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7 Vaseline Beauty Hacks That Will Blow Your Mind

The cult product is more versatile than you think.

How To Get A Perfect Fake Tan EVERY. SINGLE. TIME.

Getting glowing, sun-kissed skin just got a lot simpler. 

8 Fashion Hacks That’ll Save You A Crapload Of Money

Who would have thought DIY-ing could look this good? 

How To Create The Perfect Home Office

It’s becoming increasingly common to work from home. Whether you are a blogger, a graphic designer, or any other profession that doesn’t necessarily require you to sit in a cubicle all day, working from home can be great as it allows you flexibility.

It also means you have to be extra organised and take care of simple things like ordering stationery yourself. You don’t want your work to interfere with your home as a place of relaxation though, so having a proper workspace at home really helps to keep the two separate.

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Interiors expert Jen Bishop knows a thing or two about the perfect workspace as she not only writes about interior design for a living, but she also does so from her home office. Jen let us in on her top tips on how to create the perfect home office and also told us a bit about her own workspace:

Measure up

To get the most out of your office area, ensure the style and size of your furniture suits the room. Corner desks work well in small spaces, whereas a wall to wall desk may be better suited to a larger or narrow room. Make the most of under desk space with storage options like mobile filing drawers and pedestals.

Give yourself space

Maintain spatial awareness when setting up your desk space – you don’t want to be cramped up facing a wall day in day out. If possible, face a window that offers a long-distant view. This will give your eyes the opportunity to shift focus away from the screen, which is necessary at least every 30 minutes. You’ll find that this simple exercise will boost both your concentration and mood.

Kick it to the side

A sideboard can be a fantastic storage option, while looking great. They also provide benchtop space for desk lamps or the perfect spot for a wireless printer. These act as great ‘work stations’ which encourage intermittent exercise.

Lighten up

Have a variety of lighting sources available for your work space – we draw energy from our surroundings. A window offering natural light and fresh air is ideal however a desk lamp can be useful for task lighting, especially in the late afternoons or mornings (depending on which direction your window faces).

Remove tangled cords

Wireless tech will free up desk space, reduce messy cables and increase overall efficiency. Think cordless for your phone, keyboard, mouse – almost anything can be wireless these days!

Maintain a ‘to-do list’

Set up a white board in your office to create a visual and updateable to-do-list. Alternatively, make the most of the calendar app on your smartphone or tablet, by linking it to your mailbox diary – enabling you to receive deadline reminders and on-the-go notifications.

What does colour say about you?

Choose a colour scheme for your workspace that balances your mood and energy. Vibrant colours are known to invigorate and inspire, whereas pastels tend to be calming and encourage concentration. If you’re a minimalist, opt for monochrome – for you, less is probably more.

Layer the colour palette

It really comes down to the rule of three – pick two contrasting colours and one base neutral such as white, black and blonde timber, or white, aqua and pink. Only use small touches of the most prominent colour. For example, pair your white desk and chair with aqua and hot pink accessories – it will make the hot pink ‘pop’ without being overbearing.

Add some life

Greenery or flowers helps to create a fresh atmosphere in any space and can be particularly motivating in the workspace, which has a tendency of becoming stuffy and stale.

Don’t overdo it

While it’s important to have an inspiring workspace that speaks to your personal style, it’s just as important not to overdo it and create something that’s ‘too busy’ on the eye. Try applying the ‘Coco Chanel Decorating Mantra’ where you style your workspace, then remove one thing. This might help with any unnecessary clutter!

How To Create The Perfect Home Office

Thanks, Jen! After reading all your amazing tips for creating a workspace I am curious to hear about your own! What does your workspace look like?

My home office is right at the end of the house with doors out onto the deck. I’ve tried to keep it really simple and feminine without being girly in a cliché way. The colour scheme is white and gold with gold confetti spots on the walls. I recently had to make this room work double duty as a spare bedroom which was challenging, but because of the colour scheme it seems to work quite well! One of the best things about working for myself and from home is having more control over the aesthetics of my work environment. I try to keep it tidy and sparse, because if I filled it full of too many things I loved, I’d get distracted!

How often do you redecorate or change the look of your workspace?

I haven’t redecorated my office since moving into our home a year ago, which is a good sign it’s working. Other rooms get changed a lot more often! I am constantly inspired and finding a new favourite focal piece or trend.

Is there anything that absolutely doesn’t belong on your work desk?

Clutter! I hate clutter and multi-coloured ‘stuff’ that doesn’t match, it makes me feel itchy! I like to have everything hidden away which is why storage is so crucial in an office space. I recently partnered with Officeworks to help others enjoy the benefits of having an organised workspace –create a place for everything, and then make sure everything is in place!

What are the trending colours for spring/summer 2015/16?

The latest Dulux colour forecast which is literally just out claims we will all be embracing earthy greens and, shock horror, browns! We shall see…

10 Wedding Ideas On A Budget

Who says you can’t have a wedding on a budget? If you’re looking to save some money, try the following ideas from ornaments to decor which are easy enough to make at home.

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Flower chandeliers

If you’re planning a spring or summer wedding, make sure it’s full of colour and flowers. This is our favourite way to showcase those extra blooms for the reception, so stunning!

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Wallpaper backdrop

Another way to get crafty for your wedding is to try this amazing paper backdrop for the nuptials. All you need is tissue paper, scissors, string, and your imagination!

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Paper flowers

Why spend money on flowers when you can make your own version of them instead? Try these amazing paper flowers made from lightweight tissue for the reception.

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Table numbers

Show your guests where they’re sitting at the reception with these beautiful table numbers made from burlap. Spray paint them a shade which matches the rest of your decor.

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Tealight holders

Decorate your candle holders with gold or silver glitter, it’s sure to make any table setting pop!

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Marquee Letters

These marquee letters are an essential for any wedding, and the best part? They’re completely DIY – all you need is some corrugated iron, a bunch of lightbulbs and some patience.

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Wedding menu

Take a rustic-looking mirror and turn it into the ultimate wedding menu for the reception. If the frame needs to be spruced-up before the big day, simply spray paint in a bold and vibrant colour to remove dusk.

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Bonbonniere

Show your guests to their seats with one of the coolest wedding bonbonniere we’ve ever seen.

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Ceremony backdrop

Try this super-cute ceremony backdrop where you can write your vows, or a little bit of the couples history. It’s cheap and effective, all you need is a super-long roll of paper!

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Rope Words

Add the finishing touches to your reception with these easy DIY rope words which can be customised to say almost anything.

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Images via Wedding Chicks, Elegant Wedding Invites, Feedly, Evan and Katelyn, Style Me Pretty, Green Wedding Shoes

How To Remove Gel Nails At Home

Gel nails are the easiest way to keep your colour without a touch-up for weeks on end, but how easy are they to remove? You have a few options – return to your nail salon, and for an additional fee get them to remove it, or simply use some of our tricks below and do it yourself at home.

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What you need

Acetone or nail polish remover

10 cotton balls

Aluminium foil

Moisturiser

Cuticle stick

Instructions

  1. Using the rough side of a nail file, carefully rub down over the top of your nails until the gloss wears away.
  2. Wrap each nail individually into a cotton ball with acetone and one thin layer of aluminium paper. Press it down firmly over the top of each nail, and work one hand at a time.
  3. Wait for at least 10 minutes for the acetone to carefully remove any gel polish off the nail bed. After this, soak your hands in a bowl of warm water, then remove any remaining pieces with a cuticle stick.
  4. For extra hydration, use a thick moisturiser and lather it over your hands and nail bed before relaxing for the night. Then move onto the next hand and repeat the process again.

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Easy! Would you try this method at home?

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6 Unique Uses For Your Leftover Moving Boxes

Packing your moving boxes yourself is a great way to save money on moving costs. It also gives you the control to make sure all your valuable belongings are safe and secure.

Once everything safely arrives at your new home, the unpacking stage begins. Here’s the question that really matters: what happens with all the leftover moving boxes? It’s easy to just throw these boxes away. But the truth is that you can use these boxes in a variety of creative ways instead of just sending them into the trash bin.

Check out our list of 6 fun ways to reuse your leftover moving boxes and see how you can take the concept of recycling to the next level.

1. Arts, crafts & fun (box fort!)

Sometimes the best way to reuse something like moving boxes is to let your creative flair shine. Try and think of these boxes like craft supplies. They can help you showcase your arts and crafts talents you might not even know you had.

Here’s a great example of how to take your boxes to a new level: build a box fort! Take your leftover boxes and stack them up to create a fun and exciting clubhouse for your children to explore. While this is just a temporary build, it can give you a whole day of fun that you kids will remember for years to come.

2. Create your own impromptu food drive

Once you unpack your belongings, you’ll have a huge store of empty boxes. Why not fill those boxes with something your whole community could value?

Try this idea on for size: take your empty boxes and fill them with donated food. Add a few canned goods from your pantry into a box. Ask your friends, family and community members for a few more canned goods to fill the boxes. Once your boxes are full, take them to your local shelter for donation.

This idea is great for two really solid reasons. First, you’re giving your otherwise wasted moving boxes another great purpose. Second, you’re directly helping your community – and giving people something they will value and appreciate.

3. Using your cardboard to create brilliant art

Speaking of artistic expression, why not use your extra boxes as a paint canvas? It’s easy to disassemble your boxes and form them into a big, blank canvas. From there, let your own imagination inspire you to create something unique, original and beautiful. Who knows you may create a work of art worthy for your new home!

4. Convert cardboard to decorated storage boxes

You use your moving boxes to transport your treasured items to and from your living spaces. But where will you put your treasured items once you settle into your new home?

With only a little bit of work, you can reuse your old boxes as beautifully decorated storage totes. For example, cover your cardboard box with burlap – and maybe some lace or other accent piece. You can transform a plain box into a storage piece that makes your home look even better.

5. DIY cardboard headboard

Five easy steps to your own DIY headboard:

  1. Take several leftover moving boxes and unpack them.
  2. Use duct tape to secure them together in the relative shape of your headboard.
  3. Take some simple cotton stuffing or quilt batting and lay it on your cardboard.
  4. Wrap a fabric of your choice around the cardboard and batting.
  5. Congratulations! You now have a quirky and custom-built headboard!

6. Homemade picture frame

If you have a boring or drab picture frame, why not enhance it with your own dose of custom-made flair? You can easily use an old box to retrofit a picture frame into something that showcases your individual style.

You can paint the cardboard or customise it with duct tape or other options to make it your own. From there, add a picture that also reflects your unique style. Your newly designed frame is sure to be a centrepiece of attention no matter where you display it.

As you can see, something as simple as leftover moving boxes can have a variety of uses for great fun – or even service to your community. You can use these ideas or other similar ones to breathe new life into something that would have otherwise been garbage placed out for weekly connection.

By Clive Smith, the Interstate Removals General Manager of Budget Self Pack Containers, Australia’s expert interstate removalists. Budget Self Pack Containers can help you move almost anywhere in Australia long-distance.

5 DIY Easter Ideas

Five charming do-it-yourself ideas to transform your Easter into the perfect unique event.

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Whether you’re time-poor, hunting for craft ideas for the kids or just want a quirky touch to make your house a little bit more festive, we’ve found an awesome Easter idea for you.

1. Ombre Easter eggs

Ombre has been one of the biggest trends in the last 12 months, influencing everything from hair colour to wedding cakes. So naturally, we swooned when we saw this trend applied to an Easter table setting.

Start by lining up six glasses, filled three quarters full of boiling water. Mix two teaspoons of white vinegar in each glass and stir thoroughly. Then, add two drops of coloured food dye to the first glass and double the number of drops in each glass so that the first is a light colour and the last glass is a dark hue.

Submerge a hard boiled egg in each glass for five minutes or until you’re happy with the colour. Dry it off in an empty carton and continue with remaining eggs to make an ombre egg table setting.

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 2. Paint card bunting

We love this easy cheat idea to making gorgeous rainbow bunting in ten minutes!

Simply head to your local hardware store for mini sheets of paint colours. If you have left over paint cards from past renovations use those to avoid waste.

Print out an egg shape or use a cookie cutter as a mould. Trace the shape on each paint sheet and carefully cut out each bunting shape. Punch holes at the top and string each egg in order of colour and voila- easy rainbow Easter bunting!

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3. Rainbow eggs

Using a pin, prick a small hole in an egg and empty out the contents for cooking. Set aside the empty eggs and wash them so they’re ready for display.

Using different shades of embroidery thread, use a hot glue gun to secure the end of the thread at the bottom of the egg and slowly wind the thread around in a circular motion. Brush a thin layer of glue on the egg every now and then to secure the threat so it sticks tightly to the egg base. Change the colours to your liking and display in a bowl with chocolate eggs.

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Image via Craftberry Bush

4. Stylish bunny ears

Who said bunny ears had to be white and fluffy? We love this stylish variation on classic rabbit ears. Twist two long pipe cleaners into the shape of long bunny ears. You might need to use more pipe cleaners and secure them to form one fish-like shape.

Then, wrap tulle around the pipe cleaner ears and glue to secure. Tie the end of the pipe cleaners around a plain headband and decorate the tulle with rhinestones as desired. Done!

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5. Mini egg planters

Create mini terrarium-like planters using left over egg shells. Use a knife to carefully crack the egg in half, keeping the shell in tact. Simply pour some soil into the shell and position some small succulents or moss in the planter. Arrange your mini succulent pots in the empty cardboard egg carton and there you have it- a quiky DIY easter garden.

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Image via Country Living

5 Classy Easter Decoration Ideas

It feels as if we have just taken down our Christmas lights, but Easter is right around the corner, so get out those bunnies, eggs, and anything pastel coloured. Or maybe don’t, as all those pinks, yellows, and greens can quickly make your home look like Barbie’s house. If you don’t want your place to look tacky, here are a few classy and easy Easter decoration tips:

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How genius is this door decoration? All you need is an old fashioned umbrella, a ribbon, and flowers of your choice (fake ones are fine). You might still have a hook on your door from the Christmas wreath, so why not make use of it and welcome your guests with this creative umbrella-turned-vase.

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This makes for a great centrepiece and requires little effort. Take a big vase and fill it with Easter eggs in neutral colours. Then add large twigs or flowers of your choice.

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This bunny shaped serviette is almost too cute to unfold and definitely prettier than paper napkins with tacky looking Easter bunnies on them. Get the folding instructions here and impress everyone.

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Easter without eggs is like Kim without Kanye, but instead of colouring them, spare the mess and opt for styrofoam eggs decorated with simple gold tacks that you might already have in your stationery drawer. They definitely look more expensive than they are.

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This is for the slightly more arty people among us. Collect a few bottles and wrap them in linen, which can be spray painted with letters beforehand. Tie the necks of the bottles with some twine and put pretty flowers in these classy DIY vases.

Images via blissbloomblog.com, marthastewart.com, familyholiday.net, theinspiredroom.net, savittjagvetblogg.blogspot.it

DIY Relaxing Scalp Massage

Who knew that there are so many benefits of a scalp massage? They help to relieve tension, de-stress the entire body, reduce shedding, increase energy levels, and even stimulate the follicle making your hair grow faster.

To do this yourself at home, all you need are a few basic techniques and some essential oils.

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Instructions

1. Take 1 tablespoon of coconut or essential oil and smooth it between your hands. This will make it much easier to manoeuvre around your hair, and is super relaxing.

2. Start by running your fingers from the top of your scalp to the very back, since it helps to wake up the hair follicles. Avoid using your nails (possibly trim or file them beforehand), since they can damage your scalp.

The aim is to distribute the oil all over your hair, so don’t forget to work from back to front as well.

3. Use a zig zag motion (locking in your fingers into each other), and work from the middle section of your scalp, all the way to the back of your neck. Not only does it feel very relaxing, but it helps to detoxifying your entire scalp.

4. Concentrate on massaging the back of your head, and you might want to flip your hair over. Rotate your fingers and use an outwards motion to penetrate the hair follicle. If you feel like it’s actually giving you a headache, then ease-up and relax your hands – they’re probably too rough!

5. Apply some pressure with your fingers to the main points of your scalp by pushing down gently. Stimulate blood flow by rotating your fingers in a circular motion.

Image via Zunair Sulman

5 Benefits of Mud Masks

If you really want to see what’s hiding in your skin, then we definitely recommend that you use a mud mask.

Not only are these fabulous products easy to get your hands on (and at any budget), but they actually work really well! Here are just five reasons you should make room for a mud mask in your skincare routine.

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They last forever

Since mud masks are actually concentrated, a little goes a long way. You only need a small pea-size amount to cover your face and neck for best results! Massage gently into the t-zone, chin and cheeks before washing the residue off with lukewarm water.

Tones, exfoliates, and cleanses

The last thing you want to do after a mud mask is go through your entire skincare routine. Luckily, a mud mask acts as both a cleanser, exfoliator and toner so you only need to apply some moisturiser afterwards!

Non-drying

Rather than feeling too dry on your skin like other masks, a mud mask is actually deeply nourishing. It is packed with essential vitamins and minerals (such as Vitamin E), to soothe all skin types, and avoid any dreaded dry patches.

Sit back and relax

One of the best qualities of a mud mask is that you get to relax while it does its job! Take ten minutes out of your day and apply the mask, lie down and listen to some music. There is nothing more relaxing than pampering yourself, and a mud mask is one of the best ways to do it!

Massage

While you’re applying the mask, massage the product onto your damp skin. Focus on the key areas around the lymph nodes, under the eyes, and around your chin. This is not essential, but will help your entire face and body to relax, and make the mask feel better on your skin.

5 Benefits of Mud Masks

1. Formula 10.0.6 Ultra-Cleansing Mud Mask, $8.99

2. Dead Sea Mud Facial Mask, 24.77

3. Glam Glow Youthmud Mask, $75

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Make Your Own Eyeshadow At Home

Personalise your makeup collection by creating a series of unique eyeshadows at home. Not only is this easier than it looks, you also have complete control over the ingredients which are added, and what ultimately ends up on your face and on your skin.

Follow our quick and easy tutorial to create your own unique eyeshadow shades at home.

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Ingredients

1/2 teaspoon arrowroot powder

Refined shea butter

Cocoa powder

Turmeric

Dried beet powder (depending on what colour you want)

Instructions

1. Combine the arrowroot powder in a small bowl, then mix through your preferred colouring agent.

2. Add the shea butter (start with 1/4 teaspoon), to the back of a spoon and mix until the formula is light and creamy. Add more if you want the eyeshadow to have the consistency of a creamy formula, or less if you prefer the matte look.

3. Transfer the mixture into a clean, sterile, container and tightly add the lid. Store in the fridge to keep it fresh, and you can it use it for up to 2 weeks.

4. To create your own personalised colour combinations, mix cocoa powder and dried beet powder for a soft shade of pink. Turmeric and cocoa powder makes a unique shade of copper, and a pinch of nutmeg creates earthy tones for neutral lids.

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