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Ibiza Government Thanks NHS Workers with Free 2021 Ibiza Holiday

Healthcare workers the world over are receiving well-deserved thanks for their ongoing and tireless efforts in the fight against the global COVID-19 pandemic. The government of Ibiza has made a grand gesture to show their gratitude to National Health Service workers by giving them a free holiday on the island next year.  “Together For Health Heroes” is an initiative backed by the Ibiza government that aims to reward European healthcare workers for their efforts battling against COVID-19 this year. The initiative seeks to “find at least 1,000 best in class accommodation providers in Europe and give back to these healthcare heroes in 2021.” According to a statement from Ibiza tourism councillor Juan Miguel Costa, the island wants to “compensate th...

I’m a Beauty Editor and These Are My Top Product Picks From My Stash

Every beauty editor has a stash. The varying factors are the level of organisation, location and size of said stash. But we all have one. It’s filled with the almost daily drops of samples that we receive to write about and review, the beauty products that we actually buy and the ones that our well-meaning aunts still insist on getting us for Christmas.  We’re all very aware of the privileged position we’re in and have many strategies in place to make sure products are never wasted. One being a ban on any newbies until I’ve made my way through most of what I have. So as lockdown started and I wasn’t near any of my friend’s or family member’s faces to slather them in moisturisers, I hit pause on writing and sampling and deci...

The Only Makeup Products I’ve Used Working From Home for the Past 4.5 Years

As a remote employee, I’ve been working from home for 4.5 years, which is a long time. My WFH tricks have certainly fluctuated throughout the years, but one thing that’s remained constant is that I always put on makeup, and on the rare days that I don’t, I feel less awake. Yes, it’s in my head, but if something keeps me from being productive, regardless of whether or not it’s tangible, I’m not going to do it. I’d much rather just take the extra 10 minutes to put on some makeup in the morning.  The thing is, I steer clear of heavy makeup and stick to only natural products that allow my skin to glow as opposed to masking it. And I don’t bother with a lot of gadgets and tools. Just using my fingers, for the most part, speeds up the tas...

I Think I’ve Found the Perfect Minimalist Sandals—And They’re High Street

I talk about my love of chunky sandals often. The “uglier” the better, to be quite honest. Give me velcro straps, embellishments, and even a dash of leopard print—the louder the merrier is my mantra. But then again, I’m a fickle being (I do work in fashion, after all), and I can always been swayed by a more minimalist approach to sandals. There are a few around right now, but there’s one pair that caught my eye recently. The sandals in question are from Dune and are black with one black strap and one beige—a minimalist’s dream. They don’t sound exciting, I’ll give you that but the matte finish as well as the gold-coloured buckles give them a real luxe look. Arguably, if you want the correct description, the shoes are sliders but these aren’t ...

20 Face Masks to Buy Based on Your Personal Style

Personal style cannot be categorised in just five small descriptors, but for the digestibility of this story, that’s exactly what I did. Think of this as one of those articles you used to read in teen magazines that told you which celebrity crush you’re most likely to marry or which trend you should buy according to your zodiac sign—except this time, the category is face masks. Face masks have become a new staple and requirement worldwide. Naturally, the fashion industry has risen to the occasion, and already the stylish options provided to us by brands and designers alike feel endless.  There are countless options out there, so we don’t blame you if you’re not sure of where to start. While I know you can’t put your style type int...

I Just Found 5 Chic Curve Brands on ASOS

Let’s be straight here: Fashion has never been good with plus-size clothing. Historically, the curve offering has been dismally small, and even when it was offered, the designs were hardly what you’d call fashionable. While we undoubtedly have a long way to go still, over the last few years, the choice of brands has definitely grown, with many high-street names developing curve lines and newly launched labels catering solely to this audience. You Deserve to Make Money Even When you are looking for Dates Online. So we reimagined what a dating should be. It begins with giving you back power. Get to meet Beautiful people, chat and make money in the process. Earn rewards by chatting, sharing photos, blogging and help give users back their fair share of Inte...

Hyundai Introduces Manual Transmission Without a Clutch Pedal—Is It Really a Stick Shift?

It’s hard to put a finger on exactly why driving a car with a manual transmission is so much fun. Is it the control you feel selecting your own gears, that visceral connection formed between human and machine? Is it the satisfaction of knowing you’re doing more work than 90 percent of other drivers on the road? Is it the challenge of gently feathering the clutch with your left foot and modulating the throttle as you creep uphill in bumper-to-bumper traffic with your right, knowing one slip-up could stall your engine and invite ridicule and embarrassment? For the enthusiast, maybe—but for non-enthusiasts wary of the work involved, that last scenario is perhaps most triggering. And Hyundai knows it. The folks at Hyundai Motor India have come up with a solution to the clutch-pedal...

How Roadkill Happened, and Why It’s Must-See TV

I know. I was there. When Google threw us some money in 2011 to help make YouTube more than just a platform for shaky lo-fi user-generated videos about laughing babies and dancing cats, I decided the MotorTrend Channel would be like a proper automotive TV channel, something I’d dreamed about doing for decades. It would have TV-length, TV-style shows covering everything from new vehicles to hot rods to four-wheel drives to motorcycles. Some shows would be weekly, some monthly, but to keep the channel relevant and interesting, a fresh show would be uploaded every day, five days a week. I came up with a complete slate of programs, outlining the show formats, who the on-screen personalities should be (no pretty-boy TV talking heads reading scripts, but staffers who’d actually know ...

I’m a Makeup Novice, so I Got a Professional to Give Me Tips—See the Results

How long have you been a makeup artist? And what do you love about makeup? I’ve been a makeup artist for over eight years. What I love about my career is being able to create, transform, play with colour, textures, shapes, styles, get out the rules or norms, and also innovate sometimes by creating trends. Being able to travel and work alongside other artists has also been amazing. I’ve done so many things that only reaffirm my love for makeup.  What’s the number one tip you’d give to a novice when it comes to makeup?  My number one advice I always give is don’t be afraid of experimenting. Makeup is a lot of trial and error. Whether you’re a professional or just a makeup enthusiast, I always say that you have to go through everything. After you have tried it all, then i...

Fashion-Industry Figures Who Are Using Their Platforms for Positive Change

Choosing to pursue a career in fashion often comes with a lot of preconceived ideas. Devil Wears Prada aside, historically, people who work in this industry have been stereotyped as shallow or materialistic. In fact, I personally will never forget when a former friend patronisingly disregarded my knowledge on a subject by saying, “It’s not the kind of thing you’d read in Cosmo, sweetie.” Much to the contrary, in recent years, I have found myself in awe of the eloquence and intelligence of people who work in this industry, many of whom use their extensive platforms to bring about change, particularly when it comes to issues that go way beyond fashion.  Initially, Instagram was predominantly used as a platform for outfit inspiration and to attain a glim...

The Topshop Items That Are in My Saved Folder This July

Acting as your very own virtual clothes rail, this simple solution allows me to bookmark the pieces that have caught my eye. It’s also the perfect way to step back and mull on a potential purchase rather than ending up in a panic-buy situation. There’s nothing more satisfying than coming back to my wish list after a few days and being able to cherry-pick the pieces that still set my heart racing and deleting those that don’t. I’d pay a lot of money to get a glimpse into the wish lists of my favourite fashion icons. But as I currently don’t have a direct line to Alexa Chung, we’ll just have to do with yours truly. This week, I’m revealing the items currently residing in my Topshop wish list. Out of all my fashion apps, Topshop has one...

Desperate for a Pedi? These Are the Best Foot Creams to Tide You Over

This week, the government finally announced that salons can reopen and that they are allowed to offer manicures and pedicures once more. Frankly, I couldn’t be more overjoyed. Months of neglect has left my nails looking seriously worse for wear and there’s no doubt that they could benefit from some professional pruning. And, while I am certainly itching to get back to the nail bar and have book in for some chic nail art, it’s actually the prospect of a pedicure that has me most excited. As outdoor activities and general socialising are becoming a more regular part of my life, and I’m slipping on my summer sandals more and more, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to ignore the state of my feet. You see, whereas the lead up to summer would usually involve a trip to the salon for ...