Hello healthy winter glow

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It’s hard to look healthy in winter. Diet and exercise aside, without sunshine our skin lacks Vitamin D, resulting in a pale and sickly complexion. Lucky for us, blush exists. Simply adding some colour to your cheeks can be the difference between a healthy glow and being mistaken as a character from Twilight. As winter can be drying on the skin, it’s better to opt for creamy products to leave your skin looking dewy and nourished instead of dry and flaky. Just hover over the stars to find out which ones you’ll love best...

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  1. MAC Cream Colour Base

    MAC Cream Colour Base is a versatile, multi-purpose product that can be used no matter what your make-up routine is. It can easily be applied to bare skin, foundation or BB cream and blends well to achieve a natural looking complexion.

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  2. Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Cream Blush

    For that perfect dewy winter skin, look no further than Elizabeth Arden’s Ceramide Cream Blush. It contains vitamins A, C and E for antioxidant protection and re-texturises, soothes and strengthens skin’s appearance with ceramide triple complex. Avail

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  3. Revlon PhotoReady Crème Blush

    If you’re not a fan of heavy wear make-up, the lightweight formula of Revlon’s PhotoReady Crème Blush is perfect for you. The easily buildable blush allows you to apply as little or as much as you like without that dreaded ‘caked on’ feeling.

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  4. La Prairie Cellular Radiance Cream Blush

    Long lasting and non-drying, this cream blush is an excellent choice for winter. It glides on flawlessly, leaving a smooth complexion and subtle glow. Perfect for those with dry or sensitive skin.

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  5. Australis Cosmetics Crème Colour Blush

    Australis must have had winter in mind when they created this cream blush. The rehydrating formula is designed to help reduce dehydration and signs of fatigue. Add some to your cheeks and lips to be out the door in seconds.

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What are your tips for keeping your healthy glow in winter? Do you prefer cream or powder blush?

Member Comments

Posted by: sassylily (Australia)

I love the packaging on the La Prairie Blush though I can afford the Elizabeth Arden

Posted on: May 27, 2013 (May 27, 2013 4:37pm)

Posted by: jaslouisee (Australia)

I love the Revlon Photoready cream blush! It's the only cream blush I will use.

Posted on: May 27, 2013 (May 27, 2013 4:45pm)

Avoid at-home hair dye disasters

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Colouring your hair at home doesn’t have to be complicated and messy. In fact, with products like Garnier Olia on the market, it’s actually more simple than a trip to your salon (check out our how-to video to see just how easy it is!)

But just to make sure you minimise any chance of mess, we asked Bronwyn Fraser, Garnier National Education Manager, for her tips on ensuring the dye doesn’t end up anywhere else but in your hair…

1.) To prevent colour staining your skin, particularly if you are using a dark shade, apply a little barrier-type cream or Vaseline around the hairline before you begin application (but ensure you don’t get any on the hair as it will prevent the colour from taking on that area!)
2.) When rinsing the colour, hairdressers use what they call the ‘emulsifying technique’; wearing your gloves, add a little bit of warm water to your hair and massage the colour well around the scalp area paying particular attention to the hairline – colour rubbed on top of colour will help remove any stains from your skin.  
3.) Rinse thoroughly and condition with the after-colour conditioner provided. If you still need to remove some staining, a little shampoo on a face washer or some oil-based facial cleanser will help.

Do you have any tips for removing hair dye from your skin/clothes/bathroom sink?

Member Comments

Posted by: Oonga (Australia)

oh i will use that emulsifying technique next time!
Though whether I do my hair myself or go to hairdresser, I find the colour on my pillowcase for a week later :(
Must be the nature of reds.

Posted on: May 27, 2013 (May 27, 2013 8:00am)

Posted by: Nda (Australia)

Never dyed my hair but great tips :)

Posted on: May 27, 2013 (May 27, 2013 8:51am)

Face masks to suit your skin type

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When it comes to having a night in I am a total cliché. I put on my pjs, pull out my blanket and watch the latest chick flick. Yeah I know, I’m pretty wild. But while I rot my insides with popcorn and chocolate, at least I can say that I do something for my outside at the same time. Yep, the cliché continues as I tie my hair back and pop on a face mask.

Bought or homemade, I just love the way my skin feels after a good, hydrating mask. Considering my usual skin care routine involves removing my make-up and maybe moisturising, I also like the fact that I can treat my skin every now and then to a little extra care. So if you feel you and your skin need a treat this weekend, read on to find your favourite face mask.

 

Dry Skin

Avocado & Honey Mask

Avocado and honey are great for dry skin as both ingredients are moisturising and hydrating. This recipe is particularly good for winter and repairing any wind damage.

Ingredients

½ avocado (make sure it’s quite ripe & soft)

¼ cup of honey

Method

Using a fork, mash up the avocado in a bowl and then stir in the honey. Apply evenly over your face and leave for at least 10 minutes (hydrating masks can generally be left as long as you like). Rinse off with water.  

 

Oily Skin

QV Purifying Mask

This mask has a clay base, which is great for oily skin. The ingredients work so it only removes excess oil and your skin is still left smooth and hydrated. If you’ve had trouble with clay masks in the past, this one is a game-changer.

 

Combination Skin

Combination skin is a tricky one as different parts of your skin have different needs. So instead of wasting money on a face mask that’s only going to be used on parts of your skin, why not make your own.

 

Yeast Mask

Ingredients:

1 teaspoon of Brewer’s Yeast
2 tablespoons plain yoghurt

Method:

Combine the yeast and yoghurt in a bowl. Place the mixture on the oily parts of your face. Leave for 15 minutes and then rinse with warm water.

 

Sensitive Skin

Dermalogica Skin Hydrating Mask

If you have sensitive skin then I’d advice you to steer clear of homemade recipes and stick with the experts. This mask will restore moisture and repair any damage using calming botanical extracts.

 

Dull skin

Coffee & cocoa mask

You use coffee to wake up in the mornings so why not use it to wake up your skin? This coffee and cocoa mask is a great way to brighten skin and can also reduce puffiness. WARNING: It smells really good, but trust me you really shouldn’t eat it.

Ingredients:

 

4 Tbsp. ground coffee beans or instant coffee
4 Tbsp. Cocoa powder
8 Tbsp. Full fat greek yoghurt

Method:

Mix coffee and cocoa in a bowl. Add yoghurt and mix until a paste forms. Apply evenly to your clean face. Leave until dry. To remove, loosen the mask with a wet washcloth and then rinse with warm water.


Top tip: Make sure you do a patch test with all masks before applying to your face. If you’re going to have a reaction you don’t want it all over your face!

Do you like to use face masks? What’s your favourite ingredient in homemade recipes?

Member Comments

Posted by: JaneyPooh (Australia)

Oh yum I will be wearing that coffee and cocoa mask this weekend for sure - it sounds delicious.

Posted on: May 24, 2013 (May 24, 2013 5:40pm)

Posted by: MissChriss (Australia)

I love using face masks. That last one sounds really good.

Posted on: May 24, 2013 (May 24, 2013 5:49pm)

Three of the best superfood soups

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Soup is pretty much the superman of super foods. It warms us up, beats hunger, is easy to make AND it’s healthy. There’s no better way to fight the winter sniffles than digging into a steaming bowl of nutrient-packed soup. Filled to the brim with vegetables and other goodness, these recipes are a sure fire way to keep your tummy happy.

Purple carrot & apple soup

Ingredients:
1 tsp olive oil
5 medium purple carrots, peeled and chopped
2 medium sweet apples (such as Gala), peeled, cored and chopped
1 1/2 tsp honey
1 tsp ground ginger
500ml vegetable stock

Method:
1. Heat olive oil in a medium pot and set to medium heat.  Add the carrots, apples, honey and ginger and stir to combine. Add vegetable stock and simmer over medium heat.  Leave for 30 to 40 minutes or until the carrots and apples are tender. Take off the heat and set aside.
2. Using an immersion blender, puree the soup until smooth. You can add more vegetable stock if it’s too thick. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Put back on the heat for a further 10-15 minutes. Serve with a dollop of greek yoghurt.

Very veggie soup

Ingredients:
1 tsp olive oil
1 brown onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 medium zucchini, chopped
1 medium carrot, peeled, chopped
3 celery stalks, chopped
1/2 (600g) cauliflower, cut into small florets
400g can of diced tomatoes
1 litre vegetable stock

Method:
1.    Heat some olive oil in a large pot and add the garlic and onion. Stir until onion is golden brown. Add zucchini, carrot, celery and cauliflower. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 4-5 minutes or until vegetables start to brown.
2.    Add diced tomatoes, vegetable stock and 2 cups of water. Cover. Bring to the boil and then reduce heat to low. Allow to simmer for approximately 30 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve.

Red kale and butter bean soup

Ingredients:
1 tsp olive oil
1 onion, chopped
4 garlic cloves, crushed
1 large potato, diced
1 can of butter beans ( or lima beans), drained
2 large handfuls of kale, chopped
750ml of vegetable stock
1. Heat olive oil in a large pot and add the garlic and onion. Stir until onion is golden brown. Add potato & stock. Simmer for approx. 20 minutes or until the potato is soft.
2. Add the beans and kale, simmering for another 5 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper. This recipe is versatile, so you can blend if you prefer a smooth soup or leave as is for a heartier version.

Do you have a favourite soup recipe? What are your tips for healthy eating in winter?

Member Comments

Posted by: talk-a-lot (Australia)

I have never heard of purple carrot before, how interesting. I love vegetable soup or minestrone soup, I do not have the recipes as my mum makes it for my family of 4, we are spoilt.
SandraXxX

Posted on: May 23, 2013 (May 23, 2013 5:18pm)

Posted by: Pixiealso (Australia)

I'll certainly be trying out that recipe for Purple Carrot & Apple Soup! Thanks x

Posted on: May 23, 2013 (May 23, 2013 5:56pm)

How-to: channel a little Gatsby-inspired glamour

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Right now, there wouldn’t be a dame around town that does 1920s glamour as well as Isla Fisher and Carey Mulligan.

They’ve got the silky, flawless skin down pat, the jet-black, fluttery eyelashes perfected – and their red lipstick deserves an A+. The reason they’ve got it so right? They’ve been riding The Great Gatsby wave for the last year – and as a result are well versed in what it takes to pull off a 1920s-inspired make-up look that’ll have jaws dropping. But do you?

You can! It’s easy. It’s all to do with having the right tools and the perfect inspiration in which to draw from. Why don’t we take a peek at some of Carey and Isla’s best beauty looks from the red carpet at this year’s Cannes Film Festival?

CAREY’S FIRST LOOK: SOPHISTICATED SWEET

Miss Mulligan sure knows how to work her best features, doesn’t she? She’s well aware that all she needs to dress up a black frock is a hint of colour in all the right places. She’s obviously well versed on her winter make-up trends, and knows that a wash of colour is all you need for a supremely sweet set of kissers and subtle definition near your cheekbones.

Our top picks to achieve this look? MeMeMe Cheek & Lip Tint in Pussycat Tint, Clinique Almost Bronzer SPF 15 and Mirenesse 24 Hr Brow Lift and Shape Mascara.

CAREY’S SECOND LOOK: MUTED MINX

In a look that couldn’t be more polar opposite to the previous photo, Carey Mulligan chose to rock a standout pout and a muted complexion, as if to provide a picture perfect backdrop for that lip colour. She complements the jaw-dropping warm red hue with a hint of blush to contour her cheeks. Her brows are left bare and her eyes are framed with black liquid eyeliner and lengthening black mascara.

Our top picks to achieve this look? Laura Mercier Illuminating Tinted Moisturiser, Physicians Formula Happy Booster Glow & Mood Boosting Blush in Rose and Kate Moss Lasting Finish Matte Lipstick in #106.

ISLA’S FIRST LOOK: SMOKY SEXY

Isla Fisher is one lucky lady. Not only because she’s married to one of Hollywood’s funniest fellas, but because her luscious head of red locks means she looks good with almost any make-up look. Here on the red carpet in Cannes, she opted for a smoky eye teamed with radiant skin, contoured cheeks and a slick of luscious berry lipstick to bring it all together.

Our top picks to achieve this look? COVERGIRL Smoky ShadowBlast Eyeshadow in Onyx Smoke, Revlon PhotoReady Sculpting Blush Palette in Berry and Clarins Rouge Prodige in Raspberry Sorbet.

ISLA’S SECOND LOOK: PRETTY AND PUNCHY

Va va voom! Isla! You have definitely managed to channel the glamour of a woman from the 1920s. The red lips, the flowing locks and the fierce, jet-black flutter – the whole look just screams sophistication, and I for one just can’t copy it quick enough.

Our top picks to achieve this look? TRESemme Ultimate Lacquer Hairspray (to be used once your hair has been tightly curled and then brushed out to a relaxed wave), Benefit They’re Real Mascara and Australis Go Long Longwear Lipstick in Diva.

Stockists:
Laura Mercier Illuminating Tinted Moisturiser, $59, 02 9663 4277
Clarins Rouge Prodige in Raspberry Sorbet, $38, 02 9663 4277

Which look do you like the best? How would you incorporate a little 1920s glamour into your look?

Member Comments

Posted by: rachelhood (Australia)

These looks are so beautiful! I love the red lips on both of them, it's so simple and classic. I think a red lip is a sure fire way to put a look together, it just makes everything seem so much more polished. I have trouble trying to pull it off, but these ladies look amazing!

Posted on: May 23, 2013 (May 23, 2013 12:16pm)

Posted by: Roxymisha (Australia)

Red lipstick all the way.

Posted on: May 23, 2013 (May 23, 2013 12:23pm)