The best beauty looks from the MET Gala 2015

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The bh office gets pretty excited about red carpet events, but in terms of bold beauty looks, there’s none better than the MET Gala. Last year, we saw some truly breathtaking hair and make-up, and this year was no different. Of course, we couldn’t possibly agree on just one favourite look, so here are our top seven. Will you help us to decide?

Jennifer Lawrence

The look: Fun and flirty, with a simple up-do and dewy skin/pink lip combo.

Why we love it: On anyone else, the hot pink lippie might look tacky, but on J-Law, it’s just right.

Copy it: Try a slick of ModelCo Party Proof Lipstick in ‘Parisian Pink’.

Dakota Johnson

The look: Quirky, with a killer winged eye.  

Why we love it: With her flawless complexion and cute bob, Dakota’s a natural beauty, but her dramatic eyeliner takes her look to a whole new level.   

Copy it: Sweep on some Mode Liquid Eyeliner.

Karlie Kloss

The look: Sultry, with tousled locks and a hint of shimmer.

Why we love it: Thanks to her tanned, toned bod and ridiculously good skin, Karlie’s the definition of radiant. 

Copy it:
Get your (bronzed) glow on with a coat of Creightons BeBronzed Instant Tan Shimmer Wash Off.

Adriana Lima

The look: Glam goth, accented with a red wine pout.

Why we love it: This look’s not for everyone, but there’s no denying it’s a refreshing departure from Adriana’s usual make-up. Plus, I’ve never seen hair so shiny!

Copy it: Spritz your strands with TONI&GUY Hair Care Moisturising Shine Spray.

Rosie Huntington-Whitely

The look: Old Hollywood with a modern and very chic twist.

Why we love it: A red lip lover, Rosie nails classic make-up like no other. Her bold brows and slicked back ‘do keep her overall look cool.

Copy it: Plump up your pout with Ulta3 Matte Lipstick in ‘Deep Red Rose’.

Diane Kruger

The look: The new 1920s.

Why we love it: Kruger never disappoints. I can’t decide which is better: her side-swept waves and flower hair accessory, or her cracking coral lippie.

Copy it: Create finger waves with the VS Sassoon Deep Retro Glam styler.

Jennifer Connelly

The look: Sleek and sophisticated with a (very) bold brow.

Why we love it: This woman cannot be 44! She kept her make-up simple with just a hint of pink lip gloss and let her bold brows and sleek strands do the talking.

Copy it: Give your brows some oomph with Benefit Gimme Brow.

Which of these MET Gala beauty looks do you like the most? Did any others catch your eye?




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Member Comments

Posted by: softness (Member since 2007, Australia)

Adriana looks fantastic with darker locks - it suits her as she has such strong features. I like Karlie Kloss's look a lot because she looks so healthy and her skin looks perrrrfect!

Posted on: May 05, 2015 (17 hours ago)

Posted by: Marza (Australia)

they look amazing

Posted on: May 05, 2015 (17 hours ago)

The perfect gift idea for mum

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Sure, chocolates are nice, and flowers are, too - but the downfall is, they don’t last very long (chocolates especially!). With Mother’s Day coming up, why not give your mum a gift she can enjoy every day for years to come? After all, she deserves to feel great all the time. And with the right styling tools by her side, she can achieve beautiful hair daily. Talk about the gifts that keep on giving!

If your mum is anything like mine, she loves a quick beauty fix. Not big on make-up, my mother is all about fresh skin and beautiful, fuss-free hair, and that’s why I’m getting her the Philips Pro Straightener come May 10. She’ll love this tool’s titanium-coated plates that’ll transfer heat quickly and safely for fast, beautifully straight results.

It also warms up in just ten seconds, meaning mum can achieve super-sleek hair that looks great in no time. Its constant temperature also improves its overall styling performance, and the floating plates help to prevent breakage, so smoother styles are just a glide of the straightener away.

On the other hand, if your mum’s partial to blow-drying her hair, it’s vital that she uses a fairly modern hair-dryer to avoid traumatising her tresses. Let me explain: older or outdated dryers tend to lack temperature control, which can cause permanent damage, leaving hair dull, coarse or brittle. No, thanks! Help her to get the shine back into her strands with the Philips Pro Dryer: a fast-drying, high performance dryer that doesn’t overheat or cause damage. With six settings (three for speed, three for temperature) and a speed of up to 120km/hr, she’ll be able to get a beautiful blow-dry. And the best part? With an innovative Style & Protect nozzle that activates a valve to open when the hair gets too hot, she can style her hair guilt-free, knowing no damage is being caused.

Anyway, that’s enough from me. bh’s Deb put the Philips Pro Dryer to the test, and let’s just say she wasn’t disappointed. Check out her review for yourself!


For more great gift ideas, click through to our Mother’s Gift Guide here.



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Member Comments

Posted by: softness (Member since 2007, Australia)

I'll be spending a breakfast with my Mum for Mother's Day. It's always a special time! Then I'll shower her with a gift bag with some goodies inside for her to discover.

Posted on: May 05, 2015 (18 hours ago)

Posted by: misfortune8 (Australia)

Not everyone blow-dries their hair. Mum & I don't, although I am impressed with the 3½ minute drying time. I got Mum a MOR perfume gift set a few weeks ago. I always plan ahead for presents, if I see something someone will like, I buy it when I see it on sale & put it away for the event.

Posted on: May 05, 2015 (17 hours ago)

Kate Middleton’s post-baby beauty regime revealed

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Ask most new mums how they looked post-labour and they’ll probably tell you they were bleary-eyed and exhausted, at best.

But when Kate Middleton emerged through the swinging doors of her hospital wing just hours after giving birth to little Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana, her beauty look defied belief.

Dressed in a stylish floral dress, the Duchess of Cambridge looked ridiculously radiant. In fact, with her impossibly fresh face and tousled ‘do, it was if she’d just returned from a holiday.

So just how did Kate look so great?  Well, she had help – a squad of stylists and personal assistants, to be exact.

The Duchess’ hairdresser, Amanda Cook, who styled Kate’s hair after Prince George was born, came to the rescue again using heated rollers, curling tongs and a bunch of hair products to give the royal her signature tousled blow wave.

But the stylist’s magic touch doesn’t come cheap – according to The Daily Mail, she’s paid £300 (not including travel expenses) for her services. Most new mums can’t compete with that!

Thankfully, the Duchess usually takes a simpler approach to her make-up – doing her trademark look (dark eyebrows, heavily shadowed eyes and rosy cheeks) all by herself.

Of course, it helps to have Kate’s perfect, glowing skin. Her secret? Well, after giving birth to Prince George, she reportedly used Bobbi Brown Brightening Finishing Powder on top of her foundation to give it a pearly sheen.

I wouldn’t be surprised if she’s whipped it out once again.  

Kate’s nails were also in picture-perfect condition, and on display as she held her daughter outside the hospital.

But the Duchess’ immaculate French mani didn’t just happen – she has her long-time manicurist to thank.

Marina Sandoval, who’s been doing Kate’s nails for five years, is said to attend to Kate personally at Kensington Palace. I’m guessing the Duchess had her nails did as recently as last week to ensure they looked pristine for the birth.

While we don’t know the exact nail polish shade she chose for this occasion, it’s usually a neutral one. For her wedding in 2011, she wore a mix of Essie Nudes in ‘Allure’ and Bourjois So Laque Ultra Shine Nail Polish

Of course, most new mums don’t pay nearly the same attention to their beauty look as the royal.

But if I had to face hundreds of flashbulbs immediately after giving birth, I’d probably want a team of stylists to pretty me up too.

What are your tips for looking fabulous (even when you don’t necessarily feel it)?



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Member Comments

Posted by: Lucrecia629 (Australia)

It really sucks that she has to go through all of that just to walk from the hospital to the car. I'd love to know if she changed into sweatpants as soon as she got home. :)

Posted on: May 05, 2015 (19 hours ago)

Posted by: softness (Member since 2007, Australia)

Kates hair looks perfect and her nails too.

Sleep would be my best tip for looking better than I feel - even a short catnap can make a difference to the way I look and feel.

Posted on: May 05, 2015 (19 hours ago)

Long-lasting beauty products every girl needs

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We all know the absolute devastation of chipping or smudging your freshly painted mani all too well. Then there’s the leg hair that grows rapidly overnight and the greys that start poking through your fresh hair colour after what seems like a day. So. Annoying.

And it’s not healthy for anyone’s stress levels or sanity to have to fix these beauty problems on the daily, so quality, long-lasting products are essential. Here are some of the best solutions we’ve come across for beautiful results - that stay that way.



Schwarzkopf Brilliance Intense Permanent Hair Colour

You say:

“I have a habit of purchasing, "Blue Black", as this colour is the darkest, and accentuates my pallor. The colour is very rich, and delivers brilliant shine. My hair has not faded a bit since I coloured it over two months ago.” -WhiteLily


“I have premature greys and dyed dark brown hair (I dye my hair to cover my grey roots) and used colour #43 red passion. The colour is awesome! The results are just like what that packet promised and looks even brighter when the sun shines on it. The colour is also quite long-lasting, especially for a red tone.” -aleshanee



GlazeMe™ Custom Premium Starter Kit

bh says:

This kit contains everything you need to create an at-home gel manicure that will last just as long as the salon’s (which is up to 14 days, in case you were wondering). The star of the pack is the LED UV lamp, which can fit both of your hands, one placed over the other with your fingers laid next to each other (total time saver) and has a 90-second timer for when you mani is finished. Another bonus: it comes with eight different polishes, which you can choose from the 59 shades (wowsers) in the GlazeMe™ collection.



Philips Lumea IPL Hair Removal System


You say:

“This has made my hair removal so much more convenient and long-lasting. For anyone wondering if this device actually works, it certainly does and the results get better with constant use over time.” -Michelle240


“I used this on my legs, underarm and bikini area four times (two week intervals) and I've noticed a dramatic reduction in hair growth. It has also eliminated the incidence of ingrown hair and shaving stubble, which is so liberating! Overall I've been delighted with the results as I really don't need to worry about defuzzing on a daily basis.” -chocolatelace



L’Oreal Paris Infallible Liquid and Powder Foundation


bh says:

How long a foundation will last often depends on your skin type and how your apply it. But one that bh members have found to work is L’Oreal Paris Infalliable Foundation (in both the liquid and powder forms). The liquid foundation sets comfortably on the skin, without exaggerating any dry patches, and the powder foundation offers the perfect matte finish for those with oily skin types. And the best part about both, of course, is that the coverage LASTS. It’s just a matter of perfecting the balance between the two to suit you.


Revlon ColorBurst™ Balm Stain

You say:

“My favourite thing about the Colorburst balm stain is that they stain literally ALL day! I would get home in the late afternoon and my lips would still have a definite berry tinge - and that's withstanding drinking, licking, eating and everything!” - Amelia987


“I picked up one in the shade 040 - Rendezvous. It actually stains your lips unlike some other lip stain products and is VERY, VERY long-lasting. It's also really moisturising and easy to apply. I will definitely be buying more in different shades.” - xxKeziah


What’s your favourite long-lasting beauty product? Have you tried any of the above?



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Member Comments

Posted by: Anita1502 (Australia)

I tried L'oreal foundation and liked it. My long lasting holy grails are: Double Wear by Estee Lauder, Artdeco eyeshadow base that makes every eyeshadow I have long lasting and Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet lipstick. :)

Posted on: May 05, 2015 (1 day ago)

Posted by: stackcats (Australia)

I'm a big fan of the Revlon balm stains, got almost every shade in the range!

Posted on: May 05, 2015 (1 day ago)

7 sneaky ways to cut calories from your diet

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Are you looking to lose an extra kilo or two? Or do you find, like I do, that you need to watch your weight a bit more over the winter months? The good news is, you don't necessarily need to slash your portion intake drastically, or go all out at the gym. You can still cut a bunch of calories from your diet, without feeling deprived. Just try these sneaky ways to slim down your diet...

Use a bowl

As someone with a weakness for salt and vinegar chips, I won’t tell you that you can’t indulge the occasional junk food craving. But to minimise the calorie damage, don’t just mindlessly demolish your snack straight from the bag or box. Instead, take five extra seconds to portion out a more modest serving into a small bowl. This way, you’ll know exactly how much you're eating – and still have room left for dinner!

BYO Popcorn

Popcorn and the movies are a lot like eggs and bacon: they go hand in hand. Unfortunately, a small movie theatre popcorn can contain 500 calories or more – almost a quarter of your recommended daily intake! The good news? You can still get your fix: simply bring a bag of light microwave popcorn from home. You’ll consume around half the calories, plus it’s a whole lot cheaper!

Have a hearty breakfast

A proper breakfast is essential for kick-starting your metabolism, but this doesn’t mean you can’t still cut some calorie corners. Instead of sugary granola or processed cereal, opt for a steaming bowl of oatmeal with a bit of Greek yoghurt (a great low calorie option). For extra flavour without the side of guilt, add healthy toppings such as fresh berries or a bit of cinnamon.

Embrace al dente

Cooking your pasta right doesn’t just mean it’ll taste better – it’s also better for you. Why? Well, according to Johanna Burani, RD, the author of Good Carbs, Bad Carbs, "hot water breaks down the bonds between starch molecules” – meaning the longer you boil your pasta, the quicker your body converts those carbs into fuel. If you opt for the shortest cooking time (usually found on the back of the box), it’ll take longer to digest, keep you fuller for longer and ward off food cravings.

Chop your veggies chunky

It’s great to go for oven-baked over pan-fried veggies, but if you’re dousing them with lots of oil, they’re still going to have a high calorie count. The more individual pieces you cut, the more surface area there is for the oil to stick to. The sneaky solution? Chop your veggies at least half an inch thick and coat them lightly using a spray oil instead of a bottle.  

Indulge your food fantasy

If you’re anything like me, you often find yourself thinking about dinner before you’ve even finished your lunch. But don’t feel guilty – anticipating a meal can actually lower your appetite. A study conducted by German PhD Dr Hallschmind found that thinking about a meal in advance helps to rein in ghrelin (the hunger hormone) levels, making you feel fuller sooner and consume less calories during the actual meal. *resumes delicious dinner fantasy*

Turn the lights down

It may sound crazy, but a recent study from Cornell University says mood lighting could be the key to consuming less calories. People who ate a meal under soft, warm lighting consumed nearly 200 fewer calories than those who feasted in brightly lit places – apparently, this could be because the bright lights were similar to the ones found in fast food restaurants, creating a psychological need to rush through meals and eat more.

Do you have any good tips or tricks for sticking to a healthy diet?




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Member Comments

Posted by: Neel8888 (Australia)

Thanks for the pasta tip. That'll be useful in the future :)

Posted on: May 04, 2015 (2 days ago)

Posted by: GildedButterflies (Australia)

Chew gum, you'll eat less. Also, in the evening, try to do your floss/brush/mouthwash routine as soon as you're done with dinner so you won't feel like munching on something later on.

Posted on: May 04, 2015 (2 days ago)