Cosmetics with a conscience

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If you think beauty companies only care about the latest lip colour trends and fancy hair styling techniques, you’re about to be proved wrong. Very wrong! Because the truth is this: many of your favourite brands are greener than green itself. Don’t believe me? Check out the beauty industry heavyweights doing more than their fair share for the environment through sustainable farming and fair trade…

DKNY
DKNY began its partnership with CARE’s Access Africa Program in 2010 with the launch of DKNY pureDKNY, which featured ethically-sourced vanilla from local Ugandan farmers. Now, the recently-released PureDKNY A Drop of Verbena was created with equally as much goodwill. Verbena, the key ingredient, is purchased from farmers in Togo, which helps to support local communities and CARE’s work within the region. Better still, the juice’s bottle is made from 100 per cent recyclable glass, and is topped with a 100 per cent recyclable high-quality aluminium cap. 

AVEDA
In 1989, AVEDA was the first-privately held company to sign the CERES Principles (Coalition for Environmentally Responsible Economies), and is the first beauty company to use 100 per cent post consumer-recycled PET for its skin care and hairstyling packaging. AVEDA also uses 100 per cent certified wind power to manufacture its products.

BURT’S BEES
Burt’s Bees claims its earth-friendly practices are written in its DNA – and we tend to agree. Since its birth in 1989, Burt’s Bees has stood by the ideal that in order to take from nature, the company must protect it for the future. By 2020, Burt’s Bees aims to be carbon-free and operating on 100 per cent renewable energy, and have 100 per cent natural product formulas. It also aims to have 100% biodegradable packaging by this time, too. Love it. 

LUSH
With the motto “saving the planet one shampoo bar at a time”, LUSH is committed to taking care of the environment by driving positive change within the beauty industry, reducing its impact on the earth, and sourcing ethical ingredients. A massive 89 per cent of all LUSH packaging is recycled, all the company’s products are biodegradable (except for the odd glittery or shiny product), and it always chooses natural ingredients over those that are synthetic.

THE BODY SHOP
Launching Community Fair Trade in 1987, The Body Shop has created a number of direct trading relationships with marginalised communities around the world. It is committed to maintaining these relationships, and gives communities more than just a fair price for their produce. This initiative benefits more than 300,000 farmers and producers around the globe, and 80 per cent of all The Body Shop products contain at least one Community Fair Trade ingredient. The company has also signed on to the Ethical Trading Initiative, which ensures all suppliers uphold human rights laws when it comes to labour and supply. Smart move.

BONUS! BONUS! BONUS!
If you’re keen to try DKNY PureDKNY A Drop Of Verbena, MYER and David Jones are currently offering a ripper of a Gift With Purchase. Buy any 50mL or 100mL pureDKNY fragrance and snag a pureDKNY reversible tote for free. Hurry, though – there’s only a limited amount up for grabs!

Do you realise these brands we’re so green? Do you attempt to use products from brands that are conscious of the environment and human practices?

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Posted by: ModernSnowWhite (Australia)

I didn't realise DKNY was green, that's good to know :) I want to buy a perfume from them.

Posted on: October 18, 2012 (Oct 18, 2012 1:33pm)

Posted by: diabla (Australia)

i only knew aveda and burt's bees were green out of these brands

Posted on: October 18, 2012 (Oct 18, 2012 1:41pm)

Three steps to firmer, tighter thighs

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Isn’t it great how we women have access to hundreds of solutions for our beauty bugbears?

If you have unruly brows, you pick up some tweezers.

If you battle with breakouts, you switch to an acne-fighting face wash.

But if you suffer with cellulite – where do you turn to treat it?

Okay, okay, you got me. I’ll tell you everything I know – but you have to promise to follow the next three steps exactly as I say inorder for you to reap the benefits, okay?

Step 1: Walk everywhere
It may seem simple enough, but walking for half an hour daily is a great way to get your fat cells moving around your body and to stop them collecting into tissue pockets or ‘fat pockets’, which after a while can produce the bumpy, cottage cheese-style effect we know as cellulite.

Step 2: Dry brushing
Using either a dry bristle brush of a brush with hard nodules, take five minutes out of your shower time daily to deeply massage any areas of the body affected by cellulite. Rather than brushing the top of the skin, push the bristles/nodules deep into the affected area, and slowly massage in deep circles.

Step 3:  Target and treat
Topical treatments that target dimpled skin can really hits cellulite where it hurts. Elixia® BodyShaper Cellulite Contour Crème™ works to reduce the appearance of bumps, dimples, and bulges associated with cellulite by over 40 per cent in 21 days.
It’s all thanks to a concentrated blend of antioxidants, moisturisers, and advanced skin-smoothing technology that penetrate deep down into the layers of your skin – as well as caffeine to tone, vitamin K to treat spider veins and aloe vera to soothe.
Simply apply Elixia® BodyShaper Cellulite Contour Crème™ to any visible cellulite in a circular motion. Start in large circles and then work your way in until you’re treating the very centre part of the cellulite with the tips of your fingers. Pressing firmly into the skin will massage the tissue underneath the skin as well, in turn helping to budge fat cells that have collected in pockets underneath the skin.

COMPETITION ALERT! 

For your chance to win one of five Elixia® BodyShaper Cellulite Contour Crèmes™, simply answer the question below...

What are your top tips for toning up for summer?

Competition ends: midnight 24th October 2012


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Posted by: Blossy77 (Australia)

Ok, so if that cream works, is it only while you continue using it, or is it permanent? I want to yurt Hypoxi for cellulite and Thermage for my crepey loose post baby tummy, but it's too expensive.

Posted on: October 18, 2012 (Oct 18, 2012 8:14am)

Posted by: Nda (Australia)

I've been exercising and I haven't seen much difference unfortunately :( Need to get back onto body brushing now that summer's coming!

Posted on: October 18, 2012 (Oct 18, 2012 9:07am)

How-to: sassy side waves with a twist

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Are you looking for a hairstyle for your big day that ticks all the boxes? One that’s feminine, minxy and keeps all of your hair off your beautiful face - without being too severe? Yeah, we thought so. Whether you’re off to your school formal, or looking for a style to walk down the aisle with, this gorgeously girly ‘do will ensure you’re a definite crowd pleaser. To find out how to get the look, simply hover your mouse over the stars...

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  1. Step 1:

    Ensure your hair is parted to one side. Give it a good brush so it’s easy to work with.

  2. Step 2:

    Use a straightener or curling iron to create tight ringlets throughout the lower lengths. Then, use hairspray to set the curls before thoroughly brushing them out to create waves.

  3. Step 3:

    Take the front piece of hair from the side of your head with more hair and begin to twist it back towards your ear, taking more hair with you as you twist. Then secure using bobby pins and hide them with your hair.

  4. Step 4:

    Pull back the hair on the opposite side of your head so it sweeps past your ear. Roll the strands inwards to create a twist that follows the hairline around the back of your neck and secure with bobby pins before disguising with your hair.

Check out our inspiration for sassy side waves with a twist, the incredible Kate Mara.

Recommended for this look: Scunci Grooming Mini Bobby Pins

What occasion do you think this style is best for?


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Posted by: PrettyPrincess (Member since 2008, Australia)

I think this is a nice look for a Sunday afternoon at the pub or a BBQ.
Or a smart casual occasion.

Posted on: October 17, 2012 (Oct 17, 2012 5:32pm)

Posted by: is2u (Australia)

So cute! can't wait to try this!

Posted on: October 17, 2012 (Oct 17, 2012 5:45pm)

Beauty tips to steal from MAXIM HOT 100 stunners

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Well, isn’t this a feast for the eyes? MAXIM Australia magazine has just released its inaugural MAXIM HOT 100 list for 2012, and guess who’s topped the list?

Drum roll, please… It’s Miss Miranda Kerr! And here’s her stunning, envy-inducing MAXIM Australia magazine cover:


Gosh, she’s beautiful. If only we all looked that incredible in a plunging bathing suit, huh? I think it’s high time I adopted these healthy diet tips from these equally as gorgeous celebs

But who else was on this list jammed-packed with Aussie stunners? The incredible Jen Hawkins came in a close second, while our favourite gap-toothed model Jessica Hart claimed the #17 position. Gorgeous paralympian Kelly Cartwright stole the #13 spot, and the most powerful lady in the country Ms Julia Gillard scraped in at #100. Close shave, Jules.

However, my favourite inclusion in this super-sexy list has to be this: #98 Woman With A Tool. Classic, right? But not quite as funny as Woman In Yoga Pants, who claimed the 55th position. Love it.

Now, to celebrate the MAXIM HOT 100 Australia list, we’re giving you a gift. Yes, you. We’ve stolen a beauty tip or two from each of the top 10 hotties in the list, just so you too can look as gorgeous as them. Whether it’s making the most of your balayage, knowing when to wear a bold lip, or learning what you need to pair with this season’s hottest colour, these ladies are simply oozing winning hair and make-up tips that everyone can use…

Are you surprised Miranda Kerr topped the MAXIM HOT 100 Australia list for 2012? Are you happy with the top 10? Which Aussie would you like to see win?

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Posted by: MoonStone (Australia)

I love the tip with balayage hair. Its true that your hair looks nicer with loose waves to bring out the highlights. And neon colours do look nicer with some tanned skin. Great advice Beautyheaven as usual :)

Posted on: October 17, 2012 (Oct 17, 2012 12:13pm)

Posted by: sassylily (Australia)

I think MIA WASIKOWSKA is so beautiful

Posted on: October 17, 2012 (Oct 17, 2012 12:43pm)

More than make-up

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Call me greedy, but there’s nothing I love more than when a beauty product can do more for me than just the one thing. A moisturiser that protects my skin from the sun too? Sold. A topcoat that can also be used as a base coat? Get me three.  

And because I know you all share in my love for multi-tasking products, you’d be able to share in my excitement over the Dr. LeWinn’s Skin Perfect range – an anti-ageing make-up range. Yes, that was ‘anti-ageing’ and ‘make-up’ in the same sentence.

The skin care brand has recently launched the anti-ageing make-up range (consisting of a primer, foundation, concealer, illuminator, and pressed powder) to help you achieve flawless, long-lasting coverage while reducing the signs of ageing.

“But how?” you ask?

The Skin Perfect range uses a combination of three key ingredients to help leave you with smoother, softer, and wrinkle-free skin.
First, the products contain stem cells from alpine rose, which have been shown to renew and stimulate the skin, then there’s the peptide Matrixyl®Synthe’6™ in each of the products, which has been clinically proven to enhance skin collagen, and lastly, they all contain tourmaline, known for its ability to boost skin radiance. Add all three together and you’ve got some pretty powerful anti-ageing products. And let’s not forget that above and beyond this, they are all make-up products that conceal, cover, and protect your skin (the foundation has SPF 15!), leaving you with flawless, long-lasting coverage that won’t dry out your skin.

Some, dear members, would call this a win-win situation.

What do you look for in make-up products? What do you think of make-up products that have anti-ageing benefits too?

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Posted by: Blossy77 (Australia)

Ooh, I hope the pressed powder comes in a colour to suit me!

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

Posted by: Dana515 (Australia)

thats cool

Posted on: October 17, 2012 (Oct 17, 2012 7:13am)