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Diets Ditched After Seventeen Days

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on Thursday, 16 January 2014
More than two thirds of New Year dieters will ditch their weight loss regime by the 17th of January, says a new poll.

Research by money saving website PromotionalCodes.org.uk found three per cent only last until the end of day one, 12% manage to go the distance for a week, 24% last two weeks, and seventeen days in a further 28% will have ditched the diet.

Of those remaining, 12% claimed they’d last until the end of the month, with 21% saying they would stick to their new regime for several months, although they expected some blips along the way.

The survey questioned 580 adults on their dieting habits and how they planned to shed the weight.  41% said they’d cut calories simply by watching what they eat and by exercising more. Techniques included eating more fresh fruit and vegetables, cutting out processed meals, reducing their alcohol consumption and walking instead of using the car. Just over a quarter, 26% said they joined a slimming club to help them lose the excess pounds.  While 19% opted for online diet and fitness plans, with those remaining deciding to sign up with a personal trainer at the gym, lose weight with a group of friends or pay for a diet plan, which includes prepared meals.

Average UK Women’s Bathroom Beauty Products Worth Nearly £2,000

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A new survey has revealed the contents of the average British woman’s bathroom beauty cabinet is worth an incredible £1,964.30 - but only £327 worth of them are used regularly.

Online beauty retailer Escentual.com's poll revealed that most women owned 65 beauty products which would cost on average £30.22 per product. But the vast majority of these beauty products would be rarely used – with less than a 1/6 being used daily. 

Most women said they would use only 11 favourite products every day, and admitted that over a fifth of beauty products they had bought had never been opened and would just sit in the cupboard collecting dust – (amounting to over £200 worth of wasted products.) But they kept most of the products just in case they were needed for special occasions.

Now Spring is here finally and most women will be clearing out the bathroom cabinet, and are set to find at least 14 unopened products sat at the back of the cupboard collecting dust.

Escentual.com Beauty Editor Emma Leslie said: "It’s that time of year when women are going to go through their cabinets looking to clear out the products they don't use anymore – it’s amazing that over 1 in 5 products bought never even get opened.

"Most consumers admitted that more than once a month they would buy a beauty product that they didn’t need when out on a shopping trip, just because they felt they had to buy something.

"This waste of money is much less likely with online shopping when women consider their purchase much more and can’t be pressurized into buying by pushy salespeople."

Nearly 14 times a year (13.7) women admitted buying beauty products they didn’t need in shops, as opposed to only 8 unwanted products a year online. But there are several women for whom shopping for beauty products is clearly their obsession. Over 1 in 8 women (17.6%) had beauty products worth in excess of £3,000 in the bathroom cupboard, and nearly one in five women (19.2%) had managed to stock-pile over 130 different beauty products in their cabinets. At the extreme end of the scale nearly 3% of women (2.9%) had over £5,000 worth of cosmetics all stored away in their bathroom cabinet. The survey also found that most women would clear out their cabinet once a year 65% but nearly one in eight admitted they only do it when they move house, and a quarter of women kept products in their cupboard that were up to three years old.

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A Quarter Of Men Would Like Their Partner To Undergo Cosmetic Surgery

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New research has revealed that 24% of men would like their partner to have cosmetic surgery in order to improve their looks.

When asked what surgical enhancement would most improve their partner’s looks Liposuction came top of the boys' wish list with 57%, followed by breast enlargement, 49%, and dental surgery, 42%.

And of the 1,248 men polled by VoucherCodesPro.co.uk, some 12% would tell their partner they thought cosmetic surgery would improve their looks.



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Average woman spends £500 a year on hair styling products

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Almost a quarter of British women spend more than £2,000 each year in a bid to get luscious locks, a new survey has revealed.

A poll of 600 women by professional hair care retailer Fabriah.com found Cheryl Cole and Holly Willoughby were the celebrities we most want to look like.

Our biggest expense is on a salon cut and colour and pricey hair extensions. Of those polled, 82% visited the salon at least every eight weeks, expecting to shell out around £100 for every visit. But 24% admitted to forking out more than £2,000 a year for treatments including hair extensions every three months.

On average, women spent more than £500 in a year on styling products including shampoo and conditioner, oils and serums, heat protectors, hair sprays, waxes and mousses. Those polled claimed these were essential tools in their hair armoury and that scrimping on these could turn their hair from being healthy and glamorous to dull and tired.

Electricals were another big outgoing with those polled prepared to shell out over £100 for a pair of straighteners and £50 on a hairdryer. Hot brushes and curling tongs were another must have.

Spokeswoman for Fabriah.com, Francesca Davies said: “We’re surrounded by photos of celebrities with amazing looking hair all the time, so it’s no surprise that women try to copy their look.

“It’s certainly not a cheap thing to do. A decent cut and colour can be costly but is an essential if you want to keep your hair in good condition. Extensions are more of a luxury, however if you have short hair and can’t wait for it to grow out.

“Great styling products and shampoo aren’t as costly as you may think. Cheap high street brands run out very quickly. The professional products last a lot longer so represent great value for money.

“It is worth remembering that the celebs we hair envy have an army of stylists at their beck and call so their hair should look amazing. The rest of us don’t have that luxury. We can all be forgiven for the odd bad hair day.”



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