Hair problems solved

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If you’ve got 99 problems and your hair isn’t one, you, my friend, are extremely lucky.

For the rest of us mere human beings, the problems can range from a few stray flyways to toes so hairy they make Big Foot look groomed.

In my 23 furry years of existence alone, I can think of five reoccurring hair problems that plague me. But at least they’re consistent, so I can come up with some truly genius solutions (if I do say so myself).

 

Problem #1

Forgetting to shave your legs in the shower so you can wear that cute skirt tomorrow. You realise your mistake as soon as you’re snuggled up on the couch ready to watch Gilmore Girls reruns.

Solution:

Invest in an Epilady. You may have to turn up the TV volume a bit, but you won’t have to leave the couch, so it’s really not much of a sacrifice.

 

Problem #2 

Consistently forgetting to use heat protectant. The result? Hair that’s as dry as the Sahara desert.

 

Solution:

Replenish lost moisture and prevent further breakage by applying Schwarzkopf Extra Care BB Cream. Trust me, it’s much more effective than just piling on the conditioner.

 

Problem #3

Not being able to resist the urge to pick at­­ an ingrown hair in an inappropriate location. And now it looks like something a lot more alarming.

 

Solution:

Apply Bump eRaiser Medi Paste as soon as the ingrown hair appears. This will reduce swelling and draw out the impurity without breaking the skin.

 

Problem #4

Putting off a hair appointment for too long and then having to attend a party with your greys and regrowth on show.

 

Solution:

Instead of doing a rushed dye job (which will only end in disaster), simply cover the offending bits using 1000 Hour Touch Up Stick.

  

Problem #5

Your roots are as greasy as a deep fryer and there’s no dry shampoo in sight.

 

Solution:

If you’re able to locate some baby powder, shake some onto your roots and then rub into the scalp. It’s just as effective as dry shampoo.

 

What is your biggest problem when it comes to hair? Have you ever tried any of the above solutions?

 

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Posted by: Lucrecia629 (Australia)

I must say, I'm intrigued by the Schwarzkopf BB cream. I really need to try that.

Posted on: October 08, 2014 (Oct 8, 2014 4:09pm)

Posted by: maydayismyday (Australia)

I need a product like that touch up stick as my hair grows stupidly fast and regrowth looks awful :(

Posted on: October 08, 2014 (Oct 8, 2014 4:14pm)

3 hot weather hair and make-up tricks to save you this summer

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Summer.

It’s a glorious time of year, filled with sunshine, barbecues and balmy nights. It’s when fun is at an all-time high – and unfortunately for some of us, so is the heat.

Humidity is one of the biggest hurdles when it comes to looking hot (not literally) during the summer months. But that doesn’t mean your hair and make-up needs to suffer. Arm yourself with these summer-saving tricks to stay fabulous (not frazzled) when the temperature soars.


#1: Combat flatness

In summer, hair tends to take on a signature look: flat, dull and a little sticky. Be proactive and prep your strands with a set of hair heightening products that give your hair the kind of volume we all know and love. We like Fudge Big Hair Mega Hair Milk, as it works to tame frizz and smooth hair, leaving it with increased volume and mega shine. To give your tresses an instant refresh – and a little volume at the roots to boot – try Pantene Pro-V Dry Shampoo - Original Fresh. It uses tapioca to absorb oil and freshen up hair.

 

#2: Sweep it off your neck

Nothing’s worse than having your hair hanging around your neck and shoulders when it’s a billion degrees outside. It makes you feel gross and sweaty – when you are anything but! Nix that feeling by exploring summer-ready styles that sweep your strands off your face, such as high buns, ponytails, and side braids. To make any style sit perfectly, try the VS Sassoon Curl Secret. It works to create perfect curls and just the right amount of movement – without any skill from you!


#3: Make it sweat-proof

When you’re out and about in the sun, it pays to look for products that defend against sweat. Ultraderm All In One Balm SPF15+ is a skin-enhancing cream containing moisturisers and antioxidants to make sure skin looks and feels fresh and healthy. It’ll also help to keep your foundation in place all day. If you’re after a foundation to go with your balm, Lycogel Breathable Camouflage is a special formulation that not only allows skin to breathe, but also provides a natural, flawless finish that won’t budge! For long-lasting eye make-up, try Australis Cray for Colour Eyeshadow Sticks. With bold pigment and a waterproof formula, they’re the perfect product for any summer eye look. For a bit of added movement, try using nak body•n•shine sea salt root lift, as it delivers a sea-soaked effect and helps to protect your hair from humidity.

 

What is your best tip for battling the summer heat and humidity?

 

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Posted by: ray_jay (Member since 2008, Australia)

Sure beats winter and people look healthier in summer even with flat shinny skin

Posted on: October 08, 2014 (Oct 8, 2014 12:11pm)

Posted by: Belle88 (Member since 2008, Australia)

I always tie my hair up in summer. I can't stand having any hair resting on my neck or back when it's so damn hot. I am now on the lookout for a budge-proof foundation for the hot days.

Posted on: October 08, 2014 (Oct 8, 2014 12:11pm)

Chanel Spring 2015’s psychedelic make-up

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It may have been a fashion spectacle, but we think the make-up well and truly stole the limelight at Chanel’s Spring 2015 runway show.

The models’ colourful, up-to-the-brows eye shadow was something to behold, not to mention their oh-so-cute oversized frames, which gave the look a distinctly retro feel.

According to the show’s make-up artist Nick Barose, the key to getting these pretty peepers is using an eye shadow with a shimmery powder formula. We recommend Minerologie Mineral Eye Shadow, which comes in a variety of shimmer colours. Alternatively, Designer Brands’ 48 Mineral Eye Shadow Palette has an even greater number of rich shades with just a hint of sheen.

To get the models’ lush, long lashes, Barose recommends using a mascara with a lengthening formula (as opposed to a volumising one). Our members love COVERGIRL LashBlast Length Mascara for a dramatic lash effect. They also rate freezeframe®’s INSTANT LASH Extensions mascara, which deposits tiny fibres to the tips of your lashes to give them even more length.

As for the rest of your make-up, this look’s all about eyes, so go easy on lip colour and blush to avoid looking more ridiculous than retro-chic.


Are you a fan of Chanel’s retro-inspired make-up look? What other beauty trends are you loving this spring?

 

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Posted by: ray_jay (Member since 2008, Australia)

Wow those colors look amazing love it

Posted on: October 02, 2014 (Oct 2, 2014 5:16pm)

Posted by: bebeautiful34 (Australia)

I would tone down the look and use pink eyeliner on top and green eyeliner in the lower lashline for a fun spring look

Posted on: October 02, 2014 (Oct 2, 2014 5:54pm)

4 cleansing mistakes you might be making

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When it comes to looking after your skin, cleansing morning and night is non-negotiable. Not only does cleansing remove dirt, make-up and oil from your complexion, but it also helps to restore moisture, prevent breakouts, and leave your skin feeling oh-so-fresh.

So as long as you give your skin a good, quick cleanse twice a day, you’re sorted, right? Wrong. If you don’t cleanse properly, you could end up with pesky issues like blemishes and damage to the eye area..

Without further ado, let’s find out if you’re making these common cleansing mistakes!

Mistake #1: You’re not removing eye make-up before cleansing

Some cleansers just don’t cut it in terms of taking off your eye-make-up, so invest in a specialised eye make-up remover. Before cleansing, dampen a cotton pad with eye make-up remover and gently smooth it over closed eyes. This will whisk away eyeliner as well as those stubborn mascara fibres, all while being kind to the delicate skin around your eyes.

bh product picks: Natures Organics Australian Pure Kakadu Plum & Almond Oil Eye Makeup Remover, Clinique Take the Day Off Make Up Remover for Lids, Lashes & Lips

Mistake #2: You’re using too little or too much product

If you’re stingy with product, you can run the risk of not cleansing thoroughly enough, which can lead to traces of pore-clogging grime and oil being left behind. No, thanks! Using too much product, on the other hand, can result in product wastage, so you’ll be quite literally washing money down the drain. The solution? Follow these guidelines: if you use a foaming cleanser, dispense a golf ball-sized amount in the palm of your hand. For cream or gel cleansers, apply the same amount of product as the size of an almond.

bh product picks: The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Foaming Cleanser, Pelactiv Hydrating Cream Cleanser, Trilogy Balancing Gel Cleanser

Mistake #3: You’re not cleansing around your hairline

If you wear a shower cap or are worried about getting cleanser in your hair, then you’re probably guilty of not cleansing around your hairline. Neglecting to cleanse the out-most area of your face can result in an accumulation of oil and make-up, which can lead to pimples and blackheads. So, next time, ditch the cap and make a conscious effort to cleanse all the way up to your hairline.

Mistake #4: You’re rubbing your face dry with a towel

As tempting as it is to give your face good a rub with a towel after cleansing, don’t. The rubbing motion can break and tear the delicate skin on your face, and cause redness, irritation and even broken capillaries. Instead, gently pat your skin dry with a towel. On another note, make sure you use a clean towel to avoid transferring germs to your freshly-washed face.

Have you made any of these cleansing mistakes? What does your daily cleansing routine look like?

 

 

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Posted by: Lucrecia629 (Australia)

An almond sized amount of cleanser seems like a lot. I definitely don't use that much. Probably more like a pea or maybe a five cent coin.

Posted on: October 06, 2014 (Oct 6, 2014 11:12am)

Posted by: Misy Rose (Australia)

I'm guilty of #2, I'm constantly underestimating exactly how much cleanser I need to use.

Posted on: October 06, 2014 (Oct 6, 2014 11:46am)

Discover Dove’s powerful new beauty campaign

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Dove’s already shown us the complexity of our love-hate relationship with mirrors, but now the beauty brand has given girls an insight into the way our body image affects how the next generation views their own beauty.

The touching short film hones in on female role models playing a huge part in how girls perceive their looks. It involves a group of mothers and their daughters writing down what they do and don’t like about their appearance. The similarities between the grievances are quite remarkable, illustrating the strong impact we have on the younger women in our lives.

 

 

It turns out praising our daughters is not enough; we also have to praise ourselves! Watch the film here and see if it inspires you to leave a more positive, confident legacy.


Did your mother’s body image affect your own? What else can we do to help promote women’s self-confidence?

 

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Posted by: bebeautiful34 (Australia)

Aww, what a sweet video, I wish I had a daughter so I could give her confidence in herself.

Posted on: October 06, 2014 (Oct 6, 2014 9:06am)

Posted by: CherryBlossom (Australia)

Very sweet!!!

Posted on: October 06, 2014 (Oct 6, 2014 9:15am)