12 Nov 2013 14:44 PM | Posted by GuestBlogger
Bed. Food. Couch. Tissues.
Know the feeling?
Whether you’re experiencing a relationship breakdown, losing a loved one or a losing a job, we all go through hard times. If you’re struggling to cope and don’t know where to start, try these tips for staying positive and getting out from under the cloud.
Let yourself cry
Crying isn’t a weakness – your body needs to let it out. If you want to stop, try limiting yourself to five-minute intervals. It will get easier eventually, but initially you must let yourself grieve (and properly) in order to start moving forward.
Write it down
Whether you’re documenting feelings, inspirational quotes, lessons learnt or future goals, putting your thoughts on paper is often beneficial in helping you get through an emotionally difficult time. Reading your words a few months down the track is sure to be insightful and will also show that you’re gradually becoming more positive and happy.
Man (or woman) up
Send up your flares and let your rescue team arrive at your doorstep. Your friends will give you honest advice, provide shoulders to cry on, and jokes to remind you that you’re capable of smiling again. My girls know to arm themselves with Havarti cheese, pinot and a violent slasher movie when I’m down – and it works every time.
Smell happy scents
Perfumes have a powerful way of invoking memories from the past. Source a bottle of an old favourite and spritz yourself each morning. You’ll start your day with a smile, reliving the happy memories it brings back.
Sweat it out
It’s been said a billion times, but get into exercising. The benefits really are endless; you’ll feel better, be more likely to eat well and you’ll have no energy left to cry. Sometimes pounding a punching bag (even if you’re a weakling like me!) can feel empowering – it’s also a great physical and emotional release. You’ll start looking great, too!
Talk to someone
If you need an unbiased, non-judgemental opinion that’s completely removed from your situation, consult your GP for recommended psychologists. Seeking a professional opinion in a neutral environment can do absolute wonders.
My friend Deb once told me, “put your sunnies on – your future’s going to be bright.” You may not believe it right now, but keep staying positive and life will bring you happiness again. And you’ll deserve it, too.
Have you ever been through a hard time? Did it takes its toll on you emotionally? What are your tricks to staying positive?
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some very good and effective tips
Posted on: November 17, 2013 (Nov 17, 2013 12:02pm)
I always try to have a positive outlook, it really helps during hard times.
Posted on: November 17, 2013 (Nov 17, 2013 12:12pm)
15 Nov 2013 09:07 AM | Posted by bh's Samantha McMeekin
When it comes to doing my own make-up, eyeshadow is where I fail. No matter how I apply it, I either look as if I’m trying out for a role in an ‘80s dance movie or I’ve been punched in the face. I also have a huge fear of eyeballs (as in touching them or accidently poking one). So the feeling before this week’s make-up class was a mixture of extreme nervousness and determination. We learnt a simple daytime eye look, using two colours. And even though it was ‘simple’ I still found it a tad difficult and will have to keep practicing before I perfect it. Any takers?
DAYTIME EYE LOOK TIP #1 Dark shade and light shade
Choose two shades of eyeshadows to work with, one dark and one light. Neutral colours like browns and nudes are ideal for a daytime look.
DAYTIME EYE LOOK TIP #2 Find the eye crease
To ensure your don’t end up with eyeshadow up to you eyebrows, you first need to find the top of your eye crease and define it. To do this, use an angle eye brush with your dark shade eyeshadow to find the top of the eyeball. Press gently with the brush until the skin forms a crease above the eye. Hint: some eyes may already have a visible crease.
DAYTIME EYE LOOK TIP #3 Make a ‘V’ shape
Next, trace the eye crease from the middle to the outer edge, then back in towards the bottom of the top eyelid so that it makes a ‘V’ or ‘C’ shape.
DAYTIME EYE LOOK TIP #4 Fill and blend
Fill in your V shape using your dark shade, dabbing across to the middle of the eyelid and then blend so the defined line you created for the crease becomes softer and smooth. Next, use your lighter shade to fill in the rest of the eyelid from the middle to the inner corner. Finish by blending across both shades so that the colour is a smooth transition.
DAYTIME EYE LOOK TIP #5 Line and lashes
Line the eye using your choice of gel, liquid or pencil. If you normally don’t wear eyeliner or prefer a subtle look for the daytime, use a grey eyeshadow and your angle brush to softly line the eye. Complete the look with mascara.
Do you like to wear eyeshadow? What colours do you prefer to use for a daytime look?
Sam is enrolled in a Make-up Design and Application course at the Artistry of Make-up Academyin Sydney.
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LOVE THIS. You've read my mind, totally! I am the worst when it comes to applying eyeshadow. It never looks any good (Think: Black eyes... All the damn time, even when I don't use a shade that's remotely dark... Whaaaat? :( ) This article seriously makes it look so simple. I'm going to go home and try it again. Thank you for such informative articles!
Posted on: November 15, 2013 (Nov 15, 2013 4:17pm)
Fabulous, Sam. These days I go for soft beige and brown/gold but mostly because I have similar disasters to those you describe, with colours!!!! Have the most gorgeous purple and it really does look like I'm trying out for a horror movie BUT I'm going to give it another go after your brilliant blog.
Posted on: November 15, 2013 (Nov 15, 2013 4:31pm)
15 Nov 2013 11:31 AM | Posted by bh's Carli Alman
Has anyone ever told you guys that you're awesome? Seriously, you are. Your reviews are incredibly insightful and full of useful information. Which is why it made picking 15 winners for the Best in Beauty prize packs so damn difficult.
But after hours, days and weeks of reading reviews, we finally have our winners.
Congrats to the following winners:
Enjoy playing with that box of goodies!
Posted by:(Member since 2008, Australia)
Congratulations, and well deserved, nice to see some old and new names. Enjoy!
Posted on: November 15, 2013 (Nov 15, 2013 11:48am)
Posted on: November 15, 2013 (Nov 15, 2013 11:55am)
14 Nov 2013 17:00 PM | Posted by bh's Cherie Herrmann
I am terrified of snakes. Like, absolutely petrified. Even thinking about those devious slimy creatures gives me the utter creeps. However, I’m not afraid to utilise snake venom in the name of beauty. Because it might just be the ultimate anti-ageing ingredient yet...
What is snake venom and how does it work?
Snake venom is a snake's main form of defence. When under attack, a snake bites its prey, simultaneously injecting a toxin through its fangs. Said toxin paralyses the prey's muscles, leaving them unable to fight back.
Why is snake venom so useful as an anti-ageing ingredient?
Snake venom's ability to freeze muscles makes it an anti-ageing wonder, but since the real deal is extremely poisonous, the beauty world has taken the concept of snake venom and created a perfectly safe, synthetic venom called SYN-AKE to mimic its freezing effect. It helps diminish fine lines and wrinkles by freezing the muscles, creating a smooth complexion without the need for injectables like Botox (it’s actually been scientifically proven to reduce forehead wrinkle by up to a whopping 52 per cent!) Better yet, it doesn't prevent facial movement, so you'll never be left looking expressionless.
Is it a popular anti-ageing ingredient?
Celebrities will do almost anything to maintain a youthful complexion, and Victoria Beckham, Kate Moss, Katie Holmes and Gwyneth Paltrow all have nothing but praise for this ingenious anti-ageing ingredient. This can only mean one thing: it really does work.
Which products contain this incredible ingredient?
We love Lacura Skin Science WrinkleStop – a concentrated anti-ageing product that contains the active SYN-AKE ingredient. This anti-ageing innovation is rather wonderful at targeting wrinkles in problematic areas (read: around the eyes, mouth and nose), leaving you with a relaxed, fresh appearance. It's also super-easy to apply thanks to its ingenious applicator.
But if you really want to see outrageously incredible results, you'll partner up this treatment product with these two SYN-AKE-containing goodies: Lacura Skin Science WrinkleStop Anti-Ageing Day Cream SPF 15 and Lacura Skin Science WrinkleStop Anti-Ageing Night Cream. At only $14.95 each, they're a terrific anti-ageing trio, and are suitable for all ages and all skin types. (Hallelujah!) However, the sad news it this: they are only available at Aldi from November 20 for a limited time so stock up on them! Stock up on them now! I know I will be. In fact, I'll race you to Aldi right now...
Have you ever heard of the synthetic snake venom ingredient SYN-AKE? Could your complexion benefit from its muscle-freezing, skin-smoothing qualities? Are you impressed by the Lacura Skin Science WrinkleStop ranges' affordable price?
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i have never heard about snake venom having anti ageing properties
Posted on: November 15, 2013 (Nov 15, 2013 11:12am)
Wow I never knew this, so interesting
Posted on: November 15, 2013 (Nov 15, 2013 11:29am)
It's been a long time since I was pregnant, and at 45 I certainly have no desire to do it again anytime soon! I've never been a drinker, so avoiding alcohol wasn't an issue for me. My biggest problem was if I had to stand for long periods of time, especially if it was hot.
Posted on: November 14, 2013 (Nov 14, 2013 4:44pm)
Posted by:(Member since 2007, Australia)
Pregnant women have every entitlement to leave early and no-one gets offended, in fact, they're glad you're looking after yourself (and bub)!
Posted on: November 14, 2013 (Nov 14, 2013 5:06pm)