Beauty might be skin deep but journalist Natasha Hughes enjoys her time in the shallow end. Natasha hopes 2012 will be a year of health, wealth, happiness and looking good (or getting away with it).
Here's the archived Beauty Beat blog.

It's all in the technique

Natasha Hughes Consistency is the key to maintaining youthful skin.

Time to lighten up

Amy-Jean Linnehan

Natasha Hughes Lighten your eyebrow colour for an instant facelift.

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Bikini bling and other adventures

Bikini bottoms.

Natasha Hughes A plain English guide to pubic hair styles.

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Seasonally adjusted makeup

Natalie Portman

Natasha Hughes Summer's over - it's time for a new look.

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Destination beauty

Travel glamour

Natasha Hughes You can make your ''journey'' far more beautiful this Easter than the platitude implies.

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Hair today - from the decade style forgot


Natasha Hughes There's something strangely alluring about Eighties-inspired hair, a key trend of winter 2012.

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Body products - to the max

Body balm.

Natasha Hughes There are just as many products now for the body as for the face - and they're just as lux. How many do we need to use on a daily basis?

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Is Botox worth the pain?


Natasha Hughes We hate wrinkles but anti-wrinkle treatments involve multiple injections. Is this a deal-breaker?

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Beauty bolthole


Natasha Hughes Bathrooms are the new status symbol because they've become a woman's last private retreat.

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Making it hot like Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe

Natasha Hughes The starlet knew every trick in the book to improve the way she looked and define her image. What are your tricks?

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Itching to eradicate nits

Head lice, nits.

Natasha Are head lice really a fact of life or have parents just got slack?

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Beauty budget crisis

Generic pic of assorted makeup products, cosmetics.

Natasha Hughes Money's tight. What are your favourite cheap makeup brands?

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Fresh hair for a new season

Jessica Hart

Natasha Hughes The top-knot is officially over - loose and full hair is what you'll be wanting this winter.

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Op-shop fashion: sad or smart?

Natasha Hughes Is there something inherently distasteful in wearing used clothing?

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Models banned from tanning

Alyssa Sutherland

Natasha Hughes Pale skin is in as health concerns see tans banned from the catwalk.

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What it means to be clean

Woman in the shower.

Natasha Hughes Is your morning shower actually cleaning your body?

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Better red instead?

Lana Del Rey

Natasha Hughes Redheads are sexier and smell better - supposedly. But is the ginger life all it's cracked up to be?

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Is the beauty gift worth the price?

Clinique cosmetics gift with purchase.

Natasha Hughes Cosmetic companies have for 60 years lured customers with ''gift with purchase'' events. But do these cut it any more?

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Time to stop faking it

Natasha Hughes Is there anything more tacky than false nails, asks Natasha Hughes.

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When solo beats loved up

Woman's face looking through heart-shaped hands, love, love-heart, romance, Valentine's Day.

Natasha Hughes Some romantic experiences are better enjoyed alone - even on Valentine's Day.

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