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Majority of women would prefer to be lied to if they don’t look nice

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A study conducted by www.MyVoucherCodes.co.uk has revealed we really care about what other people think of our look - and that'd we'd rather people lied if they don't like our style.

More than 1,500 women were asked ‘Does what other people think of how you look matter to you?’ The majority, (92%), said it did. When asked to stipulate which people they asked the most to comment on their outfits (being able to select more than one answer), 89% said that they tended to ask their partner if they looked OK, while 77% said they asked their friends and 62% turned to family members. Furthermore, 17% of respondents said they asked colleagues to give outfit advice, while 1% even admitted to asking for strangers’ opinions on how they looked.

When asked whether or not they preferred to be lied to or told the truth when it came to their personal style and outfit choices, the majority of respondents, (61%), admitted that they wanted to be lied to, while 29% said they preferred honesty and 10% said it depended entirely on who the person giving the opinion was.

The research further revealed that 42% prefer to be lied to when it came to how they looked because honesty would knock their confidence, while 39% said they didn’t want to get into an argument about their style and 23% said that they couldn’t be bothered to change their outfit if someone said they didn’t really like their look.

However, when asked whether or not they were honest with other people when it came to the way they looked in the fashion sense, the majority of respondents, 63%, admitted that they were not, while over a quarter, 26% said they were. 11% said it depends on who asked them.

According to the poll, respondents were most likely to lie to colleagues and strangers about how they looked style-wise.

Mark Pearson, Chairman of MyVoucherCodes.co.uk, said: “We were interested to find out whether or not British women preferred to be lied to if they didn’t look good in the fashion sense. Interestingly, the majority of those taking part admitted that they preferred to be lied to by their colleagues, friends, family and even their partners! While a healthy reality-check is always a good thing, it is obvious that many women only ask their friends and partners how they look not to hear the truth, but for a simple confidence boost.”

Words by Katy Pearson

Leeds Named ‘Moobs Capital’ of the UK

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A nationwide survey of more than 2,000 men has found that Leeds is the ‘moobs’ capital of the UK, with almost three fifths of men living there admitting to having ‘man boobs’.

As part of research into the health and fitness of the nation, Sweatband.com have revealed that 46% of men believe that they have ‘moobs’. The survey of 2,138 men found the highest proportion of men with ‘moobs’ in the UK can be found in Leeds, very closely followed by Swansea.

When asked “Would you consider yourself to have moobs – also known as man boobs?” 46% of all the men taking part answered ‘yes’. Almost three quarters, 73%, of the men that admitted to having moobs said it affected their confidence. 42% of them also said that they had considered surgery to correct the problem. Of the men that believed they had ‘moobs’, 55% were over the age of forty and a third, 34%, were aged thirty or younger.

The survey also asked “If you believe you have ‘moobs’, why do you think this is the case?”. 71% said they blamed their diet, whilst a similar figure, 67%, blamed a lack of exercise. 23% said they believed it was genetic and 16% said they were ‘unsure’.

The highest proportion of men with ‘moobs’, according to the survey, can be found in the following places:

1. Leeds – 59%
2. Swansea – 57%
3. Glasgow – 56%
4. Manchester – 54%
5. Bristol – 52%
6. Newport – 50%
7. Coventry – 48%
8. Wrexham – 46%
9. Colchester – 45%
10. Lincoln – 45%

Excessive development of male breasts – also known as gynaecomastia – is most commonly attributed to obesity, but can also be triggered by hormonal problems and in some cases, medication. Maz Darvish, CEO of Sweatband.com, said: “Whilst in some cases moobs are due to hormonal problems or medication, excessive fat build-up of any kind is usually a sign that a healthier lifestyle is in order.”

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Is long hair past the age of 30 ‘slutty’?

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TV presenter Davina McCall has revealed her grandmother believes long hair is 'slutty' on women aged 30 and over.

In an interview last week Davina - who is the face of Garnier Nutrisse's advertising campaign - said: ‘My granny thinks that after 30 you’re not allowed to have long hair, she thinks I look a bit slutty because I’ve got long hair and it was the thing in those days you weren’t allowed to have long hair after 30.’

But what do you think? Cast your vote below...



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Men Spend Longer On Grooming And Getting Ready Than Women

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Males spend longer on their daily grooming routine than females, say new figures from Socked.co.uk – the sock subscription service for gentlemen.

The survey revealed a man can spend up to 75 minutes every day washing, shaving and styling themselves, compared with the 70 minutes that women spend on their beauty regime.

"This is superb news for the British gentleman," says Mark Hall, from Socked.co.uk. "At last they're paying more attention to their personal image, and mankind will be all the better for it." 

"Once men start to take care of themselves, they also start caring for the people and things around them. They turn from mere 'men' into 'gentlemen'." 

The poll also revealed:

  • 85% of men admitted to spending more than half an hour on hair styling
  • 42% said they owned a hair dryer
  • 36% said they owned hair straighteners
  • 98% said they planned at least 2 days in advance what they were going to wear

According to the survey, the average man owns four pairs of shoes, five pairs of jeans, 17 shirts, and 11 pairs of socks of varying quality. 

"The funny thing is," said Hall, "despite spending longer to get ready, it's still solely the male experience to be ready and waiting at the front door on a night out." 

"Is it simply because men are better at managing their time?" he asked, "Or is Einstein's Theory of Relativity at work, where time runs at different speeds in separate locations?"

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UK Women’s Make-Up Bag Worth £172

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A new survey has revealed that the average cost of a British woman’s make-up bag is an incredible £172.

A recent online questionnaire by beauty retailer Escentual.com revealed that most women’s make-up bag and contents were the single most expensive item that they took out of the house with them on a regular basis.

On average the total cost of the make-up bag was £172 which is more valuable than most women’s second-hand smartphone, watch, bag, or the cash in their purse. But despite that few women are specifically insured for loss or theft of their make-up bag, which is especially alarming as last year there was an 11% rise in hand-bag snatches in the UK, the largest rise for this type of crime in 10 years.

Emma Leslie, Beauty Editor of Escentual.com, said: “Most women were surprised to discover their make-up bag was worth more than their mobile which is probably why few women would think about insuring their make-up bag.

“Individual make-up items aren’t particularly expensive but there are so many products that the cost of the whole make-up bag very quickly mounts up. Many women weren’t aware that their make-up bag was the most valuable thing they took out with them on a daily basis.”

In the survey conducted with over 2,000 customers of the Escentual.com website, the average costs of make-up in their bags was calculated from the cost of all the beauty items the women would regularly carry. Lipstick, £14, eyeliner, £11, mascara, £23, foundation £27, concealer £11, eye-shadow £16, blusher £11, bronzer £11, eyelash curler £5, eyebrow pencil £5, lip-liner £5, lip-gloss £11, and the grand total came to £172 for the average UK make-up bag. And that’s not taking into account the cost of the bag itself.

Emma Leslie added: “The women surveyed admitted having quite a few products in their bag that they rarely used, but they took them out just so they could be ready for every eventuality.

“When they realised the cost of the make-up bag they were quite shocked. I’m sure most of them will want to check whether they would be insured if they lost it or had it stolen.”

Had your make-up bag stolen?


Escentual.com are offering 15% off to any woman who contacts them with a valid police crime number and will replace any products that they stock on the website at 15% off the price. To be eligible just email makeup@escentual.com with your crime number and details and they will send a promo code for the 15% discount.

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