Lip colour of the week: ruby red

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Last week we introduced you to our ‘colour of the week’ series, and today we’ve got a fresh dose of make-up inspiration in the form this week’s shade – the ravishing and sultry #304 Ruby Opera.

The L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Extraordinaire shade not only coats your lips in a gloriously vibrant red hue, but the combination of seven micro-oils in the formula will ensure that the colour sits comfortably on your lips and keeps them soft and nourished all day long.

Here are three different ways you can incorporate the shade into your make-up look:


Start by applying L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Extraordinaire in Ruby Opera to your lips, ensuring that the colour looks bold and vibrant. Next, take to your waterlines with L’Oreal Colour Riche Le Kajal. It sounds too simple to be true, but lining both your top and bottom waterline is actually a really effective way to add definition to your eyes while maintaining the focus on your bold lip shade. Finish your eyes with lashings of mascara and you’ll have the perfect eye look to complement to your ruby red lips.

Tip: if you have small eyes apply black liner on your top waterline and white liner on your bottom waterline to ensure your eyes remain wide and bright.



Take your lip look to an entirely new level by giving it an ombre finish. Using a dark purple or oxblood lip liner, define your lips and gently fill in the corners (both top and bottom) with the liner. Next, apply L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Extraordinaire in Ruby Opera over to the rest of your lips, making sure to blend the colour with the lip liner. Viola, you’ve now got ombre lips!

Tip: micro-oils in the Colour Riche Extraordinaire formulation help to illuminate the pigment, so for an extra emphasised ombre look, pop a slightly lighter shade in the centre of your lips.


A glossy red lip looks excellent on it’s own, but if you want to take it up a notch at night time, team your sexy pout with a muted smoky eye for a subtle yet smouldering finish. The neutral tones will work wonderfully to amp up your beauty look without conflicting with your lip colour.  

Tip: for a longer-lasting result, apply your lip colour in layers. Start with a light application, blot your lips on a tissue, then repeat.

WIN!! Want to get involved in bh’s ECOTW? Post a picture of how you’ve incorporated the colour of the week into your look onto Facebook or Instagram and use the hashtags #ECOTW and #304, as well as tagging @beautyheaven, and you could win the entire L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Extraordinaire range (that’s 10 fabulous colours, each valued at $21.95!)

How would you incorporate ruby into your make-up look? Which of these make-up looks is your favourite?


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Member Comments

Posted by: Growing old (Australia)

I love the look on all the team members. ESP love #3. I don't know if I could pull this colour off...

Posted on: August 15, 2014 (Aug 15, 2014 9:07am)

Posted by: Beautybabe140194 (Australia)

I love the third look.

Posted on: August 15, 2014 (Aug 15, 2014 9:09am)

Skin challenge progress report – week 3

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Skin redness can be incredibly hard to treat. Visible blood vessels, flushing, and persistent redness are just some of the symptoms of facial redness that can leave you feeling like your skin is anything but clear, healthy and glowing.

If you suffer from skin redness, achieving an even skin tone is likely to be at the top of your wish list. Ultraceuticals has a solution to diminish redness with a product that minimises visible redness and blotchy skin tone, reduces the appearance of surface capillaries, calms and soothes the skin, and provides deep hydration.

Recently we kicked off a skin challenge with beautyheaven team member Laura, who suffers from facial redness, to trial the Ultraceuticals Ultra RED-Action Complex. This daily serum is formulated with kinetin, andrographolide and niacinamide, to target facial redness caused by photo ageing.

Having reached the halfway mark of her six-week trial, we checked in with Laura to see what she had to say about the condition of her skin up until week three.

“My week two progress check-in with Lynda involved a second consultation and images taken of my skin. I'd been feeling that my skin was definitely more hydrated and this is one of the first things she said to me, which is a great sign! I also felt like the serum and moisturiser combo I'd been using was making my skin feel much firmer and look generally healthier. The redness on my chin improved when I applied the Ultraceuticals Ultra Red Action in the morning, which was encouraging. I asked whether the effects would just be temporary and noticeable only after each use, but Lynda explained I would also start to see more long-term benefits the longer I used it,” says Laura.

“During week three, I feel like I’m definitely seeing the benefits. My skin tone is much more even and the redness is reduced on my chin area. My complexion is a lot more hydrated, too, which I feel is making my skin look healthier overall. Other people have also started to notice; my husband said how good my skin looked at the weekend (and he sees me make-up free a lot of the time) and a friend I haven't seen in a few months told me how healthy I was looking. Overall, I feel I'm really making progress and my skin looks more even, hydrated (and possibly younger!).”

Stay tuned for the next update on Laura’s treatment, but in the meantime check out the before photo and photo after one week of treatment taken during her treatment with the Ultraceuticals Ultra RED-Action Complex:


Thinking of trying Ultraceuticals Ultra RED-Action Complex yourself? The brand is so confident you’ll see a visible reduction in facial redness that they’re offering a 100 per cent money back guarantee on the product if you don’t see visible results in 90 days.

Are you impressed with the reduction of redness in Laura’s skin? Would you like to try the Ultraceuticals Ultra RED-Action Complex?




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Member Comments

Posted by: Growing old (Australia)

I can see a small difference. I have noticeable capillaries and would love to use a product that actually made them less noticeable! Yes I would like to try it. I look forward to the updates of Laura's progress with great interest

Posted on: August 14, 2014 (Aug 14, 2014 4:29pm)

Posted by: Courtney907 ()

I am notoriously red-faced. I have been forever. I have to choose shades of makeup to go with the red version and the not red version...
I am so interested to see how well this works - I'm yet to find something that treats the red properly, instead of masking it with green...

Posted on: August 14, 2014 (Aug 14, 2014 4:41pm)

Take a hand selfie and win!

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If you a) love the look of a gel manicure and/or b) feel like your nail polish collection is in need of an overhaul, then it’s time to get your hands and nails in tip-top shape.

“But why?” you ask?

Because you’re just one hand selfie away from scoring yourself the entire Sally Hansen Miracle Gel collection. Yes, that’s 18 glorious shades that’ll give your digits a gorgeously glossy shine!

So here’s how it works:

1) Follow Sally Hansen on Instagram (this is the official profile: @sallyhansenau)
2) Upload you hand selfie. Don’t forget to give your nails a fresh coat of paint so they look ultra fabulous. The more interesting your nails look, the better!
3)    Use the tags #OMGel and #MiracleMani and tag @sallyhansenau for your chance to win.  

And here are some of the finer details:
- The competition opens at 10am AEST July 30 2014 and closes at 11:59pm AEST September 23 2014.
- There will be eight winners – one picked each week of the competition – and each will win 18 shades of Sally Hansen Miracle Gel as well as the Gel Top Coat.
You can read the rest of the Terms and Conditions on the Sally Hansen Facebook page.

What are you waiting for?

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Member Comments

Posted by: softness (Member since 2007, Australia)

Good luck everyone who's going in this!

Posted on: August 14, 2014 (Aug 14, 2014 11:04am)

Posted by: Growing old (Australia)

Good luck to all who enters this awesome comp! Wish I was a even a little bit creative :-o

Posted on: August 14, 2014 (Aug 14, 2014 11:12am)

Guys are now posting their own make-up transformations

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Step aside ladies – guys are now doing their own ‘make-up’ transformations on social media!

Fed up with the women’s make-up transformation collages clogging up their feeds, the fellas have decided to illustrate the funny (and sometimes downright silly) side of the social media phenomenon.

Accompanied by the hashtag #makeuptransformation, the Instagram snaps show the boys messily applying make-up and skincare products - and the after-photos? Well, they’re just as hilarious. Here are a few of our favourites:


             Photo credit: rawsuich Instagram


             Photo credit: crakinskulz Instagram


            Photo credit: __luxe Instagram


           Photo credit: __luxe Instagram


One thing’s for sure: the steps just don’t add up!

Which male make-up transformation is your favourite? When it comes to beauty, do you think women are over-sharing on social media?



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Member Comments

Posted by: Belle88 (Member since 2008, Australia)

Haha I love the third and fourth shots. Hilarious!!!

Posted on: August 13, 2014 (Aug 13, 2014 5:13pm)

Posted by: Beautybabe140194 (Australia)

Very funny

Posted on: August 13, 2014 (Aug 13, 2014 5:19pm)

Is your ponytail harming your hair?

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The most classic women’s hairstyle in the world, the humble ponytail has long been a savior for those who want to do something easy and stylish with their hair, or who simply want a chic way to remove their locks from their face.

A ponytail advocate myself, I went along to experience a bhave in-salon rescue treatment recently, convinced I’d receive another gold star for how healthy my hair felt (I am a hair editor after all). Little did I know they’d bring out a microscope and dig a little deeper into my hair-styling habits.

Below is the image taken before the treatment. This shot was taken after the stylist pulled out my hair from – yep – a ponytail and focused on the part of my hair where the hair elastic sat. They could tell in around five seconds flat (due to the overwhelming damage to that part of my hair – check out the breakage!) that my ponytail often sat in that exact same spot on my head – and my strands were suffering for it.


After my nourishing rescue treatment, the microscope was brought out again and the below shot was taken of the exact same patch of hair. The bhave treatment had successfully hydrated and smoothed the damaged hair. I was amazed.


After my experience, I’ve learned three key things:


-    Use a good-quality hydrating treatment often.

Try: bhave™ deep intense conditioning masque, Seven Wonders Moroccan Argan Oil Treatment and De Lorenzo Equilibrium

-    Choose the right hair elastics.

Try metal-free, snag-proof elastics that won’t pinch or tear your hair. We love LYXO Hair Bands (10 pack, $8.95, 1300 677 271) and Gliders Snag Free Hair Elastics.

-    Switch up your positioning.

Changing your ‘do often will not only help to protect your hair from damage, but will help you to switch up your style and not always rock the same look day in, day out. Try changing between a super-high, casual mid-height and low pony each day to ensure your hair doesn't become severely damaged in one place.


Is your hair styling damaging your hair? Are you a frequent ponytail-wearer?



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Member Comments

Posted by: Vi. (Australia)

I wear my hair in a ponytail when it's oily or I can't be bothered straightening my hair. I do usually have it tied up in the same spot so makes sense that the hair will be damaged. Something I haven't thought about.

Posted on: August 13, 2014 (Aug 13, 2014 3:29pm)

Posted by: Lucrecia629 (Australia)

Ponytails absolutely do damage hair, unfortunately. I adore ponytails, but I've been noticing a lot of breakage in my 5 year old's hair. From the hair elastic. The "good" snag free kind. It doesn't help that she spends a lot of time rolling around at school and squishing a hat on her head several times a day. :(

Posted on: August 13, 2014 (Aug 13, 2014 3:45pm)