Make-up transformations: Halloween edition

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By now we’ve seen our fair share of male make-up transformations, but when it comes to Halloween it’s women who excel in the beauty department.

On the eve of the year’s spookiest night, make-up artist Kandee Johnson has blown the bh office away with her character overhauls, showing just how transformative beauty products can be – and inspiring us to try something a little different from our usual face paint or talcum-powder-on-the-face look.

After all, why would you emulate a stock standard ghost or ghoul when with some precise contouring, you could look like the illustrious Elsa from Frozen?

Here is a selection of my favourite looks from the make-up guru:

A real-life Barbie:



Daenerys Targaryen from Game of Thrones:



The Hunger Games’ eccentric Effie Trinket:



The Black Swan (I could hardly spot the difference):



A blue-haired Kylie Jenner:



To get a show stopping Halloween make-up look, you’ll need make-up products that pack a real punch. NYX’s theatrical Primal Colours Face Powder is great for creating a variety of spooky special effects, while the Face of Australia Lip Paint will deliver a strong, bold lip that’ll stay put all night.


Are you experimenting with your make-up look this Halloween? What other characters would you like to see Kandee copy?

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Member Comments

Posted by: Anita1502 (Australia)

KANDEE!!! I love her so much! Isn't she great? She can transform into anyone! Even Michael Jackson! And she is such a lovely warm person, and so funny! She was the first YouTube beauty guru I started watching!

Posted on: October 31, 2014 (15 hours ago)

Posted by: Coconal (Australia)

Aw, she's so talented, there are some great works here, but I think my favourite has to be Effie!

Posted on: October 31, 2014 (15 hours ago)

Introducing the bh babies!

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Recently, bh partnered with Bio-Oil® to create the Bio-Oil® mums-to-be group. The idea was to create a safe and welcoming space for soon-to-be mums to ask all sorts of questions, ranging from skin care to breastfeeding. A few of the mums from our group have since had their babies and we’d like to offer them a BIG congratulations from everybody at bh and Bio-Oil®. To celebrate the arrival of these little ones, we’ve created a gallery of their baby pictures (including some of our very own newcomers). So for a complete cuteness overload, flick through the gallery above!

 

Have you recently had a new arrival in your family? What are some of your favourite baby names?

 

 

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Posted by: Linda_Vesinger (Australia)

Lovely gallery of little bubs! Congrats to all the new Mums too

Posted on: October 31, 2014 (16 hours ago)

Posted by: dream-angels (Australia)

aww so cute

Posted on: October 31, 2014 (16 hours ago)

The one easy way to boost your health every day

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Leading the super busy lives that we do, it comes as no surprise that your health can suffer as a consequence.

Finding the time each day to load up your diet with the required amount of vitamins and minerals your body needs can be a difficult task, leaving you lacking energy, stressed and, well, pretty flat.

And the answer to your health and energy woes? A supplement that’ll give your diet a boost of vitamins, minerals and super greens to keep you glowing on the outside and feeling healthy on the inside

If a trip down the health food aisle to find a supplement seems a little overwhelming and confusing, don’t worry, because Blackmores has simplified your health-kick mission with the new Vitality Super Greens blend.


This Australian Certified Organic powder supplement is jam-packed with serious goodness that’ll give your body the daily health boost it needs. It’s filled with a whopping 17 organic super foods including super greens, super fruits, quinoa, and is enriched with zinc, vitamin C and fibre.

Each day you can breathe a sigh of relief knowing that your body’s acid-alkaline balance is getting the help it needs, your immune system is being supported, you’re getting a dose of antioxidants, AND your system is being cleansed!.

Better yet, the Blackmores Vitality Super Greens blend tastes delicious  and makes the perfect nutritional addition to a glass of juice or a green smoothie. Simply stir two teaspoons of the fine green powder into 250mLs of liquid each day, get sipping and feel your body start to reap the serious benefits of super greens.



 

What supplements do you take? Would you like to try Blackmores Vitality Super Greens?

 

 

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Posted by: Snazzie (Member since 2008, Australia)

I take a multi, a Calcium + Vitamin D and a pro-biotic each day. I would like to try the Blackmores Vitality Super Greens .. it sounds like a really good all-around supplement.

Posted on: October 31, 2014 (23 hours ago)

Posted by: TheUglyDuckling (Australia)

When did this product come out?

Posted on: October 31, 2014 (23 hours ago)

The best sunscreens for every situation

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We all know that wearing sunscreen every day is one of the best ways to protect skin from the signs of ageing, not to mention melanomas. But does this mean we all do it? Probably not…

Because when it comes to certain occasions, the thought of having to apply a layer of sun protection seems like such a pain. But sunscreen is no longer a thick, white substance that takes some serious manpower to rub in. The beauty world has since stepped in and now there are all sorts of sun protection products to suit every scenario.

 

BEST SUNCREEN FOR…  A daytime date

Yes, even when you’re trying to look like you’re way too good for him, you still need to be applying your sun protection. If you’re after something that’s not going to mess with your make-up, try Ultraderm Daily Protector Moisturiser 30+ SPF. It’s lightweight and will absorb quickly, leaving you with a smooth canvas for make-up application. He won’t know the difference and you won’t have to cancel the follow-up date due to sunburn…

 

BEST SUNCREEN FOR…  Protecting a tan

If the thought of applying a sunscreen on top of your fresh spray tan makes you want stay inside forever, be prepared to fall in love with this pair of products. pureTan Pure Bronze Gradual Everyday Body Tanning Moisturiser and Ultra Light Feel Facial Tanner both contain SPF 15. So not only are you helping to extend your spray tan and allow it to fade out perfectly, but you’re also protecting your skin from UV rays. Winning!

 

BEST SUNCREEN FOR…  Playing sport 

Gone are the days when sunscreen would make sweating ten times worse. Thanks to the non-greasy formulas and staying power of sunscreens like Dermalogica Protection 50 Sport SPF 50, we can run (and sweat) to our heart’s desire without the fear of sunscreen dripping into the eyes or making hands so greasy, it’s impossible to catch a ball. Banana Boat has also recently released Sport Cool-Zone SPF 50+, which is enriched with aloe vera to cool the skin and prevent discomfort.

  

BEST SUNCREEN FOR…  A beach day

No matter how well you manoeuvre your towel, a trip to the beach always results in sand EVERYWHERE. So when you’re choosing a sunscreen to chuck into your bag, you want something that absorbs in seconds, won’t attract any extra sand and is, of course, water-resistant. La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Spray SPF50+ and NEUTROGENA® Beach Defence™ Sunscreen Spray – Broad Spectrum tick all the right boxes and their handy spray-on functions nix the kind of unnecessary exfoliation that happens when you’re trying to apply sunscreen with sandy hands.

 

Have you tried any of the above sun protection products? Are there any other scenarios where you dislike wearing sunscreen? 

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Posted by: ray_jay (Member since 2008, Australia)

I use sunscreen every day, I use different ones based on the day but I'll use a spray for body at beach and a non pore clogging one for my face during the day

Posted on: October 30, 2014 (2 days ago)

Posted by: Lara62 (Australia)

I haven't yet tried any of the 50+ sunscreens, will be giving one a go this summer on my beach days though, might try one of the ones suggested - I hate thick and oily sunscreens!

Posted on: October 30, 2014 (2 days ago)

Discover the right way to pop a pimple

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Do you struggle to leave your blemishes be? You’re not alone. According to Dr Mehmet Oz, up to one in five of us are obsessed with picking pimples – but the majority of us go about it totally the wrong way.

So the 54-year-old cardiothoracic surgeon and US television personality went on The Oprah Winfrey Show to set the record straight. According to the doctor, ‘squeezing’ a pimple – aka pressing the healthy skin around the spot – actually damages it.  Using a fairly revolting-looking giant blemish as a prop, he then showed the best – and least painful – way to attack blemishes.

Here are the steps:

Step 1: Use a needle that has been cleaned with alcohol (not your dirty fingers).

Step 2: Don’t jab it into the front of the blemish (as that will hurt). Instead, place the needle parallel to the skin – “rather like you would skewer something” – and pierce the skin from one side to another.

Step 3: Rip upwards, taking care to only hit the white part of the pimple, “because that bit is already dead”.

According to Dr Oz, using this parallel technique will prevent damage to the surrounding, healthy skin, resulting in less soreness and redness post-pop as well as reduced scarring.

The final step? Helping to prevent new pimples from sprouting in the first place!


Would you use this new-and-improved pimple popping technique? What other tips do you have for getting rid of acne?

 

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Posted by: IndieAna (Member since 2008, Australia)

I try and leave my pimples alone, but it almost always gets the better of me and I will pick at it. To read that there is a way of doing it without damaging skin, I'll try it for sure! :)

Posted on: October 30, 2014 (2 days ago)

Posted by: Lucrecia629 (Australia)

So funny to see an actual step-by-step guide for this, but it's important information! :)

Posted on: October 30, 2014 (2 days ago)