05 Sep 2014 15:28 PM | Posted by bh's Olivia Mackinnon
We have no doubt you love your dad, but when it comes to finding a gift he’ll just love – well, it’s a little harder than you probably first thought. (I mean, how many golf balls and Bunnings vouchers can one man have?!)
This Father’s Day, make your dad’s day by gifting him something he’d never be likely to get for himself. A gift to truly suit his own style. These presents are quick and easy to pick up – and are certain to please him. (Almost as much as this photo of Channing Tatum and his daughter Everly Tatum pleases me!)
#1: A spa experience
Odds are your dad is like most fathers – in that he probably wouldn’t have a trip to the salon high up on his list to spend his money on. However, that doesn’t mean he wouldn’t appreciate the opportunity to relax and unwind if it was a gift from you. The Aveda Men’s Recharge treatment is certain to send Dad into a blissful state of relaxation and maybe even make him care a little more about his skin. Each two-hour treatment includes a Fusion Stone Massage and a customised facial.
#2: Tickets to his favourite flick
Is your dad keen to see Dawn of the Planet of the Apes? Perhaps he’s more of a Guardians of the Galaxy type of guy? Either way, if your dad’s a movie buff, you can’t go past a Gold Class gift package from Event Cinemas. Just for Father’s Day, you can get two Gold Class Tickets and two bar vouchers for just $98.
#3: The ultimate skin regime
Do you often hear your dad complaining of dry skin? Ever catch him nicking some of your mum’s moisturiser? Does he long for products that are his and his only? Then it’s high time you gifted him with a pack containing everything he needs to take care of his skin his own way. The NIVEA Sensitive Father’s Day Pack contains NIVEA MEN Sensitive Face Wash, NIVEA MEN Sensitive Moisturiser, MEN Sensitive 3-in-1 Shower Gel and NIVEA MEN Sensitive After Shave Splash – all in a gorgeous deep blue gym bag! Buy it here!
#4: The right to watch what he wants to watch
If you’re anything like me, then your dad is definitely a little outnumbered at home (with mum and my two sisters the poor guy doesn’t get a look in!). So why not give him the gift of his own decisions, especially when it comes to something as important as watching the telly. Google Chromecast is a streaming media device that plugs directly into any HDTV in your house and makes it easy to watch your favourite music videos, TV shows and movies via the Google Play store. The best bit? It’s super easy to use, even for Dad! Chromecast tucks neatly away behind your TV and works with Android, iOS, Windows, Mac and ChromeOS devices.
Google Chromecast, $49, JB HiFi, Dick Smith and Google Play Store.
Event Cinemas Gold Class Tickets, $98, eventcinemas.com.au
Image credit: @jennaldewan
Which gift would your dad like most?
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I will be getting my dad some cologne and skin care products! :)
Posted on: September 05, 2014 (Sep 5, 2014 4:33pm)
Had to smile at the photo and the caption. I'm all sorted for husband.
Posted on: September 05, 2014 (Sep 5, 2014 5:00pm)
05 Sep 2014 14:54 PM | Posted by bh's Beth England
Scarlett Johansson is officially a first-time mum, welcoming her baby girl Rose into the world with her fiancé, Romain Dauriac this morning.
The Lucy star has been engaged to Romain, a French former journalist, since September, 2013 and decided to keep her pregnancy very quiet over the last 9 months.
We think they make a gorgeous couple and with the addition of Rose, they’re sure to make a beautiful family.
A spokesman for the couple has confirmed mother and daughter are doing well, but are seeking privacy at this very special time.
Congratulations Scarlett and Romain!
Did anyone else not even know Scarlett was pregnant? What do you think of the name?
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Posted on: September 05, 2014 (Sep 5, 2014 3:25pm)
Congrats to her! Rose is such a popular name these days. It seems like everyone I know has a baby with Rose as some part of their name.
Posted on: September 05, 2014 (Sep 5, 2014 3:31pm)
04 Sep 2014 16:27 PM | Posted by GuestBlogger
Mummy blogger Chantelle Ellem started her blog, Fat Mum Slim, back in 2008, just after the birth of her first child. Since then Fat Mum Slim and her well-known Photo A Day challenge have grown in popularity. Below the lovely Chantelle shares her tips to help mums-to-be and new mums navigate pregnancy and those first few months with ease.
Being a mum is an exciting journey for everyone, but often it can mean putting everyone else first before you get time to think of yourself. The truth is though, that mamas should come first, at least some of the time. It's important that we look after ourselves so that we can take care of our family and create a caring, loving environment for everyone.
To help you take the best care of yourself through pregnancy and beyond, I'm sharing some of my favourite things – some things for mama and a few things for making the baby happy, too.
As your body grows and streeeeetches during pregnancy, your skin can be the one to suffer. Bio-Oil® to the rescue! Bio-Oil® helps reduce stretchmarks, and helps fade them if they've already appeared. It's good to keep using once baby has arrived, too; apply after a daily shower to help nourish while also keeping itchy skin at bay.
2. The sneaky massage
Particularly in those last weeks of pregnancy when you can't even see your feet, let alone touch them, I found a massage deliciously indulgent. It's also nice to take some time out for yourself before having the baby, when life becomes all about a little person (and less about you).
3. Easy, peasy dinners
The first thing to go once you have a new baby is often delicious dinners, because it's just too hard. I bought a whole heap of meals from Gourmet Dinner Service and stored them in the freezer so that I didn't even have to think about it. The bonus is that they're healthy, too, so you're still looking after your body. Phew.
This is going to sound silly, but I can't encourage new mamas enough to get a TV series they love watching and have it ready to go after the birth. I loved having something to look forward to each day for the breastfeeding sessions (marathons!) in those first six weeks. For me it was Friends. If you're not into TV shows, then make it a good book, or a podcast or another little treat. I also tried to make time for getting out and about with bub in the pram.
5. iPhone & Wonder Weeks App
No matter how many babies you have, you always seem to forget details. I forgot so much between having my daughters, but there was a five-year gap so maybe I'm excused. I loved the Wonder Weeks app on my iPhone, it tells you when your baby will be going through a wonder week (which will mean a pretty unhappy, unsettled baby! Gah!). I found it to be really spot on. I also loved my iPhone during those early months, because I could use the torch feature to check on my daughter Luella in the middle of the night without switching on the main light, and I could use Facebook/Pinterest/Twitter during the mega marathon feeding sessions.
6. The super sleep guru
My first daughter, Lacey, was not a good sleeper. At all. When my second daughter was born I thought I'd been through the hard yards and couldn't possibly have another non-sleeper on my hands. Turns out, I could. A few months into Luella's life I called in the big guns, a sleep guru. Yes, it was pricey. But I would go without new clothes/make-up/food for any period of time if I had to do it again. Best decision we ever made. Luella is happier. She sleeps through the night. And the whole family is just so much more content. Sleep is good!
7. Osteo treatments
Being born is pretty hard work for a baby, and often those first three months out of the womb aren't particularly peaceful ones. Well, not for my babies anyway. With Luella I discovered Osteo early on and it was such a big help. It helped with her colic, and also with her travelling in the car (which she wasn't a fan of). I used my local Osteo, but I'm sure if you ask around you can find one near you. It's also good for mamas too, because that whole birthing experience isn't easy for us either.
8. Baby wearing
I know baby wearing isn't for everyone, but it's one of the things I love most about having a baby (and the thing I'll miss the most about my baby growing up). I alternated between the Ergobaby and the Baby Bjorn. My kids just seem to love being carried on me.
9. Boobie Biscuits
I don't think they're really called Boobie Biscuits, but Lactation Cookies instead. Either way, they're delicious and are said to help boost your milk supply too if you're breastfeeding. Give a friend or family member the recipe and ask them to bake you a batch.
We want to see one of your beautiful motherhood moments. Whether it be bath-time with baby, your growing pregnancy belly, your sweet baby’s smile or whatever special motherhood moment you want to share. Simply share your photo on Instagram along with the hashtag #BioOilMumFMS to enter. There are five Bio-Oil packs up for grabs, VALUED AT $220 EACH!
The competition closes at midnight on Friday September 12th. We can’t wait to see your beautiful photos!
What was one of your favourite things about pregnancy and beyond? Which of Fat Mum Slim’s tips do you like the best?
Never heard of boobie biscuits. I'll have to check them out.
Posted on: September 05, 2014 (Sep 5, 2014 10:15am)
Loved lactation cookies!! An excuse to eat choc chip cookies? yes please! :-p
Posted on: September 05, 2014 (Sep 5, 2014 10:30am)
04 Sep 2014 13:08 PM | Posted by bh's Rosemary Bracey
The latest Aussie supermodel to join the likes of Miranda Kerr and Lara Bingle with the launch of her own beauty empire is bombshell blonde, Jessica Hart.
Developed and designed by the model herself, LUMA Natural Beauty by Jess Hart is a full range of eco-friendly, natural colour cosmetics which offers over 30 products including a tinted moisturiser, liquid foundation, finishing and bronzing powder, shimmer highlighter, lip gloss, mascara, and eye shadows/definers.
“It has always been my dream to create LUMA as a nourishing cosmetic range that can enhance one's natural beauty,” says Jessica. “It has taken my team and I over two years to create a line which I am proud to put my name on. I’ve always said that I’m not going to put my name on anything that I can't authentically represent. Today I am thrilled to say that I cannot wait to share LUMA with the world.”
Having modelled for over 13 years, Jessica has had her finger firmly on the pulse of the beauty world, and now she’s ready to share her insider learning’s with the world.
“As a model a lot of your time is spent sitting in the make-up chair,” says Jessica. “After a while you learn exactly what works and what doesn’t – everyone is always asking me what I do for my skin and what make up I'm wearing, but it's as much about what I'm wearing as it is about how I'm wearing it. I wanted to share the few tricks of the trade I have learnt along the way, so anyone can know how to enhance their natural features or have an effortless natural glow.”
To coincide with the launch this month, LUMA Cosmetics is set to be the official sponsor for the Pink Hope Charity ‘Bright Pink Lipstick Day’ on September 26th. Jessica has exclusively designed a limited edition bright pink lippie with all proceeds of the LUMA Pink Hope lipstick going to the Pink Hope Charity.
“By making a promise to kiss and tell on September 26th, to show someone you care by talking about family health history we hope to help save the lives of women that have are at high risk of breast and ovarian cancer. Prevention, early detection and having a conversation to access your risk is key,” explains Jess.
LUMA will be available at LumaCosmetics.com.au from mid-September 2014 with prices ranging from $16.95 to $24.95. The LUMA Pink Hope lipstick will be sold exclusively through Priceline stores, LumaCosmetics.com.au, and PinkHope.org.au throughout the month of September for $19.95.
Are you excited about Jessica Hart’s new cosmetics range? Will you be supporting Bright Pink Lipstick Day?
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Eco friendly skin care and makeup sounds great and I imagine it will be very popular.
Posted on: September 04, 2014 (Sep 4, 2014 4:19pm)
I will just be sticking with people that know cosmetics best, like MAC
Posted on: September 04, 2014 (Sep 4, 2014 4:38pm)
04 Sep 2014 12:48 PM | Posted by bh's Beth England
Ladies, it’s time to talk sexual health. Yep, it’s World Sexual Health Day and at beautyheaven, we’re all for encouraging social awareness of the importance of healthy sexual practices. When it comes to ensuring your sexual wellbeing, one important thing to consider is playing it safe when buying adult products. Not all pleasure tools are made equal; thankfully, intimate lifestyle accessories brand LELO has kindly shared some tips on what to look for (and what to avoid) when window shopping:
1) Look for certifications and avoid fakes
Check the box also for the phrase ‘novelty use only’ – it’s basically the same as saying ‘we are not accountable for the safety of this product’.
2) Never, ever settle for second best
Don’t buy a cheap pleasure product because it looks like an affordable version of a more trustworthy brand. It’s just not worth the risk.
3) Keep your toys clean
Wash them before using them, store them properly, check the materials for breaks, and use anti-bacterial wipes.
4) Sharing is caring, but…
If you’re sharing toys in the heat of the moment, it’s best to cover them with a condom and replace it each time.
5) Avoid the jellies
The ‘jelly rubber’ many sex toys have been made of has been treated with one of any number of plastic softeners, or ‘phthalates’. Phthalates are potentially harmful, even carcinogenic
6) Choose silicone
Silicone is resistant to bacteria and widely used by the most reputable brands in the pleasure product industry. Smooth, comfortable for use and easy to clean, it’s generally a sign the manufacturer is doing things right.
7) Pay attention to glass and metals
While these products are excellent for cleaning, make sure any glass products are of high-quality and perfectly smooth, and be sure to avoid any metals that may cause allergic reactions.
8) Check online
Make sure you check out the website of the brand who produces your sex toys. If they haven’t invested in a website, perhaps they won’t invest in safety either.
Got all that? Great. Now for the fun part: we’ve got one set of LELO Luna Beads to give away to our readers.
Designed for both fitness and pleasure, LELO’s kegel beads help users achieve longer, stronger and more attainable orgasms when worn regularly. Sound like something you want to win? We thought so!
For your chance to win, simply tell us in the comments section of this blog, why you could use some LELO Luna Beads in the bedroom.
Competition closes: AEDT midnight Wednesday September 10 2014
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Oh yes yes yes!
Posted on: September 04, 2014 (Sep 4, 2014 1:16pm)
LOL.. should I laugh that I'm the first one game enough to comment? I clicked on the article out of pure curiousity but hey, you're never to old to learn something new - and the article was actually quite practical :-D as to why I'd like to win them - well..every bedroom could use some spicing up now and then, no?
Posted on: September 04, 2014 (Sep 4, 2014 1:17pm)