Do you really need to use a night cream?

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Imagine if we never needed to moisturise our skin. Oh, what time and money we would save! Our skin would ‘self-manage’ its hydration levels 24/7 and we’d never have to top it up with layers and layers of skin care products. A girl can only dream!

Unfortunately, the reality is that our skin NEEDS to be hydrated from the outside thanks to all the environmental and internal stresses (we’re looking at you, hormones!) our skin goes through.

One of the most vital skin care products giving your skin the hydration it needs is a night cream. Read on to find out why you must have a night cream in your beauty arsenal, no excuses.

What does a night cream do?

Night creams do many favours for the health of our skin, an important one being to repair damage. Overnight, our skin cells go in to ‘fix’ mode, restoring damage from free radicals, dehydration and regenerating new, healthy cells. Applying a night cream before hitting the hay gives your skin a boost for this replenishing and repairing process so you wake up with glowy, plump skin. Try to think of it as an over-night injection of the nutrients and minerals your skin needs to get through the next day.

Can’t I just use my day cream at night?

There’s only one answer to this, and it’s a big, fat NO! Day creams are called day creams for a reason – they are formulated to both protect and support the skin. Throughout the day, our skin is exposed to external stress from pollution, UV rays, and make-up, so a day cream contains ingredients like antioxidants to prevent damage to the skin. Many day creams also contain SPF which, when worn over night, can lead to blocked pores and greasy skin come morning.

So what kind of night cream should I be using?

Get your hands on a night cream that addresses a range of issues to get more bang for your buck. Look for products that target dehydration, pigmentation, dullness and also fine lines and wrinkles if you’re worried about ageing. Hydrating ingredients such as hyaluronic acid and glycerin will work wonders for boosting your skins moisture levels. Also look for a night cream with skin-loving oils like jojoba and rosehip to give your skin added hydration and a dewy morning glow.

bh product picks: Alpha-H Age Delay Intensive Anti Wrinkle Night Treatment, QV Face Nurturing Night Cream, Natio Ageless Firming Night Cream, Sukin Moisture Restoring Night Cream

Do you use a night cream? If not, will you be incorporating one into your nightly beauty routine?




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Posted by: Lucrecia629 (Australia)

I do use a night cream because my skin tends to be a bit dry so I wouldn't skip it during winter, but Dr. Hauschka's theory is a bit different on this issue and I'd love to try it out when it's not so cold and windy. Basically, the traditional theory is that the skin repairs itself at night so moisturiser will do the most good for your skin then, and that makes sense. Dr. Hauschka's theory is essentially - when skin is in balance, additional moisturiser at night will actually impede that natural process of recovery, and that makes sense to me too. I'm curious to test this out.

Posted on: July 14, 2014 (Jul 14, 2014 4:10pm)

Posted by: bmill229 (Australia)

I have been using Sukin Moisture Restoring Night Cream for a couple of months and I love using it.

Posted on: July 14, 2014 (Jul 14, 2014 4:19pm)

Washing your hair every day? 7 reasons it’s doing more harm than good

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Do you wash you hair every day? Do you wake up early every morning just to get your shampoo fix? Can you not stand the thought of second day hair? 

Well stop it. Now.

Because while you may think that washing your hair every day is doing it the world of good, it’s actually doing the opposite. 

I know it’s hard. I used to wash my hair every day too. But ever since finding out about the following seven reasons not to, I’ve learned to embrace the idea of a sleep-in and a shorter shower. 


Reason #1: your colour won’t fade as much

When you shampoo, you’re effectively opening your hair cuticles. The hair cuticles are what hold on to colour, so by opening and washing them every day you’re losing double the amount of colour you would if you only shampooed every second day.


Reason #2: a little grease is good

Do you curls fall within five minutes? Does your ponytail droop unless you tie it as tight as possible? A little grease and dirt in your hair makes styling so much easier. It helps to hold the hair where you want it, meaning less time to style and less hair spray.


Reason #3: you won’t be stripping your hair’s natural oils

By washing your hair every day, the natural oils produced by the hair and scalp are being stripped. These oils are what keep your hair healthy and shiny. If you give them a chance to work, you may just find you don’t have to wash your hair as often.


Reason #4: you’ll tame frizz and increase shine 

Even just one day without washing gives the hair’s natural oils a chance to shine. Not to mention it helps to hold down flyaways and tame frizz. If you have frizzy hair and you’re washing it every day, that’s a big part of the problem.


Reason #5: you’ll be doing less heat styling

If every time you wash your hair you have to also blow dry, straighten or curl it, that’s a lot of heat damage you could be avoiding. If you wash it less, you’ll need to style it less, meaning fewer split ends and less dryness.


Reason #6: you’ll save money 

Shampoos and conditioners aren’t cheap. And if you’re using both every day, they’re running out a lot faster. So save yourself some money and make your products last twice as long by using them half as much.


Reason #7: you’ll have less product build up

Most people wash their hair every day because they say it’s oily and greasy if they don’t. But the oil and grease could actually be a result of product-build up rather than not washing it.  By using shampoo and conditioner every day, the residue from each is building up in the hair, making it greasier and heavier. When you first stop washing it, your hair may take a while to adjust but once it does, you’ll notice less oil and grease and less need to wash.


3 products to help kick-start a new hair washing routine: 


1. Shu Uemura Art of Hair Clarifying Astringent Cleanser Cleansing Oil Shampoo - to remove product build-up.

2. ELEVEN Australia Give Me Clean Hair Dry Shampoo - to get you through the transition phase.

3. nak Scalp to Hair Energise Conditioner - a lightweight conditioner to help keep roots lifted (particularly great for those with fine hair who wash often because their hair is weighed down).


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Posted by: Neilrawson (Australia)

I like to wash my hair every 2 to 3 days to keep it healthy.

Posted on: July 14, 2014 (Jul 14, 2014 11:03am)

Posted by: Huyen (Australia)

I try to wash my hair once every 2-3 days and then tie my hair up when I am having a bad hair day

Posted on: July 14, 2014 (Jul 14, 2014 11:03am)

90s make-up comeback: brown lipstick

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Ah, the 90s. A time when there was nothing cooler than scrunchies, the Spice Girls, platform shoes, stick-thin brows, and of course, brown lipstick.

Well, guys, prepare yourselves, because that brown lipstick that was so quintessentially 90s? It’s back. Yep, according to MAC Global Senior Artist Nicole Thompson, we can expect to be seeing a lot more of the deep, earthy hue on the runways, red carpets, and even shopping aisles.

Let’s just take another look at the picture above to remind ourselves of how the trend looked back then.

Thankfully, this time around, there’s going to be less of that defined liner, and more of a modern twist.

According to Nicole, while we can expect to see more mahogany, berry, burgundy and chocolatey reds staining lips, it’s the texture of the lipstick and the placement that’s going to make sure this revival doesn’t flop.

These celebs have recently been spotted sporting the once-taboo lipstick trend and they seem to be pulling it off without a hitch:

So what are Nicole’s tips for wearing these hues in 2014?

“Give the matte, burgundy lipstick a twist by using a cotton tip to soften and blur the edges, really wearing it in,” she says. And if you’re looking for a more subtle effect, Nicole suggests mixing the deep shades with a gloss or lip conditioner to create a soft stain of colour.

Nicole also recommends finishing off the look with sheeny, highlighted skin to keep your beauty look refreshingly modern (and not a throwback tribute to Clueless).

Are you daring enough to give it a try? Then you’ll want to get your hands on one of these:

Maybelline New York ColorSensationail Lip Color in Coffee Craze
MAC Lipstick in Paramount
Innoxa Classic Lip Colour in Boysenberry
ModelCo Party Proof Lipstick in Vanity Fair
Maybelline New York ColorSensationail Lip Color in Naked Brown

Did you wear brown and burgundy lipstick back in the 90s? Will you revisit the trend?


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Posted by: Lucrecia629 (Australia)

I remember when this was popular. I don't mind this one making a comeback.

Posted on: July 12, 2014 (Jul 12, 2014 12:33pm)

Posted by: Animal Lover (Australia)

Dont know about this one,, although the girl with the blue eyes(not sure what her name is) has awesome lip colour and it really suits her full lips, woman with full lips can look great with this colour but i wouldnt go to dark and look like a vampiress or something.

Posted on: July 12, 2014 (Jul 12, 2014 12:47pm)

Four of the best lesser-known beauty brands

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Is your beauty routine feeling a little tired or uninspiring? It could be time to throw caution to the wind and experiment with some alternative products. After all, beauty is meant to be fun and who knows, that unassuming lipstick or lesser-known skin care range could end up forming the basis of your go-to beauty look.

Not sure where to start? Here are four of the best unknown beauty brands – and the hero products you’ll want to snap up, stat! It’s true what they say: you’ll never know until you try...


1) Bellamer Botanical Skincare

All natural and free from chemicals, Bellamer’s skincare range is made from 100 per cent natural butters and essential oils. Originally developed to soothe dry skin, the products also work to diminish lines and wrinkles and are gentle enough for even the most sensitive skin types.

Must-try product: Eye Treatment Balm

One of the first plant-based products specifically made for the eye area, this hydrating balm will bring an important anti-ageing element to your existing skin care regime. Suitable for all skin types, its intensely moisturising formula combines renewing shea butter with soothing chamomile and peppermint.

2) Shanga

Created by a beauty therapist who disliked the use of chemicals in many beauty products, Shanga is all about helping women express their innate beauty – naturally. Featuring make-up, skin care, and body products, the range contains quality, independently-tested and scientifically-proven ingredients.

Must-try product: Body Custard

As luscious as its name suggests, this quick-absorbing, rich-yet-lightweight body lotion not only rejuvenates damaged skin, but also replenishes moisture. Available in five delicious scents, it’ll make the perfect, nourishing addition to any girl’s winter beauty ritual.

3) Indio

Designed to address the beauty concerns of women living within the unique climate of Australia and New Zealand, Indio seeks to help slow down the ageing process with a range that delivers balanced, hydrated skin using potent and active natural ingredients.

Must-try product: Dry Skin Rescue

A must for beauties with environmentally-damaged skin, this rich restorative cream mask has been formulated to soothe, repair and renourish. Inhibiting evaporation from the skin’s surface, a thin layer over the face is all that’s required for increased hydration.

4) SAX

An Australian family business inspired by its founder’s love of the saxophone, SAX offers modern and easy-to-use cosmetics in stunning timeless hues. Formulated with nurturing ingredients, the products are designed to enhance your natural beauty at an affordable price.

Must-try product: Complexion Bronzer

With an impressive five-star bh review rating, this bronzer is the perfect product to revamp your existing make-up kit. Giving you the look of a natural tan without the need for sunbaking, its oil-controlling formula contains vitamin E and amino acids to protect and moisturise, complementing your existing skincare routine.



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Posted by: Oonga (Australia)

how awesome are the reviews for the Bellamer Eye treatment!

Posted on: July 12, 2014 (Jul 12, 2014 11:11am)

Posted by: maggieball (Australia)

Sax has consistently impressed me with their quality vs price.

Posted on: July 12, 2014 (Jul 12, 2014 11:14am)

The one easy yoga pose to have you feeling Zen

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If life’s stresses have managed to get a hold of you and making you feel like a lion trapped in a too-small cage, there’s one simple yoga move you can do at-home to calm the mind and rejuvenate the whole body.

The Forward Fold, also known as Uttanasana, is good for relieving stress, headaches, anxiety, fatigue, mild depression and insomnia. On top of this, it is also “a great pose to bring blood circulating to the head and face, and with regular practice, should have a beautifying effect,” according to Ballet Sculpt founder and yoga teacher Cat Woods.

If you’re still not sold, this little manoeuvre has further health benefits - practicing this pose can help stimulate the liver and kidneys and improve digestion. It is also known to be therapeutic for asthma, sinusitis, high blood pressure, infertility and osteoporosis.

So how does one simple yoga move manage to do all of these things? Dropping your head below your heart calms your brain. By opening the hips, Forward Fold can relieve tension in the neck and shoulders, while the stretch also works to ease the load on the spine, balance the hormonal system, stretch hamstrings, and lengthen the lower back.

As well as having more benefits than you can poke a stick at, Forward Fold requires no equipment and is incredibly easy to perform. “It basically involves standing with feet hip distance apart and folding forward from the hips. The neck is able to extend, and the shoulders flop,” advises Cat.

To do the pose, let the crown of your head hang down to your knees, keep your torso long and press your heels into the floor. For those that are more flexible, keep your legs straight and put the palms of your hands on the floor. To modify the pose, bend your knees without locking them before placing your palms on the ground. Hold the pose for up to one minute.

Have you ever tried the Forward Fold pose? What one yoga move do you do to feel Zen?


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Posted by: Platinum Ms (Australia)

Excellent benefits from one Yoga move, I'm all for, it so simple!

Posted on: July 11, 2014 (Jul 11, 2014 3:36pm)

Posted by: Lucrecia629 (Australia)

Funny to think that one little pose can have so many benefits.

Posted on: July 11, 2014 (Jul 11, 2014 4:11pm)