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JANUARY 2017

I AM COSMOPOLITAN

JANUARY 2017

THE No.1 WOMEN’S GLOSSY MAGAZINE

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COVER PHOTOGRAPH BEN WATTS. FASHION DIRECTOR AYA KANAI. HAIR ANTHONY CAMPBELL, USING ORIBE FOR CAMPBELL AND CAMPBELL SALON AT THE WALL GROUP. MAKE-UP TRACY MURPHY FOR LASH STAR BEAUTY. NAILS JULIE KANDALEC FOR DIOR VERNIS. MODEL ASHLEY GRAHAM AT IMG. PROP STYLING MOLLY FINDLAY FOR MAREK AND ASSOCIATES. ASHLEY WEARS, NEWSSTAND COVER: BODYSUIT, ASHLEY STEWART. JEWELLERY, CAMILLE K. SUBSCRIBER COVER: SHIRT, AMERICAN EAGLE OUTFITTERS. SKIRT, LANE BRYANT. BRA, HIPS & CURVES. THIS PAGE: PHOTOGRAPH CHRIS TURNER

✱ On the cover 34 ARE YOU READY FOR ASHLEY GRAHAM? The supermodel who’s ahead of the curve 75 HAVE IT ALL! The year’s 20 best beauty shortcuts (Botox isn’t one of them) 82 SECRETS OF THE 1% SET Four things the mega rich know that you don’t… yet 86 THE REWIND WORKOUT Overdone it? P86 will help 102 HOT AND BOTHERED IN A SAUNA SEX CLUB One reader tried it out – so you don’t have to

✱ Know 17 KARAOKE QUEEN It’s time to sing for your supper 19 HOT RIGHT NOW Glowgiving products to get your skin through the winter slog 20 TRY THE TREND Eyeliner tricks for fancier flicks 22 WELL, HELLO THERE Tom Odell talks aviation. Actually way hotter than it sounds 24 CONFESSIONS Includes accidental public farting. We’ve all been there, right? Guys..? 27 READY, STEADY, BINGE Sofa? Check. Pringles? Check. The boxsets worth staying in for 29 THE COMPASS It’s our cultural review of the year – but what’s made the cut? 30 BIG SHOWBIZ QUIZ OF THE YEAR From Bake Off to Orlando Bloom’s beautiful, erm, buns, test your 2016 knowledge

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Basically our favourite fashion shoot ever

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Why you should let your pals pimp your CV

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Believe in miracles – someone’s made karaoke even better

43 LAST NIGHT A HANDBAG SAVED MY LIFE The power of a dazzling disco number 44 DOGGY STYLE Time to get your rocks on with the season’s biggest jewellery trends 53 HEY, HOW DO I WEAR… Thigh-high boots? Here’s how 56 THE JEANIUS Let rip with the perfect torn-up denim 58 PARTY FROCKS ’N’ FRILLS Don’t panic – we’ve assembled the perfect festive dress edit

✱ Glow 65 BEAUTY’S DIRTY LITTLE SECRET The hot new ingredient to put on your face? Charcoal. Wait, come back… 66 2017 ‘WTF IS THIS?!’ BEAUTY GLOSSARY So it turns out ‘cryotherapy’ is not just having a weep to Long Lost Family 71 INGE HAS ISSUES Could your hair use a caffeine hit? Inge has the skinny 72 BEAUTY LAB Are fancy foundations worth the splurge?

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✱ Earn 79 MATES’ RATES How your friends can help you get hired 80 SELF MADE The Kardashians’ hair guru on how she grew three successful businesses

✱ Move 85 GET WASTED Forget what you know about eating rubbish 89 FIT OR FAUX Which health and fitness trends are worth breaking a sweat over in 2017? 93 HI, SHINE Gym kit you’ll want to party in

✱ Read 94 DOES THIS GIRL LOOK HOMELESS TO YOU? The growing crisis affecting women like you 108 BETHANY HAINES Her father was murdered by ISIS and the world watched. This is her story 114 BEAUTY EDITORS REVEAL… THE SECRETS TO PERFECT SKIN This lot know a thing or two. Prepare to take notes

122 BEND THE RULES Sequins and sportswear? Sign us up

✱ Lust 135 THE BLACK FRIDAY OF DATING And you thought the Zara sale was competitive… 136 MY BEST SEX EVER WAS… with a guy I hate 137 WORST DATES You came, you shared, we cringed 138 FIRST LOVE Can two university exes learn to love again?

✱ Play 141 DRINK THE RAINBOW We’ve seen the future and it’s cocktails that change colour. Believe! 142 HIP SWAPS New travel destinations for Insta-envy 146 DESIGN DOUBLES Go wild for forest-themed interiors

✱ And the rest… 10 MEET TEAM COSMOPOLITAN 13 FROM THE EDITOR 154 COSMOPOLITAN CONTRACT The January sales ◆

PHOTOGRAPHS LOUISA PARRY, ANTONIO PETRONZIO, SUN LEE

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Does this woman look homeless?


RANDOM QUESTION OF THE MONTH What’s the worst thing you’ve done (or witnessed) at a Christmas party?

FARRAH STORR Editor PA to the Editor JESSICA BROWNING Deputy Editor SHOSHANA GOLDBERG Creative Director STUART SELNER

FEATU R ES Technically this is post-party, but I got so smashed I threw up all over the bathroom (red-wine sick – ew). It woke my mum up and she spent an hour cleaning it on Christmas morning. Season’s greetings!

Features Director AMY GRIER Senior Editor CATRIONA INNES Junior Writer JENNIFER SAVIN Features Intern JOSIE COPSON

ENT ER TA I N MEN T Entertainment Director LOTTIE LUMSDEN

DESI GN Art Director VICTORIA HORN Senior Designer HARRY WINFIELD Junior Designer JESSICA LOCKETT

I threw a drink over a Z-list celebrity at an MTV Christmas party because I thought he was being homophobic. Turned out he wasn’t. He was gay himself.

PI CTU R ES Picture Director CAT COSTELLOE

GRO UP E D ITOR I A L PR ODU CTI ON Workflow Director CATHY LEVY Chief Sub-Editor HANNAH JONES Deputy Chief Sub-Editors ROBIN WILKS, SAMANTHA DE HAAS Senior Sub-Editor FRANCESCA COTTON

I went to a Christmas party that turned out to be ‘underwear themed’. When I arrived (in normal clothes), it was mostly just fat, hairy dudes hanging out in their Y-fronts. I didn’t stay long.

B EAU TY Beauty Director INGEBORG VAN LOTRINGEN Beauty Editor CASSIE POWNEY (maternity) Acting Beauty Editor BECCI VALLIS Beauty Writer LUCY PARTINGTON

FASHI ON Fashion Director AMY BANNERMAN Senior Fashion Editor SAIREY STEMP Bookings Editor KIAAN ORANGE Fashion Assistant MADDY ALFORD

COS M OPOLI TA N .CO.U K Digital Editor CLAIRE HODGSON Fashion Editor JESS EDWARDS News & Entertainment Editor ANNA LEWIS Beauty Editor BRIDGET MARCH (maternity) Acting Beauty Editor VICTORIA JOWETT Social Media Manager LAUREN SMITH Writers CATRIONA HARVEY-JENNER, DUSTY BAXTER-WRIGHT Fashion & Beauty Writer LAURA CAPON Social Media Assistant & Writer CHARLOTTE WARWICK Multimedia Producer ALEX HERING Snapchat Animator CHARLOTTE TEMPLE

CON TR I B U TOR S RORY ROBERTSON (Interiors), AMANDA STATHAM (Travel)

A colleague got so drunk he wet himself. Didn’t stop him getting back on the dance floor, though.

I had one too many Jägerbombs, slut-dropped in front of my new colleagues and tried to start a deep and meaningful conversation about life with my boss on the Tube home.

Editorial Business Manager MERRICK CASSANOVA

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GEORGINA HOLT Brand Development Director ALISTAIR WOOD Brand Director HAYLEY LEWIS (maternity) Business Manager RACHEL PAWSON Group Partnerships Director LAURA CHASE Art Director SIMEEN KARIM Creative Solutions Acting Art Directors DALJIT KAUR BABBER, JOJO MA Partnerships Project Manager ALEXANDER STANHOPE Head of Events and Sponsorship VICTORIA ARCHBOLD Events Manager LEAH LESSER Regional Business Development Director CLARE CROOKES Director of Hearst Magazines Direct CAMERON DUNN Head of Consumer Sales and Marketing MATTHEW BLAIZE-SMITH Group Customer Marketing Manager NATASHA CHAMBERLIN Senior Marketing Executive TILLY MICHELL Head of Marketing Operations JENNIFER SMITH Head of Marketing Promotions CHARLOTTE CUNLIFFE Head of Digital Marketing SEEMA KUMARI PR Manager BEN BOLTON Production Director JOHN HUGHES Production Manager ALICIA GRAY Senior Ad Production Controller PAUL TAYLOR

H EARST M AGAZ INE S U K Managing Director, Brands MICHAEL ROWLEY Chief Revenue Officer DUNCAN CHATER Director of Communications LISA QUINN Chief Financial Officer CLAIRE BLUNT Circulation & Marketing Director REID HOLLAND Chief Operations Director CLARE GORMAN Chief Digital Officer DARREN GOLDSBY HR Director SURINDER SIMMONS

CHI EF EXECU TI VE OFFI CER

I bought some Louboutins in a sale, wore them to an office party – but ended the night by stacking it outside McDonald’s and losing one Cinderella-style. I woke up gutted (and bruised).

ANNA JONES HEA R ST MAGA ZI N ES I N TER N ATI ON A L Senior Vice President/CFO and General Manager SIMON HORNE Senior Vice President/International Publishing Director JEANNETTE CHANG Senior Vice President/Editorial Director KIM ST CLAIR BODDEN Fashion/Entertainment Director KRISTEN INGERSOLL International Editions Editor JACQUELYN GALGEY Editor-in-Chief, Cosmopolitan (1965-1997) HELEN GURLEY BROWN

I N TER N ATI ON A L EDI TI ON S Editor, Argentina MARÍA JOSÉ GRILLO Australia CLAIRE ASKEW Brazil CRISTINA NAUMOVS Bulgaria Chile IGNACIA URIBE China YVONNE LIU Croatia ALEKSANDRA ORLIĆ Czech Republic SABRINA KARASOVA Finland STINA MANTYNIEMI France MARIE LA FONTA Germany ANJA DELASTIK Greece Hong Kong RUQIYAH LAW KAM YING Hungary JOHANNA SABJÁN India NANDINI BHALLA Indonesia FILISYA THUNGGAWAN Italy FRANCESCA DELOGU Kazakhstan AZIZA YESMAGANBETOVA Korea HYUN JOO KIM Latin America Latvia Lithuania VIOLETA KALIKAUSKIENE Malaysia Middle East BROOKE DALLOW Mongolia Netherlands ANNE MARIJE DE VRIES LENTSCH Philippines MYRZA SISON Poland HANNA WOLSKA Portugal SANDRA MAURICIO Romania DIANA COLCER Russia POLINA SOKHRANOVA Serbia NASJA VELJKOVIC Slovenia MANCA ČAMPA PAVLIN South Africa Spain ANA UREÑA Sri Lanka TREVINA ABEYESUNDERE Turkey OZLEM KOTAN Ukraine OLEKSANDRA BURYNSKA USA MICHELE PROMAULAYKO

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FROM THE EDITOR

Many years ago my husband and I were walking through central London very late at night, when we were stopped by a well-dressed, middle-aged woman. In one hand she had a red suitcase, in the other a tissue, which she used to dab her wet eyes. She had just had her purse stolen, she explained, and needed a taxi to take her to her hotel. Could we possibly spare £10? Naturally we were horrified and sent her off with enough money to cover her ride there. Then we took the train home and thought no more of it. Until about a year later, when I was walking through the City and saw what I thought was the same woman. I couldn’t be sure exactly as her hair looked a little less brushed this time and, if you looked closely, her clothes were dirty, her shoes flecked with mud. But there, just a few yards away, was the same red suitcase, this time obscured in a shop doorway. And what struck me was this: the couple she was talking to did not look horrified or indeed empathetic, but rather they looked scared. Because 12 months on the streets had been unkind to this woman – she did not look like one of us any more. And that does something odd to other people. Their empathy shuts down. They see them as other, as different; their situation a sad consequence of the bad life choices they have made – drugs, the wrong partner, alcohol. But we’ve got it all wrong. These people are us. Rising rental prices, job instability, bereavement, a bout of illness that can knock us sideways means most of us are only ever a hair’s breadth away from devastating poverty. Which is why I’m so proud of our features director, Amy Grier, whose story ‘Does this girl look homeless to you?’ [p94] took her more than four months to write and research. The stories of homelessness she found along the way will shock you in that theirs are homeless

stories we do not see every day. These are not women who are begging on the streets but women trying to hide their destitution by reading papers in public libraries all day. They are women riding the bus all night to keep themselves from a cold pavement. They are women adept at making a 99p black coffee in Pret A Manger stretch all day so that they can keep safe and warm. These are men and women who live among us every day, and yet we choose not to see them. This is hidden homelessness. It is a major problem. And it is getting worse. So please, open your eyes. Look a little bit closer at those around you. Make eye contact with the woman who has been sitting on the same park bench for hours. Smile at the man who appears to be walking his dog through the night, every night. Because any one of them could so FARRAH STORR S O R easily be us. Editor ditor 4Follow me on Twitter @Farrah_Storr and Instagram @farrahstorr

Fashion is a ruff business...

WE CAN MAKE YOU FAMOUS (KIND OF) Ever wanted to be a Cosmopolitan cover star? Well, thanks to augmented reality app Blippar, you can. Just download Blippar, hover your phone over the front cover of this issue, and follow the instructions on the screen. Go on, stardom awaits.

Meet the models who didn’t make the cut for this issue’s ‘Doggy style’ fashion shoot (p44)

BUGLEY A classic black coat – so fashion

GEORGE Hates walks, LOVES accessories

BETTY Does her best Blue Steel

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WORDS LOTTIE LUMSDEN. PHOTOGRAPH LOUISA PARRY. ADDITIONAL IMAGE GETTY IMAGES

I F I T ’ S H O T A N D H A P P E N I N G , I T ’ S I N H E R E ...

KARAOKE QUEEN Fancy yourself as the next Beyoncé, but the closest you’ve come to fame is singing Irreplaceable on the way home from the pub at closing time? Well, my friend, you’re in luck. There’s a new-and-improved karaoke craze in town. Venues nationwide are hosting terribly civilised affairs where, over food and cocktails, punters take to the mic in front of a room full of strangers. Fancy it? Just book a table. At Hip Hop Brunch and Hip Hop Karaoke you’ll find Drake and Rihanna on the menu; while at Rockaoke you can belt out hits like Sweet Home Alabama with a live band backing you all the way. And please don’t get us started on ’90s Brunch, where Britney, Spice Girls and Backstreet Boys rule. You’ll be cruising around in James Corden’s 4x4 in no time.

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Heathcote & Ivory Sanderson Chelsea 1960 Hand & Body Wash, £15 Guaranteed to brighten any bleak winter day, this bathroom saviour will look good on your Instagram grid too, which is obviously crucial.

Zoeva Strobe Gel in Aureole, £11 That strobing trend is going nowhere fast, so invest in this little pot of illuminating joy and get practising.

WORDS LUCY PARTINGTON AND BECCI VALLIS. PHOTOGRAPHS HEARST STUDIOS. TONYMOLY AT SELFRIDGES.COM. VINCENT LONGO AT CULTBEAUTY.CO.UK

Bioderma Non-Detergent Fluid Shampoo, £8.50 A sore scalp isn’t sexy, but it’s no longer an issue either. Detergentfree and pHbalanced, this suits even sensitive sorts.

Vincent Longo Pearl X Eyeshadow, £19 A planetary prism of matte and shimmer shades, swirl together for a different colour combo every time.

& Other Stories Caliper Body Oil, £29 A megamix of skin-nourishing walnut and hazelnut, this comforting oil is like a hug in a bottle for dry winter skin.

Buly 1803 Opiat Dentaire Toothpaste, £24 Possibly the fanciest toothpaste you ever did see. Trust the Parisians to add coriander and cucumber to the sink-side essential.

Hot right now!

MAC Spellbinder Shadow in Gravity’s Pull, £16 New magnetically charged pigments mean this loose precious powder stays put, rather than falling onto your cheeks.

Everything you need to stay bright and beautiful through the winter slog

Elemental Herbology Earth Candle, £38 Notes of cedarwood, ginger and bergamot will cosy up any room. Ciaté Magic Pout Potion, £17 This hydrating primer is the product all matte lip lovers have been waiting for. Never again will dry, chapped lips limit your lipstick options.

Nailberry Nail Lacquer in Dial M For Maroon, £14.50 This has just the right balance of red and blue undertones, which is why it looks so goddamn fabulous on everyone’s nails.

Nip + Fab Purify Teen Skin Fix Zero Shine Moisturiser, £9.99 Don’t let the name put you off – whatever age you are – wasabi and zinc work to keep skin shine-free.

Tonymoly Mini Green Apple Lip Balm, £9.50 Novelty factor, check. Scent appeal, check. Dry-lip prevention, check. No further questions, your honour.

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New fl cks Fed up of liner er you can (maybe) do, eyes shut? Time to make your art teacher proud

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Too Cool For School Dinoplatz Highline Eyeliner in Charcoal, £13.50

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Collection Extreme Bold 24 Hour Felt y Tip Calligraphy 9 Liner, £2.99

MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack, £16

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“Almond-shaped eyes su uit this graphic look. Break itt down into two parts,” says Neill. “Use a liquid liner with a super-fine nib.” Draw a bold flick, then trace a line from the outer corner of it, bringing it in along the socket line – following your eye’s natural curve. Sharpen the edges by drawing a triangle shape over where the eye and socket liner

Spectrum So Fine Angled Eyeliner Brush, £4.99

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“This Lion King-meets-Star Trek liner doesn’t connect to the eye, so it suits most eye shapes,” says Neill. Make a point just below the tear duct and one just above the end of your eyebrow. Draw a line from the first point to your tear duct. Starting at the same point, trace along the lower lash line. At the end, draw a sharp line upwards to the second mark you made, then draw a horizontal line down from the same point to create the triangular shape. Finish by adding a bit of glitter liner in the inner corners of each eye.

WORDS LUCY PARTINGTON. PHOTOGRAPHS JASON LLOYD-EVANS, HEARST STUDIOS

Don’t be scared – think of our dearly departed Amy Winehouse. This is a superexaggerated version of the winged liner people wear every day, says Collection make-up artist Francesca Neill. First, map the shape using gel liner. Draw along the upper lash line, past the tear duct and towards the nose. Then extend the line from the outer corner of your eye, up and out past your temple towards the hairline. Bring the liner back towards the outer corner, making sure you curve it inwards to meet the socket line. Once you’re happy with the shape, use a black kohl liner to fill in the whole area. Dust with black eyeshadow to set; you really don’t want this smudging down your face.

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THE EXTREME BATWING


A hybrid of Macaulay Culkin and Michelle Williams with the voice of an angel? Tell us more... HIS VITALS Age 26 Home town Chichester, West Sussex Big break Lily Allen discovered Tom in 2012 and got him signed to Columbia Records. She was wowed by his stage presence – he reminded her of David Bowie, apparently. Crazy fact #1 He bought an original Mini Cooper with his first-album cash advance, but it was stolen three weeks later. Crazy fact #2 Tom began writing songs at 12 but didn’t tell anybody because he thought it was “uncool”.

Worst date

“I’ve been on some bad dates. One was so bad I actually climbed out of a toilet window. I’ve definitely come up with a few excuses too like, ‘My friend is going through something, I’ve got to go’, or ‘My house is burning down’. There’s only so many times you can use that one though.”

Rules of attraction

“I’ve never said someone has great hair or a lovely arse. It’s like a symphony... it’s the violins, the piano, the percussion, and when that all comes together, it’s attractive even though you don’t know why.”

Not so vain

“There is a certain amount of vanity that comes with this job, which isn’t an appealing trait. You can find yourself inching over to that side occasionally because you see yourself in shoots and videos. I have got rid of all the mirrors in my house – when I come home I don’t want to be self-conscious.”

Random turn-on

“I’m a bit of an aviation anorak. My dad was a pilot and I know a lot about planes. Sometimes I look at videos of them on YouTube taking off in heavy winds. I should never have admitted this.”

Romance isn’t dead “When I was 19 I made the awful mistake of writing a song for someone. I was in the doghouse because I’d forgotten to get her a Valentine’s Day present and I wrote a song because it was the quickest thing I could do. It wasn’t very well written and was so obvious and cheesy. Now I think that the best gift you can get someone is a book inspired by that person.”

✱ Tom’s album Wrong Crowd is out now

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WORDS LOTTIE LUMSDEN

WELL, HELLO THERE Tom Odell


Because sometimes life is stranger than fiction

STAIR I was walking MASTER down the stairs on the bus when it braked suddenly and I fell all the way down, landing flat on my back with my legs in the air. A month later I overheard an old lady tell her friend about my fall, unaware the star of the story was right behind her on the bus. NIL, 34, BLOGGER, LONDON

FIRST IMPRESSIONS One morning I strolled into the kitchen of my shared flat to make breakfast. I poured out my cereal, let out a long fart, and then went to fetch the milk. It was then that I saw my housemate’s mum and sister (who I’d never met before) sitting at the dining table. ROBERT, 20, FOOTBALLER, SYDNEY

SHOW TIME I was taking my jumper off in a busy airport, but I didn’t realise my T-shirt was stuck to it, and as I lifted up my arms, I accidentally flashed most of Costa. Luckily the stag group sitting opposite me were really supportive. At least, I assume that’s why they were cheering? JENNI, 24, JOURNALIST, LONDON

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BUZZED OFF

I was on a lavender farm for a photoshoot, and the model’s skirt needed some oomph, so they asked if I’d get under it. I was there for three hours, during which time the model angered a bees’ nest. I had to play dodgeball with her knees as bees flew around her head. Not a career highlight. ELBIE, 32, HAIRSTYLIST AND MAKE-UP ARTIST, LONDON


AS CONFESSED TO JOSIE COPSON. PHOTOGRAPHS ANTONIO PETRONZIO. HAIR AND MAKE-UP EMILY-JANE WILLIAMS. WITH THANKS TO THE HOXTON (THEHOXTON.COM)

TWILIGHT

I’m a really ROBBERY big fan of the Twilight films, so when I saw a life-size cardboard cut-out of Robert Pattinson at a house party I was at, I hatched a plan to borrow him for a few hours for some selfies. Unfortunately, the host saw me trying to hide it inside my coat and thought I was trying to steal it, so she threw me out. Without R-Patz. CLAIRE, 22, WRITER, RUGBY

HOLD IT TOGETHER

DURING AN IMPORTANT CLIENT MEETING, MY TROUSER BUTTON AND ZIP BROKE WHEN I BENT OVER TO PICK UP SOME PAPERS. I HAD TO FIX IT WITHOUT ANYONE IN THE MEETING FINDING OUT… BUT EVENTUALLY I THINK THE SOUND OF THE STAPLER GAVE ME AWAY. SCOTT, 22, RECEPTIONIST, SHROPSHIRE

ROUGH RIDE

I ACCIDENTALLY KICKED MY BOYFRIEND IN THE TESTICLES DURING SEX. HE HAD TO TAKE TWO DAYS OFF WORK TO RECUPERATE. JENNIFER, 24, VOICE ACTOR, ISLE OF MAN

FEISTY ONE I was on a first date with a girl when she said she’d just got back from a volcano-study trip to Sicily. I asked, “Do you study geography?” She shouted, “What the fuck do you think?” Everyone around looked at me like I’d killed a puppy. I’ve since found out it’s a nervous tic of hers – despite the outburst we’ve been together seven months. PATRICK, 21, RECRUITMENT CONSULTANT, SURREY C O S M O P O L I TA N ·

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Ready, steady, binge Finally, there’s time in the diary to slob out and catch up on the TV you’ve been meaning to watch all year. Here are our best boxset picks

WORDS LOTTIE LUMSDEN, CLARE THORP. PHOTOGRAPHS REX FEATURES, PLANETPHOTOS.CO.UK

LOT T I E L U M S D E N Entertainment director

C AT R I O N A I N N E S Senior editor

FLEABAG

H A R RY W I N F I E L D Senior designer

AMY GRIER Features director

EASY NETFLIX

AMAZON PRIME/BBC THREE

WESTWORLD NOW TV

BLACKNETFLIX MIRROR

W H AT ? A hilarious, very real look at love and sex – expect errant pubic hair and seat-squirming moments. Each episode looks at a different couple – be it the married couple spicing things up or the cartoonist and his selfie-obsessed one-night stand. WHO’S IN IT? Orlando Bloom plays a hot dad who has a very naked threesome. That’s all you need to know. SAMPLE TWITTER REVIEW “Orlando Bloom is EVERYTHING. It’s literally hot Legolas minus white hair, elf ears, plus abs #wow.”

W H AT ? The dark story of twentysomething Fleabag. Her boyfriend has dumped her, her guinea pig-themed café is failing and she is haunted by memories of her dead best friend. But it’s funny – like when she gets caught masturbating to an Obama speech. WHO’S IN IT? Phoebe Waller-Bridge, the “British Lena Dunham”. Olivia Colman also stars as her hideous stepmother. SAMPLE TWITTER REVIEW “Like Miranda on downers.”

W H AT ? A disturbing futuristic world where the rich pay to experience life as it was in the Wild West at a “park” inhabited by robots that appear real. WHO’S IN IT? Who isn’t in it? Anthony Hopkins, Thandie Newton, James Marsden and Evan Rac achel e Wood oo all star. sa. SAMPLE TWITTER REVIEW “Michael Crichton created Jurassicc Park a and Westtworld. p trauma What deep erience did he expe at Disney World?” W ”

W H AT ? Charlie Brooker’s third series imagining various futures in which technology messes with our minds. Each episode makes you want to throw your laptop out the window. WHO’S IN IT? A different cast for each episode, including Bryce Dallas Howard, Alice Eve e and a d Game Of Thrones’ o ’ Je erome Flynn. SAMPLE TWITTER REVIEW “ lackM “#B Mirror and chill? It’s like Netflix and chill only instead of hookin ng up you have an existtential crisis and cry ab bout humanity.”

If you like this, also try... Love

If you like this, also try... Crashing

If you like th is, also try... Humanss

If you like th his, also o t try... . Mr Ro Robott

And the shows ws to look oo out for in 2017 7 TABOO

BBC ONE Remember those naked picture es of Tom Hardy paddling down a river? He was filming this seriess about an angry 19th-century adventurer. Move over, Poldark.

GYPSY GY

NETFLIX Naomi Watts returns to TV as a therapist whose work and personal life mix dangerously in this thriller. Fifty F Shades’ Sam Taylor-Johnson directs d the first two episodes.

BIG LITTLE LIES SKY ATLANTIC A-list cast much? Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman n, and Alexander Skarsgård sta ar in this HBO gem about mums with secrets.

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The

Compass What we loved and loathed

PRET POLITICS

Brexit fever sparked a new interest in current affairs and everyone had a political opinion – and voiced it all over the place, from the 159 bus to the cappuccino queue.

DEATH OF AN ICON

Floating our boat

COMEBACK SEASON

King of garage Craig David returned to kill it with a hit album. All Saints, Britney and Busted bounced back, too. Nostalgia is sounding pretty good these days.

Or 12. We said a sad goodbye to David Bowie, Prince, Caroline Aherne, Muhammad Ali, Zaha Hadid and Alan Rickman. Takee care of yourselves, heroes – our hearts can’t take any more.

FOOD SHORTAGES

Rationing met first-world problems when prosecco, avocados and even Marmite threatened to run out. 2017 brunches are looking sad – and expensive.

MATTE LIPS

POKÉMON GO

The introduction of Kylie Jenner’s sell-out lip kits saw gloss banished to the bin. And this trend looks set to stay for 2017. Now’s the time to stock up on Carmex.

When we reached the point where our Bumble date was more interested in catching a Squirtle than our attention, this app was deemed a problem. Best left to under-12s – and the ’90s, actually.

MENTAL HEALTH

From Zayn Malik to Selena Gomez, we applauded a host of famous faces who bravely spoke out about their personal battles with anxiety and psychological wellbeing issues this year.

100 LAYERS

Sinking our ship

WORDS JENNIFER SAVIN. PHOTOGRAPHS GETTY IMAGES, HEARST STUDIOS

THEE GUCCI EFFECT

Firsst rule of the Gucci effect? There aare no n rules. The design house gave us he green light to mix trends, colours, the prints and textures, breaking any p previous style commandments. p Long may fashion freedom reign. L

in 2016

Possibly the most time-consuming beauty trend ever? Maximum effort for… well, we’re still not entirely sure what the gain was (other than hand cramp from removing all those layers of varnish/foundation).

LOW-SELF-ESTEEM DRESSING

Issey Miyake-style baggy trousers, s, as comfy as PJs, are on the way outt. n Care to join us in a sad rendition of ‘My mind’s telling me no, but my body (and food baby) is telling me ye-e-e-s’?

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Big showbiz quiz of the year

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2016 was an eventful one. Were you paying atttention?

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3 In the Ab Fab film, Kate Moss is missing, presumed dead. Why?

Which ASOS item nearly sold out as a result of Netflix’s Stranger Things?

What issue did d Leonardo DiCaprio raise in his O scars speech?

(A) A pink Peter Pan-collar dress worn by Eleven.

(A) Her skinny jeans had cut off her circulation. cu

(A) The lackk o of Victoria’s co a Secret mode els left e to o date. a e.

(B) Huge glassses, à la fan favourite Barb. B

(B B) She was pushed and fell iinto the River Thames.

(B) There w wass room for him on that floating door in Titanic. c.

(C) A bad bro own wig. If Winona looks good d in one....

(C She was kidnapped by (C) a jjealous Edina and Patsy.

(C) The imp portance and d effects of cclimate change..

4 After Bake Off was sold to Channel 4, what did hosts Mel and Sue say in n their th i statement about quitting the sho ow?

Which pop star was rumoured t be “Becky with the good hair” to on n Beyoncé’s album Lemonade?

(A) “We’re not going with the dough.”

(A) J Lo, because their names are kind of the same.

(B) “We want muffin to do with Channel 4.”

(B) Taylor Swift – well, her fringe is always on point.

((C)) “We e don’t o ’t knea knead the money.” y

( Rita Ora, after wearing a bra (C) with strategically placed lemons. w

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0-2: No-hoper. Did you know that One Direction had split?

The New Yor T ork Post’s front page ha ad w what on it a after Brangelina split up p? (A)) A hu uge picture of Jenniferr Aniston laughing. ((B)) A huge h picture of Angel g lina Jolie sobbing.

3-6: Clever clogs. You know your J Lo from your J-Law.

(C)) A huge picture of Dona ald Trump’s tiny hands.

7 What was Orlando Bloom doing when he flashed his tackle?

How many times did Adele swear s during her Glastonbury set??

(A) Enjoying a naturist holiday in Ibiza with Justin Bieber.

(A) 24 – she ordered someo one to “bring me a shitting ciderr”.

(B) Paddleboarding in Sardinia with Katy Perry.

(B) 33, declaring it was “the e best fucking moment of my life”.

(C) Fishing on the Norfolk Broads with Ed Sheeran.

(C) 51, at which point the BBC cut the live feed.

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7 Celebrity stalker. 7-8: S Step away from the MailOnline app.

ANSWERS: 1.(a) 2.(b) 3.(c) 4.(c) 5.(a) 6.(a) 7.(b) 8.(b)

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FOR A BIG GIRL’ FOR YEARS, THAT’S ALL MODEL ASHLEY GRAHAM EVER HEARD. THEN SHE CHANGED THE CONVERSATION FOR HERSELF… AND US i Wo r d s K A T I E L C O N N O R P h o t o g r a p h s B E N WA T T S


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shley Graham only has one request when I meet her at a rooftop bar in midtown Manhattan: don’t ask her what she thinks of the term ‘plus size’. Why? She thinks it’s outdated and unhelpful. She points out that in the modelling industry, it can refer to anyone size 12 and up – so that’s pretty much everyone. But you can’t ignore the fact that the model, who teeters between a size 18 and 20, owes her fame – at least in part – to the controversial term. Last year, fashion blogs heralded her as the ‘first plus-size model’ to grace the cover of Sports Illustrated’s swimsuit issue. And in the past year, she’s designed collections for plus-size brands SwimsuitsForAll and Addition Elle. And her recent outing as Joe Jonas’s love interest in DNCE’s Toothbrush music video was a coup for full-figured women eager to see themselves in a role beyond, say, Faceless Twerker Number Four. So, she may not like to be introduced as ‘plus-size model Ashley Graham’ – she’s a model, full stop – but the term doesn’t offend her either. “Just because I’m not calling myself plus size doesn’t mean I’m not representing a woman who is,” she says. The 28-year-old from Lincoln, Nebraska, is proud to be an envoy for the millions of women overlooked and underserved by the fashion industry. “I’m giving curvy women i

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a seat at a table that we’ve never been invited to before – a table with high-end fashion people who have never considered us beautiful.” Comedian Amy Schumer has done a similar thing in Hollywood. In her stand-up and TV shows, she often skewers her industry for exalting only the young, thin and cellulite-free. So in April, when the Trainwreck star took US Glamour magazine to task for implying she was plus size in its Chic At Any Size special issue, Ashley (the cover star) was surprised. “I can see both sides,” she says, noting Amy’s claim that no one notified her she would be featured, “but Amy talks about being a big girl in the industry. You thrive on being a big girl, but when you’re grouped in with us, you’re not happy about it? That, to me, felt like a double standard.” But Ashley hasn’t always been 100% comfortable with her body. As a teenager, she says she “walked through the halls with my chest pumped up and head held high, but I was insecure”. At 16, she was crushed when her first boyfriend broke up with her. “He’s like, ‘First, you won’t have sex with me. And second, I’m afraid you’re going to be as fat as my mum.’ Never in my life had I felt more ugly, insecure and unworthy. That was the beginning of how I would relate and interact with my own body. I started seeking affirmation from boys because of one man’s words.” Soon after, at 17, she lost her virginity to a man who wasn’t her boyfriend and moved to New York, where she “dated half the city” – or so she felt. “I did it all wrong,” she says. “I dated a lot of the wrong guys and was having sex for a lot of the wrong reasons. I was just looking for love and affirmation.”

“I did it all wrong. I dated the wrong guys. I was looking for love and affirmation”

When she got involved with an alcoholic, something had to change. “He was abusive in more than one way,” she says. “He threw a couch on me. He came home drunk. I was sitting on it, and he flipped it upside down. I remember my elbow being jammed but thinking, ‘He didn’t hit me; he was just really angry, you know?’ You hear stories of women who say the exact same thing – I wasn’t showing up with bruises, he wasn’t beating me every day. I should’ve left, but I was an insecure woman in a terrible relationship who did not know herself.” But her friends and her mum did. “They would tell me, you’re a 10. You need to put more value in who you are as a woman. But it was hard. For six months to a year, I hid that I was still talking to him. I was embarrassed that I couldn’t step away. I don’t think that heartache made me a better person, but it helped me figure out my worth.” After the break-up, Ashley devised a plan. “I realised I was giving up my power and the power of my sexuality. I said, ‘I’m not going to have sex with anybody until I see a ring on my finger.’ Then I got more serious and said I’m not going to have sex until I’m actually married. I was adamant, especially when guys were like, ‘Um, third date…’” She met her now-husband, cinematographer Justin Ervin, at church on what Ashley calls “porn Sunday”. She tosses her head back, laughing at the funny detail of how they met. “The church we used to go to had themes,” she explains. “This Sunday, they had ex-porn stars talking to the congregation about how porn ruined their lives.” The couple met in the lift and were married a little more than a year later. Ashley was 22; Justin, 29. Even during their three-month engagement, Ashley stuck to the no-sex plan. “It i C O S M O P O L I TA N ·

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allowed us to know each other on a deeper friendship level,” she says. “We both had pasts.” Now, she says, “sex is the cherry on top of our marriage”. What’s not sweet are the trolls who remark on their interracial relationship. “One comment on Instagram was ‘I knew a girl her size could only be with a black guy.’ I think that’s so ugly. But we talk about the fact I’m white and he’s black all the time. I’ve seen how racist America is. It’s opened my eyes to how ignorant I have been, how white privilege has taken over a lot of my thoughts and actions because it’s something that I take for granted.” It’s also heightened her awareness that while she’s helping to redefine beauty standards, there are still miles to go. “Where are the black women? Hispanic women? This body is not new. There are so many different women of colour who have curvy bodies and should be celebrated. I recognise that 100%. It’s not just about size diversity any more.”

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These days, Ashley speaks at conferences almost as often as she shoots advertising campaigns. A tireless body activist, she’s never not preaching that beauty is beyond size. Her TED talk has had over a million views. She’s also dyslexic. “When I was young, I never saw myself as a smart person. There are still days when I have to give a speech where I feel inadequate, like, ‘I can’t do this!’ But I haven’t let dyslexia define me.” Nor will she let the term ‘plus size’ define her. She’s witnessed first-hand how sticky the label can be. Crystal Renn, 30, the model/author who battled anorexia, then rose to plus-size stardom, is one of Ashley’s oldest friends. The two met at the Ford modelling agency as teens. “We were inseparable,” she says. “I went to her house and she’s like, ‘You want to know how to model? OK, take your clothes off.’ I’m like, ‘What?’ We took our clothes off, and she taught me how to move my body.” When Crystal d droppeed from a size 16 to a size 12, h f ns were outraged. “She was her fan ggoing through a hard time,” Ashley ssays off her friend’s weight loss. “It’s aamazin ng how a community that can p praise you for so long can then trash yyou. Bu ut Crystal changed a lot of girls’ llives. She S burst open the doors for p plus-siize models in the high-fashion w world.. She was one of the pioneers.” A Ashlley gets a taste of that outrage w wheneever she Instagrams a close-up of h her ffacce. “Because my face is thinner ffor a girl g my size, [people will] be llike, k ‘Y You’re losing weight,’” she says. ““They’ h ’re really mad!” Yes, Ashley works o gularly but it’s not about weight; out reg iit’s abo out strength and feeling good. ““I’m reeally happy where I am,” she ssays. ““But let’s say just for shits and ggiggles that I lost weight. Would my ffan ns be mad at me?” She knows the answer is most likely yes. But she an ttakes it in her stride: “Everybody’s going to have an opinion. As g long as I’m healthy and I feel l good, that’s what matters.” ◆ g

THE RULE BREAKERS All hail the models who didn’t conform

The first black trans model

The trailblazer history forgot Before Naomi Campbell, there was Donyale Luna. Scouted aged 14, a sketch of her was used on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar in 1965, and this image the year after. She was also the first black model on a Vogue cover.

Tracey Norman was a top ’70s model, but no one knew that the woman on Clairol’s Nice ’n Easy, No 512 was born a biological man. Now, at 63, she is fronting their ‘Colour As Real As You Are’ campaign as her authentic self.

The one who proved different is beautiful

The real woman An original plus-size model, Sophie Dahl became one of the most sought after names in the late ’90s after being discovered by fashion editor Isabella Blow. A nude advert for Yves Saint Laurent’s Opium in 2000 is one of the top 10 most complained about ads ever.

Winnie Harlow, who has vitiligo, was bullied as a child, but now embraces her skin condition and has given a TED talk, My Story Is Painted On My Body, about finding beauty in everything. Our kind of girl.

CLOTHING, ALL AS BEFORE. EARRINGS, AS BEFORE. FASHION DIRECTOR AYA KANAI. HAIR ANTHONY CAMPBELL, USING ORIBE FOR CAMPBELL AND CAMPBELL SALON AT THE WALL GROUP. MAKE-UP TRACY MURPHY FOR LASH STAR BEAUTY. NAILS JULIE KANDELEC FOR DIOR VERNIS. PROP STYLIST MOLLY FINDLAY FOR MAREK AND ASSOCIATES. ADDITIONAL REPORTING BY JOSIE COPSON. ADDITIONAL PHOTOGRAPHS GETTY IMAGES, HARPER’S BAZAAR, P&G/BUSINESS WIRE

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WORDS AMY BANNERMAN. STYLING SAIREY STEMP. PHOTOGRAPH JOBE LAWRENSON

SOMETIMES IT’S WHAT’S ON THE OUTSIDE THAT COUNTS

LAST NIGHT A HANDBAG SAVED MY LIFE Suspend your thoughts from our current overwhelming world of Snapchat, virtual-reality headgear and swipe-based lovin’, and imagine an era when everything revolved around a bloody massive disco ball: the ’70s. When John Travolta was grinding his prostate on the dance floor, there was no UberPool – only Bianca Jagger arriving at Studio 54 on a white horse, and Barry White belting out chart-topping cheese. And the bag on any selfrespecting disco baby’s shoulders would have been a little bit like this… Bag, £350, Sonia Rykiel at Avenue32.com

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PARKER WEARS Crystal necklace, £199, Swarovski. Chain necklace, £178, Butler & Wilson. @parker_themaltese

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style Time to get your rocks on Senior fashion editor SAIREY STEMP Photographs CHRIS TURNER


Earrings, £40, Marc Jacobs at Veryexclusive.co.uk Earrings, £25, No1 Jenny Packham at Debenhams

Earrings, £15, Marks & Spencer

SHOP ME NOW

Earrings, £14.99, H&M

Brooch, £475, Chanel

Ear cuff, £30, Mikey at H Samuel

Ring, £69, Adore

Costume & crystal

Earrings, £48, Diamonique Couture

Earrings, £5, Next

Necklace, £29, Coast

Ring, £69, Solange Azagury-Partridge x Amazon.co.uk

This is proper magpie fodder: crystal drop earrings, cluster necklaces and rhinestones for modern-day Audrey Hepburns Earrings, as before (top left)

Pssst… Keep your jewels sparkling by breathing on them to create humidity, then polish with your sunglasses cloth Headband, £98, Butler & Wilson

Necklace, £30, Next

Ring, £4,050, Gucci

Brooch, £750, Chanel

Earrings, £295, Shourouk

Bracelet, £99, Swarovski Earrings, £6, Next

s, £48, Earring re e Coutu u iq n o Diam

Watch, £199, Versus Versace i

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, 120 , £ nroe g Rin x Mo Ale

Necklace, £1,200, Goldsmiths x Jenny Packham

Ring, £915, Gucci

Earrings, £45, Orla Kiely at H Samuel

Earrings, £150, Catherine Zoraida

Watch, £90, Accurist

Earrings, £55, Lee Renée

N Necklace, £110, Lisa Snowdon at QVC Ring, £149, Laura Gravestock

Forever keepsake

Bracelet, £225, Links Of London

Del Boy is the season’s unlikely icon. Forget the flat cap – pick up ID bracelets, cygnet rings, charms and pendants. Straight outta Peckham

Ring, £55, Thomas Sabo

, £70 let, ker e c Bra d Ba Te

Necklace, £35, Eyland at Veryexclusive.co.uk

Pssst… Specialist jewellers such as Alex Monroe can rework heirloom or pre-loved jewellery. They say, “We’ll transform those stones and precious metals to give sentimental pieces new life.”

Ring, £115, The Great Frog

Necklace, £55, TLC x Auree Ring, £117, No13 Ring, £108, £ C o don Carat London

Bracelet, £469, H Samuel

Earrings, £28, Butler & Wilson

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Earrings, £65, Lola Rose

Watch, Watch £125, Fossil

Earrings, £55, Pandora

Earrings, £150, Catherine Zoraida


LETTICE WEARS Cubic zirconia and gold necklace (top), ÂŁ125, Pandora. Sterling silver necklace, ÂŁ135, Daisy London. @lovelylettice i


LOUIS WEARS Necklace, £410, Mawi


Watch, £165, Fossil

Ring, £170, Thomas Sabo

Cuff, £205, Sarina Suriano

Earrings, £750, Mappin & Webb

Earrings, £45, Sonal Bhaskaran

Brooch, £32, Finery

Earrings, £69, Michael Kors at Watch Station at House Of Fraser

Bracelet, £59, Skagen

Minimal sculptural Ring, £1,456, Kattri

If bling just ain’t your thing, accessorise your simple Céline silhouettes (OK, your Zara classics) with architectural jewellery

Bracelet, £241, Maria Black

Pssst… Wear just one statement piece (like Louis here) for maximum impact. Overdo this style and you’ll look like a scrap-metal yard. Not even Louis can pull that off...

Earrings, £39, Skagen

Ring, £50, House Thirteen

Earrings, £35, Fossil Ring, £150 Monica Vinader

Earrings, £12, River Island

Earrings, £7.50, Limited Edition at Marks & Spencer Ring, £125, Jean Paul Gaultier for Atelier Swarovski

Cuff, £298, Sarina Suriano i

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Earrings, £60, Kenneth Jay Lane at Veryexclusive.co.uk

Ring, £249, Swarovski

Earrings, £15, Marks & Spencer

Brooch, £149, Plümo Ring, £25, Folli Follie

Watch, £45, Swatch

Perfect pearls

Necklace, £110, Glitzy Secrets

Not just for nanas, cockney pearly queens and dusty paintings. Karl Lagerfeld has made the pearl chic and we salute him for it Earrings, gs, £1,4 £1,450, Mikimoto M o at Mappin pin & W Webb

Pssst… Wear with your favourite ripped jeans and rock ’n’ roll tee to steer clear of twinset-and-teacups territory

Ring, £45, Ottoman Hands at Very exclusive.co.uk Necklace, £399, Swarovski

Brooch set, £12, Accessorize

Earrings, £8, Mood at Debenhams

Necklace, £40, Folli Follie Ring, £60, Anton Heunis at Veryexclusive.co.uk

Studs, £70, Ernest Jones Ring, £120, Mawi

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Ring, £125, Ishwara


SIMBA WEARS Pearl necklace, £1,430; glass and pearl necklace with black bow, £3,320; glass and pearl cuff, £1,350, all Chanel. @simbathefluffypom ♥These dogs all belong to friends and family of Cosmopolitan. Adopt, don’t shop. Go to your local rehoming centre, Dogs Trust, or check out wildatheartfoundation.org ◆


HEY, HOW DO I WEAR… Thigh-high boots?

THBs (as they’ll henceforth be known) were made for walkin’ and dancin’ and pavement poundin’…

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PROPORTIONS Make sure your jumper skims your hips and avoid any unnecessary volume at the waist – so no tight waistbands that mushroom into muffin tops. Why hide your THBs under a maxi – it’s the high slit that showcases the boots and your legs, and looks super svelte.

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There’s no hard-and-fast rule on whether this season’s THBs should be tight or loose (or heeled or flat, for that matter). But in Gigi’s case, the slouch gives the outfit a relaxed, daytime vibe. If your slouchy boots won’t stay up, pull on a pair of thigh-high cotton socks underneath for grippiness (definitely a word, FYI).

1 MIX YOUR TEXTURES

Suede, a rich, chunky cable knit and the softest silk or satin – Gigi knows the new way to wear head-to-toe black is luxe separates in contrasting textures. Opt for real suede boots, not faux (too sweaty!). Silk works well for daytime, worn with hard-working favourites like a roll-neck or sweatshirt. Also, the light bounces off satin, which breaks up the monochrome.

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SOME SKIN

The detail that earns this outfit an A+ is the triangle of leg on show. Sure, you could wear a mini with this look (yawn), but Gigi’s asymmetric hemline makes this outfit sophisticated, not trashy. A good rule of thumb is this: stick to about three inches of leg peeking out – any more and you need to keep it very casual and covered up elsewhere.

5 LAYER IT UP

If roll-necks make you overheat and feel claustrophobic, try a long-line, collared boyfriend shirt instead, and layer on a long coat for when you want less exposure. A dark, neutral military wool number is a winter must-have.

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4MATCHY MATCHY

If you find THBs intimidating, do as Kendall Jenner does and match your boots to your j jean s. Just add a floor-sweeping coat, a roll-neck… and a musician boyfriend? Coat, £479, Maje. Jumper, C per, £79.90, £79 90, Uniqlo. Trousers, £206, DL 196 T 61 at Asos.com. Boots, a £160, Dune London. £ Sunglasses, £199, S Dolce & Gabbana at D Su unglass Hut. Bag, £1130, 0, Armani Exchange e

Kendall Jenner

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The cool girl’s guide to dressing for a winter night out: THBs, a T-shirt or sweater dress and a faux-fur coat. Victoria’s Secret model Behati rem minds d us to avoid the bodycon. A bit of thigh t is all the sex appeal this look needs.. Coat, £225, Tommy Hilfiger. Dresss, £80, Champion at Amazon Fashion. Boots, £200, KG by Kurt Geiger. Bag, £350, Hill & Friends. Earrings, around If yo ou’re going £140, Sarina Suriano barre-legged, gg

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Leave it to super-blogger Leandra Medine to show us how to flawlessly pull off THBs for day: with a man nnish jacket and jeans, o co of course e. Prince of Wales c ec look checks l even cooler when clashed with Breton stripes. T finisshing touch? A bright The scarf knotted around your neck and a clutch to match. Jack ket, £79, Marks & Spen ncer. Top, around £76.4 45, Saint James. Jeans, £75,, W Wrangler. Boots, £140, Jones Bo ootmaker. Ring, £279, H Samuel. Scarf, Samuel Sc £95, Silken Favours ◆

WORDS MADDY ALFORD. PHOTOGRAPHS GETTY IMAGES, GOFFPHOTOS.COM, SPLASH NEWS. STILL LIFES PIXELATE

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THE JEANIUS .

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Fei Fei Sun

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Hailey Baldwin

K, I’m coming clean in the name of honestt journalism. I don’t like ripped denim. Or I didn’t until I started work on this page and researrched h d ripped styling, past and present. I have conccluded that there is a science to wearing this look well. w ll At no point should your whole thigh be out – where it looks planted like you were browsing Tinder on an escalator, face-p and half your jeans got ripped off. Khloé Kardashiaan is a fan of this look. I’m sure she’s keen to show off heer bod,, but I feel a bit annoyed at paying for holes. Surely if you y want to show that much skin you just wear shorts, non? n ? If you want to join the ripped-denim massive, jeans mustt either be super-tight and black with minimal, subtle rips (see Hailey Baldwin) – a tight pair in a pale wash will make you look like a sausage auditioning for Britain’s Next Top Sausage – or classic blue non-stretch with rips that look like they’ve occurred through wear and fun times (see Fei Fei Sun). Rips on the hemline are a solution for those who don’t want to flash too much leg – chop the hem off any jeans with sharp fabric scissors, then wash and tumble dry to speed up the fraying process (the less stretch in the fabric, the shaggier the fraying), or try ReDone’s new ‘No Waist’ numbers. They’ve removed the waistband, so no more jeans digging in to give that two-tummy silhouette. Whichever variation on ripping you settle on, it’ll make your outfit look cooler, because the thing about ripped jeans is that they’re for rebels. I can report, hand-on-heart, that I am writing this wearing my subtly ripped Current/Elliott pale-blue babies, but annoyingly this meant I had to shave my legs this morning in preparation for their outing. Oh yeah, I forgot to mention that bit. BORRRRINGGGGGG.

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MY FAVES Amy wears: Jeans, £27.99, New Look. Above right: £139, Guess. Far right: £95, Levi’s. Below: £308, Golden Goose at Matches fashion.com

Jumper, £99, Toast

Bandana,, £32,, Free People p

Bo oots, £69.99, Zara a

PHOTOGRAPHS STEPHANIE SIAN SMITH, REX FEATURES, GETTY IMAGES. AMY WEARS: JACKET AND TOP, VINTAGE. SHOES, £159, JIGSAW

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Party fro

December is upon us, so with your diary fuller than Kim K’s make-up drawer, it’s time for

Family lunch? Seeing the inlaws? Drinks with friends? These dresses can do it all

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FOR THE DAYTIME

£125, Topshop

£150, Miss Selfridge

£39.99, New Look

TIP! Black fishnets give floral prints a rock ‘n’ roll edge. Bonus shoe advice: steer clear of open-toed sandals. Fishnets work better with closed toes.

£119, Monsoon

£39, V by Very at Very.co.uk £285, Needle & Thread at Veryexclusive.co.uk

£169, Ted Baker

£370, McQ Alexander McQueen at Veryexclusive.co.uk

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£79.99, H&M


cks ’n’ frills a flirty, festive dress… or two, or three, says SENIOR FASHION EDITOR SAIREY STEMP £59.99, H&M

FOR THE DANCE FLOOR Don’t fight it. Sequins are scientifically proven to boost your party spirit £120, Topshop

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£30, Vero Moda

£89, Urban Outfitters

TIP! Sequins will snag delicate sheer tights or stockings. If you can’t be bare-legged, go opaque. Primark’s 100-deniers are virtually indestructible.

£199, No 1 Jenny Packham for Debenhams

£185, French Connection

£34.99, New Look

£89, & Other Stories

£285, Needle & Thread at Veryexclusive.co.uk i

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FOR DESKTO-DRINKS

£99, Miss Selfridge

Perfect if your outfit has to go the distance, from morning meeting to last orders

£69.99, & Other Stories £325, Orla Kiely

£625, Coach

£60, Next

£35, Girlinmind.com £169, Gestuz

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£35, F&F

£30, JD Williams

£38, V by Very at Very.co.uk i

PHOTOGRAPHS JASON LLOYD-EVANS

£69, Archive by Alexa at Marks & Spencer

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TIP! Don’t schlep an extra bag to work like a mountain Sherpa. Layer your dress with a blazer and flats, then just add the highest heels you can dance in later.


FOR DATE NIGHT Choose your weapon – mini or maxi. It’s time for Operation Maximum Hotness

£28, Misspap.co.uk

£189, Finery

£515, Just Cavalli at Veryexclusive.co.uk

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£60, Jane Norman

£45, River Island

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TIP! A clingy dress calls for underwear that disguises lumps and bumps. Spanx OnCore High-Waisted Mid-Thigh Shorts give a smooth line from midriff to thighs.

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BEAUTY’S DIRTY LITTLE SECRET We call it ‘hangover face’ – that slightly puffy, ‘congested’ look that rears its ugly mug in the build-up to New Year. The antidote: masks made from activated charcoal. That’s carbon from half-burnt wood that’s then been treated to increase its absorbency – basically the skincare equivalent of a fried-egg sandwich. The black stuff is so porous that blemish-producing toxins are attracted to it like warbling X Factor contestants to a Whitney Houston number, leaving your skin silky-smooth, as well as bloat- and blemish-free. For mornings when you don’t even have the energy to lift the TV remote, try Erborian’s Black Scrub (£24), a two-in-one exfoliator and mattifying mask. For a complete skin detox, try Doll Face’s Little Black Mask (£45) – it’s brilliant at flushing out pores. “Leave it on for at least 10 minutes to give the charcoal the best chance of hoovering up to 100 times its own weight in impurities,” says facialist Nichola Joss. That’s our festive intake of Cadbury’s Roses sorted, then.

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THE 2017 ‘WTF IS THIS?!’

BEAUTY GLOSSARY

As we welcome in another year full of incomprehensible trends, unpronounceable ingredients and nigh-on-inexplicable treatments, we ask: which are bang-on and which are best forgotten? W O R D S Ingeborg van Lotringen

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Not keen on your crow’s feet? Stick a patch on them, studded with miniscule 0.5mm plastic needles. They create ‘micro-channels’ for the hyaluronic-acid serum that follows, allowing it to penetrate deep enough into the skin for it to actually do something. The patch system is called Radara and costs £199. Doesn’t sound torturous enough? Go to town with an at-home ‘dermaroller’ (a sort of mini paint roller featuring 0.1mm

metal needles; try the Environ Cosmetic Roll-CIT, £67) instead. BUZZ OR BULL? Buzz. Medical facialist Kate Kerr is one of the countless fans of professional micro-needling, “which involves a roller with much longer needles to cause controlled trauma. It gets skin to produce more collagen.” She says it’s something at-home micro-channelling doesn’t do, “but the funnelling of actives deep into skin is the same with both pro and DIY needling, and will help soften lines”. We actually quite like sticking the patches into our flesh, in a masochism-withbenefits kind of way.

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Ice therapy has blasted onto the beauty scene like an Arctic blizzard. From repairing muscles to promoting weight loss, collagen formation and fighting acne, ‘cryo’ is beauty’s new answer to practically all your woes. Sub-zero spa rooms and facials with icy air or -300C metal balls are coming to a salon near you. BUZZ OR BULL? Bull. “Whole-body cryo can reduce muscle soreness and boost the immune system, and I can see some future for cryo in acne treatments,” says Tracy Mountford, medical director of The Cosmetic Skin Clinic. But, adds plastic surgeon and skin expert Marko Lens, “There is no scientific evidence whole-body cryotherapy aids muscle recovery, slimming, wound healing, or has any effect on wrinkles. Studies even failed to show it boosts microcirculation or endorphin levels.” Oh. Just don’t confuse it with cryolipolysis (as in CoolSculpting), which removes fat by freezing it. That does work. i

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There are myriad ‘laser’ treatments that claim to heat up fat cells to the point of killing them, promising volume loss after your lymph system has flushed the cells out. Only they don’t employ lasers at all (but rather, radiofrequency or ultrasound waves), and the so-called ‘killing’ is actually temporary fat-cell leakage. Which rarely (or, in our case, never) results in any body streamlining. SculpSure is the latest ‘fat-removal laser’ to claim cell death and permanent fat loss – so is this one for real? BUZZ OR BULL? Buzz. Granted, we haven’t tried it, but this one is legit, and we’re booked in. “This is the first time an (actual) laser has been able to produce enough heat to cause cell death,” says Dr Benji Dhillon of London’s Phi Clinic. “Its wavelength zaps fatty tissue, but isn’t absorbed by skin tissue [which would cause it to burn].” A single treatment should permanently reduce stubborn pockets of fat; prices are determined by how many laser paddles (£250 a pop) are needed to cover the area. It’s the first fat-reducing laser approved by the respected US Food And Drug Administration (FDA); plus, some of our most trusted doctors are excited about it, which is saying y g something. g

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Watch out, there’s a new body area to worry about. Earlobes can become saggy and discoloured with age, and plumping them out with dermal fillers is apparently the answer. The Botox-free practice is called ‘eartox’ (confusingly), and can also help earrings ‘sit properly’. BUZZ OR BULL? Bull. Please, let’s reserve our lobes for dressing up, not fretting over. Red-hot jewellery designer and piercer Maria Tash says subtle, not-too-heavy piercings “draw the eye to the jewellery, and not to any perceived imperfections in the skin or shape of the cartilage”. Ask for your lobe piercing to be ‘forward-angled’, so the design is visible head-on and can “light up a face, especially when the colour flatters the undertone in your skin” – think silver for cool and gold for warm. Or try ear make-up: we’ve seen gold-painted lobes, polka-dotted cartilage, abstract line designs… all of it looking really rather cool.

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Light-emitting diode therapy has been a facialist’s standby for yonks, but it’s gaining traction as a separate treatment in salons, or even as a walk-in facial (at The Light Salon at Harvey Nichols London and Leeds, £35). Spending 15 minutes under a panel of these lights set at specific wavelengths tackles acne (blue light) or rejuvenates skin (red and yellow light). Er, really? BUZZ OR BULL? Buzz. The healing, calming and antibacterial effects of LED are quickly noticeable, which is why so s many therapists incorporate them. The tone-evening, tone plumping, collagen-boosti ting benefits take longer to show w, but as the lights are proven to ram mp up skin-cell energy and function n, slow and steady wins the race. Me eaning you need to have LED a lot (tw twice a week, initially). Not p (aside from the cost), as a hardship ng in LED is unbelievably marinatin g and uplifting; the lights soothing ghts b boost d phins and can eve endorph even treat SAD..

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These rather more advance ed grandchildren of alpha hydroxy acids (the o ones that peel away decrepit skin cells a and boost fresh ones) don’t just do as gra amps and granny acid did. They are also said to be e powerful antioxidants, as well as hydrate skin and neutralise skin-damaging heavy metals in pollution. Too good to be true? BUZZ OR BULL? Buzz. “Numerous clinical tri rials underpin these findings, and there is a further er benefit: due to their slow but steady penetratio ion, bionic PHAs such as lacto- and maltobionic acid d don’t irritate, not even around the eyes,” says consultant dermatologist Dr Sandeep Cliff. Sounds like just the kind of acids we like to drop; try Exuviance Age Less Everyday moisturiser (£49).

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Colour contouring

So, you can recontour your bone structure and flatter your skin tone by highlighting and shading… your hair? “It’s set to be the hair-colour trend of the year,” says Issie Churcher, the Wella Professionals Colour Club technician who contoured models’ locks for the PPQ show with peach and silver h highlights and a freehand ‘ba balayage’ highlighting technique. BUZ UZZ OR BULL? Buzz. “Placing high h- and lowlights to bring out an ind dividual’s face shape is really effectiv ive, but it’s a skill any good colourisst will have,” says Percy & Reed’ss Adam Reed. “It’s more about an in-depth consultation and indivi ndividually tailored pla placement of skin-flattering hues than a prescribed technique.” Try any salon that offers bespoke colour and a lengthy consultation. Even if they don’t advertise ‘contouring’ (or ‘zigzag balayage’, or ‘colour zoning’, to name just two alternative terms), chances are that’s what you’ll be able to get. ◆

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Freshly roasted shampoo Could those shouty TV ads for ‘Germanengineered’ caffeine shampoo be on to something? “There is some published evidence caffeine may be beneficial in stimulating hair growth,” says Philip Kingsley consultant trichologist Zoë Passam. It’s not clear why it works, but one theory is that it’s to do with caffeine boosting circulation in the scalp. Both Stemm and OGX Fight Fallout haircare (from £25 and £6.99 respectively)) combine the stuff with an avalanche of nutrients, cell-boosting peptides and exfoliating acids. If you consider that in-salon trichology treatments similarly combine circulation-boosting massages, exfoliation and skincare nutrients to ramp up hair growth and density, there’s good reason to try these products for a bouncier bonce. Heed Passam’s advice, though, and invest in a leave-in caffeine serum: “A more diluted, rinse-off product such as shampoo is unlikely to be effective.”

TRENDING... LIPBALM FOR LUNCH The internet (that reliable 1 fount of truth) tells us a woman will eat 7lb of lipstick in her life. That translates to you using (and ingesting) well over a tube a month for the whole of your adult life, so frankly it must be nonsense. But if you’re still scared to lick your lips, try one of the copious new natural lip colours: 2 their plant wax, sugar and vitamin blends may not actually be tasty, but they sure won’t harm you. I’m li(c)king... y 1 Burt’s Bees Lip L Crayons, 3 £8.99 each 2 Fresh’s tinted Sugar Cream Lip Treatments, £19 each 3 Lush’s fruity flavours of Lip Tint, £5.95 each

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✱ MUA Luxe Glow Beam Liquid Highlight Cushion, £5 Has the texture of a premium product, and its gold finish is so S/S 17.

✱ Aerin Rose Night Table Cream & Overnight Mask, £60 Er, why on earth call this pretty rose-scented gel a ‘table cream’ (which is a mix of milk and cream in a tin, says Google)?

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Chanel Sublimage Le Teint, £98 If your skin gets so dry in winter you can pretty much hear it screaming, this is for you. It attracts water molecules from the air and contains skin-quenching emollients. Lovely – but too pricey for everyday use.

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The overdraft foundations

Is a base that makes your bank account break out in a sweat worth it? Acting Beauty Editor FIONA EMBLETON uncovers the ones to splash serious cash on

Suqqu Extra Rich Cream Foundation, £64 Matte foundations usually contain powder; this one doesn’t, so my skin looked 90% flawless without being zapped of moisture. Just stick to a pea-size drop, otherwise it becomes hard ard to blend (and expensive!).

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Tom Ford Waterproof Foundation/ Concealer, £64 This manages to be e full-coverage without feeling like a mask, and hides spots and dark circles without settling into pores or fine lines. Basically, it’s a real-life Instagram filter.

Sisley Sisleÿa Le Teint, £98 Yes, it contains skincare. It even uses the light-reflective mineral mica. But, for me, the purported bare-skin finish was hijacked by the pearlescent gleam. Those with drawers w ffilled to the brim with b hiighlighter will love it. w

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La Mer The Soft Fluid Long Wear Foundation SPF20, £80 There’s foundation, and then there’s foundation that gives skin that ‘rich woman on a yacht’ glow. The pigments are even coated with a translucent gel for added luminosity. I’d dip my entire re body in it if I could. c


20ever So clever. So quick. So purse-friendly. Yes, you can thank us later

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“Mix serum with facial oil in a travel-sized bottle. The watery mixture delivers anti-ageing ingredients deeper into your skin and closer to collagen-producing cells.” Nichola Joss, facialist

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“Freeze milk in an ice-cube tray; massage your face with the cubes, wrapped in muslin. They lift dead cells and boost circulation, giving an instant facelift.” Ole Henriksen, skincare expert

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“Put stick sunscreen on brows to stop UV rays bleaching thee hairs. hai ” arti, founder Vanita Parti f r of Blink row Bars Bli Bro

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“Want a few more wears out of your favourite near-empty lipgloss? Pop the tube in a glass of warm water for 10 minutes to melt the gloss from the sides.” Daniel Sandler, make-up artist

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“Use mascara as eyeliner, too. Load the tip of an eyeliner brush and gently smudge it along the lash line.” Craig Craig-Ryan French, Paul & Joe Beauté creative director of P

“For lipstick that lasts, pat powder blush in the same shade on top. Then add a layer of balm to re-moisturise.” Bobbi Brown, make-up legend

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“Stick to earth-toned eyeshadows for sensitive skin. They have less pigment, so won’t be as irritating as darker and metallic shades.” Dr Harold Lancer, dermatologist

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“Spritz your favourite scent onto your ironing board – the iron’s heat releases the scent and locks it into your clothes.” Jo Malone, perfumer i C O S M O P O L I TA N ·

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“Line your lips from the corners of your mouth up towards the Cupid’s bow. This makes the mouth more rounded and lips look plumper.” Rebecca Restrepo, make-up artist

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“Use soap for the cheapest brow gel ever. Wet an old, clean mascara wand, lather up and brush the paste through your brows. It dries solid so they won’t move.” Sam Chapman

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“ “Looking for th he perfect pink lipstick? Match it to the colour of your gums.” Shehla Shaikh, make-up artistt

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“Apply one coat of self-tan, then use a hairdryer to set it. Once dry, you’ll see how w even your coverage is and if you need a second coat.” James Read, tanning pro

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“Nail your hair-product rations by tying your hair into a ponytail. The circumference of the base is proportionate to how much product you should use.” Michael Lendon, c creative i di director o at Aveda A da UK

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“Apply a stick foundation in stripes on your face. Mist with setting spray, then buff in for a base that lasts.” Sam Chapman, co-founder of Real Techniques

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“Want to get rid of early-morning puffy eyes? Use hydrating eye drops before bed. Dehydrated eye glands accumulate fluid, causing puffiness.” Nichola Joss

“To give your lashes a spiky attitude, apply waterproof mascara, then pinch clear lipgloss onto your lashes, as Andrew Gallimore did at Teatum Jones S/S 17.” Rebecca Butterworth, MAC senior artist

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“Not sure what your skin type is? Press down on your cheek for 10 seconds, then release. If you’re left with a white mark, your skin may be congested. If the mark disappears, it’s dehydrated.” u Sarah Brown, Pai Skincare founder

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“Lay a teabag on a piece of cucumber, leave it in the fridge so it soaks in, then put the cucumber over your eyes. You’ll get a de-puffing and soothing hit in one.” Nic Chapman, co-founder of Real Techniques


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WORK SMARTER, NOT HARDER…

MATES’ RATES Struggle selling yourself? Then it’s time to get someone to do it for you. A new study by Tel Aviv University has found women are better than men at negotiating, but only when it’s on someone else’s behalf. “When women haggle on behalf of friends, they allow themselves to be tougher because they’re less worried about being perceived as brash,” says study leader Dr Hilla Dotan. Need a push up the career ladder? Get your mates on board. If you’re after a job, get them to edit your covering letter, then point out your best selling points pre-interview. If you’ve been stuck on the same pay for years, get their input before you go to your boss. Bringing your actual crew into work – probably a step too far.

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“Nice people get to the top” ³ Be as fearless as you were at 19 I moved from my small Mormon town in Hawaii to LA with my best friend when I was 19 to pursue my dream. We were the only two in our community to leave, and friends would go up to my mum in the supermarket and say, “We’re praying Jenny finds her way.” At 19 you don’t think about the consequences – I used to jump off cliffs on holiday. And now I jump off cliffs metaphorically, like when I launched my Ouai Haircare range. I had so much going on and hair is a crowded market, but luckily it’s been huge. Hold on to that fearlessness. ³ Surround yourself with smart women I’ve styled the Kardashians’ hair for years and I’ve learnt from watching their hard work, determination and ability to juggle family life with work. If I worked around all my entrepreneurial clients (Jennifer Lopez, Jessica Alba, Chrissy Teigen) and didn’t learn anything, then I’d be the world’s biggest fool. Surround yourself with women that inspire you, and ask questions. ³ Your job shouldn’t feel like work My parents wanted me to go to business school and were desperate for grandchildren. But neither of those felt right to me, so I left home. Everyone should be striving to be true to themselves. I tell my staff all the time, “Don’t think about me, don’t think about the business, but ask

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JEN’S CV 2000 First job in a salon as a receptionist 2005 Saved up enough money to study at the Abram Friedman Occupational Center, all while doing three other jobs (assistant stylist, salon position and hostess) 2006 Assisted Andy Lecompte (stylist) on Madonna’s Confessions tour 2011 Met Kim Kardashian on a Cosmopolitan shoot and became the family’s go-to girl 2014 Created Mane Addicts (hair tutorials) 2016 Launched the Ouai Haircare range Hearst Empowering Women is an initiative to support women’s careers in business, beauty and beyond. Find more at empowering.hearst.co.uk

yourself, are you doing what you want to be doing?” If the answer is no, then they need to change. Your job shouldn’t feel like work. ³ You don’t need to be a bitch to get on Egos were massive in the hair industry during the ’90s, but it’s less like that now. Women often think that to compete with men, we need to be mean and tough, but talented and nice people are the ones who get to the top and stay there. Life can get stressful, but my strategy for staying positive is gym in the morning and wine at night – and saying no to drugs. ³ Social media can be dangerous People look at my Instagram and leave comments like, “Why do you get paid to do a ponytail?” But what they don’t see is how hard I work. There were years spent as a receptionist at a salon, endless seven-day weeks and a whole lot of parties and family occasions I had to miss out on before I got to the point where I was styling Gwen Stefani for a huge cover.

WORDS JOSIE COPSON. PHOTOGRAPH INSTAGRAM.COM/JENATKINHAIR

Celebrity stylist JEN ATKIN, 36, has three businesses and still finds time to do the Kardashians’ hair


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billionaire  W Want to be in the 1% club? LUCY TOBIN hunts out the habits that all billionaires share, so you can get a piece of the action

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hat makes a tycoon different from you or me? It’s not just (really) big hair and the ability to leave a hotel without stuffing their suitcases with the complimentary miniatures. It’s the way they think. Steve Siebold, author of US bestseller How Rich People Think, spent nearly three decades interviewing the mega wealthy and found that the majority of us non-billionaires think with a ‘lottery’ mentality, while those who have

propelled themselves to the 1% (that’s the richest 1% of the population who own half the world’s wealth) tend to have an ‘action’ mentality. “While the masses are waiting to pick the right [lottery] numbers, the great ones are solving problems,” he says. So, if you want to add some more zeros to your bank balance (or just keep on top of spiralling rent and an ASOS addiction) it’s time to adopt the habits opposite and start thinking like the super rich.


Stay 100% focused Self-made billionaires

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Have at least three sources of income It’s time to get that

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go. Billionaires have multiple forms of income – Thomas C Corley, who spent five years interviewing more than 200 self-made billionaires and millionaires for his book Rich Habits, found that 65% of them had at least three different sources of money making its way into their accounts. Those sources include earned income (that’ll be your salary), profit (money from selling goods) and capital gains (investment). hDo it It may be tricky to make like Ashton Kutcher (who is said to be very close to billionaire status thanks to investments in Skype, Airbnb and more) when you don’t have anything to actually invest – but things are changing. Micro-investing apps – which aim to demystify the stock market and have been around in the US for the past couple of years – have now made it across here. Moneybox links up to your bank account, and allows card payments to be rounded up to the nearest pound – this digital spare change is then moved into a stocks and shares ISA automatically. You choose how much it takes – and how risky (but as a consequence usually more lucrative) an investment you want to make. As for profit? Get started by selling off any old items of yours on Ebay or see if any of your hobbies could translate into a viable online business.

the world for untapped opportunities – and when they find one, they focus on it with tunnel vision, according to research into the personality of 1,300 billionaires carried out by accountancy firm PwC and investment bank UBS.

just want to win at whatever game they’re playing, and it’s easier to copy genius than it is to create it.” hDo it It’s not just questions about the world that billionaires want the answers to – they also constantly ask about themselves and their businesses. “Most of the self-made millionaires in my study were fanatics when it came to obtaining feedback,” says Corley. Yep, it’s time to ditch the fear and start asking how you’re doing. Don’t just look to your boss – your colleagues who work beside you should have some useful insight. If you’ve scheduled a one-to-one with your boss, remember that five questions is enough.

hDo it At work, keep your attention on the task in hand. The report above found that “none of the meetings we had [with billionaires] were disrupted by an assistant, there were no calls and none of them looked at their mobile devices to check messages. When they are with you, they focus 100%”. Make a vow to only check your phone at certain times of the day and try mono-tasking rather than multitasking – work through What batshit crazy things do the world’s your to-do list one job richest spend their at a time.

BIG SPENDERS cash on?

Be ruthlessly self-aware You know

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room falls silent at the end of a meeting when the speaker asks if anyone has any questions? That wouldn’t happen at a billionaire meet-up. While most of us are afraid to look stupid, the super-successful think grilling someone is the best way to find out about everything. “Billionaires tend to be very curious and open-minded people,” says Siebold. “They

A REALLY BIG CLOCK We’re talking a clock so huge it needs to be built inside a Texan mountain, and is designed to run for 10,000 years. That’s what Amazon tycoon Jeff Bezos is using some of his $65 billion wealth to fund. GOLD TOILETS If your derriere is capable of breaking the internet it deserves a daily treat. Kim and Kanye were said to have splashed out $750,000 on four gold-plated toilets for their pad. VERY LITTLE IKEA founder Ingvar Kamprad allegedly swipes salt and pepper sachets from restaurants, buys his clothes at flea markets and eats the famous meatballs whenever he can. Someone let the guy know he’s worth more than $3 billion.

Read philosophy Billionaires

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a book on the go. Corley found that, on average, they tend to read two books a month – and not for entertainment. Warren Buffett (the world’s fourth richest man) says he spends 80% of his day reading. hDo it “The book most often cited in interviews was [philosophical novel] Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand,” says Siebold. Oprah Winfrey says The Power Of Now by Eckhart Tolle is one of the books that’s helped her, and Mark Zuckerberg rates Creativity, Inc by Ed Catmull (co-founder of Pixar and who helped bring us Toy Story). ◆ C O S M O P O L I TA N ·

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STRETCH YOUR BODY AND YOUR MIND...

GET WASTED Cooking from scratch is all well and good but cooking from scraps? Now there’s a challenge. In a bid to reduce food waste, top chefs are experimenting with ingredients that would otherwise go in the bin. At New York’s Le Coq Rico, customers are given a doggie bag of leftovers with their bill, plus a recipe card with tips on how to use them. Meanwhile The Real Junk Food Project is cooking up meals using waste food at cafés across the UK. Not convinced? Well, you should be – scraps are actually good d for us. A fist-sized portion of potato skin has around half your daily recommended intake of fibre and iron, while citrus fruit peel has antioxidants 20 times more powerful than the juice. Get in on the action by popping the leftover pulp from your juicer into a batch of muffins. You’ll double up on their fibre content and d get a decadent gooey texture. So now you can eat rubbish with a clear conscience…

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ou’ve hit the Christmas parties and the chocolate selection boxes hard, and have zero time (or inclination) to get to the gym. Panic not. Mandy Ingber, the yoga guru trusted by the A-list to keep them in shape – however busy their schedule – has devised a workout that’ll keep you strong, svelte and incinerating those mince-pie calories long after you’ve demolished the box. “At this time of year, it’s easy to let things get off track,” she says, “so try to do this quick 15-minute workout every day. This sequence targets all areas needed to stimulate digestion, eliminate toxins and strengthen the muscles, turning your body into a fat-burning machine.”

The woman behind both Jennifers’ enviable bodies* has a speed workout perfect for festive-season survival

The party rewind TARGETS: Glutes, thighs 1 Sink into a chair position, your arms up, palms facing each other. Tuck your bum in and lift your chest away from your thighs. Breathe six times, with your mouth closed – this will raise the heat in your body, helping you burn more calories. 2 Bring your palms to prayer position, then hold the left elbow to the right knee. Breathe six times and return to chair. Repeat on the other side. You’ll feel the tequila shots you did last week fade away.

STEP 3 Chair pose to chair twist

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TARGETS: Abs, forearms 1 Hold a high plank position – palms should be directly below shoulders, feet hip-width apart – for five deep breaths. 2 Come down onto your forearms, elbows under shoulders, arms parallel. Lift your foot off the floor just a couple of inches and hold for 15 seconds. Repeat on the other side.

STEP 2 Plank to forearm plank

TARGETS: Arms, abs 1 Get into Downward Dog position, your shoulders over wrists, and raise your right leg. 2 Draw your right knee towards your forehead, then raise it behind you. 3 Bring the right knee towards your left triceps, then raise it behind you. 4 Bring the right knee to the right elbow, then raise it behind you. Repeat all with your left leg. Do this three times. Keep breathing.

STEP 1 Downward dog knee-ins

TIP! For maximum results, warm up with 20 to 30 minutes of cardio, to get the blood pumping. Sun salutes, walking, cycling and dancing all work well.

TARGETS: Glutes, legs 1 Stand and shift your weight to your right leg. Sink into chair pose again and cross your left leg over the right, then hold for 10 seconds. 2 Wind your left shin behind your right calf and hook your toes if you can. Wrap and wind your right arm under your left until you look like a cinnamon twist. Hold for 30 seconds and breathe. Repeat on the other side. Now you can get back to the partying.

STEP 5 Eagle pose

TARGETS: Thighs, glutes, abs 1 Get into a lunge with your right foot forward, your palms either side of your front foot. 2 Raise your right arm and rotate the chest towards it. As you inhale, extend your sternum; as you exhale, rotate further. Hold for six breaths. Repeat on the other side.

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You’ve tried protein loading, and put your name down for a 15km run with obstacles, but which of 2017’s key health and fitness trends are actually worth signing up to? JOSIE COPSON sorts myth from must-do…

Fit or ÅSO WHAT THE HELL IS IT? Eating? So last year. Meal-replacement powders Huel and Jake claim to contain all the nutrients you need, thus eliminating the need for actual grub – and they sound suspiciously like what astronauts eat in space. The powders promise to save you precious time and help with weight loss. It’s ‘the future of food’, apparently. In fact, the future is doughnuts that fly into our mouths, or cake that makes us lose weight. Surely? VERDIC HE

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Previously the domain of people who said things such as, “Yah. I absolutely smashed my PB this weekend” out loud. Now, half your office is probably training for a Tough Mudder. Competitive bruise chat = the new hangover moan.

minimum a week,” says sports professor at the University of Essex, Dominic Micklewright. Increase your distance by 10% each week, and fit in three weekly sessions – one long and steady, one speedy and one recovery. Studies show training three times a week instead of twice decreases the odds of injury. i

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“This is nothing but a gimmick that promotes dangerous and unhealthy behaviour,” says expert nutritionist Miguel Toribio-Mateas. “Natural food provides a complex matrix of nutrients that are absolutely impossible to replicate in a powder that’s been made in a lab. Trace minerals, fat-based nutrients such as vitamins A, E, D and K and polyphenols from bright-coloured foods will all be damaged by the processing of these powders.” Tim Peake can have ours, then.

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‘EINSTEIN’ WATERS ÅSO WHAT THE HELL ARE THEY? Not a bottle of H2O that’ll have you churning out PHDs in your sleep. These new pimped-up waters (maple, cactus and watermelon are the current top dogs) claim to do a bit of everything, including improving immunity, relieving bloating and eliminating hangovers.

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Not as great as their sleek, cure-all bottles suggest. Toribio-Mateas says, “Nutritionally, they contain such a tiny amount of useful ingredients they offer little more than plain, filtered tap water.” To really affect your health, drink plain old H2O out of glass bottles. A Harvard School Of Public Health study found BPA levels (a harmful chemical) increase dramatically after one week of drinking from plastic bottles.

MUST Flour, sugar, oil, water… is there anything you can’t get from a coconut? It’s one of the best natural sources of medium-chain triglycerides – a ‘good fat’ proven to help with everything from weight loss to diabetes – and can even give skin a healthy glow.

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Protein loading is the mutant hybrid child of Dukan and paleo – with a bit of The Rock’s diet mixed in for free: lots of meat and eggs, plus loads of protein shakes, and increasing protein levels before and after workouts.

MYTH The trend as popular as hair crimping in the ’90s is slightly pointless if you’re not in the 1% who have coeliac disease in the UK. Some assume gluten-free products are healthier, but The George Institute for Global Health in Australia found they can be as high in sugar and salt as non-gluten-free foods.

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Does this girl look HOMELESS to you? Think life on the streets, think man in a doorway with a dog? Think again. Cosmopolitan’s AMY GRIER investigates the growing crisis enveloping the under-35s i


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lone on the first truly dark and cold night of autumn, I’m fighting with my Google Maps. It’s telling me the homeless shelter that I’m trying to find is in the middle of the abandoned haulage yard to my left. There are no lights on. No signs of life. Huge freight containers and empty lorry carriages cast an even deeper canopy of shadow. If we were in a Guy Ritchie movie, this is where they’d take you to get whacked. At the base of the yard, there’s a blue and white sign nailed to a corrugated iron wall. Google Maps one, Amy, nil.

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Inside the heavily reinforced door it smells like your best memory of school dinners. There are two beaten-up brown sofas and one big TV. Four people are clustered around the two old-school desktop computers they share between 44, but most are sat around the five big round tables tucking into salmon curry, vegetables and rice. A cheer goes up as someone takes a great shot at the pool table. This is Shelter From The Storm, a free emergency night shelter in Islington, north London. It’s funded only by donations, and provides a bed and two meals as well as volunteers, who stay up overnight to keep watch. Think it’s full of rough sleepers and the unemployed? Not so. Over 30% of the people here have jobs, but are still homeless. I’m here to meet Adriana*. She’s a 36-yearold qualified lawyer from Nigeria who was evicted from her flat almost a year ago when her landlady filed for bankruptcy and didn’t tell her. Too ashamed to admit to her sister,

who lives in Essex, she couldn’t afford the deposit and agency fees on a new place, and was out on the streets. Sitting on a threadbare throw-covered sofa in the office upstairs, she tells me her story. After lobbying her council to help her, only to be told “You don’t look homeless. Nice make-up, by the way” on one occasion, and “Come back in eight weeks, you might be pregnant by then” on another, she slept on a friend’s sofa for two months. But when that goodwill ran out, she roamed the streets at night. The warehouse she was working at downsized, and she lost her job, then she started sleeping in the reception of her local police station before being referred to this mixed shelter. In two weeks, she starts a new job as a care worker for the elderly. Until then, she’ll spend her days reading The Guardian in the local library. Libraries are good places if you’re homeless. They’re warm, quiet (although the staff wake you if you sleep) and free. Big train and bus stations are the same, as are shopping centres. “Homelessness can get you if you’re rich or poor. One crisis is all it takes. It puts


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everything in your life on hold. I’m in my thirties: one day I want a family and a home, but how can you date when you’re living in a night shelter sharing a dorm with 15 other women?” driana I know what you’re thinking: Adriana is an outlier, an exception. She’s not. When I started researching this story four months ago, I thought I knew what I’d find – but the new face of homelessness looks nothing like you expect it to. It looks like you or me, young people who are going places, but might, without you even realising,, also have no place to go.

Out of sight Homelessness has risen 54% since 2010**,, and although local government street counts in 2015 put the number of people sleeping rough in England at 3,569 (up 30% from 2014)†, research from Crisis actually suggests that it’s far greater, once you consider there are

closer to 380,000 ‘hidden homeless’ people in the UK – those not on the street or processed by their local council. They could be sofa surfers, in B&Bs or hostels, or the growing number of people currently spending the night on the Tube or night bus (the number of which has increased by 121% over the last four years† †). And it affects young women more than men. “Women are less likely to sleep rough for obvious safety reasons,” says Kate Webb, head of policy at Shelter. “In that way they become really, really good at concealing themselves.” It means she could be that girl on the bus with a backpack, the colleague who is always in first and out last, that girl in Pret nursing the same cup of coffee for an hour. Within this, there is an even more specific sub-group of people. Those who are homeless, but not deemed homeless enough to legally be entitled to help. This was a refrain that came up again and again from the women I spoke to. If you’re single, under 35, without children, and not deemed ‘‘vuln lnerable’, you’re on your own. “People at the start of their career and living independently for the first time are now one of the most at-risk groups,” Webb told me. That’s because our government aallocates homeless support based o on something called ‘priority need’. Q Quite rightly, it says those with children, domestic abuse issues, seevere mental health problems or h are pregnant should be homed. who Th he problem is, at a time of sustained cuts to o local councils and with a nationwide sshortage of affordable or social housing, tthat means the growing numbers of those who are homeless – yet not in ‘priority need’ – get nothing. There are no precise figures on this as it’s a new phenomenon, but anecdotally the charities – over eight of the main ones – I’ve spoken to say that this crisis adversely affects millennials. First of all, the shame aaround it makes them more likely to sstay hidden, preferring to make do o on friends’ sofas, public transport or backpacker hostels. Secondly, this is an b agge group of people that the powers i C O S M O P O L I TA N ·

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that be assume can seek shelter in a family home, if all else fails. But what if the family downsizes? Or is nowhere near where the jobs are? Or breaks down? One night, over a year ago now, Diana* made the brave decision to leave her family home. “I’m Muslim, and my mum in particular had been getting steadily more conservative for years. I was allowed to go to university, but had to live at home the entire time – travelling nearly three hours across London every day each way to get there and back. I’m 26 now, and I had a 5pm curfew.” Things escalated. If someone she knew from college said hello to her in the street, she’d be verbally abused and not allowed out of the house. Her parents would call and harass her friends. She got a job, but they wanted to know where she was every minute of every day. “The last straw came when they threatened to kill me. I went to stay at a friend’s house, and I never went back.” She spent the next 10 months sleeping on various friends’ sofas, all the while holding down different jobs as an assistant on make-up counters. “I had to pull my suitcase into work a few times, but people would assume I was going on holiday, or I’d tell them I was moving house. They didn’t know everything I had was in that bag.” Diana, like Adriana, was in the Catch-22 position of not being homeless enough to get help. As she was not actually sleeping on the street, she was sent away. Because they’re so overstretched, it can be a challenge to persuade the council you’re vulnerable enough to get help. It was only by appealing to them with help from Shelter, and showing the threat of domestic violence, that they accepted their duty to house Diana. Others don’t even get that. Something called ‘intentional homelessness’ means councils don’t always make an exception if your home included the threat of violence or a creepy landlord. Or if you got a job that took you away from your support network – but you couldn’t afford a deposit in your new city. Or even if you moved out to avoid debt, because the ‘shared accommodation rate’ housing benefit under-35s get doesn’t cover the rent (Shelter says around 70% of areas now have a shortfall).

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If you saw Cristina (above) walking down the street, with her long dark hair pulled into a messy bun, Nike hoodie and owl back-pack, you’d think she was just out of college. You’d never know she was actually nearly 25 years old. Or that she spent a year living out of a car with a man who abused her. That she’d been in prison. That she used to be addicted to a cocktail of drugs, including heroin, to help her deal with untreated mental health issues caused by an abusive childhood. Still, you probably wouldn’t have seen her sleeping rough. Because, she tells me when we meet at St Mungo’s homeless shelter in King’s Cross, she was living in a car and stealing from Marks & Spencer to eat. “Being homeless is terrifying. You’re always thinking about what immediate danger you’re in. I stayed with an abusive boyfriend just to have someone there to protect me.” Eventually, when she ended up in hospital following a sexual assault, Cristina was given a place at a women’s refuge and from there, after dealing with her substance abuseissues, was referred to St Mungo’s. She opens her backpack and pulls out a copy of self-help tome The Rules Of Life by Richard i C O S M O P O L I TA N ·

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“There were so many women whose stories I just couldn’t fit into this piece. They made me realise one thing: it’s easier for us all if we pretend homelessness is something ‘other’, something somehow removed. But it’s not. Having a home is not a luxury, it’s a necessity, one too many women are having to go without.”

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Templar. “I missed lots of school, so now I read as many books as I can. I used to speak like, ‘Wagwan, alright yeah.’ Now, I sit in on the directors’ meetings at St Mungo’s and run confidence workshops. So what’s the future for women like Cristina, Adriana and Diana? The new Homelessness Reduction Bill, potentially the first new piece of homelessness legislation in 40 years, could have the answer. Conservative MP for Harrow East Bob Blackman, the man championing the bill, tells me “if it passes, up to 56 days before you become homeless, you can go to the council and receive support. You will not be turned away, regardless of your need status.” All of the charities I speak to are behind it, but there’s also a sense it doesn’t go far enough. The intentions are good, but when you stack them against other issues – the scrapping of housing benefit for 18- to 21-year-olds in April next year, for example, the national shortage of affordable housing and the gulf between what you can earn or claim as an under-35 and market rent – millennials are still clearly at risk. It’s nearly midnight when I leave Adriana at Shelter From The Storm. I hop on a bus. At the back, a young woman sits in a navy coat, almost nodding off, her hand tightly gripping the handle of a wheeled suitcase. Four months ago, I would have assumed she was just off a late flight, but now, I’m really not so sure. ◆


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don’t know if you’ve ever seen a man masturbating using a Jacuzzi jet stream, but it’s a lesson in contortionism. The guy in front of me is wilfully demonstrating – one scrawny leg hooked over the edge of the pool, his knuckles tight with exertion as he clings on lizard-like, bubbles blasting his genitals. Behind him, a nude girl emerges from a shower block, soap suds foaming over her breasts. Her giggles echo through the misty, tiled room as she heads to the pool – followed by her also-very-naked partner and his bobbing erection. Four men gaze on, greying towels wrapped round their waists, leaning against a cluster of dusty fake pot plants I wish could speak – they’d have stories. 104

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As for me? Well, yes. I’m also 100% naked, like everyone else here on this Saturday evening. That’s because I’m at Rio’s: an X-rated ‘naturist health spa’ in London. It’s one of several hedonistic ‘health clubs’ in the UK, where seven nights (and days) a week, adults of all shapes, sizes and walks of life gather to shed their clothes, shed their inhibitions – and, well, there’s no other way to put it… shag. I used to believe only two types of people had sex in saunas: gay men and ’70s porn stars. But as I look around, a very different picture emerges. Yes, there are the requisite old guys with sagging skin and lascivious grins, but there are also younger men and women, hot hipsters with tattoos and pretty, stylish young women in their twenties and thirties. So what happened? When did sex in a steam room go from niche sexual-frontier stuff to apparently more mainstream fun?

Hot in here… Kat, 29, works in fashion. She used to go to fetish parties like London’s Torture Garden, but complains that following the popularity of Fifty Shades Of Grey, events have become overrun with “tourists”. “Clubs are full of drunk gawpers who just want to cross a fashionable experience off their bucket list so they can brag about being ‘wild’,” she grumbles. So Kat got bored – and turned to saunas. She

reckons the nakedness “puts off pretenders”: users are genuinely committed to the hot ’n’ heavy play she craves, as opposed to merely getting pissed in costumes. Mancunian Nikki, 27, a single beauty PR, agrees. She likes that saunas can provide instant sexual gratification. “Some operate virtually 24/7. I can go on a horny whim without having to wait for a party or abide by snooty dress codes,” she reasons. “I can rock up, strip off and get laid – although sometimes I enjoy being a voyeur instead, or simply revel in being naked. It’s immensely freeing.” Graphic designer Jade*, 26, and her teacher boyfriend Andy* are into group sex, and prefer to find partners for threesomes at the sauna 30 minutes from their Blackpool home rather than via adult networking websites. “It feels safer than inviting strangers into our house and, at £15 per couple, it’s cheaper than a hotel room,” she says. “I’ve noticed more young women coming through the doors in the past five years, from wide-ranging backgrounds,” says Lucy*, who works behind the desk at a sauna in central London. “I’ve even seen a girl leave in a hijab,” says Emma*, 28, a former sauna receptionist, who now visits as a punter. “Attitudes to sex are getting more liberal and experimental.” Student Bella, 22, is a bartender at a London


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old single woman with a lively libido, the heat of my sexual frustration is frequently very high. But could I really find fulfilment at a scuzzy sauna? A body-confidence boost appeals, too; my last significant ex treated me terribly, reducing my self-esteem to an all-time low. I aspire to feeling unfettered and unashamed when unclad. But is baring all in a sweatbox of swinging cocks really the way forward? I decide the only way to find out is to step inside.

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sauna. She thinks technological fatigue may be prompting more of her peers to explore old-school, face-to-face pick-up joints. “There’s this idea that dating apps can get you sex in seconds, but truthfully, apps are full of time-wasters; it’s exhausting,” she notes. “At saunas, you meet real people in real time, and you can tell if there’s chemistry.” In addition, Bella theorises that bodypositivity movements like #EffYourBeautyStandards are producing a subsector of female millennials who feel more confident naked, and are embracing the

liberating nudist aspect of sauna culture. Nikki says her dirty pursuits in her birthday suit have improved her body image. “I’m averagelooking, lumpy and bumpy,” she declares, “but at saunas, I spot men admiring my nude body and getting erect; it’s a massive ego trip. Seeing people of different ages, races and builds in the buff makes you realise the media’s homogenised version of what’s ‘sexy’ is bullshit.” Hearing all this leaves me both intrigued, and intimidated. As a 34-year-

“Is baring all in a sweatbox of swinging cocks really the way forward?”

From the outside, Rio’s is nothing to look at. It squats between a Lebanese fastfood joint and a framing shop on a busy north London high street. The awning is dirty and the windows are blacked out by pictures of a tropical beach. It looks seedy, sure, but there’s no obvious evidence that people come here to have sex. I intend to go solo, figuring I’ll feel less self-conscious if I know no one, but my experienced mate Sally* cautions against this. She explains that while young women may be becoming more commonplace at saunas, they’re still a minority, and can receive overwhelming amounts of male attention, especially if they’ve gone along alone. Moreover, while there are security cameras (though mobiles are banned, so no one can take pictures), there are no safety i C O S M O P O L I TA N ·

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monitors like those in S&M clubs. And while people in the fetish community routinely agree safe words and discuss boundaries to ensure play is consensual and controlled, communication isn’t always great in saunas. “Most people are friendly and respectful, but occasionally men have tried to make moves by straight-up touching me,” says Emma. Regrettably, gross guys trying to grope girls are a danger and, as sauna guests aren’t vetted, and there’s the added vulnerability of being nude, it’s sensible to go along in a group, particularly if you’re new. Sally agrees to accompany me with her boyfriend Gabe*. “Rio’s has a couples night on Saturdays – they only let singles in after midnight – so we’ll bring our Italian friend Luca* as your date,” she tells me. She also informs me there’s a BYOB bar, where drinks are decanted into plastic cups. Broken glasses and bare arses don’t mix. I buy a bottle of red, labelled ‘ideal with sausage’. I want to check my plans are actually legal, so I call a barrister friend for advice. “If you’re only paying to enter the establishment, and anyone having sex is a consenting adult visitor not receiving financial reward, that’s lawful,” they reassure me. There are legal grey areas – for example, if guests bring in sex workers – but generally police tolerate saunas

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‘I got addicted – I was spending 30 hours a week there’ For IT manager and bodybuilder Neil*, 29, saunas got too hot to handle provided there’s no trouble. Online reviews and kinky social networks like Fetlife. com can help you judge a place’s reputation.

“Each miniscule cabin contains a raised platform covered with wipe-clean PVC, a papertowel dispenser and a bin”

Let it all hang out At 8pm, I set off to meet everyone. I’m floored when I see my date; he’s unexpectedly attractive and I gulp when I realise he’s about to see me naked. We pay £27 per couple to access Rio’s, via a reception resembling a rundown minicab office, before entering the locker rooms. Once undressed, I walk through the pine-lined lobby where nude men loll on plastic sunloungers, watching TV and eating cheese toasties. “Rio’s is

rather tatty and basic, but I’d feel on edge if it was posh,” rationalises Marcus, 25, who’s here this evening with his girlfriend Lizzie, 24. “It’s affordable and accessible, so you meet a more interesting crowd than at elitist clubs.” “I’m more open-minded about who I hook up with here,” comments a twentysomething girl I get talking to in the pool. “I’ve got frisky with men far older than I’d usually consider, and blokes I wouldn’t glance at in the supermarket. Your perspective changes when you’re turned on and already undressed.” I’m unsure whether this sounds laudably adventurous, or


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I first visited a sauna aged 18. A randy, inquisitive teen, I went one afternoon during a free period at university and ended up having a clumsy yet intoxicatingly exciting shag with a woman in her thirties. After that, I was hooked. I got into ‘cuckolding’ – sleeping with other men’s female partners, while they got off on the submissiveness of being forced to watch or taunting themselves imagining what was happening after I led their lover away to

a private room. It made me feel powerful. After a bad break-up aged 24, I used saunas to distract me from my heartache, but I became rather addicted: for three years, I went for 20 to 30 hours a week, before and after shifts at my job, often skipping social events to head to the spa. It wasn’t only sex I went for. No one there knew who I was outside, so I could create a different personality: I could be more open and confident. A new version of Neil. There was a clash with reality when I saw one of my bosses in the

easy to regret once the heat of the moment has passed. Two hours of bathing later, I realise I’ve barely fretted about my bareness. I’m deliciously, delightfully, uncharacteristically comfortable in my nudity. It feels natural, and amid the huge spectrum of varied bodies, hang-ups I thought were deeply rooted evaporate. I can’t deny feeling slightly proud as I spy guys laying appreciative eyes on my curves, either. “I’m plus size, and having men queue up to pleasure my size-18 self – even when my fringe is plastered across my forehead and I’ve sweated off my make-up – feels fantastic,” Kirsty*, 30,

Jacuzzi, his wife being vigorously fingered by another man. He avoided me at the office from then on. I’m sure I lost a bonus because of it! Eventually I got a promotion, and I found that the more responsibility I had in my professional life, the less I craved being dominant and hyper-masculine in private. Then I got a new girlfriend, and quit saunas entirely. I did have some unforgettable experiences there though. Sometimes I miss the community. It’s an inimitable environment.”

tells me. “But it’s unhealthy to rely on saunas, or on others, for self-verification,” she adds, sagely. I fancy the pants off Luca (not that he was wearing any), but flirting nude is nerve-racking. Usually, if I was on the pull, I’d dress to enhance my assets; here, I’m literally stripped of all artifice, and it could be hideously uncomfortable if he rejects me. Tonight’s about bravery in the name of discovery, though, so as he sits beside me in the Jacuzzi, I reach for his hand beneath the water. He grips me, secretly, as I try to continue having a conversation with Gabe and Sally. Finally, in the steam room, Luca kisses me.

With our bodies already unwrapped, things go from 0 to 60 at Formula 1 speed – and half a dozen men pack around us, staring intently. I feel a flash of shyness and shame. Then a rush of adrenaline. Then a palm cups my arse. “Don’t touch her without asking!” Gabe roars, springing up to defend me. “There are private cabins down the corridor,” says Sally. “But beware: leaving the door ajar means you want others to join you. Lock it for alone time.” This must be why most of the sexual activity I’ve spotted so far has been subtle; the more hardcore stuff is happening in these booths. Each miniscule cabin contains a raised platform covered with wipe-clean PVC, a paper-towel dispenser and a bin. I’m reassured to see used condoms in some of them – it’s good to know that the element of risk only extends so far. The grottiness is weirdly arousing. Luca and I start fooling around, but every 15 minutes, someone bangs on the door, trying to get in. At first it’s funny; then aggravating; then scary, as a group persistently hammer on the wood, despite us protesting. I’m petrified as Luca flings open the door to yell at them; it’d be hard to escape if they barged in. My instincts scream ‘danger’. Thankfully, they leave. And so, too, do we eventually, at 4am, my

mind melting after one of the most erotic, freakish, frightening, yet enlightening nights I’ve ever had. I can see why women who feel fetish clubs have sold out to the masses might head to saunas instead. I’ve scarcely felt so alive and completely immersed in a heady, all-consuming sexual atmosphere than when I was in the water with Luca; a stark contrast to the detached digital stupefaction of swiping through dating apps. Rio’s was grotty – there were pervy old men alongside the hot ones – but because these things made the sauna feel so kooky, dirty and taboo juxtaposed with my normal life, they actually increased my sense of escapism and excitement. The confidence boost has been revelatory and lasting, too. This old-fashioned place showed me a lot that was startlingly, stimulatingly new. But saunas truly aren’t for the faint-hearted – so before you get steamy, think carefully about whether you can stand the heat. ◆ BEHIND THE SCENES

Alix Fox “Aside from embarrassment about nudity, my biggest blush at Rio’s happened when I tried laying back sexily – and hit my head against the steam room wall so hard people winced! It was a crazy night, but I came, I sauna-ed, and I conquered.”

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Twelve years after this photograph was taken, Bethany Haines lost her father in the most horrific way imaginable. He was beheaded by ISIS and the video of his murder was released for the world to watch. How does that feel? Here, for the first time, she explains...


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I know you… I’ve seen the video of your dad being killed.” It’s Saturday night and I’m at a party. A stranger has just introduced himself, not by asking my name but by letting me know he’s watched my dad be brutally murdered by terrorists. The music seems to stop, the twinkling fairy lights freeze. And I know I can never forget or move on. Everywhere I go, someone reminds me who I am and what has happened to me – I’ll receive taps on my shoulder in my local shop, followed by, “You’re that girl from the paper,” or I’ll be trying to have fun with friends when I see someone staring at me, deep pity etched across their face. It’s been almost three years, but those orange jumpsuits, the desert, Jihadi John’s face cloaked in black, machete in hand: those images are embedded deep within the minds of millions across the world. When I was told my dad, David, had been kidnapped, I laughed. It was the day after my 16th birthday and I was sitting on my mum’s sofa. I hadn’t heard from him in weeks – he was an aid worker and lived in Syria – but wherever he was, he always found a way to get in touch. We were close that way – despite the fact my parents had split when I was 12 and he had since moved to Croatia with my stepmum. We’d spend hours on the phone, and whenever I had a problem, whether with boys or school, he was the one I’d turn to. I knew it was dangerous out there, but kidnapping was not something that even crossed my mind – who gets kidnapped? It didn’t feel like a real thing to me. Mum told me that no one knew where he was or who had taken him – and that we weren’t allowed to tell anyone what had happened. It would put his life in even more danger if we did.

I’d never been a big drinker, but after that I began drinking and taking any drug I could get my hands on. I’d leave home on a Thursday night and not come back until Monday. My family were worried – they hated me going out, and were also concerned I was going to blurt out what was happening when I was drunk or high. But the weight of the secret was why I was partying so much – ‘Bethany the party girl’ was a front so no one would see that inside I was aching. It was the same in school – none of my teachers knew what was happening. They thought I was just acting out for attention. It was just a time of ‘what ifs’ – as we knew nothing. We learned of Dad’s abduction in April 2013 and it wasn’t until September 2014, 17 months later, that the rest of the world knew about it. The little information we were given wasn’t enough; I would spend hours on the internet investigating terrorist groups, trying to figure out who had taken him. It was only when the murder of James Foley was made public that we learned at the same time as everyone else that it was ISIS who had captured these men. I hadn’t known who they

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were up to this point; this was their first big stunt to let the world know what they were capable of. We didn’t know if the hostages would ever be rescued. There had already been a bungled raid – the security forces had known Dad and the others were in one of 12 locations, but they went to the wrong one. I couldn’t stop focusing on the ‘almosts’ – what if they had gone to the right one? What if our government allowed us to pay ransoms? They were on a loop constantly in my brain. My friends could tell that something was wrong. “Bethany, you can trust us, just tell us what’s happening,” they’d urge. Then they’d get angry with me when I couldn’t. There was someone I could speak to, though: Lucy Henning. Her dad, Alan,

had been kidnapped too – so we were introduced to each other, and we would talk for hours on the phone. On a bright day in September, a fortnight after James Foley’s murder, I received a text from my mum telling me not to turn on the news. I was with my boyfriend at the time and we were on the bus home. We’d had a really happy day at the zoo – one of the happiest days I can remember from that time. I ignored my mum’s advice and immediately opened up BBC News on my phone and read about Steven Sotloff – an American journalist and one of the men in captivity with my dad. ISIS had released a video of his murder, and at the very end of it they dragged my dad out – threatening that he would be next. I wasn’t supposed to watch the video, but as soon as I said goodbye to my boyfriend and got home, I did. I was sick of people telling me what I could and couldn’t do, what I could and couldn’t say – I wanted to control my own pain. The video showed Steven being dragged out and beheaded, and then there was my dad, skinny from starvation, his life being threatened. I sat, my knees tucked under my chin, laptop in front of me, and none of it felt real. I had thought this would be the thing to bring it home – but I sat there feeling nothing. We’re so used to violence that even though it was my own dad ordered to kneel by his captors, it still felt like a movie or something on the TV. Or perhaps my body had flipped into survival mode and was protecting me? I don’t know. I was so used to experiencing complete numbness, I had forgotten how I felt before. Ten days later, I was in a deep sleep at my boyfriend’s house when I was woken by a knock at the door. Through half-opened eyes I could see blue lights flashing, and I stumbled through to find my mum. Her face was all red from crying, and she said, “Oh Bethany, the worst has happened.” I didn’t cry. I didn’t scream. I just stood there. So she repeated that sentence, again and again. Eventually I gave her a hug, told her I was fine and that I just wanted to go back to bed. Which I did, after sitting, cradling a cup of tea and watching the darts, while my boyfriend tried to get me to talk. When I went home the next day, I found my street was blocked off and teeming with i C O S M O P O L I TA N ·

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people – reporters with their cameras were everywhere, journalists were knocking on my neighbours’ doors desperate to get a quote from them. Once inside, having pushed through everyone shouting my name, I didn’t leave for a week. I had become public property – one newspaper accessed my Facebook page and used a status I had written when I was 12, long before Dad was kidnapped, as their headline: “I just want my daddy home,” it screamed. My picture was everywhere. My bedroom was purple back then – I had purple walls and purple bed linen. And there was this little nook, between my bed and the wall, that I could hide in and no one could find me. It was there that I took my laptop and watched the video of my dad being killed. I watched it over and over and over again. I wanted to cry but the tears just wouldn’t come. I was still numb and disbelieving. And the video was my only access to him: to his voice and the way he looked. I would press play and shut my eyes and just listen to him. Then I would phone his mobile and leave a voicemail. In the weeks that followed, this, on repeat, quickly became my routine. There was no closure. There was no body; ISIS said they would release it to us – but we’d have to pay a ransom. And even then, there would be no guarantee that it would actually be his body. So we held a memorial service – a day I remember very little of. I remember walking past the press, all their cameras flashing, in my six-inch heels, terrified I would fall over. And I remember drinking brandy – as it was Dad’s favourite drink. I didn’t know how I was supposed to have it – everyone else was drinking theirs with cola, but I just kept shooting it back. And that’s all – that’s all I remember. I didn’t cry for months. I began to hurt myself – I’d hold a lighter under my hand, scorching the skin, or I’d slam a door on my arm. I kept thinking about the torture Dad went through – I wanted to feel his pain. Lucy’s dad was the next hostage to be murdered; we tried to be there for each

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FROM TOP: David Haines’ murder made headlines; Bethany (left) with her uncle and Alan Henning’s family

other as best we could. Every time we saw ISIS had executed another hostage, it felt like it was happening all over again. The press wanted me to comment on politics, on matters I didn’t understand. I was so angry, I said I wanted to see a bullet go through Jihadi John’s eyes. I didn’t get why the government wouldn’t pay the ransom ISIS had asked for my dad, while they held him alive. Other governments had – I had met those who had survived and who had been held captive with my dad. Why had they been allowed to live when my dad died? I was deep in grief, and while I received cards and flowers from people across the world, I also began to receive hate mail and became a target for trolls. They clearly didn’t see a teenager in pain – they saw someone to be angry with. They hated my views on politics, as I had said publicly that I believed air strikes should happen, and I received messages saying, “Ha ha, your dad is dead,” every single day for a year. The police are still looking into it now. A website in America even accused me of being an actress – there was a conspiracy theory that I was a fictional character created in order to start a war. It all added to my anger – how dare they say this wasn’t real? It wasn’t fiction, it was my life. A few months afterwards, I took a hammer to my bedroom, tore the whole room apart and repainted it white. I stood in my newly painted room and said, “My dad is never coming home,” out loud to myself. A friend had said it might bring it home and I’d be able to cry, and it worked: I finally felt tears wet on my face. ◆ BEHIND THE SCENES

Catriona Innes

“David’s fellow captives who were later released told Bethany how strong he was and how he’d helped them through the ordeal. Talking to her, it was clear how proud of that she was – but Bethany has inherited his strength. I’m in awe of her resilience.”

WORDS CATRIONA INNES. PORTRAIT GEMMA DAY. ADDITIONAL PHOTOGRAPHS GETTY IMAGES, JOHN FROST NEWSPAPERS

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the secrets to perfect skin If we could have one beauty wish, for most of us it would be to have great skin. So, armed with a pen and paper, wee hounded four of the industry’s finest, and got answers that willl keep your faces (and ours) looking at least 10 years younger than they have any right to. We think you’re going to want to read this… i 115


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Cosmopolitan beauty director

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HAT SORT OF SKIN DO YOU HAVE? Reactive – a lot of things give me welts and rashes. So I’m very aware of what I put on my skin. I don’t get spots though, thanks to my dad’s genes. TELL US ABOUT YOUR SKINCARE REGIME… Layering is best; it’s a bit like feeding your skin lots of small meals instead of two big stodgy ones. I’ll splash on an essence to make my skin more receptive to active ingredients, followed by a serum (or two) and a light moisturiser. An SPF goes on top for day, rose-hip oil at night. t I always use two cleansers (one oil or cream, one foam or gel-based so I catch both water and oil-soluble filth). For a boost, I’ll use an exfoliating acid mask followed by a hydrating one whenever I can be bothered. WHAT BRANDS DO YOU SWEAR BY? I relied on Estée Lauder and Clinique for years; they do solidly good ‘maintenance’ skincare that’s ideal in your thirties. But now that I’m getting older, full-on cosmeceuticals are the only real option. My favourite brands – NIOD, Bakel, Zelens – are formulated by experts who shout at me about what they call the ‘lies’ of the skincare industry, before detailing exactly how things work. I rate Neostrata, Skinceuticals, Medik8 and Teoxane as well, and plant-based,,

you, but lasers, though expensive, are much more effective.

entle brands like Pai and Gallinée ge or cleansing and nourishing. fo ARE THERE ANY TREATMENTS YOU RATE? The only facials that really improve skin quality and tone revolve around facial massage and bespoke peels. I’ll have the odd one when I can with Kate Kerr, Debbie Thomas or Nichola Joss. Botox nukes lines, but it also accentuates the hardness that’s creeping The oil into my face with age, Pai Rosehip so I don’t like it. I prefer BioRegenerate new-generation fillers Oil, £22 applied all over my face in The SPF microscopic amounts, like Teoxane a sort of internal hydrator Advanced to make me look fresher Perfecting and less worn-out. The Shield SPF 30, £48 master is Tapan Patel at the The serum/ Phi Clinic. Lasers like the essence Excel V are amazing for NIOD Copper zapping redness and veins. Amino Isolate Cosmetic doctor Vicky Serum, £38 Dondas told me that she The day serum thinks IPL (intense pulsed Sesderma C-Vit light) is the best way to Liposomal break up pigment spots. Serum, £36.40 The night You could spend a lot on serum Bakel creams for pigmentation Lactobionic and redness if they bother

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SO WHAT’S THE KEY TO GOOD SKIN? Be consistent from a young age. The products you use are not as important as religiously cleansing and hydrating twice a day – and always protecting with SPF30. And never forget regular exercise is the best anti-ager. WHAT QUESTION ARE YOU FOREVER BEING ASKED? “Will Botox give me better skin?” Botox will do nothing whatsoever for your skin quality; stop bloody sunbathing and smoking. Eat decent food and rely on proven ingredients like vitamins A, C and B3, antioxidants, mild acids, essential fatty acids and SPF. That’s the cold, hard truth. ANY INGREDIENTS OR TREATMENTS YOU’D AVOID? I hate glycolic acid – too aggressive. Same for microdermabrasion, which is the worst for delicate skin that flushes easily. WHAT’S THE WORST ADVICE YOU’VE EVER BEEN GIVEN? Someone quite recently said, “You don’t need to ask questions, just do as I say and only use my products.” If you want great skin, you should ask a million questions and perfect a skincare routine based on the knowledge of what works for you.


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HAT’S YOUR SKIN LIKE? In my twenties it was always thirsty, but despite using serums, my face never felt soft. For years I bought into the hype of Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish. Then I discovered A’kin’s Creamy Cleanser, which I love even more. It melts into skin and doesn’t strip it, so my face isn’t screaming out for moisture all day and night. WHAT’S AFTER CLEANSING? I apply SPF without fail. People think it should go on last, but it’s protecting against ageing so it needs to sink into the skin. I love Ultrasun SPF50. It has the consistency of a Nivea cream and isn’t hard to blend in. Next, I use a serum with antioxidants or peptides. Then, because I’ve done the complicated stuff, I don’t put much pressure on my moisturiser, so I use something basic, like Astral. HOW DOES YOUR NIGHTTIME ROUTINE COMPARE? I’m a bit more cavalier. If my skin doesn’t need much attention, again, I’ll whack a load of Astral on and massage it in. I know it’s dirt-cheap, but I wake up and my skin looks great. If my skin looks terrible, I reach for Bioeffect EGF Serum. It’s really potent in epidermal growth factor (EGF) – which stimulates skin growth – so I’ll just use two or three drops and nothing else.

CURRENTLY ON EMMA’S FACE The SPF Ultrasun 50+ SPF Face, £24 The cream cleanse A’kin Rose & Geranium Pure Facial Creamy Cleanser & Toner, £19 The day serum Collistar Sublime Black Precious Serum, £51.26 The night serum Bioeffect EGF Serum, £125 The basic moisturiser Astral All Over Moisturiser, £7.99

DO YOU HAVE REGULAR FACIALS? I’m more interested in techniques like lympatic drainage and massage, and I use both in my daily routine. F Facialist l Abig Abigail James changed how I applied l d pro oducts. Now I’m not a afraid to be e firm around the eyes – y you can drrain puffiness by pulling o out skin k in n that area. She also taught m me to firrm my neck and jawline by u using fin ngertips to ‘barrel roll’ up the cchin; Abigail A puts demonstrations on IInstag gram. Doing it once or twice a w weekk has made a visible difference. HOW HO DO YOU FEEL ABOUT COSMETIC CO PROCEDURES? I saw my friend have Botox and decided d that I’d rather grow into my face than have a frozen forehead. Hindsight is a bitch when it comes to cosmetic surgery. WHAT ADVICE DO YOUR FRIENDS ALWAYS ASK FOR? It always comes back to anti-ageing. Friends in their twenties are using creams designed for people in their forties because they think it’ll stop their skin ageing. I tell them skincare at that age should be about cleansing, toning and moisturising – it’s important to keep skin hydrated and incorporate a bit of massage to help release tension. I always say they can be brand loyal, but not necessarily n product loyal because nothing’s n going to suit their skin forever. We all need to move on to age-relevant products. i C O S M O P O L I TA N ·

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39, Harper’s Bazaar beauty director

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ELL US ABOUT YOUR SKIN… It’s 39 years old, combination and can be a bit tricky. I’m prone to flare-ups, but that’s not helped by trying so many different products as part of my job. WHAT’S YOUR ROUTINE LIKE? By day it’s quick because I’d rather spend time doing my make-up. I’ll use an antioxidant serum, followed by SPF. My skin clogs up quite quickly, so I choose mineral SPFs over chemical ones. I’ll never rely on SPFs in foundation or moisturiser because they don’t give sufficient protection. At night I’ll double-cleanse and use an anti-ageing serum with vitamin A or peptides, or if I’m knackered I’ll only use oil and really massage it in.

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WHAT’S BEEN YOUR BEST NEW DISCOVERY? I learnt about the Brazilian beauty philosophy a few years ago – they think about anti-ageing for the whole body. So now I do too. I always finish a skincare product, so even if I don’t like using something on my face I’ll apply it down my body instead, and I’ll try anti-ageing treatments on my legs and arms. I see beautifying as a 360 approach now, rather than just from the neck up. HOW EXTREME WOULD YOU GO IN TERMS OF PROCEDURES? I think it’s my prerogative as a beauty director to never say never. It’s partly

HAVE YOU EVER GONE AGAINST ADVICE YOU WERE GIVEN FROM A PROFESSIONAL? Every time I have a facial, I’m told I use way too much fake tan, and therapists say they can see it clogging up my pores. I know it massively dries out my skin, but the confidence it gives me is definitely worth it. Tan expert James Harknett introduced me to Vaseline Spray & Go Body Moisturiser not long ago – it’s oil-free so it makes my tan last longer and is really easy to use.

my job but, let’s be honest, it’s mostly vanity. I recently had a little bit of filler around my mouth but I’m still nervous about it. The beauty of using the right filler is that it fades away, so if you don’t like it, just don’t do it again. WHAT’S THE BEST TIP YOU’VE BEEN GIVEN? Don’t touch your face – it spreads germs and you’ll end up subconsciously picking at your skin. Facialist Alex Soveral taught me that, and I’ve noticed a massive difference since I stopped – I play with my hair or my necklace instead now. WHAT DO YOUR FRIENDS ALWAYS WANT TO KNOW? Everyone asks if Crème De La Mer actually works. I like it but my skin doesn’t love it. It’s expensive so Nivea or Avène are great cheaper alternatives; both are very good hydrators and trap moisture in your skin perfectly well.

CURRENTLY ON KATY’S FACE The SPF Jan Marini Physical Protectant SPF 45, £53 The retinol ZO Skin Health Ossential Advanced Radical Night Repair, £128 The toner ZO Skin Health Balatone Calming Toner pH Balancer, £28* The oil Diptyque Infused Face Oil, £48 The antioxidant Obagi Professional-C Serum, £102

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO YOUR YOUNGER SELF? Suncare – first and foremost – is the way to save your skin. WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON RETINOLS? A lot of dermatologists have said they’re the thing to use to help improve the quality of skin, so I’m trying to get into them. They speed up the production of fresh skin cells, but they’re quite potent so you have to slowly increase the dose. I’ve always battled with the texture and appearance of my skin, and using them is helping. I noticed a difference within about two weeks – it’s smoother and more robust. i C O S M O P O L I TA N ·

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KIM PARKER,

35, Red executive fashion and beauty director

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HAT SORT OF SKIN DO YOU HAVE? Classic combination. My cheeks are dry and sensitive, but my T-zone is still really oily – even now.

WHAT INGREDIENTS DO YOU LOOK FOR IN SERUMS? Vitamins C, E and A. Mostly C, because it helps keep skin healthy and it’s good to have an extra layer of protection, aside from sunscreen. It’s also good for all skin types and ages and I like that it helps protect against pollution. DO YOU EVER EXFOLIATE? A bit – the key is to go gently and not overdo it as it can encourage oil production. When I do I avoid anything too harsh, like walnut shells because they’re like jagged bits of glass. Something super-fine like Dermalogica Microfoliant isn’t a scrub but gently removes dead skin.

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WHAT ABOUT USING FACE MASKS? If my skin’s breaking out, I’ll multi-mask; I’ll dot Eve Lom Rescue Mask onto the congested areas. It smells bad, like the end of the world, but is actually really good at drawing out and killing bacteria. I love a serum mask too, and anything with hyaluronic acid to hydrate my skin. WHAT’S THE BEST TIP YOU’VE BEEN GIVEN? Facialist Anastasia Achilleos taught me to massage products in properly. And to give skin a proper cleanse – nothing works on a bad surface. When I cleanse, I apply to the centre of my face and massage the product outwards, especially on my forehead, nose and chin. Learning to layer has been useful too. The basic rule is to start with the most water-like texture and build up to the thickest cream. DO YOU HAVE TREATMENTS REGULARLY? Not as regularly as I should. Treatments with a good facialist can be quite expensive, but are a great reboot once or twice a year. Even if you go to a local salon and get to

HAVE YOU EVER HAD ANY PROCEDURES? No, and I haven’t felt tempted. The one advantage of oily skin is that it’s fairly resilient, so I don’t have any lines to worry about yet. I’ve tried The cleanser laser, had an acid peel and Liz Earle I tried microdermabrasion. Cleanse & My skin felt soft for a few Polish, £15.50 The toner days afterwards, but in Ren Flash future I’ll stick to facials.

CURRENTLY ON KIM’S FACE

Defence Anti-Pollution Mist, £24 The antioxidant serum Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair, from £52 The exfoliator Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant, £41.75 The facial SPF Clarins UV Plus SPF50, £32

WHAT DID YOUR PARENTS TEACH YOU ABOUT SKINCARE? My mother, who’s Chinese, was strict about SPF when we were kids. The Chinese take suncare seriously, so she drilled it into me that applying every day, whatever the weather, was important. I’m sure I don’t have as much sun damage as I would otherwise, thanks to my mum.

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE YOUR TEENAGE SELF? Leave spots alone. Keep using sunscreen. Learn about retinols – they can help with wrinkles. Be nicer to yourself and your skin will take care of itself. Use make-up to enhance what you’ve got, don’t hide it. ◆

WORDS LUCY PARTINGTON. PHOTOGRAPHS MIKE BLACKETT. HAIR BY JASON CROZIER AT STELLA CREATIVE ARTISTS, USING DYSON. MAKE-UP ALEXIS DAY, USING CHANTECAILLE

HOW DO YOUR DAY AND NIGHT ROUTINES DIFFER? Not much, unless something in my lifestyle changes. Daily, I use a cream cleanser with a flannel and I always tone. I know opinion is divided but I need something to put the moisture back into my skin – I avoid anything with alcohol in because it’s drying. Then I’ll use a good antioxidant serum. It’s the same sort of thing before bed. I don’t use heavy creams at night because the skin’s job is to repair itself and you’ve got to let it do that without being suffocated.

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GETTING REGULAR UPDATES I’m a Pilates instructor so you’ll often find me in the studio with my students. It doesn’t feel like exercise because I love it so much, but since having the TomTom Touch I’ve realised what a difference my workouts make. The device analyses my body composition (the percentage of body fat and muscle I have) and the information syncs straight to my iPhone. It inspires me to keep going even more.

Pilates instructor Lottie Murphy

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OF FITNESS Lottie loves going out, but her TomTom Touch, right, lets her know she’s also getting enough sleep

Keeping fit when you’re always busy is difficult. That’s why Instagram star Lottie Murphy relies on her TomTom Touch

IT’S ALL ABOUT BALANCE I love hosting all my friends at my house and cooking them my favourite foods. I usually flit between Italian, Greek, Thai and Portuguese as my cuisines of choice. I just love them all and find it impossible to commit to one country. I also love going out to cool places – great new restaurants and bars are always popping up around London. It’s one of the best things about

living here. My girlfriends and I end up talking too much and a simple dinner can end up lasting hours, but sleep is so important with my active lifestyle. The TomTom Touch’s automatic sleep tracker helps to ensure I always get my eight hours, which is great because as my mum will tell you, I’m not good when I’m tired. I always want to be on my best form when I’m going to important meetings.

“TomTom Touch’s automatic sleep tracker ensures I always get my eight hours”


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spend hours hunched over my laptop editing my photos and videos. Looking down at my watch and seeing a low step count encourages me to get out. Going for a long walk not only boosts how many calories I’ve burned, but it also helps me to think more clearly. I go back to my laptop bursting with new ideas on how to make my posts more creative and engaging.

What I love most about the TomTom Touch is how cute it looks on my wrist. I can switch up the colours with the interchangeable straps so that it always goes with what I’m wearing. My favourite one is turquoise – it reminds me of the sea on holiday. I love travelling and sometimes being back in rainy England can cause some serious holiday blues. I’ve actually just got back from a blissful week in Ibiza and It’s nice to look down at my wrist and remember the good times. SPORTS


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MY BEST SEX EVER WAS… with a guy I hate Rebecca*, 28, loathed everything about him… apart from his skills in bed

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maybe the sex will be good?’ The chemistry we had when we argued was off the charts. He suggested we went back to mine. I nodded and left the pub, and he followed shortly behind me. Once in my room, he started running his fingers through my hair as we lay down on my bed. He had such a gentle yet teasing touch. We slipped each other’s clothes off as he started kissing me all over, agonisingly slowly. I had tingles up and down my whole body as he licked and caressed my breasts while gently stroking my clit. He trailed his tongue down my stomach and towards my inner thigh. He took his time and teased me with the flick of his tongue, and then after a good 20 minutes of oral, in the gentle, barely-there style that I love, he made me come. It was intense. I could feel my own wetness on my still-tingling vagina as he fumbled on the floor for a condom from his wallet. I was sweating; I couldn’t wait

to have him inside me. He slid his sizable penis in and started thrusting urgently, lifting my legs over his shoulders so he could plunge deeper. All the energy he’d held back during foreplay was unleashed as we grinded our hips together, lost in the moment. I was so sensitive from all the foreplay, it felt like every thrust sent sparks through me – and I loved the sound of his moans in my ear. The pleasure was almost too much as I moved my legs lower, and wrapped them around his bum, pulling him deeper inside. Then he slowed his thrusting right down before speeding up again, taking full control. Something about disliking him made me more uninhibited as I gasped louder and louder. As you can imagine, once we were done he simply got up and left. I didn’t want any awkward chat to ruin the fantasy. But the thing is, I know I am going to do it again – I may hate him, but personality isn’t everything in the bedroom.

“I may hate him, but maybe the sex will be good”

*NAMES HAVE BEEN CHANGED. PHOTOGRAPH GETTY IMAGES

I first met Joe* when I was 16 and we were at a house party – I watched him flop his penis into someone’s takeaway chips. He was definitely not the type of guy I wanted to see again. Unfortunately for me, Joe became one of those people you can’t avoid – even though you really want to. We have friends in common and seem to constantly bump into each other. And whenever we do, he always goes on about how there’s an ‘ugly’ girl who won’t leave him alone – and then later I’ll find out he is sleeping with her. Or he’ll brag about the ridiculous things he’s done when drunk. Rumours of his constant cheating on various girlfriends always reach me. Basically, I really, really dislike him. But there’s one problem – he may be a total arsehole but he’s also really hot. He’s got that cocky, bad-boy thing that can be, under certain circumstances, irresistible. One night, after an ex-schoolmates catch-up at the pub, he came swaggering over, all bravado, and started flirting heavily. I thought, ‘Fuck it – I may hate him, but


WORST DATES EVER Hey, we’ve all been there…

He took me to a ‘small gathering’ which turned out to be a wedding. The bride was his ex and he cried all day. RHIAN, 27

He asked if I spoke another language. When I replied, “Yes, two,” he said, “What, English and Essex?” and burst into hysterical laughter.

After my date told me he’d been kicked out of every school he’d attended, I joked, “At least you haven’t killed anyone.” His reply? “Exactly… I said I didn’t do it.” KARINA, 28

ELLA, 23

I’d been seeing a guy for four months when he took me to a rooftop bar (where I couldn’t easily escape) and told me he had a wife and three kids, the youngest two months old. He then took out a phone case with a photo of his baby on it.

SHE SAID SHE’D PLANNED TO MOVE AWAY, BUT WAS NOW GOING TO STAY ‘BECAUSE SHE HAD ME’. ON OUR FIRST DATE. BRIDIE, 26

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YASMIN, 24

We went back to his place and hooked up. In the morning, I had a shower and when I asked for a towel he handed me a fur coat and said, “I don’t have any. Use this, I do.”

I WENT TO THE TOILET MID-DATE AND SAW HIM ‘LIKE’ SEVEN OF ONE GIRL’S HALF-NAKED SELFIES ON INSTAGRAM.

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BEX, 27

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He spent 10 minutes describing his horrible bedroom and his cramped, broken single bed. Plus he spat when he talked. It was like being on a date in a car wash. CONSTANCE, 27

First he said his mum was a Weight Watchers group leader, then asked if I wanted to be put in touch. ESME, 29 ✱ Got a dating nightmare to share? Email worstdatesever @cosmopolitan.co.uk

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Together at Lauren’s 19th birthday party

“We’ve said goodbye too many times”

AS TOLD TO JOSIE COPSON. PHOTOGRAPHS ANTONIO PETRONZIO. HAIR AND MAKE-UP NATACHA SCHMITT, USING GIORGIO ARMANI MAKE-UP AND AVEDA HAIRCARE. STYLING SAIREY STEMP. LAUREN WEARS: DRESS, H&M. SHOES, PUBLIC DESIRE. JEWELLERY, LAUREN’S OWN. PHILIP WEARS: JACKET AND SHIRT, H&M. JEANS, PHILIP’S OWN. SHOES, OFFICE. LAUREN AND PHILIP ATE AT JOE’S IN COVENT GARDEN (JOESSOUTHERN.CO.UK)

Lauren Tabbinor, 23, is an MA student from Stoke Philip sat next to me on our first day at Cambridge University – we both studied criminology and bonded over a love of ’90s R&B. Soon we were spending all our time together as friends – we’d eat out in our free periods and go on long walks to chat. Our first kiss was after one too many tequilas in the second term. A month later, we were boyfriend and girlfriend. We said we loved each other straight away, met each other’s families and by September we were living together. Our relationship was intense, but I was happy. Then one night, after nearly two years together, I was using his iPad to watch Netflix when a message popped up from a girl he worked with that said, “We won’t tell Lauren what happened.” I felt humiliated. I packed a bag and went home for a week. When I got back he admitted he’d kissed her. I still loved him, but I was so angry. He offered to quit his job, but it was too late. We never stopped talking though – we went on living together and our families even had lunch together at graduation. Then I found out he was moving to Thailand to teach. Mum said I screamed like I’d had a limb ripped off. I haven’t liked anyone else as much since. The thought of seeing him again after nearly three years made me nervous, but it felt like we’d never been apart. He made us play a game where we’d grin at passers-by and tally up who got the most smiles back. He wanted to talk about Would you see him again? the past, but I’ve forgiven him. “I can’t imagine him not being After six hours, he walked me in my life, but he’s going back to Thailand so we can’t to the station and I started crying. I still cry when I think be together. If he told me he was moving back then maybe about him because I know I things would be different.” won’t see him for a long time.

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Each month, we send two former lovers on a date to see what wh happens h s…

“Our break-up wasn’t pretty” Philip Loates, 24, is an English teacher from London Lauren is the life and soul of a party. She brightened up every aspect of my university experience. In our lectures, we’d spend the whole time messaging and then, on nights out, we’d always be on the dance floor. Our first kiss was to The Notorious B.I.G’s Nasty Girl! Everything was really organic from then on – it just felt so natural. We had a really sweet relationship. We’d go on date nights, spend a lot of time in London and even went on holiday to Greece. She was my first proper girlfriend and she taught me a lot about how to act around a girl, and she was very good at telling me when I was being an idiot. Our friends loved us as a couple – we were the glue of the group. But things went wrong because she didn’t trust me. I had girl mates and she didn’t like that. Then she broke up with me, but said it was my fault. It was complicated as we still shared a room. I’d often crash at a mate’s, but we did end up in bed sometimes. After university, I wanted to be friends but she texted, “I don’t think we should speak. We don’t have anything in common.” That hurt. I haven’t been serious with anyone since – relationships are too much stress. I was nervous about seeing her because things got pretty sour towards the end. She was tense and awkward at the start of the date, but eventually things were like they were in the good years. We talked about her ex, and my new life in Thailand. I gave her a hug to say goodbye and Would you see her again? she walked off really quickly. “I love her as a friend and I’ll I think she was crying. always be there for her, but 4Would you like to be reunited with your first love? Email us at first.love@ cosmopolitan.co.uk.

I don’t see us in a relationship. I’m a believer in learning from your mistakes. It didn’t work out before for a reason.”

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Bag, £18.99, New Look

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Candle, £10, Paperchase

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Jacket, £29, F&F Tesco

Transform your bedroom into a happy, harmonious space with simple finishing touches like quirky accessories and twinkling scented candles. This beauty from Paperchase looks uber stylish and smells amazing. And breathe…

Let’s REFRESH Boost a winter-weary complexion with multi-tasking almond cream to nourish your hands and skin. New Look’s gorgeous eyeshadow makes tired eyes look wide-awake.

Ready for a reboot? A few key buys can kick the New Year off in style – and shopping has never been easier. Just tap and pay using Visa and Android Pay™ on your phone, and get on with making 2017 your best year ever Eyeshadow, £3.99, New Look,

Hand cream, £6, Marks & Spencer Nail varnish, £10, Marks & Spencer

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Ring, £36, Oliver Bonas

Diffuser, £12, Marks & Spencer

Top, £12.99, New Look

Water bottle, £2, Primark

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DRINK A RAINBOW

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We’ve always known barmen are magical (their ability to turn us into Beyoncé after just three drinks is true wizardry). But their latest alcoholic chicanery goes one step further: drinks that change colour before your very eyes. Hit up The Alchemist, in UK cities nationwide, and ask for the Colour Changing One (inventive name, guys) to see what we’re talking about. But how do they do it? While magicians never reveal their secrets, we can – and it’s all down to the Asian butterfly pea flower. This new, hot ingredient has the power to turn a clear liquid blue, and when you add lemon juice it’ll transform into a deep purplish pink. For home-made alchemy, all you need is a packet of its extracts (£17, Bluechai.com); swirl a little into a clear drink, add some lemon and watch the magic happen before your very eyes.

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HIP

Last year’s destinations were great – thank you for having us – but where to next if you want to stay ahead and inspire on Instagram?


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LISBON, PORTUGAL

HAVANA, CUBA Everyone and their mum went to Cuba in 2016. Cruise ships circled it, tour operators like Thomson offered packages and we were constantly told to “get there before it changes”, so we did… partying at Habana Café, wandering the cobbled streets of the old town and catching some rays by the sea on the Malecón (esplanade).

Flagged up as the ‘new Barcelona’ in 2016, this Portuguese city got a lot of love last year. Cheaper than Paris and just over two hours’ flight away, it also boasts a beautiful Old Town and beaches nearby too (where you can surf), plus loads of sunshine (3,000 hours a year to be precise). Everything a smart girl needs for a prime city break.

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Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic Cobbled streets, tick. Colonial architecture, tick. Merengue and salsa blasting from bars, tick. Close to the Caribbean Sea, tick. SD has pretty much everything Havana has, but your mates probably won’t have been there and it’s cheap. Check out the amazing cathedral Primada De America and try seafood at Meson D’Bari. A pool and art-deco interiors make Hotel Villa Colonial (Villacolonial.net) an oasis in the heart of the city.

OMAN Less built-up and more beautiful than Middle East destinations such as Dubai, Oman retains an air of mystery that’s highly alluring to all types of travellers (you can go leopard-tracking and spa-ing there). Less casinos and skyscrapers; more star-gazing around fires and cruising along untouched coast to see pods of dolphins. What’s not to love?

Ras Al-Khaimah

Aarhus, Denmark Aarhus’s time has come. Always in the shadow of Copenhagen, now it’s been crowned the European Capital of Culture for 2017, so the spotlight will be shining brightly on it all year long. We’ll be going there for a long weekend to eat Michelin-starred food at Frederikshoj and Gastromé, drink at the superbly named Ris Ras Filliongongong (which doesn’t serve food, but you can take your own sandwich) in the lively Latin Quarter and stroll around the ARoS Art Museum, where there are Grayson Perry exhibits and a circular rooftop walkway through the city to the beach. And we’ll lay our heads at the Scandi-chic Villa Provence (Villaprovence.dk).

Er, where? You know, in the United Arab Emirates, s next-door to Oman… Okaaay, well, anyway it’s only a matter of time before people start to notice it gets just as much sunshine (only two days of rain per year, YES!) and has lots of swish hotels (Banyan Tree Al Wadi and the Cove Rotana Resort look so luxurious it almost hurts). Sleep in a Bedouin camp in the desert, or kite-surf off a white-sand beach – oh, and those beaches are pristine. i

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DUBROVNIK, CROATIA BARBADOS The island’s most famous native, @Badgalriri, loves to Instagram her and her crew sunning themselves here, and this year she bought her dad a villa on the Sandy Lane estate, where Beyoncé, Jay Z and Simon Cowell hang out. (Maybe not together.)

THIS YEAR... Anguilla Barbados isn’t the only place in the Caribbean to attract A-listers. Anguilla is the under-the-radar island that hit the headlines when Kendall Jenner and Harry Styles holed up there during their on-off relationship. There are amazing new boutique hotels (check out Zemibeach.com) and a Four Seasons Resort And Residences (Fourseasons. com) – think villas housing private kitchens, infinity pools and lounges. Believe us when we say this tiny island is hot, hot, hot.

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Beyoncé and Sophia Coppola love the Croatian walled city overlooking the Adriatic, with its pedestrian-only old town, beaches, top restaurants and posh hotels. Of course we’d like to follow in their footsteps but annoyingly, prices have doubled.

THIS YEAR... Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina OK, so you might vaguely remember the Bosnian capital hitting the headlines as a war zone, but that was the ’90s. This is 2017 and now it’s totally the place to be. Just like Dubrovnik, Sarajevo has a splendid Old Town with cobbled alleys to explore, buzzy street cafés and goodvalue hotels – we rate the Hotel Michele (Hotelmichele. ba), an off-beat family-run townhouse; or the sevenroom Hotel Lula (Hotel-lula.com). Take a cab to Kibe Mahala (kibemahala.ba), a hillside restaurant for delicious Bosnian dishes and a jaw-dropping view of the city. Then dance the night away at Club Jez, a vaulted basement heaving with locals.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL It seemed like the centre of the world this year. Photos of Christ The Redeemer and Copacabana Beach, endless ‘best of’ travel features and arty favela documentaries. We love it, but talk about overload…

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Quito, Ecuador Pull a party popper – the Ecuadorian capital is open for guests, thanks to a shiny new airport. Quito is breathtaking, literally – it’s the second-highest capital in the world, and tourists are flocking to its centuries-old buildings, cool bars and restaurants. Stay at the opulent Casa Gangotena (casagan gotena.com), overlooking Plaza San Francisco.


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REYKJAVIK, ICELAND

COSTA RICA

To be honest, we still want to go to Iceland, what with the hot springs, ice hotels, Northern Lights and all that quirky pop (we’re listening to you, Sigur Rós), but that doesn’t mean there isn’t competition when it comes to a all things ice, ice baby…

Top of the Happy Planet Index again, the South American republic also makes people grin with its beauty: waterfalls, beaches, national parks with sloths, monkeys, colourful birds and the cloud forests of Monte Verde. No wonder it’s been the eco-tourism centre of the world for the last few years.

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WORDS AMANDA STATHAM. PHOTOGRAPHS GALLERY STOCK, GETTY IMAGES, ALAMY

…and that competition comes in the form of this remote place in Finnish Lapland. What’s the attraction? Well, there are now very cheap (starting at SIXTY POUNDS *jaw drop*) direct flights from Gatwick with Norwegian (Norwegian.com), and an adult-only wilderness hotel, Beana Laponia (Beanalaponia.fi), has just opened. It’s totally up for group bookings if your squad wants to try husky sledding safaris, tobogganing, reindeer-farm excursions, snowshoeing and a good chance of seeing the Northern Lights, too. After which it’s all back to the 11-room hotel to jump in the hot tub before eating all the carbs you can at the massive buffet.

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PENANG, MALAYSIA Reached via a bridge from mainland Malaysia, Penang has long been a travellers’ hotspot for good reason – it has a national park where turtles breed, cool resorts and nightlife at Batu Ferringhi, secret beaches like Teluk Duyung (Monkey Beach), which you can only reach on foot, and lively night markets in the capital, George Town.

THIS YEAR... Boracay, Philippines

Guatemala Costa Rica’s popularity means tourist numbers and prices are on the rise, so for a brilliant budget alternative, consider Guatemala. Only around 16,000 Brits visited in 2015, but tourism looks set to build, thanks to gorgeous new hotels, such as Good Hotel (Goodhotelantigua. com) and a crackdown on political corruption. Good Hotel reinvests profits into the community, while you enjoy private terraces, open-air showers and wonderfulness. Guatemala also has its first Relais & Châteaux hotel (Casapalopo.com), overlooking three volcanoes.

Yes, it’s another dreamy island, with miles of blinding white beaches, but until now it’s been a surfer’s paradise. But it’s set to be our paradise too, with hip hotels like Aqua Boracay by Yoo (Aquaboracay. com), a Philippe Starck collaboration, springing up. Plus it now has its first airport, so there’s no excuse not to fly in and drop out. Check out the pics and understand that Boracay is basically where you’ll be in your head for most of 2017, even if you can’t physically get there. ◆

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DESIGN DOUBLES

Berry colours and forest style bring the wilderness inside. You don’t even have to put your coat on…

BLOWOUT

BUDGET

Sofa, £3,895, Soho Home

Sofa, £1,990, Sofa.com

Cushion, £20, House of Fraser

Cushion, £84, Klaus Haapaniemi & Co

Table, from £595, Sofa And Chair Company

Chandelier, £125, Next Chandelier, £949, Barker & Stonehouse

Table, £199, West Elm

Plate, £46, Rory Dobner at Amara.com

Set of four plates, £10, George Home

Paint, £36 for 2.5l, Earthborn

Paint, £24.49 for 2.5l, Dulux Cushion, £8, Matalan

Cushion, £51.99, Turnbull & Thomas

Ornament, £90, The National Trust

Jug, £24.95, Quail at Liberty

Throw, £350, John Lewis

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Throw, £39.99, Dunelm Mill

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