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Grandmother is outraged at Disney false eyelashes she claims are targeted at young children

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A grandmother has spoken of her outrage at finding Disney eyelashes for sale marketed at children over three years of age.

Nicolette Harvey from Thurrock, Essex stumbled on the product for sale at Poundland and fears they could sexualise young children.

The 55-year-old said: ‘I think it’s terrible that the product is for sale. It’s shocking for children that age.

‘I don’t agree with sexualising young girls in this way and Disney will attract them to the products.’

It’s particularly concerning for Nicolette who is a grandmother to a four-year-old called Mariah.

‘I know for certain that my granddaughter would be more attracted to them with the Disney logo on than… Read the full story

Dad reading son’s favourite memes aloud is our new favourite video

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Funny or Die comedian Drew Tarver has recorded his dad reading some of his favourite memes aloud, and it’s a video we’d be happy to watch for hours.

In a compilation that has now gone viral after being posted back in November, Drew’s dad is seen reading aloud hilarious memes in a monotone voice.

Memes include: ‘When the nudes come through’ and ‘*Sniffs permanent marker* If girls don’t have wieners, does that mean they pee out their butts?’

Trust us, these are much funnier when being spoken out of… Read the full story

What is the epiphany, twelfth night and how do people celebrate?

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Today is the epiphany in the Christian calendar – marking the end of Christmas.

While many celebrate the festival, there are still some who are unsure about what the epiphany is and how it fits into the Christmas story.

Here is everything you need to know.

When is the Epiphany and Twelfth Night?

The Epiphany is on January 6, 2018 and the Twelfth Night is on January 5, 2018.

Why is it called the Twelfth Night?

More than half of women are still feeling period shame

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Here’s a reminder of why we need to keep banging on about periods.

A new poll of 1,500 women and 500 men from across the UK has found that 58% of women have felt embarrassed simply for being on their period.

You know, that entirely normal, natural thing that happens to our bodies once a month? They’re embarrassed about that. That’s like being embarrassed about the need to urinate or blink.

That embarrassment isn’t popping up out of nowhere. 42% of women say they’ve experienced period-shaming, with women surveyed listing comments from male friends, family members, and classmates.

More than half of the men studied said it would be… Read the full story

Mum shares pictures and video of her oozing reaction to lip fillers to warn others of the risks of cosmetic procedures

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Lip fillers are a big deal right now. Blame Kylie Jenner, but suddenly we all want ultra plumped up lips.

While many of us react to the growing trend for supersized lips by trying every weird suction cup or lip-swelling device on the market, others bite the bullet and opt for lip fillers.

But that choice can have serious consequences – even if you take all the proper precautions and get fillers injected in by a professional.

Sally Roberts, from… Read the full story

What it was like to have a mental health crisis over Christmas

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ILLUSTRATION REQUEST: How to combat loneliness at Christmas (Frances)
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December is a really hard month for me. But 2017’s was one of the hardest.

I spent most of the Christmas period feeling afraid, distressed and panicked. I was waiting for something to go wrong with my health.

I’ve somehow got it into my head that there’s a jinx on the end of December.

Back in 2011 on New Year’s Eve, I was taken into hospital with pneumonia. It had gone un-diagnosed for a couple of weeks and was very poorly, with my lung collapsing while I was in hospital just a week later. I was taken into intensive care… Read the full story

What happens when you go to a slimming club and why I loved it

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Slimming clubs have a bit of a rep.

Dusty old church halls full of people counting the calories in every drop of milk or piece of fruit that passes their lips.

After all, look at how they were portrayed by Marjorie Dawes in Little Britain.

I promise you I’m not a hired rep for the slimming club industry, but my experience has been nothing but positive.

I first joined Slimming World a few years back. I’m from a small town so a lot of the new-fangled weight loss and exercise options out there weren’t very accessible. I chose Slimming World on a whim, hoping to get rid of the… Read the full story

5 symptoms you might not realise are signs of anxiety

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What it's like to hate your voice (Picture: Mmuffin/ Metro)
Struggling to speak is, believe it or not, a symptom of anxiety (Picture: Mmuffin for Metro.co.uk)

Most people picture anxiety sufferers as quivering wallflowers who have panic attacks in crowded places.

5 things I wish I could tell my employer about my mental illness

However, not everyone experiences anxiety exactly the same and there are many associated symptoms which you might not even realise exist.

I’ve personally been told that I don’t look like an anxious person, proof that we all cope with the illness in different ways and go through different physical… Read the full story

Pizzatoru the tiny bushbaby is probably the cutest thing on Instagram

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There are many cute things on the internet that vie for your attention.

From the late, great Toast the Dog to cat-owners catching their fluffy felines sitting like humans, the online world can be wonderful.

But now, there’s one animal that may have trumped everyone else for the cutest critter on Instagram accolade.

Pizzatoru is a pint-size small bushbaby hailing from Japan.

And he’s clearly beloved world over as he’s racked himself a tidy online presence: 116,000 Instagram followers to be exact.

So what do we know about this little cutie? Well, he’s born in September, making him our favourite Libra.

Apparently, his favourite things are playing with his mum and camera… Read the full story

10 juice recipes to give you a health boost this January

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We all have various tricks up our sleeves to rectify the damage we may have inflicted upon our bodies over the festive period.

For me, it’s all about the juice in 2018.

apple and cinnamon smoothieVeganuary 2018: 8 vegan high protein smoothies

Why juice? Well, if you have the right equipment, it’s quick and easy.

Just one juice every day in addition to your regular meals could help you pack a load of nutrients into your diet… Read the full story

Fancy smearing a sparkling highlighter that looks like poo across your face?

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When not even a design that looks more than a little like poo will put us off, it’s clear we’ve got a real highlighter obsession on our hands (and on our cheekbones, naturally).

The latest makeup product to spread far and wide across the internet is Clean Slate’s whipped highlighter.

Why? Because, well, it looks like poo. Or the poo emoji. It’s got the exact swirly shape of a cartoon poo, rather than the look of what you’d actually see in the toilet.

Lovely.

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The product really started to pick up hype when YouTuber Tati Westbrook did a review.… Read the full story

Women who aren’t happy with the size of their breasts are less likely to check them for cancer, says new research

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We all know we should be regularly checking our breasts for any lumps.

But while most of us blame laziness or forgetfulness for our failure to do regular checks, new research points to another thing holding women back from looking after their health.

Researchers at Anglia Ruskin University believe that women who are unhappy with the size of their breasts are less likely to check them for any lumps.

Researchers surveyed 384 British women and found that 31% wanted smaller breasts and 44% of wanted larger breasts – and a third of them never, ever checked their breasts for cancer.

Now, this is a small sample size and it’s… Read the full story

Woman plans to marry Tetris after the breakdown of a relationship with a calculator called Pierre

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Fractal sleeps with Tetris and plays with him for up to twelve hours a day. (Picture: Mercury Press)

You can’t help who you fall in love with.

For 20 year old Noorul Mahjabeen Hassan, who prefers to be known as Fractal Tetris Huracan, that’s Tetris, the puzzle game she’s been in a relationship with for over a year.

Fractal started her relationship with Tetris back in September 2016, and now spends up to twelve hours a day playing it on websites, her phone, and her Gameboy.

Naturally, it is an intimate relationship. Fractal says she sleeps with Tetris and enjoys a physical relationship with Tetris themed objects, including Tetris hard drives and cushions.

‘Part… Read the full story

How reading fiction can help improve our mental health

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Nothing like a cup of tea and a good book (Picture: Getty)

I’ve been self-medicating with books my whole life.

They’ve been my palliatives, my morphine-drips, my adrenaline shot to the chest.

There’s a taboo around loneliness that we need to break

Or, less dramatically, I consider the time spent lost in a novel to be essential to maintaining my wellbeing, to keeping me sane – and not just because scientists have suggested reading is like a superfood for the brain.

Sure, it’s nice to think that books may have as many health benefits as running… Read the full story

Peg the duck can walk again thanks to a prosthetic leg created by secondary school students

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A duck without a foot all his life is now able to walk thanks to secondary school students.

Peg, an eight-month-old Indian Runner Duck, had his foot chewed off by a turtle by the time his owner, Patsy Smith, found him.

And as the duck grew, his injured foot became irritated.

Patsy contacted a company in Ontario, Canada as well as a rescue group in Tennessee for some help.

Soon enough, the Armorel EAST Lab found out about her dilemma and wanted to help.

Read the full story

A third of vegans have reconsidered their holiday plans due to poor food options

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Once you’ve nailed your vegan routine at home, you think, ‘I’ve got this! I am positively nailing this vegan malarkey!’

And then you go on holiday. And realise that no, no you are not.

You have to think about everything – the airplane food, the food at your hotel, the restaurants at your destination.

Are you travelling to a country which thinks ‘vegetarian’ means ‘eats chicken’ or ‘vegan’ means ‘eats fish’? If so, you’re going to need to bring an extra suitcase full of snacks.

A new survey by Celebrity Cruises found that… Read the full story

A four day gin festival is coming to London

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We get it, you’re doing Dry January.

But if you’re already dreaming of World Gin Day (and who can blame you?), here’s something that could perk you up.

To mark the day on 9 June, DrinkUp.London are hosting a four-day festival in London this year.

Dedicated to celebrating all things gin across the capital, over 75 bars across the capital will serve gin beverages to those who buy a £10 festival pass.

And the ginny celebrations will continue all weekend.

Visitors can expect unique gin popups, brand events and guided gins tours around the city to mark the day dedicated to drinking.

8 gluten-free ready meals you need to try

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The 10 best gluten-free ready meals for when you can’t be bothered to cook
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One of the most annoying things about being gluten-free is always having to be prepared.

Gone are the days of grabbing a sandwich on the go (although things are definitely getting better in that department) or ordering a takeaway whenever you fancy.

10 tips for going gluten-free while on a budget

Even if a restaurant does offer to cater for coeliacs, there’s always the worry of cross-contamination or misunderstandings – no, frying something at high temperature does not kill off the gluten.

It’s obviously… Read the full story

9 fun alcoholic drinks to try if you’re not doing Dry January

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Why not try something different this year? (Picture: Metro.co.uk)

So you’ve decided not to do Dry January during the hellish first month of the year.

Well, good for you – because it’s far healthier to drink in moderation than purge and then binge.

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

But instead of turning to all the old favourites you knocked back last year, why not try something different this year?

Fortunately for you, there are plenty of fun options to explore, and many can be picked up from your local supermarket.

Here… Read the full story

Starbucks adds a bunch of vegan and gluten-free food to its menu

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They clearly know the right time to market products aimed at people who are becoming more food conscious. Just in time for Veganuary, Starbucks has launched new vegan food and drinks.

The coffee giants don’t want to miss the dairy-free movement especially as more people go vegan for the start of the year.

Although already offering almond, coconut, and soya milk as alternatives to the real thing, the coffee shop will revamp their menu, debuting oat milk on the list, which, they say, is a sweet vegan alternative that provides a source of fibre.

From 4 January, Starbucks stores across Europe will be offering the new goodies.

Alongside the drinks are the new breakfast… Read the full story

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