Shailene Woodley's surprising beauty secrets

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On the red carpet she’s top-to-toe glamour (apart from that one time with the chipped nail polish), but in her own time Shailene Woodley prefers to go make-up free and completely natural. The 22-year-old actress has recently been touring the world to promote her latest film, Divergent, and along the way has revealed some of her out of the ordinary beauty tips. Here are just a few that caught our attention:


Eating clay

Forget clay masks, it’s all about ingesting clay according to Shailene, who first heard about the benefits of eating it from a taxi driver in Africa. She told Into the Gloss “I've discovered that clay is great for you because your body doesn’t absorb it, and it apparently provides a negative charge, so it bonds to negative isotopes. And, this is crazy: it also helps clean heavy metals out of your body.”  It’s not just a matter of digging up your own clay though; she says you should be careful about the source.


No shampoo

“The less I put in my hair, the better”, says Shailene. The young actress only shampoos her hair once a month, claiming her mane is very low maintenance.


Oil pulling

Despite what the name suggests, this method doesn’t involve pulling at all. It requires you to swish coconut or sesame oil in your mouth when you wake up and spit it out. Shailene prefers sesame oil, saying  “It really makes your teeth whiter, because the plaque on your teeth is not water soluble, it’s fat-soluble. So the lipids have to dissolve in fats, which is why oil works in your mouth.”


DIY beauty products 

Shailene makes everything from her own toothpaste to body lotions and face oils. She even makes her own medicines. The actress claims she prefers a natural way to heal, after studying the lifestyle of indigenous cultures and discovering herbalism.


Vitamin D down there 

We know that getting some sunshine is good for our health, but according to Shailene it’s also great for our lady parts. “I was reading an article written by an herbalist I studied about yeast infections and other genital issues. She said there’s nothing better than vitamin D.” Maybe nude beaches are the way to go…


Have you heard about any of these beauty methods before? Which one would you be most willing to try?  



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Posted by: Animal Lover (Australia)

I have never heard about these before and i studied nutrition, although i did hear swishing(coconut) oil is great for a fresh breath, i wouldn't do it as i wouldn't like the oily feel in my mouth, now eating clay,now that is weird, wouldnt you prefer to eat natural organic foods and live a healthy active lifestyle rather then chomp on clay, yuk.

Posted on: April 08, 2014 (Apr 8, 2014 4:13pm)

Posted by: Soan (Australia)

Ugh.. Eating clay???? Not for me, thank you.

Posted on: April 08, 2014 (Apr 8, 2014 4:15pm)

How-to: conceal a cold sore

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Having a cold sore while you’re behind the safe walls of your home can knock your confidence enough. Throw the thought of socialising with the outside world into the mix and, well, it’s enough to send any girl under her bed covers for a good few days – because, let’s face it, concealing a cold sore can be tricky.

You either cake on the concealer so much that it becomes more noticeable and you’re self-conscious about it all day, or you ditch your make-up altogether and you’re self-conscious about it all day.

It’s kind of a lose-lose situation. Actually, it was a lose-lose situation, because thanks to the nifty COMPEED® Invisible Cold Sore Patches, it’s now super easy to protect and heal your cold sore, while seamlessly applying your make-up.

Watch the video to find out just how simple it is to conceal your cold sore.

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Posted by: Tee631 (Australia)

Smart idea

Posted on: April 08, 2014 (Apr 8, 2014 8:48am)

Posted by: Seezora (Australia)

Wow, that's amazing! Thankfully I have never suffered from a cold sore, but what a great way to disguise them!!

Posted on: April 08, 2014 (Apr 8, 2014 8:53am)

Say goodbye to scars, stretch marks and pigmentation

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Every woman would love to go through life without a single body or skin insecurity; but when you go through things like pregnancy, puberty, acne or even accidents, stretch marks, scarring and pigmentation can occur – and they can wreak havoc on your confidence.

So what would you say if I told you that there is a way to reduce the appearance of these pesky imperfections and make you feel more comfortable and confident in your own skin? And even better, a way that is one 100 per cent natural and doesn’t involve any nasty chemicals, parabens or silicones?

Thursday Plantation Nurture Oil targets and minimises all three skin problems; stretch marks, scars and pigmentation. The 100 per cent naturally derived face and body oil is made up of a blend of plant oils to provide the skin with vitamins, antioxidants and essential fatty acids to deeply nourish the skin and reduce the visibility of imperfections. When used every day, it will help to visibly improve the appearance of skin on both the body and face. Here’s how:


Stretch marks

Stretch marks can appear in all shapes, sizes and colours, and on various areas of your body. They occur when the skin is stretched substantially over a short period of time (most commonly during puberty and pregnancy.) Thursday Plantation Nurture Oil contains sweet almond, rosehip, grapeseed, and wheat germ oil, all of which are high in essential fatty acids. These fatty acids help to nourish the stretched skin, while reducing discoloration. This oil blend is also infused with mandarin essential oil, which helps reduce the visibility of stretch marks. It produces the best results when used everyday and is also 100 per cent natural, making it a more appealing choice for many women to use throughout their pregnancy*.



Scars can form as a result of the skin’s natural healing process when body tissue has been harmed. Things like cuts, burns, piercings, accidents and tattoos can cause tissue damage. Thursday Plantation Nurture Oil nourishes and hydrates the effected areas and contains hypericum and calendula oils to reduce the appearance of scarring.



Pigmentation generally appears due to an over production of pigment or melanin.  This can be caused by overexposure to the sun, inflammation, hormonal changes and/or skin injuries. The sweet almond oil in the formulation of Thursday Plantation Nurture Oil helps to soothe the skin and reduce the appearance of redness, while the combination of rosehip oil and wheat germ oil help to regenerate and rejuvenate the skin to for a calm and clear complexion.


*If pregnant, consult with your medical practitioner prior to use. 



Do you suffer from stretch marks, scars or pigmentation? Do you prefer using natural products on your skin?



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Posted by: Roxymisha (Australia)

I have tried numerous products, including ones approved by plastic surgeons and dermatologists, to reduce the appearance of scars on my body and nothing has helped. So I am sceptical of any products that makes these claims.

Posted on: April 07, 2014 (Apr 7, 2014 4:10pm)

Posted by: CherryBlossom (Australia)

Wow sounds lovely and I haven't tried this product before so would love to find out more.

Posted on: April 07, 2014 (Apr 7, 2014 4:17pm)

Love balayage? Try 'smudging'

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If you’re at all into fashion, you’ll probably find that that love crosses over into hair and beauty, too. It’s for that reason that many women jump aboard of-the-moment hair and make-up trends as fast as they do sweeping fashion trends – we just can’t get enough of anything that’s hot right now.

That statement was never truer than with the arrival of the balayage trend to the scene. After Sarah Jessica Parker immortalised the look in Sex and the City we saw two-tone girls pop up by the tonne, embracing the trend with open arms. It was a style that stuck around for years – with many girls still enjoying traditional ombré ends today.

The question now is, what’s next?

Dario Cotroneo, owner of Dario Salon has a few ideas – like ‘smudging’. What’s ‘smudging’ you ask? Think of the effect you get when you smudge out your kohl eyeliner. You get a soft, blended colour that fades out effortlessly. ‘Smudging’ for hair follows the same principles. Let’s let Dario explain in more detail; “Softer than ombré and favoured by the likes of Jennifer Anniston and Kate Hudson, 'smudging' exposes the natural underlying pigments in your hair to brighten up your tired re-growth. In simple terms, 'smudging' softens the harshness of your re-growth by blending it into your existing highlights.

Yep, as you can see on the stunning Lily Aldridge here, this subtle-yet-striking take on traditional balayage is created using colour that’s only between 2-5 shades lighter than your overall hair colour, meaning that you get subtle, lightened ends that blend into your natural hair colour seamlessly and look more like natural highlights.

So how do you get the look for yourself? Going in salon to see a hairdresser that understands the trend is best, so Dario Salon would be top of the list for Sydney-based ladies. However, if you wanted to get the look at home, you could try using good quality, at-home hair colour and scrunch it onto teased ends. We like: Schwarzkopf Nectra Colour in Nougat Brown, John Frieda Precision Foam Colour in Lightest Copper Brown and Garnier Olia in Light Brown.

Is this a look you would try? Which colour would you opt for? Is there a hair trend you love at the moment?



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Posted by: eeee (Australia)

Sounds good!!

Posted on: April 07, 2014 (Apr 7, 2014 11:30am)

Posted by: Lucrecia629 (Australia)

I'm not at all a fan of two-toned hair, but it actually do like the sound of this.

Posted on: April 07, 2014 (Apr 7, 2014 11:38am)

Expert tips for growing out your brows

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Brows looking a little sparse? Are you dying to thicken those bad boys right up?
I totally get you. Which is why I threw all your brow-growing questions at Brow Expert Jazz Pampling, and here’s what she had to say:

What are your tips for trying to grow out your brows?

You really need patience. What you have to remember is if you have been incorrectly shaping your brows for years, it can take time to regrow. Generally I have found if you have one bad session of waxing/tweezing it will take up to six months for that section to regrow. Don’t be afraid to grow your brow out, no one will pay as much attention to your messy brow as you will. If you aren’t sure what your shape should be, I suggest you see someone who specialises in brow shaping, even if you only see them once or twice, it will put you on the right track.

Is there anything you can do to help the hair grow? Do brow serums work to help hair growth?

I have had clients use brow growth serums and they do work. Just keep in mind that it can take up to six months to really see a difference, so stick with it.

Sidenote: bh’s Cherie has been using Regaine (yep, the men’s hair growth treatment) and Talika Eyebrow Lipocils Eyebrow Enhancer on her brows and she’s had excellent results!

When growing out your brows, are there any areas you can pluck so that you don't look completely dishevelled?

I always tweeze quite low around the brow bone. Don’t take anymore than about your pinky width of hair on the bridge of the nose.

If you aren’t sure, don't go crazy. The moment you "umm" or "ahh" about a hair, don’t take it. If you do make a mistake, don’t try and balance it on the other side, just pencil it in until it grows back in. Put the tweezers down and walk away from the mirror.

Where should you avoid plucking/waxing when growing out your brows?

Pencil in your brow the way you would like to see your brow grow, this will help identify areas that need to re-grow, then tweeze around that shape. This way you wont keep tweezing the same areas time and time again.

For more from Jazz, check out her website...

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Posted by: Sam91 (Australia)

I have grown my eyebrows out previously. I used to just pluck the hairs low on the brow bone, that I knew I didn't need. It made me feel like I looked cleaner lol.

Posted on: April 06, 2014 (Apr 6, 2014 12:06pm)

Posted by: Seezora (Australia)

I have thankfully never gone overboard with my eyebrows. I have relatively tame eyebrows that need minimal maintenance. I love the shape. My son on the other hand needed to grow his out because he decided to plus the inner corner for some bizzare reason. Looked very odd!

Posted on: April 06, 2014 (Apr 6, 2014 12:09pm)