Calling all longhaired ladies to chop off their locks!

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If you’re a longhaired lass, I’m sure that the request to chop off a significant length of your hair is pretty terrifying thing. In fact, I’d bet you probably think I’ve lost my mind asking you to cut off your precious hair.

But here’s the thing. I’m only asking coz it’s for a good cause. Pantene’s Beautiful Lengths program, in its first year in Australia, is looking to encourage women to grow their hair, cut off 20cm, and donate it to be turned into hair wigs for women undergoing cancer treatment.
They’ve partnered up with the charity, Look Good…Feel Better - a free national community service program dedicated to helping cancer patients manage the side effects of chemotherapy and radiotherapy, and help restore their appearance and self-image - to help create the wigs and distribute them across Australia at no cost to cancer patients.

National Donate Your Hair Week kicks off on Monday November 12th, giving you a good two months to skip that trim, care for your hair so it’s at it’s best, and chop it off for a really good cause.

Does the thought of a super-short ‘do scare you? I thought so. Which is why I thought you’d be pleased to know that, according to expert hairstylist, Barney Martin, summer is going to be all about shorter, sleeker styles. So there’s no better time (or reason) to update your look.

Barney’s top five short styles for summer:

-    A messy, textured style, ala Dianna Agron, is a great way to wear short hair and is a low maintenance option for the warmer months.
-    A disconnection on one side can help ease you into the undercut trend. Just look to Ginnifer Goodwin for some inspiration.
-    A cute pixie cut, as worn by Michelle Williams, can be worn soft and feminine or can be styled with uber-volume.
-    Rachael Taylor’s semi-bob is an up-and-coming short hair trend that those looking to go for the chop will love. Wear it smooth and sleek for added chic-ness.
-    Try a chin-length ‘do, like Dannii Minogue’s, and couple it with a side-swept fringe. This will soften the look and complement your face.

Find out more about Beautiful Lengths

Find out more about Look Good…Feel Better

Spring hair colours to try…

Want to test the waters before cutting your hair? Try the faux bob…


Would you cut your hair for a good cause?

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Posted by: NailObsessed (Australia)

Oh i would so do this! But my hair is in poor condition at the moment :( Im about to book in to the hairdresser to cut of at least 2 inches to bring it back into better nick!

Posted on: September 04, 2012 (Sep 4, 2012 5:04pm)

Posted by: Jacquelinee (Australia)

My hair is in horrible condition right now, 20cm cut would still leave me with lots of hair, still long.
This sounds awesome, but will damaged hair make a good wig? I think not, unfortunately.

Posted on: September 04, 2012 (Sep 4, 2012 5:18pm)

Five reasons why you need this cleanser in your life

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Thank goodness body wash was invented, beauties. Considering I’m not a soap fan (each to their own, though, I say!), I’m pretty sure I’d be a smelly little human being without.

But this doesn’t mean I ‘get around’ when it comes to body cleansers. Oh no. In fact, I’m rather picky. I want one that’s kind to my skin, one that’s sans the faux overpowering scent, and, most importantly, one that leaves me feeling – and smelling – as fresh as a daisy.

Dove Sensitive Skin Nourishing Body Wash is one such body wash. It’ll always be welcome in my shower, and if you haven’t tried this one before, I definitely recommend stripping down and lathering up with it. But why is it worth it? I’ve got five wonderful reasons why, actually… 

REASON #1: it’ll keep your underarms and your toosh happy
Why? Well, the main aim of this cleansers game is to look after sensitive skin, so you know you’re not going to be left with itchy, bumpy, dry skin after using this hypoallergenic gem. 

REASON #2: it won’t interfere with your juice
That’s right – it doesn’t matter what your poison of choice is (mine is Burberry Summer for Women, in case you were wondering…), this fragrance-free beauty will not overpower its delicious notes or even begin to compete with them. Phew! 

REASON #3: it’ll leave your skin super-soft, even sans body moisturiser
Lazy girls will adore this. Because this body wash contains ¼ moisturising cream, you can skip the post-shower moisturiser slathering session if you really can’t be bothered. Of course we’re not one to endorse leaving your body high and dry when it comes to a little hydration, but your skin will never feel dry and scaly after buddying-up in the shower with this product. 

REASON #4: despite all of these reasons, it’ll leave you sparkling clean
Yep, there’s no need to worry about whiffy underarms or unwelcome scents, um, down there, this body wash still does what it was made to do – wash. That means a clean body for you, and a fresh smelling environment for everyone who happens to enter your personal space. 

REASON #5: you can share it with your man friend 
…and he won’t feel girlie. Not in the slightest. With its white and green packaging and fragrance-free formula, it’ll make your man happy (because it could be passed for a masculine product), and it’ll make you happy, too (because there’ll be no more sweaty scents lingering on your man). Double win!

BONUS! BONUS! BONUS! It cost less than eight bucks.
True story. And any beauty product that can be purchased while I’m picking up milk and cereal and not break the bank is ridiculously welcomed by me. You’re also getting pretty good bang for your buck considering you’ll be using it at least once a day. Well, we hope you will be, anyway. Otherwise you’d just be plain stinky…





Have you tried the Dove Sensitive Skin Nourishing Body Wash before? Are you a body wash user? If so, what’s your favourite?

PS. Want to know what our Trial Team thought of this cleansing gem?


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Posted by: softness (Member since 2007, Australia)

Dove has got some fantastic shower-fresh scents in their products. Gotta love them for atleast this and then some!

Posted on: September 04, 2012 (Sep 4, 2012 12:16pm)

Posted by: Thepinkshoe (Australia)

Like you I don't really like soaps-give me a body wash any day! I haven't tried this one yet but love the other dove body washes out there.

Posted on: September 04, 2012 (Sep 4, 2012 12:20pm)

Spring hair colour trends to try

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If you’re anything like me, your hair is usually the place you go to when looking for a style shake-up. Our hair is one of the first things people will notice about us, and with so many styles, colours and treatments to enhance our luscious locks, it’s no wonder it can get a tad overwhelming! But with the party season of summer fast approaching, now’s the time to be bold and make a change. Here are a few daring colours and trends worth a go (especially if you want to make a bold new statement).

Dip Dyed
So this trend hit the streets a while back with the likes of Lauren Conrad, but since then the look has shifted. Bolder colours like green, red and purple are fast becoming hot shades to jump on, and are undoubtedly the perfect way to give your locks some fresh lovin’. For darker hair, stronger colours like deep violet or red work best. Take some inspiration from Jessie J and her purple locks (although who knows what colour she’s got now!).  For lighter hair, go even brighter! Think Abby Lee Kershaw’s hot pink tresses, Kate Bosworth and her green ends or Jaime King with her blue to green blend.

Red Hair
Being a redhead myself, I’ve got a soft spot for this trend, and am so excited to see more lovely ladies embracing this outrageous colour. The bolder the better, we say, so don’t be afraid to amp up the scarlet shades. Schwarzkopf LiveColour (semi-permanent) in Red Embers is the perfect way to try this hot hue, without the commitment of a permanent hair colour.

Brown? Blonde? It’s both! If you fall into one of these hair colour categories, then chances are you’ll look fabulous rocking some mixed tones through your tresses. Channel a Jennifer Hawkins or Lara Bingle look that clashes brunette and blonde in the age-old quest for the perfect dirty blonde. For darker hair, Schwarzkopf Nordic Blonde Ultimate Lightener L1++ uses a lightening formula to bleach the hair up to eight shades lighter. Indola Profession Colour Style Mousse is a temporary colour available in 12 shades, and it’s not permanent - so be adventurous!

The most refreshing take on highlights at the moment is pink. Yes, you heard right – fairy floss pink! The look blends fairy floss pink through your locks to give it new dimensions, and will work best with fair hair. Check out stars like Ellie Goulding or Dakota Fanning, who play up this trend in an oh-so-cute fashion. For tricky trends like this one (much like the dip-dye), a trip to the hairdressers to discuss your options is a worthwhile investment.

What's the most daring hair colour you've ever tried? Which new hair colour trend do you like the sound of?

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-How to add oomph to your hair instantly
-The hair hue that's sweeping a nation

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Posted by: Snazzie (Member since 2008, Australia)

I love red! And purple and blue shades too . .

Posted on: September 04, 2012 (Sep 4, 2012 7:09am)

Posted by: Deb763 (Australia)

only 'extreme' colour i have rocked is platnium blonde (FYI im a natural brunette) so i thought it was exteme for me ;)
have always wanted to try red or purple but have never been game enough; my hair is still in the recovery process from the bleach; im back to being a brunette atm :(

Posted on: September 04, 2012 (Sep 4, 2012 8:28am)

I've been going barefaced, so why am I still breaking out?

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It's just the way things go isn't it? You think you're doing the right thing, going sans make-up as often possible in the hopes of banishing some of your more stubborn and recurring blemishes, and then BAM! - a fresh cluster of new spots turns up, hell-bent on disrupting your complexion yet again.

It may not seem fair, but I'm here to tell you that's it's not always so black and white. Make-up isn't necessarily the culprit when it comes to spots plaguing your complexion. If you take extra care to try to prevent spots by taking your make-up off every night or opting for mineral make-up, which is specifically designed to let your skin breathe and not clog your pores, you may want to look at other reasons for your breakouts.

REASON FOR RANDOM BLEMISHES #1: you're too stressed
Probably one of the most common causes of breakouts, being too stressed can really take its toll on your skin. For the sake of your health (and your skin), it's important to discover stress-relieving remedies that help to reduce some of the worry from your life. Why not try soaking in a hot bath at the end of a long day? A sprinkling of Aveda Stress-Fix™ Soaking Salts in the water will ensure your stress seeps away.

REASON FOR RANDOM BLEMISHES #2: your skin is too dry
Do you tend to keep moisturisers far away from your oily skin? You may be causing more harm than good! Did you know that when your skin is too dry it produces extra sebum to help lubricate and hydrate it? The scary part is that extra sebum can clog your pores and lead to breakouts. So even though you may think oily skin doesn't need moisturiser, it does! Just make sure you switch to an oil-free moisturiser and you'll be laughing. We recommend Cellex-C Sea Silk Oil-Free Moisturizer for a supple, oil-free complexion.

So you're doing everything you should be doing in the hopes to banish blemishes for good, yet every time you look in the mirror you see a big blind spot on your chin or your cheek, right? Great.

Worry not, there are a couple of reasons for this. Is it that time of the month? Are you on the pill? If so, it might be worth doing more research into the pill and how it may affect you. If you're finding that your current pill isn't really working for you it's always a good idea to have a chat with your doctor and discuss your options. Keeping your diet healthy and your alcohol intake limited can also be a big help for your skin at all times, and especially at that time of the month.

Do you suffer from unexpected breakouts? What are your tips for keeping skin clear?

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-Pomegranates to pillowcases: how to prevent spots
-Your acne cheat sheet

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Posted by: Mishelle257 (Australia)

I break out badly when I am stressed out!

Posted on: September 03, 2012 (Sep 3, 2012 5:31pm)

Posted by: Snazzie (Member since 2008, Australia)

I break out because of hormones and stress. Definitely not because my skin is too dry though.

Posted on: September 03, 2012 (Sep 3, 2012 5:44pm)

We review: Incognito™ Lingual Braces

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Anyone who’s ever had braces before will know that a smile full of metal isn’t the most confidence-boosting thing. And while it’s all well and good to suffer through a metal mouth in your teens, it may not be something you’d like to go through as an adult, especially in the professional world.

Luckily, there is a solution for those of you who are looking to straighten your teeth without drastically changing your appearance. Incognito™ Lingual Braces from 3M have been designed to straighten teeth for people of all ages. Sounds like regular braces, right? Wrong. The Incognito™ Braces are applied to the back of your teeth to shape and straighten them, so no one will be any the wiser that you’re wearing braces at all.

bh’s Annalise became our own personal guinea pig and had the braces applied to her bottom teeth (she’ll be getting the top ones put in in a few weeks), so watch on and see what she has to say about the hidden braces…


What are your thoughts on braces for adults?

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Posted by: bluerose (Member since 2007, Australia)

I know lots of adults who have worn braces, I don't think they have the stigma attached to them that braces used to have. I had braces as a teenager, and even 15 years ago when I was wearing them the main comments I received were people interested in them, (I really embraced...pun intended...the braces, wearing coloured elastics etc, to make them fun). I understand why people want invisible braces, but from all I have heard and read the old fashioned way of attaching them to the front of the teeth is the most durable form. All the best Annalise, I hope your teeth don't ache too much.

Posted on: September 03, 2012 (Sep 3, 2012 12:22pm)

Posted by: Rose_P (Australia)

OMG Braces.....I remember them well. One of my sons had them too. I'll never forget having them tightened. OUCH! But the results are well worth the pain (and the expense). My son has only had his off for a few months and his teeth look amazing.

Posted on: September 03, 2012 (Sep 3, 2012 12:46pm)