Pumpkin is the must have ingredient for glowy, bright and even toned skin

Pumpkin is the must have ingredient for glowy, bright and even toned skin


So much more than a scary decoration

Whilst typically thought of as an autumnal vegetable used in warming soups and a scary Halloween decoration, pumpkin is actually one heck of a skincare ingredient.

High in vitamins A, C and E, it works wonders at reducing and smoothing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, as well as fading dark spots. And as it’s made up of alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), it works much like glycolic and lactic acids to break down and remove dead skin cells, which as a result speeds up cell turnover to reveal brighter looking skin.

See? Wonder ingredient.

Here’s our roundup of the 10 best products containing pumpkin…

Frances Prescott Tri-Balm, £46 Cult Beauty

pumpkin skincare

Whilst it might sound strange for one product to be both cleanser and exfoliator, as well as a moisturiser, this multi-tasker is in fact all three. Add water to it and it emulsifies, removing make-up and dirt, let it sit on the skin and allow the pumpkin enzymes to gently nibble away at any dead skin cells, and leave it on all day for a plump, freshly cleansed glow thanks to the rich, nourishing ingredients, like sweet almond and mandarin peel oil.

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Emma Hardie Moisture Boost Vit + C Cream, £49 Look Fantastic

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Dull skin’s worst enemy. The combination of vitamins B3 and C, as well as red algae, pumpkin enzymes, shea butter and grapeseed oil brighten skin, whilst encouraging collagen production, calming the appearance of dark spots and ridding the skin’s surface of glow-preventing, dead dulling cells.

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Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment, £72 Cult Beauty

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This is a punchy treatment that has been nicknamed ‘The Hollywood 2-minute facial’ and two minutes is really all you need. The LA-based facialist combines both physical and enzyme exfoliators (our trusty pumpkin, papaya and pineapple) to help reveal super glowy skin.

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Neal’s Yard Remedies Geranium and Orange Hand Lotion, £13 John Lewis

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Skincare doesn’t stop at your face. This delicious hand lotion contains pumpkin seed oil, which brightens and firms the skin on your hands. Keep next to your sink.

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Mádara Superseed Soothing Hydration Organic Facial Oil, £42.50 Look Fantastic

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Who doesn’t want to skin that screams radiant energy?! There are a total of nine different dry oils inside this face oil, including our favourite pumpkin. Together they help to reveal a brighter, more even complexion that deserves to shown off. Add into your daily moisturiser or use alone.

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Pai Pomegranate & Pumpkin Stretch Mark System, £50 John Lewis

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Fight stretch marks with this two-pronged attack. Use the cream in the morning, which pushes water into the skin to promote elasticity, and the oil in the evening, which helps work on skin suppleness. Both are laced with pumpkin extract to encourage sluggish cell turnover.

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Votary Super Seed Facial Oil, £70 Net-A-Porter

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This natural face oil tackles redness, irritation and loss of elasticity and plumpness, which makes it perfect for dry, sensitive or hormonal skin. The pumpkin plays a big part in all that by refining the skin’s texture and kick starting cell turnover.

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Lancer Skincare The Method: Polish, £62.18 Look Fantastic

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From the man behind Beyoncé, Margot Robbie, Jennifer Lopez and Kim Kardashian’s complexions, comes The Method. A simplified routine that promises to deliver. Inside The Polish you’ll find pumpkin and pomegranate extracts, which help to banish any uneven texture. The A-List option.

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Summer Fridays Overtime Mask, £39 Cult Beauty

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Summer Fridays are known for creating instant cult products, and this one is no different. Called Overtime, because it’s perfect for those times when you’ve been busy and have neglected your skin slightly. Apply a thick layer onto clean, dry skin and work it in for 60 seconds before leaving it for 10 minutes. Goodbye lacklustre skin, hello glow.

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Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Mask, £46 Cult Beauty

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If you’re partial to a Spiced Pumpkin Latte from Starbucks around Christmas time, then you will love the way this smells. You’ll also love the way that the AHAs and pumpkin enzymes cut through surface debris and dead skin to reveal skin that reflects light like never before.

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It’s time to take pumpkin more seriously.

Invest in this vegetable now.

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I'm a seasoned festival-goer and this is my essential beauty packing list

I'm a seasoned festival-goer and this is my essential beauty packing list


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The festival season has officially hit. Glastonbury kicked us off a couple of weeks ago. Portaloos, outrageous outfits (festival fashion is definitely its own genre) and warm cider – this, to me, is the real start to the British summer.

In order to truly nail a festival, your beauty bags needs to been on point. It has taken me some time to perfect, but I now think that I have created the ultimate beauty packing list. It’s all down to the essentials that you can’t live without and the ones that, despite your initial thoughts, should be left at home. You need hard working space-saving, multi-use products; make-up that makes you stand out and skincare that saves your skin from total disarray.

Here’s my roundup of ‘what to pack’ for a festival…

Biodegradable face wipes

I don’t think I could make it through a festival without these beauties. As my usual double cleanse is off the cards, I turn to these at the end of the day so that I’m not sleeping in my make-up. The key here though, is to make sure that they’re completely biodegradable. Simple’s wipes are brilliant at ridding my skin of every last scrap of make-up, even the best waterproof mascara, and I can rest easy knowing that I am not adding to landfill, because they break down in just 42 days. That’s better than grapefruit, melon and onion peels.

Simple Kind To Skin Biodegradable Cleansing Wipes, £4.39 Boots

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Mirror

I cannot tell you how many times friends have forgotten a mirror and ended up using mine. How on earth do you expect to do your make-up in the evenings and assess the damage in the morning? Don’t rely on the tiny one in your eyeshadow palette, opt for stand alone one. A total essential.

Folding Travel Mirror, £6 Boots

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Under-eye patches

Probably not one you will have thought of, but trust me when I say these will provide sweet relief in the mornings. Festivals rarely provide a good night’s sleep – noisy neighbours, boiling hot tents, staying up to watch the sunrise or maybe just skipping sleep completely to keep the party going… Cooling and hydrating under-eye patches are heaven sent for puffy, dark-circled eyes.

Soap & Glory Puffy Eye Attack Under-Eye Brightening Hydrogel Patches, £3.50 Boots

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CC cream

I really don’t like wearing too much complexion make-up when I’m at festivals. Firstly, I like to let my skin breathe as much as possible, but also because I’m not able to thoroughly cleanse my skin every night I hate the idea of adding to that. HOWEVER, I am no fool. I know that after a couple of days in a field, when more often than not my morning cuppa has been a cider and I’ve failed to get to bed before 3am the whole time, my skin is going to look slightly worse for ware. Enter IT Cosmetics illuminating cc cream. Nothing camouflages redness and blemishes better in this time of need. It’s full coverage, so at a festival I’ll only use a small amount and apply it those bits that need a bit of TLC.

IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream Illumination SPF50+, £31 Boots

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Colourful eyeliner

You can guarantee that everyone you see will be covered in glitter (it’s synonymous with festivals after all), but I think it’s better to stand out from the crowd. Not only because it’s more imaginative, but because it’s much kinder to the planet. So I like to apply a bright eyeliner to my eyelid and Fenty Beauty’s new liquid eyeliners are exactly the right amount of neon.

Fenty Beauty Baecae Vivid Liquid Eyeliner Trio, £27 Boots

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Lip & cheek duo

When I’m looking peaky and pale, I always have a rosy blusher with me to fake a natural flush and make myself look a little more human and less walking dead. Ideally, it would be one that I could use on my lips too so that I don’t have to carry an extra product with me. Smashbox’s Beverly Hill Blush is the ideal shade to bring me back to life.

Smashbox L.A. Lights Blendable Lip & Cheek Colour, £26 Boots

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Hyaluronic acid serum

Booze doesn’t just dehydrate your insides, it does the same to skin too. As soon as I wake up, I can feel how parched my skin is, which is why hyaluronic acid is key. Ever since I discovered L’Oreal Paris’ replumping ampoules I’ve been obsessed, because they’re perfect for travel. You only have to pack the number of ampoules for the number of days.

L’Oreal Paris Revitalift Filler Replumping Ampoules £19.99 Boots

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Moisturiser

This might sound obvious, but by god do not forget this. Your skin will thank you. I like to take Embryolisse with me – it’s a cult beauty product, because it isn’t too heavy, rids the skin of dry, flaky patches and sinks in quickly. It’s loved by make-up artists for weddings and backstage. Plus it can be used on the face and body, so another multi-use product.

Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré Nourishing Moisturiser, £20 Boots

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Dry Shampoo

I don’t need to remind you of this do I?! Leave your shampoo and conditioner at home, embrace the dirt and give your hair a break. This Colab one has UV protection and doesn’t leave a white residue – ideal.

Colab Dry Shampoo Active, £2.33 Boots

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Supplements

Specifically, rehydration salts. When you’re hungover, you’ve got to replace the salts you lost the night before getting tiddly. First thing in the morning is great, just before you go to bed is even better. If you manage to do on the night, you’ll be my hero.

Rehydration Treatment, £2.39 for 6 sachets Boots

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Suncream

Pack this along with gallons of positive thoughts. Annoyingly, the British weather isn’t exactly reliable. I have been to so many festivals where it rain from the moment I enter through the gates, to the moment I pass through them again when I leave. But sometimes, sometimes, the weather holds out for us and is gloriously sunny. POTENTIALLY ADD SOMETHING HERE ABOUT GLASTONBURY AS ITS MEANT TO BE SUNNY. On these rare occasions, you need your suncream. But I wouldn’t bother packing a big bottle – we must remain realistic – so this pocket sized Nivea SPF30 is perfect.

Nivea Sun Suncream Pocket Size Lotion SPF30, £3 Boots

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Hand sanitizer

If you haven’t packed this, you should probably just go straight home. You musn’t, under any circumstances, forget this. I cannot express this strongly enough. Keep it on you at all times. If you haven’t been to a festival before, then nothing can quite prepare you for the loo situation, but at least with this to hand you will feel some what in control. Sort of.

Carex Moisture Plus Hand Gel, £1 Boots

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And that is how you pack for a festival.

Mic drop.

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We both tried the cycling shorts trend and the results were mixed

We both tried the cycling shorts trend and the results were mixed


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Cycling shorts are undoubtedly one of summer’s biggest and yet trickiest trends. Seen at Prada and Chanel on the runway, and Zara and Mango on the high street, it is definitely for the bravest amongst us. So how does this translate into real life? Two members of the Marie Claire fashion team put cycling shorts to the test.

Alison Belamant, senior fashion assistant

People often assume that just because I’m tall with relatively long legs, I’d want to get them out at any opportunity. However, I actually quite dislike getting them out-out; even more so when it’s in something as fitted as a pair of cycling shorts. But this is a trend that doesn’t seem to be going away this summer, and, if they’re good enough for Chanel, who am I to argue with at least giving them a try?

I tried a few high street styles, but overall these Raey shorts, whilst a bit short for my liking, fitted a lot better – I guess there’s definitely something to be said for high-quality Spandex. Wearing a pair of all too revealing-of-every-lump-and-bump shorts was always going to be a real test of my confidence, but once I tried them on, I knew the only way I’d wear them out the house was with an oversized shirt. And so, I teamed my shorts with a roomy white shirt from H&M and a pair of Topshop heeled sandals – which also felt much needed to bolster my confidence.

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Shorts: Raey, shirt: H&M, bag: Fendi, shoes: Topshop

The verdict: Even with styling tricks to balance them out, it’s a no from me. Cycling shorts, whilst they might look good on a catwalk, are not for the faint hearted, and unless I’m out cycling (also highly unlikely), this will be the last time I’ll be seen in a pair!

Penny Goldstone, digital fashion editor

It’s safe to say I don’t really do casual, in fact, you’ll rarely see me wearing anything other than a dress in summer. So I must admit I did raise my eyebrows at all the cycling shorts on the runway. ‘This clearly isn’t going to stick!’ I thought, but here we are, in the middle of the SS19 season, and spandex shorts are everywhere.

And if I’m honest, so girls do make them look super cool with a puffer jacket and Balenciaga trainers. So I thought I would give this tricky trend a go, but put my own feminine spin on it. I teamed my Ninety Percent with an oversized & Other Stories shirt, thrown under a dusty pink Elizabeth & James blazer, which instantly dressed them up. In the spirit of keeping the shorts a little casual, I finished off the look with my trusted Tevas, which are also a big trend right now.

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Shorts: Ninety Percent, shirt: & Other Stories, blazer: Elizabeth & James, shoes: Teva, Bag: Complet

The verdict: Now I didn’t hate it as much as I thought I would. I think the key is investing in a good quality pair of cycling shorts. The material of these Ninety Percent ones was thick enough that I didn’t need to worry about lines or the dreaded camel toe. However, to echo Ali’s words, I really don’t think I’m cool enough to pull this particular trend off.

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Sunburn: how to avoid and treat it for the smarter way to tan

Sunburn: how to avoid and treat it for the smarter way to tan


When the sun manages to get the better of you…

sunburn

Sunburn is officially the worst. Not only does it hurt like hell (warm showers are certainly out of the question), but it looks bloody unsightly.

Nothing ruins a beautiful outfit quite like roaring red shoulders and unsightly tan lines. Whilst the best aftersun will help soothe and calm the inflammation and try to prevent peeling, it isn’t going to get rid of the burn, nor solve it overnight.

Here are some steps you can take straight away to ease the pain…

How to treat sunburn

Step 1: Get out of the sun straight away. Find a nice shady spot or even go inside.

Step 2: Cool down your skin. Either have a cold shower (but don’t put it on full blast, keep the pressure low), a cool bath or dampen a towel with cold water and drape it over the area. When drying off, be sure not to drag your towel across your skin, gently pat the area dry. Then apply your after sun. Aloe Vera also does wonders at soothing painful skin, so as well as your aftersun, stock up on some that as well. We like the below.

Sukin Aloe Vera Gel, £7.95 Look Fantastic

sunburn aloe vera

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Herbivore After Sun Soothing Aloe Mist, £18 Cult Beauty

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Step 3: Keep hydrated and drink plenty of water.

Step 4: If you’re in severe pain, take paracetamol and ibuprofen to take down some of the inflammation.

Step 5: Keep the affected area completely covered until it starts to feel better, but avoid wearing anything too tight and constricting.

Sunburn myths

If you burn regularly, it might be that you’re falling foul to the sunburn myths that are damaging your skin. Here we debunk them with the help of Dr Daniel Glass from The Dermatology Clinic London.

MYTH: You won’t burn in the shade

FACT: ‘A common error that many make is believing that they cannot burn in the shade, so resort to lying under an umbrella or tree when they need a ‘break’ from the sun. However, this is far from the truth as you can burn even when under a shade, due to UV radiation reflected off nearby surfaces. It is important to understand that it is not necessarily the visible sunlight that damages your skin, but the UV radiation. Even though we cannot see or feel them, UV radiation reflect off benign surfaces like sand, water, and even snow, which means that you can still get sunburnt even in the shade.

For this reason, it is always important to ensure you are well protected from the sun with the best sun cream, even when in the shade.’

MYTH: The odd sunburn won’t hurt

FACT: ‘Getting sunburnt doesn’t mean you will definitely develop skin cancer, but getting sunburn especially when you are young massively increases the risk of skin cancer. For example recent research based on almost 100,000 people showed that one sunburn between the age of 15 and 25 increased the risk of melanoma skin cancer by over 50% and 4 episodes of sunburn more than doubles your risk of developing melanoma. For this reason, it’s a good idea to think very carefully about taking extra measures to protect your skin, especially if you have been sunburnt in the past.’

MYTH: You can’t burn when it’s cloudy

FACT: ‘Not only can you burn when it’s cloudy – you might get an even worse sunburn, as it is unlikely you will realise how powerful the UV rays are. People are often a lot more relaxed about sun cream application when the weather is overcast, and the clouds are more prominent than the sun, but what they fail to realise is that 80% of the sun’s rays can pass through clouds, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation.That’s why it’s important that apply your sun cream every 2 hours or after swimming and sport, even on cloudier days.’

MYTH: If you have dark skin, you don’t need sun cream

FACT: ‘Make no mistake, whether you have dark or pale skin, your skin can get damaged from the sun and you’re putting yourself at risk of skin cancer. Although less common than in caucasian skin, melanoma can occur in black or Asian skin. A naturally high level of the pigment melanin does of course add some protection from the sun, but it does not mean that sun burn cannot happen, especially with excessive exposure.’

MYTH: If you wear a high factor sun cream you do not need to reapply frequently

FACT: ‘No sun cream is 100% effective, even those which claim to give you an all-day protection, so you should make sure you re apply frequently and stay out of the sun during the hottest times of the day. Spending hours baking in the sun is not good for your skin, even if you apply a high protection sun cream as the cream will only delay not prevent DNA damage in your skin. When selecting a sun cream, make sure you are using the right one for your skin type which has both UVA and UVB protection.’

 

 

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Victoria Beckham just divulged something major on her Instagram

Victoria Beckham just divulged something major on her Instagram


*Desperately waits*

Victoria Beckham Beauty Line

Victoria Beckham is launching her own eponymous beauty line and we are beyond excited. And this week, she gave us a sneak peek of what’s to come from behind the scenes with a video on her Instagram.

The fashion designer revealed that she was shooting content for the beauty line, which will officially debut in Autumn/Winter 2019 (or ‘very, very soon,’ as VB says in the clip.) More images from the shoot (where she was joined by her trusted hair stylist, James Pecis, and make-up artist, Wendy Rowe) were revealed on her Insta page, with what looks like her modelling the collection herself.

The star is urging her followers to sign up to her newsletter, so that as soon as the collection is finally unveiled it will drop straight into people’s inboxes.

Victoria Beckham Beauty Line

What do we know so far?

Well, following her hugely successful collaboration with Estée Lauder, it’s really no wonder that she has decided to release her very own beauty line. In fact, helping her head up this division, is the ex Head of Global Makeup Development and Marketing at Estée Lauder, Sarah Creal, who she partnered with to create the Lauder capsule collection. In February, it was announced that Victoria Beckham Beauty will launch as a pure digital-native brand, sold through victoriabeckham.com, and will be a unique synergy between the worlds of beauty and fashion.

Whilst we don’t know exactly what will be included in the collection, Beckham did reveal that it would include make-up, skincare, fragrance and wellness: ‘I want to take care of women inside and out, providing them with the must-have items that I feel I need in my own life.’ She has also been using be using the hashtags #CleanBeauty and #NotPerfect, which sounds as though it’s going to be about celebration natural beauty and clean ingredients.

We will be sure to keep you updated with any developments, but remember to sign up to her newsletter to ‘be the first to know.’

 

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The brush that broke the internet is back for good so you can FINALLY get yours hands on one

The brush that broke the internet is back for good so you can FINALLY get yours hands on one


The hair gods have listened

The GHD Glide sold out globally in a mere two weeks back in February. Fabled by Marie Claire even reports that it sold out from their site in four hours.

So you’re completely forgiven if you missed it completely and didn’t get your hands on one. Thankfully, the once limited edition brush is now back and will be readily available on the 1st August.

What is the GHD Glide?

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The GHD Glide is a hot brush designed to be used on second day hair to smooth and tame. It allows you to style hair in between washes in a way that you couldn’t before. The ceramic technology with ioniser heats the brush uniformly to 185°, which is the perfect styling temperature to promote healthy-looking hair. With one stroke, hair is more manageable and sleek.

There’s a mixture of short and longer bristles, which help to detangle, shape and style. The smaller, heated bristles are coated in ceramic so that they won’t snag, making it much easier and faster to style in the mornings.

It primarily straightens, but it can also be used in sections to soothe bed hair that’s looking a little unruly. If frizz is an issue for you, then you’ll love the way it calms wild flyaways and leaves hair looking super glossy. The anti-static ioniser sends negative charges into hair, which is positively charged, and this combats static and frizz.

How to use the GHD Glide

Zoe Irwin, GHD UK Ambassador, recommends brushing the hair from underneath, rather than on top like you would a normal hairbrush. This helps lift the hair at the root, giving locks some much needed volume. She also recommends gliding (see what we did there?!) it through the hair slowly so that it allows the brush to work on every section.

What are you waiting for? Pre-order yours now.

You can thank us later.

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Here’s why the Women’s World Cup 2019 is a watershed moment

Here’s why the Women’s World Cup 2019 is a watershed moment


And why we should all be tuning in.

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The FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019 is in full swing, with tonight seeing England playing USA in Lyon’s Olympic Stadium for a place in the finals.

The stadium is set to be packed and millions of viewers are expected to tune in across the UK alone, with this year’s audience setting a new record for women’s football.

This to me seemed impressive, a step towards equality, but it wasn’t until I visited the Women’s World Cup for myself and learnt about the history of the game that I realised how much of a watershed moment for women’s football it actually is.

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While I was in Paris for the quarter finals last weekend, I was recommended a visit to ‘The Women’s Game’, an exhibition on the history of women’s football at the FIFA World Football Museum, presented by FIFA Partner Hyundai.

Women’s football has a long history, with periods of popularity and decline, but what the exhibition really revealed to me was the continuous struggle for acceptance and survival – this game is nothing if not resilient. I was shocked to learn of the extent of the marginalisation, with women’s football actually being banned for 50 years. But while there is clearly still a long way to go, I realised how far we have come and the importance of this World Cup and the public support around it.

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Women’s football was established at the same time as men’s football, but it wasn’t until World War One that it really took off – people wanted to watch football and the men were away fighting. So while women were taking to factories, they were also taking to the football pitches, reportedly bringing in crowds of 53,000.

When the World War ended however, football was once more deemed unsuitable for women, and while ‘health concerns’ were cited as the reasons, it seems it was actually more to do with a successful women’s league threatening the men’s. Essentially, people wanted to put women ‘back in their place’ in society.

According to the BBC, Dr Mary Scharlieb of Harley Street described women’s football as the ‘most unsuitable game, too much for a woman’s physical frame’.

In December 1921, the Football Association weighed in on the sport being unsuitable for women, instructing its clubs ‘to refuse the use of their grounds for such matches’.

The ban on women’s football was lifted in 1971, but it had changed the women’s game forever.

Knowing all of this may be depressing but it also makes the fact that this World Cup has brought in over 433 million views on Fifa channels all the more impressive. Women’s football isn’t just about the sport – it’s about rejection, resilience and revival. It has taken a long history of struggle to get to where it is now, and knowing that history only makes the game all the more inspiring.

Mia Hamm and Rachel Gadsden.

‘I think the way society and the world is viewing women’s football players can be seen in the television numbers, can be seen in the tickets sold, can be seen in the passion both pre and post-game in this tournament and obviously four years ago in Canada,’ explained retired US football legend, Mia Hamm, whose painting by blind artist, Rachel Gadsden, is a focal part of the exhibition. ‘It’s just getting better and better over time the more visibility that people can comprehend and see that these women are not only amazing athletes and amazing footballers but amazing role models. Not only for young girls but for society as a whole.’

The exhibition takes you through the whole history of women’s football from the sexism it was met by to the trophy that one of the teams will win on Sunday

Going on to champion the exhibition and Hyundai’s True Passion campaign, she continued: ‘You walk in here and you see the history of women’s football, that this game and the women playing it have been around for a lot longer than our first world cup. It is rooted in history it is rooted in everyone’s communities and to acknowledge that and to celebrate that motivates us to continue to do even more.’

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‘The women’s game has grown,’ England Captain Steph Houghton told me last year in a Women Who Win interview. ‘But when I was playing at Arsenal, I don’t think people realised how good we actually were. I think there’s just a perception that we just play football but we’re not very good, and it was a challenge for us to try and prove those type of people wrong.’

‘We’ve really proved how far the women’s game has come,’ she continued. ‘Not just in terms of being on TV but in terms of actual technical ability, fitness levels and the fact that we give up a lot to be the athletes that we are.’

‘It is our duty to inspire young girls to play a sport,’ she concluded. ‘Whether it’s just for enjoyment and keeping fit, or to actually go on and try and make a career out of it. Women should inspire’

We’ll be tuning in tonight, but whether the Lionesses emerge victorious or not, this Women’s World Cup and the rightful buzz it has attracted has been a huge success.

‘We are honoured and proud to present the exciting history of women’s football by bringing the FIFA World Football Museum to Paris during the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019 thanks to our esteemed partner Hyundai,’ announced Marco Fazzone, the Managing Director of the FIFA World Football Museum. ‘Our anticipation of the tournament is as great as our enthusiasm for showing fascinating objects and telling great stories, some of which are not yet widely known.’

‘The Women’s Game’ exhibition can be visited at the Jardin Nelson Mandela in Les Halles, Paris, from 15 June until 7 July 2019. Entry to the exhibition is free and it is open every day from 10:00 to 20:00. 

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How was an app used to ‘undress’ women even created in the first place?

How was an app used to ‘undress’ women even created in the first place?


It’s 2019.

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Technology is progressing at such a terrifying rate that updates on the subject rarely surprise me.

I was stumped this weekend however when during a Saturday morning news scour, I came across a story about how an app used to ‘undress’ women had been taken offline by its creators.

Sorry, what?

How was such an app even allowed to be made in the first place?

With the tagline, ‘the superpower you always wanted’, the app allowed users (for a fee of course) to ‘undress’ photographs of clothed women, using a machine learned algorithm.

According to tech news site Motherboard, the program is used to take a photo of a clothed woman and transform it into a nude image, superimposing body parts onto it.

And in case you were wondering, the algorithm reportedly only work on images of women.

I repeat. Sorry, what?

The creators have recently taken the app offline, but reading the statement they released didn’t make me feel much better.

‘Here is the brief history, and the end of DeepNude,’ the app announced in a statement. ‘We created this project for user’s entertainment a few months ago. We thought we were selling a few sales every month in a controlled manner. Honestly, the app is not that great, it only works with particular photos. We never thought it would become viral and we would not be able to control the traffic. We greatly underestimated the request.’

Hmmmmmm. Not sure the inability to keep up with requests is the issue here, but go on.

The statement continues: ‘Despite the safety measures adopted (watermarks) if 500,000 people use it, the probability that people will misuse it is too high. We don’t want to make money this way. Surely some copies of DeepNude will be shared on the web, but we don’t want to be the ones who sell it. Downloading the software from other sources or starting it by any other means would be against the terms of our website. From now on, DeepNude will not release other versions and does not grant anyone its use. Not even the licenses to activate the Premium version.’

The statement concludes: ‘People who have not yet upgraded will receive a refund,’ before ending on the line: ‘The world is not yet ready for DeepNude’.

No. The world is not ready for DeepNude, nor should it even be ready for DeepNude.

It is programs like this that make revenge porn and similar dangerous phenomenons a very real threat.

And while the app has now been taken down, we can’t stop there. We need to be asking why (and how) the app was allowed to be created, and change the laws around it.

If we don’t start taking a stand against things like this now, the future promises to be very bleak.

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ICYMI: Here’s what happened at Marie Claire’s Verified Party

ICYMI: Here’s what happened at Marie Claire’s Verified Party


‘You don’t have to be a politician these days to make change. You can use your platform.’

Keaton Chau

Last night influencers and inspirational women gathered at Spiritland Royal Festival Hall to celebrate our #MarieClaireVerified power list, in partnership with Boss Watches.

July will see the release of our inaugural Marie Claire Verified power list, a carefully curated network of 30 game-changers, with this year’s picks ranging from mental health champions and body positivity pioneers to fashion forces and activists.

From micro-influencers who are using their followings to make real political change to Instagram icons who are opening new conversations in the worlds of fashion and beauty, last night’s event celebrated our collaborations – past, present and future – with these incredible women.

Credit: Keaton Chau

It’s safe to say that the evening was an inspirational one with MC Editor in Chief Trish Halpin paying tribute to the game-changing women in the room with a powerful speech, but the party was every bit as Instagrammable as it was empowering.

From the chic bar to the cool DJ booth, Spiritland Royal Festival Hall offered countless Instagram opportunities, and being a Marie Claire party, there was of course an elaborate flower wall, proving to be the perfect photo backdrop.

Credit: Keaton Chau

The drinks were flowing, the playlist had everyone dancing and #marieclaireverified was all over social media. Here’s a sneak peak inside one of THE parties of the year…

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Who was there…

From micro-influencers to Instagram heavy weights, the #marieclaireverified party brought out social media stars in force. Guests included AJ Odudu, Grace Victory, Munroe Bergdorf and Adrienne LDN, who along with Trish Haplin, was wearing Hugo Boss.

Credit: Keaton Chau

Our Power list winners were of course in attendance, all going home with a special edition of the Marie Claire August issue, featuring them as a cover star, along with the luxurious goody bag given to all of our guests.

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‘I think it’s really important for influencers to use their platforms for good because they’ve got the ability to make change,’ AJ Odudu told us at the Spiritland bar. ‘You don’t have to be a politician these days. You can use your platform.’

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‘I definitely think there’s a place for everyone on social media and there has to be,’ Munroe Bergdorf explained to us later by the DJ decks. ‘I think it’s really about finding the people you feel a closeness to but also building your own spaces and if you’re not seeing yourself represented, then go out and build that space’.

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And giving us a social media pep talk we also sat down with Adrienne LDN to talk the positivity of social media.

‘I think that social media can be a really really positive place,’ she told us. ‘I think you can find your tribe on social media. It has given everyone a voice – it has given me a voice. Find your tribe. Find those people that really speak to you, that encourage you, that empower you, that inspire you. Follow them, get involved with them, actually connect, reach out, DM, comment and enjoy.’

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What we drank…

A Prosecco DOC drinks reception was on offer for guests to enjoy as well Whitley Neill gin and Lamb & Watt tonics, with Caleño offering a delicious non alcoholic equivalent. There were also a selection of Campo Viejo wines and Salder’s ales including a special Peaky Blinder rhubarb cider.

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What we ate…

Mole short rib, dirty rice, green tomato jalapeño relish
Lamb shoulder, lentils, pomegranate, mint, yoghurt, cumin salt
Pork belly hot pot, pilau rice, crispy shallots, cucumber, coriander
Baked cod, chickpea, fennel, samphire salsa verde
Sea bass ika mata, red pepper, coconut milk, coriander, chilli
Roasted butternut, turmeric chickpeas, kale, coconut, yoghurt, pomegranate
Brown rice, pickled rhubarb, sesame broccoli, avocado, wasabi pea furikake

Tahini and tamarind brownie, date coconut labne,
Mini meringue, Kalamansi curd, raspberries
Neal’s Yard cheese, oat cake, membrillo

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Inside the goody bag…

Hugo Boss, water bottle or compact mirror
Balance Me, Vitamin C serum 7ml
The Body Shop, Hemp hand protector
Burt’s Bees, Lip stain in blush satin
Murad, Pre-biotic 3-In-1 Multi Mist 5ml
Murad, Mini exfoliating cleanser
Living Proof, Travel size dry shampoo
Whitley Neill, mini gin bottle
HIPCHIPS, Crisps snack pack
Pip & Nut, peanut butter sachet
Kind, Mini snack bar
Rituals, Hand cream
Marie Claire, August Issue

Credit: Keaton Chau

The evening was inspiring from start to finish and we cannot wait to work together in the future with these incredible influencers – after the Prosecco hangovers have worn off.

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I’m a seasoned festival-goer and this is my essential beauty packing list


The must-haves and the oh-my-goodness-leave-that-at-homes

With Glastonbury coming to a close today, the festival season has officially hit. Portaloos, outrageous outfits (festival fashion is definitely its own genre) and warm cider – this, to me, is the real start to the British summer.

In order to truly nail a festival, your beauty bags needs to been on point. It has taken me some time to perfect, but I now think that I have created the ultimate beauty packing list. It’s all down to the essentials that you can’t live without and the ones that, despite your initial thoughts, should be left at home. You need hard working space-saving, multi-use products; make-up that makes you stand out and skincare that saves your skin from total disarray.

Here’s my roundup of ‘what to pack’ for a festival…

Biodegradable face wipes

I don’t think I could make it through a festival without these beauties. As my usual double cleanse is off the cards, I turn to these at the end of the day so that I’m not sleeping in my make-up. The key here though, is to make sure that they’re completely biodegradable. Simple’s wipes are brilliant at ridding my skin of every last scrap of make-up, even waterproof mascara, and I can rest easy knowing that I am not adding to landfill, because they break down in just 42 days. That’s better than grapefruit, melon and onion peels.

Simple Kind To Skin Biodegradable Cleansing Wipes, £4.39 Boots

Mirror

I cannot tell you how many times friends have forgotten a mirror and ended up using mine. How on earth do you expect to do your make-up in the evenings and assess the damage in the morning? Don’t rely on the tiny one in your eyeshadow palette, opt for stand alone one. A total essential.

Folding Travel Mirror, £6 Boots

Under-eye patches

Probably not one you will have thought of, but trust me when I say these will provide sweet relief in the mornings. Festivals rarely provide a good night’s sleep – noisy neighbours, boiling hot tents, staying up to watch the sunrise or maybe just skipping sleep completely to keep the party going… Cooling and hydrating under-eye patches are heaven sent for puffy, dark-circled eyes.

Soap & Glory Puffy Eye Attack Under-Eye Brightening Hydrogel Patches, £3.50 Boots

CC cream

I really don’t like wearing too much complexion make-up when I’m at festivals. Firstly, I like to let my skin breathe as much as possible, but also because I’m not able to thoroughly cleanse my skin every night I hate the idea of adding to that. HOWEVER, I am no fool. I know that after a couple of days in a field, when more often than not my morning cuppa has been a cider and I’ve failed to get to bed before 3am the whole time, my skin is going to look slightly worse for ware. Enter IT Cosmetics illuminating cc cream. Nothing camouflages redness and blemishes better in this time of need. It’s full coverage, so at a festival I’ll only use a small amount and apply it those bits that need a bit of TLC.

IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream Illumination SPF50+, £31 Boots

Colourful eyeliner

You can guarantee that everyone you see will be covered in glitter (it’s synonymous with festivals after all), but for those times when I don’t want to blend in with the crowd or, if I’m honest just cannot be bothered, I’ll apply a bright eyeliner to my eyelid and be on my way. Fenty Beauty’s new liquid eyeliners are exactly the right amount of neon.

Fenty Beauty Baecae Vivid Liquid Eyeliner Trio, £27 Boots

Lip & cheek duo

When I’m looking peaky and pale, I always have a rosy blusher with me to fake a natural flush and make myself look a little more human and less walking dead. Ideally, it would be one that I could use on my lips too so that I don’t have to carry an extra product with me. Smashbox’s Beverly Hill Blush is the ideal shade to bring me back to life.

Smashbox L.A. Lights Blendable Lip & Cheek Colour, £26 Boots

Hyaluronic acid serum

Booze doesn’t just dehydrate your insides, it does the same to skin too. As soon as I wake up, I can feel how parched my skin is, which is why hyaluronic acid is key. Ever since I discovered L’Oreal Paris’ replumping ampoules I’ve been obsessed, because they’re perfect for travel. You only have to pack the number of ampoules for the number of days.

L’Oreal Paris Revitalift Filler Replumping Ampoules £19.99 Boots

Moisturiser

This might sound obvious, but by god do not forget this. Your skin will thank you. I like to take Embryolisse with me – it’s a cult beauty product, because it isn’t too heavy, rids the skin of dry, flaky patches and sinks in quickly. It’s loved by make-up artists for weddings and backstage. Plus it can be used on the face and body, so another multi-use product.

Embyolisse Lait-Crème Concentré Nourishing Moisturiser, £20 Boots

Dry Shampoo

I don’t need to remind you of this do I?! Leave your shampoo and conditioner at home, embrace the dirt and give your hair a break. This Colab one has UV protection and doesn’t leave a white residue – ideal.

Colab Dry Shampoo Active, £2.33 Boots

Supplements

Specifically, rehydration salts. When you’re hungover, you’ve got to replace the salts you lost the night before getting tiddly. First thing in the morning is great, just before you go to bed is even better. If you manage to do on the night, you’ll be my hero.

Rehydration Treatment, £2.39 for 6 sachets Boots

Suncream

Pack this along with gallons of positive thoughts. Annoyingly, the British weather isn’t exactly reliable. I have been to so many festivals where it rain from the moment I enter through the gates, to the moment I pass through them again when I leave. But sometimes, sometimes, the weather holds out for us and is gloriously sunny. POTENTIALLY ADD SOMETHING HERE ABOUT GLASTONBURY AS ITS MEANT TO BE SUNNY. On these rare occasions, you need your suncream. BBut I wouldn’t bother packing a big bottle – we must remain realistic – so this pocket sized Nivea SPF30 is perfect.

Nivea Sun Suncream Pocket Size Lotion SPF30, £3 Boots

Hand sanitizer

If you haven’t packed this, you should probably just go straight home. You musn’t, under any circumstances, forget this. I cannot express this strongly enough. Keep it on you at all times. If you haven’t been to a festival before, then nothing can quite prepare you for the loo situation, but at least with this to hand you will feel some what in control. Sort of.

Carex Moisture Plus Hand Gel, £1 Boots

Glitter

Every year I tell myself not to take glitter – partly because of how bad it is for the planet and partly because I wish I was more imaginative. Badly applied glitter is the beauty equivalent to a flower crown: basic. However, I always get sucked into the whole rigmarole and end up packing a few pots, just in case. Luckily, brands are more clued up with being sustainable and there are now loads of biodegradable options, which means I can pack the pots guilt-free.

 

 

 

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