Cancer can feel like a difficult health matter to ‘chat’ about, but with Macmillan Cancer Support‘s new Talking Cancer podcast series, proudly sponsored by Boots, it’s made a whole lot easier. Radio DJ Emma B chats with Boots’ chief pharmacist, Marc Donovan, and Macmillan’s chief medical officer, Rosie Loftus, on navigating the ‘new normal’ as we adapt to these current times, and shares what support is available for people living with cancer. And with Macmillan’s Coffee Morning coming up, what better excuse to enjoy a cuppa and a slice of cake with friends (socially distanced or virtually) while listening to the podcast and raising money for a worthy cause. You can tune in, or find out more, here.
Here at Health & Beauty we have a 100% no-retouching policy on our own photoshoot images. So we’re cheering on a new campaign encouraging us all to share our unfiltered snaps. Make-up artist and curve model Sasha Louise Pallari started the #filterdrop movement to see more real skin on Instagram and to highlight the negative impact that over-edited, misleading photos can have on our self-esteem. It couldn’t come at a better time – a new Girlguiding survey found 34% of girls aged 11-21 won’t post pics of themselves without an app or filter to change their appearance, while 39% feel upset that they can’t look the way they do IRL compared to online. Check out Sasha’s posts for more – and embrace the #filterdrop life!
If you’re looking to up your beauty recycling and get a serious pat on the back for it, let us introduce you to a fabulous new recycling scheme that Boots UK has launched in 50 stores. Bring back any empty, hard-to-recycle beauty, health and wellness products from any brand – not just those stocked at Boots – and for every five items, you will be rewarded with 500 points on your Boots Advantage Card (worth £5!). Happy recycling and shopping!
Things just got a whole lot more powerful in the scent stakes. Lancôme has unveiled an intense version of its much-loved Idôle – Lancôme Idôle L’Intense Eau de Parfum (25ml) boasts notes of rose and mandarin, with a base including sandalwood and Madagascan bourbon vanilla. We’re also loving YSL Libre Intense Eau De Parfum (35ml), which is packed with gorgeous bergamot, lavender and jasmine. Then there’s Givenchy L’Interdit Eau de Parfum Intense (35ml) with its orange blossom, patchouli and black sesame notes. Erm, we’ll take them all, please!
Contraception can be a minefield, right? Which is why we’re putting World Contraception Day this Saturday, 26 September, on your radar. Its focus is to encourage young people to make informed choices about their sexual and reproductive health. We know finding what works for you and your body is tricky, so if you’ve not yet found a good fit, check out our comprehensive guide.