How-to: Christina Aguilera’s sleek, polished bob

  • Post a comment
Christina-aguliera-hair-how-to-blonde-bob_article_new

Christina Aguilera is a wee bit of a chameleon when it comes to red carpet style. Sometimes this is a good thing, and other times it is a bad thing. A very bad thing.

Luckily this divine polished bob falls into the former basket, beauties. It’s sleek, it’s sexy and it’s seriously polished. But because nailing smooth, frizz-free hair is sometimes a tiresome task, we’ve pinned down Fredderick Fekkai’s Senior Celebrity Hair Stylist Eric Sebbag (who’s tended to Heidi Klum’s strands, the lucky duck!) for his how to on this Parisian chic ‘do…

“This look is very French, with an aura of Michelle Pfeiffer in Scarface. It’s sexy and polished all at once,” says Eric. “It’s perfect for a high fashion moment, and a welcome change after a sea of beachy, wavy, casual California blondes on the red carpet.” Word. 

 HOW TO CREATE SLEEK, SOPHISTICATED STRANDS...

STEP 1: After washing and conditioning your hair, apply a small dollop of frizz-reducing serum like Frederick Fekkai Ironless Coiff Line, or Goldwell Kerasilk Anti-Frizz Serum, before combing through with a detangling comb to remove any knots.

STEP 2: Using your hair-dryer and fingers to create body and lift, blast your hair until it is 80 per cent dry. This is because you hair can only be manipulated properly into shape when it’s almost dry.

STEP 3: Reach for a straightening styler like the VS Sassoon Pro Styler Ionic, and choose a heat setting that’s correct for your hair type. With this tool, there are 30 heat settings to choose from – high for thick, curly hair, and low for fine, colour-treated hair like Christina’s.

STEP 4: Glide the tool over medium sections of hair, moving from the roots to ends to endure a super-smooth, straight style. (Note: the Ionic Conditioning Technology in this VS Sassoon tool reduces static, resulting in shiny, frizz-free hair. Win!) Turning the tool slightly inwards near the ends of the hair will ensure you get a Christina-esque finish.

STEP 5: Gently brush your hair with a paddle brush, before spraying with hairspray to ensure all hair follicles are smoothed and in place.

Expert tip: Constantly suffering from frizzy strands? After washing your hair, always rinse with cold water to help close the hair cuticle, which creates a smoother, shinier hair follicle once styled.

What do you think of Christina Aguilera’s sleek bob? Do you struggle to get smooth, straight strands? What are your tips and tricks for frizz-free hair?

Facebook icon

Twitter icon

Pinterest icon YouTube icon Instagram icon

Don’t miss…

cara Delevingne's eyebrows

Woman biting chocolate

Angelina Jolie's Billy Bob tattoo

Sally Hansen Salon Effects Shiny New Year

Are these the best brows you've ever seen?
How the 90/10 rule can help you avoid weight gain
Do you suffer from tattoo regret? Tips to help
Christmas party nail art in five minutes flat

 

Member Comments

Posted by: Elissa351 (Australia)

I love that look! Suits her so well

Posted on: December 17, 2012 (Dec 17, 2012 12:20pm)

Posted by: Muser (Australia)

I really like this look on Christina, it frames her face beautifully! I also love how her eye makeup and dress are coordinated. =)

Posted on: December 17, 2012 (Dec 17, 2012 12:37pm)

Tested: lip injectables

  • Post a comment
Lip-surgeon_article_new

My mouth has sadly been the bane of my existence since my teenage years. I understand that that sounds ridiculously superficial, but if you take a look at the rest of my perfectly-pouted family, you would understand why my distaste for my emaciated, upturned lips is so deep.

Not one to be defeated by such trivialities as genetics, I knew that a time would come where I would make the jump from complaining about my ‘lip-uation’ to grabbing life by the throat and yelling, “I can change this, sucker”! And alas, after much research into what options I had, I jumped in my car and headed straight to lip injection expert Dr Van Park and have since said sayonara to my thin lips!

Restylane Lip Volume

A number of treatments can now be used to plump up your lips.  I chose to try out hyaluronic acid fillers. Hyaluronic Acid is a naturally-occurring acid in the skin and offers you fuller lips for three to nine months. I went with Restylane Lip Volume as I wanted a sexier pout (minus the trout).

Restylane Volume is designed to provide an individualised treatment for women who are looking to enhance their lip volume, define the lip border, emphasise definition or simply to make lips appear smooth. With an in-built anaesthetic, you no longer have to grit and bear the pain of the injection or have a dental block to numb the area, and you will be out of the clinic within minutes of being injected.

Side Effects

Bruising and swelling are common side effects of all needle usage. With lip injectables, the only other thing that may occur (which did happen with me), are tiny lumps forming under the injection sites. These usually subside after a couple of days, or can last for months: it just depends on how your body responds to the filler.

The results

To say I am over the moon with my lips is an understatement. I am so much more confident about smiling: no longer am I fearful of my gummy grin. It will most definitely become a yearly thing and it has even given me enough confidence to wear lipstick, daily: something I avoided for years.

What tips do you have for making your lips fuller? Would you ever consider injectables?

Member Comments

Posted by: sassylily (Australia)

So happy you love your new look.

Posted on: December 17, 2012 (Dec 17, 2012 6:58am)

Posted by: katshepsutt (Australia)

The "after" pic looks very natural, no sign of any trout pout, well done! To make my lips look fuller, I apply either a light-coloured or lip-coloured liner slightly outside the lipline, fill in with lipstick, and then add a plumping lip gloss over the top :-)

Posted on: December 17, 2012 (Dec 17, 2012 7:28am)

The 8-week acne challenge

  • Post a comment
Dmk-rebecca-photos_article_new

I was speaking to a really good friend of mine the other day (let’s call her Rebecca) and was surprised when she opened up to me about an issue that’s been plaguing her for a while now. She expressed how her acne and breakouts were making her feel really down, and I have to say I’d never realised because I’d never really noticed it.

Here’s what Rebecca had to say about her experience with acne:

“I've been experiencing issues with my skin (in particular adult acne) consistently now for the past eight months despite having a very healthy diet and active lifestyle. I also drink approximately 2-3L of water daily and am very diligent with my skincare - e.g. always removing my make up before going to bed etc.  Having enjoyed clear skin my entire life barring the occasional zit here and there, my newfound problem skin has caused a huge nosedive in my self-confidence. So much so, there have often been days that I've been so depressed I don't even want to leave the house. It seems like no matter what I do, my breakouts just won't disappear and I'm questioning the chance I'll ever have clear skin again.”

As you can see, sometimes a healthy diet and diligent skin care regime aren’t enough to ward off stubborn acne. Rebecca explained that she’d tried every kind of different acne-clearing skin care range, and I concluded that perhaps the problem was that she never sticks to a particular acne treatment for a full eight weeks – which is the optimum time needed for products like this to show results. She had been switching up her skin care products every two to three weeks when she didn’t see the results she was after.

Instantly my mind went straight to the acne experts, Danné Montague-King. She was thrilled with the suggestion, and after a consultation with a skin therapist, is now undergoing an eight-week treatment program that is specially tailored to Rebecca’s skin.

The best part? We’re going along for the ride. Yep, for the next eight weeks we’ll be following Rebecca’s journey, bringing you real photos (just like the ones above) and sharing her progress with you. So hold on tight, because with any luck it won’t be a ‘bumpy’ ride for much longer…

Fast-forward to the three-week update and see Rebecca's progress!

What are your biggest skin gripes? Are you interested in following Rebecca's journey?

Facebook icon

Twitter icon

Pinterest icon YouTube icon Instagram icon

Don’t miss…

cara Delevingne's eyebrows

Woman biting chocolate

Angelina Jolie's Billy Bob tattoo

Sally Hansen Salon Effects Shiny New Year

Are these the best brows you've ever seen?
How the 90/10 rule can help you avoid weight gain
Do you suffer from tattoo regret? Tips to help
Christmas party nail art in five minutes flat

Member Comments

Posted by: JaneyPooh (Australia)

it will be interesting to find out how it all goes.

Posted on: December 16, 2012 (Dec 16, 2012 8:23am)

Posted by: Princess Fiona1 (Member since 2007, Australia)

This is a great article, I look forward to hearing how it all goes..

Posted on: December 16, 2012 (Dec 16, 2012 9:22am)

Quick ways to de-stress

  • Post a comment
Relaxing-on-a-hammock_article_new

There must be some hormone that’s released every December 27 that allows us to forget about all the stress and drama associated with Christmas. I mean, why else would we sign up for crazy-busy shopping centres, big family dinners, and multiple Christmas celebrations every single year?

And because we don’t want you focusing on the stressful aspects of Christmas – we want your festive season to be all about the joy that comes from spending time with loved ones, wonderful pressies, and getting into the Christmas spirit – we’ve got three quick and easy things you can do to de-stress when things are getting a bit much.

Brew yourself a cuppa
Tea solves almost everything. Fact. But instead of making yourself your regular English breakfast and Earl Grey, brew yourself a cup of AVEDA 100% Certified Organic Comforting Tea (available in leaves or in bags). The calming concoction of peppermint, licorice root and other pure flower essences helps promote a sense of calm and well-being. Stress and fatigue don’t stand a chance.

Hop in the shower
It’s amazing what a steaming hot shower coupled with a fragrant and calming body wash can do for your peace of mind. Dove Purely Pampering Body Wash contains shea butter and vanilla to leave you surrounded by a beautiful, luxurious scent as you shower. You will feel all your worries and stresses almost literally slip away and go down the drain. For extra relaxation, why not put on some music, too?

Massage the tension away
Massage can help ease your body and your mind. Lush Whoosh Temple balm is a refreshing balm made from lime, lemon, grapefruit, rosemary, and geranium to help balance your mind and reduce stress. Just rub a small amount on the temples, wrists, and other pulse points and you’re one step closer to serenity.
As for your body, try The Body Shop Muscle Roller (you may need a second pair of hands to help you with this one). The ridged muscle massager can be used to ease any knots or areas of tension in your body. You’ll feel all gooey and relaxed in no time at all.

Have you been stressed out in the lead up to Christmas? What do you do to try and ease stress?
Find out how to tackle those stress-related spots…
How you can use fragrance to stress less…

Facebook icon

Twitter icon

Pinterest icon YouTube icon Instagram icon

Don’t miss…

cara Delevingne's eyebrows

Woman biting chocolate

Angelina Jolie's Billy Bob tattoo

Sally Hansen Salon Effects Shiny New Year

Are these the best brows you've ever seen?
How the 90/10 rule can help you avoid weight gain
Do you suffer from tattoo regret? Tips to help
Christmas party nail art in five minutes flat

 

 

Member Comments

Posted by: Youarebeautiful (Australia)

Love the tips! I go for a bike ride to destress and a warm cuppa certainly helps! :)

Posted on: December 15, 2012 (Dec 15, 2012 10:14am)

Posted by: ModernSnowWhite (Australia)

Mmmmm peppermint tea, I feel like some now lol

Posted on: December 15, 2012 (Dec 15, 2012 10:43am)

Top hair colour tips for sexy summer blondes

  • Post a comment
3-hair-colour-tips-for-blondes-gwen-stefani_article_new

Despite being a fair-haired little lady until I was around six or seven, I’ve never dyed my hair blonde as an adult. And apparently, this makes me lucky. The blondes in the office have told me it’s rather difficult owning light strands, you see. From trying to maintain shine and preventing damaged ends, to ensuring the shade is exactly how you want it, it’s a really tough gig.

So, I’m guessing that means blondes are always open to learning new tips, tricks and facts that relate to their hair hue, right? That’s exactly why we’ve pinned down Kate Rawnsley, national education manager for Oscar Oscar Salons, and stolen some of her superb knowledge on the topic of all things blonde…

BRILLIANT BLONDE FACT #1: you can avoid your locks turning to straw
“The best way to prevent blonde hair turning to straw in summer is to always treat your hair with the right products,” says Kate. “It is best to use different products in the summer months because we spend more time outdoors, and in the pool and surf.” The trick? Using hydrating treatment ranges to combat dryness. Try: Redken All Soft range or John Frieda SHEER BLONDE Moisturising Shampoo and Conditioner.

BRILLIANT BLONDE FACT #2: summer hair is relaxed hair
Step away from the bathroom, beauties. “When it comes to styling blonde hair in summer, do not go over the top,” explains Kate. “Summer is all about fun and relaxation, and that's exactly how your hair should be, too.”

BRILLIANT BLONDE FACT #3: Gwen Stefani is your hair idol
As is Blake Lively. “In term of celebrities who work blonde best, Gwen Stefani always keeps her colour in perfect condition and perfect tone,” says Kate. “She always stands out in a crowd!” And Blake? “She really embraces the warm tones in her natural hair colour by playing with golden and soft copper blonde tones, which complements her sun-kissed tan perfectly.”

BRILLIANT BLONDE FACT #4: this season’s on-trend hues are flattering
Which striking blonde hair colours are trending this season? “Creamy vanillas or luscious golden hues with a subtle lightness around the face,” explains Kate. “This gives your skin tone a beautiful summer glow, so just ask your stylist for your colour to be a little lighter around the front to promote a more summery you.”

BRILLIANT BLONDE FACT #5: do not attempt to go blonde on your own
“Find a great colourist who is experienced in finding the right blonde that will suit your skin tone and eye colour,” explains Kate. “Also, be realistic about how light you want to go, and be patient. Sometimes it does take a few appointments with your colourist to get you to the colour you want.” Smart one, Kate.

Are you a blonde? How do you keep your strands in top nick during summer? Which celebrity do you think works a blonde ‘do really well?

Facebook icon

Twitter icon

Pinterest icon YouTube icon Instagram icon

Don’t miss…

cara Delevingne's eyebrows

Woman biting chocolate

Angelina Jolie's Billy Bob tattoo

Sally Hansen Salon Effects Shiny New Year

Are these the best brows you've ever seen?
How the 90/10 rule can help you avoid weight gain
Do you suffer from tattoo regret? Tips to help
Christmas party nail art in five minutes flat

Member Comments

Posted by: hazeleyes (Australia)

I can't go blond I am incredibly pale with eyes that will only really let me stay with slight variations of my own brown, I don't really mind though. My friends however, a few are naturally blonde and one has just died her ends blonde she is really struggling to keep them looking nice and manageable I will definitely be sending her to this article thanks for posting it.

Posted on: December 14, 2012 (Dec 14, 2012 5:32pm)

Posted by: ModernSnowWhite (Australia)

I'm half blonde? lol, I have a half a head of blonde foils and my natural chocolate brown underneath. I put a toner though each week, make sure I'm using the right products, I don't use heat on it much, etc... But in the end its worth it.

Posted on: December 14, 2012 (Dec 14, 2012 5:38pm)