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‘Catch up on everything you need to know about health and beauty – and don't miss your chance to win a fabulous trip to France!’ Helen Daly, Editor



A wee bit of help

Awesome news! There’s a new way to help alleviate cystitis, with the Boots Cystitis Test & Treat Service, which could save you a trip to the GP. Just do the quick Dip UTI test kit, £10 (with the help of a free app††) to check urine for signs of a urinary tract infection. A Boots pharmacist can then discuss your results and, if appropriate, supply prescription medication, so you can enjoy spending a (pain-free) penny again. Click here for more details.



64% of British men…

…admit that a health concern would have to be ‘severe’ before they’d seek help. If the man in your life thinks booking a GP appointment is too much hassle, encourage him to see his local Boots pharmacist. They can offer expert advice about general health worries, as well as the option of a private chat concerning issues such as hair loss and erectile dysfunction. Or he can find health info and support here.



Go bananas!

Extract from the bendy fruit is making appearances in everything from skincare to hair products. New Ole Henriksen Banana Bright Face Primer, £28/2,800 points (30ml), contains banana-powder pigments and can be worn alone or under make-up to give a brightening effect. If your hair wants in on the fruity goodness, too, we love Garnier Ultimate Blends Nourishing Hair Food Banana & Shea 3-In-1 Hair Mask, £6.99/699 points (390ml), which helps feed parched locks.



That lovin' feeling

Wedding season is here, and there’s reason to celebrate even if you’re not the one getting hitched! Research shows that just watching our loved ones exchange vows can cause a huge spike in oxytocin, aka the ‘love hormone’. This, in turn, may be good news for you and your plus-one, as it could help you feel closer to each other, too. We’ll say ‘I do’ to that!



The eyebrows have it

Make-up artist Nancy Sumner told us this clever trick for adding definition to brows and creating a wide-awake look: draw an outline around your brow with Collection Precision Kohl Eyeliner in White, £1.99/199 points, smudge it out with a sponge – et voilà!



Dewy dream

Radiant skin is a 24/7 beauty goal – and the dewy trend at Stella McCartney SS19 confirmed that. But if hot nights and a hectic schedule leave you struggling to get quality Zzzs, your complexion is probably paying the price. Try patting L’Oréal Paris Infallible Prepping, £9.99/999 points (15ml), on to clean skin. Its blue-toned, light-diffusing tech helps brighten and counteract sallowness, plus hyaluronic acid hydrates, to give the appearance of a good night’s kip. Win!

Win! A French city break, worth £2,000

The Riviera awaits one lucky winner


Oui, it’s true! We’re offering a reader – and their guest – a sun-soaked city break to Nice, in the south of France, courtesy of 7UP.  You’ll be whisked away to a gorgeous hotel for three nights and treated to £500 spending money (talk about maximising the joie de vivre!).


Imagine taking a stroll down the impressive Promenade des Anglais – flanked by 19th-century mansions on one side and the azure Mediterranean Sea on the other – before stopping for a salade niçoise (what else?) and a glass of bubbly.


Plus, you’ll each get a goody bag containing the No7 Sun Essentials Collection†† (think Protect & Perfect SPF, aftersun and lipcare products), worth £40, and, of course, some bottles of 7UP Free (with no sugar), to help keep you hydrated – #livingthedream.

The closing date is midnight on 27 August 2019. Bonne chance!

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Words Abbie-Joelle Skliarsky, Rosie Benson
Photography Alamy, Getty Images, Shutterstock and Imaxtree 


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