Are these ingredients the answer to naturally glowy skin?

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When it comes to food and drink, our bodies benefit from and more readily accept those that occur naturally. (Read: water, fruit and vegetables.) The same goes for skin care. Apply a product that contains ingredients of a natural origin and it’s less likely to irritate the skin, and more likely to penetrate and nourish the cells, promoting healthier skin.

But what natural ingredients should one employ when it’s hydrated, glowy skin you’re after? Or if you wish to correct your dry, dull and lacklustre skin? Well, there are many, but today we’re focusing on three: organic aloe vera, organic argan oil and chamomile.

This cactus plant is wonderful when it comes to soothing burns and sunburn, but its glorious talents go beyond healing skin wounds and inflammations.  Highly nourishing, it can help reduce scarring, stimulate cell growth and heal dry, cracked skin. Aloe vera is also high in vitamins E and C, and can lighten dark spots and pigmentation, promoting a clear, glowy complexion. It acts as a natural barrier on the skin too, protecting it from external ageing factors such as toxins and pollution.

Argan oil is well known for it’s nourishing abilities when it comes to hair, but it’s ultra-hydrating for the skin as well. Extracted from the kernels of an Argan tree, this ingredient has been used for centuries, and is rich in vitamin E. Also high in polyunsaturated fatty acids, it not only provides the skin with a natural protective barrier, but protection against free radicals, too. It is also a natural antioxidant, and leaves the skin feeling smooth and healthy.

As a tea, chamomile is deeply soothing for the stomach. As a skin care ingredient, it is the ultimate healer, as it reduces inflammations and irritations, making it perfect for sensitive or tender skin. It’s also wonderfully refreshing and purifying, so it is a fantastic addition to cleansers and toners.

Love the sound of these glow-inducing natural ingredients? Then you’ll adore this: the new wonderfully hydrating yet ultra-gentle Nivea Visage Pure & Natural skin care range contains 95 per cent of ingredients from natural origins (including the skin-loving ones mentioned above), and none of the products are priced over $12.99. Brilliant, huh?

But it gets better. Seriously. All six products in the Nivea Visage Pure & Natural range - Cleansing Lotion, Facial Cleansing Wipes, Cleansing Toner, Soothing Day Cream, Moisturising Day Cream, and Regenerating Night Cream – contain no parabens, silicones, colourants, and mineral oils. So, if these commonly used ingredients are of a concern to you, you’re free to go nuts with these newbies.

Not sure you’re keen to give the range a go? Our Trial Team did, and they loved it. But don’t take my word for it – read their Nivea Visage Pure & Natural reviews here so you’ll be armed with insider information when you next hit the beauty aisle at your favourite shopping haunt.

Did you know these natural ingredients were so good for your skin? Do you crave glowy, healthy, nourished skin? Are you keen to try the new Pure & Natural range from Nivea Visage?

Member Comments

Posted by: aussie_cat87 (Member since 2008, Australia)

Great article BH, I loved the Nivea Pure and Natural line too.

Posted on: March 04, 2013 (Mar 4, 2013 5:03pm)

Posted by: Hayley_22 (Australia)

argan oil is the best for hair

Posted on: March 04, 2013 (Mar 4, 2013 5:44pm)

Win everything trialled in February

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So that's it, beauties - summer has come and gone and we've started our descent into the chilly season. So we thought we'd help ease you into autumn with a fabulous giveaway: a prize pack containing the very products tried, tested and loved by our Trial Team - including the Clarisonic Mia! All you have to do is find the answers to the questions below (hover each star to uncover the question) and fill out the competition form at the bottom of this page. It couldn't be easier to stock up your beauty cupboard!

  1. Clarisonic Mia

    How much more make-up can the Clarisonic Mia remove compared with regular cleansing?

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  2. Colgate Optic White

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  3. NIVEA Pure & Natural

    Name the six NIVEA Pure & Natural skin care products tested by our Trial Team.

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  4. Almay Intense i-Color

    For which eye colours can you get Almay Intense i-Color Bold Nudes?

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  5. Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation

    Which member titled their review for Rimmel London Match Perfection Foundation “amazing”?

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Did you enter our comp to win everything trialled in December and January? Then you’ll probably be itching to find out if you’re the lucky winner.

Congratulations to…DianneRuss

You’ll be receiving your prize in the post very soon! So keep an eye out!

Competiton ends: AEST midnight March 11 2013
NSW Permit Number: LTPM/11/00694 / Class: Type C
ACT Permit Number: ACT TP 11/03451

Which product would you most love to try and why?

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Posted by: Roxymisha (Australia)

Great group of products. I would love to try the Clarisonic after reading so many positive reviews.

Posted on: March 04, 2013 (Mar 4, 2013 12:02pm)

Posted by: Divine Diva (Australia)

Some great products have been trialled! I would love to try the Clarisonic after reading fab reviews and seeing what it has done for friends skin. :)

Posted on: March 04, 2013 (Mar 4, 2013 12:26pm)

Four things polished girls never do

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I’ve never been a polished girl. You know, one of those heavenly creatures who manages to look pristine no matter what the situation – after the gym, at the end of a night out, just casually doing the shopping in Woolies. The kind of girl I imagine Emily Blunt to be: not a hair out of place or a scuffed heel to be seen. Ever.

Currently I’m sporting a two-week old chipped toenail paint job (with the polish removed from my two big toes from when I was testing out colours last week), fingernails that are all different lengths, and a serious case of bedhead that I didn’t quite have time to tame.

Yeah, I know, something’s got to change. But I don’t think it’s big changes that are needed here – nor a big budget to blow on manicures and blow-drys. I’ve been observing polished girls, you see, and I think I’ve managed to acquire some of their secrets. Their immaculate, well-presented demeanour is all down to paying attention to the small-but-important details that finish off a look, and setting a little time aside to keep these things in check.

In order for me to learn something from these well-put-together darlings, I’ve compiled a list of the things polished girls never ever do.

1) Have chipped, uneven fingernails. If a nail breaks, they take it as a sign it’s time to chop them all; if their polish chips, they either get rid of it all or switch it up for another colour. Tip: keep a nail file like Cutex Crystal Gloss Nail File and some nail polish remover pads such as Swisspers Nail Polish Remover Pads in your handbag for emergencies. Shorter, polish-free nails have got to be better than raggedy, messy ones, right?

2) Let their hair get to that day-after-the-day-it-needed-to-be-washed stage. Or, if they do, you would never, ever know it. My guess is polished girls don’t do lie-ins on hairwash days. If for some reason they don’t have time to shampoo greasy tresses, they have a go-to failsafe updo and they always have a good dry shampoo such as De Lorenzo Essential Treatments Absorb Dry Shampoo on hand to disguise any oiliness. Tip: a Scunci Bun Maker is one of the easiest ways to give yourself a chic-looking style without spending hours on it.

3) Walk like they stole their shoes from their mum. Yup, polished girls were born to wear heels. Or so it seems. They appear to have the ability to pound city streets, Carrie Bradshaw-style, with three inches of sexiness strapped to their soles without so much as a grimace of pain. But it’s all an illusion. What you don’t see it that they’ve got some cute fold-up ballet flats tucked in their bag ready to be worn when the night is over. And they’ve also employed the aid of some super-secret foot-helpers such as Compeed Blister Patches, which to not only help heal and protect your feet when you have blisters, but also to prevent them.

4) Have a smudged eye, a two-tone foundation jawline or a lipstick-splodged tooth in sight. These girls look in the mirror regularly during the day (under different lighting conditions). To make sure their foundation matches their skin and that their eye make-up has stayed on their eyes. Don’t be afraid to keep a compact mirror handy to check on your make-up throughout the day. When I see a polished girl checking her reflection in public, I never think, ‘oh, she’s vain’. In the back of my mind I’m always saying, ‘ahh, so that’s why she looks so good’.

Do you envy polished girls? Do you pay attention to the finishing touches of your look? What are your tips for looking pristine and flawless?


Member Comments

Posted by: Mikki29 (Australia)

I never have chipped nails or chapped lips. Also try not to overwash my hair but sometimes it feels so gross

Posted on: March 03, 2013 (Mar 3, 2013 1:21pm)

Posted by: IndieAna (Member since 2008, Australia)

I love a polished look, but rarely pull it of myself. It's just not practical for me, being a mum of four, I just don't have the time or energy, lol

Posted on: March 03, 2013 (Mar 3, 2013 1:21pm)

Dark Circles: what causes them and how to treat them

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Often the first place to show ageing is our eyes, and dark circles can leave us looking more fatigued and run down than we actually are. In some cases, no matter how much shuteye you get you’ll find that you’re still left with dark circles that just won’t go away.  That’s because fatigue isn’t the only reason behind them.

Possible causes of dark circles:

 - Dark shadows cast by puffy eyelids.

- Genetics: you may have inherited fair skin or thin skin under the eyes, which means fragile capillaries can leak and appear darker. If you gently stretch the skin under your eye and the colour becomes darker it is likely genetics are to blame.

- Ageing: over time skin loses collagen and thins, which means veins under the skin appear more obvious.

- Excessive sun exposure: the sun speeds up the ageing process  as it breaks down collagen. It also prompts your body to produce more melanin, the pigment that gives skin its colour, which means you may also end up with dark spots under your eyes and on other parts of the face.

- Rubbing or scratching your eyes.

- Lack of iron and poor nutrition.

- Lifestyle factors such as emotional stress, smoking and alcohol.

- Kidney or liver problems.

How to get treat and cover dark circles:

Concealers and correctors

Although only temporary, the easiest, quick fix to hide dark circles is to cover them.  After applying primer and foundation, follow with a concealer or corrector. Dark circles have a purple undertone, so look for products with a yellow base that can balance them out successfully. Look for a rich, creamy concealer that wont seep into fine lines around the eyes. Apply the concealer on the circles only, starting from the inner corner of the eye outwards. Product picks: Benefit Erase Paste and Garnier Youthful Radiance Anti-Dark Circles Roll-on ConcealerYou may also want to consider a corrector. While concealer provides coverage and evens our skin tone, correctors help to hide discolorations. Product pick: Bobbi Brown Corrector.

Eye creams

Use an eye cream twice a day, morning and night.  Look for products containing vitamin K and retinol, which help to reduce discolouration and puffiness, and vitamin C, which encourages collagen production and can help brighten skin tone.
Product pick: Philosophy Help me Retinol Night Treatment and Clinique Even Better Eyes Dark Circle Corrector, which contains Vitamin C to help lighten dark circles and reinvigorate tired eyes, and Whey protein to promote collagen production.

Home remedies

There’s an abundance of home remedies that seek to treat dark circles. Try gently massaging almond oil or vitamin E oil into the circles at night to help improve blood circulation. You could also try applyling cotton pads soaked in rose water on your eyes for 10 minutes to soothe, reduce puffiness and brighten.


Vitamin K helps to heal the damaged capillaries and arteries in the skin. Look for vitamin K-enriched foods, found in most leafy green vegetables. Vitamin A aids the repair of skin tissue around eyes, as well as containing many anti-ageing properties, and Vitamin C increases collagen, removes free radicals from the skin and helps protect the skin against sun damage.


Be sure to wear sunglasses to protect the delicate eye area from harmful rays if you’re outdoors throughout the day.  If you know your dark circles are associated with lifestyle factors, then try avoid smoking and excessive alcohol consumption, which will only exacerbate the issue. If the issue persists and you fear your dark circles may be the result of a medical problem, always consult your doctor.

Do you suffer from dark circles? What causes your dark circles? What are your tips on covering them up?   



Member Comments

Posted by: Chickybabe1 (Australia)

I do suffer from dark circles under the eye area. I use a concealer to cover them up and this does the job. A couple of good concealers I'm using on my under eye area at the moment are Max Factor Erace cover up stick (for a creamy base) & Yves Saint Laurent (for a liquid base).

Posted on: March 02, 2013 (Mar 2, 2013 1:39pm)

Posted by: ModernSnowWhite (Australia)

No not really, only if I'm tired. Uni stress does that to you lol :P so a concealer is great. I just use a maybelline one, it does the job.

Posted on: March 02, 2013 (Mar 2, 2013 1:42pm)

Easy ways to dress up a nude nail

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Nude nails aren’t as attention-seeking as red or blue or purple. They’re the nail shade that’s happy to sit in the corner and look pretty while letting something else take centre stage.

But sometimes, just sometimes, we want our nude nails to be noticed a little bit more. To not fade into the background so much. And there are three super-easy, no-fuss ways to do exactly that without comprising the subtle beauty of the soft hue.

Layer the colour
See how beautiful Rosie Huntington-Whiteley’s nails looked at the Oscars? Celebrity manicurist Kimmie Kyees painted her nails with one coat of Sally Hansen Complete Manicure in Mudslide, then followed it with two coats of Complete Salon Manicure in Shell We Dance. The darker shade underneath gives the nude a bit more pizazz and oomph. Just keep in mind that a brown-based nail colour will suit a nude overcoat best.

Use nail art
Another way to make a nude nail sing is to use some simple nail art. Fing’rs Edge Nail Art pack comes with four sheets of different designs – from small beads to prints of hearts and skulls. So you can amp up your neutral nail however you please!

Try a statement nail
A statement nail will… well, it’s all in the name, isn’t it? Apply a nail sticker on one finger on each hand to make your nails stand out without looking too OTT. Vixen Nailed It 3D Nail Wraps in Leopard will give your statement nail a striking animal-print finish while the black and gold won’t be too drastic a contrast.

Do you ever wear nude nails? How do you make them stand out?

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Posted by: JC2409 (Australia)

Rimmel london's 60 seconds - Caramel Cupcake is the best nude colour!

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Posted by: caramel.creme (Australia)

I love nude nail polish! Whenever I wear black or white dresses paired with nude wedges/heels they stand out! ♥

Posted on: March 01, 2013 (Mar 1, 2013 6:13pm)