Health and beauty tips from Aussie model Ashley Hart

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Australian model Ashley Hart has outrageously white teeth. Outrageously perfect white teeth, in fact. She’s got fantastic hair, too; hair that has the right amount of beach-esque wave and texturised volume. Oh, and then there are the brows. Do not get me started on how fantastically shaped and full they are. They are simply divine!

She’s also got her head screwed on when it comes to health and looking after her body, which truly is refreshing. And that's exactly why she was chosen to be an ambassador for Swisse vitamins alongside the likes of Sonia Kruger, Ricky Ponting and Dr Chris Brown.

But what are her beauty must-haves and nifty health tips? Let’s find out…

beautyheaven: what’s your philosophy on staying beautiful and healthy?
Ashley Hart: my must-do for beauty is water – I think that starting from the inside out is one of the most important things. So, definitely eating nutritious food and drinking water is the key. Drinking alkaline water is also something I recommend, and for a healthy mind, make sure you love yourself.

bh: what are your must-have beauty products?
AH: a really thick facial moisturiser. I kind of switch it up all the time, though. I’ve heard the philosophy that, like your hair, your skin can get used to one thing, so I tend to switch-up my shampoo and conditioner every time I run out and opt for another brand – same with my moisturiser – but I always stick with a semi-nice brand, ones that are really moisturising and thick.

bh: Swisse recently released a range of beauty products. Which ones are your favourite?
AH: all of their natural skin care range is incredible – they’ve got essential oils in them. I really love the Swisse Body Cream with Vitamin D and Gotu Kola, and the Swisse Conditioner with Pro-Vitamin B5 and Avocado, too.

bh: you’re the epitome of the typical Aussie beach babe. How do you protect your skin when you’re out in the sun?
AH: I was definitely one of those kids who lay in the sun with coconut oil, I’m not going to lie. But I am already noticing the effects at 24 years of age, with little smile lines and sunspots appearing. I’m super-conscious now and always wear a hat, sunglasses and an SPF on my face – something super-strong.  But as far as the body goes, I think it’s important to have vitamin D, and I still love the sun because it makes me feel incredible but just like everything else, balance is the key. I still protect my body, I just don’t lie out in the sun for a long time – an hour is just enough.

So true, Ash. A little bit of everything is always the way to go. Love your healthy way of thinking.



Have you heard of Ashley Hart before? What do you think of her philosophy on life and beauty? What are you best tips on staying beautiful on the inside and out?


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Posted by: JaneyPooh (Australia)

You can only be truly beautiful if you spread love and help to the world in your own unique way.

Posted on: December 07, 2012 (Dec 7, 2012 1:51pm)

Posted by: amathis92 (Australia)

It's so unfair, how stunning she is!

Posted on: December 07, 2012 (Dec 7, 2012 5:25pm)

Beat the heat this summer

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I’ll find almost any excuse not to exercise.
Left my headphones at home? I’m out the door of the gym before I’ve even gotten changed.
Sneezed more than twice in a day? I don’t even give it a second thought to skip exercising.
Someone’s invited me over for dinner? Yes please, that’s so much more fun than working up a sweat.

And while I’m totally on board with these excuses should you choose to use them, the one excuse that really shouldn’t keep you from exercising is the weather – especially the heat.

There’s no denying that the hot summer sun can make it a bit uncomfortable to exercise outdoors. But if you’re properly prepared, you can very easily avoid dehydration, heat illness, and in more extreme circumstances, heat stroke.

Sports Physician and Sports Medicine Australia Spokesperson, Dr. David Bolzonello says that the first step is knowing the risk factors involved in exercising in the heat. “Those exercising need to know what can contribute to heat illness, such as high air temperature, heavy clothing, high humidity, lack of fitness, and high exercise intensity.”

So now you know what can cause heat illness, but how can you avoid it? Too easy, just follow these easy-peasy tips from Sports Medicine Australia
- Keep hydrated. This means drinking water before, during, and after exercise.
- Avoid exercising during the hottest part of the day. Early in the morning and later in the evening would be best.
- Take rest breaks – and in the shade if possible.
- Wear light-coloured, lightweight and loose-fitting clothing. The helps allow easy evaporation of sweat. Add sunglasses and SPF 30+ or SPF 50 sunscreen into the mix too.
- Reduce the duration and intensity of your warm-up to minimise the increase in body heat and temperature.

Should you experience any heat illness symptoms while exercise (think light-headedness, nausea, headache, confusion, not sweating, and aggressive or irrational behavior) lay down in a cool place, remove excess clothing, wet your skin, and drink cool water.

Happy exercising! (Now can you pleeeaassse drag me with you!?)

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Posted by: Jenna (Australia)

i'm ALWAYS making excuses to not go to the gym, "i'll always be able to do this tomorrow!", not...

Posted on: December 07, 2012 (Dec 7, 2012 12:16pm)

Posted by: softness (Member since 2007, Australia)

My tip for exercising in the heat is just go swimming! So fun! Also it's good to borrow the kid's boogie board to make it even more fun and they love it too.

Posted on: December 07, 2012 (Dec 7, 2012 12:38pm)

How-to: Lily Aldridge’s big, sexy hair

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Ah, to be a Victoria’s Secret model. Not only are you one of the most gorgeous creatures on the planet by default, you also have one of the most talented hair and make-up teams working to make you look even better still.

It’s not all that fair, is it? Just look at Lily Aldridge, in all her balayaged brilliance. Her tousled strands are the very picture of foxy femininity – and it makes me green with envy – emerald green. They’ve got the right amount of body and bounce and they’re cute enough to look totally effortless. It’s just not fair.

Don’t fret! Don’t you know you can channel your own inner supermodel by rocking locks that rival the Angels’ big, sexy hairstyles? We’ve sought out the assistance of respected Sydney Hair Stylist Dario Controneo, of the DARIO Salon in Darlinghurst, to help us with the steps to mimic Lily’s big, luscious, balayaged hair.

-    Part your hair in a straight line in the middle of your head. Apply a volumising mousse (like Clairol Professional Impressive Volume Conditioning Mousse) to the hair at the crown of your head and work it through with your fingers.
-    Blow-dry your hair with lots of body. Do this by bending in the ends of the hair as you blow-dry with a medium-sized brush.
-    Once the blow dry is finished and your hair is still hot, separate and clip your hair into three sections: one on each side of your head going down from your middle part to behind the ears, leaving one at the back going from your crown down to your shoulders. Spritz a thermal protection spray over each section.
-    Starting at the back of your head, place a medium-sized piece of hair from this section into a MYCURL roller and start horizontally winding up your hair from the ends until you reach the mid-lengths. Secure the strap.
-    Continue adding the MYCURL rollers until all of your hair in the back section is secured.
-    Repeat these steps to the remaining hair sections on either side of your head, ensuring you direct your rollers outwards and upwards as you roll. Leave out any fringe pieces.
-    Clamp your straightener over each MYCURL roller for 10 seconds, then allow your hair to cool down (with the MYCURL roller still intact) for 15 minutes.
-    While your hair is cooling, spray over the rollers with an extra strength hairspray like Aveda Brilliant Medium Hold Hair Spray.
-    Blow-dry your fringe pieces forward until straight and then smooth over them once or twice with your straightener.
-    Clip a business card onto each side of your fringe to keep the pieces groomed and stop them from kinking or curling.
-    After your hair has cooled, remove all of the MYCURL rollers and finish with a spritz of a shine spray like Sexy Hair Big Sexy Hair Big Shine – Shine Spray before lightly brushing out your curls.

Handy hint for short-haired folk: don't have the thick hair you need to create this big 'do? Why not clip in some Hair Extensions from Lady Jayne? They add volume and length in a nanosecond - without damaging your own hair.

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Stockist: MYCURL (set of six), $69.95, http://mycurl.me/products/mycurl-xl

What do you think of this hair look? Do you have tips on how to achieve big, sexy hair? Do you love Lily's effortless balayaged look?

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Posted by: Sezaluke90 (Australia)

Love her hair, actually loved all the models and the fashion show!!

Posted on: December 07, 2012 (Dec 7, 2012 5:53am)

Posted by: sassylily (Australia)

What a stunning looking woman

Posted on: December 07, 2012 (Dec 7, 2012 6:28am)

Foolproof French twist

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The French twist (also known as the ‘French roll’ or the ‘chignon’) is one of those hairstyles that gets done a million times over on the red carpet – and with good reason. It’s timeless, it’s elegant, it’s ultra-feminine…but it’s one ‘do a lot of ladies have always deemed too complicated to achieve.

I was one of them, until I was introduced to the Scunci French Twist Clip, that is. You see, this nifty clip makes recreating a French twist so easy you’ll spend more time wondering why you hadn’t discovered it sooner, than it takes to create the style! But seeing is believing, so check out my video tutorial above to see the Scunci French Twist Clip in action. Here’s a quick pic of my attempts – not bad for a first timer, huh?



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Posted by: Hippy (Australia)

Wow, I love all of these new Scunci hair tools! I have not tried any as of yet, but I certainly will check them out next at the shops.

Posted on: December 06, 2012 (Dec 6, 2012 5:03pm)

Posted by: sassylily (Australia)

Hi Deb.
This is my favourite style so far your hair looks great

Posted on: December 06, 2012 (Dec 6, 2012 5:12pm)

Please, help my dewy make-up stay put!

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Okay, okay – no need to shout, we’ll help you - you know that’s what we’re here for after all. The truth is, no-one’s asking for help with this issue except for yours truly – and once I discovered that I couldn’t fix my own make-up issue, I took to researching a solution – and thought I’d better share my findings with all of you.

TRUTH TIME. I am a powder fiend. That is, I have always ‘locked in’ my make-up with a sweep of a finishing powder, followed by the ‘buffing in’ of a matte loose powder that really helps to keep everything in place for longer.

So when I finally took the plunge and decided that a dewy complexion was far more summer-appropriate than a powdery matte finish, I found that I really struggled to keep my radiant make-up from sliding straight off my face at the first sign of humidity.

Ugh. Total bummer, right?

That was until I came up with a simple solution.
To set a matte complexion = finishing powder
To set a dewy complexion = finishing spritz

Duh, Olivia! Powder with powder, moisture with moisture – it all seems very obvious, doesn’t it?

 Or is it genius? If you want to rock a dewy complexion, switch out your finishing powders for a make-up setting spritz. The water element of the spritz keeps your skin all fresh and juicy and dewy, while helping to ensure that the humidity is kept at arm’s length, too.

So what are the best make-up setting sprays to ensure a dewy finish?
Australis Make-up Finishing Spritz
MAC Fix+
Jane Iredale Mineral Make-up D20 Hydration Spray
ModelCo BEAUTY FIX AIRBRUSH FACE
Avène Thermal Spring Water
Clinique Moisture Surge Face Spray

… and what is the best way to use a make-up setting spray?
I am so glad you asked. To get the best result, simply hold your spritz around 20-30cm away from your face once your make-up is complete and cross over your face in an X shape, spritzing rapidly as you go.

How fo you like to keep your make-up in place? Do you prefer to rock a dewy complexion in summer?

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Posted by: softness (Member since 2007, Australia)

By keeping my make-up lightly applied in summer in tends to stay in place.

Posted on: December 06, 2012 (Dec 6, 2012 12:13pm)

Posted by: Ellecook (Australia)

I just changed the way i did my makeup this morning! Bye Bye heavy foundation and just a little bit of powder and bronzer for the summer.

Posted on: December 06, 2012 (Dec 6, 2012 12:19pm)