5 beauty gurus to keep on your radar

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If you’re reading this, then it’s fair to assume that you’re obsessed with all things beauty. While we might be (a fabulous) one-stop shop for all your beauty needs, it’s nice to throw a little variety in the mix sometimes.

So get ready to be inspired by these bloggers, vloggers and social media queens – because they’re the beauty gurus you need to keep on your radar. Trust us.


#1 GRITTYpretty


What is it?

Much like beautyheaven, GRITTYpretty is a website dedicated to beauty. Founded by Australian beauty editor Eleanor Pendleton, the site lets you in on the latest beauty trends, techniques, products and innovations, complete with how-tos.


Photo credit: GRITTYpretty website


The best part?

The just-launched interactive online magazine, which is set to come out every season. The images alone make us swoon (and top up our various beauty carts). Pretty cool, huh?


Where can I find it?

The website is where the magic happens, but it also has a strong social media presence – Instagram (@gritty_pretty), Facebook (Gritty Pretty) and Twitter (@GrittyPrettyEd).

Here at the bh office, we’ve got a bit of a girl crush on Pendleton, so can we suggest you follow her on Instagram (@eleanorpendleton), too?  


#2 Chloe Morello


 Photo credit: Chloe Morello YouTube channel


Who is she?

Chloe Morello is an Australian vlogger who guides legions of fans on going from bare-faced to glam via step-by-step – and actually doable! –  YouTube tutorials. She covers make-up, hair and a little bit of fashion. With more than 900,000 subscribers, it’s safe to say she knows what she’s talking about.

The best part?

Although we’re obsessed with her Hollywood make-up tutorials, her Halloween make-up is something special. She shows you how to create a ripped skin facial injury from start to finish. Yes, really!

Where can I find her?

Check out her YouTube channel (Chloe Morello) for hundreds of how-tos, make-up looks and interviews. Her Instagram (@chloemorello) offers an insight into her favourite products, so it’s a great one to check out before your next trip down the beauty aisle.

#3 Zoe Foster Blake


Photo credit: zotheysay instagram


Who is she?

Zoe Foster Blake is an all-round beauty guru. No question. The beauty-editor-turned-author-turned-skin-care-line-founder knows pretty much everything there is to know about beauty. We’ve bookmarked her blog for its sound advice and pretty pictures, and are huge fans of her new, no-fuss skin care line.

The best part?

I can’t rave about her skin care range enough (try the Exceptionoil, ASAP), but the very best thing about Zoe Foster Blake is her sense of humour. She’s just too darn funny.

Where can I find her?

To add to your beauty IQ, visit her website, and to learn more about her awesome skincare line, check out Go-To.  Finally, to understand what I’m talking about when I say she’s hilarious, follow her on Instagram (@zotheysay).


#4 bellaMUMMA


Photo credit: bellaMUMMA website


What is it?

bellaMUMMA is a beauty and lifestyle website “that covers everything beauty-full in life” – and we can’t argue with that! While the site’s main focus is beauty – it’s packed with how-tos, inspiration and the latest trends – it also covers home life, travel and health and wellbeing. Oh, and it runs awesome giveaways all the time, too.

The best part?

The ‘Glow and Tell’ series – a series of interviews with successful Aussies (think designers, brand founders and bloggers) about their beauty tips and must-have products. Because, who doesn’t want to steal tricks from those in the public eye?


Where can I find it?

Visit the bellaMUMMA website first. Then, head to its Pinterest (@bellamumma) and Instagram (@bellamumma) for amazing visual inspiration and Facebook (bellaMUMMA) to stay up to date with everything on the site.


#5 Into The Gloss


Photo credit: Into The Gloss website


What is it?

The only international guru that made the cut, Into The Gloss is a phenomenal beauty website. It’s  brimming with interviews (Gigi Hadid, Elle Macpherson and Jaime King, to name a few), up-to-date information about the latest trends, tried-and-tested products and advice.

The best part?

It’s a tough call, but probably the site’s skincare range, Glossier (you can access it through the site). With four must-have products –a face mist, priming moisturiser, skin balm and tint – it will help you get your glow on. Plus, the pretty pink packaging is just too cute.


Where can I find it?

Head to the site by clicking here. And, if you’re always in the mood to be inspired, you just have to follow these US beauties on Instagram (@intothegloss).

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Posted by: stackcats (Australia)

My favourite makeup guru is Wayne Goss!

Posted on: February 08, 2015 (Feb 8, 2015 12:18pm)

Posted by: Tee631 (Australia)

Love to see more beauty websites

Posted on: February 08, 2015 (Feb 8, 2015 1:31pm)

Ear protrusion and the otoplasty procedure

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When I was in primary school, I was called ‘Dumbo’ and teased about my ears. They were big for my head and stuck out quite a bit, which meant I could never get away with the slicked back ponytail style that was all the rage. Lucky for me, name-calling and a bit of schoolyard teasing was all I had to endure.

But these days, thanks to the internet and social media, bullying is no longer restricted to school hours. Cyber bullying is a very real problem: kids can be teased and taunted at all hours of the day and night, and in very public forms.

As someone who was bullied about their ears, I considered having them pinned back. I would often look up the cost, the recovery time and the results of the procedure. I never went through with it, but my bullying would stop once I walked out of the school gates of an afternoon. The bullies eventually got bored in high school, and by that time, I was an expert in styling my hair without my ears showing.

If your child is being teased about their ears, I can tell you first-hand just how much it can affect their confidence – and make them incredibly self-conscious. And considering that well over half of young people don’t tell their parents when cyber bullying occurs*, it could be having more of an impact than you think.

Dr Shahram Shahidi, Facial Plastic & ENT Surgeon, Centre for Facial Cosmetic Surgery (Dr Shahidi), is an expert on children who suffer from ear protrusion conditions.

He recalls a 9-year-old male patient who underwent the otoplasty procedure, saying, “he was constantly being teased and bullied at school, but once he had his ears pinned back, his confidence was boosted to another level. He was so happy to have his hair short and he was like a different child. It’s amazing what a difference just a little bit of confidence makes.”

Dr Shahidi says he sees an equal number of male and female patients, and recommends undergoing the procedure before school starts to prevent bullying and physiological problems. By the age of five, the ears will have grown to approximately 80 per cent of their adult size.

Once the procedure is over, “most patients go home on the same day with a bandage around their head. The pain is usually mild and can be controlled with simple analgesic such as Panadol,” says Dr Shahidi

I can’t say whether I’d undergo the procedure if I had my time again, but it’s good to know it’s an option if my kids inherit my ear protrusion.


For more information head to www.drshaidi.com.

Do you or your kids have protruding ears? Have you ever considered an ostoplasty procedure? 





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Posted by: Melody261 (Australia)

What a gorgeous child you were Sam! I can't believe they even noticed your ears, you are beautiful. Such a shame kids can be so cruel, but alas it has always been the case and the cyber bullying is terrible!

Posted on: February 07, 2015 (Feb 7, 2015 12:13pm)

Posted by: MissM19 (Australia)

I am so sorry to hear about the bullying you went through. I know so many people, including myself, who were bullied for most of their childhood and teenage life. Whether it was our hair, name, culture, clothing...etc. And like you said now there is cyberbullying which is just as harmful.

Posted on: February 07, 2015 (Feb 7, 2015 12:34pm)

The Veet #HairyQuestions Campaign

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If you’re anything like me, going through puberty was a bit awkward.

As the eldest of four, I didn’t have a big sister to go to for advice – and I would have preferred to stick a pencil in my eye than talk to my parents about things like periods or hair removal.

I’ll never forget my mum telling me I should probably shave my armpits, then leaving me to my own devices with what seemed like the biggest, sharpest razor ever invented. Thanks, mum!

Fast forward to now, and Veet’s helping teens to navigate the awkward, uncertain phase with a new campaign called HairyQuestions.

Educational and entertaining, the dedicated website addresses every uncomfortable puberty-related question you could think of. It also provides information on hair removal products, as well as tips and tricks to ensure the experience is as pain and mess-free as possible.

For those new to hair removal, the site offers options such as the beginner-friendly Veet Starter Kit, which has a selection of products to suit all needs and skin types.

The website also features the hilarious short film, Could Your Dad Answer These Very Questions?, showing a handful of teen girls asking their fathers difficult questions such as “What is PMS?”. It’s definitely worth a watch!

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Posted by: KatieBurnie (Australia)

What a great idea! Even though mum and I were very close it was a tad emarrassing navigating my teen years alone being the oldest sister. However I did share all my knowledge with my little sister too. This is a good website for all.

Posted on: February 06, 2015 (Feb 6, 2015 11:44am)

Posted by: MissM19 (Australia)

I remember when I was going through puberty. Luckily my mom was really helpful and I have always been very close with her so I could go to her for anything. This is a great idea though for those that aren't as comfortable with their parents and want their questions answered!

Posted on: February 06, 2015 (Feb 6, 2015 12:06pm)

9 insanely good beauty offers

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Can we let you in on a secret? Christmas aside, the release of the new season David Jones’ Fashion and Beauty catalogue is THE best time to organise a spending spree.

Packed with offers across all beauty categories, you’re bound to find something to spoil yourself – and your loved ones, if you so choose. Here are some top beauty picks from the A\W 2015 David Jones. Catalogue

Laura Mercier
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Purchase the new Laura Mercier Watercolour Mist Eye & Colour Palette and one other Laura Mercier product, and receive a complimentary full-sized Faux Lash Mascara (valued at $39).

Giorgio Armani
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Stock up on the cult favourite (and award-winning) Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation, and receive a complimentary Armani Glow Consultation and a 5-day trial.

dior offer david jones

Visit your nearest Dior Beauty counter to get a one-hour personalised make-over with a Dior make-up artist. You’ll need to pay a $50 booking fee to secure your appointment, but that is redeemable with the purchase of two Dior products on the day.

More offers ahead!

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Posted by: Anita1502 (Australia)

oh, that dior palette!!!!! I love DIOR!!!

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Oh wow! I want the Dior palette!

Posted on: February 06, 2015 (Feb 6, 2015 11:33am)

37 of the best hair-saving products you’ll ever own

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Need to top up your stash of hair care goodies, but don’t know where to start? Stress less, my locks lovers, bh is here to help you make the tough decisions!

We’ve scanned the archives and put together a list of 37 of the best dry shampoos, heat defence sprays, hair treatments and thickening products that you need in your life. Get ready to make some serious shelf space, ladies….





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Argan Oil has saved my hair :)

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