It's the power of personality - Selena Gomez is more than the internet's favourite face...
Earlier this year we witnessed Selena Gomez in a stellar performance in Bad Neighbours 2, and now in the trailer for her new movie The Fundamentals of Caring has been released and we're all totally obsessed!
As we sit here drooling over how gosh darn cute she is, it begins to raise the question... why does everybody love and adore Selena so much?
She's the most followed person on Instagram, with a measly 81.4 million and counting. This is four times the population of Australia, or a few million more than the whole of Germany - wowzers.
Sure her babyface features and cute husky voice would have something to do with it... but it seems there is a lot more behind her success and the ways in which she influences others.
She is heavily involved with multiple charities, and has granted that many Make-A-Wish requests that the organisation gave her a special award to show their appreciation.
This means she happily juggles being a movie star, an international pop queen with a world-wide tour, a social life with her uber cool besties like Taylor Swift and Gigi Hadid, along with being a major philanthropist.
If we complain about not having enough time to go to the gym in the morning I think we need to re-think a few things.
The tips and trick on how to shop like a pro and look like a million bucks (without paying it!).
Keeping up with every latest fashion trend can be exhausting (on both your mind and your wallet!) It's virtually impossible to own every single on trend piece. Trends change as quickly as our Aussie 'winter' weather and we understand that staying stylish can sometimes seem expensive.
We can all safely but bashfully admit to that drawer filled with old accessories that we just know that we'll never wear again – those pieces that make is go, "what was I thinking"!
While splurging on one or two statement pieces won't break the bank, we all know too well that season after season it tends to all add up.
Stuck for ideas on how to look your best on a budget? Read on and discover exactly how to exude style, without dipping into your savings.
Back to the basics
Get yourself some wardrobe essentials. We're talking a good pair of jeans, a leather jacket and an array of tees. Stick to neutral tones for maximum wearability. There is no need to spend a lot on these pieces, but aim for a decent quality product so you're not constantly replacing them.
Shop smart and invest in quality
Whether it's on yours wish-list or a reward for kicking goals at the office, save up and invest in one or two amazing additions. Buy yourself those black Chloe ankle boots you've been lusting over for months, or that Chanel tote that you've always dreamt of, don't hesitate to spend big (occasionally) on a few, simple, designer staples. Opt for items that will work best with your array of usual outfits and pieces that you know will never go out of style. Think about cost per wear when it comes to investing in quality wardrobe pieces.
On trend outfit toppers
Now that you've got your basics, you can simply update your style and stay on trend with a simple finishing touch. Head on down to your nearest chain store or affordable boutique (whether it be major players such as H&M, Zara and Topshop, or smaller stores such as Dissh and Collete), and grab yourself the latest on trend pieces and accessories at a great price. It could be as simply as adding a choker, a hat or a cuff, but this minor adjustment is guaranteed to take your outfit from simple to stylish in seconds.
Looking incredible doesn't have to cost you your weight in gold. There are easy and affordable ways to stay up to date each and every season. Your basics and classic designer additions will provide you with a flawless foundation for your ensemble, easily updated with trending pieces as required. Buy yourself these few, essential items and never feel out of style again!
Babs Bodycare Body Oil stars hemp and we're loving it
May 27, 2016
Cannabis Satvia - this is Babs Bodycare's secret ingredient...
There is no question that a natural and organic approach makes all the sense in the world when it comes to what you eat... so what about what you put on your skin?
As the largest organ of your body, it not only absorbs nutrients but can also absorb nasty toxins – this is why it's important to be aware of what you use on your face and body every day! Babs Bodycare is a 100% natural, non-toxic and chemical free beauty brand that is all handmade in Melbourne, Australia. They are of course cruelty free too, for those who like to cleanse and moisturise with a conscience.
My sensitive skin is generally very dry so I love the rich, nourishing moisture that face oils deliver... but you'll be surprised to find that the Babs Bodycare Face Oil is also perfect for combination and oily skin types too. This is because problematic skin is generally dehydrated and stripped from over cleansing and exfoliating.
This is where Babs Bodycare Face Oil comes to your rescue (it may or may not be wearing a mini green cape in my imagination, delivering essential fatty acids that tell the sebaceous oil glands to “just relax”.
This product is more chilled than most other oils because it actually includes Cannabis Satvia, or Hemp Seed Oil. Yep, you heard me, this oil is packed full of the incredible healing nutrients found in marijuana plants. It is in fact a powerful concoction of antioxidants and vitamins that penetrates the skin for a deep, nourishing and healing effect. After lathering it on before bed I can honestly say I woke up looking like I'd just added three Instagram filters to my face. The redness from my eczma had gone down, the darkness under my eyes had minimised and the pigmentation of my normally patchy face was evened out. My skin felt soft, supple and nourished.
I got into the habit years ago of applying coconut oil to my body right after a hot shower while my skin is still damp and boy can you tell the difference in comparison to conventional moisturisers. The Babs Bodycare Body Oil encompasses this same theory – it works best when applied to damp skin because when products are slightly dissolved and in contact with open pores they can penetrate the skin better. This body product is packed with not only coconut oil but a bunch of other helpful, hydrating plant oils that keep your skin smooth, healthy and glowing. So far I'm in love and would definitely recommend trying anything from the Babs Bodycare range, it's super affordable and leaves your skin feeling fabulous. I would give it 4.5 out of 5.
Have you heard about InspireCycle - the new movement that is taking Brisbane by storm?
Well, let us introduce you! InspireCycle, a new boutique spin studio has launched in Teneriffe is bringing an all-new energising and invigorating workout to our City.
How? Simple, they're taking indoor spin classes to a whole new level by taking riders on a 45-minute breathtaking, music-thumping journey of the mind, body and soul.
Want to know more? We sat down with InspireCycle Founder, Kate Stocks to talk about this energetic ride and why it's more than just exercise.
What does an InspireCycle class involve?
InspireCycle is the latest cycle alternative, it combines the bike as a base then adds atmosphere (candle lit studio) and a great sound system to create an “inspiration chamber”.
What motivated you to open up a cycle class in Brisbane?
InspireCycle was started as a labour of love after researching emerging fitness trends in the US and UK... We wanted Brisbane to experience a workout you don’t just do, but a work out you can really feel.
What are some of the benefits of this workout and how quickly can our readers expect results?
We at InspireCycle ... want to build long, lean, toned muscle over the entire body, whilst strengthening the core. We ride mainly out of the seat but when seated we use weights to tone the upper body and strengthen the core. The results are a workout that is high intensity, full body in nature and are high calorie burning (500-700 calories in 45 minutes). Other than the obvious physical benefits, our riders are able to clear their minds and challenge themselves both physically and mentally through positive thoughts, inspirations and meditations. Depending on frequency, your fitness will improve quickly and changes will be noticeable in 4 weeks.
What genre of music do you play during the class and why do you think it enhances the workout experience?
We play all genres of music at InspireCycle, the instructors never use the same playlist twice.
InspireCycle is built on a solid 45 minute cardio and full body workout on a bike. Do you think this is a new fitness trend for 2016?
If we look overseas to the US and UK, this type of workout has been gaining traction in the fitness sector and growing rapidly since 2006. People become addicted and bring their friends to enjoy a mix of cardio, a full body workout and a party - all in 45 minutes! It is a growing movement, more than a fad or trend.
What are the benefits of cycling opposed to other types of exercise?
Cycling (the InspireCycle way) gives a really strong cardio workout and a high calorie burn in a relatively short amount of time. The workout is low in impact [so] injuries are almost non-existent.
What advice do you have for our readers who might be nervous about trying an InspireCycle class for the first time?
Taking an InspireCycle class is not as scary as you may think. Arrive 15 minutes early so that you can get ready for the class. Our instructors can help you set up your bike correctly and will guide you through the workout, telling you when to increase or lower your resistance, pedal faster and rise or sit.
[During the class] there is high-energy music blasting that keeps you moving. Remember, you are ultimately in control!
Do you have any exciting plans for the year ahead?
We are planning to open another site on the Gold Coast in 2016. It is an exciting ride for us too!
Join the movement and visit InspireCycle at their studio in 76 Commercial Road, Teneriffe QLD 4006.
A little bit of sibling rivalry is always healthy, but we’re not too sure if the golden Kardashian trio have stepped a little too far over the line.
Kylie Jenner is renowned for her lips, and more importantly, her lip kits. Whilst she has received some bad press about malfunctions over her immortalised lip kits (who can ever forget when the Kylie Cosmetics scam leaked consumers details?!) her lip kits continue to sell out within minutes time and time again.
However, now Kylie’s older sisters Kim, Kourtney and Khloe seem to be trying to steal their little sis’ fame by jumping on the lip trend too. Kardashian Beauty have announced they are releasing their own line of matte lip colours.
However, we can’t help but think that the packaging of the Kardashians lip colours look a whole lot cheaper than Kylie’s Lip Kit. Also, who else remembers when Kim asked Kylie for a crash course on being cool? Yup, we suspect major copy-cat syndrome right here.
Liam Hemsworth has finally, well kind of, confirmed the he and Miley Cyrus are engaged!
There has been plenty of speculation about the status of Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth’s relationship. The newly rekindled flame were first spotted ringing in the new year together at Australia’s Falls Festival, and since then there’s been plenty of sightings of Miley wearing a diamond ring and rumours that they’ve bought a house together near Liam’s brother, Chris Hemsworth's, mansion home in Malibu.
However, Liam, who usually keeps his relationship with Miley on the hush hush, spoke out about his relationship with the pop star to Australia’s GQ.
“(Our split) was actually a good decision at the time... we were both going in different directions and it's just what needed to happen. We were both super young... we both needed that."
When posed with questions about whether the couple are now re-engaged, Liam mysteriously confirmed the allegations.
"People will figure it out, they already have... they're not dumb,” said Liam.
"I guess when I feel something, then I just feel it and I go for it. I make my decisions about what's going to make me happy, what I think is right, and what I want to do and I don't worry too much outside of that."
Rihanna steps out in two, questionable, green ensembles.
In the past few days, our eyes have been subjected to not just one, but two, show stopping Rihanna outfits. Green, being the colour of choice poses us with one, blaringly obvious question: WHY?
We're all for going green, from our juices to our garbage, but our dresses? Not so much. Not only were they green, but quite curious in their designs to boot. The first, a sheer lace ensemble - yet another testament to her involvement in the Free the Nipple campaign. This was followed up with none other than a lime green tutu of sorts.
We really can't wrap our heads around why RiRi has made these quirky, style choices, but we can't deny the facts: if anyone can pull it off, it's her. She never fails to leave us green with envy at her unparalleled ability to rock just about any ensemble (remember last year's Met Gala disaster?), but it's safe to say that this is one trend we won't be trying any time soon.
As women we are vulnerable yet beautiful human beings who somehow always over complicate relationships. There is no denial that we find ourselves making excuses for his shortcomings (take it how you will) and continue to complicate the realities.
BUT, what happens when we have no choice but to wake up and face the truth? The moment we decide to take a long look at ourselves and re-evaluate the desperately, clingy woman we somehow became?
Remember how only a few weeks ago you were this independent #girlboss who ran the world like your own version of Queen Bey? Then you meet this guy, your feelings kick in and somehow you quickly became this emotionally messy mush of romance. Now, I'm not saying that there is anything wrong with the uncontrollable emotions of love (lust) but we need to at least experience it with a backbone.
So ladies here's 5 obsessive things we do to guys that needs to seriously stop.
Obsessing about when he is going to call, DM, text or Snapchat you. The waiting game is the hardest. Is he going to call? When is he going to text? Ahh, he opened your Snapchat but never responded!
Does this sound familiar? We have all fallen victim to being impatient but we can't let this run our lives. Try and keep your wits about you and continue with life - if he wants you, you'll hear from him.
Obsessing about 'your' status. Are we officially dating yet or is this a casual fling? Does this relationship have potential and is it going anywhere? Warning: Those questions will do your head in. Don't try and figure it out on your own. Why not sit down with him and have a light-hearted (or serious) discussion about what 'this' really is? And if he can't handle it and hold a mature conversation around the topic, then there's your answer.
Obsessing over every detail of your last conversation. Stop dissecting each word he said and inventing a new meaning behind every sentence. Quit thinking that his mannerisms are implying something else. Remember, guys are simple and usually what they mean - they mean.
Obsessively stalking every single friend, family member, mutual connection and ex-girlfriend he has on social media. Yes, hunny .... put down the phone. It's time to practice self-control. Say no to those highly addictive late night scrolls on his Facebook feed. It's only going to mess with your head and get you hypothetically stressed out.
Obsessing about why he didn't commit. You would think this would be the deal breaker but our mind chooses to convince us otherwise. Believe it or not, but we're addicted to the chase and we always want what we can't have. It's where the heartbreak, longing and desperation starts to swallow us up. But the goal is to stop yourself. I know it's scary to face the truth of being alone, but your moment with him was short lived. It's time to close the door, move on in your own way and start to focus on repairing the beautiful woman that you are.
Of course every relationship is different, but sometimes we obsess a little too much. Next time things become an emotional whirlwind of chaos - take a deep breath, stand up straight and remember that ultimately you are in control.
The fashion faux-pas guys need to stop making now!
May 20, 2016
The men's fashion rules that should never be broken!
For many of us, fashion isn't just the clothes on our back. It's an attitude, a lifestyle and often times, an obsession. If you fall into this category, we are sure that you will agree that there is nothing that will stand in the way of a second date more than a guy who breaks the ever so sacred rules of our fashion bible. Guys, read on and please, for all of our sakes, take note!
Unless you are making a quick dash across scorching hot sand or at the beach there is absolutely no excuse for thongs. In our opinion, thongs do not even classify as shoes, and should only be worn at the beach (if at all). So, boys don't even think about throwing them on for a trip to the shops , there's nothing remotely attractive about exposed toes, believe us.
2. Jeans and joggers
We can't believe this isn't already engrained in everyone's minds, but unfortunately (for our eyes), a few recent sightings have shown a definite need for reiteration. Sneakers are designed for exercise, and exercise alone. Guys, please do us all a favour and get yourself a pair of loafers and leave the joggers in your gym bag.
3. Over-doing the cologne
No girl can resist a delicious smelling man. But boys, in this case, less is always more. Save us from possible suffocation and use your spray sparingly. We also suggest that you invest in a decent quality scent, no one likes the sickly sweet smell of a chemist brand cologne – and believe us, we can smell the difference!
4. Accessory overload
Watches and wedding rings aside, if you ask us, accessories are pretty unnecessary additions to a man's ensemble. What can we say? We like it simple. So, please put down the dangling chains and shark tooth bracelet (it's not the 2000s). Stick with a statement timepiece and you're set.
5. Clashing patterns and colours
One of the most common mistakes among men, mixing patterns and tones is definitely not something we would recommend. Unless you have the sixth sense of the likes of Karl Lagerfeld, your outfit is just going to come across as mismatched and clumsy. We can't stress enough how sexy we find a plain black tee – you can really do no wrong.
6. Baggy pants
I'm sorry to disappoint, but you are not a 90s rapper; you just look scruffy. We don't want to see your striped boxers, or even worse, what's underneath them. Grab yourself a belt and pull up your pants!
7. Too tight tops
We all love a little glimpse of the gun show, but T-shirts that could have been sprayed on? So not sexy. Get a shirt that actually fits you and leave a little to our imaginations, please.
8. Buttoned to the top tops
You are not a priest, leave the top two to three buttons undone.
This might seem pretty self explanatory, but we can vouch for the fact that these cringe worthy mistakes are still very much visible. Boys, if you're reading this, stay away from these eight things and watch the dates roll in. I bet you never would have guessed how much a proper pair of shoes could really help!