How-to: Chanel-esque Olympic-inspired nails

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It feels ridiculously wrong to be writing this, but I’m today I’m suggesting you mess with the sacred two-toned metallic silver and pink nail art seen at the Chanel Haute Couture Fall 2012 runway show in Paris last month. Yes, tampering with the beauty vision of a brand that’s known for setting worldwide nail trends is somewhat dangerous, but it’s all a part of embracing the Olympics Games and channelling your Aussie sporting spirit, I say.

So, in an effort to use your digits as a cheering instrument, I’m urging you all to copy this delightful two-toned metallic gold and green nail art look… 

 

STEP 1: Apply a base coat to your nails. Doing so will protect your nails from turning yellow, while making the colour stay put and preventing chipping, too. We used: ORLY Bonder. 

 

 

 

STEP 2: Take a metallic gold nail polish, and apply a generous coat of colour to each nail. Make sure you take the colour right down to your cuticles, as this will enhance the finished effect. Keep it to one coat, too – a double layer of metallic nail polish will be too thick for this look. We used: NYC Colour in Gold Coin. 

 

 

 

STEP 3: Using a green nail polish hue, paint two or three vertical lines down the centre of each nail, leaving a gap of metallic gold nail lacquer to poke through at the base of the nail and on each side. Reapply the colour to each nail until the green is a solid colour. We used: Revlon Classic Nail Enamel in Sassy.

 

 

 

STEP 4: Allow your nails to dry completely before using a high-shine topcoat to help seal in all your hard Olympic-inspired nail art work. We used: ORLY Glosser.

 

 

Note: We used more of a lime green hue for our creation, but don’t be afraid to use a true dark bottle green if you wish to stay completely true to the Australia Olympic team colours.

OTHER FUN AUSSIE NAIL ART IDEAS: Not sure if this look is for you? Why not try a green coloured base with a coat of sparkly gold lacquer over the top? Or, you could jump on the Australian flag bandwagon and create stripes of red, white and blue. Go on… it’d be un-Australian not to.

Cherie Herrmann

 

 

 

 


What do you think of this Olympic-esque nail art look inspired by Chanel? Is it something you’d wear? And are you as addicted to watching the Olympic Games as I am?

PS. Want more Olympic-themed beauty content? Here are our top tips on adding a little Games fever to your beauty routine...


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Posted by: IndieAna (Member since 2008, Australia)

Wow, this look for nails is fantastic! So many colour combos could achieve fantastic results! Thanks for the tutorial :)

Posted on: August 02, 2012 (Aug 2, 2012 12:18pm)

Posted by: lipstick gypsy (Australia)

I love all the Olympic themed things BH is doing :) very fun!

Posted on: August 02, 2012 (Aug 2, 2012 12:19pm)

beautorium is live!

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The time has arrived, beauties! We're happy to declare beautorium officially open.

Shortly after noon we threw open the doors to our exclusive rewards room and invited our most loyal members to swap their points for a vast array of fabulous products.

If you haven't had a look yet, enter beautorium now.

Having trouble getting in? Depending on your connection speed, you may find the site is slow to load because so many people are browsing for their top product picks. Please persevere and keep refreshing your browser.
Want to know how beautorium works? We’ve compiled a list of frequently asked questions below to help your shopping go smoothly.

So, what is beautorium?
beautorium is the on-site event for our most loyal members where member loyalty points can be redeemed for beauty products. Think of it like a shop. You can drop by, browse a myriad of marvellous beauty products, pop a few of your faves in your shopping cart and pay with your points.

Are all members eligible to enter beautorium?
Everyone can browse through beautorium but only members who have reached beauty fanatic, beauty buff or beauty guru status can cash in their points. If you haven’t reached beauty fanatic status just yet, don’t worry, there are plenty of ways to collect points in time for the next event.

How long is beautorium open for?
A day, a week, a fortnight! It depends how long it takes for the products to be snapped up, however, beautorium will run for a maximum of two weeks.

When can I start buying products?
As soon as beautorium officially opens on Thursday you can start cashing in your points. There is only a limited amount of each product available (it varies depending on the product) and once the products go, that’s it. When all the stock is gone a ‘Sold out’ notice will appear, so be sure to get in quick.

How much does delivery cost?
A subsidised delivery cost of $4.95 (for one to three items) or $9.95 (for four or more items) applies to all transactions. This goes a little way to covering some of the costs of postage and packaging. We accept payments via credit card or PayPal.

Where can I get more information?
If the above details haven’t answered your questions, please take a look at our terms and conditions or our FAQs. You can also email us at: beautorium@beautyheaven.com.au.

ENTER BEAUTORIUM NOW

Are you buying products in beautorium? Which products have caught your eye?

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Posted by: Phaine (Australia)

Phew! I was luckier than many of the other ladies and picked up 2 picture polishes and a physicians formula eye liner.

Posted on: August 02, 2012 (Aug 2, 2012 12:32pm)

Posted by: Tinaaa (Australia)

i managed to get all the 3 things i wanted! thanks so so so much bh <3

Posted on: August 02, 2012 (Aug 2, 2012 12:33pm)

Super-duper Dove offer

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Love Dove products so much that your friends sometimes mistake your bathroom cabinet for the Dove section of the supermarket? Or perhaps you’ve dabbled in Dove but want to try a few more products in the range? Either way, you’ll want to get your butt down to Priceline pretty soon, because they’ve got a super-duper Dove offer that you definitely won’t want to miss.

Here’s how it’ll work:
 

Step one: hop, skip and jump to your nearest Priceline store
Step two: choose two Dove products to purchase and get 20 per cent off when you pay at the register – hoorah!
Step three: smile excitedly as you choose a third full-sized Dove product, for free! (There will be five products to choose from, so get ready to make the tough decision)
Step four: get even more excited as you’re handed a voucher that you can use in Priceline to receive $2 off your next Dove purchase – woo hoo!! (This voucher will be valid from 14th – 27th August and can only be used towards the purchase of the same product you chose in Step 3, so choose carefully!)

So just to recap… Buy any two Dove products, get 20 per cent off your purchase, PLUS receive a FREE Dove product AND a voucher for $2 off your next purchase of that product!
Is that an awesome offer or what? But you’d better hurry, because stocks are limited and we know there’ll be loads of ladies and lads wanting to take advantage of this offer!

What’s your favourite Dove product? Are you going to do your best to redeem this offer?

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Posted by: katshepsutt (Australia)

Neat offer, I'll be taking them up on it. I'm already a loyal fan of their cream deodorant - the best I've ever tried :-)

Posted on: August 02, 2012 (Aug 2, 2012 5:19am)

Posted by: Tinaaa (Australia)

i will definitely be getting some products! awesome offer!! i love their soaps :)

Posted on: August 02, 2012 (Aug 2, 2012 5:36am)

Hair problems solved

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Hair’s a funny thing – if it’s at its best and looking great, you feel on top of the world. But if it’s looking a bit scraggly, feeling a little limp, and not really how you want it to be, it can make you feel pretty sorry for yourself.

And because we’d hate for you to feel anything less than fabulous, we’ve come up with the solutions for all your hair woes.

If your hair is…weaker than you’d like

It may be time to try and fix your hair from the inside. Sure, a good hair treatment can help, but if the damage is too much, you’ll want to try repairing your hair and adding nourishment with some vitamins. Hair Nutrition for Women is a nutrient-rich formula that has been specially formulated to take hair from thin, weak, and brittle and to thick, shiny, and super strong.

If your hair is…dry and damaged

Heat styling tools, the sun and other environmental factors can wreak havoc on your hair. Dry and damaged hair not only looks a little less than fabulous, but it’s also susceptible to breakage and split ends too. Silk Oil of Morocco Pure Argan Oil contains 98 per cent certified organic argan oil (the other two per cent is nourishing vitamin E oil) to deeply nourish your hair and restore vitality. Plus, it can be used to treat your skin too!

If your hair is…thinning

The Donald Trump comb-over is never going to be in vogue, so don’t become complacent with thinning hair. Get your hands on the Head of Hair Intensive Kit: it contains a Regulating Scalp Shampoo, which cleanses hair as it unclogs follicles, a Herbal Mint Conditioner to leave your hair soft and shiny, a Follicle Boosting Serum, which protects and repairs the hair follicle, and a High Nutrient Scalp Spray, which works to increase circulation in the scalp while delivering nutrients. The Scalp Spray also works to strengthen the hair root and help anchor new growth for a longer amount of time.

If your hair is…suffering from a bad haircut

Sometimes hairdressers can chop off a few more centimeters than you’d like. If you’re looking to get the length back, but don’t want to wait for your hair to grow back in its own time, you might want to try some hair extensions. Headlines Extended Hairpieces are clip-in extensions that can give hair extra length and volume, so no one will be any the wiser about your bad haircut.

These supplements may be just what you need for healthy hair…

Sensitive scalp? Avoid these ingredients…

 

What’s your biggest hair concern?

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Posted by: Sarah92 (Australia)

I think many of us may have issues with dry and damaged hair from all that heat styling! Oil seems to do wonders for it, especially over time. Couldn't live without my Argan oil!

Posted on: August 01, 2012 (Aug 1, 2012 5:08pm)

Posted by: softness (Member since 2007, Australia)

I have an oil production issue! My hair looks good for around 12 hours after washing and then slowly gets ooky at the roots from too much oil. If I don't wash on the 24 hour mark, I need to seriously grab my can of dry shampoo or, shampoo again in the shower.

Posted on: August 01, 2012 (Aug 1, 2012 5:15pm)

Top 6: student-friendly budget beauty buys

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Being a student can be tough sometimes. I mean, you’ve always got loads of textbooks to read, crazy-hard tests to study for, and you’re always broke. Like, really broke.

But this doesn’t mean you can’t still indulge in a little wander down the beauty aisle. Not at all! In fact, we at bh HQ have deemed doing so the perfect study break activity, especially when you can pick up nifty, super-cheap beauty buys like these…

BUDGET BEAUTY #1: Australis Paparazzi Perfect Tinted Moisturiser
Caked-on, super-heavy foundation isn’t exactly welcomed in the classroom, so opting for a sheer, complexion correcting tinted moisturiser like this one will give you an A+ in the beauty department.

BUDGET BEAUTY #2: essence 2 in 1 Volume Mascara
Team your luminous face base with a volumising mascara like this one for flirty, fluttery lashes. Added bonus: it’ll make your eyes look bright and wide-awake no matter how much late night study cramming you’ve been doing. Love it.

BUDGET BEAUTY #3: Ulta3 Nail Polish
Lacquered, shiny nails make you look instantly chic and, erm, polished, but that doesn’t mean you have to spend a fortune on them. Ulta3’s HUGE range of nail polishes has every colour under the sun (think nudes to neons) and each one is just two shmackers. Brilliant!

BUDGET BEAUTY #4: Clearasil Ultra Rapid Action Seal-to-Clear Gel
Zits can strike no matter how many candles were on your last birthday cake, but this perfect do-it-all product not only helps to heal your pimples and fight bacteria, its super-spiffy sealing formula also blocks outside bacteria from making your blemishes worse. Yep, no matter how many times you touch your face, those nasty germs won’t be getting affecting or infecting your zits.

BUDGET BEAUTY #5: TRESemmé Split Remedy Shampoo and Conditioner
Can’t afford regular trims at the local hair salon? No worries. This brainy duo helps to bind frayed, split ends with regular use, meaning you’ll be able to push that date with the scissors back just a wee bit further.

BUDGET BEAUTY #6: Impulse Very Pink
If splashing out on a fragrance just isn’t on the cards with you student budget, a body spray is the perfect alternative. You’ll feel fresh, smell sensational and most certainly attract the attention of that boy your crushing on…

Cherie Herrmann

 

 

 

 


Are you on a bit of budget when it comes to beauty purchases? Do you have any brilliant budget beauty buys you wish to share? Go on… sharing is caring, after all.

 

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Posted by: modjo72 (Australia)

Good budget buys BH! Wish there was this kind of choice when I was younger. I used the old English Yardley oatmeal soap and skincare and as for makeup (when I could sneak it in) there wasn't much in the budget range around.

Posted on: August 01, 2012 (Aug 1, 2012 12:05pm)

Posted by: Christy01 (Australia)

Great budget friendly options! Note: also great for Uni students ;)

Posted on: August 01, 2012 (Aug 1, 2012 12:13pm)