Match your lipstick to your outfit

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My sister sent me a text the other day asking if she was “allowed” to wear red lipstick with a red dress. I immediately thought of Rihanna at the 2013 Grammy Awards and couldn’t write back “yes!” fast enough. Then I started thinking about other fashion and lipstick combos that are absolute winners…





Red or berry. bh recommends Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Fire & Ice (red) & Avon Over Nature Lipstick in Orchid Fantasy (berry).

Top tip:

This look works particularly on fair-skinned beauties. Blondes look stunning with a red lip, while redheads and brunettes should opt for luscious berry shades.



Black and white


Red. bh recommends Rimmel London Kate Moss Lasting Finish Matte Lipstick in 107 (for cool tones) and ModelCo Party Proof Matte Lipstick in After Hours (for warm tones).

Top tip:

This classic colour match works on all skin tones and hair colours – just use a blue-based red if you’re cool-toned or an orange-based red if you’re warm-toned. 





Coral. bh recommends L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Made-For-Me Intense in Magnetic Coral and The Body Shop Colour Crush Lipstick in Coral Cutie.

Top tip:

For a more subtle pout, go for a coral lippie with pink undertones and a sheer finish. You don’t have to wear an all-orange outfit either; white with orange accessories will also make heads turn.




Pink. bh recommends Australis Colour Inject Mineral Lipstick in Flamenco & The Face of Australia Sheer Gloss Lip Crayons in Cupcake.

Top tip:

If you have dark hair, opt for a bold pink lippie. If you have fair hair, you can get away with a sheer, light pink pout.



Royal blue 


Nude. bh recommends Maybelline Color Sensational Stripped Nudes (Tantalizing Taupe is a favourite!).

Top tip:

This is a must-try for those with blue eyes. Keep eye make-up to a minimum to make those peepers stand out even more.


Do you consider your outfit when choosing a lip colour? Which of the above looks is your favourite?



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Member Comments

Posted by: MissM19 (Australia)

Spot on pairings! Although I do stay away from the nude lip colour as it makes my face look washed out

Posted on: January 24, 2015 (Jan 24, 2015 4:40pm)

Posted by: Misy Rose (Australia)

I love the pairings, especially the orange/coral one!

Posted on: January 24, 2015 (Jan 24, 2015 5:42pm)

Gel manicure removal just got simpler

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Gel manicures last for a hella long time (which I love), but the novelty wears thin when it comes time to take it off.

Those wraps soaked in acetone aren’t exactly great for your skin – and there’s something disconcerting about having your fingers wrapped up in tin foil.

Don’t even get me started on why it’s just as bad to pick the polish off (don’t do it, ladies).

But now the removal process is set to get a whole lot simpler. Enter the Steam Off, a new device that’s revolutionising the whole ordeal.  

Invented by Hollywood manicurist Katie Cazorla, the mini sauna-like machine doesn’t actually steam your nails; it heats and mists them with a gentle acetone solution.

Speaking to, the entrepreneur says it’s seriously “easy to use”.

So how does it work? Well, you pour the kit’s vitamin-infused solution into the unit and plug it in. Once it warms up, stick your fingertips into the silicone holds, position your hands “as if you’re holding a tennis ball” then steam for just five minutes for regular nail lacquers and shellac, and ten minutes for soak-off gels and acrylics.

Once the timer sounds, simply remove your hands from the basin and push off the remaining colour with a stick (no intense scraping necessary!).

According to Katie, the machine leaves nails hydrated and smelling great, but the best part? Although it’s currently retailing only in the UK, it’s available for purchase online at for US$99. (plus a US$10 shipping fee).

While it’s a little exxy, I think it’s worth the investment.

Still not convinced? The gadget is apparently a hit with celebs, with the inventor claiming manicurists Tom Bachik (who works with Heidi Klum, Jennifer Lopez, and Victoria Beckham) and Pattie Yankee (whose clients include Katy Perry, Pink, and Nicki Minaj) already have one.

I don’t know about you, but The Steam Off is officially at the top of my beauty wish list.

Do you like the sound of the Steam Off? What other beauty inventions do you wish existed?  



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Member Comments

Posted by: MissM19 (Australia)

It sounds nice but it's very pricey!

Posted on: January 23, 2015 (Jan 23, 2015 2:54pm)

Posted by: Rose_P (Australia)

Sounds great! I love gel nails, but removing them is a pain.

Posted on: January 23, 2015 (Jan 23, 2015 3:05pm)

Beauty benefits of rice water

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You’ve heard about the beauty benefits of honey, avocado, and coconut water for your skin and hair, but there’s another humble pantry ingredient many Asian women swear by: rice water.

Yep, that milky coloured water you drain from your rice after cooking it. Normally you’d bid farewell to it and get on with eating your beef stir-fry, but next time you might think about saving it! Here’s why…

Benefits of rice water

For skin…
Sensitive-skinned ladies, rejoice! Rice water has ah-mazing soothing and cooling benefits for skin. It also has incredible moisturising, antioxidant, and healing properties that boost circulation, fade age spots and calm an inflamed complexion.

Use rice water as a cleanser by splashing it on your face, massaging it in for about one minute, then rinsing off to reveal tighter, softer skin.

For hair…
Rice water contains carbohydrates, amino acids, vitamins and minerals that help to repair damage and improve elasticity for stronger, more protected locks. It also leaves it looking and feeling soft, manageable and seriously shiny.

After conditioning your hair, rinse it clean and then pour rice water over it. Gently massage it into your scalp and hair and leave on for five minutes to reap the nourishing benefits.

So how do I make rice water?

Step 1: Rinse ½ cup of rice with water to remove any dirt or impurities.

Step 2: Put rice in a saucepan and cover with more water than you normally would. Bring to the boil.
Step 3: Once cooked, strain and allow the water to cool. Now, get pampering!

Note: You can store leftover rice water in an airtight container or bottle in the fridge for four to five days.

Will you be trying rice water on your hair or skin? What other pantry ingredients do you use for their beauty benefits?




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Member Comments

Posted by: Snazzie (Member since 2008, Australia)

Well it's certainly cheap and easy, and you can eat the rice once you strain the water out :-)

Posted on: January 23, 2015 (Jan 23, 2015 8:33am)

Posted by: Lucrecia629 (Australia)

Sounds simple and worth a try.

Posted on: January 23, 2015 (Jan 23, 2015 8:57am)

L’Oreal launches make-up designer competition

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Beauty aficionados, listen up! L’Oreal Paris has just launched The Brush Contest, the world’s first-ever international make-up designer competition.

Unfolding exclusively on YouTube, the competition is open to professionals and amateurs, as well as all of our favourite beauty bloggers, vloggers and YouTubers.

Just two rules apply: you have to be a true beauty junkie and at least 16 years of age. 

The global winner will score a one-year professional make-up designer contract with L’Oréal, valued at 100,000€!  But that’s not all. They’ll also join L’Oréal’s behind-the-scenes team at the most glamorous event of the year, the upcoming Cannes International Film Festival.
To judge the entries, L’Oreal has assembled a panel of industry experts including L’Oréal Make-up Director Elsa Morgan, the beautiful Megan Gale, leading Australian beauty vlogger Chloe Morello and L’Oréal Marketing Director Cameron Woods.
The entrants who are make it to the final round will score a front row seat to the Grand Finale, which will be hosted in Paris in May.

The star-studded evening will invite contestants to showcase their skills by making over the industry’s top models – including Lara Stone, Karlie Kloss and Doutzen Kroes.

For more info on how you can enter this amazing competition, check out The Brush Contest Trailer.

Will you be entering The Brush Contest? What’s your go-to make-up technique?



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Member Comments

Posted by: Elunia (Australia)

Wow that looks like a great competition.
There are some really talented ladies on this website who should enter if they feel that this competition is for them.

Posted on: January 22, 2015 (Jan 22, 2015 1:32pm)

Posted by: bebeautiful34 (Australia)

Ooh, sounds interesting! I'm curious to see who will win

Posted on: January 22, 2015 (Jan 22, 2015 1:47pm)

Why women with big butts have smarter babies

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Kim Kardashian has brought booty to the fore and now there’s another reason to revel in your rear: scientists have discovered that women with big butts have smarter babies.

Yep, you heard right! Fat supplies in women’s thighs and buttocks are crucial for developing babies’ brains when breastfeeding, leading experts to believe that curvy women produce clever children. The things you learn…

Apparently, we store fat in these areas because they are rich in docosahexaenoic acid (or DHA), a key component in the human brain.

Speaking to, public health epidemiologist Professor Will Lassek from the University of Pittsburgh explains how women usually "accumulate these fats and hold on to them until a baby arrives."

Breast milk lipids (which play a big role in brain-building) are then largely derived from the fat stored in your rear. Obviously “women with larger thighs [and/or butts] have higher levels of these lipids”, with evidence suggesting “their children are more intelligent as a result”.

Interestingly, the discovery could also provide a scientific explanation for men’s fascination with our womanly curves – after all, their children are likely to be smarter for it.

Sadly, I’m severely lacking in the butt department, leading me to fear my future children will be absolute dummies. I just hope the nurture part of ‘nature vs. nurture’ will save them!

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Member Comments

Posted by: GildedButterflies (Australia)

Great. Another ammo for rude people to use to body shame slim ladies. =/

Posted on: January 22, 2015 (Jan 22, 2015 1:10pm)

Posted by: Seashells (Australia)

I wouldn't say I'm a fan of any particular body shape, but as someone who is pear-shaped & carries weight on their thighs (or so it looks to me), I'm looking forward to producing little geniuses*.

(*Said with her tongue firmly in cheek.)

Posted on: January 22, 2015 (Jan 22, 2015 1:25pm)