The beauty benefits of Kakadu plum

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As a lover of all things beauty, you’re probably clued up on the latest ‘it’ ingredients. With luscious natural oils like jojoba and rosehip found in thousands of beauty products today, you’ll know that some of the most effective ingredients come from natural sources.

One natural ingredient that’s grabbed our attention is the humble Kakadu plum for its brightening, nourishing and protecting benefits. The best bit? It’s an Aussie native.

What is Kakadu plum?

The Kakadu plum is a fruit native to Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory of Australia. It contains the highest concentration of vitamin C of any food on earth. If you thought blueberries and oranges packed an antioxidant punch (which they do), Kakadu plum clocks in at approximately 100 times their vitamin C concentration!

How does Kakadu plum benefit skin?

The fruit is bursting with trace minerals and antioxidants like vitamin E, zinc, iron, folate, lutein and, of course, vitamin C, which are all super beneficial for skin health. They can help to ward off premature ageing by fighting damaging free radicals, and by nourishing the skin, they reduce the occurrence of fine lines and wrinkles.

The vitamin C in Kakadu plum is also excellent at naturally brightening and illuminating the skin for a more radiant complexion. It can lighten those pesky dark spots and pigmentation.

As serums are packed with active ingredients, try incorporating one that features a decent concentration of Kakadu plum into your skincare routine. For bonus beauty points (and to put a brighter face forward), use a dark spot treatment, too.

The beauty benefits of Kakadu plum
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For your face, bh loves: People for Plants Kakadu, Calendula, Chamomile Eye Cream, Billie Goat Soap Hydrating Serum, Jurlique Purely White Spot Treatment

For your body, bh loves: Natures Organics Australian Pure Kakadu Plum & Vitamin E Moisturiser, Pelactiv Ultra-Hydration Body Treatment Cream

How does Kakadu plum help hair?

It’s isn’t just skin that laps up Kakadu plum – your hair can also get in on the nourishing and protecting action! The fruit has the ability to provide free radical protection for your mane, which in turn can help to improve the health of your scalp and save your strands from environmental damage. Win!

bh loves: De Lorenzo Allevi8 Shampoo and Conditioner, Coast to Coast Replenishing Kakadu Plum & Chamomile Shampoo and Conditioner

Did you know the many benefits of Kakadu plum? Have you tried beauty products containing the fruit?

 

 

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Posted by: MissM19 (Australia)

Never knew much about the benefits of Kakadu plum but now I see why they put it in a lot of skincare products!

Posted on: May 23, 2015 (6 hours ago)

Posted by: dream-angels (Australia)

never heard of this and its benefits before but sounds great

Posted on: May 23, 2015 (5 hours ago)

16 nail hacks for amazing DIY manis

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Hi, I’m Sam, and I can never have bare nails. They must always be perfectly painted. Some may call this OCD, but I’m sure many of you are just the same. And if so, you’ll also understand the pain felt when you smudge your colour, accidently paint your fingers or can’t decide on a shade in the first place. So I thought I’d pull together the best nail hacks I’ve come across. This is one for the mani maniacs!

 

#1 Fix a broken nail using a tea bag, nail glue and a clear polish. Simply cut the tea bag to size, glue it onto the broken section and go over it with a coat of polish.

 bh recommends: Fing'rs Brush On Nail Glue and INTENSAE YÜYI 2-in-1 base and top coat.

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#2 Hate how hard it is to remove glitter nail polish? Avoid it completely! Instead, purchase a set of fake nails (we like Nailene So Natural Undecorated), paint them with your favourite glitter polish (Mode have a great sparkly gold one called Finders Keepers) and take them on and off as you please.

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#3 Add cornstarch to a nail colour to create a matte polish. You can also use clear polish for a matte top coat.

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#4 Similarly, create your own glitter polish by mixing craft glitter or loose eye dust with a clear nail polish.

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#5 Just like with DIY hair dye, when you’re about to do your nails, apply a little moisturiser or Vaseline on your cuticles. That way, it’ll be easy remove any polish that falls outside the nail.

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#6 Can’t choose a nail colour? Try pairing it with the lippy you want to wear. bh loves these combos:

 

#7 Paint just like the pros by following this instructional chart.

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#8 Use a lip or eye pencil to apply those tricky rhinestones.

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#9 It’s no secret that most nail polish removers smell awful. And when they spill in your bag when travelling, no item escapes the stench. So to avoid that #firstworldproblem, take Fresh Therapies Natural Nail Polish Remover Wipes on your travels. They’re also great for those with a fear of cotton balls.

 

 

#10 Create love hearts using a toothpick and three dots.

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#11 Dunk your hands in a bowl of icy water to speed up the drying process.

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#12 Use a rubber band when doing French tips. Simply loop it into a knot to keep it in place.

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#13 No dotting tools? No worries! Make your own with pins and pencils.

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#14 Apply chunky glitter coats by dabbing instead of brushing for better coverage.

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#15 Put your nail polish in the fridge for 20 minutes before painting to make it glide on smoother.

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#16 Can’t stand chips? Invest in an at-home gel manicure kit for a longer-lasting, stronger mani. bh recommends: GlazeMe Premium Starter Kit.

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Have you ever tried any of the above hacks? Do you know any other tricks for the perfect mani?

 

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Posted by: Beautybabe140194 (Australia)

Love this article.

Posted on: May 22, 2015 (1 day ago)

Posted by: Meg35 (Australia)

Some great advice! Now I desperately need to do my nails!!

Posted on: May 22, 2015 (1 day ago)

Head-turning model makeovers

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I just looove makeover episodes on reality TV. There really is nothing more inspiring than seeing someone enhance what their mumma gave ‘em - it brings a little tear to my eye. And as a hair editor, you can only imagine how excited I get over something like last night’s episode of Australia’s Next Top Model. I mean, did you see how incredible Phoebe’s hair looked?!

It really makes you stop and appreciate how a good haircut can make SUCH a difference.

To inspire you to mix up your own hair, we got the lowdown on these major model makeovers from Hair Director of the TRESemmé styling team, Joh Bailey.

 

When less is more

When you have beautiful hair, it’s best not to mess with it too much. Ever heard the saying, ‘if it ain’t broke?’ Joh added a few highlights to Lauren's locks to lighten and brighten “which was simple with her already gorgeous balayage”, and finished it off with a good cut to freshen up the ends. The result? Bouncy, beautiful, honey-hued hair.

To get texture a la Lauren, spritz sea salt spray from the midsection down, and lightly scrunch your hair. Hello, tousled perfection!

bh suggests: 
TRESemmé Perfectly Undone Sea Salt Spray 
TONI&GUY Hair Care Sea Salt Texturising Spray 
John Frieda Beach Blonde Ocean Waves Sea-Salt Spray

 

Colour booster

Joh said this was his favourite makeover of the season - and we can certainly see why! That copper hue suits Jess’ complexion to a tee and gives her a model edge. When your colour fades, it can start to wash out your skin, so stay on top of those tresses and prevent that from happening. A good chop will amp up the impact even more.

Enhance your colour with a smoothing treatment to lock in shine and keep flyaways at bay. If you’ve got volume like Jess, don’t be afraid to experiment with texture. Hair this good shouldn’t be kept on a leash.

bh suggests:
TRESemmé 7 Day Keratin Smooth Heat Activated Treatment
L’Oréal Paris Elvive Smooth-Intense Anti-Frizz Serum
Kérastase Discipline Bain Fluidealiste

 

Chop it off

When you’ve got a lot of hair like Phoebe, your other features can get lost under your locks. Hence, the chop. See how it opens up her face and makes her eyes look bigger and brighter? The creamy blonde and sharp cut complement her skin tone beautifully.

To keep Phoebe’s blunt cut looking nea, chic and oh-so-glossy, Joh used the TRESemmé 7 Day Keratin Smooth Shampoo and Conditioner with a heat-activated treatment. Ah Joh, when can you squeeze me in?

bh suggests:
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ELEVEN Australia Miracle Hair Treatment

 

Waves for days

This haircut makes me want to book an appointment STAT. Joh certainly knew what he was doing when he lopped all that dried-out balayage off Lucy’s hair. Going shorter has definitely benefited the brunette beauty - she looks stylish and youthful, and her hair screams ‘health’. It’s proof a cut and a good colour can go a long way.

If you love Lucy’s perfectly imperfect waves like we do, apply a wave foam to the ends of damp hair. The natural wave of her strands creates the illusion of highlights, and gives her thin hair oomph.

bh suggests:
TRESemmé Perfectly Undone Wave Foam
KMS California CURLUP Wave Foam
Shu Uemura Art of Hair Kaze Wave

 

Blonde bombshell

Despite this being “the biggest challenge considering our time restrictions”, Joh definitely delivered a killer new Tanhya! If you have great skin like this beauty, you’ll be able to pull off most colours, but in the model’s case, the shift to blonde makes her look far more lively and vibrant. This girl’s got some serious bone structure, too, so if you’re as lucky as Tahnya, don’t grow your hair out one length - go for sharp cuts and face-framing layers.

If you’re making the dramatic change from dark to light, remember to be kind to your strands - they’re going through a lot right now.

bh suggests:
TRESemmé Platinum Strength Leave-In Conditioner
Schwarzkopf Extra Care Normal Balance Express Repair Leave-In Conditioner
evo day of grace leave-in conditioner

 

Did you watch last night’s episode? What model makeover was your favourite?


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Posted by: GildedButterflies (Australia)

I like the subtle results of the colour booster and less is more. I didn't follow the show.

Posted on: May 22, 2015 (1 day ago)

Posted by: Snazzie (Member since 2008, Australia)

The makeover episode is always one of my favourites. I loved Jess and Phoebe's makeovers.

Posted on: May 22, 2015 (1 day ago)

Why you should try natural skin and body products

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While using natural beauty products for the sake of the environment is a good enough reason, it’s not the only positive. When it comes to our skin, natural skin and body products offer a ton of benefits. So if you’ve always walked straight past the natural products, here are a few reasons why you should give them a go.

 

#1 Nothing but skin-loving ingredients

Some of the best ingredients for our skin are naturally derived, with soothing, restoring and hydrating properties that make them gentle enough for everyday use - no matter your skin type. The Nourish Naturals range contains key active ingredients, including xeradin (in the Dry Skin Lotion and Soap Free Body Wash), an innovative ingredient obtained from xerophyte plants known for their ability to obtain moisture for a long period of time, making it the perfect hydrating ingredient. The Anti-Itch Soothing Cream also utilises the soothing effect of colloidal oatmeal and Canadian willowherb, while menthol cools and relieves itchy skin. All Nourish Naturals products are clinically tested, while being naturally derived. Plus if you’re worried about the use of petrochemicals in skin care, you’ll be pleased to know Nourish Naturals products are free from those as well as all other nasties, so your pores will be free of grime and toxins, leaving your skin nourished and smooth.

 

#2 Ideal for sensitive skin

If your skin is prone to eczema, dermatitis or psoriasis, natural skin and body care can help. Every product in the Nourish Naturals range contains dermatologist tested formulations, with gentle cleansers to prevent irritations, and essential oils to lock in moisture.

And to target flare-ups, the Nourish Naturals Eczema and Psoriasis Cream is specifically formulated to help heal, soothe and moisturise sensitive skin. It’s a great natural alternative for those who prefer not to use topical steroids.

As someone who’s suffered from dermatitis in the past, I know first-hand how beneficial natural ingredients can be not only for soothing existing conditions, but also in preventing future flare-ups. Trust me - it’s definitely worth trying natural body and skin products!

 

#3 Great for dry and itchy skin

Dealing with constantly dry, itchy skin can be a real pain. Especially in winter, when the humidity drops, the air is cooler and we’re taking hotter showers – all of which can cause drying effects on the skin. So if you’re finding that your regular moisturising routine isn’t cutting it anymore, it could be time to give natural products a chance.

The Nourish Naturals Nourish Soap Free Wash works to cleanse skin without stripping it of its natural oils, which can often be the cause of that tight, uncomfortable feeling. This can then be followed with the Nourish Naturals Dry Skin Lotion, which is formulated to deeply nourish skin and keep it hydrated for up to 24 hours.

As for those extra itchy and dry patches, apply the Nourish Naturals Anti-Itch Soothing Cream to relieve your skin and give it a hit of moisture. Scratching will only make it worse, so keep a tube in your handbag for whenever itching strikes.

 

#4 Suitable for the whole family

Lastly, another major benefit of natural products is they’re great for the whole family. Make the switch, and say goodbye to the days of purchasing three types of body washes, creams and lotions. The Nourish Naturals range is suitable for all skin types and ages, which means not only less clutter in the bathroom, but peace of mind in knowing your entire family’s skin is being well looked after.

 

Nourish Naturals is available at leading Pharmacies.

Have you tried any of the Nourish Natural products? Did you know natural products had so many benefits?

 

To receive a FREE SAMPLE of the Nourish Naturals Dry Skin Lotion, email info@nicepak.com.au with your full name, address and postcode.

 

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Posted by: Platinum Ms (Australia)

I like how natural products are user friendly and its safe for the whole family

Posted on: May 21, 2015 (May 21, 2015 4:02pm)

Posted by: GildedButterflies (Australia)

I use the Nourish cleanser daily and I like it..almost done with the 100 mL travel size bottle actually. Don't like their dry skin moisturizer for my dry skin though. Did not work for me.

Posted on: May 21, 2015 (May 21, 2015 4:12pm)

Jordin Sparks just coined the best term for ‘stretch marks’

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Jordin Sparks has already wowed us with her hair and make-up, but now she’s made us love her look even more.

Chatting to People, the 25-year-old singer said some inspiring stuff about health, Instagram filters and – wait for it – her stretch marks.

Just like model Chrissy Teigan, the star’s totally fine with them, calling them her "tiger stripes".

This is the best term for stretch marks I’ve ever heard. In fact, if I had the singer’s gorgeous skin tone, I’d totally steal her descriptor.




Sadly, showing against my winter-white thighs, my own stretchies are more akin to “silver cobwebs” – which doesn’t sound nearly as fierce. *sad face*

I digress.

Jordin’s been incredibly committed to her health recently, but not with the strict diets or OTT calorie counting we’ve come to expect from celebs:

"I changed the way I thought about food and exercising," she says. "I listen to my body to tell me that I'm full."

As well as embracing healthy eating and exercise, Jordin also preaches self-acceptance:

"I'm good with my thighs touching," she comments. "I grew up in a family where we have meat on our bones."

We love the singer’s ‘real girl’ body attitude, but actions definitely speak louder than words.

That’s why we’re even more impressed by the singer’s stunning People photo-shoot, in which she appears 100 per cent un-retouched.  

The same goes for her Instagram:

"For the most part, I don't put a filter on at all," she says.

"I post a lot of pictures without make-up and in sweats. I feel like sometimes people can really overkill on the [filters]. There are all these apps out there where you can Photoshop your body and take away everything. I feel like it's too much."
 
We couldn’t agree more, Jordin.


Do you embrace your ‘tiger stripes’, or are you still a bit self-conscious? What other celebs do you look to for body and health inspo?

 

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Posted by: MissM19 (Australia)

Always loved her! I think she's beautiful and amazingly talented

Posted on: May 21, 2015 (May 21, 2015 3:03pm)

Posted by: Beautybabe140194 (Australia)

Love her term for it. Very confident

Posted on: May 21, 2015 (May 21, 2015 3:14pm)