Sneak peek: Clarisonic Mia road-test

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If you feel like your cleanser isn’t working as well as it should, it might just need a helping hand. Or 300, in this instance. Enter Clarisonic Mia – the at-home, professional-calibre cleansing device that utilises special sonic technology to deliver 300 micro-massage movements per second to your skin to help you achieve a clear, more radiant complexion. Proven to remove twice the amount of oil and dirt and a whopping six times the amount of make-up than manual cleansing, this hand-held beauty might very well change your life. Or at the very least, the condition of your skin!

We’ve given some of our lucky Trial Teamers the chance to road-test the Clarisonic Mia, and so far the results have been pretty phenomenal. Stay tuned to see their video reviews and my video tutorial, but for now, here’s a sneak peek at what they’re saying about the Clarisonic Mia

“I can finally see what the hype is about!...I have noticed some great improvements to the appearance and texture of my skin. No other cleanser has come close to achieving this clean feeling that I get with the clarisonic...The most significant improvements that I have noticed were that my pores now appear smaller and I have less blackheads on my problem nose area.” – Ms Billi

“Not just a gimmick…The bristles are really soft and no pressure is needed when cleansing your face. It's surprisingly easy and simple to use without much mess or clean up at all.” – Newbun

"My skin was smoother and felt liberated from all the dirt and dead cells that have collected on my face… What I do know for sure is that the Mia is now permanently part of my skincare routine. I predict that my skin will improve further as I use this product in the long run.” – RetroD11

Click here to read more reviews on the Clarisonic Mia...

Tip: don’t worry if you experience some breakouts shortly after you start using the Clarisonic. This is just a ‘purging’ phase whereby your skin releases toxins and impurities that have previously been trapped in your pores. Stick with the Clarisonic and your skin should improve with time!

Have you ever used the Clarisonic? What are your thoughts on using a device like this to help you cleanse your skin more effectively?

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Member Comments

Posted by: talk-a-lot (Australia)

I have never used a device such as this. I would definitely love to try it. Anything that helps with keeping skin free of impurities, has my vote of approval.
Reviews are good to get peoples opinions and experiences, especially with beauty tools.
SandraXxX

Posted on: January 31, 2013 (Jan 31, 2013 8:32am)

Posted by: ModernSnowWhite (Australia)

No I've never tried it, but I'd like to. My skin is going good at the moment though, so I don't want to jinx it. I'll stick to my regular skincare routine for now, but I'll keep it mind. I may purchase one though the winter months.

Posted on: January 31, 2013 (Jan 31, 2013 8:48am)

How-to: restore shine to your hair in summer

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It can be said that the summer sun injects us with just the right amount of joy to leap off our couches and straight outdoors. It fills us with the thought of a happy, playful summer – the feeling of freedom and of endless possibilities. Ah, ain’t life grand?

You know what isn’t grand? The downside of that almighty bright summer sun.  Yeah, you know what I’m talking about. The way your hair colour seems to go all dull and dreary as soon as you’re spending more and more of your time outside – like a vampire being exposed to the light. Yep, it seems our tresses don’t seem to cope well with excessive sunshine, and the shiny gleam we once paraded around vanishes, as if to teach us a lesson.

Well, beauties, I’ve got news for you. You don’t need to sacrifice your fun in the sun any longer. We’ve got the remedy that can help to restore your dull locks to their former shiny glory – and it’s all thanks to a little Silk Oil of Morocco.

The Silk Oil of Morocco Thermal Protection/Shine Spray is a clever little hair-treating gem indeed. You see, not only does it contain a rich blend of hair-loving ingredients to protect it from the harmful effects of the sun and your beloved hair styling tools, it also applies as a light mist that leaves a shiny veil over each strand of your hair.

The argan oil found in this two-in-one marvel acts as a hair-nourishing super food for your tresses. Aside from working tirelessly to repair previous damage, it also actively improves the condition of your hair, taking it from dry and brittle to silky soft to touch. I know, we’re running to the shops now, too.

What are your top tricks to making your hair healthy and shiny?

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Member Comments

Posted by: Beautifulnightmarex (Australia)

Ive really noticed how much drier and coarse looking my hair is from the sun and salt water. My tip is to double wash your hair after saltwater and chorine. After the sun make sure to deep condition!

Posted on: January 30, 2013 (Jan 30, 2013 5:29pm)

Posted by: ray_jay (Member since 2008, Australia)

Yes ny hair is drier, but my skin looks better. And I like how it glows a bit.more with a bit of Sun, though.I need more moisturer. I hate that my hair looks lighter, I don't die it in summer though as I can't be bothered and it fades too much. Much loving of treatments and moisturer...less make up too!

Posted on: January 30, 2013 (Jan 30, 2013 6:12pm)

Six wonderful wet weather-friendly products

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The pitter-patter of rain is awesome when you’re cuddled up on the couch with a cup of tea and watching a cheesy chick flick. Or when you’re cosy in your bed and nodding off to sleep. It’s not so fabulous when you’re actually heading out and need to worry about your hair and make-up lasting, oh, at least five minutes after you step outside.

And considering this torrential rain we’ve been having lately, it seems like we have quite a predicament on our hands. Well, it would be if we didn’t have a few products up our sleeves that you could use to ensure your make-up stays in place all day – rain, hail, or shine!

Your foundation: Lycogel Breathable Camouflage, a foundation that not only offers fabulously flawless coverage while allowing your skin to breathe, but is also water-resistant for up to 90 minutes (yes, that includes swimming!), so you can be sure that the formula will stay put while dashing in the rain. An added bonus? It stays put in scorching hot weather, too. It’s basically your extreme weather make-up solution!

Your concealer: Need to make sure that those few blemishes or dark circles don’t make reappear during the day? Maybelline Coverstick Waterproof is a long-lasting, blendable concealer that will have you covered. The formula is a little thick, so make sure to use it sparingly so it doesn’t look too cakey.

Your blush: A powder or cream blush might not do so well in the wet weather, so opt for a cheek tint that will lightly stain the apples of your cheeks. ModelCo CHEEK + LIPS is a transparent gel that will leave a sheer rosy colour on your cheeks. Plus, you can also use it on your lips for a subtle hint of colour.

Your eyeliner: Waterproof is always the way to go if you’re worried about your eyeliner streaking down your face. Bourjois’ Clubbing Waterproof Eyeliner Pencil will see you through any precarious situation – be it heat, rain, or a teary movie. And that’s not the only thing that’s great about it: the creamy black formula is perfect for creating a striking eye look.

Your mascara: The same rule applies for mascara: always opt for a waterproof version. Mavala Switzerland Eye-lite Waterproof Mascara is available in a whole array of colours to keep your lashes thick, long, and lustrous throughout the day. The protein-rich formula will also condition your lashes, so you can be sure they’ll be in good nick, too.

Your lip colour: Okay, so a lipgloss or a lipstick won’t really wash off with the rain, but if you want a lip colour that will definitely go the distance whatever the weather, try a lip stain. Mirenesse Lip Bomb Glossy Lacquer Stain combines the shine of a lipgloss, the pigment of a stain, and the hold of a lacquer to leave your lips with a beautiful touch of colour.

What beauty products do you use when it rains? Are you a fan of waterproof products?

Member Comments

Posted by: Anita87 (Australia)

Love Love Love the Bourjoi's eyeliner, it's one of my favs and lasts all day long no touch ups

Posted on: January 30, 2013 (Jan 30, 2013 12:14pm)

Posted by: CherryBlossom (Australia)

Oh nice tips, very handy for the upcoming wet winter months.

Posted on: January 30, 2013 (Jan 30, 2013 12:17pm)

Beautorium is coming

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The time is almost upon us, beauties! In one week beautyheaven will throw open the doors to beautorium – our loyalty rewards room.

For those of you who are new to the site, beautorium provides a chance for you to swap your beautyheaven points for FREE beauty products.

That means if you become a member, complete your beauty profile and start submitting reviews and participating in site activities, you could soon be well on your way to claiming free products.

Not a member? Sign up now and open the door to this and many other beauty perks.

How does it work?

Beautorium is open to members who have reached Beauty Fanatic status or above. When it opens, eligible members can pick from a selection of products the items they would like to ‘buy’ with their points. A subsidised postage fee applies to all orders, which allows us to keep running beautorium.

When will products become available in beautorium?

Beautorium is scheduled to open on Tuesday 5 February at 10am AEST (taking into account daylight saving). In order to be fair to all eligible members, different categories of products will be released into the shop at 10am each subsequent day. Beautorium will then stay open until February 15 - or until all of the products run out (we have a limited amount of each item, so once they're gone, they're gone).

These are the release dates for each category:

Tuesday 5 February: Skin care

Wednesday 6 February: Hair; Hands, Nails, Feet & Dental

Thursday 7 February: Make-up

Friday 8 February: Body care; Perfume

What’s available this time round?

We’re very glad you asked – because we’ve just opened our Window Shopping Catalogue so you can browse the products that will be in the store before it even opens. Best get a pen and paper at the ready because you’ll want to make a note of your favourites and the dates they’ll be released into beautorium.

So, what are you waiting for? Take a look at our window shop now.

For more information on eligibility and how our loyalty rewards system works, take a look at our beautorium terms and conditions.

Take a look below at the amazing brands taking part in beautorium...

 

 

Are you looking forward to beautorium opening? Which products are you hoping to get your hands on?

 

Member Comments

Posted by: Green_Jaguar (Australia)

I am so looking forward to the Beautorium.

Thanks to all at Beauty Heaven for your generosity.

Now for some window shopping.

Posted on: January 29, 2013 (Jan 29, 2013 4:09pm)

Posted by: Shonson (Australia)

So freakin excited!!! Cannot wait for another amazing beautorium!!

Posted on: January 29, 2013 (Jan 29, 2013 4:10pm)

SAG Awards sexiest: Aussie beauties

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They may not have scored the top gongs at the Screen Actors Guild Awards this year, but in the style stakes, our Aussie ambassadors definitely gave us something to be proud of.

The hair, the make-up, those gowns! Yep, the Aussies certainly had the fashion element of the awards all sewn up (pardon the pun) and I thought it only fair that we give snaps to three of the most deserving red carpet ravens. (And since the SAG Awards are all about peer-voted awards, we thought we were more than appropriate candidates to dish out the beauty awards for the evening. Thank you very much.)

Naomi Watts
Naomi, you vixen! That red lip and deep-side parting has me in quite the spin! You’re like the girl-next-door who suddenly found her sexy side – and we like it! If you want to get the look for yourself, you’ll need a pigmented red lippy and not a lot of colour anywhere else on your face. We recommend Bobbi Brown Creamy Matte Lip Color in Red Carpet with a slick of clear gloss over the top. To copy Naomi’s locks, simply part your hair deep to one side and then take to your locks with the easy-to-use Remington Perfect Curls. Once you’ve got your tight spiral curls, spritz some hairspray before brushing them out for a more relaxed wave.

Rose Byrne
Pretty-in-pink Rose gave us something to talk about when we clapped eyes on the SAG Awards red carpet. Super bright pink lips teamed with flushed cheeks and a subtle smoky eye called for some definite ‘oohs’ and ‘aahs’ from the beautyheaven team. Get her look with a little Australis Colour Inject Mineral Lipstick with SPF 15 in Boogie Woogie and a sweep of MeMeMe Blush Me Blush Box over your cheekbones. Get perfect shiny curls like Rose’s with the Jilbère de Paris Euro 2500 25mm Ceramic Curler. Once you’ve curled all of your hair, use your fingers to separate the curls and allow them to drop naturally instead of brushing them out. Finish with a generous dose of shine spray. We like TONI&GUY Moisturising Shine Spray.

Nicole Kidman
Well, well! Sleek, chic Nicole has stepped out at the SAG Awards without her hubby on her arm, but we’re more than happy to admit she didn’t need him. She was show-stopping on her own in a floor length, shimmery blue gown – but it was her hair and make-up that really delighted us. Nic opted for ‘party eyes’, complete with shimmery sliver shadow and a good helping of black eyeliner. Get her look by adding a little L’Oreal Paris Infallible Eyeshadow in Forbidden Silver to your eyelids as well as the inner corner of your eyes, before lining your top lash line and bottom waterline with black eyeliner. To achieve poker straight locks like Nic’s, prep your wet hair with Andrew Collinge Simply No Frizz No Kinks Straightener before drying your tresses and running your straightening iron over small sections at a time. We like VS Sassoon Slim Ceramic Straightener.

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Posted by: Jenniqua (Australia)

I love Naomi's look, but I am really not a fan of Rose's or Nicole's. Nicole really looks like she has overdone it with plastic surgery, cause something aint sitting right.

Posted on: January 29, 2013 (Jan 29, 2013 3:29pm)

Posted by: iluvfacialz (Member since 2007, Australia)

Naomi Watts looks amazing...she's getting prettier as she gets older.....I hate to say it but I think Nic's going the other way, she seems to be looking older, her makeup lately has been so severe.

Posted on: January 29, 2013 (Jan 29, 2013 3:30pm)