Since the nuptials however, the public has been far more concerned with what Meghan gets called in private, with the 36-year-old seeming to have a catalogue of nicknames.
While Harry calls her ‘Meg’ and mum Doria refers to her as ‘Flower’ – yet another reason to love Doria Ragland, Prince Charles’ nickname for the Duchess might just be our favourite yet.
Yes, that’s right.
We knew Meghan had a close relationship with her father-in-law, with the future King even walking her down the aisle in the place of her own dad, but we didn’t know just quite how fond of Meghan Prince Charles was until we heard his nickname for her.
The name? Tungsten.
While it might seem strange that she’s been named after a strong metal, according to the Mail, there’s a very sweet explanation behind it.
‘Prince Charles admires Meghan for her strength and the backbone she gives Harry, who needs a tungsten-type figure in his life as he can be a bit of a softy,’ a source reportedly told the tabloid.
It looks like Meghan is well and truly settled in the royal family then.
Following on from a damning PETA exposé on the abusive practices in mohair production, which led the likes of Topshop and Zara to boycott it, ASOS has gone one step further.
Not only is the e-tailer dropping all mohair products from its site, but it has vowed to also stop selling cashmere, silk, down or feathers by January 2019.
The move was applauded by PETA, with director of corporate projects Yvonne Taylor stating, ‘People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) applauds Asos for leading the charge for compassion in fashion. In response to PETA’s campaigns, consumers are changing the face of the industry by demanding that designers and retailers ditch animal-derived materials in favour of cruelty-free alternatives that look great without causing suffering.’
While many are now aware of the cruel practices used to obtain mohair (shearers leaving goats cut up and bleeding in their rush to get their wool), and brands like Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein and Gucci have now banned fur, there still isn’t much awareness of practices used to obtain silk, cashmere and other luxe materials.
For example, according to PETA, 6,600 silkworms are killed (some boiled or gassed alive) to obtain one kilogram of silk, and cashmere goats, who are kept in China and Mongolia, where winters are bitterly cold, are often shorn in midwinter to keep up with demand, leading to deaths by exposure.
PETA also explains that most downs are obtained as a by-product to the meat and foie gras industries, which don’t always treat animals well.
Environmental assault is surprisingly the number one cause of ageing – and while pollution is a danger all year round, harmful rays from the sun are heightened during summer.
Exposure to UVA and UVB rays, smoke and pollution rapidly accelerates skin ageing, causing inflammation at skin’s cellular level. The result is an increased appearance of wrinkles and pigmentation with a breakdown of collagen and elastin, all contributing to visible signs of ageing. It is therefore crucial to protect skin all year round with your skincare regime.
This is where Elizabeth Arden’s Prevage steps in this summer. Taking a doubly effective ‘protect and correct’ approach, the premium expert range effectively guards skin against environmental threats, while correcting any existing damage that has led to ageing.
Containing Idebenone, the most powerful antioxidant exclusive to Elizabeth Arden, the Prevage skincare collection features the Anti-aging + Intensive Repair Daily Serum. This impressive serum shields skin from environmental effects and works to reduce cellular inflammation, while improving the appearance of wrinkles and pigmentation.
It also features Arazine, an ingredient which, when paired with Idebenone, helps to neutralize 95% of environmental damage. Not only does the serum boast impressive results, its luxurious texture and light subtle scent also make it a joy to use.
The success of Prevage speaks for itself, with 220 awards collected worldwide. Alongside the Anti-aging + Intensive Repair Daily Serum, the skincare range boasts pollution defence specific products such as the detoxifying pollution mask, Citysmart Pollution Defense SPF 50 and even an anti-ageing foundation.
As well as protecting skin from environmental damage and treating signs of ageing, the products noticeably smooth and firm skin, plus they reduce redness. They also boost luminosity to leave a noticeable glow for guaranteed radiance all day long.
Whether you’re spending time in the city or are beach-side this summer, Prevage advanced skincare ensures your skin holds the ultimate level of protection from all environmental threats.
You know, in case somebody doesn’t know who she is.
Race day is fast approaching and the Royal Ascot buzz has started up again. For those keen on joining in the fun, figuring out what to wear to Ascot can be a little daunting as it has a super strict dress code that not even the royal family is exempt from. In fact, even Kate Middleton has to adhere to one surprising rule: a compulsory name tag.
You’d think that as one of the most recognisable faces in the world she’d be given a pass. However Kate and Wills had to run around last year wearing matching tags that read HRH The Duke/Duchess of Cambridge respectively. However there’s actually a hidden meaning behind the labels, as the type of name tag you have actually denotes what access tier you have at the event.
So for example, Kate, William and Princess Anne have all previously been photographed wearing a Royal Box tag – while Lady Gabriella Windsor has a Royal Enclosure tag. Naturally, as immediate members of the Royal Family, it’s not surprising that they’d be granted one of the highest levels of access.
After taking a little peek at the Queen’s previous Ascot photographs though, it seems like she doesn’t need a tag. I mean, that would be a bit much.
Ascot is notorious for the fashion police roaming the grounds, ready to tell off somebody for an exposed shoulder or inappropriate fascinator at a moment’s notice. It gets even stricter if you’re in one of the royal areas, as the brim of your hat has to be above a certain width – though the Duchess has made it work with her vast array of Kate Middleton hats.
As Kate’s technically still on maternity leave, we don’t know if she’ll actually be in attendance this year. Hopefully the new mumma gets a rare chance to let her hair down and party on with Prince William, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry.
(We’re sure they can find someone to watch the kids for the day.)
One of the grandest events in the British royal calendar took place yesterday: the Order of the Garter ceremony. As Prince William, Prince Charles and Queen Elizabeth rolled out in their best navy velvet, elaborate feathered caps and gold finery, people quickly noticed that three popular royals weren’t in attendance. So, where were Kate Middleton, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle?
Well, the answer isn’t as complicated as you’d think. Kate Middleton is technically on maternity leave and wasn’t obligated to go, however she’s previously attended the the event to support her husband.
Prince William is officially a member of the Order of the Garter – an exclusive group modelled after King Arthur’s Knights of the Round Table handpicked by the Queen – which is why he was all suited and booted alongside fellow member and his father Prince Charles.
And that brings us onto Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. The Duke of Sussex isn’t actually a member of the garter just yet, so he didn’t need to go along and therefore the pressure was off Meghan too to attend.
In all honesty, it might be a little while till he’s inducted into the club. According to Harper’s Bazaar, a royal expert revealed that it was a little out of the ordinary that Prince William joined the Garter at such a young age. However as second-in-line to the throne, it could be ‘one reason why the Queen named him, despite him being [so] young’. For reference, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward had to wait until their 40s to don the feathered caps.
The expert also said, ‘The Duke of Sussex is not a Knight of the Garter and will probably not be invested until his father is King. The Duchess of Sussex has never attended and will probably not attend until Harry is named.’
Although the newlyweds weren’t in attendance on Monday, they were snapped attending another wedding over the weekend for Princess Diana’s niece. It was an emotional one, as it was one of the first times that Princess Diana’s iconic Spencer tiara was worn in public since her death.
Meghan also gave Princess Diana a lovely nod in a blue and white porcelain Oscar de la Renta dress, which was the spitting image of a similar one the late royal had worn previously.
I’m calling it: the white dress is the only dress worth investing in for your holiday, not least because it looks great with a tan. Whether it’s a button-down linen or a floaty maxi, it’s the most flattering blank canvas you can accessorise to your heart’s content with anything from basket bags to sandals and shell jewellery.
There’s one dress in particular that my Instagram scrolling can’t keep up with, and it comes in at a bargainous £38, which is perfect if you don’t want to break the bank for one holiday.
It comes courtesy of Next, features a pretty broderie Anglais finish, cold shoulders and buttons down the front, and has the fashion influencer seal of approval.
Did you that domestic violence goes up when England lose a World Cup game? Here’s how a new campaign this weekend highlighted some uncomfortable truths about football and domestic abuse.
We were all delighted when England beat Tunisia yesterday in their first World Cup match. None more so then those affected by domestic violence.
This weekend, a campaign by regional domestic violence charity Pathway Project has gone viral, after it drew attention to the shocking link between the England results and domestic violence rates.
Marie Claire spoke to CEO Kathy Coe about the response to the campaign, which has reached over 3 million people so far. She said, ‘We really hadn’t anticipated that level of interest in the article, which has been national. However, as a result we have had calls asking for help and have been able to help people to find their local support service and get the help that they need. That makes it all worthwhile.’
Coe also responded to criticism that criticism the campaign has faced online, where some commentators have accused the campaign of ignoring domestic violence perpetrated by women on their male partners, or domestic violence that occurs in LGBTQ+ relationships.
She said, ‘We work with male and female victims but there are some issues where there is a definite gender bias and football is generally one of them… our experience as a provider of 27 years is that this type of event causes an increase in male to female violence.’
In the final part of a statement released yesterday, Pathway Project emphasised that they exist to protect victims of domestic abuse, no matter who they are. It’s simple: ‘Our aim is to protect all victims and to ensure that people get help when they need it.’ They went on to add, ‘Our message is that if you are struggling in an abusive relationship and need help, there are organisations such as Pathway all around the country, and they will be happy to help you and support you.’
If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence, the 24-hour National Domestic Violence Freephone Helpline is on 0808 2000 247
Forget those heartbreaking Instagram notes and claims that Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik have broken up. Since splitting in March, they’ve been spotted hooking up in New York and he spoke about their non-relationship and non-romance very carefully in an interview. Namely, he insinuated that something was definitely going on but that they ‘don’t need to put a label on it’.
After explaining that the two were still very much a fixture in each other’s lives (‘We have horses’, he explained – because that’s a normal thing for couples to do), he revealed to GQ in his cover profile that, ‘We’re adults. We don’t need to put a label on it, make it something for people’s expectations.’
He also believed that Gigi Hadid had changed the way he viewed the world and said that he was ‘really thankful’ to have met her.
He explained, ‘I had a very negative outlook on things. That might have been adolescence or testosterone or whatever the fuck was running through my body at the tim. She’s helped me to look at things from a positive angle.’
Apparently, she’s the complete opposite of him in the best of ways: ‘hyper-organized, clear-headed, and positive’ according to the profile. She’s especially good with ‘dates’ he explains, though his interview Carrie Battan misheard him say ‘debts’.
He corrected her, ‘No, no. Dates. She doesn’t handle my finances yet.’
Then, if we had any doubt about just how serious the two of them are, he said, ‘We’ll get to that eventually.’
Well, then. It seems like the Hadid-Malik connection is still alive and well – and potentially more serious than we thought. If an ex-One Directioner is trusting you with their bank account, you know you’re in the good books.
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If you’ve come to this article, it means you’re curious about microdermabrasion and everything it has to offer.
Some tout it as a half an hour face lift, others call it the glowing skin miracle worker. But you may be wondering whether the treatment is right for you and your skin type.
Read on for all your burning questions, answered.
What is microdermabrasion?
Microdermabrasion is a non-invasive procedure that uses tiny crystals or other exfoliating surfaces to help remove the superficial layer of dead skin cells.
When you remove the stratum corneum, or the top layer of skin, the body interprets it as an injury. It then quickly replaces the lost skin cells with new, healthy ones. The entire procedure usually takes about 30 minutes for the face.
The machines can buff and polish the skin using a stream of fine crystals or a diamond tip, while some also vacuum loose skin cells from the face. You can also purchase kits to give yourself an at-home DIY treatment.
Is microdermabrasion safe?
Yes. As with all treatments that penetrate the skin or disrupt the skin’s surface, the safest procedure will be carried out by a professional. In fact, many people choose microdermabrasion over chemical peels and laser treatment because it is generally safer and more cost-effective.
The procedure may be a little uncomfortable but shouldn’t hurt. However, your skin will be slightly tender afterwards and a bit red.
How much does microdermabrasion cost?
Depending on the specialist you visit, treatments can cost between £40 – £100 for one session.
Does microdermabrasion work?
Depending on how many treatments you have, you’ll notice a change in the clarity, elasticity and texture of your skin. Most dermatologists recommend around every four weeks. And the best results are usually seen by people in the early stages of ageing, between 35 and 50.
People with uneven pigmentation, fine lines and clogged pores can benefit from a series of microdermabrasion treatments.
The procedure stimulates blood flow, which increases the nutrition delivered to skin cells. This improves cell production, which improves skin’s elasticity and texture. So, if you have scarring, it may help reduce the appearance of acne scars.
However, it’s not recommended if you have skin conditions such as rosacea, eczema, active sunburn, herpes, lupus, open sores, psoriasis, fragile capillaries or widespread acne. This can irritate the skin and cause further breakouts.
What is a microdermabrasion kit?
The main difference between a professional facial and at-home treatments is that the devices used by dermatologists generally have more power and penetrate deeper into the skin to provide precise exfoliation.
When it was announced earlier this year that Claire’s Accessories had filed for bankruptcy, we wept at the thought of losing the place where we had bought our first necklaces with the pocket money we had so diligently saved up. But then another thought crossed our mind: where would people go to get their ears pierced now?
Everyone gets their ears pierced at Claire’s; it’s like an unwritten rule. Where would little girls go now when their mums finally let them take the plunge? Scary tattoo parlours? Unlikely. Thank goodness then for Superdrug, the high street stalwart that has just launched its own in-store piercing. Superdrug’s Commercial Director, Simon Comins, said of the launch “We love being able to offer our customers in-store beauty services at affordable prices and the new ear and nose piercing service is an exciting addition to our portfolio.”
Superdrug already has brow and lash treatments at over 300 stores in the UK and Republic of Ireland and 68 Orly Nail Bars, as well as waxing and spray tanning at selected stores. These beauty services offer customers a more affordable option to traditional salons.
Piercing is already in 50 stores nationwide, with the plan is to open up more throughout 2018. Prices start from £10 for a single piercing, up to £34 for a double piercing – dependent on jewellery – and £15 for a nose piercing.
There’s no need to book an appointment, just show up and wait your turn. I am the proud owner of two more holes and I’d completely forgotten how easy and pain-free it actually is.