Talking Scents: The Body Shop Fijian Water Lotus

The Body Shop Fijian Water Lotus Eau de Toilette

The Fijian Water Lotus is a new range of body products for The Body Shop. I had my first sniff of the fragrance at a recent event held by The Body Shop. Even though the presentation was concentrated on the Christmas packs, my mind (and nose!) couldn’t help but wander to the Fijian Water Lotus range.

It was love at first sniff, all right. By the time the event was over, I purchased a small set of the Fijian Water Lotus eau de toilette and body lotion just to bring home and try. It has only been a few weeks since I bought it and I’m already halfway through!

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Do You Wear A Bra At Home?

Do You Wear A Bra At Home?

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First pap smears. Now bras. Yep, Beautyholics Anonymous is going down a bit of the TMI route. But really, why not? After all, most of us here are ladies, right? And yes, ladies of this day and age will talk about pap smears and bras. :P

The answer to today’s question may seem rather obvious to a lot of you and to me, it is a no-brainer but not what you might think. Do you wear a bra when you’re at home?

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An Introduction to Tim Talks: Demystifying Mental Illness and Health

Note from Tine: We’ve been working on this for a while now and I’m very excited to announce that there’ll be a new contributor to Beautyholics Anonymous. Introducing … *drumroll please* … Tim! No, he’s not going to be talking about beauty (the fella does my head in when it comes to product reviews. “I like it. Full stop”.) Anyway, for new readers to BA, Tim’s my husband and for the first time ever, he’ll be doing a monthly series on BA on mental health awareness. As a medical professional in mental health, he’s a better candidate to share his knowledge with you about it than I am. Mental health awareness is very important to me and it isn’t just because I married the fella but also something I went through years ago. And before you think he “cured” me, no he didn’t. Thankfully, I’m much, much better place now but I really do wish there was better mental health awareness back then.

As mental health can be a very sensitive subject, I ask that you approach the topic and comments with an open mind and kindness to those who are affected.

Tim and Tine

Tine has always been an advocate for increasing public awareness of mental health, and with her recent donation and write-up about Beyond Blue, we had a casual conversation about what it might look like if I could provide my perspective on mental illness. For those of you who do not know Mr Beautyholics (if I can use that term), I have been working in public mental health for most of my postgraduate medical training. I do occasionally get referred to as a ‘shrink’ but thankfully that is rare. I entered this field because there is so much that we still have yet to comprehend and conceptualise in the mind and its disorders, and I also like the challenge given it is still a field of medicine that people struggle to have a unifying view of.

Tine and I were brainstorming on what would be a good point of discussion to involve readers of her blog, and this idea kept recurring of doing a myth-busting series on mental illness and health. I think contemporary views of mental health especially in media has been slowly shifting, with more acceptance of peoples’ life struggles with disorders such as depression and anxiety.

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Bloggie Wednesday: When’s A Sponsored Post Not A Sponsored Post?

Bloggie Wednesday: When's A Sponsored Post Not A Sponsored Post?

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Ahh … sponsored posts. A bit of a dirty word in the blogosphere if you ask me. There’s quite a divide between bloggers who are okay with sponsored content and bloggers who aren’t. Either way, there’s no denying that brands are reaching out to bloggers more and more these days to reach their audience. One of the best ways to ensure guaranteed exclusive mention of said brands are via sponsored content.

I’ve seen debates in the comments on a number of blogs for the past year or so where the comments from readers were not so savoury of the blogger’s post. These were often articles on products that were sent to the bloggers for review and while the bloggers did receive the items for free, they were not paid to write the posts. Consensus of comments was that the bloggers should have disclosed that those were sponsored posts because the products were high in value, therefore the posts should be disclosed as advertorials. I even remembered a particular blogger who went through it and she had a tough time explaining to her readers.

The question is, what is considered a sponsored post and what isn’t?

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