Dear beautyheaven, am I too old for Britney?

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Normally when we get enquiries through, it’s bh members wanting to know when is the perfect time to apply primer or whether a blue-red or an orange-red lipstick would go best with their complexion, but every now and then we get a query that is a little out of the box.

Enter sea157, our lovely beautyheaven member who is in two minds about whether or not to rock a scent that she thinks might seem ‘too teeny’ for her.
We simply had to address this one, stat!

Dear sea157, the beauty of fragrance is that it smells different on absolutely everyone! The way in which the notes interact with the acidity of our skin can affect the way the perfume develops. So although you think the notes of sweet orange, tangerine and grapefruit blossoms in Britney Spears Hidden Fantasy may seem a little young and fruity, all anyone will notice is that you smell simply edible!

Don’t be afraid to embrace your own style and preferences, Britney is one of the most successful celebrity-turned-perfumer on record, and there’s a reason she’s done so well. Her fragrances are really, really nice (her first fragrance, Curious, even grossed $14.3 million in its first year in 2004!) I myself keep a bottle of Fantasy by Britney Spears close by, you know, when I want to smell a little extra scrumptious.

I hope that helps you sea157,

 

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Posted by: Coconal (Australia)

Aw, I think it's great you guys keep an eye on what we chat about in the forums and chip in to help our beauty dilemmas out!

I agree completely with you! I only buy a celebrity fragrance if I like how it smells on me...not because it's endorsed by a celeb! I have to agree that Britney has some amazing fragrances out there!

Posted on: March 06, 2012 (Mar 6, 2012 1:08pm)

Posted by: Neilrawson (Australia)

Some celebrity perfumes are absolutely delicious, I wear Victoria Beckham, Britney, SJP, Fergie, Katy Perry, Kylie Minogue, the list goes on. I love perfume and it does not matter if it has a celebrity attached to it. If it is a nice fragrance it should not matter. I am not into age barriers regarding products either, I use what I like if I like it.
###Sandra

Posted on: March 06, 2012 (Mar 6, 2012 1:11pm)

The solution to: fast-fading eyeshadow

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Q: “Can anyone give me some tips or products that will help my eye make-up stay put? It always looks good when I apply it, but after less than 2 hours it is gone! My eyeliner and eyeshadow seem to just disappear…” - Tattoo

A: Well, Tattoo, it sounds like you’re in desperate need of an eyeshadow primer! “What ‘s an eyeshadow primer?” you ask? An eyeshadow primer works much like any other primer – it’s a product that you apply onto your eyelids before applying your eyeshadow, as it’s specially formulated to help keep your eyeshadow in place for longer and prevent your eyeshadow from sinking into the creases of your eyelids.

Now that you know of the existence of this gem of a make-up helper, here are some eyeshadow primers you can try (and if these member reviews are anything to go by, you’ll want to get your hot little hands on them ASAP)…

Australis Eyeshadow Primer
“The Silicon formula has great holding power. It gets on my lids and it stays! And so it holds any eye shadow I put on with it! My eyelids are notorious for creasing all eye shadows and so I'm usually left with quite an unsightly looking eyelid at the end of the day. NOT ANY MORE!!!! This primer keeps my shadows on all day! I can go out after uni and my eyes will still look great at the end of the night! 
I have never been more pleased! I swear by Australis cosmetics these days!” – Vkan
Read more reviews of Australis Eyeshadow Primer…

Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place Eyeshadow Base
“This product is amazing. It's like a primer and moisturiser for your eyes in one step, and unlike some primers which can only extend the life of eyeshadow based on the quality of the shadow itself, this product can be used for any eyeshadow and it stays as promised. It doesn't cause creases even in some eyeshadows that, without the product, would have a crease. Love it.”  - Bide
Read more reviews of Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place Eyeshadow Base…

Benefit Stay Don’t Stray
“The product works well as a shadow primer. After applying it I find that powder and cream shadows slide on my lids with ease and after a hot and sweaty day it still looked great, no creases, no smearing, no disappearing! I can even be worn on its own for a "no make up" look, to disguise any discoloration of the lid (mine get a bit red and blue when I am tired). “ – Hmad
Read more reviews of Benefit Stay Don’t Stray…



You’ve got the primer sorted, now find out how the 5 ways you can brighten your eyes…

These bh members aren’t shy when it comes to different eye looks…

 

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Posted by: Tinaaa (Australia)

i usually use the urban decay eyeshadow primer, or the Loreal decrease.. but when im travelling etc, i just use a concealer and it works just as good!

Posted on: March 06, 2012 (Mar 6, 2012 6:05am)

Posted by: Michelle Sweetheart (United States)

Too Faced Shadow Insurance and Lancome primer work best on my oily lids.

Posted on: March 06, 2012 (Mar 6, 2012 7:14am)

How-to: stretch for good health

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Did you know that regular stretching exercises can help to strengthen your back, tone your body and prevent injury? Stretching is also really easy to do. You don’t need a lot of space or a lot of time to do it. Here’s how it’s done…


Warm up first
Avoid doing damage by warming your muscles up first with a little bit of light activity. You don’t have to schedule in extra activity, simply do your stretches after your normal daily activities – like when you get home from walking the dog or after your evening walk home from the train station – that way your muscles will already be warm, soft and pliable, and ready to stretch.


Arm stretching
Standing with your feet hip-width apart, clasp your hands behind your back and gently pull your arms back until they are both straight. Hold for 30 seconds. This stretch will strengthen and tone most of the muscles in your arms and help with arm tone and definition.


Back stretching
Sit with one leg straight out in front, and tuck the other leg in so your knee is bent and your foot is flat against your inner thigh. Keeping your back as straight as possible, lean forward and reach your hands down the leg as far as you can. Hold for twenty seconds, rest and repeat, aiming to reach a little further down the leg each time you stretch. This type of back stretching is great for strengthening your upper back muscles.


Quad stretch
Stand straight and tall on one foot, grab hold of the other foot with your non-dominant hand and hold it behind you so that the leg is bent. Pull the foot towards your bottom until you feel a stretch down the front of your leg. Hold for thirty seconds, repeat on the other leg. If you struggle with balance, you can gently rest your opposite hand against a wall to stabilize yourself. This stretch is great for working and strengthening the quad muscles, down the front of your legs.

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Posted by: PocketBabe (Australia)

Thanks for the very helpful tips BH. I'm definitely one of those people who forgets to stretch.

Posted on: February 27, 2012 (Feb 27, 2012 9:21am)

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

Great article, I really should make an effort to stretch more regularly, as I suffer from back and headaches frequently....but for some reason I always only do it after the gym or if I've been for a run...maybe time for a change

Posted on: February 27, 2012 (Feb 27, 2012 9:36am)

Tips to help you get up in the morning

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If you’re one serious sleepyhead that struggles to get out of bed in the morning, you should know – you’re not alone. Very few of us have the ability to hear our alarm and jump out of bed with glee and euphoria for the day ahead.

It may not seem that important, but the way you get up in the morning can actually determine your mood for the whole day, so you want to make sure you rise and shine in the most undisruptive way possible, right?

Luckily, we’ve come up with a few fail-safe ways to ensure you get out of bed on the right side in the morning…

-   Say it with me - 'sunlight'.
Natural sunlight is a fantastic alarm clock, without the deafening blaring noise. Leaving your blinds open overnight will mean that the natural sunlight will work to gently nudge you awake.

-    Change your tune.
If the sun won’t suffice in waking you up, you will need an alarm clock – but the annoying blast of an alarm clock is enough to make anyone irritable. The solution? Change your tune; opt for a song that makes you feel happy so you wake up smiling, or soothing sounds of waves crashing that will make you think you’re somewhere else entirely.

-    The power of half an hour.
When your alarm goes off in the morning one of the worst things to have to do is jump straight up and get going. Set your alarm half an hour earlier and to give yourself time to lay there for a little while, think about your day ahead and gently wake up. That way you won’t start your day feeling rushed and stressed.

-    Deliver a burst of energy.
Once you’re up and out of bed, a hot coffee will help to get you moving, but in addition to awakening your mind, don’t forget to stimulate your skin too. Clean & Clear® Morning Burst Facial Cleanser has an invigorating citrus fragrance that will see the end of tired eyes, and a blend of vitamin C and ginseng that will inject a much needed spring into your step for the rest of the day. Check out the brand’s new Shine Control and Brightening variants too!

 

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Posted by: softness (Member since 2007, Australia)

Going to bed early always works!

Posted on: March 05, 2012 (Mar 5, 2012 5:03pm)

Posted by: Aprilmcr (Australia)

I lay there in the morning and think about how annoying it would be to have to rush around, that helps me get up, because I like being able to take my time getting ready.

Posted on: March 05, 2012 (Mar 5, 2012 5:23pm)

Stay Nude for hours...

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Hands up if this sounds a little (too) familiar:
Apply flawless make-up in the morning. Go to school/uni/work/get on with life in general. Look in the mirror at midday to find your pretty face of make-up is gone. Melted. An absolute mess.

It’s not much fun, is it? So, in an effort to beat my slidey-face disasters, I visited Nude by Nature Make-Up Ambassador, Clint, for a bit of a complexion perfection makeover, and here’s how he took my skin from kinda-alright to flawless and radiant.

Start with a primer. Smooth Nude by Nature Undercover Airbrush Primer onto your skin before you do anything else. Not only will the primer sit in your pores and lines to create a smooth surface for make-up application, but it’ll soothe and nourish your skin with ingredients like green tea, chamomile, and beeswax too.
Clint’s tip: Don’t miss this step. You won’t need to reapply your make-up during the day, so it’s a lazy person’s best friend!

Apply your foundation. Using a Nude by Nature Application Brush, roll Nude by Nature Natural Mineral Cover across your skin, building the coverage as needed. The mineral powder contains kaolin clay, which combined with your skin’s natural oils, will leave your skin looking fresh and radiant. Plus, it’s free from bismuth, so if you were worried about skin irritations or the powder setting in any lines you may have, you can be rest assured that your skin will look nothing but flawless.
Clint’s tip:  Don’t tap the foundation off the brush, rather load the brush and tap the brush down (so you’re holding the brush vertical and banging the handle against the table). This will help distribute the product more evenly into the brush.

Contour your features. Give your skin a warm, natural glow by applying some Nude by Nature Mineral Bronzer under your cheekbones and then in the shape of a three (starting on your forehead, coming in at your cheekbone, and ending at your chin).
Clint’s tip: Use a loose-bristled brush to create a more natural look. A denser brush will give you brown stripes on your cheekbones. Not a good look.

The finishing touch. Applying Nude by Nature Finishing Mineral Veil is the key to ensuring your make-up stays put during the day. The face powder works to lock in the make-up, absorb oil throughout the day, and keep your skin looking radiant.
Clint’s tip: Use the Finishing Mineral Veil under your eyes to conceal dark circles.


Interested in buying some Nude by Nature products? Then keep an eye out in March – they’ll be releasing an all-natural, petrochemical-free natural paw-paw ointment and a super-nourishing BB cream. Woohoo!

Check out why bh members can’t get enough of Nude by Nature’s Natural Mineral Cover

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Posted by: Shull87 (Australia)

Im interested in the BB cream! would love to try that!!

Posted on: January 25, 2012 (Jan 25, 2012 12:05pm)

Posted by: PrettyPrincess (Member since 2008, Australia)

Me to, Shull. The BB cream sounds fabulous!

Posted on: January 25, 2012 (Jan 25, 2012 12:13pm)