First impressions: substance counts

By Georgina Lavan Source: Elim Counselling Services 30 milliseconds is all it takes to make a first impression on someone (source: abc). By the time you’ve read that sentence, someone new in your life would have already made up their mind about you. It’s not a lot of time, is it? That fraction of a … Continued

Why cheap makeup is hurting us

By Georgina Lavan Source: Makeup Geek Buyer beware: that discount MAC lipstick you just purchased online may look just like the real deal, but there is a growing trend of counterfeit cosmetics hitting retail platforms such as eBay and Amazon, and the consequences of using them are causing us harm. Along New York’s famous 5th … Continued

Aussie Model Samantha Harris hits back at online trolls over racism

By Georgina Lavan Source: Instagram Aussie model Samantha Harris has been an established face in the industry since being a finalist in Girlfriend Magazine’s Covergirl Competition in her teens. She has been part of some of the biggest fashion campaigns in Australia, including Seafolly and David Jones. But one thing that Samantha has spoken about … Continued

Binge drinking quantities on the rise in teens

By Georgina Lavan  Source: College Binge Drinking Earlier this week, Curtin University’s National Drug Research Institute provided new research into teenage binge drinking habits and the results are mixed. There has been a decline in the number of teens who are binge drinking in Australia. However, the heaviest teen drinkers in the country are consuming … Continued

Might as well face it, you’re addicted to love

By Georgina Lavan Source: Today We all grew up with the ideal TV couple in mind when it comes to romance and relationships. Whether you identified with Pacey and Joey, Chuck and Blair, Ross and Rachel or Big and Carrie, we watched on as these couples went through the dramatic highs and lows of getting … Continued

Attack of the bridezillas

By Georgina Lavan Source: Irish Wedding Blog Over the years of wedding seasons, I’ve watched couples go from one extreme to the next when it comes to outdoing each other with their weddings. Destination weddings, multiple hens’ parties and choreographed performances have been part of the celebrations I’ve been to for what is a day … Continued

Sports Illustrated Make a Body Image Splash at Miami Fashion Week

By Georgina Lavan  Source: News.com.au Sports Illustrated Magazine is famously associated with the supermodels when they release their annual swimsuit edition. Think Tyra Banks, Kate Upton, Gigi Hadid and Chrissy Teigen as some of the magazine cover alum over the years – women who by modelling standards have curves in all the right places. So … Continued

Dove’s diversity campaign flops

By Georgina Lavan Source: Huffington Post Dove just can’t seem to get it right. Just when you think they have learnt from their campaign mistakes, they go and drop the ball once again. The newest edition to the beauty empire is the release of their limited edition body wash series, featuring six body shape bottles … Continued

Co-dependent Relationships

By Georgina Lavan Source: Couples Counselling Centre Not all relationships are cut out for a happy ever after moment. During the course of our dating lives, we can come across people who are simply not compatible with us. Most of us will end these relationships to go searching for the next, but some of us … Continued

Rural Areas Soon to Benefit from Psych Telehealth Services

By Georgina Lavan Source: Juggernaut Last month, Health Minister Greg Hunt issued a press release offering improved psychological services in remote areas of Australia. Under the current arrangement, rural clients can not access rebates under the Mental Health Care Plan (MHCP) when accessing psychological services through teleconferencing methods such as Skype. Now, the new arrangement will mean … Continued