Products that will help keep germs at bay

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We all know that germs are unhealthy. But did you know that they’re unhealthy because they can actually make you sick? Yep, those little bacteria attack healthy cells and infect them, taking you from bright, chirpy and on-top-of-the-world to slow, sluggish, and full of snot.

So if you want to keep that winter cold at bay, your best bet is to ensure that those germs get nowhere near your healthy cells. And these products will do just the trick to make sure that happens.

1. Palmolive Softwash Anti-Bacterial Liquid Handwash – this effective hand wash has been formulated to keep your hands fresh and clean, as well as effectively remove germs from your skin and underneath your nails. Oh, and don’t worry about your hands feeling dry – it contains a light moisturiser to keep them soft and smooth.

2. Dettol Instant Hand Sanistiser – Feeling a little grimy but there’s no sink and handwash in sight? Pffft, not a problem. Just make sure you’ve got one of these babies in your handbag. The gel will kill 99.99 per cent of germs instantly and will leave your hands feeling refreshed.

3. Natralus Instant Natural Antibacterial Hand Sanitiser Spray – This wonderful concoction of chamomile and apple blossom will leave your hands smelling fabulous and free of germs. Oh, and did we mention it’s made up of 99 per cent natural ingredients?

4. Dettol Glen 20 Spray Disinfectant – Kill germs before they’ve even had a chance to get onto your skin. The effective, fast-acting spray will kill germs and viruses on hard or soft surfaces in your home. Plus, it’ll help get rid of any bad, whiffy odours that are hanging around.

Uh-oh! Did the germs get to you before you could give them a good, swift kick in the behind? We hope you feel better soon. In fact, go to bed right now, pop on a DVD of The O.C and take some Vicks Vapodrops to soothe your throat and clear your nose.

What do you do to try ward off a winter cold? Do you use anti-bacterial handwash?





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Posted by: Rabi (Australia)

Dettol healthy touch is my best friend atm! and i always use anti Bacteriol hand wash

Posted on: May 08, 2013 (May 8, 2013 12:38pm)

Posted by: Kassalee (Australia)

I do a steam inhalation of essential oils most mornings - helps my sinus and I'm sure it keeps my immune system boosted - haven't had a bad cold in ages (now I'll get one!).

Also keep a small hand sanitiser in my bag and when at home, thoroughly wash my hands with hot water and soap - not convinced that antibacterial hand washes are any more effective than a good soapy hot hand wash for 2 minutes.

Posted on: May 08, 2013 (May 8, 2013 1:20pm)

How to avoid injury when exercising

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I recently decided I wanted to start running. I hate going to the gym and I get bored going on walks, so I figured running was a great way to up my general fitness levels, burn calories, and keep me interested in exercise. So one sunny Saturday when I told my boyfriend I was going on my first run, he looked at me incredulously (I’m hardly ever motivated to exercise, let alone on a weekend so his shock and disbelief was warranted) and asked, “Do you know how to run?”

Now, I know I’m no Usain Bolt, but I was extremely offended. Obviously I know how to run. It’s just like walking (which I can totally do), only faster. So I set off in a huff, fuelled by annoyance to do an extra long run just to prove to him that I knew exactly what I was doing.

Turns out, I didn’t. You see, as I learnt the hard way (injury after aforementioned first run), running isn’t just a faster version of walking. Well, theoretically it is, but in reality there is so much more that needs to be taken into account if you want to do it right. And by right I mean exercise effectively and burn the most calories, without injuring yourself.

So, if you’re a running novice like me you need to take a few things into account before you get going:

#1: Start up slowly

Building up the motivation to exercise can be hard, so when you find yourself feeling uber-enthusiastic, you tend to want to run faster and longer on your very first go. According to Luke Horder, Personal Trainer and Director of Horder Fitness, this is the quickest way to get yourself injured. “When people haven’t run for a while they get really pumped up and go for a big run and they usually do some kind of injury,” he says. “As a beginner it is important to start your runs small and build up. Your body needs to be conditioned to running and that takes time, so start small and increase your distances and intensity as the weeks progress.”

#2: Don’t skip the stretching

Warming up your muscles before you go for a run is vital in minimising the risk of injury. It prepares your body for action by increasing blood flow to your muscles and gradually elevating your heart rate. The Athlete’s Foot recommends a light jog for a few hundred metres if you’re doing a distance run, and an extended warm up of up to 20 minutes if you’re doing a speed session. Likewise, ‘warming down’ is just as essential once you’ve finished your workout. “When you run your muscles are constantly contracting, especially in the lower body area. This constant contracting makes your muscles tighter and you need to stretch them back to their original length,” advises Luke. This is particularly important if you’re a beginner, as your muscles won’t be used to the constant contraction.

#3: Alter incorrect stride

As it turns out, there is a technique when it comes to running, hence my boyfriend’s question about whether or not I knew how to run (which, annoyingly, I later had to apologise for getting so irritated about.) Luke suggests starting to run with smaller steps first, letting your heel hit the ground before your toes do, to ensure you stay upright with your head up. “This will slow your running down, but it will allow you to run for longer,” he says. The Athlete’s Foot also stresses the importance of good posture when running. They recommend gazing a couple of metres in front of you, and not at your feet, to ensure your neck and back remain straight. They also advise keeping your shoulders relaxed, back and down. If you feel them creeping up to your ears as you run, take a deep breath and make a conscious effort to get them back into position. According to The Athlete’s Foot this will work to open up your chest and help you to maximise your lung capacity, as well as promote ideal strides and ensure that energy is not wasted during your run.

#4: Make sure your shoes fit

Seems basic enough, but how often do you change your running shoes? After I injured myself I went to the podiatrist and was shocked to find out that my sneakers – which I thought were in good nick after two-years of wear – had actually lost all their support and were partly to blame for my injuries. So it’s really important to replace your running shoes every year. The experts at The Athlete’s Foot are trained to help you find the perfect running shoe for your feet and fitness needs. I went in there last weekend and was blown away at how thorough a ‘consultation’ I got just to be fitted with a new pair of sneakers. They took into account the areas I put pressure on the most when I walked (thanks to a nifty FitPrint analysis machine), how much I pronated (rolled inwards) and how this would need to be supported and corrected by my new shoes. Overall, very impressed!

Need a new pair of running shoes? Right now we’re loving the new fashion-forward Saucony Kinvara and the ultra-supportive Saucony Hurricane. Two very different shoes but both with fantastic benefits for your feet. Head to The Athlete’s Foot to be professionally fitted and find out which shoe is right for you.

Want more running tips? Whether you’re a beginner or a pro, The Athlete’s Foot running hub will help you get started or take your running to the next level. Click here for daily tips, advice and inspiration on all things running

When last did you change your running shoes? Are you a beginner looking to start running, or is running already your exercise of choice?

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Posted by: Animal Lover (Australia)

Thank you BH. I am an avid runner and in my days have skipped stretching a time or two only to injure myself from not doing so. I have just bought a new pair of runners, i feel them alittle too heavy for my liking as i like to fly when i run so to speak. Will be looking at kinvara next time as reviews have stated how light they feel, they are on my list, maybe sooner then later :)

Posted on: May 08, 2013 (May 8, 2013 7:23am)

Posted by: Roxymisha (Australia)

I have never been a runner but I walk and good walking shoes are a must for me.

Posted on: May 08, 2013 (May 8, 2013 9:20am)

MET Gala 2013: top 10 eye make-up looks

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There must have been a group memo. I’m certain of it. And if there wasn’t, well, those celebrities who took to the red carpet at the MET Gala (aka Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute Benefit Ball) in New York had the exact same idea: to show of their eyes in an alluring, striking and magnificently different way.

Maybe it was the 'Punk: Chaos to Couture' theme that stirred this on. Or maybe accentuating the eyes was the perfect make-up look to partner their magnificently luxe frocks. Either way, the 2013 MET Gala provided us with more than enough imaginative make-up inspiration, courtesy of some of Hollywood’s most stunning celebrities.

From Anja Rubik’s dark winged eyeliner and Emmy Rossum’s angular aubergine winged eye, to Kristen Stewart’s crimson eye-framing eyeshadow and Jennifer Lopez’s super-dark charcoal smoky eye, check out our top 10 eye make-up looks from this year’s MET Gala and you’ll soon forget lipstick ever existed…

Which eye make-up look from the 2013 MET Gala is your favourite? Are you a fan of striking eye make-up? Which look would you most like to recreate?

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Posted by: Marza (Australia)

love the eye looks at the met ball

Posted on: May 07, 2013 (May 7, 2013 6:15pm)

Posted by: Rei_ (Australia)

Some of them look a little bit off, but overall they're pretty stunning!

Posted on: May 07, 2013 (May 7, 2013 6:23pm)

Male grooming basics

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Forget what that Beckham bloke’s trying to sell you, men don’t need much to look good and feel even better. Be a Macgyver in the bathroom with these five grooming tools:


Don’t want to end up looking like a shriveled prune? Then you need to moisturise. Yes, men age better than women but even Mother Nature needs a helping hand sometimes. Buy a tub and don’t be shy, slap that youth juice on every morning and night – at 50 you’ll appear 40, and by 60 you’ll look 30. Well, maybe that’s a slight exaggeration, but moisturiser will keep your skin feeling soft and smooth.


My first cologne was Old Spice. Not even joking. Dad was given a bottle every Christmas and each year he’d palm them off to me until a female friend confessed I smelled like a cheap male stripper. Drakkar Noir is another one to avoid; it died with the ‘90s. At a pinch, stick to the classics – you’ll never go wrong with these proven panty-droppers: Acqua Di Gio (Giorgio Armani), Eternity (Calvin Klein), and, if you’re feeling adventurous, Fahrenheit (Christian Dior).

Shaving kit

Should be pretty foolproof, right? We’ve all been shaving since we were sixteen (unless you’re my Macedonian friend George, who started when he was five). But what to use: a cream? A foam? A gel? Or that weird oil stuff that comes in those tiny eye-drop bottles? Forget anything that foams up, what you want is a rich lather. Go for something with a high concentration of lubricants. A personal favourite of mine is Nivea’s Sensitive Shaving Gel for men.

Hair product

Mud, clay, shaper, gel, putty, cement, gum, mousse, fudge, dough, fibre, paste, pomade, glue, salt spray . . . hair care is harder than astrophysics these days. It was simpler when everyone just used Brylcreem. Rocking limp, thin hair like Gollum? Hit up something goopy to give you body. Got a stubborn ‘fro? Wrestle it into shape with some hardcore wax. The trick is to experiment and see what works for you.

bh’s Carli gives the lowdown on difference between a gel and a wax here


As tempting as it is to run around basking in your own natural man-musk, the old underarm spray is pretty important. But as Will from The In-Betweeners puts it, you don’t want to smell like an industrial accident at the Lynx factory. So go easy, big guy. And for the love of god, avoiding the shower and trying to cover up not bathing by spraying excessive amounts of deodorant will only make you smell worse.

This is my first post for beauty heaven so let me know what you think of my blog below. What products do you think every man needs? Is there anything you would add to the list?

sign off ben

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Posted by: talk-a-lot (Australia)

My partner uses all of these items, i have nothing to add to the list apart from a couple of grooming tools my partner uses religiously, nail clippers, nose hair trimmer and a foot file.
This is a wonderful blog, I would never have known it was your first for BH, you covered the topic well. Thank you Benny.

Posted on: May 07, 2013 (May 7, 2013 3:08pm)

Posted by: xCarla (Australia)

Wonderful blog!
Hope there's more male-focused posts in the future!

Posted on: May 07, 2013 (May 7, 2013 3:12pm)

Get out of your make-up rut

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There are some nasty things that you can call a girl, and ‘outfit repeater’ has to be somewhere in the top five.  So what about a ‘beauty repeater’? It’s so easy to repeat the same beauty look for months on end, especially when there’s a favourite lippy or simple but effective hair-do involved. If you’ve found yourself in a makeup rut lately here are a few simple ways you can freshen up your look:


The good news is that buns are still in. The bad news is you’ve gotten so robotic with doing them on the top of your head that it’s become your go-to on a night out or even just for the gym. To liven up your hair-do, try placing your bun at the nape of your neck. You can do it sleek and neat for work, or loose and messy for the weekends. If you’re looking for even more of a change, simply add a side-swept fringe.


Can’t help but flick when you reach the end of your lid? No problem! Simply trade in your traditional black eyeliner for a coloured one. This way you’ll be able to keep the definition and style you love with a seemingly whole new look. Cobalt blue and aqua liner in particular will see the compliments come flooding in.


This is a hard rut to get out of because simply put, red lipstick makes us look damn good. But there is such a thing as overkill, especially when every other girl out on a Saturday night is rocking it just as hard. While there are still a few warm days left in the transition to winter, try swapping your red for a coral or tangerine colour. Later in the month as you start dragging out your scarves and boots, try popping some plum on your pout for a more dramatic change. And if you simply can’t stay away from the red family, a shade of merlot can be the exception.


If you’re a girl who likes to let your natural beauty shine through – don’t worry. There are ways that you can update your beauty look without the need for bright colours or over-the-top features. And you’re not just limited to foundation and mascara either. In a nutshell, nudes, beiges and bronzes have just become your three best friends. Try highlighting your eyes with a bronze shadow and finish off with a few coats of mascara. Or if you’re feeling a bit more daring, look for a nude lippy or gloss that has a pinkish tinge to it and is essentially the colour of your lips, only bolder. Accentuating your natural features using different shades and tones is what you should be aiming for.

Do you ever get stuck in a beauty rut? What's your style you constantly sport? Do you like the sound of these subtle, yet effective updates for your look?










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Posted by: Rei_ (Australia)

I can't do it! It's always gotta be black liner for me :(

Posted on: May 06, 2013 (May 6, 2013 5:04pm)

Posted by: Oonga (Australia)

I am loving the EOTD thread here, it has really inspired me to make some changes!
Some of the ideas here as well such as the topknot, i have been using the screwtype bobby pins and they give a different look to a scrunchie!

Posted on: May 06, 2013 (May 6, 2013 5:17pm)