We’re all for looking incredible on the beach or at the swimming pool, but that doesn’t mean we want to forego comfort in favour of style. That’s why we’re very into Boden’s SS19 swimwear collection, which isn’t only size inclusive, flattering on quite literally everyone, but is designed for performance too.
First off, it’s all about the fit: every swimsuit, tankinis and bikini comes with clever features like supportive linings, structured side panels and sewn-in cups.
Secondly, all the styles come in a variety of gorgeous colours and prints, from stripes to florals and geometric prints, which you can mix and match to your heart’s content.
Lastly, whether your go-to is a two-piece or one-piece, you’ll be able to move, swim, jump or whatever kind of activity you like in it. Don’t believe us? The new collection was put to the test by seven open-water swimmers from across England. Here’s what a few of them had to say…
Photos by Liz Sheppard
Faye put the Cadiz swimsuit through its paces, ‘Most mornings I swim in Lake Windermere, which is the biggest lake in England. When you’re outside in such a vast, beautiful place it really reduces the scale of any problems that you have. I like Boden swimwear because the designs are classic and timeless so they’ll stay in your wardrobe for years to come.’
Meanwhile, Joanna chose the Calasetta bikini. She says, ‘Swimming for me has been really effective at boosting my mood and making me feel more positive. In a really short space of time I can enter the water, have a swim and I leave feeling like a new person. I chose this bikini because it’s bright and fits me really nicely. I can leap around, I can swim and it’s not going to budge.’
Rabiah and Erika are also fans of the swimsuits, saying, ‘Most days I swim at London Fields Lido, it’s really great being outdoors, rain or shine. Swimming’s like a silky escape – you dive in and it feels like a whole new world. I like Boden swimsuits because I can wear them in open water, an inner-city pool or lying on a beach.’
Shop our favourite pieces from the new Boden swimwear collection below.
Whether you’ll readily admit it or not, everyone loves the fun of an animated movie; it’s a chance to lose yourself and relive the excitement of your childhood. So what could be better than an uplifting story that’s all about a crazy and colourful animal theme park?
Wonder Park tells the heartwarming story of a magnificent amusement park, in which the imagination of a wildly creative girl named June comes alive with the help of her mother’s storytelling.
The new film has a pretty exciting cast list, too. Featuring the voices of Tom Baker (yes, DoctorWho!) as Boomer the bubbly blue bear, Mila Kunis as Greta the boar, and YouTube stars Caspar Lee and Joe Sugg as beaver brothers Cooper and Gus respectively, the colourful characters and family fun vibes make it a must-see for all ages.
Now, Wonder Park takes over Chessington World of Adventures Resort, allowing viewers to experience the excitement of the movie in real life until 22nd of April.
You’ll be able to meet one of the film’s most loveable characters, Boomer, IRL and take part in exciting activities inspired by the fun-filled story of the film – including designing your very own Wonder Chimp Wonder Park pop badge, making your mark on the experience’s giant colouring wall, and experience the thrill of a virtual reality Wonder Park rollercoaster game at the Wonder Park Hut.
To add to the excitement, Boomer will be joined by some celebrity guests over the next couple of weeks including Gizzi Erskine, Abbey Clancy, Amy Childs, Dan Osborne and more. Plus, you can enter the exclusive prize draw to win a brilliant bundle of Wonder Park goodies for all the family.
Trust us when we say that you don’t want to miss out on this one!
Time is precious, so here’s how to make the most of yours (and your mum’s)…
In today’s hectic modern world, our free time is valuable and days spent seeing your loved ones can be few and far between. That’s why it’s important to disconnect to reconnect, spend your time doing things and making memories that’ll last; not living life behind a phone screen.
Here are four ways you can get the most out of your quality time with mum this Mother’s Day…
Head for the great outdoors
Our most precious memories are often tied to the place in which we made them. Plan a family day out and about to a location of your mum’s choice – a trip to the beach, a National Trust visit, sightseeing – and enjoy a day spent in each other’s company.
Treat her to a gift she won’t be expecting
If you usually surprise your mum with jewellery, switch up your go-to gift for a new perfume she’ll love. BOSS The Scent for her is an addictive mix of roasted cocoa, sweet peach and freesia – and every time she wears it, she’ll think of you.
See a musical
Musicals and concerts are great ways to spend time together, but music goes beyond being purely entertaining. A 2018 study found that music induces positive emotional reactions through memory, but not negative ones. So you can bet that Wicked number will always lift both your mood and your mum’s.
Take a trip down memory lane
Of course, there’s a lot of happiness to be found in reminiscing about the past with your loved ones, too. Leave your phone in another room and spend some time digging out old photo albums and memory books, sharing stories and laughter. You’ll definitely feel closer to your family afterwards.
Try any of the above and we guarantee you’ll bring a smile to the faces of your loved ones this Mother’s Day.
Smiling is hugely underrated. When a person smiles, it lights up the face. A smile shows joy, it shows unparalleled happiness and it shoots down darkness. That’s why Oral-B has collaborated with the influencer Estée Lalonde on the #nofiltersmile campaign to promote confidence in showing the world your true self.
Here are our tips to make sure your smile is the brightest you can give.
Beauty vlogger Estée Lalonde is the face of Oral-B’s #nofiltersmile campaign
Plump the pout
There’s nothing more unsightly than chapped lips, so make sure you apply a conditioning lip balm regularly. This will give your lips their natural plumping effect. If you need an extra moisture boost, why not try a lip mask? It’s like a sheet mask for the lips that leaves them super hydrated.
Cher Webb, make-up artist and Marie Claire’s make-up master, says: ‘To keep your lipstick on for the duration, make sure you apply a lip primer. It prevents feathering and creates the perfect base. Then apply a lip liner or pencil all over. This will help lock in the shade plus the lipstick and liner will gradually come off together.’
Webb also recommends that you choose lipsticks with blue and violet undertones, ‘as they make your pearly whites look super gleaming and enhance the brightness. Avoid lipsticks with warm orange tones. Rich satin or semi-matte are one of the most wearable formulas – they glide on and make lips look plump and never dry.’
The rule of thumb
‘To prevent lipstick getting on your teeth, there’s the classic thumb trick. After lipstick application, pop your thumb into your mouth with your mouth closed,’ explains Webb. ‘Twist it round and any excess lipstick will be removed.’
How to protect your savings and get a good return…
The financial crisis of 2007/8 made everyone think about their money – who they held it with and how safe it really was. As queues of people ran around the block of their local Northern Rock branches in late 2007, following reports that the provider was in trouble, suddenly it seemed that even our everyday savings held with our bank or building society could be wiped out if we didn’t make sure it was protected.
Luckily no one lost money with Northern Rock that day or indeed afterwards, but it definitely made people more safety conscious when it came to choosing where to save.
Fast forward to over 10 years later and we’re still suffering the effects of the financial crisis. Interest rates on savings accounts are still low by historical standards, but things are looking up. Best buy rates for savers are on the rise – which is good news as cash has, once again, become a safe haven for people who are concerned about stock market volatility and general Brexit uncertainty.
But it is important not to be complacent. Schemes are in place to ensure your money is fully protected and there are clever ways to ensure you’re getting a good return on your cash, whilst keeping your money safe.
What is the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS)?
The FSCS is a UK statutory fund that provides an insurance to savers if the worst happens and a provider goes bust.
The current limit is £85,000 per person, per banking licence.
For the majority, there is little concern as most people don’t hold more than £85,000 in savings – in fact it’s estimated that just 2% of the UK population does – so, if you’re one of those, you’re in the minority.
But if that is you, then you need to think hard about how comfortable you are if, should the worst happen, you lose any cash saved above the £85,000 limit.
How to improve returns and keep money protected
Don’t put all your eggs in one basket.
The first option is to open multiple savings accounts, spreading your money between a number of banks and building societies to ensure you don’t exceed the £85,000 limit with each.
You can choose which accounts you want from the whole savings market and ensure you don’t save more than £85,000 with each provider. But things are never as simple as that, as protection isn’t per provider but per banking licence.
A number of providers share a banking licence, so it’s easy to see how you might be under protected without even realising it. For example, Bank of Scotland shares its licence with Halifax, Birmingham Midshires, Saga and some old AA savings accounts – so any money in excess of £85,000 held in total with these brands is unprotected.
The good news is that currently most of the best rates aren’t with well-known providers but with the new ‘challenger banks’, which generally have their own single banking licence. But it’s still something to watch out for.
Introducing Cash Savings Platforms
Another option is to use the latest savings innovation in the form of a Cash Savings Platform.
These savings supermarkets offer you some great rates, with one simple application and login and therefore little hassle when you need to switch to the next best deal available on the platform.
But another big appeal is how they can make it easy to keep more of your money protected.
There are currently just a handful of Cash Savings Platforms available in the UK, with more coming to the market this year. Even well-known names such as Hargreaves Lansdown are getting in on the act.
What do they offer?
These platforms offer a range of savings products from a limited number of banks or building societies which you can choose from. The good news is that many of these savings platform providers offer some really competitive rates and some even offer market-leading rates from time to time.
How do Cash Savings Platforms work?
Once you’ve set yourself up on a platform, you can pick and choose which accounts you want to open from those that are available. You won’t be able to access the whole savings market, as you can if you do the legwork yourself, but it’s the simplicity of these platforms that is the key and the real appeal for most people using them.
With just one application and login, you’re free to move your money within the platform as and when you need to. They will let you know when your products are due to mature and you can choose where to move the money next. Even better, some platforms do this work for you.
All of the savings platforms make it easier to keep more of your money within the FSCS limits. Some don’t allow more than £85,000 to be saved in each account and others spread money between providers to minimise the risk, where possible. So, your money should be better protected.
Each platform is slightly different. Some only offer fixed term bonds, others have a larger range of account types. Some charge a small fee, whilst others receive a fee from the provider, so there is no explicit cost to you.
But for each platform, the premise is always the same, one simple login and you can improve the interest you earn but minimise the hassle of diversifying and switching – thereby keeping your money safer and working harder.
From inspirational talks to the chance to chill out and pamper yourself, this is why you should pop to Shoreditch next month…
Fancy a weekend where female empowerment, activism and wellbeing collide? The Body Shop’s Celebrate She weekend will be serving up some of the most exciting talks, workshops and self-care pampering options – plus, it’s free to get in.*
On the 9th and 10th March 2019, the ethical beauty brand renowned for its activist history and trailblazing campaigns (including Save The Whales and Forever Against Animal Testing) is going to be bringing the best of British talent to Shoreditch to inspire you.
There’s plenty of #empowHER action to get involved in, from yoga classes to talks and workshops with smart, incredible women, who will be addressing everything from body confidence and self-esteem, entrepreneurship and feminism, to this season’s makeup looks.
Laura Whitmore, Clara Amfo and Pixie Geldof
Familiar faces over the weekend will include Pixie Geldof, activist and model, and presenters Laura Whitmore and Clara Amfo. Want to know who else will be there? Head to The Body Shop event page for the full line-up of guest speakers and panel guests.
It’s fair to say we all need a chance to switch off and recharge, so make time to visit the exclusive Self-Care Sanctuary too which will be offering complimentary express pampering treatments such as facials, makeovers and massages.
The She in Shea: The Tungteiya Women’s Association, Ghana
The weekend will be held at the Truman Brewery event space in Shoreditch, near Brick Lane. If you’re planning on hanging out in the area that weekend, why not pop in to see what Celebrate She is all about? Entrance on the day is free*, so it’s easy to swing by.
Wander around the gallery spaces and you’ll find an installation by talented feminist illustrator, Laura Callaghan (whose work is pictured above) and ‘A She in Every Shea’ exhibition, which celebrates the female communities in Ghana who’ve been making The Body Shop Community Trade shea butter for more than 25 years.
Plus, if you pre-book tickets for the talks or workshops online (ranging from £10-£15), £10 of the ticket price is redeemable against any purchases made over the weekend. You can also save 25% and take home a free goodie bag worth £30 when you spend £25 or more. Heads-up The Body Shop’s last event was a complete sell-out, so don’t delay!
We’ll see you there!
*Excludes ticketed talks (£10) and yoga workshops (from £15 ). Tickets must be purchased in advance.
Award season is officially in full swing and whilst we would love a massive frock for our weekly trip to the local pub for a roast, it just seems slightly out of the realms of possibility.
However, what is it that all of these incredible stars have in common (apart from stunning gowns)? Bright, white teeth.
Unfortunately, us Brits have a bad reputation when it comes to teeth, but we say tosh to that. All you need to do is follow these simple tips and tricks for an Insta-worthy smile:
1. Cut out things that stain your teeth
Beetroot, coffee, tea, wine and smoking are all huge causes of yellowing on your teeth. Try to avoid them as much as possible.
2. Rinse regularly
If you can’t give up the above (and we understand that it’s hard), then rinse out your mouth with water after eating, drinking or smoking.
3. Use a (reusable) straw
If you absolutely, 100% cannot give up your morning coffee, then drink it using a straw. Oral-B’s ambassador, Dr Uchenna Okoye says: ‘I often recommend using a straw if drinking anything with colour so it stains your teeth less.’ This helps prevent the liquid from going anywhere near your teeth.
4. Brush to the beat
Not sure how long to clean your teeth for? Find a song that lasts for around two minutes and brush for the entirety of it. Might we suggest Kiss With A Fist by Florence and the Machine, which lasts for 2.04 minutes.
5. Go white
Seems pretty obvious, but use a whitening toothpaste. And make it a good one that can be trusted, such as the award-winning Oral-B 3D White Whitening Therapy Enamel Care. Dr Okoye agrees: ‘Tooth-whitening pastes are a great maintenance to remove staining, I like Oral-B’s pastes as they contain a product that not only removes surface stains but also helps prevent new ones forming.’
6. For goodness sake, floss
How many times has your dentist, you mum or a beauty editor told you to floss? We don’t do it for the joy of hearing our own voices. We do it because it’s effective. Plaque attracts stains, so if you remove more of it from between your teeth, you’ll help keep them looking whiter.
From moisturising dry skin to replenishing hair, there’s nothing shea can’t do.
Shea butter has long been hailed as an effective solution to dry skin, but the truth is, it’s a beloved ingredient for many more reasons. From offering a super nourishing, diverse top-to-toe regime, to helping communities of women in Ghana, here’s why you should be using shea.
It’s intensely nourishing for dry skin
Shea butter is a uniquely powerful ingredient, which nourishes even the driest of skin. Itchy legs? Sorted. Rough knees and elbows? Solved. So why is shea such a wonder product when it comes to tackling dryness? The main reason is that the shea nut contains a high level of fatty acids that help to keep things smooth and soft, as well as vitamins A and E to help protect the skin’s natural oils and maintain moisture.
Shea butter mecca The Body Shop is the place to head for all your nourishing needs. Its Body Butter is a bestseller for a reason; 100% vegan, it floods the skin with rich moisture lasting 72 hours while smelling irresistible. The range also has a new addition – multipurpose Shea Butter. Made with an incredible 192 shea nuts, it can be applied directly to your body, face, hair or lips. You could use it as a base for a DIY lip scrub by adding sugar and using a toothbrush, a hair treatment by mixing it with your favourite oil or even make a nourishing bubble bath melt by mixing with bath foam and freezing overnight.
The She in Shea: The Tungteiya Women’s Association
It helps support female empowerment
While shea’s moisturising properties alone are enough to convince us, it’s the story of where the ingredient comes from that really inspires. The Body Shop has been sustainably sourcing Community Trade shea butter from the Tungteiya Women’s Association in Ghana since 1994. As well as empowering women, making shea has a positive impact on the entire community.
An incredible 640 women handcraft 390 tons of shea butter for The Body Shop every year, using an 18-step process that’s passed down from mother to daughter. So every Shea product you use from The Body Shop allows female empowerment to go from strength to strength.
It is a super versatile ingredient
Not only does shea butter keep skin feeling tip top, it also works everywhere else – including your hair. The Body Shop’s three-step replenishing shea range, which is 100% vegan, includes a deeply cleansing shampoo, richly nourishing conditioner and a special treatment mask for super smooth, silky lengths.
Inspired? The options with shea are seemingly endless…
We’re teaming up with the United Nations and cloud tech company Salesforce for a unique event tackling discrimination
Did you know that that when you search gender inequality online, you get more than 81 million hits? Since the groundbreaking #MeToo movement of 2017 and Time’s Up in 2018, the conversation on women’s rights has grown louder and louder, and support from Hollywood powerhouses and leading social activists mean that inequality is being highlighted on a previously unprecedented scale.
However, there is still more to be done: for many sectors of society, equal rights remain a goal rather than a reality. That’s why Marie Claire has joined up with Salesforce – the world’s number one customer relationship management platform – and the UN to create an innovative event charged with driving diversity and ending human rights’ abuses.
Thursday 7th March will see thought leaders come together to explore how businesses can help to drive positive change, as well as address how the UK justice system is failing victims of gender-based violence.
Our incredible speakers will include:
Cristina Gavrilovic is head of European Operations at Justice and Care, which fights human trafficking and modern slavery in the UK and Europe. She was formerly anti-slavery partnership co-ordinator for Essex Police and Kent Police Serious Crime Directorate. Gavrilovic won Outstanding Contribution To The Fight Against Slavery at the national Marsh Awards. Gavrilovic was chosen as one of Marie Claire Future Shapers Award winners in 2018.
Jennifer Nadel is a writer, broadcaster, speaker, journalist and a qualified barrister. Her book Sara Thornton: The Story of a Woman Who Killed (foreword by Baroness Helena Kennedy) was published 1993 and made into a documentary and BBC film. She has reported for the BBC and Channel 4 news, and became ITN’s Home Affairs correspondent in 1991. She co-authored We: A Manifesto for Women Everywhere with Gillian Anderson in 2017, and her most recent campaign Compassion in Politics seeks to ‘mend our broken political system.’
Sammy Woodhouse is a speaker, author and campaigner, who exposed the Rotherham child sexual exploitation scandal. She released Just A Child in 2018, the Sunday Times bestselling book in which she details how she was groomed from the age of 14. After she escaped, Sammy contacted a journalist in 2013 and blew the whistle on child sexual exploitation in Rotherham. This triggered the Jay report, which exposed 1,400 children being abused and failed in Rotherham.
Follow the event, plus all the activity around International Women’s Day using the hashtag #IWD and don’t forget to follow us on Instagram @marieclaireuk for live updates on the day.
In a world of FaceTune, Snapchat filters and over-contoured complexions, it’s time to start celebrating the au naturel. Let’s put barefaced beauty back in the spotlight and encourage more people to #nofiltersmile their selfies.
We know that showing the world a completely bare face can be daunting to some people; perhaps you’re struggling with blemishes, you wouldn’t be caught dead without concealer over your dark circles or maybe you just wish your teeth were a little bit whiter. We totally get it. However, there are some simple tricks that you can follow to help make you feel more confident in front of the camera.
1. GET THE FULL EIGHT
We know you’ve heard it before. But getting a good night’s sleep allows your body, mind and skin to rest, recuperate and repair. Avoid looking at your phone for an hour before bed, spritz your pillows and duvet with a lavender pillow mist and pop on an eye mask. You’ll wake up feeling a lot fresher, more revitalised and it will show on your face.
2. NAIL YOUR ROUTINE
If you want healthy looking skin you need to look after it properly. What does properly mean? It means cleansing every single day, then using a toner that’s suited to your skin type. If you don’t use a serum – introduce one now, it’ll supercharge your routine and help make your skin look lit from within. Once that’s done, follow with an SPF moisturiser for daytime protection. Repeat in the evening, but switch to a night cream that boosts the skin’s repair mode, like retinol.
3. DRINK, THEN DRINK SOME MORE
Another obvious step, but one that so often gets overlooked despite the benefits to your skin and health: drinking water. The NHS EatWell Guide recommends drinking between six and eight glasses a day, which is easy when it becomes a habit. Here’s a little tip: aim to drink two glasses when you’re having your breakfast, keep a glass on your desk and try to get through around four during the working day, then when you sit down to dinner try and drink two more, before finally ending with one before bed. Easy peasy. Your skin will thank you.
4. BE PICKY ABOUT WHAT YOU PUT IN YOUR MOUTH
Don’t just use any old toothpaste, use one that you’re actually going to benefit from. Oral-B’s 3D White Whitening Therapy Enamel Care Toothpaste is designed to remove surface stains and strengthen and nourish your enamel. The loss and weakening of enamel is what causes yellowing and stops you having a brighter, whiter smile.
5. WORK WITH WHAT YOU’VE GOT
They say the eyes are the window to the soul, so treat them with kindness and care and accentuate them. Get your eyebrows shaped at a brow bar and you’ll notice that your face is instantly framed. Curling your lashes opens up your eyes and makes them pop. Take down any puffiness with a cool flannel over your eyes for 15 minutes.