Guys’ grooming secrets

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It's not only the girls who tend to break the rules and take shortcuts when it comes to beauty and grooming. The boys are also culprits - and you know what? It's okay! 

That's the point of this 'ere blog. To let the fellas know that it's perfectly normal to ask questions and seek answers from the girls, to explore the grooming possibilities available to them, and to discover ways to pamper and preen themselves in a manner they feel comfortable with.

So, boys, whether you've been caught with your head in your girlfriend's beauty cabinet, or youve always wondered what that white stuff she slathers all over her skin is, you should know that hey, it's okay to

nick a little of your girlfriend's hand cream from her purse. No-one likes the feeling of dry, chapped skin - especially if they can smell like mango and feel soft as a babies bot' instead.

hover your face over a sink full of hot water in an attempt to let the steam open your pores. There's nothing wrong with trying to clean out and unclog your skin.

apply a little of her concealer to a spot on your face. It's not really like wearing make-up if it's just a little concealer, right?

spritz some of your expensive cologne in your shoes or under your arms to prevent any whiffy odours when you don't have deodorant handy. Desperate times and all that.

book yourself in for a manicure from time to time. Hey, they're not just meant for the girls, you know, and not all boys like the feeling of dirt underneath their nails.

ask your girl about skin care solutions for your skin. If anyone would know what works best for you it's her, isn't it? 

look into hair removal options if you feel like you're a little too fuzzy on your back or chest. There's no need to put up with it if you don't want to! 

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Does your guy get into grooming? What are his favourite ways to feel pampered?

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Posted by: Jenniqua (Australia)

If only my guy was more interested in my skincare regime, ha.lol Instead I try to encourage him to no avail. I love giving myself at home facials, that is how I pamper myself.

Posted on: December 03, 2012 (Dec 3, 2012 12:28pm)

Posted by: CherryBlossom (Australia)

He uses a facewash, but thats about it. Whenever I tell him about eye serums and creams, etc, he nods his head - its in one ear and out the other. oh well.

Posted on: December 03, 2012 (Dec 3, 2012 12:43pm)

The Beach Girl Hair Syndrome survival guide

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Do you love spending summer down at the beach, by a pool, or just out in the sun?
Are you guilty of straightening, curling or blow-drying your hair regularly?
Do you feel as though hay has a softer feel than your hair?

If you answered yes to any of the above then you are most likely suffering from Beach Girl Hair Syndrome and you’re certainly not alone. I myself suffer from this condition, and have been searching the globe for a suitable solution! Let’s face it, unless we give up the beach girl lifestyle, we’re going to be stuck fighting this battle forever. But there are ways to make amends with your hair; we’ve got three easy strategies to help you survive Beach Girl Hair Syndrome this summer. 

#1 – Repair
First things first, your locks are in dire need of attention. John Frieda Full Repair Full Body Shampoo and Conditioner are perfect for targeting short broken hairs, flyaways, and damaged ends. Formulated with inca inchi oil, a micro-oil rich in omega-3, they will help to repair and nourish your hair in a flash, while eliminating signs of your sea-frolicking, beach girl lifestyle.

#2 – Restore
Now it’s time to bring out the heavy artillery and deliver some moisture back into your hair. Clairol Professional – Deep Moisture Intensive Mask will instantly moisturise dry locks, leaving them noticeably softer and easy to comb through. This treatment utilises mango extract to provide extra shine, strength and softness to your strands. Remember to really work the treatment into your hair when it’s damp, concentrating on your lengths and ends, leave for five minutes and then rinse.

#3 – Support
It’s not enough to just perform intensive rescues to your hair when signs of distress and damage begin to show. The most effective damage control is often in the prevention. Ensure you keep split ends and brittle strands at bay by using a leave-in conditioning treatment such as Moroccanoil Treatment. The argan oil-based formula helps to repair damaged strands, protect from the effects of harmful UV rays and relieve a dry and itchy scalp while providing a naturally-silky shine. Handy hint: pour a 20-cent piece-sized amount into the palm of your hand and apply it thoroughly through the lengths of your hair.

REMEMBER: Some split ends will never be united and it is sometimes best to just let them go. Get your ends trimmed at least once every six to eight weeks to ensure your hair doesn’t start to look straw-like.

What is your best solution to the dreaded beach girl hair syndome?


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Posted by: Deb763 (Australia)

sun damage, frizz and really dry straw like hair :(

Posted on: December 03, 2012 (Dec 3, 2012 8:31am)

Posted by: ModernSnowWhite (Australia)

Put some conditioner in my hair prior to swimming, and take a spray bottle with you that has conditioner and water in it. Spray that in your hair when you are detangling it, and you should be okay. Then go home and do a treatment :)

Posted on: December 03, 2012 (Dec 3, 2012 8:33am)

Christmas gifts for little girls

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Were you the little girl who played around with your mum’s lipstick and blush and waltzed around in your best dress and a tiara because you felt like a bonafide princess? It made for pretty memorable moments, right?

So if you’ve got a little miss in your life – be it your daughter, granddaughter, sister, cousin, or the kid that you babysit every week – why not give her those same memorable moments by kick-starting her love of all things girly and gorgeous this Christmas?

Pure Poppet Natural Play Makeup Bag, $24.95, www.purepoppet.com
Curious little girls tend to find themselves in adult make-up bags, which can often contain ingredients that are not quite appropriate for young skin, so it makes sense to give them their very own mini handbag filled with beautiful, bright products that are non-toxic, too. The cotton bag contains three brightly coloured mineral powders that can be applied dry or wet (so it can double up as face paint), a natural lip balm, and a floral water spray with a hint of fragrance. The perfect little kit for a princess-in-training.

Lip Smacker Pencil Case
Good lip care should be taught from a young age, so why not get her into the habit of hydrating her lips with lip balms that are super-nourishing and taste good enough to eat? Besides getting six awesome flavours to use, she’ll have a nifty little pencil case to keep them (and any other trinkets) in. Chances are high she’ll just keep filling it with more and more Lip Smackers…

Scunci Girl Butterfly Jaw Clips
Childhood is that wonderful time when you can wear as many obscenely bright butterfly hairclips on your head as you’d like, for no reason other than you like the rainbow colours. She’ll absolutely love this pack of coloured butterfly clips – whether she’s actually using them to clip her hair back or if she’s just playing dress-ups.

Colgate Character Power Toothbrush and Shrek Sparkling Mint Gel Toothpaste

Make the dreaded tooth-brushing time fun with this kid-friendly duo. The toothbrush features a little character, so she’ll feel like brushing teeth is almost like playtime, and the extra-soft bristles make sure that the toothbrush isn’t just about its looks. And if your little one is aged over six, she’ll love using this Shrek-themed toothpaste along with the brush. See? A gift that’s practical, fun, and beautifying all in one!

Hello Kitty Cosmetics Diamond Stars Roll On
If your little girl loves anything that sparkles, she’ll love this roll-on. With just a gentle swipe across her skin, the roll-on will add just the right amount of glitter to her face and body. An added bonus for her? The application is mess-free, so you won’t be running around sweeping glitter off the floors (although, there’s no guarantees she won’t take the roll-on to the walls…)

What do you usually give kids for Christmas? What did you get for Christmas when you were young?
Christmas gifts your man will love…
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Posted by: Elle268 (Australia)

Such cute presents- my girl would love them! She's been obsessed with painting her toes (yes, not just the nails) so I might need to find something that comes off in the bath!

Posted on: December 01, 2012 (Dec 1, 2012 8:27am)

Posted by: Rose_P (Australia)

I always got a strawberry lip balm and some Avon pink bubble bath in my Christmas stocking. I was encouraged to use girly stuff from an early age. I can't wait to buy my gorgeous niece girly stuff, but she is only 7 months old, so we have bought her a pink smart trike.

Posted on: December 01, 2012 (Dec 1, 2012 8:50am)

A Christmas present from us to you…

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December: the month of parties, presents, puckering up under the mistletoe and… points! Yes, if you’re a member of beautyheaven, or if you sign up to be a member during the whole of December, you can collect even more loyalty rewards points to swap for beauty products.

To get into the festive spirit here at beautyheaven HQ, we’ve crowned this month Double Points December, which means certain activities earn you twice the amount of points they usually do.

How does Double Points December work?
From December 1 to 31, the following activities gain you double points for the whole month:

Double Points December table

But that’s not all…
Next Tuesday (December 4) we’ll be launching a two-day Double Points Special, when reviewing and interacting with the site will also earn you twice the amount of points. Here’s what you’ll earn between noon on Tuesday and noon on Thursday:

Double Points December two-day special table

And there’s even more…
Be sure to keep coming back to the site throughout the month as we have a few more Double Points December surprises up our sleeves, including member-exclusive competitions and the chance to double your entire points total.

And why are points so important?
Aha! A very important question. Earning points is doubly crucial right now because we have a special event you won’t want to miss coming up next year. beautorium, our loyalty rewards room where you can exchange your points for FREE beauty products, is back. We’ll be throwing open the doors in February so ensure you don’t miss out on earning points now.

What if you’re not a member yet?
If you haven’t signed up for your free beautyheaven membership yet, what are you waiting for? By becoming a member you can start earning rewards straight away, and once you’ve earned more than 350 points you’re eligible to enter beautorium and reap the beauty benefits. Join in December and you’ll get an extra 100 points for completing your membership details. Sign up instantly here.

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 taking part in double points December? Are you looking forward to beautorium opening its doors?

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Posted by: Sarah92 (Australia)

This is exciting news :)

Posted on: November 30, 2012 (Nov 30, 2012 5:12pm)

Posted by: Shonson (Australia)

Yay! Sounds like an awesome way to kick off the Christmas month! Love the idea BH!

Posted on: November 30, 2012 (Nov 30, 2012 5:14pm)

2012 ARIA Awards: deep side-parts v imperfect centre-parts

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Sorry, Taylor Swift. As much as love you and your country tunes, today’s ARIA Awards beauty chit-chat is not about you and your full fringe and rather strict low ‘do – it’s about two other hairstyles that stole the show on this year’s red carpet. And modern ‘dos at that.

Deep side-parts and imperfect centre-parts: they came, they saw, and they impressed. And while they’re both quite classic and seen as go-to styles for us everyday folk, both are perfectly suited to toning down the prom-factor of fancy frocks, making them perfect for a red carpet occasion such as this.

But which style looked the best on these Aussie starlets? Centre-parts are the epitome of summer, while the oh-so-deep side-part is modern, fresh and soon to be seen on heads everywhere – we’re having trouble making our minds up.

Do you bat for Team Deep Side-Parts because you’re in love with the seductively feminine ‘dos spied on Ruby Rose and Hi-5’s Lauren Brant? Or have you joined Team Imperfect Centre-Parts because you’re in awe of the way DJ Havana Brown and Erin McNaught have freshened up their frocks with relaxed strands? Or are you still not sure?

Well, we’re suggesting you snoop through this gallery immediately (if not sooner!) so you can make an informed decision. I mean, this is a big, serious, the-world-depends-on-it kind of question, really (ha!), so give us your answer below…

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Posted by: JaneyPooh (Australia)

I prefer the deep side part - but quite like an imperfect middle part too.

Posted on: November 30, 2012 (Nov 30, 2012 12:49pm)

Posted by: softness (Member since 2007, Australia)

I feel sorry for Ruby for day she wakes up and realises she has a soft side! Hair can be changed, grown out etc but tatts won't let her show her softer side. Youchies to tatt removal.

Posted on: November 30, 2012 (Nov 30, 2012 12:54pm)