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Here’s what happened when I gave my vagina a workout

**ILLUSTRATION REQUEST** Exercising the vagina feature (Olivia Cassano)
These muscles need a work-out too (Picture: Ella Byworth for Metro.co.uk)

Women have been socialised into believing their genitals need to be ‘pretty’ – hairless, symmetrical and in a perfect pastel pink – but until this day I had no idea vagina maintenance should include exercise too.

You’d think using your vagina for sex and pushing out babies was already enough labour, but apparently fit and healthy lady bits require a regular workout.

In fact, the vagina are like any other muscle in the body: it needs to be trained in order to stay healthy.

Our pelvic floor muscles… Read the full story

Kylie Jenner’s baby Stormi already has her own makeup collection

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The Eye Of The Storm eye palette (Picture: Instagram/Kylie Jenner)

Say what you like about the Kardashians, but those gals have all got their business heads on.

Rising to fame through a reality show, the Kardashi-clan have all made the most of it.

When puberty (LOL, a surgeon) blessed Kylie with pillow lips that her doe-eyed fans lusted after, she capitalised on this by launching lip kits that sold like hot cakes.

She’s been building her makeup empire – Kylie Cosmetics – ever since, to include such delights as blushers, highlighters and eye pallettes, and her latest drop has got her fans… Read the full story

What happens to your baby in the first hour of their life?

Part time mums
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When you have a baby you spend a lot of time prepping for the birth. 

Will you be going the epidural route? Or an all natural hypnobirth? Are you hoping to be active, or maybe be in water?  Or will you opt for a c-section? The options are numerous. But what we hear a lot less about is what actually happens directly after your baby is born.

The lovely people at Play Like Mum have put together a guide to what will actually happen during the first hour of your baby’s life.

To give you some help, Play Like Mum have taken a quick look at the… Read the full story

The internet did something nice for once and helped this old dog find her favourite toy

Look at this cute scene (Credit: Kelli Brown/Twitter)

Ah, the internet.

It used to just be about good clean fun, screaming at mum to get off the phone so we could spend half an hour watching Salad Fingers or chatting to our pals on MSN, but it quickly turned sour.

People started using the world wide web to catfish unsuspecting victims, and the rise of social media encouraged nasty, bitter people to channel their negative energy into trolling.

On top of that, thanks to the wide variety of social media platforms, with their private messenger systems, you’re expected to be at your phone’s beck and call every waking hour –… Read the full story

Those naked exercise classes are coming to London

Would you? (Picture: Ella Byworth for Metro.co.uk)

Earlier this year we reported that naked exercise classes were coming to New York City.

The NYC gym launched a nude, full body workout, promising health benefits like: ‘Skin breathing, the release of endorphins due to Vitamin D from sunlight and complete body awareness so you can see if you’re cheating on your exercise routines’.

If you were one of the group of people who read the news and were sad that you couldn’t take part due to not being anywhere near New York, then you may well be in luck.

For the classes are coming to London in March.

*naked bodies celebrate*

Classes will be… Read the full story

You can now buy pyjamas with your pet’s face printed on

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You know, sometimes you just can’t get enough of your pets.

You come home from work, give them a quick tickle behind the ears and then you’re out for the count and they’re out hunting.

But there is a way of keeping your little snuggle bucket close by you all night.

Enter: Patricia’s Couture, a US-based fashion label that is offering you the chance to have your pet’s face printed on a pair of pyjamas.

All you’ve got to do is upload a photo of your furry friend to the website and the loungewear brand will immortalise their face in cloth form.

Sets of Pyjamas are a little pricey at £107… Read the full story

What’s the right way to get out of a bad date?

Got to get out of here (Picture: Liberty Antonia Sadler for Metro.co.uk)

I don’t know about you but I think the only thing worse than being on a bad date is trying to end one.

I’m not much a dating girl you see; I’m more of a ‘meet someone at a party or a night out and have a bit of fun’ kind of girl, because I work a lot and am probably too independent for my own good.

Recently, I’ve felt the pang of wanting something a bit more substantial so, like most people, I’ve ended up on dating apps, which is apparently where more than 50% of couples will meet… Read the full story

If you’ve got a cat, you need to buy them this cardboard city

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If you don’t want your cat to scratch up your sofa and jump about on your work surfaces, you need to provide them with other stimuli.

The thing is, scratching posts and discarded, wrecked wine boxes scream ‘desperate cat maniac’ rather than ‘boogee bachelor pad’.

Which is why you need to find special cat furniture which your feline prince can scratch, explore, and bounce around in.

Something like Taiwan-based company A Cat Thing’s cardboard city.

A Cat Thing has come up with a variety of sleek, stylish cat furniture pieces that come in modular units – meaning you can arrange them in a number of different ways to create mazes and… Read the full story

From distillery tours to gin making – here are the best gin experiences in London

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There’s always room for gin (Picture: Getty)

Calling all gin lovers! London is, without a shadow of a doubt, the UK’s most gin-soaked city, and its streets are bursting with all kinds of gin experiences to try.

You can find everything from tutored gin tastings and distillery tours to creating your own unique bottle of Britain’s most popular spirit – not forgetting the best bars to go and indulge in, as well.

Here is your handy guide for gin experiences in the capital that you definitely won’t want to miss:

Gin tours:

It’s time to talk about facials – the kind that involve semen

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The first time a man came on my face, I assumed he’d missed. 

‘It’s fine!’ I said blithely, as I rubbed my face on his sheets. ‘Don’t worry about it! You missed my eye!’

It was only when I spoke to my friends at school on Monday morning that I realised it hadn’t been an accident, he hadn’t pulled out of my mouth because he’d had a cramp or been trying to hold back. He had, in fact, wanted to come on my face.

‘That’s called a facial’ one of my more wordly friends told me, ‘It’s actually good for your skin.’

‘But why?’ I remember asking. Despite being a D… Read the full story

New Ben & Jerry’s flavour alert: Topped Pretzel Palooza

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If you’re regretting making Friday night plans and wishing you could go home to be with a tub of Ben and Jerry’s, we’re about to make that temptation even worse.

Ben & Jerry’s have a new flavour, and this time it has pretzels in it. The kings of including baked goods in their ice creams, the people who brought you cookie dough and fudge brownie are now turning their hands to pretzels ice cream.

According to their reps, the ice cream is ‘packed with vanilla malt ice cream, tied together with a chocolatey hazelnut swirl, and chocolatey covered crunchy pretzel chunks beneath a spoonable topping with chocolatey chunks’.

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How to party and travel like a celeb to Ibiza

Take to the skies in your own private jet!

The magical Balearic island of Ibiza has long been a Mecca for music-loving celebrities attracted to its hedonistic nightlife, sunshine filled days and laid back ambiance.

Madonna to Justin Bieber, Kanye West, and Kim Kardashian are just some of the A-Listers who flock to the Spanish rock to live it up. 

Of course, not for them a packed economy flight out of London. But neither do you have to slum it.

Thanks to SurfAir, party lovers wanting to experience arriving in Ibiza in VIP style can do so.

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Harriet Minter, Poorna Bell and Otegha Uwagba tell us about their skincare routines

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Three women, three very different routines (Picture: Various)

I don’t know about you, but I’ve got a newfound obsession with skincare.

I’ve always cared about the clarity and quality of the skin on my face, probably with more emotional investment than is strictly appropriate.

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My dad taught me to splash my face with water and lather my cheeks in sunscreen when I was quite little, and he always promised I’d thank him one day (I have).

But skincare can be a really important gesture of self-acceptance and what we would now,… Read the full story

5 physical symptoms you may not realise are a sign of depression

Digestive issues and chronic pain can be a side effect of depression (Picture: Ella Byworth for Metro.co.uk)

There’s definitely a stereotypical image of depression which is repeatedly portrayed in the media.

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Unless you’re standing on a cliff, sobbing uncontrollably and considering jumping off then you might think that you’ve got no reason whatsoever to suspect that you could have a mental illness.

Yes, depression comes with its fair share of invisible symptoms, but did you know that there are a whole host of physical ones to worry about as well?

Here are a few red… Read the full story

Pink lemonade hair will get you feeling fresh for spring

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You guys, we’re *this* close to getting out of winter.

You know what that means, other than swapping your very large coat for a slightly less large coat? We can say farewell to the warm, cosy hair colour trends of autumn and winter and embrace something a bit more fresh and fun.

Enter pink lemonade hair – the new hair colour trend that’s set to take over Instagram.

Inspired by – you guessed it – pink lemonade, the look is made up of shades of pink mixed in with hints of peachy yellow or blonde. It’s pink, but with some lighter lemonade hints.

You can rock it ombre… Read the full story

‘Even if I can’t feed myself, I at least get up and feed them’: How pets can help people living with mental illness

Animals can help us stick to a routine when we’re struggling, and feel connected to the world again (Picture: Getty)

Cats are not renowned for their loyalty.

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But for the past month Poppy, my middle-aged, overweight moggy, has barely left my side.

I’ve been recovering from a mental health crisis, and she’s been with me all the way.

OK, so I know that it’s not because she actually cares about me – she’s simply taking advantage of having a warm human being to curl up with on… Read the full story

Models walked the Tod’s runway with puppies at Milan Fashion Week

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Designers will do all kinds of strange things to get attention. That’s how they make people genuinely consider spending thousands of pounds on a jacket.

For Gucci, that’s making models carry their own severed heads.

At Tod’s, a far sweeter method was used: Puppies.

Sadly, guests at the show did not each walk away with their own rescue dog (how wonderful would that have been?), but instead were able to sit back and watch some excellent doggos on the runway.

For the designer’s Milan Fashion Week show, Tod’s sent models down the runway carrying extremely cute puppies.

Toddler allergic to water breaks out in blisters every time she cries, sweats, or has a bath

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Poor Ivy Angerman can’t cry, sweat, or have a bath without breaking out in painful blisters and hives – because the toddler is allergic to water.

Ivy has rare allergy aquagenic urticaria, which she was diagnosed with in October last year.

Her parents noticed something was wrong when they saw Ivy was getting a red rash while in the bathtub, but assumed it was just the shampoo or soap.

‘We tried everything and nothing changed, so we put her in water and she still got blisters,’ explains Ivy’s mum, Brittany Angerman.

‘We tried our parents’ water, we tried city water, countryside water and nothing changed.’

Eventually Brittany and her husband Daniel took… Read the full story

Is the Seychelles’‘debt-for-nature swap’ involving Leonardo DiCaprio really a good thing?

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Conservation is a good thing, but what about the locals? (Pictures: Rex/Getty)

Hollywood celebrities are often associated with enjoying luxury holidays at exclusive island resorts – we’ve all seen the paparazzi shots.

Occasionally – as with Francis Ford Coppola – we hear of them building eco lodges, too.

It’s rare, though, to find a celebrity protecting a region, potentially ensuring that more hotels and resorts are not built.

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But Oscar-winner Leonardo DiCaprio has done just… Read the full story

People are sharing a self-love themed spin on what they ‘weigh’ and it’s brilliant

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Your worth does not depend on the number on a scale or how a tape measure wraps around your waist.

You are more than that. You are more than your body, your body is worth more than what it weighs or what it looks like, and who you are shouldn’t be judged on one measure of your physical being.

Most of us know this, deep in the back of our minds. But then we see we’ve put on weight, or our jeans don’t fit the way they used to, and we start to panic. There’s still a big part of us that puts a lot of… Read the full story

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