Tell us about your salon and spa experiences

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There are two things that I desperately search for whenever I move. The first is a good, trustworthy doctor and the second is a good, trustworthy hairdresser. And the latter is often harder to find. Especially if you don’t have any girlfriends you can ask. 

But the great thing about beautyheaven is that you have hundreds of women who are willing to give you advice and help no matter what your problem is. And what’s even better is that you’ll soon be able to add salon and spa treatments to that list of advice.

We’re revamping our salon section and launching ‘salonheaven’ so we can give you, our members, the best advice, reviews and information when it comes to all spa and salon treatments. No longer will you leave a wax in unnecessary pain or not know where to get a decent pedicure. When it comes to beauty matters, the good, the bad and the life changing, we want to know about it so we can share it with everyone and make hideous hair cuts a thing of the past.

And what better way to start than a super quick survey about your spa and salon experiences. Not a survey fan? Perhaps the fact that 10 lucky people who complete the survey will be awarded 500 bonus points will change your mind. Pretty handy considering that beautorium isn’t too far away… 

Click here to complete the survey



Member Comments

Posted by: Trish_D (Australia)

Great concept. I'm very fortunate in having a lovely hairdresser who really listens to me and has kept my somewhat difficult hair looking good without masses of effort. She's worth her weight in gold.

Posted on: July 15, 2013 (Jul 15, 2013 4:09pm)

Posted by: Kassalee (Australia)

Happy to complete your survey - and more than happy to take the survey with 500 points up for grabs!

Posted on: July 15, 2013 (Jul 15, 2013 4:23pm)

Snails, anyone?

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Demi Moore is famous for a lot of things - her killer body, her marriage to Bruce Willis, and of course, her acting career. She's also responsible for making 'leech therapy' a thing.
Leech therapy is a process where the blood-sucking critters are put on your face in an effort to give your skin a more youthful appearance. It's almost like a naturaln alternative to botox.

Seems pretty odd, right?
Well, it looks the trend of putting something slimy on your face for a more youthful appearance isn't going anywhere just yet.

Therapists in Japan have started putting live snails on their clients' faces in what's called a 'snail facial'.
The mucus slime that snails leave as they slowly crawl across your face is reportedly packed with proteins, antioxidants, and hyaluronic acid to keep your skin hydrated, soft, and fesh. The slime can apparently also help the recovery of skin cells, so not only will it help keep your skin looking dewy and youthful, it'll help heal damaged skin, too.

Unfortunately this doesn't seem to be available in Australia just yet, so if it tickles your fancy you may have to wait a few years. Or, if you're really hankering for it (and have some cash to burn), just hop on over to Tokyo to the Ci:z.Labo beauty salon where you can pay about AUD $116 for the pleasure.

What do you think of this beauty treatment? Would you ever put snails on your face?

Member Comments

Posted by: Nda (Australia)

I've heard that that mucus stuff from snails is great for skin but I'm not sure how I feel about having live snails on my face lol.

Posted on: July 15, 2013 (Jul 15, 2013 2:02pm)

Posted by: Julia283 (Australia)

Ive seen some snail essence lotion before! although i was too scared to buy it, next time i might if im feeling up to it!

Posted on: July 15, 2013 (Jul 15, 2013 2:09pm)

How-to: create voluminous hair

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Do you know what’s awesome about heading to the hairdresser? I mean, other than walking out looking like a new woman with fresh, healthy hair. The blow-dry at the end. Hairdressers just seem to have this way of transforming your usually limp hair into bouncy, voluminous waves as if it’s no effort at all.

A few days later you try it yourself at home and, well, no matter how hard you try your hair looks clean and healthy, but it has nowhere near as much volume and movement. And so you simply resign yourself to the fact that you’ll never be able to do what your god-like hairdresser can do, right? I thought so.

Well, as usual, I’ve got a trick up my sleeve to help you achieve that seemingly unattainable volume, height and movement for your fine, flat hair. It’s affordable, it’s convenient, and it delivers results. Strong results.

The ‘it’ I’m referring to is John Frieda Luxurious Volume Fine to Full Blow-Out Spray. And just one look below at what it can do for fine, limp hair should be enough to get you off of your computer and into store.

See? Phenomenal results, right?

So how exactly does this volumising product work? The formula contains patented polymers that create a network of connections between your strands of hair to leave it looking fuller and more bouncy. And just in case you’re worried that this will leave your hair looking stiff and feeling crunchy, let me assure you that it does just the opposite – your hair will actually feel pretty soft and easy to manage.

Here’s how you can use John Frieda Luxurious Volume Fine to Full Blow-Out Spray to create extra volume:
1) Spritz the product throughout your hair, ensuring that you don’t miss any sections underneath the top layers of your hair.
2) Comb the product through your hair making sure that it’s evenly distributed from your roots down to your ends.
3) Using a hairdryer and a round brush, blow-dry your hair. Lift the roots as you blow-dry to ensure your hair is given every opportunity to look fuller with more natural height.

And viola! Full and voluminous hair achieved. All in the comfort of your own home.

Do you struggle to achieve a salon-quality finish at home? How do you try to give your hair more volume?

Member Comments

Posted by: Roxymisha (Australia)

I need to de-volume!

Posted on: July 15, 2013 (Jul 15, 2013 11:01am)

Posted by: Oonga (Australia)

hahahaha me too Roxymisha!

Posted on: July 15, 2013 (Jul 15, 2013 11:05am)

How to get your nails wedding ready

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Your fingers are never going to get more attention than when you get married. Everybody will be asking to see the ring, you’ll be taking close up photos of your hand in his, holding the bouquet and let’s not forget the pivotal moment when your brand new hubby places the wedding ring onto your finger during the ceremony.  

That’s a lot of pressure for your little limbs and I’m sure you’ll want them looking their best for those special moments. No stubby little fingers nails, chipped corners or dry cuticles. So before you decide on the perfect shade of polish, here are a few tips to get your nails ready for him to put a ring on it.


Switch to gel

There’s nothing more frustrating than trying to grow your nails, only to have them chip and break at the slightest sign of friction, forcing you to cut or file them down. So instead of wrapping them up in bubble wrap, try swapping your regular nail polish for a sturdy gel. Bio Scultpure’s Bio Sculpture Gel vs Acrylics helps you to grow healthier nails by lasting up to three weeks (a lot longer than ordinary polish) and is also chip and fade resistant.  


Correct your cuticles

Your poor cuticles are often the part of your nail that gets neglected. In fact if you’d asked me a few weeks ago I wouldn’t have even known what a cuticle was, let alone how to look after it. For those like me who didn’t know, your cuticle refers to the part of your skin at the bottom (and sometimes sides) of your nail that has the purpose of protecting the nail from any harmful bacteria. The most common cuticle problem is dryness, which leads to breakage and people cutting their cuticles, which can often do more harm them good. To prevent dry, cracked looking cuticles, try applying a cuticle oil such as Manicare Cuticle Oil once every three days or as needed to hydrate and nourish the skin. 



If I had a penny for every time we told you to moisturise on this website, well I’d be sipping champagne on a beach somewhere and not really caring if you were moisturising or not. But lucky for you, I care. To ensure your hands and nails look as good as the rest of your body on your big day, a nourishing hand and nail cream is essential. We recommend applying Revitanail Hand & Nail Cream every night before bed for baby soft hands and even skin tone.



The same as you should prime to create a flawless canvas for your face; you should buff to create a smooth canvas for your nails. Buffing will rid your nails of any rigid or rough texture and instead leave them smooth, shiny and ready for polish. The Cutex 4 Way Buffer makes buffing easy with its colour coded sides. Buffing regularly can also help prevent yellow nails and stains.

What are your tips for getting healthy looking nails? Do you have a special manicure for your wedding day?


Member Comments

Posted by: bebeautiful34 (Australia)

Luckily my nails are naturally healthy and strong, so I just got a manicure with a pretty soft pink polish a day before my wedding!

Posted on: July 13, 2013 (Jul 13, 2013 12:31pm)

Posted by: chunky.monkeys (Australia)

My nails are generally pretty healthy too but I'm hoping to buy cuticle oil or butter to help with the winter weather drying out my skin/nails.

Posted on: July 13, 2013 (Jul 13, 2013 12:37pm)

Three winter hair trends to try

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The whole bh team would like to extend a warm welcome to Nella, the official Schwarzkopf Style Studio beautyheaven Blogger. This is her first blog post for beautyheaven, but you can expect to see a lot more wonderful hair content from her in the coming months. You can also check out more of her articles – alongside content from the other fabulous Schwarzkopf Style Studio Bloggers – right here.

Sleek Sexy Low Minimal Ponytails and Buns

This trend is a total rebellion to big bouffant up-do’s and cascading curls which frequent the red carpet on regular rotation. Low buns and ponytails scream chic sexy sophistication and they are also extremely quick and easy to achieve – the perfect day to night style if you are in a hurry or you want your outfit to be the main focus.  It also works with all lengths of hair, if you have mid length hair try a neat small bun at the nape of your neck and for ladies with length a long tamed perfected ponytail is the ultimate in minimal-chic styling. Try out different partings to see which is most flattering for your face shape. Using Schwarzkopf’s Ultimate Styling Hairspray to tame any flyaways.

Burning Auburn Tones

Bold glossy burning auburn tones have become a huge winter trend this year with starlets like Emma Stone, Florence Welch and Jessica Chastain flaunting their gorgeous flaming red locks. Becoming a statement redhead during winter is perfect timing - your hair becomes the best accessory you can have to brightening up any winter outfit.  So if you need a mid-winter pick me up why not ask your colourist to switch it up by going red, with highlights like Emma Stone, a Glossy tint à la Miss Chastain or an all over POW-POP of colour dye job that would make Florence Welch jealous.

So Frenchy – So Chic: Natural textured and Tousled  

French girls are the epitome of cool, everything about them breathes effortless an air of cool from their style to their attitude and especially their hair. To create this look let your hair naturally dry letting natural waves and texture shine - stay away from that blow-dryer! Add a little Schwarzkopf Volume Powder to the roots and a few drops of Ultimate Oil Elixir to your ends to give a healthy glossy look. With winter weather being unpredictable this is the perfect trend, the wind and a little rain will only give your hair more of a tousled carefree look. Remember to wear a cool attitude when rocking this hair trend this winter.

Are you looking to change up your hair? Would you try any of these hair looks?

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Member Comments

Posted by: softness (Member since 2007, Australia)

Love you article Nella! A warm welcome to you!

I like the French chic and tousled ones! They look comfy to wear and relaxed.

Posted on: July 12, 2013 (Jul 12, 2013 4:24pm)

Posted by: bebeautiful34 (Australia)

I'd love to try the tousled hairstyle, but on me it would just look messy and unkempt!

Posted on: July 12, 2013 (Jul 12, 2013 4:34pm)