ALL YOU NEED IS FUN – THE NEW COLLECTION FROM NAILKIND

ALL YOU NEED IS FUN – THE NEW COLLECTION FROM NAILKIND

Have fun with the new colour collection from NAILKIND. 

Let your hair down,  get creative, be adventurous and above all have a little fun and… paint your nails with the new recently launched irresistible colours from NailKind. 

We discover these fabulous shades, and bring you all the details. We can say one thing for sure, this latest NailKind collection is all definitely all about FUN.

Did you know having fun helps reduce our stress and increases feel-good hormones? It also helps to boost our creativity, energy and creativity. A great way to start having fun and be creative is with your nails and a little bit of self-care. The collection includes 6 vibrant and happy shades; Ibiza Sunset, Flip Flop, Playdate, Skinny Dip, California Lilac and Popsicle Party. 

The colours cost £9.50 and are available to buy now here: https://www.nailkind.com

TECH STRESS: WHAT IT IS AND HOW TO DEAL WITH IT

TECH STRESS: WHAT IT IS AND HOW TO DEAL WITH IT

April is Stress Awareness Month

Buffering, a frozen screen or loss of connection mid Zoom – if you’re among the working from home people who have experienced an unreliable internet connection in the past 12 months – you’ve probably experienced tech stress. 

Zen Internet has teamed up with cyber psychologist Dr Linda Kaye to explore how much effect the loss of connectivity can have on our mental and physical wellbeing and why we often experience feelings of stress – on top of the many other stressful elements of our busy lives – when we can’t get online or when digital devices fail us.  

“The stress and frustration you are feeling, because of these technical issues, is actually underpinned by a threat to our basic human psychological needs! Within a wireless, internet-enabled society, a majority of people are, more or less, ‘connected’ all the time. This connectivity has given us the freedom and flexibility to work from home for the past 12 months, but it can also have its drawbacks – especially when things go wrong. If our ability to undertake work effectively or efficiently depends on good connectivity, then what happens when there are technical failures? Internet cut-outs, poor broadband speed and bandwidth issues, amongst other things, can easily derail a working day. But you may not realise that the stress and frustration you are feeling, because of these technical issues, is actually underpinned by a threat to our basic human psychological needs!” – Dr. Linda Kaye, cyber psychologist

Why does a poor internet connection make us stressed?

Dr Kaye continues: “As human beings we have three basic human needs: competence (to feel able), relatedness (to feel connected or to belong) and autonomy (to have choice). Internet failures may thwart all of these to some extent or another and, as a result, can be a cause of significant stress and frustration. When it comes to feeling that we are good at our jobs, if we’re unable to complete work tasks which are dependent on us being online, our perception of our own abilities may start to be compromised; we feel incompetent or believe that others will think we are not able to complete our work to the highest standards. This in turn, could also be a threat to our status in an organisation and how reliable we are perceived as a co-worker or employee. Poor internet connectivity can make us feel out of control and experience a lack of autonomy. If our internet connection drops out mid-way through an important work meeting, this can bring on a sense of helplessness and stress. Technology failures may also be compromising our feeling of belonging. Being unable to use video chat due to bandwidth issues can restrict our ability to feel fully connected with colleagues – especially at a time when we are working so disparately and in isolation from our team members.”

How to handle tech stress

Dr Kaye advises: “It has been a period of unprecedented uncertainty and for many of us we have had to completely re-navigate the way we communicate with our work colleagues and external clients and suppliers, as well as family and friends! This in itself is stressful but if technology failures are also adding to the stress of your working day, then take some steps to help manage the situation.

  • Be up front: Let your manager and colleagues know that you have been having intermittent internet issues and this is causing you concern. Make them aware that if you do freeze or drop out of the meeting then you will reconnect as soon as possible.
  • See if you can just use audio: It is also worth considering whether live chat must always occur via video-chat, or whether a phone call could be just as effective. WiFi calling via phones is still an essential communication tool – something which has perhaps been overlooked in the rush to connect ‘visually’. Regular calls, or turning cameras off, rather than video chats, could also function as a more “social catch-up” rather than “work meeting”. Use these to discuss any current concerns and stresses by talking them through with peers or a manager.
  • Ask for support: Ultimately any employer should have their employees’ satisfaction and well-being front and centre when working from home. Technology has given us the tools to work remotely which is a great thing, however if poor internet connectivity is causing stress – it is an employer’s responsibility to find solutions to this issue if they want a happy workforce. Talk through your home working needs with your employer and look at ways that they can support the technical issues that you are facing.”

Technology has played a crucial role in our sense of connectivity and belonging over the past 12 months and its benefits far outweigh the negatives. But now is the perfect time to step back, breathe and realise that some things aren’t in our control. The impact of any forms of stress are important to recognise and by speaking out we hope that everyone can find ways to reduce issues brought on by technology.

TV PRESENTER GEMMA HUNT LAUNCHES WATERPROOF & WELLIES PROJECT

TV PRESENTER GEMMA HUNT LAUNCHES WATERPROOF & WELLIES PROJECT

The Waterproof and Wellies Project, part of The Outdoor Guide Foundation, is raising £5m to provide State Primary Schools with outdoor clothing & wellie boots to enable children to learn about and enjoy the outdoors.

Four Acres Academy, Withywood, is the first school to benefit from the Waterproof & Wellies Project, launched by TV presenter Gemma Hunt from CBeebies.

Government figures show there are over 20,000 primary schools in the UK in which a number of families do not have easy access to the right gear to enjoy the outdoors. The project, part of The Outdoor Guide Foundation, aims to raise £5m to provide 10 sets of high-quality outdoors kit, consisting of a waterproof jacket, trousers and welly boots to every state primary school across the country over the next six years.

“I am thrilled to be supporting this and encouraging more children to get outside. The kits provide the basic gear that will allow children to have wonderful outdoor experiences when at school, whatever the weather!” – Gemma Hunt

“When we have taken learning outdoors we have seen amazing results – the children are engaged in the tasks, cooperate brilliantly and really enjoy this part of their curriculum. We’re delighted to be working with The Waterproof and Wellies Project, ensuring that all our children can experience the benefits of playing and learning in the great outdoors.” – Matthew Cave, Headteacher of Four Acres Academy

Click here to find out more about the project. 

MOST POPULAR CELEBRITY WEDDING VENUES REVEALED

MOST POPULAR CELEBRITY WEDDING VENUES REVEALED

Celebrity weddings tend to be secret, but when the paps are allowed in we get an unrestricted view of their big day.

The weddings themselves are nearly always hosted at some of the world’s most luxurious and beautiful venues, but is there one particular venue the celebs all use for their wedding day? The team at Diamonds Factory have spent weeks researching celebrity marriages going back 50 years and the results are in…

London’s Marylebone Town Hall claims the title of the most popular celebrity wedding venue in the world! It has hosted at least 17 celebrity marriages, including Antonio Banderras, Claudia Winkleman, and Jude Law. Paul McCartney, and Liam Gallagher both loved the venue so much they got married there twice! The Grade II listed building is one of the most sought-after venues and is a certified favourite for celebrity couples worldwide.

New York’s City Hall is the second most popular celebrity venue with 8 celebs tying the knot there, including Chrissy Teigen and John Legend, Emily Ratajkowski, and Matt Damon.

Following the city halls, the next most popular venue is the beautiful Babington House in Somerset, where at least 7 celebrity couples have tied the knot including James Corden and Julia Carey, Eddie Redmayne and Hannah Bagshaw, and DJ Fatboy Slim, and his radio presenter wife Zoe Ball.

In 4th is the picturesque San Ysidro Ranch in California – at least 6 couples have wed there including Chris Pratt, Hilary Duff, and Jessica Simpson.

Taking joint 5th with at least 5 celebrity weddings each are historical buildings in the UK, Blenheim Palace in Oxford and Castle Skibo, in Dornoch, Scotland. Celebrities getting married at Blenheim Palace include Marvin and Rochelle Humes, and Sylvester Stallone, while celeb weddings at members only Castle Skibo, include the iconic marriage of Guy Ritchie and Madonna, and Ewan McGregor.

Other popular celebrity wedding venues to make the list was Babington House in Somerset – James and Julia Corden’s location of choice, Odescahli Castle in Bracciano, Italy – Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes famously lavish occasion, and El Dorado Golf & Beach Club in Los Cabos, Mexico where musician Adam Levine married his wife Behati Prinsloo.

It’s no secret that celebrity weddings cost a lot either! It was reported that the Brad Pitt and Jennifer Anniston’s wedding cost over a million dollars, while Elton John’s and David Furnish reportedly cost over £1.2 million. So would the average Joe be able to get married at one of these venus? No, probably not…

MAKEUP BRAND KARAMEL LONDON LAUNCHES

MAKEUP BRAND KARAMEL LONDON LAUNCHES

We discover more about the makeup brand which has been developed for those with dark skin, and who boasts over 70 products…

Karamel London, the UK’s latest beauty brand, has launched its newly created makeup collection specifically curated for dark skin.

The range was founded in November 2020 by Lady Wesa, who was born in Angola but moved to London where she has lived for the past number of years. She originally found it difficult to find products that suited her skin tone and wanted to develop a range that was inclusive and worked with dark skin. As a result, Karamel London was born and stocks over 70 different products with more in the development pipeline.

Karamel London believes the beauty of a woman lies in her skin and face. Their products develop and enhance each person’s individuality and beauty, hence their mission to build the pride and self-confidence of every woman through the provision of top-quality skincare, makeup, lashes and hair extensions.

Karamel London offers a carefully designed approach to skincare and the art of beauty as we believe in empowering women through our products. They value quality over quantity. 

The stunning range comprises of over 70 products from foundations to pressed powers and lip-glosses to eyelashes. Some of our faves are below:

 

 Products

Luxury Foundation for Dark Skin – £23

Karamel London’s luxury foundation for dark skin has a moisture packed formula which glides over the skin to create a truly flawless finish. The lightweight foundation comes in an initial six dark skin shades with more due to launch soon. 

Luxury Compact Powder – £19

Karamel London’s luxury compact powder is a smooth and lightweight pressed formula which provides a matte flawless finished and helps keep your makeup in place throughout the day. Like Karamel London’s luxury foundation, the compact powder is available in six shades.

Matt Gloss – £18

Karamel London’s ‘Colour Me Bad’ matt lip gloss contains moistening coconut oil and enriching Vitamin E which results in a rich and creamy formula. Available in six luxurious shades, the formula is designed to lock in colour and prevent transfer while providing you with a semi-matte finished look.

“For years I have struggled to find makeup prodcuts that suited my skin tone, most brands usually develop their ranges for light skinned women as there is a bigger market there. This idea to start Karamel London had been a seed inside my head for a long time, and makeup and beauty have always been big passions of mine. As a result of Covid I was made unemployed and used this time to develop and launch what is now Karamel Beauty. I can’t wait for those across the world with dark skin to discover these products and something that finally works for their skin tone.” – Speaking about the launch, Lady Wesa, CEO of Karamel London 

Follow on Twitter & Instagram @karamelondon

Prices start from as little as £6 and the full collection is available online from karamelondon.co.uk.

THE LEAST LAUNDERED ITEMS IN THE HOME ARE REVEALED

THE LEAST LAUNDERED ITEMS IN THE HOME ARE REVEALED

If it’s not ‘visibly’ dirty it doesn’t need washing right? Wrong.

Despite the enhanced hygiene measures we’ve been taking in recent months, a new survey has revealed the grubby truth about how little UK households are washing household fabrics around the home – which experts have shockingly indicated could be harbouring all sorts of hidden nasties.

In a Surcare survey of 2000 UK adults, the 10 least laundered items in the home include:

  1. Rugs – more than 55% of people have NEVER washed or deep cleaned their rug (either in a domestic washing machine or professionally) – ever! Making them the least washed fabric item in the home
  1. Pillows – 41% have never washed their current pillows. Only 5% wash their pillows to the recommended frequency (every three months)
  1. Curtains – 34% have never cleaned their curtains. Only 18% factor them into their annual clean
  1. Duvets – 25% have never washed their current duvet. Only 12% wash their duvet to the recommended frequency (every six months
  1. Throws (and blankets) – Only 15% have washed their sofa or bed throw in the last 12 months
  1. Bedding (sheets) – average length between washes was 18 days. One in ten haven’t changed their bedding in six months
  1. Pillow covers – pillow covers are just as neglected as bedding. The average length between washes was 16 days
  1. Towels – on average we wash our towels once a week
  1. Cleaning cloths – only 10% of people wash their cleaning cloths
  1. Tea Towels – 21% of people only wash their tea towel once a week, experts recommend it should be changed every day!

And also up there in the overall least cleaned items in the home is the washing machine itself – a massive 62% claim they have not cleaned their washing machine in the past six months. Despite being responsible for keeping our clothes clean and fresh, the crevices and damp conditions of our washing machines can be a breeding ground for bacteria. They should in fact be cleaned inside and out once a month!

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