Thursday, 26 September 2013


Lots of people ask me how I get big hair, and I had a special request from a few people to show you how I do it so here's my secrets.

and I LOVE my big hair, it's a complete obsession. My hairstyle hero at the moment is Victoria HB for always having big, but smooth and gorgeous hair.
I have thin, limb, boring hair so it's a daily battle to make it look decent but I've practiced a lot and I think I do a pretty good job! People think making your hair huge is difficult and takes time, but here's my way of getting big hair in the mornings without wasting any time. So here it is...

STEP 1. Wash your hair and condition as normal. I use TIGI Headshot hydrating shampoo, but this has been discontinued (sob!) so any moisturising shampoo and conditioner will do. You've got to look after those locks.

STEP 2. Use these products!

TIGI Bed Head Superstar Queen for a Day Thickening Spray and TIGI Bed Head Superstar Blowdry Lotion - this two miracle products dramatically make it so your hair miraculously thickens and plumps.

Comb your damp hair and spray on the thickening spray, then apply a bit of the blowdry lotion into the roots, crown and mid-lengths. Again comb through. If you have REALLY thin hair, you can also put a tiny bit of mousse at your roots, but I've never needed it and I don't like product overload.

STEP 3. Dry you hair - if you have a fringe, dry this first, then turn your head upside-down and blast it with the hairdryer until it's completely dry.

STEP 4. Now put in the most stylish rollers known to man. The ones I use are 80mm velcro rollers (usually blue) and I have about 12 of them (I couldnt' fit anymore on my head!). You can get these anywhere.
Put in these huge rollers while your hair is still hot from the hairdryer, starting at the crown, section off a 2 inch bit of hair which is the same width as the roller, roll into your hair and pin in if you need to. Then blast your hair with a hot hairdryer, and put your makeup on as you wait for your hair to cool down.
STEP 5: Pull out the rollers and get volumising!
Once you've applied your makeup, take out the rollers. After these steps, your hair might be bouncey and volumous enough for your taste, if so - thanks for joining me on this journey. If you crave bigger hair like me, read on!

STEP 6: Backcombing
Next, section off a line of hair under your crown and backcomb it. Backcombing has to be done carefully, and apparently if you do it right, it shouldn't actually damage the hair at all. So pick up this section into the air, and then comb the bottom 2 or 3 inches down against the scalp firmly, in gentle but firm movements about 2 or 3 times. Remember the smaller the section, the bigger your hair will turn out.
happy hair do-ing!!
Let fabfitfun know how it turns out by tweeting some pictures to @fabbfitfun :)



Where Is My Period?

Women – at some point in their lives – will have a "period" moment that spawns questions. Why is my flow so heavy? Where is my period? Why am I getting my period twice in one month? Though irregular periods aren’t uncommon for many women, it’s important to understand the reasons they happen and what your body is trying to tell you.   

A normal period

A woman will, on average, get her period for three to seven days once a month (every 30 days or so). After menstruating for several years, women tend to settle into a cycle; some women can even predict down to the hour when their periods will come.
The amount of blood shed during a period varies from woman to woman. Some women routinely have heavier periods (losing up to 12 teaspoons of blood each month) while others may experience a period that's almost non-existent (losing as little as four teaspoons of blood).

An irregular period

If you've been menstruating for a while, your body will get into a period flow, which is why an irregular period is usually defined as any type of bleeding that's abnormal when compared to your last few menstrual cycles. It can include everything from a late period to early bleeding, and scant bleeding to extremely heaving bleeding. If you're not prone to PMS, you can also consider a period irregular if you experience heavy cramping and bloating or headaches.

The causes of irregular periods

Every woman will experience an irregular period from time-to-time, and though, in most cases, they aren't dangerous, it's important to figure out what's causing the irregularity. Here are a few common reasons you may be experiencing an abnormal flow.


When pregnant, the female body produces different levels of hormones that causes menstruation to stop. In some cases, however, women will experience lighter-than-normal flows or late periods before menstruation ends altogether. If there's a chance you may be pregnant, speak with your doctor.


Stress is the most common cause of irregular periods. Cortisol, the stress hormone, has a direct impact on how much estrogen and progesterone, two sex hormones, gets produced by the body. If you have too much cortisol in your bloodstream, the time and flow of your cycle could change.


Another common reason for a late or missing period is the food you eat and, more specifically, the weight you're carrying. If you're eating a diet that's rich in unhealthy carbs or if you've gained weight, your body will produce varying levels of certain hormones, shifting when you ovulate. The same goes for women as they lose weight.


Our bodies need energy to menstruate. If you're burning too much of your energy in the gym, there will be nothing left for your body to use during that time of the month.

Birth control pills

It can take several months for your body to get used to the dose of hormones birth control pills deliver.

Drinking too much alcohol

The liver helps regulate a woman's menstrual cycle by metabolizing estrogen and progesterone. Excessive drinking can cause damage to the liver and may interfere with how well it metabolizes both period-normalizing hormones.

Polycystic ovary syndrome

A fairly common complication, this condition causes cysts to form on the ovaries, interfering with regular ovulation. Other symptoms of the condition include hair growth, weight gain, dandruff and infertility. Complications include endometriosis, ovarian cancer and heart disease.


As with pregnancy, this time of life happens when hormone levels in the body begin to shift. Irregular periods can start as early as 10 years before menopause sets in (usually when a woman is in her late 40s or early 50s).

Taking medications

If you were recently sick and had to take prescription or over-the-counter medication, your period may show up a day or two late. That's largely because most medications interfere with the way your body produces estrogen and progesterone.

Treating Irregular Periods

Depending on the cause of your irregular period, there may or may not be much you can do about it. Speak to your doctor about the symptoms you've been having and how irregular your periods have been. Your doctor may prescribe a treatment plan that includes hormonal contraceptives or supplements (both of which help regulate menstrual cycles and keep hormone levels balanced), stress-reducing activities, diet changes, and an exercise plan.

princess letiza!

It’s springtime in Australia and I am particularly delighted to be showcasing a very fresh, spring look in this week’s Isn’t She Lovely? column.
Earlier this week Princess Letiza of Spain welcomed Netherland’s new King and Queen to her country in a simple yet event-appropriate shift dress.  The princess’ style often borders on being a little too plain but we think this ensemble is perfect!
What’s your thoughts on Letiza’s simple ensemble?
Love it or loathe it?

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

designer bags... under my eyes.

Even if you’re a narcoleptic with no social life, dark, under-eye circles can still hunt you down. 
Yup, those saggy bags (“oxidizing hemoglobin”) can make you feel older than dinosaur ruins.
A lack of sleep and rock star ways are not the main reasons for your Rocky Balboa’s. They’re just contenders. Who else shares the ring?
  • Blood vessels — if traumatized, vessels can sometimes break
  • Allergies and sinus problems— dilate and darken the veins that drain from your eyes to your nose
  • Heredity — dark, under-eye circles can run in the family
  • Lifestyle factors — smoking, alcohol and caffeinated sodas contribute to the problem
  • Sun exposure — prompts your body to produce more melanin, the pigment that gives skin its color
  • Vitamin deficiency — just take them, OK?
  • Thinning skin and loss of fat and collagen — common as you age, this makes the reddish-blue blood vessels under your eyes more obvious

Natural Fix-Its

Pee, baby, pee. Beverages like green tea help rid the body of excess liquids, which contribute to dark, under-eye circles. Also drink plenty of clean water. Drinking lots of water flushes the toxins out of your system.
Eat a well-rounded diet. Try to consume lots of vitamin B and folic acid. In fact, green leafy vegetables are especially helpful in ridding raccoon eyes naturally.
Practice yoga. It has been found that yoga is very beneficial in reducing dark circles. Yoga promotes better blood circulation and detoxification, which is super helpful for skin health. Om.
Topical applications the ole’ natural way: tomato, lemon and gram flour. Tomato is rich in vitamins A, C and iron, whereas lemon can act as a “natural bleach.” By combining the two ingredients, you will notice the dark circles will lighten after a few days of treatment.

How to make your gram flour

Take pre-cooked chickpeas, rinse thoroughly and drain. Spread evenly across an ungreased baking tray and cook on medium heat for 2 to 3 hours. Turn off oven and leave overnight to cool. Place into a mortar and pestle and grind to a fine consistency.
Take one teaspoon fresh tomato juice, and mix it with 1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice and 3/4 of a teaspoon of gram flour. Mix all these thoroughly to create a smooth paste. Apply this paste on the dark circles around the eyes, using a dry but cold compress to hold it all together. The cold will help constrict the capillary walls and reduce puffiness. Leave on for about 10 minutes then remove.
Before it becomes too dry, start removing by rubbing very gently with your fingers. Wash your face.
Buy an Eye Treatment. If you’re going to go the eye treatment route, look for the following ingredients: vitamins C, E, K, calendula, chamomile and green tea extract.
Have patience. These treatments may take some time to really see a difference. In the meantime, concealer is your BFF.

Tuesday, 17 September 2013


Diuretics are sometimes necessary, as a hot water and lemon fan---as you have previously read in my blog post hot lemon diuretic That is the one diuretic I would absolutely always suggest-- nothing can make you feel better then a boiling mug of hot water with a few slices of lemon, but there are many other diuretics out there and I am going to be listing it for you!
There are many things you can find to eat that will act as diuretic foods, and they come in almost every one of the four basic food groups. You can find fruits and vegetables, oats and grains, and even beverages to suit your diuretic needs. Some people turn to pills and other medications in order to soothe their diuretic needs, WHICH I DO NOT SUGGEST, but it is just as easy to go the natural route by simply adding certain things to your diet.

What’s a Diuretic?

A diuretic is either a food, herb, beverage or anything else that aides in the process of making your body release more urine. Increasing the amount of times your body releases fluids can do three things for you: excrete toxins from the body, lower your blood pressure and help get rid of extra water weight.

Fruits and Vegetables

Any fruit with a large amount of water in it is a good choice for a diuretic. Many fruits, such as cranberries and juniper berries, are also good system cleansers and infection fighters. Many of the green leafy vegetables, while having diuretic properties, also have antioxidant and cancer fighting properties as well.There are many fruits and vegetables available to buy that can be used as a natural choice for a diuretic, such as:
  • Cranberries
  • Watermelon
  • Lemon
  • Juniper Berries
  • Tomatoes
  • Asparagus
  • Artichokes
  • Beets
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Cucumber
  • Lettuce
  • Watercress
  • Celery
  • Eggplant


These herbs are easy to add into your diet as additions to your ordinary meals to add a bit more flavor. Certain herbs, such as garlic, have also been shown to have heart healthy qualities. Some good diuretic herbs are:
  • Parsley
  • Horseradish
  • Ginger
  • Dandelion Leaf
  • Stinging Nettle
  • Hawthorn Herb
  • Garlic
  • Fennel
  • Raw Onion
  • Celery Seed

Oats and Other Food

Not only can oats help fight against high cholesterol, but they are also perfect for fighting against fluid retention. Other things you can add to food, such as vinegars, can add to your potassium levels as well.
  • Oats
  • Apple Cider Vinegar


Some drinks that can be used as diuretics should not come as a surprise because of all their other health benefits. Anything with caffeine can be used as a diuretic, as well as:
  • Coffee
  • Green Tea
  • Carrot Juice
  • Cranberry Juice
  • Dandelion Tea
  • Tea
  • Lemon Juice added to a glass of water
There is only one problem with diurectic foods, and that is potential dehydration. Since they cause the removal of too much water from the body, this causes you to lose out on precious vitamins and minerals. Therefore, be sure to continue to drink plenty of fluids during the times you are using diurectic herbs, beverages and foods.