Trend to try: brushed-up brows

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Thick, well-groomed brows are the answer to a youthful face. They frame the face, you see, which in turn leaves your eyes looking fresh and illuminated, and your cheeks wonderfully contoured. Think of them as a surgery-free face-lift, as they can shave years and even a few kilograms off your face. Sneaky, huh?

But what if your brows aren’t insanely thick, or you find filled-in, bold brows too harsh? Does this mean all hope of eternal youth is lost? Ha! Not a chance.

Enter this season’s hottest trend: brushed-up brows.

They’re lush and youthful, and anything but harsh. In fact, they make normal, possibly over-plucked arches look thicker, and don’t require a brow pencil if you’re not keen on using one.

Take a look at Rosie Huntington-Whitely, for instance. Yes, she has beautiful, clear, glowing skin and lips to die for, but her brows are a standout here. They make her lashes look longer and thicker, and there’s also a softness to them despite their strong face-framing abilities. They add a fresh touch to her make-up look, leaving her looking anything but overdone.

Here’s how to get this natural look: 

Step 1: Using an eyebrow brush, gently comb your eyebrows upwards.

Step 2: If you spot any gaps in your brows, use a thin angled brush and some powdered eye shadow to softly fill them in. Any hue that’s slightly lighter than your natural brows will do.

Step 3: Set all your hard work in place with a brow gel – or clear mascara – just make sure you apply it in upwards strokes to maintain the desired finish.

Cherie Herrmann

 

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Is this a brow look you’re likely to try? Do you pay attention to your brows? They’re really important, you know.

 

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Posted by: softness (Member since 2007, Australia)

I love her brow shape! They suit her face that's for sure. Eyebrows seem to be such a unique and individual thing for each person.

Posted on: April 18, 2012 (Apr 18, 2012 5:02pm)

Posted by: Vanity Fair23 (Australia)

not sure if I would need brushed up brows, considering mine are thick enough already.

Posted on: April 18, 2012 (Apr 18, 2012 5:15pm)

How-to: be proud of your man tan

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Q: I am a male and I have extremely pale white skin… Unfortunately because of this and the fact that I have lots of freckles… I cannot risk obtaining a natural tan by either sunbaking or going to the solarium, because of the high chance of getting skin cancer (not only for that reason but also when I go out in the sun my freckles become heaps more darker!!!). Therefore my only other option is to use fake tan or a bronzer, to obtain a light subtle tan that doesn’t make me look so pasty white.
Unfortunately, because I am a male… I cannot use anything that ends up looking fake… females can get away with this…but trust me it is so much harder when you’re a guy… I have some of my friends that have spotted it out before in the past… and they say things like “I cant believe your using fake tan… are you a women or what??” and just laugh etc… If only they knew that I didn’t have any other option…” – Tim298

A: First of all, Tim298, a big, fat pat on the back for steering clear of sun baking and the tanning bed. We applaud your sun-safe ways!
Now to the issue of your fake tan, which, as it turns out, is not an issue at all, because we have just the beauty brand to help you achieve that natural-looking self-tan so that you can wear your faux glow with pride.

Famous Dave, a tanning brand fresh out of the US and UK, has a product range that has been developed for over 14 years to make sure that your tan looks nothing less than naturally golden with no orange undertones.

For your fair skin, we’d recommend you use the Famous Dave Fair Skin and Face tanner – it’s been specifically designed for those with a fairer complexion to make sure you don’t look too over-the-top orange and obviously fake tanned. It will give you a slight glow, so if you’re looking for something with a bit more colour, try the Original Moisture Tan.

Oh, and if you want to make sure your fake tan is completely streak free, use the Famous Dave Tanning Mitt to help spread the fake tan evenly onto your skin.

If you’d prefer to get your tan done professionally, we’d recommend Naked Tan Alpha Male Spray Tan. The spray tan features the scent of sandalwood, so your friends will be none the wiser of your cheeky trip to the spray tan salon! (In fact, they’ll probably a bit envious of how good you look and smell).

Looking for a man’s perspective on Famous Dave? Sure thing…

Knowing how to fake tan your face is just as important as knowing how to tan your body…

 

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What fake tans do you use to give you natural, streak-free results?

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Posted by: Sumaya (Australia)

I never use fake tans because i love my pale skin :)

Posted on: April 18, 2012 (Apr 18, 2012 12:08pm)

Posted by: Ms Jelena (Australia)

I love bloom's gradual tanner and Custom Tan mousse I'm trialling for BH has been fantastic so far!

Posted on: April 18, 2012 (Apr 18, 2012 12:09pm)

How-to: find a new season hair trend to try

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If there’s one thing that inspires me, it’s new season hair looks. Granted, I don’t always jump into a new trend head first, but I’m always insanely interested to see what’s new and fresh in hair land – and if there’s a way for me to subtly inject it into my own look, then I’m all the more excited.

Which is the very reason I was so impressed after clapping eyes on Paloma Rose Garcia’s (Session Stylist and Salon Partner for Oscar Oscar Salons in Sydney) latest collection, ‘Pastel Romance’, which was inspired by the 20s, 50s and 60s – as well as hit TV show, Mad Men. This new collection is the proof that Paloma certainly knows how to give great hair, and well and truly delivers on this season’s biggest trends in a way that is sure to have you swooning.

The trend: the haircut

This chilly season it’s all about blunt, bold cuts that demand attention. Keep it feminine by adding body and movement, and stay away from severe edges that can make your hair look too heavy. A structural haircut could be just the refresher your look needs – so trim those feathered ends and get edgy.

The trend: true colour

Not only is block colour the order of the season, but the more unusual the hue, the better. Think white blonde, delicious, shiny caramels and jet-black locks. All single-toned, all equally jaw dropping. Note: it may take a couple of hairdresser visits to achieve the perfect punchy hue – but when you do, it’ll be worth it.

The trend: subtle two-tone

If you do want to go down the two-tone route, keep in mind that the more gradual the colour morph, the more on trend the look. Stray away from regular colour-contrast balayage, and try teaming more blendable hues instead. Think red strands gently faded out into lighter ends, chestnut strands subtly morphed with purple, or a strategically placed flicker of colour.

Stay tuned for a how-to, coming very, very soon!

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Which trend would you try?

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Posted by: pepsilid (Member since 2007, Australia)

I love these true colours! I need to find some unusual hues to wear. I haven't coloured my ahir in a while and think I need a revamp.

Posted on: April 18, 2012 (Apr 18, 2012 9:19am)

Posted by: Nda (Australia)

oh man I LOVE that fourth picture!!

Posted on: April 18, 2012 (Apr 18, 2012 9:23am)

How-to: treat your hair in your lunch break

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We’re all part of the rat race, running here, racing there, unwilling to wait for anything or anyone. We want everything like five minutes ago, and when things don’t move quickly enough – heavy sighs can be heard from all around.

It’s the same with treatments and services. Am I the only one who can’t stand being stuck in a hairdresser’s chair for hours on end? After a while I get squirmy, thinking of all of the other things I should be doing. I just can’t relax!

Which is why when I heard about Aveda’s Express Treatments, which promise to have you treated, trimmed and blow-dried within the hour, I simply had to know more. I went to Sydney’s Oscar Oscar salon in Paddington and opted for the Aveda Botanical Hair and Scalp Therapy Treatment. The treatment incorporates a relaxing scalp massage using aroma-therapeutic essential oils, which not only improves the condition of the scalp and assists in the promotion of hair growth, but it also helps to refresh your mind, body and senses.  It also utilises powerful plant actives that work to repair damaged and dry hair. Plus, each Botanical Therapy Treatment is customised to your hair and scalp needs, meaning that you’ll receive the perfect treatment for you!

Want to know exactly what I mean by customised? After a consultation with your hairdresser, you can choose one of the following stand-alone treatments: scalp balance treatment, scalp detox treatment, hair moisture treatment, or hair repair treatment. Each goes for 45 minutes – but if you’re a bit time poor you can opt for the quick 15-minute enhancement version, which can be squeezed in ever so nicely before a trim and blow-dry. 

Got a bit more time on your hands and want the best of both worlds? Opt for the Aveda Botanical Hair and Scalp Therapy Treatment (which is the one I had). It’s a 60-minute treatment that combines the best of the hair and scalp treatments. But again, if you’re pushed for time you can cut this treatment down to a 45-minute enhancement version. Either way, your tresses will thank you for it!

Stockist: Aveda’s Express Treatments, from 1300 300 054

 

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What do you wish you could fit into your lunch break?

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Posted by: beautybabe(: (Australia)

Sounds great!! I just wish my lunch break was longer so I had ore time to relax!! (:

Posted on: April 17, 2012 (Apr 17, 2012 5:02pm)

Posted by: Neilrawson (Australia)

I wish I could get the weekly shopping done in a lunch break, but alas feeding 4 people, 2 dogs, 1 horse and 5 budgies, I have to go to more than one shop. Half an hour for lunch is not long enough, that is all the time permitted for my lunch break.

###Sandra

Posted on: April 17, 2012 (Apr 17, 2012 5:09pm)

Gallery: how do you smile?

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I know it seems a little silly, but the question, “who can smile with their mouth closed, like really smile?”,  raised by bh’s boss, Jackie, had us all thinking about our own grins.

 

“No, that’s more of a subtle smirk, Olivia! Not a smile!”, Jackie said as she made her away around the office, getting us to attempt a closed-mouth grin for her to critique. Okay, it seems my years of closed-mouthed smiles have actually been making me look as though I’m making fun of someone – great. Thanks boss. You see, Jackie thinks that to smile convincingly, you need to show teeth, and that closed-mouth grins just don’t do the job. A couple of us disagreed, and we became an office divided! 

 

So we grabbed a gallery of closed-mouth celebrity smiles for you to judge. Take a look and let us know which smiles seem kind of false and which are totally suitable for a happy face!

 

Hey, if you do decide it's better to smile with your teeth, here are the whitening products we just love.

Rapid White Tooth Whitening 2 Week Tooth Whitening System

Colgate MaxWhite ONE

PelactivBRIGHT

B’Dazzled Express

Colgate Platinum Professional Whitening System

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So, what's the verdict? Closed or open smiles?

 

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Posted by: beautystar (Member since 2007, Australia)

I can't help but do a big toothy grin. At our wedding our photographer kept getting me to do closed mouth smiles but we didn't end up selecting any of those as they looked fake and not at all like me.

Posted on: March 15, 2012 (Mar 15, 2012 5:39pm)

Posted by: Divine Diva (Australia)

I think on some it looks fine, however when I do a closed mouth grin it looks like grin and bare it. lol I like to show teeth, as I think it's more natural for me and looks like I'm actually happy. :D

Posted on: March 15, 2012 (Mar 15, 2012 5:50pm)