Blog Posts by Sophia Moir

  • 17 Reasons Why Olive, Coconut and Almond Oil Are Your New Beauty BFFs

    Who knew you could do so much with the humble oil found in your kitchen cupboard?

    The Ancient Greeks referred to olive oil as liquid gold while celebs including Miranda Kerr have reaped praise on coconut oil (she’s said to eat four teaspoons of the stuff every day).

    But did you know coconut oil can be used as a deodorant, olive oil is said to soothe a sore throat while almond oil can treat dandruff?

    Find out why the oils you have in your kitchen cupboard at home might just be your new beauty BFFs with our 17 life hacks below.

    Olive oil might just become your new beauty BFF [Rex]1. Clean your teeth

    Shailene Woodley and Gwyneth Paltrow are just some of the stars that are into oil pulling. Simply take a tablespoon of coconut/sesame oil and swish it around your mouth for 20 minutes before spitting out for healthy teeth and gums.

    2. Repair damaged hair

    Olive Oil is a cheap and easy way to repair dry or damaged hair. Take around 200ml of olive oil and massage into the lengths and ends of dry hair, leaving on for up to two hours for super glossy locks.

    3. Make you feel better

    Sore throat? You could try swallowing some olive oil to

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  • How To Make A Homemade Cellulite-Busting Coffee Scrub Like Jessie J

    The caffeine in a natural mask or scrub improves circulation and fights cellulite – so we found out how to make one ourselves

    It wakes you up in the morning so it makes sense to use it to wake up a tired complexion.

    That’s exactly what singer Jessie J did when she tried out a natural coffee scrub this week.

    Learn how to harness the natural revitalising power of coffee and cocoa.The former Voice judge posted a snap on Instagram of her bare legs covered in the stuff after rubbing it all over her body.

    “I love this scrub… it's amazing! It’s a full body scrub to tone, cleanse and moisturise. Also reduces appearance of cellulite, scars and stretch marks!,” she wrote.

    “I hate drinking coffee but I WILL rub is all over my BADY! [sic] Gooooood Morning world!”

    Jessie J posted a picture of her indulging in a coffee body scrub this week [Instagram]Jessie, 26, is definitely onto something as a homemade coffee scrub wakes up your skin and brightens a tired complexion.

    It can be used on your face to promote healthier skin, while the caffeine in a body scrub can improve circulation and fight cellulite.

    To make it at home, you just need some natural yoghurt, ground coffee beans and cocoa powder.

    Get more from your coffee by making a homemade scrub [Giphy]To make a scrub, use more coffee beans, massaging it into the skin starting on your forehead

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  • POLL: Which Is Emma Watson’s Best ‘Noah’ Promo Tour Look?

    The former Harry Potter star knocked it out of the park with some amazing designer looks on the Noah red carpet recently – but which is your favourite?

    Jennifer Connelly was in her shadow for the entirety of the tour.

    Former Harry Potter actress Emma Watson absolutely owned the Noah promo trail in an array of glamorous red-carpet outfits.

    Emma Watson stunned on the Noah premiere promo trail [Rex]From London to LA and Berlin to Madrid, the 24-year-old British actress proved she really is a fashion darling as she stunned time after time.

    We rounded up her best looks from the tour – but we want to know which is YOUR favourite outfit.

    Is it monochrome J. Mendel at the Berlin premiere, masculine tailoring in New York or bright white Ralph Lauren in London?

    Our vote goes to #5 as she looks so elegant and demure - while the matte orange lips are bang on trend for SS14.

    Take a look at the pics below and then vote in our poll at the bottom of the page.

    1. Halterneck Wes Gordon for the Berlin premiere

    The actress kicked things off with a stylish halterneck number in Germany [Rex]2. Monochrome J. Mendel for the Madrid premiere

    Emma changed things up a bit in Spain - ditching a gown for an on-trend jumpsuit [Rex]3. Colour-block Peter Pilotto for the LA press conference

    Emma teamed her colour-block dress with a dark lip in LA [Rex]



    4. Masculine Saint Laurent on the David Letterman show in New York

    Nobody can rock the suit trend like Emma Watson! Perfection. [Rex]5. Glamorous Oscar de la Renta

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  • Kate Middleton Wows In Stunning Low-Cut Dress As She Hits The DJ Booth With Prince William

    The Duchess of Cambridge looked gorgeous in the Alexander McQueen frock that featured a deep-V neckline – a fashion first for her during the couple’s royal tour

    She’s stuck to a similar fashion formula for the royal tour.

    But Kate Middleton changed it up for the first time in Australia as she wowed in a low-cut Alexander McQueen dress.

    Kate and Wills took to the DJ decks in Elizabeth, Australia today [Getty]Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge was spotted hitting the DJ booth with husband Prince William during their visit to the Adelaide suburb of Elizabeth.

    The 32-year-old looked absolutely stunning in the pastel pink fit and flare dress, made by British fashion house Alexander McQueen.

    Kate Middleton wore a lower cut dress than we are used to seeing on her [Getty]The style of the beautiful brunette’s dress was very different to what we’ve seen on her throughout the tour so far, which has been high-neck pencil dress styles.

    Kate’s McQueen gown featured a low-cut, deep-V neckline that flattered her figure – accompanied by a pretty peplum waist and midi skirt.

    The royal couple were snapped watching a teen perform on a BMX for them [Getty]Nude LK Bennett heels were her footwear of choice (she’s definitely got her cost per wear out of those!)

    A gorgeous half-up, half-up down hairstyle showcased her enviable chestnut brown glossy locks to onlookers.

    Pearl drop earrings, a flush of

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  • Jennifer Lawrence Grows Out Pixie Cut Hair Into Short Bob Hairstyle

    The Hunger Games: Catching Fire actress debuted her new longer locks on Good Morning America in New York

    She shocked fans when she chopped off her hair into an edgy pixie cut at the start of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire promo trail.

    But Jennifer Lawrence seems to have had a change of heart as she debuted her new longer hairstyle over the weekend.

    Jennifer Lawrence showcased her new longer cut as she arrived for Good Morning America over the weekend [Splash]The 23-year-old US actress has grown out her pixie cut hairstyle into a short, choppy bob that we’ve fallen a little bit in love with.

    Oscar winner Jen looks gorgeous with the newly grown-out style - that falls just below her ears - framing her face beautifully.

    Jennifer Lawrence teamed her longer locks with a Phillip Lim skater dress [Splash]Her naturally blonde hair has been dyed into a brighter hue while her mousey roots are more visible with the newer, choppier style.

    But we reckon it suits her down to a tee – with the messy feel looking fun and age-appropriate.

    Jennifer Lawrence was spotted with her slightly locker locks in New York over the weekend [Rex]The new snaps were taken as J-Law was arriving at Good Morning America in New York for her first public appearance since Catching Fire was released.

    She was also spotted out and about in NYC with her new hair – although it looked slightly shorter than the snaps of her

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  • Fringes: Are They The New Anti-Aging Treatment?

    Catherine Zeta-Jones and Kim Kardashian have both been spotted with new bangs, which are an easy way to update your look for spring while hiding pesky wrinkles without surgery

    Sarah Harding recently admitted that her new fringe meant she could hide her wrinkles.

    And it seems the former Girls Aloud star might be onto something as ‘bangs’ have been labeled the new anti-aging treatment.

    Catherine Zeta Jones sported a new fringe (left) in New York this week [Getty]Actress Catherine Zeta-Jones was pictured sporting a new, wispy fringe on the red carpet with ex-husband Michael Douglas this week – while Kim Kardashian was also snapped with a clip-in one for a photoshoot.

    We spoke to Adam Reed, one half of acclaimed haircare brand Percy & Reed as well as spokesperson for Viviscal, about why he reckons the fringe is making a comeback.

    Kim Kardashian stepped out with a clip-in fringe this week (left) before ditching it at the airport [Fameflynet]“I love a fringe and these are both age appropriate,” said the top hairdresser, who has worked with Ellie Goulding, Anna Friel, Sophie Dahl and Diane Kruger in the past.

    “Catherine has a softer, fuller fringe, whilst Kim's fringe is shorter and sharper.”

    If anti-aging is a concern, Adam advises cutting in a fringe because in general it makes people look younger.

    “Fringes normally make someone look younger, they soften

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  • Kate Middleton’s Diane Von Furstenberg Dress Sells Out In Eight Minutes

    Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge donned the £292 wrap dress for the second day of the royal tour Down Under while Prince William, Duke of Cambridge changed up his trousers for the FIRST TIME!

    The Kate Middleton effect strikes again.

    The £292 Diane Von Furstenberg dress that Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge wore in Australia has sold out online in EIGHT minutes. That’s got to be a record, right?

    Kate Middleton wore a Diane Von Furstenberg wrap dress in Australia today [Getty]Kate, 32, sported a blue and white patterned wrap dress from the US designer’s new season collection for the second day of the couple’s royal tour Down Under, which flew off the shelves in record time according to fashion website Go Fug Yourself.

    Kate Middleton's DVF dress sold out in eight minutes online [Getty]The beautiful Duchess showed off a natural, bronzed glow in the three-quarter sleeved dress – flashing her knees for the first time during the tour.

    She styled the Ikat-print dress – that featured a fabric belt, cinching in her waist – with a pair of navy cork Stuart Weitzman wedges.
    Kate Middleton and Prince William colour co-ordinated their outfits in navy [Getty]A matching navy clutch bag and silver accessories completed Kate’s styling of the look – while she kept her glossy locks into her signature blow-dry and retained her typical smokey eyes and nude lips beauty look.

    Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge colour

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  • Lady Gaga’s Unretouched Versace Campaign Shows Shocking Extent Of Airbrushing

    Fashion house were heavy handed with the Photoshop wand as leaked photos reveal how she looked without make-up and before the computer wizardry

    She’s heavily made up at all times.

    So Lady Gaga can’t be happy today as her unretouched Versace campaign images have been leaked, revealing the star without make-up and before she was heavily airbrushed.

    Lady Gaga seen without make-up in the leaked Versace campaign [JoseLMonster/Twitter]In the most shocking image, the US singer is seen posing on a lilac sofa with an array of Versace bags around her.

    But she’s seen with no make-up on at all, sporting dark circles, no lipstick and an uneven skin tone, in the pics obtained by one of her fans on Twitter.

    Lady Gaga looks completely different in the actual Versace campaign [JoseLMonster/Twitter]Gaga looks drab and tired – worlds away from the glossy campaign image that was circulated.

    She’s clearly been Photoshopped very heavily as she sports an iridescent glow and a pop of peach lipstick that she isn’t wearing in the pre-airbrushed shots (although her Artpop tattoo is still visible).

    Lady Gaga in the black dress pre-Photoshop wizardry [JoseLMonster/Twitter]
    In another shot, the 28-year-old is photographed in a black cut-out dress with her cleavage very much on show – again wearing no make-up at all.

    But in the campaign image that was released, Gaga is seen sporting metallic eyeshadow,

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  • Andrew Garfield Gets In Trouble With Girlfriend Emma Stone For His Comments on Femininity - EXCLUSIVE

    The Amazing Spider-Man 2 actor was on thin ice with his co-star girlfriend after suggesting haberdashery was a ‘feminine’ task at a Yahoo kids’ Q&A with the cast

    It’s a hot topic after actress Kirsten Dunst suggested being feminine meant staying at home cooking and cleaning.

    And actor Andrew Garfield certainly brushed a few feathers with his views on femininity as he got into a heated debate with girlfriend Emma Stone recently.

    Andrew Garfield got in trouble with girlfriend Emma Stone for suggesting sewing was feminine [Yahoo]The 30-year-old British actor was speaking at a Yahoo kids’ Q&A with the cast of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 when he was asked a question about how Spider-Man makes his suit.

    He replied that Spider-Man sewed the suit himself, which he reckoned was a ‘feminine’ task.

    “He made it. He made it with his bare hands. He sewed it, he took some sewing classes and some needle work,” he said in the video above.

    “It’s kind of a feminine thing to do, he made a very masculine costume out of a very feminine [task].”

    Emma Stone did not seem impressed with her British actor boyfriend's comments [Yahoo]At which point, his on and off screen girlfriend, 25, questioned why sewing was a feminine task.

    “It’s feminine how?” she asked.

    The pair’s co-star Jamie Foxx gasped – as did most of the audience – before Andrew questioned why she was

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  • Kate Middleton Pays Homage To Australia In Gold Dress On First Day Of Royal Tour Down Under

    The Duchess of Cambridge had a sunny disposition in a canary yellow pencil dress by London Fashion Week designer Roksanda Ilincic – but it appears Prince William is not a fan

    It’s set to be the hottest colour of the season.

    So Kate Middleton was bang-on-trend in a bright yellow gold dress on her first day of her Australia royal tour, paying homage to the country in the zesty-coloured frock.

    The Duke, Duchess and Prince of Cambridge landed in Australia on a flight from New Zealand [Getty]The Duchess of Cambridge, 32, had a sunny disposition in a yellow gold and white colour block dress by London Fashion Week designer Roksanda Ilincic.

    The knee-length pencil dress – which was reportedly custom-made for her but a similar style retails for £950 – was perfect for stepping off the plane at Sydney Airport as she avoided suffering a similar wardrobe malfunction to when she landed in New Zealand.

    Kate reportedly told one onlooker than William reckoned she 'looked like a banana' [Getty]The beautiful Duchess – who was joined by husband Prince William, 31, and son Prince George of Cambridge, eight months, as she landed – styled her summer outfit with a trusty pair of nude patent court shoes.

    But it seems not everyone was a fan, as she revealed Wills wasn’t so keen on the sunny shade.

    Kate Middleton wore her hair half-up, half-down with dark smokey eyes [Getty]Kate Middleton landed in New Zealand with husband Prince William and son Prince George [Getty]‘William said I look like a banana,' Kate told fan Heather Easton at a meet

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