20 Dec 2011 14:38 PM | Posted by Editor
As much as I hate to admit it, before I started out as a beauty editor I was a brand snob – of the biggest kind. I was a closed-minded cosmetic buyer that wouldn’t even dream of purchasing shampoo from the supermarket, let alone skin care.
And I don’t even know why. I guess I believed that because the brands sold in supermarkets were at a lower price point, they were of an inferior quality (none of my assumptions were based on actual research of course). So I’d sworn my allegiance to the likes of Clinique, Lauder, Lancôme, MAC and Laura Mercier – all fabulous brands with products well deserving of their accolades.
But then I started working as a beauty ed and discovered that not only do the beauty products in supermarkets go through years and years (I’m talking decades sometimes!) of research and development before they hit the shelves, but a lot of these ‘cheap’ brands actually own, manufacture and/or distribute the more prestige beauty brands!
Likewise, L’Oreal – which owns affordable favourites L’Oreal Paris, Garnier, and Maybelline – also has a luxury division, which includes Lancôme, Biotherm, YSL, Giorgio Armani, Kerastase, and Redken (just to name a few!).
So really, it’s not surprising that the technology and research that goes into the formulations of the prestige products, often filters through to those that we find on our supermarket shelves – and vice versa.
So if you can’t afford top-of-the-line luxury beauty buys, don’t despair – you’re not doing your skin and hair any disservices by visiting your local supermarket aisle!
Are you a beauty brand snob? What are your favourite supermarket beauty buys?
No way! If I was, then I would have missed out on some of the best products I currently have on my shelf - St. Ives scrubs, Neutrogena eye makeup remover (the best!), Olay Regenerist night cream, Biore toner, Palmolive body wash...too many to mention here, lol. My only problem is that my local supermarkets don't always stock the full range of some brands, so I'm forced to purchase them elsewhere. But I buy luxe products as well - I'm interested in what works for me, not where it comes from...
Posted on: January 11, 2012 (Jan 11, 2012 5:41am)
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I am not a brand snob. However, I do love packaging. When the product looks elegant, it just makes me more intrigued by it. Higher end brands tend to do the frilly packaging. I swear that drugstore products use inferior packaging sometimes. Quite often I have to toss a gloss because it leaks or a compact hinge breaks and it always seems to be the pharmacy brand.
I am so glad that you mentioned the fact that there are parent and sister companies out there selling similar products. I always hear "oh, that brand copied or stole that product", when really it was sold to that company to sell. You don't see that company complaining for a reason, they are in business together. If you can find something that is cheaper and does the same thing, why pay more if you don't have to.
Posted on: January 11, 2012 (Jan 11, 2012 7:09am)
08 Dec 2011 10:42 AM | Posted by bh'sLeanne
Make-up artist and beauty therapist Jolene Stasenes founded Karma Mineral Cosmetics after recognising the need for quality make-up that was also good for skin health. Her products are free from fillers, parabens, bismuth oxychloride, sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS), fragrances and preservatives. Jolene is passionate about offering consumers a choice and as such Karma Mineral Cosmetics offers a quality, affordable alternative to traditional make-up.
How did Karma Mineral Cosmetics come about?
For several years I was working for an international brand of cosmetics, as an independent consultant. They introduced a mineral cosmetics line into their range when minerals were becoming more mainstream. To my disappointment, the range was still laden with lots of nasty chemical ingredients, and contained only small amounts of mineral ingredients. I was quite disgusted that companies could market a range as being better for you, just because it contained a few natural ingredients. After much research on product ingredients and labeling laws, I discovered how slack the laws were here in Australia, and how we as consumers are fooled into believing something is good for us just because it has a small amount of something beneficial in it.
It was then that I decided to go in search of better quality, pure mineral make-up. After discovering some quality manufacturers here in Australia, I created the Karma Mineral Cosmetics brand, which was originally for use in my make-up kit for weddings and special occasions. Eventually it drew enough interest from clients, which prompted me to sell it online for everyday use.
What are the key benefits of mineral make-up for the skin?
Mineral make-up contains skin-healing ingredients such as zinc oxide. Thanks to titanium dioxide, they offer a natural sun-protection filter against harmful UV rays. The Karma antioxidant range also includes ingredients such as green coffee bean extract and apple polyphenols, which may help with ageing due to their antioxidant properties.
What advice would you give customers who are a little afraid to try mineral make-up?
I’d advise them to consider the long-term effects of the synthetic ranges they might be currently using. Take a look at the ingredients in your current make-up and consider the positive benefits of mineral cosmetics compared to the negative effects of synthetic brands. Read up on application tips and take some time to experiment with application to get the correct coverage. Practice makes perfect.
What are some of the common questions you are asked with regards to mineral make-up?
• How do I apply mineral make-up?
Use a good quality kabuki brush with densely packed bristles, and apply in small layers. Don’t put too much on the brush and always tap the bottom of the brush on a hard surface to ensure the powder settles into the bristles. That way you won’t end up with too much on your face, which will lead to over caking. Keep your brushes clean for best application results.
• Can everyone wear mineral make-up?
Mineral make-up is suitable for everyone, however some skin types such as those with dry skin and fine lines may benefit from using it over the top of a light layer of rosehip or another suitable facial oil. For a dewier finish you can also spritz something like a rosewater or other hydrating product over the top.
• Can I sleep in it because it’s good for my skin?
As a beauty therapist, my advice to anyone is always go to bed with clean skin. The only products you should sleep in are your moisturisers and night creams designed to help the skin regenerate while sleeping.
• Can I cover problem areas with mineral make-up?
Yes. In general mineral make-up will help to even out your complexion, however the degree of coverage will depend on the formula. For example, our Antioxidant blend will give a heavier coverage than our Original formula. To cover spots and imperfections you can take a small brush and something like a rosehip oil, to blend with the mineral powder and gain more coverage on problem areas. Avoid oil around the eyes, and use an eye cream instead.
For best coverage of imperfections I recommend the Karma cream concealer underneath a light layer of mineral powder. This is what I use on all my clients when doing a wedding or special occasion makeover to achieve flawless results.
Are there any exciting developments on the cards for Karma in 2012?
Karma plans to have a new look, including a new logo and packaging. There will be some new products to look out for as well. The best way to keep up with what we are doing is to join us on FaceBook and sign up for our newsletter, on the home page of the Karma website.
Take a look at the full Karma Mineral Cosmetics product range...
Have you tried mineral make-up? Will you?
Yes i have tried Mineral Make up, i have a mineral blush and love it, it lasts all day. As far as the mineral foundation however i find that it makes my lines more prominent, might look better if i use Rosehip oil beforehand, will give it a go and see. I like the idea of it being better for your skin and is not synthetic. I prefer to use the pure mineral product, might cost that little more but then you are buying for better quality. I like the tips here, thank you :)
Posted on: January 10, 2012 (Jan 10, 2012 3:42pm)
Interesting blog. I have Maybelline and a Revlon mineral make up which I love. I don't use it all the time but I do like it. It gives excellent coverage. After reading this blog I am going to look into Karma...sounds wonderful. Love the fact that they do not use the nasties!!
Posted on: January 10, 2012 (Jan 10, 2012 3:54pm)
15 Dec 2011 14:54 PM | Posted by bh's Carli Alman
Expecting a little one? Or maybe you’ve just given birth and need to sort out your baby essentials kit, stat?
Well, who better to turn to than your dear, wise, and very beautiful friend, beautyheaven? Just like we’ve got your back when it comes to all things beauty for you, we’ve got the goods on all things beauty when it comes to your bub, too!
So here are some items you’ll want to get your hands on to keep your baby looking and feeling their best:
A gentle body wash
Newborn skin is very sensitive, so make sure you buy a body wash or bath soap that is gentle and fragrance free to keep your little one’s skin soft and supple. You’ll want to invest in products that are made from natural ingredients and are free from parabens, SLS, and petrochemicals.
We love: Billy Goat Soap Billie Baby Body Wash, Yes to Baby Carrots Gentle Foaming Shampoo + Body Wash, and A’kin pureBaby Softening Body Wash & Shampoo.
A tear-free shampoo
We’re guessing your baby will be giving you enough sleepless moments as it is, so keep some of their tears at bay with a gentle shampoo that won’t sting their eyes. A mild shampoo will also take care of their scalp, keeping it soft and smooth.
We love: The Body Shop Buriti Baby Shampoo, GAIA Natural Baby Baby Shampoo, and Burt’s Bees Baby Bee Shampoo & Body Wash.
An effective nappy rash cream
Nappy rash is inevitable, so as long as you’ve got some hard-working nappy rash cream on hand, your baby (and your sanity) will be sorted.
We love: Natural Instinct Soothing Nappy Rash Cream, Curash Medicated Nappy Rash Cream, $6.59, 1800 222 099, and Johnson’s Baby Desitin Nappy Rash Cream.
Find out how you can keep nappy rash at bay…
Uh-oh! Baby needs a nappy change! Find out how to change their nappy without offending anyone…
Which products are part of your new mum essentials kit?
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Desitin is a life saver. Also, a nursing cover and a boppy pillow were my saviours. Personally, I don't think babies need too much product. Less is more definitely factors in.
Posted on: January 10, 2012 (Jan 10, 2012 7:46am)
Moogoo and little me organics I love :)
Posted on: January 10, 2012 (Jan 10, 2012 9:50am)
21 Dec 2011 09:30 AM | Posted by bh's Olivia Mackinnon
Tips and tricks are vital for everyone, especially the beauty obsessed. They’re like small snippets of information that work to educate and make life just that little bit easier. Think make-up tips that cut your grooming time in half, and the body perfecting tips that make you feel better about yourself and the way you look.
Check out some of the best tips available on beautyheaven…
Miranda’s Top 10 beauty tips – if it brings us even an inch closer to looking like her, they’re tips worth noting eh?
Morning sickness survival tips – finally, some information on what to do when you’re feeling pregnant and a little spewy…
Make-up artist tips and tricks – get the top tips from the professionals and look like a million dollars every time you put your face on…
The tip I have for the time pressed is to use a tinted moisturiser, you do not have to use foundation all the time.
The next tip is to use lip gloss occasionally, you can reapply many times during the day, it's easy to do, no need to wear lipstick all the time.
Exfoliate your face regularly, this stops the flaky foundation look happening without your knowledge, is another tip.
The final tip I have is to use a hair masque at least once a month or a conditioning treatment at least, this keeps hair healthy and I feel a lot easier to manage.
Posted on: January 09, 2012 (Jan 9, 2012 3:11pm)
Tip number 1 of Miranda Kerrs is what im working on at the moment - not easy!!
Posted on: January 09, 2012 (Jan 9, 2012 3:46pm)
20 Dec 2011 14:00 PM | Posted by Editor
Uh-oh, someone got sunburned… I guess at this stage it’s a little too late to lecture you about the dangers of excessive UV exposure (think age spots, pigmentation, wrinkles and skin cancer – sorry, we couldn’t help a little wrap over the knuckles), so we may as well help you out with the best sunburn solutions…
Key-Sun Zinke After Sun Aloe Vera Gel – your stinging sunburned skin will need some serious soothing, and there’s nothing better than cooling aloe vera gel to help re-hydrate and ease the pain. Pop it in the fridge overnight and use it cold for extra relief.
Dermalogica UltraCalming Mist – ok, so technically this redness-reducing spritz isn’t for sunburn, but trust me when I say it works. It’s packed with ingredients that act as anti-inflammatories, and also helps to repair any damage caused to the skin.
Maybelline New York Coverstick Corrector Concealer in Green – yep, that’s right, we said green. The colour green actually works to counteract redness, so if your sunburn has left you looking a little more Rudolph than ravishing, then this baby will be your godsend!
Vaseline Intensive Care Aloe Fresh Lotion with SPF15 – sorry, but we’ve gotta say it – prevention is better than a cure in this case! Luckily, this fabulous two-in-one covers the prevention side with its added SPF15, and the cure side too thanks to the nourishing aloe vera in the formula.
I was a teenage the last time i was ever badly burnt and i the time i didn't find anything that helped ease the pain , it was just so severe.
Posted on: January 09, 2012 (Jan 9, 2012 5:52am)
The last time i was badly sunburned was ten years ago, pain, reddness, stinging and blisters, boy was it awful :( what helped me the most is good old fashioned aloe vera that i have planted in the back yard, the properties in the plant, heal the skin as well as ease the pain, natural and free :)
Posted on: January 09, 2012 (Jan 9, 2012 6:26am)