Naturally beautiful: nude products

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Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing I love more than a bright, bold statement lip when I’m feeling a little…bleh. And there’s no doubt I’ll always pick an out-there nail shade to perk me up a bit.

But sometimes, there’s nothing quite like embracing nude shades and letting your natural beauty speak for itself. Be it a slick of almost-clear lipgloss, a manicure of barely-there polish, or a wash of nude eyeshadow on your lids, sometimes less truly is more.

So if you’re looking to embrace your natural beauty, why not try these gorgeous products.

For lips with a touch more colour – Revlon ColorStay Lip Butter in Crème Brulee will give your lips just a touch of colour and a whole lot of moisture. Double win.

How to choose a nude lipstick for you

These celebs totally rock the au naturel look, don’t you think?...


Which do you prefer – nudes or brights?

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Posted by: kireina (Australia)

I love both nudes and brights, depending on what mood I'm in or what the occaision is.

Posted on: August 30, 2012 (Aug 30, 2012 1:17pm)

Posted by: JaneyPooh (Australia)

I also love both nudes and brights for different days, moods, occasions, whims. The Estee Lauder gloss stick in nude almond is so pretty.

Posted on: August 30, 2012 (Aug 30, 2012 1:35pm)

The stress-free way to get ready for work

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We all dread that Monday morning, don’t we? Having to get up, go to work, get our face on, do the hair etc, etc. Well, here’s a little guide on how to help get ready for work quicker, so you look great, but don’t miss out on that beauty sleep either.

When it comes to clothes, I like to get my outfits ready at the weekend, iron what needs to be ironed and get the accessories (if you are wearing any) ready as well. Call me pedantic, but this sure beats running around like a mad woman in the morning and trying to iron clothes, wearing that same dress that doesn’t need ironing or, worse still, go to work all wrinkled up. Trust me, ladies, you can iron clothes while catching up on Pretty Little Liars or whatever show you may be into.

I don’t know about you, but I like to wash my hair every day. If you are the same, then what you need to do is get a good hairdryer, section your hair in tiny little bits and this will ensure that your hair is dried quite quickly. Then, run a GHD through it and voilà – you’re ready to go! Alternatively, if you’re not into the daily hair-washing thing or you’re running really late, dry shampoo and a donut bun are your best friends.

Makeup-wise, keep it simple for work if you don’t have much time on your hands. Getting plenty of sleep, cleansing your skin and keeping it hydrated will make it easier to slap on some foundation or a bb cream and your skin will look super-healthy. Add some blush, eyeliner and mascara and finish it off with a pretty lipstick; it’s quicker to add a pop of colour to your lips than to your eyes if you are trying to be quick.

Whoever knows me knows how much I love nails. Make sure your nails are always nice and pretty. If you don’t have time to redo your manicure, at least take off chipped nailed polish - you can’t look polished if your nails are all chipped and unhappy-looking.
These are some of the things that help me get through the week with minimal stress. If you have time this weekend, plan some more. Plan your outfits, make-up, hair, nails, everything! It will make your life easier during the week and you will look good without stressing every morning.

Finally, wherever you go, make sure to wear a big beautiful smile to complete your look!

How do you deal with weekday madness? Do you plan ahead? Do you spend long on doing your hair and make-up?

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Posted by: Blossy77 (Australia)

Some of that is food for thought...

Posted on: August 30, 2012 (Aug 30, 2012 5:17am)

Posted by: notsojayne (Member since 2007, Australia)

great tips - I wash my hair at night then straighten in the morning, saves the drying time in the morning.

Posted on: August 30, 2012 (Aug 30, 2012 7:48am)

Your new bedtime beauty routine

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Your face and body go through a lot during the day, and come night-time it’s important to take the time to give it some TLC. You see, skin does its regenerating work while you sleep – and while we all know the importance of washing our faces and brushing our teeth before bed, there are a few simple steps to make sure you wake up with revived and replenished skin from head to toe.

So, as tempting as it might be to crawl straight into bed tonight, if you really pay attention to your evening beauty routine your skin will thank you for it in the morning.

1) Body Brushing
Not only can body brushing help to remove the bumpy skin that forms on your arms and legs and reduce cellulite, it also stimulates blood and lymphatic circulation, exfoliates dead skin and releases toxins. Start at your feet and work your way upwards, working from the left to the right side of the body (the natural direction to relax the body) and use long, sweeping strokes, brushing toward the heart. Body brushing is best followed by hydrotherapy (or a good soak at home) – so it should be done before taking a shower or bath. Product pick: Manicare Wooden bath Brush.

2) Double Cleansing
When you wash your face at night, you’re removing the day’s make-up as well as trying to get rid of the oil and dirt that has built up throughout the day, so one quick cleanse isn’t always enough.  Try starting with a cleansing oil to help gently remove traces of make up without stripping the skin. Follow this with your favourite cleanser, which will remove any remaining residue,while deeply penetrating into the pores. Product pick: Planet Eve Organics Certified Organic Facial Cleansing Oil.

3) Night Cream
Now that your skin is perfectly cleansed it’s an optimum base for receiving all the benefits of a night cream. Night creams can be a lot thicker than your normal moisturiser as you don’t have to worry about applying make-up over the top. 
If you really want your night cream to work hard while you sleep, look for one that contains ingredients such as vitamin C, vitamin E and retinol, a form of Vitamin A essential for increasing cell production, reducing pigmentation and increasing collagen production. 

Product pick: Garnier Unltralift Pro Retinol Firming Night Cream.

4) Eye cream
The skin around your eyes is thinner than anywhere else, therefore it ages more quickly, which can result in dark circles and fine lines. To help combat this, apply an eye cream such as A’kin’s Ginkgo & Chamomile Revitalising Eye Night Creme, which contains active ingregients such as ginkgo, Vitamin E, omega 3, 6 and 9 essential fatty acids to regenerate and improve circulation while you sleep. Product pick: A'kin Ginkgo Chamomile Revitalising Eye Night Creme.

Have you tried double cleansing? What are your essential evening beauty tips?

More skin care tips on bh:
-How to fake a good night's sleep
-Our most-reviewed eye creams

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Posted by: PrettyPrincess (Member since 2008, Australia)

I use a cleansing oil, then my cleanser with my clarisonic.
My skin loves it, I can then feel my night cream sinking in even more.

Posted on: August 29, 2012 (Aug 29, 2012 5:33pm)

Posted by: sea157 (Singapore)

I used to use Shu Uemura cleansing oil followed by an Estee Lauder cleanser. It was a pretty good regimen and I should switch back to it as it was very effective.

Posted on: August 29, 2012 (Aug 29, 2012 5:36pm)

Spotlight on: hair extensions

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Sometimes our hair lacks the wow factor we’d like it to have. Maybe it’s looking a bit to fine and limp? Or perhaps it’s a little on the short side? Or maybe it just needs that extra bit of va-va-voom to perk you up?

Regardless of what you feel your hair is missing, there’s a solution for it all when it comes to hair extensions. Looking to add volume? No problem! Need some length? Too easy!

Just take a look below and you could very well find the hair saviour you’re after…

Do you wear hair extensions? Would you try them?

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Posted by: Hayley_22 (Australia)

I had hair extensions put in after a dodgey hair dresser all but shaved my head. I previously had mid back length hair, so you could understand my devastation. But the hair extensions were awful. I would never get them again. As they were the kind that clamped into the roots of the hair I couldnt wash my hair any more then once a week and I found they pulled out bringing chunks of my hair with it.

Posted on: August 29, 2012 (Aug 29, 2012 12:07pm)

Posted by: sea157 (Singapore)

I'm fascinated by these hair extensions and would love to try them but only when fixed in by by a pro.

Posted on: August 29, 2012 (Aug 29, 2012 12:34pm)

How-to: give your man the Channing Tatum touch

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I love my job for many reasons, beauties, but searching for images of Channing Tatum and claiming it as work pretty much tops the list of perks. Yes, that’s right – I am totally and utterly in lust with the man who looks as hot with his shirt off as he does dancing on stage during Magic Mike with trackies and a hoodie on. Ahh, sigh…

But Mr Tatum is a taken man (lucky you, Jenna Dewan), so I’m on a mission to give my own boy (and yours!) the Channing Tatum hair touch. Why? Because as much as we love his washboard abs and cheeky smile, it’s pretty much the next best thing, right?

So, we’ve pinned down Hollywood barber Jared Rosen (who’s also tended to Ryan Reynolds locks) and nabbed the his tips on recreating what he describes as the ‘Tatum Taper’ with his current favourite male grooming tool, the new VS Sassoon For Men Speedline Limited Edition Clipper.

“Channing’s hair is just a cool, fresh take on the classic taper. It also has some versatility and can be worn neatly combed for a more conservative, dapper look or spiked up with product for a younger, edgier look,” says Jared.

STEP 1: Wash hair and then dry hair using VS Sassoon Academy Tools Hair Dryer, making sure you direct the nozzle at the hair roots from all angles to build body and height at the crown of the head. 

STEP 2: Using the VS Sassoon For Men Speedline Limited Edition Clipper on the front and back sections, connect the comb attachment and set the cutting length of the clippers to Grade 4.

STEP 3: Starting at the nape of the neck – and placing the comb flush against the head – slowly move the clipper in a straight upward motion so that the teeth of the comb are pointing upwards. 

STEP 4: As you reach the top of the hair move the clippers away from the head so the hair is left slightly longer at the crown. Repeat this until sides and backs are neatly trimmed. 

STEP 5: Tatum’s hair is roughly 3 ½ inches at the crown. To trim your man’s hair like his, first comb the hair forward and separate individual sections to be cut. Do this in rows starting at the front of his head and moving towards the back. 

STEP 6: Run hair between your index and middle finger so that the ends pointing out measure how much you want cut off – and then trim them. 

To add texture, spray some medium-hold hairspray into your hands and work into the hair, positioning hair slightly upwards.  

STEP 2: Next, add a small amount of wax and rub it into the hair manoeuvring it forward and up into the spiky, slightly-off-center shape.  

Expert trimming tip: If you’re unsure of how short you want to trim the hair, start with a longer length as you can always go shorter afterwards. Oh, and never force the clipper through the hair – gradually moving it will do the trick.





Are you a huge fan of Channing Tatum too? Have you seen Magic Mike? Are you keen to style your man’s hair in a Channing Tatum-esque way?


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Posted by: Princess Perfume (Australia)

I can't wait to see this movie! My man probably could do with a CT makeover too. Good luck with the comp everyone!

Posted on: August 29, 2012 (Aug 29, 2012 7:07am)

Posted by: softness (Member since 2007, Australia)

I haven't heard anything re this and I know nothing about this dude! Who is he? He looks a bit up himself to me! Yucko. I like down to earth guys.

Posted on: August 29, 2012 (Aug 29, 2012 7:17am)