By Danni Scott

PHOTOGRAPHED BY TINO CHIWARIRO

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. Vague symptoms and difficulty in diagnosing — or even believing in — fibromyalgia causes patients to go through life in constant states of pain or exhaustion, without nearly enough support.

The core issue preventing easy diagnosis of fibromyalgia is that symptoms vary and can be intermittent. There is no specific test for the syndrome as it…


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. Dramatic as that may sound, if you’re someone who already has trouble sleeping, trying to do it when it’s sweltering hot makes it all the more frustrating, and there’s a scientific explanation why.

“Temperature is quite important for your ability to sleep, and that’s an underestimated factor,” says Matthew Ebben, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Neurology and Neuroscience at NYP/Weill Cornell Center for Sleep Medicine. “Part of your…


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 Jolie is reportedly “reconnecting” with her ex-husband after their divorce two decades ago, and this week, Kylie Jenner was photographed attending an event with ex Travis Scott. (An onlooker told People they were holding hands and “seemed fully back on.”) As Refinery29’s Natalie Morin asked, what did Bennifer unleash?


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 knock it ’til you’ve tried it) to the brow mapping trick (a little fiddly but it works), the app is filled to bursting with tips from beauty enthusiasts. This month, one hack in particular is catching the attention of makeup lovers everywhere: DIY BB cream.

What is BB cream and what does it do?

BB is short for ‘…


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 Arrangement.com to find her sugar babies — all four of them.

Tell me about why you decided to try sugar dating?

“Honestly, a friend had recommended that I try something like this. I work in the legal profession and I’ve just been really busy pursuing my career, so it was hard to find time to date in the traditional ways. And…


By Ellen King

Before

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. For months I mulled over whether or not to get lip filler, and while it may be the right choice for some, stories left me terrified that I’d end up with bloated or unnatural-looking lips.

Not long ago, I came across a TikTok video in which a woman explained that she was about to book in for a ‘lip flip’. Intrigued, I watched on…


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 broth with an egg,” reads a 1917 English translation of Cornaro’s The Art Of Living Long, “Of meats, I eat veal, kid and mutton; I eat fowls of all kinds.” Skip forward to today — the TikTok tag #WhatIEatInADay has accumulated over 6.9 billion views.

From Renaissance tracts to celebrity…


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 weather is when the sun finally starts shining, the temperatures start to climb, and I still feel like crap.

After all, if it’s cold outside, I have the weather as an excuse for a bad mood. …


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.” The plus size writer and blogger has had her images appropriated on the internet as part of the ‘before and after’ advertisements which so often advertise questionable weight loss techniques or ‘transformations’ several times without her permission.

The very notion of ‘before and after’, Marie explains “tells us we cannot ever be fulfilled in our current state of being, and the only…


By Sadhbh O’Sullivan

PHOTO BY POPPY THORPE.

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 actions we once wouldn’t have second guessed are now a threat to public health, it’s hard to shake the constant feeling that you’re doing something wrong. Whether you’re worried you’re going out too much and contributing to infection rates, or not going out enough and wasting your opportunities. Whether you’re…

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