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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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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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)

Chic campaign: OPI Germany Collection ist sehr gut

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The nail legends at OPI are rather generous when it comes to handing out first class plane tickets. I mean, they’ve already escorted our fingernails on a virtual flight to Holland to indulge in tulips-and-clog goodness, taken them on a roadtrip across America, and they’ve even reminded us all of the brilliant and striking colours found on our very own turf with a nail polish collection inspired by our homeland – Australia.
Now it’s Berlin’s time to shine, with OPI landing its polished jet in the land of the Deutsch, Germany. There are 12 hues in the elegant-yet-edgy collection inspired by the electric city, and while they are delightful and vibrant, I can’t seem to peel my eyes away from the campaign imagery, beauties.

Have you seen them? They’re black, they’re white, and they’re sophisticated. And with only a pop of Berlin-esque colour on the digits, the shots are chic. Stylish. Striking. Eye-catching.

In fact, I wish to emulate the hairstyles, make-up and fashionable get-ups from each and every shot, which doesn’t often result from a nail lacquer campaign. I guess OPI deserves a big danke, huh? Not only have they launched a newbie collection that’s more exciting than downing an epic amount of beers at Oktoberfest, but they’ve brought us inspiring images; ones that make us swear we’ll never leave our nails naked again…

So, enjoy the chic campaign shots, beauties, and enjoy meeting the sehr gut OPI Germany collection, too. (You'll LOVE the nail lacquer names as well. They are positively adorable.)





What do you think of the images from the new OPI Germany campaign? Stunning? Or not-so-impressive? Do you get excited about new nail polish collections?

PS. Want some more OPI goodness? Check out the outragesouly adorable Minnie Mouse Collection, which is possibly my most favourite nail collection, EVER!


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Posted by: MoonStone (Australia)

Looks wonderful to me and ill definately to checking these out. I love the purple shade

Posted on: September 03, 2012 (Sep 3, 2012 7:48am)

Posted by: ModernSnowWhite (Australia)

Nice shades of nail polish :)

Posted on: September 03, 2012 (Sep 3, 2012 8:09am)

10 of the most annoying beauty problems

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Picture this:
You’ve overslept and you’ve got a meeting that you can’t be late for. Your hair’s a mess, but luckily you’ve got just enough time to quickly straighten it after you’ve gotten dressed and done your make-up. You’ve done half your head when your trusty hair straightener dies and you’re worse off than before with no time to do anything to fix that bird’s nest on your head. Awesome.

That, my friends, is what we call a beauty problem (not unlike a first world problem).

And sadly, *sigh*, there are so many more beauty problems we all endure on a day-to-day basis.

So let’s join together and commiserate in our shared beauty problems, in no particular order…

Beauty problem #1 – Your shampoo is finished but you’ve got at least half a bottle of conditioner left. You all know this pain too well.

Beauty problem #2 – You buy a new lipstick/nail polish/eyeshadow thinking it’s the shade you’ve been looking for what seems like an eternity, only to find it looks completely different once you’ve applied it.

Beauty problem #3 – You cut yourself shaving, leaving you with a pool of blood so big you truly believe you need a blood transfusion

Beauty problem #4 – Your eye pencil is blunt, so you sharpen it. The point breaks off, so you sharpen again. Repeat until you’re left with a stub that is unusable.

Beauty problem #5 – Your nail polish chips within hours of your flawless application.

Beauty problem #6 – You’re being a disciplined, sun-safe kinda girl and are reapplying your sunscreen at the beach. But you drop your bottle in the sand and suddenly every application of sunscreen means a gentle exfoliation too.

Beauty problem #7 – Lipstick on your teeth that no one told you about as you emphatically told a story. ‘Nuff said.

Beauty problem #8 – You drop your brand spankin’ new, and expensive, bronzer on the floor, smashing the pressed powder to smithereens.

Beauty problem #9 – You thought you scrubbed your make-up off completely, but you wake-up to some serious panda eyes.
Beauty problem $10 – It’s hot, so you whack on a pair of sandals, only to realise your toe nails are looking long, manky and have gross remnants of nail polish.

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Simple fixes for annoying problems…


What’s your beauty problem?

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Posted by: beautylover_23 (Australia)

Wow, haha, some of these are so relatable! Particularly problems #1, 4 and 9!

My biggest problem that I could add to this list would be when I apply to much blush or bronzer, so there's a big, obvious red or orange patch around my cheek area! I have to spend a good 10 minutes removing and properly reapplying all my other face makeup D:

Posted on: September 02, 2012 (Sep 2, 2012 12:07pm)

Posted by: Thirdkidinlove (New Zealand)

What the lol am I the only one that uses more conditioner than shampoo? I ran outta conditioner and had only used like half of my shampoo lol.

Posted on: September 02, 2012 (Sep 2, 2012 12:12pm)