#SmearForSmear campaign goes viral

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There’s a new make-up selfie surfacing on Instagram – and it sure ain’t the polished look we’re used to.

In fact, you may have already noticed a number of women (and a few men) sharing snaps with lipstick smeared across their cheeks or chin, captioned with the #SmearForSmear hashtag.

            Photo credit: mollayboo Instagram

A UK charity, Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust, started the campaign with the aim to raise awareness about the disease.

And now English beauty Georgia May Jagger (top) has jumped on the bandwagon, encouraging women to go get a pap smear, stat, with her own pouty pic.  

            Photo credit: lxayananh Instagram

The campaign is a timely reminder, especially for us Aussies. Recent statistics show only 57 per cent of Australian women aged 20 to 69 years have a Pap smear every two years like we’re supposed to.

So while they aren’t exactly the prettiest pics, here at bh, we think anything that gets people talking about the disease and the importance of smear tests is a good thing.

            Photo credit: jessica_ambrose Instagram

If you want to spread the message, join the #SmearforSmear campaign by snapping a pic of your smudged lippie and sharing it with that hashtag.

Have you or someone you know been affected by cervical cancer? Do you get regular Pap smears, or are you guilty of skipping them?



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Posted by: MelissaFay89 (Australia)

So guilty of skipping

Posted on: January 28, 2015 (Jan 28, 2015 12:50pm)

Posted by: Joole (Australia)

I'm not at the age where I need to get them yet, I think. If I'm not mistaken, they recommend it for women above 25.

Posted on: January 28, 2015 (Jan 28, 2015 12:54pm)

Why French women have such beautiful skin

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Have you ever met a French woman with bad skin? Well, I haven’t, and on a recent trip to the land of chocolate croissants and cheese (yes, I’m STILL in a food coma), I discovered why: they have ah-mazing pharmacy skin care brands.

Yep, pharmacy – as in, available on every street and pretty affordable. And, thankfully, many of them can be picked up here, too, so you can stop Googling flights to Paris (seriously, stop) and say ‘bonjour’ to clear, hydrated and youthful skin!


Regardless of whether you have a combination, oily or very dry complexion, the Bioderma range works with the skin’s natural functions to restore and soothe. It’s also suitable for the most sensitive of skin types.

Cult product: Sensibo H2O
Why? It has all the benefits of a make-up remover, but is super gentle, fragrance-free, and doesn’t require rinsing. #winning


Formulated with a high concentration of thermal spring water, the Avene range locks in dermal moisture for serious hydration. Thanks to its neutral pH levels, essential trace elements and silica, the range is suitable for most skin types including irritated, dry and blemish-prone skin.

Cult product: Thermal Spring Water
Why? This multi-purpose wonder soothes a slew of skin irritations. Think  facial redness, sunburn, eczema and nappy rash, just to name a few!


Known for creating products with luxurious textures and fragrances, this is the brand to turn to if you want to indulge your senses. With a range of oil, skin, hair and body care products, Nuxe is perfect for nourishing and repairing from head-to-toe.

Cult product: Huile Prodigieuse Multi-Purpose Dry Oil
Why? This liquid gold is formulated with six precious plant oils to nourish and repair dry skin and hair, leaving them looking healthier than ever. Apply and wait for the compliments to roll in.


Named after the French town where the therapeutic thermal spring water was discovered, the La Roche-Posay range features skin care, hair care and even make-up. Though the brand boasts a huge range, it’s best known for soothing, relieving and offering some TLC to sensitive skin.

Cult product: Anthelios XL Melt-in Cream SPF 50+
Why? Fair-skinned French ladies are all about the slip, slop, slap. This sunscreen melts into skin for a hydrating finish, and is free from nasties like parabens and fragrance.


Enriched with thermal spring water, Uriage is a complete hypoallergenic range that moisturises and soothes skin, while protecting it from the harmful ageing effects of free radicals.

Cult product: Thermal Water Spray
Why? That’s right, French women LOVE thermal spring water sprays, and for good reason! It’s rich in minerals for long-lasting moisture and protection.

What are your favourite French pharmacy beauty brands? Will you be trying any of these products?




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Posted by: Lucrecia629 (Australia)

I really love Nuxe and I stock up every time Priceline has their 40% - like now!

Posted on: January 28, 2015 (Jan 28, 2015 11:09am)

Posted by: softness (Member since 2007, Australia)

They do seem to love their water - makes sense that they have lovely skin! I think it all might have started with that Evian water from decades ago. That's always a bit of a treat!

Posted on: January 28, 2015 (Jan 28, 2015 11:09am)

Hair trend alert: ponytail jewellery

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Attention, ladies who love accessories: ponytail jewellery is the latest hair trend.

The style made its debut on the runway at Dior Couture. While it looked fairly inconspicuous from the front, it was a party in the back.

The sleek ponytail had two parts: a tight loop and swishy waist-length hair extensions, linked together by metal hoops and colourful rings.  

Created by stylist Guido Palau from Redken, it’s fun, fanciful and couldn’t be further from the modern wet hair trend we’ve been seeing lately.

In fact, it’s almost as flashy as the colourful men’s beard dye trend!

Although not everyone will want to try this one, I think it’s an innovative take on the humble ponytail – and if you’re daring enough, you can definitely recreate it, DIY-style.

To get the look, use the Lady Jayne Hair Extension – Ponytail or Models Prefer Professional Human Hair Extensions and a chunky bangle of your choice. Or, if you’d rather keep your bracelet on your wrist, try Ombrello’s similarly artsy Banana Acrylic Hair Clip.

Would you wear jewellery in your ponytail, or do you think this one’s just for the runway?



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Posted by: MissM19 (Australia)

I was expecting something more feminine, like rhinestones or diamonds.

Posted on: January 28, 2015 (Jan 28, 2015 11:12am)

Posted by: MelissaFay89 (Australia)

Dumbest thing I have seen all week

Posted on: January 28, 2015 (Jan 28, 2015 12:51pm)

6 Australian celebrity beauty brands we love

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The official Australia Day festivities may have died down by now, but that doesn’t mean we have to stop celebrating.

And of course, in true beautyheaven fashion, we’re celebrating by giving two very big thumbs up and an enthusiastic “Good onya!” to our favourite Australian celebrities who have launched their very own beauty brands.  

lara bingle

The Aussie stunner may have first caught our attention with her hair (first it was those perfectly dishevelled waves, and more recently her chic bob that’s spawned copycats from here to Hollywood), but she’s now inspiring and enabling women all over the world to achieve a tan the safe way.

Australian made and owned, The Base consists of eight tanning and bronzing products that leave skin looking all healthy and glowy. The best bit? Nothing costs more than $39.
lara bingle the base

jess hart

As a model, Jess Hart has a ton of experience with make-up. But her brand, LUMA, actually came to be thanks to her sister Ashley. After prompting her big sis to put in some effort with her look outside of the make-up chair, Jess noticed how much of a difference even a small amount of make-up could make – and that’s when she decided to create her own cosmetics brand.

There are 13 products in the LUMA range, all of which are naturally derived, not tested on animals, and free from parabens, mineral oils and sulphates.
luma prodcts jess hart

jennifer hawkins

The leggy blonde has gone from pageant queen to beauty mogul in the space of just a few years, maintaining an enviable, radiant glow the entire time.

That’s why it made perfect sense for her to release her range of at-home and professional tanning products, Jbronze. The at-home range includes everything from tanning creams and sprays to illuminators and face tanners. Oh, and they’re all 100 per cent paraben-free. The tanning actives and tan extenders are naturally derived, too.
jbronze jennifer hawkins

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Posted by: Pink Hornet (Australia)

Good to see Aussies doing well.

Posted on: January 27, 2015 (Jan 27, 2015 5:23pm)

Posted by: MelissaFay89 (Australia)

I had no idea Lara Bingle had a skincare range

Posted on: January 27, 2015 (Jan 27, 2015 5:48pm)

What Helen Mirren really thinks of beauty

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She’s the leading lady known for taking beauty risks on the red carpet, but Academy Award winner Dame Helen Mirren has revealed to dailymail.co.uk that the word “beauty” doesn’t sit comfortably with her.

“I don’t really like the word ‘beauty’. There are physically beautiful people in the world (David Beckham, for instance, is unbelievably beautiful), then there are other people that are not beautiful, but are very attractive because of their personality, energy, brilliance, genius: all kinds of things.”

“So I have a resistance to the word ‘beautiful’. I wish we could find another word that takes it away from physical beauty and brings it more into the world of true attractiveness.”

Next week, Helen’s first TV campaign as an ambassador for beauty giant L’Oréal Paris graces screens. In it, the 69-year-old proudly bares her wrinkles and ageing hands, and wears next to no make-up.

Photo credit: The Daily Mail Australia

“I think L’Oréal’s slogan ‘Because I’m Worth It’ really strikes a chord with women. Self-esteem is such a hugely important thing and it’s so difficult for all of us,” she said.

“I used to worry a lot more about my looks than I do now. I think the great advantage of getting older is that you let go of certain things. Having said that, I think all women worry to some degree — and I don’t think men are exempt.”

When it comes to maintaining healthy skin, Helen keeps it simple.

“My biggest beauty advice is just to make sure you clean your skin really well and don’t smoke. I also have to have my eight hours of sleep a night.”

The actress also believes women of all ages should have a ton of fun with their hair.

“Be bold! Be bold with your cut, really look at what young people are doing and copy them — don’t copy what old people are doing.”

“My advice is to look at what’s happening now and go with the flow — don’t do what you did when you were twenty-four.”

She did dye her hair fairy-floss pink, after all!

What do you think of Helen’s beauty advice? Are you looking forward to seeing the campaign?




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Posted by: KatieBurnie (Australia)

Love the advice about the Hair. I have done the same and been every colour under the sun. It's all about having fun and expressing yourself.
Helen is amazing!

Posted on: January 27, 2015 (Jan 27, 2015 2:40pm)

Posted by: Beckky (Australia)

Great article :)

Posted on: January 27, 2015 (Jan 27, 2015 2:55pm)