Hidden gems: surprisingly sensational scents

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There are perfumes that have been around for years, have a cult scent and are a household name when it comes to the fragrance world. But there are also a lot of fragrances that you may not have heard of and don’t receive a lot of hype, but that equally deserve your nose’s attention. So we decided to go on a hunt in our forums to uncover hidden perfume gems you may not yet be aware of - and here’s what we found:


#1 Philosophy amazing grace spray fragrance EDT

One of bh content producer Cherie’s all time favourite fragrances, she says the strength of this scent is perfect for her sensitive nose – fresh, feminine and not at all overwhelming. It features notes of rose, freesia, muguet and jasmine blossom, followed by a citrus note blend and finishes off with notes of fresh green and passionfruit.

bh member MissKezz was also impressed with the scent, commenting: “I never thought that the flowery notes were for me. I was so wrong.”


#2 Florence by Tocca ($92, 50mL, www.meccacosmetica.com.au)

A few of our members have fallen in love with this sophisticated scent that’s inspired by old world Paris. It features notes of ivory gardenia, Italian bergamot, crushed violet petals and base notes of blonde wood. This is what they had to say:

“My favourite fragrance at the moment is Florence by Tocca. Head into a Mecca Cosmetica and have a spritz. It is a remarkable scent, feminine and romantic.” -sassylily

“I love Florence. I’ve bought it for my wedding…I LOVE it!” – Marina_87

“I looooove Florence! I only wear it on special occasions so that I don’t lose my ‘scent memory’ for it.” –Emmsie19

#3 The Body Shop Mists 

These light fragrances mists are beloved by many beautyheaven members and are available in a wide range of fragrances, including: Strawberry, Mango, Coconut, Moringa, Pink Grapefruit, Shea, Brazil Nut, White Musk, and Vanilla.

“The body shop mists never really get enough hype in the media, but what I love about them is that they release a smell that won’t be confused or interrupted differently by others. Like the mango body mists just smells like mango (if you only want to smell like mango) – not a mixture of fruitiness or amber or vanilla” –Tee631


#4 Marshmallow EDP by MOR

The combination of jasmine flower and cotton candy makes this one mouth-watering scent reminiscent of marshmallow. Delish! 

“My favourite is the Marshmallow EDP by MOR. It’s a lovely sweet and musky scent - so pretty and feminine. I always get asked what I am wearing whenever I wear this to work. I mostly wear it on special days or special occasions. –MoonlightSak

#5 Victoria’s Secret Bombshell

($68, 100mL, www.victoriassecret.com)

Housed in a pretty pink bottle with a black bow, this fruity-floral fragrance is the perfect girly girl scent. It features tops notes of tangelo, pineapple, strawberry and passionfruit, middle notes of jasmine, red berries, muguet, Shangri-la peony and vanilla orchid, and base notes of musk, blonde woods and oakmoss.

“Mine is Bombshell by Victoria’s Secret, I bought it at Melbourne airport. I was just browsing in the store and had a spritz. It was such a lovely scent so I bought it straight away. I wear it on special occasions only. People always say to me that I smell nice when I wear it” – Faboosh


Have you tried any of the above fragrances? What scents have you been pleasantly surprised by? 


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Member Comments

Posted by: Lucrecia629 (Australia)

I have the MOR Marshmallow body oil spray and I love it. In the oil form, it's pretty impossible to overdo it.

Posted on: April 12, 2014 (Apr 12, 2014 12:14pm)

Posted by: Roxymisha (Australia)

I am eager to try Florence by Tocca. Amazing Grace is a scent that I like in the body shower gel.

Posted on: April 12, 2014 (Apr 12, 2014 12:15pm)

Is L’Oreal Infallible 2-Step Lipstick really smudge-proof?

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Ever since L’Oreal Paris Infallbile 2-Step Longwear Lipstick was released, it’s pretty much become a beauty staple for every woman who loves her lip colour to stay right where she put it.

But can a lip colour really and truly be that long-lasting and smudge-proof?

Our BlogStar Candyfairy put the L’Oreal Paris Infallible 2-Step Longwear Lipstick to the test, so watch the video above to find out how the lipstick fared (and what else she had to stay about the long-wearing lip colour).

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Posted by: Lucrecia629 (Australia)

I actually really dislike long wearing lip colour. Too drying. :(

Posted on: April 12, 2014 (Apr 12, 2014 12:17pm)

Posted by: Roxymisha (Australia)

Thank you for the lovely video and showing 2 different colours and the tests. x

Posted on: April 12, 2014 (Apr 12, 2014 12:19pm)

How to create a chic up-do with just 6 products

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We’re dying over Kate’s take on an elegant up-do but we can’t say we’re all that surprised. After all, does Kate Bosworth ever get it wrong? Everything she does is effortlessly chic, and that’s why we love her.

Do you like this look, too? Awesome! Here’s a list of what you’ll need to get hair that looks as red carpet-ready as Kate’s, plus a few tips from Anthony Nader, International Hair Stylist and owner of Raw Hair. After all, every girl needs a back-up up-do she can create with ease, right?

Volume mousse

When it comes to a look like this, you definitely don’t want stiff, flat strands. Start by applying a volume mousse all over damp locks to give your hair the oomph it needs to be workable.

Try: nak body•n•shine volumising foam. This hair styling gem adds long-lasting volume and lift to a blowdry.

A paddle brush

If you want to get some serious lift at the crown of your head, make sure you use a paddle brush to give your hair texture.

Try: Shu Uemura Art of Hair Paddle Brush, as it features an air cushioned head with dual bristles that will be comfortable when brushing.

Anthony says: To get more hold at the crown of your head, backcomb the roots with your paddle brush and then smooth over the top layers. Try using a brush here, as when you backcomb with a fine tooth comb, you will more often than not end up with crazy knots and the effect can also look less natural and harder to brush out too.

Texture spray

Lifeless strands just won’t work for this look. Applying a texture spray will add life to your locks and will also help hold the shape once you start styling. Apply the spray evenly throughout the ends of your hair and massage it in using your fingers.

Try: Joico Texture Boost - dry spray wax. The spray is ideal for tousled styles as it delivers movable texture with long lasting shine.

Anthony says: If your hair is already dry and you’re literally running out the door with a minute or two to spare, spray your roots with a dry shampoo which doubles up to give hair that extra oomph and soak any oil around your scalp, which is fab. Team this with a spritz or two of texture spray and finish your style using the next three products.

Curling wand

If you’ve got naturally straight hair, you’ll need to add a few curls to the very ends of your hair to achieve this look. Don’t overdo it – you only need a little shape to be visible when you pin it up.

Try: Cloud Nine The Wand. The ingenious curling tool features three temperature settings, allowing you to ensure the right setting for the hair type, plus a unique secret ingredient within the barrel, which gives hair added shine and lustre.

Bobby pins    

Whoever said diamonds are a girl’s best friend had obviously never attempted this up-do. Some carefully concealed bobby pins will be your ally in creating this look. Start by sweeping back the sides and pinning them in place, then start sectioning off what’s left and pin each piece artfully in place at the back of your head.

Try: Lady Jayne Contoured Bobby Pins, as they are curved to shape of the head and are rubberised to prevent slipping.

Anthony says: Don’t be too precious about random pieces floating down around the hairline as this gives a more “effortless” and “casual” feel which is what where aiming for. Go ahead and use a light hold hairspray now to finish off if you wish.

Hair spray

Using a heavy duty hair spray will undoubtedly diminish the natural and effortless effect of this hair style. Opt for a milder, soft-hold spray to keep your hair in place without dulling its natural shine.

Try: Taft Power Lacquer Cashmere Touch. The soft-touch hairspray provides long-lasting hold without weighing down your style.


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Member Comments

Posted by: Erica115 (Australia)

the lady jayne contoured bobby pins sound promising for a secure updo hairstyle. and Kate pulls off this look like a stunner!

Posted on: April 11, 2014 (Apr 11, 2014 4:44pm)

Posted by: bebeautiful34 (Australia)

The do looks nice from the front and side, but it's hard to tell how it looks from the back

Posted on: April 11, 2014 (Apr 11, 2014 4:49pm)

Jennifer Connelly: the ultimate anti-ageing muse

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Sandra Bullock has been my ultimate anti-ageing muse for years. Her flawless skin, exceptional use of colourful make-up and glossy brunette strands allow the 49-year-old actress to give even models like Miranda Kerr a run for their money.

However, my eye has started to wander a little lately, and I can now officially confirm Sandra’s got some serious competition when it comes to claiming this honourable title. Her fierce rival is currently this stunning lady: Jennifer Connelly.

Now, before I start raving and ranting about why Jennifer Connelly is the epitome of an age-defying celebrity, here is the photographic proof that swayed me:

Jennifer Connelly in June 2005, aged 34

Jennifer Connelly in April 2014, aged 43

I know you have eyes and can see for yourself that Jennifer Connelly appears to have not aged one single bit in the last 10 years but here’s a proper rundown of why:


#1. She has thick, natural eyebrows

“Her brows themselves look youthful,” says Charmilla Herath, internationally trained hair, brow and make-up artist, and the owner and CEO of Jet Set Go Express Beauty Bar. Jennifer has maintained them in a way that looks natural and almost untamed, explains Charmilla, leaving her with full, thick full set that is reminiscent of untouched teenage brows. Yes, over-plucking is the enemy, as are overly high arches.

#2. She has stayed out of the sun

If Jennifer Connelly isn’t a walking, talking advert for sunscreen, I don’t know what is. Her even complexion and lack of any obvious pigmentation confirms she’s a vigilant user of sunscreen and will never be caught lying on a beach naughtily frying her skin.

#3. She choses her make-up wisely

“Jennifer has not tried to add colour by fake tanning or applying foundation or bronzers in an unnatural darker shade,” says Charmilla. “She has kept true to her skin tone and worked with cooler colour tones on eyes, lips and cheeks. It’s a very fresh look.” Charmilla recommends those with mature skins should always apply a hydrating primer before make-up application, and opt for liquid foundations for a dewy, healthy glow that also minimises the look of pores and fine lines.

#4. She embraces a feminine updo

A bun or ponytail that is secured high on the crown acts like an instant facelift. It gently pulls back any slackening skin around the forehead and eyes, giving the face a smoother, more lifted appearance.

Who is your ultimate anti-ageing muse? Do you think Jennifer Connelly looks incredible at 43? Will you be stealing any of her youthful beauty tricks?



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Member Comments

Posted by: Lucrecia629 (Australia)

Good call! I think she's amazing too.

Posted on: April 11, 2014 (Apr 11, 2014 9:36am)

Posted by: Seezora (Australia)

Great article. I already do most of those things, so here's hoping I look as great ;D

Posted on: April 11, 2014 (Apr 11, 2014 9:44am)

The simple way to refine enlarged pores

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Every lady wants small, refined pores. Every. Single. One. This is because they truly are the key to a smooth, youthful-looking complexion.

But how does a lady effectively tighten her pores? She tones. Yes, tones. It’s a very important step when it comes to refining pores, especially when you’re armed with a product that targets this specific skin concern.

Why toning is important

Toners do wonderful things for the skin, yet they’re often excluded from the modern woman’s daily beauty routine. This needs to change, though, because using a toner removes any leftover traces of dirt and make-up. This then allows your serums, oils and moisturisers to penetrate deeper into your skin cells, giving you a healthier-looking, more youthful complexion.

Why toning can help refine enlarged pores

Some variations go beyond the normal responsibilities of a toner and actually purify your skin as well as prepare it for other products. They sweep away dead skin cells and debris that clog your pores and cause them to stretch and become enlarged, as well as tighten your pore walls, allowing them to appear smaller and more refined.

The must-have pore-refining toner

There are lots of toners on the market, but not all of them will do great things for your pores. If you’re concerned with enlarged pores, you need a toner that contains intelligent ingredients to help tighten them with every use, making your pores appear smaller and less obvious. Neutrogena Pore Refining Toner does just that because of its alpha hydroxy acids and beta hydroxy acids. Both of these ingredients sweep away dead skin cells without over-drying your skin, helping to unclog and refine your pores. The result is clearer, smoother, more even-toned skin for you, which means you’ll be more confident going barefaced as well as help create a better canvas for make-up application. Brilliant, huh?

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Member Comments

Posted by: Seezora (Australia)

I use a toner as part of my morning and night cleansing routine. I don't have enlarged pores, but I do have sensitive skin, so have to use a gentle toner.

Posted on: April 10, 2014 (Apr 10, 2014 4:11pm)

Posted by: Sam91 (Australia)

I don't always use a toner, and don't really notice a difference when I do. I do use AHAs in my skincare routine though.

Posted on: April 10, 2014 (Apr 10, 2014 4:25pm)