How to fight your sweet tooth

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If, like me, you’re a slave to your sugar cravings then it’s time to give the bad habit the boot. After all, it’s not really necessary to have something sweet after every meal and as every snack, right? So while it’s nice to treat ourselves from time to time, the sooner we can all agree that we don’t actually need sugar, the better – because more often than not, the sugar we put in our bodies is doing us more harm than good.

But controlling your sugar cravings isn’t an easy task. Which is why we’ve put together some quick tips to stop you from reaching for that jar of jelly beans whenever you feel the need to get your next sugar fix…

QUICK TIP #1: ensure you eat enough at meal times

Many of us feel as though we ‘need’ sugar after meals. This is completely untrue. People who eat until they feel satisfied are less likely to reach for that tray of chocolates after dinner, as they feel satiated from their meal. To avoid the cravings, try increasing the amount of protein and complex carbohydrates (e.g. wholegrains) in your meals to ensure that you’re properly full and that those extra calories don’t find their way into your thoughts, or worse, your stomach! Still craving a sweet fix? Snack on a few pieces of dried fruit or a square of dark chocolate.

QUICK TIP #2: stay hydrated

We often mistake thirst for hunger, which can manifest itself in cravings for sweet treats. Make sure you always have some water close by, or if you’re bored with the plain stuff, try tasty herbal teas such as chai, vanilla or cinnamon-flavoured brews.

QUICK TIP #3: trick your taste buds

Foods that taste sweet don’t have to be high in sugar or fat. And no, I’m not suggesting you grab an apple next time you’re craving a snickers bar (although it wouldn’t hurt!). You can still indulge in yummy foods by substituting certain ingredients for more healthy, natural choices. For example, next time you’re baking up a storm, try using applesauce as an alternative to sugar. It tastes great and your taste buds will hardly notice the difference. You can also try using honey rather than sugar to sweeten teas; almond milk to richen your oats; or raw cacao powder as an alternative to cocoa. Other tasty natural ingredients to add to your shopping list include cinnamon, coconut, all natural nut-butters.

QUICK TIP #4: practice makes perfect

Change doesn’t happen overnight, so be kind to your body. Remember, just as our bodies have been taught to crave sugar, they can also be taught to go without it. If you’re someone who snacks on sugary treats three times a day, start by cutting it down to twice a day, then to once a day. Before you know it you’ll have taught your body not to crave the sugar and you’ll no longer be a slave to your cravings!

Do you crave sugar? How many times a day would you say you have a sugary treat? Do you have any tips or tricks to curbing your cravings?


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Posted by: beautystar (Member since 2007, Australia)

Sugar is my major vice. I am reading this article whilst drinking a solo. Great tips - the making sure you are full tip is spot on as i notice its when i am still slightly peckish that i reach for dessert

Posted on: November 14, 2012 (Nov 14, 2012 12:15pm)

Posted by: MoonStone (Australia)

Sometimes i just want sweets all day, then other days im sugar free. I like your tip on switching sugar for apple sauce. Sounds good!
It is a gradually thing to get rid of sugar. Why cant skittles be good for you?

Posted on: November 14, 2012 (Nov 14, 2012 12:16pm)

When like turns to love

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If all you’re using Facebook for is connecting with friends near and far, doing some light stalking (what? We all do it!), and uploading pictures from your weekend/holiday, you’re missing a trick.

See, more and more beauty brands are joining the world of Facebook, and a lot of them have gotten creative in how their page can benefit you. Yes, you!

And VS Sassoon is doing a pretty good job in making their Facebook page a must-visit portal where you can win, learn, and be inspired daily.

Take the competition they’re running now, for instance. Each week for six weeks, VS Sassoon is giving away a different hair tool (this week it’s a Root Boost Straightener). All you have to do is ‘Like’ their page, answer a question, and fill in a few details. Even better, you can enter the competition every.single.week for your chance to win a hair tool. It really couldn’t get easier.

Plus, they regularly update their page with super-helpful hair tips, celebrity news, and enough hair inspiration to make sure the brand is one you actually want to see popping up on your News Feed.

Not following VS Sassoon yet? Are you MAD?! Click here, ‘like’ them and let the good times roll…

Do you use Facebook to follow beauty brands? Have you tried any VS Sassoon products?

Our Trial Team put the new VS Sassoon Venezia through its paces. See what they had to say…

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Posted by: Deb763 (Australia)

yes i do follow beauty brands on FB good to get updates that way on new products and etc...i love VS currently using curling iron plus hairdryer and love them :)

Posted on: November 14, 2012 (Nov 14, 2012 8:12am)

Posted by: MoonStone (Australia)

I def use facebook for beauty brands. Its a good way to stay up to date and learn even more beauty advice. Plus brands sometimes offer samples this way. Ive been following vs for a while now. Good luck to all entering there comps.

Posted on: November 14, 2012 (Nov 14, 2012 8:42am)

Why not give your beauty routine the French touch?

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I’ve never been to France, but golly gosh I would love to, beauties. In fact, I think the Eiffel Tower is calling my name… However, as there is no plane ticket booked and a bank account lacking cashola, this is the closest I’ll be getting to Paris anytime soon: slathering myself in beauty products hailing from France. Want to join me? Hover over the stars to find out just how wonderful these Parisian beauty buys really are…

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  1. Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Multi-Purpose Dry Oil

    Wonderfully rich, this ultra-concentrated dry oil uses six oils – macadamia, hazelnut, borage, sweet almond, camellia and St John's Wort – to leave the skin soft, silky and deliciously fragranced. ($39.95 | 03 9505 3086)

  2. L’Occitane Angelica Face Toner

    Pop this on a cotton pad and in one sweep you’ll not only remove traces of impurities, but refresh and hydrate your skin, too.

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  3. Klorane Oil Control Dry Shampoo with Nettle

    If you like to avoid washing your hair, listen up: this oil absorbing dry shampoo will help regulate excessive sebum production, so with regular use you’ll find yourself needing to reach for the old shampoo bottle less and less. LOVE!

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  4. Gatineau Paris Clear & Perfect Sebo-Regulating Concentrate

    If an oily t-zone or large pores are getting you in a huff, give this intensely purifying serum a whirl. Containing lentil seed extract and salicylic acid, it slows down sebum production and reduces the appearance of pores. Win, win!

  5. Decleor Paris Aromessence Iris Rejuvenating Serum

    Is your skin looking a little lacklustre of late? This non-oily, ultra-soothing serum fights free radical damage and dehydration, and is 100 per cent natural.

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  6. Uriage Gommage Integral

    This two-in-one wonder gently exfoliates the skin eliminating dead skin cells, while also cleansing to stimulate the skin.

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  7. Ella Baché Hydra-Revitalising Repair Balm

    If you want soft, hydrated skin that glows with health, you’ll want to try this brilliant balm. It contains wheat germ, which is ace at healing and strengthening, and shea butter, which restore elasticity.

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  8. Bourjois Volume Glamour Max Definition

    Featuring a nifty brush with 500 bristles and a special tip for those pesky tiny lashes that always seem to get missed, this volumising mascara is ideal for anyone craving fluttery lashes.

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  9. Avène Gentle Purifying Scrub

    Containing 66 per cent Avène Thermal Spring Water, this mild exfoliation gel is soothing and clearing for those with very dry skin AND those who suffer from acne.

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  10. BIODERMA Créaline H20

    This world-wide cult product is adored by those with sensitive skin. Its fragrance-free solution gently removes make-up and impurities without irritating.

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Don’t they all sound divine? I think I’m going to have to get onto booking that plane ticket, quick smart. Because along with tucking into delicious croissants and indulging my appetite for delightful cheeses, purchasing (and applying!) these products while in the Eiffel Tower’s homeland sounds mighty amazing to me… 

Did you know all these beauty brands were French? Have you tried any of these products? Which one would suit your beauty concerns most?

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Posted by: Rose_P (Australia)

I adore all things Bourjois, and I'm loving my Avene products.

Posted on: November 13, 2012 (Nov 13, 2012 5:38pm)

Posted by: Pixiealso (Australia)

I've heard MANY good things about Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Multi-Purpose Dry Oil, and intend to buy some after Christmas - hopefully either in the Sales, or with some Christmas $$!

Posted on: November 13, 2012 (Nov 13, 2012 5:55pm)

How-to: Charlize Theron’s wicked look

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If there’s anything we love here at bh HQ, it’s when good girls go bad.

Honestly, how can you continue to love the hero in a movie when the villains are just so vampy? They make the good girls seem, well… a bit beige in comparison.

So, earlier this year when I clapped eyes on Charlize Theron in her role as the Wicked Queen in Snow White and the Huntsman, I couldn’t help but get incredibly inspired by how good it can be to be bad. And since it’s just been released on DVD, I figured there was no better time to bring you the step-by-step guide to her awesome make-up look. Seriously, if evil can look this good, I think we might all just give up the good girl act for good!

To achieve some supremely evil Queen-like hair, try a do-it-yourself milkmaid braid, just like Charlize’s. We have the how-to right here…

Now that you have the movie’s main make-up look sorted, here’s a bit about the flick in case you need some extra inspiration…

In this spectacular action-adventure, Kristen Stewart (Twilight) is Snow White, the only woman in the land fairer than the evil queen Ravenna (Academy Award® winner Charlize Theron). Ravenna wants nothing more than to destroy her young rival, but she doesn't know that Show White has been training in the art of war with a huntsman (Chris Hemsworth), who the Queen dispatched to kill her. Together with a handsome prince (Sam Claflin) who is enchanted by Snow White's beauty and power, they assemble an armed force to recapture the kingdom.

COMP, COMP, COMP!

Fancy seeing the flick? Well that’s good, because we have 10 copies of Snow White and the Huntsman on DVD to give away! For your chance to win, simply tell us in the comments section of this blog, whether you’d prefer to play the hero or the villain in a movie, and why.

COMPETITION CLOSES: midnight 19th November 2012

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Posted by: JaneyPooh (Australia)

It is the best movie version of Snow White I have ever seen. A lot more grown up than others.

Posted on: November 13, 2012 (Nov 13, 2012 12:02pm)

Posted by: MissChriss (Australia)

I love Charlize's look in that movie.
I would rather play the villain in a movie because they always seem to get the better make up looks, better clothes and styling and it would be nice to have a little fictitious role change!

Posted on: November 13, 2012 (Nov 13, 2012 12:13pm)

Four steps to a spring races-worthy chignon

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Think working a fascinator into your racing hair ‘do can sometimes be a tricky task? Not so when the ol’ chignon is involved. This classically elegant style created by Herbal Essences not only adds a touch of glamour to your outfit, but makes easy way for a headpiece, too. However, if you’re not exactly sure how to create this low bun-esque do, simply hover over the stars below for our simple step-by-step tutorial…

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  1. STEP 1

    Part your hair to the side then section off 3cm of hair at the front from ear to ear. Secure the back section into a ponytail, before backcombing it to create volume. Next, begin to roll the hair underneath to create the chignon.

  2. STEP 2

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    Use your fingers to shape the chignon and create volume before pinning with bobby pins. Spritz with a hairspray like Herbal Essences Tousle Me Softly Hair Spray to secure.

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  3. STEP 3

    Take one side of the front section and twist the lengths, before wrapping around the chignon and securing underneath with bobby pins. Repeat on the other side.

  4. STEP 4

    Give your ‘do a final spritz of hairspray for longevity, before securing your fascinator in place.

See, that’s not too hard, right? And all you need is an elastic hair tie, a comb for teasing, some hairspray and a handful of bobby pins. Oh, and your dashing fascinator. But you already knew that.

I guess all that’s left to do now is to trot off to the racecourse and have a blast. And attempt to keep your shoes on all day. That’s what a classy lady with a chignon would do, after all…

What do you think of this spring racing hairstyle? Have you ever tried to create this  ‘do at home? What’s your go-to trackside hair look?

PS. If you're heading trackside soon and don't know which make-up look you're most fond of, check this out: spring racing make-up: smoky eye v bold lip

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Posted by: saltine (Australia)

The do looks super cute. I've never tried a chignon before - or gone to the races! Maybe next year...

Posted on: November 12, 2012 (Nov 12, 2012 5:06pm)

Posted by: Tinaaa (Australia)

This hairstyle is so gorgeous! I think it would be lovely for a bride as well! I prefer to do a fishtail braid and swirl it up as a bun :)

Posted on: November 12, 2012 (Nov 12, 2012 5:07pm)