23 Feb 2015 17:57 PM | Posted by bh's Carli Alman
I’ve long been a fan of the sometimes-blonde, sometimes-redhead Emma Stone. She first charmed me with her quick wit and sense of humour, and then continued to win me over time and time again each time she stepped onto the red carpet. Yep, she’s one of those starlets who gets it right at every single award show imaginable.
Here’s what we’ve seen from her so far this year:
72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards
That cat-eye! The silver metallic liner! The rosy lips! All of them work so well together and would be enough to have us practising our winged liner, but then she threw those loose, red curls into the mix and it was like heaven in a beauty look.
21st Screen Actors Guild Awards
If you had any doubt that a simple, low-slung ponytail was cool, consider this confirmation to comb down your hair and tie it right up. The decision to finish off the look with a bright red lip and edgy (yet kinda glamorous) ear cuff was absolute genius. Fun fact: the exact lip colour Emma’s wearing here is Revlon Ultra HD in Gladiolus.
2015 Film Independent Spirit Awards
Wavy hair, a matte nude lip and a touch of navy eyeliner was the perfect combo for the red carpet, but even better than that, it’s the kind of look any woman can wear on any day. Bless you, Emma (or your very talented make-up artist and hair stylist), for making red carpet beauty so damn wearable IRL.
87th Annual Academy Awards
The dress colour may have been an unusual choice for the la-di-da Oscars, but man, did Emma pull it off. With her porcelain skin, freshly coloured red hair (in a sultry side-swept ‘do, no less), and bold lip, her outfit screamed chic. Emma’s make-up artist, Rachel Goodwin, created the custom lip colour by combining CHANEL Lip Definer in Rouge Candy and Revlon Ultra HD Lipstick in Tulip.
And when the freckled star isn’t busy making waves on the red carpet, she’s workin’ it for Revlon. Here are some behind-the-scenes shots from when she filmed the TVC for the new Revlon Ultra HD Lipstick.
It’s like that red was made for her, right?
Which of these beauty looks is your favourite? Which would you most like to recreate?
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She is such a stunner! And yes, it does look like that red was made for her! Flawless!
Posted on: February 24, 2015 (Feb 24, 2015 8:53am)
I love Emma Stone, so gorgeous!
Posted on: February 24, 2015 (Feb 24, 2015 9:49am)
23 Feb 2015 15:26 PM | Posted by bh's Rosemary Bracey
Love popping pimples, taking long, hot showers and sipping on a cup of joe? Well, I hate to be a wet blanket, but the truth is, these little luxuries could actually be doing your skin more harm than good!
But never fear, you don’t need to sacrifice glowing, healthy skin for your naughty little habits. We have the smart solutions…
Unfortunately your daily caffeine hit acts as a diuretic for your body, sucking vital moisture out of your skin in the process. The result? Parched, sallow skin and more prominent fine lines and wrinkles. Drink a glass of water before or after your coffee to replace lost fluids for more plump, hydrated skin.
We’ve all caved to the temptation of attacking a zit or blackhead with our fingertips. But not only does squeezing pimples leave you with red, angry spots, it also pushes dirt and bacteria deeper into your pores, resulting in more zits. Try your hardest to leave the pimple alone and heal in its own, but if you can’t resist as squeeze session, make sure you pop them the right way using a clean needle – not your fingers!
There’s nothing more relaxing that hopping into a hot shower at the end of a long day, but did you know that steaming water can actually dehydrate your skin? Avoid redness, itchiness and dry flaky skin by having a lukewarm shower instead, and finish off with a bout of cool water before drying off. Also, avoid letting the water hit your face directly from the showerhead as the impact can cause broken capillaries under the skin, leading to long-term redness.
TRYING TOO MANY PRODUCTS
Now, here at bh we know a thing or two about wanting to play around with the latest products. But applying your eight new beauty buys at once can actually have a negative effect on your skin, causing irritation, redness and nasty breakouts. Make sure you patch test every new product on a small section of skin before using it to avoid a skin disaster.
TALKING ON THE PHONE
How often do you clean your phone? And no, wiping it with your fingers doesn’t count! Your phone is covered in dirt and bacteria, which make contact with your temples, cheeks and chin each time you put it up to your ear, leading to acne, pimples and nasty infections. The solution? Give your phone the once-over with a disinfecting wipe as often as possible. (Bonus points if you do it on the daily.)
NOT CATCHING ENOUGH ZZZ’S
When you sleep, your skin goes into ‘repair and reboot’ mode, and gets busy renewing skin cells, replenishing tired skin, and restoring lost hydration. There’s a reason why it’s called ‘beauty’ sleep… Dark circles, dull skin and clogged pores are not your friend, so aim for a minimum of eight hours per night and your skin will reward you with a lovely glow.
SQUINTING YOUR EYES
This is a tough one to combat, as you may not even realise you have a bad habit of squinting your eyes! Squinting can cause premature ageing in the form of fine lines and wrinkles around your eyes and forehead, so if you catch yourself in the act, make an appointment with your optometrist to check if you need to update your contacts or glasses prescription.
As an avid exfoliator, I know that there’s nothing more satisfying than a good ol’ scrub session, but doing it too often can dry out and irritate your skin. To avoid stripping your skin of moisture and keep it looking and feeling silky smooth, gently scrub your skin using circular motions once or twice a week.
Are you unknowingly damaging your skin?
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I recently saw an article about a study done on bacteria on mobile phones. It was really gross! iPads weren't much better! I'm almost OCD about cleaning my phone and iPad. I'll never ever touch display phones or iPads either. Eewww! I tend to use my earphones when using my phone anyway.
Posted on: February 23, 2015 (Feb 23, 2015 4:09pm)
Posted on: February 23, 2015 (Feb 23, 2015 4:11pm)
23 Feb 2015 14:37 PM | Posted by bh's Beth England
The bh office has already gone gaga over several breathtaking 2015 red carpet looks (and it’s only February!), but there’s no denying the Oscars is next level. This morning, we gazed up at our TV as the red carpet unfolded and after some necessary bickering about our favourite looks, I’m pleased to reveal to you our top eight:
THE LOOK: Glamour girl, with a voluminous up-do and bold eye/soft pink lip combo.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Anna is fast becoming my go-to celeb for eye make-up inspo. Plus, her rosy cheeks and soft pink lip perfectly match her dress. She nailed it.
COPY IT: Use lashings of Estée Lauder Sumptuous Bold Volume Lifting Mascara.
THE LOOK: Old Hollywood, featuring #flawless porcelain skin.
WHY WE LOVE IT: With that creamy complexion, some soft, side-swept waves and a well-chosen coral lippie were all Emma needed to make a real beauty statement.
COPY IT: Swipe on Revlon Ultra HD Lipstick in ‘Tulip’ for an on point pop of colour (it's the lippie Emma actually used)!
THE LOOK: Au natural, with a messy up-do and golden glow.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Hello, yummy mummy! I don’t know what I’m more envious of: the actress’ shiny hair, dewy complexion or amazing post-baby bod.
COPY IT: Apply a coco-nutty coat of Reef Beach Glow Foaming Mousse.
THE LOOK: Fresh and modern, with a bronzy twist.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Sienna may be known for her easy-breezy boho look, but her chic up-do, perfectly blended bronze eye and too-pretty pink lippie were seriously sophisticated.
COPY IT: Sweep on a wash of eyeshadow from the Chi Chi Glamorous Bronzes Eye Shadow Collection.
THE LOOK: Red carpet Rastafarian (yep, it’s now a category).
WHY WE LOVE IT: Zendaya is possibly the first celeb who has made us want to get dreadlocks. Her bold brows and glossy lip added a glamorous feel to her otherwise edgy look.
COPY IT: Perfect your brows with the Artiste Double Ended Brow Brush #40.
THE LOOK: Fresh and feminine, with a slicked back ‘do.
WHY WE LOVE IT: I’ve said it before, but I just can’t believe how good this woman’s skin is. It’s as if she’s never seen the sun. AH-mazing.
COPY IT: Prepping your skin with a dash of SK-11 Facial Treatment Essence (the actress, who’s also an ambassador for SK-11, swears by it).
THE LOOK: Two words. Sex. Bomb.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Boy, can this girl pull off a punchy pout. I love the neon-orangey tinge of Margot’s lippie (not to mention her super sleek long bob).
COPY IT: Coat your Cupid’s bow with a sultry slick of Minerologie Lipstick in ‘Diva’.
THE LOOK: Classic red carpet beauty, with glam waves.
WHY WE LOVE IT: This is exactly how I would have wanted to look at my school formal (spoiler: it wasn’t quite the case). The actress hit the beauty nail on the head with soft, shiny waves, bold lashes and a nude lip.
COPY IT: Get gorgeous curls with the wave wonder, ghd curve soft curl tong.
Which of these Oscars beauty looks do you like the most? Did any others catch your eye?
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Lady Gaga has caught my eye - and WOW!
She looks fantastic and how amazing is she, belting out songs from The Sound of Music?
Who'd have picked that as the song(s) she would sing at the Oscars - Bravo!
Posted on: February 23, 2015 (Feb 23, 2015 3:21pm)
Doesn't Anna look amazing! Actually, they ALL look amazing! I couldn't give a hoot about the Oscars, but I always look forward to the who's wearing what part.
Posted on: February 23, 2015 (Feb 23, 2015 3:33pm)
23 Feb 2015 10:13 AM | Posted by bh's Samantha McMeekin
For the last two weeks, I’ve been setting my alarm for 6am in the hopes that one day I will actually get up and enjoy a couple of hours of ‘me time’ before work. But alas, I’ve hit snooze every single time. I’m determined, though, so over the next week I’ll be trying out these tips to turn myself into a cheery, chirpy morning person.
1. Minus an hour from my evening
To get up early, I need to start going to bed earlier and in order to do this, something has to give. Whether this means recording my favourite late night shows, switching to washing my hair in the mornings or running errands on my lunch break instead of after work, I need to stop doing activities earlier, so I can start unwinding earlier. That shouldn’t be too hard, right?
2. Set my alarm to a different, fun song every few days
Is it just me, or do phones only offer two kinds of in-built alarm options: ridiculously loud horns/beeps or something as quiet as a whisper? To avoid waking up to the most annoying noise ever (or not waking up at all), I’m going to set my alarm to play my favourite songs so I can wake up in a good mood - and resist the urge to throw my phone at the wall.
3. Make something delicious for breakfast
Nothing can get me out of bed faster than food. So by having pre-made pancakes, overnight oats or the ingredients for a delicious smoothie waiting for me, I’ll be more likely to rise and shine.
4. Leave my curtains open
Waking up in the dark is so depressing, it sends me right back to sleep. My solution? I’m going to try sleeping with my curtains open, so that light fills my room first thing. Now I just have to convince my subconscious that there isn’t a creepy creature peering in my window at night.
5. Don’t use my phone or computer after 9pm
I think this will be the hardest for me. At the moment, my bedtime routine literally revolves around watching something on my computer and then checking Instagram one more time before putting my head on the pillow. I need to switch off my brain earlier by switching off my electronics.
6. Pack the night before
Whether it’s packing a bag for the gym or making my lunch for work, I will have everything ready to go the night before so there’s no need to do mundane tasks in the morning. I’ll be more likely to get up if it’s to do something for me, like reading a mag or working out.
7. Get up as soon as the alarm sounds
When I do manage to stop myself from hitting snooze, I still remain in bed for up to half an hour - defeating the whole purpose of setting an early alarm! Maybe I’ll keep my phone at the other end of the room to force myself to get up...
8. Reward myself
It sounds a little childish, but if I do get up at 6am after trying these tricks, I’m definitely going to celebrate. If I can do it for a whole week, I think an hour-long massage will be in order. #treatyoself
Are you a morning person? What are your tricks for getting up early?
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I'm not a morning person, but as a mom I have to be. I used to stay up after the kids had gone to bed so I could watch my TV shows. Then I realised how stupid it was to miss out on sleep when I could DVR or watch online the next day. Going to bed the same time the kids do makes it easier to wake up when they do - which makes mornings less painful.
Posted on: February 23, 2015 (Feb 23, 2015 11:17am)
I am definitely a morning person! I wake up every morning at 5.30/6am just automatically. no alarm clock needed :P
I do go to bed quite early though, by 10 or 10.30.
Posted on: February 23, 2015 (Feb 23, 2015 11:25am)
18 Feb 2015 12:52 PM | Posted by bh's Astrid Taemets
We’ve been seeing so much above-the-shoulder action lately, and as much as we love it (proven here and here, and here), we have to admit there’s nothing quite as envy-inducing as a lush, long mane. So let’s take a break from the scissors and appreciate our longer-locked lasses (and the products that skyrocket them to the top of the chic list). You might be inspired to grow out that lob after all...
Ever since she played the lovable blonde in Mean Girls, we’ve been green-eyed over Amanda’s tumbling locks. By adding golden shades to the lower section, she’s given her mane a pretty, sun-kissed effect that has texture and style.
bh tip: Use Schwarzkopf Extra Care Hair Care Blonde Toner or John Frieda SHEER BLONDE® Colour Renew Tone-Correcting Shampoo to bring back your shine and get rid of unwanted yellow gold tones.
With all that golden, gingery gorgeousness, Isla’s hair is exactly what wannabe redheads crave. If you want a shade similar to this Aussie beauty, ask your hairdresser for a ‘strawberry blonde’ or ‘golden copper’ tone. And when you get your newly crimson hue, find out how to keep it from fading here.
bh tip: Is your hair breaking more than usual? It might be due to a lack of hydration. Combat this by applying an intense treatment to the ends two or three times a week - we love Kérastase Paris Masquintense Fins.
Angelina has been sporting long hair for as long as we can remember, and it’s no hard to wonder why: it looks fantastic. Make sure your long hair stays as healthy as Angelina’s by letting it soak up a deep conditioning treatment every week. Apply and take the opportunity to relax - you’ve earned it!
bh tip: The Moroccanoil Hydrating Mask works to restore the shine and elasticity hair loses through colouring and heat styling, so if your tresses are in a wee bit of trouble, get this mask on, stat.
This new mumma arguably has the best long hair in the biz, but how does she keep it in such good condition? Find out about her power product here - you’ll be surprised!
bh tip: When you’re trying to strengthen and grow your strands, it’s crucial to towel-dry your hair before applying a treatment. No ifs, buts or maybes! For a truly deep treatment, try the De Lorenzo Equilibrium masque
A true hair chameleon, Cara jumps from a glam pony or glossy blow-dry to an undercut with ease. The model’s experimental locks are as famous as her signature bold brows - and we bet she uses an arsenal of products to keep it in tip-top condition.
bh tip: If you’re constantly styling your hair like Cara, inject shine and softness into your mane with Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil. Plus, keep the VO5 Give Me Texture Dry Texturising Spray on hand for instant texture.
Other delicious hair masks and treatments our tresses love…
L’OCCITANE Aromachologie Repairing Mask
LUSH Roots Hair Treatment
ELEVEN Australia Miracle Hair Treatment
Moroccan Natural Argan Hair Treatment
Always have Loved and been envious of Blake's hair and I Will now be trying the treatment process recommended on here thank you :)
Posted on: February 21, 2015 (Feb 21, 2015 12:57pm)
My long hair needs some TLC, but I've just bought coconut oil to try.
Posted on: February 21, 2015 (Feb 21, 2015 1:05pm)