Beauty

The latest celebrity fragrances, oral health disasters + more news!

Including how the pandemic has aged us, how much your period really costs and why turning vegan is the newest way to pledge your love.
Celeb fragrance faces
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Celeb fragrance faces

Celebrity fragrance signings are like buses; there isn’t one for ages and then a spate of them come along at the same time. And the latest big names to lend their faces to some mega scents are seriously A-list. First up is Lady Gaga. She is now the face of Valentino Voce Viva For Women, a gorgeous floral woody scent of geranium, jasmine, spicy ginger and bergamot. If you’ve ever wondered what Lenny Kravitz smells like (who hasn’t?!), then you’ll be pleased to know it’s YSL Y Mens, a spicy aromatic fragrance that’s filled with incense, sage and ginger. And finally, the actress Lucy Boynton – who you may know from Bohemian Rhapsody (she played Freddie Mercury’s girlfriend, Mary Austin) – has just been revealed as the new face of the classic scent, Chloé For Her. Time to get spritzing.

Don't ruin your teeth doing these things!
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Don't ruin your teeth doing these things!

The TikTok craze for DIY dental advice has experts in a spin. For good reason. Think using a nail file to even up crooked teeth (do not try this – your enamel will never grow back!). Or rinsing your mouth with hydrogen peroxide not sold over the counter (this can cause chemical burns – and irreversible damage to teeth/gums). Or rubbing the inside of a banana skin on your teeth to whiten them (hello, fructose klaxon: you may as well rub sugar onto your teeth!) Any wonder the Oral Health Foundation has sent out an urgent warning to stop people taking the advice of influencers with no dental qualifications. Frankly, we’d rather keep our teeth – crooked and stained as they are – than have a mouthful of crumbling gnashers.

But if you’re worried about your teeth for any reason, the Foundation has a Dental Helpline on 01788 539780* offering free, independent advice from fully trained dental professionals.

Periods cost HOW much?
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Periods cost HOW much?

Millions of us spend a fair bit of dosh on period products (pads, tampons, painkillers, etc.) every month and will do for around three and a half decades of our lives. So, just how much will this cost over your lifetime? Mooncup have handily launched a period cost calculator tool so you can work that out, plus how much you’d save by investing in one of their reusable Mooncups. Clever!

Pandemic = premature ageing
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Pandemic = premature ageing

It’s undoubtedly been a stressful year, but according to a new body of research commissioned by cosmetic treatment specialist Uvence, more than two million 18-34-year-olds say they look five years older, thanks to the stress and anxiety caused by Covid-19. If this resonates with you, then a retinol-based product is a great way to tackle the appearance of wrinkles (just build up gradually if you’re a first-time user). Honest Beauty Honestly Pure Retinol Serum is a fab product if you’ve never tried retinol or vitamin A before as it’s combined with hyaluronic acid, so it delivers hydration as well.

Would you choose plant life for love?
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Would you choose plant life for love?

Because it turns out that almost four in 10 Brits would turn veggie or vegan for their partner to keep them happy, and another 19% doing it to support their other half in their quest to be healthier. However, it’s not just romantic partners that have serious sway: 16% of people have chosen the meat-free life after being asked to by their kids, with 19% being talked into it by friends. Fancy giving it a go? Boots have a huge range of vegan products, including all these yummy vegan snacks. Talk about temptation!

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