You've got something old, something new and something borrowed — but have you got something blue? Finding that special blue touch to take you through your big day doesn't have to mean an object, it can of course apply to beauty! We've got 10 lovely options for you, bride-to-be.
We do a lot in the name of beauty, whether it's waxing, plucking, or sitting under a hair dryer for an hour and a half. But there is one thing that some of us are a little less comfortable doing, and that's stripping down. Modesty tends to get the best of us from time to time, but there are a handful of treatments that are worth letting the girls out for.
Unless you're willing to ruin a perfectly good bra, it's best to check your unmentionables at the door. A lot of spray tan technicians will request that you take your bra off, but your underwear can stay on. Slip into a g-string that's a bit past its prime to avoid any garish tan lines.
Getting all your kinks worked out is best done when there's little between you and your massage therapist. Aside from the uncomfortable chafing that can come from a bra strap being brushed against your skin (ouch!), it can sometimes be difficult for a therapist to, well, rub you the right way. You'll be tucked safely and modestly under a sheet, and a trained professional will know how to tuck and flip your blanket so you're never fully exposed.
Sea salt flotation
This relaxing treatment allows you to float in a bath of warm water that has been completely immersed with Epsom salts, making the water so dense that you actually are weightless on top of it. An experience this relaxing could be experienced with a bathing suit, but many spas suggest bathing in the buff to get the full benefits of relaxation. Bonus tip: an hour floatation is said to be as detoxifying as a three-day juice cleanse!
See more treatments to strip down for when you keep reading.
Acne: the word gets thrown around a lot, but do you know exactly what it means? "Acne is a common skin condition commonly found in young adults," dermatologist Dr. Paul Jarrod Frank says. "It is a disease of the hair follicle and the pores that lead them to the skin." More than just the typical pimple, the word "acne" encompasses everything from whiteheads to blackheads to inflamed cysts. That's right — even though you may not suffer from huge zits dotting your forehead, those blackheads that plague you also count as acne. Get all of Dr. Frank's tips when you keep reading.
While we often treat myself ourselves to a mani/pedi, the idea of cuticle oil can be foreign to some — who uses that stuff anyway? Well, we all should. And two to three times a day! We spoke with Mandi Levanah, Revitanail Nail Care's expert, ambassador and celebrity manicurist — she did Rihanna's nails when she was last in Sydney — to find out about cuticle care. What she told us about nail salons and letting them snip your skin will astound you. Click through.
It's our job to pick the brains of the top professionals in the beauty industry, so we think it's high time to share the best tips we've heard over the years. From runway makeup artists to celebrity hairstylists, we've picked out the best of the best when it comes to tricks of the trade. Get all the beauty secrets you never knew after the jump.
She's single-handedly ridding the negative connotations that sometimes come along with the word WAG in Australia. With the brains to match the beauty, Zoe Marshall, wife of Wests Tigers player Benji Marshall, is steadily carving herself a long and successful career as a TV presenter, newspaper columnist and ambassador. She kindly takes us inside her beauty cupboard, click through to see (and shop!) some of her must-haves. Ps — Happy birthday Zoe!
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Dry skin anywhere is one of the top woes of Winter, but scaly, cracked hands seem to be the worst. Frigid temps make your paws more susceptible to drying and cracking, but all is not lost. Three simple steps separate you and smooth fingers:
- Exfoliate: Sounds counterintuitive, right? But exfoliating actually helps your skin absorb more moisture. A quick scrub down in the shower will suffice, but only do this to prevent your fingers from cracking. If they're already rough, this will only irritate them further.
- Put on your gloves: An at-home spa experience can save your hardened hands. Pick up a pair of spa gloves, like Moisture Surge Gloves ($6.99). Each pair is gel lined containing natural and anti-bacterial properties to sooth dehydrated hands.
- Turn down the heat: Washing your hands is a must-do in the Winter to keep yourself healthy, but hot water can dry out your skin. Keep your sudsing lukewarm, and always slather on a moisturiser, like Clarins Hand and Nail Treatment Cream ($29.09) post-washing to keep things smooth.
As one of the world's most beautiful women — I mean really, those lips are criminal — Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is kind of otherworldly. She has near-perfect hair and skin, and after seeing her appearances at London fashion week for Burberry and then again at the Oscars, I decided it was time to investigate. I'd heard in the past she follows the same diet as Elle Macpherson, Clean & Lean by James Duigan, so we asked her what it's all about. Keep reading.
When you already have a moisturiser for your face, it can feel a little redundant to have an eye cream, too. But the delicate skin around your eyes deserves a little extra TLC. See the many benefits of eye cream, when you keep reading.
Looking for a natural facial toner, but coming up short? Luckily, whipping up your own version is as easy as slicing up some skin-brightening apples. It also includes witch hazel, which contains a bevy of antiseptic and anti-inflammatory benefits, as well as the ability to nix greasy skin. Follow these easy steps to make your new favourite face toner to firm and even out your skin's texture.
What You Need:
- One green apple
- 1/2 cup lukewarm water
- Mesh sieve
- 1/4 cup witch hazel
- A small spray bottle
- Take the green apple and cut it into small cubes. Leave the peel on but remove the seeds.
- Combine the apple and water in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Once it boils, remove from heat and allow it to cool completely.
- Strain the mixture through a fine mesh sieve into a clean bowl. Stir in the witch hazel.
- Apply the toner with a clean cotton ball, or pour it into an empty spray bottle and spritz on.