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Woman complains after boyfriend buys her a $2.3K engagement ring

<p>A bride-to-be has been criticised for complaining about the amount of money her boyfriend spent on her engagement ring.</p> <p>After finding his receipt, the woman took to <em>Mumsnet</em> to vent her frustration that he had only spent £1,300 (AU$2275) on her ring.</p> <p> "DP (Dear Partner) proposed and presented me with the ring he'd chosen - a diamond solitaire in white gold," read the post, which has since been deleted.</p> <p>"I was so happy and excited to accept but was disappointed when I first saw the ring. The first word that entered my head was 'small'.</p> <p>"There's nothing to dislike about the type of ring per se, as a diamond solitaire would have been my choice, but it's the whole thing - the colour of the gold, the setting, the small stone and relatively chunky shoulders.</p> <p>"His salary is nearing a six-figure sum and he's usually very generous. Having seen the receipt I know he paid £1,300 for it - which is a lot less than I would have imagined he would have spent on such a significant piece of jewellery."</p> <p>While some <em>Mumsnet</em> users agreed with the bride-to-be being disappointed, others were appalled at her complaint.</p> <p>"The cost is not as much of a factor but you must be happy with the look of the ring. Just tell him you are not keen on the setting and you would prefer to choose another ring together," wrote one person.</p> <p>"I think you sound grabby. Why is it about the size of the diamond? He's making a commitment to you. It doesn't have to be about money or 'flashiness," wrote another.</p> <p><em>Republished with the permission of <strong><u><a href="https://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/love-sex/106280309/woman-complains-after-boyfriend-buys-her-a-25k-engagement-ring">Stuff.co.nz.</a></u></strong> </em></p>

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Princess Mary dazzles in crimson dress

<p>Princess Mary has dressed up for a glamorous night out without the kids to celebrate the 175th anniversary of one of Denmark’s most popular tourist attractions, Tivoli Gardens.</p> <p>The 46-year-old Crown Princess looked elegant in a crimson evening gown decorated with mirrored sequins and a blush-pink silk wrap.</p> <p>The Australian-born Danish royal attended the event with Queen Margrethe’s sister, Princess Benedikte, who wore a green and blue floor-length dress.</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/Bmgnc36AE7O/?utm_source=ig_embed" data-instgrm-version="9"> <div style="padding: 8px;"> <div style="background: #F8F8F8; line-height: 0; margin-top: 40px; padding: 50% 0; text-align: center; width: 100%;"> <div style="background: url(data:image/png; base64,ivborw0kggoaaaansuheugaaacwaaaascamaaaapwqozaaaabgdbtueaalgpc/xhbqaaaafzukdcak7ohokaaaamuexurczmzpf399fx1+bm5mzy9amaaadisurbvdjlvzxbesmgces5/p8/t9furvcrmu73jwlzosgsiizurcjo/ad+eqjjb4hv8bft+idpqocx1wjosbfhh2xssxeiyn3uli/6mnree07uiwjev8ueowds88ly97kqytlijkktuybbruayvh5wohixmpi5we58ek028czwyuqdlkpg1bkb4nnm+veanfhqn1k4+gpt6ugqcvu2h2ovuif/gwufyy8owepdyzsa3avcqpvovvzzz2vtnn2wu8qzvjddeto90gsy9mvlqtgysy231mxry6i2ggqjrty0l8fxcxfcbbhwrsyyaaaaaelftksuqmcc); display: block; height: 44px; margin: 0 auto -44px; position: relative; top: -22px; width: 44px;"></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/Bmgnc36AE7O/?utm_source=ig_embed" target="_blank">A post shared by DET DANSKE KONGEHUS (@detdanskekongehus)</a> on Aug 15, 2018 at 11:29am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Mary’s husband, Prince Frederik, was absent from the event as well as their four children, Prince Christian, 12, Princess Isabella, 11, and twins Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine, seven.</p> <p>Tivoli Gardens was created by Georg Carstensen and inspired Danish writer Hans Christian Anderson’s fairytale, The Nightingale.</p> <p>The amusement park was visited by Walt Disney before he opened Disneyland in 1955, and it is believed he was so captivated by the atmosphere of the attraction, that he sought to recreate it in his own park.</p> <p>Mary and her family frequently visit the amusement park, with the royal children attending an event there last year while their parents were away in Japan.</p> <p>Recently, the family enjoyed a sailing trip around Denmark, documenting their <a href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/travel/international-travel/danish-royals-holiday-album-inside-princess-mary-and-prince-frederik-s-summer-getaway/"><strong><u>holiday photos</u></strong></a> on Instagram.</p>

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"You can't beat it": The budget mascara being sold every 2.5 seconds

<p>A $12.95 mascara is selling out in mere seconds as women take to social media to praise the budget-friendly beauty product.</p> <p>Available at any Australian supermarket store or your local pharmacy, the Maybelline Great Lash Mascara has earned rave reviews from women who claim it works better than high-end products.</p> <p><img id="i-f749a63f7ba5a226" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" class="blkBorder img-share b-loaded" src="https://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/newpix/2018/08/15/03/4F19934800000578-6061547-image-a-247_1534300766461.jpg" alt="One tube of the classic $12.95 Maybelline Great Lash Mascara sells every 2.5 seconds" width="306" height="528" /></p> <p>Beauty blogger Caitlyn Ann, from Michigan, shared her glowing review on <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n7bFe2vza48"><strong>YouTube</strong></a>, along with a before and after shot of her eyelashes after using the product.</p> <p>“I very impressed with this mascara. I didn't think I was going to like it but it gives your eyes a very natural look... It does a nice job,” she said.</p> <p>“Look how beautiful that is. I'm obsessed with this product, I should have tried it a long time ago,” she said.</p> <p><img id="i-98e68194ae06a1fc" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" class="blkBorder img-share b-loaded" src="https://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/newpix/2018/08/15/03/4F19935D00000578-6061547-image-a-248_1534300799147.jpg" alt="'I'm obsessed!' Beauty blogger Caitlyn Ann, from Michigan, shared her glowing review on YouTube, along with a before and after shot of her eyelashes after using the mascara" width="634" height="417" /></p> <p>Other women agreed, with many branding it the “best mascara ever”.</p> <p>“The best mascara I've ever found! It's enough to keep my eyelashes longer and volumnised and its very light so my eyelashes stay up and curled throughout the day,” one woman raved.</p> <p>Another said: “I've tried so many high end brands of mascara and came back to this one. It does just as good of a job if not better.”</p> <p>“This is the best mascara out there, period. I have tried many different brands, including prestige and this is hands down the best one! And for the price, you really can't beat it! I highly recommend it,” one poster wrote.</p> <p>One said: 'It's a no fuss mascara and perfect for giving your lashes a naturally defined look. It spreads on thinly and does not leave clumps in your lashes, giving them a natural look without looking fake.”</p> <p>And another said: “This is a cult classic mascara that has been around ever since I can remember. I remember my mum using this when I was younger, and I'm pretty sure it was the first mascara I ever purchased.</p> <p>“I still use it to this day, it's great quality for a great price. It does a good job at coating and separating lashes. It isn't the best mascara for volume or thickness, it's more suited to an everyday natural look.”</p> <p>The “all day wear” mascara, which hit shelves 47 years ago, promises a “full lash look without clumps or globs” and “dries within seconds”. </p> <p>What are your beauty product recommendations? Let us know in the comments below.</p>

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The sentimental piece of jewellery Duchess Meghan is saving for her daughter

<p>While Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan's wedding was only a few months ago, it seems the former actress has always dreamt of having children. In an interview with <a rel="noopener" href="https://ca.hellomagazine.com/fashion/02015090318539/meghan-markle-biggest-splurge-must-have-fall-pieces" target="_blank"><em>Hello! Magazine</em></a> from 2015, Meghan revealed an item that she plans on using as a family heirloom.</p> <p>To celebrate the success of her show <em>Suits</em>, the Duchess splurged on a Cartier watch which would have pushed her back close to $10,000. But she plans on keeping it around for a very long time.</p> <p>“I’ve always coveted the Cartier French Tank watch,” she said. “When I found out <em>Suits</em> had been picked up for our third season – which, at the time, felt like such a milestone – I totally splurged and bought the two-tone version.”</p> <p>Meghan even had the classic watch engraved with a personal message: ‘To M.M. From M.M.’ </p> <p>“I plan to give it to my daughter one day,” Meghan explained. “That’s what makes pieces special, the connection you have to them.”</p> <p>Following their royal wedding in May, the world now awaits potential baby news from the couple, but don’t hold your breath, as you may be waiting a while.</p> <p>While the royal couple have no intentions of starting a family soon, Prince Harry did add that they will “hopefully start a family in the near future".</p> <p>Though, whenever the two decide to have children of their own, there will be a difference between their child and Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis – as Harry and Meghan’s children will have <a href="http://www.oversixty.com.au/news/news/why-harry-and-meghan-s-children-will-have-a-different-surname-...">different surnames</a>.</p> <p>With all of Queen Elizabeth’s and Prince Philip’s children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren sharing the historical surname Mountbatten-Windsor, there is a high chance that Harry and Meghan’s children will carry the surname Sussex.</p> <p>With William and Harry being known throughout their schooling as William and Harry Wales due to their father being Prince Charles of Wales, it is thought that Harry and Meghan’s children will adopt their parents’ titles.</p> <p>Likewise, Prince William and Kate’s family are known as the Cambridge’s due to the couple being the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. It is said that this tradition allows the royal children to adapt to their environment more easily. </p>

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Princess Mary flashes endless legs in gorgeous frock at fashion show

<p>Crown Princess Mary of Denmark put on a leggy display in a pastel pink dress during a fashion show in København.</p> <p>The Australian-born royal looked right at home in the front row as she watched students showcase their designs at the Kolding Design School and the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts joint show Future of Fashion.</p> <p><img id="i-61472699e619d857" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" class="blkBorder img-share b-loaded" src="https://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/newpix/2018/08/08/18/4EF02C2D00000578-6040297-image-a-29_1533747910855.jpg" alt="Initially Mary looked every inch the royal in her dress, which featured a respectable high neck and had a floor-sweeping length (pictured arriving at the Academy)" width="634" height="950" /></p> <p>The ever-stylish Mary wore a floor-sweeping flowy frock cinched at the waist with a chunky belt and finished off with pink stilettos, fitting right in with the chic crowd.</p> <p>The royal even showed off her tanned pins when she swept her dress to the side as she sat down to watch the fashion parade.  </p> <p><img id="i-11b93c6830b18a0a" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" class="blkBorder img-share b-loaded" src="https://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/newpix/2018/08/08/17/4EF028D500000578-6040297-Sitting_in_the_front_row_Australian_born_Mary_had_pulled_her_lon-m-8_1533747196080.jpg" alt="Sitting in the front row, Australian born Mary had pulled her long dress up above her knees (pictured)" width="634" height="849" /></p> <p>Later in the day, she attended the Fashion Fair in Copenhagen, of which she is patron.</p> <p>The annual event sees upcoming designers showcase their clothes in displays and fashion shows. </p> <p>What do you think of Princess Mary's dress? Let us know in the comments below. </p>

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Duchess Meghan's stunning outfit as she celebrated her birthday - and a wedding!

<p style="margin-top: 0cm; background: white; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="font-size: 11.5pt; font-family: 'Helvetica',sans-serif; color: black;">On the weekend, the Duchess of Sussex celebrated her first birthday as a royal while attending the wedding of a close friend of her husband, Prince Harry.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0cm; background: white; vertical-align: baseline; box-sizing: border-box; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; orphans: 2; text-align: start; widows: 2; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; word-spacing: 0px;"><span style="font-size: 11.5pt; font-family: 'Helvetica',sans-serif; color: black;">The wedding, which also fell on Meghan’s 37th birthday, was between Harry’s friend Charlie van Straubenzee and Daisy Jenks.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0cm; background: white; vertical-align: baseline; box-sizing: border-box; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; orphans: 2; text-align: start; widows: 2; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; word-spacing: 0px;"><span style="font-size: 11.5pt; font-family: 'Helvetica',sans-serif; color: black;">Meghan wore a navy blue button-down dress from Club Monaco with a Philip Treacy hat and Kayu clutch.</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-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BmEfCprhqdz/?utm_source=ig_embed" data-instgrm-version="9"> <div style="padding: 8px;"> <div style="background: #F8F8F8; line-height: 0; margin-top: 40px; padding: 50% 0; text-align: center; width: 100%;"> <div style="background: url(data:image/png; base64,ivborw0kggoaaaansuheugaaacwaaaascamaaaapwqozaaaabgdbtueaalgpc/xhbqaaaafzukdcak7ohokaaaamuexurczmzpf399fx1+bm5mzy9amaaadisurbvdjlvzxbesmgces5/p8/t9furvcrmu73jwlzosgsiizurcjo/ad+eqjjb4hv8bft+idpqocx1wjosbfhh2xssxeiyn3uli/6mnree07uiwjev8ueowds88ly97kqytlijkktuybbruayvh5wohixmpi5we58ek028czwyuqdlkpg1bkb4nnm+veanfhqn1k4+gpt6ugqcvu2h2ovuif/gwufyy8owepdyzsa3avcqpvovvzzz2vtnn2wu8qzvjddeto90gsy9mvlqtgysy231mxry6i2ggqjrty0l8fxcxfcbbhwrsyyaaaaaelftksuqmcc); display: block; height: 44px; margin: 0 auto -44px; position: relative; top: -22px; width: 44px;"></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/BmEfCprhqdz/?utm_source=ig_embed" target="_blank">A post shared by fan account for Meghan Markle (@meghanmarklesparkle)</a> on Aug 4, 2018 at 1:17pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p style="margin-top: 0cm; background: white; vertical-align: baseline; box-sizing: border-box; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; orphans: 2; text-align: start; widows: 2; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; word-spacing: 0px;"> </p> <p style="margin-top: 0cm; background: white; vertical-align: baseline; box-sizing: border-box; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; orphans: 2; text-align: start; widows: 2; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; word-spacing: 0px;"><span style="font-size: 11.5pt; font-family: 'Helvetica',sans-serif; color: black;">The outgoing former actress happily greeted wedding guests while Harry attended to his duties as an usher.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0cm; background: white; vertical-align: baseline; box-sizing: border-box; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; orphans: 2; text-align: start; widows: 2; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; word-spacing: 0px;"><span style="font-size: 11.5pt; font-family: 'Helvetica',sans-serif; color: black;">Unfortunately, one of the buttons on Meghan’s dress undid itself outside the church, revealing her black lace camisole.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0cm; background: white; vertical-align: baseline; box-sizing: border-box; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; orphans: 2; text-align: start; widows: 2; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; word-spacing: 0px;"><span style="font-size: 11.5pt; font-family: 'Helvetica',sans-serif; color: black;">The Duchess quickly readjusted her dress and continued waving at the cameras, which had congregated outside the wedding venue.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0cm; background: white; vertical-align: baseline; box-sizing: border-box; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; orphans: 2; text-align: start; widows: 2; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; word-spacing: 0px;"><span style="font-size: 11.5pt; font-family: 'Helvetica',sans-serif; color: black;">The affectionate couple held hands as they made their way out of the church after the ceremony.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0cm; background: white; vertical-align: baseline; box-sizing: border-box; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; orphans: 2; text-align: start; widows: 2; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; word-spacing: 0px;"><span style="font-size: 11.5pt; font-family: 'Helvetica',sans-serif; color: black;">The wedding took place southwest of London at St Mary the Virgin Church in Frensham.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0cm; background: white; vertical-align: baseline; box-sizing: border-box; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; orphans: 2; text-align: start; widows: 2; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; word-spacing: 0px;"><span style="font-size: 11.5pt; font-family: 'Helvetica',sans-serif; color: black;">Princess Eugenie and her fiancé Jack Brooksbank also attended the nuptials.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0cm; background: white; vertical-align: baseline; box-sizing: border-box; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; orphans: 2; text-align: start; widows: 2; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; word-spacing: 0px;"><span style="font-size: 11.5pt; font-family: 'Helvetica',sans-serif; color: black;">Harry and Charlie have been close friends since they attended Ludgrove Prep School together.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0cm; background: white; vertical-align: baseline; box-sizing: border-box; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; orphans: 2; text-align: start; widows: 2; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; word-spacing: 0px;"><span style="font-size: 11.5pt; font-family: 'Helvetica',sans-serif; color: black;">Charlie attended Harry’s royal wedding to Meghan in May this year and it is believed he gave a speech at the royal reception at Frogmore House.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0cm; background: white; vertical-align: baseline; box-sizing: border-box; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; orphans: 2; text-align: start; widows: 2; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; word-spacing: 0px;"><span style="font-size: 11.5pt; font-family: 'Helvetica',sans-serif; color: black;">Charlie’s older brother, Thomas van Straubenzee, is also close friends with Prince William and was an usher at his wedding to Kate Middleton and is a godfather to Princess Charlotte. </span></p>

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X-rated print found on mum’s favourite dress

<p style="margin-top: 0cm; background: white; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="font-size: 11.5pt; font-family: 'Helvetica',sans-serif; color: black;">We all have our favourite go-to items of clothing in our wardrobe that we can always rely on to feel comfortable in while going out.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0cm; background: white; vertical-align: baseline; box-sizing: border-box; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; orphans: 2; text-align: start; widows: 2; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; word-spacing: 0px;"><span style="font-size: 11.5pt; font-family: 'Helvetica',sans-serif; color: black;">One mum had a go-to summer dress that she wore for years without ever realising that hidden in the pattern was a very risqué image.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0cm; background: white; vertical-align: baseline; box-sizing: border-box; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; orphans: 2; text-align: start; widows: 2; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; word-spacing: 0px;"><span style="font-size: 11.5pt; font-family: 'Helvetica',sans-serif; color: black;">When she noticed the rude picture for the first time, she was shocked that she had worn the dress to numerous functions without ever noticing the X-rated print.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0cm; background: white; vertical-align: baseline; box-sizing: border-box; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; orphans: 2; text-align: start; widows: 2; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; word-spacing: 0px;"><span style="font-size: 11.5pt; font-family: 'Helvetica',sans-serif; color: black;">One of her children shared a photo of the dress online and wrote: “My mum has been wearing this summer dress for years and no one noticed the pattern until now…”</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0cm; background: white; vertical-align: baseline; box-sizing: border-box; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; orphans: 2; text-align: center; widows: 2; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; word-spacing: 0px;"><img style="width: 0px; height:0px;" src="/umbraco/nothing.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/bb9d2b752fde4553b12b2cdad966d96d" /><img style="width: 281.2982998454405px; height:500px;" src="/media/7819961/1.jpg?width=281.2982998454405&amp;height=500" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/bb9d2b752fde4553b12b2cdad966d96d" /></p> <p style="margin-top: 0cm; background: white; vertical-align: baseline; box-sizing: border-box; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; orphans: 2; text-align: start; widows: 2; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; word-spacing: 0px;"><span style="font-size: 11.5pt; font-family: 'Helvetica',sans-serif; color: black;">The dress has brown, green and light blue flowers on a white background.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0cm; background: white; vertical-align: baseline; box-sizing: border-box; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; orphans: 2; text-align: start; widows: 2; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; word-spacing: 0px;"><span style="font-size: 11.5pt; font-family: 'Helvetica',sans-serif; color: black;">After carefully looking at the design, the silhouette of a curvy woman with her hands in her hair can be seen.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0cm; background: white; vertical-align: baseline; box-sizing: border-box; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; orphans: 2; text-align: start; widows: 2; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; word-spacing: 0px;"><span style="font-size: 11.5pt; font-family: 'Helvetica',sans-serif; color: black;">The image is repeated multiple times across the dress and cannot be unseen once it is spotted.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0cm; background: white; vertical-align: baseline; box-sizing: border-box; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; orphans: 2; text-align: start; widows: 2; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; word-spacing: 0px;"><span style="font-size: 11.5pt; font-family: 'Helvetica',sans-serif; color: black;">Did you spot the image on the dress straight away? 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Helen Mirren gets candid about ageing: “Growing old is not for p*****s!”

<p>As Helen Mirren joins an all-star cast of over 50s for a new L’Oréal campaign, the actress has opened up about her experience of ageing.</p> <p>The cosmetics company recruited Mirren along with Jane Fonda, Julianne Moore, Isabelle Adjani, Iris Berben and Vanessa Williams to appear in the new campaign for the Age Perfect range.</p> <p>For the campaign, Mirren, 72, is seen sporting a golden biker jacket with a black dress, pink socks and red heels.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 500px; height:365.93059936908514px;" src="/media/7819886/0.jpg?width=500&amp;height=365.93059936908514" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/32831caf9cf643e5b9924585a3a36059" /></p> <p>In the photo, Mirren links arms with fellow actresses, Jane Fonda, 80, and Julianne Moore, 57.</p> <p>In an interview with <a href="https://www.telegraph.co.uk"><em><strong><u>The Telegraph</u></strong></em></a> about the campaign, Mirren said: “You do have to be brave. When people say 'getting old is not for pussies’, there’s a certain amount of truth to that.”</p> <p>“When I was in my late 30s, my mother gave me some fantastic advice. ‘Never be afraid of getting old,’ she said, ‘because when you’re 20 the idea of being 35 is horrific. When you’re 35 the idea of being 55 is a nightmare, but as you get older you realise that you have the tools to deal with it.’”</p> <p>The star also praised the brand for not overlooking the senior demographic of women. </p> <p>“I am genuinely very excited about the L’Oréal Age Perfect Foundation because for the best part of my later life I have been looking for a foundation that suits the kind of skin you have as you get older so having a foundation that doesn’t settle into the wrong places, that has great staying power and at the same time doesn’t look heavy is just wonderful.”</p> <p>Recently, Mirren also revealed another one of her beauty tricks – getting her eyebrows tattooed on.</p> <p>The actress confessed she was “fed up” with her sparse brows and said she has noticed a “huge difference” in her confidence since getting them done.</p> <p>“I was fed up of my brows barely being there and when one of my girlfriends got it done, I thought that they looked great,” she said.</p> <p>“They're very lightly and delicately done — but it means that when I get up in the morning and I have no make-up on, at least I have eyebrows. It's made a huge difference.”</p>

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Meghan turns heads with edgy outfit in latest royal outing

<p>The Duchess of Sussex turned heads on Tuesday with an edgy ensemble as she stepped out with Prince Harry at an exhibition marking the centenary of the birth of Nelson Mandela.</p> <p>Wearing a blush sleeveless trench dress from up-and-coming Canadian label, NONIE, Meghan batted away criticism that her style had been muted ever since she became a royal with the edgy modern take of the classic trench.</p> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" class=" lazyloaded" src="https://www.who.com.au/cdnstorage/cache/9/b/9/d/e/0/x9b9de0526ddace6cfd3ccdd50d59b0095c992eca.jpg.pagespeed.ic.KQcGlb3zeL.webp" alt="meghan markle trench dress" data-src="cdnstorage/cache/9/b/9/d/e/0/x9b9de0526ddace6cfd3ccdd50d59b0095c992eca.jpg.pagespeed.ic.KQcGlb3zeL.webp" /></p> <p>She and Prince Harry met special guests including Nelson Mandela’s granddaughter Zamaswazi Dlamini-Mandela, a fashion designer and entrepreneur.</p> <p>The newlyweds paid tribute to the anti-apartheid icon at an exhibition dedicated to celebrating his incredible life. Mr Mandela met Princess Diana during a private visit to South Africa in 1997 just months before her tragic death.</p> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" class=" lazyloaded" src="https://www.who.com.au/cdnstorage/cache/b/9/5/7/3/c/xb9573c6c9e3355a97b52f820522822f670d136fb.jpg.pagespeed.ic.iXpqJ9e5FC.webp" alt="meghan harry" data-src="cdnstorage/cache/b/9/5/7/3/c/xb9573c6c9e3355a97b52f820522822f670d136fb.jpg.pagespeed.ic.iXpqJ9e5FC.webp" /></p> <p>The exhibit commemorating the hundredth year of his birth depicts Mr Mandela’s career from activist to president through six themes — character, comrade, leader, prisoner, negotiator and statesman.</p> <p>It is the first time the exhibition has been shown in the UK after successful runs around the world.</p> <p>Former anti-apartheid campaigner Lord Peter Hain, who is chair of the Nelson Mandela Centenary Exhibition, welcomed the royal support.</p> <p> “The Mandela Centenary Exhibition at Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, which is free to visitors from 17 July — 19 August, will depict the anti-apartheid freedom struggle and Mandela’s vision of a non-racial rainbow democracy based upon justice, equality and human rights,” he said.</p> <p>“We are delighted the duke and duchess will be supporting it.”</p>

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US First Lady Melania Trump stuns in Disney princess gown

<p>US First Lady Melania Trump has dazzled in a yellow gown at a black-tie dinner hosted by British Prime Minister Theresa May at Blenheim Palace on Thursday evening.</p> <p>The US President Donald Trump and his wife are in London on their first official visit to Britain.</p> <p>The former model opted for a French label J. Mendel pale yellow off-the shoulder gown, with ruched detailing across the bodice and a dramatic cape overlay.</p> <p><img width="485" height="344" src="/media/7819783/melania_485x344.jpg" alt="Melania" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"/></p> <p><img width="476" height="315" src="/media/7819784/734d76cb5a7d1fcc583de41ab14d938e_476x315.jpg" alt="734d 76cb 5a 7d 1fcc 583de 41ab 14d 938e" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"/></p> <p>The dress immediately drew comparisons to Disney princess Belle’s famous yellow dress in the classic animation Beauty and the Beast.</p> <p> </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">just saying <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TrumpUKVisit?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#TrumpUKVisit</a> <a href="https://t.co/QPernxSlPj">pic.twitter.com/QPernxSlPj</a></p> — Hannah Jane Parkinson (@ladyhaja) <a href="https://twitter.com/ladyhaja/status/1017488633719345152?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 12, 2018</a></blockquote> <p>The Trumps joined Prime Minister May and other British business leaders at the black-tie dinner at the palace to kick off their visit to Britain.</p> <p>The Trumps are scheduled to meet the Queen on Friday afternoon at Windsor Castle.</p>

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Mum left blind after using out-of-date mascara

<p>While you might be tempted to touch your old cosmetics when getting ready for a special event, a mum has issued a warning after she was left blinded after using out-of-date mascara.</p> <p>Mum, Shirley Potter, was getting ready to go out with her young daughters when she decided to use some of her old cosmetics, some of which she had owned for years.</p> <p>Shirley was looking forward to the bonding time with her family as years earlier she had undergone a kidney transplant and had renal failure.</p> <p>The 50-year-old applied some blush and mascara before leaving for her night out, but she woke up the next morning with burning eyes.</p> <p>"I was born with a defect in my left eye, which meant I never had sight or feeling in it whatsoever,” Shirley told the<em> Daily Mail.</em></p> <p>“But the morning after our night on the town, I started to feel excruciating pain in both eyes – even then I knew something was seriously wrong.”</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img width="499" height="670" src="/media/7819625/2_499x670.jpg" alt="2 (98)"/></p> <p>The pain started spreading down her cheeks and up her eyebrows, so she saw an ophthalmologist who diagnosed her with a mild infection.</p> <p>Months later, Shirley knew something was still wrong when she began falling over objects and was suffering from itchy eyes.</p> <p>After another examination, Shirley admitted to her ophthalmologist that she had used mascara that was 20 years old. The expert told her that mascara should only be used up to six months before being thrown out.</p> <p>Shirley has since been declared legally blind and will likely lose her vision within the next three years.</p> <p>MREC-TAG-HERE</p> <p>As she struggles with the idea of losing her independence, she hopes her story will stop others from making the same mistake.</p> <p>“People need to be aware of how to look after their make-up and throw away anything that’s too old,” she told <em>That’s Life.</em></p> <p>“I hope the fact that mascara has made me blind is a wake-up call to others.”</p>

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Eye-watering cost of Meghan Markle’s new royal wardrobe

<p>The Duchess of Sussex has quickly become an international style icon, with designer items that she wears selling out in seconds.</p> <p>And now, royal expert Katie Nicholl has revealed just how pricey Meghan’s immaculate wardrobe has been since joining the royal family.</p> <p>Speaking to <em><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.etonline.com/heres-how-much-meghan-markles-royal-wardrobe-has-cost-105204" target="_blank"><strong>Entertainment Tonight</strong></a>,</span></em> Nicholl said that since her engagement to Prince Harry, Meghan has been seen in approximately $AU1.36 million worth of clothing and accessories.</p> <p>However, Meghan’s two wedding dresses make up the most of that figure with her Givenchy ceremony gown worth over $599,000 and her Stella McCartney reception frock worth more than $213,700.</p> <p>While Meghan may have contributed to the cost of her wedding dresses, Nicholl revealed that Prince Charles is responsible for paying for a working royal’s wardrobe.</p> <p>"It does fall now, that she is married into the royal family, to the Prince of Wales ... to cover the cost of her working royal wardrobe," Nicholl told ET.</p> <p>"Meghan is now an ambassador for the royal family. Look at the publicity she has brought in, in the run up to the wedding. I'd argue that's worth every penny."</p> <p>While Meghan has made headlines for her recent outfits, Nicholl believes the Duchess will recycle them, just like her sister-in-law Kate Middleton.</p> <p>"I'm quite sure we will see Meghan step out in the outfits that she has worn before. When you are buying that sort of couture with those sorts of price tags it would be criminal not to re-wear them."</p> <p>Scroll through the gallery above to see how much each of Meghan’s outfits is worth.</p>

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A 1937 lessons in how a wife should and should not undress

<p>Back in 1937, it seemed women had no idea how they should and shouldn’t undress that Allen Gilbert founded the “School of Undressing” in Manhattan. As an operator of burlesque shows, Gilbert declares his intention of “dedicating my school to the sanctity of the American home.” The noble aim was “to make going to bed appear a thing of charm and pleasure rather than a routine chore.”</p> <p>As Gilbert indicated in the magazine, “Such good bedroom manners are essential to married happiness once the honeymoon is over.”</p> <p>LIFE magazine published the following photo spread, where two burlesque stars demonstrated the techniques of undressing to students. The dark-haired Connie Fonzlau demonstrated the improper way, and blonde June St. Clair showed the correct techniques. Gilbert told LIFE that 48 women had signed up for the school's $30 course.</p> <p><img width="455" height="668" src="http://1.mshcdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Undress-2.jpg"/></p> <p>"Nightgown technique is the high point in the Gilbert course. Here <span>Miss St. Clair adroitly gets into her nightgown and drops her lingerie all in one magic motion." </span></p> <p><span><img width="458" height="687" src="http://1.mshcdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Undress-8.jpg"/></span></p> <p><span>"A prime principle of artful undressing is to keep the hands graceful at all times. Here Miss Fonzlau clearly demonstrates what a knot some women make of their clothes." </span></p> <p><em>Source: LIFE magazine </em></p> <p><strong>Related links: </strong></p> <p>MREC-TAG-HERE</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><em><a href="/lifestyle/family/2015/08/discontinued-classic-australian-lollies/">Old-favourite lollies that are no longer available</a></em></strong></span></p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><em><a href="/lifestyle/family/2015/08/struggles-kids-of-today-dont-understand/">12 struggles your grandkids will never have to go through</a></em></strong></span></p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><em><a href="/lifestyle/family/2015/08/historical-photos-in-colour/">Historical black-and-white photos restored in colour</a></em></strong></span></p>

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Why Tracy Grimshaw has boycotted the Logies red carpet for almost a decade

<p>Tracy Grimshaw has revealed why she has not walked the red carpet at the Logies for almost a decade.</p> <p>The A Current Affair host, who is nominated for the Gold Logie at this Sunday’s awards, spoke to Kyle and Jackie O on KIIS FM today about her red carpet boycott.</p> <p>“For 10 years I have snuck into the Palladium Room at the Crown in Melbourne through the kitchen so I can avoid the red carpet,” she said.</p> <p>Grimshaw said one particular incident a decade ago sparked her boycott.</p> <p>“There is a reason I boycotted the Logies red carpet 10 years ago,” she said.</p> <p>“The last time I did the red carpet, this lovely stylist in Melbourne … made me a dress that I loved. I can’t wear high heels and I struggle with all that stuff because I have a dodgy ankle. She finally made me a dress that I could wear comfy heels with and it was all fine.”</p> <p>But the dress was criticised by the media, with the whole incident leaving a sour taste in Grimshaw’s mouth.</p> <p>“The snappers on the red carpet posed me in such a way that I didn’t look so good,” Grimshaw said.</p> <p><img width="446" height="686" src="https://cdn.newsapi.com.au/image/v1/36758925ddc820965b253b56357feabb" alt="Tracy Grimshaw was last seen on the Logies red carpet in 2009." style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"/></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>Tracy Grimshaw last walked the Logies red carpet in 2009.</em></p> <p>“I was nominated as the worst dressed at the Logies that year and I felt really sorry for her [the stylist] because she’s made me this dress and I liked it. I felt so bad for her.</p> <p>“I’m not a fashionista, I don’t put myself out there as a fashionista, I don’t pretend to be the best dressed anywhere and I just decided if this what the red carpet is I’m not doing it anymore.”</p> <p>But the TV veteran told Kyle and Jackie O she is ready to walk the red carpet at this Sunday’s awards.</p> <p><em>The 2018 TV Week Logie Awards will air live on Channel 9 from 7pm on Sunday, July 1</em></p>

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The Kmart jumper “blunder” that has left shoppers divided

<p>A Kmart shopper has taken to Facebook to share the ‘error’ she spotted on her son’s new jumper.</p> <p>On the Facebook forum Kmart Mums, the mum shared a photo of her three-year-old in a jumper from the retail store that had been given to him by his grandmother.</p> <p>Hundreds of shoppers have debated over the ‘glaring error’ since it was initially shared online – do you think Kmart got it wrong?</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img width="499" height="725" src="/media/7819328/1_499x725.jpg" alt="1 (159)"/></p> <p>The astronomy themed jumper, which features a dinosaur, has ‘east’ and ‘west’ printed on the opposite sides.</p> <p>Some members of the group said the mistake was “obvious”, while one customer admitted they had purchased the item without noticing the error: “OMG I bought this today and didn’t even notice.”</p> <p>One user slammed Kmart for the mix-up and suggested for the designers to “look at a compass”.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img width="500" height="1285" src="/media/7819329/2_500x1285.jpg" alt="2 (95)"/></p> <p>However, the reason why east and west are reversed on a sky map is because the map shows the sky as you look away from earth, whereas a geographic map shows the Earth from above looking down. </p> <p>Therefore, east and west are correctly switched around. </p> <p>Some social media users realised that the jumper did not have an error and said the astrological map was correct “when looking at the stars”.</p> <p>MREC-TAG-HERE</p> <p>One person wrote: “It’s a star map – it’s correct!”</p> <p>Another asked: “Did no one here learn about constellations and maps when they were in school?”</p> <p>Did you initially think there was an error on the jumper? Let us know in the comments below.</p>

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Duchess Meghan shows off new beauty look at Royal Ascot

<p>The new Duchess of Sussex stunned in her first Royal Ascot appearance in a Givenchy ensemble, the same label as her dazzling wedding gown, and a dramatic wide-brimmed black-and-white hat from Philip Treacy.</p> <p>But it was Meghan’s fresh-faced look with perfectly groomed eyebrows that caught many people’s eye.</p> <p><img src="https://imagesvc.timeincapp.com/v3/mm/image?url=https%3A%2F%2Fpeopledotcom.files.wordpress.com%2F2018%2F06%2Fmeghan-markle6.jpg&amp;w=1100&amp;q=85" style="width: 426px; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"/></p> <p><img width="418" height="642" src="https://cdn.newsapi.com.au/image/v1/4eac9710c778f069c4408682519443b6?width=650" class="tge-imagecaption_img" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"/></p> <p>The Duchess showed off a much darker and defined brow style on Tuesday – a look that is dubbed the “Audrey Brow” treatment, named after style icon Audrey Hepburn.</p> <p>Meghan’s personal brow stylist, Sherrille Riley, told <strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="https://people.com/royals/meghan-markle-eyebrow-style-royal-ascot/?xid=email-email-peopledaily-2018061916PM-tout1&amp;utm_source=peopledotcom.wordpress.com&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=people-daily&amp;utm_content=2018061916PM&amp;eminfo=%7b%22EMAIL%22%3a%22naHtfLFf8HskCz5nMoJHrQ35guRJVFr3DY%2fuKIvZvd4%3d%22%2c%22BRAND%22%3a%22PE%22%2c%22CONTENT%22%3a%22Newsletter%22%2c%22UID%22%3a%22PE_NDL_DE8D7C04-C3EE-4E22-9208-619607CCF652%22%2c%22SUBID%22%3a%2284217104%22%2c%22JOBID%22%3a%22786982%22%2c%22NEWSLETTER%22%3a%22PEOPLE_NEWS_DAILY%22%2c%22ZIP%22%3a%2210025%22%2c%22COUNTRY%22%3a%22%22%7d">PEOPLE</a></span></strong> earlier this year: “It’s particularly flattering on Meghan because it’s a really natural style and it really compliments her features — she’s a beautiful woman.”</p> <p><img width="350" height="539" src="https://cdn.newsapi.com.au/image/v1/7d47d8b0080184fbf62cc123345ffcfa?width=650" class="tge-imagecaption_img" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"/></p> <p>Riley, who runs the Nails and Brow salon in London’s Mayfair, has been maintaining and shaping Meghan’s eyebrows since 2016 on personal recommendation by another member of the royal family.</p> <p>“We do maintenance, tinting and threading and a bit of tweezing. The tint I use is brown with a hint of black which gives a really soft natural look,” she said.</p> <p>“It’s just about accentuating her features in the most natural way,” said Riley, who also looks after Princess Beatrice’s brows.</p> <p> </p>

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Retailer mocked for T-shirt mistake

<p>A supermarket giant has been criticised after a customer spotted a grammatical error on the retailer’s Father’s Day T-shirt.</p> <p>The angry shopper took to <a href="https://www.mumsnet.com/Talk/am_i_being_unreasonable/3275585-To-think-Asda-need-a-kick-up-the-arse-for-this?pg=1" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><em>Mumsnet</em></strong></span></a>, to rant about the misplaced apostrophe on the $7 shirt.</p> <p>The shopper explained that they were annoyed over the “errant apostrophe” in the word “Dad’s”, which should’ve read “Dads”.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img width="425" height="568" src="/media/7819192/1.jpg" alt="1 (154)"/></p> <p>“I do think large retail chains ought to have someone checking their products for spelling, punctuation and grammar,” the user wrote.</p> <p>“I’m sure most parents would prefer it if their children were not exposed to such errors, given that they’ll be tested on them all the way up to A level …”</p> <p>Another user revealed her plans to show the photo of the shirt to her Year 5 English class.</p> <p>“I’m 95% sure they will know what’s wrong with it straight away.”</p> <p>One Mumsnet user suggested Asda should employ a proofreader, while another posted on their social media accounts to call the supermarket out on their mistake.</p> <p>MREC-TAG-HERE</p> <p>"I've posted x2 on their FB page and tweeted them, I'll revisit and keep at it when I've got a minute and report back if I get responses," the user wrote.</p> <p>"Join in anyone?"</p> <p>An Asda spokesperson told <em>Fabulous</em>, “We dropped the ball here, and not the apostrophe, which was a mistake.”</p>

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How to make your hands look younger

<p>Consultant dermatologist Dr Sharon Wong has revealed what causes ageing in hands and what you can to do make them look younger.</p> <p>Speaking to the <a href="http://www.goodhousekeeping.co.uk/fashion-beauty/anti-ageing-advice/how-to-make-your-hands-look-younger" target="_blank"><em><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Good Housekeeping Institute</span></strong></em></a>, Dr Wong revealed that the hands are one of the first places in the body that reveal signs of ageing.</p> <p>“The skin on the back of the hands is naturally thin and is one of the first give away signs of ageing skin,” she said.</p> <p>“The most important external factor in ageing the hands is excessive sun exposure, which causes blemishes, pigmentation and destroys collagen and elastin in the skin - these are the two main scaffolding proteins that provide the plumpness and elasticity of youthful skin.”</p> <p>Dr Wong explained that internal factors can also age your hands such as genetic factors and the loss of oestrogen in menopause.</p> <p>No matter how your hands look, it is never too late to start giving them the proper care they need to improve their appearance.</p> <p>Dr Wong recommends putting on high factor, broad spectrum sunscreen every morning and reapplying throughout the day.</p> <p>“Apply sunscreen to your hands when driving and even when it's a cloudy day, as studies show that 80% of UV radiation from the sun can penetrate through clouds,” she said.</p> <p>Wrinkles on your hands will be enhanced if your skin is dry and dehydrated so Dr Wong also suggests applying hydrating moisturisers throughout the day.</p> <p>“Creams include retinols (vitamin A based compounds) are proven to boost collagen production and over time help to fade pigmentation, spots and blemishes,” she said.</p> <p>“If you’re prepared to opt for a more invasive treatment, dermal fillers can be combined with needling techniques can help to smoothen out wrinkles and fine lines on hands, and return some of the plumpness to the skin.<br />   <br /> “Blemishes and pigmentation can be effectively treated with chemical peels and some forms of lasers.”</p> <p>To look after your fingernails, Dr Wong recommends avoiding as much contact as you can to harsh chemicals.</p> <p>“I advise regularly moisturising and massaging the fingertips and around the nails, minimising trauma to the nails by wearing gloves to avoid direct contact with harsh chemicals, and keeping manicures and use of nail polish to a minimum.”</p> <p>How do you look after your hands? Let us know in the comments below.</p>

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