Why you need to stop biting your nails

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It’s no secret that biting your nails is a frowned-upon habit. It’s weird and kinda gross to do in company and it makes you look a little less ladylike.

No matter how innocuous you think nail biting it is, the consequences can actually be pretty bad. So, just in case the reasons above aren’t enough to get you to quit gnawing at your nails, we’ve come up with a few more.


Take a minute to think about all the dirt and grime that’s trapped under your nails. Now imagine eating that. That’s essentially what you’re doing every time you bite your nails, and every speck of dirt that enters your body makes you that much more susceptible to illness.


Picking at your nails and cuticles can cause the skin on your fingertips to become red, raw and swollen. Not only is that really painful and uncomfortable, but it can lead to a nasty infection. Ew, no thanks!


And here you thought you were only damaging your claws! Chomping down on your nails can wear down your teeth and enamel overtime, shift your teeth around and even lead to chips and breaks. Fun fact: it can also affect your jaw and cause jaw pain and headaches.


You could wrap plasters over each of your fingertips to stop you from accessing those precious nails. Or you could do something a little more socially acceptable and use a nail formula that coats your nails in something so foul-tasting that you won’t want to put your nails anywhere near your mouth. Try Revitanail Stop Bite & Protect. Not only does it taste incredibly unpleasant, but it cares for your nails, too.

You could also give false nails, like Fing’rs Ultimate French Manicure nails, a go. They’ll create a barrier between your teeth and nails and give you sleek, shiny nails – possibly for the first time in your life!

Do you bite your nails? What tips do you have for nail biters?


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Member Comments

Posted by: Arty Girl (Australia)

Thank goodness I don't bite my nails anymore !!! I did, as a young child, but I grew out of the habit.
These are very good tips for nail biters. Maybe keeping both hands clasped together in their laps might help the situation or chewing on a wooden popsicle stick instead. It's usually "nerves" that causes one to bite their nails. Once you built up some confidence, it usually fades away.

Posted on: September 21, 2014 (Sep 21, 2014 12:14pm)

Posted by: Lucrecia629 (Australia)

My 5 year old bites her nails and my 3 year old has started doing it too. On the one hand, at least I don't have to trim their nails. But on the other hand, it drives me crazy and I wish they would stop! I think it's a phase a lot of kids go through and most of them grow out of it long before adulthood, but for some it's a really tough habit to break.

Posted on: September 21, 2014 (Sep 21, 2014 12:15pm)

The 20-minute Tabata workout

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When you think about going to the gym, what do you imagine yourself doing? Do you envisage ‘warming up’ with a walk on the treadmill for 10 minutes, before pushing yourself to run for a few minutes, before resorting to a slow peddle on the stationary bike?

Don’t worry – you’re not alone! That kind of scenario sounds very familiar. The downside is that, even though you’re moving, you’re not making the most of the time you’re putting in to achieving results. Honestly, 20 minutes is all it takes to see real results, and I’m about to tell you how.

The 20-minute Tabata workout is the latest high-intensity workout trend. Here’s how it works: you do 20 seconds on each move, have 10 seconds off, then repeat for four consecutive minutes. The rule is that once you finish the first exercise, you move straight on to the next with no rest time. You only rest for five minutes once you finish a full cycle – and then, if you’re feeling good, you can repeat the cycle.

The point of the workout is to give it everything you can during each 20-second burst in order to maximise fat burn. Okay, let’s do this!


Remember: In between each move, rest for 10 seconds. Repeat until four minutes have passed in total – including work and rest time – then move on to the next exercise.

1. Dumbbell Push-up

Place a pair of dumbbells on the floor (any weight is fine). Hold the dumbbells down and move your body into the push-up position – either on your knees or toes. Lower your body over the dumbbells until your chest nearly touches the floor. Pause and push yourself up. Repeat until 20 seconds have elapsed.

2. Medicine Ball Slam

Raise a soft medicine ball over your head and, keeping your torso straight and core tight, slam the ball into the ground as hard as you can. Pick up the ball, return to the start position, and repeat as many times as you can until 20 seconds have elapsed.

3. Burpee

Standing with your feet shoulder-width apart, jump as high as you can, reaching your arms above your head. Once you land, squat down, place your hands on the floor in front of you, and push your legs out as though you’re in the push-up position. Return to the standing position and repeat as many times as you can until 20 seconds have elapsed.

4. Squat and Press

Grab two medium weight dumbbells and hold them by your side with your feet shoulder width apart. Squat as low as you can, then as you rise back up, lift the weights up and over your head. Return to the start position and repeat as many times as you can until 20 seconds have elapsed.

5. Mountain Climbers

Get into the push-up position and rapidly pull one knee up under your chest while keeping the other leg extended. Repeat with the opposite leg, and switch back and forth as fast as you can until 20 seconds have elapsed.

Tip: To keep track of time in between moves and exercises, download the Tabata Timer app.

What does your workout routine consist of? Would you like to try the Tabata workout?




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Member Comments

Posted by: bmill229 (Australia)

Sounds great, I will give it try.

Posted on: September 20, 2014 (Sep 20, 2014 12:11pm)

Posted by: Neilrawson (Australia)

This sounds like something I can achieve, not sure about the squats though because I have a dicky knee.

Posted on: September 20, 2014 (Sep 20, 2014 12:15pm)

Introducing The Organic Project

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Nature-loving beauties, have we got news for you: the first all Australian-made, all-natural beauty store, The Organic Project, has just launched!

Founded by Josh Culnane and Matt Mitchener, the online store is dedicated to offering natural, organic and chic plant-based products from exciting and emerging Australian brands including Musq Cosmetics, Surface Organic Skincare, One Seed, The Little Alchemist, raw essentials, Indah and Aromantik.



The products fall under skincare, body care, internal beauty and fragrance categories and range in price from $20 to $129, with free shipping Australia-wide! If that isn’t enough to get you clicking, The Organic Project is also passionate about helping the less fortunate, donating a percentage of profits from each sale to Opportunity International Australia, a company that gives small loans to women in developing countries.

So you can stock up on ah-mazing all-natural products knowing you’re also making a difference to those in need! Sound good to you? We thought so. Permission to shop: granted!



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Member Comments

Posted by: Lucrecia629 (Australia)

Looks fantastic! I'm totally in. Never heard of that store, so thanks for the heads-up, BH!

Posted on: September 19, 2014 (Sep 19, 2014 12:54pm)

Posted by: Beautybabe140194 (Australia)

It sounds really good

Posted on: September 19, 2014 (Sep 19, 2014 1:00pm)

3 clever tricks for long-lasting make-up

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If you’ve ever been to the races, then you know you’ve got quite a day ahead of you. And if you’ve never set foot on the tracks and have grand plans this year, then know this: you will leave your house early in the day – dressed to the nines, of course – and the sun will have long set by the time you come back home.

You will be out for hours. Your feet will most likely hurt. You may or may not have a few wine and food stains on your dress. You might feel a bit worse for wear. But, if we have anything to do with it, your make-up will still very closely resemble what it looked like when you walked out the door.

Just follow these simple steps for long-lasting make-up that’ll look much fresher than you feel by the end of the day:


So many people skip the priming step, and while it’s not the end of the world, it just means your make-up will only stay fresh and flawless for a limited amount of time.
A primer basically works like a barrier for your skin, smoothing out your complexion and creating the optimum base for make-up. That barrier also ensures that your make-up doesn’t slip and slide during the day. Pair a primer with a long-lasting foundation and you’re pretty much guaranteed to have impeccable coverage for your entire day.

Try: Dermalogica AGE Smart SkinPerfect Primer SPF30 (sunscreen = an excellent added bonus)


Or rather, your whole face. Especially if you have oily skin or find that areas of your skin get oily during the day. Why? Because when make-up clings to oil, it shifts around and kind of ruins that put-together make-up look you put time and effort into achieving. Using a lightweight face powder sets your make-up and absorbs excess oil, leaving you with a shine-free and long-lasting finish.

Try: La Mav Mattifying Powder


It’s true: some lipsticks, glosses and stains are formulated to be incredibly long-lasting. But if you really want to safeguard your lip colour from fading due to eating, drinking and other activities that involve your lips, a lip liner is the way to go. Especially one that’s waterproof and smudge-proof. Find a lip liner shade that’s as close as possible to the colour your lipstick or gloss. Define the outer limits of your lips, and then continue to fill in the rest of your lips. At the end, your lips should be entirely covered by lip liner. Finish off with a slick of lip gloss or lipstick and you’re done.

Try: Chi Chi Stay On Lip Liner

How do you ensure your make-up stays put for hours? Have you tried any of these tricks to make it last longer?


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Member Comments

Posted by: Growing old (Australia)

Priming sure helps keep the makeup in place. I always wear primer. I've never been to the races but these tips are useful for any makeup day!

Posted on: September 19, 2014 (Sep 19, 2014 9:07am)

Posted by: philippa495 (Australia)

Ive only recently started using a primer, it definitely helps!

Posted on: September 19, 2014 (Sep 19, 2014 9:12am)

Make a bold statement with your lip look

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Some women are all about eyeshadow. Some couldn’t go a day without some blush or bronzer to warm their complexion. And then you have the group of women who own 73,000 bright lipsticks and will always, always, be rocking a bold lip.

So what if you’re not one of those who own a gazillion colourful lippies and have no experience in making your lips the focus of your face? How the heck do you create a make-up look that hones in on the lips and makes a bold statement?

First things first: you need to pick your colour (weapon) of choice. We suggest something that’s super-pigmented and long-lasting – you don’t want your perfectly vibrant pout to look dull and washed out in a matter of minutes.

A classic red is a really good option if you’re looking to go all-out with your lip look, and the new Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Glossy Stain Collector No. 9 is the kind of shade that not only fits the ‘true red’ bill, but suits every skin tone. Winning!

Once you’ve chosen your colour, you need to nail the application, so we asked Yves Saint Laurent’s state make-up artist Phoebe Witney for her best tips:

1) Apply a small amount of CC cream around your lips, gently patting it into your skin.
2) Then, apply Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat around your lips and blend. This will enhance the natural line of your lips.
3) If you’re after a slight shine, apply one coat of your Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Glossy Stain Collector No. 9, brushing from the outer corners of your lips in towards the centre. For a more intense finish, apply a second coat using the outer curved side of the applicator.
4) Finish by dabbing some Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat on your cupid’s bow and blend. This will really maximise the effect of your bold pout.

Once your lips are sorted, complete your make-up look with thick winged liner*, lashings of mascara on both your top and bottom lashes, and defined brows. Gently sweep some bronzer just under your cheekbones and you’re done. In fact, you’re now one sultry head-turner.

*Not a fan of winged liner? No problem. You can use liquid or gel liner on your upper lash line instead to create the same kind of definition. Start thinly at the inner corner and make the line thicker as you take it to the outer corner.

Looking to jazz up your make-up routine? Head to your nearest YSL beauty counter for some serious inspiration. From makeovers, masterclasses and private make-up lessons to complimentary services (like an excellent five-minute flash makeover) and helpful tips and advice, you’ll cure your beauty boredom in no time at all.

Do you like to have your eyes or lips as the focus of your make-up look? How do you wear do your make-up when you’re rocking a bold lip?


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Member Comments

Posted by: May318 (Australia)

I love the look Cara has! Gorgeous black winged eyeliner and a bright red lip. You can never go wrong!

Posted on: September 18, 2014 (Sep 18, 2014 4:07pm)

Posted by: missredsage (Australia)

Oh I wish I could wear bright red lipstick without feeling like a clown!!!

Posted on: September 18, 2014 (Sep 18, 2014 4:21pm)