How to wear textured nail polish

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Working in the beauty industry, we’re constantly on the lookout for the latest trends. Remember last year’s almond nail trend? Or the ultra long nails Rihanna sported the year before that?

2015 is only a few months old, but it’s already delivered a seriously cool trend – textured nail polish. With celebrities, bloggers and the who’s who of beauty cottoning on, we’re predicting a textured mani is the next big thing.

So, what is textured nail polish?

Textured nail polish is just like normal polish, but instead of that slick, shiny finish we’re used to, it offers a – you guessed it! – textured finish.

More dimensional than your standard nail polish but not quite 3D, textured nail polish adds a little interest to your mani. Leather, latex, crackle, caviar, velvet and sand are among some of our favourite finishes, so it’s safe to say it’s for the more daring beauties!

Why is it so good?

Firstly, it nixes the need for a topcoat. You don’t want a smooth surface, so there’s no point! Textured nail polish also lasts a lot longer than normal nail polish. The small pieces latch onto your nails, and don’t let go (well, at least for around a week).

Who’s wearing textured nail polish?

Rihanna, Katy Perry and Kesha have all been spotted with textured nails. Alexa Chung has even collaborated with Nails Inc. to create her own textured polish range.

How do I wear it?

Alexa Chung, textured nail polish

Rihanna, Katy Perry and Kesha all wear the trend on their long, talon-style nails. However, we recommend taking a leaf out of Alexa Chung’s book and applying the polish to short, rounded nails. This is better suited for work and day-to-day wear. Go for soft make-up and pared-back hair, and let your nails do the talking.


Textured nail polishes we’re loving…



L’Oreal Colour Riche Le Vernis The Shades of Grey Collection
Ciate Caviar Manicure in Rainbow
essence Nail Art Sparkle Sand Top Coat
Chi Chi Crackle Nail Polish
Nails Inc. Alexa Leather Nail Polish

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Member Comments

Posted by: IndieAna (Member since 2008, Australia)

I really like a textured nail polishes, I like how it changes things up a bit :)

Posted on: February 28, 2015 (Feb 28, 2015 12:40pm)

Posted by: swoopingbuzzards (Australia)

textured nail polish is not a new trend at all.

Posted on: February 28, 2015 (Feb 28, 2015 12:46pm)

Can certain foods really cause pimples?

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So you’ve heard the rumours that chocolate and all your favourite greasy eats cause pimples, but are these claims actually true? And should you really have to choose between having amazing skin and tucking into a Tim Tam? Seriously, what’s a girl to do?!

We spoke to the experts to set the record straight, and I’m afraid you’re not going to like with what they said…

So, can chocolate and hot chips really cause pimples?

Sorry to break it to you, but yes, chocolate and hot chips can cause pimples. “Foods with a high glycemic index such as white bread and potatoes can cause a flare of acne by affecting the levels of growth and sex hormones,” says Dr Li-Chuen Wong, Consultant Dermatologist, Sydney Skin Newtown who works with Aveeno.

“Acne-prone people should avoid chocolate as it can be a trigger. Some of the ingredients in pure chocolate that might exacerbate acne are caffeine and theobromine, which are known to clog pores,” adds Emma Hobson, Education Manager International Dermal Institute, Australia, Asia and New Zealand.

What other foods cause pimples?

Basically, those carb-filled delights like pasta, pizza, biscuits and cakes are loaded with ingredients that can trigger breakouts. “Each of these foods has a high glycemic index that will quickly increase your blood sugar level. This leads to a quick release of insulin, which then causes a cascade of hormones to release (including testosterone), leading to a flare-up of acne,” explains Dr Wong.

Do I have to give up these indulgences if I want clear skin?

No, the key to keeping your breakouts in check is by eating these foods in moderation. Avoid a carb- and sugar-laden blowout by making sure you eat five small meals every couple of hours, and try to think of pimple-causing foods as ‘sometimes’ foods.

Should I change my skin care routine to prevent pimples?

To ward off breakouts, arm yourself with the best pimple-fighting products. Get your mitts on a deep cleaning cleanser such as the Ella Baché Gel Pureté Démaquillant, apply a spot treatment like the Dermalogica MediBac Concealing Spot Treatment to breakouts, and finish with an oil-free moisturiser like the Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Moisturiser SPF15.

Did you know these foods cause breakouts? Will you be changing your diet or skin care routine now that you do?




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Member Comments

Posted by: Roxymisha (Australia)

This is not definitive. I have read many articles and on this subject and the general view these days is to reduce intake foods that may cause inflammation. I still believe that if you suffer from acne which concerns you that you should obtain your own medical advice from a GP or, better yet, a dermatologist.

Posted on: February 27, 2015 (Feb 27, 2015 4:16pm)

Posted by: Rose_P (Australia)

Thankfully I've never had too many problems with acne/pimples, but if I over indulge in chocolate, I will always get a zit out of it (amongst other things!). Everything in moderation is my moto.

Posted on: February 27, 2015 (Feb 27, 2015 4:22pm)

How-to: Create a relaxed, tousled updo

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We can’t go past the easygoing, relaxed vibe that comes with having soft, loose curls. And when those curls are pulled back into a loose, low bun, you’re left with a low-key yet chic style that can be rocked at any occasion.

Inspired by the tousled updo Zoe Saldana flaunted on the Oscars red carpet, this tutorial will help you to nail this relaxed hair look for yourself..

zoe saldana oscars hair

Oh, and if you struggle to create curls using a curling wand or straightener, don’t sweat. The VS Sassoon Curl Secret does all the hard work for you, and makes the whole process faster so you can get out the door and start showing off your effortless ‘do.
Can’t watch our video right now? Read on to discover the steps for creating this tousled look at home with the VS Sassoon Curl Secret.

STEP #1: Brush and section your hair.

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STEP #2: Take a small section and brush again if necessary.

how to create a tousled updo

STEP #3: If your hair is layered, give each section a slight twist before placing it in the chamber.

how to create a tousled updo

STEP #4: Clamp the Curl Secret shut, and release when you hear three quick, consecutive beeps. Repeat until all of your hair is curled.

how to create a tousled updo

STEP #5: When you’ve finished curling, if you feel like you hair needs more body, add some texturising products to the roots.

how to create a tousled updo

STEP #6: To get a relaxed look, gently run your fingers through the curls.

how to create a tousled updo

STEP #7: Pull your hair back into a low, loose bun and use bobby pins to secure. If necessary, pin any loose ends out of the way.

how to create a tousled updo

STEP #8: Gently loosen the ‘do at the nape of your neck for a slightly softer look. If your hair ends up too loose at the front, twist the pieces and secure with bobby pins.

how to create a tousled updo

STEP #9: To finish, pull out a few soft curls around your face.

how to create a tousled updo

Do you like this tousled updo? Would you like to try curling your hair with the VS Sassoon Curl Secret?




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Member Comments

Posted by: Rose_P (Australia)

Love it! Definitely a look I would try for myself.

Posted on: February 27, 2015 (Feb 27, 2015 1:45pm)

Posted by: Stensen (Australia)

Great tutorial!

Posted on: February 27, 2015 (Feb 27, 2015 1:51pm)

Watch what happened when bh's Luke got waxed for the first time

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Men often don’t understand the hard work that goes into looking as put-together as we do. So we thought it was about time that one of the men in the bh office got some insight into what women go through in the pursuit of beauty.

Our victim? Our Health & Fitness Expert (and all-round good sport), Luke. Our tool? The Veet EasyWax™ Electrical Roll-on Kit.

Watch the hilarious video above to see how Luke fared having his legs waxed for the very first time, or enjoy a hearty giggle at our favourite moments below.


bh’s Carli taking way too much enjoyment out of what she’s about to do.




Look at all that luscious hair ready for waxing.





That’s one hairy strip.


Luke admiring the smooth results.




But we think next time he’ll opt for the Veet for Men Hair Removal Gel Cream instead…




As if the waxing wasn’t enough, Carli (very accidentally) whacked him in the head as she waxed.



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Member Comments

Posted by: Lucrecia629 (Australia)

Haha! Luke, you are a very good sport! Never waxed my hubby and I never would, but I did book him an appointment at my salon to get his chest waxed. I think he went back one more time before deciding it just wasn't that important to him. Fortunately he's just a little hairy - not "gorilla" hairy.

Posted on: February 27, 2015 (Feb 27, 2015 9:37am)

Posted by: CherryBlossom (Australia)

Haha. Ow. I can't wax myself so I'm hesitant to try it on anyone else. Nice tips, I end up whacking hubby once in a while anyway!

Posted on: February 27, 2015 (Feb 27, 2015 10:14am)

The rise of the brelfie

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We know celebrities love a good selfie, but recently the new mums in Hollywood have become all about the ‘brelfie’ – and it’s catching on.

Miranda Kerr (below, with her son Flynn), Gisele Bundchen (the ultimate multi-tasking mum) and Jamie King have all infamously posted intimate breastfeeding snaps to social media, prompting one in five UK breastfeeding mothers to say they’ll share a ‘brelfie’ at some point.

           Photo credit: mirandakerr Instagram

The craze was identified as part of the annual Netmums' Parenting Trends Report, which predicts the ten key parenting fashions for the forthcoming year.

According to the poll, 88 per cent of mothers think the snaps are a great way for women to celebrate their bodies and what they can do. They also thought social media sites were wrong to delete the somewhat revealing shots.

           Photo credit: Clockwise from top left - mrsdryden, bumpintomums, jordanbagre, vivivici (all Instagram)

35-year-old actress Jamie King (below), who gave birth to her son James last year, has been particularly vocal about the movement, saying breastfeeding shouldn’t be taboo.
           Photo credit: jamie_king Instagram

On the other hand, a growing movement is forming among mothers against the 'brelfie' – with some saying they’re a form of naked exhibitionism. Others have dismissed the trends as attention-seeking and highlighted the potential hurt caused to women who can’t breastfeed.

Personally, I think that ‘brelfies’ are a positive step towards ‘normalising’ the feeding practice. Surely, anything that encourages women to feel more comfortable during this physically very uncomfortable time is a good thing!

What do you think of the ‘brelfie’ movement? Do you support the snaps, or do you think they’re inappropriate?



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Member Comments

Posted by: talk-a-lot (Australia)

I am all for feeding bub, this is something I would not do though, post pictures online.

Posted on: February 26, 2015 (Feb 26, 2015 5:51pm)

Posted by: Trish_D (Australia)

This doesn't sit well with me at all. I have no problem with breast feeding whatever but photos for all the world to see are a different matter. Agree completely, talk-a-lot. I'll be really interested to read what everyone else thinks.

Posted on: February 26, 2015 (Feb 26, 2015 6:02pm)