Surviving the party season when you’re pregnant

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Right on cue, our old friend Mr Party Season has arrived just in time for Christmas. And like usual, he’s filled our calendar with as many festive, erm, festivities as possible. Our lives are currently a haze of Christmas gatherings, dinner parties and pub catch-ups. And then there’s the booze. And the food. Lots of booze and food.

Sounds like bucket loads of fun, right? Well, yes, but a little less so when you’re pregnant.  However, just because you’re about to welcome a little bundle of joy into the world, it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the silly season and all it entails…

PREGNANT PARTY SEASON TIP #1: look after your feet
It’s highly likely you’ll find yourself standing quite a lot during the silly season, and your feet are likely to feel it. With the added weight of the baby putting pressure on the balls of your feet and heels, popping something like Hollywood Feet™ Ultra Comfort Velvet Foot Cushions or Insolia Inserts from All Day Heels into your shoes before heading out will ensure you stay comfortable for a whole lot longer.

PREGNANT PARTY SEASON TIP #2: always have deodorant handy
Because when you’re carrying a baby, you tend to get hot. All. The. Time. Throw a mini spray deodorant in your handbag for instant freshness when you’re out and about, and amp up your anti-perspirant protection by using something like Dove Clinical Protection Anti-Perspirant Deodorant, which is applied at night and provides 48 hours of protection. Win!

PREGNANT PARTY SEASON TIP #3: make the most of mocktails
OK, so alcohol is basically off limits. Tough, but true. However, instead of sulking in the corner because of your lack of boozy buzz, reach for a delicious mocktail instead. Have fun with different tasty fruits and refreshing fizzy drinks, and you’ll soon forget you’re going sans the vodka. Promise.

PREGNANT PARTY SEASON TIP #4: stash snacks in your handbag
Or, better yet, have a nibble on some pregnancy-friendly foods before you leave the house. That way, it doesn’t matter how many ‘banned’ foods are on offer (read: cured or rare meats, eggs and soft cheeses such as brie), you’ll never find yourself feeling overly hungry.  

PREGNANT PARTY SEASON TIP #5: find a quiet corner
Stress is never good for the body, but it’s even more important to stay cool, calm and collected when you’re carrying an unborn child.  So, if the partygoers are getting a little wild and the music a little loud, don’t be afraid to find your own peace and quiet away from the crowd. If the ladies’ room is your only available retreat, keeping something like Aromatherapy Associates De-Stress Frankincense Pure Essential Oil in your bag is smart – its wonderful uplifting properties will soothe the mind almost instantly.

Have you ever been pregnant during the end-of-year party festivities? What are your tips and tricks for surviving the party season whether you’re pregnant or not?

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Posted by: Emble7 (Australia)

Although, I'm not pregnant - I think that tip no. 2 is relevant to me (and probably everyone!) :)

Posted on: December 13, 2012 (Dec 13, 2012 5:29pm)

Posted by: Neilrawson (Australia)

I remember when I was pregnant with my son, he was born in February 12 years ago. The heat and swollen, sore ankles and feet are things I remember.
Don't be afraid to say no.
When I had to go to Christmas functions I tried to dress in comfortable cool clothes, wore shoes that could expand when my feet became swollen, sipped plenty of iced tea, sparkling mineral water or water and left when I became too tired.
Make sure cravings are curbed before you go to a party because you won't enjoy yourself. All you will think about is the food you want.
My craving was banana paddlepops. The supermarkets loved me because I bought out the stock.
Craving curbed and the world is a good place again. HaHaHa
SandraXxX

Posted on: December 13, 2012 (Dec 13, 2012 6:27pm)

Five really cool beauty products

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Every now and then I come across a beauty product that absolutely floors me. Well, let’s be honest, most beauty products impress me, but there are some that have something so different and so unique about them that all I can do is stop and exclaim, “That.is.SO.cool!” (I know, totally dorky, right?)

And because you’re all certifiable beauty nuts too and are likely to share my enthusiasm, I thought I’d share with you the products that had me as giddy as a schoolgirl on a sugar high.

#1: Lady Gaga Fame
We all know Gaga is a bit more than a just little eccentric. She’s basically the definition of kooky. So it wasn’t really surprising when she announced her perfume would contain fragrance notes of blood and semen (don’t worry, it doesn’t really – just the very normal notes of belladonna, incense, apricot, saffron, honey, tiger orichidea, and jasmine sambac). But what really struck me about the singer’s perfume was the colour. It’s black in the bottle. And then sprays on absolutely clear. It changes colour the minute it’s airborne. How freaking cool is that?!

#2: Jane Iredale Magic Mitt™
If I had to tell you that you could remove your make-up without a cleanser or make-up remover, would you believe me? I didn’t think you would. But it is possible. All you need is this wondrous little mitt and some warm water and your skin is as good as cleansed. And before you start thinking it’s just a gimmick, it works. Trust me. I’m the queen of skepticism and I was amazed by how well this mitt cleaned my skin.

 

 #3: bhave™ fresh ends
Some people aren’t fans of products in jars. It usually means using your fingers to get the product out, which can be quite unhygienic. Well, wouldn’t you know the clever clogs at bhave™ have the solution. The nifty little jar for this treatment features a flat, white cover over the lip of the jar (so it seems closed when you’ve already taken off the lid). In the middle of the lid is a small hole, so when you push the white cover down, product comes out through the hole. Now your product is sitting above the white cover - all you have to do is wipe it off. Colour me flabbergasted by the sheer brilliance of this.


#4: La Prairie Cellular Power Infusion
What can I say? Science wows me. And the science involved in using this product has me downright astounded. This is how it works: take the vial, twist the silver area at the bottom, and BOOM! The ingredients have been activated and the once-clear liquid is now a purple-blue colour. If that’s not magic, then I don’t know what is.

 


#5: Skin Juice Smudge Budge Eye Make-up Remover, $34, 02 4960 8980
The gentle and hydrating eye make-up remover is a balm. Yes, A BALM! Practically unheard of in the eye make-up remover world. Made from organic plant butters, it erases even the most stubborn make-up without irritating or pulling the skin. Just warm a small amount in your fingers, massage it lightly around your eyes, remove it with facial pads or a wash cloth, and finish off with a splash of warm water. Viola, clean and make-up-free eyes!


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Posted by: Ellecook (Australia)

LOVE the idea of Bhave and not having to put your fingers in the jar, what will we come up with next.

Posted on: December 13, 2012 (Dec 13, 2012 12:09pm)

Posted by: Phaine (Australia)

I know Dr Lewinns does the airless jar packaging which is great, i dont like sticking my fingers into jars unless its to get the last of the product out of it.
I think clinique also did a make up removing balm once upon a time - i dont know if its still around.

Posted on: December 13, 2012 (Dec 13, 2012 12:40pm)

Do you have tattoo regret?

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Getting that little butterfly inked into your back or your boyfriend’s name permanently marked on to your wrist may seem like an amazing idea at the time.  I clearly remember declaring (after a few drinks) that I was “never going to regret this” while a beefy tattooist marked the nape of my neck with some sort of image. I swear it was meant to be a sun. Sure, at the time it was a good idea, and I don’t necessary regret it.  But admittedly there are certain occasions that my little sun just doesn’t look too flash. Prime examples include job interviews, weddings and visiting relatives.

I’m sure I’m not the only one out there who wishes they could just cover up their tattoo from time to time. According to one survey, 70% of Aussies aged 16-30 have a tattoo or have considered getting a tattoo within the next five years. That’s a lot of tattoos, and a lot of room for potential regrets.

Angelina Jolie opted for lasering off her Billy Bob Tattoo, while Johnny Depp changed his ‘Winona Forever’ tatt to ‘Wino Forever’. I, however, do not see my sun as a case for the laser and simply want to disguise it from time to time. So I tried out some simple and quick tricks, which produced great results.  I will definitely be replicating them for the upcoming Christmas lunch with Nan.

Covering it up
Using a soft blending sponge, such as Manicare Precision Blending Sponge, apply thick white costume paint to cover the entire tattoo. Once the paint has dried, apply another layer. Repeat until all the ink is covered and the area is completely white.

Blending it in
To cover up the white patch, apply a matte foundation using a clean sponge or foundation brush. The trick here is to ensure a perfect colour match, and this may mean blending two shades together to get the same colour as your skin tone. The foundation used must not be dewy or glossy, as it will not match the texture of your body’s skin and can end-up drawing more attention to your cover-up job. I find that MAC’s Face and Body Foundation and Maybelline’s Dream Matte Mousse Foundation both provide a great natural coverage with a matte finish. Build up coverage until the white base is no longer visible.

Finishing it off
Finish off the job with a finishing powder. Ensure that the powder has a natural finish with no shimmery undertones, as this will only draw attention to the area. Australis’s Ready Set Go Finishing Powder will increase the wear of the foundation, while also ensuring that the finished look is even, matte and soft. Apply the powder all over with a powder brush.

Do you have a tattoo you regret? Have you ever tried covering it up?

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Posted by: Inna9 (Australia)

Ive considered a tattoo, but I don't think i'll ever get one because I don't want to regret. I would never tattoo anyone's name on myself though, you can love something/someone without having to display it on your skin I think. I don't want to regret anythinh when Im older and tattoo removal can be quite expensive and painful, so tattoos are a no for me :)

Posted on: December 13, 2012 (Dec 13, 2012 9:32am)

Posted by: AmberB (Australia)

I don't want to get a tattoo myself - I'd rather express myself through my clothing, makeup etc

Posted on: December 13, 2012 (Dec 13, 2012 9:59am)

How-to: perfect nails that won’t break

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Have you always wanted strong, amazing-looking digits that don’t flake, develop ridges or break at the first sign of stress? Nails that look so good, they could be acrylics? Yeah, us too - it seems like an unreachable dream though, doesn’t it?

But let me tell you, it can be done, beauties! We sought the help of Nail Care Expert and Celebrity Manicurist, Mandi Levanah from Revitanail, to get the lowdown on the tips and tricks that will help you banish nail breakages, prevent nail ridges, and stop nail flaking and splitting in its tracks.

bh: My nails are weak and break easily, how can I strengthen them and help them to grow?
ML: If you’re looking to increase your nail strength and flexibility, it’s important to know which strengthener you need to cater for your specific nail problem. Revitanail has two strengtheners: the original Nail Strengthener and the Sensitive Nail Strengthener. If you have nails that have been damaged by acrylic or gel nails then the original Revitanail Nail Strengthener is a four-week treatment to repair flaky, peeling nails leaving them super-strong and resistant to damage. If you have nails that are genetically soft and weak, the Revitanail Sensitive Nail Strengthener is the perfect treatment for more gentle results. 

bh: Can nail polish removers damage your nails?
ML: Acetone is an ingredient commonly found in nail polish removers. It’s a solvent that will also break down glues, and other artificial nail treatments but can be extremely drying to your nail and surrounding cuticle tissue. For more of a gentle remover, choose acetone-free formulations and look out for those packed with nourishing ingredients, like Revitanail Conditioning Remover Wipes with Vitamin E. Take extra care around the sensitive cuticle area of your nail.

bh: Do I really need to use a basecoat and topcoat every time?
ML: YES!  Absolutely! Basecoat acts as a double-sided sticky tape, it’s designed to adhere to your natural nail, and then to grab onto the polish you apply on top. If you’re in a rush and want to skip a step, skip the topcoat instead, because you can always apply this later. 

bh: List your three top tips for keeping nails looking healthy and strong?
ML: Become addicted to Revitanail Nourishing Oil – applying at least 3 times a day. Keep your nails filed at a short or medium length with a very smooth nail file. Always wear gloves when washing up, cleaning, gardening, etc.

How do you look after your nails properly? Have you got any tips to keep your nail polish around for longer? Or to keep the breakages at bay?

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Posted by: Roxymisha (Australia)

The last tip is the one that I adopt although I still find my nails can break from time to time. Every day maintenance is the key but who has the time? x

Posted on: December 12, 2012 (Dec 12, 2012 5:25pm)

Posted by: Blondie58 (Australia)

I always have trouble with my nails, they grow a certain length then break..

Posted on: December 12, 2012 (Dec 12, 2012 5:34pm)

Your bloke’s ultimate travel kit

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Hands up if the following has ever happened to you: you’ve carefully packed your holiday toiletries bag with travel-sized products that have been meticulously calculated to last you for the exact number of days that you’re away. Then halfway through said holiday you mysteriously run out – of everything.

It transpires that the boy in your bed (who didn’t think further than bringing his own toothbrush) has been ‘borrowing’ everything from your body wash and shampoo, to your cleanser and hand cream. Yep, turns out your boy enjoys a bit of ‘beautifying’ while on holiday, too…

So if you’re sick of having to share your staples, or worse – your precious serums (these men know no boundaries) – then you need to get your lad to invest in a few of his own holiday grooming essentials. Here are just a few you might want to talk him into buying. Or just buy them for him yourself; you know it’ll be easier that way…

MEN'S TRAVEL ESSENTIAL #1: GAIA Made for Men Starter Kit - containing every travel-sized essential he could ever need (think hair prods, shave gel, body wash, face scrub, body scrub and a face cream) this pack will ensure he looks great all throughout his holiday – and not at the expense of your precious products.

MEN'S TRAVEL ESSENTIAL #2: Dove Men+Care Active Clean Dual Sided Shower Tool – you know how us women know that it’s vital to exfoliate our bodies during summer? Well, men don’t. In fact, if you looked closely at your man’s body you’d probably be shocked at just how much dry, rough skin he actually has. Pop this handy tool (which features an integrated scrubber) into his travel bag and he’ll think it’s so nifty he’ll actually look forward to getting a good scrub on each time he showers.

MEN'S TRAVEL ESSENTIAL #3: Xtend-Life Men's Deep Active Hydrating Mask – if your man is spending time in the sun and surf chances are his skin will need a big boost of hydration. This nourishing mask is packed with all the vital nutrients needed to get his skin looking smoother, firmer and more nourished.
 

Have you ever caught your man ‘borrowing’ your beauty products when you’re on holiday? Has he ever tried any of the products mentioned above?

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Posted by: sassylily (Australia)

I wish my man would borrow some of my products. His HG product is ST IVES APRICOT SCRUB which is the only product he has used in years.

Posted on: December 12, 2012 (Dec 12, 2012 12:29pm)

Posted by: softness (Member since 2007, Australia)

He does like my sunscreens - he's a bit of a fanatic on those!

Posted on: December 12, 2012 (Dec 12, 2012 12:38pm)