Four ways to look and feel better

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Winter has a nasty knack for turning us into the worst version of ourselves. Yes, it’s this time of year that we tend to ditch the healthy diets in favour of comfort food, and swap regular exercise sessions for quality couch time. It’s not a good mix. Not good at all.

So, if you’re feeling a little heavier than usual, or a teeny tiny bit more sluggish than usual, we suggest you follow these four healthy tips. They’ll have you looking and feeling better just in time for spring…

Get healthy trick #1: eat clean food

This means eating a diet that is free of processed and synthetic foods, says Scott Gooding, MKR contestant and personal trainer. It also means filling your plate with organic and wholefoods where possible. Why? Eating nutrient-rich foods will not only leave you feeling healthier and allow your body to work more efficiently, but it’ll also mean you’re less likely to snack on unhealthy foods, which will help you lose weight as a result.

Get healthy trick #2: eliminate fructose

Sugar (particularly fructose) causes all sorts of trouble for the body, but the main issue you need to know is this: fructose inhibits our body’s own ability to know when it’s full. This leads to over eating and excess body fat, explains Scott. So, always check the ingredients list before purchasing packaged food, and if sugar or fructose is listed near the top, put it back on the shelf. Soft drinks, fruit juices and sauces are the worst culprits, but also watch your fruit intake, as although naturally forming, fructose is the main sugar found in fruit.

Get healthy trick #3: engage in exercise

Performing functional exercises – ones that mimic everyday movements and incorporate multiple joints – at least three times a week is ideal all over fat loss. And the more joints involved in your exercise movements, the more muscles you’ll use, expending more energy (read: calories!) as a result. Two fantastic examples of functional exercises are squats and lunges, as both of these recruit the largest muscle groups in the body to complete the action, says Scott.

Get healthy trick #4: exercise smartly, and be realistic

Want rock hard abs but you’re not getting great results from doing sit-ups? According to Scott, there is no such thing as the phenomenon of spot reducing weight loss. That’s no reason to give up or become less motivated, though. High intensity exercise is the most effective way to lose body weight all over (and those areas that tend to carry more!), and it promotes calorie burning post-workout, too. Just don’t expect weight loss to happen overnight. If you do, you’ll give up too soon. Take notice of the little changes to you see and feel each week, and you’ll definitely want to keep going.

And one final word of wisdom from Scott... Weight loss is not all about going to the gym – a fit and healthy body starts in the kitchen. Yes, by eating the right food (clean and nutrient-dense) as well as moving often, you’ll soon be a healthier, fitter version of your good self.

Have you become a little unhealthy this winter? Are you keen to get off the couch and move your body again? And will you be ditching the not-so-good foods from your diet?

Member Comments

Posted by: Chickybabe1 (Australia)

It's so easy to become a bit more unhealthy in winter with not eating as healthy and not exercising as much, I'm guilty of this.

Posted on: July 04, 2013 (Jul 4, 2013 5:06pm)

Posted by: Ms Jelena (Australia)

I'm actually being very good this winter! Yes, I am indulging in a few naughty delights, but have joined a gym!!! :)

Posted on: July 04, 2013 (Jul 4, 2013 5:21pm)

Maybe blondes DON'T have more fun?

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It’s a pretty big deal when a celebrity known for her blonde hair dyes it dark, but two celebrities- that’s just crazy talk! 

Kate Moss and Candice Swanepoel have both swapped their signature blonde hair for darker locks and we must say we’re torn between which we like better.

Kate Moss became a born again brunette for the Versace Autumn/Winter 13 campaign where, accompanied by leather and studs, she pulls off looks most 39-year-olds can only dream of.

Candice Swanepoel went one better by dyeing her platinum blonde hair jet-black for Blumarine's Fall/Winter 2013/2014 campaign. The contrast between her dark hair and porcelain skin draws so much attention to her blue eyes it’s hard to look away.

Both models are natural brunettes which begs the question, should they have always just stuck with what they had? Imagine the money they would’ve saved on bleach! 

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What do you think of Kate and Candice’s hair transformations? Have you ever wished you’d stuck with your natural colour?


Member Comments

Posted by: Beeper Pad (Australia)

I was born with mousy brown hair and pale, pale skin. For years I have been dying my hair black as I think it makes such a difference. I don't want to go back to what would now be mouse brown with streaks of grey!

Posted on: July 04, 2013 (Jul 4, 2013 3:29pm)

Posted by: ChristinexX (Australia)

I think that change is good and as the fashion industry is all about innovation and change, I think the darker hair colour looks great on both of them! X

Posted on: July 04, 2013 (Jul 4, 2013 4:31pm)

Quick tips to improve your confidence at work

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As you reach adulthood, you’ll be expected to enter the work force and take on more responsibility – and as a result you may find yourself in situations where your nerves could potentially get the better of you. A lack of confidence in the work place, especially when you’re new to the nine-to-five grind and an office environment, is common. But rather than let it get the better of you, today’s life lesson will help you build your confidence so that you can tackle ‘adult’ situations head on without wanting to run and hide.

Here are some handy tips on how to boost your confidence and make your work environment a happier place:

1) Always be prepared. There’s nothing worse than feeling caught out at work. So whether you’re going into a meeting with your boss, a client or your co-worker, make sure you know what’s on the agenda and what you want to get out of that meeting. Write notes if you have to – it’ll help you stay focused and you’ll look well prepared. And remember, if you’re asked a question and you don’t know the answer, don’t be afraid to (confidently) say, “I’m not sure. I’ll look into it and get back to you later.”
2) Communicate. If something is stressing you out or you have a question, speak up. You may not realise it, but open communication can do great things for your confidence by fostering a trusting relationship in the workplace. And don’t be afraid to let someone know if they’ve done something to bother you – just remember to keep your tone from getting too defensive or argumentative, and be open to hearing feedback from the other person, too.
3) Remind yourself how awesome you are. Okay, so you didn’t save the document you were meant to, and you sent the woman from accounts the wrong invoice, but that doesn’t mean you suck. You were hired for a reason, so remind yourself that you’ve got the skills and talent to be in the position you’re in. Don’t brush off your achievements either – there’s no one who should toot your horn more than you.

While these confidence-boosting tips are all very well and good, we know that they’ll be difficult to put into effect if you’re feeling self-conscious about your appearance – and there’s nothing that can kill confidence more than a breakout. But instead of letting occasional breakouts undo all the hard work you’ve done to build yourself up, take charge and nip it in the bud. Incorporating an effective cleanser and scrub – like Clearasil Daily Clear Vitamins & Extracts Wash and Scrub – into your daily routine will help banish those occasional blemishes and keep your confidence on a high. The combination of avocado, pomegranate and vitamin E in the Wash will help keep your skin fresh and clean on a day-to-day basis, while the deep-cleaning scrub will work deep into your pores to remove the dirt and grime that can cause those annoying post-teen pimples to pop up.

So repeat after me: “I’m awesome. I can do this. And I’m going to wash my face every day to make sure breakouts don’t make me revert into a self-conscious teenager.”

What tips and tricks do you have to boost your confidence? Has a breakout ever left you feeling a little less than confident?

Member Comments

Posted by: Nda (Australia)

I agree that communication is one of the most important things in a workplace...and in life in general I guess!

Posted on: July 04, 2013 (Jul 4, 2013 12:09pm)

Posted by: sassylily (Australia)

Lashings of red lipstick always helps my confidence

Posted on: July 04, 2013 (Jul 4, 2013 12:23pm)

Your chance to spend big in beautorium

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Welcome back to Thursday beauties. The day when we can legitimately start counting down to the weekend. The day when some of us get a teeny tiny bit stressed out because, you know, deadlines. And the day when you get the chance to have a whopping 500 points deposited into your beautyheaven bank account.

Yes, it’s Top-up Thursday time again. You know the deal by now, right?

Just answer some easy-peasy questions about recent beautyheaven articles in the form below by Wednesday next week (July 10 2013) and you’re in the draw to win.

As mentioned, time is running out for your chance to score those lucrative points, so enter now. Like, immediately now. Why are you still reading this??

Pssst! Have you been one of our lucky Top-up Thursday winners already? Congrats! Do you know that you can still enter? Yep, just because you’ve won once doesn’t mean you can’t win again, so why not see if you can double (or triple!) your winnings?

Can't see the quiz? Click here to enter…

On a scale of one to OMG, how excited are you for beautorium? Have you been one of our lucky Top-up Thursday winners yet?

Member Comments

Posted by: lovejane (Australia)

Good luck everyone!

Posted on: July 04, 2013 (Jul 4, 2013 10:03am)

Posted by: freaky (Member since 2007, Australia)

Cant wait to beautorium! Big time excited. Good luck beauties

Posted on: July 04, 2013 (Jul 4, 2013 10:05am)

Why so blue, Sandra Bullock?

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Tricked you! Sandra Bullock isn't actually sad, teary or even singing the blues, but she does look absolutely superb in the actual hue of blue. Or navy. Whatever you want to call it.

Currently in Australia on the press tour for the utterly hilarious flick The Heat, Sandy B is once again proving she's ageing gracefully, looking outstanding for her 48 years. (Or soon-to-be 49 years. Happy birthday for July 26, SB!).

Let's take a look at her entire outfit...

Exceptional, right? She looks smart and stylish, yet totally age appropriate at the same time. Who knew head-to-toe navy could look so wonderful?

Let's also compliment the Oscar-winning actress on her hair. I love that it's not over-styled – it's straight, it's smooth, it's shiny, and it works. I'm also rather fond of her use of navy blue eyeliner. (Did you spot that in the top image?) It's subtle matchy-matchyness at its very best, really, and is a sensational way to incorporate colour into her make-up without taking away from the outfit or leaving her looking too 'done'.

Sandra Bullock, when I grow up I want to look like you. I want to dress like you. I want to age like you. You're looking a million dollars. Truly you are.


What do you think of Sandra Bullock’s navy outfit? Do you like her natural-looking hair? And are you a fan of her blue eyeliner?

Member Comments

Posted by: Trish_D (Australia)

OH WOW - not a fan of the shoes but who am I to judge? She looks absolutely gorgeous and totally stunning. What a backdrop too - perfect!

Posted on: July 03, 2013 (Jul 3, 2013 4:40pm)

Posted by: Trish_D (Australia)

Sorry for the second post - that colour was called "electric blue" when I was young, a hundred years ago.

Posted on: July 03, 2013 (Jul 3, 2013 4:42pm)