Formal eye make-up to last all night

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We are a couple of weeks into spring, and the days are getting longer and the nights warmer. But this doesn’t just mean you can get away with bare legs on a Saturday night without looking like you’ve lost your way, it also means that formal season is just around the corner.

Ladies, it’s time to start thinking about your date, your dress, your shoes and most importantly, your make-up!

We guarantee that of all the things you have to worry about on the night – will your date turn up? Is your dress formal enough? Do your shoes match? – your make-up won’t be one of them. We guarantee you a night of flawless make-up, no re-touching necessary.

#1 A good base

Start your look off right with a good base. Apply Revlon Photoready Eye Primer + Brightener to the lids of your eyes. It not only acts as a primer to ensure eyeshadows and concealers stay-put, but also contains photochromatic pigments that reflect and diffuse light, to brighten the eyes. Which means that you can stay out way past your curfew, and nobody will know.

#2 Layer it up

Layer Maybelline EyeStudio Color Tattoo Eye Shadow on top of your primer for colour that lasts all night. The shadow mimics the intensity of a tattoo, and delivers 24 hours of water and crease-resistant colour. The best part is that it’s available in a range of colours – from bronze to bright blue – so you can match or clash your shadow (depending on how brave you are!) with any dress.  

#3 Define those eyes

bh member’s love Bobbi Brown Longwear Gel Eyeliner. We guarantee this liner will last the distance. The gel-based formula comes in a pot, which means it’s super easy to apply. Use a sharp-angled brush (we recommend MAC 263 Small Angle Brush) along your lash line to define your eyes.

#4 Add a little drama

It’s your formal so you need to draw attention to your eyes. Add a little drama with the Ardell Lash Starter Kit #105. The kit contains a pair of long, glamorous lashes, adhesive and an easy-to-use applicator - everything you need to complete your look. 


Have you ever used any of the above products? Do you have any other products or tips to ensure your make-up lasts all night?



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Member Comments

Posted by: Beautybabe140194 (Australia)

Great tips, I definitely never skip primer on my face or eyes. I use a makeup setting spray to make my makeup last the night. I bring lippie to fix my lips if eating or drinking.

Posted on: September 17, 2014 (Sep 17, 2014 4:16pm)

Posted by: May318 (Australia)

Never forget a great lip colour as well!

Posted on: September 17, 2014 (Sep 17, 2014 4:21pm)

The invisible way to straighten teeth

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Truth be told, being blessed with straight teeth doesn’t come naturally for most people, leaving many of us massively jealous of the celebs that flaunt their perfect pegs (Jessica Alba, we’re looking at you!) and spending our teen years with a mouth full of metal.

All jokes aside, living with crooked teeth can have a real impact on someone’s self-confidence and can even prevent them from smiling in an attempt to hide their teeth from others.

While there are many solutions out there for people looking to perfect their smiles, the various types of teeth-straightening treatments available can be a bit overwhelming and make it difficult to figure out which one will be the perfect choice for you.

If comfortable, super discreet, and quick results are at the top of your must-have list, then listen up. The Incognito Lingual Braces System by 3M is a new teeth-straightening treatment used by celebrities and regular folk to improve their smile without impacting on their lifestyle.

Incognito is a fully customised treatment that uses nickel-free gold alloy braces that are fixed behind your teeth, making them incredibly subtle. Honestly, no one will even know you have braces. How do we know this? Beautyheaven team member Annalise put the Incognito Lingual Braces System to the test. So, did they give her the Hollywood smile she hoped for? Read on to find out…

“Never in my life have I been so aware of mouths! On a daily basis I study celebrity red carpet smiles, my co-worker’s pearly whites, and glistening teeth in advertisements, so let's just say it’s become a bit of an obsession.

“Nearly two years ago, I had the Incognito Lingual Braces System by 3M applied to the backs of my teeth, which is a straightening solution that’s virtually impossible to detect, so looking after my teeth has kind of become ‘my thing’.

“For as long as I can remember, I had issues with a cluttered mouth and a few of my teeth crossing over that looked, well, crooked. To put it bluntly, I had a snaggle tooth (fun fact: so does Kate Moss) and have always been a little self conscious about taking photos with a open mouth, so I thought why not do something about it?

"After tossing it up for about a week I decided I would undertake treatment at Sydney Smile Specialists with Dr Steve Stramotas in Chatswood. The team there were very helpful and provided practical tips along the way to help with the changes I experienced while having braces on, which make my every day life that little bit easier. This included tips on how to brush and floss with braces attached to the backs of your teeth, what foods to avoid - carrots, toffees, super crunchy muesli slices, or nougat – that could interfere with the bonding and glue on my brackets after a bite or two, and help with a few small speech issues that I had in the first few days of having them applied. 

“Even though there were some small teething issues (pardon the pun) early on – all in all I'm thrilled with the results.”
“After a relatively quick two years, I now have perfectly straight teeth and my jaw is in alignment (no more over bite for me!). I enjoy wearing bright lip colours without getting smudges on my teeth, and smile openly and freely in photos and in person. In all honesty, I think my overall confidence has grown and because I'm in a position at work where I'm speaking with people every day, being comfortable with my appearance is a must. I also enjoyed the freedom that the Incognito Lingual Braces by 3M allowed me during my treatment – for the entire two years I had them on, no-one knew until I told them!”

To find out more information about the Incognito Lingual Braces System by 3M, click here.

Do you like the results of Annalise’s teeth? Would you like to try the Incognito Lingual Braces System?




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Member Comments

Posted by: Neilrawson (Australia)

This would be fantastic for people wanting to straighten teeth. It has done a wonderful job, excellent. I bet you are glad you went through the hard yards for this result, well worth it, good one Annalise.

Posted on: September 17, 2014 (Sep 17, 2014 11:08am)

Posted by: May318 (Australia)

I wish this was around when I was in high school!

Posted on: September 17, 2014 (Sep 17, 2014 11:12am)

An appointment with Jocelyn Petroni

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I’ve been in the beauty industry for SEVEN years, and I’ve only just had the pleasure of visiting Jocelyn Petroni’s Woollahra salon. It’s almost embarrassing! Over the years, I’ve read countless stories about how Jocelyn works her magic on some of the city’s most famous faces, and I’ve always wanted to be one of her clients. Recently, I was lucky enough to sit in one of Sydney’s most sought after seats and experience Jocelyn at work, doing what she does best.

An avid Buddhist, Jocelyn is warm and welcoming when I arrive, and I instantly feel at home in the chic Woollahra terrace.  We sit across from each other in the spacious treatment room and she’s all smiles as she asks me about my skin. The interaction is very casual, like two old friends catching up, but based on her questions and her assessment, I know she just gets my skin. She also tells me that no two facials are alike and that each treatment is completely tailored to the client’s needs and their skin type, which I think is pretty awesome. The room is filled with products from reputable brands like Ultraceuticals, Priori, Sodashi and La Prairie, which assures me I’m in good hands.

I take my place in what must be the most comfortable chair I’ve ever sat in and melt into the cotton sheets. When Jocelyn comes in I’m already relaxed, ready for the pampering to begin. She tells me there’ll be no talking, as she often meditates during treatments and I’m more than happy with that, as I like to use the time to zone out and let go of the world, too.


I now know that Jocelyn chose to use a mix of Priori, Sodashi and Ultraceuticals products on my skin, as she wants to address my uneven skin tone, blemishes and slight dryness, as well as prevent the signs of ageing. She removes my make-up using heated eye pads topped with some Bioderma Crealine H20, and follows up with a Sodashi Eye and Lip Cleanser with Chamomile, massaging it in using a traditional Shiatsu technique. Bliss. Next, she does a double cleanse using the Sodashi Clay Cleanser with Sandalwood and Ultraceuticals Brightening Foam Cleanser, teamed with continual warm steam. Then it’s time to go deeper. Jocelyn applies a Priori face and body scrub, boosting its effects with a Priori 25% lactic peel, hot towels paired with cleanser to remove the peel, and a few hefty extractions.

After that, Jocelyn uses a Sonophoreris machine to infuse the Sodashi Acne Boost Serum and Ultraceuticals Vitamin A Concentrate deep into my skin. She later tells me these products will deal with my pesky spots and any fine lines that may be setting up camp. (At this point I’m pretty sure I’m snoring!)

Jocelyn then treats me to a pampering massage using a Sodashi Eye Mask and Ultraceuticals Energising Mask. My hour-long treatment finishes with a spray of the Sodashi Calming Rose Mist (for toning), followed by the Samadara Eye Cream and Ultraceuticals Ultra Rich Mask as a moisturiser. Oh, and some SPF of course.


Would you like to try a Jocelyn Petroni treatment? What do you look for in a facial?


Signature Facial ($310 with Jocelyn, $260 with Nicole)

Photo credit: Cybele Malinowski


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Posted by: Lucrecia629 (Australia)

I've never had a facial but this sounds wonderful! I have a Sodashi body butter. Very luxe. Anything that involves Sodashi, you can count me in!

Posted on: September 16, 2014 (Sep 16, 2014 4:09pm)

Posted by: Jenniqua (Australia)

I look for a nice relaxing experience, that when I am done, I feel like I have had a power nap. My skin must feel like it has just been on holidays without me.

Posted on: September 16, 2014 (Sep 16, 2014 4:09pm)

Vanessa Hudgens’ sleek red carpet ‘do

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Vanessa Hudgens stunned onlookers with a super sleek beauty look at the Voices on Point Gala on the weekend.

Following the lead of bona fide beauty icons like Emma Stone and Beyoncé, the 25-year-old former Disney Channel star hit the red carpet with a blunt new haircut and bright ombre highlights.

With her bold lashes, vampish dark red lipstick, and a two-tone strapless gown showing off some seriously sexy bronzed shoulders, we think Vanessa was an absolute knockout.  

To get her super sleek ‘do, use a styling cream formulated for unruly hair, such as nak aromas smooth straightening crème with argan oil. MooseHead Hard Core Wax is also great for creating a smooth style with shine.  

Are you a fan of Vanessa's beauty look? Would you attempt this slicked back ‘do?



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Posted by: Lucrecia629 (Australia)

Very sleek! Definitely a fan.

Posted on: September 16, 2014 (Sep 16, 2014 12:52pm)

Posted by: Neilrawson (Australia)

I am loving Vanessa's look, she is a gorgeous gal.

Posted on: September 16, 2014 (Sep 16, 2014 12:58pm)

How to get your feet sandal-ready

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Spring is officially here. While we may still be seeing a few cold and rainy days, temperatures will soon rise and before you know it, open-toe shoes will replace chunky, heavy boots in our daily wardrobe.

Chances are, the recent cold and windy winter weather has left your soles and heels looking a little on the dry side. Possibly even a little cracked. And that sort of thing can’t exactly be fixed completely in a day (if only), which is why now – the changeover period – is the perfect time to start getting those feet of yours prepped and ready for sandal season.

So where do you even start with this heel makeover? Tending to your feet with a nourishing and skin-softening lotion daily will do the trick. But according to Amit Saha, group technical manager at LaCorium Health, regular hand and body moisturisers aren’t concentrated enough to treat dry and cracked heels. Generally speaking, most lotions don’t contain urea, a hard-working ingredient that breaks down thick and hardened skin to leave skin softer and smoother, which makes it perfect for your feet.

Dermal Therapy Platinum Heel Balm™ not only contains skin-softening urea, but it contains 30 per cent of it – that’s more than most heel balms on the market. And the urea in the non-greasy and highly concentrated formula works to get your heels in tip-top shape in four ways: it exfoliates your skin to get rid of dead skin cells; it helps promote water retention in the deeper layers of your skin; it decreases trans-epidermal water loss; and it allows the nine moisturising emollients in the balm to penetrate the skin more effectively to bring more moisture to the surface. Which basically means you can say bye-bye dry heels, and hello to silky smooth feet.

Take a look at what daily use of Dermal Therapy Platinum Heel Balm™ can do for your feet in just two weeks:

Oh, and you might want to keep some of the balm on hand once you do start wearing those summer sandals. Both sandals and thongs allow the fat under your heels to expand sideways and increase the pressure in your heels, which can cause your skin to crack. Regular application of the intensely moisturing formula will ensure your feet will look,and feel, good all summer long.

Do you suffer from dry, cracked heels? How have you started preparing for spring and summer?


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Member Comments

Posted by: Neilrawson (Australia)

Dermal Therapy looks good. Has a great range of skin loving products for feet.

Posted on: September 16, 2014 (Sep 16, 2014 9:22am)

Posted by: Pink Hornet (Australia)

Hoe did you sneak in to take photos of my feet. They get so dry and painfully cracked.

Posted on: September 16, 2014 (Sep 16, 2014 9:41am)