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Pudding inspired make-up, and more 2021 trends to love...

It's about time we had some fun things to look forward to, so we're sharing the love for these new trends, from getting vitamin savvy and face painting to clean drinking and glamorous gaming. Enjoy!
Sweet Mochi skin
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Sweet Mochi skin

This is the complete antidote to last year’s trend for glass or mermaid skin. Taking its inspiration from the cute Japanese rice-cake puddings, the focus is on making your skin look plump, velvet-like and soft. Sold? Try using a primer to blur and minimise pores, such as Benefit The Porefessional Smoothing Face Primer, then smooth on a matte foundation with a velvet finish, such as Givenchy Matissime Velvet Radiant Mat Fluid Foundation SPF20.

Get supplement savvy
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Get supplement savvy

If you approach vitamins like Quality Street (as in, surely any of them are good?), then let us suggest a much more targeted tactic. The Boots Vitamin Quiz is a new, free online tool that’ll help you find the right vitamins and supplements to support your wellbeing. Simply answer a few quick questions about your health and lifestyle, and it’ll serve up info about nutrients you need and recommend Boots-branded products for your goals. In short, it’s personalised nutrition at your fingertips. Genius!

 

Face paint goes mainstream
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Face paint goes mainstream

Make-up and mask-wearing are not usually a match made in heaven, which is why we’re loving one of the big trends for this season: make-up meets face paint. We’re not talking about sporting a full cat or butterfly face (although if that makes you happy, why not?). Copy the look from the Anna Sui SS21 show and rock a small flower around your eyes – using long-wearing eyeliner so it won’t budge. Très chic and oh, so joyful while donning a mask.

Binge-drinking? So last year…
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Binge-drinking? So last year…

If you want to reduce your booze consumption substantially in 2021 without being fully teetotal, then ‘clean drinking’ is your new go-to. Think low-sugar, herbal mixes or ‘hard seltzers’ (fizzy water with a touch of alcohol, which are already huge in the US). Hangovers, begone!

Gaming for grown-ups
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Gaming for grown-ups

Think gaming is just something your teens are obsessed with? Then think again! With many of us stuck at home because of the pandemic, all sorts of people are enjoying gaming for its wellbeing benefits, which include relaxation and everyday-stress relief. In fact, nearly a third of gamers even say it’s helped them deal with a mental-health issue. Don’t fancy Fortnite? Try Drest (see left), an interactive, luxury styling game (think Anna Wintour vibes), or Redecor, where you can vote for your fave interior designs and tap into a creative community. Yup, gaming got glam.

Chickpea for the win
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Chickpea for the win

Not just the lead star in hummus, the humble chickpea is hot news right now – and we’re huge fans. The healthy cupboard essential is taking centre stage: you can now find the plant-based protein dream in chickpea flour, snacks, tofu and cereal in your supermarket. We’re eating the trend right up!