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How much to spend and what to look for in a diamond engagement ring

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We go to so much trouble for such a little thing (Picture: Vashi)

Not to alarm you or anything, but we are approaching peak proposal season.

Engagement ring jeweler reveals tricks sales people use to con you out of thousands

Surveys have shown that the period around Christmas and New Year are prime proposal time (Christmas Eve is the most popular), with Valentine’s Day following in hot pursuit.

That means there are a lot of guys out there (or couples) beginning to do some research into engagement rings – and feeling increasingly overwhelmed.

So we met with an engagement ring expert and did a little… Read the full story

Best fireworks for sale at Asda, Tesco, Aldi, Lidl and more

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Fireworks at Kempton Park Racecourse
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Bonfire Night is nearly upon us and for those of you who want to celebrate in sparkling, illuminated style, you may just be able to do it yourself.

metro illustrationsIf you've noticed you're shedding more hair this month, you're not imagining it

All of the UK’s biggest retailers have pulled out all the stops to put the power of the best fireworks show into your hands.

Aldi, Lidl, Tesco, Asda and Morrisons are selling fireworks at smashing prices ahead of Guy Fawkes night on November 5.

You will be able to head down to your local supermarket to bag… Read the full story

Girl shares heartbreaking tribute to her gorgeous dog, Archie, who recently passed away

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(Picture: Amy Thompson)

21-year-old Amy Thompson and her parents Pete and Sharon, from Solihull, recently lost their ten-year-old dog to cancer.

The Thompson family had had Archie since he was just 4 months old.

At the age of 10, Archie fell ill, and was really poorly for a couple of weeks.

‘At first doctors thought it was a stomach infection, then a kennel cough, and on Friday the 27th I received the dreaded phone call that it was cancer and he had days left,’ Amy told Metro.co.uk.

What it’s like to be Muslim after a terror attack

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

When a terrorist attack happens, I go through the same emotions as everyone else: shock, concern, fear.

But moments before they reveal the perpetrator of the attack, I’m also filled with dread.

Why? Because I’m secretly hoping with all my heart that it’s not someone who claims to belong to my faith.

Let me be clear: As a Muslim woman, I’m not a victim in this – the victims of the attack are. Their families and loved ones are. Our priority should be hem.

But whenever a terrorist is revealed to be Muslim, I know I’m about to face a new wave of backlash.

Although I don’t have any obvious markers… Read the full story

Meet the PCOS Nutritionist: How to eat your way to happier hormones and ovaries

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Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a condition that needs to be talked about more.

It’s responsible for weight gain, randomly spouting hair, irregular and painful periods.

It affects as many as one in 10 women – with fitness stars like Alice Liveing (AKA Clean Living Alice) admitting to suffering from it.

And because little is done to promote women’s health or look into female specific ailments, few of us know that these kinds of conditions are actually very manageable.

You might not be able to cure it but you can reduce the symptoms to such a degree that they need not impact on your life.

Enter: Clare Goodwin, the PCOS Nutrionionalist.

We met at the Be:FIT weekender where she was giving a talk on how food and hormones work together to reduce and heighten various ailments, from IBS and bloating, to more chronic conditions.

What is PCOS?

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome is where your hormones (especially… Read the full story

I will never tip bartenders because it’s not my fault they’re paid so tragically

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Nope (Picture: Getty/Metro)

Bar people in America: It’s not my fault you’re paid so tragically.

If you’re having trouble paying the rent for your tiny studio flat, move to a tinier studio flat.

metro illustrationsWanting to spend most of your time with your partner doesn't make you a bad feminist

If your commute to work is taking too much out of your budget, walk a little further.

And if you can’t afford to provide for your family, try harder to get a better job. But don’t rely on me to fill that hole in your pocket.

This has nothing to do with race or social class,… Read the full story

Is a mindful virtual reality facial worth the faff?

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Ask me to list off some overdone gimmicks this year, and mindfulness and virtual reality would definitely be in the top ten.

Both are wonderful things. Mindfulness is helpful to loads of people’s mental health. Virtual reality is an incredible piece of tech that has benefits ranging from overcoming phobias to playing truly excellent games.

But over the past year I’ve seen both tacked on to an endless array of treatments and trends for no reason other than a catchy term to reel in customers. I’ve had virtual reality used to sell pizza. Starbucks have themed their Christmas cups around mindfulness.

So when I heard about a mindful touch virtual reality facial,… Read the full story

Where the cheese in a burger should actually go, according to an expert

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(Picture: Myles Goode)

Usually, nobody really cares about what order their burger is handed over in.

As long as it’s got two burger buns on either side and a patty in the middle – with cheese, of course – everyone’s happy.

But Twitter user Thomas Baekdal has stirred the pot a little, after sharing a side-by-side image of two different emoji burgers.

Basically, one comes from Apple, and features a burger with cheese placed on top of the burger, and the other comes from Google, and sees the cheese placed underneath.

And alas, #CheeseGate was born (well, sort of, we just made it up actually).

Every Stranger Things fan needs this bleeding nose Eleven candle

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If you’ve got a Stranger Things fan in your life, you need to buy them this Eleven-inspired, nose bleeding candle this Christmas.

The Eleven Bleeding Nose Candle comes from Firebox, and features a white, ceramic ornament styled into the face of Eleven.

The ornament is meant to hold a red candle – or any coloured candle of your choice, really – which burns down through Eleven’s nose, making it just like she’s had a nosebleed – much like the ones she continues to have in the Stranger Things series (don’t worry, there’s no spoilers here) whenever she uses her powers.

Watch chef make $1,000 bagel with white truffles and 23 carat gold

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Rainbow bagels are done. Over. So 2016.

Now it’s all about the $1,000 bagel.

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The one-of-a-kind piece of dream features Alba white truffle cream cheese and goji berry-infused Riesling jelly with 23 carat gold leaves.

Pound for pound, the white truffle is the second most expensive food in the world, next to caviar.

This isn’t just a statement bagel. I mean, sure, you’re going to… Read the full story

National Sandwich Day: 7 quirky sandwich fillings you should try

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We love sandwiches. (Picture: Getty)

We are all prone to slapping a piece of ham between two slices of bread and shoving it in our mouth.

Mostly known as a ‘quick’ lunch, or a ‘packed’ lunch or even a ‘boring’ lunch.

Best gluten-free and dairy-free brunch spots in London

Well, this National Sandwich Day, I urge you to put down the cheese and pickle and enter into the world of weird and wonderful sandwich fillings.

Why not try wrapping your gob around one of these.

1. The ultimate crisp sandwich

Double amputee receives tons of Tinder matches thanks to her brilliant bio

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Forget your cheesy chat-up lines, because one double amputee has won ‘Best Tinder Bio’ hands down.

24-year-old Mandy Horvath joined the dating app just two months ago after deciding to throw herself into the dating scene.

Mandy lost both of her legs above the knee three years ago, after being hit by a passing train in 2014 following a night out with friends.

But instead of letting it hold her back, she’s used her experience to showcase some dark humour on her Tinder profile.

Mandy decided to sign up to Tinder after watching an inspirational YouTube video about dating as a disabled woman. This was enough to spur her on to see what… Read the full story

Women of colour tell us their experiences of travelling abroad

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It’s not exactly easy being a woman of colour today.

Not only do advertising agencies keep missing the mark on representation, we’re also exposed to more toxic chemicals  in our beauty products than our whiter counterparts. Plus we have to contend with being under-represented in senior positions at work.

Add travelling to the mix and that can be even more of a minefield.

We’ve already talked about the importance of separate spaces for people of colour but what about the larger experiences of women of colour when travelling?

We chatted to British women of colour to find out what it’s like to travel to places where your skin colour affects the… Read the full story

How to plan a lovely hen party without going abroad

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

When you get to the second half of your twenties, hen and stag dos start becoming a very regular occurrence.

Which is mostly lovely, because you want to celebrate your friend taking that big romantic step. And also it’s a great excuse to get drunk.

The only problem is, hen and stag parties have started to get really *extra*.

We’re no longer expected to just throw on some tacky sashes and hit the town for the night, it has to be an extravaganza. There needs to be at least two nights, and nine times out of ten it needs to be abroad.

It might sound like I’m being a massive… Read the full story

Are Skittles vegan, vegetarian or halal?

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Taste the rainbow (Picture: Getty Images)

The world of sweets is an absolute minefield for vegetarians, vegans and those with a halal diet.

There can be all sorts of hidden, animal-based nightmares in places you would least expect to find them and knowing what you can eat is very tricky.

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So, what about one of our favourite sweets? Skittles has been a delightfully sugary, sweet and tangy snack for years, but can we eat them?

6 mistakes I made when I went back to work after a mental health breakdown

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Taking too much on was a big mistake (Picture: Liberty Antonia Sadler)

After a string of big life events and unprecedented work related stress, my brain stopped working.

I couldn’t function with the amount of pressure I was under and my mind simply said ‘no more’.

Why I refuse to tell new employers about my mental illness

I was deemed unfit for work and so for six months I was unemployed.

After counselling and medication, I was advised that part-time work was the best option for me, and I was desperate to get started.

But getting back to work wasn’t as straightforward as that.

Here are six mistakes… Read the full story

Mum shares brilliant trick for soothing a crying baby in seconds

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Oh, hey. If you’re reading this article, it’s likely you are in one of two situations.

Option one: You are currently holding a sobbing baby who will not go to sleep, so you have taken to desperately searching Google for anything, anything that will quiet the screaming little demon in your arms.

Or option two: You’ve been through option one before, and never want to go through it ever again. Preparation is key, so you’re trying to learn some techniques before your baby starts crying again.

In either case, this should help.… Read the full story

When is Black Friday? There are already some great electronics deals on

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The Black Friday event is nearly upon us (Picture: Leon Neal/Getty Images)

The Black Friday bonanza is nearly upon us.

Black Friday marks the start of the winter sale season and the shopping event has outshone Boxing Day sales in recent years.

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Black Friday is great for those looking for a Christmas bargain or for those who have long been eyeing that perfect fashion item, games console, electronic appliance, tech gadget or even plane ticket.

There’s been an increase in men getting lip injections

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Blame Kylie Jenner – lip injections have been having a real moment.

But new reports suggest the trend isn’t just for women obsessing over the size of their lips thanks to the cool kids on Instagram. There’s been an increase in the number of men opting for lip fillers, too.

Dr Rian Maercks, a plastic surgeon in Miami, told Daily Mail Online that he’s noticed an uptick in men asking for ‘macho mouth procedures’ – that make their lips more plump without making them look too feminine.

Dr Maercks refers to this procedure as ‘menjections’, and explains that rather than wanting pillowy lips like Kylie Jenner, men are asking for… Read the full story

Man proposes to girlfriend with a blossoming marshmallow in hot chocolate

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(Picture: Dominique Ansel Bakery)

Now it’s getting chilly outside, all we want is to find someone we fancy so we can snuggle under blankets and drink hot chocolate.

Hot chocolate is a couple-y drink. It’s warm and cosy and made for sharing with someone you love.

So it makes sense, then, that one man used a cup of the stuff to propose to his girlfriend.

We’re not just talking about any hot chocolate, mind you. Matt, from Baltimore, proposed to his girlfriend, Stefanie, with a special type of hot chocolate – the one with a blossoming marshmallow flower served at Dominique Ansel Bakery.

Matt tucked the engagement ring inside a marshmallow, waiters added… Read the full story

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