13 Apr 2015 10:05 AM | Posted by bh's Rosemary Bracey
The health movement is more than just that – it’s a phenomenon. We’re not only more aware of the health benefits of fuelling our bodies with nourishing superfoods, but we’re actually taking action.
You can’t scroll through Instagram or Facebook without coming across snaps of your friend’s kale and quinoa salad or post-workout spinach and spirulina smoothie. And if you’re on the healthy eating bandwagon yourself, you’ll know these superfoods not only give your body a boost of energy and loads of nourishing nutrients, but they can also help to detox your skin from within.
If you want clear, glowing and healthy skin (and really, who doesn’t?), team your healthy lifestyle with a skin care routine that feeds your skin from the outside in. The new Sukin Super Greens range is made up of four products - Super Greens Detoxifying Facial Scrub, Detoxifying Clay Masque, Facial Recovery Serum and Nutrient Rich Facial Moisturiser – all of which are bursting with skin-loving superfood actives like kale, spirulina, parsley and chlorella.
So, how do these ingredients help to give your skin a healthy glow? Well, kale is rich in vitamin A and K to fight nasty free radicals, while spirulina contains proteins, minerals and fatty acids to brighten skin.
Got uneven skin tone? Parsley will help to sort that out, thanks to its vitamin C, K and beta-carotene content. And if ageing is a concern, chlorella promotes the production of collagen.
But the benefits don’t stop there – the range also contains other antioxidant and vitamin-rich ingredients like acai and goji berry, licorice extract and baobab for a beautifully brighter, healthy-looking complexion. To top it off, the products have a delicious cranberry scent, so they literally smell good enough to eat!
Just like you feed your body the nutrients it needs, if you give your skin a daily dose of Sukin Super Greens too, it’ll thank you with a gorgeous glow. After all, skin is the largest organ – we should be doing everything we can to make it a healthy one!
Does your skin need a detox? Would you like to try the Sukin Super Greens range?
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Its an interesting concept. Im not too sure how much stock I'd put in the range but at the least it would still be moisturising your skin.
Posted on: April 14, 2015 (Apr 14, 2015 8:38am)
Sounds like a great natural range
Posted on: April 14, 2015 (Apr 14, 2015 8:42am)
13 Apr 2015 15:41 PM | Posted by bh's Carli Alman
Who doesn’t love a nifty hair trick that’ll save you time (and a shred of your sanity)?
Here are 13 hair hacks that are bound to make your life that much easier.
#1: THE CHEAT’S WASH
Don’t have time to wash and dry your hair, but it’s looking way too nasty to roll with the grease? Well, try washing your fringe (or the front section of your hair) over the sink and then blow-dry it straight. You’ll still have to tie it up, but, viola - faux clean locks!
#2: USE YOUR TOWEL RIGHT
Did you know rubbing your hair dry after a shower actually creates more frizz? It’s better to press and squeeze the moisture out of your hair instead.
#3: THE SUPER PONYTAIL
If your high ponytail tends to flop after a couple of minutes, try one of these tricks:
1) Create a half ponytail at the crown of your head and secure with a hair elastic. Then, tie up the other half of your hair in a ponytail a centimetre or two below your first ponytail. Take a third elastic and join the two ponytails together.
2) Use a small claw clip (like the Lady Jayne Claw Grip) on the underside of your ponytail to give it more height and oomph. From underneath, open the clip around your ponytail and secure your ponytail close to your head.
3) Try the Scunci Perfect Pony Tool to make your ponytail look thicker and fuller.
#4: TAME FLYAWAYS
Spray some hairspray on an old toothbrush and gently comb down those annoying frizzy and flyaway hairs.
#5: THE QUICKEST CURLS EVER
This trick will work best for those with longer hair: Tie your hair up into a high ponytail on the crown of your head and separate the hair into three to five sections. Take your curling wand, tong or straightener and curl each section. Once your hair has cooled down, remove the ponytail and spritz with a strong hold hairspray (like Schwarzkopf Professional OSiS+ Session Label Strong Hold Hairspray).
Hot tip: The bigger the sections, the looser your curls, so if you want super-defined curls, go for smaller sections.
#6: SET YOUR STYLE
Do your perfectly styled waves or curls always drop in three seconds flat? Or do your sleek, smooth strands frizz in about the same time? It could be ‘coz you’re missing the vital step of cooling down your hair. Use the cool shot button on your hair dryer to set your style.
#7: AVOID CRUNCHY HAIR
Hairspray giving your hair that crunchy feeling no matter how far away you hold the can? Try spraying your hands instead and running them through your hair. You will have to work quite quickly with this trick, otherwise the hairspray will just dry on your palms.
#8: RELAX THOSE WAVES
Sometimes we want our locks to look a bit more dishevelled and “I woke up like this” than the defined curls our curling wands deliver. Am I right? So once you’ve curled a section (and while your hair is still warm), gentle pull the section down to stretch out the curl.
#9: THE RIGHT TIME TO USE DRY SHAMPOO
Most of us use dry shampoo just before we head out the door, but you should actually give your roots a spray just before you head to bed. The powder in the spray will work overnight to absorb the oil in your hair.
Hot tip: If you don’t have dry shampoo but want to try this trick, you can use a little Johnson’s Baby Powder – just not too much!
#10: BOBBY PINS THAT ACTUALLY HOLD
Firstly, make sure you’re using your bobby pins the correct way. Slide them in your hair bumpy side down (I know, mind blown, huh?) to keep hair in place. If that’s still not working for you, coat them with a bit of hair spray for extra grip.
#11: FAKE EXTRA VOLUME
Limp-haired ladies: whenever you need some extra volume at your roots, you can boost height by flipping your head upside down and blow-drying your roots that way. And when you’re curling your hair, pile your curled hair on top of your head and spray the roots from the bottom to create a ledge of sorts once your hair is released.
#12: STYLE YOUR HAIR WHILE YOU SLEEP
For curls or waves, braid your wet hair before bed and let it dry overnight. Keep in mind that the tighter the braid, the more defined the waves. For a crimped effect, create a few sections to braid. You can find some more sleep-time hair tutorials here.
#13: AN EASIER FISHTAIL BRAID
It’s so annoying when hair falls all over the place when you’re trying to create a fishtail braid. So use a rubber band to secure your hair into a low ponytail (either at the back of your neck or to the side, depending on where you want your braid to sit) and start braiding your hair (you can watch a full tutorial on how to fishtail braid here). Once you’ve finished, grab a pair of scissors and cut the rubber band.
Have you tried any of these hair hacks before? Do you have any hair hacks to add to the list?
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I've often used the cheat's wash (#1) and have used baby powder before in my hair instead of dry shampoo. I used to braid wet hair before going to bed when I was younger. Sometimes I blow dry my hair upside down which helps with creating extra volume.
Posted on: April 13, 2015 (Apr 13, 2015 4:20pm)
My hair starts turning greasy in the front by the 2nd day but I just use dry shampoo to fix it. Don't see why I would wash the front parts lol but I do like the tie-hair-in-a-pony-and-curl trick. I'm going to try this.
Posted on: April 13, 2015 (Apr 13, 2015 4:24pm)
13 Apr 2015 11:30 AM | Posted by bh's Beth England
At bh, we’ve seen our fair share of fabulous celeb tattoos, but I’ve never actually considered copying one – until now.
I’m talking about metallic body art, a jewellery-inspired, temporary tattoo trend that’s showing no signs of going away.
Initially, I wasn’t too sure about the look, but UK singer Perrie Edward’s officially won me over:
Photo credit: perrieeele Instagram
I love this trend for three reasons:
1. It’s not a real tattoo, so you can switch it up (and ditch it when you want to try the next new beauty look)
2. It eliminates the need for jewellery (and you can’t lose it like, say, your beloved charm bracelet)
3. It looks good on all skin tones. Whether you go for silver, gold or bronze, it really is a beauty trend for all.
Now, I’ll admit this is a pretty summery look – and while it looks great on the Coachella-goers in the Northern Hemisphere, it’s not as appropriate for us southern sisters, who are starting to feel the cold.
However, Perrie’s paired her blingy tattoo with a leather jacket, proving it can work as a trans-seasonal look:
Photo credit: perrieeele Instagram
At the opposite end of the spectrum, Mega-babe Rosie Huntington-Whitely’s paired her tats with next to nothing else (see below), but I can totally envisage a faux-wrist-to-ring tat peeking out from a knitted sleeve...
Photo credit: rosiehw Instagram
...the same goes for Vanessa Hudgens’:
Photo credit: vanessahudgens Instagram
Jessica Alba’s also embraced the trend with too-cute metallic arrows on her forearms (more like a tattoo, less like jewellery):
Photo credit: jessicaalba Instagram
But for a subtler look, I also love Khloe Kardashian’s triangle-inspired take:
Photo credit: khloekardashian Instagram
What do you think of the body art trend? Would you wear it?
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I actually really like this look. On the body. Not across the forehead.
Posted on: April 13, 2015 (Apr 13, 2015 1:56pm)
I like Rosie's look, not a fan of the triangles on the neck though
Posted on: April 13, 2015 (Apr 13, 2015 2:12pm)
13 Apr 2015 10:32 AM | Posted by bh's Astrid Taemets
They may have millions of dollars and luxe brands lining up to send them beauty products, but A-listers still love a good, cheap beauty trick. Just like us!
From colouring their lips with roasted beetroot to using mayonnaise as a hair mask, some stars are fans of food-based beauty hacks.
Supermodel Kate Moss credits her glowing skin to the combo of ice and cucumber. “If I wake up looking tired and puffy, I fill a sink with ice and cucumber water and submerge my face. It tightens everything, making you look and feel instantly awake,” she told Stylist magazine. Since we know this stunner is no stranger to the odd ciggie and night out on the town, we’re thinking this simple beauty trick might be one to note!
Kate isn’t the only one who heads to the kitchen for a little beautifying. Shailene Woodley recently confessed to using beetroot as an alternative to lipstick. She told Bon Appetit magazine: “Beets are amazing. If you roast them you’ll get a better lipstick. They’re not as potent and they don’t stain in the same way if they’re raw, so I roast them first and then just dab a little of the juice on my lips with my finger.”
Our favourite new mum, Scarlett Johansson, uses apple cider vinegar for cleanser. Yes, that’s right: the 30-year-old slathers it on her face to keep pesky spots at bay. While she admits it’s too harsh for some skin types, Scarlett says it’s perfect for her: “I researched natural skin care and found that apple cider vinegar is really effective… If you have breakouts, it can be really healing.” It has a strong smell, though, so be warned!
To add to the list, Blake Lively conditions her hair with mayonnaise and Lupita Nyong'o combats dry skin and hair with avocado. But Catherine Zeta-Jones’ beauty routine takes the cake: she uses honey and salt on the skin to beat wrinkles, washes her hair in beer and brushes those pearly whites with a strawberry. Say what?!
So, does a youthful appearance lie as much in the kitchen as it does in the skin care aisle? The jury’s out…
Do you use natural ingredients in your beauty routine?
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If you can manage some of these I take my hat off to you - I have visions of the beetroot getting into places it wasn't meant to!! I'll stay with my beloved Esteee Lauder lipstick but I admire people who can be innovative.
Posted on: April 13, 2015 (Apr 13, 2015 11:30am)
I love all of these ideas. I believe that going natural is the best
Posted on: April 13, 2015 (Apr 13, 2015 11:40am)
10 Apr 2015 15:34 PM | Posted by bh's Beth England
In Australia, many of us aspire to specific beauty ideals. For example, the majority of us consider a golden tan, toned physique and hair-free bod to be pretty, well, pretty. But ideas about beauty vary tremendously around the world. Beauty really is in the eye of the beholder…
#1 Snaggle teeth
Photo credit: audiyudhistira Instagram
Everybody wants straight, white teeth, right? Wrong! In parts of Asia, some women wear a mould that makes it look like they have a snaggletooth. In Bali, many also undergoe a tooth-filing ceremony when they come of age. The process includes the filing down of the canine teeth (the pointy ones) until they're level with the other teeth around them.
#2 Outlandish make-up
bh’s Astrid’s already shown us some pretty eye-popping make-up from Japan, but the Gyaru beauty culture is next level. A girly-glam style, it breaks all the rules of what many consider pretty with a smorgasbord of bold wigs, fake lashes and faux nails. As you can see, the look also extends to fashion!
#3 Skin Whitening
Here in Oz, it’s the norm to aspire to a golden tan, but paler skin is the preference in some cultures. There’s a reason for this: historically, in countries such as Thailand and India, lighter skin signalled affluence. And yep, skin lightening is still big business!
#4 Long necks
Westerners tend to focus more on their faces than their necks, but for women of the Kayan tribe (many of whom live in Thailand), having a long neck is a sign of beauty. To get the effect, they wear brass coils around their necks. More are added over the years, pushing down their shoulders to make their throats look even longer.
#5 Nose job notoriety
Photo credit: kabirnews.com
In most parts of the world, getting a nose job is top-secret business. Not so in Iran, the rhinoplasty capital of the world, where both men and women are proud to show off the procedure. In fact, many wear the bandages for a lot longer than needed, just so people know they’ve had the surgery!
#6 Blue lips
At bh, we’re all for a bold lip look, but blue is a hue we rarely embrace. Thankfully, Maori women in New Zealand are picking up the slack: for these ladies, a blue lip tattoo is a special beauty symbol.
#7 Visible scarring
Many of our members are keen to reduce the appearance of scars and stretch marks, but the aesthetically-minded Karo tribe in southern Ethiopia actually view them as beautiful. Scarification is embraced to symbolise courage – and also works as an appeal to the opposite sex!
What do you think of these different beauty ideals? What do you consider beautiful?
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Posted by:(Member since 2008, Australia)
This article is really eye-opening! To think there is a universal idea of 'beauty' or what is beautiful is so short-sided. I had never heard of the beauty trend of snaggle teeth - and to think we spend thousands of dollars on braces and invisalign!
Posted on: April 13, 2015 (Apr 13, 2015 9:26am)
It goes without saying that we are all beautiful and that being different is far better than all the same. Very eye opening for different trends. I distinctly remember being about 4 and trying to file my eye teeth down before my Mum catching me out lol :/ I never tried it again thats for sure.
Posted on: April 13, 2015 (Apr 13, 2015 9:50am)