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Golden Globes Time’s Up merchandise is now for sale – but should such movements be monetised?

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Black looks good on Hollywood.

The Golden Globes saw stars decked out in the finest dark threads proudly displaying their support for the much-needed Time’s Up protest to draw attention to sexual harassment and abuse in the workplace and beyond.

If you looked closely, you might have seen the Time’s Up badge pinned to celebrities’ chests. And from $12 (£8.87) to $15 (£11.09) you can buy your own merchandise to support the movement.

American designer Rachelle Hruska MacPherson has also adopted the campaign as part of her Lingua Franca brand which now sells sweaters with Time’s Up embroidered on it for $380.00 (£280.83).

But should the movement be monetised?

It might… Read the full story

HIV positive man reveals his status on Facebook in a bid to reduce stigma

Courageous man reveals he is HIV positive via a FACEBOOK post in a bid to reduce stigma around the condition
Andrew Gamez-Heath with his pet dogs (Collect/PA Real Life)

This is Andrew Gamez-Heath.

He’s just revealed his HIV+ status in a public Facebook post in a bid to reduce the stigma around the condition.

Now happily married to nurse Ricardo, Andrew took the test initially as a precaution at the start of their relationship and was shocked to be told that he was positive.

But, he says, that he’s no different now as when he didn’t have HIV.

‘In fact, I’m happier and healthier than ever,’ he writes.

‘It’s made me grow as a person and… Read the full story

Women warns others of the risks of having lip fillers after she caught an infection covering her face

A young woman is warning others of the risks involved with having lip fillers after the procedure left her with an infection covering her face.
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Lip fillers are a pretty low-key, common procedure these days.

But it’s not one that comes without risks, as Saysha Williams discovered at her peril.

The 23-year-old had her lips plumped after months of feeling unhappy with her appearance.

Instead of achieving her dream look, however, she was left with a severe impetigo infection.

‘I was told that my lips would be sore for a few days but it wasn’t until later that evening that my lips still felt numb from the procedure,’ Saysha says.

‘I did a bit of… Read the full story

Quorn launches two new vegan sandwich slices

Quorn has launched two new vegan sandwich slices
Get in my lunch box (Picture: Quorn)

When you’re veggie, Quorn are the absolute queens of your fridge freezer (along with ya girl Linda, of course).

But when you transition to vegan? Oh boy. Most of your favourite treats are out.

Most Quorn products contain egg white, which is sad because man oh man, that Quorn roast? Get. At. Me.

Back in 2016, Quorn blessed us by veganising the fillet and breaded fillets, as well as making some vegan nuggets, and although the nuggets are nowhere near as good as the non-vegan ones (bit dry, mate), we were thankful.

At the… Read the full story

Meghan Markle’s M&S jumper sells out – but her Smythe coat is still available

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Not all of us can step out in a messy low bun and winter wear and still look as glamorous as future princess Meghan Markle.

Those who want to try can still hurry to the Smythe’s website where her Brando coat is still available.

Meghan, the most-talked about celebrity right now, visited radio station Reprezent FM in London, with Prince Harry yesterday, clad in a long winter coat and matching light camel scarf.

The 36-year-old completed her look with an M&S black wool blend jumper which is now sold out online.

The bold shoulder and hourglass coat might set you back a bit though.… Read the full story

Woman auctions dress in hilarious advert after ditching ‘compulsive liar’ husband

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Looking for a wedding dress? Well, you’re in luck, because one woman desperately wants you to take hers off her hands.

A woman for New Zealand is auctioning off her wedding dress in a hilarious advert after splitting from her ‘compulsive liar’ partner.

The woman describes the dress as being in excellent condition – unlike her marriage – and is pretty much brand new, having been worn only for the ‘practise run’ wedding back in 2013.

Guy asks for internet’s help with girlfriend’s fetish for giving him food she’s chewed up

Redditor asks for help with girlfriend's weird fetish
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What one person finds romantic, or sexy, or utterly adorable, leaves another person completely cold.

A handwritten poem, for example, would cringe me out beyond belief, while for someone else it’d be an absolute dream.

So we’re cautious to react too strongly to this gentle request for advice, from a man whose girlfriend has a slightly unusual fetish: She likes to feed him food that she’s already chewed up.

Redditor iPiPrince shares his story with a thread titled: ‘My [23M] gf [25F] has a disgusting fetish, and I don’t know if I can handle it.’

Explaining how this person is iPiPrince’s dream woman, and… Read the full story

Please stop giving unsolicited advice to people with acne


Being an adult with acne can be exhausting.

You’re often faced with GPs who don’t take you seriously, friends who lie to you about your skin not being ‘that bad’, and people who think you should just get over it because it’s ‘only aesthetic’.

Then you’ve got people giving you advice at every turn – which would be fine, if you’d actually asked for it. Or if the advice was in any way original or different to anything you’d tried before.

If someone’s had acne for say, 10 years *waves* you can bet your bottom dollar they’ve tried all the first resorts you’re about to preach to them about.

‘Have you tried Lymecycline?’ The antibiotic that GPs put everyone on for months at the first sign of acne? Sure have.

‘Are you taking your makeup off properly? Have you heard of double cleansing?’ Oh my gosh, no, I hadn’t even considered washing my face, do tell me more.

‘Omg you need to try Differin – it stains… Read the full story

10 ways anxiety made me a perfect employee

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Let’s look on the bright side, shall we? (Picture: Ella Byworth for Metro.co.uk)

Generally speaking, anxiety is not a useful thing to have.

Do I have anxiety, or am I just a bit stressed?

It has a tendency to get in the way, fill my brain with thoughts I neither want nor need, and occasionally makes me lie down on the floor doing special breathing exercises.

Not exactly something I would wish on other people.

But it doesn’t particularly impact my work. That’s not the case for everyone who suffers from anxiety, so I guess I’m just lucky.

In some cases, the personality… Read the full story

It’s probably not a good idea to put worms in your girlfriend’s vagina

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Ah, it’s time to spin the magical ‘what people are putting in their vaginas’ wheel.

What’s on there this week? Cucumbers? Vinegar? Wasp nests?

Nope, it’s worms. Worms.

As part of Dan Savage’s Savage Love column for The Stranger, a man wrote to ask for advice for dealing with one of his partner’s fetishes.

Don’t worry, this isn’t another baby bird-ing story. But some may find this fetish equally as unsettling.

‘One of the things she’s into is formicophilia (a sexual interest in being crawled on or nibbled by insects,’ explains the anonymous man. ‘I offered to get some… Read the full story

Can vegans ever really get enough protein?


Vegans have a lot of sh*t to deal with.

You’ve got relatives questioning your every move, pals taking the mick and places like M&S trying to sell you overpriced slices of Cauliflower.

But by the far the most annoying line of questioning has to be around we get our protein from.

As if we’re all doomed to die without eating a daily portion of animal flesh, people presume that it’s impossible to get a suitable and sustainable amount of protein on a plant-based diet – despite the number of vegan athletes around.

David Haye and Jermain Defoe are both plant-based, as are a number of NBA players, while footballers like Lionel Messi and Sergio Agüero don’t eat meat during the playing season.

Some of the strongest, fastest, most skilled people on the planet are managing to function well above the average level, powered purely by plants.

And yet many still don’t understand how to find protein from non-meat sources.

Student left in tears after buying disappointing veneers on the internet


A student is getting loads of attention on the internet after his quest to getting perfect teeth hilariously backfired.

19-year-old Ben Watson spent £42 on a set of veneers from an online company in the hope of getting a dazzling white smile – even sending off a mould of his own teeth.

However, the veneers he received looked more like what you’d see in a comedy sketch.

Ben, from Halifax, bought his Perfect Smile Veneers from wish.com who claim on their website: ‘Get a million dollar smile for only $14.99!

Read the full story

Blue matcha is the latest Insta craze it – but what is it and what are the benefits?

Blue matcha is the latest Insta craze
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If you like matcha green tea then you’re in luck, its blue-coloured cousin is now all the rage.

Not only can you drink the indigo stuff, you can eat it with nuts, berries, chocolate and porridge – all of which have been shown off on Instagram with serious artsy vibes.

Sunday Brunch pundits also jumped on the bandwagon, downing some matcha shots on their breakfast show.

But does it have the same health benefits as matcha – made from the leaves of green tea – which is loaded in antioxidants?

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The antioxidants in matcha green tea are… Read the full story

Woman has a rare condition that leaves her in so much pain she can’t be touched

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A graduate has spoken out about the ultra-rare condition which leaves her in so much pain her limbs cannot be touched and means she has to wash ‘like a starfish,’ as the sensation of water on her skin is so agonising.

Previously fit and healthy Canterbury Christ Church university graduate Abi Harmer, 22, from Kent, woke up one morning in January 2016 to find she had completely lost the use of her left hand.

Diagnosed with complex regional pain syndrome, causing unexplained agonising pain which is so severe that even the feeling of a light breeze against her skin creates jolts of pain, she said: ‘I usually tell… Read the full story

Crush your avocado stone with your weak avocado hands and eat it, millennials

Fresh Avocado on the purple background
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You guys, have you heard about avocado?

It’s this green vegetable – technically a fruit – that tastes so good smashed (definitely smashed, not spread, not forked) on toast with lots of salt, pepper and lime.

You’ve got to try it. For real.

You can use the flesh as a burger bunuse the shells to drink coffee out of and even turn the whole God damn thing into chocolate!

So versatile.

Once you find this elusive piece of produce, you’ll discover how annoying is it when you slice into a big ole avocadoRead the full story

Costa will be handing out babyccinos for free from now on

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Parents of young children will be happy to know that Costa Coffee has just announced that they’ll no longer charge for Babycinnos.

The babycinno – a lightly frothed warm milk in a tiny cup – was originally priced at 55p, or 70p for added extras including a flake or three marshmallows.

But on 6 January, Costa took to its Facebook page to share the news that Babycinnos will be totally free from now on.

The post read: ‘Babyccinos are now free in all our stores. What’s a Babyccino? It’s not a tiny pair of khaki trousers, it’s just lightly frothed milk in a tiny cup’.

While the Babyccino will be free, the… Read the full story

If you can’t see racism in H&M’s ‘coolest monkey’ hoodie, you’re probably sitting in a position of privilege

H&M accused of racism for hoody
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When H&M’s ‘monkeygate’ first kicked off, I was only mildly amused by it – in that I’m so used to seeing brands making stupid and racially insensitive marketing choices that I’m slightly immune to it now.

I don’t think H&M is racist, I do however think that H&M is run by white people and so that privilege will colour and influence everything they do.

#MakeMotherhoodDiverse aims to draw attention to the many faces of motherhood

Sometimes they’ll get it right and sometimes they’ll fail, spectacularly.

I think it’s right and only fair that… Read the full story

What makes women swipe right on Tinder profiles? 10 ladies tell us

What gets women swiping right? (Picture: Mmuffin for Metro.co.uk)

Many many people (none) often (never) ask me about my Tinder habits.

They want to know what would make me choose one man over a million others.

• Xx girls tell us the things that would put them off a tinder profile (Bibi) picture: Getty/Metro.co.ukWhat turns women off your Tinder profile? 9 women tell us

I tell them I’m probably not the best person to ask: a) because I’m not on Tinder, and b) because, on another dating site, I once wrote I was ‘anal’ in my profile bio. That level of undeserved… Read the full story

Why holidaying during term-time is a bad idea and how it can affect your child

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It’s tempting to go on holiday during term time because of the savings (Picture: Ella Byworth/ Shutterstock)

With my eldest child due to start school in September, next year is officially my last chance to holiday during term-time.

Given that I haven’t observed school holidays in over 15 years, figuring out my half terms from my Easter breaks isn’t something I’m looking forward to.

#MakeMotherhoodDiverse aims to draw attention to the many faces of motherhood

And don’t get me started on the extortionate costs of travelling during the ‘peak’ period.

I know going abroad is not a necessity but even… Read the full story

8 men share what it was like to fall in love for the first time

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No matter how old you get or how many relationships you embark upon, you never forget your first love.

It doesn’t matter how it ended – good or bad. Feeling an overwhelming sense of intimacy with someone for the first time is magical.

However, this is something we mainly hear about from a women’s perspective.

And so, for our third We Asked Guys feature, we decided to speak to eight men about their first loves. They got open and honest about how they fell in love for the first time and whether the love lasted or not.

Who are we talking to?

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