Homemade face mask recipes for every skin type

Homemade face mask recipes for every skin type


Time to open up your pantry

Homemade face mask

While the best sheet mask and best face masks can work wonders for your skin, sometimes you don’t have the time or money to go treat yourself to such luxuries. We get it. Enter, homemade face mask recipes that actually work.

Once upon a time, most of the things in your pantry were Cleopatra’s preferred weapons in her beauty arsenal. Seeing as she was considered a ‘woman of surpassing beauty’ and the pioneer of treatments, following her suit and embracing the world of natural recipes seems only, well, natural.

Need to quench your skin’s thirst, combat spots, get glowing skin or make your pores appear smaller? Grab your mixing bowl and try one of these homemade face mask recipes…

Homemade facemask for acne prone skin

1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon – helps stop bacteria in its tracks thanks to its anti-microbial properties.

1 tablespoon of honey – naturally antibacterial

1 teaspoon of baking soda – known for its exfoliating abilities and midl antiseptic properties.

1 tablespoon of green tea powder (such as matcha) – an antioxidant powerhouse that also acts as an anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory agent.

Combine all of your ingredients in a bowl and mix together until you get a smooth, even consistency. Rub the paste over your face in circular motions and then leave it on for 10 -15 minutes. Runs off with tepid water, using a soft washcloth to promote exfoliation.

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Homemade face mask for dry skin

1/2 ripe avocado – packed with antioxidant carotenoids to protect your skin and moisturising monounsaturated fatty acids, know to help maintain moisture in the epidermal layer of your skin.

1/2 ripe banana – rich in powerful antioxidants to protect your skin from free radicals like pollution, as well as amino acids, known to help maintain skin elasticity and potassium to hydrate your skin.

1 teaspoon of plain organic yoghurt – chock full of lactic and alpha hydroxy acids able to dissolve dead skin cells, calcium to facilitate skin renewal and zinc, known for its anti-inflammatory properties and sebum regulation.

1 teaspoon of honey – extremely moisturising thank stop its humectant properties, which draw in moisture from your environment.

Mash your avocado and banana until it’s a smooth paste, then add your yoghurt and honey and mix together until it forms a paste. Apply your mask to your face, leaving it for ten minutes, before rinsing off with tepid water.

 

Homemade face mask for blackheads

2 tablespoons of brown sugar – naturally inhibits bacterial growth and is a source of glycol acid, known to break down the protein that keeps deda skin cells hanging onto your skin as well as boost new cell production.

2 tablespoons of olive oil – cleanses the skin while softening the outer layer to help with the exfoliation process.

1 teaspoon of honey – know for its powerful moisturising, anti-bacterial and antioxidant properties.

Combine all of your ingredients in a bowl and mix together until you get a smooth, even consistency. Once ready, rub your scrub over your face in gentle circular motions. Remember, you don’t want to tear your skin, so take your time and exfoliate gently.

Homemade face mask for glowing skin

3 tablespoons of ground rolled oats – has anti-inflammatory properties to stop any irritation from the lemon juice.

1 tablespoon of honey – known for its moisturising properties to plump your skin.

1/2 teaspoon of turmeric – has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties to slow down cell damage and can help reduce pigmentation.

1 teaspoon of lemon juice – rich in Vitamin C, which reduces the amount of melanin produced to give you brighter looking skin.

Combine all of your ingredients in a bowl and mix together until you get a smooth, even consistency. Apply the mask to your face and leave on for 15 – 20 minutes before rinsing off with tepid water and a muslin cloth to get rid of any yellowing.

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Homemade face mask for pores

1 egg white – contains astringent properties that help tighten your pores.

1 teaspoon of lemon juice – known for its exfoliating action thanks to the levels of citric acid.

Whisk your egg white until it becomes thick and fluffy, adding your lemon juice slowly as you whisk. Apply the mask with a makeup brush (a flat foundation brush works best). Leave the mask to dry completely – it should take around 5-10 minutes and your skin will feel tight. Remove by rinsing with tepid water.

Homemade face mask for sensitive skin

2 tablespoon of ground rolled oats – contains a cleansing agent called saponins and has anti-inflammatory properties.

1 tablespoon of plain organic yoghurt – gently exfoliates the top layer of your skin without causing redness.

1 tablespoon of honey – known for its ability to reduce redness, fight bacteria, moisturise and reduce inflammation.

Combine all of your ingredients in a bowl and mix together until you get a smooth, even paste. Apply all over your face and leave for 10 -15 minutes. Rinse off with tepid water, working the paste off in circular motions and then pat dry with a towel. Work any residue into your face in gentle, circular motions.

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This is the most influential person on Twitter (and thankfully it’s not Donald Trump)

This is the most influential person on Twitter (and thankfully it’s not Donald Trump)


He’ll just have to shake it off.

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Twitter’s long been the bastion of global discussions, sparking huge conversations with breaking news, silly memes and candid celebrity thoughts (some hilarious and amazing, others Kanye West). Well it turns out there’s a few big names on the platform that wield the most influence over the Twittersphere and new research by a company called Brandwatch revealed who was queen of the social media platform’s hearts. We’ve already given it away slightly, but yes – it turns out a female celeb was the most influential, so congratulations are in order for Taylor Swift.

The study looked at ‘a selection of criteria that added together to create [a celeb’s] influence score’, which took into account things like ‘followers, retweets and replies’ and ‘genuine engagement’. The named celebrity would also get bonus points depending on how influential the people they were engaging with were, so for instance if Chrissy Teigen and Michelle Obama started having a natter then it would bump their score way up.

Taylor Swift’s account @taylorswift13 came in at first place with the top influencer score of 98 and an eye-watering following of 84 million at the time Brandwatch’s study was published.

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Besides being the most influential female celeb, she was the most popular of all time tailed closely by Liam Payne (yes, really) at 97.

Liam Payne, whose account @liampayne had a following of 33 million at the time of the study, actually responded to the news – on Twitter, obviously. He screenshotted the research and said, ‘Wow can’t quite believe this. Couldn’t have done it without you….thanks for listening.’

Following closely behind Taylor Swift and Liam Payne were Katy Perry, Kim Kardashian West, Demi Lovato and President Donald J. Trump who shared the same influencer score: 96. Trump’s predecessor Barack Obama slid in neatly behind him with a score of 95 alongside Selena Gomez, Jennifer Lopez, Justin Bieber, Cristiano Ronaldo amongst others.

There were a few surprising names we expected to be on the list but weren’t, including Twitter’s unofficial monarch Chrissy Teigen and Kanye West whose controversial tweets about slavery sparked a huge debate.

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Women also dominated the game as Brandwatch claimed ‘the women in our lists had a higher influencer score than the men’ and especially female musicians. On the flip side, women on the lists were typically younger than the men on the platform with the average age for women being 36.5, nearly 10 years younger than the men’s influential score of 44.7 years old

Pretty wild stuff, hey? We just wish Brandwatch’s research had honed in on which were the most talked about moments of all time as well, as it feels like there have been so many this year. Maybe something to consider for 2019.

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The best cashmere jumpers to keep you snug all winter

The best cashmere jumpers to keep you snug all winter


I am obsessed with cashmere, and if you visit me on any given Sunday, you’ll find me lounging in a cashmere jumper and joggers. Extra, I know, but I just haven’t found anything as comfortable and durable, so I personally think spending a bit more is a good investment.

With that in mind, keep scrolling to shop my edit of the best cashmere pieces out there, and how to care for them.

What is cashmere?

You might know that cashmere is a more luxurious type of wool, and therefore expensive, but do you know why? That is because it comes from a specific type of goat, the cashmere goat, which produce finer, softer hair. Each goat sheds its hair once a year, and there isn’t much of it, so it makes it rarer, and so pricier.

How to wash cashmere

I’ve ruined many a cashmere jumper because I’ve either been too lazy or ignorant to wash it by hand. So first off, you’ll want to check the care label as some cashmere jumpers are machine washable (M&S do a great line), but others aren’t. Usually, you’ll need to wash them by hand in warm – but not hot – water, or in certain rare cases, dry clean only. Make sure you also lay it flat to dry so that it doesn’t lose its shape, we have a full guide on how to wash and store cashmere here.

Best cashmere jumpers

There really is cashmere to suit all budgets. On the high street, you’ll be hard pressed to beat John Lewis & Partners, M&S, GAP or Uniqlo, which all have a great range of jumpers and cardigans in various colours, under £100. If you’re looking to invest in a designer piece, then Chinti & Parker, Vince and Bella & Freud have some fashion-forward styles I think you’ll love.

Keep scrolling to shop my edit of the best cashmere pieces out there, from jumpers to scarves and joggers. Whilst some pieces are pricey, if you care for them well then they will last you a lifetime, and you just can’t beat that cosy factor. Also, don’t be afraid to shop the men’s collections, I love the baggy feel, which goes really well with this season’s slip skirts.

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Beauty Bytes: Ayda Williams on cupping, magnified mirrors and the awful chat up line Robbie used to pull her

Beauty Bytes: Ayda Williams on cupping, magnified mirrors and the awful chat up line Robbie used to pull her


She’s got the X-Factor

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Welcome to Beauty Bytes: a place where I chat to celebrities about all things beauty – from their favourite products, to their biggest beauty disasters. Plus I grill them on their social media habits and their favourite cheat meal. You know, all the important and essentials things that we need to know about.

In light of the X-Factor final tomorrow, I went to Ayda and Robbie Williams’ house and sat down with Ayda to chat about her favourite subject – beauty.

KT: WHAT IS THE WORST BEAUTY TREND YOU’VE EVER ATTEMPTED?

Ayda Williams: Okay, well there have been many but I definitely think that I went through a stage of over self-tanning. There were definitely times, you know, where the fake tan would go patchy and it looked like a skin disease and I thought the best way to handle that would be to just add another layer of it. I just kind of pushed it too far and at the end of it I looked like the cross between an Oompa Loompa and a turd.

KT: SO WOULD YOU DO IT YOURSELF RATHER THAN GOING FOR A SPRAY TAN?

Ayda Williams: I would do both, I would top myself up when I felt like it was fading. I looked like a member of Geordie Shore, but I really thought that orange-brown was the best colour on me so I just kept with it even if people told me I was too tanned. I was like, ‘they’re wrong, they’re definitely wrong.’

KT: WHAT’S THE BEST BEAUTY ADVICE YOU’VE EVER BEEN GIVEN?

Ayda Williams: Hydrate. Although I really struggle to actually do it, but it’s really good advice, because my skin thrives when I drink water and when I don’t, I see the results. Oh and take your make-up off every night. Even if I’m exhausted I cleanse, tone, moisturise.

KT: WHAT’S THE BEST BEAUTY PRODUCT RECOMMENDATION YOU’VE EVER RECEIVED? LIKE A PRODUCT THAT SOMEBODY GAVE TO YOU AND IT CHANGED YOUR LIFE.

Ayda Williams: I love my Omoroviza Thermal Cleansing Balm, I always go back to this. Some people like a very soapy cleanser, but I find them quite abrasive and drying and they make my skin feel really tight. I’m more of a lubed up-oily kind of girl; it’s a cleansing balm all the way for me.

Omorovicza Thermal Cleansing Balm, £52 Space NK

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Bioderma Micellar Water is also another live and die by product. It’s super simple and my go-to for everything – it takes make-up off, cleans and freshens and you can do it after a work out. Oh my goodness and the travel size, the little cute one, which just for cuteness is worth taking away with you.

Bioderma Sensibio H2O Make-Up Removing Solution Sensitive Skin, £5.20 Look Fantastic

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KT: WHAT’S YOUR THE HOUSE IS BURNING, I’VE GOT TO GRAB THE MOST IMPORTANT BEAUTY PRODUCT?

Ayda Williams: That would be my perfume. I’m almost afraid to tell people because I don’t want anyone else to wear it. I just don’t want a bunch of people smelling like me. It’s called B683 by Marc-Antoine Barrois. I love this scent.

KT: I’VE LITERALLY NEVER HEARD OF IT.

Ayda Williams: I remember when I first smelled it and I wasn’t too sure, but then I put it on my skin and I literally couldn’t stop smelling myself. All day long. I’ve never felt that way about a fragrance, I mean I’ve gone through different fragrances in my life, but I feel like this one could be a life-partner because it’s so good.

KT: WHERE DO YOU GET IT FROM?

Ayda Williams: I get it from Harrods. It is literally my happy smell. You’ve got to let it sit for a bit.

*At this point, the nanny brings in Coco, Ayda’s youngest daughter and quite possibly the cutest baby in the world, and Ayda continues the interview whilst feeding Coco her dinner*

Ayda Williams: Isn’t she the cutest. She’s a future beauty lover. Her skin is great, lots of hydration, plenty of sleep.

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I spy with my little eye an extra little hand 👀 So we have been keeping a very special secret! We are delighted to share with you that we have had a baby girl….welcome to the world Colette (Coco) Josephine Williams!! 💕💕 It has been a very long and difficult path to get here, which is why we have kept it on the down low. Family comes in all forms, and this little lady, who is biologically ours, was carried by an incredible surrogate mother, to whom we will be eternally grateful. We are over the moon to have this beautiful baby girl in our lives and so blessed that we live in a world which makes this possible. As with Teddy and Charlie, we ask that you respect Coco’s privacy and allow us to grow into our new team of 5! #TeamWilliams

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KT: SHE IS SO CUTE. AND SHE LOOKS SO MUCH LIKE ROBBIE. OK, WHAT’S YOUR BEAUTY SECRET?

Ayda Williams: I’m trying to think, I really do like to take supplements, but that’s kind of boring. Oh! Greatest beauty secret is don’t get a magnifying mirror. Don’t ever get a magnifying mirror. I’ve learned that the hard way. No one needs to see themselves at 10x. Practise some self-love and never get a magnifying mirror, that’s my beauty secret.

KT: I’VE ACTUALLY GOT ONE. AND I GET OBSESSED WITH MY PORES.

Ayda Williams: Me too, that’s why I had to thrown mine out!

KT: WHAT’S ARE YOUR THREE GO-TO BEAUTY BRANDS? THE ONES YOU ALWAYS GO BACK TO.

Ayda Williams: Omorovicza, REN and Alumier for skincare. Aesop, Lola’s Apothcary and Bamford for body.

KT: WHAT’S IN YOUR MAKE-UP BAG RIGHT NOW?

Ayda Williams: Iconic Illuminator, Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk foundation and anything Tom Ford on my body is great. Face, neck, body, toes; all of it likes Tom Ford, especially the Brow Sculptor.

KT: IT’S AMAZING.

Ayda Williams: Isn’t it?! It’s slanted and creates a nice soft fuzz almost like your natural hair. And I love Charlotte Tilbury for the highlighters and eye shadows, Fenty Beauty lipsticks and Burberry contour stick.

KT: HOW OFTEN DO YOU WORK OUT AND WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE WAY TO EXERCISE?

Ayda Williams: In my dream scenario, I work out five days a week. My minimum is three days a week. And if I’m really super determined, I do six. But I would say four times is the average, I like to do something every day if I can.

KT: WELL I DON’T DO ANYTHING, SO YOU ARE MY HERO.

Ayda Williams: Well we’ve got to get you on it! I think it’s because there’s so much chaos around me. It’s really my one-hour or 45 minutes to be cut off from all of the things and all of the chatter. I don’t have my phone on, I don’t have a million demands; its like just me time. It’s like my therapy, I really enjoy it. I do it in the morning, if I don’t get it done in the morning, it doesn’t happen. I really enjoy classes and being with other people. I like pilates, yoga, then I like more aggressive things like boot camp and HIT workouts.

KT: AND IT’S GREAT FOR THE SKIN…

Ayda Williams: Exactly. It flushes your whole body out, gets rid of toxins, ups your serotonin levels and you feel better. I find I’ve got more energy when I work out in comparison to when I don’t. And look, if you ever want to work out, I’ll take you!

KT: I JUST DON’T THINK YOU’LL EVER GET ME, I’M SO LAZY.

Ayda Williams: I would! I get everybody doing it.

KT: LET’S TALK ABOUT TREATMENTS…

Ayda Williams: Yes, I get everything! So I love facial massage, mesotherapy, vampire facials, light therapy and I quite like a deep massage or a sports massage. If someone’s just kind of like doing a namby-pamby soft massage, it actually drives me crazy. Like I want someone to go in and hard and if I’m not in pain, I don’t enjoy it. And I also really like reflexology and cupping. Do you do cupping?

KT: NO, I’VE NEVER DONE CUPPING.

Ayda Williams: Cupping’s great. I love cupping combined with a bit of acupuncture. Have you done rolfing?

KT: WHAT? NO, WHAT’S ROFLING?

Ayda Williams: It’s like body alignment work, it’s quite intense.

KT: YOU’RE LIKE MISS BEAUTY. I’M LOVING THIS. YOU MENTIONED YOU TAKE SUPPLEMENTS…

Ayda Williams: I take all the supplements. I used to think it was all a bunch of BS, but I am vitamin D deficient and I had diabetes with both my pregnancies because of it. And I know that when I took Vitamin D supplements around the time of the second pregnancy, I actually got the diabetes much later on. And since it runs in my family, even though I was going to get it no matter what because of the hormones of the pregnancy, I was able to stave it off. Maybe it’s superficial and it doesn’t mean anything, but I’m willing to swallow gazillion pills if it means that I can have better quality of life or feel better inside.

KT: OK, WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE ALCOHOLIC DRINK?

Ayda Williams: Gosh, it’s a tough call between tequila and champagne. If I could put champagne in tequila and it would taste good, I would probably combine them. But I would say if I’m going out for the evening tequila. I really love red wine, but it makes me go to sleep and it’s more when I’m having a bath or watching TV.

KT: WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE TV SHOW TO BINGE WATCH?

Ayda Williams: OK so my quality, highbrow shows are Game of Thrones, Narcos and Handmaid’s Tale. But my lowbrow, reality binge watches are First Dates, Big Brother and Made in Chelsea. We literally binge-watched the whole of Game of Thrones in like no time at all. We watched eight seasons in less than a month! And we have kids. There were times when I would say to Rob: ‘quick, tuck ‘em in, let’s got watch it.’

KT: WHAT’S THE WEIRDEST PICKUP LINE YOU’VE EVER HEARD?

Ayda Williams: ‘Hi, my name’s Robbie Williams and I performed at Knebworth.’ How about that as a pickup line, that’s the worst.

KT: WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE INSTAGRAM ACCOUNT?

Ayda Williams: I love @oldbitchesofInstagram, it’s hilarious. And @robbiewilliams, because I like to keep up with where he is in the world.

KT: AND FINALLY, WHO WERE YOU STAR STUCK MEETING?

Ayda Williams: You know what, I was really star struck when I met Paul McCartney and Bono. They both kissed my pregnant belly and I just thought, this child has no idea how cool what is happening on the outside. Oh and also at the Royal Wedding earlier this year singing God Save The Queen in front of the Queen was really neat. Not that I knew all of the words!

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Christmas gifts for her: The ultimate guide to stylish shopping

Christmas gifts for her: The ultimate guide to stylish shopping


This way for help finding the most super-chic Christmas gifts for her…

Christmas Gifts For Her

Marie Claire has edited the best online Christmas gifts for her for 2018, so whether you’re shopping for your sister, friend, or the ideal gifts for book lovers, we’ve found the most amazing gifts to give this Christmas.

We can all relate to the rising panic; with only a few weeks left until Christmas you need present ideas, fast. With a varied list from the colleague you drew in the office Secret Santa (but don’t really know that well) and your shopping addict best friend who already has everything, to your mother-in-law who you need to keep sweet and your cousin who always gives you the best gifts. Let’s not even get started on the girlfriend or wife that you want to surprise and spoil.

Fear not, we’ve got you covered with the best christmas gifts for her out there. From jewellery and accessories to pair with your many Christmas party dresses, to the most luxurious PJs – we’ve got your shopping dilemmas covered, right here.

And don’t worry about what to buy the men in your life either as there’s a great selection of Christmas gifts for him, too.

Grab your credit card and start scrolling.

Happy shopping…

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Princess Diana adopted this jewellery hack way before Kate Middleton did

Princess Diana adopted this jewellery hack way before Kate Middleton did


We all know Princess Diana was the first one to really through the royal style rule book out the window, from shunning gloves to wearing two watches, amongst other fashion secrets.

And it turns out she was doing the hi-lo jewellery thing way before Kate Middleton wore a Zara necklace to the Nelson Mandela biopic premiere.

Apparently, she was a massive fan of costume jewellery, and would go on regular shopping trips to London boutique Butter & Wilson.

According to New York writer Diane Clehane, author of Diana: The Secrets of Her Style, the late Princess picked up a pair of crescent moon earrings there before her trip to the Persian Gulf to meet the Sultan of Oman in 1986.

She wore crescent moon earrings (pictured above) which everyone thought were an extravagant diamond gift from the Sultan, but they in fact cost her just £23.

I kind of love the fact she was happy to mix zirconia with priceless diamond heirlooms from the Queen’s collection, and that people didn’t even realise. Something tells me Diana would’ve quite liked that joke.

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Andrew Garfield allegedly has a new girlfriend and you’ll never guess who

Andrew Garfield allegedly has a new girlfriend and you’ll never guess who


Surprise!

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So, here’s the thing about celebrities. We see all the photographs taken of them in public and all the posts they choose to share on social media, but we never really know what’s going on behind the scenes. Sometimes, something will catch us off-guard like a surprising friendship or a relationship that was totally off our radar. That’s why when we found out that actor Andrew Garfield and singer Rita Ora are allegedly dating, it came completely out of left field. Beyond being British and famous, we didn’t know if the stars had anything else in common but here we are.

According to The Sun, the pair have been casually seeing one another and it’s still relatively new. However a source claimed, ‘Rita let slip to pals about her brewing romance about a month ago. But in recent days, things have started to heat up and she says what they have is the real deal. It is still very early days but they like each other and are seeing what happens.’

It’s surprising that the Let You Love Me star has time for romance, given that Rita’s currently doing a ton of press for her new album Phoenix. She also just wrapped up one of her biggest gigs of the year: performing at the Victoria’s Secret fashion show on live television.

The source continued, ‘[Andrew and Rita’s] schedules make things difficult but they have a real connection.’

That said, they may have had a little more time together recently. The pair were both in attendance at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards, but they sneakily avoided coming in together.

Previously, Rita was romantically linked to music producer Andrew Watt and the pair dated for 13 months before splitting earlier this October. On the other hand, Andrew Garfield was seen earlier this year having dinner with his former flame Emma Stone according to The Sun though nothing seems to have materialised there.

We’ll just have to wait to see how things play out between Andrew and Rita, if they say anything about it at all. The beginning stages of a relationship are always a bit weird and we bet it’s even weirder when it’s been thrown into the media spotlight, so here’s hoping they manage to stick it out.

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Is Meghan Markle going to Priyanka Chopra’s wedding?

Is Meghan Markle going to Priyanka Chopra’s wedding?


Priyanka went to hers, after all.

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It’s no secret that after growing up in California and working in Hollywood, former Suits actress Meghan Markle has a few famous names in her phone contacts. One of them happens to be one of our favourite gals over at Marie Claire HQ – Quantico’s Priyanka Chopra. When the avalanche of media attention came for her friend Meghan, Priyanka went above and beyond to defend her friend from sexist comments or disparaging rumours; making her somebody we definitely want in our corner. She was eventually invited to the royal wedding earlier this year and attended, slaying the game in an outfit we couldn’t believe. With her own wedding to singer Nick Jonas happening this weekend, the question remains: will Meghan Markle and Prince Harry be going?

Sadly, it doesn’t seem like they will be. Although the Palace hasn’t confirmed or denied it, a source claimed to Cosmopolitan that the royals wouldn’t be coming along. Before any rumours start brewing, we’ll just nip that in the bud – it’s not because there’s any bad blood between the pair. In fact, it’s down to the fact that Meghan’s little one is on the way.

The source said, ‘Meghan will not be going to Priyanka’s wedding. Especially now that she is pregnant.’

Gutting. We totally get it and it makes sense, but it’s still sad when one of your best pals can’t make it to one of the biggest events of your life. We bet Meghan will probably whip up a gorgeous heartfelt letter with those calligraphy skills of hers though and send along a wedding gift.

Even if Meghan and Priyanka understandably haven’t been able to spend that much time together, in the past they’ve gushed about one another and Cosmopolitan claims that they featured together frequently on posts on Meghan’s Instagram. (RIP.) Priyanka explained while on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon that the pair became close while filming their respective TV shows in Toronto and Meghan had nothing but amazing things to say about her.

Meghan said previously to Press Trust of India (via E! News), ‘Priyanka is unbelievable. She has become a really good friend…Turns out that she really likes Suits.’

She told E! News, ‘You know when you meet someone and you just ‘click’…it was just an easy, natural progression. We’ve managed to keep in touch via email and text, and try to see each other whenever we’re both in the same town.’

The feeling was absolutely mutual as Priyanka Chopra said on The Jenny McCarthy show, ‘She’s always been someone who’s so just aware and interested in the world. That’s what we bonded on—was how much we feel like we contribute to that as public people.’

Priyanka also wasn’t having it for a second when Wendy Williams made a sexist comment prior to the royal wedding, when Williams described Meghan Markle solely as Prince Harry’s girlfriend. Given that Priyanka and Meghan both came up in Hollywood’s cut throat industry together and she’d seen Meghan’s work firsthand, Priyanka instantly flashed her claws to defend her friend.

Priyanka interrupted the host to declare, ‘Also Meghan Markle, actress, Suits, her achievements.’

We stan a bad ass female friendship TBH.

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Welcome home baby… 😍

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Priyanka and Nick Jonas’ wedding will be taking place this weekend in India and that’s a long way for anybody to fly from the UK, regardless of being pregnant. However we think Priyanka and Nick will get over it as their wedding is set to be one of the biggest events in India’s calendar, given that Priyanka is one of the country’s biggest celebrities as she remains a major Bollywood superstar.

On top of that, Nick’s got his own big list of Hollywood pals including his fellow brothers and his future sister-in-law Sophie Turner from Game of Thrones.

In fact, Sophie even went along to Priyanka’s glam bachelorette party in pictures on Instagram. The hen do looked pretty massive with Chopra running round town in a massive feathered couture piece by designer Georges Chakra, stripey pyjamas and the inevitable hangover – complete with matching eye masks. Seriously though, we wished we looked nearly as good after a big night out.

NGL, we’re going to be stalking every moment of Priyanka and Nick’s wedding on Instagram. And even though Meghan Markle sadly doesn’t have an account anymore, we bet she’ll be quietly lurking on her friend’s Insta from afar – wishing her all the best from Blighty.

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People’s fashion choices are one of the reasons Trump was elected

People’s fashion choices are one of the reasons Trump was elected


It’s no secret that your fashion choices can have a psychological effect on a lot of things, like your career or a Tinder date, and it turns out that includes political votes too. More specifically, it might be one of the reasons President Trump is in office.

At the annual Business of Fashion VOICES conference yesterday, Cambridge Analytica whistleblower Christopher Wiley revealed for the first time that Trump’s campaign used data on people’s fashion preferences in the 2016 US presidential election. Not scary at all.

He explained that CA used date from 87 million Facebook users, and targeted those who ‘liked’ certain brands with pro-Trump messaging. Those included lots of American heritage denim brands like Wrangler and LL Bean, rather than more European ones.

‘When SCL Group, this military contractor, became Cambridge Analytica after Steve Bannon and Alt-Right billionaires bought it and changed the research that we were doing, one of the first things that they realized was how powerful fashion is, and how powerful it is to understand how people engage with clothing,’ he said.

Cambridge Analytica then looked at the brands based on five key personality traits: openness, conscientiousness, extroversion, agreeableness and neuroticism. For example, Wrangler fans were less open-mind and more traditional, therefore might be more receptive to pro-Trump propaganda.

Wiley said, ‘We used weaponized algorithms; we used weaponized cultural narratives to undermine people and undermine their perception of reality, and fashion played a big part in that.’

He also encouraged the fashion industry to use their influence for good, adding, ‘It is up to you if Trump or Brexit become the Crocs or the Chanel of our political age.’

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These are the best moisturiser buys for different skin types

These are the best moisturiser buys for different skin types


Whether you’re dry, oily or a combination of the two, there’s a face cream for you

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You might have tried so many different lotions and potions in your lifetime that finding the best moisturiser is starting to feel like a pipe dream.

But fear not: With a little bit of knowledge and preparation you’ll be well-equipped to choose the perfect match for your face, thanks to Marie Claire’s handy guide.

The key is knowing your skin before you buy. Dr Anjali Mahto, Consultant Dermatologist, author of The Skincare Bible and spokesperson for the British Skin Foundation says: ‘Finding the perfect moisturiser depends on your skin type, because not one size fits all.

‘Dry, sensitive and oily skins all need different skincare. And it needs to be designed specifically for your skin type. If you don’t know what your skin type is, speak to your dermatologist.’

Not everyone has access to a dermatologist, but you can usually work out your skin type based on the following: If you have enlarged or open pores, blemishes or are prone to greasiness, you need the best moisturiser for oily skin, something light and ideally non-comedogenic (which means non-pore clogging).

Struggle with skin that’s uncomfortably tight, flaky or just feels like sandpaper and we’ll point you in the direction of the best moisturiser for dry skin. These are usually richer emollient creams that

If you’re a lucky soul who is prone to bouts of both – the classic mix of dry cheeks and an oily T-zone – we’ve rounded up the best moisturisers for combination skin too.

And, finally, if your skin is sensitive you’re probably already aware that certain ingredients cause inflammation or break outs. It’s best to avoid creams that contain alcohol, essential oils or fragrance.

So without further ado, keep reading for some of the greatest hits of the moisturiser world – you might just leave here with a new skincare best friend.

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