How-to: braid your own hair

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If you’re after a foolproof style for day or night, you just can’t go past a braid.

It’s super versatile: you can go for chic and polished or boho and textured, making it the go-to style for any occasion.

To nail your braid, you need hair with movement, volume and texture, and that means finding a product that can deliver those things with ease.



For this look we used Batiste Dry Shampoo XXL, as it’s designed to revitalise greasy, lifeless hair and create volume and extra body between washes.

Check out the tutorial above…

What do you think of the boho braid as a go-to ‘do?




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Member Comments

Posted by: Kassalee (Australia)

Definitely a skill acquired with practice as my daughter can do this so quickly!

Posted on: November 26, 2014 (2 hours ago)

Posted by: Rose_P (Australia)

I can braid my own hair, but I can't do it on others. I love braids, they are so pretty and feminine

Posted on: November 26, 2014 (2 hours ago)

Dyeing underarm hair: the next big thing in beauty?

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We’ve seen some unexpected hair colour trends recently, with granny-chic grey being the latest hue to take off.

But now some ladies are taking it to the next level, not only growing but dyeing their armpit hair.

Yep, as if the Hairy Legs Club social media movement wasn’t enough, women are sharing hairy armpit selfies in an effort to protest against society's expectations of clean-shaven women – and in a variety of vibrant colours, no less.

Personally, I’m digging beauty blogger Destiny M’s bright blue underarms:

Photo credit: Destiny M Youtube

US hairdresser Rain Sissell is also a fan of the hue (perfectly matching her pits with the hair on her head), while Tumblr user aliiengrrrl opted for green à la her bathroom wall:

Photo credit: Rain Sissel and aliiengrrrl Tumblr

Rain's colourist Roxie Hunt was immensely pleased with the result, calling it “a major win for body hair”.

For a more feminine take, Tumblr users gypsy-lovechild and queer-vegan-tspin couldn’t go past pops of pink and purple:

Photo credit: gypsy-lovechild and queer-vegan-tspin Tumblr

While I don’t really see the armpit hair colour trend going mainstream, I’ve got to hand it to the girls who are willing to give it a go!

Would you dye your armpit hair? What other wacky beauty trends do you love?



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Member Comments

Posted by: Trish_D (Australia)

Oh really - what will "they" think of next! No thank you.

Posted on: November 26, 2014 (6 hours ago)

Posted by: Lucrecia629 (Australia)

Oh my goodness, no! If others love their body hair - great. Good for them. But I really dislike it. Nothing to do with societal pressures or expectations - I just find it uncomfortable and unpleasant to live with, so that's a big no for me.

Posted on: November 26, 2014 (6 hours ago)

Can you overbleach your teeth?

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Many of us strive to get ultra-pearly whites, but it seems some are taking the pursuit too far –  leading to a warning from an LA expert about the dangers of overbleaching your teeth. 
Yep, it turns out there is such a thing as a too-bright smile, with cosmetic dentist Laurence Rifkin saying overbleaching can lead to receding gums and oversensitivity.
Speaking to Yahoo!, he also pointed out that so-called ‘bleachorexia’ could cause irreversible damage as it  destroys tooth enamel (which, once lost, is lost forever).
According to Rifkin, too much bleaching can even have a reverse effect, leaving your teeth looking darker (no, thanks).
His advice? If you want to use any sort of bleaching product or over-the-counter whitener, first consult a dentist.
Thankfully, there are also other, less aggressive ways to get whiter teeth. Stop drinking coffee, for one, and work wonders with a whitening toothpaste. We love MacleansExtreme Clean White Toothpaste and Colgate Optic White for teeth cleaning and brightening in one.
Got delicate chompers? Sensodyne Gentle Whitening is formulated for sensitive teeth, but still promotes a megawatt smile.
Are you in danger of overbleaching your teeth? What are your best teeth-whitening tips?



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Posted by: May318 (Australia)

To be honest I just use whitening toothpaste and some white strips every once in awhile and it does a good job.

Posted on: November 26, 2014 (5 hours ago)

Posted by: dream-angels (Australia)

I don't bleach my teeth, and after learning the risks I think i'll just stick to witening toothpaste

Posted on: November 26, 2014 (4 hours ago)

7 awesome things to mark 7 incredible years

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Breaking up is hard to do, and boy, this sucks.

It’s true. I’m leaving. And this time, it’s not just a four-month hiatus in London. No, this time I’m off for real, which feels strange – I have absolutely loved working at beautyheaven so very much, but change is good!

In my seven years as a beauty journalist, I’ve been lucky enough to meet and learn from some of the best in the biz. I’ve collected tips that have really changed the way I look at beauty – and as a parting gift, I’m sharing those gems with you.

I’ve also revealed the seven products I’ll never again live without – and delved deep into the memory bank to bring you seven of my most sacred beautyheaven memories. (Are you sensing a theme here?)

Okay, I’m signing off now! I’ll miss virtually hanging out with you beauties, but don’t worry – I’ll still catch you on the forums! (How do you get on the Trial Team anyway?!)

7 top beauty tips from the professionals

“Add a bit of sparkle to your eyes – it’s my favourite thing to do when I’m feeling a little flat!” – Delta Goodrem.
“Always straighten your hair on an angle for extra volume and movement.” – Zoë Foster Blake.

“Let your curls cool before brushing them out!” – Anthony Nader, International Stylist and owner of RAW Salon.

“Brush your brows up and fill in any sparse areas with a sharp brow pencil before styling the hairs to reach back towards the tail of your brows.” – Kristin Barnes, eyebrow artist and founder of Kristin Fisher Eyebrows.

“Always leave on your hair mask for at least 10 minutes, otherwise it’ll just make your strands look shiny instead of penetrating deeply where it’s needed most.” – Grant Withnell, National Technical Educator for Schwarzkopf.

“Just cocktail some Moroccanoil with a little gel to get that wavy, ‘beach babe’ look without the crunch or the damage.” - Violet Sainsbury, Moroccanoil Creative Design Team Educator.

“For an instant hit of volume and a new look, simply part your hair somewhere other than where you normally do – voila! Instant height with no effort.” Leigh Campbell, Cosmopolitan Beauty Director.

7 memorable moments

#1: My very first Star Awards in 2007

What baby faces! I thought this flapper dress and silver headband combo was ah-mazing.


#2: Winning ‘Online Beauty Writer of the Year’ at said awards 5 years later…

This is one of the proudest moments of my life to date. After bagging the Best Beauty Blog award with then-editor Debbie a few years before, I was very honoured to be recognised as the best online beauty writer in 2012.


#3: The Wella member event – the first time I hosted an event

There were beautyheaven members and bloggers galore in attendance! Plus, this event was a major learning curve – I had to sort out my nerves to speak in front of Sydney’s best fashion bloggers and record a video in a room full of industry experts.


#4: NIVEA event at Fort Denison in 2011

To celebrate 100 years of NIVEA, we caught a speedboat over to Fort Denison for dinner before retiring to Sebel Pier One for the night – so fab! You can’t imagine my surprise when I got off the boat, walked into the marquee and bumped straight into my MUM! NIVEA and Maxted Thomas PR cleverly – and secretly – contacted a ‘special someone’ of every beauty editor and asked them to come along! It was an incredible surprise, and a truly unforgettable night.


#5: Talking sleeping naked with Karl and Lisa on the TODAY show

I’ve probably never been more nervous in my entire life. I found out I was appearing on Monday morning’s show on Friday night and didn’t sleep for three days. But I was thrilled once it was all over – and Karl and Lisa are two of the most professional, genuine people you’ll ever meet. It was a real career highlight I’ll never, ever forget.


#6: Producing Debbie’s wedding video

We had just found out our editor at the time, Debbie, was engaged and we had a lot of fun putting together a video to Bruno Mars’ ‘I think I wanna marry you’. Office antics!


#7: The day I discovered the donut

This was a great day. A few friends came back from Europe with a “giant donut-looking thing” for me, and I was hooked – line and sinker. I went on to create many galleries, articles and videos using my newfound love.

7 can’t-live-without beauty products

(… and I’ve tried A LOT)

bhave Riot Control Serum – This product range actually changed the way my hair behaves (pardon the pun!). Thanks to the Riot Oil, frizz is a thing of the past, and my hair dries almost straight! I can definitely wash and wear now, which was a thought that made me cringe before discovering this brand.

Avon Ideal Flawless Invisible Coverage Foundation – I have honestly never found another foundation that sits as well on my skin. This stuff is gold.

Neutrogena Hydroboost – My skin just loves this stuff, especially in summer. It offers a fantastic burst of moisture. My man loves it too – hello, unisex beauty!

Bourjois Rouge Edition 12 Hours in 31 (Beige Shooting) – This colour is perfect for any occasion. It’s neutral enough for day wear and chic enough for the evenings – and silky, too!




Giorgio Armani Si, $85, 1300 651 991 – This scent is beyond good. If you haven’t had a sniff already, you simply must. The new intense variety is just as delicious.

Conair True Glow Sonic Cleansing Brush – My skin has never looked as good as it does after using this on the low setting daily. Myself and the mister love combining it with an exfoliating face wash. (It does seem like he steals all of my products, doesn’t it?)

Guerlain Terracotta Bronzing Power, $66, 02 9695 5678 – This is the ultimate subtle bronze hue for everyday wear. It glides on effortlessly and blends like a dream. I build it up if I want a slightly darker look or swipe it on for just a hint of matte/slightly shimmery colour.


What is your favourite beautyheaven memory? What are your 7 favourite, can't-live-without beauty products?



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Member Comments

Posted by: MoonlightSak (Australia)

Oh My Olivia, Are you really leaving BH for good. That is so sad to hear. You will be truly missed. I really enjoyed all your informative articles. The times that I met you at BH degustation events, you made me feel comfortable and welcomed. I wish you all the best in your new venture . WISH YOU GOOD LUCK My Love :) :) . You will be dearly missed :(

Posted on: November 26, 2014 (6 hours ago)

Posted by: Sharose (Australia)

Love your face Olivia, I will miss seeing you on this site. Best Wishes xx

Posted on: November 26, 2014 (6 hours ago)

5 minutes with Natalie Imbruglia

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Rather than unzipping their beauty bags and revealing what products they really use, more and more Aussie celebs are choosing to launch their own brands.

From J Bronze by Jennifer Hawkins and The Base by Lara Bingle, to LUMA Natural Beauty by Jess Hart and Miranda Kerr’s KORA Organics, these homegrown stars are quite literally bottling their beauty secrets and popping them on shelves just for you.

The most recent Aussie beauty to add 'entrepreneur' to her resume is none other than singer/songwriter, Natalie Imbruglia. We caught up with the stunner to chat about her new anti-ageing skin care line, Iluka, and how she keeps her skin looking so damn flawless.

bh: Tell us about Iluka…

Natalie: Iluka is an all-natural, anti-ageing range of skin care products. About two years ago, my business partner approached me about creating my own skin care line, and I jumped at the chance on the condition that I could be really hands-on with the development of the range. From everything down to the absorbency, the colour of the products, and the ingredients, I was completely involved. It’s something I’ve wanted to do since I was a little girl.

bh: What inspired the range?

Natalie: Iluka is an Aboriginal word that means ‘by the sea’, and the range is inspired by my upbringing on the Central Coast of New South Wales. I wanted to use as many Australian ingredients as I could, so we sourced manuka honey from Tasmania and Kakadu plum from the Northern Territory.

bh: What’s your favourite product in the range?

Natalie: It would have to be the Luxe Night Cream. It’s great for cell rejuvenation and is a bit richer than the day cream, so it’s perfect to apply at nighttime. I also use it when I’m flying to keep my skin hydrated.

bh: What is your top skin care tip?

Natalie: I know I have my skin care line now, but I think you should drink a lot of water, get plenty of sleep, and exercise. Combined with a really good skin care routine, these are the best things you can do for your skin.


bh: What’s your biggest beauty mistake? 

Natalie: Wearing too much make-up when I was younger. I think sometimes you get carried away and over-do it. A lot of make-up suits some people, but on me it's just too much - plus it can age me. Most men will tell you that less is more!

What are your must-have skin care products? Will you be trying Natalie’s range?




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Posted by: Anita1502 (Australia)

I might try one product or two! I think
Natalie is so beautiful!! She has always been stunning!

Posted on: November 26, 2014 (7 hours ago)

Posted by: Lucrecia629 (Australia)

Lucky girl! It sounds like a great opportunity and I would have jumped at it too if I was her. She definitely has enviable skin so it makes sense for her to go that route. With all of the competition within the market now, I'm curious to try the line to see if offers something new.

Posted on: November 26, 2014 (7 hours ago)