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. 



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…



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:



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



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!



Don’t let the lockdown take its toll on your hair…beat the stress and make sure your Hair looks Divine.

Figures from the ONS (Office for National Statistics) have highlighted that levels of anxiety have increased sharply during the Covid-19 pandemic, especially during the lockdowns. With one comment:

“There is understandable concern about the impact of the pandemic on people’s well-being. Our figures show that the equivalent of 19 million adults in Great Britain report high levels of anxiety.”

Stress at its worst can be associated with hair loss. It’s a fact that we all need – now more than ever – to do all we can to look after our wellbeing, which includes our hair.

If you’re suffering with cabin fever it could be time to incorporate a simple and realistic routine to truly care for your hair during the lockdown. Healthy, nourished hair will also makes you feel better on the inside. Here are a few tips:

  • Keep your hair clean

Frequent shampooing, every two to three days, is important to hair growth because it helps to keep the scalp area clean and in good condition – and a healthy scalp encourages the growth of healthy strands. A flaky scalp can cause hair loss, so it is important to keep your scalp clear.

  • Select your hair products carefully

Avoid heavy-weight, oil-rich shampoos, as these can weigh fine hair down and choose a volumising shampoo that adds immediate body and texture to make you look and feel amazing! There’s also no need to wash your hair every day as frequent washing can actually encourage your hair to produce more oil. Healthy hair begins with the scalp, so be extra gentle when washing; massage the scalp gently for a few minutes to stimulate blood flow, which in turn stimulates hair growth. And be gentle even when drying it – don’t rub vigorously. It’s good to apply a tiny amount of light hair oil to the hair ends after washing, and when the hair is still wet.  

  • Use less heat

Lockdown presents the perfect time for using less heat on your hair. Time to wave goodbye to the dryers, curlers and straighteners, and to embrace updos and natural locks. With no place to go, and no one to impress – make the most of this opportunity. If you have to blow-dry or straighten your hair, then make sure you use a heat protection product.

  • Keep it trim

If you feel confident, then why not opt for a DIY haircut? Don’t be drastic, but you could tidy a fringe with a pair of eyebrow or moustache scissors or trim split ends to keep your hair in tip top condition. Make sure the scissors are sharp, so as not to damage the hair.

  • Cover it up!

If your roots are driving you mad or you are struggling with the grey hairs, then headbands and scarves are a great way to cover up until you can get back to the salon.

  • Get more sleep

We have said it before, but a restorative night’s sleep is vital. It can support protein synthesis of the hair and the release of enzymes and growth hormones. And don’t go to bed with wet hair – it’s not good for the hair.

  • Balanced Diet

A healthy diet can help your hair stay strong and shiny and if you’re not getting certain nutrients from food, you might see the effects on your hair, including potential hair loss. Essential fatty acids, especially omega-3s, play a key role in the health of your skin, hair, and nails. These can be found in foods such as fish, nuts and seeds. Read more information here:

Check out our own Rise & Shine smoothie recipe here:

  • Take a hair growth supplement

This is a great way to ensure you are getting all the vitamins and nutrients you need for growing glossy, healthy and strong hair.

Loving your hair will lead to a general feeling of wellbeing and positivity, so look after your locks over lockdown and give your hair the love it deserves!



We discover more about this range of brushes which help a good cause…

The Look Good Feel Better Brushes brush range was created to help raise awareness of the Look Good Feel Better Charity and to increase donations. For every purchase of products within the range Look Good Feel Better Brushes donates 10-12% of wholesale price to the charity, as well as contributing with products to the workshops, hosted by the charity for those undergoing cancer treatments.

Through donations the charity provides a range of online and face to face workshops and tutorials to thousands of people across the UK, enabling them to face cancer with renewed confidence.

The complete range of Look Good Feel Better products consists of individual makeup brushes, makeup brush sets, beauty sponges and anti-bacterial brush cleaning foam. 

Featuring bright white tapered handles and beautifully crafted recycled aluminum ferrules the sleek brushes use super soft, cruelty free synthetic bristles. These are designed to deliver an optimum flawless finish, whilst also being allergy-free which is perfect for all skin types.  

All products within the range are Cruelty-Free and Vegan. 

The Look Good Feel Better product range includes:

Powder Brush

Blush Brush

Foundation Brush

Concealer Brush

Angled Contour Brush

Angled Blending Brush

Multi-tasking Brush

Eye Shading Brush

Flawless Complexion Sponge

Sculpting Sponge

Travel Set

Make Over Brush Set

Luxury Brush Set

Foundation Duo Set

Anti-bacterial Brush Sanitising Foam

The price range varies from £5.99 to £19.99.

By purchasing the range of Look Good Feel Better Brushes and Sponges which are stocked on, M&S, Look Fantastic and LuxPlus you are enabling the charity to extend its masterclasses workshops across the UK.

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