1. Ohhhhh yeeeeaaah. Onesie on, under the covers, 15 minutes for a bedtime YouTube vid. #WINNING.

2. Urgh – should probs be doing something something super wellbeing-y instead shouldn’t I? Like writing in a gratitude journal, or meditating or something.

3. Well sorrynotsorry – my wellbeing is based on zoning out to makeup tutorials I’ll never be able to recreate.

4. What have you got for me then, Tanya Burr? An impossible 90s look with a brown lip that will make me look like I’ve just eaten a jar of peanut butter?

5. Mmmmm, peanut butter.

6. OK you’ve only got time for one, so think carefully. Do not waste it on something rubbish.

7. I wonder if T-Bear actually would be my wellbeing guru if I Snapchatted her about it enough times?

8. And also my personal eyebrow do-er. How can anybody be that good at eyebrows?

9. Why do they always recommend weird ‘How it’s made’ videos to me? I have literally never clicked on one. What even are they?  

15 minutes later 

10. Dammit!

11. OK that defo didn’t count as my actual choice. It was on The SCIENCE Channel for god’s sake, that’s basically homework.

12. OK, ONE more. But a useful one. Maybe a Niomi Smart ‘What I Eat in a Day?’  

13. Mmmm peanut butter.

14. Oh here – perfect. Zoella vlog about birth and Boxer dogs. Totally qualifies as useful since I may one day give birth. Or, even better, own a Boxer dog.

20 minutes later

15. Must convince mum to get us a Boxer dog.

16. Ok. Go to sleep.

17. BOXERS DOGS DRESSED AS FAST FOOD!  

5 minutes later

18. GO. TO. SLEEEEP.

19. BUT CATS DRESSED AS DOGS!

10 minutes later

20. How late is too late to WhatsApp the gang with this life-changing discovery?

21. It’s probs not even that late.

22. WHAT THE…?! OK. Turn it off.

23. Thing is… 11.37 isn’t a very round number to go to sleep on. I’ll just watch til 11.45. That way I’ll have been watching for a nice round hour, too. Which is way better for…. karma. And stuff.

24. Ooh prom outfit ideas. And prom is only seven months away so should probs already be planning anyway.

10 minutes into video

25. What was that Little Mix video about prom?

15 minutes of Little Mix videos later

26. God I wish I was in Little Mix. They’re so badass. And they seem such good friends. And they’re amazing at acapella…. Ooh!

25 minutes of Little Mix acapella compilations later

27. OMGI’msooootiiiiired.

28. Remember at the beginning when Perrie couldn’t dance? Should really rewatch their first video to truly appreciate how much she’s improved.

29. I can totally function on less than eight hours sleep. I bet Beyoncé only sleeps for like, five hours a night.

30. In fact, should probs go back through every Little Mix videos and develop some kind of comprehensive marking system to determine who’s the best member overall. Dance moves, vocals, hair flick, sassy strut etc.

45 minutes later

31. So Jesy. Jesy is queen.

32. Why has the screen gone weird?

33. Oh that’s right – because you’re watching with one eye.

34. Because the other one has given up and gone to sleep.  

35. Because it’s 01:10 in the morning.

36. If I was a YouTuber I wouldn’t need to go to sleep though, ‘cos I’d just be doing hauls for a living. Which can’t possibly be tiring.

37. Just how much do they make, do we think? Oh here we are: ‘World’s richest YouTube stars.’

5 minutes later

38. I could totes be the next Zoella.

Searches for ‘How to start a YouTube channel’

A gazillion minutes later…

39. How do they get the chocolatey glaze to look so shiny though? It’s like some weird delicious mirror…

40. GAR! It is 2.45am and you are watching cake-glazing videos.

41. You are literally going to die when your alarm goes off.

42. Wonder if I can legitimately ask for a bath full of chocolate glaze for my next birthday. Reckon mum might go for that. Waaay cheaper than a new phone.

Starts searching for ‘chocolate bath challenge’ vids

43. Four and a half hours sleep is totally doable for tomorrow. Beyonce’s clearly weak.

44. Oh my god, you have actually lost it. Turn it off. Turn. It. OFF.

45. OK. OK. Turning… it… DOGS AND CATS DRESSED AS LITTLE MIX!!

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When Zoella recently revealed that she turned down the chance to have afternoon tea with Prince Harry due to her struggle with anxiety, everyone was surprised.

Everyone, that is, except anxiety sufferers. We all got it. Many of us would have done the same thing. Because anxiety makes no distinction between a bog-standard Tuesday and a date with royalty. You can’t postpone it, or save it up for a better day, or talk your system out of it because OMG a PRINCE is offering you a cucumber sandwich.  

The other fun thing about anxiety is that it affects everybody differently. For some people, panic attacks feel like a heart attack, or drowning. They can make you giddy and breathless, or sweaty and shaky. Some people’s face and fingers go tingly and numb, others feel like they’re choking on thin air.

Me, I feel sick. I get dizzy and breathless too, but nausea is my anxiety’s special signature move. Its personal brand. And despite the fact that not once in my whole life have I actually thrown up during a panic attack, anxiety is such a wiley trickster that I still end up convinced I will – and so, the only logical thing to do is lock myself in a toilet until it is over. Any toilet. 

I’ve spent quality time locked in toilets all over the country. In cafes and restaurants, service stations and tourist attractions. Sometimes I’ve spent so long locked in there, waiting for the panic to pass, that I’ve started thinking about how I might decorate the cubicle (IKEA would deliver to a toilet, right?).

Over time I’ve almost begun to feel affection for my tiny offices of turmoil. And while they vary in size, location, smell (ick) and luxury amenities, they all have at least one thing in common: I’ve left them, eventually, and got on with the rest of my life. Because that’s the other thing about panic attacks – they might throw a spanner in the works, but they never win in the end.

Here are some of my most memorable loos of doom.

Toilet at a restaurant, Derby

I was seven, and out with my family at a restaurant that my dad was reviewing for free for a newspaper. Most people’s natural response to a free slap-up dinner would be something along the lines of “Hoorah! I WILL HAVE THE LOBSTER AND ALL OF THE PUDDINGS!” – but instead, my brain and physiological system got together and decided a more appropriate response was to freak out before the starters even arrived. So I ended up trapped in the loo with my mum for the whole meal while my brother demolished a hot fudge sundae. At least we had plenty of notes on the toilet decor for Dad’s review, though.

Toilets at the Hawth Theatre, Crawley

I don’t know what it is about theatres that sends my anxiety into overdrive – maybe the tiny seats or the knowledge that if I need to suddenly rush out of the auditorium, I’ll have to climb awkwardly over a row of 15 people to do it – but some of my most prolific panic attacks have happened in the middle of shows. This one, the regional final of Global Rock Challenge school dance competition, seemed especially illogical as I’d actually danced on stage in the competition itself for two years beforehand with absolutely no bother. But hey, nobody likes to be predictable!

I spent a peaceful 45 minutes in the toilets nibbling a ginger biscuit and trying not to vom, while guessing who had won what by listening to the applause through the wall. Love a bit of culture, me.

Toilets on a P&O Ferry in the middle of the Irish Sea

To be fair, locked in the loos on a ferry while crossing the famously rough Irish sea is a pretty natural place to be. It certainly makes more sense than being in the cafe eating a tuna baguette, or in the duty free perfume shop dousing yourself in Britney Spears Fantasy – both things I did on this fateful journey, just before the floor started lurching, my little brother turned green and my brain/stomach double act banished me to spend the rest of the journey in my safe space. The loos; breathing deeply, re-reading the ad for incontinence pads on the back of the cubicle door until Dublin appeared on the horizon. Not so smooth sailing. 

Toilets at fashion magazine offices, London

When you’re a 17-year-old living out your Devil Wears Prada fantasy as an intern at a terrifyingly chic fashion magazine, the panic potential is high. When you spend the whole of your first morning collecting newspaper clippings, inadvertently cover your whole face in grey newsprint smudges and don’t find out until you look in the toilet mirror at 5pm, it’s basically inevitable.

On the downside, they didn’t hire me as the youngest ever junior editor but instead sent me back to Sussex after two weeks. On the plus side, they were pretty fancy toilets.

Toilet on a plane, somewhere over the Atlantic

You know when you’re on a plane and you start thinking about how gravity works and then immediately start thinking about the plane falling out of the sky, and end up locked in the teeny tiny plane toilet for so long that you miss the free biscuits being handed round? No? Well, it’s even less fun than it sounds.

Toilets at a Mexican restaurant, Christmas party

‘Tis the season to be anxious, fa la la la la la la la la! All that eating, drinking and merriment means that I spend more time in toilets at Christmas than Santa does in chimneys. This was a particularly memorable session, partly because it involved me hiding in the loos for so long that everyone assumed I’d snuck out and gone home before the karaoke started. But also, because I bravely rode through the panic and ended up totally fine again, belting out Mariah’s All I Want For Christmas Is You. A festive happy ending!  

Toilets at Caffe Nero, Covent Garden

The good thing about having a panic attack in central London – rather than, say, in an empty field in Somerset – is that there are loads of loos to choose from. The bad thing is that there are loads of people, also trying to use those loos. Potentially about 4.3 million. Or at least, I’m pretty sure that’s how many paraded through the toilets at Caffe Nero, Covent Garden, the day I had a colossal meltdown and spent a full hour sat in the world’s smallest cubicle, breathing slowly and trying not to gag on the combined smell of wee and hazelnut lattes.

Every couple of minutes someone would come in and bang on the door and I would stay silent, hoping they wouldn’t assume I had died and try to kick the door down. Eventually my boyfriend came to rescue me, at which point I immediately felt better and went for a huge pasta dinner.

Part of me feels there should be a blue plaque in that cubicle, for historical significance. ‘Lauren Bravo panicked here, 2016’ it would read. ‘But she was totally fine in the end’.   

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Welcome to the weekend – Easter’s just around the corner and we can practically smell holidays in the air. Or maybe that’s spring. Or your brother’s feet. Whatever it is – we are on board.

Here’s everything we’ve been reading, watching and loving this week.

She’s a jolly good fellow

Zoella turned 27 this week. Obviously the whole day looks wonderful and Zoella and Alfie both made vlogs about it. Not that we watched both… twice. Whatever, they’re adorable. There’s a ridiculous cake, there’s a snapchat filter, basically it’s a birthday that only Zalfie could pull off.

Harlem Dance Theatre’s new video is on pointe

Bravo! Ballet is finally getting more diverse – the American Ballet Theatre have made Misty Copeland their first ever black principal ballerina, Michaela DePrince is speaking out about her incredible life and now the the Dance Theatre of Harlem is in the spotlight. They’ve recently teamed up with India Arie to create a short film about how important it is for children of colour to see people who look like them up on stage and it is so perfect and wonderful and ah, our hearts!

The internet is cheesed off

Two roommates at Oklahoma State University really pushed the bath out on weird viral sensations this week. According to BuzzFeed, the students made 56 packets of mac ‘n’ cheese, in a bath. Then they, er… got in the bath… because… um… well, I have no idea. No one has any idea. I’m 100% all in for being ridiculous – the teenager that called 911 because she didn’t want to go on holiday with her parents? Not a great use of emergency services resources, but hilarious nonetheless. 100 layers of makeup challenges? I’m going to watch the sh*t out of that. But I’ve got to draw the line somewhere, and this is it. Bathing in mac ‘n’ cheese is where I say enough. Like, imagine the texture. And what if some of it got… inside you. In-your-vagina sort of inside you. And the smell. Grossed out yet? You feta believe it.

Where do I belong?

Rachel Bloom, the writer and star of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and our favourite imaginary best friend, posted an essay she wrote when she was eleven on ‘The Need to Belong’ and it is pulling at all of our heartstrings.

“See, one of my major motives in life is to make people laugh. Sometimes I may come off a bit too strongly with the jokes, which passes me off as totally lame or a weirdo…” she wrote. In her caption she said, “This is how it feels to be the weird kid.  You want to fit in but you literally don’t know how.” Well Rachel, you’ve now got a hit Netflix show and you’re making people laugh. A lot. So hey, let’s all celebrate our weird.

The latest pad fad

We saved the best till last, guys. Just when you thought we’d reached peak unicorn, something comes out of the woodland and surprises you. We’ve got unicorn hair and unicorn french toast, so it was probably only a matter of time before we had unicorn sanitary pads.

Yep, that’s right. A brilliant Swedish company, Bravardt, have made rainbow-swirled pads that apparently change colour according to your mood. We’re guessing: blue if you’re calm, pink if you’re in love… and plain ol’ red if you’re cranky? Basically, it’s a 90s mood ring in your pants. Isn’t the 21st century wonderful?

Have a good weekend! X

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If you logged into YouTube last night to catch up on what Zoella was doing, you’ll already know about #RedOut.

35 top YouTubers have taken part in #RedOut and have gone offline for 24 hours. No Instagram, no Twitter, no Snapchat, no YouTube. That includes some of the biggest names in the business: Zoella and Alfie, Lucy and Lydia, Sprinkle of Glitter, Tanya Burr, Joe Sugg and… well pretty much the whole gang. And there’s a good reason.

#RedOut is an initiative organised by Red Nose Day to raise awareness of the injustices facing vulnerable young people today, both here in the UK and across Africa. Millions of young people are being denied access to healthcare, schooling, work and a safe place to sleep, and #RedOut aims to make us stop and think about all that.

Don’t worry, your fave stars aren’t gone forever! The #RedOut will be lifted tonight at 6pm – but if you want to get involved and spread the word that young people deserve better, share the video and help #raisethealarm. Or to learn more about it or donate money, check out the Red Nose Day website.

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December is finally here! And while that means ’tis the season to be jolly, ’tis also the season to be shopping. Two words: Secret Santa.

We all know that Secret Santa can be like a flashmob – one minute, everything seems completely under control, and the next you’re running up and down the high street trying to find gifts that say ‘I value your friendship and who you are as a person’ for £5 or less.

Luckily, the betty elves are here to help! Here’s our round-up of awesome Secret Santa gifts for under a fiver. Sorted.

Beauty 

Sassy soap

A little feminist message for next time you’re lathering up.

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Cat boss soap, Ohh Deer, £4.50

Midas mani

This nail polish dries super fast, comes in loads of beautiful colours and is so cheap that you’ll still have some change left over. We think this gold is tres festive, now all that’s missing is some frankincense and myrrh.

 

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Celebration Gold Sand, Maybelline, £2.99

Panda Eyes

Never has looking like a panda been so freakin’ adorable. This calming Korean sheet mask might be just the ticket in the lead up to the holiday season.

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Pretty Animalz, Masquebar, £4

Ginger-hands

If your Secret Santa is a fan of gingerbread, look no further. This hand cream from Zoella’s Christmas range smells incredible and makes your hands silky soft.

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Hungry Hands, Zoella Beauty, £5

XOXO 

Who needs friendship bracelets when you can pick up these stunning temporary tattoos for next to nothing?

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Kiss Hug, Pepperink, £2.31

Kissmas

You never when there might be some mistletoe hanging about, so best to be prepared.

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Kissmas, Tanya Burr Cosmetics, £5

An-nail-gel

The holy grail of Secret Santa presents for a Christmas-loving nail artist. You can hang the angel on the tree and apply a coat between mouthfuls of turkey.

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Nail Polish Angel, Mavala, £4.95

Accessories

Having a whale of a time 

Maybe we should take all of our advice from Narwhals, the unicorns of the sea.

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Narwhal Pin Badge, Minifelts, £2.50

Tied up in knots

This ring is the holy trifecta: pretty, elegant and cheap.

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Knotted ring, Urban Outfitters, £5

Spot of cheer

This jazzy neckerchief can keep your throat toasty while you’re singing carols. Or you can fashion it into a head scarf. #Versatile.

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Leopard Print Neckerchief, New Look, £3.99

Fluff it up

You can pop it on your school bag or use it as a keychain. It’s soft and fluffy and we’ll bet you a fiver that you’ll end up stroking it like it’s a pet.

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Fluffy key chain, Monki, £5

To the moon and back

Why buy one pair of earrings when you can buy NINE?! That way, you don’t have to panic too much when you inevitably lose one within the first day of wearing them.

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Gold and Silver studs, New Look, £3.99

A little bit random 

Stamp it out

If your Secret Santa is a little bit crafty, these are the perfect gift. Stamps can make even the blandest of chemistry notes suddenly look fun.

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Wood Stamps, Tiger, £4

Cushion wisdom

Sure, it’s not the most traditional format for an inspirational quote, but you can pop it on your bed, so every morning you have a little reminder. What better way to start the new year?

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Cushion Cover, H&M, £3.99

Spooning

I’m dreamin’ of a white Christmas. You won’t mind too much if it’s doesn’t snow this year if you have a white chocolate spoon on hand.

 

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White Chocolate Spoon, Cocoba, £2.75

Let it grow

We still have no idea how these things work, but that doesn’t make them any less magical. And who doesn’t want a Christmas miracle?

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Crystal eksperiment, Tiger, £2

 Now that’s taken care of, you can put your feet up and get a crack on watching Love Actually. You’re welcome.

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First things first, this is a weird Friday. Half the country is mourning the end of half-term while the other half is celebrating the beginning of theirs. But wherever you are in this half-term limbo, you deserve distractions – so here’s a round-up of all the things we’ve been reading, watching and doing this week…

Simone Biles continues to be awesome

It’s been a pretty awesome year for Simone Biles. She won four gold medals and one bronze medal in the Olympics and became everyone’s imaginary BFF. She met the cast of Pretty Little Liars. She met Zac Efron. And now, she can add ‘star of a music video’ to her CV with this cameo in Jake Miller’s Overnight. We’ve got it on repeat.

Covergirl announces its first ever male spokesmodel

James Charles made history this week when the 17-year-old was announced as the face of Covergirl’s latest mascara, ‘So Lashy!’ The brand’s first ever male spokesmodel, James found viral fame earlier this year when he defied the laws of the universe by looking spectacular in his school photo. Not fair.

Psst… Cover Girl, if you’re looking to find a male model in the UK, can we suggest Bake Off’s latest bootee? “Selasi in So Lashy!” has such a great ring to it.

Zoella’s New Book Club Picks 

Zoella announced her second round of bookclub picks this week, and there are some pretty awesome choices on there. Our favourites are ‘Finding Audrey,’ by Sophie Kinsella and ‘I Was Here’ by Gayle Forman. You can buy the books here (or make a beeline for your local library), and let us know which is your favourite on Twitter at @bettycollective.

LGBT students face discrimination and bullying in high school 

new report from the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) has been released that reveals that students in middle and high school in the US still experience more bullying and are more likely to skip school or drop out than their straight, cisgender peers.  There have been huge advancements made in the LGBT community in the last decade, but it seems there is still a lot of work left to do. Let’s look out for each other, shall we?

The tampon tax is seriously sketchy

The tampon tax is based on the ridiculous premise that tampons are a ‘luxury item,’ like they’re designed by Gucci or diamond encrusted. Why Hide It released this illustration explaining which countries still have tampon taxes. The premise is pretty simple; the bloodier the tampon, the bigger the tax. South Africans fare the worst, with over a 50% tax while the UK is the towards the end of the list with a 5% tax. But no matter what the tax rate, we say it’s bloody ridiculous.

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Hijabs for all skintones

A 22-year-old designer and blogger from Birmingham, Habiba Da Silva, has launched a hijab fashion line, ‘Skin,’ that aims to provide ‘nude’ scarves for women and men of all races. Da Silva says she wanted to break the norm of companies catering to Muslim women but only using light-skin models. The hijabs are £20 online – but the idea has been so popular that they’re currently out of stock.

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Nintendo Switch is coming!

This week, Nintendo announced their new console. It’s called Nintendo Switch, and it puts the best bits of the Nintendo DS (being able to take it with you wherever you go) with the best bits of the Wii (being able to take up the whole living room in order to play on a beautiful big screen, and being able to play with your friends).

The trailer showed people playing Mario Kart, a new Zelda game, Splatoon, a basketball game and what looks like an entirely new Super Mario game! It’s set to launch in March 2017, so there’s only four months to go before the entire betty team spends a solid fortnight playing Mario Kart rather than writing.

The Rory Gilmore reading challenge 

Everyone at betty is obsessively binge-watching the Gilmore Girls in preparation for the release of the four NEW episodes on November 25th (yes, it’s engraved in our diaries) – so we raced through this awesome quiz that compiles all the books Rory reads over the course of the series and lets you tick off the ones you’ve read too. Out of the betty team Lauren had read the most, with a whopping 54 of the books! Maybe we should be closing our Netflix and opening up some Dickens…

Happy weekend – enjoy the start/end of your half term!

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Happy Friday!

Autumn is here which means leaves crunching underfoot, pumpkin spice lattes and our cosiest coats being pulled out from the back of our wardrobes.

But while we hibernate, the world has been busy. Find out what we’ve been reading, loving and doing this week at betty.

EU, we bid you adieu 

The Tory party conference was this week and amongst many other things (reprimanding big companies that dodge tax, the NHS and dissing Labour) T. May announced that she would trigger article 50 (the one that kicks off the whole Brexit palaver) by March 2017. There are only five months left of our European love affair, so let’s make the most of it.

Zalfie turns four 

Even though Brangelina are over, it doesn’t mean the end of true love for all of us. Zoe and Alfie celebrated their four year anniversary this week and he bought her the most beautiful bunch of flowers. Swoon.

4 years with the bae ❤️ I'm one lucky girl!

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The Obamas continue to be adorable

Zalfie, the Obamas see your four years and raise you another 20. That’s right, the ultimate power couple celebrated their 24th wedding anniversary this week. #relationshipgoals

Happy Anniversary. 💕

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A plea to end bullying

The mother of 17-year-old Felix Alexander wrote an emotion open letter on the effects of bullying this week, after her son tragically took his own life. Felix was bullied all through high school, both physically and online. In the letter, his mum Lucy urged other young people to consider how they use social media and to be kind to one another, saying: “Be that one person prepared to stand up to unkindness. You will never regret being a good friend.” Let’s remember to take care of each other and if you need advice on bullying, check out the Childline website.

Solange Knowles drops her new album 

Solange may be the lesser known of the Knowles sisters, but she is an incredible artist in her own right. Her new album, A Seat At The Table has some really important things to say about race relations in the US and around the world.

Over the rainbow

Sure, no one really uses pencils anymore… but maybe they should have a revival? These pencils look like a rainbow when you sharpen them, and surely we could all do with that bit of pure colourful happiness in our day.

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Rainbow pencil, Ohh deer, £5.95 for a pack of three

We met Everyday Sexism founder Laura Bates

The awesome Laura is the brains behind the Everyday Sexism project and one of the lead campaigners for Sex and Relationship Education in schools. We chatted to her this week, so keep an eye out for the video which will be up on our Youtube channel soon – and make sure you subscribe so you don’t miss a thing!

‘Scuse me mate

A butterfly photobombed a koala during a photoshoot at Symbio Wildlife Park in Australia.  No, this is not a joke. Yes, it is adorable.

Watch the koala video at least twice and then go and enjoy your weekend!

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On your marks, get set, shop. 

We were lucky enough to get a sneak peak of the Zoella apartment earlier in the month – and it was a rose gold and pale pink paradise.

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If you dream of turning your room into the Zalfie mansion for the winter that is supposedly on its way, Zoella’s new range has gotcha back.

Fingerless gloves and a travel mug? Check.

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Warm hands, warm hearts, Zoella lifestyle, £14

An inspirational planner? Uh-huh.

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She designed a life she loved organiser, Zoella lifestyle, £10

You want some colourful flowers to brighten up the long winter night? Oui.

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Pottering around, Zoella lifestyle, £10

Struggle to keep plants alive? Zoella’s gotcha covered.

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My Eden candle, Zoella lifestyle, £10

Well that’s our Christmas wishlist sorted, now we can nap easy.

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Naps fix everything pillow, Zoella lifestyle, £12 

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The Paralympics have started, Drake and Rhianna have matching tats, Zoella has launched a new homewares line and schools across the country have reopened their doors/claws… so it’s been a busy week all round.

Here’s what we’ve been doing, loving and obsessing over this week.

Has Hiddleswift gone down in flames? 

Huge news: Hiddleswift might have come to a swift end. After their three month round the world romance that took them to more places than most people go on their entire gap year, a source told Us magazine that she was the one to put the brakes on their publicity stu– sorry, we mean ‘relationship.’

The source explained that “Tom wanted the relationship to be more public than she was comfortable with. Taylor knew the backlash that comes with public displays of affection but Tom didn’t listen to her concerns when she brought them up.”

Tom, don’t say she didn’t, say she didn’t warn ya.

The most offensive inoffensive shoes

Over 70 students from a school in Kent have been sent home this week for “inappropriate” uniform. The principal of Hartsdown Academy said that some students had arrived in tracksuits and “skin-tight” clothes – the horror!! One student was sent home two days in a row, once for not having her blazer and the second time for having the wrong shoes.

Mr Tate argued that following the uniform rules leads to better behaviour and grades. Because everyone knows that wearing the wrong black brogues is a stepping stone to a life of violent crime.

Ps. these are the shoes in question. We know, we know.

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Baby, I love your style

Drake’s been making headlines all over this place this week. Firstly, he and Rihanna made their maybe-not-sure-it’s-possible relationship official (and permanent) with matching dolphin tattoos, then his song One Dance was named the Song of the Summer by Spotify.

Instagram account @drakeonacake totally called it.

Drake on a cake

Why didn’t we think of this?

Genius 16-year-old Beau Jessup has made £48,000 from a website she created to give Chinese babies English names.

Beau came up with the idea after her family took a trip to China and she was asked to name a family friend’s newborn baby (it’s common for Chinese babies to have an English name as well as a Chinese one). In China, parents pick their child’s name based on the characteristics they hope their baby will possess, so Beau took that idea and translated it into English. The service costs 60p a pop, she’s named over 200,000 babies so far, and given us all new career goals too. 

special name

Catching Zs with Zoella

Zoella has is launching her brand new homeware range, and betty was invited along! There’s rose gold and copper aplenty, there’s pom-poms and pastels galore. Want a ‘Z’ shaped light? She’s got twenty. OR MAYBE MOOOOOORRRRRREEEEEE.

Zoella's Apartment

Has someone turned up the heat?

You may have noticed that it’s been freakishly hot outside. Which, no big deal, but we totally predicted.

The tardy heatwave has had some of us lusting after summer holidays and others lusting after weather that will let us play with our winter wardrobes again. But don’t worry, we’re got you covered either way with our six autumn buys you can start wearing now – watch this space tomorrow. 

Image of gold heal, rust sateen V neck cami, Asos oversized scarf with print and sleeveless dress

Inspiration and perspiration

The end of the Olympics left a big, five ringed hole in our hearts (and our TV schedules).

Luckily, the Paralympics kicked off this week, so we can go back to obsessing over medal tallies and swimming times. More than 4,300 athletes from 159 nations, and two incredible refugees, have made their way to Rio to change people’s perceptions of what is possible. We’ll be cheering them on all the way.

Paralympics opening ceremony

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