Expert trial team: Beauty-enhancing buys we love

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Do you love products that not only enhance your beauty look, but deliver extra benefits such as hydration and nourishing ingredients? If you answered ‘yes’, this week’s Expert Trial Team has reviewed just the products for you. Rosie trialled a highly-pigmented yet moisturising lipstick, while Carli tested a long-lasting foundation that promotes skin regeneration. When it came to hair, I experienced a repairing mask that that made my mane shiny, soft and smooth, and Olivia’s nails were transformed with a jazzy gel nail polish that’s LED/UV-free.
Here’s what our triallers had to say about the products…

L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Extraordinaire

bh’s Rosie says:

“As soon as I put this glossy and ultra-pigmented lip gloss on my lips, I fell head over heels. The leaf-shaped applicator made smoothing this gloss across my lips a dream. It picked up just enough product to cover my bottom lip, before I dipped it in again to apply to my top lip. The pointed tip on the applicator was excellent for lining my cupid’s bow with pigment without smudging above my lip. Bursting with a bright, ruby-red colour and incredible shine, my lips looked evenly covered, and very full and bold. The creamy texture kept my lips feeling moisturised, and the colour remained vibrant for hours on end. The glimmering gold packaging made it super easy to find in my bag, and it looked much more high-end than it’s price point. I think it’s well worth showing off!”




Maybelline New York SuperStay Better Skin Foundation

bh’s Carli says:

“My T-zone usually gets oily after about two or three hours of wear, so I was incredibly impressed when I hit the eight hour mark and my forehead, nose, and chin were still shine-free. I loved the coverage of the foundation, and found that it stays put all day long, and the finish is exactly right for me (a velvety matte finish). I did find that it didn't glide on as easily as I would have liked, but it still blended excellently and I could easily build up the coverage.”






Sally Hansen Miracle Gel

bh’s Liv says:

"I am such a fan of gel nails, though for someone like me (who thinks she can do a perfectly good job of painting her nails at home), I wasn't too keen on paying to achieve the look every few weeks. I've seen the at-home kits with lights and they're great, but Sally Hansen Miracle Gel is quite unique, as it allows you to achieve bright, gel-like nail colour without the use of a lamp. It applies to your nails easily and is ​incredibly pigmented, which means for some, one coat may be enough. I personally loved the fact that my nails looked so bright and gel-like, as if they'd been done in salon. Six days in and my nails still look polished and ready to go with only some very minor chipping on the very edge of my nails. Sally Hansen Miracle Gel is definitely the next step in at-home nail colour.​"



L’OCCITANE Aromachology Repairing Mask for Dry & Damaged Hair

bh’s Beth says:

“Since getting balayage a couple of years ago, my hair has become quite dry and brittle. Shampoo and conditioner alone don’t cut it anymore and with it’s very pretty pink and green packaging, L’OCCITANE's hair mask seemed like just the repairing treatment I needed. While for me the scent is a bit overbearing, a little bit of this super-rich hair mask goes a long way. You only need a small amount and while the instructions advise to apply it to the length of your hair, I only applied it to the bottom, colour-damaged half. To get the most out of any hair mask, I recommend combing it through your hair and leaving it on for a bit longer than suggested (in this case, 3 minutes). L’OCCITANE’s mask left my hair feeling strong, soft and smooth. I’d highly recommend it to anyone with coloured hair like mine!”






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Member Comments

Posted by: Sam91 (Australia)

I'll definitely be trying the Sally Hansen Miracle Gel.

Posted on: August 11, 2014 (Aug 11, 2014 3:58am)

Posted by: katshepsutt (Australia)

What a brilliant bunch - like a moth to a flame I'm drawn to the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Extraordinaire gloss, the Maybelline New York SuperStay Better Skin Foundation and the Sally Hansen Miracle Gel. Can't wait for Thursday night shopping!

Posted on: August 11, 2014 (Aug 11, 2014 4:59am)

Two fancy evening hairstyles anyone can create

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Do you struggle to find a style for the important events in your calendar? Are you after quick and easy options that are fun and a little bit fancy? Perhaps you’re on the search for that ‘wow’ factor that will make your friends think you’ve been for a visit to the hairdresser?

Then you’ll definitely want to learn how to create these super simple evening hair looks…


ghd IV styler
Lady Jayne Bun Styl’r
TRESemme Extra Hold Salon Finish Hairspray
Ombrello Jewelled Side Comb



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Member Comments

Posted by: May318 (Australia)

Very nice!

Posted on: August 10, 2014 (Aug 10, 2014 2:11pm)

Posted by: IndieAna (Member since 2008, Australia)

I love them both!

Posted on: August 10, 2014 (Aug 10, 2014 2:20pm)

Grey: how to use this underrated make-up colour

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When I think of beauty, I think in colour. It’s always a red lipstick, a pink nail polish, or a mauve eye shadow.
But one of the colours that rarely comes to mind is grey.

Perhaps it’s because it’s more of a shade than a colour, or because its more commonly associated with hair ageing, but grey beauty products is one thing I’ve never really explored – until now.

As it turns out, this colour can actually produce some pretty spectacular and flattering beauty looks.


#1 Smoky eye

If you usually steer clear of a smoky eye for the fear of looking like a panda, I urge you to replace the dark blacks of a traditional smoky eye with different shades grey. The softer shade is excellent for creating a smoky look; simply begin with a dark grey on the outer corners and work your way inwards, using lighter shades of grey as you go. You can also alternate grey with a navy blue eyeshadow for a touch of colour.

Try: Innoxa Eye Shadow Compact in Gorgeous Grey


#2 Nail polish

Despite what you may be thinking, grey nail polish is far from boring. It’s sophisticated enough to wear to work, but playful enough to go with any lipstick colour or outfit. Choose a dark grey for when you’re feeling moody and a light grey with a bright lip for when you’re feeling fresh and carefree.

Try: Sea Siren in Sea Fog and Essie in Over the Edge


#3 Eyeliner

Black isn’t the only option for defining the eyes. In fact, for those with fair or ageing skin, black eyeliner can sometimes do more harm than good. Grey eyeliner is a lot less harsh than black and can define the eyes without making them look smaller or drawing attention to under eye bags. Not convinced? You can try it out using a grey eyeshadow and angle brush before you commit. Start off lightly and build colour only as you need it. You may find your eyes look a lot bigger and more awake.

Try: Max Factor Kohl Pencil in Charcoal Grey


#4  Hair

Who says grey hairs always have to be covered up? Take a look at Lou Teasdale, stylist for famous band One Direction and Fudge Urban Global Brand Ambassador. She’s managed to turn what’s normally considered as a sign of ageing, into a glorious mane of silver locks. The trick is to keep the hair as shiny and bright as possible, so that it looks metallic instead of dull and dreary.



“I love having silver hair. Having such white hair used to be a bit crazy but now if you wear it with nice clothes, you can totally pull it off. You don’t even need to wear loads of make-up with it. I wash my hair with a silver shampoo and conditioner like the Fudge Professional Clean Blonde Violet Shampoo & Conditioner every time to keep it looking fresh. I do think there is something sophisticated about a good silver shampoo finish. I also love playing with the Fudge Urban Colour Chalks in Pumped up Purple and Iced White to create a lovely pastel violet shade on the ends.”



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Member Comments

Posted by: Marza (Australia)

still could use it

Posted on: August 08, 2014 (Aug 8, 2014 2:37pm)

Posted by: May318 (Australia)

Such a beautiful colour but I wouldn't use it for my hair.

Posted on: August 08, 2014 (Aug 8, 2014 2:51pm)

3 ways to wear tangerine

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Hello! And welcome to our very first instalment of the colour of the week.
Each week for the next month we’ll be revealing our fave new L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Extraordinaire lip shade and showing you different ways you can incorporate it into your make-up look.

Not only are the new L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Extraordinaire lip colours incredibly pigmented and a welcome addition to any make-up look, but they’re also super-nourishing, too. It’s all thanks to a formulation that’s made up of a combination of seven types of micro-oils – the oils ensure that the pigments are as vibrant as possible and your lips remain soft, smooth and comfortable all day long. The oils also illuminate and magnify the effect of the lip colour versus traditional lip colours that contains waxes.

So onto this week’s shade: the gloriously punchy #204 Tangerine Sonate.


A soft wash of tangerine is a perfect (and easy) way to add some subtle colour to an otherwise-simple everyday make-up look. A touch of blush on the apples of your cheeks and lashings of mascara will give the rest of your face some warmth and definition so your colourful lips don’t look out of place.
Tip: to create more intense colour pay off, you can build up the colour til you get the intensity you like.


A tangerine lip is the perfect complementing colour for a make-up look that’s a bit warmer and reminiscent of summer. Keep your lip colour as pigmented as possible, and follow with an application a shimmery bronzer under your cheekbones and a gold or copper shadow on your eyelids. Finish with some gel liner on your lash line and you’re good to go.

Tip: for greater definition, apply your bronzer from the top of your ear down to the corner of your mouth, making sure to blend properly.


Sporting bold eyes with a vibrant lip can go horribly wrong, however there is a way of pulling it off without looking too OTT. The trick is to keep each element simple; a bold colour with a hint of shine is slightly softer than a matte finish, so it will work really well with a strong, defined ‘wing’ on your eyes. Do this and you’ll have a chic, yet standout look.

Tip: while the wand of this lip colour looks like that of a gloss, it’s actually a bit more bendy, so don’t be scared to apply pressure around your lip contours to really enhance the shape of your lips.

WIN!! Want to get involved in bh’s ECOTW? Post a picture of how you’ve incorporated the colour of the week into your look onto Facebook or Instagram and use the hashtags #ECOTW and #204, as well as tagging @beautyheaven, and you could win the entire L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Extraordinaire range (that’s 10 fabulous colours, each valued at $21.95!)

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Member Comments

Posted by: CherryBlossom (Australia)

This colour looks fresh and pretty on everyone. It's so bright and cheery!!

Posted on: August 08, 2014 (Aug 8, 2014 9:21am)

Posted by: TheUglyDuckling (Australia)

I just bought a Shisedo tangerine gloss and it rocks. I'm inspired to wear it's cheeriness today!

Posted on: August 08, 2014 (Aug 8, 2014 9:30am)

7 hair curling mistakes you make every time

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When it comes to hair curling, people tend to fall into one of two categories: king of curling or total klutz.

It’s not your fault, it’s just that curling is a bit like hula hooping - you’re either a natural or you’re not. However, just like with anything that requires skill (like hula hooping), it’s something that can be taught – if you’re diligent in your training and follow the rules, that is.

Check out the seven hair curling mistakes you make every single time (and how you can become the king of hair curling…)




#1: forgetting to prep

Forgetting your heat protection serum is an easy mistake to make, but it’s one habit you need to break – unless you want your hair to.

#2: curling in the wrong direction

We’ve all done it too many times. Whether we were in a rush or just not concentrating, we end up with an untidy, unkempt mess of curls. Ideally, you should be curling away from your face, which means you will need to change the direction on either side of your head.


#3: not allowing curls to ‘cool’

You might want to brush through your curls to make waves or fix wayward curls straight away – but unless you wait for your locks to cool, you’ll end up with limp, un-curlable strands. This is particularly true if you’ve pinned your curls in place (like Erin, above) and taken them out before they’ve completely cooled.

#4: trying to curl large chunks of hair

Taking too much hair at once is a thankless task. The heat will not be able to penetrate all the strands, leaving you with wilting curls. Section your hair carefully and curl small sections at a time for the best results.


#5: holding the iron for too long

We’ve all seen the YouTube video of the poor young girl who burnt her hair right off her head, and we’ve all come close to the same fate. When you hear sizzling, it’s time to worry. Try using a curling wand with varied heat settings, and depending on the thickness of your hair, use a lower heat setting, say 170°C. We love muk Curl Stick as it has adjustable temperature settings (unlike the wand the girl below was using - ouch!) and three barrels, for three completely different looks!


#6 too much/too little hairspray

Just like Goldilocks with her porridge, it’s important to get your hairspray quantities just right. If you don’t spray enough, you’ll be dealing with curls that fall out into unfavorable kinks and if you use too much hairspray, your hair will adopt that crispy, stiff, pageant look.

bh tip: opt for a hairspray that brushes out easily, that way it doesn’t matter if you go a little over the top with the spritz. We love Schwarzkopf Extra Care Ultimate Keratin Hairspray for that very reason.

#7: curling too lightly

No matter how easily your hair takes curls, you can never ‘over-curl’ your hair, as your ‘do will always drop. If you’re going for a beachy, boho wave look, curl your locks into Shirley Temple-style ringlets, allow them to cool and brush through thoroughly with a paddle brush. Yep, the ‘dos that seem the most carefree are often the ones that take the most preparation!


Got all of that? Brilliant - now rock those curly locks, ladies.


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Member Comments

Posted by: Growing old (Australia)

I'm so bad at hairstyling :( I have thin hair an can imagine myself like the girl holding a chunk of her hair! I really want to get one of those curling wand things and use the tips above..I think it will take me some time to learn...I'm definately a klutz when it come to hair styling!! I do try :-)

Posted on: August 07, 2014 (Aug 7, 2014 5:21pm)

Posted by: mmandy (Australia)

I've never been good with hair styling! I just leave it to do whatever it feels like, even if I look like an idiot with those pesky baby hairs standing up!

Posted on: August 07, 2014 (Aug 7, 2014 5:23pm)