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Mood-ring nails, the new retinols and the green drought

The new nail trend; irritation-free retinol; shocking stats revealing how little we all get outside, plus other news we’re talking about ATM
Mood-ring mani
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Mood-ring mani

Varnish that mimics your fave mood ring from back-in-the-day is hot right now. Opt for shimmering shades that catch the light – anything purple, blue or black will get you the look. Our top pick? Rimmel London 60 Seconds Super Shine Nail Polish in Siren.

 

 

Green drought
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Green drought

A staggering 47% of British adults have not taken a walk in the countryside in more than 12 months (with 34% claiming they feel totally disconnected from the natural world!). All the more worrying when you factor in that time in green spaces is crucial for your mental health. Need some QT with Mother N? Read our feature about how anyone can hike in the Great Outdoors. *dusts off walking boots*

The new retinols
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The new retinols

Retinol is the anti-ageing skincare ingredient. It’s known for helping to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, although it can aggravate and irritate skin due to its potency. But brands are now launching versions that minimise irritation without compromising the results. Meet La Roche-Posay Retinol B3 Serum (30ml), in which retinol has been combined with skin-soothing vitamin B3 and hydrating glycerin. Apply every night alongside the new Olay Retinol 24 Night Eye Cream (15ml), a velvety smooth eye cream that gets to work while you catch up on some Zzzs.

Twilighting: the cool hair trend
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Twilighting: the cool hair trend

This hair-colour craze doesn’t involve mega-hunk Robert Pattinson, but locks that resemble golden hues in the sky at sunset. Dreamy. What that actually means is brunette tresses with warm, glossy undertones – the ultimate low-maintenance way to inject some summer loving into your mane.

60: the new fitty
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60: the new fitty

If ever there was a reason to work out, it’s this: a survey has found that 28% of over 65s who don’t exercise struggle with day-to-day activities, such as walking and going up stairs (this can start as young as 60!). The good news? Exercise can help prevent this happening. So it’s just as well that Svava Sigbertsdottir – founder of global fitness phenomenon The Viking Method and trainer to Nicole Scherzinger and Amanda Holden – and her mum have developed an exercise regime, The Mobility Cards for the over 60s. In a nutshell, it’s a deck of cards, each featuring a scientifically designed workout for body and mind to help ward off age-related aches and pains – no equipment necessary!