17 Feb 2015 15:29 PM | Posted by bh's Beth England
I’ve tried a few unexpected nail trends in my time (almond nails, anyone?), but I never thought I’d want to flaunt a French manicure.
That is, until now – yep, French tips are making a comeback. Just ask US model Anna Speckhart or actress Olivia Wilde, who are both big fans of the look.
The trend actually took off in Hollywood in the 70s, when Orly International founder Jeff Pink created the white tip and natural base look to help actresses match their nail colour to their costumes.
Fast forward to 2015, and the French mani is still a well-known nail look. For a fuss-free DIY version, we can’t go past the Manicare Flawless French Manicure Kit and essence French Manicure Tip Guides (the pack contains 30 tip guides, which is enough for three manis)!
Not such a fan of the French mani? Well, even if you don’t like the look of a typical French tip, you’d be hard pressed to deny the similarity between this 90s nail look and a plethora of other nail crazes we’ve seen lately.
Take the quirky reverse-French mani, which is a favourite of celebs such as J.Lo (main image) and Zoe Saldana (below).
Or the French manicure with a twist, using weird but wonderful colour combos (personally, I love the look of a pink base with red tips, or a nude base with silver tips).
Then there’s the half moon, where the base of the nails is carved out instead of the tips.
Some may say French manis are tacky. But in all these guises, it seems this nail look is here to stay!
Do you think French manis are cool again, or is this one nail trend that’s best left in the 90s? What other nail looks are you loving lately?
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I like French manis. I must be out of it because I never thought they were tacky.
Posted on: February 17, 2015 (Feb 17, 2015 4:55pm)
I have always loved french manis!
Posted on: February 17, 2015 (Feb 17, 2015 5:03pm)
17 Feb 2015 15:20 PM | Posted by bh's Samantha McMeekin
We’re not just saying this to get you in the sack - a real life doctor has confirmed getting down and dirty is good for the skin. You can’t get much more legit than that!
“We already know that skin is a highly emotional organ," Harold Lancer, MD, explains. "In terms of the physical, your skin responds to sex in that it increases blood flow, heart rate, your immune system function, the production of antigen formations, and more."
So when somebody says you’ve got a post-coital glow, they’re not just winding you up.
The increase of blood flow during sex delivers more oxygen to the skin, effectively enhancing its radiance.
Furthermore, the extra oxygen also helps to boost collagen and elastin production, both of which are essential in maintaining youthful skin.
So forget the weekly face masks and monthly facials. From now on, it’s all about cleansing, toning, moisturising and sex. How much is up to you…
Does your skin improve when you have more sex?
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Haha! Sounds legit. Ive never noticed if my skin seems better. Will have to make a note.
Posted on: February 17, 2015 (Feb 17, 2015 3:33pm)
love it if it does
Posted on: February 17, 2015 (Feb 17, 2015 3:39pm)
17 Feb 2015 14:56 PM | Posted by bh's Beth England
We all know the importance of drinking water, but now it seems some of us are taking our H2O obsession too far.
According to experts, many of us are becoming addicted to drinking too much – giving rise to the term ‘aquaholics’. Yep, it turns out you can have too much of a good thing.
Lured by promises of better concentration and energy levels, a detoxed body and even weight loss, some drinkers are reporting feeling anxious if they have to go without water for a small amount of time.
UK consultant vascular surgeon Professor Mark Whiteley is just one expert who’s worried about the trend. Speaking to The Daily Mail, he said it was possible that drinking too much water over an extended period could actually alter the brain’s chemistry to expect excessive amounts.
Compared to the perceived benefits, the negative effects of drinking too much water are lesser known – but according to Professor Whiteley, they include excessive sweating, insomnia and in extreme cases, water poisoning (which can cause death).
So how much water do we really need to drink? Well, according to current advice, women need 1.6 litres of fluid a day to keep the body working efficiently. Men need slightly more: around two litres.
But the fluid doesn’t necessarily have to be water. Speaking to The Daily Mail, dietitian Dr Frankie Phillips recommends downing “a mixture of different drinks throughout the day — such as milk, which is rich in calcium, and small amounts of fruit juice, which contain good levels of vitamin C”. According to Dr Phillips, mixing it up will actually help you consume a healthy balance of nutrients.
Being someone who carries a bottle of H2O everywhere I go (I’m actually sipping from it as I write this), it’s hard for me to imagine significantly reducing my water intake. Even still, the trend’s definitely given me some drink for thought!
Would you consider yourself an aquaholic? Would you reduce your water intake, or do you still think it’s better to be more hydrated than not?
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I'm forever trying to up my water intake but its so easy to forget
Posted on: February 17, 2015 (Feb 17, 2015 3:31pm)
I like to maintain my water intake and not count any other liquids as part of it, that way I'm drinking more. This is an interesting idea.
Posted on: February 17, 2015 (Feb 17, 2015 3:35pm)
16 Feb 2015 14:43 PM | Posted by bh's Rosemary Bracey
If you love guzzling sparkling mineral water like yours truly, you’ll totally appreciate that refreshing hit that comes with your first sip.
Now, you can instantly invigorate your skin by – you guessed it – cleansing with sparkling mineral water!
First made popular in Japan and spanning across to women in Korea and Europe, a carbonated face bath is fast becoming the way to get a deeper, more invigorating cleanse. Move over, normal cleanser and plain old water.
Basically, the carbon dioxide bubbles effervesce on your skin and act as micro-brushes to deeply clean your pores, whisk away dead skin cells, reduce puffiness and add firmness.
The bubbles also give your skin a burst of oxygen which helps to increase circulation, brighten skin, and smooth uneven skin tone. Some people may find their skin becomes warm while cleansing with sparkling mineral water, but this is normal – it’s just the bubbles increasing blood circulation.
Keen to try this cleansing trend? Go ahead and pick up a bottle of sparkling mineral water from the supermarket! Just make sure it doesn’t contain any artificial colours or flavours.
THE DIY CARBONATED FACE BATH
Blend a 1:1 ratio of regular water and sparkling mineral water in a bowl and cleanse with the mixture. Alternatively, soak your face in it for 20 seconds, taking breaks to breathe (obviously!).
bh tip: Sensitive skin can become irritated by carbonated water, so be sure to mix in some more regular water.
Would you try a carbonated face bath? What are your money-saving skin care tricks?
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I don't like drinking fizzy water but cleansing the skin with it seems to be a very interesting idea.
Posted on: February 16, 2015 (Feb 16, 2015 4:27pm)
The things they are coming up with! I would definitely give it a try. I love mineral water so why not use it to wash my face?
Posted on: February 16, 2015 (Feb 16, 2015 4:39pm)
16 Feb 2015 14:41 PM | Posted by bh's Beth England
When it comes to skin care, it’s many women want to target specific areas of their faces to address particular concerns.
Personally, I’m all for this new, targeted approach, however the latest Korean skincare innovation may be taking it a tad too far.
I’m talking about the T.P.O.V-Banding mask, a new sheet mask that’s designed specifically for your jaw region.
Formulated to tighten and firm your chin and underchin (is that even a word?), it contains elasticising ingredients including hydrolysed collagen, adenosine, and caffeine. Apparently, these ingredients work to pull any saggy skin back towards your ears (a claim that’s supported by the beauty benefits of coffee).
So what does the T.P.O stand for? Well, apparently it refers to the idea that the mask can be used at any “Time, Place, and Occasion.” This sounds pretty good in theory, but given the patented shape contains no less than five slits (one for your mouth, and the others to hook onto your ears to ensure it stays in place) and looks a lot like a surgical mask, I’m unsure if it’s appropriate for wearing, say, out in public.
Currently, the mask’s only available in Korea (with a UK site in the works), so you’ve still got time to mull it over. In the meantime, we recommend the Indeed Laboratories hydraluron™ moisture boosting mask, the LonVitalité C4 Coconut Milk Hydrating & Nourishing Face Mask and the Skinvitals T-Purify with Tea Tree + Rosemary (all of which come with a coveted five-star bh rating).
Personally speaking, I know I’m pretty happy if I can find time to use any sort of face mask – let alone one that’s just for my chin!
Do you tailor your skincare regime to specific parts of your face? Would you use a face mask just for your jaw?
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The graphics on the package look terrifying haha. Its a good idea but you're right, if I could learn to use any of the cloth face masks Id be pretty happy!
Posted on: February 16, 2015 (Feb 16, 2015 3:42pm)
Not going to lie, looks kind of creepy.
Posted on: February 16, 2015 (Feb 16, 2015 4:42pm)