Feel-good beauty

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Answer me this: why do you use beauty products?

Regardless of whether your response is “to make me look better”, “because it’s fun” or “to boost my confidence”, all of these things relate to how you feel.

Beauty products are so much more than just bathroom accessories. Not only do they have the ability to make us look good on the outside, but they can also improve our mood and make us feel good on the inside. Sure, they may not actually shout out compliments like “wow, you look amazing today!” or “rock that new hairstyle, girl!” but I tell you what – Babescrub products come pretty close.

Every stunning bottle in the range features a daily mantra to turn your morning beauty routine into a motivational, feel-good experience. The different quotes printed on the packaging offer an upbeat start to the day, so that something as simple as washing your hands can set a positive tone and remind you how special you are.

The Organic Charcoal Hand Wash, which uses charcoal to draw impurities from the hands without drying the skin, reads: “There’s not a hint of mediocrity in you”. And its partner, the Organic Wild Hand cream, says, “Love your own wild”. This pair is perfect to prop above your basin for some daily self-love.

But the whimsical washing doesn’t stop there. If your morning shower just isn’t waking you up like it should, try the Babescrub Be RAD Organic Body Wash. The bottle is my personal favourite, featuring the mantra: “Wake Up. Kick Arse. Be Rad. Repeat.” If that doesn’t get you raring to go, I don’t know what will!

Of course, the bottle is nothing if the product inside doesn’t match up, so you should also know that all these products use 99% certified organic ingredients, smell absolutely divine and leave the skin feeling clean, nourished and silky smooth. So, incorporate them into your morning routine for skin that looks beautiful on the outside, and to get a confidence boost to keep you beautiful on the inside.

Do you have a daily mantra that makes you feel good? Have you tried any of the Babescrub products?

 

 

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Posted by: Pink Hornet (Australia)

Like the look of these and the message too. Fun!

Posted on: November 13, 2014 (Nov 13, 2014 4:25pm)

Posted by: Tabitha Amy (Australia)

These look and sound amazing!! Def want to try!!!

Posted on: November 13, 2014 (Nov 13, 2014 4:53pm)

Step Up For SISTERHOOD Week

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We’ve all got a pair of absolutely fabulous shoes in our cupboard, but chances are they rarely see the light of day. Whether they’re sky-high stilettos or covered in bling, as much as you love them, they just never seem quite appropriate.

But from Monday 17 to Friday 21 November, charity initiative SISTER2sister are giving you the best excuse ever to bring out those bad boys.

Raising money to provide vulnerable Australian teenage girls with an intensive life skills program and positive female role models, Step Up for SISTERHOOD week is all about giving struggling women a step up in life – and hope for a brighter future.

The SISTER2sister program has changed hundreds of girls' lives so far, and you can help them to change hundreds more by donning your fanciest footwear and making a donation.

So make like shoe fanatic Victoria Beckham and ditch your normal workday shoes in exchange for your most fabulous ones next week.

You may like to get your friends together for a lady lunch or hold a morning tea in the office. Either way, give generously to help SISTER2sister raise their target of $100,000.


What fabulous shoes will you be wearing for Step Up for SISTERHOOD week?

 

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Posted by: Loveanu (Australia)

Would love t wear my flas for a change.

Posted on: November 13, 2014 (Nov 13, 2014 9:32am)

Posted by: Lucrecia629 (Australia)

Unfortunately, my most "fabulous" shoes are my comfy slip on sandals - which I will definitely be wearing anyway because that's all my achy feet will allow. :(

Posted on: November 13, 2014 (Nov 13, 2014 9:35am)

The insanely good reason to wear purple make-up today

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In August this year, the world said goodbye to a truly wonderful, vivacious and special person. My friend Jess lost her mum, Rochelle, to a very long and hard battle to pancreatic cancer.


Jess (in the red dress) with her mum, sister and aunts


She fought the disease with amazing strength and tenacity, but after 16 months of fighting, she passed away surrounded by her family. It was incredibly sad and devastating for everyone who knew her.

But I’m not here to talk about how sad I am or about how hard each and every day is for Jess and her family. Those are givens.

Nope, today, on World Pancreatic Cancer Day, I want to do my bit – and encourage you to do yours – to raise awareness for the cancer that has the highest mortality of all major cancers. And when you consider that in 2014 there will be about 2890 Australians diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, and less than 5 per cent of patients who reach the five-year survival mark, that’s far too many families who are losing someone so dear to them.

So here’s how you can help (and it doesn’t involve a single donation). The goal is to raise awareness and try to change the statistics, change the survival rate even. And you can do that by wearing a splash of purple today and uploading your picture to Instagram, Facebook and/or Twitter and using the hashtag #purpleourworld.

Because there’s nothing I’d love more than for you to get into the spirit and support this worthwhile cause, here are some purple-inspired looks for you to try today:

celebrities in purple makeup

And of course, some products that will help, too:



Inika Natural Mineral Eyeshadow in Velvet
Rokk96 Nail Polish in Iris
ModelCo Nail Polish in Paparazzi Purple
Vixen War Paint in Violent Crumble
MAC Lipstick in Violetta
Estee Lauder Pure Color Five Color Eyeshadow Palette in Velvet Orchids
Innoxa Satin Sheen Lipstick in Radiant Orchid
e.l.f Stido Cream Eyeliner in Purple
Rimmel London ScandalEyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal Eyeliner in Purple

Oh, and me doing my bit:



How much do you know about pancreatic cancer? Will you wear purple today to raise awareness for pancreatic cancer?

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Posted by: Loveanu (Australia)

Purple is my all time fav colour & definitely will wear to support the awareness campaign like this.

Posted on: November 13, 2014 (Nov 13, 2014 9:30am)

Posted by: Lucrecia629 (Australia)

I love purple eye shadow! Pancreatic cancer is one of the worst types but one of the lesser talked about. It's good to see it getting a bit of attention.

Posted on: November 13, 2014 (Nov 13, 2014 9:32am)

Tips for tracking your fitness

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Tracking your exercise program is just as important as tracking your food. By keeping tabs on your fitness, you’ll know when it’s time to change up your  exercises, distances, and intensity levels. It’s much easier to assess what you need to do when you have the facts and numbers right in front of you, rather than trying to remember what you did last time or what your trainer told you to do at home. Besides making you accountable to your program, tracking your exercise helps you to monitor your progress – boosting motivation along the way!

 

I personally like to track my fitness in three ways:

- The speed I am travelling at

- The heart rate zone I am working in

- A fitness test to see how well I’m doing

 

This system allows me to judge my overall fitness, which is much more useful than just looking at the number on the scales. Of course, there are plenty of gadgets and apps on the market that can help to track fitness indicators – these are the tools I like to use.

  

Smartphone apps

Apps such as MapMyFitness enable you to use the built-in GPS of your mobile device to track all your fitness activities. I like to monitor my speed, because if you want to get fitter or faster, you need to know what speed you are averaging and work towards increasing it.

 

Fitness trackers

When it comes to keeping tabs on your fitness levels, it’s important to measure your heart rate. To torch calories and improve your aerobic fitness, try to stay within the optimal fat burning range of 140-160 beats per minute. Fitness trackers like the Jawbone UPMove (RRP $49.95) use a technology called Bio-impedance, which measures the resistance of body tissue to tiny electric currents and captures a wide range of physiological signals, including your heart rate. If you’ve ever measured your body composition (for instance, your fat content), this is very similar.

 

Fitness watches

The Polar and Garmin watches have built-in fitness tests, such as the V02 Max Predictor. The test measures your aerobic capacity and fitness level by monitoring your resting heart rate for five minutes and punching in those results along with your age, gender, height and body weight. This is a great way to find out where your fitness level is currently at. After 4-6 weeks, you can take the test again to see the effects of your exercise routine and whether your hard work has paid off.

 

How do you like to track your fitness? Have you used any of the products mentioned above?


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Posted by: Stephanie885 (Australia)

I love all the new apps available for fitness.

Posted on: November 12, 2014 (Nov 12, 2014 4:40pm)

Posted by: Lucrecia629 (Australia)

I'm not big into apps. The only health and fitness app I've ever used is one that tracks calorie intake, as I'm a naturally thin person and wanted to get an idea of what my daily intake actually was. I found it helpful and interesting, but not something I would use long term.

Posted on: November 12, 2014 (Nov 12, 2014 4:51pm)

The star who puts mayonnaise on her hair

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bh’s Liv swears Blake Lively has the best hair she’s ever seen, but even our trusty Hair Editor could never have guessed how the blonde beauty gets her locks looking so damn luscious.

“A super-expensive hair mask?” I hear you ask. “Or an in-salon treatment?” Nope, Blake Lively’s secret weapon is mayonnaise.

You heard right. The creamy condiment usually reserved for hot chips and chicken sandwiches is also apparently a hair saviour.

And even though Miss Lively undoubtedly has a huge budget to blow on premium beauty buys, it seems she still appreciates the DIY approach.

Speaking to Byrdie about her role as the face of Gucci's Première perfume, the former Gossip Girl actress dished on the DIY treatment responsible for her dreamy ‘do.

The best part? The inspiration came from none other than her mum: "My mom taught me this really great beauty tip. She used to put oil or mayonnaise on the bottom half of her hair before she would shower.

"That way, when she would shampoo, the soap wouldn't strip the bottom of the hair and dry it out, making it brittle."

We already know that tea can be used in your beauty regime, but mayo? Well, I’m not sure it’s for me.

If you’re feeling the same way (but still want lustworthy locks), I recommend trying a more traditional hair treatment such as Moroccanoil Intense Hydrating Mask or Al'chemy Ginkgo & Jojoba Intense Moisture Vitamin Masque.

On the other hand, if you do decide to crank out the condiment, heed this advice: rinse thoroughly!


Would you use mayonnaise on your hair? What other unusual DIY beauty tricks do you swear by?

 

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Posted by: Growing old (Australia)

I'd give it a go...not right before having to go out tho the first time lol. Her hair does look great!

Posted on: November 12, 2014 (Nov 12, 2014 3:11pm)

Posted by: Roxymisha (Australia)

No, I couldn't deal with mayonnaise on my hair. Some super masques are available as per the suggestion in this article.

Posted on: November 12, 2014 (Nov 12, 2014 3:34pm)