Blog Posts by Bianca Ffolkes

  • Kelly Osbourne shares her Hollywood diet secrets with real women

    Three women from the UK meet up with Kelly Osbourne to spend a week learning all about her weight loss tips

    Kelly Osbourne is set to share her tips for beating the bulge once and for all with viewers of ITV1’s Lorraine.

    In early December Kelly took three women to LA to give them the opportunity to spend a week with her diet and fitness team on the Hollywood diet.

    Kelly Osbourne with Nicola, Esta and Andrea in LA © ITV/Lorriane

    One of the lucky women who set out to lose weight with Kelly is Esta, from Scotland, who wants to lose three stone on the Hollywood diet.

    [Related: Kelly Osbourne: 'I couldn't even do one sit up']


    In a promo video Esta - who is chef - talks about her biggest weakness being her love for sweet treats.

    She said: “It’s really hard here because I’ve always worked with food and around food, that’s been my biggest problem. You know I’ve got food but there’s cake there.”

    Esta lost weight for her daughter’s wedding but put it back on after her mum’s death. As the oldest of the three women on the challenge, adopting a healthy lifestyle now is important to the 62-year-old.

    Esta wanted to lose three stone using Kelly Osbourne's Hollywood diet © ITV/Lorriane

    She explained: “I feel this is the last chance to get it right, and to make

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  • Over three quarters of British people unaware of hidden salt in foods

    New survey reveals how most of us are oblivious to what 'nasties' are lurking inside our meals

    The British public is still unaware of how much salt, sugar and saturated fat is in their favourite foods new research has revealed.

    Results show that the majority of people are largely unaware of what is in their snacks, takeaways and ready meals with 77 per cent of respondent receiving a low food IQ rating.

    Food IQ quiz revealed how the majority of people don't know what extras are in their food © Rex

    Over half of the people surveyed didn’t know that the daily maximum amount of salt recommended is only one teaspoon.

    [Related: New Year dieters 'forgetting to count calories in alcohol']


    While 85 per cent didn’t realise that a pre-packed ham and cheese sandwich has more salt than a Chicken Tikka Masala ready meal.

    The newly launched ‘Food IQ’ quiz is designed to highlight levels of salt, sugar and saturated fat in popular foods in connection with the healthy living campaign Change4Life.

    Results from the report also revealed that only three of the 2000 adults that took part in the quiz have correctly answered all 12 questions.

    The majority of people didn’t know that a fat-free

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  • Jessie J gets the backing of skincare experts after posing without make up

    The Voice UK coach reveals snap of her minus any make up, we speak to dermatologists to find out the skin benefits

    Jessie J proved she's got her 2013 beauty regime sorted when she took to Instagram earlier.

    The Voice UK judge flaunted her flawless skin as she bravely posed without make up in a photo to fans.

    Revive your skin this January 2013 by following these expert tips ©RexLooking fresh-faced and minus a single blemish, we were left wondering just how she's managed to avoid the tired, dull skin we've been left with after the festive party season.


    Luckily for us, Jessie J isn't keeping her beauty secrets close to her chest - as it turns out her decision to ditch the foundation is exactly why she's looking so picture-perfect.

    Celebrity skin guru Lee Garrett told us that going 'naked' this New Year is the perfect way to give your skin a much needed treat.

    “[It depends] on your type of make up, [but] I find that women wear heavy make up to hide imperfections," he said.

    Jesse J going without make up inspired us to make some good beauty resolutions for 2013"This can cause blockages in their skin and cause them to have break outs, so letting your skin be naked is a real treat."

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  • Jessie J shows off her flawless skin while going make-up free

    The Voice judge shared her fresh barefaced look with followers on Instagram

    Jessie J ditched her smokey eye and bright lipstick for a fresh face as she posted a picture with no make-up on to millions of her followers.

    The Price Tag singer scraped her hair back and wore a black vest to show fans her off-duty New Year look.

    Jessie J's fresh face for the New Year © isthatjessiej/Instagram

    Tweeting the photo of her au naturel look the star said: ‘Holly taking pictures of me looking rough "chillin with no makeup on" #newyearchill’ [sic]

    [Related: 10 beauty products that revitalise tired skin]


    It seems Jessie is loving her new toned down style as she has posted a series of self portraits on her Instagram account that flaunt her barely-there make-up.

    Jessie has been experimenting with her look of late in a hope to distinguish herself from her signature sharp fringe and bold make-up.

    Jessie debuted her new hairdo online too ©isthatjessiej/Instagram


    Back in August 2012 she debuted her new subdued look at a gig in London and in November she unveiled a new hairdo on Twitter, leaving behind her block fringe. 

    [Related: How to revive dry skin this winter season]

    Aside from posting beauty shots of

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  • London’s first official Plus Size Fashion Weekend to launch

    The biggest plus-size fashion event will take place during London Fashion Week in February

    London’s first ever Plus Size Fashion Weekend will launch in February alongside London Fashion Week.

    Professional models, bloggers, designers and retailers will take over Shoreditch Town Hall in East London from 15-16 February 2013 to celebrate the fuller figure.

    Mark Fast used plus size models in his show in 2010 © Getty


    A styling master class and plus size marketplace will feature inside as well as a ‘swap shop’ hosted by French fashion blogger Gaelle Vanessa Prudencio.

    [Related: London Fashion Week 2013: L'Wren Scott joins Tom Ford on the AW13 schedule]


    Discussion panelists include Velvet D'Armour, the first plus size model to walk in a Jean Paul Gautier show and Jessica Kane, chief executive of American plus size magazine Skorch.

    The event will be sponsored by popular plus size clothing brand Simply Be and models from Milk Management will take to the catwalk showcasing collections from Europe and America.

    Velvet D'Armour and Jessica Kane will talk at the LPSFW event. Right photo © Mandy Allen


    The first London Plus Size Fashion Weekend is being organised by fashion blogger Remi Ray of Trapped in a skinny world and Evolve MediaRead More »from London’s first official Plus Size Fashion Weekend to launch
  • Michelle Obama shows off neon yellow pedicure during Christmas holiday

    The First Lady joins Britney Spears, Kylie Minogue and Jennifer Lopez in wearing luminous trend in winter

    Michelle Obama is the latest public figure to rock neon colours this winter.

    The First Lady added a touch of colour to her monochrome outfit with a refreshingly bright neon yellow nail polish on her toes.

    Michelle Obama's neon pedicure brightens up her look © Getty

    [Related: Top 10 ways to wear neon in winter]


    Michelle’s simple black and white ensemble was contrasted with a bright neon pedicure, which she showed off on Christmas Day while visiting a military base with President Barack Obama in Hawaii.

    Michelle follows Britney Spears and Jennifer Lopez who have proved the luminous shade can be worn all year round.
    Jennifer Lopez and Britney Spears in neon threads © Wenn/Rex

    This isn’t the first time Mrs O’s nail shade has caught the attention of trend watchers.

    [Related: Celebs that rock the neon trend in winter]


    Her talons sparked a frenzy back in October after she appeared at the Democratic National Convention wearing a grey gel nail polish.
    Michelle Obama's grey manicure and neon pedicure © Getty
    The White House even sent out a confirmation that Michelle’s official shade was called Vogue by Artistic Nail Design.

    If the reaction to that nail polish is anything

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  • Jessica Simpson shows off slim figure in new Weight Watchers ad

    Singer promotes new weight loss plan while announcing she is pregnant with baby number two

    Jessica Simpson has unveiled a new look showing off her weight loss in a new Weight Watchers advert.

    The singer worked hard to shed the 50 pounds she gained while pregnant with her first child, Maxwell Drew, using Weight Watchers.
    Jessica Simpson in new Weight Watchers ad © Weight Watchers

    In the new ad, filmed in November, Jessica displays her new slender figure in a tight-fitting vest top and jeans and also confirms that she’s expecting her second child.

    [Related: Jessica Simpson confirms she's pregnant with Twitter picture]


    Before introducing the Weight Watchers 360 plan in the video, Jessica says: “This year is all about new beginnings for me. I lost over 50 pounds on Weight Watchers, and did not have to be perfect to do it.

    “Being healthy has become a part of who I am, which is great timing, because I’m having another baby!”
    Jessica will return to her Weight Watchers plan after her pregnancy © Weight Watchers

    A disclaimer in the commercial states that pregnant women should not join Weight Watchers and that Jessica will not be following the plan during her pregnancy but intends to return to it after welcoming her second

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  • Top 10 unusual baby names of 2012

    Disney-inspired monikers top the list of quirky baby names for this year

    Popular Disney characters’ names have topped the list of unusual names given to babies born in 2012.

    While names like Belle or Jasmine and boys names Peter or Donald spring to mind those aren’t the ones being chosen.
    Unusual baby names of 2012 are taken from Disney films © Rex

    Instead parents are opting for Tinkerbell and Nemo as names for their children.

    [Related: Top 10 UK baby names for 2012]


    Other quirky names on the list include Star, Bliss, Pyper, Buttercup and Kizzie for girls while River, Blade, Buzz-Bee, Storm and Zico rank high for boys.

    But traditionalists need not fear, as the most popular names given to both boys and girls sound a great deal more familiar.

    Old-school, traditional names topped the overall baby names list in the UK for 2012. The top names for boys and girls were Ethan and Eva, respectively.

    The big themes predicted for 2013 are ancient names and Roman Gods, sparked by The Hunger Games and Game of Thrones.

    [Related: Top baby names predictions for 2013]


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  • Brits to spend millions treating Santa this Christmas Eve

    Over three quarters of us will leave a treat out for Father Christmas and his troop of reindeer

    Santa’s busiest night of the year is fast approaching and new research has revealed generous Brits will splash out almost £92m on luxury treats for Santa this Christmas.

    The mums polled felt it was important to teach their children about the act of giving, not just receiving at Christmas, so will be preparing special treats for Father Christmas’ arrival this year.
    Santa's plate will be full this Christmas © Rex

    Over three quarters of shoppers said they will leave out food and drink for him with luxury treats including champagne, chocolate truffles and a cheeseboard proving popular, alongside the traditional treats of mince pies and cookies.

    [Related: Track Santa on his travels this Christmas Eve]


    Santa’s plate is expected to cost an average of around £2.40 per household – a 22 per cent increase on last year.

    Health conscious children hoping to trim Santa’s round belly said they’ll be asking parents to swap sweet treats for healthier snacks including satsumas, nuts and raisins.

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  • Forget expensive toys - the Christmas present children most want this year is...

    Christmas isn't just for expensive gifts - its seems what British children want most won't be found under the tree

    The gift children most want for Christmas may surprise you.

    It isn’t the latest electronic gadget or top rated toy. For children aged between three and 12, a baby brother or sister is top of their Christmas wish lists.
    Top 10 most wanted Christmas gifts requested by the kids © Rex

    A sibling for Christmas is closely followed in second place by requests for a reindeer and in third, a pet horse - despite the fact that Santa might have trouble squeezing it into a stocking.


    [Related: Christmas babies: Meet the mums who gave birth on Christmas day]


    Many children want their parents to splash out on a car for them - even though they are too young to drive, while the fifth most in-demand gift is their very own pet pooch.

    Some of the other most wanted gifts that will have you laughing into your mince pie are the moon, a time machine, a pond cover and beetroot, according to the survey by Westfield London and Westfield Stratford City.


    [Related: Top 10 cute baby Christmas outfits]


    The survey of 2,000 parents found many of the top 50 requests were for pets and

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