The skin care sale you won’t want to miss

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If ever there was a time to step up your skin care regime, it’s today. Mega beauty retailer Priceline is having a two-day skincare sale, with a whopping 40 per cent off the majority of skin care brands. Yep, you can get a huge discount on all your skin care needs. But you better hurry as it’s only for 48 hours (meaning it ends at close of business tomorrow, 30/07/2014).

With so many products on sale, we understand if you’re struggling to decide what to buy. Here’s our edit of the best skin-saviours Priceline has to offer:

NUXE Sérum Merveillance®

Formulated to reduce visible wrinkles as well as fill in, smooth and re-plump the skin, this luxurious face serum can be used on the face or around the eye contour area.

In Essence Botanically Active Rose Hip Plus

Working to hydrate and regenerate the skin, this nourishing skin treatment combines organic rose hip oil with pure essential oils, essential fatty acids, antioxidants and vitamin E.

Davinci Peel Away Mask

This is not just a sale for the ladies! Treat your man with this hardworking face mask, which will leave his skin feeling clean, refreshed and revitalised.

BIODERMA Créaline H20

One of our all-time member favourites, this gentle solution cleanses impurities and removes make-up without affecting the skin’s natural balance.

Anatomicals There Won't Be A Dry Thigh In The House Lilac Body Lotion

Formulated to leave your skin feeling soft and silky, you won’t be able to resist this body lotion’s super-cute packaging!

Natio Antioxidant Face Moisturiser

Containing antioxidants to help slow the skin's ageing process, this daily moisturiser hydrates, repairs and is perfect under make-up.

 

Which product do you like the sound of the most? What's the best beauty bargain you've ever scored?

 

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Member Comments

Posted by: Divine Diva (Australia)

I will have to jump online as I can't make it into a store today or tomorrow so hopefully I will find some time to have a little look.

Posted on: July 29, 2014 (5 hours ago)

Posted by: sassylily (Australia)

I am a sucker for all things Nuxe

Posted on: July 29, 2014 (5 hours ago)

How to exercise without leaving your bed

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For those with a dirty mind, sorry to disappoint, but this blog doesn’t involve the kind of workout you’re thinking of. We’re actually talking about that dirty word we all know as EXERCISE. Or as we like to call it, BEDSERSISE.

Your “But I just want to stay in bed and do nothing” wishes have officially just become invalid because now you’ll have no excuse but to start off the day getting sweaty under the covers (again, leave your dirty minds at the door!).

Try these tightening and toning exercises that don’t require shoes, exercise gear, or clothes in general…

BEDSERCISE #1 - SIDE LEG LIFTS

While lying on your side, straighten your top leg and raise it up to a 45-degree angle. Lower it down until it touches the bottom leg and repeat 15 times before rolling over and switching legs. Do three sets.

BEDSERCISE #2 – THE LOCUST

Lie on your stomach with your arms stretched out above your head, palms facing up and forehead touching the bed. Exhale, and lift you head and chest up toward the ceiling, while also raising your legs. Raise your arms and keep them parallel to the floor. Hold for a few breaths, release to the starting position and repeat as many times as you can.

BEDSERCISE #3 – TRICEP DIPS

Sit on the edge of your bed and place your hands next to you, holding on to the edge. Using your arms, lift your body off the bed and lower yourself over the edge so you’re only supported by your arms and feet. Lift your body back up using your arms, then – without sitting on the bed – lower yourself down again. Repeat 10 times, for three sets.

BEDSERCISE #4 – THE LEG TWIST

Lie on your back and hug your knees to your chest. Keeping your knees together, release your knees and gently lower them to your left side, and turn your head to the right. Return your head to the centre, gently lift your knees and lower them to your right side, and turn your head to the left. Repeat eight times for a good stretch.

Have you ever tried bedsercise? Will you be trying any of these exercises in bed?

 

 

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Member Comments

Posted by: Lucrecia629 (Australia)

I'm bummed that I've had to take a break from the gym during this pregnancy, but I think I can manage some of these exercises.

Posted on: July 29, 2014 (4 hours ago)

Posted by: Bellefleur (Australia)

This is a great idea! Mini Pilates class in bed!

Posted on: July 29, 2014 (3 hours ago)

5 ways to avoid toenail fungus

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If you’ve ever suffered from a toenail fungus, then you know the pain and irritation that comes from brittle, flaking, and discoloured nails. Plus, let’s be honest, fungus makes your feet look a little gross, too. Like they’re something out of a zombie movie.

Anyway, whether you’ve suffered from toenail fungus before or not, it’s probably something you want to avoid altogether.

So here are five incredibly simple things you can do to help keep your toenails healthy and in glorious condition.

1) Tend to your nails

Keep your nails short and clean. When you stub a long toenail, it can cut into your nail bed and give the fungus the inviting warm environment it needs to fester. That’s why you’ll want to file your toenails, too – jagged edges may also be a recipe for disaster.

2) Stay dry

Have you ever noticed mould growing on a damp shoe? If your nails (and in-between your toes) aren’t always completely dry, the same could happen. Make sure you dry your feet and toes completely after a shower or swim and look for sock materials that won’t make your feet really sweaty.

3) Put on some shoes

Walking around barefoot (especially at a public gym or swimming pool) could expose you to more bacteria than you care to know exist. So keep your feet and toes fungus-free by walking around in some sandals or thongs – and yes, that means when you use public shower, too.

4) Use hygienic tools

How often do you go to your local salon for a pedi? Do you make sure to check that they’re cracking open a fresh packet of tools? Or that they’ve sanitised the foot basin? If not, you might want to start doing that as used tools and dirty tubs spread bacteria and fungus faster than it takes for a gel manicure to set.

5) Become best friends with an antifungal spray

All the sweat and dead skin cells from your feet can accumulate in your socks and shoes, making it the perfect environment for bacteria and fungus to spread. Always wash your socks after each wear, and make sure to spray your shoes with Eulactol Antifungal Foot Spray to kill the germs.

Have you ever suffered from toenail or foot fungus? What do you do to ensure your feet and toes remain fugus-free?

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Posted by: Ellelily (Australia)

I have never had this problem as I do as much as i can to look after myself including my toe nails. And I have seen what ingrown toe nails can do and how painful it is to have them fixed. My dad has had toe nail problems

Posted on: July 28, 2014 (23 hours ago)

Posted by: Lucrecia629 (Australia)

I don't want to jinx myself, but this is not a problem I've had to deal with. Having military experience, I was already aware of these preventative measure - and obviously they work! :)

Posted on: July 28, 2014 (22 hours ago)

6 naughty ways to use coconut oil (in the bedroom, kitchen and bathroom!)

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We all know that coconut oil has some truly great health and beauty benefits. Or if you don’t, you can read them here to get up to speed.

But there are also some other uses for this oil that are a little more… naughty. 

Intrigued? So were we. And Coconut Guru and author of Going Coconuts, Brynley King, did not disappoint.

 

#1: as a personal lubricant

Coconut oil is excellent for use as an inexpensive personal lubricant. According to Brynley, it has a lot more staying power than water-based lubricants, which is ideal for long sessions of lovemaking.  But don’t forget to swap your latex condoms for polyurethane condoms! In some cases, oil can break down latex condoms, making them ineffective, so it’s best to switch to stay safe.

 

#2: to increase sex drive

Not feeling particularly frisky lately? Try adding three tablespoons of coconut oil into your diet each day. Brynley explains that both men and women who include coconut oil in their diets believe it helps to increase their sex drive. This could be thanks to the antioxidants it contains, which help to fight free radicals that can cause a low libido.    

 

#3: as a massage oil 

Der. Ok you may have guessed this one, but have you actually tried it? It smells good, won’t stain your sheets and who doesn’t love to relieve a little stress before sexy time?

 

#4: as edible body paint

Body chocolate is old news. Brynley recommends mixing coconut oil with raw cacao powder and honey for a naughty bedroom trick that’s not so naughty on your thighs.

 

#5: to fight off yeast infections

A little less sexy, but the downstairs department still classifies as naughty, right? Brynley explains that the antifungal, antiviral and antimicrobial properties in coconut oil can help combat yeast infections, either internally by digesting a few tablespoons a day or externally by massaging the area.

 

#6: to make yummy treats

If you’re craving a naughty treat that would normally contain a lot of butter, opt for coconut oil instead. It achieves similar results and has the ability to deliver nutrients and health benefits even when cooked at a high heat. Test it out with these delicious yet healthy peanut butter snack bars.

 

So what are you waiting for? Try coconut oil for yourself. Here are some of our faves:

1. Nature Pacific’s Banaban Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil ($19.95, 900mL, www.ausnaturalcare.com.au)

2. Spiral Organic Coconut Oil ($6.99, 300g, Woolworths)

3. Melrose Organic Unrefined Coconut Oil ($11.72, 300g, Coles)

 

Have you ever used coconut oil? Which of the above uses intrigues you the most?


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Member Comments

Posted by: May318 (Australia)

Oo very cheeky! I love coconut

Posted on: July 28, 2014 (1 day ago)

Posted by: Jenniqua (Australia)

I love all of these ideas. Yummy yummy coconut.

Posted on: July 28, 2014 (1 day ago)

Expert trial team: 4 great beauty buys to try

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Are you a fan of beauty products that enhance – rather than disguise – your natural beauty? Do you like to show off the goods you’ve already got, using body and hair products that give you just that bit of extra sparkle?
 
If you answered ‘yes’, you’ll love the products our Expert Trial Team got to play with this week. There’s a pretty pair of pink tweezers to perfect your brow look, a certified organic body lotion that’ll give you glowing, radiant skin, an ultra-hydrating anti-ageing cream to help fight lines and wrinkles, and a luxurious rinse-out hair masque that’ll make your mane instantly soft and silky.
 
Here’s what our traillers had to say about the products…


Manicare Precision Tweezers Pink

bh's Carli says:

 

 

“Confession time: I'd been using the same, dull tweezers for years. So I was more than due to crack open a new pair, and I'm pretty pleased that I reached for this pink-ombre bad boy. Not only is it very easy on the eyes, but the slanted edges made plucking any stray brows a dream. They literally caught every single hair - even those teeny-tiny ones that are just sprouting.”

 

 

 

 

 

Rosehip By essano Intensive Hydrating Body Lotion

bh's Isabel says:

“First of all, I love the benefits of rosehip! I currently apply rosehip oil to my face and have seen great results. I was very excited to use this product based off my positive experience so far. Rosehip by Essano Intensive Hydrating Body Lotion comes in a 400ml bottle with a pump lid, which always allows for a mess-free easy application. I must say the smell of the body lotion is unique. The second feature that drew me to this product is its ability to moisturise, nourish, soothe and promote skin elasticity, especially with winter currently playing a factor in drying my skin out. The lotion is formulated with the following ingredients: rosehip oil, aloe vera and jojoba oil. It is currently my favourite because not only is it affordable and you get a generous amount for $16.99, but essano is a certified organic natural product. This is particularly important as the lotion felt so light on my skin without causing irritation. It absorbs very nicely and doesn’t leave my skin feeling oily. I have been using this lotion for a couple of weeks and I have seen a huge improvement in the softness and hydration of it. I love applying to my hands.”

 

 

NIVEA Face Care Q10 plus Anti-Wrinkle Day Cream SPF 30+

bh's Kym says:

 

“Being prone to wrinkles at this time of my life is not fun - let's be honest! I was especially keen to try Nivea's new Q10 as it offers a 30-day money-back guarantee. The cream is quite rich in texture but it was absorbed quite quickly by my skin, which I liked. I feel assured and protected with the added benefits of SPF 30 as being susceptible to pigmentation I always apply sunscreen as part of my skincare regime. After using Nivea's Q10 for 22 days my skin has a smoother, more plumped appearance and feels well hydrated. I look forward to further results and benefits from this product.”

 

 

 

KÉRASTASE Discipline Fondant Fluidealiste

bh's Liv says:

 

“This rinse-out masque promises to make fine (tick!) and unruly hair (tick, tick!) feel soft, silky and strong. The idea behind the new Discipline range from Kerastase is that your hair will provide smoothness in motion, not just when your hair is poker straight. The range is also inspired by prestigious prima ballerina Diana Vishneva, of the Mariinsky Theatre,​ as she embodies the epitome of graceful movement- the very thing this range is designed to achieve. One thing I instantly noticed about this treatment was the luxurious feel. Hardly a rarity when it comes to Kerastase products, the silky formula made my hair feel soft and - stronger (even after just one use!)

 

 

 

 

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Member Comments

Posted by: Sparkles12 (Australia)

Wouldnt mind trying that kerastase and rosehip b lotion xx

Posted on: July 27, 2014 (Jul 27, 2014 6:36am)

Posted by: bebeautiful34 (Australia)

I'd love to try the Kerastase mask

Posted on: July 27, 2014 (Jul 27, 2014 7:09am)