02 Dec 2013 13:22 PM | Posted by bh's Cherie Herrmann
If someone gives a girl just one beauty product for Christmas, she’ll be truly and utterly delighted. But if you allow her to find a gift box under the tree that contains 10 beauty products, she'll be smiling from ear to ear for weeks. Seriously.
So, if you're smart, and you’re yet to purchase your girlfriend, bestie, mother or sister a Christmas present, you should definitely get her this: the Sanctuary Spa Ultimate Glow Pamper Box. It contains 10 marvellous products, but if you need more convincing of its greatness, we've got three more reasons right here...
3 REASONS ANY LADY WILL LOVE THIS SANCTUARY SPA GIFT BOX
#1. It'll leave her skin wonderfully glowy.
And we all know this is something you want at this time of year, but find hard to achieve because of the many late nights and alcohol beverages. By using the Sanctuary Spa Hot Cloth Cleanser in conjunction with the Sanctuary Spa Facial Muslin Cloth once or twice a day, and the Sanctuary Spa Radiance Exfoliator twice a week to rid your skin of any build-up, she’ll create a clean, healthy complexion. Then, she can apply the Sanctuary Spa Illuminating Moisture Lotion SPF15 each morning and enjoy the radiant skin that’s sure to follow.
#2. It'll give her a body that feels soft and smells great.
Not only will receiving this box allow her to bathe in the deliciousness that is the Sanctuary Spa Body Wash, it’ll give her the opportunity to exfoliate her body with the Sanctuary Spa Body Scrub and Sanctuary Spa Skin Luxury Body Brush, too. She’ll also be able to apply the Sanctuary Spa Body Butter post-shower, which will ensure her skin is left feeling almost as soft and smooth as a baby's bum.
#3. It'll give her terrific looking tootsies.
It most certainly will! And we all know that well-groomed feet are a must when you're sporting strappy sandals and thongs during the summer season. We suggest the lovely lady in your life soaks her feet in the bath or shower for a few minutes, before using the Sanctuary Spa Pedicure Foot File to get rid of any hard, stubborn dry skin, before following up with the Sanctuary Spa Pumice Foot Scrub. This will ensure her feet feel fresh and preened – not just her heels.
Have you finished your Christmas shopping yet? Do you have a loved one who would appreciate this pampering gift box?
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Posted by:(Member since 2007, Australia)
How lovely is that Sanctuary Spa collection?!! Just when I thought I'd just finished my Christmas shopping I find this! I think I'll have to get it and just wrap it up and write it's from Santa to me! I know my mum would love this too.
Posted on: December 03, 2013 (Dec 3, 2013 9:57am)
This box is great value. I was considering buying it for myself. I love Sanctuary Spa products.
Posted on: December 03, 2013 (Dec 3, 2013 10:00am)
02 Dec 2013 12:02 PM | Posted by bh's Carli Alman
Everyone’s got a beauty problem that isn’t so…well…sexy. Hairy moles, split nails, cracked heels, dandruff, and cellulite probably top the list.
So here’s what I thought about when I was putting together my Christmas shopping list: why not buy someone the solution to his or her annoying beauty problem? Sure, it’s not the most obvious (or glitzy) choice, but it’s sheer brilliance. And here’s why:
1) They’ll actually use your gift and it won’t end up being ‘saved for later’ or re-gifted.
2) They’ll totally appreciate how thoughtful you are.
3) You’ll be their beauty saviour.
Literally everyone wins.
This bad boy is just what the doctor ordered for the friend or relative whose heels are looking a little less than fabulous:
The Emjoi PediSmooth Plus works to buff away fine particles of skin, effectively removing rough, dry and calloused skin leaving you with baby-smooth skin on your feet in no time at all, But the best bit is that it does it super-gently, without harming or hurting your feet, making it perfect if you’ve got sensitive skin or for those suffering from diabetes. It also comes with interchangeable micro-mineral rollers for different skin types and an extra speed setting, so it’s suitable for anyone and everyone – even the man in your life!
Oh, and because you can buy refills for the foot-smoothing tool, you’re pretty much sorted for Christmas gift for years.
Have you ever bought someone a Christmas gift that’s incredibly useful? What’s the most useful gift you’ve ever received?
Posted by:(Member since 2008, Australia)
Sounds good, and seems like a good price point also
Posted on: December 02, 2013 (Dec 2, 2013 4:10pm)
Great idea! I'd like to try the Pedismooth out, looks like it works really well
Posted on: December 02, 2013 (Dec 2, 2013 4:17pm)
29 Nov 2013 11:58 AM | Posted by bh's Cherie Herrmann
There’s more to colour than just pigments. A lot more. Colours hold a unique power that enables them to affect our moods, change our emotions and challenge our mind. Yes, without you even really realising, vibrant hues play a huge role in our overall health and wellbeing.
Blue is one of the most powerful colours in the spectrum, and there are many reasons why you should surround yourself with this shade. Don’t know why or how to harness the power of this hue? Let’s find out…
Health and wellbeing benefits of the colour blue
Blue is the exact opposite of the fiery, alarming red on the colour wheel, which means it arouses opposing emotions. Blue instils peace, tranquillity, calmness and serenity, helping to reduce anxiety, aggression, as well as high blood pressure and heart rates. Blue is also considered to be trustworthy, loyal and dependable, which is reinforced by the constant large bodies of blue in our lives – the ocean and the sky. It is cooling, too, making it a helpful hue when it comes to reducing fevers and hot flushes and dealing with hot, humid weather. In saying that though, some shades of blue – especially those of the bright and electric blue – variety can be seen as exhilarating and dynamic.
4 ways to incorporate the colour blue into your life
#1. Step outside and enjoy the sunshine. Just do it. A vast blue sky is waiting there for you. Look up at it, take a deep breath, and you’ll instantly feel calm and serene.
#2. Give your home a little revamp with cushions, rugs, candles and paintings in different shades of blue. You don’t need to go overboard, but introducing this colour in small ways will make a major difference to your mood.
#3. If you’re in the position to spoil yourself with some new jewellery, why not chose something a little Kate Middleton-esque? Her incredible engagement ring certainly has reinforced the beauty of deep blue sapphire.
#4. Treat your strands to a makeover using the colour blue. Katy Perry’s rocked a blue ‘do, as has Jaime King, Demi Lovato, Juliet Lewis, and Amber Rose. And you know what? They all look pretty calm, happy and healthy to me – not to mention stunning with their colourful strands. We suggest Schwarzkopf LIVE Colour Ultra Brights Electric Blue to not only help give your strands a boost, but your mood, too.
One more thing…
Do you like to be a little bold with your beauty choices like Katy Perry and Demi Lovato? Or maybe you simply like to wear coral lipstick when everyone else is wearing red? No matter which products or looks you love, you should always feel confident and proud to make the beauty choices you want to make. The legends at Schwarzkopf couldn’t agree more, and that’s exactly why they’ve created BE.YOU.TIFUL Confessions – a campaign that urges you to embrace your beauty quirks, and share them, too for your chance to win some fabulous beauty loot!
To get involved with BE.YOU.TIFUL Confessions, simply share your beauty confession on the beautifulconfessions.com.au website or Schwarzkopf Australia Facebook page and you’ll be in the running to win weekly prizes. (They’re kindly giving away 10 prize packs each week for nine whopping weeks!) Oh, and if you’re sharing your beauty quirks on social media, don’t forget to use this hashtag: #beautifulconfessions. Now, go on, get confessing…
Did you know the colour blue had so many health and wellbeing benefits? How do you introduce blue into your life? And what are your beauty quirks or confessions?
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I was aware of some of these benefits! Now I feel like blueberries..
Posted on: December 02, 2013 (Dec 2, 2013 11:21am)
Such a lovely blog, enjoyed reading this, thank you BH ;) I love the colour blue and i love blueberries in my breakfast each morning, i used to suffer from constant cystitis which was hell to live with, since introducing blueberries to my morning cereal, i have only had one bout of cystitis in one year compared to ten, love my blueberries.
Posted on: December 02, 2013 (Dec 2, 2013 11:40am)
29 Nov 2013 16:15 PM | Posted by bh's Carli Alman
Did you know that there are different kinds of blisters you can get? And that the way you treat them depends on the kind of blister you have? True story.
Here are the four main categories blisters fall into:
- Friction blisters, which are caused by, you guessed it, friction and rubbing (think: new shoes).
- Heat blisters, which can pop up when you’ve burnt yourself on, say, a hot stove, a flame, or even from the sun.
- Blood blisters, which are caused when your skin is pinched and blood vessels are broken, but the surface of your skin isn’t.
- Blisters caused by allergic reactions or disease.
See? They’re all caused by different things and therefore all need to be treated in different ways. And since friction blisters are probably the most common in women (see above point about new shoes), we thought that now – just as the high-heel-wearing season is about to begin – was the perfect time to share some tips on how to treat a friction blister.
HOW TO TREAT A FRICTION BLISTER
Step one: purchase a Coverplast Blister Patch pack.
Step two: put said pack in your handbag before you head out the door in your new high heels.
Step three: apply a Blister Patch on to your heel or toe the moment you feel your shoes start rubbing your skin raw. (If you’ve already developed a blister, don’t worry; you can still apply the Patch over the top to protect it from rubbing further.)
Step four: Enjoy a pain-free night!
Coverplast Blister Patches contain a nifty little thing called hydrocolloid technology, which provides the best possible environment to help quickly heal a blister while still allowing your skin to breathe. Oh, and they also help cushion and protect your blister, so you won’t feel any further pain or pressure as the blister patch does it’s work to treat the area.
Do you often suffer from friction blisters? Do you ever carry something in your purse in case a blister pops up?
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I always get blisters on the back of my heels from wearing flats that rub when I walk. I have to purchase blister patches at least once a week
Posted on: December 01, 2013 (Dec 1, 2013 12:03pm)
I am going to buy some of these, they will come in handy during the warmer weather when I wear sandals.
Posted on: December 01, 2013 (Dec 1, 2013 12:05pm)
28 Nov 2013 17:26 PM | Posted by GuestBlogger
I love this time of the year. The weather is warming up, the jacarandas are heralding that Christmas is near and I know that it won’t be long and I will be tucking into Christmas pudding (gluten-free of course).
My husband doesn’t like Christmas pudding, but is a connoisseur of cheesecake, so to keep everyone happy I have been making a cheesecake for him every Christmas for 24 years.
My sister translated this recipe from Swedish to English after she spent a year in Sweden as part of a Rotary exchange. It has now become one of my signature desserts and is always requested by friends and family.
As Beauty Heaven is part of our family, I decided that I would share this recipe with you all. It is the first time I have shared it with anyone so I hope you enjoy it.
SWEDISH CHEESECAKE RECIPE
22cm spring form tin (or similar)
250 grams Philadelphia cream cheese (at room temperature)
170 grams white sugar
Dash vanilla essence
3 eggs – separated
200 mls thickened cream
1 packet of Granita biscuits – or gluten free alternative (Arnott’s Rice Cookies)
Approx. 2 tbs of melted butter
Crush biscuits in a bowl. Add approximately 2 tablespoons of melted butter to the biscuits and mix until combined.
Put biscuit mixture into spring form tin and press firmly on the bottom of the tin and up the sides. Place in freezer to chill.
Mix cream cheese, egg yolks and sugar in an electric mixer until smooth.
In a separate bowl whip the cream until stiff. Add a dash of vanilla essence and a pinch of salt and mix into the cream. Add this to the electric mixer and combine fully with the other ingredients.
In a clean bowl whip the egg whites until they are stiff and add to the other ingredients. Fold in egg whites gently until all combined.
Remove tin from freezer and pour the mixture onto the biscuit base.
Place in freezer to set (takes approximately 24 hours)
Remove from freezer approximately 15 minutes before serving and cut into desired portions
This is best served semi-frozen
Serve with fresh fruit if desired.
Note: There is only one problem with this cheesecake. Once you have one piece you will be coming back for more.
I urge you to try this, even if you are not a fan of traditional cheesecakes, as every non-cheesecake lover who has tried it has come back for seconds.
Do you have any ‘secret’ recipes? What do you serve at Christmas?
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Oh my I think I am going to make this it looks so tempting.
Posted on: December 01, 2013 (Dec 1, 2013 12:02pm)
That look absolutely delicious...
Posted on: December 01, 2013 (Dec 1, 2013 12:21pm)