18 Mar 2015 12:46 PM | Posted by bh's Beth England
We already know our mothers heavily influence our ideas about beauty, and now a 4-year-old has shown just how much in an adorable video that shows her playing with make-up for the first time.
Little Mia has racked up more than 15 million YouTube views with the clip, which was filmed by her mum after she cheekily rifled through her cosmetics bag.
The amused mother teases her daughter, saying she doesn’t need make-up, but Mia insists, saying, “I really want to look pretty like you”. Aww.
At some points, the beauty lover actually gets so excited about her new look she can barely speak. She also demonstrates how she uses blush in an impressive tutorial that rivals our very own how-to: apply blush for your face shape.
Reactions to the video have been mixed, with some concerned the girl is too young to be playing with cosmetics. To be honest, we think it’s pretty harmless!
You can watch the video here.
Did you play with your mother’s make-up growing up? At what age did you start being interested in beauty?
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Posted by:(Member since 2007, Australia)
I was an enthusiast when it came to my mum's make-up. I remember it looked like fun! I was right - it is fun! My first make-up style was the 'clown look'. Dad was a bit confused.
Posted on: March 18, 2015 (Mar 18, 2015 2:20pm)
Aw this is so cute! I remember when I was younger sneaking into my moms makeup and putting on everything
Posted on: March 18, 2015 (Mar 18, 2015 2:33pm)
18 Mar 2015 12:02 PM | Posted by bh's Beth England
If you’re like bh’s hair editor, Astrid, you’ve probably always coveted a more voluminous ‘do. You may have even tried some of these products to get thicker strands.
But here’s some good news for fine-haired beauties: limp strands are officially in.
Yes, you read that right. At recent international fashion weeks, flat and fine hair was the name of the game, with models’ manes sitting totally flat at the roots (with a bit of a kink at the ends, at best).
Apparently, the hairstylists wanted to reduce the volume so they could highlight the shape of the back of the girls’ heads – which is kind of a weird body part to celebrate, but let’s just go with it.
Similar to the sleek roots we saw at NYFW, it kind of makes sense, what with our ongoing fascination with effortless, slept-in hair.
And while it’s a pretty typical ‘trend’, it’s certainly not as shocking as the ‘baby burns’ or pixelated hair looks we’ve seen lately!
As someone who’s waging an ongoing battle with too-thick hair, I can definitely see the appeal of limper locks. To get the look, a volume-reducing treatment such as Kerastase Oléo-Relax Slim Masque is a worthy investment. I’d also recommend swapping your dry shampoo for a hair oil such as L’Oréal Hair Expertise EverSleek Precious Oil (which absorbs instantly so your strands won’t feel greasy). For maximum flattening, apply to your hair after washing and then sleep on it while damp.
Do you crave limper locks, or do you prefer a bit of volume?
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I have flat very thin hair and i hate it.
Posted on: March 18, 2015 (Mar 18, 2015 1:05pm)
I also do not dig thin limp hair and wish I had thicker voluminous hair. It's just a lot prettier!
Posted on: March 18, 2015 (Mar 18, 2015 1:16pm)
17 Mar 2015 16:17 PM | Posted by bh's Rosemary Bracey
While the Fashion Week runways are always a delight, we can’t help but cast our curious eyes to the front row to check out the fashion pack’s hair and make-up.
And so far, they’ve definitely delivered the goods! Most celebs have kept their make-up pretty tame with soft, nude lips, subtly smoky eyes and groomed brows, but they’ve been killin’ it in the hair stakes.
Here’s how to master a mane look worthy of the front row…
ALEXA CHUNG’S LOW-MAINTENANCE TRESSES
In typical it-girl style, Alexa showed up to the J.W Anderson show at London Fashion Week with just-rolled-out-of-bed hair that looked both chic and effortless. If, like me, your bedhead hair looks far from this good, put a little time and effort into prepping your mane properly.
The night before, wash your hair and scrunch through a texturising product such as Redken 5th Avenue NYC Signature Look Fashion Waves 07, then go to bed. Upon waking, scrunch your hair again and spritz it with a shine spray like Indola Innova Finish Shine Spray.
GIGI HADID’S LOOSE UPDO
Are you a fan of easy-peasy styles? Gigi’s got you covered. She hit the Tory Burch show wearing her hair in a low-key, ‘undone’ updo, with textured, loose strands around the front.
After washing your hair, spray a heat protectant like the TRESemme Keratin Smooth Heat Protection Shine Spray through the lengths. Then, create a centre part and blow-dry straight. Pull your locks back into a low pony and let a few pieces fall loose around your face. Finally, sprinkle some texturising dust such as the MooseHead Demon Dust Thicken-Up Styling Powder into your roots, and work it in for added volume.
OLIVIA PALERMO’S SLEEK STRANDS
The queen of style made her grand entrance to the Moncler Gamme Rouge show in Paris in classic Olivia style: sporting sleek, straight strands with mega-watt shine. Well played, Palermo, well played.
Apply a frizz-taming lotion like KMS California Tame Frizz Smoothing Lotion through damp locks and blow-dry straight, being sure to direct the nozzle of the hair-dryer downwards. Finish with a dose of glossy goodness by smoothing a couple of drops of argan oil through your mane. We love Moroccan Natural Argan Oil.
DIANNA AGRON’S MESSY TOP-KNOT
This messy updo may look like a cinch to re-create, but don’t be fooled. A ‘do like this takes a lot of staying power, and we bet Dianna took steps to ensure her hair wouldn’t come undone in the front row at Carolina Herrera.
To copy her look, work a volumising mousse like Schwarzkopf Extra Care Styling Push Up Volume Mousse through your roots and lengths, then tip your head upside-down to blow-dry. Gather your hair into a loose ponytail and tie up with a hair elastic. Loosely twist the pony around the hair elastic and secure to the base of the elastic with bobby pins. Finish with a spritz of medium-hold hairspray – we recommend Goldwell Styling Brilliance Magic Finish.
POPPY DELEVINGNE’S CASUAL TEXTURED WAVES
Poppy nailed the casual and styled yet oh-so-undone waves we all know and love. And where better to showcase this hair perfection than front row at Chanel at Paris Fashion Week, right?
Prep damp locks with a heat protectant and curl hold spray like the Garnier Fructis Style Curl Control Thermo-Active Texturising Spray. Then, blow-dry. Create waves using a curling wand (we love the Cloud Nine The Wand), and run your fingers through to separate the waves. Finish with a spritz of sea salt spray (we love VO5 Give Me Texture Dry Texturising Spray) to add some rough texture.
Which celeb fashion week hair look is your fave? Will you be trying any of these celeb hairstyles?
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I love all the natural, loose casual styles
Posted on: March 18, 2015 (Mar 18, 2015 11:24am)
Posted by:(Member since 2007, Australia)
I love Poppy's waves and I also love the Gigi hairstyle but only on a young face - it woudn't look right on me - it would look like I has having a bad hair day!
Posted on: March 18, 2015 (Mar 18, 2015 11:34am)
16 Mar 2015 14:41 PM | Posted by bh's Astrid Taemets
Though it’s been around since ancient Egyptian times, for some reason, solid perfume has always come second to the classic liquid-spray. But have you ever considered that a cream perfume might actually be a far more practical form for your fragrance?
For one, they’re the ultimate in discreet fragrance application, plus they’re great for the sensitive skinned or perpetual travellers among us (take that, liquid limits!). And while this isn’t the case in the bh office, we recognise the dangers of using a spray in public - heaven help you should you spritz your fragrant mist onto someone who doesn’t share your same love of oud.
So with that in mind, we put forth the solid scents that’ll save you next time you find yourself wedged on a train in rush hour and in desperate need of a fragrant hit.
These travel-sized tins are perfect for touch-ups. Specifically formulated without alcohol, the fragrances are the ideal choice for sensitive skin. Apply to the wrists, decolletage and behind the ears.
L’Occitane Cherry Blossom Solid Perfume is a soft cherry blossom fragrance that (subtly) screams femininity.
L’Occitane Pivoine Flora Solid Perfume captures the fragrance of the unfurling peonies in the Provence region, and blends floral notes with a woody trail.
Diptyque Solid Perfumes
Encased in shiny black cases and engraved with the iconic Diptyque oval, these concentrated solid perfumes come in all your favourite Diptyque fragrances. They’re great to pop in your handbag for when you need to freshen up on the go.
Crabtree & Evelyn
This ultra-feminine fragrance was created using an innovative technology, which extracts scent molecules straight from rose petals. The Rose Solid Perfume captures every nuance of the flower, along with peach nectar, jasmine and violet. As a bonus, its alcohol-free base is suitable for dry skin.
Lush always delivers delish-smelling treats, and their solid perfume selection is nothing short of amazing.
With 100 percent pure rose oil and fresh basil, the Lush Gorilla Perfume Imogen Rose Solid Perfume opens with fresh Damascus, develops with soft tonka, and dries with sweet amber and ambrette seed. The result is a wonderfully warm, floral fragrance.
The scent of vanilla helps to relieve stress and anxiety, so the Lush Vanillary Solid Perfume is perfect to stash in your desk drawer. The scent develops with burnt caramel on the skin, like the scent of tonka bean. Yum.
Sabé Masson Le Soft Perfume
Adorable and all-natural, these scented sticks are beautifully packaged and double up as a skin-healing balm.
Are you a fan of the solid perfume?
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Yes, I own a couple of Lush & L'occitane solid perfumes. Perfect for the handbag and you never have to worry about spilling any!
Posted on: March 17, 2015 (Mar 17, 2015 4:24pm)
I've tried the L'occitane solid perfumes - they are convenient and totally fabulous.
Posted on: March 17, 2015 (Mar 17, 2015 4:41pm)
17 Mar 2015 14:06 PM | Posted by bh's Beth England
We recently filled you in on the foods that burn calories, but if you’re not one for diets, you may be interested to hear a new fat-melting cream is in the works.
Skeptical? So were we. But if the fat fighter – called XAF5 – lives up to its promises, it may just turn out to be bigger than Botox.
Still in the trial stage in the US, it’s the first non-surgical treatment that claims to diminish excess fat without injections – and it’s already been used to target under-eye bags with pretty impressive results.
Speaking to allure.com, professors involved in the study say it works by “reducing fat in the area where it’s applied without using any heat or cold, radio frequency or sound waves”.
Just like Botox, it was discovered by chance, when glaucoma patients trialling drops formulated to reduce eye pressure noticed a pleasing side effect: less puffiness under their eyes.
The ophthalmologists leading that study wondered if there was something in the formulation giving chemical instructions to the fat in the eye area, causing it to shrink. To test the theory, they then turned their attention to developing a non-irritating ointment using the same molecule in the eye drops.
According to the results of the subsequent trial (which will soon be presented to the American Academy of Dermatology in San Francisco), many of the participants who used the ointment nightly saw less fat in five weeks. After ten weeks, they felt they “looked more rested and youthful”. Interestingly, examiners in the double-blind studies also saw the same improvement.
Unfortunately, our American counterparts may have to wait until 2018 for the product to get FDA approval. If it makes it to the market, it’ll also require a prescription – and that’s before it even reaches Australia. In the meantime, studies are already underway to test XAF5’s ability to reduce under-chin fat.
While you may not be able to melt your fat for the time being, you can use the these non-invasive products to treat cellulite:
BioElixia® BodyShaper Cellulite Contour Crème
MANICARE Cellulite Bristle Brush
Alpha-H Firming Body Therapy with Caffeine and Raspberry Oil
Trilogy Firming Body Lotion
Would you use a fat-melting cream, or do you prefer more traditional weight loss methods? What are your top tips for keeping trim and healthy?
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I volunteer as tribute for a trial team! But realistically, we all know that the only way to reduce fat is by eating well and penalty of exercise.
Posted on: March 17, 2015 (Mar 17, 2015 2:31pm)
Posted by:(Member since 2008, Australia)
I would love a cream like this!
Posted on: March 17, 2015 (Mar 17, 2015 3:19pm)