How-to: banish bad hair days – and celebrate the great

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If you’re a girl, then odds are you’re always striving to achieve the same thing as every other red-blooded female. A good hair day. Not always easy to fake, waking up to a good hair day really is a major win in the beauty stakes, but let’s be realistic – without a little help, how often does that happen? 

Well, it got a whole lot easier to ensure a good hair day in 2001, when cult hair styling brand ghd launched the first salon-professional hair straightener – the ghd styler. Suddenly, women all over the world realised that achieving a salon-quality style at home no longer had to be such a headache – and we’re all the less stressed for it.

So beauties, in celebration of ghd and its incredible contribution to the hair industry, the brand has named 4 October 2012 as the inaugural National Good Hair Day. The brand is even thanking its fans with a competition that gives you the chance to showcase your good hair day and win! You could score heaps of prizes, including flights and accommodation in Sydney, a ksubi voucher and ghd goodies to boot! Check ghd’s Facebook page for more details on how to enter.

Still looking for ways to banish dreaded bad hair days? There are tonnes of quick fixes and saviours out there that are perfect to keep handy in case a horrendous hair day hits. Have a look through our gallery to see what you should arm yourself with to blitz bad hair days into oblivion…

The ghd IV styler

bhave™ smoothe therapy professional in-salon curl smoothing service

John Frieda Full Repair™ Touch-up Flyaway Tamer

Scunci Bun Maker

David Babaii Bohemian Beach Spray

How do you ensure a good hair day?

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Posted by: Blossy77 (Australia)

I just twist it up in a jaw clip and go!

Posted on: October 03, 2012 (Oct 3, 2012 5:37am)

Posted by: ohmygrace (Australia)

my bad hair days can always be quickly solved with a messy hair bun! :D

Posted on: October 03, 2012 (Oct 3, 2012 6:16am)

The super serum for natural product lovers

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If you haven’t yet heard about Botani’s wonder serum, the Olive Skin Serum, it’s time you found out exactly what it’s all about and why so many people are loving it.

The Olive Skin Serum, an all-natural, multipurpose, and ultra-moisturising serum, has been formulated with one main focus: to keep that skin of yours hydrated – because we all know that dehydration does nothing to keep those signs of premature ageing at bay. Containing olive squalene, which resembles human squalene (the skin’s own built-in moisturiser), combined with other potent plant extracts, the serum helps to lock in moisture and give your skin 50 per cent boost in hydration within 24 hours. Not too shabby, right?

Want to find out more about Botani Olive Skin Serum? Check out the video below, and make sure to read what some of our beautyheaven members’ reviews:

“…I was super impressed with this serum and absolutely loved how it left my skin looking and feeling. I especially loved how natural it is, given that I was using it whilst pregnant. I would definitely buy thus again and highly recommend it to anyone who is after a natural serum that will hydrate their skin and leave it glowing and soft to touch.” – beautystar

“I've been using this consistently for the past week and a half and I can say that the redness and irritation I've experienced as a result of using Retin-A has improved 100%. It has lived up to its promises of hydrating and moisturising my skin even though I still use a moisturiser over the top. The Olive Squalene in this is rich in Vitamins E & C and has had several benefits for skin such as increased clarity, smoothness and also helps to soften fine lines…” – Beautylicious

“My face has this nice glow to it now that it has never had before (I didn't even get that pregnancy glow when I was pregnant) and my skin just looks and feels soo much healthier and clearer, and talk about soft, my face is nice and smooth thanks to this little gem.” – MissChriss

Read more reviews…

Are you stumped by serums?...

Have you tried any of Botani’s products? What’s your ultimate skin hydrator?

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Posted by: softness (Member since 2007, Australia)

I've tried a few Botani products and they are lovely - really worth trying.

Posted on: October 02, 2012 (Oct 2, 2012 5:06pm)

Posted by: Roxymisha (Australia)

I do love serums and have used various brands but not Botani.

Posted on: October 02, 2012 (Oct 2, 2012 5:17pm)

Solved: a very common skin care problem

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When you’ve got oily, pimple-prone skin you reach for acne-targeted products. And when you’ve got dry, somewhat sensitive skin, gentle products are what you use. But what are the go-to products for combination skin? Well, that’s a tough question, really.

Combination skin usually consists of an overly oily t-zone and dry areas around the temples and cheeks. This makes it rather tricky to look after, as you’re always fighting to maintain to perfect balance between oil control and hydration. I mean, you can’t use products that strip all your natural oils or you’ll be left with flaky skin, but you need something that’s got a little bit of guts to it so you’re not stuck with clogged-up pores either.

I’m always sporting an oily t-zone mixed with dry areas, beauties, and I’ve recently discovered this brilliant little gem: Bioré Combination Skin Balancing Cleanser. Created using a technology that uses dirt-seeking molecules to target (and remove!) impurities in your skin, it never leaves your skin feeling stripped bare of all its natural oils, or over oily either. Better yet, because this cleanser only latches on to the bad stuff, you don’t have to be too oily to benefit from its pore-clearing abilities. Win!

So, if you’re the owner of combination skin or are just finding your t-zone a little too oily for your liking, you know what product to pop on your shopping list, stat.

Not sure if you’ve got combination skin? The easiest way to tell is to cleanse your face without applying any facial products afterwards, wait 10 minutes and then gently blot your nose with a tissue. If there’s any oily residue on the tissue, it’s highly likely you’re one of many women with combination skin. If you smile and feel like the skin around your cheeks is a little tight, too, you’ve definitely got combination skin.





Do you suffer from combination skin? If so, what products do you use to hit combat the imbalance or oiliness and dryness? What do you all think of the new Bioré packaging?

PS. Want to try this Bioré cleanser for free? Sign up for your sample here...


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Posted by: Senorita (Australia)

can't wait to get my sample and try it :)

Posted on: October 02, 2012 (Oct 2, 2012 12:28pm)

Posted by: is2u (Australia)

I have an oily t-zone :( I prefer the old biore packaging! it felt brighter to me for some reason.

Posted on: October 02, 2012 (Oct 2, 2012 12:48pm)

The hair essential you're definitely underestimating

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When we ask ourselves what makes a great-looking head of hair, many of us would shriek "the colour!" or "the style!" but I'm here to tell you that nothing makes a simple, sexy, effortless 'do like the perfect haircut. 

Yep, it's true. It may seem a little obvious, but for a long time I was so focused on achieving the perfect hair colour that I never stopped to realise why my hair never seemed to just 'fall' into place like other girls' hair did.

Was I over styling? Was my hair too dry? I booked myself in for regular trims so split ends weren't the big issue. I just couldn't figure it out, and it really started to bug me!

It wasn't until I visited the hairdresser just a few days ago and complained of my problem that she suggested putting a few layers through my hair and around my face to help 'lift' some of the weight and inject more shape into my 'do. Now I've had layers before and had since grown them out, so I was a little apprehensive to go the chop all over again, but hey - who am I to disagree with the one holding the scissors?

Low and behold, I walked out of the salon with perfectly flicky ends and flirty pieces around my face that looked like they'd been pulled from the pages of a magazine. The real test though? How my hair fell after a shower. The answer? Perfectly. I didn't feel the need to style as vigorously with my team of tools as I normally do. The cut just made my hair work.

This recount of a haircut may sound a little silly, but it's made me realise the importance of having a haircut that suits your face shape, it's integral if you're after hair the behaves and won't take hours of styling to look just right. 

So go on, get down to your hairdresser and invest your dollars in a cut that will take the hassle out of hair styling.

How has a great cut changed your grooming ways?

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Posted by: MoonStone (Australia)

I agree liv. A good cut can definitely give you some style without having to style. When i grow out a fringe i brush it to the side and hairspray it down, so it looks like i have a thick side fringe rather then a fringe that goes straight across. My hair grows quiet quickly my fringe is gone after about two months

Posted on: October 02, 2012 (Oct 2, 2012 9:57am)

Posted by: xoylee (Australia)

This is really true!
It's time for me to book an appointment with the hairdresser, I think!

Posted on: October 02, 2012 (Oct 2, 2012 10:06am)

Perfect your smile before your wedding day

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If you’re a bride-to-be you’ll know that there’s a LOT of planning that goes into organising a wedding, so it’s not surprising that certain things can fall off your radar and cause unnecessary stress later down the line.

And while most couples will have their wedding photographer sorted very early on in the planning process, a lot of brides (and grooms) forget to consider their picture perfect smiles – until it’s too late to do anything about it.

Luckily though, if you are concerned about crooked teeth but only have a few months until your wedding day, all hope isn’t lost. The Australian Centre for Adult Orthodontics and Orthopaedics (ACAOO) specialises in modern orthodontic technology, providing virtually invisible solutions to help you achieve that picture perfect smile.

One of the options the ACAOO offer is Incognito Braces, which can work to straighten your teeth in just a few months. Placed on the back side of your teeth, Incognito Braces are 100 per cent customised to your teeth to minimise discomfort, and are completely hidden from view, which means that no one will know that you’re wearing braces – and you definitely won’t be able to see them in your wedding photos. Plus, you’ll be creating lifelong memories with gorgeous wedding photos, and will be gaining extra confidence with a smile you love.

But even better news is that the ACAOO is currently offering a free assessment and 30 per cent off invisible braces, which is no doubt music to the ears of any bride on a budget!

Alternatively, if you’d prefer to opt for traditional braces, the special orthodontic bridal services at ACAOO allows you to remove your conventional braces prior to your big day and then put them back on afterwards at no extra cost! If that’s not enough to make you smile, I don’t know what is!

Click here for more information on how ACAOO can help you to perfect your smile for your big day (or any day, really!) or call 02 9261 2121 to make an appointment with Specialist Orthodontist, Dr. Gareth Ho (Incognito Braces Certified Provider).

Check out the ACAOO facebook page, here

Do you have crooked teeth that you're self-conscious about? How important to you is a beautiful smile on your wedding day?

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Posted by: VivaliciousChic (Australia)

I don't have any crooked teeth thankfully,but my partner does and he's conscious abt it.

Posted on: October 02, 2012 (Oct 2, 2012 8:09am)

Posted by: ModernSnowWhite (Australia)

I have beautiful straight teeth naturally :) I don't need these.

Posted on: October 02, 2012 (Oct 2, 2012 8:19am)