Your pregnancy questions answered

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beautyheaven recently partnered with Bio-Oil® to create a support group for any mums-to-be looking for a safe and knowledgable place to ask questions. The ‘Bio Oil® mums-to-be' group has become a great desitination for soon-to-be mums to learn a little more about preparing for motherhood, skin care concerns, body fears and how to best look after themselves on their exciting journey. Since the group began, we have collated some of the best questions from the ‘Bio Oil® mums-to-be' group to be answered by Caroline E. Flynn, Tresillian Nurse Educator (IBCLC) at the Professional Practice & Innovation Centre:


Q. What are some things mums-to-be should pack for the hospital that isn’t on the hospital list?

A: Some or all of the following items may make your stay in hospital more comfortable and help keep you connected with family and friends: your own special pillow, a door knob ‘Do Not Disturb’ sign, Tresillian’s new Hello Baby book, relaxation music, Bio-Oil® for massaging both you and your baby, a night light, a cosy shawl or pashmina for those night feeds, walking shoes, a water bottle, a camera, and a smart phone or electronic device with Internet access.


Q. Many of the women in the bh mums-to-be forum are about to have their first child. What advice can you offer them on looking after themselves mentally and physically?

A: There are lots of suggested ways you can enhance mental and physical health around this busy time of your life with a new baby, such as:

- Identifying the 'emotional support people' in your life and letting them know that you may be calling on them in the months to come.  If you do not have any close family or friends nearby, be sure to make contact with your local Child & Family Health Nurse, Tresillian Live Advice on Facebook, and keep in touch with your ante-natal / post-natal Mother’s Group, especially during your transition into parenthood.

- Also very importantly, consider putting some boundaries in place around hospital visits and in the early days at home. Ask family and friends to text or phone before visiting, allowing you to suggest the most suitable time, and use your door knob 'Do Not Disturb' sign when you need privacy or a nap.

- Keep a list of household tasks close at hand, this will prompt you to readily accept offers of assistance and your helpers will know what you need and be able to practically contribute.

- Lastly, make time to sit down for most meals, eat nutritious foods, keep up your water intake, and make a little time each day for naps, self care, and regular massages (Bio-Oil® is great for massaging all over the body). And don’t forget to do some gentle regular exercise, such as walking with your baby to increase your natural endorphins and to soak up some vitamin D, at sun safe times of day (early morning or late afternoon). Most mums will also benefit from setting aside a couple of hours for 'time out' once or twice a week to reinvigorate both mind and body.


Q.  Is there anything that can be done for swollen feet and ankles in the last couple of weeks of pregnancy?

A: Swollen feet and ankles in the evenings can be a normal part of late pregnancy due to fluid being retained in the lower limbs. This can normally be managed by elevating your feet when and where possible and by gently massaging your legs with Bio-Oil® to help move the retained fluid back into your circulatory system. However, if you are experiencing any swelling of hands or limbs in pregnancy, it's important to inform your midwife or doctor about this sign - just to rule out a rare condition in pregnancy called Pre-Eclampsia, which can be linked to increased blood pressure and altered kidney function, something that requires timely medical treatment.


Q. Can you offer any advice to those women who will not have a natural birth and will have their baby via caesarean section as often this can affect body confidence – especially as we’re coming into bikini season.

A: Take the opportunity to speak to your doctor early about how you may be feeling with regards to the caesarean section birth of your baby. They will be able to reassure you about the surgery involved. In most cases, the scar will be positioned just above your pubic bone and out of site of most lingerie or swimwear. Lower-section caesarean incisions are kept to a minimum and although they can be a little lumpy during the healing process, they usually result in a softer, thin white line. In the early days you will need to keep the incision area clean and dry, avoid direct sunlight to the area and,  once skin healing is complete, you can use Bio-Oil® to gently massage the scar to help it soften and fade.


Tresillian book GIVEAWAY!

To help new mums find their way at this very special time, Tresillian is giving away five copies of its new book: Hello Baby, Parenting with Confidence, A Tresillian Guide by Cathrine Fowler (RRP: $29.95).

To be in the running to win a book, simply comment in the section below and tell us the one thing you love most about being pregnant or a new mum.

Good luck! 

P.S If you're a soon-to-be mum who's interested in the ‘Bio Oil® mums-to-be' group, you can join the group simply by participating in this forum thread. There are still plenty of PRIZES up for grabs!



Member Comments

Posted by: Lucrecia629 (Australia)

The one thing I love about being pregnant is not having to suck it in! It's the only time in a woman's life when the bigger your belly is, the more attractive everyone seems to think you are. :)

Posted on: August 29, 2014 (Aug 29, 2014 5:34pm)

Posted by: Ellelily (Australia)

I have to say that i really enjoyed being pregnant even though i got sick and put on lots of weight I still enjoyed every minute and would have had more if the doctors hadnt told me that I just wasnt built to have kids and that my body wouldnt cope with another preganacy, and so they tied my tubes.

Posted on: August 29, 2014 (Aug 29, 2014 5:55pm)

How to wear a barely-there lip colour

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You know what they say: all good things must come to an end. And that’s exactly what’s happening right now as we present you with the last L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Extraordinaire colour of the week.

But instead of getting all sad and mopey about it, let’s think about all the good times we’ve had and celebrate this week’s shade: #600 Nude Vibrato.

Sure, the hue may be simple and subtle, but the pigmented formula and the glossy finish will make your lips look like a million bucks. The combination of micro-oils will ensure that they feel a million bucks, too.

So here are three different (and brilliant, might I add) ways you can wear the barely-there shade:


Think that a nude lip means that you can’t go for a natural make-up look, too? Well you certainly can, you just need to be clever about it. Apply a slightly glossy balm to your lids to give them a dewy finish and use an illuminating pen to add radiance to your skin. Finish off with some False Lash Butterfly Wings Mascara and you’ve got a gorgeous, understated make-up look on your hands.

Tip: The shiny finish of L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Extraordinaire Colour in 600 Nude Vibrato is what keeps your make-up from looking dull, so reapply as needed.


A glossy neutral lip colour is the perfect opportunity to whip out some black eyeshadow and create a sultry, smoky eye. Use some charcoals and silvers too which will keep your eyes from looking too intense. Putting some silver on the inner corners of your eyes is also an excellent way to make your eyes pop.

Tip: make sure you apply the most black at the outer corners of your eyes, as this will a) give your look a more winged effect, and b) make your eyes look bigger.


The great thing about a nude lip colour is that it goes with just about any eyeliner shade under the sun so don’t be afraid to banish the trusty black liner for a day! Instead of applying your colourful liner to the entire eye, only use it on your bottom water line. If you’d like to give your eyes some extra definition, use a black liquid liner to line your upper lid line from the inner corner to the outer corner.

Tip: if you just want a subtle nude lip, apply a thin layer, but if you’d prefer more coverage, you can build the layers.

WIN!! Want to get involved in bh’s ECOTW? Post a picture of how you’ve incorporated the colour of the week into your look onto Facebook or Instagram and use the hashtags #ECOTW and #600, as well as tagging @beautyheaven, and you could win the entire L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Extraordinaire range (that’s 10 fabulous colours, each valued at $21.95!).

How do you wear a nude lip? Which of these make-up looks is your favourite?


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Member Comments

Posted by: maydayismyday (Australia)

I love all these looks. I wish I could carry off a nude lip but I just can't :(

Posted on: August 29, 2014 (Aug 29, 2014 9:31am)

Posted by: CherryBlossom (Australia)

Oh I love barely there makeup. Its so pretty and feminine!!!!

Posted on: August 29, 2014 (Aug 29, 2014 9:41am)

How to fake Rosie Huntington-Whiteley’s sexy, glowing tan

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Showing us why she’s the ultimate bikini babe, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley’s been taking a stunning sojourn in Australia as part of her role as ambassador for beauty brand ModelCo's new natural skincare collection.

Frolicking at a photo-shoot at Bondi Beach in Sydney earlier this week, the Victoria’s Secret Model took to Instagram to share happy-snaps of her time Down Under.


       Photo credit: rosiehw Instagram

       Photo credit: rosiehw Instagram

While most of us here at bh would give an arm and a leg to have Rosie’s never-ending pins, tousled waves and perfect pout, we don’t envy her stripping down to her swimmers in the middle of winter!

       Photo credit: modelco_cosmetics Instagram

However, while we can’t all grow a few inches taller and add some natural perky plumpness to our lips overnight, there is some good news. When summertime rolls around, we can emulate the stunner’s flawless golden tan. First, you’ll need to prep your skin with an exfoliating mitt such as Tan Organic Tan Erase, (which can be used both before tanning and afterwards to erase excess product).

Once your skin is silky smooth, a gradual self-tanner such as ModelCo Gradual Tan is perfect for giving an even, natural-looking glow.

To maximise results, it’s also worth investing in a tan-extending product such as SunFX Body Lotion Tan Extender or Reef After Sun and Tan Extender to prevent fading and ensure you stay bikini-ready all summer long.

In fact, why wait until summer to get a Rosie-style tan? With spring just around the corner, the model has inspired us to get our glow on right now.

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Member Comments

Posted by: CherryBlossom (Australia)

She looks fantastic and glad she's working with ModelCo. Great collaboration.

Posted on: August 28, 2014 (Aug 28, 2014 3:43pm)

Posted by: Lucrecia629 (Australia)

She's a very beautiful woman. Unfortunately, I don't have any tanning tips because I usually avoid tanning (real or fake), but if I knew I could get a natural looking tan like hers, I'd give it a try.

Posted on: August 28, 2014 (Aug 28, 2014 3:49pm)

The celeb who showed us you can rock girly waves at any age

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Did you know that Heidi Klum is 41 years old?

I practically fell off my chair when I heard. I mean, I’m 15 years her junior and look nowhere near as good as the Project Runway host.

Her look, albeit helped by a team of experts, is flawless – and I think it has a lot to do with the way Heidi wears her strands. Take her recent look at the Emmys, for example; her soft waves are easy and effortless without screaming ‘look at me!’. It doesn’t look as though she’s been struggling with a curling tong for the better part of a day, or that she’s going for the big and bouncy waves that many younger A-listers have been sporting recently.

We caught up with Kobi Bokshish from the Paul Mitchell Artistic Team to discover exactly how you recreate these soft Hollywood waves at home.

Step 1: Lightly spray your hair with Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Wild Ginger HydroCream Whip and blow dry until bone dry.

Step 2: Create a clean, straight center part.

Step 3: Section the hair into one-inch sections and spritz with a heat-defence spray (we love Dove Heat Defence Therapy Heat Activated Protect & Shine Mist.)

Step 4: Starting from the nape of your neck, curl each section with a conical wand, winding hair from roots to ends. bh loves muk Curl Stick.

Step 5: Hold each curl for 10 seconds and release. Continue around your whole head until all the hair has been curled.

Step 6: Using your fingers, gently loosen the curls into soft waves, running your fingers from roots to ends.

Step 7: Using a small-tooth tail comb (we like Lady Jayne Two-Tone Tail Comb), gently comb out curls at the top crown section to create a beautiful smooth finish, being careful not to disturbing the curls in the lengths of the hair.

Step 8: Lightly spray with Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Wild Ginger Texturizing Sea Spray to finish.

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Member Comments

Posted by: IndieAna (Member since 2008, Australia)

I love her hair, she looks amazing. I don't think age should dictate how we wear our hair.

Posted on: August 28, 2014 (Aug 28, 2014 2:37pm)

Posted by: CherryBlossom (Australia)

Heidi looks great. Age shouldn't matter how a woman has her hair. Do what you want to make you happy.

Posted on: August 28, 2014 (Aug 28, 2014 2:46pm)

The targeted solution for your pigmentation

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Remember when you were younger and you used to pull funny faces and your mum would say something like: “Stop doing that, you’ll give yourself wrinkles!” or, “If you keep squinting/frowning/furrowing your brow, you’re going to going to get lines.”? Well, it would have been nice if mum threw this in every once in a while, too: “Don’t forget your sunscreen, you don’t want to get pigmentation or sun spots!”

Pigmentation, uneven skin, dull skin, and sun-damaged skin – they’re all really annoying parts of getting older and a big problem for some women.

Luckily for all of us, technology has come a long way over the years and there are skin care products that help target these skin issues and leave your skin looking radiant and youthful.

NeoStrata’s new Enlighten range, which includes the Enlighten Ultra Brightening Cleanser, Enlighten Illuminating Serum, and Enlighten Pigment Controller, has been developed especially to target signs of pigmentation and reduce the appearance of them while brightening skin, evening out skin tone and helping control pigmentation.

But what makes this range so different to other skin care ranges out there? Each product contains an ingredient called NeoGlucosamine which is being hailed as the next generation of professional anti-ageing actives.  It’s a amino sugar-based technology and works to exfoliate, renew, brighten, even out skin tone and plump and firm the skin, all while being mild and gentle.

bh’s Yelena is currently undergoing the Enlighten treatment for 6-8 weeks (but we’ll have more of that in the coming weeks), but before she could begin the treatment, she had to have her skin analysed by NeoStrata to determine whether or not the range would work best to treat her skin type and concerns.

We asked NeoStrata to shed some light on the skin analysis and how the range can help those suffering from pigmentation, sun-damaged skin and lines and wrinkles.

How does the NeoStrata skin analysis work?

A NeoStrata skin specialist or beauty therapist will first evaluate your skin and concerns, pointing out any issues under a normal light using a mirror, so you can get a visual understanding. If you’re concerned about pigmentation, sun damage and other ageing concerns, your skin will then be looked at under a low-level UV light (via a skin-scanning machine). This will allow the specialist to see the deeper layers of your skin and help them identify areas that may be pigmented, sun damaged, dehydrated, dry, oily or acne-prone.  

Once the skin analysis is complete, the skin specialist will be able to recommend the Neostrata range that will work best for you.

Which skin concerns and types are most likely to benefit from the Enlighten range?

As mentioned, NeoGlucosamine is a mild active, meaning that it’s well tolerated by most skin types, including those with sensitive skin.

The range aims to brighten and even out skin tone, so those whose main skin issues are pigmentation, dullness, dark spots and unevenness will find they get the best results from using the products. For people whose concerns are oiliness, acne, large pores or skin clarity, they may find greater success with another one of the NeoStrata ranges that target other skin problems.

How do I know if the Enlighten range will work?

The Enlighten range has been developed specifically to target and address pigmentation, sun spots, uneven skin and lines and wrinkles – all of which are big signs of ageing. So if you’re experiencing concerns such as  crows feet, brown spots, a dull skin tone, or your skin tone isn’t consistent, it’s likely that you’ll benefit from continued use of the Enlighten trio.

Here are some shots of women who have used the treatment. Check out the results:


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Member Comments

Posted by: Lucrecia629 (Australia)

I'm starting to notice a few small sunspots on my face. I even recently went to see the ophthalmologist to check on a spot of pigmentation on my retina - which turned out to be a sunspot. A good wake up call to make sure I wear sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses.

Posted on: August 28, 2014 (Aug 28, 2014 12:08pm)

Posted by: CherryBlossom (Australia)

Interesting. It's incredible how this sort of skin care can be easily overlooked. It's time for me to be more diligent.

Posted on: August 28, 2014 (Aug 28, 2014 12:19pm)