The office perk you’d never expect

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When it comes to pursuing a career, many women find it difficult to juggle ‘getting ahead’ with having a family.

Recognising this, both Apple and Facebook are set to introduce a controversial new office ‘perk’: free egg freezing for female employees to allow them to delay parenthood in favour of staying at work.

Like IVF, egg freezing is typically not covered by an employer's health insurance in the US – so both companies will be shelling out up to $US20,000 for women to put their parenting plans on the backburner.

According to a report by NBC News, Facebook already offers the service while Apple’s program begins in January.

While I appreciate the shift towards giving women more of a work-life balance, I can’t help but question whether the move is a little bit insulting. After all, aren’t women supposed to have the opportunity to manage both?


What do you think about Facebook and Apple’s egg freezing offerings? Are you in favour of delaying motherhood in favour of a career, or do you think this is problematic?

 

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Posted by: Lucrecia629 (Australia)

I read an article about this earlier today. While this seems like a great benefit, I think it's a bit creepy. I don't want my employer putting this much thought into my fertility and family planning. Plus, having experienced being a younger mom (my first at almost 26) and also an older mom (my 4th will be due when I'm almost 37), I know firsthand that pregnancy becomes much more physically challenging the longer you wait. Taking it for granted that you can delay motherhood may result in many women not having the family size they want if they start late and struggle with the physical consequences of advanced maternal age.

Posted on: October 15, 2014 (Oct 15, 2014 6:03pm)

Posted by: bebeautiful34 (Australia)

Wow, this is quite a bold move! To me this is kind of like bribing someone to abandon their personal life to work more

Posted on: October 15, 2014 (Oct 15, 2014 6:10pm)

Tricks to look younger, faster

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If there was a magic trick to make us look young and glowing forever, let’s face it, most of us would be up for waving that magic wand. But until someone invents a miracle youth-preserving potion, we’re happy to age gracefully and arm ourselves with the tricks and know-how to help make ourselves look more youthful every day.

Fortunately, there are many products out there that can instantly help you turn back the clock on your appearance without going under the knife or forking out big dollars on in-salon treatments. From skin care, to make-up, to hair, to health, read on to find out the tips and tricks for looking younger in a matter of seconds.

BLUR THE LINES

Blurring products are definitely a-buzz in the skin care industry, and for a very good reason. Not only do blurring products smooth the skin’s surface, but they can also provide amazing benefits for the skin. Once applied, the L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Magic Blur Instant Skin Smoother immediately blurs the appearance of lines, pores and wrinkles while reducing shine thanks to a combination of light reflecting ingredients such as silicon elastomers, silica, and skin smoothing polymers. Following the Instant Skin Smoother with the L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Magic Blur Daily Anti-Ageing Moisturiser will not only further improve the appearance of skin with its blurring benefits, but it will also help deliver long-lasting hydration and smooth out wrinkles and lines thanks to the addition of Pro-Retinol A and Dermalift, all at an affordable cost.

COVER GREYS ALL DAY

Whether you have a couple of grey strands here and there or regularly colour over your silvery streaks, keeping grey hair constantly covered can be a hard task. Thankfully, there are products out there that can be used every day to temporarily hide them. The Ambiance Brunette Tinted Volume Styling Dry Shampoo is a coloured dry shampoo that not only refreshes hair, but helps conceal greys by simply dusting the pigmented powder onto your roots. Alternatively, the ModelCo Hair Mascara can be swiped over greys leaving them instantly out of sight. What greys?

BRIGHTEN UP

Dullness and sallow skin under the eyes does no one any favours when it comes looking young and fresh-faced. The trick is to counteract dark shadows by using a product that will reflect light off that area and make it appear brighter. Arm yourself with an illuminating pen like ck one color 3-in-1 or Jane Iredale Active Light Concealer and blend the product in using your fingertip to give the illusion of luminous, fresh eyes.

GUZZLE THE GREEN STUFF

You’ve probably heard of chlorophyll, but did you know that it’s actually amazingly beneficial for the health of your skin? Sipping around 100 to 200 milligrams of chlorophyll such as Swisse Chlorophyll ($22.95 500mL, www.swisse.com/au) mixed with water each morning can help increase the transportation of oxygen around your body, helping to clear skin, give it a healthy glow and lessen inflammation.



What are your tips for looking instantly younger? Will you be trying any of these tricks?

 

 

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Posted by: May318 (Australia)

I take supplements everyday and it helps a lot with not only my skin but my hair and nails as well!

Posted on: October 15, 2014 (Oct 15, 2014 11:03am)

Posted by: Anita1502 (Australia)

I noticed that I look much better when I have a decent sleep. When I am sleep deprived I tend to look ten years older! And so tired!

Posted on: October 15, 2014 (Oct 15, 2014 11:27am)

Want to win a $5,000 wardrobe makeover?

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Are you a little weary of your wardrobe? Do you rummage through it for a solid 15 minutes in the morning trying to find something you actually want to wear?

Yep, we’ve all been there. Thankfully, Dermal Therapy is here to solve your wardrobe woes, offering one lucky lady a $5,000 closet makeover, plus a cool $1,000 to three runners up!

To enter, you’ll first need to purchase an item from the Dermal Therapy Footcare range – not that you needed another reason to stock up on deliciously sole-soothing products like the Heel Balm Platinum or blister-preventing Blistop™.

For more details on how you could win this amazing prize, check out the Dermal Therapy competition page.

Good luck!

 

Is your wardrobe in need of a makeover? What’s your favourite Dermal Therapy footcare product?

 


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Posted by: bebeautiful34 (Australia)

My wardrobe definitely needs a makeover!

Posted on: October 15, 2014 (Oct 15, 2014 8:22am)

Posted by: ray_jay (Member since 2008, Australia)

This wpuld be a nice prize to win

Posted on: October 15, 2014 (Oct 15, 2014 9:05am)

Study shows stress more likely to lead to heart attacks in women

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Women may tend to live longer than men, but new research shows we’re more affected by stress, putting us at a greater risk of heart disease.

While the relationship between mental stress and cardiovascular disease is already well-known, the study found that when under pressure, women with heart disease experience more serious complications than men with the same condition.

More women than men experience decreased blood flow to the heart, which can damage the heart muscle, reducing its ability to pump blood efficiently.

Women are also more likely to show early signs of blood clots forming, a process known as 'increased platelet aggregation' that can lead to heart attacks.

While a certain level of stress is actually proven to be healthy, the researchers are now calling on doctors to take these findings into account when treating patients with heart disease.

Have you been feeling a bit stressed or overwhelmed lately? Not to worry. There are heaps of things you can do to help reduce your anxiety levels, including these 5 ways to beat stress.


Do you suffer from high stress levels? What are your best tips for letting go of stress and anxiety?

 

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Posted by: Tee631 (Australia)

Oh dear - stressing can't be avoided when exams hit

Posted on: October 14, 2014 (Oct 14, 2014 3:14pm)

Posted by: IndieAna (Member since 2008, Australia)

It's hard to avoid stress when an anxiety suffer, but I try

Posted on: October 14, 2014 (Oct 14, 2014 3:26pm)

How-to: perfect your fake tan

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The sun is out and it’s finally starting to look a bit more like summer, but unfortunately your skin hasn’t gotten the memo.

So while everybody else is flaunting their pins in shorts, you’re sitting inside waiting for your fake tan to develop. And for some, this soon leads to vigorous scrubbing to get rid of orange patches and covering up streaks with bronzer.

But self-tanning doesn’t have to be such hard work. In fact, if you follow these simple application and maintenance tips, your tan will not only look better, but also last longer. Winning!

 

TANNING TIP #1 – Don’t shave

To create a flawless tan, you need to start with a smooth canvas – so hair removal is a must. For a longer-lasting tan, ditch shaving and opt to wax or apply a depilatory cream (bh recommends: Andrea Extra Strength Hair Remover For the Body). The results of shaving only stick around for a few days, so you’ll soon end up shaving off a layer of colour.

 

TANNING TIP #2 – Exfoliate

Once you’re hair-free, exfoliate skin using an exfoliating glove, or use an exfoliating gel in the shower the night before you’re planning to tan. This is to ensure there are no dead skin cells or dry spots for the tan to cling on to and create those dreaded orange patches. bh recommends: BABOR SPA Energizing Lime Mandarin Invigorating Peeling Gel – it’s the perfect partner for your loofah and will leave skin super smooth and prepped for tanning.

 

TANNING TIP #3 – Apply in sections 

What’s worse than orange patches? White patches. Or finger marks from where you obviously became distracted and moved onto the next spot without a second thought. To make sure you don’t miss any spots, apply your tan section by section. If you still manage to neglect areas, choose a tan that shows up as you apply it, such as St. Tropez Bronzing Mousse.

 

TANNING TIP #4 – Make it last 

Now that you’ve gone to all that effort, I’m sure you want your tan to last for more than a few days. No problem. To maintain it, apply a gradual tanning moisturiser every second day. This will keep the colour even, but won’t darken it too much – in other words, it’s the perfect way to eventually fade out a tan. And if you need just a little more time before going through the tanning process again, an instant body bronzer such as Bobbi Brown All Over Bronzing Gel SPF15 will deliver instant colour for those spur-of-the-moment events.

 

What’s the biggest tanning mistake you’ve ever made? What’s your favourite way to tan?

 

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Posted by: Anita1502 (Australia)

Ha ha! What is worse than orange patches? White patches! That is me. I am not used to fake tan but I am still learning. Might try St.Tropez Brozning Mousse. Thanks BH for lovely tips.

Posted on: October 14, 2014 (Oct 14, 2014 9:27am)

Posted by: Growing old (Australia)

Great tips! I've never had a professional spray tan and I'm also new to using tanning products but I think I've done quite well!! So far lol!! One thing I've learnt is there a fine line between a great natural tan and looking really fake! Lol

Posted on: October 14, 2014 (Oct 14, 2014 10:22am)