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Best natural lip plumpers

Want to give your lips an instant boost without needles? Non-surgical lip plumpers can create natural-looking bee-stung lips, subtly adding shape and volume. Lip plumpers: Common ingredients include cinnamon, ginger, peppermint or hot peppers, boosting blood flow to the lips and inducing mild swelling and redness. However, make sure to pick a reputable brand and don’t overuse them. Celebrity makeup artist, hairstylist and co-founder of Camp Beauty Michelle Scott warns…


5 surprising sex life saboteurs

Has porn ruined your sex life? Or perhaps the contraceptive pill is messing with your hormones? Here are 5 sex life saboteurs to look out for. Buzz-kill: PornSince Fifty Shades of Grey, women worldwide are getting into porn – apparently. A survey by online bingo site Dotty Bingo found that 44 per cent of women preferred reading about the (often fictional) erotic adventures of others to taking part in their…


5 scientific ways to burn more fat

Fat loss tips that are PROVEN to work. Trust us, we asked the scientists. “We accumulate stored fat very fast,” says Dr Pablo Enriori, from Monash University’s Neurophysiology research group. “In 15 minutes you’re going to get a lot of insulin in circulation. This is induced to accumulate fat in tissue as well as used in the form of glucose for muscles.” “Six hours is when we start to store that…


7 super-charged exercises for leg day

  Try these seven leg-blasting moves you can do anywhere. Having great legs doesn’t have to mean spending hours at the gym on the squat rack. Here are 7 exercises to tone, tighten and sculpt!     Body-Weight Squat Set: 3 | Reps: 15 WHAT IT HITS: Quads, glutes, adductors, hamstrings, hip flexors, abs  WHY IT WORKS: Helps strengthen your entire body – both your bones and muscles (and knees);…


Coffee linked to weight gain

Can coffee cause weight gain? In some people caffeine can lead to hormonal changes that encourage fat storage. “When you consume caffeine, it sends a message to the pituitary gland in your brain to alert your adrenal glands to make adrenalin,” says Dr Libby Weaver, author of Rushing Woman’s Syndrome. “Your body thinks it is in danger so this causes a ‘fight or flight’ response, which leads your blood sugar…


Soy helps reduce menopausal symptoms

Suffer hot flushes and night sweats caused by the menopause? A new study indicates we should eat more soy. Good news: Consuming soy could minimise severity of hot flushes in menopause. The bad news: it only applies to the 20 to 50% of women – those whose bodies produce soy metabolite equol, a US study shows. When women aged 45 to 55 suffering meno symptoms ate soy foods at least…


How to dress for career success

What you wear tells others about your confidence, your job, your imagination and even your moral beliefs. Are you dressed for success? As much as we tell ourselves that who we are matters more than what we wear, we’ve long known that our clothing conveys a great deal about our attitude, mood and place in the world. Just look at The Devil Wears Prada. “Our clothing communicates information about us…


Best bread for weight loss?

  Trying to lose weight? You can still eat bread – just make sure you choose the healthiest type. Whole grain Choose whole grain bread if you are on a weight loss plan. The fibre will keep you fuller for longer, leaving less room for hunger spikes and excess calories. Rye bread Rye bread is another good option as it’s dense, meaning you’re less likely to overeat it, fibre-rich and…


5 exercises to fire up your morning!

Boost your metabolism first thing in the morning with this full body workout from our head trainer Nikki Fogden-Moore.   1. Skipping Skipping is the ideal way to warm up on the spot. In fact, if you’re keen, I’d suggest putting some 2–3-minute skip sessions in between each exercise to rev up the cardio element. 1. Start slow to get a good rhythm – skip like you run, with one…


5 foods to improve your memory

 Want to improve your memory? Try these 5 foods to boost your brain power. Pears and apples (with the skin on) This is high in quercetin, an antioxidant that appears to provide protection against brain degeneration shows research from Cornell University. Brown Rice This is brain friendly because it contains GABA (gamma-aminobutyric), an amino acid that helps prevent memory impairment. GABA is an important neurotransmitter (chemical messenger) in the brain…