17 Jul 2014 10:01 AM | Posted by bh's Samantha McMeekin
Using too much or too little of a product can impact on its effectiveness – and your wallet. Using too much can cause the skin to have adverse reactions, while using too little can mean the product doesn’t work as nearly as well as it could. So to ensure you’re getting the best results from your skin care products take a look at the size guide below.
Have you been using the right amount of skin care? Were you using too much or too little?
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I know I'm using too much cleanser! I do try not to though. I definitely make sure I don't use too much eye cream or face oil, but I do overdose on body moisturiser. Everything else I think I'm fine with.
Posted on: July 17, 2014 (Jul 17, 2014 10:46am)
Very helpful article. I have often used too little moisturiser, not because I am frugal but I didn't really know how much to use.
Posted on: July 17, 2014 (Jul 17, 2014 10:48am)
16 Jul 2014 16:07 PM | Posted by bh's Beth England
The best foods for weight loss are heavily debated, but we couldn’t help but be surprised with the latest advice from an expert researcher.
Following 15 years of investigation, Liverpool John Moores University Professor Rodney Bilton has recommended the consumption of unripe, green bananas for maintaining a healthy weight.
According to Professor Bilton unripe bananas are high in resistant starch, which helps moderate blood sugar levels and therefor prevent hunger cravings. They also encourage the release of a key fat-burning hormone, glucagon.
So if we were now to eat unripe bananas, what unlikely food would Professor Bilton have us avoid? The surprising answer is tofu, as it contains phytic acid that can block the absorption of essential minerals. But vegetarians need not panic – the Professor says the effect can be lessened if you consume it with miso, which contains bacteria that lowers the acid.
You can read up on Professor Bilton’s other findings here. For similarly unusual yet effective dietary advice, check out these 5 wacky weight loss tips that actually work.
Would you eat raw bananas in the name of weight loss? Do you have any weight loss tips you’d like to share?
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Thank God, i eat at least 2 to 3 bananas a day ha ha, a real quick energy pick me up and it fills me up compared to eating a chocolate bar.
Posted on: July 16, 2014 (Jul 16, 2014 4:38pm)
I read this article yesterday. It was surprising, my boyfriend is always telling me green bananas are better for you, I didn't believe him until now!
Posted on: July 16, 2014 (Jul 16, 2014 4:39pm)
16 Jul 2014 10:55 AM | Posted by bh's Carli Alman
Have you ever gone over to a friend’s house to watch a movie and refused to take off your shoes because you know your feet are going to stink out the room faster than it takes to watch the opening credits? Or maybe you’ve noticed someone staring at your dark lip hair and felt your face burn like it’s actually on fire?
We’ve all encountered an awkward or embarrassing beauty problem at some point in our lives, and even though we know we’re not alone and it’s all totally normal, it’s hard to speak up and ask for help.
So, without even needing to say a word, consider your cry for help heard.
HOW TO DEAL WITH PEELING FINGERTIPS
This isn’t just a problem because you’re a bit embarrassed to show your hands, but it can actually be quite painful, too.
The first step is to start using an incredibly gentle, nourishing hand (and even body) wash. Try one that’s been formulated for babies, like GAIA Natural baby Bath & Body Wash, as it’ll be kind to your skin. Then, you’ll want to regularly apply a hand cream or balm to soften and restore your skin while protecting it at the same time. Try Botani Olivéne Balm as it’s been specifically designed to heal and repair dry and cracked skin and will help relieve any discomfort caused by itching.
If this is a chronic problem for you, it’s probably also a good idea to visit your doctor.
HOW TO DEAL WITH SMELLY FEET
This is usually a big issue in summer when your sockless feet get super-sweaty in a confined space (like a ballet flat or moccasin) and can’t breathe.
Place some Footcare Odour Stop Everyday insoles in your shoes – the soft cushion will help absorb the sweat from your feet, keeping them fresh and dry. The insoles also help remove odour-causing bacteria and feature odour-controlling activated charcoal, which targets and kills foot and shoe odours. You can also spray some Odour Stop Foot & Shoe Spray to deodorise and freshen up both your feet and shoes.
HOW TO DEAL WITH A FLAKY SCALP
How many times have you had to say, “Um, I swear it’s not dandruff, my scalp is just really dry!”? Yeah, it’s not a fun thing to have to explain. Which is why you should use scalp-conditioning treatments that’ll add moisture and hydration back to the dehydrated skin. Morcoccanoil Dry Scalp Treatment will do wonders to protect your scalp from the dryness and irritation that can be caused from chemical and colour services, while Head & Shoulders Scalp Massage Cream will help to really give your scalp the hydration it needs if used weekly.
HOW TO DEAL WITH BAD BREATH
If you have stale or bad breath, then you know the sheer terror involved in closely talking or whispering to someone. If you don’t brush and floss your teeth twice a day, the tiny bits of food that are lodged in your teeth and gums can cause bacteria to grow in your mouth, giving you that bad breath. So make sure you give your teeth a good brush with a minty-fresh toothpaste, like Colgate Max Fresh Toothpaste, and follow it up with a proper floss in between each and every tooth (we like: Oral B Satin Floss) morning and night. For extra assurance, swish some AVEDA Peppymint Breath Refresher around your mouth and carry some Hollywood Fashion Secrets Make Out Mints in your bag.
HOW TO DEAL WITH UPPER LIP HAIR
There are a few ways you can deal with that fuzz above your upper lip that’ll make you feel better about it.
You can try bleaching it, with a gentle and lightening formulation like Nair Cream Hair Bleach for Face and Body. This will lighten the hair so it appears, well, invisible. Alternatively, you can remove the hair altogether. Depilatory creams like Andrea Gentle Hair Remover for Face will quickly and painlessly remove the hair from your upper lip, while waxes like Veet High Precision Facial Wax Care will help remove the hair from the root. You can also try a more permanent removal process like laser hair removal.
Have you suffered from any of these awkward beauty problems? What’s your best awkward beauty problem solution?
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I think at some stage we've all had to deal with at least one of these issues. The upper lip hair is probably the most common. I'm lucky to have blonde hair so I don't get the shadow like my dark haired sister does, but if it's cold, the fine hairs all over my face stand up and become more visible than I'd like. It's tempting to wax my whole face, but I'm not sure that's the best way to deal with it so I just try to keep warm. :)
Posted on: July 16, 2014 (Jul 16, 2014 4:09pm)
I definitely have a problem with my dry scalp! I've been massaging my scalp with oil and stopped taking such hot showers and thankfully the small white flakes have decreases. Whew!
Posted on: July 16, 2014 (Jul 16, 2014 4:33pm)
16 Jul 2014 14:18 PM | Posted by bh's Beth England
Megan Gale has shared new intimate photos of herself and her now two-month old baby, River, with her many followers on Instagram.
The pictures show the proud mum and her bub in a series of loving embraces, and the 38-year-old model captioned the adorable close-up snaps, “Loving you more and more everyday[sic]”. Accompanied by the hashtags “#obsessed” and “#blessed”, they’re enough to make anyone gush.
Photo credit: megankgale Instagram
While River is definitely the star of the collage, we can’t help but be blown away by Megan’s flawless, make-up free skin – although we’d expect nothing less from the L’Oreal ambassador! Discover the stunner’s beauty secret here.
What other celebrity mums do you look to for beauty inspo?
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You gotta love those Instagram filters! I sure do. Some of them are just as effective at concealing under eye circles and blemishes as concealer and foundation.
Posted on: July 16, 2014 (Jul 16, 2014 3:32pm)
Absolutely gorgeous pics of mum and baby. It shows Megan is besotted with her little one, good on her.
Posted on: July 16, 2014 (Jul 16, 2014 3:43pm)
15 Jul 2014 11:20 AM | Posted by GuestBlogger
Getting sick is no fun and germs tend to follow us around all the time, especially in winter. Here are some tips on how you can try to avoid nasty germs and infections this winter.
#1: Wash your hands frequently
Make sure to wash your hands after going to the bathroom and before handling food to help stop the germs from spreading. It’s also a good time to remember to stop touching your face unnecessarily.
#2: Use antibacterial products
Use antibacterial sprays and gels to disinfect your home, work desk and your hands to stop the germs (and those of your co-workers) from spreading and living around you. Make sure to always disinfect things like toilet flush buttons, light switches, door handles and rubbish bins.
#3: Avoid public transport
Germs, flu, sneezing, coughing… it’s all part of public transport in winter so if you can avoid it, please do! Walking is good for your fitness and fresh air is better for fighting the cold and flu. If you must use public transport, make sure to use antibacterial products afterwards and load up on vitamins.
#4: Put your tissues into a bin
There’s no point in spraying everything with antibacterial spray and then leaving your used tissues containing the germs on your desk! Throw away tissues after every wipe and sneeze, and wash your hands too.
#5: If you aren’t well, go home
Don’t stay at work and spread your germs to the rest of the office. You might get better, but someone else will get sick and the spreading of germs will go around and around. Sharing is caring, but not always!
What are your tips for avoiding germs in winter? It’s probably very hard to avoid them all together, but let’s give it our best shot this winter and hopefully enjoy a germ and flu-free season!
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I don't really agree with using a whole load of antibacterial products - there is such a thing as being TOO sanitised IMO & I think that can lead to getting sick - but I will agree with commonsense stuff like staying away from work when sick, washing your hands etc.
Posted on: July 16, 2014 (Jul 16, 2014 11:32am)
Seashells, I'm with you. I just try to do the best I can, but with three kids - we get our share of colds and (sometimes) flu. I like to think of it as my immune system getting it's exercise.
Posted on: July 16, 2014 (Jul 16, 2014 11:49am)