Inspiring: Victoria Beckham’s matchy-matchy beauty look

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I’ll be honest, beauties, I’m a bit of a fan of the matchy-matchy make-up look. There’s just something balanced about it, you know? And when it’s done well, it can leave the owner of the colour combo looking seriously polished. Michelle Williams nails it all the time (think red dress and red lips), but it’s Victoria Beckham’s recent dabble into the Land of Matchy-Matchy that’s got me in a complete spin right now.

Attending the Range Rover Evoque Special Edition launch earlier this week in Beijing, China, Victoria Beckham rocked one glorious beauty look: plummy nails, a plummy, smoky eye and a plummy frock.

You may think this sounds really intense, but when you add touches of the same hue to different parts of your look, the result is stunning. And even though the colour plum can be quite dark, moody and intense, the subtlety of the eyeshadow on the outer corners of her eyes works incredibly well with her well-groomed wine-stained nails and the panelling in her dress. She’s used the hue to tie her whole look together wonderfully.

VB is clearly a smart woman, too, because teaming this look with a flesh-coloured lip – and not a berry stain, gloss or lippie – keeps her looking fresh, modern and stylish. Props for her slightly messy, textured updo, too. That’s well worth copying as well.

So, now you’ve witnessed Victoria Beckham’s matchy-matchy goodness, why not try it yourself? Start off by matching your nails to a hue in your dress, or your lip colour to your nails, and then work your way up to a VB-esque combo when you’re feeling brave. It’s a fun way to play not only with make-up and polishes, but freshen up an outfit, too. Gotta love that!

What do you think of Victoria Beckham’s matching nails, eyes and dress? Are you keen to create your own matchy-matchy look?

Member Comments

Posted by: Lipstick Love (Australia)

LOVE IT! It looks so beautiful on her!

Posted on: April 26, 2012 (Apr 26, 2012 12:17pm)

Posted by: Princess Perfume (Australia)

I'm a bit matchy-matchy too - everything looks in harmony - love that polish colour too!

Posted on: April 26, 2012 (Apr 26, 2012 12:19pm)

Hands up if you love a freebie?

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Jeez, no need to stampede all at once. Ok, actually if you love all things nails (and who doesn’t at the moment??), then it might be worth hot-fingering it to ORLY’s online store.

Why? Well, before I tell you, can we all just agree that there is NOTHING WORSE in nail-land than polish that chips before you’ve even had time to think about changing the colour? If you’re nodding your head in agreement (which I know you are), then you’re likely to be as excited as we are by ORLY’s great offer, exclusive to bh members.

For the next two weeks, when you purchase any 18mL Nail Lacquer at the ORLY online store, you’ll receive Primetime – a chip-preventing primer worth $19.95 – absolutely free! Plus you’ll also receive free shipping (normally $5.50). So not only will you be getting your hands on the latest nail colour, but your free gift will also ensure that your polish lasts as long as you want it to – hurrah!  

Here’s how to do it:
Visit the ORLY online store.
Choose a colour to purchase.
When finalising your order in the payment section place the promotional code ‘PRIMETIME’ in the Gift Vouchers/Discount Coupons field and you will receive an 18ml Primetime treatment FREE and will not be charged for postage on your order.

Happy shopping and nail painting!



What nail polish colour are you currently sporting / wanting to buy?


Member Comments

Posted by: Kreety (Australia)

sweet deal <3 .. i hate that my silver is chipping, iv only had it on 3 days !

Posted on: April 26, 2012 (Apr 26, 2012 5:16am)

Posted by: katshepsutt (Australia)

Gee, hope the site doesn't crash in the rush, lol Free shipping makes a difference - thanks bh! I'm lusting after Gilded Coral and Peachy Parrot :-)

Posted on: April 26, 2012 (Apr 26, 2012 5:24am)

5 reasons why we love...

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If you’re wondering why we can’t stop raving about Estée Lauder Idealist Even Skintone Illuminator, it’s for one reason: because it really is that good.

But we know what you beauty-savvy bunch are like; we know that one reason just isn’t going to cut it – not when your hard-earned beauty bucks are at stake. Which is why we’ve got not one, not two, but FIVE great reasons to invest in Estée Lauder Idealist Even Skintone Illuminator:

1.) Because it really is that good.
2.) Seriously.
3.) Trust us, we’ve tried it.
4.) See reason #1
5.) See reason #2

Only kidding! (Kind of.) Here are the REAL reasons why you, your face, and everyone else that has to look at your face on a daily basis, will love Estée Lauder Idealist Even Skintone Illuminator:

1.) If you suffer from uneven skin tone (think pigmentation, redness, blotchiness, discolouration), you’ll start to see results after just two weeks of using this product. How? It’s all thanks to the exclusive CorrectTone technology in the formulation, which helps to reduce pre-existing uneven skin tone issues, while simultaneously protecting against future damage.
2.) It also contains special triple-optic technology, which works to instantly brighten your skin, help get rid of redness and disguise imperfections. In other words, your skin will look infinitely better after one simple skin care step. Bring.It.On.
3.) It’s oil free so won’t clog your pores. Or leave you with an afternoon oil slick (a definite bonus when you’re aiming for complexion perfection). Oh and when I said that it helps to reduce the appearance of imperfections did I mention that that includes acne scarring too? In fact, it works on all types of imperfections, all skin tones and all ethnicities. Talk about an all-rounder!
4.) It’s already won a coveted Glosscar award, and a Best in Beauty award. Not surprising given reviews like this (and many, many more):
“I have only been using it for 2 weeks but even my husband (who never ever makes comments about my skin) said only this morning that my face was looking amazing and I didn't need all that other stuff any more” – Natalie309
“After using this product I wasn’t too sure it was actually working. Then I started to get all these compliments from my sisters and friends. It was really a thrill when my sister said my skin was looking cleaner and clearer. 
I know all too well what it feels like to not want to go out of the house without wearing makeup so when this serum started to smooth out my skin and blend in my skin tone with the rest of my face I felt like I could go out with only tinted moisturiser on my face.” – Fashonista8P
5.) Right now, not only can you sample the product for free, but you can also go into the draw to win a full-sized bottle! Find out how, here



What's your skin tone looking like these days? Are you happy with it?

Member Comments

Posted by: pinglet (Australia)

My skin tone's alright, but I downloaded the coupon for a free sample of EL's Illuminator, and I can't wait to try it!

Posted on: April 25, 2012 (Apr 25, 2012 5:13pm)

Posted by: softness (Member since 2007, Australia)

Anything oil-free is extremely attractive to me because I have naturally oily-enough skin - well, on the T Zone anyhow.

Since joining Beautyheaven a few years ago my skin has been improving all the time. It got a bit neglected for around a decade before that because I was so focussed on my pregnancies (x3), breastfeeds, toddlers, babies etc!! It's great to have some time after all of those things to focus a little more on me!

Posted on: April 25, 2012 (Apr 25, 2012 5:27pm)

Gallery: drool-worthy arm candy

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We know that envy isn’t exactly the best quality in a person (hey, it’s one of the seven deadly sins for a good reason!), but when it comes to celebrities, we can’t help but covet the wonderful things they own – from their wardrobe and accessories to their hair and beauty looks.

So it shouldn’t be surprising that when it comes to their designer handbags, well, we wouldn’t mind getting our hot little hands on them too!
The good news? Right now you can get your hands on drool-worthy designer handbags at a fraction of the cost! Simply sign up to Reebonz (a fabulous site that sells authentic designer handbags at a fraction of the cost), and you’ll receive $35 credit to spend on your dream bag at Just click here, sign up, and get ready for the tough decision of which bag to choose!

Looking for a bit of inspiration? Take a flick through our gallery of celebrity handbags and you may just find the designer handbag for you…

Great handbags aren’t the only things we’d like to steal from Alexa…

From Blake’s bags to her red carpet frocks, it’s seems like she can do no wrong…




If you could steal any item from a celebrity, what would it be?

Member Comments

Posted by: Zenna.X (Australia)

I would totally steal eva longoria bag ... very pretty and a pretty colour aswell!

Posted on: April 25, 2012 (Apr 25, 2012 12:05pm)

Posted by: Hippy (Australia)

Cannot get enough bags. Love love love that Alexa Chung is in this gallery!

Posted on: April 25, 2012 (Apr 25, 2012 12:09pm)

Welcome to the snacking swap shop

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Are you a bit of an over-indulger? Do you like to treat yourself to treats when you’ve had a hard day? You sound like you need to visit our swap shop. You know, the place that allows you to enjoy the foods you love – in moderation – or in a healthier version that will eliminate the guilt from meal times.

Sound like a sanctuary? Oh it is! And it’s far easier than you think. We’re not fans of calorie-counting around here, but if you are interested in looking at the numbers, then you should really take a look at the items listed in our snacking swap shop.

The indulgence: A bag of chips
Swap for: A handful of unsalted nuts
The saving: Up to 100 calories

The indulgence: Full cream milk latte
Swap for: Skim milk latte
The saving: Around 80 calories

The indulgence: A bottle of beer
Swap for: A glass of white wine
The saving: 60 calories (or more, if you opt for a low-cal wine)

The indulgence: A double choc-chunk cookie
Swap for: A chocolate digestive biscuit
The saving: Around 100 calories!

The indulgence: A can of soft drink
Swap for: A glass of low-cal cordial or diet soft drink
The saving: 100 calories!

The indulgence: Takeaway fish & chips
Swap for: Oven baked chips and grilled fish
The saving: Over 300 calories!

The indulgence: A bag of lollies
Swap for: Super-sweet fresh raspberries
The saving: Up to 300 calories!

TOTAL SAVING = 1,040 Calories!!!
Not bad for a few simple (and equally tasty) swaps!



What are your favourite healthy food swaps? Would you swap any of the above?

Member Comments

Posted by: katshepsutt (Australia)

These are all great swaps, a number of which I incorporated into my diet many years ago. I like something sweet after my lunch at work, so instead of something naughty, I enjoy a crisp apple cut up into very thin slices - I munch each juicy piece very slowly and it keeps me going all afternoon :-)

Posted on: April 25, 2012 (Apr 25, 2012 7:25am)

Posted by: Sumaya (Australia)

I need to take notes for all these swaps as there are many foods i should be swapping for healthier options.

Posted on: April 25, 2012 (Apr 25, 2012 8:05am)