3 desk essentials every girl needs

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With winter in full swing, there’s no doubt your office air-conditioning has been blasting out warm air for weeks on end. While it may make you feel toasty and warm, have you noticed what it’s doing to your skin, lips and hands?

Heated air contains very little moisture, so in turn it draws the moisture out of your skin – especially the parts that are exposed all day. So what’s the solution? Stock your desk drawer with hydrating beauty products to nourish your skin throughout the day.

Try these skin-loving essentials to keep dehydrated skin at bay...

DESK ESSENTIAL #1: FACIAL MIST

No matter how well you hydrate and nourish your skin in the morning, office air conditioning can draw the moisture right out of it. This is where a facial mist is your absolute go-to product, as one quick spritz onto your face will help to instantly hydrate and soften the skin. Jurlique’s new Rosewater Balancing Mist Intense Deluxe Edition 3 contains a blend of rose flower extracts to balance and restore the skin, keep it hydrated, and provide a relaxing rose scent.

DESK ESSENTIAL #2: LIP BALM

The skin on your lips is much thinner skin than that on the rest of your face, and since they’re constantly exposed to drying office air, they’re very vulnerable to dehydration. It’s essential to help your lips retain moisture by smoothing on a nourishing lip balm like Jurlique’s Rose Love Balm as often as possible. It’s also a good idea to avoid licking your lips as the saliva will evaporate and contribute to chapping.

DESK ESSENTIAL #3: HAND CREAM

Your hands cop a beating in an office environment, and heated air isn’t the only thing to blame. Many offices stock bathroom and kitchen soaps that don’t contain very moisturising ingredients, so while they might leave your hands clean, they can also cause your skin to become dehydrated throughout the day. Keep a rich hand cream such as the Jurlique Rose Hand Cream on your desk so you can quickly hydrate and soothe your skin and nails after washing your hands.

Does your skin dry out in an office environment? Will you be keeping any of these skin-saviours on your desk?

 

 

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Posted by: Platinum Ms (Australia)

Great lifesaving tips as I do notice air conditioner does effect my skin and those bright lights don't help!

Posted on: July 18, 2014 (Jul 18, 2014 4:03pm)

Posted by: Lucrecia629 (Australia)

These are good essential for anywhere!

Posted on: July 18, 2014 (Jul 18, 2014 4:08pm)

The body part that’s getting bigger

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A UK study has found our feet are getting bigger, resulting in many of us wearing shoes that don’t fit properly.

The survey, involving 2,000 adults, found that our foot size has increased by two sizes since the 1970s. Despite this, more than a third of men and nearly half of women were squeezing their hoofs into too-small shoes.

Speaking to The Wall Street Journal, consulting podiatrist for the College of Podiatry Emma Supple said she believes the findings apply outside the UK as well. "We've all gotten taller and we need big feet to hold us up," she says.

When it comes to cramming feet into ill-fitting shoes, women are often the worst culprits. To find out how to make them more comfortable, check out our blog on how to make uncomfortable heels more wearable.

 

When was the last time you had your foot measured? Do you squeeze your feet into ill-fitting shoes?

 

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Posted by: happyasrain (Australia)

I always try on shoes before I buy them, because I can't stand wearing shoes that don't fit properly. The one time I didn't - when buying a pair of Chuck Taylors in the same size as the other pair I have - they somehow didn't fit right, despite my first pair (in the same size) fitting perfectly! I definitely learned my lesson.

Posted on: July 18, 2014 (Jul 18, 2014 11:54am)

Posted by: maydayismyday (Australia)

Interesting. I'm just glad that show sizing seems to be more consistent across brands these days. A few years back I had shoes in my wardrobe that differed by two sizes!

Posted on: July 18, 2014 (Jul 18, 2014 12:03pm)

9 flattering lipstick colours for pale skin

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Girls with pale skin have it rough.

With my medium-to-olive skin tone, I don’t claim to speak from experience or know what those of you who have pale skin go through. But I do know enough women with alabaster, fair and lily-white complexions to know how hard it can be. The sun is your absolute worst enemy, a foundation is only is as good as its ability to conceal your freckles (PS: please don’t feel like you need to cover those. They’re cute and they’re you, so let ‘em shine), and there are some colours of clothing and make-up that will just never, ever, EVER look good on you.

And that whole colour thing sometimes mean that you shy away from pigmented lipsticks because they are just way too scary and bold. But you don’t have to, you just need to find the shades that’ll flatter your complexion and work with your features.

FOR AN EVERYDAY LOOK

If you want a lipstick that you can wear to work, to lunch, or even to the shops without feeling like you’re making too much of a statement, try something light, natural, and subtle – just make sure your lipstick isn’t an exact match of your skin tone.
Light browns and nudes, like Amanda Seyfried’s wearing, can work well if you’ve got a bit of a darker eye look going on, while a neutral that’s a hint darker, like Emmy Rossum’s mocha lip, could work well with any make-up look. When in doubt, you can always look for a lip colour that’s about one or two shades darker than your natural lip colour – sort of like Kate Bosworth’s rosey lip colour.
Try:
Ck on color Pure Color Lipstick in Brainiac
Mirenesse Forever Diaminds Lipstick in Phoenix
Maybelline New York Color Whisper by Color Sensational in Lust for Blush

FOR SOMETHING WITH A BIT MORE PUNCH

If you want to add a bit more colour into your make-up look but don’t want to look too OTT, pinks, corals and peaches are a great option.
Amanda’s matte, light pink lipstick gives her pout that hint of colour while still complementing her skin tone, and Emmy Rossum’s choice of Barbie-pink works well against her slightly bronzed complexion. If you want to go for lipstick that’s more coral, why not do like Kate and pair it with a slight coral flush on your cheeks?
Try:
Rimmel London Moisture Renew in Ringa Ringa Roses
Innoxa Couleurs D’Ete Summer Matte Lipstick in Baby Doll
Chi Chi Viva La Diva Lipstick in Bad Bad Girl

FOR A LOOK THAT POPS

Fair-skinned ladies don’t have to avoid bright and bold lipsticks like the plague. In fact, they should embrace them, because they can look absolutely glorious against lighter skin.
For a popping finish, try a true red as worn on Amanda, and pair it with lashings of mascara.
Try a wine or burgundy shade like Emmy’s if you’re up for going really bold, and finish it off with a sheer, gold eyeshadow.
And if a statement-making pink is what you’re after, try something like Kate’s fuchsia-meets-pink lip colour and add some pink to the apples of your cheeks.
Try:
Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Moisturizing Lipstick in Door Red Door
Revlon ColorBurst Lacquer Balm in Whimsical
Ulta3 Lipstick in Winter Plum

Do you have fair skin? Which lipstick shades are your favourite?

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Posted by: Snazzie (Member since 2008, Australia)

I have fair skin and really thin lips so I tend to stick to reasonably neutral light glossy colours.

Posted on: July 18, 2014 (Jul 18, 2014 10:45am)

Posted by: Lucrecia629 (Australia)

As a very fair skinned female, I've always thought I was pretty lucky! I tend to avoid shades of dark purple on my lips, but other than that, I can wear just about anything.

Posted on: July 18, 2014 (Jul 18, 2014 11:23am)

Five easy ways to make your eyes pop

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At beautyheaven, we understand that not everyone has the time to nail an elaborate eye make-up look every day. But this doesn’t mean you can’t master one or two simple tricks to make your eyes pop when the occasion calls for it. Whether you’ve landed a last-minute date or just want to look a wee bit prettier, these five tips will take your eyes from drab to fab in minutes.


1) Conceal and brighten

An under-eye highlighter is a must for a fresh eye look, instantly brightening up your whole eye area while helping to hide signs of fatigue such as fine lines and dark shadows. A small amount is all you’ll need for a brightening effect; we love Rimmel London’s Match Perfection Concealer and Highlighter which adapts to any skin tone, illuminating the skin.


2) White effect

While not all of us are blessed with big doe eyes, you can easily create the illusion of wider peepers using a touch of white eye shadow. Cream shadows such as Benefit’s Creaseless Cream Eyeshadow/Liner are easiest to work with – simply dab a small amount on the inner corners of your eyes using your finger for an instant enlarging effect.

 

 

3) Foolproof eyeliner

Perfect for girls who prefer a natural beauty look, brown eyeliner provides subtle definition without overpowering. It’s also easier to master than black eyeliner, making it a great beauty timesaver. For a simple-yet-pretty eye look, we recommend using a pencil such as Almay’s Intense i-Color Defining Liner in Brown along your upper and lower lash lines. You can find more about the perfect eyeliner shades for your eye colour here. [interlink Carli’s article]


4) Added lashes

Haven’t got time to apply a full set of false lashes? You can get a similar result using just two or three falsies on the outer corners of your eyes. Revlon’s Beyond Natural Individual Lashes are lightweight and realistic looking, perfect for emphasising your natural lashes. Simply blend them with a few coats of mascara and you’re good to go.  


5) Frame them fully

A well-groomed, expertly shaped pair of eyebrows will open up your eyes (not to mention frame your face perfectly). If yours are a bit sparse, consider a brow pencil to give the illusion of fullness. Mary Kay’s Brow Definer Pencil is perfect for giving your brows a bit more oomf and available in three different colours for a natural looking finish.

 

Do you use any of these simple eye make-up tricks? Do you have any other tips for instantly pretty peepers?

 

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Posted by: Neilrawson (Australia)

Conceal and brighten is my favourite. I do need to concentrate on grooming my brows, its always an afterthought.

Posted on: July 17, 2014 (Jul 17, 2014 7:16pm)

Posted by: IndieAna (Member since 2008, Australia)

A pop of highlighter on the inner lid and tear duct makes a world of difference :)

Posted on: July 17, 2014 (Jul 17, 2014 7:41pm)

Anna Paquin mourns her pre-baby breasts

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Anna Paquin may be a celebrity mum, but it turns out she has to deal with the same post-pregnancy woes as ordinary women.

The 31-year-old True Blood actress appeared on Late Night With Seth Meyers, joking about the shrunken size of her “very different” post-baby boobs and bemoaning the difficulty she’s had filling out her old costumes to film flashback scenes for the show.

We couldn’t help but laugh at the 31-year-old’s hilarious reaction to being censored for saying "tits" on network TV. Check it out here.

Could your breasts use a bit of a boost like Anna’s? Bust-enhancing products such as Hollywood Fashion Secrets Silicone Breast Enhancers are great for giving the illusion of a fuller cup size. You could also try freezeframe® non-surgical BREAST ENHANCER, which works to stimulate fat appearance in the tissue that surrounds the mammary glands and increases breast volume. For more ways to make the most of your natural assets, check out our blog: Top tips to boost your bust.


Do you have a post-baby body woe like Anna’s?

 

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Posted by: Lucrecia629 (Australia)

Yep, the post-baby boobs are shocking! I was never really busty before but I was happy with with what I had. Then they get so huge during pregnancy, even more huge while breast feeding and suddenly you're left with smaller, droopy versions of what you started with. Devastating!

Posted on: July 17, 2014 (Jul 17, 2014 4:38pm)

Posted by: bmill229 (Australia)

Just like you and me.

Posted on: July 17, 2014 (Jul 17, 2014 4:52pm)