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Halloween, what a beauty. It’s the one time of year that your parents allow you to gorge on as many sweets as physically possible with absolutely no consequences, no limits and no nagging about sugar and teeth – just indulgent candy. ALL. NIGHT. LONG. Mmmmm.

Heck, you’re basically Augustus Gloop, Bruce Bogtrotter and Joey Tribbiani all rolled into one. But does anyone else feel like Hallows Eve is a full-blown emotional eating rollercoaster? All the treats bring all the feels, after all.

Here are the seven stages we experience on loop, every single year…

1. Happy

Yaaaaaaaas. SO. MANY. SWEETS. I’m probably, actually in heaven. Which one first? Does it matter? They can all get in my mouth.

2. Disgust

Okay, OMG, did I actually just eat *all* of that? My veins are literally running with chocolate. Is a candy coma a thing because I think I might be about to slip int…Zzzzzz.

3. Regret

I mean, I’m impressed with myself because that was basically a professional eating standard but I knew this wasn’t going to end well. Why can’t I just pace myself like a normal human? My jeans won’t do up (I should have put my eating pants on, tbf) and I have the beginnings of some mean old stomach cramps. Yay.

4. Pain

OUCH. I honestly think I am about to give birth to a tiny chocolate monster who loves kicking the inside of my stomach like a football. Mmmm I haven’t eaten my chocolate footballs yet. NO. Remember this pain. No more chocolate. I need to lie down.

5. Sugar high

Where’s my brother? I feel like annoying him. Hey, his bed is pretty bouncy. Why isn’t he paying me enough attention? I mean, I know he’s asleep but GOD. Why’s he not laughing? This story I’m telling is hilarious. The song on the radio is sooo good, too. Isn’t my dancing great? HELLO?!

6. Come down

Why are my limbs so tired? Like I actually think they’re made of lead right now. I have never needed a nap so much. Yep, even when I was a baby. Ask my mum. The sweet struggle is real.

7. Longing

Okay wow, that was amazing. I smashed my way through 9 chocolate bars, 6 packets of sweets, some sherbert straws and a litre of pop. I am the candy champion of the world. Only 364 days until I can do the whole thing all over again. BEST DAY EVER.

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Step away from the delicate flats, put your denim jacket into hibernation and track down the most duvet-ish pyjamas you can find, because we’re officially in sleepover season.

We’re all in agreement that this is the best time of year, right? You’re constantly crunching through orange leaves, pulling together your Christmas present wishlist, and pumpkin spice lattes are your main source of energy. But hold up on planning your festive party for just one sec, you’ve got the ultimate sleepover to plan first.

Get your best pals round for the night and cosy up with these movies, snacks and DIY hacks that’ll make it the cosiest evening ever.

Magical movies

Practical Magic

Straight outta the 90s (because actually, the 90s is a goldmine of dreamy made-for-autumn movies), Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman are sisters who happen to be pretty talented in the art of practical magic.

But while their sorcery skills might sound amazing, they also come with a curse, as any man the sisters fall for seems to meet an untimely death. Cuddle up with your cauldron for this one.

Hocus Pocus

If you’ve never seen Hocus Pocus, it’s the perfect mix of dark, spooky moments and brill Disney comedy. After three whole centuries, the three Sanderson witch sisters are brought back from the dead on Halloween night.

It’s up to two teenagers, a young girl and an immortal cat to stop them from taking over the town, but luckily there’s always time for a sassy musical number half way through.

Casper

Did you know that Casper is the first ever film to have a fully CGI character in a leading role? Fact, but anyway, the October adventure kicks off when paranormal expert James and his daughter Kat find themselves living in an abandoned mansion.

But it almost goes without saying that their new house is haunted – by three not-so-welcoming ghosts, and of course one friendly one who you’re probably gonna fall in love with.

You’ve Got Mail

Maybe not the most obvious choice, but Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan classic rom-com is guaranteed to get you in the autumn mood without one single mention of a witch or wizard.

It features some perfect shots of golden Manhattan, an actual fall festival and a super cosy book shop that’ll make you wanna grab all of the nearby blankets and do some serious snuggling.

The Craft

If you’d been having your autumn sleepover twenty years ago, The Craft would have been top of the must-watch list. Sarah ends up falling in with the outcasts at her new school, and with her as their ‘fourth corner’, the squad start their own supernatural coven.

It doesn’t take long before the girls are exacting revenge on anyone who dares to cross them, but the spells soon start to get out of control and things get kiiinda scary.

Harry Potter

Wait, surely you know that you can’t have a cosy, autumn hang out without watching at least one of the Harry Potter films?

Pick your fave of the eight, start pumpkin carving, grab a chocolate frog and you’ll be ready for Halloween in no time. Just remember that it’s LeviOH-sa, not Levio-SAH.

Scrummy snacks

Rice Krispie pumpkins

Snap, crackle and pop your way into spooky season with these seriously cute snacks. They’re easy to rustle up too – just turn your cereal bright orange, combine with melted marshmallow and add a mini Rolo right on the top for the perfect midnight snack.

Get the recipe for these here.

Pumpkin spice latte

You’ve probably seen them all over Instagram in all of their frothy glory, but why head out into the cold when you can make ‘em for yourself at home? We’ll take ours with extra squirty cream, please.

Get the recipe for these here.

Halloween pretzels

When it comes to sleepover snacks, you’ll want to opt for something that looks AWESOME but requires almost zero effort. This trio of Halloween-themed pretzels are perfect with teeny tiny mummies, pumpkins and zombies to scoff on. Tasty, and only a little bit terrifying.

Get the recipe for these here.

Acorn doughnuts

Looking for a recipe that’s more on the cute side of things than creepy? Even Mother Nature would be impressed with these autumn-inspired bites, which turn your average doughnut into something much, much more Instagrammable thanks to a chocolate topping and sugar sprinkles.

Get the recipe for these here.

Apple pie popcorn

It goes without saying that you’re gonna need to stock up on the popcorn for your party, but why not give it an autumn/winter taste twist, too? This genius recipe loads up your usual popcorn with bonus melted caramel, white chocolate, apple and cinnamon. We’re dribbling just thinking about it tbh.

Get the recipe for this here.

Cosy crafts

Flameless fire pit

Every classic teen movie features a sleepover around the campfire that’s absolute goals, but it’s not always the best idea in soggy ol’ England. Stay warm and keep your aesthetic on point with this creative and cosy no-flame fire pit. It’s literally just fairylights and fake twigs, but looks SO perfect.

Find out how to make this here.

Watercolour leaf hanger

On the hunt for an idea or two that’ll transform your bedroom? One of the easiest ways is to bring the outdoors inside, and this watercolour leaf hanger is a crafty way to do just that. All of the warm colours and fiery shades will mean instant autumn vibes.

Find out how to make this here.

S’mores station

Really wanna go all out to impress your pals with your special autumn sleepover this year? Nothing will work better than melted chocolate and squishy marshmallows. As we said earlier, campfires aren’t always the most reliable in our lovely British weather, so why not set up a DIY S’mores station instead? You could even make cute seasonal decorations for it.

Pastel pumpkins

Carving pumpkins always seems like a good idea at first – until you’re up to your elbows in squishy, weird-smelling goo and you’re still finding seeds in strange places one whole year later. These pretty pumpkins have had a Tumblr makeover with pastel colours and some snazzy puns – so we guess technically that would make these PUN-KINS…

Blanket fort

And last but not least – a million blankets, every single pillow in the house, a sprinkle of squishy cushions and a whole heap of flickering candles (fake, battery-operated ones obviously – no real flames please) are all you need to construct an unstoppable blanket fort. Everyone knows that cosiness officially peaks with a blanket fort.

So there you have it, the essentials for any autumn sleepover. Just no one mention Christmas yet, okay?

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Okay, we *might* have gone a bit OTT with Halloween but it’s one of our fave times of year. Can you tell? Not only have we pulled together loooads of outfit inspo and deadly makeup for you to copy, but we’ve even made you a spooky movie playlist for the big day.

And what does every squad need when they’re swishing around their makeup brushes and fashioning the perfect Stranger Things costume in preparation for the scariest cinema sesh ever!? Snacks, that’s what.

Ingredients (makes 12)

• 1 batch ready-baked cupcakes (we’re not Nigella, guys)
• apricot jam
• 12 large marshmallows
• icing sugar for dusting
• 1 kg (2 lb 3 oz) white sugar paste
• soft-peak white royal icing in a piping bag
• a black sugar paste for decorating
• 1 cm round cutters
• black edible pen
• pink edible dusting powder

Recipe

1. Remove the paper cases from the cupcakes. Warm the apricot jam, and brush it over the top and sides of each cupcake. Stick a large marshmallow on top – if they are really big, you can cut these in half.

2. Pop in the microwave for about 10-15 seconds until the marshmallow begins to go squishy and melt onto the cake. Brush a little more jam over the sponge and marshmallow.

3. Dust your work surface with icing sugar. Roll out the white sugar paste and cut out squares large enough to cover the top and sides of each cupcake, making sure you have some excess icing.

4. Place a square of white sugar paste on top of each cupcake and smooth it down with your hands.

5. Cut around the base of the cake, making a little tail to one side. Set aside any off-cuts for making the hands.

6. Press the icing gently onto the cake to mould the cute ghostly body. Leave the little tail flowing to one side. To make the ghost hands, use the off-cuts and roll into 24 little balls of icing. Mould these into cones, then flatten slightly and stick 2 to either side of each ghost with white royal icing.

7. Finish by rolling out the black sugar paste to 5 mm (1⁄4 in). Cut out circles for the eyes and stick these to the ghosts with a little royal icing. Pipe white dots onto the eyes to add sparkle. Add a cute smile using black edible pen, and dust over some pink powder to make cheeks.

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Halloween is just around the corner (yesss), and that means your YouTube subscription box, Instagram feed and Pinterest boards are all probably jam-packed with dark, deadly and devilishly dreamy creations to copy on October 31st.

But hang on a second, surely you have to be pretty skilled in the art of special effects and fake blood trickery to be able to recreate some of these amazing looks? Nope, nuh-uh honey.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Don’t panic about your party, because we’ve tracked down 14 awesome but actually really easy Halloween makeup tutorials that you can totally copy for the spooky season.

1. Cartoon Wonder Woman

If you wanna be the cutest cartoon in town, all you need to do is rock your usual makeup look – and then find a black and a white liquid eyeliner. Follow the contours of your face with the black for the illustrated lines, and add trace around them with the white. It’s THAT easy.

For the ultimate Wonder Woman style, you might also want to pop on a snazzy golden crown and a killer red lip. Just don’t forget to add the cartoon touches which make this look so cool.

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2. Half skull

The best thing about this one is that it makes you look like the world’s most skilled SFX makeup artist with minimal knowledge needed. Arm yourself with some black and white face paint and you’re basically good to go.

Start by applying your normal products, then add in the all-important crack to divide your face from day to day to um, dead. Follow Roxi’s brill tutorial to figure out where all the hollows and contours need to go, add in some shadows for depth, and you can’t really go too wrong.

3. Veronica Lodge

Obsessed with all things Riverdale RN? Season 2 has just arrived on Netflix, which means that Halloween is the perfect chance to turn yourself into privileged princess, Veronica Lodge. Goals.

Maybe not the spookiest but definitely the chicest, all you need are some dark brows, a rich plum lip, sleek black curls and a pair of pearl earrings. It’s up to you whether you steal her style with a yellow baseball tee or a River Vixen cheerleader kit.

4. Neon skull

After a Halloween tutorial that’ll look killer in real life, but also get you all the likes on Instagram? The coolest look this year is definitely the neon skull, which is all about patience and a whole lot of blending.

The finished look might look mind-blowingly impressive, but it can be copied in surprisingly simple stages. Outline the skull shape in white, trace it in your favourite bright eyeshadow, fill in the blanks with black and define the bones with white liquid eyeliner. Tah dah.

5. Mermaid

Ariel is always a good idea when it comes to Halloween, and it’s one of those costumes that you can sort of make up as you go along (which is always great when you’re disorganised af).

Try following RhiannonClaire’s video for some inspo, but as a general rule you might wanna try metallic pastel eyeshadows to create your mermaid vibe, dust them on through a pair of fishnet tights to make the scales, and hey, when all else fails, add glitter.

6. Zombie Taylor Swift

‘Look What You Made Me Do’ has been playing on repeat for a whole month now and as well as a killer new song, Swifty also blessed us all with a genius music video that just so happened to contain the perfect Halloween costume idea.

Turn yourself into 1989 era Taylor by opting for classic black and white skull makeup like SophDoesNails, messy ‘I was dug up like this’ blonde hair, and a pale blue dress. Drop dead gorgeous, TayTay.

7. Pennywise

If you’ve been wondering what the most popular Halloween costume of 2017 is gonna be, you’re looking at it. It just became the highest grossing horror film of all time, but Pennywise is actually one of the lowest effort makeup looks. Fab.

When you don’t quite trust your special effects skills, stick to a scary white face, a smokey black eye, a blood red nose and the signature, slightly terrifying red lines all the way up your face. You’ll float too… *evil laugh*

8. Cracked broken doll

A great option for anyone who’d rather look pretty than petrifying at the party, a slightly spooky cracked porcelain doll is a classic choice (and super simple to transform into).

You can make 99 per cent of your makeup look fresh, dewy and girly with pink lips and fluttery lashes, and just add in a few creepy, broken smashes to your cheeks and forehead with nothing but a couple of eyeliners. Sorted.

9. Regina George

You’re like, really pretty. We love your skirt, where did you get it? And tbh, why would anyone not want to dress up as Regina George for Halloween? She fractured her spine and she still looks like a rockstar.

Em Ford’s version of the ultimate Mean Girl goes all out with an actual spinal support system, but you could always just recreate her prom look or one of her school outfits instead. Just stop trying to make fetch happen, it’s not going to happen.

10. Your fave childhood cartoon character

Velvetgh0st came to the rescue with this video by serving up four super simple but adorable costume ideas inspired by her fave 90s cartoons. Our fave has got to be Mona The Vampire with her crazy bow braids, rosy cheeks and teeny tiny fangs.

They’re all brill for when you’re on a budget or if you’ve left things ’til last minute, and is it kind of weird that we want to start styling ourselves on Wednesday Adams now?

11. Dead glam

Been given a strictly dead dress code for your Halloween plans? If you really want to stick to the spooky side of things, this combo of graveside glamour is the perfect option.

Wear an all black outfit, backcomb your hair (and even use dry shampoo for some grey streaks) and sketch in those sunken cheekbones with dramatic smokey eyes and bleached-out lips. It’s kind of gorgeous…?

12. Woodland deer

Maybe the most adorable of the whole bunch, Becca Rose’s woodland deer is all kinds of cute and uses only cheap makeup products from start to finish. It’s super simple to recreate, and uses warm-toned bronzer to exaggerate your contouring.

Add in a little heart shaped nose, winged liner and white polkadots to transform into a babein’ little Bambi. You could even add some DIY antlers if you’re feeling crafty.

13. Slytherin student

Cunning, shrewd and ambitious? Slytherin is the only Hogwarts house that you want to be in for Halloween. Cherry Wallis’ amazing vid relies on an intense green smokey eye and some added drama with snake scales for Slytherin chic vibes.

She’s also done tutorials for Ravenclaw, Gryffindor and Hufflepuff so you can stay loyal to your house, but surely it’s all about Team Voldy when you’re heading out with the spooks and spirits?

14. Eleven

And last but not least, if you’re counting down the days/hours/minutes until Season 2 of Stranger Things hits your screen, you’re gonna love this makeup tutorial to turn you into Millie Bobby Brown’s Eleven.

You’re gonna need some fake blood for your nosebleed, a bunch of battery fairy lights to reach the Upside Down, and make sure you perfect your intense angry stare, too.

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The best part of Halloween (apart from the day after, obviously, when all of the sweets in the supermarket are on sale for cheap), is choosing your costume.

Are you going scary? Funny? Ironic? Are you gonna just be a mouse, duh? The 31st is almost here, so it’s probably time that you made some decisions tbh. But getting creepy and creative with your outfit, hair and makeup suddenly becomes way more fun when you decide to dress up with your friends, so say YES to group Halloween costumes.

If you and your besties are all heading to the same Halloween party this year, here’s’ 13 verging-on-genius group costumes that you and your squad should definitely rock this year. Just make sure you send us lots of pics, okay?

1. The Stranger Things gang

Rewind back to the 80s, head to the Upside Down and prepare to face the Demi Gorgon by roping in Eleven, Joyce, Mike, Dustin and Lucas to your group Halloween efforts.

And if you’ve got a particularly big squad, someone could always go as err… the fairy light covered, floral wall? Warning: you’re gonna need a whole lot of bomber jackets for this one.

Image: Pinterest

2. Past and present Taylor Swifts

Swifty’s ‘Look What You Made Me Do’ video has gone down in history as one of the best ever – mainly thanks to that final scene which all the Taylors past and present come face to face.

There’s zombie Taylor, ‘Shake It Off’ ballet Taylor, geek chic ‘You Belong With Me’ Taylor and loads of other super sassy options to divvy up between your gang. Can we bagsy circus leader Taylor, pretty please?

3. Pink Ladies

Wanna ditch the gross and gory side of Halloween? How about going 50s retro and looking oh so pretty in pink as the girls from Grease.

The more of you there are, the better this one looks, as you can all mix and match with satin pink jackets, cute vintage hairstyles and bubblegum lipstick.

Image: Pinterest

4. The Clueless girls

As IF you’d wanna go as anything other than the ultimate 90s female fashion icons. Cher’s yellow tartan two piece is basically iconic, and Tai’s signature dungarees make an effortlessly cool costume.

Giant mobile phones, fluffy pens, statement headbands and an endless stream of Clueless quotes are all totally necessary too, if you wanna be a total betty.

Image: Pinterest

5. Naked Sims

Um, have you ever seen anything cooler than this genius gamer group costume? NOPE.

It’s really cheap too – just flatten out a cardboard box and paint on the nude-coloured squares to wear over the front of your clothes, and then add the Sims green diamond to a headband. Sorted.

Image: Pinterest

6. Hocus Pocus Sanderson sisters

For the squad that takes their Halloween game seriously, the Hocus Pocus gang are ready-made Halloween goals. Alright, so you might have to invest in a ginger, a purple and a blonde wig plus a couple of capes, but it’s definitely worth it.

And we’re not gonna judge you if you suddenly interrupt the party half way through to perform ‘I Put A Spell On You’. Y’know, just for authenticity and stuff.

Image: Pinterest

7. House Elves

The obvious group Harry Potter-themed costume is to just rock up in matchy-matchy Hogwarts uniforms, but why stick to witches and wizards when you could be house elves instead?

Dobby and Winky are brill costume options. Get crafty and create some giant ears, and dirty up an old bedsheet to create a house elf-esque pillowcase dress. Oh, and odd socks are a must if you wanna be a free elf.

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8. The Wizard Of Oz pals

Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Man and Lion are all instantly recognisable and pretty simple to recreate, plus you could add on a good witch, a bad witch, the people of Oz and as many munchkins as you need.

It’s probably fair to say that whoever ends up dressing as the Yellow Brick Road rather than rocking a pair of red, sparkly high heels has probably got the short straw there, though.

Image: Pinterest

9. Winnie The Pooh squad

The whole point of the Winnie The Pooh stories is to celebrate friendship, so match up the personalities of the cute cartoon gang with your real life squad.

You’ve got Pooh (obvs), Piglet, Tigger, Eeyore and whoever else wants to come along, so get ready for maybe the sweetest Disney costume Instagram post ever.

Image: Pinterest

10. Toy Story aliens

Aaand on the not so cute (but genuinely AMAZING) side of Disney costumes, we’re gonna just go ahead and say it. You and your friends NEED to go as the Toy Story aliens.

The finished effect is amazing, but all it takes is a blue top and jeans, a green beanie, some crafty ears and ping pong balls attached for the triple-eye effect. Oh, and OOOOOOOHHHHHH sound effects obvs.

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11. The Village People

Forever clearing the dance floor when the DJ finally spins the cheesiest of cheesy hits? This group costume was definitely made for you guys and your synchronised YMCA moves.

Take your pick from the builder, the cowboy, the cop, the sailor, the biker and the Native American, because they’re all pretty brill costume options.

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12. A mariachi band

AH CHA CHA. Sombreros at the ready, get your waistcoats out, stick a red sash in your collar and don’t forget to take your musical instruments with you to whip out an impromptu performance at some point.

Add on a stick on moustache and you’ve got maybe the best Halloween group costume of the whole lot tbh.

Image: Pinterest

13. The Pretty Little Liars

And last but not least, if you and your gals have got a secret and definitely can’t keep it, this is the one for you. Simple and still oh so gorge, all you need are some little black dresses, a spade or two and some dirt to wipe across your face.

The Pretty Little Liars girls have always been ultimate Halloween goals! Plus, Red Coat, anonymous A hoodies and even the girls’ own spectacular costumes from the show provide some extra inspo.

Image: Pinterest

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LUSH is a shop that’s awesome all year round, but their products reach new levels of amazing when autumn/winter rolls around. Sure, we love their Christmas collections – they’re more magical than your average sugar plum fairy – but there’s one range in particular that makes our hearts very happy.

Yep, the LUSH 2017 Halloween line up has officially landed, and if you like your bubble bath time to come with an extra dollop of wonderful witchiness then you’re in luck.

Expect spellbound black cats, extra special/extraterrestrial bath bombs and the perfect recipe for a pumpkin potion in the tub! These are the new LUSH products you’re gonna want to get your Halloweeny hands on…

Bewitched Bubble Bar

Have you ever seen anything that combines creepy and cute quite as perfectly as this little guy? After a busy day whizzing around on your broomstick and hoovering up the Trick or Treat goodies, look forward to a bubble bath packed with blackberry and bergamot.

Black Rose Naked Lip Tint

A black-coloured lip tint might sound scarier than a skeleton, but don’t be afraid of this little gem. There’s some kind of black magic at work with this one, as the solid lip tint will actually leave behind a totally unique shade of pink that perfectly suits your skin tone. Kalahari melon and Sicilian mandarin taste delish and leave your lips super soft.

Ectoplasm Jelly Bomb

Spotting spooky spirits at bath time might sound like a horror movie plot twist, but this one is all of your Halloween dreams come true. A frightening new LUSH bath bomb formula designed to turn your water into ooey-gooey jelly, Ectoplasm is packed with uplifting tangerine and grapefruit to leave you ready to get ghostbusting.

Pink Pumpkin Bubble Bar

Combine your potions and poltergeists with this pretty little pink pumpkin for a ghoulishly girly twist on Halloween. Crumble the sparkly bubble bar under running warm water and watch as your magic powers transform into geranium and bergamot oils, relaxing jasmine and a sprinkling of subtle glitter.

Sparkly Pumpkin Bubble Bar

This pumpkin might not be transforming into a fairytale carriage any time soon, but it will make your evening pamper session extra special, and that’s much more useful. Forget about Prince Charming, embrace the dark side and fall in love with juniper berry, grapefruit and lime oils instead.

Pumpkin Bath Bomb

If you’ve seen the Nightmare Before Christmas then you know that Jack’s the Pumpkin King, but this guy probably takes the Prince title right next to him. The perfect mixture of trick or treat, sweet and spice, everything nice, Pumpkin is packed with devilishly delicious vanilla and cinnamon scents.

Monsters Ball Bath Bomb

Bats, black cats, bloodcurdling screams and BOO! This little guy might not be the scariest of the bunch, but he still packs a Halloween-inspired punch. A monster mash up of lime and neroli oils guaranteed to relax you after a hard night’s spookin’ in the shadows…

Hedgewitch Soap

Never heard of a hedgewitch? Back in the olden days, they could rustle up a remedy for any kind of problem, made with ingredients they gathered from Mother Nature herself. Inspired by their natural healing powers, this autumnal soap contains the juices of mulberries and blackberries to soothe and refresh your skin.

Goth Fairy Shimmer Bar

Fed up of black and orange everything? Goth Fairy is here to sprinkle a little bit of magical sparkle wherever you go, with a potion of fine gold, green, purple and silver glitters to give shimmer to your skin. The buttery bar will soften your skin and leave behind the trace of almond, grapefruit and bergamot scents. It’s outta this world.

Lord of Misrule Shower Cream

An ultimate LUSH fave, we’re pretty sure this one was in the Hogwarts bathrooms. Perfect for witches and wizards, the earthy, herbal blend of patchouli, peppercorn and black pepper mixes with a vanilla sweetness for the perfect mix of Trick or Treat. Plus, you can channel your inner Elphaba when you’re tinted green in the shower.

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Halloween is almost here and, while we all love dressing up, it can be difficult to think of an original costume that won’t cost a fortune to create.

Since nobody wants to see you wearing your actual bedsheet as a ghost cossie again, we’ve pulled some pop culture inspo for you to swoon over, along with some suggestions of how to recreate the looks IRL. And no, there’s not an It clown mask in sight.

You can thank us later when your Insta likes are through the roof.

Beyoncé and the twins

You can go as simple or as outlandish as you like with Bey’s baby arrival Instagram announcement, as long as you have two dolls on hand to play Sir Carter and Rumi, plus plenty of chiffon from the haberdashery to waft around in. Snaps if you do a full photoshoot complete with floral arch.

Sir Carter and Rumi 1 month today. 🙏🏽❤️👨🏽👩🏽👧🏽👶🏾👶🏾

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Zombie Taylor Swift

There are so many potential costumes in Taylor’s Look What You Made Me Do video, but zombie Taylor in a white dress feels the most Halloween-appropriate – though you should probably leave the shovel at home. Don’t forget your ‘Here Lies Taylor Swift’s Reputation’ sign.

 

Betty and Veronica from Riverdale

Get your best mate involved, make sure you’ve got a blonde and a brunette wig if your own hair colours don’t match up, and recreate the Riverdale gals’ cheerleading outfits. Bonus: since they’re basically T-shirts, gym shorts and long socks, not only are these costumes friendly on your bank balance, but you’ll probably find a way to reuse them. Like in P.E.

vixens 💕

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Hillary Clinton

Get yourself a cute red trouser suit (maybe from your nan’s wardrobe?), a cropped blonde wig and you’re ready to pay homage to the almost-President of the United States. Need further inspiration? Check out Katy Perry’s Hillary cossie from last year. Prosthetics and boyfriend dressed as Bill Clinton entirely optional.

 

Love Island

There are so many ways you could embody this year’s most talked-about TV show, Love Island, but you might get a little chilly if you try going out in just your bikini. Why not create yourself a cardboard map of the British Isles to wear and cover it in hearts? Geddit? LOVE Island?

Salt bae

White T-shirt, fistful of salt and you’re ready to play one of the year’s best memes.

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My favourite moment in the whole school year is turning up in a new pair of shoes for the start of September term. Forget celebrating a rare sports day win, passing a hard exam or finding out there’s a substitute teacher covering the next lesson – it’s all about stepping into a new school year in a pair of perfectly polished, patent black shoes. (For me.)

I strut or stomp (depending on if it’s the year of heels or flats) down the corridor, embracing the ubiquitous sense of change, inspiration and challenge that autumn brings. It might mark the end of summer holidays, suntans and ice lollies; but it also kickstarts a new chapter of learning, laughs and pumpkin spice lattes.

Yep, autumn is the best season. Whether you agree with me or think I need to seriously reconsider my life, take a look at my argument for why…

New term stationery

One day, you’re probably going to be the world’s most successful rocket scientist, writer, chef, car mechanic or whatever-the-heck-you-want-to-be. You will look back at where it all started: in the classroom, writing out a chemical formula, penning a short story or drawing a masterpiece.

You’ll realise that you wouldn’t ever have been able to do it all without your trusty pencil case, overflowing with pens, highlighters, pencils, rubbers, spare hair bobbles and folded notes from your bff. The stationery set and pencil case are probably the most important annual investment you make (maybe even more so than the shoes), so choose wisely.

Halloween

What’s not to love about Halloween? Fancy dress parties, unlimited supplies of sweets, scary film fests, the Monster Mash – it’s the social event of the year. The weirdest but also perhaps most wonderful part, is that it suddenly becomes socially acceptable to wrap yourself in toilet roll, knock on your neighbours’ doors and demand a windfall of chocolates, sweets and even money (yep, I received 50p once) just for shouting ‘TRICK OR TREAT’. You can’t do that at Christmas, can you?!

Fooooooood

Hearty soup, creamy hot chocolate, pear and blackberry crumble, toffee apples, bonfire toffee, homemade stew, chilli con carne, jacket potatoes, mash potato with everything, pumpkin pie (with a huge dollop of thick cream) – we could literally go on all day, but the main reason we love the new season? We can bid a fond farewell to skimpy summer salads! (Apologies for the drool that is no doubt falling from the sides of your mouth RN.)

Wonderful weekend walks

Whether you’re walking the dog, meeting up with a pal or simply going for a stroll while plugged into your favourite podcast, nothing beats the sun shining on you as you crunch over crisp leaves on an autumn walk. Breathing in the cold air gives you a revitalising energy akin to being in a screaming crowd at a Justin Bieber concert. And you get to trial your new bobble hat and gloves combo for the first time – win!

Cosy nights in

Yeah, yeah – summer BBQs, Christmas parties and spring flings are all nice ways of spending an evening. But secretly, we all prefer an excuse to just go home on a rainy Friday night, turn up the central heating, get into a pair of freshly washed PJs, order a huge pizza and watch Harry Potter with the fam. If it was socially acceptable, human hibernation would definitely be a thing.

It’s also the ideal situation if you’re on your period – who wants to sit in the sweltering summer sun, or battle through Christmas parties, with the worst cramps ever? Thank autumn for its cold, dark nights, and let it wrap you in its arms with carbs and the comfort of the sofa.

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I was always a scaredy cat. When my friends were watching scary movies, I could be found in the room next door playing card games with their parents or sitting on the toilet seat in the bathroom, reading a book.

But, for some reason, I have always loved urban legends. I love how dramatic they are. I love the voices people put on, all deep and gravelly. I love the theatrics of the dark room with nothing but a torch underneath someone’s chin for light. I love the way my friends and I all grip each other’s hands so tight that they turn a delicate shade of purple.

Logically, we all know they aren’t really true. We know that none of these things really happened to anyone’s cousins boyfriends sisters. We know that it’s improbable that so many killers are on the loose – and if they are, we really need to re-think our prison system. But hey, why should ‘the truth’ get in the way of a good story?

So for Halloween we thought we’d share some of our favourite spooky stories… and I promise, they all happened to a friend of a friend of mine. Probably.

Workin’ like a dog

Dogs make everyone feel safer. They’re warm and cosy and they bark when there’s a strange noise outside. But I don’t think there’s anyone in the world that has ever found a dog licking their hand comforting after hearing this story…

dogsA young girl is home alone with her dog when she hears a killer is on the loose (obvs). She locks all the doors and windows before going to bed. In the night, she hears:

Drip.

Drip.

Drip.

It’s coming from the bathroom. Frightened, (dripping is notoriously scary), she reaches underneath the bed and feels her dog lick her hand. Comfortingly. But the next morning when she goes to the bathroom, she finds her dog (skinned/decapitated/or just dead, depending on how twisted the person telling the story is) hanging in the shower, with his blood slowly dripping onto the tiles.

On the shower wall, written in the dog’s blood, are the words “HUMANS CAN LICK TOO.”

 

In the eye of the beholder

A girl was home alone at night watching TV on a sofa (seriously, where are these people’s parents?), when she glanced at the window and saw the hazy figure of a tall man. She quickly called the police but when they arrived, they didn’t find any footprints in the fresh snow… just watery footprints behind the couch.

“You are very lucky to be alive, young lady!” the policeman said.

“Why?” replied the confused girl.

“Because the man was behind the couch. That was his reflection you saw in the glass.”

Honestly, I know he was a murderer and all, but he could of at least wiped his feet before he came in.

 

Somebody hit the lights

A college student was studying late when she realised she had to nip back to her dorm room to pick up some more of her notes. So she wouldn’t disturb her roommate, she didn’t turn on the lights – just picked up her stuff from her desk and went back to the library.

Later, when she went back to her room, she found her roommate dead and a note written in lipstick on the mirror. It said, “Aren’t you glad you didn’t turn on the light?”

The moral of this story? Being a conscientious student might one day save you from being murdered. There’s a 99% chance a pushy parent came up with this one.

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Hooking up

A couple in a car had pulled over on the side of the road and were kissing when they heard an announcer on the radio say there was an escaped convict in the area. He was described as having a hook instead of a right hand (Captain Hook, we’re looking at you).

The couple were frightened (they’d probably seen Peter Pan), so they started the car and sped away. But when the boy dropped his date home, he walked around to open the car door for her… and hanging off the door handle was a hook.

So, studying and not kissing boys is the way to avoid being murdered? Let us get a pen.

 

No more clowning around 

This one seems particularly poignant considering the killer clown craze that’s going on right now (seriously 2016, what the hell?)

A girl is babysitting two kids while their parents are out for dinner. After they watch the news where (you guessed it) a killer is on the loose (also, what crappy babysitter makes kids watch the news?), the babysitter puts the kids to bed. A few minutes later, they come downstairs complaining that the clown statue is staring at them. The babysitter didn’t know what to do, so she called the kid’s parents.

“The children are frightened of the clown statue in their room. I was wondering if I should cover it up?” the babysitter asked.

“They don’t have a clown statue in their room,” comes the reply.

Dun, dun, DUUUUUUUUUUUUN.

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From this spooky sample selection, I think we can safely conclude that parents need to leave young girls at home alone less often, the prison system could step it up, and that in a weird twist, the 2016 killer clown thing might actually be more frightening than the actual urban legend. What a time to be alive, hey?

I don’t know about you but tonight, I’m sleeping with the lights on.

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My best ever Halloween costume was the time I dressed up as Margaret Thatcher – complete with cardboard and kitchen foil iron (she was The Iron Lady, after all). It was easy to assemble (a blue vintage dress, a cheap wig and the aforementioned iron), original and 100% not sexy: everything I look for in a Halloween outfit. Because the thing is, there’s nothing more boring than being the girl at the party dressed as a sexy witch. Or even worse, a sexy cat. *Shudder*

So, if you’d like to follow my lead and find yourself a last-minute, cheap as chips, easy-peasy and totally un-sexy Halloween outfit that no one else will have thought of (unless, you know, they’ve also read this), here are some suggestions…

1% phone battery

Is there any greater modern woe than finding yourself miles from a charger with only 1% battery? Of course there isn’t. Which is why 1% battery is the perfect Halloween look. Wear: head to toe black (could it BE any easier?), then simply top off with a 1% battery sign (which you can either print off or hand draw). I’d wear mine as a massive headdress (think flower headdress, but techie), but you could also stick it on your top. Easy peasy.

Roadkill

If you really have to go out dressed as an animal, may I suggest you go as one which has been run over? Because, well, this is Halloween after all. Smaller animals such as squirrels and hedgehogs work best for this. Simply wear the standard animal costume (fluffy tail, ears etc) and then accessorise with black tire marks and fake blood. Lots of fake blood.

Internet troll

Sadly lots of us will have encountered an internet troll at some point (boo), and while IRL you absolutely shouldn’t engage with them (it’s all about the block and reporting, peeps), as far as I know, there aren’t any rules against dressing up like one for Halloween.

Costume-wise, dress up like one of those Troll toys from the 90s (V topical, as the Troll movie starring Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake has just hit the screens), and jazz it up by pinning on some suitably spiteful comments. Oh, and obviously make sure to be extra loud and obnoxious all night.

Your ex

I don’t know what they looked like, what they wore or even how it ended, but I know they totally deserve to be lambasted in the form of your 2016 Halloween outfit. Probably. Or if not, feel free to go as one of mine (tweet me for details)!

Period on white trousers/ skirt/ dress

Too far? I think not! As anyone who has ever experienced this doom will attest – it is the absolute worst. All you’ll need is some white clothing (which a quick trip to Primark or your local charity shop should sort) and some red food dye or fake blood. Best of all, it’ll freak out all the menfolk. Boom. 

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Halloween is creeping up on us (don’t turn round) but if you haven’t even thought about a costume yet, don’t panic – I’ve got you covered.

Before you rush out to your nearest shop to buy that last lonely tube of fake blood left on the seasonal shelf, I’ve gathered some of my favourite zero-gore, totally minimum-effort Halloween make up ideas that you can do with the products you probably already have at home, as tested on a real life face. Mine. Ideal to have on standby as a quick solution for those last-minute party plans your mates will probably spring on you.

Cheaty tips
  • I didn’t have any face paint so I just used some eye shadow with a layer of Vaseline underneath to give it a bit more grip and make the colours stand out against my skin!
  • Don’t worry if your hand is shaky. I like to use an eyeliner pencil to draw an outline and then go over it with liquid eyeliner to make those lines stand out better. And you can always tidy up the edges afterwards.

Spider queen

screen-shot-2016-10-26-at-13-50-41Because why wouldn’t you want an incy wincy spider climbing up the side of your mouth? Sparkly eye shadow is always fun, so use it as a base for your cobweb to really draw attention to your spidey-eye.

Difficulty: 4/10. Scariness: 4/10. Products used: 3.

You’ll need:
Sparkly eye shadow in your favourite colour 
Vaseline
Black kohl pencil and/or liquid eyeliner

 

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This is probably one of the creepiest of the lot, so we wouldn’t blame you if you get progressively freaked out as you finish off the look. Team with a cute dress and pigtails for the full package.

Difficulty: 5/10. Scariness: 8/10. Products used: 4.

You’ll need:
White face paint or eyeshadow
Black face paint or eyeshadow
Red lipstick
Black kohl pencil and/or liquid eyeliner

 

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You can’t fault a classic, guys. We love this one because it’s so soooo easy to pull off and you can also get away with putting minimal effort in to your outfit. Because skeletons still wear clothes, okay?

Difficulty: 3/10. Scariness: 7/10. Products used: 3.

You’ll need:
Black face paint or eye shadow
Whit face paint or eye shadow
Black kohl pencil and/or liquid eyeliner

 

Not-so-funny jester

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The humble jester is always a winner. Not too lol, not too scary; ticks all the boxes. Admittedly it’s a little bit fiddly to draw the shapes around your eyes, but if you take your time and draw outlines with pencil eyeliner first, you’ll nail it.

Difficulty: 6/10. Scariness: 6/10. Products used: 3

You’ll need:
Colourful eye shadow in your favourite colour
Vaseline
Black kohl pencil and/or liquid eyeliner

 

Lioness

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Forget the pet cat, it’s all about the lion! This is a really fun one if you’re not into the whole scary thing but want something cool to dress up as. Once you’ve got all of your features down, shower shimmery bronzer along your cheekbones and forehead to really get glow that Aslan glow.

Difficulty: 5/10. Scariness: 2/10. Products used: 4

You’ll need:
Highlighter/concealer/foundation one or two shades lighter than your skin tone
Black kohl pencil and/or liquid eyeliner
White face paint or eye shadow
Bronzer. Lots of it.

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