Allison Williams’ beauty must-haves

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Confession: when watching Lena Dunham’s Girls, I find Allison Williams’ character, Marnie, infuriating. Her beauty look, however, is bang-on.

The 26-year-old actress recently revealed her beauty staples and I don’t know about you, but I’m taking notes. Without further ado, here they are:

Her beauty all-rounder: Homeoplasmine, US$22, +1 (801) 895-4886

This French ointment is a make-up artist favourite for soothing skin irritations. It’s tricky to get here but according to the star, it’s a lot like Vaseline Petroleum Jelly, which is widely available.

Her fave new product: L’Occitaine Almond Shower Oil

A soothing shower oil that foams when it comes in contact water, this skin-softening formula is rich in nourishing almond oil and grape seed.

Her workout of choice: Pilates

Popular with celebrities, the star took up Pilates after getting sore knees – and she’s never looked back. For something a little different, check out bh’s Olivia’s review of Xtend Barre – a fun fusion of ballet and Pilates.  

Her make-up staple: Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes! 4-in-1 Mascara, US$20, 855-968-2783

The star won’t leave the house without it, joking her eyelashes “used to be considered good, until everyone started wearing fake ones”. The good news? The US beauty brand is coming to Sephora Australia in December. In the meantime, Avon Mega Effects Mascara (which she’s been seen wearing on the red carpet) has a similar volumising formula.

Are you a fan of Allison Williams’ beauty look? Which of her beauty must-haves do you most like the sound of?



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Posted by: IndieAna (Member since 2008, Australia)

Allison looks lovely. The shower oil sounds interesting!

Posted on: November 19, 2014 (Nov 19, 2014 3:29pm)

Posted by: Neilrawson (Australia)

I am quite keen to try the L'Occitaine Almond Shower Oil.

Posted on: November 19, 2014 (Nov 19, 2014 3:29pm)

Chewing the fat on weight loss

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When it comes to weight loss, we’re only human. There may be weeks when green smoothies for breakfast and regular runs are second nature, and then weeks when work is crazy, you’re moving house and takeaway is the easiest option. Sometimes life takes over and there are many things that can contribute to fluctuating weight, but a fad diet should never be the answer. So for more successful weight management that makes you happy and healthy, try using these easy tips instead.


Weight management tip #1 Beat your sugar cravings

Some days it can be really hard to avoid the sweet stuff, but before giving in and reaching for that piece of chocolate, try drinking a glass of water. Dehydration is often linked to food cravings and you could possibly be mistaking your sweet tooth for thirst. At the first sign of wanting something sweet, you should also try waiting at least half an hour before making the decision to indulge or not. Quite often sugar cravings will pass, or you’ll become distracted and not notice it anymore.


Weight management tip #2 Keep up the exercise

They say it only takes four days of no physical activity to start losing your fitness. So even on those weeks when you’re really busy, still try to squeeze in some active time. Exercise is not only good for maintaining your weight, but it will also give you more energy, help you to de-stress and improve your overall mood. If you hate the gym, that’s okay – exercise doesn’t have to be a chore. Choose an activity you do like, whether it be dancing, hiking or jumping on the trampoline, and make time to enjoy it.


Weight management tip #3 Look after your skin

Fluctuating weight can result in stretch marks but by keeping the skin soft and supple, you’ll be able to help prevent stretch marks from appearing. Bio-Oil® contains chamomile, lavender, rosemary and calendula oils along with vitamins A and E – all of which assist to hydrate, soothe and nourish the skin for better skin health. Quick weight loss and weight gain can cause the skin to spread and sag at a rapid rate, so by applying Bio-Oil® oil twice daily in circular motions you’ll be keeping the skin soft and flexible to accommodate the changes in your body. This way, any weight gain or weight loss won’t have as much of an effect on the appearance of your skin.


Weight management tip #4 Set goals

Whether it’s taping an old picture of you at your goal weight on the fridge, or putting a dollar away every day you go without a Tim Tam, setting goals and having something to inspire you, can be a big help. It’s a lot easier to stay motivated if you have something to aim for and even more so if there’s a reward at the end (20 days without Tim Tams is $20 in the pocket – woo!).


How do you like to maintain your weight? Have you ever tried any of the above tips?


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Posted by: Anita1502 (Australia)

I acrually enjoyed reading that article and the idea of putting away one dollar every time I don't eat anything sweet is great! I believe I must have lost my fitness big time as it is almost 3 weeks now I haven't been able to exercise because of my health issues.

Posted on: November 19, 2014 (Nov 19, 2014 4:51pm)

Posted by: Beckky (Australia)

Great tips on sugar cravings :)

Posted on: November 19, 2014 (Nov 19, 2014 5:11pm)

Could drinking coffee help to prevent obesity?

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Many of us drink coffee for the energy hit – myself included – but now a study has revealed the popular beverage may have an additional health benefit.

Yep, in addition to being delicious, scientists from the University of Georgia are now claiming a chemical compound in the caffeinated drink could help to prevent obesity.

The compound, known as cholorgenic acid or CGA, was shown to prevent weight gain and reduce insulin resistance as well as the accumulation of fat in the livers of mice – despite them being fed a high-fat diet for 15 weeks.

Speaking to The Daily Mail, lead author Dr Yongjie Ma from the university's College of Pharmacy said the compound is “a powerful antioxidant that reduces inflammation”.

“A lot of evidence suggests that obesity-related diseases are caused by chronic inflammation, so if we can control that, we can hopefully offset some of the negative effects of excessive weight gain”.

For a refreshing alternative to a hot coffee in summer, I recommend Iced Coffee Diet Protein Shake (which actually works to curb food cravings). Not a caffeine drinker? Well, though I think you’re missing out on one of life’s greatest pleasures, you can still get the benefits of CGA from a number of fruits and vegetables including apples, pears, tomatoes and blueberries.

If you’d rather get your caffeine kick elsewhere, you could try some of our favourite coffee-infused beauty products, including BIODROGA Alpha Energising Formula Refreshing Gel Concentrate, BioElixia® BodyShaper Cellulite Contour Crème and Avon Solutions Cellu Attack Intensive Cellulite Lotion, which all contain coffee extract.

Unfortunately, CGA alone is not a cure for obesity. Good portion control and plenty of exercise are still the best ways to maintain a healthy weight!

Would you drink coffee to help maintain your weight? Do you have any other good weight loss tips?



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Posted by: Roxymisha (Australia)

I love my morning coffee and wouldn't go without it. Anything to reduce inflammation is a big help.

Posted on: November 18, 2014 (Nov 18, 2014 5:25pm)

Posted by: Lucrecia629 (Australia)

The last sentence of this article says it all.

Posted on: November 18, 2014 (Nov 18, 2014 5:27pm)

How to take your make-up from beach to bar

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With summer just around the corner, I’ve been on the hunt for something new and totally ah-mazing to give me that summer ‘oh-my-god-you-look-incredible’ boost of confidence. Especially when I’m heading straight from the beach to a bar or to grab a bite.

The thing is, on weekends I don’t like to wear too much make-up, and I’m no eyeliner aficionado or undercover styler who can whip up a fancy make-up look in seconds. I’m all about having that wow factor without having to actually try. So how do you take your summer make-up from day to night without putting in too much effort? It’s easy: opt for a pout that packs a punch and you’ve got your after-dark look sorted in a flash.

But sometimes you don’t always want a super-pigmented lip. Sometimes, just a hint of colour is all you need. And that’s where the Maybelline New York Baby Lips Electro Pop Lip Balms come in.
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The creamy formula glides on, and is super nourishing and hydrating thanks to delicious ingredients like honey, shea butter and vitamin E, Each Electro Pop Balm shade features colour pigments that give your lips a subtle hint of colour - perfect if you’re aiming for that natural, dewy look.

bh tip: Apply one layer for a fresh daytime look, and add a few more coats for a deeper, fuller finish at night.

As for the rest of the look? Go for groomed and filled-in brows, lashings of mascara and a pop of cream blush on the apples of your cheeks.
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Posted by: Growing old (Australia)

Great tips! These sound perfect for me as I tend to make my eyes the focus and keep my lips quite natural.

Posted on: November 18, 2014 (Nov 18, 2014 4:08pm)

Posted by: Neilrawson (Australia)

I am loving the suggestions as well as the lips balm.

Posted on: November 18, 2014 (Nov 18, 2014 5:03pm)

The hair colour trend you’d never expect

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Previously a hair colour women went to great lengths to hide, grey is making a comeback – and I have to say I’m digging it.

With a host of A-list celebs from Rihanna to Kylie Jenner experimenting with the look, it’s fair to say silver locks are officially on-trend… and with a recent study showing women are getting grey hair younger than ever, why not embrace your inner granny?

Not for the faint hearted, the look is actually pretty edgy. Exhibit A: Kylie Jenner, who paired hers with a tough leather jacket and fierce false lashes.

           Photo credit: kyliejenner Instagram

             Photo credit: kyliejenner Instagram

The 17-year-old reportedly spent 12 hours at a salon to transform her raven locks into greyish, greenish ones. Now that’s some serious dedication to a beauty trend!

The youngest Kardashian was swiftly followed by Orange Is the New Black star Dascha Polanco, who added some lilac at the ends for contrast. 

Then there’s model Charlotte Free, whose grey strands were a departure from her signature pastel pink ‘do.

            Photo credit: charlotte_free Instagram

           Photo credit: charlotte_free Instagram

If you’re coming around to the grey hair look but need a bit more convincing, I recommend playing with a hair chalk first, such as Fudge Urban Hair Chalk in Iced White. Then, if you decide to go all the way, you may want to switch to a shampoo formulated specifically for silver strands such as Avon Advanced Techniques Radiant Silver Shampoo.

Not that keen on growing out your greys? No worries, bh’s Carli has got you covered: you can still embrace the trend with grey make-up.

Are you a fan of the granny chic hair trend? Would you grow out your greys or do you prefer to keep ‘em covered?



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Posted by: Anita1502 (Australia)

Those young girls may look really cool in grey hair, but if you are a tiny bit older you will just look as if you don't care about your hair.....

Posted on: November 18, 2014 (Nov 18, 2014 11:50am)

Posted by: Tee631 (Australia)

Lol maybe young girls can pull this off

Posted on: November 18, 2014 (Nov 18, 2014 11:58am)