Sunday, 31 March 2013

Celeb skin secrets

Celebrities have some of the best skin gurus in the country at their disposal, and plenty of cash to splurge on skin-perfecting treatments. But why then do some of them have less than perfect skin? Could it be the late-night partying? Too much fun in the sun? Read on to find out -- you may just learn a thing or two about how to take better care of your own skin.

Blanchett has radiant, glowing skin and a surprisingly small amount of sun damage for someone so fair. She’s done a great job of protecting herself from the sun through sunblock, hats or  umbrellas. While we admit that Blanchett may have  fillers and injectables in her cheeks and lips, she attributes her nearly perfect skin to religious use of sun protection

Liv Tyler's smooth, clear and acne scar-free face is likely due to a combination of good genes and great sun protection. Though she may have help from Botox, it seems Tyler's been doing all of the right things for her skin (not smoking, sunbathing, picking at her skin or extreme weight change -- all of the things that can prevent damage to skin.

Top five naughty habits of women

From workouts to healthy diets, many of us make an effort to look after ourselves. However, we could be compromising our health on a daily basis without even knowing it. From carrying heavy handbags to wearing crippling heels, here are the top five female habits you should try to break.

1. Wearing heels
More and more of us are opting to wear heels on a daily basis, and this could be bad news for our health. High heels affect our posture, put pressure on joints, and can lead to a range of conditions including arthritis, hammer toes, back pain and tendon injuries — and that's before you take into account any heel-related accidents! To minimise damage, limit your heels to 1.5 inches for daily wear, and wear insoles to help reduce the pressure on joints.

2. Carrying a heavy handbag
With the rising number of gadgets and accessories the majority of women haul around, many of us are carrying around several pounds of weight on our shoulders every day. As a result, lots of us are also putting our long term health at risk. While you may not feel the effects right now, lugging around a heavy handbag can lead to serious back problems and neck pain as well as poor posture. Don't wait until the damage is done — do your health a favour and try clearing out all non-essential items and switching to a smaller bag.

3. Matching men drink for drink
From networking drinks to first dates and social events, there are many instances when women may feel compelled to keep up with the drinking habits of the opposite sex. However, women not only tend to weigh less than men but they have less body water to dilute the alcohol, which means they tend to get more drunk more quickly. To minimise the risks of alcohol on your health, try to keep within the recommended guidelines for alcohol consumption and alternate alcohol with soft drinks.

4. Obsessing over appearance
While both genders suffer from body insecurity, many women tend to overly obsess over their idea of the "perfect" body. Research findings published in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology found that 16 per cent of the normal or underweight women studied believed themselves to be overweight, while a study commissioned by Dove found that 90 per of women wanted to change at least one aspect of their appearance. Body insecurity not only affects our mental health, but it can also lead to physical damage caused by extreme diets, yo-yo dieting, eating disorders and cosmetic surgery.

5. Emotional eating
While comfort eating affects both genders, research has suggested that men are more likely to reinforce positive emotions with food, while women comfort eat when they're sad. Women are also more likely to satisfy their cravings with sweet, high calorie foods. Rather than letting your waistline suffer next time you're feeling blue, try distracting yourself from cravings by doing something you enjoy, or boost your endorphins and health with an uplifting workout.

Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Embrace big brows

Over tweezing and thin arched eyebrows have had their day! Current beauty trends work with the natural shape and width of the eye brow. Lots of celebs (and models) have embraced the look making it an editorial sensation. Of course you still need the shape to be maintained, but now you can let a few more of the random strays go in between visits.

How to glow.

A glow can be snapped up sans cosmetic tricks and it’s certainly not ageist. A glow will get you from puberty to post-menopause – if you’re willing to feed this delightful beast all that it needs. 

Get more Sleep: This is a deal-breaker. I bet the morning after any wild – or late – night you’ve had, dark circles, duller complexion and deeper, more dehydrated lines abound, right? Right. Sleep is the number-one step to getting a glow. Try for eight hours of shut-eye – on average – and down a warm glass of water with the juice of half a lemon in it before breakfast to cleanse and crank up toxin elimination.
Get An Inner Glow: If in doubt, go green. If you’re feeling that your complexion is appearing dull and a bit motley, then trial a day of greens and fruits. Cut out coffee, alcohol and anything with preservatives, and opt for vegetables, lean meat and fish, fruits and ease up on the sugar, salt and starch. This is not a diet by any means, but you may find when pallor is floundering, a boost of nature’s vitamins and minerals makes all the difference.
Clean Up Good + Proper: Cleansing the day away is absolutely essential to stimulate the surface of the skin and ensure the skin is receptive to moisturisers. Twice a week, exfoliate with a manual, granule product to physically slough away dead skin cells (revealing brighter ones) as well as stimulating the blood vessels beneath the skin which boosts the circulation, giving off a more flushed, glowy vibe.  Come in and see one of our therapist who can prescribe the right product regime for your skin concerns
Go Deep with Goodness: We’ve been beating the serum drum big time here at Bronzalicious, and for good reason. Serums are key when it comes to unlocking your skin’s potential glow. We stock a huge range of serums, that replenish fatty acids, repair cellular damage and aid the skin’s repair system. Now, all these things combined ensure that the complexion is correcting and protecting itself, whilst also providing glowy plumpness.
Maximise Moisture: Serums cannot garner a glow alone so additional moisturising is imperative if you want to maintain long-term skin health. If you’re not sure if your moisturiser or oil is doing you any favours, ask yourself how skin feels. Is it tight and does it feel papery and parched to touch? You may need to amp up the hydration. You will be amazed at how much of a visible improvement the right consistency of cream can make.

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Beauty rules you need to break

Beauty rules you need to break


When it comes to beauty and creating that flawless look, there seems to be a strict rulebook that has outlasted the years, with only subtle changes and adaptations as trends have evolved. While we admit that some old wives tales have proven to come out with the goods (honey really does have healing properties!), there are some that are complete and utter nonsense.
Keep washing your hair until its ‘squeaky clean’
If you’re lathering shampoo onto your scalp until it literally squeaks, your hair isn’t any cleaner than if you had of only lathered once. Instead, you have stripped away the natural oils that keep hair your looking healthy and happy.
Redheads can’t wear lipstick
Two words to prove this wrong: Emma Stone. Although currently a blonde, she rocked the red carpet countless times with a fiery hair-do and lippy to match. The trick here is choosing the right shade to compliment your complexion.
For shinier locks, run a brush through your hair 100 times each night
It’s time to ditch this nightly ritual as it’s only doing damage to your hair. Too much brushing leads to the breakage of hair follicles and should only be done for styling or detangling when needed.
Your painted nails and toes must match
While the matched look can give a great edge, complementary shades on your fingers and toes can be super chic and avoids the risk of being too “matchy”. For example, embrace the metallic trend by painting gold on your hands and a rose-gold or silver on your toes.

You can’t show your roots
The balayage and ombre hair trends that took the beauty world by storm over the past few seasons have proven that this rule was made to be broken. It is, however, a tricky trend to master, but when done right (blending the roots and the ends with mixed tones), it can give some much-needed depth to your hair.
You can’t do a statement eye and lip at the same time
While there can be nothing more chic than a simple, bare face teamed with a bold red lip, working a smoky eye into the look just adds glamour. The trick to not over-doing the look is keeping your skin simple and your eyebrows well-kept.
If you wear lipstick, you have to wear lip liner
Tracing your lips with a liner can add definition to lips, but when your lippy wears off, it only leaves an unattractive outline. Instead, use the liner to colour your lips before applying lipstick to make it stay on for longer.

Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Tipping our hat to 60s style

Trends always re-emmerge, however the 60s mod trend is one we are exciting about having back.

Here's a few of our favourite 'retro' inspired looks gracing this months glossy magazines

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Cherry Lips

Drawing inspiration from juicy red fruit, this make-up takes the plump-lips effect to a whole new level. It's all in the subtle variations in color, from bright red at the centre of the lips, to a burgundy shade at the corners, with a dash of gloss to give that hint of shiny cherry. Careful though, the look you're aiming for is rich, not gothic.

Bridal Trends

We've got a message for all you brides-to-be — your makeup on the day doesn't have to be, well, bridal. It can be loud and proud with a punchy lip, but it can also be sexy and smouldering thanks to a well-applied smoky eye. The key to nailing a smoky eye on your big day is balance. If you're going to do it, be sure to pick a bridal pink (dusty, non-committal) lipstick. Or better yet, consider a nude gloss or matte lipstick. We need only look to the recent awards season to see the growing trend of celebeauties rocking sultry bridal looks

Barbara Palvin our new favourite 'it' girl

The 19-year-old Hungarian model is a busy little bee — along with being one of L'Oreal's newest recruits, she's starred in countless fashion campaigns, walked many a runway and blown kisses with the best of them as part of the Victoria's Secret clan. With those lovely big lips and so-bright baby blues, she's kinda mesmerising, don't you think? Keep your eyes peeled for her in Australia this week for L'Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival

Jessica Alba Has Some Pretty Great Makeup Tips in Her New Book, The Honest Life

The lovely Jessica Alba (Goddess of sorts) has followed in the footsteps of Gwyneth Paltrow by sharing her holistic views on: beauty, nutrition and normal day to day stuff that us mere mortals partake in!

You might know, Jessica runs a shopping and info site called The Honest Company, which stocks her own range of eco baby and cleaning products. And that explains the name of her book, which basically shares everything she has learnt about living well and naturally.
 Jessica not only talks how to avoid toxic ingredients, but also spills her makeup bag to reveal her top tips and buys.

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Thursday, 7 March 2013

Mani trends from NYFW

The spotlight may be on the clothes, but New York fashion week is also where the new nail art and colour trends emerge. From intricate, hand-painted designs to ways to play with colour, texture, and shapes, we present the fashionable nail looks that have been designer approved for Fall 2013.

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