Acne sufferers, listen up!

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Are you an acne sufferer? Do you find yourself plagued with pimples and blemishes more often than you’d like to admit? Do you struggle to find products that assist your battle with breakouts?

If you answered yes to any or all of the above – then we have a very important date for you to note down in your diary next week.

On Tuesday 23rd October at 6:30pm, we’ll be welcoming Dr. Farah Meher-Homji, Cosmetic Physician at Sydney’s Cosmo Clinic into our forums for an exclusive chat with beautyheaven members. Dr. Farah is also a qualified GP and has a background in psychiatry – so helping people to look and feel better is kind of her day job!

Dr. Farah is also the ambassador for one of Europe’s most popular and trusted over-the-counter acne treatments, Papulex, which has just launched in Australia. You can check out more on this sought-after acne-fighting brand, here…

This will be your chance to ask any questions you may have about acne and breakouts. Think causes and cures, treatments and triumphs – whatever your question, Dr. Farah will do her best to answer it.

So come one, come all – it’s going to be a beautyheaven-style party, so break out the champagne and wear something comfy, because we can’t wait to ‘see’ you on Tuesday at 6:30 right here…

What acne-related questions would you want to ask a professional?


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Posted by: Platinum Ms (Australia)

Hormones are difficult to control I hope the Dr can shed some light.

Posted on: October 21, 2012 (Oct 21, 2012 9:01am)

Posted by: MoonStone (Australia)

Sounds great. Ill try to make it for sure.

Posted on: October 21, 2012 (Oct 21, 2012 9:03am)

Back to basics: at-home hair removal

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At-home hair removal is not just about the humble razor anymore, beauties. Not at all. There’s an abundance of options on the market allowing you to shave, wax, laser, tweeze, pull and dissolve your hair in the comfort of your own home. It’s a feast for the hairy lady’s eyes, really. But which type of hair removal works best for you? Which one suits your needs and your skin and hair type? Let’s find out…

IF YOU WANT… instant, painless hair removal
TRY THIS: shaving. It’s a no-fuss, super-speedy and cheap way to achieve instant smoothness. To prevent not-so-nice nicks, apply a shaving lotion or oil before running the razor over the area to be de-fuzzed. Doing so will ensure you’re left with a close shave. To prevent infections and an anything-but-close shave, it’s important to change your blade regularly. If you do, you can expect one to three days of smooth skin, before rather prickly stubble will develop – this is because a shaver only cuts the hair at the skin’s surface. Shaving also works best on the legs and underarms. Some ladies may shave their nether regions too, but this isn’t ideal. Obviously, never take to your face with a razor. Just don’t. Try: Schick Hydro Silk Razor

IF YOU WANT… to be hair-free for weeks without spending too much coin
TRY THIS: waxing. At-home waxing is extremely popular because of its affordability and long-lasting results. The new formulas are also easy to use and basically mess-free. But how does it work? When the wax is pulled away from the skin in the opposite direction of the hair growth, it takes the hair follicle with it.  This means at least two to six weeks of fuzz-free skin and softer regrowth. Waxing is ideal for many areas of the body, including the legs, arms, bikini and face. However, there are two downsides to waxing: the pain factor and the hair length factor. Removing hair from the root is bound to cause pain, but this lessens if you wax often, because the hair grows back thinner. Promise. You’ll also need to sport three or four millimetres of hair to be able to wax in the first place, which may not be ideal during the warmer months. Try: Veet EasyWax™ Electrical Roll-on Kit

IF YOU WANT… long-lasting hair removal on the run or without any mess
TRY THIS: epilating. Similar to waxing, epilating is adored for its long-lasting results and finer hair regrowth. It’s also convenient for travelling or when you’re short of time as the skin does not need to be wet and there’s minimal mess.  The epilator itself is an electronic device that uses fast-moving tweezer-like mechanics to grasp the hairs and pull them out at the root. You do, however, need to run the tool quite slowly over the area to be treated to ensure all hairs are removed, and the pain is similar to that of waxing.  You’ll also need to have a few millimetres of regrowth before you can even consider epilating. Try: Emjoi’s BodyBare Ultimate

IF YOU WANT… to ditch ingrowns and be hair-free forever
TRY THIS: at-home laser. In-salon laser can be an expensive process, so if you’re keen to go sans the hair on numerous areas of your body, an intense pulsed light (IPL) tool is worth the investment. When applied directly to the hair follicle, the gentle pulses of light produced by this tool send the hair root in a resting phase, causing the hair to shed. When used every two to four weeks over a number of months, this effect is permanent and the hair no longer grows back. This hair removal technique works best on those with dark hair and fair skin, and the pain factor is generally on par with waxing, if not slightly less. It’s worth noting that fake or naturally tanned skin cannot be treated, and serious sun care is required post-treatment. It’s also the best form of hair removal for nipping nasty ingrowns in the bud forever. Try: Philips LUMEA

IF YOU WANT… to remove small amounts of hair from small areas
TRY THIS: tweezing. In fact, this form of hair removal is best for your eyebrows as you can target individual hairs to create a precise shape. Tweezers come in slanted and straight varieties, and require the hair to be a few millimetres long so they can be grasped. Tweezing tools range in price from cheap to rather pricey, but it’s often worth investing in a good pair. They’ll last for years and make the tweezing process a whole lot easier. Try: Tweezerman for Benefit Slant Tweezer

IF YOU WANT… softer regrowth and painless, quick hair removal
TRY THIS: depilatory creams. They’re a quick, convenient and cheap way to ditch the fuzz when you don’t have the regrowth to wax or epilate, or you don’t fancy reaching for a shaver. They also dissolve the hair below the skin’s surface, which means your hair will take longer to grow back than shaving, and the stubble is also softer. However, there are disadvantages to these creams, too. They can be somewhat messy to apply, they can be ineffective if not left on for the correct timeframe, and the chemicals can disagree with some skin types. If you’ve got sensitive skin, use a gentle version for better results. Try: Innoxa On & Off Depilatory Cream

Have you tried all of these forms of hair removal? What type suits you best? What is your go-to at-home hair removal tool?

                 

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Posted by: Blossy77 (Australia)

I have an epilator, but it takes f-o-r-e-v-e-r to do even one leg, and it really hurts! At least with waxing the ouchies are over quickly. I end up using a razor because its quicker.

How I'd love to get laser therapy and banish every single unwanted hair forever! Gosh, can you imagine how liberating that would be??

Posted on: October 21, 2012 (Oct 21, 2012 5:25am)

Posted by: katshepsutt (Australia)

I've only ever tried depilatory creams and razors - I have very little body hair and slow regrowth, so a quick shave is my best bet. Great to read about all the choices though :-)

Posted on: October 21, 2012 (Oct 21, 2012 8:22am)

How-to: 100s and 1000s nails

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Here at BH HQ, we’re always on the lookout for anything new and exciting, which is why we were so keen to try this eye-catching CAVIAR Manicure from Ciaté. Cue squeals of sheer delight. Besides being beyond awesome to look at, this 100s and 1000s nail look is totally easy to achieve, too! We’ve even put a picture how-to together to show you just how it’s done. To discover how it's done, simply hover your mouse over the pink stars...

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  1. Step 1:

    Apply two coats of the Ciaté Paint Pot Colour to your bare, dry nail. Note: you should complete all of these steps on one nail at a time.

  2. Step 2:

    Before the Paint Pot Colour is dry, hold your nail over a bowl, and lightly pour the CAVIAR pearls over your entire nail, ensuring all of the nail is covered with the pearls.

  3. Step 3:

    Use a finger on your other hand to lightly press down the CAVIAR pearls into place, ensuring they won’t fall off. Also make sure pearls at the edge of your nail are secured.

  4. Step 4:

    Allow your nails to dry for a few minuted before using your hands and enjoy your totally scrumptious new manicure!

The best part of this manicure? The Ciaté Caviar Manicure kit comes complete with a mini funnel, so you can just pour the beads that missed your nails back into the bottle! No wastage!

Please note, the Ciaté Caviar Manicure kit is available exclusively at Sephora and online at the official Ciaté website. Sadly, Sephora don’t deliver to Australia yet - but Ciaté does! 

EXTRA EXTRA! Ciaté is now available at Kit Cosmetics! Click here to purchase...

Do it yourself!

If you’d like to do this look yourself, we suggest hitting your local Spotlight store and buying up on ultra-fine beads that you can use to create this look for yourself! Just pour your beads on top of any colour nail varnish to create your own effect!

Do you love this nail look? What is your best idea for a crazy nail how-to?


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Posted by: Blossy77 (Australia)

I just don't like this kind of look at all. Can't think of anything more crazy either, except perhaps if the 100s and 1000s were real.

Posted on: October 20, 2012 (Oct 20, 2012 6:03am)

Posted by: katshepsutt (Australia)

Definitely a party mani, this is fun, cute and colourful. Not something I would wear, but I love all these new nail finishes that are coming out now, and these bottles even look gorgeous :-)

Posted on: October 20, 2012 (Oct 20, 2012 7:11am)

Don't let your period stop you from...

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Having your period isn’t fun (I know, shocking revelation, right?). Personally, I don’t remember the last time having my period made me feel like frolicking on a beach or star-jumping in a white bikini. Usually, when I have my period, all I want to do is curl up into a ball on the couch and eat my bodyweight in Tim Tams. Sounds alarmingly familiar, doesn’t it?

But instead of feeling sorry for ourselves and putting our lives on hold for five-to-seven days, it’s time we each took a good, hard look in the mirror and said “no period, you will no longer keep me from living my life.” (Feel free to repeat if you need extra encouragement.)

So from now on, here are some things that we’re NOT going to let our periods keep us from doing:

Feeling comfortable
Did you know, according to a national survey conducted by STAYFREE®, that more than half of Australian women often feel constricted by the things they wear on a daily basis? Throw a pad in the mix and we bet that statistic jumps up a few notches. Well, guess what? You no longer have to suffer in pads that feel like nappies, because STAYFREE® Ultra Thins now feature PerfectFit™ technology, meaning that not only are the pads super thin, but they move as you move, so you won’t even know that you’re wearing one!

Playing sport
If you’ve ever sat out a game or ditched a gym session because you thought that your period would affect your performance, you’re wrong. In fact, Olympic bronze medal-winning waterpolo player, Holly Lincoln-Smith, revealed to us that she often thought her period affected her game, but it was all just a superstition. “I’ve played some of the best water polo tournaments I’ve ever played while having my period,” she says. “Really, it doesn’t affect my performance at all…Periods are more a psychological hurdle than a physical one when it comes to exercise.”
And if it’s cramps that are stopping you from getting active, Holly recommends eating well (think: lots of fruit, vegetables, protein, and grains) and drinking lots of water to help prevent the pain.

Dressing up and looking good
‘That time of the month’ is usually when you turn to sloppy track pants, hoodies, and pyjamas for comfort. And while we get that having your period makes you feel about as sexy as tree, sometimes putting on your favourite dress, curling your hair, and heading out of your house will get you out of that rut and help you to feel human again. So go on, ditch the date with your daggy trackies, TV, and Tim Tams and head out with your girlfriends instead – it’s guaranteed to make you feel better!

Getting intimate
Like we said, you're probably not feeling very sexy during your period, but that doesn't mean you have to rule out 'sexy time' altogether. Dr. Nikki Goldstein, Sexologist and Relationship Expert, shares how you can still be intimate with your partner:
"You can still be intimate when you have your period, but that does not mean necessarily having sex. When we kiss and touch someone, we can release the same sex hormones, oxyotcin, that are released when we have sex. This helps us to bond and stay in love with someone. Physical intimacy is important in a relationship, and we can still achieve this when we have our period. A kiss and a hug might help to take the cramps away too."

 

Do you let you period stop you from doing anything? How do you get through the tough days of your period?
Crazy things your body does…
Tips to get you through your period…

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Posted by: Neilrawson (Australia)

Generally the first day of my period is the worst day, cramps and bloating, headaches sometimes.
Panadol for the days I do not feel well. Sometimes I have found getting outside and breathing a bit of fresh air helps, mind you does not work all the time.
A good home cooked meal with lots of veges is always comforting for when I have the period blues.
SandraXxX

Posted on: October 19, 2012 (Oct 19, 2012 5:40pm)

Posted by: Naleri (Australia)

I think women naturally want to cocoon themselves away for a reason. The body is cleansing itself when you get your period and I think it's more important to listen to your body and nourish yourself when you feel the need (yes, even with tim tams and pj days!). That way when your period is over you feel refreshed, re energised and ready to get on with life. I'm not saying to do nothing at all when you have your period, just to go with what you feel your body and your soul needs.

Posted on: October 19, 2012 (Oct 19, 2012 6:00pm)

Halloween nail art: black with neon tips

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Want to give yourself a Halloween party manicure with a difference? This Halloween nail art look takes the blackest of black gothic nails and mixes them with this season’s bang on-trend neon brights. Think of it as the French manicure’s sinister sister. To try this tutorial yourself, simply hover your mouse over the stars and follow each step.

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  1. Step 1

    Paint your nails with two coats of a neon base colour or base colours. Pick as many shades as you like. I painted four fingers in yellow and one in orange. Leave to dry for five minutes.

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    Pick a really black, shiny colour and very carefully paint over your nail, leaving the neon tips still exposed.

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    To ensure an even tip, paint the uppermost black section horizontally across your nail (left to right, instead of cuticle to tip).

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    Add a second coat of black to ensure even coverage. Leave to dry for five minutes, then follow with a topcoat. Your Halloween-inspired nails are now complete!

Recommended for this look: Models Prefer Nail Enamel in little black dress, and Orly Nail Laquer in Glowstick (details from www.orlybeauty.com.au).

Are you going to a Halloween party this year? Will you be dressing up your nails for the occasion?

More nail art tutorials on bh:

- How-to: neutral nails with a twist

- How-to: ultra-violet nail art

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Posted by: starsr (Australia)

That's an interesting way to do tips! And they're so neat. I wonder if I could manage it.

Posted on: October 19, 2012 (Oct 19, 2012 12:22pm)

Posted by: iluvfacialz (Member since 2007, Australia)

Looks really good. I was also wondering how you managed to get the tips so neat?

Posted on: October 19, 2012 (Oct 19, 2012 12:27pm)