We debunk the most common gym beauty myths

Does working out with make-up on REALLY cause spots? The start of a new year means only one thing, half the population of the UK will have signed up to their local gym to work off the sins of December. As any avid gym goer will know, when you take up a regular workout regime you’ll find yourself inundated with horror stories about the negative effects exercising can have on you. For example, do you really know how much bacteria is on gym equipment? Or that you could suffer from traction [Read Entire Story]

Six Years Ago Today My Life Changed in an Instant

I’ll never forget driving Matt to the hospital on the night of January 29th, 2012. I was certain he had the stomach flu or (worse I thought) appendicitis. He had been experiencing horrible pains in his stomach all day long, but as the night went on he told me it felt like razors blades were cutting through him. That was when he said, “You need to bring me to the hospital.” His pain tolerance is pretty high, so this scared me. In an instant I had my mom and dad with the 4 boys [Read Entire Story]

According to your star sign, this is the essential oil you should use more of

Turns out there's a perfect match for every zodiac sign...Voisin/Phanie/REX/ShutterstockWhether you’re into horoscopes or not, there’s no denying the power of essential oils, and while eating them has been tipped as one of the biggest wellness trends for 2018, we prefer to use them the traditional way as a mood booster or to cope with stress. But what we’d never considered is the possibility that there was a link between essential oils and the signs of the Zodiac. The experts [Read Entire Story]

The Pinterest home trend is skyrocketing at the moment

And it's very Wes AndersonCredit: Maxime BesseNow that we have high street retailers like H&M and Zara moving into homeware, it’s no surprise that there’s been a lot of interest in interiors recently. While some might go for Primark’s new Harry Potter collection and others may go for a full on Dolce & Gabbana fridge, there’s one big decorating trend picking up speed on Pinterest – namely the colours pink and green. According to Pinterest interior trends, there’s been a massive surge in [Read Entire Story]

These are apparently the 25 best jobs to have in 2018

Did yours make the cut?January is almost over and we’re all re-evaluating our career paths already. For some, a new year means new opportunities, but where to go? If you need some career inspiration, look no further. Employment review site, Glassdoor, has all the information you need. Yes that’s right. Glassdoor just released its annual review of the best jobs in the UK for 2018, taking into account everything from job satisfaction to average base salary – and now we all want to quit our [Read Entire Story]

Vermont Just Legalized Recreational Marijuana

Vermont becomes the the first state to legalize marijuana through legislation and is the ninth state overall to enact the law, after California made it official at the beginning of January, The Rolling Stone reports. Republican Governor Phil Scott on Monday signed into law House Bill 511, which legalizes the possession of up to one ounce of cannabis and removes penalties for possession of up to two mature marijuana plants and up to four immature plants, for adults 21 and older. This new law will [Read Entire Story]

Here’s How Rihanna Could Be Your Landlord

According to The Observer, Rihanna is renting out a house she owns in Los Angeles which means for $16,500 per month, Rihanna could be your actual landlord. The singer/ actress/ entrepreneur is said to have bought the the Spanish style compound last August for $2.75 million. She later tried to re-sell it but with a buyer as yet to be found, RiRi is looking for rental tenants instead. Featuring four bedrooms in the main house, each comes with an en-suite bathroom and French doors. The main house [Read Entire Story]

This Study Explains Why Some People Are More Creative Than Others

In a new study, psychology and neuroscience researchers have started to identify thinking processes and brain regions involved with creativity, revealing why some people are more creative than others, reports The Conversation. Roger Beaty, a postdoctoral researcher in Cognitive Neuroscience of Harvard University, along with his colleagues—conducted a study featuring 163 participants to complete a classic test of “divergent thinking,” which asks people to think of new and [Read Entire Story]

Is it okay to ask your wedding guests for cash instead of a gift?

There's been quite a debate over the topic this weekWe all have different ideas when it comes to weddings. Some of us dream of a glamorous affair in a fairytale castle, others want a traditional church ceremony. But some aspects of people’s nuptials can end up causing controversy, with one in particular stirring a debate on Mumsnet this week. One of the site’s users vented about being asked for cash rather than a traditional gift, writing in a thread: ‘We have been invited to a wedding. Evening [Read Entire Story]

When A Hobby Gets You Depressed and You Come Back

During all the time I have spent on writing this blog, I’ve collected several notes on a variety of topics that I would research. Some of them get used, some of them don’t. There are a few notes I do write in random fashion once in a while. What you’re about to see is one of them, but in the form of an incomplete journal-like entry from a few years ago that I wrote out of frustration. What’s funnier is that I re-discovered this during a time where I almost gave up my love of manga.This was about [Read Entire Story]

Just how many billions are women losing out on due to the UK gender pay gap?

This is shocking.There has been controversy over unequal pay for as long as we can remember, with women and men campaigning to close the global pay gap that sees women earning significantly less than their male counterparts across most industries. With high profile revelations from the publication of the BBC top earners list to Catt Sadler’s public resignation from E! over pay disparity, awareness is undoubtedly being raised. But according to recent figures, we have still got a long way to go in [Read Entire Story]

What is the Secret to Living a Long, Happy & Creatively Fulfilling Life?: Discover the Japanese Concept of Ikigai

Ikiru, one of several Akira Kurosawa films routinely described as a masterpiece, tells the story of Kanji Watanabe, a middle-aged widower who, three decades into a dead-end bureaucratic career, finds out he has just one year to live. This sends him on an urgent eleventh-hour quest to find something to live for. The picture's The Death of Ivan Ilyich-inspired script originally bore the title The Life of Kanji Watanabe, but Kurosawa chose to rename it for the Japanese verb meaning "to live" (生きる). [Read Entire Story]

The truth about Resting Bitch Face has finally been revealed

Now we know Meryl Streep in The Devil Wears PradaIf you know the feeling of being asked if you’re in a mood all too well, there’s a good chance you suffer with the affliction commonly known as Resting Bitch Face. The term describes a person who’s neutral expression is one that’s perceived as being grumpy, when really it’s just the way their face is and they’re really feeling quite happy today (although Miranda Priestly might be an exception). Or at least, they [Read Entire Story]

Pakistani Immigrant Goes to a Led Zeppelin Concert, Gets Inspired to Become a Musician & Then Sells 30 Million Albums

Salman Ahmad, the guitarist who founded the acclaimed Sufi rock band Junoon, has sold over 30 million albums worldwide, performed at the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony, and continued making music despite threats from The Taliban. He also teaches courses on Muslim music and poetry at Queens College of the City University of New York. Above, in a video produced by The Moth, the boundary-breaking musician recounts his inspirational life story. Born in Lahore, Pakistan, he moved to New York at the age [Read Entire Story]

Does being unpopular make you more successful in life?

Does the underdog always win? Ed Sheeran reckons that him and Taylor Swift‘s success is down to the fact that the pair were unpopular at school. See, every cloud… ‘There’s an underdog element to it,’ Ed Sheeran told GQ. ‘Taylor was never the popular kid in school. I was never the popular kid in school. Then you get to the point when you become the most popular kid in school – and we both take it a bit too far. She wants to be the biggest female artist in the [Read Entire Story]

This is apparently the average amount of partners you will have before settling down

And what age you should enjoy sex the most…A new study emerged today revealing how many sexual partners an average British woman has before settling down, and it has got everyone talking. According to the new research, the average British female will have sex with eight people before she finds the one and settles down. Yes, eight – and around half of those encounters will probably be one-night stands. The study featured 1,000 women in the UK, carried out to mark the DVD release of Bridget [Read Entire Story]

The 9 secrets of people who never get sick

We all know at least one – the friend who never cries off with a cold, who boasts about their robust immune system, and hasn’t taken a sick day in…ever. But how do they do it? Words by Rosie Benson Did you know that you will get around 200 colds in your lifetime? This explains why at this time of year UK office workers become obsessed with cold remedies and cures from downing vitamin C and Echinacea to hot lemon ginger tea (preferably with honey, right?). But while most of us sit hunched, [Read Entire Story]

Forget Tinder: here’s the latest gym craze for singles this Valentines day

This Valentines Day, London's singletons are opting for dumbells and protein shakes over cocktails and dinner. Call it a backlash against virtual dating sites like Tinder, but real-life hook ups are big this Valentines Day – and the gym is fast replacing your local as the place to do it. In response to a growing trend for sober dating, fitness guru Sapan Sehgal and his girlfriend Holiday Sidewinder (who met at the gym themselves and are living proof it works) have curated the UK’s first [Read Entire Story]

81-Year-Old Man Walks into a Guitar Shop & Starts Playing a Sublime Solo: Ignore the Talents of the Elderly at Your Own Peril

Last spring, I caught a Who concert in Oakland, California, on what happened to be songwriter/guitarist Pete Townshend’s 71st birthday. Five songs into their set, the band played “My Generation”–yes, the song best known for the line “I hope I die before I get old”–and I couldn’t help but think: Townshend’s playing with more inspiration now than when I first saw The Who play in 1982. Biologically, he’s supposed to be over the hill. Musically, he’s still playing a very fine rock guitar. The same [Read Entire Story]

The top tips you need to cut down sugar in 2017

Blogger Roxie Nafousi shares her top tips to beat the sugar cravings Roxie is a contributing writer for Marie Claire, blogger and ambassador for the Mental Health Foundation. Follow her on Instagram @roxienafousi to join her on her life journey… A lot of us see the New Year as a time to kick start a healthier, happier year ahead and with motivation being so strong, it is the best time to make some life changes. I’m not a big believer of FAD or extreme dieting and I don’t believe in depriving [Read Entire Story]

This is the part of your body you’re probably not cleaning enough

But REALLY should be Words – Stephanie Hallett You shower regularly, you know the ‘right way’ to wash your hair (although, is there really?), and you clean your face with a soap so specifically formulated to suit your skin, it’s like it came out of your mother’s womb with you. But did you know there’s a part of your body you’re probably not cleaning enough? We’re talking about your belly button, friends, and things need to change. As Teen Vogue first reported, the belly button — [Read Entire Story]

‘As a mother, what would you do?’ asks Princess Haya of Jordan

HRH Princess Haya bint al Hussein writes about what being a mother means to herWords by HRH Princess Haya bint al Hussein of Jordan ‘I recently attended a baby shower at which, among the gifts, the mother-to-be opened a greetings card like none I had ever seen before.  The front of the card was innocuous enough, with a photograph of a sleeping baby and a message, ‘A baby is God’s Sweetest Gift.’ Inside, the card had a button adorned with a picture of a musical note and marked, [Read Entire Story]

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