanks to women’s magazines, YouTube tutorials, and countless blogs dedicated to beauty, everyone can be an expert when it comes to hair and makeup. We know how to create the perfect smokey eye, braid our hair, and sculpt our face, but a quick chat with my friends confirmed one thing: There are certain beauty basics that we all fail to follow.
Whether it’s laziness, lack of time, or simply indifference, there always seems to be a reason to ignore the following beauty tips:
1. Protect your hair from heat
Do you blow dry your hair? Do you straighten it? Do you use a curling wand? Chances are you’ve answered yes to at least one of those questions. Do you apply heat protection spray before doing so? No? Me neither. Even though every single hair stylist tells us how damaging heat can be to hair and that’s it’s sooo important to use a product that protects our hair from the heat, most women skip this step.
2. Clean your brushes
Just think about it: Makeup brushes and hair brushes are used almost everyday and pick up whatever is on our scalp and skin including bacteria, which we then spread again the next day. Most beauticians would tell you to clean your brushes at least weekly, but I’m yet to find a person who actually does this.
3. Apply a base coat
If you can’t be bothered to get a professional manicure every week or you just like to change your nail colour regularly, you probably DIY it at home. Your bathroom is filled with nail polish bottles in every colour of the rainbow, but do you apply a base coat before applying that dark red varnish to keep your nails from turning yellow? I didn’t think so.
4. Use toner
We are repeatedly told how important it is to remove make up and really clean our skin before going to bed. Most of us have a good cleanser for this purpose, but how many of us add that extra step of using a toner to our skincare routine? The right toner can repair and restore your skin, yet, many of us have never owned a toner.
You know it’s important. And you know your toothbrush can only do so much, but somehow, flossing can be found at the bottom of our priority list. Oh well, we’re only human.
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Not all of us are blessed with high cheekbones, a stunning jawline, and a perfect nose. But there is a way that we can enhance our facial features without resorting to plastic surgery.
Contouring is the key, but how do you do it without hiring a makeup artist and spending hours in front of the mirror? Don’t worry, we have the ultimate rookie’s guide to contouring right here.
I chatted with beauty director of bellabox, Samantha Taylor, who talked me through her contouring routine, which is super easy thanks to a fool-proof product she uses, the Chella Contouring Pencil.
Samantha also shared a few other tips and tricks and talked to me about the hype that contouring is experiencing at the moment. So here it is, the no-excuse-anybody-can-do-this guide to contouring:
Ensure that foundation is evenly blended on the face, especially around the hairline and jaw bone.
Apply Cinnamon highlighter along the bottom of the cheekbone. You should not extend any further into the face than the line down from the outer corner of your eye. Blend upwards using a sponge, brush or fingers. Ensure it is blended in to the hair line
If you wish to thin your nose, apply to the sides of your nose and blend completely.
You may apply to your temples if you wish to slim your face making sure you blend well.
Apply Lace highlighter to the cheekbones, along the ridge of the nose and the tip of the chin. Apply also to the brow bone and under the eyes if you wish.
Blend using a sponge, brush or fingers.
Why do you think has contouring become so popular recently?
We can thank Kimmy K for this trend going mainstream. The contouring photo she posted literally blew up the internet! Makeup artists have used contour techniques for ages and it was very much a professional trick, however with all these great products that are easy to use, mere mortals can achieve fierce cheekbones too.
Should it be part of our everyday makeup routine or should we save it for special occasions?
That is totally up to the individual as it depends on your makeup style. I do some sort of contouring every day, though others might like to keep it for special occasions.
The right foundation is crucial before contouring, do you have any tips on how to find the perfect one?
Always ask for a sample of foundation to try at home before you commit to buying. Lighting in department stores can be misleading, so it is best to try it in the comfort of your home and always check how it looks in natural light.
What makes contouring with the Chella pencils better than contouring with a powder?
Using the Chella pencils makes contouring so easy to use it is practically fool proof. Simply draw onto the face and blend with your fingers. No need to invest in brushes as the creamy formulation blends beautifully and stays on the skin.
Can or should you use blusher on top of your contoured cheekbones?
Absolutely. Apply blush to the apples of your cheeks. Not too much though and make sure you blend the blush in!
You can get the Chella Contouring Pencils from bellabox.com.au
Image via elle.fr and bellabox
We all know sticking to a beauty regimen can wreak havoc on our bank accounts, not to mention a lot of those costly products are filled with chemicals that do god only knows what. But, us mere mortals can finally rejoice because household beauty hacks can save us some serious time and money!
From apple cider vinegar to coffee filters, using everyday products, we can spruce up our regular beauty routines and liven up our hair and skin with little to no effort on our behalf.
We’ve all been having the benefits of coconut oil drummed into us, but did you know that it works wonders to soften your hair and save split ends, without giving them the cut. Using it as a conditioning treatment softens the look of split ends when it’s dry and helps add moisture to your hair before you wash it. Washing your hair strips it of its essential oils, so it’s important for us to replace them. Pure coconut oil is rich in fatty acids, so you can expect your hair to look healthy, shiny, and hydrated.
Use a homemade salt spray to create texture
Soda water and a teaspoon of salt is all you need to get that gorgeous post-beach look all year-round. Mix 600ml of the soda water with a teaspoon of rock salt in a spray bottle to make your own ocean spritz at home.
Lemon and sugar facial scrubs
Fashion blogger Zanita swears by this! All you have to do is mix lemon juice with caster sugar until you achieve a scrub consistency. It works to de-clog your pores and leaves your skin looking bright and fresh. Plus, for an added bonus it helps to clear pimple prone skin.
Apple cider vinegar that doubles as toner
Yes ladies, this is true and it works! Apple cider vinegar is a putrefying agent and acts as an astringent. So you can use it as toner and to fend of nasty breakouts or acne.
Blot your face with coffee filters
These are actually made from similar ingredients as blotting paper – but are a lot cheaper! Just stash them away and get blotting when you need to reduce shine.
De-puff your eyes with green tea
Green tea bags quickly de-puffs and tightens your under eye area. Applying cold caffeine based products under your eyes for five-to-six minutes can work wonders on tired, droopy eyes and serve as an instant pick-me-up.
Listerine and vinegar foot scrub
This at home foot treatment gently removes the dead skin from your feet, particularly the nasty hard skin that has a habit of forming on our heels. Mix the following ingredients together in a bucket and then soak your feet for 10-15 minutes.
1/4 cup of antiseptic mouthwash (Avoid blue as it can stain your skin).
1/4 cup vinegar
1/2 cup of warm water
Use plain yoghurt on burns
You’re casually straightening your hair, or adding some volume with your favourite curling iron, when you slip up and burn your ear. Ouch! But instead of spending the rest of the day complaining about your burn, try soothing it with some plain yoghurt. Immediately after you scorch yourself, apply it thickly over the surface of your burn and leave it for approximately 10 minutes. Yoghurt contains a lot of natural probiotics so it helps to restore your skins natural barrier.
Wash your face with olive oil
You’re probably thinking who the hell in their right mind would was their face with oil? Well, it’s more effective than you may think! The oil acts as a magnet for the oil in your skin and pores, it draws the oil out and leaves with you with softer skin and an extra glow.
Use sticky tape for perfect eyeliner application
Nail the tail of your smoking cat-eye look every time by placing some clear sticky tape in line with the end of your brow you can get a perfect flick by tracing your upper lash line along the edge of the tape. It’s that easy!
You can finally quit wasting hours standing in the beauty aisles at your local supermarket, everything you need is already in your cupboards.
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Aside from the dress, deciding on that final makeup look is a difficult choice for all brides. Whether you want something glamourous like Kim Kardashian, traditional like Kate Middleton or a combination of the two, we have paired up with Make Up Store to bring you five key makeup looks for every bride.
Big, glossy lips are a must-have since they are so quick and easy to achieve with the power of makeup! Line your lips with a natural liner, defining the curves of your mouth. Use a white liner to create the illusion of depth in the centre of your lips, then lock it in with a lip gloss.
Lip Gloss Champagne
For the eyes, go for a natural look which will photograph beautifully and never go out of style. To start off, remember to prime your eyelids (especially if they’re on the oily side), then layer the eyeshadow with a flat-brush. Define the crease with a slightly darker shade, then take a champagne shade to illuminate the inner corner.
Microshadow Trio Champagne
To make any eye colour pop, use a shimmery shade which is so easy and effortless to apply. You can use it to define your inner corner, apply it directly on the bottom waterline to give the illusion of bigger eyes, or use in-conjunction with a setting spray for a creamy finish.
Microshadow in Champagne
For perfectly matte lips, a pink shade is flattering for photos and suits all skin tones. Moisturise your lips beforehand to remove any excess skin, then follow-up with a lip liner the same shade as your lips. Once that is complete, apply the lipstick with a lip brush and dab off the excess. To mattify this look for photos, apply a tissue over the lips and seal with a translucent powder.
While the rest of us have only just managed to properly contour, there’s a brand new beauty trend which is already making waves around the internet.
Strobing is all about bringing light to the cheekbones and illuminating the face using highlighters and other light-reflecting makeup products. Here’s everything you need to know about perfecting the glow without looking like a disco ball!
The best way to set your base for makeup is to moisturise. It helps to hydrate dry skin, and keeps oily spots away – especially if your skin is slightly on the greasy side.
Use a highlighting shade on freshly moisturised skin to avoid the overly frosty look. If you have a lighter skin tone, then a champagne colour is best, and if your skin is darker, look for terracotta tones to bring out a warm base.
Apply the highlighter on places which would normally catch the light – cheekbones, brow-bones, forehead, and above the cupid’s bow. Blend out the makeup using your fingers, a stippling brush, or even a damp cosmetic sponge for a long-lasting finish.
Warm up the rest of your face as usual, but stick to a matte formula (especially if you have oily skin). Only use shimmer in your highlighter, and keep your other products looking matte for a consistent finish.
Set your entire makeup look by lighting dusting a translucent powder over your t-zone, cheekbones, and chin. This will keep your makeup in place for longer, but a few blotting papers packed away in your clutch are always a good back-up to have!
Would you try strobing?
Image via Daily Makeover, Ania Milczarczyk, Buzzfeed
Since we’re in the midst of summer, it’s time to pack away those layers of makeup in favour of a summer-friendly approach. It’s all about making the most of your beauty products and embracing the natural glow which comes with the warmer weather.
Below are five of our essentials, which are sure to make your face glow all summer-long. Don’t forget to check back on the second part which is focused on summer skincare!
Nars The Multiple, $56
Give your face an instant glow with this iconic cream, available in over ten different shades. Apply it to your cheekbones for a pop of colour, or use it on your brow bone and blend it into your foundation to achieve a beautiful bronze glow.
Josie Maran Argan Illuminiser, $35
While we’re on the topic of a bronzed summer glow, an illuminiser is a must-have for any summer trip. Use it on your cheeks, decolletag, or even your arms and legs to fake that perfect glow.
Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Dry Oil, $39.95
A cult-favourite, no makeup bag is complete without a bottle of dry oil. Use as a primer for glowing skin, on the body before bed as a moisturiser, or even in your hair for an extra glossy finish. A little goes a long way and it will surely become a huge part of your beauty routine.
By Terry Baume De Rose Lip Care Wand SPF 15, $72
If you suffer from particularly dry or chapped lips, then your makeup kit won’t be complete without this. It’s just like the original, although it’s been transformed into a travel-friendly form for instant hydration.
Modelco Highlighting Trio, $22
Give your face a vibrant, youthful glow with this multi-functioning palette to give the skin beautiful luminosity. The three shades can be worn separately or combined to create any look in seconds – and without makeup brushes!
Image via Becca Cosmetics
Who doesn’t love to learn a few new beauty hacks? It’s the best way to make the most of the products you do have, especially if they are cheap and effective!
Be sure to check out our ten beauty hacks below, and don’t forget to leave a comment with some of your own.
Cotton tips can really be your BFF. Use them to smudge out the perfect smokey eye, remove makeup from those hard to reach places, and also help to create the perfect cat-eye flick.
If you suffer from chronic puffy eyes, simply use tea bags to decrease the swelling. Let them sit in a cup of warm water until they run cool, they apply over your eyes for 5-10 minutes.
Who knew that coconut oil could be so good for you? Use it in your daily meals, apply it onto your skin to cure dry patches, use it as a hydrating hair mask, or even onto your face as an all-natural way to remove your makeup.
Apple cider vinegar
This trusty ingredient has been used for years as a natural way to cleanse hair and skin. After shampooing your hair from the shower, rinse it with about 300ml of apple cider vinegar to remove dandruff and leave your scalp feeling soft and smooth – without over-drying it!
If you can’t quite master a flawless cat-eye (not many of us can!), then scotch tape should easily be in your makeup kit. Apply one strip extending from the bottom waterline and the other from the top, then simply fill in the middle.
Now this might seem a little odd at first… but trust us on it. Dry shampoo is often one of those products we always forget to buy, but always seem to need at the last minute. Use a trusty can of starch from the laundry room to soak up all that excess oil in your hair!
Stayed in the sun too long? Apply some full-fat Greek yoghurt to the area and leave it on for 5-10 minutes. Yoghurt is packed with probiotics to help it heal faster and cool down the burn.
Exfoliate your skin using a mixture of 2 parts brown sugar and 1 part lemon juice. Not only will it help to rejuvenate the skin from the inside out, but the scrub is also effective at increasing circulation.
Out of shaving cream? Use conditioner as a way to achieve smooth, soft skin without any itchy patches or razor burn.
If your nails are looking yellow and discoloured, it’s time to put down the dark nail polish and treat them to some toothpaste… seriously! Use a whitening formula to scrub those yellow stains right off your nails. Just remember to moisturise with a cuticle cream afterwards.
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Human beings are the most destructive creatures on the planet. We pollute our environment, we hurt each other, we start wars, and we leave derelict ugly buildings in every town in the world. Strangely, for a species that has rational thought, we also hurt ourselves, by mistake or by intention. Those actions limit our lives and sometimes reduce them in numerous ways – here are eight of the most common.
When it comes to calorie consumption no nation does it quite like the US, but according to a recent study British residents scoff an average of 3440 calories a day – well above the recommended intake. A poor diet combined with a lack of exercise is an accident waiting to happen for well being, and also affects a person’s confidence and social life. Obesity, diabetes, cancer, heart disease and numerous other life-shortening effects are the by-products to gluttony and lethargy.
Lack of sleep
Poor sleeping can also lead to serious health problems, and there are numerous other possibilities – such as forgetfulness or accidents – that might have dire consequences. A consistent lack of sleep will cause your body to release more cortisol, a hormone associated with stress that damages the skin and makes you look older.
Where to start? A little wine or beer every day won’t hurt, but anything over 2-3 units per day (3-4 for men), equating to a standard glass of wine or pint of beer respectively, can damage internal organs and the nervous system. It’s also been linked with a decline in IQ and possible early onset of dementia.
Smoking 20 packets of poisonous chemicals a day will wreck your lungs and heart, and leave you with numerous symptoms of ageing such as dry, yellow skin, and bad teeth. Moderation, and combining smoking with vaping through Phoenix e-cig batteries, e-liquids and starter packs, will help.
We’ve already looked at how the stress hormone cortisol can affect the human body. While small increases do also have some benefits (preparing us for action, lower sensitivity to pain), long spells of anger or worry can impair cognitive function and send blood pressure rocketing.
Exposing ourselves to illness/pollution
Much of the human environment, particularly industrial or urban areas, is not conducive to long health – so why do so few people wear masks or protect themselves? As evidence, London’s air quality is the filthiest in Europe and a planned Heathrow expansion which could cost the UK £300m in fines from the EU, could only make it worse.
Drinking excessive tea and coffee
There is contradictory evidence on the consumption of several cups of tea and coffee. What is true is that at least some studies have shown desperate negative effects, from headaches and depression to high blood pressure and early death according to Mayo Clinic.
Lack of mental stimulation
Mundane work, boredom, and a lack of new experiences and mental tests can be deadly. Puzzles and reading increase the flow of blood to the brain, and promote and increase in protective chemicals. There’s also significant evidence that problem solving can lessen the risk of dementia. Think again when you pass through a day where you feel you haven’t learned anything.
We love being inspired by some of our favourite celebrities on a good day, but especially when it comes to weddings. This week we’re focusing on bridal makeup from the likes of Kim Kardashian, Kate Middleton and a few other celebrities who continue to inspire brides around the world.
The Duchess of Cambridge chose a relatively natural look for her wedding day, with the emphasis on her cheeks and brows. Use a pomade for a pronounced brow, or even a pencil to fill in any of those gaps or sparse hairs.
For more of a sun-kissed look, Ivanka Trump chose to play-up her features with peach and coppery tones. An illuminator will create the illusion of light on the face, especially when applied onto the cheekbones, brow bone, nose and chin.
If you’re planning to wear your hair up or slicked-back, why not try some of Hilary Duff’s makeup for her nuptials to Mike Comrie. Make sure to blend the foundation onto your ears, neck, and chest so there are no white patches in your wedding photos!
For Kim’s wedding to Kris Humphries, she chose a stunning look with an emphasis on glossy lips and a contoured cheek. Sculpt the face by using a shade slightly darker than your natural skin-tone, then make sure to blend, blend, blend!
Older sister Poppy went for a sultry look for her summer wedding in London. For the eyelids, use a light reflecting eyeshadow to emphasise green or blue eyes. You can also lightly dust it over your cheekbones for an instant highlighting shade.
Images via Complete Wedding, Jennie Fresa, Nicole Deanne, Fashion Kid, Instagram
Ever wanted a perfect fake tan without streaky skin or orange hands? Bondi Sands Co-Founder and Director, Blair James shares exclusive tips on how to manage an easy streak-free tan at your own home. Keep reading to find out the number one trick to avoid any fake tan-related drama.
Tip #1: Skin preparation
This is the most important factor to achieving a streak free beautiful tan. EXFOLIATE, EXFOLIATE, EXFOLIATE. Self tan will grab to any areas of dry skin resulting in blotchy patches and your tan flaking off in the coming days.
Tip #2: Shaving
Shaving is a major part of the skin preparation process – so if you shave your legs try to do so a day before applying your tan. By shaving the day before, your skin won’t be too sensitive and reactive to the self-tan. Also shaving prior to applying your tan means you do not need to shave over the top of your tan, which can reduce the length of your tan.
Tip #3: Showering
Once you have showered and exfoliated, wait 30 minutes before applying tanning lotions to ensure that your skin is dry – this will give the tan a greater chance of adhering to the skin. Never apply deodorant, moisturiser or perfume prior to applying tanning products!
Tip #4: Face
Before applying your self-tanning product to your face run an ice cube over the nose and surrounding areas. This will reduce the size of the pores so the lotion does not get caught and result in black spots.
Tip #5: Choose your shade
Choose the correct shade for you skin. If you have fair skin and want a dark tan try 1 application of a light/medium product, then reapply if you would like more colour instead of jumping straight into a Dark lotion, which may leave your tan looking unnatural.
Tip #6: Application
Always use a tanning mitt and start with a small amount of tanning lotion, no more than the size of a 20c piece – you can always add more as needed. Gently apply in a smooth circular motion when using tanning lotions and a long fluid motion when using foams or mousses.
Tip #7: Application
Leave the rough areas of the body such as the hands, elbows, knees, and feet to last, and only use the residue left on the mitt. For example when tanning your arms apply lotion to upper arm and forearm then do elbows and hands before moving on to your legs. Refrain from adding more product for these areas, as the rough skin will grab the tanning lotion quickly.
Tip #8: Brow line
The last thing you want is for your self tan to work its way into your brow line or hair line, so apply a small amount of moisturiser to your brow and hair line prior to applying your tan to you face.
Top #9: Finger/toe nails
Wipe your finger/toe nails with a cleansing wipe to prevent them turning brown.
Tip #10: Moisture is the key for tan maintenance!
The drier your skin, the faster your tan will fade. Moisturise twice a day to extend the life of your tan. Try to avoid other factors that may dry your skin such as salty water, chlorinated water or even showering with very hot water.
Bondi Sands Self Tanning Foam, Light to Medium 200ml, $19.99