WIN: Bobbi Brown’s new beauty bible

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Bobbi Brown is a brilliant make-up artist. Not only does she know her way around a mascara wand and a brow pencil, but she makes it her responsibility to help women truly understand make-up, too. She wants to teach them what works for them, what doesn’t, and how to enhance what the gods gave them. She also has an enviable ability to make each and every woman feel special and confident, which makes her rather inspiring, really.

As if this wasn’t enough, Bobbi Brown recently released another make-up book called Pretty Powerful, and pretty powerful it most certainly is. More than just your average make-up book, its beautiful pages are designed to inspire and instil confidence in those who read it.

Mixed in with the delightful palette of make-up trickery and tips is a load of brilliant common-sense advice that every single one of us can apply, no matter what our age, skin type, skin colour or skin concerns. But her most important rule is this: looking pretty is not about slapping on a whole heap of make-up. Oh, no. In fact, less is more in the world of Bobbi Brown. Make-up is used to enhance features, not cover them up. It’s used sparingly, not in an overdosing fashion. It’s about enriching your inner beauty on the outside.


The book itself is set out in ‘pretty’ sections. From Pretty Natural, Pretty Radiant, Pretty Classic and Pretty Authentic, to Pretty Strong and Pretty Bold, there’s a look to match every single personality and mood. Better yet, there are before and afters for each make-up look in the book – think models and celebrities sans the slap, partnered with a pretty powerful after shot. Yep, you’ll see real women in this book. You’ll see flaws. You’ll see wrinkles. And you’ll even see pigmentation. You’ll also see woman enhancing their features without looking cakey. Or overdone. You’ll see real women sporting real looks. It’s refreshing, and it’s inspiring.

So, if you’re looking for a bunch of brilliant make-up tips in the one place or simply have an adoration for books that are actually useful, you need to check this new beauty bible out. Flip through it, peer at the pictures and be inspired. Then buy it, and pour over it for hours. It’s one book that’ll more than earn its place on your jam-packed book shelf. Trust me. It’s just that good. 

WIN! WIN! WIN! We’ve got four copies of Bobbi Brown Pretty Powerful to give away. Yippee! For your chance to win, all you’ve got to do is this: take your own before and after shots featuring your naturally beautiful self and your pretty powerful make-up look and send them to info@beautyheaven.com.au by 11.59pm EDT Sunday 4 November with your name, address and beautyheaven username. Note: these images may be used in the gallery on the site. Please let us know if you don’t want your shots included. Good luck!

Are you a fan of Bobbi Brown and her brilliant make-up products? Have you seen this new book? Are you keen to have a flip through it or even buy it?

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Posted by: Coconal (Australia)

This sounds like an amazing book, I certainly love all of Bobbi Brown's products, her make up is gorgeous.

I'm definitely keen to flip through it and might even purchase it! :)

Posted on: October 26, 2012 (Oct 26, 2012 5:02pm)

Posted by: Roxymisha (Australia)

I first discovered Bobbi Brown when she launched her makeup line in the USA some 20+ years ago. It was very impressive. I still like some products but there are many other brands that I believe are more up-to-date. I have one of her books which I have found very helpful. Good luck to all who enter this competition. x

Posted on: October 26, 2012 (Oct 26, 2012 5:14pm)

Depilatory creams for sensitive skin

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Having sensitive skin means you need to be super-cautious about the products (and ingredients) you put on your skin. And when it comes to hair removal, the last thing you want is to have your skin flare up post-removal. Sure, your legs may be smooth and hair-free, but the itchiness, redness, and irritation caused by ingredients that are too harsh for you skin isn’t going to make it seem worth it.

Depilatory creams have often received a bad rap from sensitive skin sufferers, but times have a-changed, beauties, and formulations have been re-worked especially for the sensitive souls out there. Here are some of those depilatory creams that have been specifically designed to care for sensitive skin:

Nads Sensitive Hair Removal Crème – soothing honey and chamomile in the hair removal crème form a protective skin barrier, caring for your skin while active ingredients work to remove hair. We love that it comes with an exfoliating hair removal sponge, too!

Veet Spray-On Hair Removal Cream for Sensitive Skin – you’ll love this spray-on hair remover that ensures the product goes on your skin precisely and evenly. The extra-gentle, soothing formula needs to sit on your skin for just five minutes and you’ll be fuzz free and feeling good.

Nair Sensitive Precision Facial Hair Removal Cream, $6.29, 1800 222 099 – removing hair from your face can be terrifying if you have sensitive skin, so if you need to tend to some unwanted hairs, try this Nair facial hair removal cream. It’s enriched with sweet almond oil, which will keep your skin soothed and moisturised.

Do you have sensitive skin? What do you use for at-home hair removal?
Which hair removal method is best for you?
Back to basics: at-home hair removal

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Posted by: sassylily (Australia)

Looking forward to trying the sensitive facial hair remover cream after my last attempted at using a wax strip on my lip:-)

Posted on: October 26, 2012 (Oct 26, 2012 12:43pm)

Posted by: Thepinkshoe (Australia)

Hmm I wonder if my bf would let me try these on him as waxing is too painful for him!

Posted on: October 26, 2012 (Oct 26, 2012 12:51pm)

How-to: Bella Heathcote’s dreamy doe eyes

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Like what Neighbours star Bella Heathcote has come up with in the make-up department? Yeah, she scores top points for this one. We’re just wishing we could look that ah-mazing, too. Luckily, I have just the recipe for such a scrumptious look, and I would love nothing more than to share the easy-to-follow steps with you. To see how it’s done, just hover over your mouse over the pink stars… TOO easy.

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  1. For your eyes

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    Choose a sheer nude shadow that will work to even out the skin tone of your eyelids. For your eyeliner flick, choose a precision pen like Chi Chi Liquid Eyeliner Pen.

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  2. For your skin

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    For a completely flawless complexion, opt for a dewy foundation. To achieve a glowy finish like Bella’s, simply add a few drops of MeMeMe Beat the Blues Skin Illuminator to the mix.

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  3. For your cheeks

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    To recreate Bella’s pink-tinted cheeks, opt for a creamy blush that you can build up until you achieve the ideal pink flush. We love Bloom Cream Blush Duo.

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  4. For your lips

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    A sweep of creamy antique pink is all you need to finish the look. Try using Max Factor Lipfinity Lip Tint in Pink Petal as a base that stays put, and then layer on a clear glossy product for extra shine!

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So why will you (and your date) love the pants off Bella’s dreamy, doe-eyed look from the 16th Annual Hollywood Film Awards Gala? Just look at it: the soft flowy hair, the dainty pink lips – the stunning winged liner. It all just works. Plus, it’s as romantic as they come. I know you’re all swooning…

What is your no-fail date night make-up look?

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Posted by: sassylily (Australia)

I am looking forward to trying the MAX FACTOR LIP TINT looks like a great product.

Posted on: October 26, 2012 (Oct 26, 2012 7:13am)

Posted by: Snazzie (Member since 2008, Australia)

This is a lovely makeup look, I really like it. I don't have a date night makeup look . . . it's been a long time since I've been on a date.

Posted on: October 26, 2012 (Oct 26, 2012 8:12am)

Creepy Halloween contact lenses

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Halloween’s creeping up on us pretty quickly, and while us Aussie’s generally don’t go as all-out as the Americans, I’ve no doubt that some of you will be wanting to get into the spooky spirit in some way or form.

But if you don’t want to go as heavily Halloween-esque as bh’s Liv (let’s face it, spooky Spiderwoman isn’t for everyone!) then we’ve got the perfect subtly scary solution for you.

SexyEyes contact lenses are non-prescription, soft disposable contact lenses that you can pop into your eyes to change your look in an instant. They come in a huge range of colours and styles, but I tried the Dracula SexyEyes (red lenses) and the Plain White lenses in the SexyEyes Crazy Eyes range and as you can see the result was seriously spooky!

So whether you’re looking for a way to incorporate touch of Halloween into your look without going too OTT, or need that final touch on your all-out outfit, I’d definitely recommend these babies!

Click here for easy instructions on putting in contact lenses...

Have you ever tried coloured contact lenses? What do you think of these creepy options?

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Posted by: Coconal (Australia)

I have to say these freaked me out a little! So basically, great job, haha.

I don't know if I could stand to look at myself with those eyes though!

Posted on: October 25, 2012 (Oct 25, 2012 5:15pm)

Posted by: Jacquelinee (Australia)

Oh my, these look awesome! I am too wuss to try putting contacts in so I'll give it a miss.

Posted on: October 25, 2012 (Oct 25, 2012 5:17pm)

Is your phone bad for your skin?

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Think about it, your phone goes everywhere you go and, more often than not, the bacteria from your fingers and excess oils from your face get all over the screen. Then when you put your phone to your face, that all gets transferred again to your skin, which can cause you to break out.

Also, if the surface of your phone has any metal on it, it is likely to contain nickel, which can cause an allergic reaction in your skin known as contact dermatitis. This is characterised by an isolated dry patch of skin that may have redness or be itchy.

So how can you tell if it's your phone causing this irregular skin reaction? If you hold your phone up to your cheek, the irritated skin would line up with the metal parts of the phone.

This isn't a serious condition so you don't need to stress too much, but it definitely isn't pretty.

These skin issues can easily be prevented by limiting your phone use, using a plastic case and cleaning your phone regularly with alcohol wipes.

Just prevention is usually enough for the skin to heal itself, but you can also speed up the process by using a gentle toner like TN Dickinson's Witch Hazel (details at www.dickinsonbrands.com) to clean the area and by moisturising it with a gentle hydrating face creams targeted for sensitive skin. Try: Olay Complete UV Protection Moisture Lotion SPF 15.

Has your skin ever broken out due to your mobile phone? What are your tips for treating sensitive skin?

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Posted by: stackcats (Australia)

I'm a bit of a germophobe so I wipe my phone almost every day. I've seen some people's phones, all smudgy and greasy, yuck! Nothing treats sensitive skin better than all natural products

Posted on: October 25, 2012 (Oct 25, 2012 1:26pm)

Posted by: MoonStone (Australia)

Ive never even considered this. Thanks for bringing me up to date. Lucky i reguarly wipe down my phone with diso. Especially if ive been out all day.

Posted on: October 25, 2012 (Oct 25, 2012 1:44pm)