5 products that will make you feel exceptional about yourself

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If over the last few weeks you’ve felt sluggish, unattractive, clogged up, plain, frazzled or even a little self conscious, well… you’re just like most of the female population.

What you need more than anything is a bunch of brilliant products that you can depend on to make you feel better about yourself and propel you into a state of carefree confidence. So whatever your insecurity, there’s sure to be a product that will make you feel more like the real you…

Dial Coconut Water Body Wash

If dry, scaly skin plagues your body, it can be enough to make you want to cover up from head to toe. In fact, it can make you feel a little itchy and self-conscious. Dial Coconut Water is a hydrating body wash formulated with coconut water and bamboo leaf extract to provide your skin with a healthy moisture hit.

Nair Salon Divine Body Wax Tahitian Gardenia

We all know that fuzzy pins are a nightmare, especially when your eyes travel towards another girl’s set of perfectly hair-free legs. You instantly feel a little ashamed and a little unfeminine, right? I know I do. So why not be the girl with the smooth pins then? Nair Salon Divine Body Wax Tahitian Gardenia is a salon style ‘peel off’ wax resin that can remove hairs as short as 2mm. It also smells out of this world.

Cloud Nine The Waving Wand

Having limp, flat hair is like a fast track ticket to feeling just the same way. If you’re not a pro with curling tools, a waving wand may be just what the doctor ordered. The Cloud Nine Waving Wand is a little thicker than regular curling wands and (thanks to it’s one-touch temperature control) can provide any novice with supremely beach-worthy waves.

L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Cell Renewal Day Cream with SPF 15 and Night Cream

If the development of deep lines and wrinkles is making it difficult for you to come to terms with getting older, you should up the ante of your anti-ageing routine with a dynamic anti-ageing duo that work to plump and add radiance to your skin. The formula found in these products helps to revitalise cells and produce collagen in the skin, leaving you with a soft, supple and firmer-looking complexion.

Head of Hair The Intensive Kit

If you suffer from thinning hair and it’s getting you a little down in the dumps, taking action can often be the thing that makes you feel better. Head of Hair understands that strong, healthy hair starts at the roots, which is why the Intensive Kit features a Regulating Scalp Shampoo, Herbal Mint Conditioner, Follicle Boosting Serum and High Nutrient Scalp Spray.

 

Which product do you think you'd most like to try and why? What makes you feel better about yourself when you're feeling a little down?

 

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Posted by: Cherrykisses13 (Australia)

The waving wand sounds like just the tool for me :)

Posted on: March 24, 2014 (Mar 24, 2014 11:27am)

Posted by: Rose_P (Australia)

I love anything coconut scented, so I'm definitely going to look out for the Dial coconut body wash.

Posted on: March 24, 2014 (Mar 24, 2014 11:35am)

Steph Adams’s top beauty and fashion tips

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When it comes to fashion, beauty, travel and all things lifestyle, Steph Adams means business. Her website, stephadams.com has become the go-to destination for women seeking all kinds of inspiration and it’s easy to see why – Steph has worked extensively across leading Australian and UK publications, and clearly knows her stuff.

Lucky for us, she shares her top tips with beautyheaven:

STEPH'S BEAUTY & FASHION TIPS

1) Wear a sunscreen everyday.

The sun is your worst enemy when it comes to skin ageing and skin damage, not to mention skin cancer. No matter how many creams or facials you have, it won’t do you any good if you don’t wear a sun block. Cover up!

2) Invest in classic pieces for your wardrobe.

When buying an item, ask yourself - will this date? It’s not worth forking out a lot of money on something that will be out of fashion next year.

3) Keep make-up fresh and simple.

Always have someone match the right foundation to your skin. If you have oily skin it’s best to wear a powder to combat shine, too.

4) Choose the right perfume.

A person's scent is very important and, like fashion, it can tell you everything you need to know about that person. Make sure you test it on yourself and wait 10 - 15 minutes before you buy, as not every fragrance suits everyone. I recommend having a summer and winter scent.

5) Clean out your wardrobe.

At the beginning of each season, you should clean out your wardrobe of items you do not wear. If you haven't worn them in the last year, chances are you will not be wearing them this year. Time to say bye bye! You will know then what pieces you’ll need to add to your wardrobe.

6) Learn to laugh.

Laughing helps relieve depression, pain and anxiety. It stimulates yet it relaxes, it gives every organ in the body a good workout and it's fun. Laughing has even been known to improve the condition of people suffering high blood pressure. Learn to laugh everyday!

For more from Steph, head to stephadams.com

Have you ever visited stephadams.com? What would be your top beauty and fashion tips?

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Posted by: Lucrecia629 (Australia)

Couldn't agree more with #2.

Posted on: March 23, 2014 (Mar 23, 2014 12:03pm)

Posted by: SimSta (Australia)

Great tips!

Posted on: March 23, 2014 (Mar 23, 2014 12:13pm)

Are your underarms under attack?

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Fact: on average, each time you shave your underarms on average 36* per cent what’s removed is skin. That’s a lot of skin.

While we don’t normally give our underarms much thought, they’re actually one of the most sensitive parts of our body. This means they’re incredibly prone to irritation and dryness – especially since they’re constantly being subjected to skin-stressing hair removal methods like shaving.

Why is shaving harmful to your armpits?

The skin is the largest organ in the human body and its main function is to act as a protective barrier, both to prevent water loss and shield our skin from environmental damage. The skin under your arms is especially sensitive – more so than your arms and legs – so each time you shave your underarms it contributes to the breakdown of this barrier, in turn damaging your skin. Underarm damage can present itself in the form of increased sensitivity, inflammation and redness, itchiness and dryness, and/or even pigmentation in some cases. And if your underarms are already in distress, any further shaving or plucking, or the application of a harsh deodorant, is only going to exacerbate the issue.

How can you reduce the damage?

The most successful treatment for compromised barrier function and dry, irritated and damaged skin is effective hydration. Moisturisers have traditionally been classified into three key groups – humectants, occlusive, and emollients – all of which work together to provide optimal hydration. Humectants help to bind the water in your skin and keep it there for longer; occlusive help to form a barrier layer across the skin’s surface, effectively trapping water in your skin; and emollients assist in boosting your natural barrier function, ensuring it works to its optimum.

How do you maintain irritation-free underarms?

To help maintain the health of your underarms, it’s vital to use a deodorant that really nourishes and cares for your skin. Dove Original Deodorant is dermatologically tested and contains ¼ moisturising cream, enabling it to protect your underarms and help repair the damage caused by hair removal. It also provides effective 24-hour protection against sweating, odour and wetness – everything a girl could ever want in a good deodorant!

Not ready to give up shaving your underarms? Us either. What you can do however is try to minimise any damage by following these underarm-friendly shaving tips from Dove:

Not so fast. If you shave first thing in the morning, wait 15 minutes. When you wake up, skin can be sensitive, making shaving uncomfortable. 

Soak before you stroke. Even if you use shaving cream, soak your skin for a few minutes before shaving, as it will give you a smoother shave. 

Go for quality. When shopping for a razor it may be tempting to go for the least expensive option – but keep in mind that cheap razors can make you pay the ultimate price with nicks, irritation and razor burn. 

Soothe your skin. Ditch your harsh, drying deodorant. (Did you know that only 1 per cent of your underarms is sweat glands? The other 99 per cent is actually made up of skin). Instead, choose a product that hydrates and replenishes lost moisture to reduce the potential for irritation while providing all-day perspiration protection.


*Unilever Study, Skin Debris 18-60%

 

Do you find that regular shaving damages your underarms? Were you surprised to learn how much skin debris was removed during shaving?


 

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Member Comments

Posted by: Sam91 (Australia)

It's not all that surprising that it's damaging on the delicate skin there. I do love these easy-to-follow tips!

Posted on: March 23, 2014 (Mar 23, 2014 5:47am)

Posted by: Lucrecia629 (Australia)

I do get some irritation under my arms after shaving, but I don't like the alternative either. I shave at night and I actually skip Deoderant until morning. That helps a bit.

Posted on: March 23, 2014 (Mar 23, 2014 8:12am)

How long do you spend in front of the mirror?

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During the week I spend about 20 minutes in front of the mirror each day. BB cream, blush, mascara, a quick straighten and I’m done. But on the weekends, when I’m heading out, I can spend well over an hour. Especially if my hair needs to be washed, blow-dried and styled.

According to research carried out by the Today Show and AOL, the average woman spends 55 minutes on her appearance every day, which amounts to two weeks a year.

Considering my weekday and weekend beauty that figure doesn’t come as a shock to me, but when you think about what you could do with an extra two weeks a year (a holiday, shopping, relaxing), it may seem a bit silly to spend that long.

However, if I take into account how much better I feel when my make-up and hair is just right, how much fun I have trying new lipsticks and the satisfaction of plucking my unruly eyebrows, then all of a sudden it doesn’t seem silly at all.

But that’s just one beauty-obsessed opinion. We wanted to find out if 55 minutes was really that long to spend on a beauty routine, so we threw the question out to our forum, and here’s what some of you said about the time you spend in front of the mirror (although to be fair, as beautyheaven members, also quite beauty obsessed!).

 

“I always run out of time in the morning for the entire routine – but spending nearly an hour just on appearance seems a little ridiculous” –Tee631

 

“55 minutes a day sounds reasonable. I spend around 30 minutes in the morning doing my face and hair and around 10 -15 of a night taking it all off again.” –Hayley_22

 

“Most mornings I’m in a rush and it takes me about 15-20 minutes, but seriously if I had an hour I would take all of that time getting ready.” –RockieHazel

 

“I’m not really sure how long I spend, but I know I spend longer the older I become!” –cat lover


“Around 40 minutes for work every morning; 15 minutes for shower and changing,
15 minutes for make-up
and 10 minutes for hair.” – Fatima97


“For special occasions it may take me at least an hour and a half to get ready. I have been trialling doing my own hair and makeup instead of getting it done and it seems a lot quicker (and cheaper!).” –Jodie938


Hmm, looks like an average of 55 minutes is pretty spot on for our members…

 

Do you think 55 minutes per day is too long to spend in front of the mirror? Do you spend longer or less? Does it surprise you that it adds up to two weeks a year?


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Posted by: Jasmen111 (Australia)

When it adds up to 2 weeks a year, it does seem a lot! A relaxing holiday in spain sounds like a great way to spend those two weeks

Posted on: March 22, 2014 (Mar 22, 2014 12:03pm)

Posted by: Sam91 (Australia)

I don't think there is anything wrong with spending 55 minutes a day to get ready. It varies for me. Some days I like to take my time, as it's kind of relaxing to me. Other days, I'm not as bothered and get ready in 15 minutes.

Posted on: March 22, 2014 (Mar 22, 2014 12:07pm)

How-to: find a body spray just like your signature scent

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If you keep your most treasured fragrances hidden away like you do your best china, you’re a ‘special occasion spritzer’. That means you would probably prefer to go out without a hint of fragrance, than waste your favourite perfume on a workday.

Don’t you know that you don’t have to spray your favourite Michael Kors scent each day to smell great? Save it for more special occasions and opt for a scrumptious body spray instead. We’ve got five mouth-watering options to choose from, just find the one that’s most like your favourite perfume…

If you like to wear… floral fragrances

You might wear scents like… Lancôme Trésor in Love Eau de Parfum or Clinique Happy Heart

You should choose… Panache Perfumed Body Spray or Elizabeth Arden Green Tea Scent Spray

Panache is a timeless floral scent with a hint of musk. The body spray contains notes of bergamot, orange zest, jasmine, rose and musk.
The Green Tea Scent Spray features a cocktail of fresh notes to keep your body and mind rejuvenated, including lemon, orange zest, bergamot, peppermint and jasmine.

 

If you like to wear… fruity fragrances

You might wear scents like… DKNY Be Delicious or Juicy Couture Couture Couture
 
You should choose… Avon Naturals Pomegranate & Mango Refreshing Body Spray or NP Set Moroccan Citrus Body Spray, $9.99, 1800 814 572

The Avon scent is every bit as juicy and delicious as you imagine it to be and the NP Set spritz has the sweet tang of an orange, with the velvety edge of a smooth spice.

If you like to wear… woody/musk fragrances

You might wear scents like… Sarah Jessica Parker Lovely or Estée Lauder Sensuous Nude

You should choose… Hello Kitty Musk Sticks or The Body Shop White Musk Sheer Chiffon Body Mist

Both scents are deep and sensual, and contain a sweet streak that will appeal to the senses. The Body Shop Mist contains notes of musk, lily, ylang ylang, and vanilla.

If you like to wear… oriental fragrances

You might wear scents like… Opium by Yves Saint Laurent or La Prairie Life Threads: Gold

You should choose… Impulse Goddess or So…? Fragrances So?

Goddess by Impulse is a perfumed spray that’s perfect to wear anytime, especially at work or for touch-ups during a day out. It contains a beautiful blend of exotic oriental scents and citrus notes. So…? contains woody/oriental notes of orange, pomegranate, almond, freesia and cedarwood.

 

Which scent group do you most like? What is your favourite body spray?

 

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Posted by: Blondie58 (Australia)

I have to admit I do love Opium it has to be one of my top loves in fragrances. There are a lot of perfumes here to choose from but I don't like light and fruity but the more stronger scents.

Posted on: March 21, 2014 (Mar 21, 2014 4:01pm)

Posted by: maydayismyday (Australia)

I had no idea that Napoleon Perdis did body sprays! I'll have to check that out

Posted on: March 21, 2014 (Mar 21, 2014 4:05pm)