How to see your skin safely through the silly season

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Are you gearing up for one heck of a silly season? Do you have Christmas party invitations coming out of your ears? Don’t freak out, your skin won’t turn on you for consuming a few glasses (or bottles) of celebratory bubbles – and even if it does, you needn’t worry.

We’ve got the ultimate silly season skin rules to ensure you look as fresh and perky as Kate Hudson here, no matter what time you got to bed…

#1: Nourish your skin during the day

Often we forgo giving our skin a proper hit of hydration during the day for fear of moisturiser feeling too ‘heavy’ on our skin. Not only can a rich cream create an oil slick of epic proportions, but it can also cause your make-up to look less-than-perfect. To keep your skin hydrated in the daylight hours (and prevent it from showing the signs of a big night out), swap your regular moisturiser for a nourishing variety that doesn’t feel too heavy. I love Sanctuary Spa Wonder Oil Serum as it has a half oil, half serum formula, so it’s light enough to wear during the day and potent enough to deliver hydrating benefits deep into the layers of the skin, where it’s needed most. I also recommend Physiogel Daily Moisture Therapy Lotion as it contains ingredients that allow the skin to repair and retain moisture.

#2: Make the most of any shut-eye

Even more so than during the day, it’s crucial to make the most of your make-up-free skin at night as there’s nothing to interfere with your products getting to work. Sanctuary Spa Therapist’s Secret Facial Oil does wonders to thoroughly hydrate skin, thanks to ingredients like sunflower, jojoba and rosehip seed oil, which replenish the skin’s natural oil content. NEUTROGENA® HYDRO BOOST™ Night Concentrate is another excellent choice, as it contains a mix of hyaluronic acid, olive extract, and vitamin-E enriched beads to maximise skin rejuvenation overnight.


#3: Fake perky peepers

Have you ever had someone look at you and say, “gosh, you look tired”? Yeah, me too – and what they’re commenting on, besides the fact that you probably don’t look your best, is that your eyes look weary. Our eyes are super sensitive, and consequently tell the world when we’re sick, tired or severely hungover. Ensure your peepers don’t give you away this silly season by recruiting a team of products that’ll help you look like you got to bed at 9pm. I love Ultraderm Eye Restore Serum as it works to reduce dark circles, puffiness and fine lines around the eyes. Likewise, Pelactiv Rapid Eye and Lip Balm’s instant tightening effect ensures the delicate eye area looks perkier and smoother. Finish your fake-it-til-you-make-it look with an undereye highlighter like Estee Lauder Double Wear Brush-On-Glow BB Highlighter, which uses photo-optic technology to brighten shadows and pearlescent powder to make you look wide awake in a second.

What’s your best tip for surviving the silly season? How do you show your skin some extra love?



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Posted by: Anita1502 (Australia)

A lovely selection of products! To let my skin breathe for a while I have got make up free days and then I apply lovely products during the day. Today I am going to have a mask day and have a little fun with Antipodes face mask. :) And every day, especially in this heat, I use Avene Thermal Water to cool down a bit and provide hydration.

Posted on: November 14, 2014 (Nov 14, 2014 9:35am)

Posted by: Lucrecia629 (Australia)

Twice weekly face masks has become my skin saviour. I do a moisturising mask early on in the week and a cleansing mask later in the week. And I TRY to not binge on sugary treats. It's hard to resist the temptation, but it makes a big difference.

Posted on: November 14, 2014 (Nov 14, 2014 9:39am)

Feel-good beauty

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Answer me this: why do you use beauty products?

Regardless of whether your response is “to make me look better”, “because it’s fun” or “to boost my confidence”, all of these things relate to how you feel.

Beauty products are so much more than just bathroom accessories. Not only do they have the ability to make us look good on the outside, but they can also improve our mood and make us feel good on the inside. Sure, they may not actually shout out compliments like “wow, you look amazing today!” or “rock that new hairstyle, girl!” but I tell you what – Babescrub products come pretty close.

Every stunning bottle in the range features a daily mantra to turn your morning beauty routine into a motivational, feel-good experience. The different quotes printed on the packaging offer an upbeat start to the day, so that something as simple as washing your hands can set a positive tone and remind you how special you are.

The Organic Charcoal Hand Wash, which uses charcoal to draw impurities from the hands without drying the skin, reads: “There’s not a hint of mediocrity in you”. And its partner, the Organic Wild Hand cream, says, “Love your own wild”. This pair is perfect to prop above your basin for some daily self-love.

But the whimsical washing doesn’t stop there. If your morning shower just isn’t waking you up like it should, try the Babescrub Be RAD Organic Body Wash. The bottle is my personal favourite, featuring the mantra: “Wake Up. Kick Arse. Be Rad. Repeat.” If that doesn’t get you raring to go, I don’t know what will!

Of course, the bottle is nothing if the product inside doesn’t match up, so you should also know that all these products use 99% certified organic ingredients, smell absolutely divine and leave the skin feeling clean, nourished and silky smooth. So, incorporate them into your morning routine for skin that looks beautiful on the outside, and to get a confidence boost to keep you beautiful on the inside.

Do you have a daily mantra that makes you feel good? Have you tried any of the Babescrub products?



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Posted by: Pink Hornet (Australia)

Like the look of these and the message too. Fun!

Posted on: November 13, 2014 (Nov 13, 2014 4:25pm)

Posted by: Tabitha Amy (Australia)

These look and sound amazing!! Def want to try!!!

Posted on: November 13, 2014 (Nov 13, 2014 4:53pm)


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We’ve all got a pair of absolutely fabulous shoes in our cupboard, but chances are they rarely see the light of day. Whether they’re sky-high stilettos or covered in bling, as much as you love them, they just never seem quite appropriate.

But from Monday 17 to Friday 21 November, charity initiative SISTER2sister are giving you the best excuse ever to bring out those bad boys.

Raising money to provide vulnerable Australian teenage girls with an intensive life skills program and positive female role models, Step Up for SISTERHOOD week is all about giving struggling women a step up in life – and hope for a brighter future.

The SISTER2sister program has changed hundreds of girls' lives so far, and you can help them to change hundreds more by donning your fanciest footwear and making a donation.

So make like shoe fanatic Victoria Beckham and ditch your normal workday shoes in exchange for your most fabulous ones next week.

You may like to get your friends together for a lady lunch or hold a morning tea in the office. Either way, give generously to help SISTER2sister raise their target of $100,000.

What fabulous shoes will you be wearing for Step Up for SISTERHOOD week?



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Posted by: Loveanu (Australia)

Would love t wear my flas for a change.

Posted on: November 13, 2014 (Nov 13, 2014 9:32am)

Posted by: Lucrecia629 (Australia)

Unfortunately, my most "fabulous" shoes are my comfy slip on sandals - which I will definitely be wearing anyway because that's all my achy feet will allow. :(

Posted on: November 13, 2014 (Nov 13, 2014 9:35am)

The insanely good reason to wear purple make-up today

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In August this year, the world said goodbye to a truly wonderful, vivacious and special person. My friend Jess lost her mum, Rochelle, to a very long and hard battle to pancreatic cancer.

Jess (in the red dress) with her mum, sister and aunts

She fought the disease with amazing strength and tenacity, but after 16 months of fighting, she passed away surrounded by her family. It was incredibly sad and devastating for everyone who knew her.

But I’m not here to talk about how sad I am or about how hard each and every day is for Jess and her family. Those are givens.

Nope, today, on World Pancreatic Cancer Day, I want to do my bit – and encourage you to do yours – to raise awareness for the cancer that has the highest mortality of all major cancers. And when you consider that in 2014 there will be about 2890 Australians diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, and less than 5 per cent of patients who reach the five-year survival mark, that’s far too many families who are losing someone so dear to them.

So here’s how you can help (and it doesn’t involve a single donation). The goal is to raise awareness and try to change the statistics, change the survival rate even. And you can do that by wearing a splash of purple today and uploading your picture to Instagram, Facebook and/or Twitter and using the hashtag #purpleourworld.

Because there’s nothing I’d love more than for you to get into the spirit and support this worthwhile cause, here are some purple-inspired looks for you to try today:

celebrities in purple makeup

And of course, some products that will help, too:

Inika Natural Mineral Eyeshadow in Velvet
Rokk96 Nail Polish in Iris
ModelCo Nail Polish in Paparazzi Purple
Vixen War Paint in Violent Crumble
MAC Lipstick in Violetta
Estee Lauder Pure Color Five Color Eyeshadow Palette in Velvet Orchids
Innoxa Satin Sheen Lipstick in Radiant Orchid
e.l.f Stido Cream Eyeliner in Purple
Rimmel London ScandalEyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal Eyeliner in Purple

Oh, and me doing my bit:

How much do you know about pancreatic cancer? Will you wear purple today to raise awareness for pancreatic cancer?


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Posted by: Loveanu (Australia)

Purple is my all time fav colour & definitely will wear to support the awareness campaign like this.

Posted on: November 13, 2014 (Nov 13, 2014 9:30am)

Posted by: Lucrecia629 (Australia)

I love purple eye shadow! Pancreatic cancer is one of the worst types but one of the lesser talked about. It's good to see it getting a bit of attention.

Posted on: November 13, 2014 (Nov 13, 2014 9:32am)

Tips for tracking your fitness

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Tracking your exercise program is just as important as tracking your food. By keeping tabs on your fitness, you’ll know when it’s time to change up your  exercises, distances, and intensity levels. It’s much easier to assess what you need to do when you have the facts and numbers right in front of you, rather than trying to remember what you did last time or what your trainer told you to do at home. Besides making you accountable to your program, tracking your exercise helps you to monitor your progress – boosting motivation along the way!


I personally like to track my fitness in three ways:

- The speed I am travelling at

- The heart rate zone I am working in

- A fitness test to see how well I’m doing


This system allows me to judge my overall fitness, which is much more useful than just looking at the number on the scales. Of course, there are plenty of gadgets and apps on the market that can help to track fitness indicators – these are the tools I like to use.


Smartphone apps

Apps such as MapMyFitness enable you to use the built-in GPS of your mobile device to track all your fitness activities. I like to monitor my speed, because if you want to get fitter or faster, you need to know what speed you are averaging and work towards increasing it.


Fitness trackers

When it comes to keeping tabs on your fitness levels, it’s important to measure your heart rate. To torch calories and improve your aerobic fitness, try to stay within the optimal fat burning range of 140-160 beats per minute. Fitness trackers like the Jawbone UPMove (RRP $49.95) use a technology called Bio-impedance, which measures the resistance of body tissue to tiny electric currents and captures a wide range of physiological signals, including your heart rate. If you’ve ever measured your body composition (for instance, your fat content), this is very similar.


Fitness watches

The Polar and Garmin watches have built-in fitness tests, such as the V02 Max Predictor. The test measures your aerobic capacity and fitness level by monitoring your resting heart rate for five minutes and punching in those results along with your age, gender, height and body weight. This is a great way to find out where your fitness level is currently at. After 4-6 weeks, you can take the test again to see the effects of your exercise routine and whether your hard work has paid off.


How do you like to track your fitness? Have you used any of the products mentioned above?


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Posted by: Stephanie885 (Australia)

I love all the new apps available for fitness.

Posted on: November 12, 2014 (Nov 12, 2014 4:40pm)

Posted by: Lucrecia629 (Australia)

I'm not big into apps. The only health and fitness app I've ever used is one that tracks calorie intake, as I'm a naturally thin person and wanted to get an idea of what my daily intake actually was. I found it helpful and interesting, but not something I would use long term.

Posted on: November 12, 2014 (Nov 12, 2014 4:51pm)