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Want to avoid a botched beauty procedure? This is what you need to be wary of

<p>Recent news that more than a dozen cosmetic beauty operators <a href="https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/more-than-a-dozen-dodgy-beauty-salons-in-melbourne-shut-down-20190724-p52abl.html">have been shut down</a> across Victoria in the last year will give many people cause for concern.</p> <p>One beauty therapist was allegedly found to be <a href="https://hcc.vic.gov.au/news/288-cosmetic-service-provider-under-investigation-after-allegedly-treating-clients-back">operating at the back of a jewellery store</a>, offering risky procedures including mole removal, facial fillers and skin tightening. In many cases, plastic surgeons and dermatologists have been required <a href="https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/plastic-surgeons-forced-to-fix-rising-tide-of-botched-cosmetic-procedures-20190730-p52c5h.html">to treat</a> the damage caused at these rogue salons, including swelling, scarring, and infection.</p> <p>While low-cost procedures can be alluring, there are several things to keep in mind to ensure the treatments you’re getting are safe and reputable.</p> <h2>Regulation</h2> <p>The skin is the <a href="https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.3109/17453054.2010.525439">largest</a> and most accessible organ of the body, making skin procedures like laser, dermabrasion, microneedling, skin peels, toxin injections and fillers very common among unqualified or minimally qualified people and clinics.</p> <p>The Medical Board of Australia, supported by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), are the governing bodies for medical professionals. They register practitioners, and <a href="https://www.medicalboard.gov.au/Codes-Guidelines-Policies/Cosmetic-medical-and-surgical-procedures-guidelines.aspx">enforce guidelines</a> for cosmetic medical and surgical procedures, which serve to protect the community.</p> <p>There have been cases where registered medical practitioners, including general practitioners, have performed procedures <a href="https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/push-to-ban-rogue-operators-from-using-cosmetic-surgeon-title-20181120-p50h9e.html">outside their area of expertise</a> or have not conformed with codes of conduct, sometimes with tragic consequences. But in many of these cases, the regulations in place have helped to identify offending practitioners and ensure <a href="https://www.medicalboard.gov.au/News/2018-11-20-Media-release-Former-registered-practitioner-prosecuted.aspx">disciplinary action</a> is taken.</p> <p>Yet for non-medical operators, for the most part, no training or educational requirements need to be met, no uniform national professional standards or codes of conduct exist, and there is no governing body to whom people can direct concerns.</p> <p>Essentially, these beauty salons and non-medical clinics are simply not regulated by an external body or organisation.</p> <h2>The importance of medical training</h2> <p>The skin is an organ, just like the heart or lungs. Its structure and function is complex. In order to practise as a dermatologist, a person needs to first complete their medical degree, and then complete a further six years of specialist training in all matters related to the skin, hair and nails.</p> <p><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laser">Laser treatment</a> is commonly offered to treat things like redness on the skin, brown spots, and to improve skin texture and tone.</p> <p>In order to deliver safe laser treatments, an accurate diagnosis is important. Is the brown spot on your cheek you want to remove a freckle, <a href="https://www.chromaderm.com.au/services/pigmentation/melasma/">melasma</a> (a discolouring of the skin) or a <a href="https://www.cancer.org.au/about-cancer/types-of-cancer/skin-cancer/melanoma.html">melanoma</a>? A person without a medical background could easily mistake a melanoma for a freckle, which could be deadly.</p> <p>Even if you do have just a freckle, what laser settings will be safe and effective? An intimate understanding of the structure and function of the skin and the physics of the laser is necessary to make these important decisions.</p> <p>The regulations surrounding who can operate a laser differ from state to state. In Western Australia, unless you’re a medical doctor, nurse, or hold a diploma or certificate IV in beauty therapy (or equivalent) with a licence, you cannot operate a laser for the purpose of hair removal. Further <a href="http://www.radiologicalcouncil.wa.gov.au/Pages/FAQ/Lasers.html">restrictions apply</a> to the use of lasers for cosmetic procedures and tattoo removal. In Queensland and Tasmania, only <a href="https://www.health.qld.gov.au/public-health/industry-environment/personal-appearance/laser-licensing">those with relevant licences</a> can operate laser devices.</p> <p>For the rest of the country, no regulation exists. This means <a href="https://www.racgp.org.au/afp/2017/september/navigating-the-disparate-australian-regulatory-minefield-of-cosmetic-therapy/">anyone can offer</a> skin treatments – a person who has done some online training or a weekend course could hang a “laser certificate” on the wall and start using lasers and other devices to treat skin.</p> <p>The same can be said for <a href="https://www.dermnetnz.org/topics/skin-needling/">microneedling</a>, the insertion of very fine, short needles into the skin for the purposes of rejuvenation or to reduce acne scarring. While some states <a href="https://ww2.health.wa.gov.au/Articles/S_T/Skin-penetration-procedures-and-the-law">regulate procedures</a> involving skin penetration, particularly around <a href="https://www2.health.vic.gov.au/-/media/health/files/collections/policies-and-guidelines/i/infection-prevention-control-guidelines---hair-beauty-tattooing-skin-penetration.pdf">infection control</a>, no uniform minimum training requirements exist for providers.</p> <p>The depth of penetration of the microneedling device, the type of needle chosen, and pre- and post-treatment care are critical to maximising the benefits and minimising the risks of the procedure.</p> <p>Similarly, for anti-wrinkle injections and fillers, an intimate understanding of facial anatomy is required to ensure safe and successful treatment. Complications can range from local injection site infection <a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5840246/">through to blindness</a>. To have people performing these procedures who are not medically trained is very risky.</p> <p>Medical professionals take precautions to minimise the risk of complications and are trained to recognise and deal with <a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11966791">complications</a> that will inevitably occur from time to time. They can also prescribe relevant medications to help with things like infection or pain, if necessary. Non-medical providers cannot.</p> <h2>Equipment and sanitation</h2> <p>There are hundreds of different lasers, microneedling and skin care devices around. There are different brands, different models, and different safety features. So, varying outcomes can be seen with different devices.</p> <p>Any piece of equipment that penetrates the skin needs to be sterilised in a medical-grade steriliser. Sterilising the equipment prevents the transmission of blood-borne infections like hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV. Failing to sterilise properly or not doing so at all places patients and the community at risk.</p> <p>It must be said that there are many trained non-medical practitioners who adhere to infection control measures, understand what is safe and what is not, and who administer treatments in sanitary conditions.</p> <h2>What needs to change?</h2> <p>Regulatory bodies and the government need to work together to safeguard the community. We need to better regulate who can operate lasers and other skin devices, who can inject, cut and treat skin and in what type of environment this can take place. And we even need to regulate advertising – who can use the words “skin specialist”, “medical grade skin peels”, and so on. Because right now, anyone can.</p> <p>So how can a consumer know how to access treatment from a qualified practitioner? Given there are little or no regulations in some parts of the country, it’s very hard to be sure, but these tips can help:</p> <ul> <li>if you want to be treated by a medical practitioner, look up the <a href="https://www.ahpra.gov.au/Registration/Registers-of-Practitioners.aspx">APHRA website</a> to see if the practitioner you are going to consult with is registered</li> <li>you only get what you pay for. If consultations and treatments are very cheap, you may want to look into the quality of the equipment and the experience of the provider</li> <li>don’t believe everything you read online. Medical professionals are <a href="https://www.medicalboard.gov.au/News/2018-0516-New-tool-about-testimonials.aspx">not allowed</a> to have testimonials on their websites, so don’t decide on a provider on this basis</li> <li>trust your gut – if something doesn’t feel right about the place or person, walk away.</li> </ul> <p><em>Image credits: Getty Images </em></p> <p><em>This article first appeared on <a rel="noopener" href="https://theconversation.com/want-to-avoid-a-botched-beauty-procedure-this-is-what-you-need-to-be-wary-of-120970" target="_blank">The Conversation</a>.</em></p>

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Carrie Bickmore's stunning, relaxed look over summer holidays

<p><em>Image: Instagram </em></p> <p>Popular host The Project, Carrie Bickmore appeared to be enjoying a very low-key family holiday before returning to the daily grind of the talk show on Monday night.</p> <p>The Logie winner was almost unrecognisable in the fun-filled snaps as she went make-up free, hiding her face under a baseball cap as she shared with followers how grateful she felt for the break from work.</p> <p>Bickmore, 41, posted alongside partner Chris Walker and her three children Oliver, Evie and Adelaide in the photos. Having grown up in Perth, she explained that she was “still missing many of the people I love badly due to the WA border closure” but was feeling “so lucky to even have some downtime as a fam”.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CYzm9VhhFF1/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="14"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CYzm9VhhFF1/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Carrie Bickmore (@bickmorecarrie)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>In another post, she said she was relishing the holiday with son Oliver, 14, before he gets too old to want to join family trips.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CYyNj5hPFuH/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="14"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CYyNj5hPFuH/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Carrie Bickmore (@bickmorecarrie)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“Savouring the summers with my glorious manchild before his friends become way more fun to holiday with than his fam (outwardly trying to give him independence and freedom while internally being a stage 5 clinger),” she wrote.</p> <p>Bickmore was straight back into work on Monday, co-hosting both<span> </span><em>The Project<span> </span></em>and her radio show with Tommy Little.</p>

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7 harmful beauty product ingredients that you should swap out

<p><strong>How harmful are your beauty products?</strong></p> <p><span>A study found there are as many as 126 potentially harmful ingredients in the average adult’s daily beauty routine. </span></p> <p><span>From synthetics in your shampoo to chemicals in your concealer, find out which ingredients you should swap out and why.</span></p> <p><strong>Fragrance</strong></p> <p>“If you only change one thing in your beauty routine, the ingredient you should avoid is fragrance,” says Lindsay Coulter, the David Suzuki Foundation’s resident green living expert.</p> <p>Fragrance isn’t just in colognes or perfumes; in fact, it’s added to everything from body wash to shampoo to face creams. Even unscented products can contain fragrance compounds that act as masking agents.</p> <p>“It shows up as one word [on the ingredients label], but it can be a concoction of hundreds of different ingredients,” Coulter explains.</p> <p>According to research published by the Canadian Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association, these anonymous chemical compounds can trigger allergies and asthma, cause hormone disruption, and in many cases, are harmful to fish and other wildlife after they get washed down the drain.</p> <p>Not ready to give up smelling pretty? There are still plenty of green alternatives, says naturopath Jen Newell. “I recommend that people opt for products with essential oils or other natural scents,” Newell says.</p> <p><strong>Parabens</strong></p> <p><span>Parabens are preservatives that can be found in everything from makeup to moisturisers to fragrances. Problem is, numerous studies have shown that these chemicals – which are easily absorbed through the skin – have the potential to interfere with hormone function and have been linked with breast cancer. </span></p> <p><span>How do you rid your beauty routine of this particularly harmful ingredient? Keep an eye out for products that are labelled “paraben-free,” and study the ingredient list carefully, as these pesky preservatives can be listed in different ways, including “methylparaben” or “propylparaben.”</span></p> <p><strong>Triclosan</strong></p> <p>Triclosan is an antibacterial agent that can be found in antibacterial soaps, body washes, hand sanitisers, toothpaste and mouthwash.</p> <p>The issue with triclosan, Coulter says, is that it kills all bacteria – good and bad. Although this ingredient is not yet regulated in Australia, the Food and Drug Administration in the United States banned its use in September 2016 on the grounds that it could pose health risks, including bacterial resistance and hormonal effects.</p> <p>The good news? It’s easy to steer clear of this harmful ingredient, as triclosan is listed on product labels.</p> <p>For an alternative to triclosan, Coulter suggests alcohol-based sanitisers or old-fashioned castile soap and water.</p> <p><strong>Sodium lauryl sulphate</strong></p> <p><span>Sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS, sometimes also known as SLES) is a chemical additive that makes super-foamy bubbles and suds. </span></p> <p><span>It’s often listed as a main ingredient in soap, shampoo, face wash and dish soaps, says Coulter. The reason that SLS should be avoided is that it can be contaminated with ethylene oxide, which the International Agency for Research on Cancer lists as a known human carcinogen (cancer-causing chemical). </span></p> <p><span>Check your soaps for this ingredient before purchasing and don’t fret if the SLS-free product you try doesn’t produce a rich lather like your old shampoo or body wash. </span></p> <p><span>A lack of suds doesn’t mean it’s not doing its job, says Coulter; it simply means you’re skipping out on a harmful chemical.</span></p> <p><strong>Phthalates</strong></p> <p>Phthalates are commonly found in fragrance compounds, says Newell. Research suggests they can disrupt hormones during critical periods of human development (such as a baby’s development in utero) and they’ve also been associated with male infertility.</p> <p>If you’re having trouble identifying which products might contain harmful ingredients such as phthalates, Newell recommends downloading the Think Dirty App to your smartphone.</p> <p>It allows you to scan the bar codes of the products in your daily beauty regimen, and then assesses their degree of safety.</p> <p><strong>Oxybenzone</strong></p> <p><span>Oxybenzone is the active ingredient in many popular sunscreens, but Newell recommends avoiding it when possible – and for good reason. </span></p> <p><span>According to a study published in the </span><em>International Journal of Andrology</em><span>, oxybenzone has been linked to skin reactions and it may even disrupt hormones. </span></p> <p><span>There have also been studies indicating that when oxybenzone is exposed to sunlight it can form free radicals that cause skin cell damage. </span></p> <p><span>This doesn’t mean you should skip sunscreen altogether, of course. It’s easy to avoid this chemical if you stick with mineral-based zinc or titanium oxide sunscreens.</span></p> <p><strong>Petrolatum</strong></p> <p>Petrolatum or petroleum jelly is often used in moisturisers, lip balms and hair products because it acts as a moisture barrier and creates a sheen.</p> <p>The David Suzuki Foundation lists petrolatum as one of its “Dirty Dozen” harmful ingredients to avoid, as it can be contaminated with polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), which the European Union lists as a carcinogen.</p> <p>If you want to skip petrolatum just to be on the safe side, try organic coconut oil or shea butter to moisturise your skin.</p> <p>If you’re feeling overwhelmed when it comes to “greening” your beauty routine, begin the transition slowly. “Start with the products you use most often and then eventually replace those items that you only use every once in a while,” recommends Newell.</p> <p><em>Image credits: Getty Images</em></p> <p><em>This article originally appeared on <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.readersdigest.com.au/healthsmart/beauty/7-harmful-beauty-product-ingredients-that-you-should-swap-out" target="_blank">Reader's Digest</a>.</em></p>

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Man’s skin ruined after tanning injection disaster

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Before a much anticipated holiday to Spain, 28-year-old Dylan Wright wanted to boost his golden tan. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">To get the glow he was searching for, he purchased $18 tanning injections, and administered two of them before leaving for the airport. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">However, at the end of his six-day trip, his complexion was a lot darker than he expected. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Dylan says that looking back, he probably should’ve used only one syringe, but didn’t want to run the risk of bringing the injections through airport security. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I bought them before to make the most of the sun. I went on the sunbeds a bit before the holiday but didn’t take the injections until just before I left,” he told </span><a href="https://swns.com/"><span style="font-weight: 400;">SWNS</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Sharing his story to TikTok, Dylan said he has been left with permanent physical reminders of the injections, and even experienced a cancer scare as a result. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“The doctors called me an idiot and told me it’s a side effect from the drug, but now I’m stuck with [freckles],” he said. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I’ve got freckles like I’m in my 50s or 60s. It feels like my skin’s aged.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The injections contain a lab-made hormone called melanotan II to increase melanin production, but at the cost of lasting skin damage. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Now that Dylan’s  excessive tan has faded, he is trying to spread awareness of the dangers of tanning injections, and urging people to do their own research. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“It’s really not worth it. There’s safer ways to tan, like fake tanning,” he said. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“It gave me a wake-up call … It’s a classic case of being 20 and thinking you’re invincible.”</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image credits: TikTok</span></em></p>

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Queen's full Platinum Jubilee plans finally revealed

<p><em>Image: Getty </em></p> <p>Marking 70 years of tireless service to her nation, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, at 95 years of age, will soon become the first British Monarch to celebrate this amazing milestone.<br /><br />Throughout the year the Queen and members of the Royal Family are set to travel around the country, undertaking a variety of engagements to mark this special occasion.<br /><br />Now Buckingham Palace has finally released the full programme ahead of those celebrations. It includes parades, concerts and – if you're lucky enough to live in the United Kingdom – a Bank Holiday.<br /><br />While it's not yet certain which events Her Majesty will actually be able to attend, following the orders given by doctors to rest last year, celebrations have already kicked off – with the Platinum Pudding Competition on January 10!</p> <p>Run by Fortnum &amp; Mason, it seeks to find a dish that can be dedicated to the Queen’s historic milestone. Recipes will be judged by an expert Panel, including food writer and chef Dame Mary Berry.<br /><br />The Queen's Green Canopy initiative will continue to plant new trees to present to her at the end of the year. From May 12th to 15th, more than 500 horses and 1,000 performers are expected to take part in a show in the grounds of Windsor Castle.<br /><br />This will take the audience through royal history – from Elizabeth I to the present day.<br /><br />The rest of the celebrations are expected to take place later this year, with June the 2nd marking the first of the special four-day UK Bank holiday when the Birthday Parade – also known as Trooping the Colour – takes place in Horse Guards Parade.<br /><br />On the same day, the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and UK overseas territories will come together to light a beacon at the same time as the principal beacon at Buckingham Palace.<br /><br />On June 3rd, a service of Thanksgiving for the Queen's reign will be held at St Paul's Cathedral, ahead of the star-studded Platinum Party at the Palace on Saturday, June 4th. The party is expected to bring together some of the world's biggest names in entertainment.<br /><br />On June 5th, street parties are being planned across the UK, with neighbours expected to join together for food and fun to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee.<br /><br />Pageant master Adrian Evans has also revealed there will be a special tribute to the Queen and her late husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, who died in April 2021, aged 99.<br /><br />Throughout the celebrations, some of the Queen's estates - including Sandringham and Balmoral - will be open for residents and visitors to enjoy.<br /><br />Performers, dancers, musicians, military personnel, key workers and volunteers will tell the story of the Queen's reign in the Platinum Jubilee Pageant.<br /><br />This will include a River Of Hope - made up of 200 silk flags - which will make its way along the Mall.<br /><br />Schoolchildren across the country have been invited to create a picture of their hopes for the planet over the next 70 years, and some of their designs will be put on to the flags.<br /><br />In July, three displays marking the Queen's accession to the throne, the Coronation and Jubilees will be put on at Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse.</p>

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Kate Middleton stuns in new portraits taken for her 40th birthday

<p dir="ltr">To celebrate her 40th birthday on January 9, Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, released three stunning portrait photographs taken of her by Italian photographer Paolo Roversi.</p> <p dir="ltr">The three photos feature Kate in three different, but equally mesmerising, dresses and poses. The first, in black and white, shows her in an off-the-shoulder white gown, her body facing away from the camera, looking incredibly regal, calling to mind portraits from the Victorian era.</p> <p dir="ltr"><img style="width: 331.97278911564626px; height: 500px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7846693/_122629833_hi072995613.jpeg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/ac62755e17c94f2e97e1b51aec26daf0" /></p> <p dir="ltr">The second, also in black and white, is much more candid, featuring a close up of Kate’s brilliant smile, showing just the top half of a second white gown with ruffled sleeves.</p> <p dir="ltr"><img style="width: 337.71626297577853px; height: 500px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7846695/_122632772_hi072997086.jpeg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/8a1b378a7eea445c9201997acba1bd09" /></p> <p dir="ltr">The third is in full colour, and features the Duchess in an off-the-shoulder red gown with a single puffy sleeve, standing up and smiling at the camera.</p> <p dir="ltr"><img style="width: 330.8474576271186px; height: 500px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7846694/_122632661_f83dcea4-d974-4ab7-a763-865cc3b89c2a.jpeg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/b482dbb8beb44004a2810a3bd628c22d" /></p> <p dir="ltr">The photos, which were taken in November 2021, will become part of the National Portrait Gallery’s permanent collection.</p> <p dir="ltr">One of the photos was posted to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s Instagram account, and fans were quick to flood their comments with praise.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CYfGRPft9y3/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="14"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CYfGRPft9y3/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (@dukeandduchessofcambridge)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p dir="ltr">One commenter wrote, “Queen! Gorgeous! Stunning! Beautiful! This exactly what we have been begging for!!!”, while another pointed out, “It looks Victorian”. Another noted a detail people may have missed, writing, “Stunning! Love how Princess Diana’s ring is shown to prominently too. Happy birthday!!”</p> <p dir="ltr">As for birthday celebrations, it is believed the Duchess kept things low-key this year, with royal expert Duncan Larcombe telling<span> </span><em>OK!<span> </span></em>that he believes Kate will have “no fuss” around her birthday, instead preferring to focus on her responsibilities to the monarchy and family. He told the magazine, “It's just not Kate's style to want to throw a lavish party for friends and family”.</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: Paolo Roversi</em></p>

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Capsule wardrobe: What it is and how to build one

<p><span>Thanks to the minimalism trend – and people having less variety in their day-to-day wardrobes due to lockdowns, reduced hours or working-from-home—people are cutting down their overflowing wardrobes in favour of fewer clothes. </span></p> <p><span>Enter capsule wardrobes, a wardrobe with a set number of items. </span></p> <p><span>Each piece coordinates with the others, making it easy to mix and match. It’s definitely one of the great small cupborad ideas to consider. </span></p> <p><span>Here are the basics: What a capsule wardrobe is and how to get started on one.</span></p> <p><strong>What is a capsule wardrobe?</strong></p> <p>A capsule wardrobe is a type of minimalist wardrobe that you deliberately organise to make it easier to put outfits together.</p> <p>“A capsule wardrobe is a curated collection of clothing pieces (typically under 40 items), chosen strategically to make it easy to create a variety of different looks."</p> <p>According to Dina Scherer, wardrobe stylist and owner of Modnitsa Styling, a capsule wardrobe “acts as a ‘wardrobe within a wardrobe,’ where everything works together through mixing and matching to allow for an exponential amount of outfit choices with just a few core items.”</p> <p><strong>What are the benefits of a capsule wardrobe?</strong></p> <p><span>Not only does streamlining your wardrobe mean you save money on buying clothes, but it takes out the guesswork when you’re deciding what to wear in the morning, says Scherer. </span></p> <p><span>Because you already know how each of the pieces work together, it’s easy to throw together an outfit, so you’re not overwhelmed by having an excess of clothes. </span></p> <p><span>“A capsule forces you to have this formula because there are fewer options and every piece is accounted for,” she adds. </span></p> <p><span>A capsule wardrobe also helps you de-clutter your wardrobe, as the purpose of building one is to keep and maximise the clothes you wear a lot and get rid of the ones you don’t.</span></p> <p><strong>Should I try a capsule wardrobe?</strong></p> <p>Some people and wardrobe styles lend themselves better to a capsule closet than others. “A capsule wardrobe works best for minimalist wardrobes or seasonal wardrobe sections, but it can be a bit limiting for someone with multiple style personalities,” Scherer says.</p> <p>“Similarly, a capsule wardrobe is ideal for classic pieces, and neutral tones – so if you tend to gravitate towards clothing that’s more intricate, patterned, or colourful, a capsule may feel a bit limiting.”</p> <p>She adds that classic and sporty styles lend themselves well to a capsule wardrobe because they already gravitate toward neutral colours and minimal patterns.</p> <p>That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t give it a try, though – it just might be a little trickier to sort through your clothes to create a minimalist wardrobe.</p> <p>“The benefits of a capsule wardrobe are minimising your closet, clearing out clutter, and focusing on items you actually wear. This means you’ll get more value from your clothes, while at the same time adding variety in your looks through different combinations and ensembles.”</p> <p><strong>How to build a capsule wardrobe</strong></p> <p>As you gather and reject pieces for a capsule wardrobe, start by choosing a theme. It’s a lot easier to start whittling down your wardrobe when you have a direction.</p> <p>These “themes” might be a certain occasion or style of clothing, like work or holiday, or a certain season, like spring or autumn.</p> <p>From there, you’ll want to start choosing the pieces that’ll go in your wardrobe. Start with primary pieces – pants, jeans, blazers, dresses, skirts – and then move on to “supporting” pieces like tops, tees, accessories, shoes and jewellery.</p> <p>Yes, choosing “bottoms” and outerwear like blazers should be your first order of business, before you even get to tops!</p> <p>Take it slow if you like the idea of a capsule wardrobe but aren’t quite ready to purge your other pieces, says Scherer.</p> <p>Create a couple of different capsules for different occasions, like one for work and another for weekends. Keep the clothes that don’t fit in either capsule in another section in your closet, says Scherer.</p> <p>“Integrate the other clothes into these capsule scenarios,” she says. “You’ll slowly reduce the number of pieces you have because you’ll see which ones you aren’t wearing and which you need multiple of.”</p> <p><strong>How much should I spend on a capsule wardrobe?</strong></p> <p><span>“Your budget for a capsule wardrobe really depends on how condensed you plan to make your wardrobe,” Scherer says. </span></p> <p><span>“If you’re on a tight budget, you can absolutely build a great capsule wardrobe from less expensive retailers. If your budget allows, I recommend investing in pieces with more quality and longevity."</span></p> <p><strong>Capsule wardrobe checklist</strong></p> <p><span>According to Scherer, a capsule wardrobe shouldn’t have more than 40 items. Here’s her advice about how to tackle and arrange each major part of a capsule wardrobe:</span></p> <p><em><strong>1. Primary pieces</strong></em></p> <p><span>“The most important pieces in any capsule wardrobe are the ones that set the stage for the outfits: dresses, pants and skirts."</span></p> <p><span>"They will be getting the most wear, so you will want to make sure they’re made well and are versatile enough to go with different colour tops, shoes, jewellery and accessories. Basic/neutral colours work best for those pieces, as they tend to be easier to mix and match with, and that means you can get more mileage out of them."</span></p> <p><span>"You will want to make sure that your primary pieces are versatile enough to pair well with all the supporting ones – through colour, style and/or fit.”</span></p> <p><em><strong>2. Supporting pieces</strong></em></p> <p><span>Accessories and shoes make it easy to give those core clothes new life. </span></p> <p><span>“You can have the same suit and wear it with flats, heels and loafers, and it will have three different looks and feels to it,” says Scherer. </span></p> <p><span>“Add in slightly more levels of accessories to that, and it changes the look completely.” </span></p> <p><span>Keep at least one or two necklaces and a few scarves in your inventory to mix things up, she suggests.</span></p> <p><em>Image credits: Getty Images</em></p> <p><em>This article first appeared on <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.readersdigest.com.au/culture/capsule-wardrobe-what-it-is-and-how-to-build-one" target="_blank">Reader's Digest</a>.</em></p>

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Princess Eugenie shares unseen snaps of a royal tradition

<p><em>Image: Instagram</em></p> <p>Princess Eugenie has shared an unseen photograph from her son's christening, in which he appears to be wearing the handmade replica of the royal christening robe.</p> <p>The Queen's granddaughter, 31, shared a series of photos on Instagram yesterday of memorable moments from the past year, which saw both the arrival of her first baby son August, and the death of Prince Phillip.</p> <p>The collection included a first look inside baby August's Baptism at the All Saints Chapel in Windsor Great Park, which was shared with Zara and Mike Tindall's son, Lucas. <br />The photograph indicates that the babies were christened in the Honiton lace and white satin gown first used at the christening of James, Viscount Severn in 2008 - making August and Lucas the tenth and eleventh royal babies to be christened in it.</p> <p>The frilly cream outfit is a replica of the intricate christening gown made for Queen Victoria's eldest daughter that was used for all royal baptisms until Lady Louise Windsor's in 2004.</p> <p>Along with Viscount Severn, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis all wore the gown, as did Lord Frederick Windsor's daughter Maud and Zara Tindall's little girl, Mia.</p> <p>It was created by the Queen's dresser Angela Kelly, and features the same lengthy skirt and elaborate collars and bow as its predecessor.</p> <p>The original robe, made in 1841, was worn by the Prince of Wales, the Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry among others, and has now been carefully preserved.</p> <p>In her 2019 book,<span> </span>The Other Side of the Coin, Ms Kelly, explained how the replica gown was dyed in Yorkshire tea ‘(the strongest, as we all know)’ to ensure it looked authentic, according to The Telegraph.</p> <p>She wrote, "At each stage of the process I would show our progress to the Queen: first the bodies, then the sleeves attached to it, then the skirt with the under-layers on, and finally the completed robe. Her Majesty was very interested to see how it was developing."</p> <p>The original Spitalfields silk and Honiton lace gown was commissioned by Queen Victoria in 1841 for her first child, Victoria.</p> <p>It was deemed too delicate to be used again following the christening of Lady Louise Windsor in April 2004, so the Queen commissioned an exact replica to be worn by royal babies instead.</p>

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15 style mistakes that make you look older

<p><strong>You're wearing the wrong bra</strong></p> <p><span>Believe it or not, the bra you wear can instantly make you look taller, thinner, and younger – or not, says Karen Phillips, account development team leader at an online retailer. </span></p> <p><span>Wearing the wrong bra isn’t just uncomfortable (as basically anyone who’s ever sat through a workday with her bra straps digging into her shoulder can attest) – it can also affect the way your clothes fit and inadvertently cause you to slouch, both of which instantly age you more than ten years. </span></p> <p><span>Look for a seamless style with moulded cups that will hug your curves and lie flat under clothes.</span></p> <p><strong>You're a fan of chunky jewellery</strong></p> <p><span>While big, chunky pieces can give off a bohemian look, they also become outdated quickly. </span></p> <p><span>For a younger vibe, Phillips recommends reaching for simple cuff bracelets, thin hoop earrings, a tennis bracelet, or thin chain necklaces.</span></p> <p><strong>You're obsessed with trends</strong></p> <p><span>Trends come and go, so if that’s all you’re buying, you’ll soon be left with an outdated wardrobe full of clothes and shoes that make you look behind the times. </span></p> <p><span>However, that doesn’t mean you can’t ever buy something trendy like leopard-print shoes. </span></p> <p><span>Phillips says, “With so many trends around, I’d ask myself a few questions before investing: does the item make me happy? How many times a week will I wear this?”</span></p> <p><strong>You look like you're in mourning</strong></p> <p><span>Black is chic, slimming, sharp, and sophisticated – and severe, which is not the adjective you want if you’re trying to find the fountain of youth. </span></p> <p><span>If you’re not ready to give up your black, try adding a pop of colour to your jewellery or accessories for a fresher, more youthful vibe, like this marigold scarf. </span></p> <p><span>Phillips recommends pinks or corals, noting that they add a warm glow to all complexions.</span></p> <p><strong>Your heels aren't high enough</strong></p> <p><span>“The more casual your shoes, the older you’re going to look, no matter what else you’re wearing,” says Brittany Allen, a freelance fashion and accessories designer. </span></p> <p><span>If you’re still wearing flats or low heels, swap them out for a pointy-toed pump, like these, instead, which will both up the sexiness factor on your favourite date-night outfit and help you look sophisticated without crossing the line into matronly. </span></p> <p><span>Not a heels person? Go for a pair of pointy-toed or ballet flats instead.</span></p> <p><strong>You pile on florals</strong></p> <p><span>Florals and paisley can be hit or miss, says Allen, especially if the patterns are pale, dull, or neutral. </span></p> <p><span>Instead, try geometric patterns and stripes in a bright hue for a more playful look.</span></p> <p><strong>You sport pharmacy reading glasses</strong></p> <p><span>The right pair of glasses can be the ultimate geek-cool accessory, so don’t be afraid to experiment. </span></p> <p><span>Look for a pair of cat-eye frames, which are universally flattering and an easy, stylish way to instantly look younger. </span></p> <p><span>You don’t even have to splurge.</span></p> <p><strong>Your clothing creates a shapeless silhouette </strong></p> <p><span>Instead of wearing oversize clothing to hide the parts of your body that make you feel self-conscious, Colleen Babul, a stylist operations manager, suggests choosing pieces that accentuate what you like about your figure. </span></p> <p><span>A high-waisted pencil skirt, for example, cinches you at the smallest part of your waist, creating a flattering, youthful shape, Babul says.</span></p> <p><strong>You go grey without proper maintenance </strong></p> <p><span>Going grey is no longer synonymous with getting old. Thanks to innovative hair products (and the recent silver hair trend), women of all ages are beginning to embrace their natural hair colour with confidence. </span></p> <p><span>As you start to go grey, Melinda Haxhari, a colourist, recommends adding a glaze to your hair-care routine. </span></p> <p><span>Your hair will look brighter, shinier, and more youthful when your new grey strands have the same texture and shade as your current colour, she says.</span></p> <p><strong>You don't know your inseam</strong></p> <p><span>You may be wearing the latest denim trend, but if your pants don’t fit properly, you’ll look more frumpy than fabulous. </span></p> <p><span>In addition to knowing your waist size, you should also know your inseam, according to stylist, Maria Jacobs. “Think about where you want your jeans to hit on your leg, which may change with the type of shoe you wear,” she says. </span></p> <p><span>“Generally, hitting right above your ankle is ideal for most women as it elongates the leg.”</span></p> <p><strong>You aren't moisturising your hair </strong></p> <p><span>There’s a reason your hair isn’t as lustrous as it was when you were a kid: we produce less natural hair oil as we age, leaving hair dull and dry. </span></p> <p><span>To restore youthful-looking moisture, hairstylist Nadine Matar recommends using a hair oil after blow-drying and styling. </span></p> <p><span>Similar to the way body oil revives dry skin, hair oil can help restore shine and soften brittle texture.</span></p> <p><strong>You're totally colour-averse</strong></p> <p><span>If you’ll never be convinced to add a pop of pink to your all-black ensemble, there are other ways to create a cheerier vibe. </span></p> <p><span>Cassandra Sethi, a personal stylist, suggests breaking up some of the black in your outfit with shades of grey, especially near your face. </span></p> <p><span>Unlike black, grey doesn’t draw attention to fine lines, wrinkles, or under-eye circles, so you look more youthful – and perhaps even more approachable, too.</span></p> <p><strong>You wear nude hosiery</strong></p> <p><span>Kate Middleton might be the only woman in the world who can get away with wearing nude pantyhose without looking dowdy. </span></p> <p><span>To create the illusion of smooth, even-toned legs sans flesh-coloured hosiery, try tinted body lotion or self-tanner, says author Jené Luciani. </span></p> <p><span>When the weather gets chilly, choose from colourful, patterned, or textured tights to keep your legs fashionably warm.</span></p> <p><strong>You wear clingy fabrics</strong></p> <p><span>Cotton-jersey fabric may be comfortable, but the soft and stretchy fabric clings to the body in all the wrong places, says personal stylist Sharon Warten, revealing every unsightly lump and bulge. </span></p> <p><span>A more flattering option is double-knit fabric, which offers structure, softness, and a comfy bit of stretch.</span></p> <p><strong>Your eye-shadow sparkles </strong></p> <p>While it may sound counterintuitive, wearing matte shadow will actually make you look younger than wearing eye shadow that shimmers.</p> <p>That’s because light-reflecting eye shadows can settle into fine lines and wrinkles, making them more apparent, says makeup artist Mandie Brice.</p> <p>If you can’t avoid the allure of glittery eye shadow, use it sparingly, like on the inner corner of your eye, and in combination with non-sparkly colours.</p> <p><em>Image credits: Getty Images</em></p> <p><em>This article originally appeared on <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.readersdigest.com.au/culture/15-style-mistakes-that-make-you-look-older?pages=1" target="_blank">Reader's Digest</a>.</em></p>

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The best sunglasses for your face shape

<p><strong>Best sunglasses for a round face</strong></p> <p><span>The thing to remember about selecting a frame style is that opposites are attractive, according to optician, Pete Hanlin. </span></p> <p><span>If you have a round face – defined by a wider forehead, rounded chin and full cheeks – like Adele, Michelle Williams, and Ginnifer Goodwin, a rectangular frame works beautifully to elongate the face and balance roundness.</span></p> <p><strong>Best sunglasses for an oval face</strong></p> <p><span>Oval faces are very balanced (lucky you!). Genetically blessed beauties like Carey Mulligan, Kerry Washington, Julianne Moore, and Kate Middleton can really wear any style sunnies. </span></p> <p><span>The most important thing is to pick a pair that is sized in proportion to your face. Wayfarers, butterfly, and square styles are all super flattering!</span></p> <p><strong>Best sunglasses for a heart-shaped face</strong></p> <p><span>Heart-shaped faces, like Reese Witherspoon, Halle Berry, and Zooey Deschanel, tend to have a broader forehead, high cheekbones, and narrower jaw with a more pronounced chin. </span></p> <p><span>“The best sunglasses for heart-shaped faces will de-emphasise the angle between the forehead and chin,” explains Catherine Brock, the founder and editor of <em>thebudgetfashionista.com</em>. </span></p> <p><span>Light-coloured frames and those with exaggerated bottoms direct attention downward and add width to lower part of the face.</span></p> <p><strong>Best sunglasses for a square face</strong></p> <p><span>Square faces are characterised by angular features and a strong jawline. Think Salma Hayek, Cameron Diaz, and Sandra Bullock. </span></p> <p><span>When shopping for sunglasses, look for thin, round, and oval shapes, which will help soften facial sharpness. </span></p> <p><span>Semi-rimless frames are also a great choice! “A half plastic, half metal combination frame works well,” says optometrist Dr Monica Nguyen.</span></p> <p><strong>Best sunglasses for a diamond-shaped face</strong></p> <p><span>“The goal when selecting sunglasses for diamond-shaped faces – see Keira Knightley and Viola Davis – is to use the frame to broaden the appearance of the forehead,” says optometrist Dr Barry Kay. </span></p> <p><span>Oval and cat-eye shapes help create balance by highlighting peepers and softening cheekbones. “Also, rimless frames are your friend, as this will really allow your cheekbones to shine,” notes model Victoria DiSorbo. </span></p> <p><span>Avoid frames with a dark bridge or darker lower rims, which tend to draw attention to the middle of the face.</span></p> <p><strong>Best sunglasses for an oblong face</strong></p> <p><span>f you have an oblong face, like Liv Tyler and Sarah Jessica Parker, wider sunglasses, like aviators – especially those with decorative temples, are a great choice. </span></p> <p><span>These styles give the illusion of a shorter, wider face. Planning to spend time poolside or beachfront? Look for a wrapped style, which offers greater UV protection.</span></p> <p><strong>Best sunglasses for a high forehead</strong></p> <p><span>If you’re self-conscious about your forehead, opt for tall lenses or oversized frames. </span></p> <p><span>“A good trick is to pick a pair of sunglasses with a really tall browline bridge, which lifts the face and takes attention away from a high forehead,” says designer Larisa Ginzburg.</span></p> <p><strong>Best sunglasses for a small face</strong></p> <p><span>If you have a smaller face a la Miley Cyrus, look for more petite rectangular and square shapes and thinner frames – both metal and thinner acrylic – look best on small faces, according to designer Eva Spitzer. </span></p> <p><span>What to avoid? Steer clear of big chunky hipster type glasses.</span></p> <p><strong>Best sunglasses for a prominent nose </strong></p> <p><span>For people with a large nose, Ginzburg recommends purchasing a pair of sunnies with adjustable nose pads and a broader nose bridge. </span></p> <p><span>A frame that has a floating nose bridge is also a good idea as it won’t leave marks on your skin from nose pads, and will sit comfortably.</span></p> <p><strong>Best sunglasses for wide-set eyes</strong></p> <p><span>If you have wide-set eyes, you may find a pilot-shaped frame more attractive than a retro cat-eye to complement your facial features,” explains Hanlin.</span></p> <p><em>Image credits: Getty Images</em></p> <p><em>This article originally appeared in <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.readersdigest.com.au/culture/the-best-sunglasses-for-your-face-shape" target="_blank">Reader's Digest</a>.</em></p>

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The must-have viral product for a perfect complexion

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A must-have beauty tool has gone viral on TikTok for helping people everywhere fix the problem of oily skin. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">An Indigenous makeup artist named Ash has discovered the hidden gem and shared the impressively shocking results, all while revealing the product’s price-tag is less than $10. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Revlon Oil-absorbing Volcanic Roller mops up oil with one roll, without disturbing the placement or pigment of makeup. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">After rolling the stone roller over her face, Ash discovered a freshly matte look, with zero streaks in her makeup. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Sharing the video with her followers, the video has racked up over 1.2 million views, with many other beauty gurus also trying out the product for themselves. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Ash put the roller through a series of tests, including trying it out on a face full of makeup after a long day of work.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"It's amazing what it can do visually, but longevity-wise I'm not entirely sure if I would use this but it's still amazing, I'll give you that, my God," she said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">According to Revlon, their oil-absorbing roller is "made with real volcanic stone" because the stone is made of a porous material so it can soak up oil patches. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">For just $7.50 from </span><a href="https://www.chemistwarehouse.com.au/buy/99117/revlon-beauty-tool-volcanic-stone-facial-roller"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Chemist Warehouse</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">, this simple product erases the need for blotting papers or powders, and is perfect to use on the go. </span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image credits: TikTok</span></em></p>

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Karl Stefanovic's daughter launches modelling career

<p>Karl Stefanovic's daughter Willow has launched her modelling career with her father's blessing. </p> <p>The 16-year-old has been signed by boutique Australian agency Precision management, and credits both her parents with supporting her career. </p> <p><span>“Since I was a little girl I’ve been drawn to modelling, but thankfully Mum has such a sensible head, she always said when you’re old enough to make the decision that’s what you really want, then I will do everything to support you,” she told <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/lifestyle/stellar/karls-daughter-16-launches-modelling-career/news-story/0f18163e7e9694377f2e9b24cee6a30c" target="_blank">Stellar magazine</a>. </span></p> <p>“Embarking on a modelling career now means I can pursue my dreams one small step at a time. I will never let it interfere or disrupt my studies, or let it consume me. My education will always be the number priority for me, and that will never change.”</p> <p>“(Dad) backs me 100 per cent as long as I’m happy,” Willow added. “We all know I didn’t get my fashionista gene from him.”</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CWiB3q8PcvN/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="14"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CWiB3q8PcvN/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by willow ♈︎ (@willowstefanovic)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Karl said his family would support Willow "wherever her heart takes her", as he credited her strong spirit and work ethic. </p> <p><span>“She doesn’t go into anything blindly, especially the fashion world. She’s a strong, independent young woman and wants to pursue lots of things in life. We love her spirit,” he said.</span></p> <p><span>Willow is the middle child of three kids Karl shares with his ex-wife Cassandra Thorburn, who is also supportive of Willow's foray into the modelling world. </span></p> <p>“I encourage all my children to work hard and pursue their dreams and aspirations,” Cassandra told Stellar.</p> <p>“Willow knows who she is and what she wants, and those attributes make me extremely proud.”</p> <p><em>Image credits: Instagram @willowstefanovic</em></p>

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13 things your hairstyle could reveal about your personality

<p><strong>Dark hair: you're thoughtful </strong></p> <p><span>Women with darker locks are often perceived as more thoughtful and enigmatic, which can contribute to their mysterious sex appeal.</span></p> <p><strong>Red hair: you're fun-loving</strong></p> <p><span>Red-haired women are often branded as ‘fiery’ and are typically perceived as fun-loving and wild.</span></p> <p><strong>Blonde hair: you're a man magnet</strong></p> <p><span>Men are typically more drawn to women with golden tones in their hair, despite often pegging them to be less intelligent.</span></p> <p><strong>Grey hair: you're confident</strong></p> <p><span>Women who go or remain grey are considered confident and appear unwilling to bend to societal standards of beauty. </span></p> <p><span>That said, grey-haired women may also be construed as older than they actually are.</span></p> <p><strong>Bold colours: you're a rebel</strong></p> <p><span>Wild hair colours that do not occur naturally, such as pink or blue, point to a sense of rebelliousness and a free spirit.</span></p> <p><strong>Short hair: you're professional</strong></p> <p><span>Shorter hairstyles project confidence because they make it seem as though the wearer has nothing to hide. </span></p> <p><span>Short styles are also deemed more professionally, and women that sport them are often taken more seriously.</span></p> <p><strong>Long hair: you're carefree (or immature) </strong></p> <p><span>Women with long hair are more carefree and youthful, and sometimes bohemian. However, older women who maintain longer hair can sometimes be seen as childish. </span></p> <p><span>Long hair can be seen as a shield of sorts that connotes a lack of maturity or toughness.</span></p> <p><strong>Centre part: you're organised</strong></p> <p><span>Women who part their hair down the centre project personalities that strive for balance and order in their lives. </span><span>They’re organised and responsible. </span></p> <p><span>Jagged centre parts are slightly softer and signal a more easygoing attitude.</span></p> <p><strong>Side part: you're compassionate</strong></p> <p><span>Women with side parts are typically empathetic and compassionate. They care very deeply for their loved ones and make them a large part of their lives.</span></p> <p><strong>Sleek, straight hair: you're a perfectionist </strong></p> <p><span>Pin-straight, frizz-free hair is a sign of a perfectionist who likes to be in control of every situation she finds herself in.</span></p> <p><strong>Wavy locks: you're creative</strong></p> <p><span>Low-maintenance, wavy hair is a sign of a creative and laid-back spirit who goes with the flow.</span></p> <p><strong>Curls: you're less serious</strong></p> <p><span>Curly-haired women are perceived as less serious than those with wavy or straight styles, as others will interpret them as more fun-loving and wild.</span></p> <p><strong>Elaborate styles: you might be self-critical</strong></p> <p><span>If your style is super-complicated and takes a lot of time to create, this could signal you are high maintenance. Also, it may point toward your being self-critical.</span></p> <p><em>Image credits: Getty Images</em></p> <p><em>This article originally appeared on <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.readersdigest.com.au/healthsmart/beauty/13-things-your-hairstyle-could-reveal-about-your-personality?pages=1" target="_blank">Reader's Digest</a>.</em><span></span></p>

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5 benefits of using natural deodorant

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Between antiperspirants, traditional deodorants, and now natural deodorants, there are so many options when it comes to helping us smell great.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Though these products seem to do the exact same thing at first glance, they differ slightly in how to work to neutralise B.O.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">While antiperspirants reduce body odour by stopping sweat from reaching the surface of the skin using aluminium salts, traditional deodorants contain ethanol or ingredients with antimicrobial properties to kill the bacteria that eats sweat and produces smell.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">As for natural deodorant, a relatively new player in the odour-erasing game, it usually contains </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.healthline.com/health/natural-deodorants-work-smart-girls-guide#what-makes-a-natural-deodorant" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">three components</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">: ingredients with disinfectant or antibacterial properties, naturally absorbent ingredients to mop up sweat, and essential oils to add a pleasant scent.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">If you’re considering changing up your routine, here are five benefits that could come with giving natural deodorants a try.</span></p> <p><strong>1. It actually allows you to sweat</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">One of the biggest benefits of natural deodorant is that it helps to eliminate unwanted odour while still allowing your body to sweat. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Anna Mitsios, the founder of </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://ediblebeautyaustralia.com/" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Edible Beauty Australia</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">, says: “Mainstream deodorants and antiperspirants contain ingredients such as propylene glycol and aluminium salts, which block sweat glands and stop the natural process of sweat.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Sweating is not a body action we want to stop as it allows our bodies to maintain a healthy body temperature.”</span></p> <p><strong>2. It stops odour naturally</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">It’s not your sweat that causes body odour, but rather the sweat combined with bacteria already existing on your skin. Natural deodorants help to neutralise your odour, rather than stopping you from sweating. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Common ingredients used to neutralise odours include baking soda and magnesium hydroxide. Both have anti-microbial qualities that kill bacteria before they digest sweat and create odour. However, Anna says magnesium hydroxide “is less irritating than baking soda and is less soluble which means it takes longer to fully dissolve in sweat, leading to more staying power”.</span></p> <p><strong>3. Care for your clothes</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Did you know it’s the aluminium in your deodorant that causes those dark yellow stains on your whites? When aluminium mixes with sweat it rubs on your clothing leaving marks over time, and they’re near impossible to get out. </span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CWZeLzfAcLJ/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="14"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CWZeLzfAcLJ/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Edible Beauty (@ediblebeautyau)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><strong>4. It’s gentle on your skin</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">If you’ve removed hair from your underarms via shaving or waxing, then you know just how sensitive this area can be. Natural deodorants actually help to combat irritation and provide a more conditioning feel than general aerosols and roll ons. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">For those who experience skin irritation, eczema, or contact allergies to the fragrances in </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://dermnetnz.org/topics/antiperspirant" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">antiperspirants</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">, natural deodorants can also be a gentler option for the skin.</span></p> <p><strong>5. An eco-friendly option</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Choosing a deodorant that is natural, sustainable, biodegradable not only ensures you are armed with the best protection, but means you are also keeping the environment in mind by limiting plastic single-use items and omitting chemicals and toxins. </span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Getty Images</span></em></p>

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Hairdresser has her fringe chewed off by her guinea pig

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">After a tipsy night out, hairdresser Gara Sullivan decided to lay down and have a cuddle with her guinea pig named Dixie. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">After falling asleep with the small critter, the 29-year-old from Kentucky woke up and made a horrifying discovery when she looked in the mirror. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Dixie, the three-year-old pet, had nibbled off a chunk of her fringe! </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Initially, Gara was concerned about the wellbeing of her cheeky pet, wondering if Dixie would become sick after swallowing clumps of hair. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Luckily, she then found her detached hairs sitting next to a very guilty looking guinea pig, realising she had chewed them off and just left them.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Gara shared the hilarious situation with her social media followers, with many joking that Dixie was merely planning to make her own “guinea-wig”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Other commenters, including Gara, agreed that the naked guinea pig was simply jealous of Gara’s long locks. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Gara said, 'She doesn't have any hair - it's like she's jealous of mine. She has a little hair on her nose but that's it, other than that she's completely naked.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“She'd had quite the meal, it was crazy. I take naps with her all the time but if I'm drunk, my boyfriend will create a little bed on the floor for me because he knows I like to snuggle with her.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I fell asleep and when I woke up in the morning, I went to the bathroom, looked at myself in the mirror and my bangs were gone.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Gara has had to rearrange her hair to make the tuft of hair not show, as she worries the hair will take at least six months to grow back. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">For now, the hairdresser has vowed to end her little sleepovers with Dixie, unless she has a few too many drinks and feels like a cuddle. </span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image credits: TikTok / Instagram @garasullivan</span></em></p>

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Royal florists make creating your own Christmas wreath look easy

<p dir="ltr">The Royal Household florists posted an informative video to the official Royal Family Instagram account on Monday, walking you through the steps to create your own elaborate and authentic Christmas wreath, just like the ones on display in royal residences across the UK.</p> <p dir="ltr">The caption provides a brief history of Christmas decorations in the UK, including the fact that Christmas trees were introduced in Britain in the late 1700s by Queen Charlotte, consort of George III.</p> <p dir="ltr">Fortunately, making your own wreath is far simpler than buying and wrangling and decorating an entire Christmas tree. To make a wreath that’s fit for a queen, all you’ll need is: a copper wreath ring, scissors, reel wire, long, thick, green florist wires, moss, foliage (pine, holly, ivy), dried fruit slices, cinnamon sticks, dried pine cones and lotus heads, Christmas ribbon, and string for hanging.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/tv/CXJntt3NYCc/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="14"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/tv/CXJntt3NYCc/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by The Royal Family (@theroyalfamily)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p dir="ltr">The wreath is built around the wreath ring, starting with moss before adding foliage and berries, and finishing up with cinnamon sticks, dried fruit slices, and a red bow.</p> <p dir="ltr">The result is a gorgeous Christmas wreath, although one that feels more appropriate for a white Christmas than the sunny ones we’re used to. What would a Southern Hemisphere Christmas wreath consist of? Mango peels and bindis, perhaps?</p> <p dir="ltr">You can also<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://oversixty.com.au/lifestyle/beauty-style/take-a-sneak-peek-at-the-queen-s-palace-at-christmas-time" target="_blank">take a peek</a><span> </span>at one of the Queen’s royal residences decorated for Christmas. While the queen is not expected to celebrate the holidays at Holyroodhouse, most likely celebrating closer to home on her Sandringham Estate this year, that’s no reason to not deck the halls of the stunning Edinburgh palace.</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: Instagram</em></p>

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What is adaptive clothing and how can it make life easier for people with a disability?

<p>Have you ever tried to do up a zip or button a shirt one-handed? Put on a pair of jeans while seated? Do you know someone with Autism Spectrum Disorder, who can’t stand the feeling of certain fabrics against their skin? If your feet are different sizes, or you only have one foot, how do you buy shoes?</p> <p>Advances in “adaptive clothing” aim to address these problems.</p> <p>Adaptive clothes are specially designed for people with a disability. This can mean providing <a href="https://hypebeast.com/2013/10/under-armour-creates-the-worlds-first-one-handed-magnetic-zipper">one-handed zippers on shoes</a>, replacing buttons with <a href="https://au.tommy.com/tommy-hilfiger-adaptive">magnetic closures</a> or designing clothing and footwear so you can get dressed while in <a href="https://jamthelabel.com/pages/adaptations">a seated position</a>.</p> <p>The key to effective adaptive clothing is catering for the vast array of needs different consumers have, while maintaining style and fashionability. Recently, fashion brands have begun to provide on-trend clothing with new styles, combining fashion and technology for people with a variety of disabilities.</p> <p>Here are five different ways fashion is approaching adaptive clothing.</p> <h2>1. Magnets, not buttons</h2> <p><a href="https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/behold-the-worlds-first-one-handed-zipper-7278212/">Under Armour</a> were one of the first to adopt a magnetic zipper in clothing. Their redesigned jacket zip called MagZip uses magnets to connect the ends of the zip, making clothing easier to do up one-handed.</p> <p>Magnets have also been used in shirts, pants and other garments in lieu of buttons. These enable individuals who don’t have the dexterity or ability to use buttons to better dress themselves.</p> <h2>2. Shoes without laces</h2> <p>Different iterations of shoes also aim to make the process of tying laces easier, or remove the need all together. Zips can <a href="https://www.marksandspencer.com/au/kids%E2%80%99-freshfeet%E2%84%A2-adaptive-high-top-trainers-5-small---7-large/p/P60282243.html">replace traditional laces</a>, enabling shoes to be done up one-handed.</p> <p>Another design is Nike’s <a href="https://news.nike.com/news/nike-go-flyease-hands-free-shoe">Go FlyEase</a>, a sneaker utilising a hinge design. The wearer steps into the shoe and the hinge opens, holding the shoe in place.</p> <p><iframe width="440" height="260" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/ZTRsiWa79rY?wmode=transparent&amp;start=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>The first FlyEase shoes proved popular with a wider audience, <a href="https://www.highsnobiety.com/p/nike-go-flyease-resale-prices/">creating supply issues and a large resale market</a>. This shoe is an example of <a href="https://universaldesign.ie/what-is-universal-design/">Universal Design</a> – a principle which proposes products should be designed in such a way that anybody can use them.</p> <h2>3. Clothing for the wearer</h2> <p>Many people with autism <a href="https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10803-021-05140-3">are sensitive</a> to certain fabrics or to tags and clothing labels.</p> <p>Adaptive brands, such as <a href="https://jamthelabel.com/pages/adaptations">JAM the Label</a>, screen-print labels, avoiding physical tags and offer a range of hyposensitive bamboo and linen fabrics.</p> <p>Baby onesies and traditional bathers which cover the stomach are not always practical for everyone. Their design can be restrictive to people who are tube feed or use ostomy pouches.</p> <p>Among other designs, Australian adaptive clothing manufacturer <a href="https://wonsie.com.au/">Wonsie</a> sells garments with stomach access for both children and adults who require frequent access to the stomach, meaning medical devices need not be a barrier to fashion.</p> <h2>4. 3D printing and custom designs</h2> <p>In the past, adaptive products were often designed to be unobtrusive, such as black wheelchairs or flesh-coloured prostheses and hearing aids. But this is changing too.</p> <p><a href="https://images.theconversation.com/files/434889/original/file-20211201-13-qghrsa.jpg?ixlib=rb-1.1.0&amp;q=45&amp;auto=format&amp;w=1000&amp;fit=clip"><img src="https://images.theconversation.com/files/434889/original/file-20211201-13-qghrsa.jpg?ixlib=rb-1.1.0&amp;q=45&amp;auto=format&amp;w=754&amp;fit=clip" alt="A boy with a blue hearing aid plays guitar" /></a> <span class="caption">Advances in 3D printing technology means devices, such as hearing aids, can come in many different designs and colours.</span> <span class="attribution"><span class="source">Shutterstock</span></span></p> <p>3D printing and advanced manufacturing are allowing for great flexibility and customised designs of various devices and fashion items.</p> <p>Open Bionics used 3D printing to create the <a href="https://openbionics.com/hero-arm/">Hero Arm</a>, a bionic arm powered by muscle movements. By using 3D printing to customise the arm to the user, the company is also able to provide users options around designs ranging from colours to branded content: a blend of function and fashion.</p> <h2>5. Unique sales platforms</h2> <p>The technology behind adaptive fashion is not limited to product design: it is also used in sales and marketing, too.</p> <p><a href="https://everyhuman.com.au/pages/single-shoes">Every Human’s Unpaired system</a> allows consumers to purchase single shoes, while searching by size, width and a range of adaptive features such as easy to put on, and friendly for those who are wearing ankle/foot orthosis.</p> <p>This can benefit people who have different sized or shaped feet or with prosthetics, where traditional shoes would not suit.</p> <p>While it seems like a relatively simple idea, this requires brands to have more sophisticated ordering systems. Products must be itemised individually, rather than in traditional pairs, and tagged with additional features such as left or right shoe, and which adaptive features each side possesses, so consumers can search by their needs.</p> <h2>Adapting beyond technology</h2> <p>Like many consumers, people with a disability simply want to be able to shop in physical or online stores and find clothing they like and that fits. So while technology is helping retailers offer an increasing range of adaptive clothing, it is not the only solution.</p> <p>The next step is to not only think about the clothing itself, but also about the wearer and how they want to shop.</p> <p>All fashion brands should be adapting their items to the vast array of consumer needs: the technology is already here.<!-- Below is The Conversation's page counter tag. 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Take a sneak peek at the Queen’s palace at Christmas time

<p dir="ltr">The Queen’s official residence in Edinburgh, the Palace of Holyroodhouse, has been decorated for Christmas, and the result is stunning.</p> <p dir="ltr">The Royal Collection Trust released a<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.royal.uk/christmas-palace-holyroodhouse" target="_blank">set of photos</a><span> </span>showcasing the palace’s seasonal makeover, including a four-metre high Christmas tree in the Throne Room and garlands on the banisters. The tree sits in front of a recently installed portrait of Charles II, who was was King of Scotland from 1649 until 1651, and King of Scotland, England and Ireland from the restoration of the monarchy in 1660 until his death in 1685.</p> <p dir="ltr">Christmas only became a public holiday in Scotland in 1958, following a 400-year-long ban on the holiday following the reformation which saw Mass, festivals, church holidays and Yule celebrations banned.</p> <p dir="ltr">The palace was decorated following royal tradition, that sees all royal estates receive a makeover for the holiday season, but the Queen won’t be present to enjoy the decorations. Her Majesty typically celebrates Christmas at Sandringham or Windsor Castle, and according to<span> </span><em>The Mirror,<span> </span></em>will celebrate at Sandringham this year, while she recovers from her<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://oversixty.com.au/health/caring/queen-elizabeth-ii-releases-message-after-back-sprain" target="_blank">recent back injury.</a></p> <p dir="ltr">The source that shared this information with the paper also revealed that the Queen is feeling much better, saying, "The Queen has told everyone she is feeling far better of late and is very much looking forward to welcoming them for Christmas.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Prince William<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://oversixty.com.au/health/caring/queen-elizabeth-ii-releases-message-after-back-sprain" target="_blank">recently shared memories of Christmases spent</a><span> </span>at the family’s Sandringham Estate as part of a podcast. He described the family’s pilgrimages to St. Mary Magdalene Church, where they attend Christmas Day services, that featured Prince Philip plowing ahead the rest of the group while "there'd be us at the back with little legs trying to keep up."</p> <p dir="ltr">William, Catherine and their children live at Anmer Hall on the sprawling 20,000-acre Sandringham Estate in Norfolk, in East Anglia.</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: John Stillwell - WPA Pool/Getty Images</em></p>

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Who was the most talked about royal in 2021?

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The royal with the most influence </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.msn.com/en-au/entertainment/news/the-most-influential-royal-revealed/ar-AARmRXo?li=BBF1w9o" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">has been named</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> for 2021 - but it isn’t the Queen.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Instead, Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, has beaten Her Majesty for the top spot after appearing in more internet searches, media mentions, and Instagram hashtags than any other royal in the world. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Queen Elizabeth II came in second place, followed by Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Hashtags, monthly searches, and article mentions of the Duchess of Sussex totalled a whopping 8.6 million, exactly double the Queen’s 4.3 million mentions.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">With the year Meghan has had, her huge presence and influence comes as no surprise.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">She started off the year by announcing her second pregnancy with Harry in February, followed by their bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey in March, and by giving birth to Lilibet in June.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CMLKlZ6HSrW/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="14"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CMLKlZ6HSrW/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Archewell by Harry and Meghan (@archewell_hm)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In August, she </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://oversixty.com.au/health/caring/meghan-markle-s-amazing-40th-birthday-message" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">celebrated her 40th birthday</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> with a comedic video starring Melissa McCarthy, before appearing at a series of events in New York with Harry.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Meghan has rounded out the year by appearing on the </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Ellen DeGeneres</span> <span style="font-weight: 400;">Show</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"> in November, and advocating for paid parental leave in the US.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/tv/CWbYIz9gqjB/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="14"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/tv/CWbYIz9gqjB/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Archewell by Harry and Meghan (@archewell_hm)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">But, new reports in October found that much of the negative attention Harry and Meghan have received online has come from real people, rather than fake bot accounts.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The couple have spoken several times about the “crisis” of online trolling, and Harry has called out the </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://oversixty.com.au/entertainment/technology/prince-harry-says-megxit-is-a-misogynistic-term" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">use of “Megxit”</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> to describe their departure from royal life.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">As for the rest of the “most influential” list, put together by </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://74n5c4m7.r.eu-west-1.awstrack.me/L0/https:%2F%2Fdesignbundles.net%2F/1/0102017d78a91619-86be1439-8db8-45ce-a26f-399e2af565db-000000/anKcZee-rzPjJEx-IDhTL96aWVg=247" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Design Bundles</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">, there were some surprising inclusions.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Princess Diana came in fifth place, after her son Harry, as this year marked what would have been her 60th birthday.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Queen’s late sister, Princess Margaret, also appeared on the list in seventh place, due to her depiction in the series </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Crown</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Getty Images</span></em></p>

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Woman shares disgusting discovery lurking in her hairbrush

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A woman on TikTok has shared her disgusting discovery she made when she decided to wash her hair brushes for the first time, and has warned others not to make the same mistake. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The woman shared the video of her deciding to wash her brushes after seeing a salon owner cleanse her hair tools in order to prevent your hair from getting greasy. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">She placed her hair brush in her bathroom sink with hot water and shampoo for a deep clean. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">After leaving the brushes for an hour, the woman returned to the bathroom to find the water had gone brown. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Oh my god, that’s disgusting,” she exclaimed. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"Ladies, don't forget to wash your hairbrushes. I didn't even know that was a thing. Look at the state of that."</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The video has been viewed over 3.8 million times, with her followers also sharing their shock at the results. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"I'm buying a new hair brush and starting from scratch," one person commented.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"Goes and washes hair brushes now," another said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">While most people were shocked at the idea, some were surprised that this didn’t seem to be a well known fact. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"This confuses me that people didn't know this. It's the same as washing your makeup brushes," one person pointed out.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The salon owner who posted the original video said that a dirty hairbrush could be the reason people suffer from greasy hair. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">As you use your brush, the grease and oil from your hair builds up and sits in your brush until it’s next use, and ends up getting transferred back to your hair. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">So, go and wash your hair brushes and see if you can see the difference in your hair. </span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image credits: TikTok @everythingtidy</span></em></p>

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