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You can notice a significant difference to your skin by using organic skin care products, but did you know a bristle brush can also be of assistance? Dry-brushing, a simple skin care technique, may be more beneficial than you think.

What is Dry-brushing and How Do You Do It?

Dry-brushing is the process of brushing your entire body from top to toe to remove dead and dry skin. However, it’s not as traumatising as it sounds. All you need to do is purchase a natural bristle brush and take it into the bathroom with you. Stand naked in the bath or shower, with the water off, and start brushing your body from your feet upwards. Brush in the direction of your heart to make it more effective, and go over the same area more than once.

As you reach sensitive areas of your body, such as your breasts, be gentle with your skin. Once you have finished, you can then turn the shower on and let your blood circulation improve through a fresh layer of skin. Once you are out of the shower, pat yourself dry and apply your favourite organic skin care product to retain that supple, soft, and smooth skin.

What are the Benefits of Drybrushing?

Skin care experts recommend that you dry-brush your body at least once per day, but why? What are the benefits? There are more than you think.

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If you are struggling to purchase the perfect gift for a loved one, then it might be time to visit a few jewellers around town. When chocolate, flowers, and perfume don’t meet the mark, jewellery does.

What’s more, you’re sure to find that nothing brings a smile to your loved one’s face faster than opening a box and finding sparkling jewellery staring back at them. However, why do rings, necklaces, and bracelets make such great gifts? Find out below.

It Lasts a Long Time

When you buy flowers, they die. When you buy chocolates, you eat them. When you buy perfume, you smell beautiful, but then you use it all up. However, when you visit jewellers and purchase stunning jewellery, it lasts a lifetime. The long-lasting effect of jewellery is probably why it makes such a great gift, and why the Australian jewellery industry is worth 4.1 billion dollars. Everyone sees the value in spending a little more but giving a gift the receiver can own forever.

It Shows You Care

Whether you’re treating someone to a birthday gift, something for Valentine’s Day, or Christmas, nothing shows you care with more success than jewellery. Anything else can seem like you’ve passed a petrol station on the way home and only remembered to pick up something at the last minute.

However, if you stop by a jeweller’s and take the time to pick out something unique and special, it shows you care far more than flowers, chocolate, or perfume ever will.

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If you have ever been on the fence about getting Botox injections, thinking you’d be one of the “few” who does, then think again. Botox has long been a popular way in which to drink from the fountain of youth, smoothing out those fine lines and wrinkles and boost your self-esteem. The general population has already jumped onboard the FDA-approved bandwagon, but what about celebrities?

Celebrities need to maintain a particular image – one that makes them look as young as they always did, no matter how much time has passed. Botox injections can help them achieve this look – but were you aware of who swears by their use? Check out these celebrities below.

Robin Wright

Known for her roles in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Everest, and Blade Runner 2049, Robin Wright is one of the few celebrities who has opened up about her Botox use. Robin receives Botox injections twice a year, preferring to get one unit as opposed to around the average number of 10. Robin says her Botox injections are just to “take the edge off”.

Jenny McCarthy

Jenny McCarthy’s career as a celebrity began in 1993 when she first posed as a nude model for Playboy Magazine. She then hosted a game show on MTV before appearing in movies such as Scream 3, Santa Baby, and Diamonds. She is more well known, however, for her role as an activist, believing vaccinations cause autism.

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Applying nail polish correctly isn’t a case of just making sure you stay within the lines. It takes the correct amount of preparation, a steady hand, and plenty of patience. Here is how you can apply your nail polish for a perfect finish.

The first step is to ensure you remove any old nail polish. Use a non-acetone nail polish remover and follow this up by trimming, filing, and smoothing your nails. Doing so before you paint your nails ensures you are happy with the shape of your nails as well as the polish itself. It may also be beneficial to push back your cuticles to make sure you can brush on as much polish onto your nails as possible.

If you’re not as steady with a nail polish brush as you’d like to be, and you wouldn’t mind spending a little less time removing it from your surrounding skin, then applying a light coat of petroleum jelly to the skin around your nail is a good idea. This provides a barrier for your skin, ensuring if you do happen to get a little polish on your skin, it comes off quickly.

Once you’ve carried out your nail preparation, it’s time to apply a base coat. This base coat is essential as it gives your nails strength while allowing your nail polish to last just that little bit longer. Once this has dried, you can now apply your first coat of nail polish.

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Finding beauty tips for contouring that are easy to understand is challenging. As there are so many different tutorials online for different face shapes, it can be difficult to know whether someone’s advice is going to suit your particular needs. However, if you follow these beauty tips below, you can rest assured the final result once you’ve finished contouring is something of which you can be proud.

Here’s how to contour for the best results.

What You Need:

If you’re staring aimlessly at the many different foundation options in a department store, it’s obvious you need some help. The first step to achieving the perfect contour is by making sure you have three different types of foundation:

  • 1x your skin tone
  • 1x two shades lighter
  • 1x two shades darker

If you’re not sure what shades you require, ask a store assistant for help. They are bound to know their products well enough to help you select the best ones. You will also need translucent powder and a brush or beauty blender, but you may find you prefer using clean fingers.

Step 1: Begin Outlines

The first of the four essential beauty tips for achieving the perfect contour is beginning your outlines. This step is following on from the initial layer you applied of your base foundation. You will need to use the darker foundation and trace lines down where your cheekbone begins to hollow out, along your temples, your nose ridges, and chin line. In essence, any defining part of your face can benefit from the contour effect. (more…)

Believe it or not, choosing the first pair of gym shoes or sneakers you see to begin your new group fitness routine may not be the best decision to make. While the shoes might be on sale or are a recommended brand, your needs when it comes to footwear are unique. Therefore, you need to put time and effort into choosing the right shoes for your training requirements.


Most shoes on the market fall into one of four categories;

Motion control –  more supportive, rigid, and heavy – better for runners who are a little heavy-footed or have flat feet.

Stability – better for those who roll their feet inward when they run.

Cushioned – decent, all-around gym shoe that is both comfortable and supportive.

Minimalist – best way in which to feel like you’re running in bare feet with a little bit of support.

Very few people realise how shoes can differ both in style and support, but it’s crucial to help you choose the right pair of shoes for your fitness training requirements. However, with all these unique features on offer from one manufacturer to the next, you also need to pay particular attention to how comfortable they are.

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Not everyone is blessed with luscious and radiant skin that never dries out regardless of the season. However, by following our beauty tips below, you can fight back against dry skin – at any time of the year.

Use Moisturiser After Showering and Washing

Water, especially hot water, dries out your skin more than you think. To stop washing and showering from becoming a significant problem, make sure you always have plenty of moisturiser on hand. It seems like a given, but you’d be surprised how many people forgo regular moisturising, choosing only to use it when their skin is dry. Prevention is key. Apply moisturiser after you dry yourself after a shower, and even after you wash your hands.

Be Selective with Products

Some products you use on your skin tend to dry it out more than others. If you are looking for a product specifically for rehydrating your skin, select a cream rather than a lotion. Lotions, in general, can irritate your skin more than hydrating it. One of the most common beauty tips for stopping dry skin is to opt for products with either shea butter, olive oil, or jojoba oil in the ingredient list. However, if it features mineral oil or glycerin, these can help to relieve dry skin as well.

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Not every parent finds it easy to decide to put their children into child care. Often, people struggle with knowing when the right time is, what the benefits will be and whether it’s the right call to make. If you’re on the fence about whether child care is a good option for your family, then these benefits below may help you decide.

Developing Social Skills

While having your children at home with you is going to be rewarding in many ways, it doesn’t help them to broaden their horizons and learn vital social skills. When you enrol your children in day care, they learn how to interact with other children and adults, and enjoy education and fun in a safe and supervised environment.

While you might think social skills extend to children playing with each other, it goes far deeper than that. When you put your child into child care, they learn how to share, play well together, and problem-solve. These are all necessary life skills.

Get Back into The Workforce

The thought of going back to work after extended maternity leave or several months off is hard. It feels like you’ve only just adjusted to parent life and then you’re thrust back into the role of a worker as well as a mother. However, getting back into the workforce is beneficial – even if it doesn’t seem like it is in the beginning.

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An alarming number of people have a fear of going to the dentist – or any medical professional, in fact. According to Dentist Joondalup, some people have had bad past experiences they’re fearful of reliving, while others fear the pain they believe they will experience. If you know how important your oral health is, but you can’t bring yourself to attend that critical dentist appointment, then it’s time to take action. Your fear is now affecting your health, and it’s imperative you overcome it for the benefit of your oral hygiene.


Here are just a few of the many ways in which you can overcome your fear of the dentist.

Choose the Best Dentist

If your fear of the dentist is due to a past bad experience, you are likely to feel a little nervous about seeing another one. A common reason for that is the fear that you will relive that same experience. While the likelihood of that happening is slim, doing your research to find the best dentist is a good idea.

Write down a list of dentists in your area that could be potential options, then start checking out their websites and reviews. Online reviews are now as highly regarded as personal recommendations, so be sure to check them out thoroughly. When you’ve narrowed down your list to dentists with glowing reviews, you can then find out whether they cater to nervous patients. Some dental offices are well-skilled in helping nervous patients to feel at ease, so make the phone call and find out for sure.

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If your favourite pair of pants is beginning to feel a little tight, or you want to rid yourself of excess weight and feel the benefits of staying fit, it’s challenging to know where to start. There is a lot of information out there telling you how to lose weight, how to get fit, and how to eat healthily.


However, how much of it can you trust? You need to be able to sift through the mistruths to get to the facts. We’ve listed some common weight loss myths below that may come in helpful as you begin your weight loss journey.

You Should Go on a Detox Diet to Get Started

To get started, you just need to start, and you don’t need a detox diet to be that initial first step. By going on a detox diet, you run the risk of depriving your body of vital nutrients it requires to function. While there are a few positives of detoxing, the overall consensus is that you’re more likely to gain weight after detoxing when you start eating properly again. Instead, just get going. Start exercising, make better food choices, and kickstart your new lifestyle that way.

You Should Avoid Carbs

Low carb diets are everywhere, and it’s often the first thing you think of cutting out when you’re trying to lose weight and think about staying fit. However, the key to healthy carbohydrate intake is knowing which carbs to avoid and which to keep eating. They aren’t all bad. Whole grains, beans, legumes, nuts, seeds, fruits, and vegetables are all part of a healthy diet.

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If you find yourself dreaming about luxury Bali villas, incredible architecture, or stunning landmarks, then it might be time to treat yourself to a holiday. However, given the number of countries ready to offer a unique tourist experience, it can be challenging to decide which country to visit. Rather than close your eyes and point out a random nation on a globe, we’ve included five must-visit countries below. You’re sure to find at least one will pique your curiosity.

Indonesia

Indonesia will prove to be a real eye-opener for any traveller, but if you’ve set your sights on this country, Bali is the ideal hot spot for any tourist. Bali is an Indonesian island with a little bit of everything for those who like variety. You can relax on white sandy beaches, stay in luxury Bali villas, then also enjoy natural attractions such as the coral reefs and volcanic mountains. Then, when the day is done, you can head back to the resorts for unbelievable nightlife.

Japan

If experiencing a new culture is on your bucket list, then a trip to Japan is a must. Japan is home to thousands of shrines and temples, cuisine to die for, and plenty of tourist activities in the main centres. While Tokyo and Osaka will appeal to those with a thrill for the hustle and bustle, you can also escape to the outskirts where beautiful gardens and stunning scenery in natural environments await.

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Before you even begin to look at bridesmaids gifts, it’s crucial to nail those final details of your bridesmaid outfits first. Even if you’ve already measured all the bridesmaids, ordered their bridesmaid robes, and ensured everyone was happy, did you put in any thought to the type of accessories they can wear or will be wearing?

If you’ve decided that bridesmaids can choose their own accessories, here are a few things to consider discussing with the girls.

Style

When you first chose the dresses for your bridesmaids, around the same time you looked for bridesmaids gifts, you would have had a particular style and theme in mind. And, this theme would need to tie in with the overall look and feel of the wedding. Before you let your bridesmaids go and choose the accessories they like, make sure they are aware of your style preferences. The last thing you want is for them to go and pick out large dreamcatcher earrings for a contemporary wedding.

Size

Believe it or not, the size of the accompanying accessories can make a difference to the entire look of your bridesmaids. After you’ve selected the dresses, and even before you’ve organised bridesmaids gifts, it’s a good idea to give your bridesmaids a run-through of the acceptable sizing. It’s even better if you can offer them a ratio.

While you want their own unique personality to show through, you also don’t want a necklace the size of a dessert plate to overshadow the entire appearance of the dress. To avoid any uncomfortable situations, lay down the ground rules sooner rather than later.

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As you browse the many toothbrush choices in your local supermarket, you are sure to become overwhelmed with knowing how to select the best one. After all, why would dentists and supermarkets provide so many options if there wasn’t one type that would suit you the best? If you don’t know what you’re looking for or know which brush is going to be more beneficial for your needs, then there’s a risk you could make the wrong call.

Here’s how to find out whether the toothbrush you have is the right one for you.

The Bristles

There’s a common misconception that the harder the bristles are, the more effective they are for removing food particles from between your teeth. However, as most dentists will agree, soft bristles are more beneficial. They are far more effective at removing plaque and food while being gentle to your gums as well.

The Handle

When you browse supermarket shelves looking for a new toothbrush, you’ll find the handle design varies from one manufacturer to the next. While there’s no “right” handle, it’s important to purchase one that you’re comfortable using. Some have grip patterns around the sides to help you get a firmer handle on it, while others are rippled, flat, rounded, or edged.

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There’s something you might not know about Bali – it has a rough rugged side. Nope, were aren’t talking about crime or anything like that. We are talking about the Lucas Oil Ball Off-road challenge that happened earlier this month.

One thing about an off road competition in Bali is that this is probably the only place in the world where romantic and off road can easily be used in the same sentence, not to mention it is also exotic. If this is a sport you participate in at home, if you are ever lucky enough to get invited to the Lucas Oil Bali Off Road event, be sure to take advantage of it and attend.

This year there were 150 vehicles participating in the event, and there are participants from all over the island of Bali. These are extreme racers and light adventure racers – each placed in their own category. The weather can make this even more challenging.

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You are stronger than you think you are, but transitioning from a drug rehab facility to the real world can open some dark and dangerous doors. You find yourself in the same environment you left, but with the added stress of trying to fight the urges and cravings of beginning to use drugs and alcohol again. Rather than undo all your hard work to get clean, here are five ways to help avoid a relapse.

Change Your Friend Circle

Often, the same friends you come home to are the ones that encouraged your drug or alcohol habit in the first place. While it might be hard to turn your back on them, changing your friend circle is often the best way to begin your clean and healthy lifestyle on the right foot. Those same temptations don’t surround you, nor are unsupportive friends there to tempt you back into the life of drugs and alcohol. Instead, surround yourself with friends and family who you know will encourage you to live your new, clean lifestyle.

Communicate with Your Support People

When you go to drug rehab, you’re typically assigned a support person, or people, to help you both while you’re in rehab and when you leave. If you find yourself struggling with everyday life without drugs, make sure you communicate these feelings with either your support people or your family. Don’t isolate yourself and hide how you’re feeling. The more people who know about your battles, the easier it is to stay on the right path.

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Bali continues to grow in popularity as a vacation destination. This should not be surprising since this wonderful little island, which you can drive around the coastline in just one day, packs a powerful punch when it comes to things to see and do. In fact, we couldn’t possibly even make a dent in the things you can see and do, and experience in Bali, but a recent report listed the following as the top ten things to do while you are in Bali.

Nusa Lembongan – Laid-back Nusa Lembongan is free of cars, noises and hassles. The local population is around 7000, and most live in two small villages, Lembongan and Jungutbatu. It’s a delightful place to visit.

Ubud – Leading up towards the mountains, Ubud is perched on the gentle slopes. Ubud’s focus is on the amazing Balinese culture and this is a great place to come and experience it.

Kuta – This is the most fascinating of destinations. On one hand, this is the famous holiday of fun in the sun. A narrow lane of restaurants and bars are ready to make your vacation memorable. On the other hand you can tuck yourself away in a beautiful villa and enjoy your own private pool, in-house private spa treatments, luxurious accommodations, and so much more.

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When you decide to make the courageous decision to book into a drug rehab facility, you will begin to learn a lot about who you are. Or, rather, who you were while you were consuming drugs or alcohol. Choosing to get clean is a big decision to make, and it unleashes some harsh realities about who you hurt and how you hurt them. Below you can find out how your addiction is, or was, affecting your family.

Broken Relationships

As a drug addict, you can often say or do anything if it means the result is getting your next fix. Therefore, you may find a number of your relationships with friends, families, and partners, are impacted or broken beyond ever fixing due to your problem. What many people struggle with is not being able to find the real you inside the drug-addicted version. Therefore, many people in your life often do decide that breaking all ties is the only way they can make it through.

Isolation

When you enter drug rehab, you will find yourself going through a period of feeling isolated, but it’s nothing to what your family most likely suffered for many months. With a family member who’s a drug addict, many family members find themselves battling with whether they should let people know. Out of embarrassment, shame, or fear, they may decide the best way forward is to keep it bottled up.

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It seems the secret is out – marine tourism in Bali continues to grow and thrive, as more and more tourists seek out what Bali has to offer in the form of water sports. Diving, fishing, snorkeling, and numerous other water sports are very popular in a number of Bali destinations whether it’s Seminyak, Legian, Jimbaran, or one of Bali’s other extraordinary beach locations. And of coarse there is always the opportunity to soak up some rays on the beach.

Yos WK Amerta, chairman of the Bali chapter of the Indonesian Marine Tourism Association (Gahawisri) says, “The businesses offer facilities for diving, snorkeling, fishing and various water sports and have seen their market continue to grow.”

Whether you’re a pro at water sports or other marine activities or just want to try something new there are endless opportunities and experiences in Bali. As an added bonus, it’s convenient, affordable, and easy to find a villa in Seminyak, Legian, Jimbaran, or wherever you want to hang out. Your own villa adds an entirely new dimension to your Bali vacation.

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