09 Oct 2014 16:11 PM | Posted by bh's Olivia Mackinnon
Are you in need of a little hair inspiration? Perhaps you’re sick of your current hair colour and are wondering what to do with your strands next?
Look no further than your favourite celebrity. These guys are paid to look the part, so they definitely know a thing or two about awesome hair. Copying them is easy; you just need the tools to help you achieve a similar look and a little bit of know how…
So, how do you find the right look?
First up, pick a celebrity with similar colouring to you, or someone with a hair colour you truly covet. Next, find an at-home hair colour that will achieve a similar result. The John Frieda® Precision Foam Colour range is perfect as it includes 28 beautifully natural hues to choose from. It also includes the Salon Blends Collection – three shades containing a blend of three unique tones: warm, cool and neutral. This means each hair colour in the Salon Blends Collection is multi-dimensional and features a depth normally reserved for salon-only colour services.
Check out these five gorgeous celebrity hair colours and find out how you can get a similar look at home…
Look #1: Platinum blonde a la Lara Bingle
With a fresh crop and some clever highlighting, Lara Bingle is like a new woman. We love the ashy blonde tones throughout her hair as they ‘lift’ her complexion – and work incredibly well with a punchy red lip.
To achieve a similar colour result: try John Frieda Precision Foam Colour in 10A SHEER BLONDE® Extra Light Ash Blonde. The light tones emphasise your features and offer a flattering contrast to any look.
Look #2: Sandy blonde a la Candice Swanepoel
If you prefer a more golden blonde over an ashy hue, then a sandy blonde is a great option. This colour is also perfect if you have naturally dark hair, as you can get away with having your roots showing through (ash blonde hair isn’t quite as forgiving).
To achieve a similar colour result: try John Frieda Precision Foam Colour in 8G SHEER BLONDE® Medium Golden Blonde. The golden blonde tones are perfect for anyone who wants to go blonder without having to undergo a drastic change. They’re also ideal for summer!
Look #3: Bronze a la Scarlett Johannson
A truly unique hair colour, this multi-tonal bronze hue is the right mix of blonde, caramel and shimmery copper. As a bonus, this hair colour flatters most skin tones, so it is ideal for those who want to change up their look, but aren’t sure which hue to go for.
To achieve a similar colour result: try John Frieda Precision Foam Colour 7NBG Salon Blends Dark Caramel Blonde. The mix of blonde and caramel tones creates a natural-looking colour that’s sure to complement your skin tone.
Look #4: Chocolate brown a la Kate Middleton
The Duchess of Cambridge always rocks a truly delicious chocolate brown mane – and with good reason. The scrumptious colour has depth and vitality and is the definition of sophistication – a fitting choice for a royal.
To achieve a similar colour result: try John Frieda Precision Foam Colour in 5NBG Salon Blends Medium Chestnut Brown. With just a touch of warmth, this hair colour is the ultimate choice for anyone who wants to rock a dark hue that screams elegance.
Look #5: Ebony a la Megan Fox
It seems that super dark hues are making a massive comeback, with stars like Megan Fox and the Kardashian sisters owning their sultry locks. An ideal canvas for any make-up look, the deep brown/black trend is a good choice for anyone who wants to take their look to a truly deep, vibrant level.
To achieve a similar colour result: try John Frieda Precision Foam Colour in 3N BRILLIANT BRUNETTE® Deep Brown-Black. The luminous fusion of deep brown and black helps to provide a subtle contrast that suits almost any complexion.
The secret to keeping your new colour looking fabulous at home:
If you want to ensure your new ‘do continues to look and feel its best, you can’t go past John Frieda Precision Foam Colour Intense After-Colour Conditioner. It’s the same conditioner you’ll find in your Precision Foam Colour box, only larger. The hydrating treatment works to seal the tones of your hair colour and protect it from fading. If you want to ensure you get the most from your new ‘do, make sure you choose a shampoo and conditioner range to suit your new hue. John Frieda have a brilliant range of haircare products to suit your hair colour, simply choose from the BRILLIANT BRUNETTE®, SHEER BLONDE® and RADIANT RED® ranges!
Which hair colour do you most like the look of?
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Thanks for the suggestions.
Posted on: October 09, 2014 (Oct 9, 2014 4:44pm)
would love to have Candice's hair
Posted on: October 09, 2014 (Oct 9, 2014 4:47pm)
09 Oct 2014 14:09 PM | Posted by bh's Beth England
Have you always wanted a more youthful glow and trim figure a la KORA Organics founder Miranda Kerr’s?
Well, it turns out you may be able to get both, simply by sipping on a vinegar-infused drink every morning.
A clean living advocate and lover of all-natural skincare, the 31-year-old model is also known to drizzle the sour stuff on her salad as well as her hair –“for shininess”.
Another devotee of the drink, red carpet stunner Megan Fox, has also been known to down a combination of apple cider vinegar and water, claiming it “cleans out your system”. Jumping on the bandwagon, superfood lover Gwyneth Paltrow and skincare supporter Madonna are said to sip on similar fermented tonics to keep their good looks in line.
But is this less-than-tasty tipple all it’s cracked up to be?
Well, according to health experts, vinegar has actually been used for centuries to help aid digestion, clear skin and promote weight loss.
Still not convinced? You can find out more about the health benefits of apple cider vinegar here.
Would you drink vinegar in the name of beauty? What other strange health and skincare tactics have you tried?
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I will give it a try.
Posted on: October 09, 2014 (Oct 9, 2014 4:49pm)
I have drunk apple cider vinegar when doing a liver/gallbladder detox - rather than juicing green apples for 5 days, but that's nothing compare to the Epson salts you need to drink or the mix of olive oil and pink grapefruit on the last day!
Posted on: October 09, 2014 (Oct 9, 2014 5:21pm)
09 Oct 2014 12:21 PM | Posted by bh's Beth England
She may look a lot younger than her 41 years, but Gwyneth Paltrow’s youthful glow doesn’t come easy.
While the actress is known for her all-natural lifestyle, she takes a less holistic approach to her beauty routine, admitting her flawless complexion is the result of extreme facials that simulate being slapped.
She describes the painful Thermage laser treatment as feeling like being “smacked with a rubber band that has an electric shock in it.” But it’s all good – “it works”.
Also known as the ‘face ironing treatment’, the punishing facial helps to tighten and smooth the top layer of skin by boosting collagen levels in the lower layers.
I don’t know about you guys, but if that’s what’s required to score a complexion like Gwyneth’s, I’ll pass.
When it comes to beauty, are you a devotee of “no pain, no gain”? Do you have any less extreme tips for getting youthful-looking skin?
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Unfortunately pain is beauty and sometimes you have to go through a lot of it to achieve great results.
Posted on: October 09, 2014 (Oct 9, 2014 1:31pm)
I'll pass too.
Posted on: October 09, 2014 (Oct 9, 2014 4:45pm)
08 Oct 2014 14:36 PM | Posted by bh's Beth England
If you’ve ever been to the races, you’ll know that while the high calibre of the horses is pretty much guaranteed, the weather can be a tad unpredictable. You’ll also know it can be challenging to look fresh and fabulous in photos all. day. long. Thankfully, there are steps you can take to ensure you look consistently gorgeous by the track. Without further ado, here are my top six tips for presenting as prettily as Lauren Conrad (above) in each and every snap, rain, hail or shine.
#1: Prep your peepers
The key to a picture-perfect spring racing snap is a fresh face, so having a good sleep the night before is essential. To prep your skin for its trackside debut, leave a hydrating face mask on overnight. I like Clinique Moisture Surge Overnight Mask. To further reduce the appearance of puffiness and dark circles (which camera flashes can sneakily highlight), an eye cream such as Indeed Labs’ Eysilix™ will work wonders. Simply apply it first thing in the morning for a firmer, more rejuvenated-looking eye area. As a bonus, it will create the kind of make-up base that brightens skin.
#2: Fight the frizz
Since the races are an outdoor event, you’ll need to be prepared to be exposed to the elements! To prevent your ‘do from being battered around by the weather and looking messy in photos, use a hairspray with a good, strong hold. I recommend the shine-enhancing Cedel Firm Hairspray or Aveda’s Control Force™ Firm Hold Hair Spray. To tame pesky flyaways (and make sure your mane is camera-ready), apply a smoothing crème such as John Frieda’s FRIZZ-EASE® Straight Fixation™ Smoothing Crème to wet or damp hair prior to styling.
#3: Make a make-up statement
The races are all about showcasing classic beauty, so it’s best to keep your make-up fresh and dewy rather than heavy. Don’t be afraid of experimenting with a bit of colour though; for a trackside-worthy pout that’ll pop in photos, take inspiration from lipstick lover Olivia Munn and try a bright semi-matte shade such as Australis Go Long Longwear Lipstick in ‘Trendy’. To help your lip look last despite copious cocktails and canapés, seal it with a longwearing lip liner such as Revlon ColourStay Lipliner or Innoxa Super Smooth Lipliner. Then all you need is a little highlighter on your cheeks and voila – you’re races ready! by the track. by the track.
#4: Get your glow on
There’s no point in making an effort with your make-up if the rest of your body is lacklustre – especially when the flash is likely to wash you out even more. If you have the time, consider a spray tan or a gradual tanning product such as ModelCo’s GRADUAL TAN. If you’ve left it till the last minute, no-fuss instant tanners such as Le Tan’s Jet Dry or St Tropez’s Instant Tan Wash Off Face & Body Lotion are a great alternative. Just be sure to wait a good half an hour after application before putting on your dress – nothing is less photogenic than a dirty tan stain! by the track.
#5: Nail your nails
Once you’ve got your hair and make-up sorted, it’s time to turn your attention to the finer details. Close-up photos (especially those involving champagne-holding) will expose less-than-luxe nails, so choose a bright nail polish in a shade that complements your dress – and don’t forget to apply a good topcoat such Sally Hansen Diamond Flash Fast Dry Top Coat to prevent chipping. We love Essie’s Spring Collection for a super stylish mani or for something brighter, Maybelline Color Show Nail Color in ‘Keep Up The Flame’ or ‘Corals Up’.
#6: Treat your tootsies
When it comes to race day photo blunders, there’s arguably none worse than the look of ladies grimacing in uncomfortable high heels. To continue looking poised and pretty (rather than in pain) in every picture, support your soles with some non-slip, near invisible foot cushions such as Footcare Gel Ball of Foot Cushions. Hollywood Feet™ Ultra Comfort Velvet Foot Cushions are also ideal for aching heels (and lightly scented with lavender, so you wont have to deal with sweaty-smelling feet!).
Have you ever had a beauty mishap at the races? What’s your best ever trackside beauty tip?
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Posted on: October 09, 2014 (Oct 9, 2014 9:14am)
Great selection of tips, I would love to attend the races someday
Posted on: October 09, 2014 (Oct 9, 2014 9:57am)
08 Oct 2014 16:15 PM | Posted by bh's Beth England
For years, women have boasted they can orgasm solely through penetrative sex. But new research suggests many of us may have been mistaken.
According to the US study, there’s no such thing as the vaginal orgasm or even the G-spot – implying countless women have believed they have sexual health problems based on a complete myth.
Writing in the journal Clinical Anatomy, the researchers claim the human female’s most erogenous zone – the clitoris and surrounding erectile tissue – is the true source of female orgasm.
So ladies, if you’ve ever worried about why you struggle to achieve climax during sex, you can breathe a sigh of relief!
The good news? While the size and position of the clitoris can impact our ability to reach climax, according to the study, almost all women can orgasm if their erectile organs are effectively stimulated.
For a little extra help getting there, you can’t go past LELO’s Liv 2 vibrator. If you want more advice on how to reach the ‘Big O’, check out our fool-proof guide: ‘5 ways to help you reach orgasm’.
Do you have difficulty achieving orgasm? What are your top tips for reaching the ‘Big O’?
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I think the study must have asked the wrong women because I've got news for the study.
Posted on: October 08, 2014 (Oct 8, 2014 4:48pm)
I have heard both sides of the argument and I don't know which to believe
Posted on: October 08, 2014 (Oct 8, 2014 5:03pm)