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Why January is the worst month to have your birthday

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**ILLUSTRATION REQUEST** Why having a birthday in January is horrible (Georgina Fuller)
Most people are too burnt out from the festive season to want to celebrate (Picture: Ella Byworth for Metro.co.uk)

Two words: dry January.

Having a birthday during the most miserable month of the year can be pretty tough at times.

The great big Christmas movie quiz (Jon O'Brien)The great big Christmas movie quiz

Most people are detoxing after Christmas or in the first zeal of their new year’s resolutions and don’t want to come out and celebrate with you.

Everyone is broke and, if your birthday is half way through the month… Read the full story

This woman is a real-life Rapunzel whose natural hair is 42 inches long

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If you’ve ever been smug that you’ve finally outgrown a badly executed fringe or unsuitable bob, look away now.

Because a Russian woman has grown her hair to 42 inches. Yes, really.

Anastasiya Sidorova shows off her natural mane to her 401 followers and it’s a thing of beauty.

Followers can see her cascading glistening red waves in a range of glorious locations.

But it hasn’t always been the case.

According to The Sun, the 23-year old was diagnosed with androgenetic alopecia. This genetic disorder means it can cause permanent hair thinning and balding.

Instagram Photo

She since worked with a trichologist who specialises in the… Read the full story

8 new London restaurants and pop ups to try this January

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Get ready to feast (Picture: Hippy Fish/Selfridges/Randy’s)

Ah January – it’s the month where, with the weather outside so frightful and your bank account not so delightful after Christmas and New Year, you just want to stay in doors.

To be fair, with the top line up of new shows on Netflix, it would be very tempting.

Stop everything: There is a 90s-themed brunch with bottomless fried chicken and rum cocktails coming to London

But if you’re living in London, or even just visiting, there’s a whole host of new restaurants waiting for you to try – starting from next week (see,… Read the full story

Almost a quarter of Brits only change their bed sheets once a month

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How long since these sheets last saw the inside of a washing machine, huh? (Picture: Getty)

I wash my bedsheets once a week because I love the feeling of clean sheets so much.

There’s a very precise routine that has to be done beforehand – I have to be freshly showered from head-to-toe (including hair) and I can’t have been on a night out (alcohol sweats will ruin the clean vibe).

I’m not a clean freak so I kind of assumed everyone was the same – until I saw the results from a recent study and was pretty grossed out by how disgusting some of you lot are.

According to research… Read the full story

How a man smells can make women drink more alcohol

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It’s probably not the best plan to get drunk on a first date but often, it’s inevitable.

You’re nervous and they’re drinking at double the speed you are – and we all know what that heady cocktail can lead to.

But it turns out that there’s another reason you might unintentionally be getting laggo while out on the town with a man friend.

Researchers from the Department of Psychology at the University of South Florida have been exploring what effect a man’s scent can have on women’s drinking.

They previously found that scents emitted by women during the fertile phase of the menstrual cycle prompted men to drink more booze.

And this time, they used 103 women aged between 21… Read the full story

Apparently, men think blondes are ‘significantly’ younger and healthier-looking than brunettes

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(Picture: Ella Byworth for Metro.co.uk)

You might think that with sex icons like Rihanna, Beyonce and Adriana Lima, brunettes finally were having their time in the sun.

But apparently, dudes still prefer blondes.

In fact, they believe women with blonde hair to be ‘significantly’ younger and healthier-looking than those of us with darker dos.

Researchers from Augsburg University, Minnesota, showed 110 men computer-generated images of women with blonde, brown or black hair.

They found that men rated women with lighter hair as being more attractive and having greater relationship potential than those with black hair.

There wasn’t much difference between blondes and brunettes for those measures but when men saw pictures of women from… Read the full story

You can now buy a vegan pizza with peanut butter as a topping

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Pizza with peanut butter
Not the first topping we’d go for, but sure (Picture: Four Hundred Rabbits/Getty)

Vegans often get the short end of the straw when it comes to pizzas.

My lifeless ‘New Year, same old me’ body was browsing vegan options on Deliveroo yesterday when I saw a place that offered vegan pizza.

Except their vegan option was just an uninspiring cheeseless pizza with hardly any toppings – surely if you’re not offering vegan cheese, customers can figure out that it makes more sense to order any of your other, more exciting options minus the meat and cheese?

However, lucky for us, there are some great vegan pizzerias out… Read the full story

Pret has added three new vegan dishes to its January menu

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Pret January menu
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If you haven’t yet started meal prepping or eating more fruit and veg even though you *swore* you’d be healthier this year, you could be in luck.

Because Pret will be revamping their menu this month from 4 January so you can rest assured you’ll be getting your veggies in.

Unsurprisingly, after the opening of its three new veggie stores, there’s been high demand from vegetarian and vegan consumers and they’re certainly well catered to.

Brand new to the menu is the Tip-Top Hot Pot. It’s available in two varieties: the Chicken & Butternut Squash Stew (£6.50) and a vegan Cauli & Sweet Potato Dhal (£6.25).

Each pot comes with… Read the full story

The best wedding photos of 2017

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(Picture: Two15 Photography/Junebug Weddings/Caters News)

Wedding photos are, by their very nature, pretty naff.

All those bridesmaids dressed in horrible meringues. All those ushers looking like some kind of bad X Factor reject group.

The more effort you put in, the cheesier the results seem to be.

It’s a tricky balancing act.

But some couples do manage it and end up in the running for Junebug Wedding’s prestigious best wedding photos of the year.

Judged by a panel of industry experts, over 9,000 photos have been raked through to find 2017’s greatest shots.

This year marks the 10th year that the best wedding photo contest has been held and assessed pictures from around the world.

‘Emotion is the… Read the full story

Could cooking with your mouth be a trend we see in 2018?

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Christmas might be over, but there’s always next year.

Those without a strong stomach might want to look away now as a performance artist has made a video showing a woman making turkey stuffing…with her mouth.

The five-minute long video shows home chef Eva Godfrey bite and chew through the ingredients which include onions, garlic, egg, bread and butter, and spit into a bowl. She then ‘massages’ the saliva-ridden mixture with her hands and stuffs it into the raw turkey.

‘Interestingly I use the right-hand side of my mouth but you do what feels most natural to you’ she insightfully tells the audience.

The director behind the creative video is Australian filmmaker Nathan Ceddia.

The London and Berlin-based photographer tells Metro.co.uk: ‘The video came about after hearing countless stories of friends and family injuring themselves whilst cooking. The kitchen is meant to be a safe environment where people can comfortably express their creativity.

Applebee’s convinces us the 2018 diet can wait until 2019 with bottomless riblets

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Y you do this to me, Applebee’s? (Picture: REX/Shutterstock)

Shout out to Applebee’s for tearing down the #NewYearNewMe vibe.

The American fast-food chain (like a TGI Friday’s but without merch all over the walls) is offering a deal that completely obliterates any attempt of getting that 2018 revenge bod: bottomless riblets and chicken tenders.

Yas.

And only for $12.99 because these guys know your willpower is currently at level zero.

The Ts and Cs for this deal are as follows. For riblets: ‘Your first order features 12-ounces of riblets expertly cut from the most tender pork for a delicious bone-in flavor, then slow cooked and served dripping in either Honey BBQ or Spicy… Read the full story

White chocolate Creme Eggs are here – but as with all things amazing, there’s a catch

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Cadbury white chocolate creme eggs Getty/Cadbury/metro.co.uk
(Picture: Getty/Cadbury/metro.co.uk)

Love white chocolate? More importantly, want to nab a cool £2,000 for eating it?

We may be in that depressing lull between New Year and Easter, but there’s one thing we can all get revved up about.

Cadbury has just launched a limited edition white chocolate Creme Egg.

Yep, you read that right – a frikkin’ white Creme Egg, people.

But that’s not the most exciting thing.

These are very *exclusive* eggs and if you want to get your hands on one, you’ll have to get your detective mode on – because they’re being disguised as standard milk chocolate Creme Eggs.

And it’s worth your while finding one, aside from getting… Read the full story

Whatever you do, don’t wear a maxi dress to the airport

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(Picture: Liberty Antonia Sadler)

Deciding what to wear to the airport can be a minefield.

Do you get all dolled up in the hope of getting promoted to first class where champagne and a semi-decent bed awaits you?

Or do you just get dressed in your comfiest trackies because you’re on an early morning flight and the last thing you care about is how you look?

If you’re in the latter camp, you may be making a giant mistake according to an expert.

Because there are some outfits we should steer well clear of according to former Transportation Security Agent Kimberly Pruitt, who worked at Los Angeles International Airport for five years.

Although some are downright… Read the full story

Primark have released Harry Potter scented candles if you want to smell like him

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Harry Potter candles Primark/metro.co.uk
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You could say we’re a tad obsessed with all things Harry Potter.

We’ve had Harry Potter-themed Christmas stockings, clothing range and even baby clothes.

And yesterday, we squealed when Primark dropped pendant necklaces inspired by Marauders Map and potion bottles.

But now, it’s not enough to dress like our favourite wizard because now we can smell like one too.

Yep, that’s right.

Primark (of course – who else would it be?) have now added candles to their forever-growing list of Harry Potter inspired gear.

There are five different versions of the candles, each with a different scent and colour to reflect the corresponding house colours.

The Hogwarts candle… Read the full story

So, how about getting wed in this naked bridal jumpsuit?

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There’s nothing worse than planning a wedding only to find that someone else has got the exact same dress as you.

Imagine the horror as you rock up to your own service in a dress that everyone’s seen before.

It’d be enough to call the whole thing off, amirite?

But life doesn’t have to be this way, dear bride-to-be. Because Spanish brand, Pronovias, has come up with a bridal jumpsuit that’s completely sheer.

Knocked up by designer Herve Moreau, the outfit took 244 hours to make and is adorned with hundreds of crystals and lace detailing.

While it reveals rather more flesh than the average church outfit, it does offer thicker lacing around areas… Read the full story

More people want to improve their mental health than lose weight in 2018

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Mental health self-care is taking precedence this year for many (Picture: Ella Byworth for Metro.co.uk)

You might roll your eyes at ‘New Year, new you’ but it’s actually a really good time to buck your ideas up and stop being such a loser.

Fitness companies like to emerge from the ashes of Christmas like leeches from the jungle, ready to suck out your self-esteem, guilt you for all those After Eights you ate and convince you to sign on to an expensive gym contract that you don’t really want.

But not this year, sporty Satan!

No – according to a survey by online marketplace Bidvine, more people are interested in travelling, getting a… Read the full story

The UK’s most popular holiday home is in Dorset

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When you think of a staycation, you’re probably imagining your bed, Netflix and an endless tin of biscuits.

But if you really want to feel like you’ve had a proper holiday, why not spend it in a four-storey tower set in Dorset?

If this rental is your idea of a dream getaway, sorry to break it to you because you won’t be able to stay there until next year.

The Landmark Trust’s Clavell Tower in Kimmeridge Bay is apparently so popular, it’s fully booked until July 2019.

So what is it about this holiday home that is so appealing to visitors?

Well, the four-storey tower set overlooks the sea… Read the full story

This woman is creating geodes with make-up and it’s magical

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(Picture: katytolj https://www.instagram.com/katytolj/)

Instagram is responsible for many a beauty trend.

Sometimes it can be cute – take this heart-shaped blush – even downright bizarre. Christmas bauble nails anyone?

But other times, it can make us gasp in wonder.

And that’s exactly what self-taught make-up artist Katy Tolj has done by creates geodes using make-up.

For anyone unfamiliar with geodes, they’re rocks with crystals inside them such as quartz and amethyst.

The 19-year-old from Australia uses gorgeous colours to show a variety of geodes from green Grinch inspired ones to gold silver ones to a red one.

Although she mostly uses arms, she’s even done a full face of crystals.

Read the full story

Apparently, January is the best month of the year to book flights

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January is the worst month of the year.

It’s cold, you’re skint from spending way too much at Christmas and you’re wishing you could board a one-way flight to Miami.

But even though you’ve just spent your last pounds on an exorbitant gym membership and a spiralizer, you’re spending your cash all wrong.

That’s right because now is the best time to book a flight.

According to the experts at flight search engine Skyscanner, January is the best time to book flights for the lowest prices this half of the year.

And it’s not just Skyscanner either – Hipmunk, a cheap flights website, have said January is the most ‘cost-effective’… Read the full story

Why being a working mother is a luxury for those who can afford childcare

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The cost of childcare is soaring for working mothers (Picture: Liberty Antonia Sadler for Metro.co.uk)

The UK is one of the most expensive countries in the world for childcare, and being a full-time working mother in London is turning into a luxury for those who can afford it.

The cost of childcare in the capital is so high that unless you are rich or have family nearby to help you, you may be forced out of your job.

Metro Illustrations Ambitious MotherHow becoming a mum has made me more ambitious

Working while paying for childcare doesn’t pay off for many… Read the full story

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