19 Dec 2011 12:47 PM | Posted by Editor
When it comes to Christmas Day, everyone loves a good festive feast. But while you might start the day with good intentions (“I’m so only having one helping and definitely no Christmas cake!”), it’s not long before you’re left thinking, “well, someone’s got to eat it” and re-assuring yourself that, “lunch won’t be that big”.
Fast forward to 3pm and your stomach is starting to look a lot like Santa’s. But fear not – you can get back on track. Here are our best tips and tricks that’ll have you feeling better by Boxing Day…
When you’re too full to move...
- You’ll probably feel like lying on the couch, but instead, try to do some gentle exercise. Walking around your garden, neighbourhood, or doing some light cleaning is a great way to help the digestive process. And the better you digest the food, the less sick or sleepy you’ll feel!
- To combat post-binge bloating, we recommend boiling a pot of Salubre Digest Abili–Tea. It soothes the digestive tract, and is infused with herbs that rid the body of excess fluid, meaning you’ll feel lighter and healthier in no time.
When you’re faced with it all over again the next day...
- Have light meals, even if you’re not that full anymore as large meals will put extra strain on your body. It’s also a good idea to have a balanced meal of lean protein with greens, to (try to) avoid fatty meats, cake, or alcohol and to up your water intake.
- Soak in a bath with Epsom salts, as they’re well known for their calming and detoxifying effects on the body. They’ll help relax your muscles, ease swelling and stress, and also release excess fluid from your body - which means you’ll look slimmer and more toned. Heidi Klum uses this trick the night before runway shows, which means it’s got be good, right?
In the lead-up to New Years...
- Resist the temptation to weigh yourself. You may have put on a bit of weight over the festive season, but don’t punish yourself – Christmas only comes around once a year and as soon as your routine and eating schedule returns to normal you’re likely to drop the extra kilos.
Win! For your chance to win a mystery beauty prize pack, simply tell us in the comments section of this blog, about your funniest Christmas moment.
Competition closes midnight Sunday 1st January 2012.
What's your funniest Christmas moment?
We reminisce every Christmas about fun and good memories but the funniest one that comes to mind was when my then 8yo brother tested out my mum's razor set by shaving half of his leg which just happened to be on Christmas Day when all of our family were there.
Posted on: December 26, 2011 (Dec 26, 2011 1:36am)
Oh this is fun, let me set the scene...it's Boxing Day afternoon. We're all a little worn out from all the excitement of the previous BIG day, except the kids of course. My dear Nanna is sitting on the couch quietly stringing the beans for dinner (does anyone do that any more?). My brother is outside with his bestie, testing out his new cricket bat. The ball bounces off the bat, hits the loungeroom window and bounces off into the yard. But the glass cracks with a resounding shriek and my Nanna leaps straight off the couch (she hadn't leapt for years) and the beans and tray go flying in all directions. We shouldn't have laughed (poor Nanna) but we did, and we were still finding beans weeks later, down the back of the couch, behind books on the shelf, even balancing on the picture frames hanging on the walls. Nanna was fine, but we never found the peeler...
Posted on: December 26, 2011 (Dec 26, 2011 7:39am)
16 Dec 2011 18:00 PM | Posted by bh's Olivia Mackinnon
First things first – how cute is this baby?! And secondly, merry Christmas beauties! On behalf of the whole team at beautyheaven, we hope you have a fabulous day, filled with festive fun, great friends and family, scrummy food and of course – fabulous gifts!
We know you’re probably a little bleary-eyed from being up all night on Santa-watch (and from a few too many Christmas eggnogs no doubt!), but we figured you’d take a little time to share the day with your bh family too!
And because you know we love you, we thought we’d give one lucky a member a gorgeous gift to say…well…happy holidays! We know you’ll probably be up to your eyeballs in pretty presents already, but hey, what’s one more right?
So for your chance to win one seriously marvellous mystery pack, simply tell us in the comments section of this blog, what you wished for this holiday season…
Competition closes: midnight 31st December 2011.
Well my mum has been struggeling with permanent severe nerve damage for years, the pain has now travelled down her body and she has lost sensation of feeling in her hand and arm, mostly likely will travel. It is heart breaking watching her in pain everyday, docs can only do so much:( So my wish is for my mother to get better and to enjoy life again without pain.
Merry Christmas Beauties :) Have a lovely day.
Posted on: December 25, 2011 (Dec 25, 2011 6:27am)
I actually didn't wish for anything realistic! A car from Santa (metallic blue mazda 3.....not being specific, no) was it, but looks like I'm going to be saving for a looooooong time - maybe Christmas 2015 I'll get it :)
Posted on: December 25, 2011 (Dec 25, 2011 10:06am)
12 Dec 2011 16:19 PM | Posted by bh's Carli Alman
Christmas is but a mere two days away – woo hoo!
And to celebrate the silly season, we thought it’d be fun to take a guess at what some of Hollywood’s hottest celebs will be asking Santa to bring them this year.
Sure, they may get everything they want all year round, but we’re fairly certain there isn’t a celeb out there in LaLa Land who doesn’t have a wishlist stashed somewhere in their giant mansion.
What will you be asking for this Christmas?
Hahaha, great work BH! Definitely agree with Lindsay Lohan's Christmas wish. This Christmas I'll be asking for one of The Body Shop's Body Butters. They smell so nice! :D
Posted on: December 23, 2011 (Dec 23, 2011 3:24pm)
ahahah, those were actually hilarious!
Posted on: December 23, 2011 (Dec 23, 2011 3:33pm)
19 Dec 2011 14:08 PM | Posted by Editor
Wow. That was my first thought when I saw this ah-mazing eye look created by International Make-Up Artist, Linda Cantello for the Giorgio Armani S/S 2012 show. Not because the make-up look is anything outlandish or overly complicated, but rather because the sheer simplicity of a mother of pearl sheen combined with some softly drawn lines looked so spectacularly stylish and elegant, that for a minute it took my breath away.
And then of course I was practically gagging to get the look myself. Figured you would be too, so without further ado, here’s the step-by-step guide to recreating this OMG elegance eye look….
1.) Outline your top lash line with Giorgio Armani Smooth Silk Eye Pencil in #4 (black), extending the line straight outwards until the end of your brows.
2.) Pass over this line with Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Eyeshadow in #20 (available in the Giorgio Armani Bronze Collection, June 2012).
3.) Using the Giorgio Armani Maestro Eyeliner in #1 (black), draw a second line to thicken the appearance of your lash line and create depth with the previous line.
4.) Next, take Giorgio Armani Smooth Silk Eye Pencil in #4 again and, working from the inner corner to the middle of your eye, draw a line across your eye socket. Leave the middle section blank (about a centimetre), and then continue the line to the outer corner of your eye. Use a blending brush to soften both lines.
5.) To finish, sweep some Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Eyeshadow in #20 across the space between your brows and the line at the outer corner of your eyes, curl your lashes and apply Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Lash Stretching Mascara in #1 (black).
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Giorgio Armani Smooth Silk Eye Pencil in #4, $43
Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Eyeshadow in #20, $47 (available June 2012)
Giorgio Armani Maestro Eyeliner in #1, $46
Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Lash Stretching Mascara in #1, (available 29th January 2012)
What do you think of this make-up look?
Love this look as much as I do? Then you’ll want to see it from every angle…
Posted by:(Member since 2007, Australia)
I do love this look and I'd wear this but I'd get strange looks and many questions and that is why these looks usually stay on the catwalk for effect. There has been a few variations in this look over the years, this is softer though. I was more mesmerised by the complexions of these gorgeous women.
Posted on: December 23, 2011 (Dec 23, 2011 7:42am)
i like the slightly cat eye effect, but not a fan of the exaggerated crease effect
Posted on: December 23, 2011 (Dec 23, 2011 7:59am)
01 Dec 2011 14:33 PM | Posted by GuestBlogger
Whether you're a busy mum juggling kids and a job or you just hit snooze three times in the morning, we all have those days when we wish we had a bit longer to perfect our tresses.But don't get your hats out just yet - try these simple quick hairstyles to get you looking runway ready in under five.
Top-knot's are all over Hollywood at the moment and you'll find celebs from Kim Kardashian to Fergie sporting this simple but chic look that can take you from day to night. Fortunately it's one of the easiest to pull off in a hurry.Volume is the key for this quick hair style - so throw your head upside down and spray with hairspray then sleek it back into a high ponytail (try it off-centre for a quirky alternative). Twist your hair around the ponytail until you like where it sits (it doesn't need to be neat) then pin it in place, spritz with hairspray and away you go!
The pony tail
It may be simple, but the pony tail is always a winner no matter how long you have to get ready. Try yours tightly pulled back and sleek then accessorise with a cute headband, especially if you're trying to hide oily roots.
If you know how to French braid, this is the best hair style if you want to add a bit of glamour to your lightning-fast look. Part your hair to the side and then French braid across your hairline. Either secure with a clear elastic or backcomb and hairspray the end to keep it in place.
Don't have time to dry your hair?
Some of the best hair styles start with wet hair - so you'll be out of the door even quicker. Try this quick hair style for wet hair.Spritz your towel-dried hair with some sea salt spray, such as KMS California Hairplay Sea Salt Spray, then pull back into a loose braid. Undo the braid on arrival at work/party/wherever for super cute beachy waves!
Tip: Always keep dry shampoo at the ready. Not only can it get rid of oily roots in a flash but can give your hair extra volume with a nice matte finish. If you have dark hair and find dry shampoo leaves you with a grey tinge, try matte bronzer instead.
A big welcome to our Guest Blogger Jenny Kellett. This is Jenny's first blog post and we hope to read lots more from her. Well done Jenny! The side braid has been kicking up a storm in bhHQ will Bh's Liv practicing her side-braiding technique on anyone willing!
Posted on: December 01, 2011 (Dec 1, 2011 2:40pm)
Posted by:(Member since 2007, Australia)
Great article Jenny, well done. You should be proud of yourself and I can't wait to read your next "guest blog".
Posted on: December 22, 2011 (Dec 22, 2011 3:07pm)