How to tone the body

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You’re comfortable with your weight, happy with your fitness level and have perfected the balance between lots of veggies and pizza – but you just wish everything was a bit tighter. There are many ways to tone the body and sometimes it’s just a matter of trying new things and finding what works best for you. So between now and bikini season, here are three tactics to take to tone those wobbly bits.

 

#1 Start a challenge 

Whether it’s the 30-day squat challenge, 100-day arms challenge or one of your own, setting daily goals is a great way to work on toning your body. By increasing the number of reps you do each day, the body part you’re targeting will become stronger and firmer as the challenge goes on. These programs usually also include ‘rest days’ to ensure you don’t overwork your body. To stay on track, convince a friend to join in. That way, you can motivate each other, even with a simple text: “have you done your 20 for today yet?” Plus, there’s a finish line in reach, which is always a great motivator.

 

#2 Change up your workout

Whether you’re a gym junkie, long distance runner or the kind of person who’d rather pull out some dance moves to break a sweat, it’s easy to get trapped in a workout rut. When that happens, you’re consistently working the same muscles over and over and as a result, ignoring the ones that actually need work. Not to mention you’re probably incredibly bored with doing the same routine every day.

Skyfit is so fun, it doesn’t feel like a workout – til the next day, that is! It targets different muscle groups AND the whole thing is held on trampolines. SO. GOOD.

 

Co-founder Nic Monteforte explains, “Training in an ‘unstable’ environment, such as on a trampoline, engages and incorporates core and stabilising muscles far more effectively than a standard gym workout. Studies have shown that training on trampolines can burn between 400 and 500 calories within a 30-minute period.”

 

For more information on classes and timetables, visit http://www.skyzone.com.au/

 

#3 Begin a new bodycare routine

Of course, there are beauty tricks that help to tighten everything up. If you look after the skin on your body, it’ll become smoother, tighter and firmer. Elasticity is a wonderful thing! Try adding dry body brushing into your routine every 2-3 days to promote blood circulation, and switch your regular moisturiser for a firming and toning one – we like Doctor BABOR Body Cellular Ultimate 3D Cellulite Lotion.

 

Have you tried any of the toning suggestions above? What are some of your toning tricks?


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Member Comments

Posted by: MoniqueKerstin (Australia)

Im currently lying in bed browsing BH wearing my work out gear trying to find the motivation to get on the exercise bike, perfect timing for this article BH!

Posted on: October 25, 2014 (18 hours ago)

Posted by: Animal Lover (Australia)

So your sayiin those times that i jump on the trampoline with my girls is actually doing me good, yayyyyy the perfect excuse to jump on their everyday :)

Posted on: October 25, 2014 (17 hours ago)

Member reviewed: Rimmel London Wonder’full Mascara With Argan Oil

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So many people think that a couple of complementary eyeshadows is all it takes to nail a smoky eye. But the truth is, if you don’t have a good mascara to finish off the job, you’re not doing your hard work any justice.

See, a mascara that lengthens and defines your lashes (while fattening them up a bit, too) will actually give your entire eye look extra depth and sultriness.

Rimmel London Wonder’full Mascara With Argan Oil is formulated to leave lashes thicker and more defined – a double tick for using it to finish off your eye look. Oh, and added bonus: the argan oil helps to soften and condition lashes.



So we decided to put the mascara to the test at our Beauty Degustation event. Make-up artists from Rimmel London created subtle smoky eyes on all of our attendees, and finished off their handwork with a few swipes of the Wonder’full Mascara.



And here’s what beautyheaven members had to say about the mascara and what it did for their lashes:

“The effect is quite dramatic in that it looked like I was wearing falsies. Depending on how dramatic you want your lashes to be, it is quite buildable. Best of all, there’s no clumping, smudging or smearing. I'm really enjoying this product!!!” – Mdy_118
 
“What I love most is that although it does the job of a mascara – to create bold defined lashes – it doesn't create the clumpy dryness that other mascaras do.” – emlovescoffee



“I love this product because after curling my lashes and applying mascara, most mascaras (with the exception of waterproof ones) tend to make my lashes droop right back down! Not only is this not waterproof, but it actually holds my curl for the whole day!” – captaincheeky

“The mascara also holds a great curl and doesn’t clump if you are applying two or more coats for very dramatic eye look. The mascara builds beautifully on top of itself, which is also such a great feature.” – Aleksandra

Do you think about the mascara you use when creating a smoky eye? What do you want your mascara to do for your lashes?

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Member Comments

Posted by: Linda_Vesinger (Australia)

I'd love to try this mascara, it looks like another great one from Rimmel

Posted on: October 24, 2014 (2 days ago)

Posted by: May318 (Australia)

Sounds like a great mascara!

Posted on: October 24, 2014 (2 days ago)

7 things every girl needs for her formal

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For a girl between the ages of 16 and 18, the school formal is the equivalent to a wedding day. It’s a huge event with a massive build-up, and a fair amount of planning goes in to not only organizing the night, but also looking pretty incredible.

So, if you have your formal or another big event coming up soon, stock up on these seven products to make sure you look amazing all night long. Oh, and don’t forget to let your friends in on these tricks, too!

#1: a skin evening product

It’s never too early to amp up your skincare routine – after all, prevention is the ultimate cure! A product like L’Oréal Paris Skin Perfection Concentrated Correcting Serum is the perfect starting point, as it’s designed to improve the quality of young skin. It also contains a pore-reducing agent and helps to visibly improve skin’s surface.

#2: an incredible foundation

To look flawless in every photo, it pays to choose a foundation that covers a multitude of sins. Australis Paparazzi Perfect High Definition Foundation contains light-reflecting particles and skin-balancing pigments to even out skin, while white sapphire and pearl deliver a radiant finish. Better still, the formula features vitamin E and calendula oil to nourish skin and ensure your make-up stays put – even after you’ve been killing it on the dance floor.  

#3: a great brow groomer

Don’t look back at your formal photos in 10 years and cringe at your wayward brows. If you have dark, filled-in brows, opt for a clear brow gel to simply hold your brows in place all night. We love NYX Control Freak Eyebrow Gel because it’s not sticky and has strong staying power. If you’re a lighter-haired beauty who needs a little tint, try MeMeMe Arch Angel – it has a handy highlighter on the other end!

#4: a killer contouring kit

Kimmy K was definitely onto something when she snapped her epic contouring and highlighting efforts. You needn’t go to such lengths to get the same look, though – just try the Napoleon Perdis The Ultimate Contour Palette ($60, 02 8595 0911). Napoleon explains why this three-in-one face sculptor is a winner: “A contouring shade adds depth and definition, a rosy blush will create a healthy hue and a shimmering highlighter will diffuse light from your cheekbones.’

#5: a little bit of shimmer

Do you want to change up your ‘do a little? Whatever your hair colour, a little gold on the ends of your tresses or along a braid can give your hair that ‘wow’ factor. We love the Kevin.Murphy Gold Shimmer Bug ($24.95, 1800 104 204) as it can be wiped on and wiped off with ease, or set with hairspray if you’d like it to last longer. Check out our own Shimmer Bug braid tutorial…

#6: a brilliant hair base

No matter what style you choose to rock on formal night, big, bouncy waves are  a good foundation as they give hair volume and movement. VS Sassoon Big Hair Hot Rollers VS3038A are handy to have if you’re keen to style your own hair at home. They’re easy to use, and will save you a bit of cash. The extra-large 38mm rollers ensure controlled use and frizz-free results.

#7: a secret weapon

With cut-outs and funky straps all the rage now, chances are you’ll need to disguise any sign of a bra. The Hollywood Hidden Secrets Strapless Backless Bra is a lifesaver, as it provides stay-in-place support and enough padding to create cleavage and lift (score!). This little gem features clear straps at the back, making it perfect to wear with backless or strapless dresses.


What is your ultimate fail-safe beauty product for an important event?

 

 

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Posted by: Jenniqua (Australia)

All of the above plus comfortable shoes.

Posted on: October 24, 2014 (2 days ago)

Posted by: Lucrecia629 (Australia)

I remember my school formats and how exciting they were. Even though it's a few years away for them, I'm really looking forward to helping my daughters get ready for theirs. I'd say that my fail-safe beauty product would be the YSL Radiant Touch. It just makes everything better. :)

Posted on: October 24, 2014 (2 days ago)

4 ways you’re more responsible once you hit 40

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Our teens and twenties are reserved for making stupid decisions – like staying out till the sun comes up, baking on the beach all day long, and eating more greasy and oily food than any one human should ever consume in their entire lifetime.

As we get older, we get wiser. We make smarter choices. We care about our health, our bodies, our minds. We finally realise that silly actions have consequences.

So these are just a few of the responsible things you do now you’ve hit 40 (or maybe you’re an old soul who’s matured way before your time):

#1: YOU DON’T BUY SHOES THAT JUST LOOK PRETTY


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Towering heels and beaded/jewelled sandals look incredible. But they usually hurt like hell after a few hours (and cause serious damage to your feet). You’re now at the stage where you’re done with suffering and want comfort, support and style. A shoe like the Merrell Women’s Agave Lavish is a winner thanks to its sophisticated, strappy and supportive design and a sole that boasts a soft, microfibre-wrapped footbed. It’s the kind of summer shoe you know you can walk kilometres in and not feel a pinch or ache.

#2: YOU TAKE YOUR SKINCARE REGIMEN SERIOUSLY

 
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Forget falling into bed with your make-up still in tact. These days, you have a careful routine of cleansing, toning, serum-ing and moisturising – and it’s non-negotiable. Not only because it’s what you should do, but because it’s the key to keeping your skin looking younger and fresher.

#3: YOU’RE SUN SAFE

 
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A summer day out isn’t complete without your hat, sunglasses, and a healthy serving of SPF 50 sunscreen, because a) the sun is dangerous and b) exposure to UVA rays makes you look way older than you actually are. No, thanks.

#4: YOU EAT HEALTHIER

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Sure, you’ll indulge in some chocolate or a burger every once in a while, but for the most part, you’re all about healthy meals and snacks. Greasy, carb-filled food can be beyond delicious, but there’s nothing quite like knowing you’re filling your body with the good stuff.

The Athlete’s Foot is the go-to destination for your supportive, stylish summer footwear needs. And because they know your feet deserve only the best, they’re giving away a pair of summer sandals to one of our lucky members, as well as a whole bunch of other foot care products to help you get summer-ready soles.

For your chance to win, simply fill in the form below (making sure to include if you’d like to win the Propet Bahama Sandal, Merrell Women’s Agave Lavish or Scholl Orthaheel Malibu and your shoe size). (Can’t see the form? Click here).

NSW: LTPM/14/01114
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What are some of the smarter decisions you make now that you’re older? Are there any habits you need to change?

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Posted by: dream-angels (Australia)

Not near 49 yet but can relate

Posted on: October 23, 2014 (Oct 23, 2014 4:14pm)

Posted by: Neilrawson (Australia)

I think you hit the nail on the head with these things happening as you hit 40, it did with me.

Posted on: October 23, 2014 (Oct 23, 2014 4:18pm)

Hair removal myths busted

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We’ve all heard the horror stories: “I shaved my face and a beard grew the next day”, “hair removal cream stings like crazy”, “waxing made my legs fall off”… Okay, maybe not that extreme, but there are lots of tall tales out there when it comes to hair removal. So to help you separate fact from fiction, we’ve decoded some of the more common hair removal myths.

 

HAIR REMOVAL MYTH #1 Removing hair makes it grow back thicker 

People swear by this myth all the time, and it couldn’t be more false. Hair that has never been removed before lies flat against the skin. Once you remove the hair, it grows back standing upwards, which can make it feel coarser, but it’s actually no thicker. In fact, regular waxing can result in thinner and finer hair growth.

 

HAIR REMOVAL MYTH #2 Waxing is bad for the skin

If the right method and products are used, waxing is perfectly suitable for all skin types. Veet Natural Inspirations Hot Sugar Wax and Wax Strips contain aloe vera and grape seed* to leave the skin feeling extra soft and smooth.

 

HAIR REMOVAL MYTH #3 Hair removal cream can’t be used on the bikini line

Good news! You can use hair removal cream on your bikini line. Just make sure you follow the directions inside the pack and don’t apply the cream to any intimate areas. Veet Natural Inspirations Hair Removal Cream is enriched with grapeseed oil* to moisturise skin and achieve smooth results.

 

HAIR REMOVAL MYTH #4 Wax can’t be removed with just water

Believe it or not, there are some waxes on the market that can be removed with water. Veet Natural Inspirations Hot Sugar Wax contains naturally sourced ingredients and easily washes off with warm water for a no-fuss experience.

 

HAIR REMOVAL MYTH #5 Depilatory creams should be left on longer for thicker hair

Repeat after me: you should never leave a depilatory cream on for longer than the recommended time. Veet Natural Inspiration Hair Removal Cream instructs users to apply the cream for a minimum of five minutes and a maximum of 10. No matter how thick your hair is, don’t exceed this time limit and always carry out a patch test before the first use.

 

HAIR REMOVAL MYTH #6 Waxing is really painful

While waxing isn’t painless, there are ways to reduce the level of pain. Veet Natural Inspirations Wax Strips feature easy grip tabs that allow you to remove hair quickly and correctly, which is a whole lot less painful than pulling the hair the wrong way or having to go over the same patch three times. Also, avoid waxing the week before and during your period, as fluctuating hormones can make the skin more sensitive to pain.

 

*Contains 0.1% w/w natural extract

 

Are you surprised by some of the myths above? Have you heard of any other hair removal myths?

 

 

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Posted by: Platinum Ms (Australia)

Yes I have heard of all these myths at one time or another I did thought some of them were true but now I have the facts I can make the most of my hair removal regime.

Posted on: October 23, 2014 (Oct 23, 2014 11:05am)

Posted by: Lucrecia629 (Australia)

To add to #6 - waxing during pregnancy is also more painful. Increased blood flow = ouch!

Posted on: October 23, 2014 (Oct 23, 2014 11:16am)