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Christmas nails, donate a dinner and more

Christmas is coming! So, this week, we’re talking about all things festive, from Christmas nail art to food banks and swerving family feuds
Bauble nail art
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Bauble nail art

Waaay back in February, we saw these pearl-adorned nails at the Adeam show and just knew the snowball/bauble-inspired mani had to be worn at Christmas. DIY-it with Elegant Touch Totally Bare Nails in Stiletto (48-pack) to get the perfect clear base, or apply a few coats of white polish to create a snow-like look. Then you can go to town, adding pearls, glitter and sparkle on top. Practical? Not much. Pretty? Oh, yes!

Donating Christmas dinner
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Donating Christmas dinner

Keen to do your bit to give back this Christmas? Food banks see 49% more referrals in December than in any other month. Visit trusselltrust.org to find your nearest and donate. Perhaps double-up some of your festive feast buys to give away?

Statement hair clips
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Statement hair clips

If you love a statement clip or headband, good news: the trend is set to be bigger and better for 2020 (with sales predicted to rise by 15.2% by 2025). Make sure your Christmas party outfit has at least one in the mix… or two… or three. We love Kitsch Open-Shape Pearl Barrette.

Swerving family feuds
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Swerving family feuds

Does Christmas bring a side-helping of family fallouts with your mice pies? Our resident columnist, psychotherapist Jess Henley PGDip., MA, has this advice: ‘Accept that you can’t change others, but that you do have the power to change how you react to them. Don’t try to win old struggles. Instead, choose not to be affected by them by calmly changing the subject and moving it towards more neutral territory.’

Last-minute gift buying
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Last-minute gift buying

We’ve all been there – two days to Christmas and still on the hunt for the perfect present. Good news: we’ve got ideas for that eco warrior, self-care fan, grooming guru, glam pal and wellness warrior, as well as cult buys every beauty junkie will love. So whoever you’re yet to shop for, get set to be inspired. Good luck!