WIN your way to better hair!

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Do you look at celebrities like Blake Lively and Gisele Bundchen and think ‘what do they have that I don’t?’ or ‘why does their hair always look so amazing?’ The answer to fabulous locks is understanding your biggest hair concern and taking the time to treat it accordingly – which is where we come in. 


We’ve identified six different hair concerns and sourced the best treatment products to address that specific concern. So what does that mean for you? You can win BIG, that’s what. Beautiful products like the divinely silky bhave™ riot control oil, which is perfect for fighting frizz! Simply choose which of these hair concerns you suffer with most, click through and enter to win a product that will help to thoroughly improve your mane.



Dull hair without shine

Lack of volume



Need a shine injection? Enter to win John Frieda goodies...


Is your hair in need of some lift? Enter to win Clairol hair-raising products...


Need to fight the frizz? These goodies from bhave are just what you need...

Hair thinning

Colour fade


Stop hair thinning in its tracks with a prize from Head of Hair...


Keep your colour vibrant with this product from John Frieda...


Avoid dryness and breakage with a hair-loving prize from Schwarzkopf...



Member Comments

Posted by: Kiwi@heart (Australia)

Such a great idea

Posted on: March 31, 2014 (Mar 31, 2014 4:19pm)

Posted by: Belle88 (Member since 2008, Australia)

Great article. My hair issue at the moment is dryness/breakage.

Posted on: March 31, 2014 (Mar 31, 2014 4:20pm)

2 ingredients that help tighten your pores

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Did you know pores are an essential element of healthy, functioning skin? Well, they are. In fact, they enable the release of oil from your sebaceous glands to penetrate up to the top layer of your skin, which helps to remove dead skin cells.

However, despite their necessity, we’re not all fond of our pores. This lack of affection is often felt when one’s pores have become stretched over time, making them appear more noticeable, which contributes to uneven skin texture and skin ageing.

So, how can you refine and reduce the appearance of your all-important pores? Employ an effective cleansing and exfoliating regimen that contains hard working ingredients to help combat enlarged pores, that’s what.


#1. Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs)

AHAs are exceptional at sweeping away dead skin cells and smoothing rough, uneven patches of skin in order to help tighten large pores. Glycolic acid is one of the most popular pore-refining AHAs, and it is often used in higher concentrations in dermatologist-grade facial peels.

#2. Beta Hydroxy Acids (BHAs)

BHAs such as salicylic acid are able to penetrate deep into your skin to remove trapped dirt, oil and make-up, which can clog your pores and cause them to become enlarged.


If you’re looking for a skin regimen that makes use of these pore-tightening ingredients, this is it: the Neutrogena Pore Refining skin care range. Comprising the Neutrogena Pore Refining Daily Cleanser, Neutrogena Pore Refining Exfoliating Cleanser and Neutrogena Pore Refining Toner, the range has been clinically proven to visibly tighten and shrink the appearance of your pores by refining your skin’s tone and texture. Better yet, it’ll give you results (read: clearer, younger-looking skin!) in just four weeks thanks to the hard working AHAs and BHAs in all three products.


Do you suffer from enlarged pores? Would you like your pores to appear tighter and more refined?



"My pores are
much less noticable."


Best natural skin
care ingredients


"My skin felt very soft and moisturised."

Member Comments

Posted by: Lucrecia629 (Australia)

I wouldn't say that my pores are really large, but it probably wouldn't hurt to use pore minimising products anyway.

Posted on: March 31, 2014 (Mar 31, 2014 11:03am)

Posted by: Jenniqua (Australia)

I will have to give this solution a go, as my pores tend to be getting larger and it is a sure way to age you quicker.

Posted on: March 31, 2014 (Mar 31, 2014 11:04am)

5 fragrance questions you’ve always wanted to ask

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I must admit, out of everything in the world to do with beauty, perfume is definitely my Achilles heel. I don’t know a whole lot about it and my reasoning for the ones I wear are simply because I think they smell nice and the bottle isn’t half bad either. I know… I’m an embarrassment to all fragrance fanatics everywhere. Thankfully Dom De Vetta the founder and creator of Shay & Blue is much more knowledgeable on the topic and was able to answer all the questions that I myself and every other perfume rookie are dying to know.


bh: What are your best tips for finding a new fragrance?

Dom: There are literally thousands of perfumes out there. The thing you must do is sniff out a few fragrance houses you might not have heard of before and try them. All the small, unknown boutique perfume companies (and there are many of us) have a unique identity, a ‘house’ style. You will quickly find one whose house-style you really like, meaning you like the fragrance ‘point-of-view’ of the person who created them. Shay & Blue has a uniquely rich yet modern signature, and we seem to have generated quite a lot of interest from people who are tired of smelling like everyone else.


bh: Which fragrances do you predict will be big in winter?

Dom: There's something magical about autumn and winter. Crisp, cooler days, romantic mists and fruit ripening. It's a poetic time of year and it is truly a pleasure to wrap up in a well-lined coat, and smell the scents in the air at the turn of the seasons - berries, frosty evergreen leaves and the smell of firewood. Sniffing seasonality in the air is a true delight if you love smells and perfumes. This winter it’s all about comforting scents that envelop you. Some good examples are amber rose, a warm and comforting note and also atropa belladonna, rich and delicious with autumnal cassis berries.


bh: Is there a scent out there that is most likely to suit all tastes? 

Dom: Shay & Blue’s Blood Oranges (stockist: David Jones, $60, 30mL) is particularly appealing, for both men and women, because it’s incredibly refreshing but also has a lot of depth with leather, musk and charred woods.


bh: Which ingredients should people look for in a fragrance if they want it to be particularly long-lasting? 

Dom: If you want a fragrance to be long-lasting you need to seek out the perfume houses that spend the time and money using real flowers, fruit and spices - many scents use cheap synthetics which just don’t do the job as well - so you need to look for fragrances that contain lots of high quality natural ingredients.


bh: Which kind of fragrances are the best kind to gift? 

Dom: It’s difficult to gift someone with a fragrance because it is so personal. The best thing to do is to gift a scented candle, ideally made with all natural wax for quality - then, if they like the scent of the candle, they can always go and try the fragrance version for themselves.


Do you enjoy trying and collecting different perfumes? What fragrance will you be wearing in the coming winter? 


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Member Comments

Posted by: Lucrecia629 (Australia)

I'm a perfume-aholic! I always love wearing Chanel in winter - especially Coco. Not Coco Mademoiselle, I prefer the warmer, more exotic original. I also really love an amber scent any time of the year, but I find it especially enjoyable in the cooler months.

Posted on: March 30, 2014 (Mar 30, 2014 12:08pm)

Posted by: Jasmen111 (Australia)

I love collecting perfumes! May need to buy a new one for the cooler weather

Posted on: March 30, 2014 (Mar 30, 2014 12:15pm)

Products to buy in April

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If you’re reading this, it means that April is close – or here already. If it’s the latter, you should be rubbing your hands together, with a Cheshire Cat-style smile on your face, because there’s a whole heap of new products you can get your hands on – and I don’t know if you’ll be able to resist this lot…

Salvatore Ferragamo, from $110, 1300 095 224

With notes of grapefruit, pear, patchouli and white leather, this stunning, girly scent is set to be the prettiest piece on your dressing table.

Balmain Extatic, from $79, 02 9695 5678

Sophisticated with a rocker edge, this indulgent scent features notes of chocolate-scented Sharry baby orchid, nashi pear and Barenia leather.

Dior J'adore Voile de Parfum, from $133, 02 9695 4800

With majestic Tuscan iris the focus of this beautiful scent, the sensuality of rosa damascena and white musks make the ultimate base.


Want to see your hair transform from limp locks to a gorgeous, full mane? This hair thickening, daily leave-in treatment is scientifically designed to increase the diameter of each of your strands.

Herbal Essences Naked Shampoo and Conditioner

Looking for a shampoo that’s free from silicones, parabens and dyes? Choose between three delicious shampoo and conditioner sets by recongising what your hair needs more of: Shine, Volume or Moisture.

La Biosthetique Cheveux Longs Intensive Spa Mask

Just 10 minutes with this in your hair each week will assist in making a massive difference to the health of your hair. This awesome mask is part of an entire range that’s specially designed to treat the problems that come from having long hair.

L’Oreal Professionnel Hairchalk, $25, 1300 651 141

Looking for a temporary hair colour that won’t stain your hair or leave it feeling dry and crunchy? This liquid hair chalk from L’Oreal Professionnel is technically available in March, but is so good (and so fun and easy to use) we just couldn’t keep it from you.

Remington Curl Revolution

The first curling iron designed to curl your hair in TWO directions; the new release from Remington features even heat distribution and allows for easy styling of all lengths of hair.

Schwarzkopf Nectra Colour

This unique hair colour formula allows colour penetration deep into the cuticle of the hair for richer, permanent colouration. The nourishing formula also contains many nourishing ingredients to improve the health of your hair and soften it immensely.


Jane Iredale Jelly Jar Gel Eyeliners

These gel liners are soft and easy-to-use, just like jelly. The creamy formula glides on and looks just like kohl. The formula is made with coconut oil and is designed to last on your eyes all day.

Clinique Lash Power Feathering Mascara

This clump-resistant mascara contains specialised stretching technology, which has a honey-like consistency and is able to stretch out lashes easily upon application. The soft brush combines with the formula to create a feathery flutter.

Natio Tinted Lip Balms

If you’re after a buttery lip colour with a subtle sheen and a heap of moisture, then these are the balms for you. Containing shea butter, jojoba and aloe vera, they’re just what your kissers need.



Elemis Pro Intense Lift Effect Night Cream

A rich anti-ageing cream designed to target sagging skin. This nourishing treat works overnight to stimulate your skin and protect it from the signs of ageing, such as lack of firmness and elasticity.

MECCA Cosmetica Signature Line, available from

Mecca has carried amazing local and overseas brands for ages, which is why we were so thrilled to see the beauty powerhouse release its own signature line. Special mention goes to the incredible Lit From Within Illuminating Primer and Clean Slate Triple Action Makeup Remover.

Estee Lauder Re-Nutriv Ultimate Contouring Eye Lift

If you want to lift, firm and tighten the delicate skin underneath your eyes, this is the product to do it. The sculpted, cooling ceramic tip glides over your skin, delicately delivering advanced polymers to your eye area for an instant tightening effect.


L'Oréal Paris Revitalift Magic Blur

Want skin that looks instantly smooth and perfect? This imperfection-blurring product is just what you (and your skin concerns) have been waiting for…


Jurlique Purely White Skin Brightening Facial Mask

Formulated with VitaBrightKX and other brightening ingredients, this facial treatment will help to provide you with a bright, radiant complexion that’s free of dark spots, dull skin tone and discolouration.


Maybelline Color Show Stripped Nudes Collection

If you love neutral tones, this is definitely the collection for you. The four nude shades are perfect to delight and brighten as the chillier months set it.

Glasshouse Birds of a Feather Pink Lemonade Candle

Glasshouse Fragrances and the McGrath Foundation have come together to create a stunning limited edition Birds Of A Feather Pink Lemonade candle, with notes of pink grapefruit, rose, berry, lemon and vanilla. 5% of the RRP of each candle will go to the McGrath Foundation to help support McGrath Breast Care Nurses.

Weleda Calendula Baby Body Lotion, $22.95,

Featuring a soothing, Certified Natural formula containing calendula, the newest baby body lotion from Weleda is perfect to gently care and moisturise your bub’s delicate skin.


Which product would you most like to try and why?



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How-to: smell more youthful


Member Comments

Posted by: imalittleteapot (Australia)

I like the look of the Remington curler & I think I need that candle!

Posted on: March 29, 2014 (Mar 29, 2014 12:12pm)

Posted by: Lucrecia629 (Australia)

I love the look of the Natio tinted lip balm. And the pink Glasshouse candle - how pretty is that!!!

Posted on: March 29, 2014 (Mar 29, 2014 12:13pm)

The drawbacks of a selfie

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The duck face, the peace and pout and my personal favourite the ‘looking down at the ground with a shy smile to make it not look like a selfie’ selfie – all excellent examples of the social media phenomenon that was also named Word of the Year 2013 by the Oxford Dictionary.

I’ll admit I’m guilty of a selfie every now and then, mostly with friends and in a ‘we’re having so much fun, I bet you wish you were us’ kind of way. But it was always just a bit of a laugh and never taken very seriously.

However, according to a survey conducted by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the rise of the selfie has coincided with the rise of young adults undergoing plastic surgery. Apparently, by taking selfies frequently, people are harshly judging their facial features and changing their appearance to ultimately look better in their photos.

Out of curiosity we threw this new-found information out to our forum to see what you, our members, thought about the issue. We loved the responses we got. Here’s what you said:


“I don’t see the fuss in taking the ‘perfect’ selfie. I understand we just want to project the best bits of ourselves but what makes a movie even greater? The bloopers reel! No-one’s polished and perfect all the time; show more than just that side of you.” -Jacquelinee


“I’ve noticed something interesting… The people I know who look great in their selfies, they generally don’t look as great in person. For me, it all evens out. I think maybe it’s more like – people whose priority is looking great in a selfie are the type of personality who would be inclined to have plastic surgery anyway.” –Lucrecia629


“Hahaha, I see my flaws in a mirror not a selfie… But I do have some pretty bad photos that I just look at and want fix it all. But I probably never will as I don’t want to look fake.” –Tashee92


“I personally don’t do “selfies” because I am too self-conscious; but I would understand why some people seek plastic surgery, it just puts a lot of pressure on being a certain standard.” –Jodie938


“People shouldn’t really believe what they see in photos anyway. Photos tend to accentuate things that shouldn’t be accentuated (dark circles, stupidly shaped nose) but in no way do they look that bad in real life (certainly not in my mirror anyway!). Anyway, getting plastic is fine but getting plastic surgery for the sole purpose of “looking good in selfies” is pretty dumb.” –Lawliet

The forum thread is still open and you can join in the conversation here.


Do you take selfies? Have you ever considered plastic surgery after seeing a bad photo of yourself?




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Member Comments

Posted by: Jenniqua (Australia)

I am so over "the selfie", people only do it so that they can see how popular they are. I don't put that kind of value on my self worth.

Posted on: March 28, 2014 (Mar 28, 2014 4:06pm)

Posted by: Ssajwani (Australia)

lol I can never get a perfect selfie of myself!

Posted on: March 28, 2014 (Mar 28, 2014 4:08pm)