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13 epic party houses to rent with a big group of friends, whether it’s your hen do or you just fancy a weekend in the country

Party houses are hard to come by. If you've ever been put in charge of organising a weekend break with your entire group of mates – or a hen party with 17 strong-willed women – you'll be all-too familiar with that fact. Not only are large homes significantly rarer than their three-bedroomed counterparts, naturally, lots […]

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People are flocking to IKEA for this £17 tote bag that turns into a backpack, because it’s SO damn practical and fits literally everything

IKEA, let us count the ways we love thee. Affordable furniture, the big blue bags that carry literally everything, the meatballs or vegan plant balls (yes, they're new, and yes, they're fantastic), and now, a new tote bag that is taking the nation – and TikTok, naturally – by storm. And we can see why, […]

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Boilersuits always look laidback and effortless, so here are 19 of the best to tap into this season’s utility fashion trend

If you want to streamline your fashion choices – whether for sustainability reasons or for your own sanity – we’re big fans of items that let you get dressed in less steps. We’re talking about dresses and jumpsuits that just need shoes and a bag (or just shoes if you’ve got decent pockets) before you […]

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Lizzo has announced her return to music with new single ‘Rumours’, and we cannot wait for our queen’s ‘new era’

It's been two years since her Grammy-winning album Cuz I Love You, and we're officially starving for new music from Lizzo – so it's no surprise that her announcement of upcoming single Rumours has the internet practically bursting at the seams with excitement. Lizzo has responded to a rumour that she 'killed someone' by stage-diving […]

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Why that ‘just in case’ wee could actually be shrinking your bladder and causing you to pee *constantly*, according to a top urologist

Picture the scene: You're lying in bed with one leg wrapped around your duvet, experiencing peak comfort. Suddenly, the thought comes creeping into your head, "What if I actually need a wee right now?" You shake it off, try to trick your body into sleep before the urge reappears. To no avail, you're soon trudging […]

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We’re all getting pinged by the NHS Covid-19 app left, right and centre, but what are the new rules on self-isolating, and who is exempt?

In the week ending 21 July 2021, over 650,000 self-isolation alerts were sent in England and Wales by the NHS Covid-19 app, Test and Trace (via BBC News). Referred to as the 'pingdemic', the spike in self-isolation alerts comes after the vast majority of restrictions were lifted in England on 'Freedom Day' (19 July 2021). […]

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Liam’s behaviour in Love Island has been called out as toxic, and claims that he’s gaslighting Millie have been going viral

The contestants on this year's Love Island have been called out on a number of occasions. First there was Danny Bibby’s negging, then there was Toby Aromolaran’s cookie-jarring. And now, fans have noticed how Liam Reardon’s playing away in Casa Amor and returning to Millie Court has showcased another problematic behaviour – gaslighting. But before […]

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Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds just recreated their first date 10 years later (and we thought we couldn’t be any more obsessed with these two)

Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds, AKA the Hollywood couple that must be protected at all costs, have just recreated their first date a decade later. Blake and Ryan met way back in 2010 when they starred alongside each other in the superhero movie Green Lantern, and began dating a year later. They married in September […]

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Recurring dreams are your mind’s way of trying to tell you something, so here’s what 8 of the most common recurring dreams *actually* mean

We all have recurring dreams, right? Whether it's about your partner cheating on you, someone you love passing away, or your teeth falling out, they can be very distressing, especially if they keep happening very regularly. The recurring dream I always seem to have is sitting my A-Level in Fine Art. I'm in my old art […]

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As someone who lives with the consequences of animal cruelty every day, how could anyone oppose the new law which recognises that animals *do* feel joy and pain?

Anyone who looks after an animal will know beyond any doubt that they can experience pain. I certainly do. I have two dogs, one of whom was born with an array of genetic disorders as the result of irresponsible breeding, which have led him to become paralysed from the waist down. While he has lost […]

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90 Day Fiancé is coming to the UK, and they’re looking for applicants – here’s what we know so far (and how to apply!)

Reality TV romance fans – look no further for your latest fix. Wild, yet undeniably popular, TV show 90 Day Fiancé is getting a UK version. For those who don't already know the drill, 90 Day Fiancé follows the story of couples from different countries. One joins the other on a "fiancé visa" as audiences […]

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What losing my grandma has taught me about grief, courage, and gratitude: ‘The fact that life doesn’t go on and on is what makes it all so precious, and worth doing well’

In August's installment of her monthly mental health column, writer and author, Beth McColl, opens up about losing her grandma and grief. Beth is the author of 'How to Come Alive Again' which is a relatable and honest practical guide for anyone who has a mental illness. She's also very, very funny on Twitter. Illustration […]

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The ‘4-7-8 technique’ promises to help you sleep in 60 seconds, and it’s hailed by experts and insomniacs around the world

Hands up if you're struggling to sleep right now? Yep, us too. The tumultuous events of the past 16 months have left us restless during the day, and with disrupted sleeping patterns during the night. At this point, we'd try any new sleep technique, relaxation-boosting mattress or mindfulness app on the market. Which is how, […]

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‘Pandemic brain’ is very real – and it explains why you have mental fog and can’t focus right now

If you feel like you’re losing your mind, you’re not weird. In fact, right now you’re probably in the majority and dealing with what people are calling “pandemic brain.” There are many reasons for why the late-stage pandemic is messing with your brain. Your colleagues are showing up for Zoom calls fresh-faced and smiling, moments […]

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‘Foilayage’ is the new hair colour technique that combines balayage with traditional foils for brighter, more brilliant results

When balayage came along is was like all our hair colour prayers had been answered. Finally, we could kiss goodbye to stripy highlights and hello to softly sun-kissed, multi-dimensional colour. The technique, which originated in France, used painterly strokes of dye applied freehand by a colourist, instead of the traditional way of weaving through sections […]

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Sea salt water treatments are the latest skincare hack promising to clear acne and calm breakouts, but does it work?

We all know that TikTok is full of skincare tricks, some helpful, some dangerous, and some downright bizarre. As anyone would expect, the app recently unearthed yet another too-good-to-be-true tip for banishing acne and keeping it at bay for good. A user by the handle of @aubyrnjadeart has garnered four million views and counting for […]

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How to tell if you’re under-cleansing or over-cleansing your skin (hint: that ‘squeaky feeling’ isn’t necessarily a good thing)

You've researched every imaginable skincare ingredient and scoured the shelves of your local beauty hall to collate a carefully considered range of products to use in your everyday routine. The problem is, no one has told you exactly how you should be using them and once you get them home. It's all a matter of […]

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Shame can literally make you sick, so here’s why it’s so important to be kinder to yourself, and break the vicious cycle of self-criticism for good

When was the last time you felt ashamed? I don't just mean feeling 'bad', like when you forget to take the bins out or hit snooze one too many times in the morning (guilty). I mean self-critical, searing, loathsome shame; the sort of gnawing self-reproach you can physically feel deep in your gut that lingers […]

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Little Mix fans are divided over the girls’ new waxwork, with some thinking Leigh-Anne threw shade at Jesy

Little Mix have taken another stardom-related step forward, after being immortalised in wax figure form by Madame Tussauds London. The girl band’s stylists even worked closely with the waxwork team to perfect the figures, which are wearing the clothes that were worn in the music video for Little Mix’s 2019 hit Bounce Back. Perrie has […]