Don’t miss this amazing weekend of beauty and wellbeing events

Don’t miss this amazing weekend of beauty and wellbeing events


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Leave the stress of life and the city behind you and step into
The Body Shop’s Enchanted Forest pop-up…

 

From 3-4 November, The Body Shop is celebrating its Christmas collection and inviting you to discover The Enchanted Forest – a magical event designed to pamper, inspire and inform.

Hidden deep in the heart of London’s Shoreditch, it’s the perfect feel-good fix for the festive build up. So step #IntoTheForest and immerse yourself in a sensory paradise where you’ll experience the benefits of nature in the heart of the city.

You’ll enjoy free exclusive shopping discounts, talks by experts and influencers on a host of ethical beauty subjects – from winter skin to wellness to party season make-up, plus free makeovers, massages and skin consultations.

Take part in #EnchantedByNature hands-on workshops, including Christmas wreath-making to gift wrapping and fitness classes.

The Enchanted Forest has been created to highlight the importance of protecting, preserving and re-wilding natural spaces, such as the Forest of Dean. Not only are they environmentally important, they’re good for us too – getting back to nature makes us feel grounded and reboots physical and mental wellbeing.

To see the full timetable of workshops and talks, and to buy tickets, visit The Body Shop. Price of tickets are redeemable against any purchase. We’ve already lined up our top picks…

Beauty & The Ethical Beast

Lisa Oxenham and Pixie Geldof

Marie Claire’s Beauty & Style Director Lisa Oxenham joins an inspiring panel of women including model and singer Pixie Geldof and BBC Radio 1Xtra DJ Sarah-Jane Crawford. They’ll be discussing sustainability and ethics around beauty.

Re-Wild Your Home

Wild at Heart’s Nikki Tibbles

Forage amongst forest foliage to create your own beautiful Wild Wreath, with renowned florist Wild At Heart and up-cycling fanatic Hermione Chantal. This workshop will give you all the inspiration you need to pimp up your presents and re-wild your home this Christmas.

Skincare Supercharger

Chidera Eggerue and Sali Hughes

Author, Guardian journalist and beauty evangelist Sali Hughes will be joined by beauty YouTuber and TV presenter Nadine Baggott, author and The Slumflower body-positive blogger Chidera Eggerue, along with The Body Shop’s International R&D Director Neil Watson, to discuss holistic ways to supercharge your skincare this winter.

Candlelit Yoga

Kickstart or enhance your yoga practice with a magical hour-long class led by yoga teacher and health and fitness blogger Cat Meffan (pictured). Her strength and calm will motivate, inspire and give you the gift of inner stillness, something we could all do with.

Ethical beauty has been at the heart of The Body Shop since it was founded in 1976 and it has always upheld fairtrade values. Escape to The Enchanted Forest this November for a much-needed breathing space.

 

 

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The connection between scent and attraction, explained

The connection between scent and attraction, explained


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When it comes to connecting with someone on a deeply sensual level, could finding the perfect partner mean simply sniffing out the right match?

Come on, as blissfully easy as that sounds, establishing a meaningful and emotional connection with someone special takes more than an app or algorithm.

Despite living in an age that’s becoming increasingly reliant on digital interaction, the hopeless romantic within us wants to believe that pure love is based on chemistry. Crossing paths with someone unexpected, or a chance encounter that’s left you breathless. These indescribable attractions cannot be replicated, especially via social media.

So, rather than becoming a slave to the swipe, dating experts are now suggesting that singletons rely more on their instinctual emotions and attractions. Why? Because harnessing the power of our senses – AKA augmented sensuality – may well be the key to truly connecting with those around us.

Of all the senses, scent is particularly powerful – and only works through real-life interaction. We all know certain fragrances can evoke powerful emotions and memories, but you might be surprised to hear that scent triggers a response faster than a thought, making it the heart of instinctive attraction and desire.

Recent studies have suggested that our own natural odour and signature fragrance is key when attracting a mate. In fact, a staggering 75% of our emotions are triggered by what we smell* – proof that smells like freshly washed sheets or a favourite perfume, push our unique pleasure buttons.

Think about it. An alluring scent ignites and heightens the senses, making romantic interaction, however brief (hello, gorgeous tube stranger) so much more intense and electric. It’s a spark that certainly doesn’t happen if you’re spending your entire lunch break trawling through dating profiles. It’s no wonder that people are beginning to look beyond the screen to face-to-face interaction.

Hayley Quinn, a 31-year-old romance guru who has almost 100k YouTube subscribers and hosts regular all-day ‘renegade’ group training sessions for women, agrees that a growing number of people she meets are hoping to disconnect in order to truly connect.

‘I’ve been doing this for 10 years now and already I’ve seen a shift,’ Hayley says. ‘People are going on endless strings of dates, which are often unfulfilling and unrewarding.’

Not only is meeting the right person through dating apps exhausting, but there’s a prevalence of online behaviours such as ghosting (disappearing without a trace), orbiting (similar to ghosting) and breadcrumbing (leading someone on).

While these behaviours are not specific to the digital age, when you add to this the huge social media footprint left behind when a relationship breaks down, Hayley acknowledges that it’s often difficult to detach ourselves from the digital space.

That’s why we have to get back to basics and make real-life, sensory connections the starting point.

When it comes to romance, smell reigns supreme, so try wearing a fragrance that exudes femininity and seductiveness, such as BOSS The Scent. Honeyed peach and freesia make for a head-turning combination that will engage and intrigue, whereas notes of irresistible roasted cocoa add an addictive boost, arousing the senses even further.

And if you want to know more about the power of augmented sensuality, watch the tantalising encounters between Jamie Dornan and Dutch model Birgit Kos in the new BOSS The Scent ad. It’s a stunning reveal of the non-verbal signs that signal intense attraction, from smouldering looks to barely touching hands.

Whatever scent she’s wearing, trust us you want it…

*Source: The Scent-It Palette, August 2014

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New relationship? 7 things to remember when meeting the family


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Crazy Rich Asians is the feelgood romantic comedy of the year – but it can also teach us a LOT about family etiquette…

We’ve all been there.

You’re in a new relationship and you’ve passed a few milestones already: swapping clothes, spare toothbrush in the bathroom, sharing the TV remote.

But now it’s the big one. No, not that big one (step away from the bridal mags), it’s the next best thing – meeting your partner’s parents for the first time.

Now there are some who find moving and shaking with the parentals easy as pie, but if (like us) you’re already getting heart palpitations at the thought of exchanging polite chit-chat with a mother who – in your partner’s words – is sometimes ‘a little outspoken’, don’t worry. It just so happens we’ve gleaned some savvy tips from this season’s hottest rom-com Crazy Rich Asians about how to nail that first encounter.

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Featuring chortle-out-loud comedy scenes, quirkily dysfunctional families, stunning sets, a stellar cast and the feel-good soundtrack of the year, Crazy Rich Asians is probably our favourite flick of 2018.

Directed by Jon M. Chu and adapted from Kevin Kwan’s 2013 novel of the same name, Crazy Rich Asians follows the fabulous Rachel Chu (Constance Wu), an Asian-American NYU economics professor who travels to Singapore with her boyfriend Nick (Henry Golding) to attend his friend’s wedding and, yes, meet the family.

But guess what? Things don’t go to plan. Turns out Nick is basically heir to one of the richest dynasties in Singapore, complete with disapproving mother, bitchy aunts and a whole host of crazy cousins who will stop at nothing to tear Rachel’s relationship apart.

And you think you’ve got it bad?

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So, taking some cues from Crazy Rich Asians, here’s a set of fool-proof pointers to help you pass that parent-approval with flying colours…

1. DO a little bit of research

Ok not full-on cyber stalking, but talking to your partner about things their parents or family enjoy will ease you into conversation when you’re face-to-face. Sure, your colleagues may wonder why you’re Googling miniature railway sets, but hey…

2. DO take a little gift

Again, don’t overdo it with expensive candles or bespoke bottles of booze (that can come later), but a thoughtful, small offering like flowers or homemade treats goes a long way when you first meet.

3. DON’T dominate the conversation

Yep, we know that when nervous we have a tendency to prattle on, but try to rein it in. Your partners folks are probably nervous too, and the last thing they want to hear about is that time you went to a HIIT class and got stuck in your sports bra. Read the room, people.

4. DO listen

If you love your partner, being part of their family is a very important step in your blossoming relationship – listening to what they have to say is paramount to understanding how they communicate both at home and in company. Take the time to speak to individuals (yes, even the uncle who dresses like Elvis), and show an interest in their opinions – even if you don’t necessarily agree.

5. DO offer to help out

From passing the salt to pouring drinks, offering to help out always goes a long way. It shows you are a team player and happy to muck in with the family tasks.

6. DON’T drink too much

As we said above, it’s easy to get a little loose when nervous but that doesn’t mean reaching for the vino. We tend to lose inhibitions over a snifter and, while it might help you feel a little more relaxed, there’s always the risk you’ll wind up in full dancing queen mode in front of grandma’s antiques cabinet. Don’t go there.

7. And finally, DO be yourself

Your partner feels you’ve got enough of a bond to take this next step, and the reason you’re together is because of you as an individual. Put trust in that. Sure, we all have our quirks but the chances are your partner’s family do, too. There’s nothing more charming than a person that’s comfortable in their own skin, so go knock them dead tiger.

Crazy Rich Asians is in UK cinemas from Friday 14 September.

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Crazy Rich Asians: 5 lessons we’ve learned from 2018’s hottest rom-com

Crazy Rich Asians: 5 lessons we’ve learned from 2018’s hottest rom-com


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It’s the romantic comedy everyone’s talking about – here are 5 reasons why Crazy Rich Asians is giving us good life mantras

We all love a good rom-com – especially one where love overcomes all kinds of crazy odds to conquer all.

Throw in comedy moments, family rifts, gorgeous sets, a stellar cast and the feel-good soundtrack of the year and you’re guaranteed a blockbuster, which is why Crazy Rich Asians is fast becoming our standout flick of 2018.

In fact, we’d go as far as to say we LOVE this movie.

Directed by Jon M. Chu and adapted from Kevin Kwan’s 2013 novel of the same name, Crazy Rich Asians is the first film by a major Hollywood studio to feature a predominantly Asian-American cast in a modern scenario since 1993’s The Joy Luck Club.

The film follows smart and streetwise Rachel Chu (Constance Wu), an Asian-American NYU economics professor who travels to Singapore with her boyfriend Nick (Henry Golding) to attend his friend’s wedding and (duh, duh duh), meet the family. As they’re swept into their own personal in-flight business class suite en route, you get the sense Nick hasn’t been completely straight about his family and what it is they do…

Imagine Rachel’s surprise when she finds out that her bf is basically heir to one of the richest family dynasties in Singapore, complete with disapproving mother, judgemental relatives and a talented, beautiful ex-girlfriend with an axe to grind.

Can Rachel overcome the family’s efforts to tear her and Nick apart?

Crazy Rich Asians is a heart-warming, fish-out-of-water story packed full of bitchy aunts, designer bags and more flashy frocks than you can shake a stick at. Plus, as in all top-notch rom-coms, there are some great life lessons to be learned. Here are our top 5:

1. ALWAYS have a bff on stand-by

Rachel’s kooky university friend Peik Lin (Awkwafina) acts like her badass fairy godmother throughout the film. From fashion choices to sassy advice, Peik Lin is proof that every girl needs a good friend.

2. Don’t ever doubt your worth

Nick’s mother Eleanor (Michelle Yeoh) tries to put Rachel down about ‘following her passion’ for work instead of putting family first. But instead of bowing down, Rachel gathers herself up and fights back – in a FABULOUS frock.

3. Be yourself

Despite being one of the most renowned fashionistas and socialites in Singapore, Nick’s cousin Astrid (Gemma Chan) discovers a soulmate in Rachel because of her down-to-earth attitude. Proof that there are some bonds that money can’t buy.

4. Take advice from unlikely sources

Everyone needs a stylist like Oliver (Nico Santos) in their lives. Otherwise you might just wind up wearing a dress that looks like a virus. Yes, he really said that.

5. You can’t put a price on true love

And the most important lesson we learned from Crazy Rich Asians? Money can’t buy you happiness. Sure, it helps but true love shouldn’t come with a price tag. Aww, these guys…

Crazy Rich Asians is out in UK cinemas from Friday 14 September.

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5 ways to make your outfits look way more expensive this season

5 ways to make your outfits look way more expensive this season


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There are times when you have to look 100% polished – interviews, weddings, work dos that could be career game-changers, meeting the in-laws for the first time… But have you mastered how to dress richer than you are?

It’s all front of mind having watched a preview of Crazy Rich Asians, a hilarious rags to riches rom-com that lands in cinemas this Friday 14 Sept.

When economics professor Rachel (Constance Wu) is invited by her long-term boyfriend Nick (Henry Golding) to meet his family and go to a friend’s wedding in Singapore, it becomes the stuff of nightmares.

You might not be dating a millionaire but our style tips will help you look on point and minted without getting an alert on your bank balance. Here’s how…

Tap into this season’s go-to dress length for parties

We adore a mini, but an elegant, long hemline can read more polished and expensive. When in doubt, pair an elegant floor-length vintage-style dress with chic heels, like Rachel in Crazy Rich Asians. It sent out a signal loud and clear to Nick’s mother Eleanor (Michelle Yeoh) that she wasn’t intimidated by their family’s wealth.

Statement jewellery is *always* a good idea

If you’re looking for a little something that takes your look to a slightly more elevated level, opulent earrings or a huge cocktail ring will do the trick – just remember not to overdo it with the other accessories.

If there is one piece worthy of investment each season…

It has to be a designer handbag and one thing we’ve learnt about style from the female cast of Crazy Rich Asians, is that simplicity is the key to looking chic. Opt for this season’s micro shoulder bag with a classic gold chain strap.

Know that polished hair and make-up elevate any look

A sleek updo, classic red lip, flawless skin and good nails are the ultimate finishing touches. Ignore at your peril!

Bold colours really are OK

As well as being a huge trend this season, a sophisticated red dress is 100% perfect for cocktail hour. Too much of a bold choice for you? Try a red floral print – one of our favourite high street trends right now, to see you through the season ahead.

Or push the boat out with a Cinderella-style dress – Rachel’s stunning ruffled organza gown has been playing on our minds ever since we saw the film. Add sass a la Rachel and you’re good to go.

Crazy Rich Asians is released in the UK on Friday 14 September. Watch the trailer now…

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New season arrivals to smarten up your kids’ back-to-school wardrobes

New season arrivals to smarten up your kids’ back-to-school wardrobes


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Make sure your boys are on trend this season with some seriously stylish kidswear…

Every parent knows that clothes shopping for your kids is a) lots of fun b) always more expensive than you intended, and c) easiest if you can pick up everything you need in one fell swoop.

Of course, there are the obvious back-to-school staples like backpacks, lunch boxes and stationery to shop but once that’s all sorted, we suggest you head straight to BOSS Kidswear to discover the latest collection of cool pieces that’ll keep your boys stylish and warm, whatever the weather.

As well as on-trend outerwear such as the winter bomber jacket (complete with wool body) or the classic beige parka coat, the AW18 range features long-sleeved T-shirts with cityscapes and mountain ranges, as well as cosy padded gilets and BOSS-emblazoned hoodies that are perfect for layering under winter coats.

When it comes to shoes, boys can be just like us grown-ups when it comes to rocking a cool trainer. Let them try on a bright white pair of BOSS Kidswear high-tops for size and they’ll sprint back to school in style.

Along with brilliant everyday basics, the boys collection has plenty of smart statement pieces to see them through special occasions, such as family parties and weddings. Think crisp white tees and shirts, dark denims in slim fits, zip-up nylon tops and signature BOSS suits to keep even the fussiest of boys looking their best on special occasions.

Pops of lime green and royal blue will help to brighten up their winter wardrobes, plus you’ll find checked shirts and soft, knitted sweaters that’ll be the envy of all their friends.

Little ones get a look in too as BOSS Kidswear also has a baby clothing range – think teeny sleepsuits, soft jersey T-shirts and cosy knitted cardigans, plus mini versions of iconic BOSS pieces.

But our favourite piece from the collection has to be the classic black pea coat – if only it came in adult size, we’d buy one for ourselves too!

Discover the BOSS Kidswear full boy’s collection, which ranges from 1 month to 16 years old, in-stores or online now.

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Found! The 100% vegan face mask that’s perfect for sensitive skin

Found! The 100% vegan face mask that’s perfect for sensitive skin


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Make sensitive skin smile…

From discomfort and dryness to aggravating city pollutants, it’s no wonder that according to Google search, interest globally for ‘sensitive skin’ has grown by almost 50% over the past 5 years* – proof that if you have a sensitive complexion (that can at times seem absolutely impossible, right?), you certainly aren’t alone.

Don’t worry, help is at hand. And no, it’s not a super expensive, high-end product you can only order online – this 100% vegan skincare hero can actually be shopped on the high street, and it definitely won’t break the bank.

Yes, beloved UK brand The Body Shop has answered our dry, sensitive skin prayers with its new Mediterranean Almond Milk & Oats Instant Soothing Mask (£17, rrp). Formulated to help ease feelings of dry, tight and itchy skin whilst at the same time gently exfoliating for a smoother looking finish. Great news for those that may have previously steered away from exfoliants because they can be too aggravating.

Enriched with prebiotics to enhance your skin’s microbiome (AKA, your skin’s natural cell community), this gentle yet nourishing formula will relieve discomfort, refine surface texture and restore your skin’s natural defense barrier. Plus, because we’re all striving to be more ‘clean’ when it comes to sourcing ethical and natural beauty products, it’s worth noting that this mask is formulated with oatmeal from the UK and Community Trade organic almond milk from Spain.

Think that sensitive skin products can’t smell amazing? Think again. The Community Trade organic almond milk found in this mask is a pure sensorial delight.

Also, you can feel safe in the knowledge The Body Shop are firmly against animal testing – this mask remedy comes with a cruelty-free guarantee as none of their products or ingredients are tested on animals.

And even if you don’t have sensitive skin, it’ll help moisturise and it’s perfect for a post-gym pamper or a mini home spa treat up to a couple times a week. Used alongside other products in The Body Shop’s sensitive skin range, the Mediterranean Almond Milk & Oats Instant Soothing Mask is guaranteed to #MakeYourSkinSmile.

Don’t let your sensitive skin hold you back…

* Source: Google Trends, February 2018

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10 career hacks: how to succeed in the job of your dreams

10 career hacks: how to succeed in the job of your dreams


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From ballerinas to designers, five female professionals give us their top tips on how to succeed…

When it comes to dream careers, whether you’re just starting out, climbing the office ladder or going it alone as an entrepreneur, achieving success in the workplace ranks pretty high on our #lifegoals list.

Playing to your talents and strengths, and feeling valued, are key factors in choosing your career and being successful. But we appreciate that, sometimes, a little bit of on-point advice from a seasoned pro can go a long way.

That’s why we’re championing the HUAWEI P20 Pro, and its powerful ‘See More’ campaign.

‘See More’ showcases a trio of successful career women at the top of their game – a pilot, a ballet dancer and a jewellery designer – each shot by no less than international supermodel Helena Christensen.

Using the HUAWEI P20 Pro’s ‘intelligent’ technology, each of Christensen’s photos captures the essence of what it means to truly love what you do.

We asked each of these successful women plus two Marie Claire high flyers to share their top tips for career success…

 

Name: Melissa Chapski
Profession: Ballet dancer

Work hard and be patient

‘Keep working hard. Rehearse, watch and correct yourself because ultimately, it’s your career and you owe it to yourself to reach your fullest potential. But remember to be patient – any career (especially ballet) is demanding and difficult so it’s crucial to stay grounded.’

Listen to your own advice

‘I think the three biggest things would be to free myself from judgement, always appreciate everything that I have, and to always remain open to new experiences.

Name: Katie Thomas
Profession: Digital Beauty Editor, Marie Claire

Do your research

‘Immerse yourself in the industry you want to be a part of. If, like us, you want to be in magazines, read as much as possible. Read monthlies, supplements, websites, whatever you can get your hands on. The more you know about the industry, the better prepared you will be.’

Put yourself out there

‘Network. I don’t just mean go to formal networking events – tell everyone and anyone what is it that you want to achieve/do, because you never know who might have a connection that could be invaluable to you.’

Name: Maria Fagerström
Profession: Pilot/vlogger

Seek out inspiration

‘My dad has always been my role model and inspiration to pursue my dreams of becoming a commercial pilot. He gave me a brochure of a miniature airplane that he got when he first started flying. It’s a reminder of where I started and how far I’ve come.’

Invest in the right kit

‘Creating great content is only possible when you have the best device for the situation you’re in. Having a 4K camera – like the HUAWEI P20 Pro – that shoots in raw formats and is also my phone, which I have on me all the time, gives me the ability to create great content wherever I am and in any situation, on every adventure.’

Name: Adeline Rapon
Profession: Jewellery Designer

Do what you enjoy

‘I enjoy building things and making objects that have meaning,’ says Adeline when discussing her past. ‘I used to help my grandfather create wood furniture when I was growing up, and I loved the feeling of creating something with my hands. I finally got that feeling back with jewellery.’

Start out as an apprentice or intern

‘I got my start in jewellery workshops and learned to design pieces there. I’m not only a jewellery designer, I’m also a jeweller and that is very important to me.’

Name: Penny Goldstone
Profession: Digital Fashion Editor, Marie Claire

Be confident

‘Fake it ’til you make it. Obviously, I’m not saying to lie on your CV or anything, but if you come across confident enough, you’ll really impress people. For my most successful job interviews (i.e. when I got the job), I’ve been assertive, asked questions and even throw the odd banter in (where appropriate obviously).’

Become a ‘yes’ person

‘Never say no, especially if you’re starting out. No one dreams of doing the tea run when they graduate, but if you’re happy enough to do the less interesting jobs, then you’ll soon be given meatier tasks. It’s a small industry, and you’ll be surprised at how many opportunities I got from someone recommending me to someone else.’

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3 rules to live by if you want to be more of a go-getter

3 rules to live by if you want to be more of a go-getter


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Hungry. Ambitious. Intelligent.

Every group of girlfriends has a ‘go-getter’ – you know the kind of woman we’re talking about, right? Confident and always there to inspire her friends, she’s on top of her life goals and encourages everyone else to do the same.

She’s got a fearless smile, tonnes of self-belief and that all-important drive to succeed.

If you’re ever in a flap or feeling stressed, a brunch date with her will instantly turn your mood around. And although you have no idea where she gets her endless supply of enthusiasm from – being around her makes you feel fired up to follow your dreams.

We’ll we’re taking on that mantle to help you be a total go-getter…

Looking for a new career?

Desperate to get out of your 9-5 but scared to take the leap? Escaping the daily grind to launch your own fashion brand/cafe/craft business is something we all daydream about. And you know what? Hard work + determination + some smart planning = a good chance of your dream career becoming a reality. Suss out short courses, workshops or evening classes where you can learn the skills you need to achieve your dream. Embrace the power of networking – if you want to be successful, you’re going to need support, so talk to people who inspire you or, even better, find yourself a mentor.

Be your best self…

Let’s face it: everything is better when we feel confident about the way we look. One thing that’s guaranteed to help boost your confidence is having a bright and healthy smile. Good teeth = good vibes, right? To strengthen enamel and whiten your teeth by four shades, Pearl Drops Strong Polished White, £6.99, is guaranteed to give you the confidence to succeed.

Smash those #fitnessgoals

If our go-getter friends have taught us anything, it’s to constantly challenge ourselves. So if running a marathon is on your bucket list, make it happen! Start off with a more do-able goal of running 5k and build on this every run. Make use of free apps like MapMyRun or Strava to help you find routes, track your progress and stay motivated. The knock-on effect of achieving a challenge like this is it teaches you what success feels like. Now, that sounds like the perfect excuse to invest in those new runners…

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Lively little ones? 3 epic family day out ideas to try this summer

Lively little ones? 3 epic family day out ideas to try this summer


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…let’s get outside

With the school summer holidays fast approaching, you’re probably already thinking about fun and wholesome things to do with your kids that a) don’t cost a small fortune, and b) will be enriching for your entire family.

More often than not this means getting out and about in the great outdoors, and letting your little ones blow off some steam. Research suggests that active children are happy children, and in the modern age of tablets, smartphones and games consoles, it’s never been more important to remind youngsters that there’s a great big world beyond the flatscreen, begging to be explored.

So before summer gets into full swing, it’s good to already have a few ‘day out’ ideas banked and ready to roll – here are a few suggestions to get you started…

 

1.Have fun in the forest

Check forestry.gov.uk for your nearest trail, wetlands or forest area, pack a lunch and head into the wild. Wooded spaces conjure up all kinds of magic for children, so let their imagination take over. Adventurous kids will love to climb trees and explore, but there’s so much else you can do if your child isn’t a thrill seeker. Try hunting for different leaves and flowers to identify, find pine cones to take home and paint, or build a giant nest from twigs. Need a time out? Take a blanket, your favourite book and have storytime under the leafy canopy.

2. Take a picnic to the park

Spend a whole day making the most of your local park with organised games and activities. This could be something traditional like game of football, cricket or rounders, or you could even get friends involved an set up some sports day-style challenges. Think an egg and spoon race, hula-hooping and a tug of war – feeling nostalgic? Finish with a three-legged race that’s strictly for adults. Your children will love seeing you partake, plus any tumbles will teach them that it’s ok to fall over. To the winner, the spoils (AKA ice cream).

3. Hit the beach

Getting your kids excited about the seaside is one of the absolute joys of parenting, and there really is so much to do once you hit the coast. As well as digging and building sandcastles, why not try a scavenger hunt, skimming stones, kite flying, or rockpooling? The beach is a feast for the senses, with so many smells and sensations for your kids to experience (and you to relive). Treat them to thick-cut chips with plenty of vinegar before driving home – just watch out for seagulls.

And if they do have a fall (as children often do), help is at hand. Elastoplast has a new three-step Wound Care Kit that should be in every parent’s bag this summer.

While most parents think leaving an injury uncovered is best, a hygienic, moist, covered environment is actually better. Here’s what we should be doing to soothe minor cuts and grazes…

 

First, use the Wound Spray to clean any dirt and bacteria from the injury to prevent infections. It’s alcohol-free so won’t sting. The next step is protecting with a Water Resistant Plaster, which cushions while keeping dirt and bacteria out.

Lastly, treat regularly with Elastoplast’s clever Wound Healing Ointment, which supports the natural healing of cuts, abrasions, scratches and first-degree burns. This enables the wound to heal up to twice as fast as an untreated wound, by creating a breathable protective film that prevents the cut from drying out. It’s even vegan friendly!

So with minor cuts and grazes sorted, you’ll be able to have more fun with your kids without the worry. All that’s left for you to do is hope for good weather.

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