WIN products trialled in July and August

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If you’re anything like us, you’ll be reluctant to swap your go-to beauty products for anything new – that is, unless you’ve been assured that the alternatives are pretty awesome.  

Thankfully, that’s what our Trial Team’s here for – to provide comprehensive, honest reviews for you to peruse before you buy a product you’ve got your eye on.

This past two months, our trusty triallers have had their work cut out for them testing products spanning make-up, skincare and hair.  But we didn’t want the Trial Team to have all the fun – so we thought we’d give you the chance to win the same products they’ve tried (and loved!).

Here’s what you could score:

NaturStyle Permanent Hair Colourant
Garnier Olia
Maybelline SuperStay Better Skin Foundation
L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Extraordinaire
Reversaderm Advanced Skin Correction Starter Kit

To be in with a chance of winning the products trialled in July and August, simply fill out the form below.



Competition ends: midnight AEST September 7 2014
Can't see the entry form? Click here...
NSW LTPM-13-01012
ACT TP 13/03750

Member Comments

Posted by: Huyen (Australia)

Would really love to win the trial products, I have been seeing really good reviews on the products - especially the lipstick and foundation!

Posted on: September 01, 2014 (Sep 1, 2014 3:04pm)

Posted by: maydayismyday (Australia)

Some lovely products there, especially interested in the Dr Lewinns & the L'Oreal!

Posted on: September 01, 2014 (Sep 1, 2014 3:10pm)

Take a hand selfie and win!

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If you a) love the look of a gel manicure and/or b) feel like your nail polish collection is in need of an overhaul, then it’s time to get your hands and nails in tip-top shape.

“But why?” you ask?

Because you’re just one hand selfie away from scoring yourself the entire Sally Hansen Miracle Gel collection. Yes, that’s 18 glorious shades that’ll give your digits a gorgeously glossy shine!

So here’s how it works:

1) Follow Sally Hansen on Instagram (this is the official profile: @sallyhansenau)
2) Upload you hand selfie. Don’t forget to give your nails a fresh coat of paint so they look ultra fabulous. The more interesting your nails look, the better!
3)    Use the tags #OMGel and #MiracleMani and tag @sallyhansenau for your chance to win.  

And here are some of the finer details:
- The competition opens at 10am AEST July 30 2014 and closes at 11:59pm AEST September 23 2014.
- There will be eight winners – one picked each week of the competition – and each will win 18 shades of Sally Hansen Miracle Gel as well as the Gel Top Coat.
You can read the rest of the Terms and Conditions on the Sally Hansen Facebook page.

What are you waiting for?

What’s your go-to nail colour? Would you try a nail art look for this competition?


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Member Comments

Posted by: softness (Member since 2007, Australia)

Good luck everyone who's going in this!

Posted on: August 14, 2014 (Aug 14, 2014 11:04am)

Posted by: Growing old (Australia)

Good luck to all who enters this awesome comp! Wish I was a even a little bit creative :-o

Posted on: August 14, 2014 (Aug 14, 2014 11:12am)

Grooming mistakes your guy is making

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We’re probably all a little guilty of assuming that shaving comes second nature to men. The fact is, much like with a woman’s skincare regimen, if they’re not taught properly in the beginning, odds are they’ve acquired some bad habits along the way.

Recently, we sent resident beautyheaven boy Andy along to a Gillette event, where he was lucky enough to go back to basics and learn how to shave all over again, thanks to the help of the Gillette 'Faceology' gentleman's guide to shaving system.



“As shaving isn't exactly the kind of thing you learn about in school and is generally just a self-taught process from an early age, personally I had formed a few bad habits that added unnecessary irritation to my skin during the shaving process. The Gillette experience identified these and did a great job of explaining the art and science behind the perfect shave - certainly something that every guy should be taught at least once before they take a sharp blade to their face on a daily basis,” says Andy.

Here are the big four bad shaving habits Andy had picked up over the years – and tips on how to banish them.

1) Not softening my beard

“I had never, ever done this, but it definitely pays to soften up the bristles of your beard beforehand using a hot damp towel over your whole face for 60 seconds before shaving.”

bh tip: It also pays to start any shave with a product that can help to prep your skin and the hairs. We love Dermalogica Pre-Shave Guard, as it prepares skin for shaving by softening the beard in order to minimise razor bumps and ingrown hairs.

2) Not understanding the way my beard grows

“Everyone has a unique pattern of growth that's different on each side of the face. Understanding the directions that hair grows in allows us to ensure we shave in the right direction at all times.”

bh tip: for the best in after-shave care, you really can’t go past nourishing options like Imperial Leather No. 1 Original Aftershave Lotion and NIVEA Men Sensitive Post Shave Balm, which both provide the calming care a guys skin so needs post-shave.


3) Applying too much pressure with the razor

“You actually don't need to apply any force; just running the razor down your face is all that's required.  Before I would literally press the shaver really hard and drag it down my face.”

Our razor of choice? Gillette Fusion ProGlide™ Manual, as it features advanced blade technology with a five-blade shaving surface on the front and back of a single shaving cartridge to help reduce pressure for a more comfortable shave.

4) Not shaving my lip right

“When shaving the upper lip, the best way to get a close shave is to shave across the face horizontally over the lips.  Sounds like it would cut your lips, but it's actually fine.”

bh tip: If you’re after a luxurious shave cream, you can’t go past L'Occitane Cade Shaving Cream. Upon contact with your skin it turns into a luxurious mousse and contains shea butter and moisturising glycerine.

How many bad habits is your guy guilty of?



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Member Comments

Posted by: Lucrecia629 (Australia)

After 23 years of shaving daily, my hubby is a pro shaver.

Posted on: August 31, 2014 (Aug 31, 2014 12:44pm)

Posted by: sassylily (Australia)

My husband has grown a beard, which makes him look like Santa!!!

Posted on: August 31, 2014 (Aug 31, 2014 12:48pm)

Getting flawless skin has never been so easy

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Three years ago, the secret to getting flawless-looking skin was – quite literally – bottled and sold to the masses.

Adored by the likes of the Duchess of Cambridge, her sister Pippa Middleton, and the flawless Emma Watson, Kate Winslet, and Lupita Nyong’o, Lancôme Visionnaire became a staple for women around the world to achieve gorgeous, clear skin.

The original Lancôme Visionnaire [LR 2412 4%] Advanced Skin Corrector formulation was a one-of-a-kind product with 12 years of research behind it and more than 100 international awards to its name. The key behind its success was the inclusion of molecules called jasmonates in the formula, which work to correct skin imperfections.

Today, the Lancôme Visionnaire [LR 2412 4%] Advanced Skin Corrector has been reborn and reformulated with an exclusive double-jasmonate complex, which is even more effective in repairing the skin while stimulating cell renewal. Along with this advanced technology, the serum also features lightweight nourishing and hydrating oils, and optical agents for an instant skin-perfecting effect.

After application, the serum sinks evenly into the skin for a smooth finish, and leaves a blurring effect, thanks to the inclusion of silica. Over time, the serum helps to improve the appearance of your skin by smoothing wrinkles and refining texture, shrinking pores and reducing imperfections.
This reformulated wonder gets results fast. After using just one bottle, an impressive 79 per cent of women said wrinkles were smoothed, 83 per cent said pores were less visible, 79 per cent said imperfections were reduced, and 84 per cent said their  skin’s texture was refined.

Lancôme Visionnaire’s next-generation serum ticks all the boxes for helping women achieve a flawless-looking complexion - and hey, if it’s good enough for Kate…


Would you like to have flawless skin like Kate Middleton? Do you like the sound of the new Lancôme Visionnaire [LR 2412 4%] Advanced Skin Corrector?




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Member Comments

Posted by: Tee631 (Australia)

Definitelky wannt to try this new skin product range

Posted on: August 30, 2014 (Aug 30, 2014 12:17pm)

Posted by: CherryBlossom (Australia)

Yes please! I'd love to try this and see how well it works on my uneven skintone.

Posted on: August 30, 2014 (Aug 30, 2014 12:25pm)

Your pregnancy questions answered

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beautyheaven recently partnered with Bio-Oil® to create a support group for any mums-to-be looking for a safe and knowledgable place to ask questions. The ‘Bio Oil® mums-to-be' group has become a great desitination for soon-to-be mums to learn a little more about preparing for motherhood, skin care concerns, body fears and how to best look after themselves on their exciting journey. Since the group began, we have collated some of the best questions from the ‘Bio Oil® mums-to-be' group to be answered by Caroline E. Flynn, Tresillian Nurse Educator (IBCLC) at the Professional Practice & Innovation Centre:


Q. What are some things mums-to-be should pack for the hospital that isn’t on the hospital list?

A: Some or all of the following items may make your stay in hospital more comfortable and help keep you connected with family and friends: your own special pillow, a door knob ‘Do Not Disturb’ sign, Tresillian’s new Hello Baby book, relaxation music, Bio-Oil® for massaging both you and your baby, a night light, a cosy shawl or pashmina for those night feeds, walking shoes, a water bottle, a camera, and a smart phone or electronic device with Internet access.


Q. Many of the women in the bh mums-to-be forum are about to have their first child. What advice can you offer them on looking after themselves mentally and physically?

A: There are lots of suggested ways you can enhance mental and physical health around this busy time of your life with a new baby, such as:

- Identifying the 'emotional support people' in your life and letting them know that you may be calling on them in the months to come.  If you do not have any close family or friends nearby, be sure to make contact with your local Child & Family Health Nurse, Tresillian Live Advice on Facebook, and keep in touch with your ante-natal / post-natal Mother’s Group, especially during your transition into parenthood.

- Also very importantly, consider putting some boundaries in place around hospital visits and in the early days at home. Ask family and friends to text or phone before visiting, allowing you to suggest the most suitable time, and use your door knob 'Do Not Disturb' sign when you need privacy or a nap.

- Keep a list of household tasks close at hand, this will prompt you to readily accept offers of assistance and your helpers will know what you need and be able to practically contribute.

- Lastly, make time to sit down for most meals, eat nutritious foods, keep up your water intake, and make a little time each day for naps, self care, and regular massages (Bio-Oil® is great for massaging all over the body). And don’t forget to do some gentle regular exercise, such as walking with your baby to increase your natural endorphins and to soak up some vitamin D, at sun safe times of day (early morning or late afternoon). Most mums will also benefit from setting aside a couple of hours for 'time out' once or twice a week to reinvigorate both mind and body.


Q.  Is there anything that can be done for swollen feet and ankles in the last couple of weeks of pregnancy?

A: Swollen feet and ankles in the evenings can be a normal part of late pregnancy due to fluid being retained in the lower limbs. This can normally be managed by elevating your feet when and where possible and by gently massaging your legs with Bio-Oil® to help move the retained fluid back into your circulatory system. However, if you are experiencing any swelling of hands or limbs in pregnancy, it's important to inform your midwife or doctor about this sign - just to rule out a rare condition in pregnancy called Pre-Eclampsia, which can be linked to increased blood pressure and altered kidney function, something that requires timely medical treatment.


Q. Can you offer any advice to those women who will not have a natural birth and will have their baby via caesarean section as often this can affect body confidence – especially as we’re coming into bikini season.

A: Take the opportunity to speak to your doctor early about how you may be feeling with regards to the caesarean section birth of your baby. They will be able to reassure you about the surgery involved. In most cases, the scar will be positioned just above your pubic bone and out of site of most lingerie or swimwear. Lower-section caesarean incisions are kept to a minimum and although they can be a little lumpy during the healing process, they usually result in a softer, thin white line. In the early days you will need to keep the incision area clean and dry, avoid direct sunlight to the area and,  once skin healing is complete, you can use Bio-Oil® to gently massage the scar to help it soften and fade.


Tresillian book GIVEAWAY!

To help new mums find their way at this very special time, Tresillian is giving away five copies of its new book: Hello Baby, Parenting with Confidence, A Tresillian Guide by Cathrine Fowler (RRP: $29.95).

To be in the running to win a book, simply comment in the section below and tell us the one thing you love most about being pregnant or a new mum.

Good luck! 

P.S If you're a soon-to-be mum who's interested in the ‘Bio Oil® mums-to-be' group, you can join the group simply by participating in this forum thread. There are still plenty of PRIZES up for grabs!



Member Comments

Posted by: Lucrecia629 (Australia)

The one thing I love about being pregnant is not having to suck it in! It's the only time in a woman's life when the bigger your belly is, the more attractive everyone seems to think you are. :)

Posted on: August 29, 2014 (Aug 29, 2014 5:34pm)

Posted by: Ellelily (Australia)

I have to say that i really enjoyed being pregnant even though i got sick and put on lots of weight I still enjoyed every minute and would have had more if the doctors hadnt told me that I just wasnt built to have kids and that my body wouldnt cope with another preganacy, and so they tied my tubes.

Posted on: August 29, 2014 (Aug 29, 2014 5:55pm)