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Beyoncé’s make-up artist, Sir John, loves this mascara + more top news

Plus, the global cities with the best work-life balance, calming beauty hits for lockdown and how to stop splashing the cash (especially if you’re a middle child!)
Sir John's seal of approval
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Sir John's seal of approval

When Beyoncé’s make-up artist, Sir John, tells the world he loves a product, the world sits up and listens. And that’s exactly what happened when, during an Instagram live with skincare expert Tata Harper, he pulled out his favourite mascara, which is none other than L’Oréal Paris Air Volume Mega Mascara. And we can see why. It has a thick, bristled brush that grabs every lash and coats it with a jet-black formula that doesn’t smudge or clump. If it’s good enough for Sir John and potentially Queen Bey, then it’s good enough for us!

Winner of the work-life balancing act?
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Winner of the work-life balancing act?

The Scandis have nailed it again – yep, Oslo, Helsinki and Copenhagen top the work-life balance leaderboard for 2020. Unfortunately and unsurprisingly, the pandemic (which has blurred the boundaries of work and home for millions) has meant some previously higher-placed US cities have dropped into lower positions (namely New York, which plummeted from position 21 to 40)! But spare a thought for Hong Kong, Singapore and Seoul – they have the most overworked populations on the planet! How did we do closer to home? Dublin came in at 28, with London in 31st slot. Clearly we all need to read these tips on how to stop work eating into our home lives *shuts down laptop*

Calming beauty
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Calming beauty

Lockdown 2.0 is here, so your anxiety and stress levels may have gone up another notch. We’re not saying that a beauty product can do much to help with that but by taking some time out, breathing more deeply and focusing on yourself, you may find a moment’s calm and that’s got to be worth a try. Start with Origins Hello Calm Face Mask. It’s slightly cooling on the skin, ultra soothing and means you have to relax for 10 minutes while it works its magic. Follow that with a few drops of EXCLUSIVE Botanics Simply Calm Hydrating Serum (30ml). Take the time to really massage it into your skin using the pads of your fingers, and knuckles too, to give your cheeks some extra sculpting attention. Finish by closing your eyes and taking a few deep breaths of Aromatherapy Associates Support Breathe Essence (either straight from the bottle or pour a few drops onto a tissue, pillow or clothes). The blend of eucalyptus, peppermint and tea tree oil sets you up for whatever the day holds.

The middle child money conundrum
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The middle child money conundrum

Although a new survey found 37% of Brits have confessed to buying more than just the essentials each week (a new eye shadow palette, anyone?), apparently it’s usually middle children who are the most splashy with their cash (24% admitted to being more financially frivolous – a higher score than other siblings). But, as nearly half of people surveyed admitted they can’t resist treating themselves, it’s clear that temptation-resisting is not a strong point for any of us! So if you’re feeling worried and guilty about your shopping habit and struggling to keep it under control, these great finance tips will help you and boost your financial wellbeing. Good luck!