01 Aug 2014 09:30 AM | Posted by bh's Samantha McMeekin
Babies have a lot of things we want. Naptime, constant attention, the ability to wear a onesie everywhere without being judged…
But while some of these things are impossible to obtain as an adult, there are some beauty products that your baby uses that you can benefit from too.
#1 Baby shampoo
Yep, what’s used on your baby’s hair can also be used on your own. In fact it’s great for those with sensitive scalps and fine hair, as it’s incredibly gentle and won’t strip your strands. Baby shampoo is also great for cleaning your make-up brushes. It removes make-up residue while keeping the hairs extra soft.
Try: Paul Mitchell Baby Don’t Cry Shampoo and Natural Instinct Baby Shampoo
#2 Nappy rash cream
Not just for rashy little bottoms, nappy rash cream can be used on all sorts of rashes, irritations and dry patches. You can even apply it to your dry cracked heels to promote healing and smoother skin.
Try: Billie Goat Soap Billie Baby Butt Cream and Sudocrem Healing Cream
#3 Baby powder
Incredibly multi-purpose, baby powder can be used as a dry shampoo substitute, chafe protector, or even to create fuller lashes. Check out the entire list of uses here.
Try: GAIA Natural Baby Natural Baby Powder and Curash Anti Rash Powder
#4 Baby wipes
It’s no secret these moist towelettes are gold. They’re great for removing make-up, cleaning up small spills, wiping dusty surfaces, disinfecting hands and about a million other things.
Try: Mamia Baby Wipes ($2.49, 80 pack, Aldi) and Yes To Baby Carrots Face and Nose Wipes
#5 Roll-on sunscreen
The roll-on was invented for the squirmy baby, but this form of application also makes life easier for the lazy: simply roll-on and rub. There’s no need to get both hands sticky anymore.
Try: Banana Boat Baby Roll-On SPF 50+ and NIVEA SUN Kids Caring Roll On
#6 Baby oil
Not just for massage, baby oil can also act as a cuticle oil, temporary tattoo remover and bubble bath. It can also be used to prevent stretch marks during pregnancy and puberty.
Try: DermaVeen Baby Bath Oil and WOTNOT Baby Bath & Massage Oil
#7 Detangle spray
While toddlers are more notorious for knotty hair, it doesn’t mean this spray can’t work wonders for you also. It will make brushing a whole lot easier, meaning less breakage and split ends.
Try: Natures Organics Organic Care Kids Detangling Conditioning Spray and Johnson’s Kids No More Tangles Spray
Have you every used any of the above baby products for yourself? What’s your must-have product for bub?
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Nice ideas. I'm sure these products are perfect for those who want gentle extra care, sounds fantastic.
Posted on: August 04, 2014 (Aug 4, 2014 9:21am)
Great ideas! I use most of these!!
Posted on: August 04, 2014 (Aug 4, 2014 9:51am)
01 Aug 2014 10:22 AM | Posted by bh's Rosemary Bracey
Flushed skin, visible blood vessels, a red, blotchy nose and cheeks – these are the symptoms that someone suffering from skin redness has to endure on a daily basis.
Although it might seem to be a skin condition that isn’t talked about often, facial redness is actually extremely common in photo aged skins. And if you’re one of the sufferers, you’ll know just how hard it can be to effectively diminish the redness and achieve an even skin tone.
Thankfully though, Ultraceuticals – the cosmeceutical brand that prides itself on delivering effective skin care without the use of harsh chemicals, parabens, dyes and fragrances – now has a solution to treating skin redness. Ultraceuticals Ultra RED-Action Complex*, a daily serum formulated with kinetin, andrographolide and niacinamide, has been clinically proven to reduce the appearance of surface capillaries, minimise visible redness and blotchy skin tone, calm and soothe the skin, and provide deep hydration.
beautyheaven team member Laura suffers from skin redness, so we decided to put the product’s claims to the test, by putting her on a four-week trial of the Ultraceuticals Ultra RED-Action Complex. Here’s what Laura had to say about the condition of her skin and her first Ultraceuticals treatment:
“I've suffered from redness, mainly in my chin area, since my early 20s and I've never found anything that really treats it effectively, which has resulted in me reapplying make-up to it several times a day for more than a decade,” says Laura.
“In order to get my skin care plan right, I first had a consultation, during which I talked about my sensitive skin and redness issues with an Ultraceuticals skin care consultant. My skin was then cleansed thoroughly and photographed using a high-tech Visia camera so we could see the redness in detail, plus any other skin issues. When we looked at the images, the red flushing on my chin was very apparent and looked quite angry up close, which made me even more committed to finding a way to alleviate it!”
“The Ultraceuticals skin care consultant told me my skin was actually dehydrated as well, which can make my fine lines look more pronounced. She put me on an Ultraceuticals skin care regimen, which involves cleansing in the morning and double cleansing in the evening with Ultraceuticals Ultra Hydrating Milk Cleanser (once to remove make-up and once more to cleanse properly - something I never did before.) I also need to use the Ultra RED-Action Complex in the morning after cleansing, followed by the Ultraceuticals Ultra UV Protective Daily Moisturiser SPF 50+. For the evenings, I was given the Ultraceuticals Ultra Moisturiser Cream to keep my skin hydrated.
Before I left, the skin care consultant gave me my first application of the Ultra RED-Action Complex, which felt cooling on my skin, followed by the Ultra UV Protective Daily Moisturiser SPF 50+. The combination left my skin feeling really smooth and hydrated, and the skin care consultant said she could see the redness visibly diminishing already due to the calming ingredients such as Salicin and Allantoin. I looked in the mirror and could also see it was definitely less flushed (hurrah!). I'm definitely looking forward to my new skin care routine and seeing the results each week.”
Not convinced that this product will work on Laura’s skin? Watch this space for the next update on Laura’s treatment, but in the meantime check out some of the before and after images taken during clinical trials of the Ultraceuticals Ultra RED-Action Complex:
Thinking of giving Ultraceuticals Ultra RED-Action Complex a go? The brand is so confident that you’ll see a visible reduction in facial redness that they’re offering a 100 per cent money back guarantee on the product if you don’t see visible results in 90 days!
*Available from September 2014
Do you suffer from skin redness? Would you like to try the Ultraceuticals Ultra RED-Action Complex?
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Good luck, Laura! Fingers crossed for a great result. I can't wait to see.
Posted on: August 02, 2014 (Aug 2, 2014 12:40pm)
This would be absolutely perfect for me. I can never leave the house makeup free with the amount of redness and patchiness I get :(
Posted on: August 02, 2014 (Aug 2, 2014 12:45pm)
29 Jul 2014 20:29 PM | Posted by GuestBlogger
I feel sorry for noses – so many of us aren’t content with their shape or their size – myself included. Some folks even go so far as to have them surgically altered (noooo!), and yet they truly are an amazing part of our anatomy. Whenever I start to get exasperated with mine, I remind myself of the wondrous things my nose does, without me lifting a finger, such as:
- Filtering my air intake so that I don’t inhale unhealthy particles of who-knows-what into my lungs.
- Letting me know when I’m around something toxic (or that the leftover pizza in the fridge should go in the bin, stat).
- Allowing me to experience the joyous aroma of exquisite perfumes, flowers, red wine, pizza…
- Defining the centre of my face so I know where to place my blush (don’t laugh, it’s true!).
- Providing a handy shelf where I can sit my specs/sunnies.
On the other hand my nose also:
- Drips annoyingly when I have a cold.
- Apparently continues to grow for as long as I’m alive (according to Carole Maggio) – eek!
- Has a tendency to get in the way when I’m smooching.
- Is prone to blackheads, even if I’m scrupulous with my cleansing routine.
All jokes aside though, it’s blatantly obvious that the functional benefits of noses far outweigh the little bugbears, and yet knowing all this, I still I find myself wishing my nose looked different; you know, a bit thinner, pointier or smaller? OK call me vain, but I’m not about to go under the scalpel just because it isn’t quite the way I’d like it to be. Instead I use a simple make-up trick to adjust what I’m not so enthused about, and here’s how I do it.
This is me and my nose. In my opinion, it’s a tad too long and wide, and the tip isn’t quite cute enough.
But, with a couple of strokes either side using a soft brush (I used Models Prefer MP24 Small Eyeshadow Brush) loaded with a toning matte powder a few shades deeper than my skin tone (I used MAC Eye Shadow in Omega), I can make it appear shorter, narrower, and even a wee bit perkier.
Of course it’s all an illusion, but it only takes a few seconds as part of my morning make-up routine, and I think it allows my other facial elements to shine just that little bit more. The best part is if you do it carefully, no one will even know.
But don’t get me wrong, I’m more than thankful to have a nose that does everything it’s supposed to, and I want to make it quite clear that I’m not in the least bit interested in having anyone else’s nose (no, not even Carey Mulligan’s). It is, after all, one of the features that makes my face unique, and me ‘me’. However I’m thrilled that I’ve learnt this simple technique to groom it a little, just as I do with the rest of my face.
I’m in no doubt that there’ll come a day when I won’t give a hoot about my hooter (even if it does keep growing!), but it will probably be the same day I stop wearing make-up entirely, and quite frankly I’m not ready to give up that pleasure yet - it’s way too much fun.
Take care of you,
Do you use contouring techniques to balance your facial features? What do you love most about your face?
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Oh you have a cute and adorable nose kat. I'm going to try this tip out, thanks.
Posted on: August 01, 2014 (Aug 1, 2014 4:14pm)
Posted on: August 01, 2014 (Aug 1, 2014 4:35pm)
31 Jul 2014 12:32 PM | Posted by bh's Beth England
As a ‘wash and wear’ kinda gal with very thick, difficult-to-style hair, I’m a big fan of any techniques that can give me a magnificent mane with minimal effort. In my experience, what you do before bedtime can drastically alter the condition of your hair in the morning – and what could be easier than styling your hair while catching some sleep? Here’s how you can literally fall into bed and wake with luscious locks….
1) Luscious curls
Lusting after luscious curls but don’t have time to do battle with a curling iron? A simple rope braid can get you there. For best results, towel-dry hair leaving it slightly damp, then divide into two sections from top to bottom. Braid with only two pieces of hair, ‘rolling’ each section towards inwards and down tothe nape of your neck, picking up hair every time you twist a piece of hair over. Secure at the bottom with hair elastics. If you have very straight hair or just want your curls to last longer, a spritz of strong-holding hairspray along the length of each braid can work wonders, ensuring curls stay bouncy and giving them a bit of extra shine (we used TRESemme Ultimate Hold Lacquer Hairspray). Simply loosen the plaits in the morning to awaken to beautiful, salon-worthy curls.
Top tip: To prevent strands escaping from your braids overnight, wear a hair net such as Lady Jayne Hair Nets.
2) Loose waves
To wake up with loose, Victoria’s Secret-style waves, first wash and towel dry your hair. While it’s still a bit damp, twist it high on your head and secure with a strong, snag-free elastic band such as Gliders Snag Free Hair Elastics to create a loose bun. If you have thicker hair like me or just want to give your waves a bit more oomph, we recommend applying a small amount of wave-enhancing product to your hair before you put it up, such as De Lorenzo Elements Barrel Wave Curl Defining Lotion. Then simply release the bun in the morning to enjoy full, wavy tresses!
Top tip: While you want it to stay secure through the night, make sure the bun isn’t too tight to avoid creating unsightly kinks.
3) Smooth and sleek
Girls with frizzy, unmanageable hair take note: you have the most to benefit from heat-free styling. To get the sleek hair you’ve always dreamed of, simply towel-dry your hair leaving it a bit damp, then brush it back into a smooth, low ponytail. Twist your pony repeatedly around your fingers until it’s almost dried (you can do this easily while watching TV!). For best results, wear your twisted pony to bed, releasing it in the morning for sleek, smooth locks. For hair that’s particularly unmanageable, we recommend using a leave-in hair treatment such as John Frieda’s Frizz Ease® Extra Strength 6 Effects™ Serum overnight. Simply apply a small amount evenly through hair prior to styling, paying particular attention to the ends.
Top tip: For best results when applying a serum, run a wide-tooth comb through your hair to ensure every strand is coated.
Which of these hair looks would you most like to try? Do you have any other tips for super easy hair-styling?
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Great article Beth, love easy ways to do my hair!
Posted on: August 01, 2014 (Aug 1, 2014 11:44am)
These do seem easy enough, something I could do.
Posted on: August 01, 2014 (Aug 1, 2014 1:33pm)
31 Jul 2014 15:13 PM | Posted by bh's Beth England
The fashion pack got a mid-winter fix at yesterday’s David Jones Spring/Summer 2014 fashion show. The ‘Extraordinary Frontier’ runway theme showcased cutouts and slits and midriffs, but it was was the romantic, wild and wind-swept hair and make-up that got us excited.
Terri Robertson-Kirkwood styled hair for Aveda, and it was all about feminine grit and waves that were undone and touchable. International chief make-up artist Yuji Asano created make-up looks for Shu Uemura that were inspired by French Riviera meeting 60s poolside glamour.
Photo credit: Aveda
The first look was inspired by Bridget Bardot with a focus on the eyes and thick, natural-looking lashes. “It is a subtle smoky eye, which has been rimmed with eyeshadow, featuring a beautiful natural lash on the top lashes,” says Yuji. “The skin is glowing, luminous and translucent.”
For the hair, Terri was inspired by the girl who “looks like she has just gotten off her horse.” The ponytail is loose and well worn, and “there is a very strong shape and texture to it.”
Photo credit: Aveda
The second look was inspired by 60s model Twiggy with an angelic twist. Skin was natural and glowy, with a soft, pinched cheek. “The top lash line is slightly rimmed, but instead of putting lashes on the top, they are on the bottom lashes, opening up the eye,” says Yuji.
“For this look, we wanted something smooth and fresh, something you would wear on a holiday in the sun,” says Terri. This was achieved by using the Smooth Infusion Naturally Straight to keep hair smooth while blow drying, resulting in a soft-to-touch style.
Which of these hair looks would you most like to try?
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I love the look in the middle photo - sleek hair with a bit of volume and a clean side part.
Posted on: July 31, 2014 (Jul 31, 2014 5:27pm)
I love the first photo.
Posted on: July 31, 2014 (Jul 31, 2014 6:09pm)