By Danni Scott


Unless you know someone affected or are a doctor yourself, you’re probably unsure what fibromyalgia syndrome is. The silence around this chronic pain-related condition is deafening, even though it is thought to affect around one in 20 people in the UK. …

By Cory Stieg

Here’s a midsummer nightmare: I don’t have air-conditioning in my house, so every night I create a Dyson fan tornado and pray to make it to morning. …

By Lydia Wang

In our new, post-vaccine world (which, reminder, is not the same thing as a post-COVID world), many people have started travelling again, socialising again, or — in Jennifer Lopez’s instance — dating Ben Affleck again. But Lopez isn’t the only one reuniting with a former love. Angelina…

By Jacqueline Kilikita

Welcome to Beauty In A Tik, where each week we put TikTok’s viral beauty hacks and innovative trends to the test.

If you’re looking for clever makeup hacks that save you time, money and effort, TikTok has your back. From using fake tan as lip liner (don’t…

By Jessica Chou

Refinery29 has interviewed plenty of sugar babies before — both male and female — but what is it like on the other financial end of this transaction? Here, we interview one 40-something sugar mama who uses to find her sugar babies — all four of them.

By Ellen King


Like many other people, I’ve spent the majority of the past year staring at my face on video calls and silently criticising any minor flaw. My main gripe was my asymmetrical top lip. …

By Amelia Tait

Exactly 463 years ago, a balding, bearded, nearly-90-year-old Venetian nobleman kicked off one of the world’s most controversial TikTok trends. In 1558, Renaissance writer Luigi Cornaro published several tracts detailing how a strict diet could lead to a long life. “First, bread; then, bread soup or light…

By Kimberly Truong

It’s pretty much accepted that gloomy winter weather makes people feel more down or tired (especially around the Christmas). And after a winter on lockdown, living through a pandemic, this year it was worse than ever before.

But, in my experience, what’s even more depressing than gross…

By Gina Tonic

“To be labelled as a ‘before’ suggests that a fat body is always a work-in-progress,” Marie Southard Ospina tells me. “It is never complete, and therefore it cannot be worthy of joy or basic dignity.” …

By Sadhbh O’Sullivan


Navigating this transitional period, the post-but-not-really-post pandemic world, is fraught.

While the return of in-person socialising, indoor dining and gyms is obviously welcome, it is giving us all more choice than we have had for a long time. And, after a year of being repeatedly told that…

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