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The last time we paid close attention to Lauren Conrad‘s manicure was probably circa 2005, when she (and everyone else in L.A.) was wearing squared-off French tips. In 2021, the former reality-show star and recent beauty-brand founder is still sporting a minimalist manicure, but she’s added unexpected art and a pop of colour that makes it feel modern and cool. Conrad’s most recent manicure was posted to Instagram by celebrity nail artist Tom Bachik, who describes the design as “a clean manicure with a triangle twist.” If you’re wondering what, exactly, is a “triangle twist,” it’s a simple negative-space design featuring a neutral sheer-pink base, with a teeny-tiny triangle, or upside-down ‘V’ shape, placed right at the cuticle. View this post on Instagram A post shared by 𝙏𝙤𝙢 𝘽𝙖𝙘𝙝𝙞𝙠 𝙉𝙖𝙞𝙡𝙨 (@tombachik) Bachik used a sunny coral polish for LC’s triangular accent, but if you’re looking to replicate the look at home, you could really use any colour at all. All you have to do is start with your favourite baby-pink polish, let that dry, and then use a small detail brush — dipped in your accent shade of choice — and paint a triangle shape from the centre of the cuticle to the middle of the nail. If you wanted to give it the same Laguna Beach-y spin, you could add a delicate gold arrow mid-finger ring, use a hand-woven throw as your backdrop, and think of simpler times, when your biggest disappointment was the series ending with the third season. Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?Can Lying On A Bed Of Nails Cure My WFH Back Pain?Pinterest Search For "Indie Nails" Is Up 21%11 Of The Best Brands Nailing Gold Jewellery
All moon phases bring a certain energy to us down here on Earth, but something about the first full moon of each year — also called the Wolf Moon, since the animals tend to be very vocal in January — feels especially important. This year, the Full Wolf Moon will occur on 28th January in the fiery sign of attention-seeking Leo. The moon rules our emotions — so be prepared for things to get dramatic. Some of that is just because Leo is a theatrical sign. But there’s a lot going on during this full moon that adds to the drama. To start, the moon will oppose Jupiter (in Aquarius) and square Mars and Uranus (both in stubborn Taurus), points out Lisa Stardust, an astrologer based in New York City. “This will bring a larger-than-life energy to the already dramatic sentiments that are brewing on the 28th,” she explains. “Arguments will start out of nowhere and get bigger than normal, which may take a long time to make up from. If there ever was a time to break up in relationships in 2021, this would be it.” Venus will conjunct Pluto during this full moon too, which could also push relationships toward a crossroads, adds Leslie Hale, psychic astrologer for Keen.com. “This can be connected to obsessive thoughts and feelings directed toward relationships, love, money, and sex,” she explains. “Matters may become deep and intense, and there could be issues of control, or certain things may be revealed at this time.” Hale says that this energy may lead some relationships to their expiration date — but, with effort and communication, others could be transformed for the better. There’s also an intense aspect known as a T-square happening on this day, notes Narayana Montúfar, senior astrologer for Astrology.com: The moon in Leo; the sun, Jupiter, Mercury, and Saturn in Aquarius; and Mars and Uranus in Taurus are all involved. T-squares tend to highlight areas of our lives that are at odds with each other, and these planets are all in fixed signs, so the energies are especially intense, she notes. Our core values might be disturbed — but we could also be feeling particularly stubborn and unwilling to compromise, Montúfar says. Of course, we should stand our ground around the things we really care about. But remember what Stardust said earlier about explosive arguments during this luminary? Choose your battles carefully, and know that tensions are running high right now. All in all, this Full Wolf Moon is an eventful one. But we promise we’re not joking when we say it’s still a good day. 28th January is also being called the “Day of Miracles,” because the Sun and Jupiter will form a conjunction in Aquarius, bringing on optimism and good luck. It may be a day of change, but that change could be incredibly positive — if you go through a breakup or a difficult conversation, it may be an overdue one. And as we approach February, there will be a huge shift in the overall astrological energy, Montúfar says. “This full moon can be an opportunity to close doors, so others can begin to open,” she explains. “After all, full moons are all about peaks of energy, and therefore, endings.” And endings aren’t all bad. Sometimes they’re needed to create space in your life for bigger, better things to come in. Whatever ends — or is reborn — during this time may very well set the tone for how the rest of your 2021 goes. It’s only up from here! Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?Your Love Horoscope For 2021 Is HereThe Luckiest Day Of 2021 Is ComingWhy Some Astrologers Don’t Believe In Zodiac Cusps
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On Tuesday, Amanda Gorman, who became the youngest inaugural poet in US history exactly one week ago, appeared virtually on Ellen. For the segment, the 22-year-old National Youth Poet Laureate dressed in a look that was just as stylish as the one she wore for her inaugural debut: a yellow statement headband by Autumn Adeigbo, a multicoloured tweed jacket and white pants by Chanel, David Yurman drop earrings, and a pair of yellow Christian Louboutin pumps. With looks this good, Gorman is quickly becoming one of fashion’s most exciting celebrities to watch. Celebrity stylist Jason Bolden — who dresses Alicia Keys, Yara Shahidi, Storm Reid, and Serena Williams — as well as his styling assistant, John Mumblo, are responsible for the look. Gorman tagged the two creatives in an Instagram post on the eve of her appearance, captioning the slideshow, “See you tomorrow, The Ellen Show.” Included in the post was a video close-up of her David Yurman earrings and a mirror selfie of her entire outfit, which both Bolden and Mumblo reposted. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Amanda Gorman (@amandascgorman) As if to confirm her rising status in fashion, on Tuesday, Gorman signed a deal with IMG Models, an international modelling agency that represents Ashley Graham and Chanel Iman. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the agency plans to focus its efforts on “building her profile through brand endorsements and editorial opportunities.” In the past, she’s starred in campaigns for brands like Nike and Loft. While at the inauguration, Gorman wore a red headband, paired with a yellow coat and black boots, all of which were Prada. Her ensemble was so good that it led to a 1,328% surge in search for “yellow coats” and a 560% rise for “red headbands” on the fashion search engine Lyst. That, and according to Vogue, her headband completely sold out, though it appears to have since been restocked on Prada.com. Coincidence? We think not. Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?Where To Read More Of Amanda Gorman's PoetryAmanda Gorman Is The Breakout Inauguration Poet
On Monday, Kellyanne Conway, former counsellor to President Donald Trump, was accused of posting a topless picture of her 16-year-old daughter Claudia to Twitter. The political strategist allegedly posted the photo on Twitter’s 24-hour Fleet feature after Claudia had posted multiple videos to Tiktok accusing her mother of abuse. Screenshots and screen recordings of Kellyanne Conway’s Fleet allegedly featuring an image of her topless teenage daughter began to surface late Monday night following the teenager’s claims about her mother earlier in the day; the Twitter Fleet was quickly removed. Simultaneously, users on Tiktok began commenting on the 16-year-old’s videos to alert her that Kellyanne had posted the photo. After being informed about the post on her mother’s account, Claudia recorded another video to confirm that the picture posted by her mother was indeed a photo of her. Claudia then also deleted a video of her mother allegedly abusing her. The New York Post reports that police are officially investigating the incident: “Cops paid a visit to the family’s New Jersey mansion Tuesday… Alpine Police Chief Christopher Belcolle confirmed that a probe was underway.” This all comes after months of Claudia posting videos to her platform discussing her mental health, her political views, and her issues with her parents. Within the last week, the teenager has posted a slew of videos to Tiktok showing what appeared to be video evidence of her mother hitting her and screaming at her. Claudia also uploaded videos of her mother apparently being confronted by the police inside their home — and denying abuse allegations. Since 2017, Kellyanne served as a top counsellor to and frequent mouthpiece for former president Donald Trump. But in August of 2020, she announced that she would be leaving her role at the White House to focus on her family — a move that many believed was a direct result of her daughter’s claims at the time that she was seeking immediate emancipation from both of her parents, alleging trauma and abuse. “Our four children are teens and ‘tweens starting a new academic year, in middle school and high school, remotely from home for at least a few months. As millions of parents nationwide know, kids ‘doing school from home’ requires a level of attention,” Kellyanne said in a statement at the time. “This is completely my choice and my voice. In time, I will announce future plans. For now, and for my beloved children, it will be less drama, more mama.” Kellyanne and her husband, George Conway, have yet to comment on the allegedly leaked photos. However, Claudia has continued to post videos to her Tiktok account, where, on Tuesday, she asked that followers stop calling the police on her behalf. Claudia says that both she and her mother will be taking a break from social media for now. Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?Claudia Conway Says She Has COVID On TikTokClaudia Conway Isn't Here To "Save Us"Why Kellyanne Conway Is Leaving The White House
With music festivals canceled as a result of the pandemic, the need for festival fashion — which most notably (and sometimes controversially) includes flower crowns — has diminished entirely. But, according to Chanel’s spring ‘21 haute couture show, that took place on Tuesday, festival season’s go-to headpieces are back. For the runway show — inspired by “dance, freedom, and summer evening parties,” according to the show notes — creative director Virginie Viard sent out models wearing flower headpieces. Among pastel waistcoats, voluminous skirts, and, as we’ve come to expect from couture shows, a stunning wedding gown (worn by a model on horseback, no less), were more unexpected (for Chanel, at least) accessories: ‘00s-esque belly chains and festival-ready flower crowns. It’s almost as if friends of Chanel and Glastonbury regulars Keira Knightley and Kate Moss were in cahoots with Viard to ensure festival accessories weren’t put to waste just because events have been cancelled. Whereas we previously connected flower crowns to cut-offs, rain boots, and lace bra tops (cringe), after seeing them paired with tweed and tulle, and displayed against a garden-like backdrop at the Grand Palais, our former aversion to the DIY accessory has vanished. In its place, we’re feeling a pull to set up shop at our lockdown-induced craft tables for a day spent hot gluing flowers and pearls onto intertwining twigs. The rest of the collection was equally dreamy and ethereal, with a warm colour palette of light pink, green, and yellow appearing throughout on tweed skirt and pant suits, ruffled boleros, and high-low eyelet dresses. For footwear, models switched off between two-tone, black-and-white Mary-Jane flats and quilted wedges in the same colour. “I’m always thinking about what women would like to have in their wardrobe today,” Viard said in the show notes about the new collection. While belly chains and flower crowns may appear unusual for the French luxury brand, it should be noted that Lily-Rose Depp wore a chain belt with “CHANEL” on it in tiny, gold letters at Chanel’s runway show in October. Call it a coincidence, but since then, other brands have embraced the trend, with Bagatiba, Loren Stewart, and more jewellery favourites all selling their own iterations of the body jewellery. Maybe now this will extend to flower crowns, too. Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?How Did '90s Chanel Become So Controversial?Lily-Rose Depp Wore A Belly Chain At ChanelChanel Kicks Off PFW's Last Day In Pirate Boots
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When the pandemic hit and lockdown starved us of IRL conversation and community, Instagram seemed suddenly unfit for purpose. Shiny, curated perfection and off-the-cuff opinions blasted out via Stories felt jarring next to our collective suffering of job losses, isolation, ill relatives and worse. As conversation turned to the fact that Instagram isn’t pandemic-proof, many found entertainment, comfort and creativity via YouTube instead. Meg, 28, logged off Instagram in November due to anxiety the app was giving her and found herself turning to vlogs. “I’ve always trawled through YouTube for live music and viral videos but I started watching vlogs more regularly at the start of the pandemic,” she says. “I just have them on in the background now – they soothe me!” Her favourite? “Brittany Bathgate. I really like how mellow her videos are, they’re almost like mindfulness for me.” Thanks to an overly curated Instagram’s biased algorithms and culture of envy, more and more content creators have been making the jump to YouTube to publish more authentic and intimate portrayals of their lives. Now, YouTube was founded 16 years ago and there are influencers who have been ruling the space for over a decade, but for those who have recently curtailed their time on Instagram yet still want to discover new brands, beauty tips and outfit ideas, the video sharing platform has been a tonic. Sure, there are comment sections, brand-sponsored videos and an element of perfectionism which, just like Instagram, could cause anxiety, but there’s something softer and more calming about a video format. This is particularly true of creators like Bathgate, who films sun-soaked countryside scenes on her morning runs, or Tar Mar, who sets her walks through a bustling Brooklyn to pacifying house music. In lockdown, when we’re all subject to feelings of isolation yet unable to muster up the emotional bandwidth required for back-to-back Zoom calls, vlogs seem to hold the answer. Providing more imperfection, warmth, reality and personality than Instagram’s posed and unrealistic grid – plus the sense of being ‘with’ someone without having to respond – vlogs offer an antidote to lockdown’s solitude. They also cater to our voyeuristic tendencies, allowing us to have a nose around someone’s renovated flat, bathroom cabinet or wardrobe. It’s infinitely more satisfying than a photoshopped image. For Kristine, 24, who has been watching vlogs for a decade, this is one of the main draws. “Having been a YouTube watcher for so long, I feel like I’ve become very invested in the people I’m subscribed to,” she explains. “Watching YouTube videos honestly doesn’t feel too dissimilar to hanging out with a friend and I get a lot of joy out of seeing new uploads in my subscription box. In general I think the content I watch on YouTube feels a lot more real and relatable than Instagram, which can often feel too curated or impersonal.” Her favourites to follow? “Wear I Live is my favourite for all things fashion, shopping and style. I wish I had her wardrobe! She always finds amazing secondhand items and is so creative in how she styles them. I also love TheLineUp and Alyssa Lau – not only for their style but also for the production quality and editing of their videos.” Whether you’re looking to enter the world of vlogs for the first time or you’re a seasoned pro after some new recommendations, there’s a plethora of YouTubers to follow for styling ideas, brand reviews and shopping tips. Below, meet our favourite vloggers to subscribe to, from Norfolk to New York. KarenBritChick London-born, New York-based Karen Blanchard has been documenting her personal style on YouTube since 2008, garnering a loyal following for her seamless mix of vintage, high street and luxury pieces. You’ll be drawn in by the sneak peeks into her wardrobe but you’ll stay for the pre-pandemic street style series, What Everyone Is Wearing in New York, plus more recent home renovation and interior tips. Madelynn De La Rosa From Toast chore jackets to Batsheva prairie dresses via plenty of vintage treasures, we love everything LA-based filmmaker Madelynn De La Rosa spotlights on her YouTube channel. Beyond nifty thrifting tips, Madelynn’s dreamy and whimsical videos throw up vegan recipe ideas, recommendations for French cinema and DIY ceramics that’ll make you want to join a pottery club. The Anna Edit Content creator, author of An Edited Life and co-host of the At Home With… podcast, Anna Newton isn’t new to the scene: her YouTube channel has been going since 2010. Her impeccable capsule wardrobe and knack for editing will appeal to new viewers, though, as we find ourselves living more pared back lives, ready for fresh starts in 2021. From creating 10 outfits with just 10 pieces to giving her wardrobe a spring clean, this is the channel for organised minimalists with a penchant for classic pieces. Wear I Live Colorado-born, New York-based Jenny Welbourn has been advocating for sustainable fashion since 2011, when she started documenting her thrift hauls and secondhand shopping tips. Her channel now covers more lifestyle, rather than being purely fashion-focused, with videos giving subscribers an insight into her house moves, favourite books and daily grounding routines. Vintage fanatics will love her low-impact style solutions and vintage-hunting tips. Patricia Bright South London-based Patricia Bright is hardly a YouTube secret – she currently has 2.91 million subscribers and has amassed an incredible 341 million views since she joined the platform as a student back in 2009. Though many will follow Bright for her new venture The Break, an accessible space for women to navigate their finances and business, plus its offshoot podcast Caught Off Guard, her YouTube channel offers a warm, funny and authentic take on fashion, from brand reviews to musings on dressing in your 20s vs your 30s. Karina Gomez LA-based Karina Gomez’s channel is a real treat. Her hypercreative take on fashion sees her bring her audience along for the ride on multi-store vintage shopping, recreating looks she spots on Pinterest using only thrifted clothes, and translating catwalk trends with affordable eBay finds. From DIY tie-dye to trying a capsule wardrobe for 30 days, her videos are full of playful challenges that remind you why dressing should be about having fun. Brittany Bathgate Although Brittany has been vlogging on and off for over a year, she began uploading videos more regularly during the pandemic, sharing the same sublime outfits for which many follow her on Instagram. She’s found a loyal audience on YouTube thanks to her honesty and relatability, with her content spanning everything from running, relationships and reading to gardening, interiors and investment buys. Artfully shot nature scenes are interwoven with her daily outfits, and the calming nature of her vlogs has made her a cult hit in lockdown. Tar Mar Born in Cork and currently residing in Brooklyn, Tara has been YouTubing since 2012 and, though her videos are more of a snapshot of New York life, her outfits will appeal to anyone with a penchant for & Other Stories, high-waisted jeans and a cropped cardigan. The perfect channel to subscribe to if you’re after some easy everyday styling tips and a dose of transatlantic escapism (you’ll have a long list of NYC recommendations when you’re done). Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?
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Welcome to Money Diaries, where we're tackling what might be the last taboo facing modern working women: money. We're asking a cross-section of women how they spend their hard-earned money during a seven-day period – and we're tracking every last penny.This week: "I am a 26-year-old from Manchester working in local government. I started a new job about two months ago which included a nice increase in pay. This pay rise combined with a massive drop in spending on going out, drinks and travel (and generally having fun) during the pandemic has meant that my savings have grown pretty significantly over the past few months. I feel quite guilty about the fact that I have benefited financially during the pandemic when so many people around me have been made redundant, furloughed or taken pay cuts. I generally consider myself to be quite good at knowing when to spend and when to save but I definitely don’t make use of different financial tools and would like to make myself better informed in general."Industry: Local council – housing and homelessnessAge: 26Location: ManchesterSalary: £25,995Paycheque amount: Take home £1,696.07 after tax, pension and student loan payments Number of housemates: One, my boyfriend LMonthly ExpensesHousing costs: £337.50Loan payments: Student loan payments come directly out of my salary.Utilities: Monthly bills (electricity, council tax, internet, TV licence) £90, water bill is paid quarterly, normally around £120.Transportation: I don’t have a car but I’m a named driver on my boyfriend's car insurance. This was £79 at the start of the year. Due to lockdown neither of us is driving much at the moment so petrol costs are pretty minimal.Phone bill: £42Savings? I have £9,700 in a savings account.Other: Contact lenses £13, £5 to Rape Crisis. I have a free gym membership thanks to my best friend working at a gym, my dad has paid for a family Apple Music account which me and my sisters use, I use my sister’s Netflix and we use my boyfriend’s mum's Amazon Prime. I also have a free Audible subscription for the next 12 months which was an incentive with my phone contract. I realise I’m very lucky to have all these things for free as they would probably come to around £80 a month if not. This has made me realise I should probably increase the amount I give to charity to try and pay it forward.If you are interested in completing your own (paid) money diary, please email email@example.com with a bit of information about yourself. Unfortunately we aren't able to reply to every email.Day One7.15am: Wake up, have a shower and wash my hair. It’s the first day back after Christmas so I want to make sure I get up early enough to wash my hair and get properly prepared before starting work from home at 8am. It can be really tempting just to roll out of bed and pull on some leggings but I find that when I properly get ready as if I’m going into the office, I have a much more productive day. Have a cup of tea and some Special K for breakfast. 11.45am: I’m not being very productive today, which is frustrating considering it is the first day back and I’m full of that new year, new me energy. My boyfriend (L) is also working from home so we take a quick break to make some coffee and I have this at my desk with a leftover blueberry muffin. My new year, new me energy will never extend to cutting out sweet treats…12.50pm: L and I go for a quick walk around the block to get some fresh air before lunch, which wakes me up a bit as it is absolutely freezing outside. I have some minestrone soup for lunch with half a bagel and we watch an episode of Explained on Netflix about astrology. I don’t regularly read my star sign but I definitely consider myself a true Virgo so it is interesting to find out a bit more about the history behind star signs (and that they are essentially just made up). 3pm: Some new bedding and a candle that I ordered online from Next arrives. I was given some Christmas money by my auntie and I’ve spent it on some new bits for our flat. We moved into this flat a few years ago straight after uni so a lot of the homeware we have is the same stuff I bought when I first went off to freshers at 18. It’s nice to start replacing it with better quality, grown-up stuff, but I’m learning that nice homeware is expensive so I’m trying to do this gradually when I have extra money to treat myself. 4.35pm: Finish work and go for another, slightly longer walk. I really like going for a post-work walk as it feels like a fake ‘commute’ so helps me to mentally separate work from home while I am WFH. It also gives me an opportunity to listen to all my favourite podcasts.6pm: Get back and do a quick home workout. I mostly use YouTube videos or free apps but I’m considering paying for a home fitness plan as I am getting bored of the same workouts after almost nine months of not being able to use the gym. I try out the app 8fit today but decide it’s not worth the £25.99 per month. 7.15pm: We have absolutely zero food in the house so grab a ready meal out of the freezer and stick that in the oven for tea, then start making a shopping list. The one good thing from lockdown is that it has made me very good at planning out meals and doing food shops that will last us slightly longer without just chucking loads of junk in the trolley.8.50pm: Head to big Tesco with L and we run around getting everything on my list, plus a few extra treats as lockdown number three has just been announced so we need cheering up. L pays and I transfer him £23.60 for my half.10pm: Get home and watch a bit of Schitt's Creek with some ice cream (re. cheering up after announcement of lockdown number three). Read a little bit in bed and then get some sleep.Total: £23.60Day Two7.30am: Wake up and drag myself out of bed. I’ve got a lot of Zoom meetings today so I brush my hair and put a little bit of makeup on. L makes me a cup of tea as he is an angel. 9.30am: I have a post-Christmas catch-up with my line manager and she tells me she is pregnant! Which is very exciting but also very stressful as I don’t have a clue how to do my job without her. One of my friends has been having a tough time as her grandma died from COVID over Christmas. A friend and I chip in to send her some CBD brownies, they’re £19 including shipping so my half is £9.50. 12.30pm: Stop for lunch with L and have a tuna wrap and a few tangerines before getting straight back into the Zoom meetings.4.50pm: Finish work and have a couple of snacks while I read my book, which is The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman. I’m really enjoying it so far. Then I head out for a walk to try and get some exercise.6.30pm: I get home and do another free home workout. I cook us a complicated vegan lentil salad from a new cookbook I was given. It is surprisingly nice but not sure it was worth all the obscure ingredients.8.50pm: After tea we watch The Serpent on iPlayer. It’s my sister’s birthday on Friday so I order her a few things off ASOS which come to £31.50 (thanks to L’s student discount). L has already ordered her something off Etsy so we decide to give her both presents jointly and I transfer him an extra £10 towards that so that we are paying roughly the same amount.10.30pm: Head to bed, read some more of my book and fall asleep.Total: £51Day Three8am: I really struggle to get out of bed this morning but eventually manage to pull myself to my desk, set up and log on. I have a cup of tea and a bagel at my desk for breakfast.11am: One of my meetings is pushed back by half an hour so I take the opportunity to nip out and get myself and L coffees from Costa, which comes to £6.25. I occasionally treat us to coffees during the week, it’s definitely an unnecessary expense but when I was in the office full-time I used to waste loads of money on coffee and snacks so I can justify it as I am spending a lot less than I would previously.2pm: I have a break for lunch and eat the rest of the lentils that I made last night. I’ve had a really busy morning but I know that things should be a bit calmer this afternoon. One of the things I find frustrating in my new role is that it can go from crazy busy one day to struggling to fill the day the next. There have been a few policy announcements recently that affect my team so I have a chilled afternoon reading up on them.4pm: I finish work a bit earlier than usual, I’ve been reading the news and end up feeling really anxious. It’s been an awful day for COVID deaths and the news is full of stories about the NHS being overwhelmed. During the pandemic I’ve sometimes found it better for me to take a step back and ignore all the news and briefings.5.15pm: I finish my book and then we FaceTime L’s mum for a chat. His family live in Scotland so we try and speak to his mum most days to make up for the fact that we haven’t been able to visit much this year. 6.10pm: L says that he will cook our tea today as I’m still feeling anxious. I go out for a long walk and listen to some of my favourite podcasts.7.30pm: Get back and feel a bit of cabin fever. I could really do with spending some time somewhere other than our tiny flat. L has made sausage casserole so we eat that and watch Bridgerton, which isn’t really my thing but still seems good. I finish off some wine we had left over.Total: £6.25Day Four7.30am: Wake up, wash my hair and make myself presentable as it is another day of Zoom meetings. I make some porridge and somehow smash a glass while I’m doing it. I hope this does not symbolise how the rest of the day is going to go.12.30pm: My morning meetings go really well, I’m researching a project on supporting women who engage in sex work and I have a really interesting and informative chat with a crisis worker from the local sex work charity. I’ve only got a short break before my next meeting but I’m starving so I make myself a quick Caesar salad and get back to work. 4.45pm: I’ve had some really good meetings today so log off for the day feeling happy. I guess smashing that glass didn’t actually set the tone for the day. 5pm: Chat with my boyfriend for a little bit. He was meant to have a late meeting but it’s been cancelled, which he isn’t exactly disappointed about. I’ve agreed to make a birthday cake for my sister. I call my mum and we decide on a coffee and walnut cake, which I need to buy a few extra bits for. Head out to Morrisons to get them. £4.505.50pm: I walk the long way home from Morrisons to get some exercise. When I get home I have a bit of a tidy of the flat and then quickly make the cake. I’m not the best baker but it seems to have gone alright.6.30pm: While the cake is in the oven I do a home workout. I didn’t do one yesterday so I really enjoy it today but I still miss the gym.7pm: Cake comes out of the oven and looks amazing. I’m really proud of myself! I’ll sort out the icing and decoration tomorrow. L makes us tea which is omelette and chips. We watch a few more episodes of Explained about K-Pop and tattoos. 10.30pm: Very much ready for bed tonight. Read for a bit but fall asleep very quickly.Total: £4.50Day Five8am: It’s Friday! This week has felt very long after having some time off for Christmas so I am relieved to see the end of it. Get out of bed and have some Marmite on toast with a brew while I read the news at my desk.9.30am: I have a catch-up with the team lead on one of my projects. I had originally planned to head into the office today but at the start of the week after lockdown three was announced, we decided it might be best to work together remotely today. The catch-up goes well but it is so much harder not being able to see her face-to-face.12.30pm: Stop for lunch. I have the rest of the Caesar salad I made yesterday and watch an episode of Schitt's Creek. I have become absolutely obsessed with this show recently so I am very disappointed to find out it is only six series long. 2.10pm: I have definitely mentally finished for the day now. I’ve still got some stuff to finish up so I beg my brain to turn back on for a few hours.3.30pm: I was meant to be logging off a little bit earlier today but I’ve been asked to attend a last-minute meeting at 5pm about a funding bid. I take a break now to quickly decorate the cake for my sister. I don’t own an electric whisk so I end up whisking the cream in a NutriBullet, which works surprisingly well. I’m really proud of how it turned out so you can look forward to my appearance on the next series of Bake Off.4pm: Back to work after my sneaky baking break, this is definitely one of the perks of working from home.5.50pm: Finally finished work. I’d promised to drop the cake and presents round at my mum and dad's at 4pm so running a bit behind now. I jump in the car and race over. I leave all the presents and cake in a bag on the porch and find they’ve left a bottle of prosecco for us all to have a drink on FaceTime later. We normally go out as a family for proper birthday celebrations but waving through the window and drinks on FaceTime will have to do this year.6.30pm: Get home, open prosecco and get on FaceTime. We all watch my sister open her presents and have a couple of drinks. They’ve ordered Deliveroo tonight so my dad offers to pay for a takeaway for me and L, which we happily take him up on.7.10pm: We order pho and L goes to collect as it is literally round the corner. £22.50 for both of us but my dad pays.11.50pm: We end up watching some live festival sets on YouTube. I normally like to spend my money on gig tickets so I have been missing live music since everything closed at the start of the pandemic. It’s fun watching these old gigs but it’s not really the same as being there, although it is a lot cheaper.Total: £0Day Six8am: Alarm goes off, so happy it’s the weekend and I don’t have to get up.8.50am: Wake up properly and lie in bed watching TikTok for far too long.9.50am: Get up and make the short walk to the sofa. Have a cup of tea and some Marmite on toast and watch the new episode of Gogglebox with L. 11am: After Gogglebox I do a leg workout using my resistance bands. I have a shower and get dressed, then go for a long walk. I stop off at M&S on the way home and treat myself to some lunch and get L some biscuits. £8.502.30pm: Home, eat my M&S lunch in front of the TV. I’ve got to attend a quick work meeting at 4pm so I have a look at my emails to check there is nothing I need to do ahead of that.3.30pm: Read my book for a bit but struggle to concentrate. Log on to work for my meeting.4.30pm: Meeting done, luckily everything was very straightforward so it didn’t take long at all. After the success of my sister's birthday cake, I decide to do a bit more baking. I spend forever attempting to make crumpets, which are far too difficult for a baking novice like myself.6pm: I have a shower and wash my hair. Notice we’ve run out of shampoo and conditioner so I will need to nip out and buy some at some point. I put tea in the oven – I really fancy a chippy but we’ve got oven chips and Quorn nuggets so I have them instead.7pm: L got a dartboard for Christmas so we decide to have a few beers and play darts. I’m really rubbish but it is a lot of fun.12.30am: A few beers down, head to bed a bit drunk.Total: £8.50Day Seven8.50am: Wake up and have a couple of the crumpets I made for breakfast. They are nice but I don’t think they were worth the effort of making them. I’ll be buying a packet from the shops next time. Watch the new Drag Race with a brew.10.30am: Have a shower and get dressed. I’m meeting my friend C for a socially distanced walk today so I drive over to the park near her house. I’m really excited for a bit of social interaction. I’m typically a very social person so I have found it incredibly difficult having to limit this so much during the pandemic.11am: I was planning on buying a coffee at the café in the park but arrive to find it is closed. C was very organised and checked the opening times in advance so has bought us both coffees from home in keep cups! It is so nice to see her and we have a good catch-up.3pm: Get back and have a bit of a tidy up in the flat. I haven’t had lunch so I end up picking at absolutely everything in the fridge and watching TV.5.15pm: I make some lentil and chickpea soup that we are going to have for our tea and do another home workout. I’m not really in the mood to work out but lockdown is very boring and I can’t think of anything else to do.7pm: Eat the soup with L. We decide to watch a film this evening so he pops out to get some movie snacks. I pick the film Tag and we settle in for a cosy movie night.9.50pm: The film was absolute trash but the snacks were good. We decide to get an early night as it is back to work tomorrow.Total: £0The BreakdownFood/Drink: £42.85Entertainment: £0Clothes/Beauty: £0Travel: £0Other: £51Total: £93.85Conclusion"I think this has been fairly representative of my spending during lockdown, previously I would have spent a lot more on travel and entertainment. I normally try and save about £300-400 a month but having seen how little I spend, I think I really should try and save more, at least while we are in lockdown. It was also interesting to see how connected mine and my boyfriend’s spending is. Most of the things either of us bought this week were shared (coffee, snacks, lunches, etc.). I don’t think this is a problem necessarily but I think this has spilled over into how we manage bills and our separate savings. We save the same amount as each other each month and he pays all the bills and I have a standing order set up to pay him back at the start of the month, so I don’t really have a good understanding of what bills we pay and how much everything costs. I think relying on him to sort everything in this way is part of the reason I find money management so confusing, and it is important that I learn more about this independently." Like what you see? 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Whether you dabbled in DIY colour or are in desperate need of a trim, there’s no denying that constant lockdown restrictions have taken their toll on our hair. Parched strands, split ends and overprocessed lengths are just a handful of problems we’re googling for solutions and with salons closed for the foreseeable future, healthy hair is the responsibility of at-home treatments. From Coco & Eve’s Super Nourishing Coconut & Fig Hair Masque, £32.99, to The Ordinary’s Multi-Peptide Serum For Hair Density, £15.75, there is a handful of game-changing hair products trending at the minute, but one in particular is making waves among beauty lovers. Enter: The Inkey List’s PCA Bond Repair Hair Treatment, £12.99. You’ve probably already heard of The Inkey List, specifically its affordable skincare range, which is jam-packed with dermatologist-adored ingredients like salicylic acid, retinol and vitamin C. The brand recently branched out into haircare and its latest product is receiving countless five-star reviews. In fact, shoppers are likening it to cult hair product, Olaplex. When it comes to repairing bleached, dyed or heat-damaged hair, Olaplex is a treatment which all hairstylists recommend time and time again. Previously only available in salons, the brand has since become a mainstay of many at-home haircare routines, from the No.3 Hair Perfector (an ultra nourishing conditioner) to the No.6 Bond Smoother (a leave-in hair restorer). The amazing results are all thanks to special ingredient, bis-aminopropyl diglycol dimaleate. Yes, it’s pretty impossible to pronounce – but it works. The star ingredient in The Inkey List’s Bond Repair is a little different: 10% Bis-PCA Dimethicone. “Why this hasn’t been used more is surprising,” Mark Curry, cofounder of The Inkey List, told me. “It has been used in Brazilian salons, specifically for Brazilian hair types,” which are typically thick in density. Mark is right when he adds that a lot of bond-building products only seem to work on fine, straight and caucasian hair but PCA Bond Repair supposedly works on all hair types, specifically thick, curly hair – and it’s all down to the compound itself. Without sounding too much like a chemistry lesson, the product works on all of the hair’s bonds, specifically disulphide bonds (which are damaged by bleach and colour) and ionic bonds, which can easily be damaged and cause split ends. In other words, it fuses the hair strand back together, repairing damage. “You get an instant impact,” said Inkey’s cofounder Colette Laxton. “This means way less straggly, frizzy bits of hair. But it also repairs over time and strengthens hair, too.” In fact, the team touts the product as one of the most concentrated hair repair treatments out there right now. Currently, I’m growing out some chunky blonde highlights. I recently coloured over them with brown hair dye, so my hair feels drier than usual. Cold weather means I’m no longer letting my hair air-dry so using a hairdryer is taking its toll ever so slightly, and I’m also in need of a chop. My hair isn’t in dire condition but I’ll welcome anything that minimises fluffy ends, keeps frizz on lockdown and makes my hair feel less limp. I often use Olaplex No.3 so is the PCA Bond Repair worth the hype? At first spritz, the texture is very much like Olaplex No.0. It feels just like water. Per the instructions, I sprayed the product through towel-dried hair (I use the Aquis Hair Towel Lisse Luxe, £30, or a cotton T-shirt to soak up moisture as gently as possible) and used a wide-tooth comb to make sure I distributed it evenly from root to tip. I applied the product heavily to areas which need a bit more TLC, focusing mostly on my ends. The pump was difficult to use, which Mark and Colette acknowledge, but it gets sustainability points for being totally recyclable. (They told me that there is only one supplier worldwide which makes pumps like these.) I set about rough-drying my hair like normal (on a medium heat so as not to exacerbate split ends) and the first thing I noticed was how thick and strong my hair felt. It was as though I’d had a fresh, blunt cut or a professional blow-dry. While my hair didn’t feel any softer, it was shiny, and the next morning when I went to straighten it, my ghds glided through easily. Comparing the pictures, which were taken just after rough-drying and before any styling or straightening, my hair looks a bit longer, too! Mark and Colette said that continued usage is the key, as the product acts like scaffolding for brittle hair strands, so it works not only instantly but cumulatively, too. This makes not being able to book in for a trim for the foreseeable future a little more bearable. Colette uses PCA Bond Repair every time she washes her hair so I continued to use it throughout the week (I wash my hair up to three or four times a week). Again, my hair wasn’t super soft but it felt resilient and more full. The Cult Beauty reviews speak for themselves, too. “A few sprays of this and my hair feels soft but strong, and the shine is unreal! Will definitely repurchase,” wrote one user, while another championed the product for turning coarse frizz into smooth hair. It’s also packed with heat protection to prevent frazzled ends during styling. Would I use it again? When my hair feels limp, this will be my go-to. But I do love the feeling of ultra soft lengths and for that I rely on Kérastase Elixir Ultime L’Original Hair Oil, £43. It’s more than three times the price of PCA Bond Repair but it’s my must-have. That said, they are completely different products so there’s nothing stopping you from mixing the two for great results, or using PCA Bond Repair on wet hair and smoothing dry hair with a finishing oil. What I would say is that when it comes to hair products, less is more. It’s easier to add than to take away so if you’re using multiple products post-wash, bear in mind the length and thickness of your hair so as not to weigh it down. For me, six to 10 spritzes of PCA Bond Repair is enough and I like a pea-sized amount of hair oil for extra smoothness. Overall, it’s looking likely that PCA Bond Repair will give Olaplex a run for its money, both price- and results-wise. It’s currently exclusive to Cult Beauty so be sure to grab a bottle before it inevitably sells out. Refinery29’s selection is purely editorial and independently chosen – we only feature items we love! As part of our business model we do work with affiliates; if you directly purchase something from a link on this article, we may earn a small amount of commission. Transparency is important to us at Refinery29, if you have any questions please reach out to us. Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?Olaplex No.0 Is The Smartest New Hair TreatmentUnlearning These 7 Bad Habits Transformed My HairIs This High Street Treatment Just Like Olaplex?