How to deal with PMS

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When it comes to our menstrual cycles, every woman is different. But no matter if you’re usually curled over with cramps or eating everything in sight, there are a few pieces of advice that are universal. Below, Ms Colette Heimowitz, M.Sc. Nutritionist and Vice President of Nutrition and Education at Atkins Nutritionals Inc, offers her top health tips for that time of the month, and the beautyheaven team share how they deal with period pain.


#1 Don’t weigh yourself

If you’re on a weight loss mission or just like to jump on the scales regularly, avoid doing so during your period. “Many women may hold water and experience weight gain in the lead up to and during their menstrual cycle. Normal weight fluctuation is 2.5 kilograms, so just stick to healthy eating and exercise and wait to weigh yourself until after your cycle,” explains Collete.


#2 Don’t stop exercising

“Even light exercise, such as walking or jogging, will encourage your body to produce endorphins – a naturally occurring chemical in your body that boosts mood, and is often considered an elixir of happiness,” says Colette. So if you tend to feel a little sad and weepy, don’t stay at home watching Titanic -  get up and move! You’ll feel better for it, promise.


#3 Do keep healthy snacks on hand

Some women crave chocolate and sugar when they’re on their period, so to lower the risk of buying that Mars Bar, stash healthy snacks in your desk drawer or handbag. You’re less likely to cave if you have an easy, ready-to-go option in front of you.


#4 Do find a pain relief method

Period pain isn’t fun, so figuring out what helps to ease your menstrual cramps, headaches or any other symptoms will make that time of the month much more bearable. Not sure how to deal with period pain? Here’s how the bh team does it…

“When I have my period, I tend to get mild cramps if I've been sitting at my desk all day. I like to stretch it out by reaching my arms above my head and arching back while taking deep breaths.” - bh’s Rosie

“I drink A LOT of peppermint tea. I find it comforting, and it’s really good for cramps. I also like going for a light walk as I'm not as conscious of the pain when I'm moving, plus it wears me out a bit so I can sleep later on!” - bh’s Beth

“I get the WORST period pain. I went on the pill in high school to combat it, but unfortunately it seems I'm stuck with it. I try to take a painkiller as soon as I start to feel the pain coming on, because otherwise it doesn't work as well. I also avoid eating carb-rich foods or anything bloating, because that just makes me feel worse.” - bh’s Anna

“I don't suffer from period pain often or horribly, but when it hits, I keep a heat pack around. I basically spend my day making regular trips to the microwave to make sure my tender womb is being looked after.” - bh’s Carli


The perfect period care package:




Carefree Designs SLIMS™ Mini Tampons Regular

 Circa Home Jasmine & Magnolia Classic Candle

Medispot Hot or Cold Wheat Pack For The Back & Body ($13.99, Priceline)

Ponstan 250mg Capsules ($8.99, 20pk, Chemist Warehouse)

Pukka Womankind Tea Bags ($7.99, 20 bags,


Do you get any symptoms during your period? What do you do to help ease period pain?


Member Comments

Posted by: IndieAna (Member since 2008, Australia)

Great tips! I find that although exercise is the last thing I feel like doing when I have my period, it really does help

Posted on: April 09, 2015 (Apr 9, 2015 4:02pm)

Posted by: Trish_D (Australia)

It's been a long time since I went through this but it was anything but easy. So pleased that it is now recognised that many women genuinely have a difficult time.

Posted on: April 09, 2015 (Apr 9, 2015 4:02pm)

Make-up trend: Eye dots

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Last month’s messy eye make-up trend was pretty unusual, and now it’s given way to an even more unexpected look: under eye dots.

Varying in form, size and colour, the little dots haven’t just been popping up all over the catwalks – beauty bloggers, celebrities and street style mavens are also embracing the trend, showing it actually works in real life.  

I know it might seem strange to whack a blob of eyeliner under your eyes, but here’s why I like it: firstly, it’s reminiscent of 60s icon Twiggy’s infamous lash look, which was all about highlighting the eye area.

Secondly, the dots can make your eyes seem bigger and brighter. The trick is not to overdo it: a teeny dot under each eye is all that’s required to nail the look. Check out Rochas’ SS15 make-up for inspiration:

I also love beauty vlogger It’sMyRayeRaye’s slightly subtler take. She’s paired her dots with a dewy base, matte lip and super long lashes. So. Cool.

           Photo credit: It’sMyRayeRaye Instagram

For a vintage variation, I’d swap the nude lippie for a fire-engine red, such as Maybelline Color Sensational Vivids Lip Color in ‘Neon Red’. If you want to amp it up even more, Anna Sui’s bold electric blue version is also fabulous (though it’s not exactly an everyday look):

No longer OTT, blue eyeliner is surprisingly easy to wear. For a bold blue dot, try jane iredale Mystikol in ‘Lapis Lazuli’ or essence Long lasting Eye Pencil in ‘Blue’.

Do you like the eye dot trend? What other make-up looks have you experimented with lately?


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Member Comments

Posted by: Misy Rose (Australia)

I actually surprisingly like this trend but I think I'll keep it to a party setting!

Posted on: April 09, 2015 (Apr 9, 2015 1:16pm)

Posted by: MissM19 (Australia)

I dont understand the point of it. It doesn't accentuate anything and looks more like a beauty mistake

Posted on: April 09, 2015 (Apr 9, 2015 1:20pm)

The beauty starter kit every teen girl needs

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The teenage years are full of trials and tribulations. As a mum, you want to do the best you can to ensure the transition to adulthood is as smooth as possible for your not-so-little girl. While some things are unavoidable (yes, I’m talking about those darn mood swings), you can help in a few other areas. And in terms of beauty, we have you covered. We’ve put together the perfect starter kit with all the products your teenage daughter needs to nail her beauty routine.


#1 Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes

It’s hard enough to get teenagers to clean up after themselves at home, let alone thoroughly cleanse their skin. Wipes are a simple but effective way to remove make-up and impurities that have built up during the day – your daughter will have no excuses! We recommend Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes as the alcohol-free formula is great for young skin.

#2 Formula 10.0.06 Keep Your Cool Breakout Calming Mask

Blemishes are the bane of every teen’s existence, which is why it’s important to form good skin care habits early on. A weekly mask can do the world of good for a less-than-perfect complexion. The Formula 10.0.06 Keep Your Cool Breakout Calming Mask helps to reduce the appearance of nasty breakouts,  and contains peppermint to refresh and coconut to calm skin. The best part? It’s gentle enough to use daily!

#3 Nivea Pure Effect BB Cream

Teenage skin can do without high-coverage, heavy foundation. Opt for a lightweight tinted moisturiser or BB cream instead. Nivea Pure Effect BB Cream is an oil-free moisturiser that combines the benefits of skin care and make-up. Your daughter will be more than happy with its ability to cover dark circles and inflammation while allowing her skin to breathe.

#4 Bonne Bell Moisture Lip Balm

A moisturising lip balm is an essential in any beauty kit, including your teenage daughter’s! We like Bonne Bell Moisture Lip Balm, as it contains UV filters to protect lips from the damaging effects of the sun. The compact size means your daughter can pop the balm in her pocket or handbag so she can take it wherever she goes.  


#5 Impulse Very Pink

A body spray is a great alternative to perfume, as it’s rarely overpowering. Impulse Very Pink is a sweet fragrance that features notes of pink grapefruit. De-lish!

#6 Scunci Girl Crimped Bright Thick Elastic

Scunci Girl Crimped Bright Thick Elastics are a fun, fashionable way to hold hair in place. The elastics come in every colour of the rainbow to suit any outfit (wardrobe crisis optional).

#7 Lip Smacker Colour Kiss Duo

If your daughter has her paws in your lip gloss collection, help her to start one of her own with a coloured glaze. The Lip Smacker Colour Kiss Duo moisturises lips while adding shine and a subtle tint. It’s available in three delicious flavours, so your daughter is sure to find one she loves.

Have you or your daughter ever tried any of these products? Do you have any other must-have products for a beauty starter kit?


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Member Comments

Posted by: Lucrecia629 (Australia)

I was just thinking about what beauty products to buy for my daughter. It would have been nice to see some natural/organic products on the list, but this is a good starting point. But why no deodorant? There's body spray (which isn't the same), but as I know from having to pick my daughter up from the school gymnasium on a rainy day... whew! Young girls NEED to have the deodorant/anti-perspirant talk sooner rather than later!

Posted on: April 09, 2015 (Apr 9, 2015 11:47am)

Posted by: MissM19 (Australia)

My go to product when I was a teenager was acne washes and scrubs of every kind. Not much has changed in my 20's I must say.

Posted on: April 09, 2015 (Apr 9, 2015 12:04pm)

Why this woman stopped washing her hair

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New York writer Sarah Theeboom almost broke the internet with her shocking confession: she stopped washing her hair. Six. Years. Ago.

On a mission to control her greasy, limp locks, she decided to forgo shampoo after bumping into an old friend who successfully tamed her mane by partaking in the (apparently popular) ‘no poo’ movement. *Insert confused emoji face here*

And although Theeboom was warned about the nasty adjustment period, she was far from prepared for the dandruff and excessive amounts of grease she was faced with after first shunning the ‘poo on a three-week vacay to Thailand. Recalling those weeks as the “greasiest” days of her life, Theeboom says she was “so embarrassed, I didn’t want to show my head to anyone.” Hey Sarah? We don’t blame you, we wouldn’t either.

She admitted it took more than six weeks for her hair to feel somewhat normal again, and then another six for it to look “so-so” before the “magic happened”. Theeboom says her boyfriend was skeptical, but she went full steam ahead.

The result? “I started to see what my natural hair was like when I wasn’t constantly doing stuff to manipulate it,” she told Seventeen. “It was silky and wavier and totally frizz-free.”

Six years on, and Theeboom is ‘poo-free’ and happy with the condition of her hair. And although she still has good hair days and bad hair days, she won’t be going back to the bottle anytime soon.

As for us? We’ll stick to the ‘poo, thanks.


What do you think of the ‘no poo’ movement? How long do you go without washing your hair?



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Member Comments

Posted by: Misy Rose (Australia)

I've heard about 'no poo' quite a while ago and while it was interesting to hear about people's experiences and their success with it, I never really wanted to try it out haha :)

Posted on: April 09, 2015 (Apr 9, 2015 11:00am)

Posted by: GildedButterflies (Australia)

Eh I don't like the 'no poo' name as it conjures up images of...well you know. I don't think this no shampoo trend is for me because I do a lot of oil treatments for my hair. I don't think I can just stop using shampoo altogether as there would be no way to get the oil out of my hair otherwise.

Posted on: April 09, 2015 (Apr 9, 2015 11:08am)

The dos and don'ts of getting a massage

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Nothing is quite as luxurious as treating yourself to a massage. Whether you’re popping in for a 30-minute Thai massage or setting aside an hour and a half for a soothing aromatherapy massage, you know you’ll leave floating on cloud nine.

Make your next massage even better (and do your therapist a favour) by following these tips…


… shower beforehand
Rocking up at the end of a long day means you’re probably a little sticky and sweaty. To make it a more pleasant experience for both you and the masseuse, rinse off prior to your appointment.

… arrive 10 minutes early
If you’re visiting the spa for the first time, you’ll most likely need to fill in a form, so get there early to ensure that admin doesn’t eat into your appointment time. Also, most massage places have back-to-back bookings, so by turning up late, you’ll cut your own peaceful massage short.

… divulge any injuries or sore spots
Got a niggling injury? Avoid worsening it by letting your masseuse know. That way, they can avoid the area or perhaps pay it some attention to relieve pain. And if your shoulders or lower back is particularly sore (thanks, desk jobs!), tell the therapist so they can work out any knots. Ahhh.

… control the pressure
We’ve all been there –you’re lying there suffering through a hard massage that’s bordering on painful, or feeling as though you’ve wasted your moolah on a massage that’s way too soft. Pre-massage, tell your therapist what kind of pressure you’d like, and definitely speak up if you’d like it a firmer or softer hand.


… stress about forgetting to shave
Massage therapists have seen everything, so if you realise mid-appointment that your legs and underarms are well overdue for a wax, don’t fret. Just think, they massage men with hairy legs all the time –  they’re used to it!

… bother dolling yourself up
Remember, you’re there to relax, so pop on your sweats, ditch the make-up, and tie your hair up into a loose pony. Your treatment may include a face and head massage anyway, so rock up au natural without a care in the world. #bliss

… worry about scaly skin
Skipped moisturising this morning? No problem! Your masseuse will be slathering you with oil or some sort of lotion, so let your skin soak up the goodness. Also, don’t shower as soon as you get home –  lounge around for a while to allow your bod to absorb the oil even more.

… forget to drink plenty of water afterwards
During a massage, your body releases toxins, which then move through your muscles and organs. It’s important to flush them out by guzzling water post-massage. Drink up!
Do you like to get massages? What are your before, during and post-massage rules?




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Member Comments

Posted by: Platinum Ms (Australia)

I find certain massages I enjoy more than others but I try and make sure I am not doing much afterwards.

Posted on: April 08, 2015 (Apr 8, 2015 4:15pm)

Posted by: MoonlightSak (Australia)

Hmmm!!! I just need a massage right now.... Dreaming ...

Posted on: April 08, 2015 (Apr 8, 2015 4:17pm)