Tuesday, April 15, 2014

5 hair colour ageing mistakes & how to fix them



1. STRAYING TOO FAR FROM YOUR NATURAL SHADE The hair colour you have is the one you're meant to have: It complements your skin tone and doesn't look artificial. When colouring your hair, you should aim to enhance and enrich your natural colour and subtly conceal grays—not do a total 180. Colour within reason. If you're a dark brunette, don't stray too far from rich tones. If you're a warm blonde, keep to the golden hues that add depth. If you introduce a completely new colour, your natural shade will fight it until it oxidizes and turns brassy orange. And that will make you look like an old woman overnight,

Another thing that can make hair color look stark and fake is a dark hairline. The fine hair there grabs onto the colour and tends to get dark faster. Use a colour that's two shades lighter than the one you're using for the back of the head at the hairline, from ear to ear. That keeps it from looking obviously dyed, and it's much more natural and youthful.

2. GOING TOO DARK We've all seen it—and maybe even had it: hair that's so dark and inky it looks almost blue, doesn't reflect light, and doesn't really even look like hair. Colourists refer to this as the "shoe polish" effect. It can look opaque, which can showcase grays and regrowth - it will also sap life and colour from your face. Instead request a single-process and highlights that bring your natural hair colour one shade lighter. This will add dimension, disguise the grays, and still flatter your complexion. If you're using an at-home hair-colour kit, err on the lighter side: Buy a box that's one shade lighter than the colour you desire - and if you're set on dark hair, stay in the medium-to-dark chestnut range.

3. GOING TOO LIGHT The good side of going light: Golden, Jennifer Anistion-y highlights. Buttery blonde hair is youthful. The bad side? Ashy, pale shades that are so light they almost look gray.  Blondes walk a fine line between too warm and too cool—the trick is finding the just right Goldilocks middle ground of, well, gold locks. A shade or two lighter [than your natural one] can be very flattering, especially because skin gets more sallow with age, and a few streaks can wake it up. But going too light can be just as ageing as going too dark. If you have to put on more makeup to make your new colour work, you've picked the wrong shade. It's also important to maintain a certain level of contrast between your hair colour and your skin tone: hair that's too light can make you look washed out, and you lose your depth. The darkest part should be where your roots are, and the ends should be lighter, like children's hair. Natural hair colour is never one colour all over.

4. GETTING CONSPICUOUS HIGHLIGHTS Multidimensional colour equals youthful colour. Zebra streaks? Not so much. Stripy highlights can look tacky. The point of highlights is to look like you were kissed by the sun. If you get into that territory where it's too light and has a frosty look, it can be very ageing. Instead, ask your colourist to add a few lighter sections near your face. The balayage technique, where a colourist free-form paints the color onto hair without the use of foils, can also help to prevent choppy, obvious highlights.

5. EXPERIMENTING WITH EXTREME HAIR COLOUR Unless your name is Katy Perry (or you're her younger sister), step away from the Manic Panic. The main reason to steer clear of bright blues, pinks, and purples? As women age, their hair can become more fragile and feel drier because of hormonal changes. Extreme colours usually require putting lightener on hair and then depositing the colour over it, and that can be really taxing on the hair. And then there's the fact that it's not exactly easy to pull off. It's not really flattering or graceful for anyone over the age of 40, unless, maybe, they're a performer or entertainer. A wig-y hair colour is also kind of like a big, flashing neon sign that says you're trying too hard.

(Source: Allure)

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

3 Exfoliation Rules Everyone Should Follow

Exfoliating your skin can make it look fresher, finer... and younger, if you do it correctly. Here's three rules to follow:

1. Exfoliate at night. Your skin is more receptive to other treatments once you've sped up your cell turnover, so your face is primed for the best results from topical treatments like retinol or vitamin C.

2. If you exfoliate frequently, make sure you're protecting your skin. We're talking about replenishing its natural oils. Experts suggest using virgin coconut oil—it's inexpensive and safe for all skin types.

3. Did you accidentally overexfoliate? Give your skin a rest for about a week. Use a mild cleanser that contains green tea or vitamin C and doesn't have any drying ingredients. If you have any redness, use an over-the-counter cortisone cream.

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Saturday, April 5, 2014

Happy weekend

happy weekend - miranda kerr
Wishing you a happy weekend with your loved ones...
the quote we're loving this week:  "BLESSED ARE THOSE WHO CAN GIVE WITHOUT REMEMBERING AND TAKE WITHOUT FORGETTING" ~ Elizabeth Bibesco

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Insider dewy make-up / skin trick

We are loving this insider, gorgeous dewy skin trick...

Before you put on your foundation, apply your moisturiser with a foundation brush then use the same brush to apply your foundation.

Why? 1. it feels relaxing, 2, it helps get the moisturiser on evenly and 3. since there's moisturiser on the brush when you dip it in the foundation, it thins it out a bit. This means your skin will not only show through, but it will look a little dewy.

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Monday, March 31, 2014

The hair trick that can take years off

Having a fringe can make you look younger, seriously, the trick is to find the right shape and cut that takes years off your face without making you look like the world's tallest school kid. 

Consider your face shape: Long, thin faces can handle thicker, blunt-cut bangs. Rounder, fuller faces need a slightly longer, choppier style. (You can achieve this by having your stylist cut into the ends with scissors.)

+ a side-swept fringe that fall below the brows accentuate cheekbones and minimise large foreheads—and can be flattering on just about anybody.

{Source: Allure}

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

7 ways to achieve happiness at work


Love your job but not the people you work with? Have you started a new job only to discover it’s a minefield of gossip and negativity? Is your workload causing your social life to shrivel up? Or is management leaving you feeling micromanaged or, worse, neglected? 

Dr Mary Casey (Doctorate of Psychology), CEO of leading health and education organisation Casey Centre, says even though many of us think we could never be content at work, we aren’t powerless and can achieve satisfaction: “We spend more time at our jobs than we do with family and friends – having a good frame of mind at the workplace is essential to our health and wellbeing. 

Here are Dr Mary Casey’s strategies for achieving personal happiness at work... 

Choose your job carefully: Establishing a feel for a work environment early on can save you later. “It is hard to know beforehand the office culture, but it is essential to not focus solely on salary when making a decision. In the interview, ask questions about management style and culture. Asking these questions will help you gauge the environment and whether the salary will be worth a potentially negative climate,” Dr Casey says. 

Don’t take anything personally: “For your sanity, it is worth developing some emotional and mental detachment – especially from any individuals that radiate negativity. It is a skill that takes time to develop,” Dr Casey says. “Being detached in the workplace means you are able to judge and make decisions rationally and impartially.” 

Don’t let negative emotions control you: Positive emotions make up 99 per cent of our happiness quota; however negative feelings – however small – have such an impact on us they can overwhelm anything positive. “When you feel like you are losing control to anger, stress or fear, take a short walk around the block. Never get emotional in front of managers or colleagues. In a negative work culture it may be 
used against you in the future,” Dr Casey says. 

Disengage from manipulators: “Manipulation can be so subtle most victims are unaware they are a target. The most obvious signs are the way victims feel around another person. Because manipulation is about controlling another person’s behaviour, you can feel frustrated, guilty, exhausted or anxious when in contact with the manipulator,” Dr Casey says. “Set boundaries: make it clear to them what you will and won’t accept both verbally and behaviourally. When confronting a manipulative co-worker, they may play emotional games to make you feel guilty or discredit you. Don’t be pulled into their tactics – take the discussion back to the issue you are trying to confront.” 

Create positive allies: You can create a positive workplace “sub-culture” by developing friendships with like-minded co-workers. “There’s nothing like having a laugh in the day with colleagues. Identify positive, supportive colleagues and go to lunch or drinks with them to develop the relationship,” Dr Casey says. “However, if there is any gossip then you must disengage with them.” 

Find fulfilment elsewhere: “Sometimes we think work is the cause of our happiness, when it is actually another area in our lives – such as a relationship or our health – that we are unhappy with, and which is spilling into our work,” Dr Casey says. Taking up a sport; hobby or volunteering can also create a sense of fulfilment in our lives. “Committing yourself to something you really enjoy will help with your mindset when at work.” 

Treat yourself: Do good things for yourself throughout the day. “If you find your morning is turning into a disaster, organise dinner with a friend, buy flowers for your desk, anything that makes you feel good,” Dr Casey says. “I always recommend that when possible, sit outside during lunch. Studies have shown that sunlight boosts moods.”

Dr Mary Casey (Doctorate of Psychology) is founder and CEO of Casey Centre, a leading integrated health and education service. Visit www.caseycentre.com.au for more info. 

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