Do the words ‘pubic hair’ make you cringe or feel uncomfortable? Sadly, research by Venus reveals that nearly half of those surveyed agreed they’ve been made to feel that ‘vagina’ or ‘pubic’ aren’t appropriate terms to use in public (*shakes head*). Instead, they’d rather say ‘down there’ or ‘private parts’, which is baffling, considering so many of us have them. Here at Health & Beauty, we believe it’s time to start normalising all things pubic – whether that’s talking to friends about pesky shaving problems with pubic hair (itchy regrowth and ingrown hairs – yep, we’re talking about you) – or vaginas in general. But how to bust taboos? The simplest way is to just start having these conversations – so grit your teeth and speak up!
We’re kinda tickled that some previously unhip pursuits are now beloved of the Gen Z hipster-ati. In fact, a survey by Create and Craft found that 60% of 16-29 year olds have taken up a traditional hobby in the last 12 months: These include knitting (20%), needlework (19%), birdwatching (14%), flower arranging (11%), and even stamp collecting (5%). The reason for this elevation of old school to cool? Nearly 58% said their trad hobbies help them feel grounded, while 54% felt they offer a welcome escape from screens/tech, and half claimed they’re a great distraction from everyday stresses. Another winning discovery? Gender bias is on the way out, with 45% claiming that hobbies perceived as ‘female’ (think knitting, jam making, or sewing) are now popular with men, too. Proving that everything old is new again…
Adapting your make-up looks to mask-wearing life has become second nature since the pandemic. While glossy lips don’t go so well with masks (stickiness, smearing, to name but a few issues…), a strong eye remains a winner. And the stats prove it: in April, sales of mascara increased by 287%, eyeliner 283% and fake eyelashes 307%! So if you’re in the market for a bold eye statement, these trusty products will up your game. Want lashes that look voluminous without clumps or smudges? We love Max Factor Divine Lashes in Rich Black. And for a look that’ll last way past your bedtime, try Anastasia Beverly Hills Darkside Waterproof Eyeliner: it’s got impressive pigment and glides on like a dream. Fake it till you make it with dramatic Doll Beauty Faux Mink Lashes in Jasmine – they’re feathery and super flattering. Eye-eye!
With cinemas back open (can we get a hell, yeah!?), one film is firmly on our watch-list: the new Cruella movie (opens on 28 May). Starring Emma Stone (who we’re low-key obsessed with), it’s the prequel of 101 Dalmatians and explores Cruella’s back story (which is why the film has been a punky feel and is set in 1970s London amidst the punk revolution). If you want to make like Cruella, then know this: legendary nail brand Sally Hansen has created exclusive Cruella shades to celebrate the launch. Our faves are the hot pink Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Nail Polish Disney Cruella Collection in Tipsy Gypsy, for a chic nail look that’ll get you noticed. And for a knock-out crimson, as rocked by fashionable Cruella herself, Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Nail Polish Disney Cruella Collection in Red Eye – it’s mega-glossy and will last for over a week!
Yes, you read that right. The debate rages on about whether music can help your leafy babies to flourish (there’s even been a study that proves sound waves can be effective). And now SaveOnEnergy.com has carried out research on Spotify. The aim? To look into which music genres, songs and artists were most common in 100 plant-growing playlists, as well as find the average beats per minute (bpm) and length of songs, to reveal the tunes that might tantalise our shrubs. The results? The ideal plant-growing genre is… pop music (ith a tempo of 114bpm and a length of around four minutes). As for the winning artist, it’s… Mort Garson (us, neither). He’s a Canadian composer thought to be one of the pioneers of electronic music in the 1960s and 70s, fact fans. Given that merely gazing at an indoor plant can reduce your stress levels, we’re turning DJ pronto (*searches frantically for pop songs with ‘grow’ in the title*).