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Ace J-Lo’s ‘just showered’ style
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Ace J-Lo’s ‘just showered’ style

Rocking wet hair on purpose (not just because we overslept and ran out of blow-dry time) isn’t our usual go-to look. But how can you not feel inspired to soak your strands after seeing goddess Jennifer Lopez do just that at the 2020 American Music Awards? Recreate the style by mixing a little shine cream (try Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Shine Style Milk) and hair gel (we like Umberto Giannini Curl Jelly Scrunching Jelly), then smooth through wet hair from front to back. Comb into place or use your fingers for a more tousled vibe.

Festive looks you need in your life
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Festive looks you need in your life

Okay, so Chrimbo parties and festive fun are looking very different this year, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still throw some shimmer and sparkle on Zoom calls. From a blue and gold smoky eye to a Christmas lights extravaganza, check out these gorge festive makeup tutorials. We’ll also be adding a few one-swipe wonders to our shopping basket…

Peeper powerhouse: KVD Vegan Beauty Dazzle Vegan Eyeshadow Sticks. They’re packed with 360-degree refractive pearls (ooh, fancy) for major standout power. Simply sweep over  your lids and you’re ready to go… back to the sofa for more Christmas movies.

Luxe lip: NARS Mini Afterglow Lip Balm Duo. If you’re swerving lipsticks because of #maskproblems, these balms combine soft colour with a dose of hydration. Mwah.

Skin sparkler: Soap & Glory Glow And Dew It Pressed Highlighting Powder. Add instant party radiance with this velvety number – whether you’re pulling crackers with loved ones, doing a virtual Christmassy quiz or eating pigs in blankets in the park with friends.

 

Covid busters!
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Covid busters!

We’re loving the clever, interactive new platform Germ Defence, which can help us protect ourselves and our loved ones from Covid-19, flu and other nasties this winter. Created by the boffins at Bristol, Southampton and Bath universities, the science-backed tool shares easy-to-digest info and tips for reducing the spread of the virus. What are you waiting for?

Puppy hugs = wellbeing win
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Puppy hugs = wellbeing win

Any animal lover knows that even just looking at cute pet memes/videos/pics online is a great de-stresser (science even backs this up!) But now, thanks to a new survey from the pet department at OnBuy, we’ve discovered which dog breeds are best at calming us down after a five-minute cuddle. Coming in at number three are those loyal, even-tempered Golden Retrievers, who can reduce a stressed heart rate to 54 beats per minute (BPM). The runners up? Huskies: these friendly, intelligent, floofs can get our tickers to a relaxing 52 BPM. But – drumroll please – the best in show for a calm-down cuddle is… the Labrador Retriever. A hug with one of these gentle, furry angels reduces our BPMs right down to 51. We feel serene just thinking about it…