Free pampering? Yes please!

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If you’re lucky enough to be at the Australian Open over the next couple of weeks, do yourself (and your skin) a favour and head to the Dove Supporters Studio. The day spa-esque pop-up space is the perfect escape from the heat and the crowds and is stocked with all the essentials you need to feel truly refreshed and pampered.

Inside, you’ll be able to freshen up, indulge in some pampering, and leave your messages of support for your favourite tennis players – a selection of which will be featured on Dove’s YouTube channel and on Channel 7 (imagine seeing your face on TV!)

The lovely Dove staff will also be encouraging you to take the Dove Deodorant Seven Day Challenge – and trust me it’s a challenge that’s worth taking. Not only will you be given a free Dove Original Deodorant (Aerosol or Roll-on variant available) to road-test, but you’ll also be reaping all the underarm benefits of a deodorant that contains ¼ moisturising cream. I’m talking a replenishment of lost moisture, soothed skin, zero irritation and no bumpy rashes – along with sweat and odour protection too, of course. And you know what that means? It means being able to raise your arms and cheer on your favourite tennis star with confidence!

Watch above as we take you on a tour of the Dove Supporters Studio...

Which tennis players will you be supporting during the Australian Open? Have you tried Dove deo? Do you feel confident to show your underarms?

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Posted by: JaneyPooh (Australia)

I love Dove deodorant. I like watching Tsonga play tennis.

Posted on: January 17, 2013 (Jan 17, 2013 5:03pm)

Posted by: ray_jay (Member since 2008, Australia)

Wow, good on dove!! I hate my underarms but love dove. Especially the dove clinical protect and the body washes. I also like the tennis and now wish more then ever that I was going, hope some ppl pick this up. Also love that they support breast cancer research

Posted on: January 17, 2013 (Jan 17, 2013 5:15pm)

Self-tanning problem zone: the feet

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It doesn’t matter how ace you are at applying faux glow, the feet are always cause for concern when it comes to nailing the perfect tan. If you don’t prep them properly and give them the attention they deserve, they’ll pay you back with orange heels, dry toes and a very fake-looking fake tan. Kind of mean, huh?

So, how do you tackle this self-tanning problem zone? How do you ensure your tooties do not let your wonderfully fake tanned bod down? You follow these feet tanning tips, that’s what…

FEET FAKE TANNING TIP #1: scrub-a-dub-dub
Just like you exfoliate your body, you need to take to your feet with exfoliating gloves, too. Focusing on the heels, ankles and toes, give your skin a good scrub down to remove any traces of old tan and dry skin. Want to go one better? Use a foot file to really ensure your skin is super-smooth and flake-free. Try: Manicare Pedicure File.

FEET FAKE TANNING TIP #2: moisturise, and then moisturise some more
You know how it’s ideal for your body to be free of product and moisturiser before applying fake tan? Well, it’s not so ideal for your feet. In fact, applying moisturiser to your feet is vital in ensuring you’re left with an even, natural-looking tan. This is because fake tan latches on to dry skin and darkens it as a result, so applying a thick moisturiser to your heels, ankles and toes five-or-so minutes beforehand will help the colour develop with a natural finish. Try: Eco Tools Heel Cream.

FEET FAKE TANNING TIP #3: don’t apply product directly to your feet
Instead, simply blend the product down from your legs. By doing so, you’re lowering your risk of applying too much product, which results in orange feet. However, if you do apply too much product, don’t be afraid to grab a dark coloured towel and wipe your feet clean before staring over again – just be quick!

FEET FAKE TANNING TIP #4: don’t forget those white webs
White what, you say? After blending the tan down onto your feet, always glide your fingers through the webs of your feet (between each toe). If you don’t, the tanning product won’t reach the area, leaving it looking bright white in comparison to your sun-kissed feet. Try: SunFX Caribbean Summer.

Do you find your feet a fake tanning problem zone? Have you tried these tips before? Do you have any nifty feet tanning tricks to share with us all?

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Posted by: Roxymisha (Australia)

Excellent tips - many thanks!

Posted on: January 17, 2013 (Jan 17, 2013 3:40pm)

Posted by: Christy01 (Australia)

TANNING TIP #4- must remember!

Posted on: January 17, 2013 (Jan 17, 2013 3:47pm)

Why this photo of Claire Danes really shocked me

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There I was, tucking into some roast chicken and potatoes for dinner while watching the Golden Globes, when a vision in red swept across the screen and halted my fork on its way to my mouth. Claire Danes, glowing and gorgeous, small frame draped in flowing red Versace.

But, but… wasn’t she pregnant like about five seconds ago? And I mean REALLY pregnant. Yep, this was the same Claire Danes that gave birth to her son just four weeks previously, gliding across the stage with a whisper-thin waistline as if that baby bump had just been an illusion.

I was stunned. Not just by the fact she looked so slim and fresh-faced, but also by my own reaction, which (though I reprimanded myself severely for it afterwards) was to stop eating my dinner right away and to feel secretly envious and impressed with the rubber nature of her figure and its miraculous way of bouncing back into shape so quickly. I want to be just like that, I thought.

But why? I’m almost six months pregnant and just that morning I’d been smiling to myself and marvelling at my body’s ability to expand and adapt to my growing baby. Yet one glimpse of Claire Danes in that dress and I was cursing my new curves and feeling anxious about what I was going to look like four weeks after I’d given birth. Not like Claire, I’d wager.

The next day the media reports were full of admiration for the actress for showing ‘no signs’ of her recent pregnancy. I read an interview with Claire afterwards in which she said she still had baby weight to lose, insisting she owed her svelte shape to the dress for sucking her in.

After a few hours of mulling over a) the likelihood of being able to dress entirely in Versace after giving birth (that gown simply won’t be practical when pushing a pram), and b) the realities of what dieting during pregnancy can do, I managed to talk myself back to a good place: happy, healthy and embracing my shape again.

But the media response to the photos of Claire (and any other celebrity deemed to have undergone a post-pregnancy weight-loss miracle) still makes me angry. Yes, it’s important to exercise gently and not ‘eat for two’ while pregnant, but isn’t it more important to feel relaxed, content and good about yourself so you’re mentally ready for motherhood? Pregnancy is a wonderful thing, yet Hollywood and the media treat it like a dirty secret so hideous all signs of it must be erased immediately afterwards.

So will mums ever stop being bombarded with messages about the need to emerge from the delivery ward skinnier than ever? I’m not holding my breath on that one. But there are ways to enjoy your pregnancy and still stay healthy. I’ve compiled a few dos and don’ts to help banish those baby weight anxieties…

DO: find yourself some positive pregnancy role models to get advice from, whether it’s your prenatal yoga teacher or a mum friend whose attitude you admire.

DON’T: read the stories in the press about who has or hasn’t lost their baby weight. Give your body the credit it deserves for undergoing the process of pregnancy and birth.

DO: heed the official advice about eating during pregnancy. That means eating plenty of lean meats and fish, vegetables, cereals and low-fat dairy products.

DON’T: abstain from treats altogether. If you’re really craving that biscuit or slice of cake then let yourself have it. Just remember to eat foods with high sugar or salt content in moderation.

DO: keep up with a gentle exercise regime. Walking, pregnancy exercise classes and swimming are ideal to keep you active and fit in preparation for labour.

DON’T: hurry to slim down immediately after birth. It’s important to start gently and build up your fitness again slowly. Rushing straight back into the ab crunches and weights before your muscles have recovered can result in strains and injuries that could put you out of action entirely.

Do you think the media puts too much pressure on new mums to lose weight after pregnancy? What are your tips for staying body confident after having a child?

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Posted by: Annyex. (Australia)

Definitely some pressure for all of us, including celebrity mums, future mums and current mums. It's such a shame to see post-pregnancy weight as a sign of 'ugliness' and 'unwanted'. Even I, at 20 I feel it's quite upsetting. Hopefully at the end of the day, we're surrounded by people we love and care for and that those media pressure and stories are only superficial things :)

Posted on: January 17, 2013 (Jan 17, 2013 12:01pm)

Posted by: Nda (Australia)

Agree wholeheartedly with this!!

Posted on: January 17, 2013 (Jan 17, 2013 12:42pm)

An open letter to Rihanna

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Dear RiRi,

How’ve you been lady? It’s been a while since we’ve seen you around the traps. I’d ask you what you’ve been up to, but I think we already know the answer to that. (Ahem, nice shot from the basketball.)

Now I’m not going to wag my finger at you disapprovingly. You’re a big girl, and you can make your own decisions (plus, my mother always taught me that if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all).

So instead of focusing on what you may in fact be doing wrong, I’m going to give you big snaps for the things I think you’re doing right. Here goes…

- The hair, it’s getting me all kinds of excited. I love that you’ve got the guts to rock a crop that short - and jet-black too, it’s very Demi Moore in Ghost. 

- Never to be caught looking less than luscious, your make-up is always flawless. Even at a basketball game you’re rocking a ridiculously perfect red lip and bronzed cheeks that scream ‘goddess’! I guess you are out with your ex though, and it always pays to put in a little extra effort at a time like that - am I right?

- You’re bang on trend. It’s great that as a trendsetter you can understand the importance of never taking a day off from being utterly fabulous (special props must go out for the crushed gold choker and the crisp white mani). 

Yep, I really can’t fault you, RiRi. In fact, if I had to choose one thing that you might change - well, I guess it would definitely be… your date. Come on, girl, you know you can do better.

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Posted by: bh's Olivia Mackinnon (Member since 2007, Australia)

So what do you think beauties?

Posted on: January 16, 2013 (Jan 16, 2013 4:26pm)

Posted by: TriedandTested (Australia)

I really like that Rihanna is quite daring in some of her fashion looks, although i wouldnt be game enough to wear them. As for her choice for Love, she can do so much better! But it is her decision, so...

Posted on: January 16, 2013 (Jan 16, 2013 4:44pm)

Five affordable – but utterly awesome – skin care products

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SAD FACT: empty bank accounts go hand in hand with the month of January. Not only have the Christmas present purchases stripped us dry, but the fantastic New Year’s Eve festivities seem to cost us a small fortune, too.

But just because you’re lacking cash it doesn’t mean your skin needs to suffer. And when there are cheap and cheerful buys such as these sitting on beauty shelves here, there and everywhere, you’ve actually got no excuse not to treat your skin to a whole lot of lovin’…

BEST BEAUTY BARGAIN #1: LonVitalité C10 – Crystal Whitening & Moisturising Hand Mask
I adore this brand. Each of its products leave my skin glowing, and I love the idea of hydrating my dry hands in an easy way. This hand mask (read: glow-inducing gloves) contains spiffy ingredients to help eliminate age spots and nip the appearance of fine lines in the bud, all while instantly boosting your paws’ hydration levels. Having said this, the fact that it’ll cost you less than a fiver seems ludicrous, really.

BEST BEAUTY BARGAIN #2: Sukin Cream Cleanser
A winning cream cleanser is an essential for all bathroom cabinets, and this gentle gem removes make-up and surface grime while also nourishing the skin with oils of rosehip, avocado and wheat germ. Oh, and it is $9.99, so that means dry, sensitive skin can be happy and clean, without breaking the bank. Love it.

BEST BEAUTY BARGAIN #3: DermaVeen Intensive Hand Cream
Perfect for applying after the winning hand mask mentioned above, this seriously hydrating – but non-greasy – hand cream will relieve dry, chapped hands, and help heal split cuticles. It’s perfect for your handbag, desk and bedside table, and is definitely good value at only $8.99.

BEST BEAUTY BARGAIN #4: Montagne Jeunesse Cucumber Peel-Off Masque
Want to treat your face to a little pamper session, too? After cleansing, apply this peel-off goodie. Why? Well, the removal process is not only rather fun, but it also has a deliciously fresh cucumber scent and helps remove impurities, leaving you with smooth, refreshed skin. Plus, it only costs $3.95. Cool, huh?

BEST BEAUTY BARGAIN #5: you, me & everybody® Bodhi Me Hand Wash
Want to maintain those outrageously hydrated hands you’ve created using these purse-friendly products? This delightful hand wash is enriched with rosemary oil, orange oil, and vitamin E to help not only clean your hands, but also leave them feeling soft and supple, too. Yep, it won’t strip your natural oils, so your paws stay moisturised, no matter how many times you find yourself taking a trip to the bathroom. Better yet, it’ll only set you back $5.99.

Have you tried any of these bargain skin care products? Which ones would you like to try? Is your bank account looking a little bit grim right now too?

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Posted by: ModernSnowWhite (Australia)

I've tried the ' Montagne Jeunesse Cucumber Peel-Off Masque', but the scent put me off a bit. I'd like to try the handcreams, they sound really lovely. I really like these blog posts, its always good to see what other products are out there.

Posted on: January 16, 2013 (Jan 16, 2013 12:36pm)

Posted by: Nda (Australia)

These seems like great value! Products are so overpriced these days though.

Posted on: January 16, 2013 (Jan 16, 2013 12:37pm)