06 Feb 2012 16:28 PM | Posted by bh's Olivia Mackinnon
So the news has finally arrived. The New South Wales government is set to phase out solariums over the next two years, with sun beds around the nation becoming pretty much extinct by the year 2014. I must admit, I had forgotten that solariums even existed, since I had bid adieu to my dangerous tanning ways many years ago. It was bh member DaniellefromDollface that brought this issue to my attention after she started a forum thread and opened the discussion up to the people who really matter, the beauty aficionados - you guys!
It’s very interesting to see your opinions on a (somewhat) controversial topic such as this one. Should we be banning sun beds? Or should people have the right to choose?
We’ve come a long way in the last few decades, with skin cancer awareness at an all time high, many people choose not to use solariums and/or partake in ‘sun tanning’ activity of any kind – with most of the gorgeous summer glows you see coming straight from a bottle.
It also helps that the fake tans available to us now are natural-looking, easy-to-use, inexpensive and even less stinky than before. A far cry from the whiffy, oompa loompa-inducing tans that were available years ago.
That being said, do you think people should have the choice to use a solarium, or do you think we should be banning them in an effort to protect Australians from the rise in our nation’s skin cancer epidemic? And - do you think the other states should follow suit?
What's your stand on the solarium ban?
Do you think the other Australian States should follow suit?
Posted by:(Member since 2007, Australia)
No way Hosea. I couldn't ever torture my skin like that. It actually sounds lethal to me.
Posted on: February 06, 2012 (Feb 6, 2012 5:26pm)
Unless solariums are banned people will still use them and develope melanomas. Sad that they aren't sensible enough to make this choice themselves. While some companies will lose money, they should have switched to offering spray tans instead.
Posted on: February 06, 2012 (Feb 6, 2012 5:45pm)
06 Feb 2012 10:40 AM | Posted by Editor
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Posted on: February 06, 2012 (Feb 6, 2012 12:10pm)
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Posted on: February 06, 2012 (Feb 6, 2012 12:25pm)
03 Feb 2012 17:50 PM | Posted by bh's Olivia Mackinnon
If you’re a lipstick junkie like me, then odds are you could probably reach into your bag now and pull out any one of the ten lippies floating around at the bottom of your bag. Then you’d probably wish you’d thrown in that hot new coral colour you have at home too – you know, just in case…
Well, lipstick lovers rejoice! I’ve found out a way that you can justify each and practically every one of your lipstick loves! How you ask? Well, here’s five great ways for you to get the most out of them…
- Lip colour – okay, perhaps a wee bit obvious, but it definitely stands as the top use for lipstick, so it deserves a mention, no?
- Lipstain – if you’re after a pretty, kissed-off lip colour, then a lipstick can definitely serve your purpose. To achieve a ‘stained’ look, ensure your lips are dry and then apply your lipstick as you normally would, allowing a minute of drying time. Then apply a second coat and repeat the drying time before kissing a tissue up to 10 times, or until you’re happy with the slight tint left on your lips.
- Blush – sound kind of odd? That’s okay, we thought so too. Until we saw MAC’s Senior Make-up Artist, Nicole Thompson, demonstrate how applying lippy to your cheekbones and blending with a super fluffy brush results in an effect very similar to cream brush – and looks amazing! The darker the lip shade, the more contoured your face looks. Just ensure you keep darker lip shades just underneath your cheekbones (like you would bronzer) and lighter pink shades near the apples of your cheeks and along your cheekbone.
- Eye gloss – to give your peepers a slightly pigmented, glossy sheen, simply apply a bit of lipstick to your index finger and press it over your eyelid. The sheen of your lipstick will work like a cream eyeshadow and light up your entire eye area. Work with a small amount of colour and build it up if you’d like a deeper hue.
- Hair hue – feel like adding a bit of oomph to your party look? Tap into your youthful hair mascara days and smudge a bit of your bright lipstick over the lighter parts of your hair for added ‘wow’! A bright fuchsia smudged on the ends of your hair is the perfect addition to any Saturday night outfit, a la Lauren Conrad.
How do you multi-use your make-up?
Every day I apply the same blush high on my cheekbones to contour my face (it's one that matches my own natural blushing hue) but I also add a touch of whatever lipstick I'm wearing to the apples - co-ordinates my look beautifully, been doing that for yonks. I should add that the only time I don't do this is when the lipstick I'm wearing is purple, lol. Don't think I'd put lippie in my hair though...
Posted on: February 06, 2012 (Feb 6, 2012 5:32am)
Posted by:(United States)
I don't think I'd put a lip product in my hair. But, I do use creme blush on lips and cheeks and lippies on lips and cheeks.
Posted on: February 06, 2012 (Feb 6, 2012 5:36am)
03 Feb 2012 17:44 PM | Posted by bh's Olivia Mackinnon
So you’re back at work, nose to the grindstone, and the summer holidays seem so long ago. It’s hard not to feel a little down in the dumps at times – it’s okay, we understand!
Which is why we’ve called upon the help of Psychology expert, Dr Mary Casey, CEO of leading health and education organisation, Casey Centre – who has these strategies to help you beat the back-at-work blues:
1. You dislike the work you do: “Maybe it’s time to revaluate your job satisfaction,” Dr Casey says. “Often it takes courage to be honest with ourselves. Ask yourself if you’re being challenged, and believe in the work you do. If you have been dissatisfied for a year or more, it’s could be time to discover what you do like. Learn new skills by embarking on some study, or look for a new role where your existing skills can be applied.”
2. You don’t know how to deal with difficult people: “People only do what they do because they can,” says Dr Casey, who details effective strategies in How to Deal with Master Manipulators. “It is well worth developing the skills to deal with a difficult colleague or manager. My tips are to control your emotions around any difficult person, set strong boundaries within acceptable limits, don’t take anything too personally, remain professional, and channel your attention into areas of your work that will reward you both personally and professionally.”
3. You dislike the work culture: “Maybe you’re stuck in a negative work culture or you’re just bored. Find out what exactly what bothers you. Adopting an attitude of gratitude may be all that you need: identify the positive attributes of your job – for instance a regular income, stability, mentoring and/or work satisfaction. If you can’t identify positive aspects, then maybe it is time for a change,” Dr Casey says.
4. You’re often overworked: Anyone would dread starting a new working year if they knew it meant long hours all over again, Dr Casey says. “Look into why so much work is being delegated to you. Communicate with management if you need more resources and how it would benefit the business; identify where and how you can delegate to another; or are you are doing other people’s work for them and it’s simply become a habit? Take responsibility and stop it immediately as it is your health that suffers in the long run.”
5. You don’t speak up for yourself: “This can stunt your career progression: People will leapfrog you into better positions, they will take credit for the work you have done, your ambitions will be unnoticed and your career acceleration will be slower – leading to job dissatisfaction in the long term,” Dr Casey says.
6. You lack confidence: Self-confidence is the single largest quality that “opens doors” in the workplace – whether that door is a promotion, the best projects in the company, or working alongside the most talented people. Confidence is required to befriend and align yourself with the most important people in the company, who will reward you. “If you don’t have confidence in yourself, neither will your boss or co-workers, leaving you stagnating in your career growth.
7. You allow people to walk over you: “This is something that only you can be accountable for,” Dr Casey says. “It is up to you to have clear boundaries for yourself as to what is acceptable to you and what is not acceptable. You need to be perfectly clear on how you will be spoken to and treated. If you are not clear, others will walk all over you.” Dr Casey says that while most work-related issues can be solved, if you feel like you cannot change anything about your situation it may be worthwhile seeking a new role or workplace. “Everyone deserves job satisfaction and peace of mind. Find a reason or goal to motivate you to change your situation or yourself, and be assertive enough to take action.”
What are your tips for feeling better at work?
Posted by:(United States)
I have no tips. When I am bogged down by people I change jobs.
Posted on: February 04, 2012 (Feb 4, 2012 7:02am)
Excellent article bh - in my experience, nothing brings back the blues more quickly than taking your work home with you. By that I mainly mean carrying thoughts and worries out the door at 5pm and letting them intrude on your private life - it's important to take a distance from office concerns, and I've found going over and over things in your head doesn't necessarily help...
Posted on: February 04, 2012 (Feb 4, 2012 7:44am)
03 Feb 2012 13:49 PM | Posted by bh's Olivia Mackinnon
Sometimes on a low day, you start to doubt everything about yourself and the way you look. Your make-up looks blotchy and uneven; your hair just won’t sit right; and those jiggly bits? They feel around twice as big as usual.
On those ‘blah’ kind of days, it really helps to come across a ‘good news’ story that can help to lift your spirits and inject a bit of hope back into your day. Don’t know what I mean? How’s this for some good news:
bh member, Sarahly, recently started a thread in the bh forums gushing about a couple of body products she swears have helped get rid of her stretch marks, ten fold. I know, stretch marks! The infamous body pest that won’t budge! She really got rid of them! So of course I just had to share her findings with you, and even add a couple of stretch mark saviours of my own to the mix. Check it out!
Lush Buffy (vegan) – Sarahly says: “I noticed tonight that my stretch marks have faded considerably in this short period of time, they’re flatter, and whiter. I am amazed at my results with such cheap simple products. I will continue to do this religiously. I really believe my success comes from the Lush Buffy exfoliant. It is my new holy grail product!”
Vaseline Cocoa Butter Deep Conditioning Body Lotion
Urban Rituelle Mumma & Bubba Organics Mumma Balm Stretch Mark Cream
Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Massage Lotion for Stretch Marks
Protec Protec Scar Cream
Innoxa Skin Tissue Oil
Avado Organics Stretch Mark Crème
Dr. LeWinn’s Medic Bio-Care Oil
What is your biggest body issue?
What is the best stretch mark treatment you've come across?
Posted by:(United States)
Sounds good to me.
Posted on: February 03, 2012 (Feb 3, 2012 5:32pm)
Posted by:(Member since 2007, Australia)
I'm an odd one here! I tend to have the opposite problem to a lot of people. My current biggest body issue is losing too much weight through stress. (Been a stressful week - we all have them sometimes!) When I get stressed I lose weight rapidly - I'm currently dropped to 49 but was 48 a couple of days ago so I'm trying to put some more on to get to atleast 50.
I've never had stretch marks so I don't know any stretch mark creams! Sorry beauties for not being much help here today!
Posted on: February 03, 2012 (Feb 3, 2012 5:35pm)