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We Need To Talk About Ageism In The Beauty Industry…

Pick up any women’s magazine or head your favourite online platform and it’s likely there’ll be a glut of stories centred on the premise that women are being encouraged to stay young and beautiful forever, to defy the laws of nature and to preserve themselves against the odds. Women over the age of 35 are fairly used to the idea that it’s deemed acceptable for them to undergo various treatments and adjustments in order to maintain their looks as they age, but for women under the age of 35 it’s a different story. Over the last five years the UK…

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Meet The Creators Of The Vegan Condom Brand Created By Women For Women

If you’ve ever been to buy pack of condoms in a public place and not felt some unpleasant mingling of ‘this is so cringe’, ‘please stop looking at me’ and ‘I cannot be bothered with this BS today’ then you have something in common with an overwhelming majority of women living in the UK. It’s not exactly a revelation that products meant to enhance and improve our sexual wellbeing have mainly been marketed at men for the last few decades. This has of course resulted in some pretty garish packaging and some questionable choices of adjective in marketing materials. The…

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Why We Need To Stop Pretending Body Confidence Is Simply A State Of Mind

Sometimes we all wish we could change things about ourselves and often, when other people say things like, ‘you’re beautiful, you don’t need to change’ or ‘you’re a good looking girl, it could be worse’ it’s disarming, it’s frustrating and it doesn’t help. We all have days where we don’t feel good in our own skin, some of us more than others. It might be that you dislike your nose and can’t help but focus on it whenever you see a photo of yourself, or it could be that you struggle with a more serious issue in accepting yourself and…

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Why We Should All Be Sex Positive

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll have seen a couple of posts pop up in recent weeks that are, well, a bit sexy. I debated whether or not I should go ahead with these posts, concerned that they might lose me a few followers or give people the wrong impression, but then I realised, these were the very reasons I should be posting content about sexuality, relationships and female pleasure. The very fact that I had to think twice, or that I was worried about what people might think hints at a problem: the problem of shame culture. This is…

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The Truth About Fillers And Botox

Working in fashion and beauty is a weird one. You’re constantly navigating the cracks and chasms between ever-shifting paradigms and trying to decide where you stand with regards to the week’s bizarre controversies. I’ve always had pretty strong views about beauty and body agency but in recent months, the onslaught of op-eds, vlogs and tweets about fillers and botox just floored me. I wondered how I could ever make my mind up about this stuff with so much contradictory information doing the rounds. Everyone I knew had a different opinion on non surgical beauty treatments, and despite these kinds of…

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How I Manage The Surprise Skin Problems That Started in My Twenties

When it comes to my skin, I’ve always been lucky. Instead of my teenage years being blighted by acne, I had baby-smooth skin that happily endured all manner of products packed with irritants. Ok, I was super pale and often streaked with orange after fake tan mishaps, but for the most part my complexion was pretty good. I can probably count the number of really bad spots I’ve had as a teenager on one hand and that’s no lie. But this isn’t a post about my great skin as a teenager, it’s about my skin now. As soon as I…

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How To Style Up a Rented Space with Interior Design Experts Cox & Cox

So you live in rented digs. You can’t paint the walls or pull up the carpet lest you face the wrath of your landlord and a lot of the time it feels like the home you’re in doesn’t do a great job of reflecting you, or comforting you in tougher times. Living in a temporary home or rented room can cramp your style, especially if you’re a creative person with a big vision for the space you want live in. Sadly, if you’re renting, you won’t be able to make any massive changes to your home, but you can make…