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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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11 Oct

I decided to travel abroad in the middle of the pandemic…

In September, I booked a flight from Manchester to Milan 24 hours before take-off. Insane, I know, but after realising I’d spent the past six months sat working from the same table I sit to eat my dinner, it hit me all at once that I needed a break. My partner and I also realised our eight-year anniversary was approaching, so why not?   Initially, when I saw people travelling and going abroad a few months back, my thoughts were - why risk it? But now, after months of people going away and seeing the world, I’d come around to the idea, as long as it was safe.  ...
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5 Oct

Dear Teenage Self…

On the eve of my 27th birthday, as I sit in bed sipping a Mimosa, minus the Champagne… okay, it’s a large glass of orange juice with ice but let me at least pretend to set a slightly more glamorous scene… I wonder how on earth I’ve made it this far. If you’d have told seventeen-year-old Sophie that ten years on she’d be perpetually single, renting a flat (not living in a five-bed mansion with a banker) and still sleeping with her childhood teddies, she’d have most definitely told you to F off.  ...
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3 Oct

Exclusive Interview with Maryam Zamani: MZ Skin

This month, Cohorted bring you an exclusive interview with Oculoplastic Surgeon, MZ Skin Founder and Podcast Host, Dr. Maryam Zamani. Maryam talks to Cohorted about how MZ Skin was created, skincare trends to look out for and advice that will empower younger woman on their career paths. Don't worry, we wouldn't just tease you because featured in our October Beauty Box is the Brighten & Protect Vitamin C Serum, guaranteed to answer all your skincare questions....
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2 Oct

A sign of change? Exploring Selfridges Project Earth

The catastrophic environmental impacts of the fashion industry are once again hot topic, with Instagram infographics and Twitter threads catalysing the spread of information about the harms of fast fashion. Yet the industry is booming, with online fashion giants still as popular as ever. Amongst the doom and gloom of fast fashion corporations, it can be hard to see a future that is both sustainable and allows for fashionability. Can clothes consumption and a reduced eco footprint coexist?  ...
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2 Oct

Breast Cancer Awareness Month and How You Can Get Involved

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. I always thought “awareness” was on odd way to put it. I thought that everyone knows about breast cancer, so who needs to be made aware? It is not about awareness of its existence, but of the signs and things we can all do to stay alert to any changes we may see, for our own bodies.  As the daughter of a breast cancer survivor, it is paramount to me that we do the checks and the monitoring, because it can be so easily missed. For my mum, hers was found at a mammogram trial for under 50’s women, completely chosen at random. Had that not happened, she wouldn’t be here today.  ...
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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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22 Oct

5 Sustainable Skincare Brands You Need to Know About

There’s no denying the damaging effects the beauty industry has on the environment – think plastic packaging filling up landfills, deforestation led by a quest for ingredients such as palm oil and harsh chemicals in products that, washed down the drains, ultimately destroy ocean life. With a steady stream of eye-opening facts and figures and a growing demand from consumers for products that are nicer to nature, beauty has had something of a makeover in recent years. As big names join the revolution (L’Oréal has pledged to be fully sustainable by 2030), opting for a fully eco-kind skincare routine is now more achievable than ever before.   But, before we dive into the brands to be applauding and investing in, what exactly is sustainable beauty and what should we be championing? In simple terms, look out for environmentally friendly formulas that avoid harmful chemicals, have biodegradable or reusable packaging and formulated with natural ingredients from renewable sources and ethical production processes that respect the ecosystem. Armed with this checklist, here’s our guide to five clean, cruelty-free brands that promise nourished, healthy skin without harming...
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19 Oct

Work From Home Beauty Treatments

The effects of lockdown still sees many of us working from home. Whilst you might not necessarily choose to wear a full face of makeup every day, there are lots of things you can do to still feel your best whilst working from home. If lockdown has taught us anything, it is to appreciate the little things in life and now more than ever, it is important that we are doing things that make us feel good about ourselves. Here are five beauty treatments you can incorporate into your week whilst you WFH… ...
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14 Oct

At-Home Halloween Interior Hacks

I can’t believe Halloween is almost upon us; it feels like it was May just last week. But here we are, the darker nights are closing in, jumpers have filled our wardrobes and we are looking forward to cosy, autumn nights.   One of my favourite times in Autumn is the run-up to Halloween, decorating the house, getting the snacks ready and picking out a scary film to watch in my candlelit living room. However, decorating for Halloween can be tricky and with lockdown restrictions still in place, getting out and about to pick out those decorations might not be possible this year.   With that in mind, here are 10 Halloween-at-home interior hacks that will transform your house into your very own spooky sanctuary just in time for Halloween, without breaking the bank.  ...
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13 Oct

4 Goal-Orientated Things Millennials Are Doing Wrong

Hello Freedom. It is the first thought you have when you reach adulthood because you just can’t wait to grow up.  However, being in your twenties is huge and daunting. It is no less than an adrenaline rush, you are neither a fully mature adult nor a juvenile anymore. Life changes on a dime.  Apart from being known as the social media generation, what exactly are millennials doing wrong? ...
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10 Oct

From a Breast Cancer Survivor…

Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a world-wide annual campaign, which involves thousands of organisations whose aim is to spread as much awareness as possible on the cause during the month of October. With Breast Cancer on the rise and especially in younger woman, having enough awareness not just this month, but every month is vital. It’s a very important topic to be highlighted to all.  I am a breast cancer survivor, so spreading awareness on this cause is very close to my heart. I was diagnosed at the age of 32 and am now 6 months into my cancer remission. I found my lump very early on, which is what made my journey that much easier. I continue to spread awareness as this isn’t something that goes away.  ...
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10 Oct

Tips to Improve Your Mental Wellbeing

Looking after your mental health isn’t something you should only focus on when things are getting tough and you’re feeling low; Mental health is relevant and important all the time. Not only does having good mental health make us feel better in ourselves, but it can also help us sleep better, function better, have a more positive outlook on life and build stronger relationships. ...
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8 Oct

5 Immune-Boosting Foods

As we head into winter (rather reluctantly), this year more than ever, it’s really important to give your immune system a helping hand. Your diet, combined with a healthy lifestyle, is the best place to start.   There are certain foods that are particularly good. Obvious choices include ginger, turmeric and citrus fruits, but it’s also important to make sure you’re getting the right variety to support your digestive system (where a big chunk of your immune system takes residence) and keep your muscles strong. ...
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