25 Mar 2015 12:30 PM | Posted by bh's Beth England
Angelina Jolie had a preventative double mastectomy back in 2013, and now, she’s revealed she’s had surgery to remove her ovaries.
In the New York Times, the actress published an article titled ‘Angelia Jolie Pitt: Diary of a Surgery’, wherein she explains her brave decision – and what it means for her future.
Angelina lost her mother, aunt and grandmother to cancer, and carries a gene mutation that puts her at an estimated 87% risk of breast cancer and 50% risk of ovarian cancer.
While the double mastectomy reduced the risk of her getting the former, she recently found out her risk of early ovarian cancer had increased.
Writing candidly of her fear, she says: "I went through what I imagine thousands of other women have felt. I told myself to stay calm, to be strong, and that I had no reason to think I wouldn't live to see my children grow up and to meet my grandchildren.”
While her following PET/CT scan came out clear, the actress took the advice of several doctors and decided to have her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed to be on the safe side.
Angelina’s doctors indicated she’d need to have the surgery a decade before reaching the age of the earliest onset of cancer in her relatives. With her mother’s diagnoses happening at 49, the 39-year-old understandably opted to have it right away.
But while the actress felt the surgery was the right decision for her, she’s urged other women to learn about all the options available when making their own decisions.
"I did not do this solely because I carry the BRCA1 gene mutation, and I want other women to hear this. A positive BRCA test does not mean a leap to surgery. I have spoken to many doctors, surgeons and naturopaths. There are other options.
"Some women take birth control pills or rely on alternative medicines combined with frequent checks. There is more than one way to deal with any health issue. The most important thing is to learn about the options and choose what is right for you personally."
Well said, Angelina. bh wishes you well!
Have you or anyone you know experienced ovarian cancer? What do you think of Angelina’s big decision?
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What a strong and brave woman! So glad she is talking about this openly
Posted on: March 25, 2015 (Mar 25, 2015 2:21pm)
Her telling us hopefully means regular women won't feel scared or think there's a stigma attached to it. Something good should come out of it for her and others.
Posted on: March 25, 2015 (Mar 25, 2015 2:54pm)
25 Mar 2015 11:18 AM | Posted by bh's Beth England
Ever since she wowed us with her on-trend red carpet look at the American Music Awards, Julianne Hough’s been on our beauty radar.
And it’s not just the actress’ sleek haircut and modern make-up that we’re impressed with. The 26-year-old also has a seriously hot bod.
So how does she stay in shape? Well, speaking to allure.com, the actress revealed her preferred workout (and it actually sounds fun):
“Dance. The cardiovascular part of it is incredible, but also, you’re using muscles all over.”
It kind of makes sense, given the star is a two-time winner of Dancing with the Stars. But even if you and I aren’t quite up to that standard, I reckon Julianne’s fitness regime is definitely one we could get behind. I mean, just look at her.
The actress’ diet also sounds pretty appealing. On nutrition, she recommends eating a few less carbs and “more protein and veggies, with fruit as [a substitute for] sugar”.
But what if she has a craving for something sweeter? “I’ll do honey instead of sugar.” Again, this is a health tip I’m all for – especially considering the 5 benefits of honey for your skin.
As well as being a fitness fanatic, it seems the actress is a bit of a hair guru, sharing this savvy snap of her braid on Instagram recently:
Photo credit: @juleshough Instagram
Julianne even shared a link to a how-to tutorial, so her fans could copy the look. She may just put us out of a job!
Are you a fan of Julianne Hough? What are your tips for staying in shape?
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I think dancing at that pace keeps her in shape
Posted on: March 25, 2015 (Mar 25, 2015 11:47am)
Dancing is seriously the best workout. The best part is that I don't feel like Im working out.
Posted on: March 25, 2015 (Mar 25, 2015 12:43pm)
24 Mar 2015 16:04 PM | Posted by bh's Samantha McMeekin
Keeping up with trends can be a pricey habit. But luckily, when it comes to beauty, you can follow what’s ‘in fashion’ without making a huge dent in your bank account. In many cases, you can even recreate on-trend looks using products you already have. Here are some of the easiest - and cheapest! - trends we’re looking forward to trying this autumn.
#1 Doll eyes
There are two distinct eye trends at the moment: bare lashes (yes, no mascara AT ALL), and at the other end of the spectrum, doll eyes. So if skipping mascara feels like a crime, you can go the other way and apply lashings of it to your top and bottom lashes. Use the tip of your mascara to clump together the outer corners for a true doll-eyed effect. And if you’re lacking in the lashes department, experiment with some falsies.
#2 Braided ponytails
Now this is a trend we’ll definitely be getting behind, especially as the weather gets windier and rainier. No one likes hair flying around their face! The best thing about this style is that you only need a few hair ties and bobby pins to pull it off. If you want to pump up the volume, go for a braided crown to add height. For those who prefer a slick look, try braiding the start of your pony, stopping at about halfway. This was a hot trend on the Kookai runway.
#3 Grey nails
For some reason, grey nails seem to scare a lot of people. But really, they can be just as versatile and neutral as a nude. The key is picking the right shade for your skin tone and of course, your personality. Between dark and stormy blue-greys to light greys with pink undertones, there are plenty of shades to choose from. Still not convinced? Ditch the full coverage and opt for statement tips or a coat of gold glitter polish on a feature nail.
#4 Subtle berry lip
Berry lip lovers, rejoice! The rich hue is still very much ‘in’ this autumn. But this time round, it’s less about creating a bold, heavily lined lip and more about applying a sheer wash of colour. It’s way easier and looks just as stunning, so swap your heavy, matte lipsticks for something a little subtler.
Which of these trends do you like the most?
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Posted by:(Member since 2007, Australia)
I love the first photo of the braided ponytail. I also am loving the Manga eye look - it's like a more wearable form of a smudged eyeliner but it isn't smudged so it looks neater and more intended.
Posted on: March 25, 2015 (Mar 25, 2015 11:08am)
I love braids, the wine lips and the dolled up eyes for fall. I just love fall weather and dressing up for it. :)
Posted on: March 25, 2015 (Mar 25, 2015 11:15am)
24 Mar 2015 10:56 AM | Posted by bh's Carli Alman
I don’t know about you guys, but if an app can make my life easier, I’m all for it. Like the app that counts my calories and tells me how well (or, more likely, terribly) I’ve eaten that day.
So you can imagine the speed at which I downloaded the new L’Oréal Paris Makeup Genius app when I discovered it was available here in Oz.
The nifty app not only takes the guesswork out of buying L’Oréal Paris products, but it does so without you needing to swatch a thing.
It uses advanced facial mapping technology to transform your front-facing iPhone and iPad camera into a mirror so you can ‘try on’ the products. You can either scan a L’Oréal Paris product barcode, or choose one from the database of products to see how it looks on before you buy it. You can also try on one of the read-to-wear make-up looks.
The tech-savvy folk behind this app also made sure that the make-up products trialled and the looks tested are pretty true-to-life. With 64 facial data points and 100 different facial expressions, the app is intuitive enough to tell the difference between the skin of your lips, eyes and other facial contours, so the virtual make-up moves with you as you turn your head, blink, pout and move around.
Here’s a shot of me trying out the L’Oréal Paris SuperLiner Gel Liner:
And then I added the Colour Riche Extraordinaire in Rouge Soprano:
And then I decided to go nuts and try out some of the looks they’ve got on there:
It looks like I’ve legitimately put the make-up on, right?
The app is available – for free! – from today from the App Store and can be used on iPhones and iPads. There’s an Android version, too.
Play around with it and let me know what you think!
Will you download this app? Which L’Oréal product would you most like to virtually try?
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Yay! This will help with my search for the perfect red and nude!
Posted on: March 24, 2015 (Mar 24, 2015 4:05pm)
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24 Mar 2015 10:39 AM | Posted by bh's Beth England
I don’t know about you guys, but I’m a big believer in the ‘power nap’ – and as it turns out, it’s even more powerful than I thought!
New research has found a 45-minute snooze doesn’t just leave you well-rested; it can also boost your memory by up to five times.
As part of a German study, participants had to learn 90 single words as well as 120 unconnected word pairs such as ‘milk taxi’.
Some then watched a DVD while others indulged in a sneaky nap. According to the subsequent article in the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory journal, those who had slept remembered more word pairs than those who hadn’t.
Yep, the old adage, “you snooze, you lose”, couldn’t be further from the truth!
Technically, the nappers’ memory performance didn’t improve compared to the levels measured immediately after the learning phase, they did remain constant – while the memories of people in the other group faded.
According to the Saarland University scientists, bursts of brain activity known as ‘sleep spindles’ play an important role during sleep in consolidating new information.
A nap of just 45 minutes to an hour can produce “a five-fold improvement in information retrieval from memory”.
The conclusion? “A concentrated period of learning followed by a short relaxing sleep is all that's needed” to enhance recall.
Now excuse me while I indulge in a quick snooze at my desk (hey, it’s for my memory)!
Are you a fan of the power nap?
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Posted by:(Member since 2008, Australia)
The key to a good power nap is to only sleep for a certain time like 30-40min and wake up. Any longer if defeats the purpose.
I do love a good power nap sometimes it feels better than a full 8:hours. Always refreshed.
Makes sense that brain power would be refreshed. Good research here
Posted on: March 24, 2015 (Mar 24, 2015 11:41am)
I can't even seem to get the my naps right. There are many studies that back up napping for 45 minutes to an hour can be extremely beneficial.
Posted on: March 24, 2015 (Mar 24, 2015 11:46am)