Products to help you let go of summer

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I know what you’re thinking, ‘It’s not cold yet! Don’t make us let go of the fuzzy, warming feeling that summer provides! Not until it reaches temperatures under 25 degrees, at least.’ And I hear you, I really do. All I want to do is make the transition easier for you. To provide you with products that will have you enjoying the best bits of summer all year round – without jeopardising your winter beauty routine. Check them out, below…

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  1. Australis Bronzing Primer

    This tinted face dream is a little bit bronzer and a little bit primer to give you one amazing face base. Don’t say sayonara to your skin’s natural summer glow; recreate it everyday throughout winter with this gem.

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  2. Julienne Soft Feel Wax Strips

    A sure fire way to feel like it’s still summer is to keep up your summer grooming habits and not let them fade just because you’ll be wrapping up during winter. Don’t let your opaques cover your sins, wax your legs regularly to feel gorgeous and gro

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  3. Rokk96 nail polish

    With an abundance of bright hues on offer, you’re sure to find a summer-worthy hue that’s oh so suitable to wear during the winter months to perk you up, too.

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  4. Daisy Marc Jacobs Eau So Fresh Sunshine

    Nothing will make you feel as fresh and vibrant as you do during the summer months as a spritz or two of this bold, totally fruity fragrance. Notes of strawberry, jasmine, apple blossom and pink grapefruit will leave you feeling footloose and fancy free.

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  5. Dr. Pratt's Cosmetics Pure Soy Wax Candle in Pink Grapefruit & Cashmere

    This long-burning soy candle is the perfect product to help with the transition from summer into winter. The zesty grapefruit scent is all about the warmer months and comforting cashmere has winter written all over it. Bliss.

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  6. Rimmel London Kate Moss Lasting Finish Matte Lipstick

    Though ‘matte’ finishes are normally associated with the cooler months, a bright shade can make you feel like you did on the balmiest days in summer. Any of the shades shades (especially the peach hue, number 110) are perfect to feel summery again.

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  7. TONI&GUY Sea Salt Texturising Spray

    There’s no reason you can’t rock textured, beach-like waves throughout the cooler months, especially if you have a sea salt spray on hand. Simply spritz through your locks and let them air dry naturally. Looks perfect teamed with a coat and big scarf,

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  8. TONI&GUY Sea Salt Texturising Spray

    There’s no reason you can’t rock textured, beach-like waves throughout the cooler months, especially if you have a sea salt spray on hand. Simply spritz through your locks and let them air dry naturally. Looks perfect teamed with a coat and big scarf.

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  9. St. Tropez Gradual Tan

    If you’re a bit worried about rocking an unnatural bronze self-tan hue during the cooler months, it pays to use a gradual tan that will hydrate your skin at the same time as providing a lovely, natural tint that can be built up.

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TOP TIPS FOR A SMOOTH SEASONAL BEAUTY AND WARDROBE TRANSITION
-    As it starts to get colder, slowly begin to switch to a night moisturiser that is more hydrating than the lotion you use during the summer months. Each evening you can choose which one to use depending on the temperature, without sacrificing the state of your skin.
-    As autumn begins, start teaming a little blush with your regular bronzer to ensure that you can phase out your summer-appropriate bronzer when the cooler months really set in. Combining the two will ensure you get used to blush on your cheeks and how you'll look when it comes time to lose the heavy bronzer in winter.
-    Layering is key. Invest in light cardigans and vests that can be layered underneath big jackets to ensure that you always feel comfortable, no matter what the temperature.
-    Invest in ‘staples’ that will see you through any month of the year and can be paired with existing items in your wardrobe, such as a black blazer and black opaque stockings.

Which products help to get you through the summer-to-winter transition? Which product would you most like to have in your kit and why?

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Posted by: missredsage (Australia)

A gradual tan (haven't tried St tropez) is the best for the cooler months - gives you that feeling that summer was just yesterday....

Posted on: March 25, 2013 (Mar 25, 2013 5:04am)

Posted by: freaky (Member since 2007, Australia)

I love St Tropez! One of the best self tans Ive tied. Highly recommend. Gotta start shopping for the winter wardrobe. Thans for the fashion tips too!

Posted on: March 25, 2013 (Mar 25, 2013 7:31am)

How to find the right face mask for your skin

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Face masks are often overlooked when it comes skin care rituals, although by skipping on this product you could be missing out on a world of benefits. Masks are a great way to keep your complexion in check because they have the ability to cleanse, detoxify and hydrate skin.

Before beginning a mask treatment, it’s a good idea to steam your face over hot water to open your pores. Then apply the mask over your face and down to your neck and décolletage to ensure your skin gets the maximum benefits.

With so many types of mask on the market, how can you possibly decide which formula is best for you? It’s important to first determine what kind of treatment you’re after based on your skin type.  To help you out, we’ve compiled a guide to make the process of adding a quality face mask to your beauty kit a little simpler.

You want to treat: dry skin
You need: a hydrating mask

Those with dry or sensitive skin should look for a hydrating mask in a cream formula. They work to restore and maintain natural oils to replenish and add moisture to the skin without irritating it.
Product pick:  Kora Organics Hydrating Mask

You want to treat: oily skin
You need: a clay mask

Clay masks are ideal for those with oily skin as they absorb excess oil, which can lead to breakouts. They also work to draw out impurities, giving you a deep cleanse, and act as a detox for the skin. Restrict application to the t-zone and oil-prone areas and keep away from the eyes and lips.
Product pick: Natio Clay and Plant Face Mask

You want to treat: dull, tired skin
You need: a radiance mask

The combination of vitamins and light diffusers will restore a natural glow to tired, dull-looking skin. Radiance masks help to tone and moisturise the skin, resulting in it looking younger and smoother.
Product pick: Guinot Radiance mask

You want to treat: signs of ageing
You need: a firming mask

Firming masks usually come in gel or cream form. By massaging them into the contours of the face they firm and tighten the skin’s surface where elasticity has been lost, making them a great anti-ageing, wrinkle-fighting mask.
Product pick: St Ives Timeless Skin Mineral Clay Firming Mask

You want to treat: clogged pores
You need: a peel-off mask

After applied to your face, the formula will dry completely set so afterwards you can slowly peel it off.  This formula opens pores, smooths skin and calms the complexion, reducing blackheads and removing dead skill cells.
Product pick: Montagne Jeunesse Passion Peel Off Cleansing Tottle

You want to treat: sensitive or irritated skin
You need: gel masks

Some masks can irritate sensitive skin types, but that doesn’t mean you have to miss out. Gel masks have a fantastic cooling and soothing effect to help calm and refresh stressed-out skin.
Product pick: glo therapeutics Soothing Gel Mask

Do you use face masks? What type do you use? What benefits do you receive from them?

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Posted by: talk-a-lot (Australia)

I love face masks, I use them regularly, I even use an eye mask occasionally. I use mud masks and peel off masks, both beneficial.
They give a deep down cleanse of pores and some have nourishing skin aspects to them, moisturising and soothing tired skin.
Montagne Jeunesse from the above listed is one of my favourite brands, the range of masques to choose from, mud and peel off, is excellent.
SandraXxX

Posted on: March 24, 2013 (Mar 24, 2013 12:15pm)

Posted by: Rei_ (Australia)

Oooh,t hey all sound great! I really love peel off masks.. they're super fun haha

Posted on: March 24, 2013 (Mar 24, 2013 12:51pm)

How to treat swollen feet

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There are a few things that can immediately make any woman feel less feminine: a sweaty back, realising you missed a patch of hair on your legs when you were shaving, and swollen feet (to name just a few).

And while you may know what to do when it comes to sweat and hair, sometimes it’s not so clear-cut what to do about swollen feet that look like they belong to a large man.

Before we get on to the ways you can treat swollen feet, it’s important to understand what causes your feet to swell. Swollen feet can be caused by fluid that builds up within the tissues and muscles in your feet. Things that can contribute to swollen feet include injury, weight, age, pregnancy, certain foods, menstruation and PMS, high altitudes, and even the position in which you’re standing or sitting.

That’s all very well and good to know, but how do you treat or prevent your swollen feet? Here are just five ways you can help the swelling:

1. Elevate your feet

If your feet are already swollen, it’s a good idea to raise your feet above your heart level. So lie down on the floor or couch, prop some pillows under your foot and rest there for about 10 to 15 minutes. This will help the fluid to flow back to the body from your feet.

2. Reduce how much salt you eat

Salt is known to contribute to fluid retention and can be one of the main causes of swelling. Cut back on your salt intake in whatever ways you you can (especially if you’re someone who always automatically puts salt on your food), and you should find this helps prevent swelling.

3. Drink more water

If you don’t already drink water throughout the day, it would be a good idea to increase how much you drink as this can help reduce the swelling. Plus, drinking about two litres of water a day is good for your general health and wellbeing, so always keep a water bottle on hand!

4. Change your position

Sometimes sitting or standing too long can contribute to swelling. Make sure you find a balance by stretching your legs every one or two hours if you’ve been sitting down for a long time, or taking a moment to sit and rest if you’ve been standing for ages.

5. Massage your feet

Massaging your swollen feet with some herbal oils or creams can do wonders for improving circulation and allowing the build of fluid to be reduced. Hot tip: use a rejuventating product such as KORA Organics Rejuvenating Foot Balm to soothe, cool and bring life back to tired, achy feet.

Do you suffer from swollen feet? How do you treat or prevent swollen feet?

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Posted by: MoonStone (Australia)

Great tips bh. I don't get swollen feet at the mo but ill remember your advice for the future. A massage would be lovely regardless :)

Posted on: March 23, 2013 (Mar 23, 2013 5:06am)

Posted by: softness (Member since 2007, Australia)

After the easter show on Thursday last week it wasn't just my feet that were sore - it was my legs too. Luckily we got to 'sample' the massage products at the show while we were there. They really work! I don't suffer from swollen feet though luckily.

Posted on: March 23, 2013 (Mar 23, 2013 8:20am)

Gym locker room nudity: how much is too much?

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The other day I walked into my gym, and as I usually do, I headed to the bathroom to put my stuff into a locker. I wasn’t really concentrating as I turned a corner down a row of lockers, and BAM! I smacked straight into a woman. A fully naked woman. I was a bit taken aback, and she waltzed off without a care in the world. She sauntered through the locker room going about her business as comfortable as if she were at home.

I’m no prude. I get the need to take off clothes, shower, and do what you need to after a gym session. I’ve seen many boobs in the change room and not been offended in the slightest. Vaginas, too. But there’s something about full frontal nudity when doing tasks that don’t require it (like blow-drying your hair) that has gotten my feathers a little ruffled.

To the women who do it, I totally applaud you for embracing your bodies and being so comfortable with what the good lord gave you. It is completely admirable to feel so good about yourself that you don’t feel the need to hide an inch of yourself. But is it absolutely necessary to bend over and touch your toes to stretch while not wearing an ounce of clothing? (I have literally seen this happen before, I couldn’t make something like that up.) Do you really need to stand and straighten your hair in the buff? (I’m pretty sure that might be dangerous.)

Or maybe I need to adjust my way of thinking – should one think of a gym bathroom as their own where you can do as you would at home? Where you have the freedom to roam around naked if you so choose?

You tell me – when it comes to the changing room at the gym, how much nudity is too much?

What are you thoughts on gym locker room nudity?

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Posted by: Blondie58 (Australia)

It happens all the time, and I tend to get a little uncomfortable with it. It's different if they are trying to get changed, but I have found that some women just love walking around naked for no real apparent reason.

Posted on: March 22, 2013 (Mar 22, 2013 12:05pm)

Posted by: HMad (Member since 2007, Australia)

It has been a while since I was in a gym change room. I do remember that some people would walk around "starkers" but I never had to watch someone stretching in the nude... TMI!

Posted on: March 22, 2013 (Mar 22, 2013 12:17pm)

How Blake Lively gets her hair so high

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The queen of the high crown, the princess of the Pollyanna ‘do, Blake Lively constantly has big hair – and we have a fair idea of how she does it. Well there are a number of ways really, and if big hair is something you definitely want to include in your hair repertoire, then you best get your hands on some of these root-lifting, sky-high-reaching hair gems…

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  1. Lady Jane Teasing Brush

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    Designed to assist with up-do styling without causing breakage, this hair-teasing treat allows for easy separation and texture variation, so you can rock all kinds of sky-high styles.

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  2. nak body n shine sea salt root lift

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    In addition to adding lift, support and volume to fine hair, this root-lifting sea salt spray delivers just the right amount of textured goodness to hair, as well as a beautiful pearlescent shine.

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  3. TIGI Sugar Dust

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    The lightweight powder nestles into the roots of your hair to provide instant, visible root lift and provide medium hold and texture to up-styles. It also absorbs oil and leaves a gorgeous fruity fragrance.

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  4. Umberto Giannini Backcomb in a Bottle

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    Just as the bottle says, this spray is perfect for high styles that require backcombing, such as quiffs and styles that are lifted at the crown, like Blake’s. Volume and texture are but a spritz away!

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  5. Scunci Hi Styles

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    This clip-in contraption sits securely in your hair and offers lift and volume to the hair that is styled over it. It’s just like an easy-to-use push-up prop for high hairstyles.

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TOP TIPS TO ACHIEVE THIS LOOK
-    After washing your hair, let it air dry until 80 per cent dry. Use your blow dryer to dry the remaining 20 per cent. This will provide your hair with natural volume without causing damage.
-    Use a curling tong to slightly curl the lower lengths of your hair – from your ears down. Use your fingers to separate the curls into waves.
-    Use your pick of the root-lifting, crown-heightening products showcased above to prep your hair for the finished style. Backcomb, spritz, dust and prop to your hearts content.
-    Scoop your hair into a ponytail at the nape of your neck and pull out a few pieces to make the style look disheveled and a little boho.
-    Finish by using your fingers to loosen the hair at the crown of your head even more.

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Which hair-heightening product are you most likely to use? Which one do you think would give you the best result in your own locks?

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Posted by: MoonStone (Australia)

Thanks so much liv for the suggestions on how to create her hair. I love her hair in the pic so ill def give it a try. High ponys always look really cute and trendy :)

Posted on: March 22, 2013 (Mar 22, 2013 6:35am)

Posted by: freaky (Member since 2007, Australia)

I like this look. Great tips here Liv. Debs tutorial video is a great guide I checked out the other day too for achieving this look and it looks quite easy to do

Posted on: March 22, 2013 (Mar 22, 2013 7:26am)