The body topic no one’s talking about

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For most of us, getting our periods is considered a normality. Sure, it can often be untimely and painful, and it’s most definitely the cause of all sorts of crazy things (think random floods of tears, unfulfilled sugar cravings, totally unnecessary fights with your boyfriend/husband – yes, those things), but for the most part, it’s still perceived as pretty normal. You know what it’s all about, you chat about it openly with your friends and family, you know how your body looks/feels/reacts when it happens, and if something doesn’t seem ‘right’ you generally feel OK to ask questions about it.

Strangely enough though, when it comes to vaginal discharge – something that is also completely normal and happens to all women – the topic becomes completely taboo. I mean, how many of you actually know what it’s all about? Whether or not it’s ‘normal’ but have been too embarrassed to ask anyone about it? And hands up if you’ve noticed, and been irritated about vaginal discharge (in the sense that it messes your undies, and makes you feel sticky and less-than-fresh) but have pushed it to the back of your mind and not actually done anything about it? According to a recent survey, stats showed that 68 per cent of women admitted to experiencing discharge, with 66 per cent of those women finding it bothersome, but only 13 per cent using panty liners. Now I’m no mathematician, but that seems like a whole lot of women putting up with an annoyance that can be very easily alleviated…

Over the next few weeks, in conjunction with Carefree, we’re going to be opening up the lines of communication about vaginal discharge – discussing the causes, the concerns associated with it, and what to look out for in order to maintain good vaginal health. As a brand, Carefree believe that it’s time the subject of vaginal discharge becomes less taboo, so that women can feel more comfortable asking questions about it, and in turn get to know their bodies better. And as Editor of a site that promotes open discussion of women’s issues (whether that be the struggle to find the right foundation, or various feminine health concerns), I believe that you should never be made to feel embarrassed to ask questions and learn more about your body.

What are your thoughts on the topic? Do you agree that vaginal discharge is something that’s seen as taboo? Would you feel more comfortable talking about it openly with your friends if it wasn’t considered so embarrassing? We’d love to hear your thoughts, but if you’re not comfortable leaving a comment on the page, feel free to fill out the form below – we won’t ask for your username and it’ll come through to us totally anonymously. Can't see the form? Click here to take the survey...

P.S. Click here for your first look at the new Carefree TV ad all about vaginal discharge!

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Posted by: Divine Diva (Australia)

I asked my mum about this and she said that quite a few people in her day would often turn red or look quite uncomfortable if you even uttered the word 'period' or 'discharge' to anyone other than your own mother.
I think it's great that Beauty heaven tackles and talks about women's issues openly. I do understand that while some feel embarrassed talking about women's issues you sometimes need to ask yourself if something isn't normal for you or doesn't feel right that you should in fact get it checked out.
I was actually reading that thrush will effect at least 80% of the population at one time or another in there life (and yes gents you too can suffer from this! ) and out of this over 50% will leave this untreated due to a number of reasons, and the number one reason was they were too embarrassed to either talk to there doctor or get treatment from the chemist. Left untreated you will have endure the painful itching and burning that can be alleviated these days with one tablet and some cream.
Great article Beauty Heaven and I look forward to reading what you have in the next few weeks. :)

Posted on: July 09, 2012 (Jul 9, 2012 8:08am)

Posted by: MoonStone (Australia)

is there really going to be a tv add about vaginal discharge?? I dont like adds like this and even period products. It makes me feel extremely uncomfortable when i have to sit there and watch it with my male friends and family, and i know they are just as uncomfortable. I find things like this are very personal for females and should be advertised in a more quite way.

Posted on: July 09, 2012 (Jul 9, 2012 8:55am)

The importance of healthy snacking

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As I write this post, my stomach is rumbling. Really loudly. And even though I know I should just grab some lunch, the thought of sticking my hand in the lolly jar is far too alluring…

I’m guessing you’ve been in the same situation a squillion times before, right? Thought so.  In fact, the kids at Kelloggs did some spiffy research and found 96 per cent of Aussie women aren’t prepared for snack attacks.

So, in an effort to keep your stomachs trim and your hearts in good nick, here are some wonderful tips on why you should be snacking smartly, and how to be prepared for when your tummy next decides to rumble up a storm…

Not only do nutritious foods give your body a fantastic dose of energy, they help you maintain an ideal body weight, while preserving and building healthy organs, muscles, teeth and bones, too. When you eat badly, your immunity suffers, you feel sluggish, heavy and weak, and your emotions can end up out of sorts as well. So, a well-balanced diet will see you living a long, healthy life, which is most certainly a wonderful thing.

Reaching for chocolates, lollies, chips and cookies whenever you’re feeling a wee bit hungry not only has a bad effect on your liver, heart and pancreas, but can lead to obesity, diabetes and heart disease, too. Not good! Plus, while the fast-release sugar hit they provide can make you feel awesome for an hour, when your sugar levels suddenly drop you’re likely to feel moody, sluggish and hungry all over again. So clearly, reaching for low calorie but filling snacks is key.

The best thing you can do for your body is this: always be prepared. (Yep, the scouts definitely know thing or two about snacking healthily…) By having healthy snacks already in your handbag, car or on your desk, you’re less likely to reach for something unhealthy. A smart snack consists of any fruits like strawberries, grapes and oranges; cut up veggies such as carrot or cucumber; a handful or two of nuts or a tub of low-fat yoghurt. Alternatively, if you’re battling sugar cravings and are after something with a little sweetness that feels like a treat, make Kelloggs Special K Dessert Inspired Bar your go-to snack rather than reaching for a chocolate bar. Sticking to around 100 calories per snack is also a good idea, as this means you’re not overindulging, but still combating your hunger pangs.

FUN SNACKING FACT: in an effort to help you be prepared for a snack attack at all times, Kirrily Johnston and Special K have joined forces to create a stylish limited edition designer handbag that comes with it’s own inbuilt snack pocket, which is the perfect fit for a Special K Bar. Nifty, right? Better yet, you can win one of them right now! Valued at a whopping $750, head to the Special K website and enter to win one of 50 of these spiffy designer bags and say hello to healthy snacking! Just make sure you do it quick – this comp closes on July 26th.

Cherie Herrmann






Are you a healthy snacker? Or do you reach for unhealthy foods when hunger pain strikes? Do you have any yummy-but-healthy snack suggestions?


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Posted by: VivaliciousChic (Australia)

I am kindaboth. at the moment i love my junk food snacks, and i guess my skin suffers ( acnes). But i do have my fruits and healthy snacks too. i believe that balance is the key. doesnt meanyou have to deprive yourself on junk food. Just moderation is the key

Posted on: July 08, 2012 (Jul 8, 2012 12:50pm)

Posted by: Chicklet (Member since 2008, Australia)

Just make sure you watch the calories on some of the 'healthbars'. Although they are a better option than a chocolate bar, it can be surprising to see how high some of these are, so take a look at the nutritional information and be informed.

Posted on: July 08, 2012 (Jul 8, 2012 1:03pm)

Farewell (for a little while)

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Oh come now, wipe those tears away. Don’t you know I wouldn’t leave you? Not really. It’s true, I am off for a little while. But only for a little while. You won’t even know I’m gone, I swear.

So where am I going? I’m off to Londontown again. But this time, I’m doing it proper – for three whole months in fact. I plan to see all of the sights, delve into the beauty offerings and give that four-level Topshop a good seeing to.

But I won’t be gone, gone. You’ll still see content coming through with my mug attached to it, oh yes sir! I’ll be your unofficial ‘beautyheaven London correspondent’ while I’m away, and that means that you guys will be the recipients of all kinds of London trend reports, sneak peaks and Brit IT girl gossip. I canny wait!

But for now (because I’m just so rubbish at goodbyes) – I’m going to leave you with three life lessons to keep you warm while I’m away.

LIV’S LIFE LESSON #1: Wash your mop.

If in doubt about washing your hair, just wash it. You’ll be glad you did because the moment you decide not to, it automatically gets 20 per cent greasier. You know it’s true.

LIV’S LIFE LESSON #2: If in doubt, don’t.

If in doubt don’t drink it. If you have to ask three people “is this milk okay?” Then that’s too many. Throw it out. Trust me, your tummy will thank you. Same goes with food, if it doesn’t smell quite right – then odds are it won’t taste quite right.. So bin it, like now.

LIV’S LIFE LESSON #3: Treat yourself.

Okay so I don’t mean that you should blow your whole week’s rent on that new pair of stilettos, nor should you tear into an entire cake when your sweet tooth strikes. But hey, if you fancy a biscuit with your tea, or a proper coffee from a café in the morning – do it. You’ll feel all the better for it, and the rest of the day will seem less of a chore, I promise.

(Aside from the occasional blog, I'll also be fulfilling my lifelong dream to become a British Guard. Left, right, left right left.)

Do you have a life lesson to share?

What kind of info would you like me to send you from London?

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Posted by: katshepsutt (Australia)

So excited for you Liv! Wow 3 months - hope you have a safe and fabulous trip, and I expect we'll be seeing some droolworthy pics of all the loot you score along the way, ha ha. Would love it if you posted some of London Looks while you're there :-)

I'm still learning my life lessons but I reckon doing something nice for someone (anyone) every day without expecting a reward does one's heart good. Bon voyage!

Posted on: July 07, 2012 (Jul 7, 2012 7:03am)

Posted by: Princess75 (Member since 2007, Australia)

How wonderful, have a fab time.
Life lessons are life long but my main thing is to always listen to your gut!

Posted on: July 07, 2012 (Jul 7, 2012 7:39am)

Best long-lasting beauty products

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You know what’s annoying? Applying a beauty product in the morning and feeling like it was all for nothing come the afternoon. Kind of like there was no point in even trying at all.

Well, if you’re finding yourself in that situation more often then you’d like, then here are some longwearing products you need to get your hands on, like, yesterday:

For long-lasting hydration: While it’s all well and good to have silky smooth and soft skin right after you’ve applied your body lotion, it’s the kind of feeling you want to last all day. Johnson’s 24 Hour Moisture Lasting Hydration Body Lotion contains natural moisturisers that make sure you skin stays hydrated and soft for an entire 24 hours. How good is that?

For flawless coverage: Patchy-looking skin doesn’t look good on anyone, so it’s a good idea to invest in a long-lasting foundation. L’Oreal Paris Infallible 24HR Brush Foundation will make sure that any imperfections are covered, giving you flawless coverage that will take last you from the moment you leave the house in the morning until your head hits your pillow at night.
For nourished locks: Keep dry, unruly locks in tip-top shape with Al’chemy Lavender & Anthyllis 24 Hour Intensive Moisture Leave-in Conditioner. The super-nourishing treatment contains jojoba and Certified Organic avocado oils, so you can be sure that your hair will be smooth and frizz-free all day.

For eyeliner that lasts: If you want to feel confident in the fact that your eyeliner won’t end up halfway down your face after a few hours, try a liquid eyeliner that lasts. Mirenesse Anniversary Secret Weapon 24 Hr Liquid Eyeliner Black Diamond is a water-resistant eyeliner that can be peeled off, meaning that your eyeliner won’t smudge or flake throughout the day.

For intense anti-ageing: Reduce those wrinkles and fine lines with a moisturiser that works for hours to hydrate and nourish your skin. Nude by Nature 24 Hour Anti-Ageing Moisturiser is an all-day moisturiser that does exactly that, with jojoba oil, borage oil, and ginkgo biloba working together to firm and lift your skin.

The winter skin saviour commandments…

Eyeliner four ways – we’re not kidding…


What’s your favourite kind of long-lasting beauty product?

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Posted by: Coconal (Australia)

I'm a little bit in love with the make up in that photo...It's gorgeous! So tempted to recreate it now! :P

I love the sound of these products but I actually haven't tried any! More things to add to my considerable wish list...

I would also like to recommend the Estee Lauder Invisible Fill make up (foundation lasts all day!), Mirenesse lip bombs and Rimmel Kate Moss lipsticks and the Maybelline eyeliner!

Oh yeah, and Essence stay all day shadows. :D

Posted on: July 06, 2012 (Jul 6, 2012 5:12pm)

Posted by: Parisienne Chic (Australia)

Revlon colourstay eyeshadows are INCREDIBLE.They stay put no matter what and don,t crease.And if you use the primer,Urban Decay stays put as well.As for lips...i swear by Poppy King"s lipsticks AND Rimmel"s Kate Moss range.

Posted on: July 06, 2012 (Jul 6, 2012 5:14pm)

Six budget beauty buys I truly love

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FACT: My bathroom and bedroom are overflowing with beauty loot. It’s actually a little ridiculously really, but I don’t care. However, this doesn’t mean I don’t have my favourites that I go back to time and time again. No siree!

But the best part is this: some of my most cherished beauty prods are cheap as chips. Truly, they are! And while this is not only good for the old hip pocket, it means I’m always armed with a list of brilliant budget-friendly loot to recommend to people like you. And today, that’s exactly what I’m going to do…

BUDGET FAVE #1: Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream, $13.95
I spoke of this gem in my very first post for bh, and I’m still rambling on about it. Sure, it might not clear up all your pesky pigmentation like the more expensive bb creams or specialised skin care products, but it sure does make my skin glow and fool everyone into thinking my skin is super-clear, naturally. And that’s good enough for me.

BUDGET FAVE #2: Neutrogena Deep Clean® Cream Cleanser, $13.99
Whenever my skin misbehaves, I always reach for this creamy wonder. In fact, if I was smart, I’d use it every single morning and night because its salicylic acid does a fantastic job of getting rid of nasty dirt oil and make-up, while improving my skin’s texture and zapping zits, too.

BUDGET FAVE #3: Blistex Intensive Repair lip balm, $5.95
I can’t go to bed without this little one. Without it, my lips feel tight and raw when I wake up, and turn flaky 12 hours later.

BUDGET FAVE #4: Aum Bio Nourishing Jojoba Oil, $19.95
While I’m a huge fan of rosehip oil, jojoba oil is equally as hydrating, as its chemical makeup is ridiculously similar to that of our skin. This means its welcomed by the skin once applied, allowing it to be deeply absorbed in the layers of your skin. This bottle is also rather huge, so it last a very long time…
BUDGET FAVE #5: Batiste Blush Dry Shampoo, $9.95
This feminine-smelling goddess has allowed the words ‘sleep’ and ‘in’ to make their way into my regular vocabulary. I’d kiss its feet for all its wonderful oil-absorbing and texturising abilities if I could.

BUDGET FAVE #6: you, me & everybody Shady Lady Daily Face Milk SPF 30+, $9.99
I’m a bit of a drill sergeant when it comes to applying sunscreen on a daily basis, and this one has all the goods: it’s lightweight, soaks into the skin easily, is perfect for under make-up, and has a high SPF.

Have you used any of these budget-friendly beauty products? Do you have any cheap as chips but totally brilliant product recommendations?

PS: Is sleeping with your BB cream bad? And do you know who wins this battle of the BB creams?


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Posted by: Coconal (Australia)

I've only tried #s 1, 3 and 5...I did like the Garnier BB cream but sadly, it made me break out very badly.

Posted on: July 06, 2012 (Jul 6, 2012 12:09pm)

Posted by: Roxymisha (Australia)

I haven't tried these but I do like some of Neutrogena products, their sunscreens for example.

Posted on: July 06, 2012 (Jul 6, 2012 12:10pm)