New urine test could detect cervical cancer

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Pap smears. They’re not exactly what you’d call ‘pleasant’, but they’re oh so necessary as a means to detect cervical cancer. The good news? They could soon be replaced with a simple urine test!

Yep, 14 studies into a new urine test for the cancer-causing human papillomavirus (HPV) found it successfully identified 87 per cent of cases of the virus.

The new test was also 73 per cent effective in detecting the two high risk strains of HPV that cause the majority of cervical cancers.

A study published in the British Medical Journal shows the more traditional Pap smear test has a 98 per cent accuracy rate, while the team of researchers responsible for the new study stress their findings should be interpreted with caution due to “variation between individual studies”.  

However, given that only 57 per cent of Australian women aged 20 to 69 years currently have a Pap smear test every two years like they’re supposed to, the non-invasive urine test is being promoted as an acceptable alternative.

We say: if the urine test gets more women to the doctor, bring it on!

Do you get regular Pap smears? Would you be interested in having a urine test instead?



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Member Comments

Posted by: Lucrecia629 (Australia)

What an amazing breakthrough! If the urine test is just as reliable as a Pap smear, I'd most definitely prefer that. But I'd rather the Pap smear if it's the best method of detection available.

Posted on: September 18, 2014 (Sep 18, 2014 1:51pm)

Posted by: Anitas Artistry (Australia)

That would be fr more preferable than a Pap Smear.

Posted on: September 18, 2014 (Sep 18, 2014 2:19pm)

Best smoothie ingredients for healthy skin

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OK, so you had a blow out on the weekend and indulged in every food group imaginable – bread, wine, chocolate… It happens! While you might be expecting the standard ‘everything-in-moderation’ lecture, I’m not going to give it to you– we all slip up sometimes!

Unfortunately, your skin might not be so forgiving. You see, your skin is a reflection of your inner health, so overindulging might leave it looking congested, oily and dull.

So what’s the cure? Whipping up a skin-boosting smoothie with these delicious and nutritious ingredients. Just add the milk of your choice (skim, almond, rice etc), blend, and sip your way to radiant skin!

Chia seeds

Rich in calcium, iron and protein, chia seeds are excellent for reducing inflammation in the skin and protecting and building cells. They’re also great for combating the damaging effects of the sun.


Besides tasting oh-so-delish, these super sweet berries contain vitamin C, which wards off the signs of ageing by boosting the production of skin-plumping collagen. They also help to regulate blood flow for a clearer complexion.

Acai powder

A powerful toxin eliminator, acai powder is loaded with antioxidants that rid your body of the kind of harmful free radicals that come from radiation, pollution, and consuming unhealthy food. In other words, it cleanses and repairs skin from within, leaving it beaming with health.


There’s a reason why this leafy green vegetable has taken the health scene by storm! A bona fide skin superfood, it’s packed full of antioxidants to strengthen skin’s elasticity and carotenoids to give it a healthy, even flush of colour.

Skin booster supplements

Want to improve your skin health in the long term? Try popping a skin supplement every day. We like Skin B5 Acne Control Caplets or Blackmores Nails, Hair & Skin ($21.49, 60 tablets, – they’re both bursting with vitamins and herbs to keep skin clear, healthy-looking, and supported from within.

Does your skin tend to look worse for wear after a big weekend? What are your favourite healthy skin smoothie recipes?




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Member Comments

Posted by: May318 (Australia)

I have heard a lot about Chia seeds but I never knew what it was good for.

Posted on: September 18, 2014 (Sep 18, 2014 11:12am)

Posted by: cherry pie (Australia)

I can't get used to kale in my smoothies, it's so strong. Love almond milk, chia and strawberry smoothies though!

Posted on: September 18, 2014 (Sep 18, 2014 11:15am)

Burt’s Bees is turning 30!

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This year marks the 30th birthday of one of our favourite all-natural beauty brands, Burt’s Bees. Yep, the brand has been offering environmentally friendly, natural health and beauty products for three whole decades!

Here are some fun facts about Burt’s Bees you may not know:

-    The brand was founded when Beekeeper Burt Shavitz picked up hitchhiker Roxanne Quimby in the summer of 1984. Roxanne began making candles from Burt’s leftover beeswax and selling them at markets and in boutiques.
-    In 1991, Roxanne perfected the Beeswax Lip Balm recipe she found in a 19th century journal, and it quickly became a best seller.
-    One original Burt’s Bees Lip Balm is sold somewhere around the globe every 2 seconds.
-    Royal jelly – the hero ingredient in the Radiance range – is made by worker bees and fed to the queen during her first days of life to ensure her growth and fertility. It’s one of the reasons why the queen bee lives 40 times longer than worker bees – and is 50 times as big!

Still yet to try something from the range? These are some of the most-reviewed Burt’s Bees products:

Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream

With yummy ingredients like sweet almond oil and cocoa butter, this repeat Best in Beauty Awards winner provides intensive care for dry cuticles, brittle nails and chapped fingertips.

Lip Shimmer

Formulated with peppermint oil for a refreshing flavour, this 100 per cent natural Lip Shimmer moisturises and protects lips and provides a hint of colour – talk about multitasking!

Replenishing Lip Balm with Pomegranate Oil

A winter lip saviour, this nourishing lip balm contains antioxidant-rich pomegranate oil plus coconut oil, beeswax and lanolin to protect your pout. Our members love its slightly glossy finish.

Are you a fan of Burt’s Bees beauty products? Which Burt’s Bees product would you most like to try?



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Member Comments

Posted by: Roxymisha (Australia)

I have had mixed experiences with Burt's Bees products. Happy to try any new products.

Posted on: September 17, 2014 (Sep 17, 2014 5:08pm)

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Posted on: September 17, 2014 (Sep 17, 2014 5:32pm)

Formal eye make-up to last all night

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We are a couple of weeks into spring, and the days are getting longer and the nights warmer. But this doesn’t just mean you can get away with bare legs on a Saturday night without looking like you’ve lost your way, it also means that formal season is just around the corner.

Ladies, it’s time to start thinking about your date, your dress, your shoes and most importantly, your make-up!

We guarantee that of all the things you have to worry about on the night – will your date turn up? Is your dress formal enough? Do your shoes match? – your make-up won’t be one of them. We guarantee you a night of flawless make-up, no re-touching necessary.

#1 A good base

Start your look off right with a good base. Apply Revlon Photoready Eye Primer + Brightener to the lids of your eyes. It not only acts as a primer to ensure eyeshadows and concealers stay-put, but also contains photochromatic pigments that reflect and diffuse light, to brighten the eyes. Which means that you can stay out way past your curfew, and nobody will know.

#2 Layer it up

Layer Maybelline EyeStudio Color Tattoo Eye Shadow on top of your primer for colour that lasts all night. The shadow mimics the intensity of a tattoo, and delivers 24 hours of water and crease-resistant colour. The best part is that it’s available in a range of colours – from bronze to bright blue – so you can match or clash your shadow (depending on how brave you are!) with any dress.  

#3 Define those eyes

bh member’s love Bobbi Brown Longwear Gel Eyeliner. We guarantee this liner will last the distance. The gel-based formula comes in a pot, which means it’s super easy to apply. Use a sharp-angled brush (we recommend MAC 263 Small Angle Brush) along your lash line to define your eyes.

#4 Add a little drama

It’s your formal so you need to draw attention to your eyes. Add a little drama with the Ardell Lash Starter Kit #105. The kit contains a pair of long, glamorous lashes, adhesive and an easy-to-use applicator - everything you need to complete your look. 


Have you ever used any of the above products? Do you have any other products or tips to ensure your make-up lasts all night?



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Member Comments

Posted by: Beautybabe140194 (Australia)

Great tips, I definitely never skip primer on my face or eyes. I use a makeup setting spray to make my makeup last the night. I bring lippie to fix my lips if eating or drinking.

Posted on: September 17, 2014 (Sep 17, 2014 4:16pm)

Posted by: May318 (Australia)

Never forget a great lip colour as well!

Posted on: September 17, 2014 (Sep 17, 2014 4:21pm)

The invisible way to straighten teeth

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Truth be told, being blessed with straight teeth doesn’t come naturally for most people, leaving many of us massively jealous of the celebs that flaunt their perfect pegs (Jessica Alba, we’re looking at you!) and spending our teen years with a mouth full of metal.

All jokes aside, living with crooked teeth can have a real impact on someone’s self-confidence and can even prevent them from smiling in an attempt to hide their teeth from others.

While there are many solutions out there for people looking to perfect their smiles, the various types of teeth-straightening treatments available can be a bit overwhelming and make it difficult to figure out which one will be the perfect choice for you.

If comfortable, super discreet, and quick results are at the top of your must-have list, then listen up. The Incognito Lingual Braces System by 3M is a new teeth-straightening treatment used by celebrities and regular folk to improve their smile without impacting on their lifestyle.

Incognito is a fully customised treatment that uses nickel-free gold alloy braces that are fixed behind your teeth, making them incredibly subtle. Honestly, no one will even know you have braces. How do we know this? Beautyheaven team member Annalise put the Incognito Lingual Braces System to the test. So, did they give her the Hollywood smile she hoped for? Read on to find out…

“Never in my life have I been so aware of mouths! On a daily basis I study celebrity red carpet smiles, my co-worker’s pearly whites, and glistening teeth in advertisements, so let's just say it’s become a bit of an obsession.

“Nearly two years ago, I had the Incognito Lingual Braces System by 3M applied to the backs of my teeth, which is a straightening solution that’s virtually impossible to detect, so looking after my teeth has kind of become ‘my thing’.

“For as long as I can remember, I had issues with a cluttered mouth and a few of my teeth crossing over that looked, well, crooked. To put it bluntly, I had a snaggle tooth (fun fact: so does Kate Moss) and have always been a little self conscious about taking photos with a open mouth, so I thought why not do something about it?

"After tossing it up for about a week I decided I would undertake treatment at Sydney Smile Specialists with Dr Steve Stramotas in Chatswood. The team there were very helpful and provided practical tips along the way to help with the changes I experienced while having braces on, which make my every day life that little bit easier. This included tips on how to brush and floss with braces attached to the backs of your teeth, what foods to avoid - carrots, toffees, super crunchy muesli slices, or nougat – that could interfere with the bonding and glue on my brackets after a bite or two, and help with a few small speech issues that I had in the first few days of having them applied. 

“Even though there were some small teething issues (pardon the pun) early on – all in all I'm thrilled with the results.”
“After a relatively quick two years, I now have perfectly straight teeth and my jaw is in alignment (no more over bite for me!). I enjoy wearing bright lip colours without getting smudges on my teeth, and smile openly and freely in photos and in person. In all honesty, I think my overall confidence has grown and because I'm in a position at work where I'm speaking with people every day, being comfortable with my appearance is a must. I also enjoyed the freedom that the Incognito Lingual Braces by 3M allowed me during my treatment – for the entire two years I had them on, no-one knew until I told them!”

To find out more information about the Incognito Lingual Braces System by 3M, click here.

Do you like the results of Annalise’s teeth? Would you like to try the Incognito Lingual Braces System?




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Member Comments

Posted by: Neilrawson (Australia)

This would be fantastic for people wanting to straighten teeth. It has done a wonderful job, excellent. I bet you are glad you went through the hard yards for this result, well worth it, good one Annalise.

Posted on: September 17, 2014 (Sep 17, 2014 11:08am)

Posted by: May318 (Australia)

I wish this was around when I was in high school!

Posted on: September 17, 2014 (Sep 17, 2014 11:12am)