How to confidently wear a bold lip

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Wearing a striking colour on your lips can turn a boring everyday make-up look into something spectacular. So, knowing how to pull off a daring pout without it fading, bleeding or ending up on your teeth is a skill every beauty should learn.

In the video above, I show you how I like to apply a bold lip – and the tricks I use to avoid disaster.


1. Line the lips with a matching lip liner.


2. Fill in the lips with lipstick.


3. Blot the lips with a tissue and then re-apply for longer lasting colour.


4. Pop your finger in your mouth and pull it out slowly to stop any lipstick going on your teeth.


5. Pucker your lips and you’re done!


Do you like wearing a bold lip? What are your top tips for applying lip colour?


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Posted by: TheUglyDuckling (Australia)

There's also the blot - powder - re-apply - blot method. That makes for some staying power too!

Posted on: January 19, 2015 (Jan 19, 2015 11:03am)

Posted by: bh's Vanessa (Australia)

LOVE THIS! - Great tip xx

Posted on: January 19, 2015 (Jan 19, 2015 11:07am)

What your breakouts are telling you

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Ah yes, the ultimate skin question: what is causing my breakouts? 

Hormones, stress, diet, improper skin care – there are so many different factors that can cause pesky pimples, it can be hard to know where to start. Lucky for us, Dennille Ludenau, National Corporate Training Manager for Dermalogica, knows skin from the inside out and is able to explain how the position of breakouts on the face can be a big clue towards the cause.


Breakouts on the forehead

“The forehead is linked to digestion and the bladder, so breakouts in this area can be a sign of improper diet, food intolerances, insufficient water and bladder infection,” explains Dennille. “Comedogenic ingredients in hair care products (such as shampoo, conditioner, hair spray and dry shampoo) can also contribute to forehead breakouts.”


Breakouts above the brow line 

“Breakouts in the eyebrow and around this area can be caused by improper removal of make-up or a lack of exfoliation, which leads to a build-up of dead skin cells,” says Dennille. “Breakouts in this area can also be a sign of adrenal stress.”


Breakouts in between the brows

Dennille says: “Breakouts in between the eyebrows are linked to the liver, so eating a lot of rich foods, eating late or a possible lactose intolerance could be possible causes for breakouts in this area.”


Breakouts on the chin

There are a few different causes for pimples appearing on the chin. Dennille explains: “The central part of the chin is linked to the small intestine, meaning diet, food allergies or digestive problems could be the cause. The outer sides of the chin are linked to the ovaries in a female and the testes in a male, therefore hormonal imbalance, particularly during certain stages of a woman’s cycle, can cause breakouts to appear in this area.”


Breakouts on the cheeks

The cheeks are linked to the respiratory system, meaning that pollution in the air and smoking can contribute to pimples in this area. Danielle says: “Those that smoke a lot tend to experience under-surface congestion on the cheeks.”


Did you know that the position of your breakouts could help define the cause? On which area of the face do you tend to experience the most breakouts?  



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Member Comments

Posted by: Faboosh (Australia)

My breakouts only happen when i am on my period and they could pop in anywhere on my face! But most of the time i got them on my forhead

Posted on: May 30, 2014 (May 30, 2014 9:25am)

Posted by: Tee631 (Australia)

Omg katy perry? I thought she always had flawless skin

Posted on: May 30, 2014 (May 30, 2014 9:44am)

The best and worst skin care advice

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There is so much beauty advice out there that it can often be hard to tell which to listen to and which to ignore. And when it comes to skin care, this often varies depending on skin type, colour and personal preference. But there are some tips that are universal, no matter what your complexion may look like. So we went ahead and asked some of the industry’s best skin care experts what one piece of skin care advice we should heed.



“Use sunscreen all year round. Ageing of the skin is directly related to the amount of sun exposure you get throughout your life, not to mention, the development of skin cancers. Use an SPF sunscreen not only on your face, but also to your neck and to the backs of your hands. These are the areas that show skin ageing such as pigmented spots, and wrinkling.” – Dr Li-Chuen Wong, Consultant dermatologist, Sydney Skin, Newtown

bh reccommends: Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Moisturiser with SPF 15

“Keep it simple - do not over cleanse or exfoliate the skin and most of all keep your skin moisturised.” – Marie Jenkins, founder of Kosmea

bh reccommends: Kosmea Clarifying Facial Wash (to use once daily)


“Wear an SPF15 and above every day. UV is one of the biggest causes of premature ageing, applying an SPF15 and above is a daily must rain, hail or shine!” - Dennille Ludenau, Corporate Training Manager, The International Dermal Institute

“Always wear a night cream! Your skin rejuvenates itself up to three times as fast overnight, so a good night cream or serum can make all the difference to what we look like when we wake up in the morning.” – Irene Falcone, founder of toxin-free beauty e-tailer

bh recommends: Moana Night Repair Serum


“That the more expensive the skin care product, the more effective it is. This is utter rubbish. The most expensive, most advertised product is not necessarily the best. Look for products that contain active ingredients that have a proven record of efficacy.”  - Dr Li-Chuen Wong, Consultant dermatologist, Sydney Skin, Newtown

“Exfoliate every day to prevent dryness.” (You should only exfoliate at most twice a week) - Tarj Mavi, founder of certified organic skincare brand La Mav


“That to get rid of acne you should use harsh exfoliating gloves [normally used on the body] with soap and scrub away your pimples. Exfoliating body gloves are harsh and will take the top off the breakout, plus increase the risk of spreading the infection and soap will only strip the skin making it worse.  Using a non-abrasive chemical exfoliant is the best way to exfoliate an acne skin.”- Dennille Ludenau, Corporate Training Manager, The International Dermal Institute

bh recommends: Dermalogica Gentle Cream Exfoliant

“That soap and water is all you need! This is one of the worst things you can do to your skin. Apart from stinging the eyes, the PH level in soap strips the skin, drying it out and often leaving it itchy and flaking.  Skin needs a well-tailored, high quality routine; basic soap and water is definitely not a good idea.” - Irene Falcone, founder of toxin-free beauty e-tailer


What is the one piece of skin care advice you follow above all others? What is the worst piece of skin care advice you’ve ever heard? 




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Posted by: MissM19 (Australia)

Great advice! I think I have fallen for that trap that the more expensive the better it is. Active ingredients are key as well as what works best for your skin because not everyone has the same results.

Posted on: June 26, 2014 (Jun 26, 2014 4:04pm)

Posted by: Jenniqua (Australia)

Great tips and great insight to what the experts know.

Posted on: June 26, 2014 (Jun 26, 2014 4:08pm)

Pregnancy predictions 2015

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Seeing as we did so well with last year’s pregnancy predictions, we thought we’d keep the tradition alive and try to predict which celebs will be sporting baby bumps in 2015. These are our forecasts, based on a series of mathematical equations, scientific research and pure entertainment. Enjoy!

Do you agree with our pregnancy predictions? Are there any other celebs that you’d add to the list?


Member Comments

Posted by: Tee631 (Australia)

This is exciting!

Posted on: January 18, 2015 (Jan 18, 2015 12:09pm)

Posted by: Coconut Jayne (Australia)

Would love to see some of these come true!

Posted on: January 18, 2015 (Jan 18, 2015 12:21pm)

6 new fragrances to look out for in February

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Ahh... Now that we’re settled in to the new year, it’s time to look forward to the next big event on the calendar: the launch of a whole bunch of perfumes in February (of course). Is anyone else as excited as I am? I’ve been lucky enough to get a sneaky whiff of some of these new releases, and these are the ones that deserve a spot on the dresser…


David Beckham Instinct Gold Edition, 50mL, $39

The new fragrance blends an instant flash of freshness with a vibrant heart. Dynamic and masculine, it epitomises the perfect balance between authenticity and sophistication, sensuality and strength. Men the world over will be smelling damn good come February 1.

Top notes: Lemon and bergamot oil

Middle notes: Cardamom, rosemary, juniper berries

Base notes: Patchouli, vetiver, cedarwood


Daisy Marc Jacobs Sorbet Edition, 50mL, $79

A succulent blend of sheer florals with a hint of fruit, this perfume is lush and playfully fresh. It’s a must for anyone who loves to spritz themselves with luxury. Available in February.

Top notes: Pink grapefruit, pear, passionfruit

Middle notes: Wisteria, jasmine petals, muguet

Base notes: Violet wood, cedarwood, sheer musks


Daisy Marc Jacobs Eau So Fresh Sorbet Edition, 75mL, $89

Dewy, fresh and fun, this fragrance evokes happiness with a sweet blend of fruity florals. Snap up this beauty when it hits stores in February.

Top notes: Mandarin, apple blossom, lotus flower

Heart notes: Magnolia, jasmine, wet violet

Base notes: Creamy woods, musk


Ellie Saab Resort Collection, 50mL, $107

Do you love a perfume with the power to transport you somewhere far away? This one from Ellie Saab smells like a salty summer spent on the shores of the Amalfi Coast. Divine. Available on the first day of February, it’s totally worth the wait.

Top notes: Fig, mandarin essential oil

Middle notes: Orange blossom, white jasmine, frangipani flower

Base notes: Amber, cedar


Katy Perry’s Killer Queen’s Spring Reign, 100mL, $69

A fragrance for the vivacious girl who isn’t afraid to take charge and reign supreme. February can’t come sooner!

Top notes: Pink freesia, violet petals, cassis buds

Middle notes: Natural davana, gardenia, may flower rose

Base notes: Benzoin resinoid, cedarwood oil, cashmeran


Rogue Man by Rihanna EDT, 100mL, $49

This perfume is the singer’s first masculine one and fifth overall. It comes as no surprise that it evokes attitude and seriously sophisticated sex appeal. Get a whiff on February 23.

Top notes: Fresh citrus, herbs, spicy black pepper

Middle notes: Cedar, jasmine, vanilla orchid, labdanum

Base notes: Sandalwood, patchouli, amber, musk, tonka bean


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Posted by: MissM19 (Australia)

I would love to try the Ellie Saab perfume!

Posted on: January 17, 2015 (Jan 17, 2015 12:19pm)

Posted by: KatieBurnie (Australia)

The Marc Jacobs ones sound divine!

Posted on: January 17, 2015 (Jan 17, 2015 1:07pm)