Kitchen beauty savers

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The economy isn’t in good shape at the moment and the forecasts say it will get worse. Fingers crossed that it won’t! In the meantime, we can prepare ourselves by cutting back a bit here and there. I'm not talking about giving up all things beauty, ladies. These things are too good to be sacrificed. But there is definitely a way to save in the beauty department if you’re feeling the pinch. These kitchen alternatives can do pretty much the same job as some products!

World-renowned Aussie makeup artist Rae Morris is an advocate of using baking soda as an exfoliant. It’s cheap, gentle and effective. Simply pour some onto a wet palm and rub it into a paste before applying to your face. It will scrub away your dead skin cells as you rub. Raw sugar or sea salt can be used as facial scrubs as well. Just make sure you grind it down with a blender so that it’s not too abrasive.

Can’t afford expensive facial masks at the moment but still want to treat yourself? Make your own mask with egg white. It can brighten and tighten up the face, giving a more youthful appearance. Other ingredients that you can use for a DIY face mask include honey and plain yoghurt.

Hair a bit dry and in need of a treatment? Use coconut oil or olive oil to restore your locks. Simply work some into the strands of your hair and then ‘Gladwrap’ your hair up or put it into a shower cap. Leave it for a couple of hours before washing it out. But wait! Do not wet your hair! The first thing you must do is lather on some shampoo to remove the oil before washing it off with water! Otherwise you will have a hard time removing the greasiness from your hair.

You’ve probably heard of these kitchen beauty tips and tricks already. However, I would just like to point out that these can save you quite a lot of money. Each item costs you no more than ten dollars, and chances are you already have them in your kitchen.

Do you have any kitchen beauty tips and tricks that you would like to add to our repertoire? Please do share.  

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Posted by: mrscleaver (Australia)

I've used all of the things mentioned above & they are all good.Fine ground oats mixed with milk are good for a moisturising body treatment ,also gently exfoliates & you can use the same ingredients with maybe a bit of honey for a face mask:) Diluted apple cider vinegar can be used as a toner & you can use it as a hair rinse too.

Posted on: September 26, 2012 (Sep 26, 2012 5:46pm)

Posted by: JulzPerri (Australia)

There are great youtube videos that have lots of home tricks for beauty too! Just start with a random search and before you know it there are thousands of things you want to try!

Posted on: September 26, 2012 (Sep 26, 2012 5:55pm)

Why your skin absolutely loves vitamin C

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Vitamins are your friends, beauties. But you already knew that, right? I mean, that’s why you’ve been chomping down on brightly-coloured vegetables and fruits and slapping on skin care products jam-packed with vitamin goodness in an attempt to keep you looking and feeling fit and healthy. And good on you for doing so!

But do you know which vitamin will give you a luminous, glowy complexion? The vitamin that will help fade imperfections, leaving you with even-toned skin? It’s vitamin C. We like to think the C stands for champion, because in reality, it is an absolute wonder.

And here is precisely why we feel that way…

REASON #1: vitamin C is a key element in the production of collagen, which is a vital structural protein of the skin. So, by applying vitamin C topically or digesting it internally, you’re boosting the creation of collagen, which helps to promote smoother, younger-looking skin.

REASON #2: vitamin C is an antioxidant, and this means it can help reduce skin damage caused by free radicals, improving the texture of your skin and reducing wrinkles as a result.

REASON #3: highly-concentrated vitamin C accelerates the skin’s cell turnover mechanism, breaking up dark spots and dull skin tone as a result. This means you’re left with a brighter, more illuminated complexion.

REASON #4: not only does vitamin C help break down current pigmentation, but it also helps prevent new dark spots from appearing by fighting the formation of concentrated melanin patches.

REASON #5: vitamin c acts as a gentle exfoliator, which helps to erase surface marks while smoothing it at the same time.

Phew! That really is one hardworking vitamin, huh? Keen to get more of its obviously awesome goodness into your skin cells? Other than chowing down on strawberries, citrus fruits, kiwis and dark leafy greens, applying a topical cream like Garnier Dark Spot Corrector Daily Unifying Moisturiser will do you a bucket load of good. And, clearly, your skin will love you for it…








Did you know vitamin C had so many benefits? Do you already look for this ingredient when it comes to choosing skin care products? Will you from now on?

PS. Not sure what dark spots actually are? We've got the lowdown on these bothersome pigmention marks here...


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Posted by: Thepinkshoe (Australia)

I knew vitamin C was good for skin but I didn't know it did all that! Thanks for the knowledge :)

Posted on: September 26, 2012 (Sep 26, 2012 12:18pm)

Posted by: Hareem (Australia)

Wow. That really was interesting. I have been getting dark spots lately so will definitely be trying the garnier dark spot corrector <3

Posted on: September 26, 2012 (Sep 26, 2012 12:20pm)

How-to: Nicole Richie's amazing aqua eye look

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So, wow. Just when we thought Nicole Richie couldn't get any hotter, she goes and whips out an amazing eye look that makes us want to rush out and copy her from head to toe immediately. I mean look at her, it's just about as dreamy as they come!

Normally I wouldn't suggest an eye look that was so 'matchy matchy' with her turquoise outfit, but this just seems to work.

I don't know if it's her hazel eyes, or the subtle shimmer in the aqua hue, but this is one look that just can't fail. It has that perfect pop of colour that is just so hot right now; I'm in quite a spin over the whole thing.

Obviously you'll want to know how you can get the look for yourself, so I've come up with a quick and oh-so simple how-to that’ll transform your eyes like Nicole’s.

- Begin by applying an eye shadow primer to your entire lid. This will ensure your eyeshadow stays in place for longer. We love: Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place Eyeshadow Base for its ability to keep shadow smooth and crease-free for up to 15 hours.
- Next, use a bronze eyeshadow over your entire eyelid, stopping at the crease and then blending up to the brow bone. We like Revlon Luxurious Color Eyeshadow in Luxurious Bronze.
- To get the perfect aqua smoke on your eyelid, sweep a turquoise eyeshadow over your entire eyelid, only blending up to the brow bone slightly. We like Hello Kitty Mono Eyeshadow in Iles Turquoises.
- If you want to give this look extra oomph, why not try adding a turquoise liner over your top lash line? We love ck one color Gloss Eyecolor in Pop for an ultra-shimmery, glossy burst of colour.

Do you like Nicole's look? What's your favourite eyeshadow shade for adding a bit of drama?

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Posted by: Blink182 (Australia)

Omg her eyes stand out so much!

Posted on: September 25, 2012 (Sep 25, 2012 7:04pm)

Posted by: katshepsutt (Australia)

Love this look! I'm hooked on aqua/teal/turquoisey shades - they so great for a fresh spring look, and flatter most eye colours. But I think any colour with a smudge of black or charcoal can look dramatic, even pastel pink :-)

Posted on: September 26, 2012 (Sep 26, 2012 5:23am)

The new step to add to your beauty routine

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Everyone wants it: healthier hair, stronger nails and glowing skin. You can fake it, extend it, glue it, scrub it and cover it up, but sometimes that just doesn’t seem to do the trick - especially if you're going for the natural look. So perhaps the issue here shouldn’t be what you put on yourself, but rather what you are putting inside yourself. You're probably aware that sipping on water and watching what you eat is vital for keeping your insides feeling great. What you may not know is that there are HEAPS of natural vitamins that are specifically designed to target those pesky beauty problems.

So, what’s out there for you?

For luscious locks...
If you’re trying to grow out those locks in time for summer or you’re wanting to vamp up dull, limp hair, look no further than a vitamin B complex. Packed with a whole load of nutrients including amino acids, biotin, B12 and B6, your hair will be looking healthier and growing faster in no time. For a targeted pill that promotes healthy hair growth and shiny locks, try Hair Nutrition for Women 30s, which contains biotin, vitamin C to improve scalp circulation and a host of other goodies.

For a healthy complexion...
Is your skin looking a little dry after winter? Well, there are a stack of nutritious vitamins you could try, including vitamin E capsules. Vitamin E is known to have distinct antioxidant benefits, and applied as an oil (simply cut open a capsule) it can be used all over your skin or to target specific dry areas. Vitamin E is also very effective when taken in its capsule form, as it also improves the function of your immune system (essential for healthy skin). Look out for Natures Own Vitamin E in supermarkets and chemists (

For all-round beauty benefits...
Perhaps you are looking for the all in one super-beauty vitamin? You need one that works hard and is targeted to your needs.  Pretorius Women’s Maxi-Vitality Multi (Live Better Womens) is packed with vitamins B, C and E, antioxidants, minerals and herbs, and is specifically designed to give women more energy while promoting healthy skin, hair and nails.

If you’ve tried vitamins before and didn’t see results straight away, then don’t fret.  Vitamins are no quick fix (no, you won’t have Beyonce’s hair after one tablet or wake up with Miranda’s glowing complexion on day two) but incorporate them into your daily beauty routine and you’ll discover the long-term benefits of beautifying from the inside.

Do you take vitamin supplements? What are your tips for getting great skin, hair and nails the natural way?

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Posted by: ModernSnowWhite (Australia)

Diet is very important - if you do eat healthy and exercise then you'll have glowing skin and healthy hair.

Posted on: September 25, 2012 (Sep 25, 2012 6:56pm)

Posted by: NellAdams (Australia)

Sadly it's not a rule that a healthy lifestyle leads to glowing skin and healthy hair... some people simply need an extra boost for whatever reason, and for that tablets are good.

Posted on: September 25, 2012 (Sep 25, 2012 7:02pm)

The beauty don'ts you're already doing

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Ever wondered if you're guilty of some of the biggest beauty no-nos? You may not even know you're doing them, but my guess is you probably are. These 'beauty don'ts' are simple steps that many of us think of as 'shortcuts' - but often they can end up taking more time and money than you'd ever imagined.

Fear not, we're here to deliver the simple solutions to ensure that you don't find yourself succumbing to these beauty don'ts any longer. We've got the real shortcuts to try so you don’t end up suffering from your own beauty tricks.

Beauty don't #1: using nail polish remover to 'thin out' gluggy nail polish
So you've gone to use your favourite nail polish and it left a thick, gluggy layer on your nails. Definitely not the look you're after, right? You may think adding nail polish remover is a fast, easy way to return your polish to its former glory (so did I), but I'm here to tell you that this 'trick' can be more of a hindrance if it doesn't work like you expect. Adding nail polish remover to your lacquers can make them seem more liquid, but it can also make them really streaky to apply, and it may mean your DIY mani takes longer than it ever would have if you'd just added a little nail polish thinner to your colour first up. We love: Mavala Nail Polish Thinner for its ability to make your polishes seem as good as new.

Beauty don't #2: plucking the hairs above your brows
Many of us spy a few stray hairs above our brows and think it's time to pull out the tweezers. No! Stop! Your brow shape is determined by those little hairs, and removing them can make your face-framers look a little unnatural. If you want to shape your brows and develop an attractive arch, be sure to see a brow specialist initially and then keep up the maintenance with a good pair of tweezers you can depend on for precision plucking - but leave hairs on top of your brows alone! Try: Artiste Precision Tweezers Point Tip.

Beauty don't #3: tending to your own split ends
Many of us don't see a problem with grabbing a pair of kitchen scissors and chopping our own frayed strands off. What harm can it do? The split ends are dead already; it's just a little DIY maintenance, right? Wrong! Don't you know that by using a regular pair of kitchen scissors, you're creating a new split end where you've chopped off the old one? Stick to hairdresser visits when you feel it's time for a trim, or invest in a proper pair of salon-quality scissors if you prefer a do-it-yourself 'do. We love: Manicare Hairdressing Scissors.

Are you guilty of committing any of the beauty blunders above? What's your biggest beauty sin?

Remember these celebrity beauty mistakes?

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Posted by: chunky.monkeys (Australia)

I've definitely done the second one but it'd usually just getting the stray hairs between waxes.
Wow I didn't realise you couldn't cut off split ends with normal scissors. I'll make sure never to do that.

Posted on: September 25, 2012 (Sep 25, 2012 1:04pm)

Posted by: Livi92 (Australia)

I'm guilty of having done all three of these! boy did I learrn..

Posted on: September 25, 2012 (Sep 25, 2012 1:09pm)