Are you a beauty hipster?

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So what do you reckon? Do you think you’re a beauty hipster? And I’m not talking about an organic-chia-seed-milk-drinking (is that even a thing? I’m way too mainstream to know if that’s actually a thing. I think I just made it up), flannel-wearing, ironic-T-shirt-owning hipster.

No sir, a beauty hipster is one who recklessly throws the beauty rulebook far out the window and embraces every new and kooky beauty trend like the early twenty-something man of today embraces his first full-face beard. The beauty hipster’s choices are not often the kind you see on the street every day, and are usually something non-beauty hipster’s gaze at and think: “Man, she is SO cool. I could never pull that off.”

So here are a few signs that may just point to the fact that you, my friend, are a beauty hipster:

THERE ISN’T A PASTEL HAIR COLOUR YOU WOULDN’T TRY

But you’ve been doing it since wayyyy before Nicole Richie and Kesha started dabbling in it.

YOUR NAILS ARE YOUR CANVAS

Zooey Deschanel’s Instagram feed is your crack and you can’t wait for the day when your nails are long enough to shape into works of art.

YOU’RE NOT AFRAID OF AN UNDERCUT

All that hair was weighing you down anyway.

PINK AND RED LIPSTICK IS A LITTLE TOO BORING FOR YOU

Why stick to the classics when you can rock a green, blue or even black?

YOU CAN ROCK AN AFRO

Beyoncé who? Solange’s ‘fro is your spirit animal and, as far as you’re concerned, the bigger yours is, the better.

HAIR ACCESSORIES ARE YOUR THING

Flower Garland? Check. 1950s-esque headscarf? Yes ma’am. Unnecessary number of chain and beaded headbands? Obviously.

What other trends do beauty hipsters rock? Would you ever try one of these looks?

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Member Comments

Posted by: Lucrecia629 (Australia)

I am so not a beauty hipster! Classic all the way.

Posted on: July 31, 2014 (Jul 31, 2014 11:33am)

Posted by: strike77 (Australia)

Ok so I'm no where near a beauty hipster

Posted on: July 31, 2014 (Jul 31, 2014 11:39am)

The runway hair you’ll want to replicate

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It seems that pastel hair is here to stay, if the latest runway looks from global hair guru Kevin Murphy are anything to go by.

Set to debut at the MYER SS15 Fashion Launch Parade next week, the whimsical styles were created by Murphy, who described them as “whimsical and romantic, taking inspiration from water and the ocean”.

We got a sneak peak at the looks, which feature pops of pastels including candy pinks and purples, baby blue, lemon and mint green.

To create the styles, Murphy enlisted the help of 24 stylists, who rubbed Kevin Murphy Colour.Bugs into the models’ hair.

 

 

While most of us don’t have such an extensive team on hand, you can get a similar look yourself at home by twisting either side of your hair, fastening into a bun at the nape of your neck, and using hair chalk and a good hairspray to colour and ‘set’ the look. We love Lady Jayne Colour Bomb Hair Chalk, which provides a temporary burst of colour without the commitment of hair dye and TIGI CATWALK SESSION SERIES™: Finishing Hairspray, as it’s fast-drying and humidity-resistant.

Runway hair, here we come!

Kevin Murphy Color.Bugs, RRP $24.95, stockist number: 1800 104 204

 

 

Would you experiment with a pastel-coloured 'do? What other hair looks are you currently lusting after?

 

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Member Comments

Posted by: Lucrecia629 (Australia)

I seriously dislike this trend. I think it's awful.

Posted on: July 31, 2014 (Jul 31, 2014 1:29pm)

Posted by: Neilrawson (Australia)

Sorry Beth, I don't want to replicate this look at all. They should keep it as a runway trend.

Posted on: July 31, 2014 (Jul 31, 2014 1:32pm)

The hair straightener that colours your hair

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Have you ever wanted to experiment with your hair colour, but been wary of the mess and long-lasting nature of permanent dyes?

Engineers at the University of New Mexico and Los Alamos National Laboratories have come up with a new invention that could mean you’ll be able to change your hair colour instantly at home, dye-free! And the best part? You’d be able to wash it out easily.

Similar to a hair straightener, the new device would allow you to colour and even press a pattern into your hair without the damaging effects of using bleach.

So how will it work? Using focused ion beam technology, the tool will etch tiny spiral patterns into strands of hair, which then reflect the light in a certain way to change its colour. Pretty cool, huh?

The engineers envisage using it in conjunction with a polymer, conditioner-like coating for your hair, which would simply wash out if you got tired of the colour.

Unfortunately, this part of the invention is still in the works. In the meantime, Schwarzkopf LiveColour Live Colour (semi-permanent) is a great for beauties who want to test out – but not be stuck with – different coloured hair.

Likewise, these hair chalks are an awesome way to experience with new colour that washes out – no matter how bold you want to go!

Lady Jayne Colour Bomb Hair Chalk
Vixen Hair graffiti coloured chalks
Fudge URBAN Hair Chalk


Would you use this revolutionary hair colouring device? What other beauty tools would you like to see invented?

 

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Posted by: Ellelily (Australia)

I really like reading about this new idea and for me its something that I would love to know more about, as I really like the sound of this new invention.

Posted on: July 30, 2014 (Jul 30, 2014 5:38pm)

Posted by: Neilrawson (Australia)

It sounds like a fun styling tool, I would give it a go to see how it works and the quality of colour it provides, I'll have to wait for it to be on the market. I have used the Vixen hair chalks and Live Colour (not the ultra bright range).

Posted on: July 30, 2014 (Jul 30, 2014 5:51pm)

6 natural beauty products that smell sensational

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Using natural beauty products has many benefits. They’re earth-friendly, great for sensitive skin and, of course, they contain no artificial ingredients.

And because they contain no artificial ingredients, this means there’s no artificial fragrance so what you smell is completely natural.

You may think this could be a reason not to make the switch, but natural products have upped their game and managed to produce some sensational smelling stuff. Here’s where you should start...

 

#1 La Mav Sweet Orange Foaming Cleanser

With ingredients like ginseng, sugar cane and papaya extract, this foaming cleanser ticks both the floral and fruity boxes. Not only does it smell amazing, it’s also ideal for ageing skin.

 

#2 Nature’s Organics Organic Care Vanilla Ylang Ylang Moisturising Body Wash

“OMG this body wash smells amazing, the vanilla is sweet without being sickly and the scent just lingers a little after I wash. After showering with this wash, my skin was left soft, clean and smelling like vanilla. Even my partner commented on how nice I smelt after a shower, so it's definitely a winner for me.” -MissChriss

 

#3 Rosehip by essano Intensive Hydrating Body Lotion 

The original rosehip scent you love is combined with aloe vera and jojoba oil to create an indulgent smell while you moisturise. It’s a girly, gentle fragrance that lingers on the skin for hours.

#4 Sukin Hand & Nail Cream

“Sukin’s Hand & Nail Cream has a light texture and it sinks into my hands quickly. The scent of this hand cream is a lovely combination of tangerine, mandarin, lavender and vanilla, which I find really appealing.” -Petal

 

#5 Vanessa Megan Essential Blend Natural Perfume ($34.95, 100mL, www.vanessamegan.com)

A 100 per cent natural alternative to perfume, this uplifting scent utilises the natural smell of geranium essential oil, lavender oil, patchouli, ylang ylang essential oil and rose. The result is a musky, floral fragrance that can be used both on the skin and as a room or linen spray.

 

#6 KORA Organics Balancing Rose Mist 

“This spray is so nice! I love the way it smells and the way it feels on my skin. Very refreshing!” –JB beauty

 

Have you tried any of the above products? Do you prefer to use natural beauty products when you can? 


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Posted by: Ssajwani (Australia)

they all sound so divine!

Posted on: July 30, 2014 (Jul 30, 2014 4:11pm)

Posted by: Lucrecia629 (Australia)

I'm keen to try the Vanessa Megan range. I always prefer natural products.

Posted on: July 30, 2014 (Jul 30, 2014 4:17pm)

Health benefits of manuka honey

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It might be a favourite spread on your morning toast, but did you know manuka honey has many inner health benefits too?

Sourced from New Zealand, manuka honey originates from honeybees that gather pollen from the indigenous manuka bush. With skincare products containing this ingredient attracting a legion of celebrity fans including Lady Gaga, Scarlett Johansson, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Bar Rafaeli, it’s not just the beauty market that is recognising the potential of this liquid gold.

Used to help a host of health ailments, manuka honey is proving to be a step ahead of other honey offerings due to its remarkable antibacterial healing powers. In fact, a recent study conducted by the University of Sydney found manuka honey killed nearly every type of bacteria it was exposed to. Impressive, huh?

Here, bh looks at five reasons why you should be adding a teaspoon of manuka honey to your diet...


#1 Aids bloating and indigestion

Next time you’re feeling bloated, ingest some manuka honey as it aids with gastrointestinal problems such as acid reflux, indigestion and stomach ulcers. When it comes to stomach ulcers, scientific studies have shown that active manuka honey is eight times as effective as normal honey as a treatment.


#2 Immune boosting

Great for boosting your immunity, manuka honey’s impressive antibacterial levels sees it coming highly recommended for treating strep throat and cold sores.

#3 Fights diarrhea

Having the runs is one of life’s rather unpleasant occurrences, but luckily manuka honey is here to help. Not only have studies found that it assists in the body's rehydration after diarrhoea sickness, but the bacteria that cause diarrhea are also super-sensitive to the honey.


#4 Energy boosting

Starting to feel a little flat and low of energy? Made purely of carbohydrates including fructose and glucose, manuka honey can help give you a short-term energy boost. Just don’t get too over-enthusiastic with your honey consumption, being a source of sugar - gobbling down too much can lead to weight gain.

# 5 Prevents infections

A natural antiseptic with anti-inflammatory properties, apply manuka honey directly to the skin to prevent infections as well as treat a range of ailments including rosacea, acne, eczema, insect bites, burns, sunburns and surgery wounds. The magic ingredient also works to reduce scarring and healing time.


Would you add manuka honey to your daily health regime? What natural ingredients do you include in your diet to stay healthy?

 

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Posted by: bebeautiful34 (Australia)

I have heard how it's great for your health but I really don't like honey

Posted on: July 29, 2014 (Jul 29, 2014 5:27pm)

Posted by: Sweet<3 (Australia)

I love manuka honey!!! A little too expensive to have in my daily tea, so I keep it for special occasions.

Posted on: July 29, 2014 (Jul 29, 2014 5:33pm)