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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.”

Words by Katy Pearson

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.’

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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?"

Words by Katy Pearson

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.”

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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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One in Ten British Men ‘Secret’ Make-Up Wearers

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A survey of British men has found that one in ten men admit to secretly using make-up, with men from Newcastle being the most likely to wear make-up; closely followed by men from Essex.

More than 1,800 men were surveyed by designer secret sales website HushHush.com to investigate men’s attitudes towards make-up and toiletries, as well as the number of British males who admit to wearing make-up.

When asked ‘Do you ever secretly wear make-up?’ 11% of respondents admitted that they did. When asked how often they did so, the majority, 52%, of these respondents said they did so ‘regularly’; while 21% admitted that they wore it ‘every day’.

These respondents were then asked to highlight which make-up products they used. The top five products used by those who said they secretly wore make-up were:

1. Concealer – 71% (of make-up-wearing respondents stating they used it)
2. Lip gloss – 64%
3. Eyeliner – 49%
4. Mascara – 31%
5. Bronzer – 18%

More than a third of the men taking part (37%), said they used fake tanning products; with the majority of these, (68%) preferring to use at-home products. The remainder said they preferred to go to spray-tanning salons and 14% of men also said that they regularly used tanning beds.

The survey then asked respondents who secretly wore make-up which town or city in the UK they lived in, revealing that Northerners are more likely to wear make-up than their Southern counterparts; with just three of the top ten towns and cities being located in the south.

The towns or cities in which men were most likely to secretly wear make-up were revealed as:

1. Newcastle
2. Essex
3. Liverpool
4. Leeds
5. Edinburgh
6. Manchester
7. Exeter
8. Nottingham
9. Cardiff
10. Middlesbrough

Mark Pearson, founder of HushHush.com, said: “With men in the public eye wearing make-up, including X Factor winner James Arthur, it appears to be becoming more acceptable. Despite this, the majority of men who wear make-up feel that they have to do so in secret, although in reality, people around them are bound to have noticed but, in true British style, are probably too polite to bring it up!”

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British women hoarding out of date make-up

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A new survey has revealed British women keep hold of their make-up products for SIX YEARS after they have gone off.

Escentual.com, leading online beauty retailer, discovered that many Brits are holding onto their make-up far past the use-by date, exposing them to toxins and bacteria, which lead to unnecessary breakouts and risk eye infections.

Eyeshadow came up trumps for the most hoarded item at the bottom of make-up bags with women keeping hold of them for nearly seven years, which is nearly six years too long. It is also one of the worst culprits for spreading infections as it is applied close to the eye.

Next worst was lipstick and liquid foundation, which are kept for 4¾ years, and over 3½ years respectively, which is more than three years longer than they should be kept.

Mascara is one of the worst culprits for spreading eye infections and was seen to be kept nearly two years past its use by date, and eyeliner is kept 3 years too long on average.

The most frequently replenished beauty products were face powder, blusher and bronzer but even they were kept a year longer than they should be according to the survey.

Emma Leslie, Beauty Editor at Escentual.com commented on the results: We’re all guilty of clinging on to lip and eye colours in the hope they come back into fashion but make-up can easily become a breeding ground for bacteria like Satphylococcus aureus and Staphylococcus epidermis.

“Beauty products that surround the eye hold the greatest risk of infection and can cause bacterial conjunctivitis and blepharitis, an inflammation of the eyelid. So it’s alarming to learn that British women are holding onto eyeshadow years past the expiration date.

She added: “Liquid foundation, blusher, bronzer, concealer and face powder past expiration dates can clog up pores with bacteria, which can cause irritations, break-outs and rashes.”

In the most extreme cases 6% of women admitted keeping eyeshadow for more than 14 years, 17% admitted to owning mascara 7-8 years old and 7% of respondents confessed to having eyeliner more than 14 years old.

Women have an average of 3-6 lipsticks at one time, and lipsticks are kept for an average of 4 years and 8 months which is more than 3 years past the expiry date. These can be a breeding ground of cold sores, especially if women have ever shared their lipstick, and 12% of women claim they’ve kept their lippy for 7-8 years and 5% for 10-12 years. Even with face powder, the least hoarded beauty item, a substantial 12% admitted to holding onto the product for 6-7 years.

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BRITISH WOMEN BIN £676 MILLION OF UNWANTED MAKE-UP AFTER CHRISTMAS

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Did you get a beauty product you didn't want this Christmas? You're not alone.

The average British woman throws away two Christmas beauty gifts, worth an average £26.36, according to new national research by BlanX.

But beauty binning isn't just for Christmas. British women will throw away an average of one beauty product every month of the year, the nationwide survey shows.

While the average UK woman buys almost three (2.91) new beauty products for herself per month they tend to stick to the same tried and tested brands they know and trust.

More than seven out of 10 women say they continue to buy the same beauty products because of “positive usage” whereas just 12.4% buy on the recommendation of others.

A further 18.5% buy the same beauty brands out of loyalty and some 24.7% buy the same brands because of habit.

Senior Brand Manager for BlanX, Louise Marks said: “British women are very loyal to their favourite brands and tend to want to stick with the beauty products they know and love.

“They very rarely choose a new beauty product based on a recommendation from others and choose their make-up and other beauty essentials out of habit, loyalty and, most importantly, because it has had a positive result for them in the past."

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Chip-free manicures nailed

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When it went on sale in America, the Nailene manicure kit SensatioNail sold out in over 7,000 stores including WalMart and CVS, becoming the number one home gel kit in the country in its first 24 hours.

It arrived on the UK earlier this year to a huge fanfare – with the hype reaching almost hysteria levels when a Dancing on Ice make-up artist revealed she was using it. A home-manicure with Nailene SensatioNail Invincible Gel Polish promises you a super high gloss, long-lasting manicure – that won’t chip for two weeks.

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Having sworn off manicures as I seem pathologically unable to go more than 20 minutes without chipping them (I didn’t even wear nail varnish on my wedding day for this very reason) this seemed a promise too good to be true.

So, on Saturday evening I plotted up in front of the TV and put the Nailene SensatioNail Invincible Gel Polish Starter Kit to the test. At a cost of £85 this kit seemed quite a high outlay for a manicure set – but as I delved into the box it became clear there was literally everything you need to create a salon-finish manicure. Out came a primer, a special base and top coat, a colour, nail files, wipes and of course the LED UV lamp – which sets the polish.

The actual process seemed a little laborious – there were lots of stages (well using all those products takes time). However I couldn’t help but be amazed at the final result. My nails were rock solid, glossy and, yep, totally chip free.

I went to bed feeling incredibly smug. Of course the next day I woke up to realise that mice (or perhaps rats) had invaded our garden shed. Usually this would be the end of any manicure. Pulling out one’s entire shed (though at least we’ve now found the Christmas tree stand) and boarding up the floor, is not conducive to keeping nails pretty and perfect.

But, and this is a massive but, while the rest of my hands were not looking their best by the time we had finished, my nails were STILL chip free.

Someone has clearly sold their soul to the devil to harness this power in a nail varnish. But I’m a convert.

This kit saves the hassle of getting one’s self to a beauticians, is cheaper than getting a professional to take control (the cost per manicure is just £5.77 – as you get 10 manicures out of your starter kit) and, as I might have already mentioned, your manicure actually stays chip free!

What’s not to love?

SensatioNail Invincible Gel Polish Starker Kits are available from Boots nationwide.

Words by Katy Pearson

Beauty starts from within...

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We've all heard it before, and we all know it to be true. Even the prettiest of faces can become quite plain if not backed up good character.

But the old adage can also be taken quite literally. That is, what you put inside you has a direct and specific effect on how you look.

There are a whole host of delicious foods which will add zing to your skin. Introducing these to your diet is not only easy, but it will do far more than any topical application of cream ever could.

Top nutritionist Amanda Ursell has put together a list of the best beauty-enhancing foods. Says Amanda: 'Research has begun to reveal how vitamins, minerals and super nutrients in food can help from improving skin smoothness to improving skin elasticity and counteracting some of the sun’s ageing damage.

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3 of the best... body lotions

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These dreamy skin treats turn the rough into the smooth…

3 best body lotions

1 Éminence Organic Skincare’s Honeydew Body Lotion leaves your skin feeling silky and smelling fresh. £22: www.theskinsmith.co.uk

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A third of men use their partners’ beauty products

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A new poll has revealed that 34 per cent of men use their partners’ beauty products. And not only are men increasingly using their partners’ products but they are also taking as long to get ready - more than 25 per cent of men admitted to spending the same time or longer as their partner in the bathroom.

Some 30 per cent of men shave or wax their body hair and almost 20 revealed they pluck their eyebrows. Yet only 11 per cent of men said they use concealer, 10 per cent use fake tan and a mere 1 per cent of use foundation.

The survey was conducted by Escentual.com, a leading beauty e-tailer, which sells both male and female beauty products. Founder Rakesh Aggarwal said: “The results are in line with the trend towards metrosexual grooming habits that we have seen in recent years. Men are definitely more aware of how to look after their skin and appearance than they were even five years ago”

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Spring into beauty

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This Spring, make-up is all about embracing your natural beauty and welcoming a pretty palette of pastel shades, peachy hues and flirty pinks...

Complexion Perfection

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Moving from winter to spring can be a shock to the skin as the sunshine starts to peep through the clouds. Ensure your complexion exudes perfection with a fresh and bright glow, using Estee Lauder Nutritious Vita-Mineral Loose Powder Foundation SPF 15, £25.50 (House of Fraser). Begin by lightly sweeping the foundation over your cheeks, forehead, nose and chin for a sheer and satin-matt finish. Nourishing vitamins A, C, E and pomegranate will protect your skin, while delivering a youthful and radiant complexion.

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