The vending machine for all your beauty needs

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Vending machines are usually synonymous with chocolate bars and soft drinks, but now beauty brand ulta3 has given the classic snack food dispenser a glamorous makeover by filling one up with make-up products.

Launching an Australian-first retail service at Southern Cross Station in Melbourne, the state-of-the-art machine houses lipsticks, nail polishes (including their award-winning Nail Polish), eyeliners, mascara, bronzer and powders, all priced between $2 and $10.

Situated on platform 9/10, the vibrantly coloured machine also includes PayPass functionality, as well as the option of traditional credit card, coin and note payments. 

Set to roll out across the country in places like universities and shopping destinations in the coming months, the machine brings new meaning to ‘beauty on the go’!

Would you buy beauty products from a vending machine? What other beauty innovations do you wish existed?



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Member Comments

Posted by: Lucrecia629 (Australia)

Oh, boy! Now I understand how my son feels when we walk past one of those stuffed toy/claw machines! :)

Posted on: October 01, 2014 (Oct 1, 2014 3:27pm)

Posted by: IndieAna (Member since 2008, Australia)

So much fun! I would gladly use cosmetic vending machines!

Posted on: October 01, 2014 (Oct 1, 2014 3:37pm)

Bizarre fragrance range launches in UK

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Forget floral, woody or citrus fragrances – the new trend in the perfume world is bottling scents from the delicious to, well, the downright dirty.

That’s right; Sushi, Mushroom, Pizza, and Saddle are just a few of the odd odours that New York company The Library of Fragrance has created. Dirt, Grass and Tomato were launched in 1996 and gained cult-status in the US, leading the company to expand its line to a whopping 101 scents.

With prices starting at £15 for a 30mL bottle, 28 of the weird scents have just been launched into Boots stores in the UK and are also available for purchase from

Household smells such as Fireplace, Clean Skin and Laundry also feature in the range, along with more appealing fragrances such as Coconut, Jasmine and Freesia.

“Whether you want to be reminded of Grandpa's tomato greenhouse, or the cocktail you sipped at the beach on your holidays, we have a fragrance to suit,” says The Library of Fragrance brainchild, Mark Crames.

“It's all down to the fact that scent is the strongest trigger of memories and the emotions that each of us have attached to those memories. If the smell of fresh-cut grass reminds you of happy, carefree summer days, so will our 'Grass' fragrance.”

What do you think of this new line of bizarre fragrances? Which one would you like to try?




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Posted by: swoopingbuzzards (Australia)

I love that brand! these ones sound kinda odd but there are some really lovely ones :)

Posted on: October 01, 2014 (Oct 1, 2014 12:11pm)

Posted by: freaky (Member since 2007, Australia)

I think Ill give these a miss

Posted on: October 01, 2014 (Oct 1, 2014 12:15pm)

Rihanna spends HOW MUCH on her beauty regime?

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We all know celebrities spend big bucks to look as good as they do, but I never would have guessed just how much Rihanna is willing to part with in the name of beauty. According to LOOK magazine, it’s a cool £30,000 per week (that’s around $55,000 Aussie dollars)! Yep, that’s how much money the pop singer spends on her beauty regime.

Here is a break-down of the majority of Rihanna’s mind-boggling beauty spend:

Dermatologist: £6,000 a week (around $11,000)
Personal eyelash technician: £3,000 a week (around $5,500)
Make-up artist: £2,000 a week (around 3,700)
Tanning expert: £500 a day (nearly $1,000)
Hair stylist: £1,500 a day (around 2,800)

Now I don’t know about you, but I think that’s a ridiculous amount of moolah – even for a celebrity as famous as RiRi! On the other hand, it’s kind of comforting to know the stunning Barbadian singer doesn’t just wake up like that. Just imagine how ah-mazing we too could look with an extra 55k to spend…

Do you think Rihanna spends too much on beauty, or do you think it’s simply the price of stardom? How much do you spend on your beauty regime each week?



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Member Comments

Posted by: May318 (Australia)

Holy cow! That is a lot of money to spend on beauty per week!

Posted on: September 30, 2014 (Sep 30, 2014 5:02pm)

Posted by: Anitas Artistry (Australia)

Well I thought I spent a lot!

Posted on: September 30, 2014 (Sep 30, 2014 5:03pm)

A survival guide for new mums

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beautyheaven recently partnered with Bio-Oil® to create a support group for soon-to-be mums looking for a safe and knowledgeable place to ask questions. The ‘Bio Oil® mums-to-be' group is a great destination for women wanting to learn a little more about preparing for motherhood and chat about skincare concerns, body fears and how to best look after themselves on their exciting journey. Since the group began, a few of the members have seen the arrival of their little ones and more and more questions are being asked. We’ve collated some of the best questions from the group, as well as the most common questions from new mums, and asked the baby whisperers at Tresillian to answer them.


1.  What’s your best advice for settling a young baby?

In the early weeks, you’re getting to know your baby and learning what they need. We know babies can communicate their needs from a very early age using infant cues or signals. Babies will signal when they are tired, hungry or needing to be held and interacted with. When they’re tired, some babies will turn away and avoid stimulation; others become fussy and irritable, and some become drowsy.  The way babies behave when they’re tired is not very different from the way you behave when you’re tired!

Understanding and being aware of your baby’s ‘tired’ cues will help with settling – and this may take some time.  Cuddling and playing with your baby when they’re awake will make them feel content, and wrapping them in the early weeks will signal sleep and support them to relax their body. When they’re unsettled, hearing your voice or simply seeing your face can be enough to calm them. You can also try holding them close, rocking gently in a repetitive motion, singing or running a relaxation bath. In terms of how you should settle your baby, hands-on settling or settling in arms are best for babies under three months.


Here are the steps to take for hands-on settling:

 -Check your baby’s nappy

-Wrap in a light cotton sheet (be careful not to overheat)

-Talk quietly and cuddle your baby to encourage a state of calm and drowsiness

-Place in cot on their back, awake with sides up

-They may go to sleep now with no further support

-If not, comfort your baby with gentle ‘shhh’ sounds, gentle rhythmic patting, or rocking or stroking. Stay with your baby until they calm or fall asleep.

-If your baby remains distressed, you may need to pick them up for a cuddle until they calm.


2. What are the benefits of breastfeeding?

Breastfeeding hormones relax both mother and baby and help to improve the efficiency of sleep. It provides regular skin-to-skin and visual contact and increased bonding opportunities. Breast milk is nutritionally complete and requires no preparation, heating or feeding equipment. It’s also economically and environmentally sustainable.

Its health benefits for mothers include increased emotional wellbeing, reduced incidence of pre-menopausal breast and ovarian cancers and improved bone density after feeding. It also helps mothers’ bodies heal and return to a healthy body weight. 

Its health benefits for babies include the fact that breast milk is nutritionally appropriate for babies. Breastfeeding offers enhanced relaxation and sleep, optimal growth and development, and prevents illnesses such as diabetes, gastrointestinal issues and ear infections. It is also associated with a decrease in some cancers.


3. Where can I find breastfeeding help and support? 

If your family and friends are knowledgeable and supportive of breastfeeding, they may be able to encourage and guide you. However, there are also trained support people such as Australian Breastfeeding Associations’ Breastfeeding Counsellors and health professionals like midwives, child and family health nurses. Tresillian staff are contactable via Tresillian “Live Advice” on or “Parent Help Line” on 02 9787-0855 or 1800-637-357.


4. I’m a bit nervous and embarrassed about breastfeeding in public. What can I do to overcome this?

Planning ahead is the key to a smooth experience. Think about the places where you can breastfeed comfortably, with some degree of privacy. Wear loose fitting or easily accessible tops and have a scarf or something similar at hand to wrap around your shoulders if required. If you’re going to a restaurant or cafe, you may want to book ahead or ask to be seated with your back to other tables for added privacy.


5. I’m moving interstate and will be on the road for four days with my two-week-old baby. Can you offer some insights on the ‘absolute essentials’ I need to pack or keep on hand for the baby?

Your baby’s needs are basic at this stage. The main thing you need to do is tune into the cues your baby is giving you for sleep, hunger and interaction and they will be happier and easier to care for. Pack enough of everything you’ll need: nappies (disposable ones are really useful when travelling), baby wipes, plastic bags, hand sanitiser, no-fuss clothing, wraps and blankets. A shawl for privacy while breastfeeding may also come in handy. If your baby is being fed formula, you will need enough formula for the days you are away as well as other equipment to prepare the formula. Using prepacked formula can be a useful alternative.  It’s also a good idea to take a portable cot for sleeping (check that it meets the Australian standards) as well as a sling that frees up your hands so you can see your baby’s face and gauge what they need when sightseeing or shopping. It is really important to regularly wash your hands with soap and water or hand sanitiser. Make sure the safety capsule is correctly fitted. If you are visiting relatives, as a safety precaution, ask that they check their immunisations are up-to-date.




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Member Comments

Posted by: Lucrecia629 (Australia)

Wow! Thanks so much for answering my question! It's great to get the expert feedback in addition to the forum feedback.

Posted on: September 30, 2014 (Sep 30, 2014 4:23pm)

Posted by: Anitas Artistry (Australia)

All that was 4 years ago for me.
...Ahh the memories!

Posted on: September 30, 2014 (Sep 30, 2014 5:00pm)

4 steps to a party-ready mani

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You’ve got a big night ahead, be it a fancy-shmancy cocktail party, drinks with your girlfriends or a birthday bash, and chances are you’ve planned for the necessary prep work (think tan, hair, and finally perfecting that winged liner) to look absolutely flawless. 

Have you factored your nails into the equation? I get it; it seems like such a tiny step that doesn’t really make a huge difference. But it’s amazing how much a bright and vibrant coat of red can really bring your look together.

Just check out these celeb red carpet looks:



See? Not a hugely dramatic difference, but it adds extra oomph to your nighttime stule.

So here’s how you can achieve that show-stopping party-ready mani:



Whether you’ve got old polish on your nails or you’ve been sporting bare nails, it’s a good idea to give your nails a once-over with some nail polish remover. This will help a) make sure your nails are as clean as can be, and b) help get rid of any excess oils that can affect the longevity of your manicure.

Use Revitanail Conditioning Remover Wipes to gently remove any polish or dirt and give your nails a good dose of vitamin E.



Once your nails are clean and dry, apply two coats of a bold, vibrant red. We recommend Revitanail Triple Strength nail colour in Pomegranate. The bright red finish is the perfect shade for a nighttime look, plus the formula will care for the health of your nails at the same time. Oh, and it dries quickly – a huge bonus if you’re short on time.



Sometimes laziness gets in the way of actually finishing off a manicure with a topcoat, but it’s a really important step if you want your colour to last. Just one coat of Revitanail Top Coat on each nail will ensure you’ve got a glossy manicure that lasts and won’t chip before the night’s out.



None of us are perfect, so chances are you may have gotten some polish on your cuticles and skin. Instead of shrugging it off (and having your finishing touch looking a little shabby), use Revitanail Precision Corrector to tidy up your tiny messes. The pointed tip makes it incredibly easy to clean up the edges without affecting the rest of your manicure.


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Member Comments

Posted by: May318 (Australia)

I love doing my nails before I go out for any occasion. It completes the whole look and adds a pop of colour to any outfit.

Posted on: September 30, 2014 (Sep 30, 2014 10:10am)

Posted by: Anita1502 (Australia)

In my opinion the red nails are the most versatile and elegant kind of manicure. Of course it has to be done properly. I have just started using Revitanail Strengthener and I have already noticed a difference. For better of course.

Posted on: September 30, 2014 (Sep 30, 2014 10:17am)