FEELING like Medusa about to stun my prey, I slowly opened the door to greet my boyfriend. For 12 months I’d been doing that thing women too often do – taking pains to hide my imperfections from a man – but he’d just caught me out. Suffering a bout of bad, spotty skin, I’d slathered my face in Sudocrem, safe in the knowledge that I wasn’t going to see Zack, 27, that night. But then he surprised me. At first I refused to let him in, sure that if he saw me in my true, hideous state – wet hair scraped back into a tight bun, tatty tea-stained pyjamas, a thick layer of bright white spot cream covering my lumpy face – he’d run a mile. But when I eventually relented, he just laughed. Hard. And then said: “That’s what you were worried about? Pff!” before ushering me to the sitting room so we could get on with watching a movie on the sofa. Until that day, I’d made a huge, exhausting effort to conceal everything I … [Read more...] about Why I stopped trying to be Barbie 24/7 and pretending to be flawless to impress my boyfriend
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WHEN it comes figure-hugging clothes visible panty lines are an absolute no-no...that's when we reach for a thong. G-strings are a must-have for any woman's wardrobe, but while they may keep your outfit looking fab it can leaves other areas not so fresh. That's right, we are talking about your lady bits, va-jay-jay, hoohah...whatever you call it. Wearing a thong could actually cause a nasty infection, by encouraging bacteria to spread from your bum to your vagina. It could land you with things like thrush or bacterial vaginosis, neither of which you want. Plus, if it moves around under your clothes you increase your risk of irritation - think itchy rashes, ingrown hairs and, in horror situations, tiny cuts to the fragile skin down there. Here's something else that will make your skin crawl...Kim Kardashian was recently snapped wearing a Gucci thong from the Tom Ford spring/summer collection in 1997. It's unclear where she got the thong from, but it sparked concern on social media that … [Read more...] about The gross reason you should NEVER wear a thong…and why going commando is better
THE bush is back in fashion, according to Vogue. HALLELUJAH! At last our natural, pheromone-catching, abrasion, injury and pathogen-protecting locks can be celebrated rather than causing offence. For years now I’ve been freely leaving my garden (for that read woodland or even rainforest) to its own devices and it feels wonderful. I find shaving in general an utter chore so even removing the hair on the body parts that are on display happens on the rarest of occasions. My grandfather is from Burma and while the tanned skin and Cleopatra eyes skipped my genetic make-up, I inherited the full hairy gene. Excellent. Going through adolescence looking like a hormone experiment wasn’t easy. From the age of ten I was a full blown fuzz ball to the point that my so-called friends called me ‘Hairy McLary From Donaldson’s Dairy.’ I was desperate to shave but I wasn’t allowed to. My mum finally let me wax when I went up to senior school and it was barbaric. The … [Read more...] about I haven’t shaved my pubes in 10 years… and now I’m back in fashion
WAXING is an established method of getting rid of unwanted hair and ensuring a smooth finish. Along with shaving, plucking and epilating, it removes unwanted hair but often promises a fuzz-free finish for longer, lasting around four weeks. What is a Hollywood wax? The Hollywood is arguably the most extreme wax, removing everything down there. Beauty website Treatwell describes it as: “Designed to remove every last hair from the front and back of your bikini zone, the Hollywood wax promises a smooth and tidy finish that lasts up to a month. “Arguably one of the most popular styles of waxing for women today, to put it plainly, a Hollywood wax removes all of the hair in your bikini area from front to back. And we mean all.” A Hollywood gives a Barbie-esque finish, said to be popular among stars of the porn industry. The Hollywood wax operates a no-holds-bar approach as it needs to get every last hair, meaning it’s likely you’ll be put into a variety of … [Read more...] about What are Hollywood and Brazilian waxes, how long does hair need to be before waxing and when’s the best time before a holiday?