Want fuller, healthier lashes and brows?

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For those of you who aren’t aware, I’m big on brows. Like, really big. I see a groomed, full eyebrow as a beauty essential, and encourage all ladies to pay more attention to their brows on a daily basis. (Read: growing them out if need be, seeing an eyebrow expert for reshaping, and filling them in for more definition.)

I’m also big on lashes. To me, mascara is a must-have. This is mainly because my lashes are on the stumpy side, which means I’m always on the hunt for a wand that’ll make them thicker, longer and wonderfully fluttery.

So, you can imagine the excitement that resulted when I met this ingenious new product: Elizabeth Arden PREVAGE Clinical Lash + Brow Enhancing Serum. Yep, you read that right – this product is completely dedicated to making both your lashes and brows look a whole lot better.


#1. It’s a clinically proven treatment product, so it actually works.
The Elizabeth Arden team conducted a clinical study where 30 woman used the PREVAGE Clinical Lash + Brow Enhancing Serum and, after two weeks, all of them said there was a visible improvement in the look of their lashes. After four weeks, there was a 40 per cent improvement in their lash length, thickness and density. Amazing.

#2. It actually treats the issues behind lash and brow breakage.
Daily beauty routines, aggressors, irritants, ageing and a lack of nutrients and vitamins all impact the natural growth and renewal process of our lashes and brows. Sadly, this means we’re often left with thinner, brittle hairs. This serum contains key ingredients and vitamins that not only support the natural hair life cycle and promote healthy, strong lash and brow hairs, but that also enable them to recover from said unavoidable damage more quickly.

#3. It’s safe for sensitive eyes.

The formula itself has been dermatologist and ophthalmologist tested and is fragrance-free and colourant-free, making it more than safe for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers.

#4. It’s super-easy to apply.
The fine tip applicator means it’s easy to apply the product in a stroking fashion to the base of the upper and lower lashes, and across the brow area. Better yet, you only need to use it once a day (ideally at bedtime) on a clean eye area three or four times a week to maintain healthy, strong lashes and brows. Love.

Do you have weak, brittle and sparse eyelashes and eyebrows? Would you like to use a product like the Elizabeth Arden PREVAGE Clinical Lash + Brow Enhancing Serum to help give you thicker, fuller lashes and brows?






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Posted by: missredsage (Australia)

I love that there are new products coming out which target the lesser known problems, but really important ones!

Posted on: April 22, 2013 (Apr 22, 2013 7:31am)

Posted by: katshepsutt (Australia)

Yes I have sparse lashes, and have already made a huge difference to their length and lushness using RapidLash - I'm a fan of these types of serums and can vouch for the effectiveness at least of the one that I have tried. This Prevage one sounds utterly delish and may be even better, but at almost double the price I will wait until it has been reviewed by some of the bh members :-)

Posted on: April 22, 2013 (Apr 22, 2013 7:40am)

How would you describe yourself?

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I love Dove. For one, the products are on high-rotation in my shower (hot tip: the Triple Moisturising Deeply Nourishing Body Wash is like heaven on your skin. If you’re not already on the bandwagon, get on it before winter sets in. You won’t regret it. Promise.) And second, because of what they believe in. Women – all women – are beautiful, sexy, gorgeous, intelligent, wonderful and all around phenomenal. And we should all know it.

We’ve all seen their ‘Real Beauty’ campaigns – from the full-figured and curvy women in their underwear to the video of the evolution of beauty that showed exactly what it takes to make someone into a billboard model.

By now you may have seen their latest campaign, the one that explores the idea that women are their own worst critics. If you haven’t seen it, here’s the deal: seven women sat with an FBI-trained forensic artist and answered a series of questions about their appearance. They were sitting behind a curtain, so the sketch artist had no idea about what they looked like – all he could do was draw them based on their descriptions. The women had also met with a stranger for a short period of time without being told why. The sketch artist then drew a portrait of the women as explained by the stranger.  So how did the two images differ? The stranger’s point of view showed women who were more beautiful and happy – showing that we really are way too hard on ourselves.

Watch the video to see just how it played out:

It’s pretty scary to see how quick we are to point out our flaws – bags under our eyes, straggly hair, round faces, pointy chins, moles, pimples – without embracing our own beauty. Why is it so easy to see the beauty and positives in others and be so hard on ourselves?

Dove is committed to creating a world where our own beauty is a source of confidence, not anxiety. So instead of focusing on the negatives (which, let’s face it, are so tiny and miniscule that you’re they only one that’s bothered by them), let’s all embrace our beauty and celebrate it. It can only lead to good, right?

What do you think of Dove’s latest campaign? Are you too quick to point out your flaws?

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Posted by: Ljene (Australia)

Who knows our flaws better than ourselves? These are the things we're trying to improve. We don't need to improve our good points (or not generally).

Posted on: April 19, 2013 (Apr 19, 2013 5:02pm)

Posted by: MoonStone (Australia)

Funny thing is that since I've been interested in the world of beauty my confidence has grown. I realize that everyone is unique and beautiful in there own way.

Posted on: April 19, 2013 (Apr 19, 2013 5:14pm)

Five ways to wear any hat well

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They just don’t tend to sit on our heads as well as they do on boys – and it can drive us batty – especially on sunny days or when a hat is called upon for reasons of the fashion variety.

The good news is that there are ways you can ensure all hats look good on your head. Yes yours! Not just gorgeous models like Jess Hart, who sport glorious caps like the one she is wearing in the above image at the launch of Victoria’s Secret PINK MLB Collection at the VS PINK Store in Soho, New York. Though, she does look dashing in that headwear, doesn’t she?

Here are the tips you need to know for your face shape and hair type.

A hat (especially a cap or a hat that’s tight across the crown of your head) can really accentuate your round face shape. It’s best to wear your hair in a low-slung ponytail that sits over your shoulder to give the appearance of length around your neck area. Alternatively, if you want to wear your hair down, simply part your hair a little deeper to one side so that your fringe sweeps across your face just under the brim, effectively ‘cutting out’ a piece of your face – and the ‘round’ shape.

If your face is a little on the long side, try experimenting with different hair heights and shapes until you’re happy with how your hair looks. For example, why not try curling your hair into really tight ringlets and then brushing them out? Not only will this help to ‘shorten’ the appearance of your face, it will also provide an interesting texture, too. A boho fishtail braid is also another great option. Simply create a fishtail braid that falls to one side and then pull at it until it becomes loose and chunky to take the focus away from your face shape.

Many girls think that they look like they’ve got no hair as soon as they put on a hat – and the fact of the matter is, that’s exactly what can happen. To ensure your hair is ready and waiting to be teamed with your favourite hat, you have to ensure you groom your hair that way. Start by adding a little texturizing spray to damp hair (we love David Babaii Boho Beach Spray) and tucking your hair behind your ears. Ensure your crown is smooth and then blow dry your locks until around 80 per cent dry. Use your fingers to tousle your strands and you’re left with the perfect foundation for any hat.

Hats are an amazing way to hide oily roots, this is true – but did you know, you can also wear your hair in such a way that it still looks chic (and not too sleek and oily)? All you need to do is fashion your lengths into a low side bun near your ear and fasten with an elastic. Voila! Instant elegance – and not a greasy strand in sight.

If you’re off to somewhere like the races and want to don a fancy hat or fascinator, it’s important to use your hair as the foundation for your headwear. Begin by focusing on where you want your hat to sit: slightly to one side, towards the back of your head or simply right on top? Then, ensure your hair acts as the perfect backdrop for your headwear. If your hat sits to one side, why not try parting your hair deep to one side and using your lengths to create a focal point on the opposite side? The moral is, it’s all about the balance! If your hat is big and fancy, let it do the talking and use your hair to complement it in a subtle way. If your hat is more on the understated side, put more effort into ensuring your ‘do looks dazzling.

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What are your best tips to wear a hat well? What do you struggle with when trying to sport any kind of headwear?

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Posted by: MoonStone (Australia)

I dont wear hats but i so want to now. Jess Hart looks really cool.

Posted on: April 19, 2013 (Apr 19, 2013 12:02pm)

Posted by: sassylily (Australia)

How beautiful is Jessica Hart, her boyfriend Stavros is also fab.

Posted on: April 19, 2013 (Apr 19, 2013 12:03pm)

Four clever skin care tips for dudes

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Let’s be honest for a moment: men are not known for their skin care knowledge. And this is unfortunate, really. From dealing with facial hair and shaving, to excess oil production and blocked pores, they really should be armed with a few basic skin care tips to ensure their face is in tip-top nick at all times.

That’s why we’ve pinched four invaluable skin tips from industry experts, all of which are directed at the gentlemen in your lives. We suggest you flick them the link to this article or simply relay the fabulous tips to them, because this information will definitely come in handy…
MALE SKIN CARE FACT #1: excess oil production means blocked pores
Male skin produces excess oil naturally, which means dirty, blocked pores are inevitable if men fail to cleanse their skin properly. “Increased sebum production can also cause pores to expand and appear more stretched out,” explains Dr. Adam Geyer, Kiehl’s Consulting Dermatologist.  Twice weekly exfoliation will ensure dirt, debris and further dilation of the pores is kept to a minimum.  
Top product pick: Kiehl's Facial Fuel Energizing Scrub ($28, 1300 651 991).

MALE SKIN CARE FACT #2: stubble does cause some trouble
When your razor removes hair stubble, it takes surface layers of the skin and its natural protective proteins and lipids with it, too. “If you shave your face daily, you need to replenish the skin daily,” stresses Debbie D’Aquino, Clinique Vice President of Product Development for Treatment. Why? Doing so will help prevent dryness, dehydration and any future skin irritation.
Top product pick: CLINIQUE Skin Supplies For Men Age Defense Hydrator SPF 15.

MALE SKIN CARE FACT #3: dudes have to be super-sun smart
When it comes to choosing a suitable sunscreen, lightweight ones are ideal for males. Because men tend to have oilier skin, heavy, creamier versions don’t always bind well to the skin, making them less effective as a UV blocker. “Always look for products that are labelled oil-free or non-comedogenic, which means they suit oily skin and won’t block your pores either,” says Dr Mei Tam, All About Acne.
Top product pick: Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Body Mist SPF 50+.

MALE SKIN CARE FACT #4: a moustache is actually a wrinkle fighter
Why are males less likely to develop a lined upper lip in comparison to their female friends? “The hair follicles on a man’s face have oil glands attached to them, which support oil production,” says Dr Joely Kaufman, M.D. F.A.A.D. Elizabeth Arden Prevage Scientific Advisory Board. And because said oil-producing follicles are attached to the hair on a male’s upper lip as well, the area is kept well lubricated, preventing it from wrinkling as a result.
Top product pick: Elizabeth Arden Prevage Hydrating Fluid.

Could the gentlemen in your life do with a little beauty know-how? Which of these four skin care tips will your man find most handy? And do you wish men knew more about looking after their skin?






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Posted by: missredsage (Australia)

My husband used to be ultra greasy with his skin, but since I've made him cut off his hair and shower every day with face wash, he's now a picture of good skin. It makes a difference when men look after themselves, they get so much more attractive!

Posted on: April 19, 2013 (Apr 19, 2013 7:42am)

Posted by: JaneyPooh (Australia)

My husband takes reasonable care by exfoliating and using moisturiser with a sunscreen. But I am trying to convince him to join me in starting to cleanse and moisturise in the evening.

Posted on: April 19, 2013 (Apr 19, 2013 8:41am)

Let’s talk about Delta Goodrem on The Voice

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Love her or loathe her, Delta Goodrem has definitely got a way of getting everyone talking about her. Be it her gorgeous head of tousled hair, her creamy nude complexion or her alleged relationship with Seal, the gorgeous singer has got the people of Australia in quite the spin – and we’re not even knee deep into this year’s season of The Voice.

Put aside the fact she looks amazing in that customized black Lisa Ho jumpsuit, and that her make-up manages to stay picture perfect through 16 hours of back-to-back blind auditions (even with a make-up artist team on hand, this is no easy feat – let me tell you!). The thing that really has everyone talking is Delta and Seal’s romance rumours – as well as the way Delta behaves during the show.

It’s obvious her confidence has soared since last year’s competition, and Delta is definitely making an effort to prove she isn’t to be underestimated by standing up to the likes of Seal and Ricky Martin in the fight for a new team member.

So what is all the fuss about? Well, it seems that many people aren’t enamored with the way Delta critiques the contestants on The Voice. Many reports have stated that Delta is trying a little too hard and coming off as ‘false’ and attention seeking.

So how do you feel? Do you love her new found confidence, or is it a little too much? Is her hair and make-up scoring major points with you, too? (And I have to ask, which coach would you choose if you were on The Voice?)

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Posted by: Chickybabe1 (Australia)

I don't watch the Voice so I can't comment on that but I have to say I really like her hair and make-up looks lately.

Posted on: April 18, 2013 (Apr 18, 2013 12:25pm)

Posted by: jewl (Australia)

I'm not a fan of Delta in general so its a thumbs down from me

Posted on: April 18, 2013 (Apr 18, 2013 12:27pm)