The online beauty shopping site you need to know about

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How good is online shopping? Shoes, clothes, homewares, make-up – you can browse almost any item in any price range and have it all delivered to your doorstep without leaving your couch. 

And if you haven’t heard of Luxola, your online shopping experience is about to get a whole lot better.

Brace yourself beauties.

Luxola.com is South East Asia’s largest beauty e-tailer, stocking over 150 international brands. From Sigma to Sleek MakeUp to 3CE, all the hard to find products you’ve been dreaming of owning can be found in this one digital destination.

 

No longer will you be restricted to brands only available in Australia. No longer will you have to line up at the checkout. And no longer will you have to avoid the sales assistant spraying perfume in your face as you pass by (although I do admit to sometimes enjoying the free spritz.)

The site is divided into beauty ‘departments’ such as make-up, skincare, nails and bath & body, so you can browse products as efficiently as in-store and all without the hassle. Not to mention shipping to Australia is FREE, as long as your order total is AU$40 or more (after discounts/credits).*

Need more convincing? Like trying your make-up products before you buy? Me too!

This is where Luxola’s matching app comes in handy. The LX Studio virtual make-up app allows you to try on your favourite product, receive handy tips on how to use it and make your purchases all at the same time.

 

It’s literally a make-up store at your fingertips. Next thing you know we’ll be able to apply a spray tan from our phones (don’t steal that idea, it’s mine!).

So, if like me, you love beauty products and fuss-free shopping in equal measure, I’m sure you’re going to want to give Luxola a go.

And lucky for you, Luxola are giving all beautyheaven members a 25 PER CENT DISCOUNT off any order. Simply type in the code LXBH25 when you reach the checkout. 

Happy shopping - and don’t forget to come back and share your beauty buys with us!

 

*Orders under AU$40 will incur a flat rate AU$15 shipping charge.

*In regards to the comments about redelivery, here is a response from Luxola:

"Hi All

As a representative from Luxola, I want to apologize on behalf of our couriers. They should not be charging you re-delivery fees and should arrange a delivery time that suits you! If you have any problems at all, please contact us at contact@luxola.com and we'll contact the couriers on your behalf.

Sincerely 
Gabriel"

 

Have you ever heard of Luxola? Do you prefer online shopping to in-store?

 

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Member Comments

Posted by: Lucrecia629 (Australia)

I have thought about ordering from Luxola but I heard that there is a redelivery fee if you're not home to receive your order? I think I'll hold off until they have a better courier arrangement.

Posted on: August 24, 2014 (Aug 24, 2014 12:04pm)

Posted by: maydayismyday (Australia)

I was just looking at this site the other day and have bookmarked it for when I need to buy another Beauty Blender. They quite often have codes for up to 40% off your order which are worth looking out for.

Posted on: August 24, 2014 (Aug 24, 2014 12:25pm)

Better skin from the inside out

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You know how ‘they’ say you are what you eat?

Well, turns out ‘they’ are kinda right. It’s all very science-y and technical, but basically, your body takes what you put into your mouth and works to turn it into energy, or increase cell renewal, or even boost your immunity. So if you’re ingesting things like vitamins and minerals that can help make your body function at its optimum and improve your overall health then it makes sense that you’ll also start to see excellent results on the outside, too.

So which particular vitamins and minerals can you rely on to keep your skin looking fabulously flawless? Here are just a few:

Zinc

This mineral assists with many of the body’s processes but it can also help repair damaged tissue and heal wounds. And thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties, it can help alleviate symptoms associated with acne and soothe your skin.

Pantothenic acid

Known more commonly as vitamin B5, this nifty vitamin works to improve your skin barrier and can help protect your complexion from the damaging effects of sun exposure and pollutants. The up side of this is that it better equips you to maintain a more youthful appearance for longer.

Magnesium

Another mineral that can help take your skin from good to great, not only can magnesium help deal with issues like pimples and blemishes, but it can also aid skin detoxification and even help prevent fine lines and wrinkles.

Copper

This humble mineral helps develop collagen and elastin, which ensures that your skin is taught and firm. It also helps repair damage done to the protective skin barrier, which in turn means your skin cells won’t lose their much needed moisture and nutrients.

Up your intake

While it’s a great idea to get your fix of these vitamins and minerals through the foods you eat or the supplements you take, it’s also important to look for products that contain these ingredients.

Maybelline SuperStay Better Skin Foundation contains all of the above skin-loving ingredients, so incorporating it into your daily make-up routine will mean that you’ll be constantly helping to hydrate, plump and renergise your skin from the outside. Plus, apart from the instant skin-perfecting benefits of the foundation, the formula also works to improve your skin in the long term - even after just three weeks of use. Add to that the fact that it leaves your skin nourished and looking flawlessly radiant, and we’d say you’ve got a pretty excellent foundation on your hands. Now all you need to do is ensure you’re eating healthy, nourishing food too and it’ll be like your skin’s getting a double dose of vitamins and minerals!

Do you make sure to take care of your skin from the inside? Do you look for products with skin-loving ingredients?

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Member Comments

Posted by: bebeautiful34 (Australia)

Makeup with skincare benefits are great!

Posted on: August 23, 2014 (Aug 23, 2014 12:18pm)

Posted by: Growing old (Australia)

I love finding products that have extra benefits. I know how great zinc and magnesium is for ur skin, I was very ill and had to wait six weeks to have a huge surgery to try to get healthier to increase the survival chance and I started using Swisse immune tablets to try and avoid catching anything before going into hospital. Well the impact on my skin was incredible. Internally i was very sick but the longer I was taking them plus eating really clean my skin actually looked really good considering! And the doses in the immune tablets weren't high like getting specific zinc tablets or specific magnesium so I can imagine taking them individually the results would be even better! Love zinc and magnesium, now to add that B vitamin!!

Posted on: August 23, 2014 (Aug 23, 2014 12:22pm)

The celeb besties who are starting to look the same

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We knew that singing sensation Taylor Swift and Victoria’s Secret babe Karlie Kloss are best buds. We’ve seen them heading to the gym together, taking selfies together, getting ready for events together, and even going away on vacation together.

And now it seems like all their quality bestie time is taking its toll, with the two starting to look more and more alike.

Taylor just released her video for her brand spankin’ new song 'Shake It Off' and we couldn’t help but notice that Tay Tay’s beauty looks were eerily reminiscent of her best bud’s.

Exhibit A:



Exhibit B:

We guess if you’re going to steal your friend’s style, a wavy and shaggy lob, a side-fringe and a bold red pout is certainly the way to go.

Image credits: YouTube.com, @taylorswift

What do you think of Taylor and Karlie’s looks? Do you think it’s a style worth stealing?

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Member Comments

Posted by: Lily Mei (Australia)

I think they both look incredibly pretty. I doubt it would matter what style they followed. They are very pretty young women. Why not copy each other.

Posted on: August 22, 2014 (Aug 22, 2014 5:43pm)

Posted by: Neilrawson (Australia)

Its actually amazing how similar they look with the different make-up. My hair colour and skin tone is totally different to the girls so I doubt whether I could pull off the look.

Posted on: August 22, 2014 (Aug 22, 2014 6:08pm)

Beauty offers to kick off the weekend

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Sally Hansen

Spend $20 or more in one transaction and receive a free gift valued at $49.35 (shades may vary from store to store). Gift includes the Complete Salon Manicure, which combines a base and top coat in one formula, well as the Miracle Cure strengthening treatment to instantly fortify and protect nails from within.

Available from: 14/08/2014 – 25/08/2014
Available at: Selected Priceline stores, while stocks last


Rimmel London

Save 25 per cent on all products, including the hydrating Rimmel Lasting Finish Foundation (excludes Wonder’full Mascara).

Available from: 14/08/2014 – 25/08/2014
Available at: Selected stores and online at priceline.com.au


Napoleon Perdis

Gift with purchase: receive a limited-edition gift set when you spend $175 or more at Napoleon Perdis Concept Stores. Valued at more than $200, it includes eye shadow, lip-gloss, a cosmetic bag and more!

Available from: 17/08/2014 - 31/08/2014
Available at: Napoleon Perdis concept stores and online at napoleonperdis.com.au
Terms and conditions: One gift per customer in one transaction. Offer only available on cosmetic purchases. For full terms and conditions, see online.


Johnson’s

Save 30 per cent on the entire skin care range, including the gentle Daily Essentials Refreshing Facial Cleansing Wipes (excludes baby products).

Available from: 14/08/2014 – 25/08/2014
Available at: Selected stores and online at priceline.com.au


Britney Spears Beauty

Purchase the exotic-smelling Fantasy EDP 50ml for $25 dollars (save $14).

Available from: 14/08/2014 – 25/08/2014
Available at: Selected stores and online at priceline.com.au


Dove

Ask in-store at Priceline how Dove cares for you head-to-toe and enjoy 30 per cent off the entire range, including the rich, creamy Triple Moisturising Deeply Nourishing Body Wash.

Available from: 14/08/2014 – 25/08/2014
Available at: Selected Priceline stores


Schick

Save 25 per cent on the entire range (excluding gift packs). We recommend the member-favourite Hydro Silk Razor, for silky smooth legs.

Available from: 14/08/2014 – 25/08/2014
Available at: Selected stores and priceline.com.au


VS Sassoon

Fred Hates Fashion Melbourne Spring Fashion Week event:

A hugely-anticipated fashion event Melbourne beauties won’t want to miss out on. Eight hand-picked emerging and established designers are taking on the challenge of creating their own fashion films with the best emerging directors of the local film scene, all culminating in a hugely anticipated runway show at Melbourne Spring Fashion Week 2014. Event sponsor VS Sassoon has provided hair directions and tools including the failsafe curler VS Sassoon Curl Secret for several of the films as well as for the runway event.

Date: 30/08/2014
Location: 524 Flinders St., 524 Flinders Street Melbourne Vic 3000
Ticket price: $35, available from fredhatesfashion.com.au
Contact Details: Phone 0400473614 or email 
info@fredhatesfashion.com


Bobbi Brown

Spend $125 or more on your online order and receive a bonus Pretty Palette valued at $55, plus free shipping! Simply enter the code: PRETTY14 at checkout to redeem (offer available to Australian residents only, while supplies last). We love the Beige Shimmer Brick, for a natural-looking glow.

Available from: now until 30/08/2014
Available at: bobbibrown.com.au

Member Comments

Posted by: May318 (Australia)

The Bobbi Brown GWP sounds great! I love their products

Posted on: August 22, 2014 (Aug 22, 2014 2:56pm)

Posted by: Skitzkitty (Australia)

Nothing here for me this week - the credit card is safe for a little while longer!!

Posted on: August 22, 2014 (Aug 22, 2014 3:12pm)

“Before you look pretty first you have to look f*****g weird”

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Mindy Kaling – star of The Mindy Project, author of Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns), and all-round funny women – took to Instagram to prove what we all, as women, already know: that it ain’t easy being pretty.

The actress posted a pic of herself with pre-contour blending and her hair in curlers, captioning it: “Before you look pretty first you have to look f*****g weird”.


Word, Mindy.

And she’s not the only celeb who isn't afraid to show the world that getting red-carpet ready (or for us non-celebs, getting presentable-for-the-world ready) takes time, effort and a short period of looking like a downright weirdo.

Check it out:


Image credits: @mindykaling, @kimkardashian, @mirandakerr, @phoebejtonkin, @lenadunham, @jamie_king

Have you ever posted a pic of yourself mid-getting ready? Do you agree that it’s kinda awesome of these celebs to show the world that it takes a lot of effort to look flawless?

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Member Comments

Posted by: Lucrecia629 (Australia)

Haha! No, I have never posted that type of pic because, honestly - who cares? I'm a woman. I know what it's like. :)

Posted on: August 22, 2014 (Aug 22, 2014 12:32pm)

Posted by: TheUglyDuckling (Australia)

I'm so glad for her honesty! Yay for Mindy! We all know contouring is a girl's best friend, however to see A-listers mid process both humanises them and allows us to become stars (if for a day).

Posted on: August 22, 2014 (Aug 22, 2014 12:35pm)