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Tinder has now been sucking the life out of online dating for five years

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For every handful of people looking for a serious relationship on Tinder, there’s two handfuls of people wanting nothing of the sort.

Banning single women from hanging out with married men is absolutely ridiculous

On 12 September, Tinder turned five years old – having been released back in 2012 in hopes that it was going to change the dating world.

And in some ways, it did. It’s seen more than 10 billion matches, made up of people who’ve all spent at least minutes swiping left or right on people they found attractive and also not so attractive.

But unfortunately, not all of those people… Read the full story

No, C-sections are not the easy way out

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C-sections – absolutely not the easy option (Pic: Getty)

After two ‘natural’ births (if you can call a ventouse delivery, an episiotomy and a lot of stitches natural) I was expecting a smooth ride for the birth of my third child.

We even planned a home birth.

It wasn’t to be though. Halfway through labour at home the midwives weren’t happy about the baby’s heart beat and my blood pressure had skyrocketed.

Before we knew it we were in an ambulance, sirens blaring on our way to the hospital.

Lying down on a stretcher in an ambulance at 9cm dilated was no fun. But it was nothing on what was to come… Read the full story

Le Creuset have launched a super trendy millennial pink range

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Le Creuset AKA purveyors of Extremely Fancy Kitchenware™ have launched a super cute new pink range and our kitchen cupboards are calling out for it.

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The French brand have given their luxe products a very modern makeover with their limited edition berry range, which they say is ‘inspired by lush seasonal berries’.

Totally, Le Creuset, totally.

The new range includes a signature round casserole pots, stoneware mugs and ramekin dishes, all finished in their super sexy millennial pink gradient.

Conversations with Bibi & Alice: What are ‘Mum Friends’?

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Writers Alice Wright and Bibi Lynch enjoy* very different lives.

Alice is a married mum with an actual mortgage; Bibi is single, has no kids, and sometimes names her socks.

You can’t be a mother or a non-mother without being judged these days

They have completely different lives and different experiences.

In an attempt to educate each other – and you – they ‘share’ aspects of their day-to-day.

And today? Alice explains ‘Mum Friends’.

*tolerate

Bibi: So-called Alice?

Alice: Hi there, lovely Bibi.

B: Jesus. Already with the flirting. Give it up! Anyway, the other day I heard someone refer to their ‘Mum Friends’. What did she mean?

A: Ha. Am I your Mum Friend?

B: No. You’re simply My Friend

A: So what’s a Mum Friend – if not a friend who is a mum?

When is London Fashion Week? Where is it held and how to get tickets?

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Eudon Choi show during London Fashion Week (Picture: Karyn Louise/NurPhoto/Getty)

Unfortunately, you don’t just get tickets to London Fashion Week.

Tickets to the event are reserved for the insiders in the industry, the models, buyers, editors and international press.

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London Fashion week will kick off on Thursday, September 14 at 7pm with Amanda Wakeley, Wolf & Badger and New Look’s launch party.

The event comes to an end on Tuesday, September 19 with Harvey Nicholls claiming the last slot.

Munroe Bergdorf explains why being chosen as the face of Illamasqua is such a big deal

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Munroe Bergdorf and Rain Dove will front Illamasqua’s new campaign. (Picture: Illamasqua)

It’d be a bit of an understatement to say Munroe Bergdorf has had a few big weeks.

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For one brief, wonderful moment, Munroe was the first trans woman to appear in a L’Oreal campaign. Then a post she had written about race got spread around the internet, and L’Oreal decided to sack Munroe from the campaign, stating that her views didn’t align with their ‘values’.

L’Oreal experienced significant backlash. Munroe received death threats and hateful messages. She was Read the full story

Cheese tea exists and it’s threatening to come to the UK

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Cheese is so moreish and tea is so warming.

Both are British staples. You can never trust someone who simultaneously hates Wensleydale and refuses to drink a cuppa.

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But you know what’s not okay? You know what you definitely should refuse to sup?

Cheese tea.

Yes, you read that correctly.

According to Condé Nast Traveler, cheese-topped tea is something that’s spreading like wildfire across Asian tea houses – and it’s now reached the USA.

And you know what that means: it’s only a matter of time before it infects our shores.

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Cholestasis: What is it and why you need to know about it if you’re pregnant

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It had been an otherwise uneventful pregnancy, but in her last few weeks Louise began to experience intense itching.

Her hands and feet constantly felt painfully itchy and she spent the last the last part of her pregnancy feeling increasingly uncomfortable.

‘It was really annoying,’ the mum-of-one explained and, as it began to intensify, she decided she had better get checked out by the doctor.

It turned out Louise was suffering from obstetric intrahepatic cholestasis, also known as intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy.

ICP is a condition which affects 1 in 140 pregnant women in the UK, around 5,500 a year, according to the NHS.

‘It’s so irritating, the palms of your hands buzz with itchiness and so do your feet,’ Louise explained.

‘The… Read the full story

All loved up Potterheads need these Primark Harry Potter couple mugs

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The evenings are getting colder, which means it’ll soon be time to snuggle up in a blanket with your favourite film and a nice mug of hot chocolate.

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And if you’re a Harry Potter fan who has a partner who’s also a major Potterhead, you’ll be happy to know that Primark has your winter mug needs sorted – as the store is now selling a set of Harry Potter-themed mugs especially for couples.

The white ceramic mugs are Quidditch-themed, and are perfect for any couple wanting to spend an evening… Read the full story

Why going to the hairdresser is a minefield as a vegan

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Life as a vegan can be a hard work, sometimes.

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You have to check the label of every god damn thing you put in and on your body.

It’s frustrating how many cosmetics actually aren’t vegan. Regardless of whether you eat animal products, it’s sad that we can’t all agree on the fact that animal testing is barbaric. Some of the biggest (and most expensive) names in the beauty industry still test on animals in order to trade in China and it just doesn’t make any… Read the full story

How to get rid of a stye – what to do and what NOT to do

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Styes can be painful an irritating, here are the best ways to clear up a stye (Picture: BSIP/UIG/Getty)

You are not alone, almost everyone will experience the irritation of a stye at some point in their life, but how do you get rid of the unsightly little bump?

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Styes are a non-contagious bacterial infection of the eyelid caused by blocked oil glands.

Do not squeeze, pop, itch or touch a stye, however tempting.

What is a stye?

A small painful lump that forms on the inside or outside of your eyelid that… Read the full story

Someone’s set up a company making flip flops of Trump’s tweets

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You know what there aren’t enough of in this world? Novelty flip flops.

Flip flops that make you simultaneously laugh and cry everytime you take a step forward.

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Pool shoes which satirise the current tragic political situation while reminding you how hilarious life and leaders can be.

Enter: President Flip Flops.

Promising to help you ‘go back on your word, one step at a time,’ these flip flops are imprinted with the best of Donald Trump’s conflicting tweets.

So far, there are just three editions:

The Syria edition…

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Jamie King thinks banning size zero models is a form of body shaming

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Last week, two of the biggest luxury fashion powerhouses announced that they were now going to stop using underweight and underage models in their catwalk shows and campaigns.

LVMH and Kering, who collectively own Gucci, Saint Laurent, Vuitton and Dior, said that they’d no longer be using size zero girls ‘to ensure the wellbeing of models’.

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At the time, we said that the move would only work if companies worked to support models back to health.

The industry can’t just dump scores of women who it’s damaged.

But… Read the full story

Can’t commit to just one gym? MoveGB gives you access to 1000s of studios around the UK

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Gym memberships are great.

My Virgin Active card means I can go to the gym by the office in Kensington, by my house in Woodford, and a whole load of other locations.

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But we’re not always that lucky. It can be tricky to find a gym that’s fits into a neat spot near your home and your office.

It used to p*ss me off trying to find a club anywhere near my old work – only to be surrounded by Fitness Firsts.

If you’re a member of a… Read the full story

Is the Vaishaly Signature Facial worth the faff?

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Is spending £120 on your skin worth it? (Picture: metro.co.uk)

As a massive skincare nerd (seriously, waft a sheet mask in my general direction and watch me exfoliate away my savings), I’m not ashamed to admit that I’ve dreamed of getting a Vaishaly facial since I was about 16.

Other skincare devotees will get it. Vaishaly is a big deal, recommended by everyone from Sali Hughes to to Keira Knightley.

For me, as an acne-prone teen who blew out every birthday candle while wishing for magically flawless skin, reading about a facial treatment that would vaccuum my pores and make me as glowy and smooth as all the celebs who swear only by plenty… Read the full story

Attention, you filthy animals: A Home Alone-themed bar is opening in Liverpool

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Attention, you filthy animals: An entire bar dedicated to Home Alone and Christmas-time is going to be opening in Liverpool.

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Everyone knows that Home Alone is a traditional winter film, and so it only made sense for the people behind Ghetto Golf Liverpool, an amazing graffiti-decorated bar, to theme their new bar around it just in time for Christmas.

The owners took to their Facebook page to announce that their new bar would be completely themed around Kevin McCallister and his antics.

They wrote: ‘We’re very aware it’s only September but we… Read the full story

John Lewis is letting you sleep over in their stores to test out their products

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Who sleeps in a bed like this? Hint: maybe you (Picture: John Lewis)

Remember that Christmas film The Greatest Store in the World where the family lived in the department store?

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Let’s ignore the fact they were in there because they were homeless and focus on the fact that they were living every child’s dream by illegally sleeping in a store.

Now, John Lewis are making all your dreams come true by allowing you to sleep over in three of their stores for one month only!

They’re really pushing the… Read the full story

If these London areas were people, this would be their personality

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If London Boroughs Were People, This Is Who They’d Be
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It is time Metro readers – time to answer the great burning question that strikes at the heart of every Londoner.

The one that keeps you up at night, and consumes your thoughts on the commute.

7 reasons why north London is better than south London

The question is this: If your area was a person, what would they be like?

Would you like them? Or loathe them with every fibre of your being?

Well fear not, intrepid questioners, we have the answers.

Clapham

Thirty-something Clapham just loves to brunch… Read the full story

ASOS’s beauty-filled advent calendar features NYX and Smashbox products

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Despite their many fashion blunders (jeans skirt, we’re looking at you) we’ll never stop loving ASOS.

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The online retailer has everything we could ever want for our wardrobes, and our makeup bags.

And now, they’re gifting us with teeny-tiny makeup gifts throughout the first twenty-four days of December, in the run up to Christmas.

The calendar, which comes in an marble-effect gift box, will feature a number of 25 beauty-related gifts, hidden in 25 windows (so yes, there’s a present on Christmas).

Primark is selling Mickey and Minnie Mouse themed Christmas baubles

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Scrap your plans for your usual Christmas tree decorations because Primark is selling Disney baubles and they’re making us want December to hurry up more than ever. 

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Sure, it may only be September, but everyone knows the last few months leading up to Christmas are meant to be centred around planning for the magical day.

Which means ensuring you’ve got your advent calendar ready, enough booze for the entire family and of course that your tree is looking as spectacular as possible.

And the latter is exactly what Primark… Read the full story

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