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Travel-Sized Beauty Favourites for Your Next Holiday
Times are tough right now. As well as the ongoing societal problem of systematic and systemic racism against black people across the world, the Coronavirus pandemic continues. With many of us still abiding by lockdown restrictions, travelling has been severely disrupted.  You may have had a holiday planned that’s been cancelled or postponed. You might have planned to take a quick trip away to escape the hustle and bustle of life. You probably planned a staycation to get away from your hometown for a short while. Regardless of your travel plans, it’s annoying to have to put things on hold. 
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Face SPF Products You Need to Try Right Now
It’s hot. There I said it. It really crept up on us. We were given rain and storms before a heatwave no one saw coming. I’m the first to burn too. I’ll step outside and within 10 minutes, I’m a rosy hue. This list is as much for me as it is you and I’m excited about it, let me tell you. 
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Summer Lovin’
You've binge-watched Normal People, developed a mild case of repetitive strain injury from swiping left on boys who are 'just looking for a quarantine buddy ;)' and Love Island 2020 (much like my own love life) is cancelled.   If you're a hopeless romantic like myself and need your fix of summer lovin' in the absence of skin-tight white jeans peacocking around a firepit (I mock, but I've never missed an episode), then pick up a love story.   
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The Benefits of Meditation On Your Mental Health
Life is still a little on the crazy side right now… I mean, if you’d have asked me back in January what I thought I’d achieve this year, you can bet your bottom dollar I wouldn’t have said building a loungewear collection and not leaving my house for months, other than to go food shopping and walk the dog. No socialising… no holidays… not going into work…  Life has literally been flipped upside down for a lot of people and now more than ever, it’s important to look after our mental health and wellbeing. Spending most of your time alone, or with the same few people in your household can also be hard, especially if you’re a natural social butterfly.  
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1 Oct

Super Simple Dishes for World Vegetarian Day

October 1st is World Vegetarian Day and so when is better to challenge yourself to go meat-free or at least switch up your regular staple dishes for a veggie alternative? Whether you’re a full-blown veggie, flexitarian or fancy hopping on the ‘Meat-free Monday’ trend, this article hopes to inspire you with some super simple meat-free recipes.  ...
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7 Sep

Oh Girl… Ethical Female Owned Brands to Know About

If the entire world shutting down has taught me one thing, it’s that it is really easy to save money when you don’t spend it on random crap.  After an unintentional spending detox, I’m back and ready to put some (I also opened my first ever savings account) of my spending power to good use.   Forget £12 cocktails and calling a taxi instead of walking for a few minutes in the rain, here are five ethical female owned brands to start supporting today – I know I am.  ...
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1 Oct

The brand at the forefront of ‘slow beauty’

With the digital world moving at lightning speed, there has been an ever-increasing demand for the next shiny new thing to shout about on social media. As a consequence, companies are obliged to constantly churn out ‘newness’ at pocket money price points; we’ve seen this most blatantly with the rise of ‘fast fashion’ but ‘fast beauty’ is another big culprit. Alongside the fact that 8 million garments a year end up in landfill, more than 120 billion units of packaging are produced every year by the global cosmetics industry, the cardboard required contributing to a loss of 18 million acres of forest annually. 

Thankfully, the tide is turning with more people making environmentally conscious choices – even if they have to pay a little extra. Recent research showed half of U.K. customers are willing to pay more for products to avoid plastic packaging. 

This new movement is precisely what luxury scalp and haircare brand MONPURE aims to embody, offering a results-driven range of products while clearly adhering to a ‘slow beauty’ ethos that is far more mindful of the environment.  

“Our product development is driven by innovation and long-term efficacy,” remarks founder and CEO Natanel Bigger. “Everything we manufacture goes through strict, rigorous testing processes to ensure ingredients are both safe for your scalp, but also the environment.” 

While the ‘slow beauty’ movement is gaining traction in areas like skincare, Bigger and his team at MONPURE noticed that the world of haircare was lagging far behind. “I feel that the industry is owned by a lot of big players stuck in their rules,” he comments. “In order to increase profit margins, some tend to cut corners when it comes to things like packaging – one of the biggest sustainability issues the beauty industry is currently facing. For example, only 5% of the industry actually use post-consumer recycled plastic, as virgin plastic is cheaper and easier to produce. It’s a Catch 22 situation: low demand for sustainable packaging means a low supply. And what is available is more expensive.” 

But thankfully, customers are cottoning on to this and voting with their feet – and wallets – by investing in slow beauty brands like MONPURE.  “The whole industry needs a ‘reset’ where sustainability is concerned. And things are slowly changing” Bigger notes. “But given the bureaucracy of these big corporations, they can’t move as quickly as independent companies like us. Every needle you move ever so slightly drives up costs. For example, the post-consumer recycled plastic we use to house our shampoo and conditioner costs around 35% more per bottle to produce. I can’t imagine a large conglomerate making this switch so easily.” 

30 Sep

The Sun Essence You Didnt Know You Need

One skincare mistake a lot of people make is not applying SPF on a daily basis. Even if it’s a cloudy day, the damage to your skin is irreversible. With a lot of sunscreens having greasy formulas, they’re not ideal for wearing under makeup, and can put people of opting for daily SPF.   The K-Beauty brand “Keep Cool” Soothe Bamboo Sun Essence is an organic (chemical) sunscreen with no white cast whatsoever. The formula leaves a smooth, matte finish and no greasy residue (it’s a dream under makeup). If you like sunscreens that feel moisturising while at the same time providing the maximum amount of protection (SPF50 PA++++) you’ll love this as much as I do.  ...
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29 Sep

Should You Be Using Facial Sheet Masks Everyday?

Here in the Western half of the World, sheet masks are still a relatively new addition to our skincare routines and have only just become a common find in Highstreet shops. However, over in the East, sheet masks as we know them in their modern form - made from cotton and doused in Dermatologically tested and professionally formulated serums or ampoules - have been a household favourite for the last few decades. Considering how skincare and other beauty products are received and perceived differently in each country, it's no surprise the way in which we use sheet masks alternate by country too. ...
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28 Sep

Understanding Macros: The long-term health solution that will transform your life

The word “macro” can be an instant turn-off. For those of you who are beginners to the world of nutrition and understanding how to correctly fuel your bodies, the whole concept can seem really daunting. You might find yourself turning away from the perceived complexity of how it all actually works. But no fear, as it is so much simpler than you may think. After breaking it down into bitesize pieces (pardon the pun), understanding macros can be really beneficial to your fitness goals. Let’s have a nibble shall we (sorry but you had that one coming).  What are macros?  ...
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26 Sep

The Importance of Self Love

How many of us truly know the meaning of self-love or how to cultivate it into our lives? I am only just recognising in my 30s, how truly important self-love is.    I have only recently discovered my own need for this practice, realising that this is something that has been missing my whole life. It is such a beautiful thing once you realise and start to practice it; The difference it makes alone is something quite spectacular, but you first have to recognise its absence and learn from scratch how to introduce it into your everyday life. ...
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25 Sep

The Tan Edit: An Everlasting Gradual Glow

Since we haven’t all been able to get away and make the most of the vacay sunshine in 2020, tanning brands have been reporting that their self-tan sales have been up by 450%, it seems a lot of us still want to glow from home and look beautifully bronzed even if that is just for a trip to the English Riviera.  During the summer months our skin has a tendency to become dry and dull, overloaded and often pigmented due to sun exposure, resulting in a complexion that is less than glowing if we don't look after it. As much as I love to lay on the beach with a glass of rose in one hand and a good book...
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24 Sep

4 Lipsticks You Need to Have in Your Collection

Most people's favourite makeup products are lip products, especially lipsticks; They are one of the most versatile products ever! You can use them on the lips but also as a blush, eyeshadow, eye liner or even base for your eyeshadow depending on the shade.  You can pretty much change your entire look by the lipstick you wear and that's how much of an impact your lip products have. In today's post, you will find 4 lipsticks that you absolutely need to have in your collection to up your lipstick game! Not only are they beautifully formulated but they are also perfect to wear on an everyday basis and for special occasions. ...
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23 Sep

Hair Tips and Tricks with Dom Seeley: Extra Shine Spray

To celebrate this incredible product curation, we’ve also teamed up with the brand’s new International Creative Director and our favourite celebrity hairstylist Dom Seeley, who is sharing his insider tips and tricks exclusively with Cohorted… Make the most of the amazing products in your September Cohorted x ColorWow beauty box with our Tips and Tricks and don’t forget to head over to our Instagram and IGTV to watch our exclusive Q&A with Dom…...
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22 Sep

Affordable Skincare for Your Collection

At Cohorted, we’re all about luxury beauty and premium products, but sometimes you can’t help snapping up an inexpensive and reliable item from the drugstore.  As a student, I loved delving into the affordable skincare world and managed to pick up a few staple products for my collection. I can safely say that I will continue buying these in the post graduate working world! ...
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22 Sep

Mapping Your Mind & Visualising Your Life

"You are more productive by doing fifteen minutes of visualization than from sixteen hours of hard labor.” Abraham Hicks Are you in tune with your thoughts and feelings? Are you paying attention to your personal needs? Are you reflecting on how you spend your time each day/week? Keeping track of all of the above is the essential part of self-love and that's something we're all doing more of in 2020. It's a lot easier said than done but with a little bit of practice, we can get there one step at a time....
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21 Sep

Why you shouldn’t always tell your ‘SO’ if you’ve cheated

You’re going to need to trust me on this one.  Telling your significant other that you’ve cheated on them – whether that’s anything from a kiss to an all-out affair – unleashes a world of pain, trauma and confusion. The only silver lining (if you can even call it that) is that you will feel marginally better; Because you’ve lifted the guilt off your shoulders and placed a crushing weight on top of the person you supposedly love.  ...
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