Food swaps: makeover your pantry

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I know what you’re thinking. Winter is on its way, which means you’ll be indulging in what I look to call a ‘comfort food coma’, consisting of warming, starchy foods that make you feel full, warm and oh-so-happy during the frosty months.

Good news is you don’t need to succumb to the ‘comfort food coma’ in order to feel warm and satisfied during winter – and you don’t need to survive on salads either. Check out our food swap recommendations for winter and ensure you give your pantry the healthy – yet delicious – makeover it (and you) deserve…

Brown rice is wholegrain rice with all of the original goodness intact. White rice is also a wholegrain rice, but has been milled to remove the bran and much of the fibre and nutrient-rich content with it. Eating whole grains with a high fibre content helps with maintaining optimal weight while refined grains have actually been linked to weight gain and type two diabetes. Then there’s quinoa; this super grain is one of the most protein-rich foods we can get eat, plus it contains twice as much fibre as other grains. So you can make the switch in your hearty curries and risottos this winter.
Not a fan of the nutty taste of brown rice? Basmati rice is a great alternative that has a low GI.

If you start to feel your sweet tooth twitching after dinner or when the dreaded 3:30pm mark hits, you’ll be pleased to know there is a far more health conscious and delicious option than reaching for the biscuit tin. Warm cocoa has been found to contain almost twice the anti-cancer activity (by way of antioxidants) than red wine, and almost three times that of green tea. Plus, it tastes great and will warm you up in no time!

When it comes to veggie chips, homemade are definitely the best. Cut some of your favourite veggies (such as eggplant or beetroot) into super thin slices and roast them in the oven until super crisp. To season, add some dry chilli flakes or, if you’d really like some salt, sprinkle Himalayan rock salt over your crisps.

Don’t have a slow cooker? Get one. These babies allow you to create hearty, warming stews without the cream and unwanted calories in some takeaway curries. Simply let your meat and fresh vegetables stew away all day while you’re at work and enjoy meat that falls off the bone and delicious broth that’ll make you (and your waistline) very satisfied indeed.

Is there anything easier? Not only do instant and canned soups contain unwanted salts and MSG, they’re also just as easy to create as your own healthy, homemade vegetable soup. Simply let your vegetables boil away in a scrumptious stock of your choice and then put it all into a blender to enjoy fresh, fulfilling soup that you can freeze and devour anytime.

Want to see the healthy recipes our members have been sharing in the forums? Check them out here...

What are your healthy food swap ideas?







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Member Comments

Posted by: freaky (Member since 2007, Australia)

A great article to help us with our health and palette! Love the ideas

Posted on: May 03, 2013 (May 3, 2013 5:10am)

Posted by: sassylily (Australia)

I love cooking in my slow cooker in winter,so easy and depending on your ingredients so easy.

Posted on: May 03, 2013 (May 3, 2013 6:22am)

beautyheaven gets a makeover!

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Noticed anything different about us today? We hope so!

Here at beautyheaven we love a good image change pretty much more than anything else. Whether it’s Miley going from girl-next-door cute to edgy blonde rebel almost overnight, or Victoria Beckham embarking on yet another long-to-short-then-long-again hair odyssey, we can’t help but be fascinated by the fast-paced nature of beauty transformations.

And because we know time never stands still when it comes to the world of beauty, we thought it was high time we gave ourselves a little bit of an overhaul to ensure beautyheaven stays looking its beautiful best. So we’ve given the site a new splash of colour, trimmed back on some unnecessary clutter that was cramping our style and given bh a fresher look, which we hope you'll enjoy.

We’ve tried not to change much about how the site works, so you’ll still find all the usual blogs, reviews and forum topics that you enjoy reading – they’ve just been spruced up and given a little lick of polish to make them look even better! Here are a few other things we’ve done to improve the site:

- Faster access to products and reviews: this is one of the most popular areas of the site – and now you can search our extensive database of more than 13,500 products and 130,000 reviews from every page on the site. Simply type your search into the box in the top left corner and away you go!

- More prominent forum access: Looking for the forum? We know how important the forum is to beauty nuts wanting to share tips, advice and gossip, so we’ve moved it to a more prominent spot on the right-hand side.

- More articles and blogs: we’ve made sure there are even more articles than ever before on our homepage, so you don’t have to go far for your daily beauty fix.

- The Beauty Buzz to keep you better informed: want to know about the latest brand offers, new products hitting shelves, or just the latest snippets of juicy beauty gossip? Look no further than our Beauty Buzz, which will be updated by our team of beauty addicts throughout the day.

- Featured products of the week: be the first to discover new products and beauty finds that you may not have heard of before.

- A clearer reviews policy: we’ve acted on your feedback about giving more information on submitting reviews and what makes a good review, which is why we’ve created clearer guidelines to help all reviewers make their submissions as useful as possible. You can read them here.

And, what’s more, to celebrate the launch of our new look, we’re declaring May to be Makeover Month, and we’re giving you the chance to give yourself a makeover, too. We're giving away a HUGE make-up bag makeover worth more than $150! With brands like philosophy, Revlon, Rimmel London, Innoxa, Maybelline New York, Chi Chi Cosmetics and L'Oreal Paris included, you'll be emptying your current kit in a hurry to make way for these beauty bits!

For your chance to win, simply enter below...

Competition closes: midnight, 8 May 2013
Can't see the entry form? Click here.

NSW Permit Number: LTPM/11/00694 / Class: Type C 
ACT Permit Number: ACT TP 11/03451

It doesn’t stop there. We’ll be running other makeover competitions throughout the month, so make sure you come back to the site so you don’t miss out!

What do you think to beautyheaven’s makeover? What’s your top tip for transforming your look?

Member Comments

Posted by: Roxymisha (Australia)

Some lovely selections. I wouldn't say no to any of these. x

Posted on: April 30, 2013 (Apr 30, 2013 5:56pm)

Posted by: CherryBlossom (Australia)

Wow, gorgeous products for my mum and ofcourse for me to test out first, :)

Posted on: April 30, 2013 (Apr 30, 2013 6:21pm)

Three of the best celebrity make-unders

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I love a makeover show. You know the kind I’m talking about – where the dowdy (yet still pretty), perhaps overweight woman is sent to a camp of sorts where she works her butt off to lose weight, consults a plastic surgeon to rejig her nose a bit, and enlists the help of stylists and beauty professionals to turn her into a bombshell.

This love extends to even minor makeovers a la the ‘haircut episode’ in every Next Top Model series, and to the makeover’s more subtle, yet just as effective, cousin: the make-under. The classic tale of the beautiful – but completely way-too-done-up woman – who realises that sometimes less is more.

Case-in-point: the following three celebs who decided that over-the-top hair and make-up needed to take a break. Even if only for a moment.

Nicki Minaj

Miss Minaj is the queen of quirk. And I love her for it, I do. But when she rocked up on the red carpet looking like this I couldn’t help but applaud with excitement. Nicki has held onto her almost-white hair and slightly out-there lip colour, but the overall result is actually kinda classy. Her hair looks glorious and healthy, her eyes have that statement wing that isn’t stealing the show, and her cheeks have a beautiful flush of colour and just enough shimmer to give her that radiant glow.
Bravo, Nicki!

Nicole Polizzi

Ahhh, Snooki. The pint-sized reality star is pretty much known for looking over-tanned, over-bronzed, and ‘just a touch’ trashy. But then she became a mum, and she toned it down. She’s still got that flair for things a little left-of-centre, but in a way that’s much easier on the eyes. She’s ditched the two-tone hair colour for a beautiful eye-catching block colour and swapped her, uhh, orange skin tone for something that’s a bit more natural. She’s still the Snooki we know and love, but just a bit more grown-up.

Pamela Anderson

There’s no doubting Pammy was a stunner back in the day, but things got a little…interesting for a while there. But just one look at the photo on the right and you can see that the ex-Baywatch babe is back in fine form. Her uneven, dull, and super-tanned complexion is no more; that panda-esque eye look has been kicked to the curb; and her disheveled hair is looking so much better. Hooray for her glowing and radiant skin, the just-enough-black eyeliner, and her tousled and voluminous curls. Now we just need to bring back the red swimsuit…

Which celebrities do you think are in need of a make-under? What do you think of these make-unders?

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Member Comments

Posted by: Beauty_Jem (Australia)

I love that more celebs are going for a more natural look these days. Mind you, I think Nicki Minaj looks, well, ORANGE! A little reminiscent of Lindsay Lohan days.

Posted on: May 02, 2013 (May 2, 2013 5:14pm)

Posted by: Rei_ (Australia)

Definitely agree with these make unders!

Posted on: May 02, 2013 (May 2, 2013 5:25pm)

When orange coloured make-up goes horribly wrong…

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This has got nothing to do with age. Nothing at all. In fact, Sharon Stone is usually an absolute glamazon; one who looks outstanding for her 55 years. But this make-up look (read: bright orange eyeshadow paired with bold cherry red lipstick) leaves Ms Stone looking rather hideous. Too mean? Maybe, but it’s definitely true.

You see, by applying an intense orange shadow to her eyelid and up towards her brow bone, Sharon is not only enhancing the lines around her eyes, but causing herself to look a little ill and washed-out, too. If she’d used a softer peachy hue on her eyelids only and mixed it with a bronze shade, the result would have been a completely different story. The bold red lipstick is also rather harsh against her skin, and clashing with the orange hue making her look a little clown-esque.

That said, this does not mean you should be scared of wearing peachy, orange or coral make-up. Definitely not. It’s actually a wonderfully versatile colour, but it needs to be worn correctly. To prove this point, let’s look at an example of peachy make-up done well.

Here is Olivia Munn sporting said make-up hue, and she looks phenomenal:

Olivia’s use of peachy, terracotta orange make-up works because she’s chosen a colour that suits her skin tone. She’s also concentrated the colour on her cheeks, instead of overloading her eyes. By using the peach hue to create a subtle winged eyeshadow look, she’s created a harmonious flow of colour, but without overwhelming her face or her features. You’ll also notice she’s used a completely different hue on her lips, however unlike Sharon’s, this mauve lip colour actually complements her coral cheeks, instead of clashing with them.

Want to copy Olivia Munn’s striking peach make-up look? Try these ingenious products, none of which will leave you looking like Sharon Stone. I promise.

#1. essence Cherry Blossom Girl Lipstick Pencil in It’s Peach Not Cherry
#2. Benefit Ultra Shines Lip Gloss in Spiked Punch
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#4. shu uemura Pressed Eye Shadow in Vivid Orange ($28, 1300 651 991)
#5. Maybelline EyeStudio Color Tattoo Eye Shadow in Fierce & Tangy

Final fact: all skin tones can wear peachy orange make-up. If you’ve got olive or darker skin, you can afford to go bolder in your colour choice, but if you’re fair, choose a sorbet-like peachy hue and use it with bronze tones for a sun-kissed finish.

Are you as horrified by Sharon Stone’s orange eyeshadow look as I am? What do you think of Olivia Munn’s peachy make-up? And how do you wear orange, peach or coral make-up tones?







Member Comments

Posted by: Platinum Ms (Australia)

Horrified is not the word she could haunt a house, not a good look ,she is really showing her age!
On the other hand Oliva looks absolutely stunning.

Posted on: May 01, 2013 (May 1, 2013 5:21pm)

Posted by: Michelle Sweetheart (United States)

I find it rather annoying that BH is hunting for bad photos of people. This is simply a bad photo. If you check out other pics of her at the White House Correspondents Dinner from this year ( which is where this photo is from), the colors don't look harsh or overwhelming. By the way, comparing people in very different age brackets is lame.

Posted on: May 01, 2013 (May 1, 2013 5:38pm)

Get luxe for less

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If you’re a true beauty junkie you’ll have no doubt heard of La Mer and its cult products. What you may not have done is be able to afford them. You see La Mer products are on the luxe end of the scale when it comes to skin care buys; but for very good reason. It’s because the key ingredient in all La Mer products is a nutrient-rich Miracle Broth – a highly advanced skin rejuvenating complex formulated from hand-harvested and fermented sea kelp infused with pure ingredients, light and sound.

Sounds like a complex formulation, right? It is. In fact it took 12 years and 6,000 experiments to perfect the Miracle Broth, so you can understand why La Mer products aren’t found on supermarket shelves. And with reviews like these you can also understand why La Mer has reached cult status:

“This product has actually worked miracles for me. I religiously apply this to my pimple scars. Over months, the dark spots fade away. It really renews the skin, smoothing and hydrating it.” – RetroD11. Read full review…

“Cream de la Mer has transformed my skin from being dry and flaky in certain areas on my face to consistently better balanced skin that looks well nourished and soft.” – MyBeautiSpot. Read full review…

So how can you trial the best that La Mer has to offer without having to commit to purchasing a cabinet full of products? Enter the La Mer Introductory Collection: a selection of travel-sized products that are designed to work together to help lift, firm and rejuvenate your skin. Coming in at $125 and comprising a Crème de la Mer Moisuturizing Cream, The Regenerating Serum, The Eye Concentrate, and The Cleansing Foam, you’ll have everything you need to experience the full luxury and efficacy of La Mer products, at a fraction of the cost. Packaged in a beautiful cream travel case, it also makes a great gift if you want to spoil your mum this Mother’s Day.

The Introductory Collection is available exclusively online for a limited time, so you’d better hurry if you want to take advantage of this offer!

Have you heard about La Mer’s cult products? If price wasn’t an issue, would you like to try them? How are you going to spoil your mum this Mother’s Day?

Member Comments

Posted by: Snow princess (Australia)

Where have all the previous comments on this article gone??!?

Posted on: May 02, 2013 (May 2, 2013 7:11pm)

Posted by: Trixter (Australia)

They lost some of the data when they moved over (see post #8 of :(

I would love to try La Mer (I hadn't heard of it before now) but I wouldn't be able to afford it in the long run...

Posted on: May 02, 2013 (May 2, 2013 9:42pm)