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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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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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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.”

Fake tan's moment in the sun

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Fake tan is on the verge of taking over from sunbathing for the first time - with nearly half of women admitting their glowing skin comes from a bottle.

A staggering 47 per cent said they used spray tans and store-bought products to get the skin colour they desired, with one in five topping up every month, a new survey for Escentual.com has revealed.

Two per cent of women said they used tanning products daily – the same number who admitted their favourite skin colour was ‘mahogany’.

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