Save your advice for yourself. Please.
Keep it wet, keep it clean, keep it fun.
Read on before you tell your boss where they can stick it.
…Especially when your ideas are hateful garbage.
Being cash-strapped is stressful enough.
I feel like I’m the only sane person here.
I remember the moment it hit me, like a punch in the gut.
After all, no-one else has a clue what they’re doing, either.
Do you ever think back and wonder, what if? What if I had taken more chances, been more confident, made more mistakes, laughed often, or tried harder. What would you tell your younger self? Well YouTube has done just that.
To celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8, the video website has launched the campaign, #DearMe, an initiative aimed to empower and inspire young women worldwide. Cathy Tang, YouTube’s marketing manager wrote that the website is a “place where people can come together, share interests, relate experiences and offer each other support,” and it is through this campaign that the website manages to do just that.
Originally featuring YouTube celebrities such as Grace Helbig, Michelle Phan, Hannah Hart and Felicia Day, just to name a few, the campaign is taking on a life of its own with thousands of ordinary women (and men) getting involved. Through #DearMe, these women – who just like you and me – have all had struggles, insecurities, failures and problems, send messages of reassurance and lessons they wish they knew to their younger self. The original #DearMe participants have a total of 38.2 million subscribers between them, so it’s no wonder the campaign is picking up traction.
Modelled off the 2010 #ItGetsBetter initiative – a movement created in response to the increasing number of teenage suicides due to bullying – #DearMe aims to let young women know that growing up is tough but it all gets better. Since it’s launch on March 3, the campaign has gone viral, and within an hour was the number one trending topic on Twitter worldwide and is encouraging women everywhere to upload the advice they wish they had heard earlier in their lives. YouTube star Hannah Hart communicates perfectly when she addresses her younger self: “I know you’re staying up late worrying about getting a date or falling in love, or the man you’re going to marry. Well guess what? You’re gay!”
Reaching out to both girls and women worldwide, this empowering campaign lets us know that it is ok to feel this way. Our imperfections are what make us unique, our passions are what define us and our insecurities can in the end be our strengths. Within the original video #DearMe YouTubers encourage viewers with multiple messages of optimism: “There is not one person on the planet that can replace you.”
“Your going to meet a version of yourself that you never knew existed, so don’t stress out too much,” and “don’t be afraid of being afraid.”
So if you could go back in time, do it all again and speak to your younger self, what advice would you share? As the campaign declares: “It all starts with two words. Dear Me.”
To watch the video click here
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We are all guilty of working late and cramming way too much into one day. Only have 5 minutes to get ready before heading out the door? Leave the house feeling polished and get ready in a flash with beauty expert and Nad’s brand manager, Natalie Ismiel’s 5 tips to get ready in 5 minutes.
Get the most out of your beauty products and save time and money by opting for multi-tasking products. BB and CC creams are perfect time savers in the morning as they moisturise, even out your skin tone and protect your skin with SPF. Makeup tints that work on cheeks, lips and eyes are easy to use and also great for those short on time.
Time taken in the morning = 3 minutes
Say goodbye shaving and hello waxing
Don’t waste precious time in the morning with time consuming shaving. The quick and easy option for longer lasting, hair free skin is waxing. Unlike shaving, which leaves unsightly stubble, the hair regrowth from waxing is actually softer and finer with each waxing session as the hair is removed by the root. An added benefit is that the long term effect of waxing is less hair growth overall. I recommend Nad’s Body Wax Strips (RRP $10.95) for those looking for an easy way to remove unwanted hair anytime and in just minutes. The specially crafted natural beeswax formula effectively removes hair gently and moulds to all your curves, making it easy to reach those tricky areas.
Time taken in the morning = 0 minutes (your legs are already silky smooth!)
Dry shampoo is a miracle product for when you are too busy to wash and style your hair. Not only is it great for soaking up excess oil, it can add volume, leave a nice fragrance in your hair and can lengthen the life of a blow dry.
Time taken in the morning = 1 minute
Don’t have time for a full face of makeup? A simple slick of brightly coloured lipstick can instantly pull together your whole look and have you looking and feeling polished. Corals, pinks and reds freshen up your face and are on trend for Summer.
Time taken in the morning = 1 minute
Organise the night before
Take 5 minutes out the night before to choose what you’re going to wear and store everything in an easy to reach place for the following morning. Organise your makeup and beauty products and streamline your routine so that you know where everything is and are not having to spend time trying to locate things in the morning.
Time taken in the morning = 0 minutes (it’s already done the night before)
Total Time Taken in the Morning = 5 minutes
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Ok ladies, it’s time to strip off those flannelette PJs, get rid of the winter hair growth and bring sexy back! In springtime there are plenty of things you can do to sex it up. It doesn’t matter if you are single or not, either. In fact, if you’re not single, you’ve probably let the winter funk take over far more than the single ladies out there.
Springtime is the best time to recreate your presence. Lose a few kilos or make that overdue appointment at the local beauty salon. If your a DYI type of lady, stock up on products that will get your body back into peak presentation. It won’t only make you look better but it will put the spark back in your step. A confident lady is a sexy lady.
While you’re recreating yourself, head down to the hairdressers and, instead of getting the same haircut, go for something different. Yes, it’s brave and bold but it can also make you feel awesome. Check out the latest styles before you go in and choose something that screams sexy. It’s a great way to get maximum impact for minimal effort.
If you are getting up there in years, shortening your hair can increase your sex appeal. Long hair on older ladies can age them. Sure, it may have looked hot in your 20s and 30s but, in your 40s, it might be time to consider a change. Speak to your hairdresser about a sexy, shorter style rather than layered length. Even hubbies that prefer long hair will be pleasantly surprised at how hot their missus will look.
Having your nails done isn’t as expensive as a lot of people think. It usually lasts up to a month and when you calculate it per day, in many cases, it’s cheaper than a cup of coffee! Instead of going for a subtle, winter tone, go bright and bold. Springtime is all about colour, so why not add some to your nails? If you are a little apprehensive, nail technicians can add just a small splash of colour to the tips, which can brighten your sexy spring look.
Makeup and tanning
Makeup and tanning is a big part of being female but most men actually prefer a natural look. If you want to look sexy, keep that in mind. Don’t overcoat the tan until you’re sporting a fake orange glow. That really isn’t sexy! Use the less is more principle for tans and makeup and that’s how a sexy look is achieved.
If you are unsure of how much is too much, spend a few dollars and go to a professional. They will know which colors suit you and can help achieve that sexy look without going over the top. Being sexy is about bringing out your natural beauty, so make sure you aren’t hiding it under layers of makeup.
Now, the wardrobe… You could head back into the darkness and pull out last year’s spring fashion, but why not spend a few dollars and add some of this season’s flair. Most of us have plenty we can mix and match, so add a few really well-chosen items. Don’t forget about the shoes and accessories when you think wardrobe. Handbags, jewellery and new shoes can add a new dimension to your look.
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Cellulite. It’s a fact of life for many of us. Nobody wants it and nobody really wants to discuss it. But seeing images of bikini-clad, butt-baring models with smooth, dimple-free skin can leave you with a sense of “what the..?” Fiona Tuck, Skinstitut Australia’s managing director and author of The Myth Minx, has investigated some of the ways to treat cellulite and busts some myths along the way.
Firstly, methods to treat cellulite have been few and far between with most being unsuccessful. The reason for this being due to a lack of understanding of the real causes of cellulite and how to effectively treat it. Fiona says that years of pummelling and pounding vigorous massages, torturous-looking cellulite hand held home devices and cellulite dissolving gels are a myth.
“In fact, over zealous massage, once thought to break down stubborn fat deposits, has now been proven to have the opposite effect – make it worse,” she says.
Tips to reduce cellulite:
Reduce pro-inflammatory foods in the diet such as fatty foods, saturated fat in red meat, dairy, refined processed foods, salt and sugar. Saturated fat, transfats and sugar are HUGE enemies of cellulite and hormone imbalance.
Increase essential fats to maintain cell integrity and strength. Include nuts, seeds and oily fish in your diet. Eat a diet rich in fruits and vegetables to ensure high intakes of antioxidants, phytonutrients and bioflavonoids. These assist with healthy collagen production, cell protection and assist with the prevention of excessive collagen breakdown.
Adequate amino acids and protein intake are essential for healthy connective tissue and collagen production. A loss of connective tissue and collagen will worsen cellulite.
Topical creams and essential oils such as juniper, fennel, ginger and even caffeine derivatives can assist with enhancing peripheral circulation but do little to assist with the actual integrity of the skin. Topical application of retinol and vitamin C are essential for assisting with healthy connective tissue.
Professional manual lymphatic drainage massage is excellent to reduce sponginess and fluid retention and the removal of toxins from the fat cells.
Dry body brush daily at home to improve lymphatic system health and excess fluid retention between cells.
Dermal rolling is also always a useful technique. This can induce collagen production and skin integrity thereby constraining the hypertrophied fat cells. Stay well away from basic mechanical rolling and pressure devices and pummelling massagers. Whilst once thought to break down fat it is now know that these options are the worst cellulite treatments of them all. This is due to causing further damage to the weakened connective tissue therefore worsening the appearance of cellulite.
There are more advanced paramedical clinical treatments now available using radiofrequency technologies which target the weakened connective tissue thus reducing the bulging fat cells. Combined with lymphatic drainage these treatments can provide exceptional results. But these treatments can be costly and sometimes painful.
So there you have it healthy diet, exercise, application of quality ingredients and the right professional treatments can lead you on the way to smoother thighs.