How-to: manage your freckles

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Are you a freckle person? Do you have them/love them/hate them? I grew up despising the big brown spots all over my face, but I’ve since grown to love them. The key to learning to love your freckles is knowing exactly how to manage them. Whether it’s by using the right make-up, trialling a secret skin treatment or embracing them as they are, there are ways we can start to like this part of life that most of us can’t seem to avoid.

Here are three ways to befriend your freckles

Protect your skin 

If you’ve got enough freckles (I know I do!), then sunscreen will be your best friend when it comes to preventing any more from spattering across your face. Super strong, long-lasting sunscreen with SPF30+ is the way to go – and not just on your face. Cover yourself in protective sunscreen to not only look after your skin this summer, but to minimise the chance of getting too many more freckles. Rest assured, though, if its freckles you’re craving, spend enough time in the sun (even with sunscreen), and you’re bound to land a few cuties. 

Banish dark spots! 

If for some crazy reason you despise your freckles and want to get rid of them, then skin lighteners tend to be the way to go. Products like SK-II Cellumination Beauty Essence contain Vitamin C, which help to buff away surface skin cells and lighten your complexion. Alternatively, there are some kooky natural remedies rumoured to rid you of your freckles. Facial masks made from fruits such as apricots, strawberries and cucumbers contain high levels of antioxidants, which work to remove dead skin cells and stimulate the formation of new skin cells. Sounds bizarre, but it could be worth a go! 

Make them over

The key to making your freckles look gorgeous is to keep it natural. By caking your face in thick, heavy make-up, it becomes pretty obvious that you’re trying to hide those sweet spots sprinkled across your nose. Tinted moisturisers, or foundations with a light, dewy finish are the holy grail for freckled folk. Try Aveeno Active Naturals Positively Radiant Tinted Moisturiser for alightweight coverage that blends away imperfections while giving you sun protection as well! If you prefer to opt for a foundation, AHAVA Light Foundation offers sheer to medium coverage and is oil-free for a light, dewy complexion.

Are you blessed with gorgeous freckles? What are your tips for managing freckles?

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Posted by: JaneyPooh (Australia)

I have light brown skin AND freckles. I have always loved my freckles and so do others. I never try and cover or hide them. Freckles rock!

Posted on: September 23, 2012 (Sep 23, 2012 8:22am)

Posted by: ModernSnowWhite (Australia)

I have a couple really light ones dusted on my cheekbones, it's really cute and draws attention to my high cheek bones which I like.

Posted on: September 23, 2012 (Sep 23, 2012 8:34am)

Ultimate beauty boosters

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Are you feeling like your current beauty products are missing a little something? Like they could be doing a little more for you? Are you more interested in improving what you already have, rather than just covering it up?

Then you need a group of hard-working beauty buys that will help get the most out of what you've got: products that will make your daily skin care and beauty regimes a little more worthwhile. Gather your beauty bucks, ladies, because the following list could have you rushing out to the shops...

philosophy turbo booster c powder: add this topical vitamin C powder to any of your regular water-based serums or moisturisers to instantly convert them into an anti-ageing vitamin c treatment. Seriously, a regular moisturiser can become a state-of-the-art age-blitzer just by adding a pinch of this powder.

Soshan Brow Boost: if your brows aren't quite as full as you might like then you'll need a special concentrated serum that helps to boost natural brow growth, won't you? Look no further, ladies.

Environ Evenescence C-Boost: worried about the ageing effects of sun damage? Fear not, this little beauty offers prolonged antioxidant protection that makes skin more resistant to the harmful, ageing effects of the sun.

Bodyography Radiance Boost Liquid Luminizer: add radiance to your complexion with this radiance-boosting illuminator that also works to replenish skin's moisture levels.

Paul Mitchell Extra-Body Daily Boost: don't deal with dull and limp hair again thanks to this daily hair boost that works to thicken and repair the hair while increasing volume over time.

What do you do to turbo charge your beauty routine? Have you tried any of the products above?

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Posted by: Jen18 (Australia)

I love paul mitchell stuff. Everyone should try the detangler :) I'm really interested in trying out the extra daily body boost now :)

Posted on: September 22, 2012 (Sep 22, 2012 7:35pm)

Posted by: Neilrawson (Australia)

I have not tried any of the products listed or heard of them for that matter. Any pamper treat for skin or hair that gives a boost for appearance gets my vote of approval.
I have been using Avene Thermal Spring Water as a refreshing spritzer. The fine mist spray is definitely a beauty booster and soothing for skin.
I was lucky to receive the spring water in a bonus skincare bag of goodies from Priceline.

Posted on: September 22, 2012 (Sep 22, 2012 7:41pm)

Six style and beauty lessons to learn from Gucci

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I’m a sucker for Fashion Week, beauties. When it struts in on its unfairly long legs every March and September the beauty journalist in me gets VERY excited. Why? Because this is the place where all trends are born. The hair, the make-up, the fashion – everything you’ll be wearing next season originates here.

And that’s precisely why we’re nabbing style tips and tricks from the glorious Gucci S/S 2013 runway show now so you’re ridiculously ahead of the on-trend crowd come summer…

#1: middle parts should definitely be embraced this season
Yes, they may not suit everyone, and yes, they can make your nose look a whole lot bigger than it is, but if a middle part works for you, be sure to wear it with pride during the warmer months. Whether your hair is down or up, a middle part should most certainly be involved.

#2: bright clothing hues look smashing with earthy, neutral make-up
See that hot pink frock? Did you notice that moody smoky eye and neutral lip its been paired with? These two work perfectly together because they both stand out in their own right. The dress is popping, and the eyes are defined, yet they don’t clash. Not at all. Smart one, Gucci.

#3: if you’re donning a high neckline, wear your hair up
If you don’t, your flowing hair will smother and drown out that stunning number you’ve probably spent a fortune on. Give your outfit the attention it deserves and put your hair up in a top knot to show off your neck and that spectacular high neckline…

#4: bright outfits look sensational with equally bright jewellery
Thought pairing your bold frock with loudly coloured accessories was a no-no? Think again. That striking pink beaded necklace and matching earrings are doing wonderful things for that delightful Gucci orange, white and raspberry patterned number.

#5: don’t be afraid to take your eye shadow outside the lines
Gone are the days where eye shadow belongs on the upper lid only. The reason why this Gucci smoky eye is so splendid is because the smudged hues are located below the lower lash line, too. This not only frames the eyes, but adds a little extra drama.

#6: opting for a sleek hairdo is a must-do
Getting out of the pool? Or maybe you’ve just been for a dip in the ocean? Or maybe, just maybe, you’re too lazy to blow-dry your strands for work? No sweat. This season’s sleek, wet-looking ‘do lend itself perfectly to a number of situations - so be sure to embrace it.





What do you think of the hair and make-up looks from the Gucci Milan Fashion Week S/S 2013 show? Do you already follow any of these beauty lessons? Will you now?

More Fashion Week goodness on bh:
How-to: a natural, pretty smoky eye

A matte pink lip for summer? Yes, please!


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Posted by: Princess75 (Member since 2007, Australia)

Gorgeous! Love Gucci, I don't think they ever miss! Icon for a reason

Posted on: September 21, 2012 (Sep 21, 2012 5:04pm)

Posted by: softness (Member since 2007, Australia)

Loving these tips & tricks from Gucci - there's always something new to learn!

Posted on: September 21, 2012 (Sep 21, 2012 5:08pm)

The hue we can't get enough of

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Ahh, pink. Don't you just love it? There's nothing more feminine or pretty than a good splash of rosiness. And the great news is, pastels are totally on trend this season, so you can get away with girliest, sweetest shades imaginable. We've selected some pink product picks to help get you started. Simply hover your mouse over the stars below to find out more...

  1. Benefit Dandelion

    For an instant flirty flush, sweep this radiance-booster over your cheeks for a hint of pink (to make the boys wink!).

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  2. Chi Chi Lip Gloss Pot - Wood

    For a strawberry-scented pout with a super-glossy finish, look no further than this cute pot of lip-conditioning goodness.

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  3. St Tropez Skin Illuminator - Rose

    Add a gorgeous pastel glow to your subtly sunkissed complexion by sweeping this rosy illuminator across your cheekbones.

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  4. piCture pOlish - Twinkle

    Is it possible to be too in love with a nail polish shade? This little bottle of prettiness is perfect for adding a pastel touch to your digits (and makes painting your nails that little bit more fun, too).

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  5. Bourjois Sweet Kiss Natural Lipstick

    This rose and magnolia-enriched product adds a sweet pop of colour to your pout while softening and soothing lips. Try it in Rose Delicat for a sweet springtime smile.

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  6. mineral fusion Powder Eye Shadow - Flush

    A subtle sweep of pastel pink across the eye looks great with a hint of bronze on your skin. This mineral fusion Eye Shadow won't crease when the weather heats up, and is packed with anti-oxidants, too.

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Are you loving this season's pastel trend? Do you own any girly pink products?

More pastel love on bh:
- Try this trend: the matte pink lip
- Pastel highlights - oh yes, you should!

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Posted by: chunky.monkeys (Australia)

Love pastels. I have a Revlon pastel pink nail polish I like using on my fingernails.

Posted on: September 21, 2012 (Sep 21, 2012 12:11pm)

Posted by: JaneyPooh (Australia)

I love girly pink. I have some beautiful pink blushes and lipsticks. But I'm not sure that these super pale pastels would suit my skin tone.

Posted on: September 21, 2012 (Sep 21, 2012 12:13pm)

Win everything trialled in August 2012

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There’s no hiding the fact that August was a pretty jam-packed month when it came to Trial Teams. And there were some awesome products trialled, too; between L’Occitane, L’Oreal, Dove, NIVEA, Palmolive, Revlon, and Schick your daily beauty regime was just about covered.


So, now on to how you can get these goodies out of our hands and into your bathroom cupboard. Yep, we’re giving you the chance to win every single one of these drool-worthy products. All you have to do is find the answers to the questions below and submit your answers here. So go on, get cracking!


1)     How does Palmolive Intensive Moisture Shampoo restore softness and manageability?

2)     Name four things that L’Oreal Paris Nude Magique does for your skin.

3)    Name the breakthrough technology used in the Dove Sensitive Skin Nourishing Body Wash that delivers essential lipids to keep your skin nourished and soft.

4)    Which ingredients in NIVEA Sensitive Protect Roll-on help reduce the risk of skin sensitivity and rashes?

5)     Which ingredient in L’Occitane Immortelle Divine Cream increases collagen and elastin?

6)    Name the ingredients in Palmolive Intensive Moisture Conditioner that work to transform dry hair into soft, moisturised, and hydrated hair.

7)     Name three ways in which L’Occitane Immortelle Precious Eye Balm cares for eyes.

8)     Which member titled their review for NIVEA Pure & Natural Body Lotion, “Light AND Moisturising!”?

9)    How many curve-sensing blades are in the Schick Hydro Silk Razor?

10)  What kind of texture does the Revlon ColorStay Whipped Crème Makeup have?

11)  Which ingredient in NIVEA Pure & Natural Hand Cream protects and softens dry skin?

Got your answers? Head here to answer them.


Competition closes midnight Friday September 28 2012.

Which product would you like to try the most? What products have you tried this month?

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Posted by: Blossy77 (Australia)

I really want to try the Loreal Nude Magique BB cream to compare it with the Revitalift one.

Posted on: September 21, 2012 (Sep 21, 2012 6:09am)

Posted by: ModernSnowWhite (Australia)

lol thats a lot of products to win!

Posted on: September 21, 2012 (Sep 21, 2012 6:57am)