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This Vagina Nail Art Is Perfect For When The Patriarchy’s Got You Down

We rightly scoffed at wearing lipstick on our vaginas. But wearing vaginas on our nails? Now that’s something we’re all labia-bout.

The slightly NSFW and totally badass nail design has been popping up on Instagram, and we can’t get enough. One manicurist’s work in particular is making waves for her realistic vulva rendering and apt placement of pearls.

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Portland-based nail artist Asa Bree captioned the photo of her masterpiece,″✨ PUSSY✨POWER✨ ,” and the woman who received the manicure seemed to agree.

“I’ve got two extra vags which means everything I touch will turn into a magical vagina!” she captioned her own photo of the look. We’ll agree with that logic.

If this particular look is a bit too life-life for you, there are plenty of more subtle ways to salute the vagina in nail art. Here are a few of our favorites:

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We’d personally go with a middle finger placement for added effect, but these are all pretty perfect. Just like vaginas.

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Why I’ve Binned All My Eau de Toilette – and You Should Too

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That’s it – I’ve binned all these fragrances and more because they just aren’t worth the money I paid for them anymore
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Fragrance is something that is often as individual as you are, reacting with your unique skin chemistry to create a uniquely you scent. It is part of any woman’s wardrobe, with fragrances for the day, evening, summer, winter, and all-day depending on their notes. However lurking in many women’s boudoirs is something that I believe should be banished immediately – eau de toilette.

To understand why I binned each and every single bottle of eau to toilette in my collection, you need to understand what goes in to each different type of fragrance. A fragrance will most likely be a mix of natural and synthetic products. One of the problems with any fragrance is that the scent changes over time and degrades. However the less fragrance in the original mix, the faster it degrades.

A lot of things affect the fragrance in your scent. For example, UV (sunlight) will cause changes to your scent, but probably the worst is oxidation. Even though an eau de toilette starts with a concentrated fragrance, once put into alcohol or base in such a low concentration the fragrance can degrade quickly as the air in the bottle reacts with the fragrance. Have you ever noticed a fragrance you loved when you bought it no longer smells as nice? The change in fragrance is likely due to oxidation – or if you’ve left the bottle in the sun. The reason it happens so fast with eau de toilette is often because there is so little actual concentrated fragrance in your bottle.

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I wasted my money on all these fragrances because I didn’t use them multiple times a day every day so they oxidised and changed and now no longer smell nice
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On the scale of percentages of fragrance to other stuff, eau fraiche and body sprays are the lowest on the scale with only 1%-3% of the actual fragrance in the liquid. While eau fraiche is perfect for people who have an extreme reaction to alcohol, this spray deteriorates quickly on the skin and in the bottle. This means layering and frequent reapplication is required.

Eau de Toilette is a base perfume diluted in a substantial amount of alcohol with the fragrance coming in at around 5%-10% of the total volume or up to 15% if you are lucky. This means you have a very small amount of actual perfume oil to alcohol in the spray you are buying, which is why you probably pay less (and need to layer). This isn’t ideal and if you only get 5% perfume in your blend it will fade quickly and leave you needing to reapply through the day. Your eau de toilette isn’t going to stay smelling nice for long.

Buying parfum or eau de parfum can be a more expensive prospect but they will last longer and require less application which means they go further. Whereas an eau de toilette may require four or five pumps of the spray plus reapplication, a parfum only requires a short single spritz or a drop on the wrist which is then dabbed on the décolletage and behind the ears because it can be 25% – 40% pure fragrance. Even an eau de parfum has 15% – 25% pure fragrance so only needs a single spritz to the décolletage then dab your wrists on the spritzed area with often no need to reapply during the day. Stronger and longer lasting scents mean fewer applications for longer wear. Often 25mL of parfum will often go further than 150mL of eau de toilette because of its longer lasting fragrance.

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These survived the cull and really form the basis of my entire scent wardrobe. I don’t stray far from these, balancing florals with darker scents through the day and the year
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At the moment my favourites are Ormonde Jayne’s Osymanthus (floral) which I bought years ago and still smells amazing, Penhaligon’s TraLaLa (slightly darker) which was a limited edition and which I still love for the autumn, winter or evening, Connock’s Manuka which is an amazing all day scent, Kenzo’s Parfum d’ete which is perfect for the summer as a day scent but is not for colder weather, Chloe which I have bought again and again, Aqua di Parma’s Peonia Noble which is the most amazing floral fragrance and I strongly recommend it for anyone who likes florals, and I’m also really in to Metal Chypre from Juliette has a Gun but this is a purely evening fragrance and is very intense, requiring less than a single pump to envelope you in fragrance.

Scent is extremely personal and I tend to go for herbaceous florals for the day, and darker (amber, patchouli) based scents for the evening. The base notes within a fragrance will last the longest (like amber or patchouli), middle notes will be what you mostly smell through the day and they will support the top notes which is what you’ll smell immediately. Remember to read the bottle carefully before you buy and bin your eau de toilette.

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These Gruesome-Sounding Injuries Are Rising As More People Groom Their Pubes

Some people have a preference for keeping pubic hair natural, but others are all about removal. And as more and more people are grooming at home, they’re also inflicting a lot of gruesome-sounding injuries to some very sensitive areas.

The most common type of injury is laceration, or cuts, with burns coming in second, according to research just published in the American Medical Association journal JAMA Dermatology.

The most common places men received injuries are the scrotum (67.2 percent), penis (34.8 percent), and pubis (28.9 percent). For women, common injury sites are the pubis (51.3 percent), inner thigh (44.9 percent), vagina (42.5 percent), and perineum (13.2 percent).

Researchers from the University of California San Francisco, University of Texas Dell Medical School and Washington University School of Medicine conducted a survey of 7,570 adults in the United States ages 18-65 in January 2014 to gather information about grooming habits and their risks.

Of that group, 4,198 men and 3,372 women reported a “history of grooming.” Some 25.6 percent also reported having received injuries, with women reporting more injuries than men.

In other words, one in four “groomers” reported at least one injury. More than 32 percent of them reported 5 or more injuries.

The researchers note that serious grooming injuries are rare: Only 2.5 percent of groomers experienced an injury that required surgical treatment, like draining an abscess or closing a wound with stitches. But their study also pointed out that as pubic hair removal has gained popularity, associated injuries have risen, too.

“In a previous study describing injuries sustained while grooming pubic hair, [researchers] used emergency department data to estimate that 12,000 grooming-related injuries occurred from 2002 to 2010 in the United States, with a 5-fold increase in injuries during this 9-year period,” they wrote.

The researchers also took into account factors like type of instrument used, hairiness, age and how long a person has been grooming, writing that at least for women, waxingwas “protective against high-frequency injuries” and may be their safest option, though more research is needed to be sure.

Injury isn’t the only reason a person might want to shy away from excessive grooming. Previous research found that people who engage in pubic hair removal more than 11 times in a year have a heightened risk for contracting sexually transmitted infections, though the reason isn’t clear.

Whatever your pubic hair preferences are, be careful out there, folks.

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Stacey Solomon Shares Behind-The Scenes Video While In Hair And Makeup For ‘Loose Women’

Stacey Soloman introduced fans to her “new friend” – a spot that had developed on her left cheek – just ahead of ‘Loose Women‘ filming.

Solomon posted a video of her having her hair and makeup done ahead of the show and commented that her stylist Penny, “had her work cut out for her”.

“Everyone being soooo sweet about how I looked today on Loose Women thank you,“ she wrote on Thursday 17 August.

“But I thought I’d share with you this video of me getting ready before the show just so you know it took a lot of hair and makeup time to look like that.”

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Solomon continued: “And I had a major spot crisis! (Yep even people on tv get zits and boils) Haha.

“So don’t beat yourself up thinking I just got out of bed and looked camera ready.

“Although I think I look great without makeup (am I aloud to say that or does that make me big headed?) haha let me know – is it ok to love yourself?”

Her fans were quick to tell her that yes, it is ok to love yourself.

“Stacey, love how you are promoting ‘normal’ you are an absolute star,” wrote one. “You probably don’t realise how many people you are helping to feel better about themselves, big love for that.”

Another added: “You’re a breath of fresh air – feel sad for the haters, if only they had an ounce of the goodness, happiness, kindness and confidence you have.”

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Why Vegan Leather Is On The Rise

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Findings by Grand View Research estimated that the global vegan leather industry is to be worth $85 billion by 2025. Just to compare, global sports footwear is currently valued at $90.4 billion.

Consumers today are much more conscious of the ethics of what they’re buying. High on the list is an approach to fashion which takes care of the environment and the people who make the things we wear. And this is where vegan leather comes in.

What is vegan leather?

All the various materials that can replace animal leather and the process of their production doesn’t involve animals can be classified as vegan leather. The most widely used type of vegan leather is a non-natural one. It is usually made using plastics such as polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and polyurethane (PU). Although it has advantages such as high durability, low costs of production and easy maintenance, it poses a great threat to the environment. In the end, plastics are one of the least eco- friendly materials society is using. The production of PU consumes a lot of energy, water and petroleum while the process of making PVC releases dioxins into the environment. Dioxins are the most toxic chemicals known to science that cause cancers and influence immune, nervous, and reproductive systems.

Fortunately, the other side of the story is brighter. These are the natural leather alternatives that are booming. The best

Cork leather is one of the best leather alternatives.(©Blackwood / goblackwood.co.uk)

Fashion is one of the most polluting industries in the world and although it is a complex issue, animal leather can be singled out as one of the contributors. This is especially the case for cheap leather, which represents the majority of leather on the market. The use of hazardous chemicals to dye the leather and the release of toxic wastewater from tanneries into local rivers are just some of the examples of the negative impact of animal leather on the environment. With the rise of the environmental consciousness of society, the use of animal leather is expected to decline.
However, damage caused by the animal leather itself is only part of the picture when it comes to the environment. In many cases, the people who work with leather and live next to the leather tanneries have the biggest price to pay. They are in the greater risk of cancer and other diseases. Vegan leather is actually about the protection of basic human rights.

Last but not least, one has to remember that there is no leather without a dead animal. As PETA exposed, the death of the animal whose skin is to be used in fashion is often accompanied by cruel practices such as skinning alive or electrocution.

The Grand View Research report identified animal rights as one of the biggest reasons behind the increase of popularity of vegan leathers. It has been estimated that over the last 10 years the number of British vegans and vegetarians increased by 360%. Combined with the number of people who eat meat but are against animal cruelty, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that fashion is becoming more vegan.

It is clear that animal leather isn’t ideal. Since it is mostly used in footwear, the researchers from Grand View Research chose vegan footwear as the major driver of change. However, footwear is experiencing the shift not only because of the bad name of animal leather. There are a few other factors involved. For example, the change of fashion (people choosing sports footwear more often for work purposes) or the need to have a bigger variety of shoes imposed by climate change. Those combined with the increase in the disposable income as well as the lower price of vegan leather are responsible for the rise in vegan shoe sales.

Animal leather has served humans well for centuries, but it is clear that the intensive use of it has made it detrimental to the environment. Vegan leather is on the rise. This trend shows that consumers are caring more and more about the consequences of what they wear.

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How To Create The Perfect Smartwatch (Unsolicited Advice For Swiss Watch Makers)

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The smartwatch age is upon us. Rumours of its demise have been greatly exaggerated, and despite two years of negative headlines it seems that smart wrist devices are here to stay. But the Swiss watch world don’t seem to have got the memo.

While the fashion world has jumped on board in their droves – with brands like Louis Vuitton, Fossil, Michael Kors and Movado flocking to Google’s Android Wear – just Tag Heuer of the Swiss world has embraced the full smartwatch experience.

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Do think long term

Don’t bet the house. Don’t bet your whole smartwatch play on one device. Design and produce within your means, test the waters. Use your experience building exclusivity to test products in small numbers. Learn and come back with something new – scale and roll out. This is something that Tag has excelled at, producing in relatively small numbers, and building on its brand. And guess what? Its second smartwatch sold out in days.

The smartwatch game isn’t going to be won in 2017. The soothsayers around smartwatch oblivion have been proved wrong, and Apple has shown that scale is possible. But while it might feel like smaller brands have to fight for scraps off Apple’s table, it’s important to think long term.

Do Collaborate

Take a look the technology market – how many solo players do you see out there? Small guys don’t last long. Collaboration is the key. The consensus within the Swiss watch community now seems to be backing Android Wear, Google’s OS which has emerged as the only true credible operating system to power smartwatches, that’s open to third parties.

The key is not to try and build your own OS. There’s a reason that brilliant operating systems are made by Microsoft, Apple and Google – they take colossal amounts of engineering, design, and when you’ve done that bit, then you need to nurture an ecosystem of apps and updates.

Then there are other kinds of partners. Join up with the likes of Misfit or Jawbone to handle your fitness features. Join up with Facer for dials and watch faces. Hell, even sign up a partner for straps. The point is that collaborations are what make tech tick, and can be a great way to build and market a smartwatch in 2017.

Do focus on making beautiful watches

So far I’ve been playing down the Swiss watch market. Don’t do this and don’t do that. But that’s because these guys have a very important job to be focusing on: making beautiful watches. This is their thing, this is what they do.

We’ve already seen great examples of it, with Tag Heuer at the high end, but also Movado’s Tommy Hilfiger at the low end. The TH24/7You (terrible name) is a bog-standard smartwatch, but it’s 20x more desirable than anything from Huawei or LG – and costs less too.

It’s an open goal for Swiss guys to be able to build and market desirable watches. Stick to it, do it well and you’ll have tech giants running scared.


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Don’t start trying to make your own apps and experiences

I roll this advice out all the time, and it echoes my point about using partners. It harks back to the first Android phones – once the platform was proved and widely adopted, phone makers started layering their own software on top.

The resulting situation was awful. Crappy apps on bloated operating systems – we actually saw phones running slowly. Google is a lot tighter around brands abusing its OS in this way these days, but there have been glimpses with Casio and Polar layering their own ecosystems on top.
Polar did this with aplomb – it’s a development powerhouse with a very mature ecosystem. But our review of the new Casio Pro Trek WSD-F20 complained about apps and integrations that simply didn’t work, and data from workouts that was collected, but not able to be reviewed or analysed.

Don’t fall into that trap.

Don’t tack on loads of tech

Just because tech exists, don’t feel you need to implement it onto your brand new smartwatch. Mont Blanc’s addition of a heart rate monitor was a mistake in my opinion, adding considerable bulk to the device, when there’s little need for it. Sure, there’s a wellness story there, but I’m not sure Mont Blanc will ever be able to tell it effectively. There’s more to tracking fitness than bolting on a sensor.

It comes back to that theme – don’t innovate. Let the tech guys worry about miniaturising the tech and raising awareness to your customer base. Don’t ever sacrifice your own values of design and desirability for a tech story.

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Bride Wears Late Grandma’s Dress To Her Wedding, And It Fits To A T

Madison Kantzer wasn’t the kind of little girl who grew up with a vision of her dream wedding. But she knew one thing for certain: when the big day came, she was going to wear a beautiful beaded gown that once belonged to her late grandmother.

And sure enough, when Madison tied the knot with Adam Hoffman on 9 April at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia, she wore the dress her grandma Adel Schif Greene had worn to Madison’s uncle’s bar mitzvah 51 years earlier, in March 1966.

“My mom has had the dress for a long time and I’ve always loved it,” Madison told HuffPost. “I was never someone who envisioned my ideal wedding, but this was something I’ve always known I would wear, especially because I didn’t think I would ever find a dress as amazing as this one in a store.”

The three-quarter-sleeve gown with floral detailing fit Madison to a T ― no alterations necessary.

“We had a slip made to go under the dress because it’s sheer netting with beads,” she told HuffPost. “And a few of the beads were falling out so the tailor re-sewed them. But that was one of the conditions from my mom ― no alterations.”

Grandma Adel died in 1969 when Madison’s mother was just 14 years old, so Madison never had the chance to meet her. But it meant so much to their family to have their grandma there in spirit.

“For me, not knowing my mom’s parents has been normal because they both died before me and my brother were born,” Madison said. “But especially as we have gotten older, I know my mom really wishes her parents could have met us and seen the kind of people we have become. So it was really meaningful that the memory of her mom was in the wedding.”

“Most things I know about my grandma are through photos, stories and close friends of my grandma who became my adopted grandparents,” she added.

For the reception, Madison changed into another floral number ― an Adrianna Papell dress she bought from BHLDN.

Start to finish, the bride called the big day “amazing.”

“Adam’s grandma stood up for the first time in many years to dance with him, our rabbi was so wonderful and it was amazing having all of our friends to dance and celebrate with,” she said. “We ended the day with late-night Philly cheese steaks, so really, it was so much fun.”

Below, more photos from the couple’s celebration.

This article originally appeared on HuffPost.

[H/T Philly Mag]

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Elon Musk’s Mum Is A Stunning 69-Year-Old Saskatchewan-Born Model

They say behind every great man is a great woman, but that didn’t stop us from being blown away when we discovered just who Elon Musk’s mother is.

Guys, meet Maye Musk — a stunning 69-year-old model who has been in the fashion industry for over 50 years.

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Maye was born in Regina, Sask. Canada,, but moved to Pretoria, South Africa with her parents, her twin sister and two other siblings when she was nearly three, Vanity Fair reports.

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Maye was only 15 years old when she began modelling, but being part of the fashion industry wasn’t her only ambition. At 21, she was not only a finalist in the 1969 Miss South Africa contest, but also a university graduate with a bachelor of science degree.

1965. My first cosmetics ad. 50 years later, still busy. Work keeps you young. #model #dietitian pic.twitter.com/fDo2tJUHMF

— Maye Musk (@mayemusk) April 3, 2015

Maye went on to earn two master’s degrees — one in dietetics and one in nutritional sciences — and became a practicing dietitian, all while continuing her modelling career and raising three now-famous children: Elon, the CEO of Tesla; Kimbal, a restaurateur; and Tosca, a filmmaker.

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Maye didn’t return to Canada until she was 42 years old. At that time, she and her kids settled down in Toronto, and Maye took on a number of jobs because her “funds were blocked in South Africa” at the time, she tells HuffPost Canada via email.

″[The kids and I] all worked long hours to support ourselves,” she says. “I covered rent, food, clothes, transport, high school, they covered all their extra expenses.”

Despite this, she admits, “I loved living in Toronto.”

I was the oldest model in Toronto and there was a market for us.

It was during her time in Toronto that Maye started her nutrition practice and became a consultant in the food industry, rising to be president of the Consulting Dietitians of Canada.

Of course, throughout it all, Maye continued to model as well.

“Modelling continued as I was the oldest model in Toronto and there was a market for us,” she explains.

“Runway shows were booked many months ahead, especially as mother-of-the-bride. Sometimes there were eight bridal shows per day.”

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“In my wildest dreams, I wouldn’t imagine I would be modelling at 69,” Maye reflects.

“At 15, I was told I would be done by 18, which is why I studied so hard. As I grew older, agents kept asking me to do runway and print jobs, and then TV commercials.

“I stopped being surprised and decided to continue until no one called. I’m excited to say that people are appreciating women over 65, and I’m working more than ever.”

Although most of Maye’s years were spent outside of Canada, she maintains that her Canadian roots played an integral role in her career.

“My sisters, brothers and I were brought up to be like our [Canadian] parents: kind, considerate, punctual, honest, gentle speaking and hardworking with wholesome family values,” she said.

I’m excited to say that people are appreciating women over 65, and I’m working more than ever.

She also added that she met her best friend, stylist Julia Perry, when she moved to Toronto. Perry has been her stylist ever since and has helped her modelling career blossom even more.

“Since I’m a science nerd and need help with the latest fashion trends that work for me, Julia is my go-to person when it comes to fashion and understanding my personal style,” she explained.

Maye has certainly proven that she deserves to be in the spotlight. Not only is the 69-year-old a stunner, but her photos are absolute .

Take a look for yourself.

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Throughout her 50-year career, Maye has graced the covers of countless magazines, including Elle Quebec, Borealis Magazine, Vogue Korea, and Time.

According to Maye, it wasn’t until she turned 60 and stopped dying her hair that things really took off.

The fashion industry doesn’t recognize my surname.

“I stopped colouring my hair, cut it short and let my natural silver colour shine,” she wrote on her personal website.

“The new look brought a major campaign for Virgin America and Joe Fresh, billboards in Times Square, covers of Elle Quebec, New York Magazine, L’Officiel Azerbaijan and Zoomer Magazine, music videos and commercials, and recently the ‘It Girl’ in Vanity Fair.”

And while her kids have all made names for themselves, Maye says she doesn’t credit their success for helping her own. “The fashion industry doesn’t recognize my surname,” she told WWD.

That’s right — Maye is her own woman, and is teaching us that with age comes incredible opportunities.

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https://www.instagram.com/p/BQiSl_YBHUj/?taken-by=mayemuskThis November, the 69-year-old will be returning to Canada for a charity event, she reveals. “I will be walking the runway in support of the Breast Restoration Unit at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, one of the top five cancer research centres in the world.”

It’s not surprising for Maye to visit Canada. After all, many of her family members are still living in the Great White North, including her cousin’s children in B.C. and Sask., one sibling in Windsor, and her twin sister in Calgary. Additionally, her filmmaker daughter, Tosca, often makes movies in Canada as well.

“I am frequently reminded that I am Canadian-born,” she said.

This story originally appeared on the Canadian edition of HuffPost.

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Homemade Beauty And Sustainability

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Homemade beauty products are growing in popularity as consumers are becoming more conscious of the skincare products that they use and the ingredients that they contain.

The environmental impact and sustainability of our beauty routines are also becoming important considerations in our purchasing decisions.

Sustainability is all about avoiding the depletion of natural resources as much as possible so growing, making and re-using are key in contributing towards living sustainably.

I started making my own beauty products because I wanted to have control of what I use on my skin and attempt to reduce my impact on the planet at the same time.

Taking a DIY approach to skincare products means that you can choose the ingredients that you want to use and avoid ingredients that are not sustainable. One natural ingredient that stands out in the world of handmade beauty is palm oil. The production of this cheap oil has had and continues to have a detrimental impact in Indonesia and Malaysia where vast amounts of pristine rain forests are cleared to make way for palm oil plantations.

Making your own simple and natural beauty products is rather like baking a cake. It is very therapeutic and very satisfying to make a product from scratch with carefully selected ingredients and then have the pleasure of pampering your skin without the guilt of piling on the pounds!

An easy project to start with if you have never made any skincare products before is a simple lip balm. Homemade lip balms are a much nicer alternative to the petroleum based lip balms that are widely available on the high street. Some of the ingredients that you can use to make an effective balm might already be stocked in your kitchen cupboard like sunflower oil or coconut oil.

Many beneficial skincare ingredients such as flowers and herbs can be easily grown in your garden or even on a balcony or windowsill such as chamomile, rosemary and lavender.

Keep your air miles low by sourcing local ingredients wherever possible. Visit plant nurseries, local growers, markets and farm shops. You will be able to find an abundance of locally grown ingredients if you search and the benefit of this is that you can often visit the supplier and see where and how their produce is grown. Local growers are very enthusiastic about their produce and are a great source of inspiration. It’s a wonderful excuse to visit a herb farm.

For the ingredients that you can’t source locally always look for fair trade so that you know that they have been grown using sustainable methods of agriculture and you can rest assured that the producers will receive a fair price.

Making your own beauty products is extremely rewarding and is one small step towards self-sufficiency and sustainability. Reducing our impact on the environment is something we can all benefit from. By carefully considering each ingredient that you use you can play a huge part in the future of our planet.

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BoDivas’ Bikini Bottom Crotch Charms Are Making Us Feel Self-Conscious

Okay, give us silly zipper jeans any day, because this new style invention is absolutely ridiculous.

Japanese accessories brand BoDivas has launched ‘beachtail’ crotch charms to attach to bikini bottoms.

In case the ‘cheeky bum’ cut of your bikini wasn’t eye-catching enough.

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Now you can attract attention with the tender twinkling of your charms colliding as they bounce off your cheeks. Not convinced.

And it doesn’t matter how cute they’d look as a bracelet, dangling these charms off your nethers raise a lot of questions.

As well as the weird aesthetics of this product, there are health and safety issues to consider.

Questions that undoubtedly arise are what if it rips out of there? Or what if you and your pals are blessed with a gloriously sunny day and the metal charms get hotter and hotter…

Just don’t be surprised if someone, red faced, has to let you know that “your tampon string is dangling, dear.”

(H/T: TeenVogue)

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Curvy Kate Lingerie’s Body Positive Images Will Give You Life

We love seeing fashion showcased on women of all shapes, sizes and abilities here at HuffPost UK Style.

One brand that celebrates seeing bodies in their natural, unretouched glory is Curvy Kate, which makes D to K cup lingerie and swimwear for curvy girls.

Wonderfully, their philosophy is a “curve celebrating, self worshiping state of mind…”

Naturally, we took that as invitation to snoop on their socials and we weren’t disappointed.

Here is a round-up of our favourite posts from the trailblazing brand.

Beach babe @iamsonnyturner is giving us life in Curvy Kate classic Revive: https://t.co/90v2a5hLiB pic.twitter.com/r43QuEz7dZ

— Curvy Kate (@curvykate) August 11, 2017

This unabashed swimwear shot is a version of ‘beach body ready‘ we are definitely here for.

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Not only is this brand inclusive, but their lingerie and swimwear collections are to die for.

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And they have a loyal fan base, with followers and influencers alike proudly tagging the brand in their undie-selfies.

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Even Love Island’s Jessica Rose is fan-girling Curvy Kate. (Side note: curve, too, comes in different shapes and sizes.)

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These ladies are glowing with confidence. There’s no better accessory than being comfortable in your own skin.

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Reformation Needs To Know We’re Over The Odd Jeans Trend

After the weirdness that was Topshop’s see-through jeans/shorts/sitch, we thought we’d left the trend of unusual and impractical jeans behind us.

We thought wrong.

Because there’s a new pair of jeans bothering us and they’re more ridiculous than the last.

What’s worse is they’re from one of our favourite brands: Reformation.

Ethical, smart and beautifully made, this brand strikes the right balance between style and substance. Usually.

So we have some questions, the first being “WHY?”

I mean, unless you’re dwelling in a ’90s Rn’B music video, who is going to be wearing these??

We like our zip to end where we can see it, thanks all the same.

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Reformation said it themselves:

A taste you’d only acquire by watching MTV regularly in the late ’90s. #ZipperJean

At least they have a sense of humour about it, acknowledging it’s an acquired taste.

But all we have are questions. Like whatever happened to taste?

And when are they having a sale* because we’d kinda like to try them on for size?

*Because we are NOT spending £114.06 on these.

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Cara Delevingne Had The 25th Birthday Of Our Dreams And We’re Wondering Where Our Invitation Got To

Cara Delevingne recently turned 25 and she celebrated the milestone by jetting off to Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula with friends.

On the agenda was some topless sunbathing, as well as some well-deserved time out on the water. The ladies even had a moment of reflection at the ancient Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza.

In return for the lavish vacation, Delevingne’s friends showed their affection by wearing T-shirts with her face on them. Now that’s loyalty.

By the looks of things, Delevingne’s crew is truly #squadgoals.

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Delevingne proved she is able to seamlessly mix business and pleasure, as she has been promoting her latest movie Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets in Mexico.

Though, if we had to guess which side of the trip the star preferred our money would be on the birthday party.

As Delevingne put it herself: “I am so lucky to have such incredible friends, thank you for inspiring and supporting me ladies.”

And we love the hashtag: #Sexico. Indeed.

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London Fashion Week Schedule For September 2017 Is Announced

The British Fashion Council has announced the schedule for London Fashion Week, taking place on 15-19 September.

The showcase is the most glamorous trade event of the season and we are looking forward to seeing what UK talent is presenting this year.

We’re particularly excited about the news that couture powerhouse Ralph & Russo will be debuting their ready-to-wear collection this season.

A release from the label reassured customers that the “first RTW collection will remain true to its brand DNA and heritage.” However the ready-to-wear collection will express “itself as an independent extension of the Ralph & Russo offering.”

Other hotly anticipated newbies to the London Fashion Week family include American veteren Tommy Hilfiger and Italian bae Giorgio Armani.

Read on for a round-up of the designers we most look forward to seeing this season.

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In it’s 10th year anniversary, Ralph and Russo is switching it up by joining the LFW designersat 8.30pm on Friday 15 September..

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Fyodor Golan are a truly ‘dynamic duo.’ Their collections are always hotly anticipated each season and this year they are showing at 1pm on Friday 15 September..

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Founded by Italian-born designer Serafina Sama, Isa Arfen is known for it’s strong sense of tradition with a modern, eclectic attitude. Their presentation is at 11.30am on Saturday 16 September.

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Fun newcomer Nicopanda, showing at 6pm on Saturday 16 September, is set to be a hot favourite among millennials.

Known for her bold use of colour, Mary Katrantzou is sure to impress again this season with her show at 9am on Sunday 17 September.

Versace delighted fans by launching a younger, more relatable (and more affordable) section of their maison, Versus, which will have a catwalk show at 5pm on Sunday 17 September.

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Erdem is renowned for their intricate detailing and pioneering conscious fashion. Don’t miss their show at 11am on Monday 18 September.

Pringle of Scotland is an ethereal brand that gets more and more breathtaking every season, we can’t wait to see their show at midday on Monday 18 September.

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Celebrated for his innovation and clean cuts, David Koma is set to floor the competition in the avant-garde department at 2pm on Monday 18 September.

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Lesser known designers, Tata Naka (above) are twin sisters taking the fashion world by storm and they’ll be gracing fashion week at 3.30pm on Tuesday 19 September.

For the full run down of dates and timings can be found here.

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How Much Has Men’s Clothing Impacted Female Fashion?

In May this year, a Kickstarter page was created for a product called the RompHim — a playsuit (or ‘romper’ as they are otherwise known) for men.

The description posted on the page reads: “Concerts? Beach days? Rooftops? Pool parties? Leisurely strolls? Bar patios? This super-garment is designed to take them all on in style, keeping you cool as the days and nights heat up.”

Sure, the RompHim might not be the ideal outfit for every man, but its first run of designs sold out in less than a week, proving that there is a clear demand for items that blur the line between male and female fashion — providing they are still stylish and functional, of course.

It’s not just the playsuit that men are turning to; those that are partial to a supremely skinny-fitting pair of jeans often walk straight past the men’s denim section in a shop and head to the women’s options instead. In fact, high street brands saw sales of women’s jeans rise by a third in 2015 thanks to men purchasing what has been dubbed as the ‘ex-girlfriend jean’, no doubt inspired by the likes of Harry Styles.

Over the last couple of years we have also seen a notable trend for men wearing trench coats, an item which was popularised by designer label Burberry and intended for women. There are of course plenty of brands designing and manufacturing trench coats nowadays, and the differences between the men’s and women’s versions are indiscernible.

The influence of female fashion on men’s clothes is obvious, but what about the other way around? What male items have we seen come to form part of the typical female wardrobe?

The answer lies in what is known as ‘boyfriend’ fashion. Designed to look like items that have been borrowed from your boyfriend, it encompasses everything from slouchy shirts and distressed jeans to baggy cardigans and blazers. Everything is designed to look like it’s slightly too big for the wearer, which gives each item a laid-back, casual feel. It’s proved itself to be extremely popular — just a quick search for the word ‘boyfriend’ on the Topshop website will return well over 100 results.

Then there was the much-talked-about cover of Vogue’s August 2017 issue, which features Gigi Hadid (alongside her boyfriend Zayn Malik) flawlessly pulling off a men’s tweed blazer with a loud yet smart shirt underneath. In the article, Hadid says: “It’s not about gender. It’s about, like, shapes. And what feels good to you on that day. And anyway, it’s fun to experiment…”

All of this is proof that fashion is well on its way to becoming truly androgynous. This is exactly why we released a collection of genderless items earlier this year, and why we feel so passionately about breaking down the gender barriers that have constricted us for so long. Many men feel just as comfortable wearing women’s clothes as women do wearing men’s, and the line will become increasingly blurred as time goes on.

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Lidl Asks Male Customers To Wear Women’s Knickers To Work

In a gaffe on Lidl’s Twitter, the supermarket giant accidentally asked their followers to wear underwear – just underwear – to work.

Lidl described nude and black knickers as men’s work trousers, thus implying it was perfectly appropriate attire for work.

Fortunitely, customers saw the funny side of the mistake and so did Lidl.

Dear men of Ireland,

We would like to confirm that this was a typo in our newsletter, please DO NOT go to work in just these.

Thanks,
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— Lidl Ireland (@lidl_ireland) August 10, 2017

Airing on the side of caution, they implored their followers to not go into work in just skimpy pants. You know, in case logic didn’t tell them so.

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— Lidl Ireland (@lidl_ireland) August 10, 2017

Of course some Twitter followers went to town on this slip up, but who can blame them? One commented: “er I bought four already!”

To which Lidl replied:

In which case, you might be okay if you wear all four pairs at once but you’ll have to check with your employer directly.

— Lidl Ireland (@lidl_ireland) August 10, 2017

Trust social media to make your week day commute more interesting.

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Autumn Knitwear 2017: The Best High Street Cardigans Of 2017

Because we’re heading towards the colder months (and, if we’re honest, because we’ve started thinking about Fashion Weeks), it’s time to consider autumn’s trends.

No, it’s not a faux fur stole or slogan hoodie. Our latest trend is the humble cardigan.

Classic, understated and cosy, this handy item is ideal for trans-seasonal weather and changing locations.

Theres probably a cardigan in your wardrobe, handbag, backseat or bicycle basket right this moment.

But we’ve searched the high street for the best ones out there anyway. Just because.

Scroll down to view your new favourites.

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Make-Up Tips To Combat Allergy Face This Summer

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Summer is a favourite time of year for many. It means picnics in the park, skimpy outfits, and outdoor festivals, but for the 13 million people in the UK that suffer from hay fever, it can mean months of unexpected symptoms which can play havoc with your looks.

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A recent survey by Benadryl found that almost all UK women with allergies (95%) experience beauty challenges such as puffy face, red nose (from using tissues), dry skin and watery eyes when their symptoms flare. These challenges, dubbed ‘Allergy Face’, can make it difficult for women to look or feel good when their allergies strike – the last thing you want on a warm summer’s day when you’re making social plans galore!


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As a professional make-up artist, I’ve had many clients come to me over the years frustrated that their Allergy Face symptoms sabotage their summer look, leaving them feeling less confident and attractive. Some are even tempted to skip their social plans because of it, and they’re desperate for solutions.

To help women in this situation combat their Allergy Face this summer, I’ve teamed up with Benadryl to give my top tips for allergy sufferers so you can put your best face forward this summer!

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Allergy Face make-up tips

  1. Make sure you prep your skin with a hydrating moisturiser before applying any make-up. Neutrogena Hydro Boost is great, so apply that first.
  2. To neutralise any redness around your nose, use a green colour corrector before applying your foundation.
  3. To widen and brighten watery eyes, use a white kohl eye pencil along the lower waterline and inner crease to make your eyes look bigger, fresher and more awake.
  4. To help your eyes look fresh and natural despite your allergies, use a matte vanilla eyeshadow shade all over the lid, and a darker beige in the corner.
  5. If you think your eyes could start streaming, use a good waterproof mascara, as this will stop your make-up from running down your face and giving you dark smudges under your eyes
  6. Combat puffy face by contouring with a bronzer and highlighter. Apply bronzer to the hollows of the cheek and temples, and use highlighter on the cheekbones and down the bridge of the nose to help disguise any puffiness.
  7. A bright statement lip can help make your lips the focus of your face, taking attention away from puffy areas. Choose a vibrant colour that suits your skin tone.

You can watch my full Allergy Face tutorial here: https://www.benadryl.co.uk/allergy-face

If you’d like more information on allergies and fast-acting allergy treatments visit www.benadryl.co.uk.

BENADRYL® Allergy relief contains acrivastine. Always read the label.

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Love Island’s Olivia Attwood Launches ‘Olivia Loves’ Collection With In The Style

In The Style has just revealed its latest ‘ITS babe’ and brand ambassador is Love Island star Olivia Attwood.

The collection, called ‘Olivia Loves,’ will be launching on 14 August and the capsule collection includes clothing as well as footwear and accessories.

Attwood mentions her favourite look is the sexy bandage dress, which she sports in the campaign.

Other styles include flirty floral two pieces and classic laid back denim.

“I’ve always loved In The Style,” commented the reality TV star. “They work with some amazing influencers and I’m really honoured to be one of the ITS babes.”

Fans of ‘Love Island’ may know that Olivia wore the brand on the show, so the collaboration “was a natural progression,” according to In The Style director, Adam Frisby.

The collection will be available from 14 August via In The Style.

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Vogue Reveals Retro Beauty Cover Starring Jennifer Lawrence For 125th Anniversary Issue

Jennifer Lawrence is the cover star of American Vogue’s 125th anniversary edition.

The ‘American Hustle’ star was photographed by modern icons of imagery Annie Liebovitz, Bruce Weber and dynamic duo Inez and Vinoodh.

The showstopper, however, is a hauntingly beautiful illustration by artist John Currin, as fans on social media will have you know.

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Vogue has long been the reigning queen of commercial fashion magazines, but back in the day it was particularly known for pushing the boundaries of style and art with creative finesse.

Vintage lovers and fashionistas would recognise the stylistic take of each JLaw cover as a nod to the pages of old society magazines (of which Vogue was a firm favourite).

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Learn more about the shoot in this behind-the-scenes footage:

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You can see the influence of some of Lawrence’s most iconic roles (so far) in each editorial – from ‘Serena’, ‘American Hustle’ and ‘Passengers’.

But the magic is the looks are also in keeping with Vogue’s editorial aesthetic.

Now that’s what we call teamwork.

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Zoolandia: Why This Fashion Season Is All About Animals

From Burberry’s Beasts to the Mulberry Squirrel, fashion is embracing creature comforts this Autumn. The relationship between fashion and nature has always been far more than a fling, but lately animal inspiration seems to be cropping up everywhere. This article will guide you through the picks of the litter at every price point.

Mulberry

The it-bag of the moment is definitely Mulberry’s embroidered squirrel clutch (£425). I first spotted this in the above Instagram from a shoot for British Vogue (styled impeccably by Naomi Miller) and I haven’t stopped thinking about it since. The embroidered creature strikes just the right balance of being cute without being twee, and it’s nice to see the brand releasing some pieces a little less serious than their usual fare. If squirrels aren’t your style, there’s also a luxurious pheasant with tail feathers that sweep around to the other side of an oxblood purse.

Burberry

Burberry has launched its Burberry Beasts collection, featuring fish and birds made from intricate patchworks of bright leather. A vibrant ode to maximalism, stand-out pieces of this collection include the eccentric Falcon bag (£2,995) and the vibrant V-neck silk maxi dress (£795), both in shades of millennial pink. If you don’t want to make quite that much of a statement, the Beasts print cotton sweater is the perfect transitional piece for your wardrobe. It comes in an earthy colour scheme of celadon and terracotta, bringing a freshness to Autumnal colour schemes.

Gucci

Alessandro Michele’s artful use of animals in the Gucci Garden collection is unashamedly opulent, which is why partnering with Harrods makes such sense. What setting could be better suited to a collection bursting with butterflies and blooms than London’s most unapologetically sumptuous department store? The name of the game here is embellishment, and plenty of it. This collection is dripping with pearls, lace, embroidery and every other type of detailing you can imagine. The star of the show has to be the king snake high-tops (£645), which would make a statement of a simple t-shirt and jeans. Until 25th August, you can even add personalisation in store, to really put your own mark on luxury.

Oasis x Zoological Society of London

Having previously created stunning pieces at high-street prices in collaboration with the Victoria and Albert museum, the team at Oasis have now turned their hand to transforming some of the world’s most endangered species into incredible prints. The Indiana print is a sure-fire winner, particularly on their cropped jumpsuit (£60). Pair with heels and a leather jacket for a night out. If you want something more subtle, their LBD (£55) with a zebra-tipped collar is a sweet way to nod to the animal trend.

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