Jordin Sparks just coined the best term for ‘stretch marks’

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Jordin Sparks has already wowed us with her hair and make-up, but now she’s made us love her look even more.

Chatting to People, the 25-year-old singer said some inspiring stuff about health, Instagram filters and – wait for it – her stretch marks.

Just like model Chrissy Teigan, the star’s totally fine with them, calling them her "tiger stripes".

This is the best term for stretch marks I’ve ever heard. In fact, if I had the singer’s gorgeous skin tone, I’d totally steal her descriptor.

Sadly, showing against my winter-white thighs, my own stretchies are more akin to “silver cobwebs” – which doesn’t sound nearly as fierce. *sad face*

I digress.

Jordin’s been incredibly committed to her health recently, but not with the strict diets or OTT calorie counting we’ve come to expect from celebs:

"I changed the way I thought about food and exercising," she says. "I listen to my body to tell me that I'm full."

As well as embracing healthy eating and exercise, Jordin also preaches self-acceptance:

"I'm good with my thighs touching," she comments. "I grew up in a family where we have meat on our bones."

We love the singer’s ‘real girl’ body attitude, but actions definitely speak louder than words.

That’s why we’re even more impressed by the singer’s stunning People photo-shoot, in which she appears 100 per cent un-retouched.  

The same goes for her Instagram:

"For the most part, I don't put a filter on at all," she says.

"I post a lot of pictures without make-up and in sweats. I feel like sometimes people can really overkill on the [filters]. There are all these apps out there where you can Photoshop your body and take away everything. I feel like it's too much."
We couldn’t agree more, Jordin.

Do you embrace your ‘tiger stripes’, or are you still a bit self-conscious? What other celebs do you look to for body and health inspo?



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Posted by: MissM19 (Australia)

Always loved her! I think she's beautiful and amazingly talented

Posted on: May 21, 2015 (May 21, 2015 3:03pm)

Posted by: Beautybabe140194 (Australia)

Love her term for it. Very confident

Posted on: May 21, 2015 (May 21, 2015 3:14pm)

Reviewed: A lactic and enzyme peel

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If you’ve never had a facial peel, may we suggest you change that? They can work wonders on mature skin, helping to refine, resurface and rejuvenate it. The result? A smoother, glowing complexion.

bh’s Jackie booked in to try the new organic spa Lactic + Enzyme Peel at Ze Flamant Rose in Surry Hills, Sydney. Read on to find out what she thought of her treatment…

What treatment did you get and where?

An organic spa Lactic + Enzyme Peel at Ze Flamant Rose in Surry Hills, Sydney, with the lovely French salon owner, Emilie.

What did the treatment involve?

My skin was cleansed, toned, exfoliated, peeled, massaged and moisturised, but I was very relaxed, so I might have missed a few steps! I was there for an hour and a half, but it whizzed by in no time and I came out of the salon feeling refreshed and calm, which was lovely on a cold and wintery afternoon.

How did the treatment feel on your skin?

It was a luxurious, gentle and pampering experience. Though the treatment used 'active' ingredients, there was no stinging at all – rather,  just a light tingling. Emilie used the product range with an amazing touch. It felt as if my skin was getting the nourishment it needed, but very gently. I particularly liked the way she gently used her fingertips to massage and enliven my skin cells.

How was your experience at the salon?

It’s a small salon on a busy Surry Hills street so when you walk in, there is an immediate sense of calm and respite from outside. The room felt warm, personal and private, which I liked, and the treatment rooms are cosy and intimate so you are encouraged to relax and start to unwind. Emilie is a knowledgeable and expert beauty therapist who is also a hairdresser. I loved the facial, but I was also treated to a scalp, neck and shoulder massage at the hairdressing basin, followed by complimentary blow-dry! I walked out feeling all put back together!

What were the results like?

My skin felt incredibly soft and my fine lines were clearly lighter in appearance. I also loved the fact that I walked out with freshly blow-dried hair, rather than the greasy, unkempt hair that often accompanies facials. I loved the products – the texture and fragrance added to the overall luxury of the treatment.

Who would you recommend this treatment for?

For me, facials and treatments of any kind are a welcome break in an otherwise hectic day. My skin benefits for days afterwards, reminding me I should really book in for a facial at least once per month. My fine lines have reduced, my blackheads have cleared, and my skin looks bright and healthy. I'd recommend it to anyone with dry, mature skin who wants less lines, a healthy glow and a fabulous post-facial hairdo!

For more information about the organic spa Lactic + Enzyme Peel or to make an appointment, call (02) 6680 3266 or visit

Do you get regular facials? Do you like the sound of Jackie’s treatment?




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Posted by: misfortune8 (Australia)

I get the occasional Groupon or OurDeals special. I've got a facial deal on Friday which I'm looking forward to.

Posted on: May 21, 2015 (May 21, 2015 4:33am)

Posted by: Snyman (Australia)

I will have to check this treatment out here in Brisbane

Posted on: May 21, 2015 (May 21, 2015 7:16am)

5 reasons to go bare-faced today

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It’s no secret that here in the beautyheaven office, we love make-up. We wear it, we play with it and of course, we write about it.

However, we also know that packing it on day-in, day-out is not the best for your skin. If you suffer from breakouts or sensitive or lacklustre skin, the foundation you’re lathering on every AM could be the culprit.

Whether it’s make-up free Monday, Wednesday or Sunday, pick one day a week to go bare-faced and you’ll do your skin a world of good…


#1 Give your skin a break

Woman, removing make-up, skin break

As you’ve probably figured out over the years, make-up sits on top of your skin and blocks your pores. Now, if you properly remove your make-up every night, this isn’t so bad, but if you can ditch dolling up every now and then, your skin will be able to breathe for hours. This promotes faster skin cell renewal, meaning you’ll be rocking a brighter, healthier-looking complexion in time.

bh tip: Can’t bear the thought of going sans make-up? Swap out your foundation for a BB cream. The all-in-one product combines the benefits of skincare and make-up, and who doesn’t love a multi-tasker?! We recommend Nude by Nature BB Cream.


#2 Bye, breakouts

Fact: clogged pores often cause breakouts. By incorporating one (or if you’re really brave, two!) make-up free days into your week, you’ll reduce the likelihood of breaking out. This is particularly effective for those who struggle with pesky pimples well into adulthood. Hello bare skin, goodbye adult acne!

#3 Soak up the skincare

Woma, applying skincare

Going bare-faced gives you more time to focus on your skin. You can apply a luxurious moisturiser – like Sukin Rose Hip Hydrating Day Cream – and let it  work its magic throughout the day without any interruptions.

Alternatively, you can apply a spot treatment to blemishes, and it won’t affect your make-up base. We like Natio Acne Clear Spot Antibacterial Spot Treatment because it’s clear, so nobody will know you’ve got it on. #winning

#4 You’ll look younger

It’s true – wearing a full face of make-up can add several years to your appearance. So when you go au naturale, you shave years off, just like that! Enough said, really.

#5 It saves time

Alarm clock, snooze, save time

Lazy girls, rejoice! Take make-up application out of the equation, and you have more time in the morning to apply your favourite mask, make an incredible breakfast or – let’s be honest, this is the most likely scenario – hit the snooze button a few more times.

Do you ever go make-up free? If so, how has it improved your skin?



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Posted by: Snyman (Australia)

I never wear make up on the week ends unless I am going to visit or dinner etc

Posted on: May 20, 2015 (May 20, 2015 4:16pm)

Posted by: Neel8888 (Australia)

I try to go as bare faced as often as possible but because of my extremely oily and acne prone skin it's not a good look :(

Posted on: May 20, 2015 (May 20, 2015 4:28pm)

L’Oreal’s using 3D printers to make artificial skin

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When 3D printing first came on the scene, we were excited about the possibility of printing make-up.

But now L’Oreal Paris has taken the technology one step further, revealing plans to use it to print artificial skin.

Yep, you read that correctly. The brand has been printing human skin to use for product testing.

Partnering with Organovo, a company that creates “functional human tissues…for use in drug discovery and medical research,” the French beauty giant hopes to make skin testing a whole lot quicker and easier.  

But how does it actually work?

Speaking to, L’Oreal tech incubator global vice president Guive Balooch explains it involves the use of “bio-ink… made out of human cells collected from tissue biopsies, donated cells, or stem cell sources.”

Then, it gets a tad complicated…

“The tissue is printed into a matrix, where co-printed gel holds the form or negative spaces needed in the printing process but is removed within 24 hours, leaving behind a 100 per cent cellular tissue," says Balooch.

Riiight. I’m no skin scientist, so the ins and outs are still a bit of a mystery. But the most important thing to take away from this is that the final product is as close to natural skin as you can get (without actually using the real thing).

"The final tissue is 100 per cent cellular with no scaffolds or synthetic structures to get as close as possible to the behaviour of the cells and tissues in their natural environment without foreign material.”

So. Cool. Albeit, a teeny bit gross.

This isn’t the first time the brand has revolutionised product testing, with the L’Oreal Make-Up Genius app letting us virtually try on products before we buy.

But skin printing? Wow. The wonders of technology, AMIRITE?

What do you think of L’Oreal’s skin printing? What other beauty technologies would you like to see invented?



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Posted by: MelissaFay89 (Australia)

I can see the appeal in a world where animal testing is frowned upon (as it should be really) and I think its an advancement in technology and what science can create :)

Posted on: May 20, 2015 (May 20, 2015 11:52am)

Posted by: Jlgaddes (Australia)

Wondering if this could be used for burns victims? Very intersting

Posted on: May 20, 2015 (May 20, 2015 11:55am)

The selfie that could save your life

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Considering around one in eight women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime,* it’s more important than ever to be able to identify the early warning signs.

Lisa Royle is a lady who discovered a tumour on the underside of her breast, and the only indication of it was a few subtle dimples.

Bravely, Lisa shared a photo of the area on Facebook with the caption:

“Ok so I never thought I'd post a boob picture on Facebook but I thought I would before it gets chopped off next week. So here it is..... This all that I found on my boob. Very subtle dimples underneath that could easily be missed when we're all rushing around getting ready in a morning. Please take time to look at your boobs. It could save your life.”


Facebook: Lisa Royle

Since then, the photo has been shared over 55,000 times and and is doing an excellent job of raising awareness.

Lisa’s husband later posted: “"Lisa is out of surgery and doing really well. Bit groggy from the morphine but in good spirits and should be home later this evening."

We hope Lisa recovers well and that her experience resonates with women all over the world. Keep tabs on your breasts, ladies - it could save your life.




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Posted by: Lucrecia629 (Australia)

It is SO important to check your breasts.

Posted on: May 20, 2015 (May 20, 2015 11:27am)

Posted by: softness (Member since 2007, Australia)

It is important. I think I'm naughty though because I tend to assume I won't get it because none of my female relo's have ever had it (and I have a million and one female relos!). I shouldn't be so blase though.

Posted on: May 20, 2015 (May 20, 2015 11:45am)