The times when it pays to turn up the intensity

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We all know there are times when less is more when it comes to your make-up and beauty routine (and life in general, coming to think of it). And although it definitely does pay to show the soft and subtle side of your personality on certain occasions, there are also some instances in your life when it’s necessary to showcase the slightly more intense, extra passionate side, too.

What do I mean by that? Well, I guess sometimes life calls on you to be a little stronger, a little more show-stopping and a little less fade-into-the-background-ish, especially if it has the potential to result in great things for you. Try these examples on for size…

Time to turn up the intensity #1: when you’re going for your dream job.
Never has it been more important to stand out from the crowd than when you are in the running for your dream gig. Subtlety will get you nowhere at a time like this, and without your intense enthusiasm and passion out on show, potential employers are likely to completely overlook you and we all know that would be a great tragedy for them, don’t we? 

Time to turn up the intensity #2: when you’re trying to show someone how much you love them.
Make it a habit that you’ll never rest on your laurels when it comes to your love life. If you think that your special someone may need a little reassurance that they’re the only one for you, don’t hesitate to pull out all the stops on the road to Romance-ville. Grand gestures shouldn’t be saved for the movies, turn up the intensity and let your beau know just how much they mean to you.

Time to turn up the intensity #3: when you want to seriously impress.
Have you ever seen the life and soul of the party wearing a beige make-up look and limp, unstyled hair? My guess is no, not ever. Which is why when you might be trying to impress that special guy, it always pays to add a shot of intensity to your look by sweeping a hot red hue across your lips, some false lashes on your peepers and a spritz of a captivating fragrance that’s bound to stop him in his tracks. Not sure which juice will do the trick? The new Eau So Intense scents from DKNY are definitely worth a try…

Want to know more? Sure you do. DKNY Be Delicious Eau So Intense, DKNY Fresh Blossom Eau So Intense and DKNY Golden Delicious Eau So Intense are (you guessed it) the more intense versions of the original DKNY fragrances. What does that mean? Well, you can expect a punchy, more highly-concentrated version of your favourite DKNY scent, and, better still, you can choose which scent suits you best!

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Posted by: ModernSnowWhite (Australia)

I think it's important to turn up the intensity when your going to a wedding. You have a ticket to wear a beautiful dress, so why not smell beautiful too?

Posted on: December 04, 2012 (Dec 4, 2012 5:02pm)

Posted by: Lana Lang (Australia)

Excellent article BH! I think it's definitely important to turn up the intensity once in a while to avoid being overlooked and being seen as 'boring'. It's good to spice things up not only for yourself, but for those around you - keep people guessing. You'll get those compliments such as "oh you look pretty today" or "hey I love your perfume what is it?" etc. It really pays to push up the intensity to make yourself feel fantastic! :)

Posted on: December 04, 2012 (Dec 4, 2012 5:11pm)

Kate Middleton is pregnant!

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Well, in case you haven’t heard what’s probably the biggest news of this year, Kate Middleton, or more formally the Duchess of Cambridge, is pregnant!

Reportedly less than 12 weeks along and due in the UK spring, the Duke and Duchess made the announcement after Kate was taken to the King Edward VII hospital in London suffering from acute morning sickness.

The Duchess is expected to stay in hospital for a few days, and while we’re certain she’s receiving the best medical care in the world, we couldn’t help but put in our two cents of some things the soon-to-be-mum (and all you soon-to-be-mums) could find quite handy to know during her pregnancy:

Rest!
Whether you lead a busy life or not, fatigue is incredibly common during pregnancy, especially during the first and third trimesters. So instead of pushing through it, take the time to rest and sleep so that you and your body are at their best to help that little human inside of you grow.

Put only the best into your body
A healthy, balanced diet is of the utmost importance when you’re pregnant, because whatever you’re putting into your body is affecting your growing baby. Make sure your diet includes a balance of lean meats, fruits, vegetables, wholegrains, and dairy. It’s best for you to consult your doctor about the best foods to eat (and which ones to avoid, like raw fish or creamy cheeses such as brie).

It’s also a good idea to look into taking vitamins to supplement (not substitute) your diet to ensure your body (and baby) are getting all the nutrients they need. Ask your doctor about vitamins such as vitamin C, iron, and folate.
Oh, and don’t forget about keeping hydrated! Your blood volume increases during pregnancy so it’s important to drink enough water each day to prevent dehydration and constipation.

Keep moving
While you need to make sure you’re getting enough rest during your pregnancy, it’s just as important to exercise regularly. Not only will it help prevent excess weight gain, but moderate exercise (don’t go overboard!) can help reduce pregnancy-related problems like back pain, swelling and constipation, and can help improve sleep, increase energy and lessen your recovery time after labour. Exercises like walking, swimming, yoga, and Pilates are all low-impact and great ways to keep moving during pregnancy.

Are you excited to hear Kate Middleton is pregnant? Do you have any tips for first-time mums-to-be?

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Posted by: Rose_P (Australia)

Yay! Wonderful news!

As for the severe morning sickness....hmmm how could I forget! It was pretty bad the first time, but even worse the second time for me. I had days where I couldn't even drink water. Ugh!

Posted on: December 04, 2012 (Dec 4, 2012 10:10am)

Posted by: sassylily (Australia)

Oh my morning sickness, I remember it well mine lasted 5 months for each of my pregnancies.

Congratulation Wills and Kate

Posted on: December 04, 2012 (Dec 4, 2012 10:20am)

Two-day Double Points Special

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Have you sampled a product recently that you’re itching to write a review on? Or have you been lucky enough to win fabulous prizes in a beautyheaven comp that you simply have to shout about? If you’ve got a review just waiting to be written, now’s the time to do it.

Why? This month beautyheaven is staging Double Points December, giving you opportunities throughout the month to earn double rewards points for certain activities. For the next 48 hours (from noon today until noon on Thursday), writing a review on our site earns you not the normal five, but a massive 10 rewards points! And, what’s more, commenting on articles also gives you double points during this period. Double, double the fun!

And why is earning points so great? Because once you’ve earned more than 350 points, you’re eligible to swap them for FREE beauty products in beautorium, our loyalty rewards room. And with the next beautorium event scheduled for February next year, you’ll be wanting to collect enough points so you can get your hands on gorgeous beauty goodies.

Not a member yet? If you sign up now or any time during December, you get double points for completing all of your membership information. That’s 100 extra points. Members also get double points this month for referring a friend who joins. Find out more about Double Points December right here.

Browse our products pages and get reviewing now!

Friendly pre-Christmas warning: please be in keeping with the spirit of the season and only submit genuine reviews of products you’ve tried yourself. If you fail to give enough information your review won’t be used – which is a waste of your time and effort.

Will you be writing a review during our two-day Double Points special? And what would you like to spend your points on in beautorium?

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Posted by: LovelyOne (Australia)

I better start reviewing!

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Posted by: Belle88 (Member since 2008, Australia)

Awesome!! Time to start reviewing! I won a Cellulite Contour Cream from BH so I'm definitely reviewing the product!!

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Celebrity beauty blunders YOU can learn from

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Celebrities are an impeccable breed. Generally speaking, they are free of flaws, are rarely spotted out of their Sunday best attire, and always look ridiculously perfect.

But sometimes they get it wrong. Really wrong. Maybe we should blame their make-up or hair stylists, or maybe we should go straight to the source, but either way, Hollywood A-listers aren’t completely immune to a beauty blunder.

The good news is this: you can learn from their mistakes. We all can, in fact. From Lea Michele’s recent chest concealer clanger and Ciara’s awful attempt at balayage, to Kim Kardashian’s run-in with the fake tan faux pas known as The Eagle, there’s certainly a handful of beauty lessons among these blunders. Here’s hoping the celebrities involved are reading, too…

Which celebrity is the worst beauty blunder offender? Which hair and make-up crime listed below have you committed in the past? Which lesson will you be applying to your beauty regimen from now on?

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Posted by: katshepsutt (Australia)

Oh dear, Tori Spelling gets my vote, she looks like she's wearing a mask. One of the worst I've seen was the Nicole Kidman under-eye white powder goof - now that's something I apply to pretty much my entire face, and cameras love the stuff if you're a bit too heavy handed, Well and truly noted in my beauty book!

Posted on: December 04, 2012 (Dec 4, 2012 7:16am)

Posted by: MoonStone (Australia)

Fake tan is the worst!!
Poor kim looks pretty bad here hey!

Posted on: December 04, 2012 (Dec 4, 2012 7:58am)

Easy-peasy instant volume

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Some people are just blessed with naturally voluminous locks (Eva Mendes and Kate Beckinsale, I’m looking at you). Others – like me – spend hours teasing, tousling, pulling and powdering our roots just to get a smidgen of the hair height that these lucky ladies seemingly roll out of bed with. It’s all pretty unfair.

So you can imagine my excitement (and, if I’m honest, initial cynicism) when I was told that there was a hair tool that could add instant volume to my hair, without me even trying. But sure enough, the Scunci Hi Styles did exactly what it promised – adding extra lift to my locks with next to no fuss at all! Watch my video tutorial above as I demonstrate how to achieve added volume with the Scunci Hi Styles. But in the meantime, here's some eye candy of my awesomly enhanced half pony...

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Is your hair awesome with oomph, or do you wish you had extra volume in your locks? Have you tried this Hi Styles tool?

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Sounds like it is worth checking out. Love the idea of tutorials.

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These never work for me.

Posted on: December 03, 2012 (Dec 3, 2012 6:34pm)