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Best New Vegan Products To Make 2020 Even Better!

Hey Lovelies!

January or rather, ‘Veganuary’ is not just for food lovers. Avid vegan beauty fans, take note: here are the best new vegan beauty products, 2020, to make life even better!

1.Hourglass Nº 28™ Lip Treatment Oil (2020 Lunar New Year Edition) – At Night, $49, www.hourglass.com

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Did anyone see the Wolf full moon the other night? It was spectacular – and Hourglass have rightly named this lip treatment the Lunar New Year Edition as it is outstanding in equal measure. Seriously, use this and you can wave goodbye to the dry cracked winter-torn lips and hello to a wow-factor pout!

Their vegan formula is specially formulated with 28 awesome ingredients, including 14 essential oils, nurturing vitamins and 10 lipid-rich plant oils to target and transform your cherished lips, no matter what the weather (or life) throws your way. Furthermore, it also offers gentle yet powerful actives (Saliporine-8, Volulin™ and Viamerina) that work in unison, to effectively treat your delicate lip area with ease.

Expect reduced appearance of lines/wrinkles, a super boost of hydration, softness and volume. This incredible product is both vegan and cruelty-free.

2.Codex Beauty Bia Skin Superfood, $50 (75ml), www.codexbeauty.com

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The health kick surging the globe seems to show no signs of slowing down and now the benefits of veganism and superfood have reached the realms of skincare. So, without further ado, welcome to the new age of superfood skincare.

Codex’s thoroughly nourishing Beauty Bia Skin Superfood ensures your complexion receives optimal nourishment and TLC.  Including their innovative BiaComplex herbal formulation,  the results are greatly hydrated and silky soft skin. No more wasting time trying to rid your skin of the flaky patch (which has been there so long, you don’t even question it anymore).

Certified by the Vegan Society this gorgeous formula is particularly magic for dry skin types (that will be all of us, this time of year).

3.Eyelure Luxe Collection Lashes, £9.95, www.superdrug.com

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Until recently, buying some vegan-friendly falsies in the high street has proven a tad tricky. Now, you can bag yourself some falsies without looking further afield. Eyelure has launched their Lush Lash Collection, of which does not include the usual fibres made from mink and silk. No need to scrimp on quality or ditch the angel on your shoulder – these lashes are fit for a Princess! Enjoy.

4.All The Feels Facial Oil, £12, www.elfcosmetics.co.uk

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2020 is set to see a continuation of skincare that boasts the benefits of hemp products – and this oil is amazing with its perfect name and contents.The formula combines:

Hemp-derived cannabis sativa seed oil that is loaded with amino-acids

Squalene – proven to increase hydration and moisture levels.

Rosehip Seed Oil – an incredibly nourishing ingredient, packed with antioxidants, essential fatty acids and vitamins.

Apply this cruelty-free and vegan facial oil in the evening and wake up gasping in slack-jawed amazement at your complexion. 2020 is a winning year!

Have you tried any of these products and what are your thoughts? Leave me a message in the comments below xx

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The Funniest Gifs/Memes To Set 2020 In Hilarious Motion

Hey Lovelies!

There is no better way to begin the new decade than with a good laugh. Check out the funniest gifs/memes to set 2020 in hilarious motion.

1.When social anxiety gets the better of me:

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2.Me: “I’m going to try hard and achieve great things.”

Me, 1 hour later:

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3. A typical day for me is like living in the film, ‘Meet The Fockers’.

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4. Note to Self: “Don’t say weird shit when making conversation with people you meet.”

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.5. Me at 3 a.m. realising the 8-hour sleep target is not going to happen.

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6. Me, consequently, the following day:

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The Best New Beauty Products To Make 2020 Even Better!

Hey Lovelies!

2020 is set to be awesome and here are some of the best new beauty products to make the year even better. Check these out:

1.Hourglass Vanish Airbrush Liquid Concealer, £32, www.harveynichols.com

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This is one product I can really get on-board with. If you’ve tried any of the Hourglass concealers (of which there are many), you will undoubtedly have similar high hopes for this one. Spoiler alert: It IS that good!

Winter can totally wreck our makeup look, particularly when the skin is dehydrated, and you want to wear a little more coverage. The result can be that once you’ve applied setting spray, within a few hours you may realise your worst fears; the much-feared creased face appearance. No one wants that. Behold this incredible full coverage concealer.  All 22 shades blend effortlessly and finding no unsightly creases by the time I peered in the bathroom mirror, I announce it is worth its weight in gold. Rejoice in the fact that your complexion will remain flawless for hours (even if you are stood in what feels like  the storm of Jupiter’s Red Spot for hours). A total Godsend! The ONLY place you can currently buy this in the UK, is Harvey Nichols.

2. Ouai Volume Spray, £26, www.theouai.com

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The iconic Volume Spray has just had a re-vamp. For those like me who have fine hair and look longingly at the beautiful hair adverts with a heavy heart, this is a product you shouldn’t ignore. During 2019, this product was sold out pretty much everywhere. Now it is back with an even better formula (if you can imagine such a possibility). The awesome priming spray contains added panthenol to further boost shine. Simultaneously, it does an amazing job of transforming fine, limp hair into the enviable appearance of locks that boast volumous joy! Yay!

3.Living Proof, No Frizz Intense Moisture Mask, $38, http://www.livingproof.com

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During the harsh weather months hair frizz is just one of those things you can’t avoid. Living Proof haircare products always offer significant improvement to the condition and look of my hair. Their Intense Moisture Mask is every bit as good as their 5-in-1 Styling Treatment. Providing hydrating, nourishing and anti-frizz properties, slap on this mask and your hair will be good enough to audition for a hair commercial. Living Proof, I marvel at your brilliance!

A Note About Urban Decay All Nighter Longwear Foundation Grip, $37

Should you suffer from dry and dehydrated skin (alas, most of us do at this time of year), this is NOT the product to choose. I was super excited to try a primer that would lock in my makeup. Unfortunately, after a couple of hours (on my dry skin) this causes creases to appear around the eye area and a general cakey look. I am certain it would suit those with oily skin types.

Have you tried any of these products and what are your thoughts? Leave me a message and have a happy Friday all xx

Transform Dry Hair With Kerastase Nutritive 8H Magic Night Serum

Hey Lovelies!

Transform your look with minimal effort (perfect) by using Kerastase’s 8H Magic Night Serum.

I decided to start the new year by addressing my dry hair issues (baby steps). Having healthy and shiny locks that do not resemble a scarecrow in any way is now at the top of my list. Too much heat-styling and general laziness means my hair has taken some serious damage. I was almost at the point where I had accepted the only solution might be a drastic pixie cut.

Fortunately (and just in the nick of time) I was sent Kerastase’s 8H Magic Night Serum to try. This serum is crazy good; you don’t have to make any effort for it to work – and boy, does it work! Deserving of some serious kudos, the word ‘Magic’ has certainly earned its place in the name.  Should your hair be in a similar state, I urge you to test this hair serum. #Hairgoals!

Kerastase Nutritive 8H Magic Night Serum is an intensive nourishing treatment for those with moderate to severely dry hair. Combining a special blend of Iris root extract and essential vitamins, this serum effectively targets and treats hair in need. Simply apply and fall to sleep. Then awaken and stare in wonder at your luscious locks. Think of this serum as your haircare fairy God mother of sorts.

Benefits:

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8h of overnight nourishment

Ultra-lightweight and non-greasy

Shiny and soft hair

Evolving fragrance to promote relaxed sleep and energy in the morning.

Increases manageability for normal-coarse hair types

Richly hydrates

Defines and enhances curly hair

Does not weigh down fine hair

Minimal effort required – no need to rinse out!

Long-lasting results

Key Ingredients:

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Iris Root Extract:

This incredible ingredient is included due to its powerful nourishing and repairing properties. Throughout the night, this component works hard, replenishing the loss of nutrients, whilst simultaneously creating a silky soft coat on the hair strands.

5 Essential Vitamin Blend:

These vitamins are specifically combined to further nourish, protect and achieve a satin-like coating as it seals the cuticles.

Verdict:

My disastrous hair look had literally turned around within 24 hours. Instead of dry hair only good for a hat, I had silky, soft locks good enough for a non-filter Insta-post!

Should you be a tad lazy (like me) this treatment is an actual Godsend. Kerastase is an awesome haircare brand and their 8H Magic Night Serum has earned a well-deserved place in my top ten products of 2020.

Kerastase Nutritive 8H Magic Night Serum is available at: www.lookfantastic.com and is currently priced at £27(90ml). Bag it now and save yourself £9!

New Year’s Resolutions Easy Enough To Keep

Hey Lovelies!

Happy New Year to you all! 2019 seemed to come and go at warp speed, before last year’s resolutions had chance to leave the ground. So, I’m thinking this year’s resolutions need to be a tad more attainable. Here goes:

1.Let Go of The Past

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Trudging around like a camel carrying saddlebags crammed with more of yesterday’s baggage than you can deal, isn’t exactly going to propel you into any kind of worthwhile future. If (like me) you tend to torture yourself over the past, now is the time to let it all go. Give yourself a chance. It may just be okay!

2.Challenge Yourself

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There’s never been a better time to give yourself a challenge – something you have always wanted to do, learn or try. Life is short – don’t keep putting things off until tomorrow, because one day it will be too late.

3.Don’t Give Up

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This is one I will have to incorporate into a daily mantra. I’ve learnt that when you feel the least motivated and about as disheartened as it gets – this is the time to find some inner strength, pull yourself back up and keep on.

4.Drink WATER!

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Yeah, yeah. I realise this sounds ridiculous. But believe me – when you drink as much Red Bull as I do, drinking water is pretty important. I get how much H20 helps your body, brain and skin and so why does it feel like I am forcing down Devil’s blood or something? Seriously wrong. If anyone out there has struggled and overcome this problem, let me know. Maybe we could start a helpline. Say Yes to water!

5.Spend A Few Hours A Week On You!

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For me, every day is the same. I look after my children, my nan, work, clean, cook. Then should there be any trace of energy left in my being, I work some more. Well, the Cinderella days are over. I vow to give myself a few hours each week that are just for me. Be it a face mask and bath, an hour in the middle of the day to sleep or the book that I bought 6 months ago that is still sat looking sadly dejected on the shelf. Should you find yourself in a similar sorry state of affairs, now is the time to make a change. Life will roll along more smoothly if you look after yourself. So don’t feel guilty – you deserve it!

What are your New Year’s resolutions? Leave me a message in the comments below. xx

The Best Relaxation Gift Sets To Totally De-Stress

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Fancy a gift set to help us destress enough to get our shit together?  We all know of someone who might benefit greatly from some seriously relaxing me-time (a-hem, me). Here are the very best gift sets (vegan included), to ensure you are totally zen and that your shit is well and truly back in its box (until you run out).

1.Personalised Relaxation Gift Set, £26, www.notonthehighstreet.com

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This Christmas gift a loved one some boxed relaxation with this vegan-friendly set. Probably the best present they will receive this year, the gift set includes everything needed to provide a calming, soothing environment. Inside you will find:

A Clay Mask

Hand-Poured Candle

Mineral Bath Infusion

(Provided in a wooden gift box with your personalised message)

Containing the finest quality natural ingredients and being handmade and cruelty-free, you can ensure that both you and your conscience enjoys the rest it deserves.

2.This Works Limited Edition Sleep Mask and Deep Sleep Pillow Spray (250ml), £26.25 (Was £35), www.thisworks.com

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Everyone should own a sleep mask – they just should. This Works is great because it really does what it says on the tin – work! Proven to help you get to sleep faster and to wake up feeling that bit more refreshed, the set is in a league of its own. When you are the person (that would be me again) wide awake, staring at the clock at 4am and thinking, ‘Why God, why?’ you will understand just how valuable a kit like this is. Happy Christmas!

3.Aromatherapy Associates Discovery Wellbeing Bath & Shower Oil Collection Gift Set, £34 (was £40), www.amazon.com

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Aromatherapy Associates’ award-winning oil set offers everything you need to fully submerge yourself in a bath of transcendental calm. Included are 10 outstanding oils. Combining the purest essential oil blends, you can expect a true sensory explosion of therapeutic bliss for mind, body and soul.

4.Tickets For Your Fella To Visit His Favourite Show, 300 Miles Away

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Stress can be triggered by all kinds of things, but when you know the source, the solution may be closer than you think! Whether it’s snoring, temperament, or simply their breathing (just kidding) that is preventing you from having some relaxation time to destress, read on. There is nothing wrong with having a breather, so go ahead and treat him to a night away before the Christmas mayhem takes hold. He will appreciate the gift and you will feel total peace for the night. Now you can have that bath with your oils, light the hand-poured candle, apply said face mask and doze off to the scent of This Works Deep Sleep mist. Happy Christmas!

The Best Christmas Party Games (That Cost Nothing)

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I have compiled a list of the best and most fun Christmas party games. This time of year causes so much financial strain – so don’t add to it with high-priced unnecessary games that probably won’t raise much of a giggle. The following party games cost nothing. Granted, (should you be an adult) some of them are a tad more enjoyable after a little vino – but hey, it’s Christmas so it’s okay!

Also, should anyone be worried about problems at Christmas you can read the best tips for avoiding stress and ensuring you have an awesome time here

1.For Everyone: The Bauble Game

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Simple yet incredibly fun – whether you are playing the game on Christmas eve with your children, or on Boxing Day evening with your drunken friends. Better yet, all you need is a bauble from your tree (just make sure you don’t grab a beauty gift bauble by accident, or you may not win).

The rules are: Line your baubles up (1 per player) on a smooth surfaced floor. Using a piece of card or A4 paper, the object is to waft your bauble to the finish line without touching it. First one wins. For extra competitive sparkle, delegate someone to blow a whistle for the game to commence. Definitely fun with a drink.

2.For Adults: Have You Ever?

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Make a list of crazy experiences on cards, beginning with “Have You Ever?’ Nominate someone to read out each card. Anyone who admits to any of the experiences on the cards must drink a shot of the other players’ choice. Last person left standing wins.

3.For All: Truth Or Lies?

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I absolutely love playing this Christmas party game – it never gets boring! The game can be formatted to be adult only or child-friendly versions. Basically, the game is a take-off from the very funny TV show, ‘Would I lie to You?’ If you haven’t seen it, it goes like this: Choose a theme (such as childhood experiences or past events).

Get 3 people to write down either a lie or something true about the theme. 2 people have to be lying and 1 is telling the truth. The other team listen whilst each statement is read out and then decide who is telling the truth. If they guess right the other team have to have a shot each.

For child-friendly versions, the winning team get to eat a chocolate or candy, or maybe choose a sour food for the losing team to eat (i.e. A piece of lemon). Just make sure before you begin that no one suffers from any allergies.

4.For All: Karaoke To YouTube

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Christmas party games which involve watching other people massacre songs without any awareness of how bad they sound (visuals of cats voluntarily flinging themselves in a river), are endlessly entertaining (just ask Simon Cowell). You can pick up a cheap mic from most places and now there are even microphones you can plug into your iPhone. However, should you not have one to hand, it doesn’t matter a scrap. People have to choose a song to sing to and the other team members score them from 1-5. After each person has had a go, the lowest scoring person must have to either: have a drink of the other team members choice, do a dare of the other team members choice or eat something they hate.

5.For All: What The Hell Am I Eating?

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This Christmas party game is so funny – but again, it is very important to ensure no one is allergic to anything beforehand – or it could end up being extremely unfunny. The general idea: Say, if you have 4 people blindfolded and one person supplying the food. A selection of delicacies is tried by each person. Firstly, with a peg on their nose and then again without the peg. The aim obviously is to guess correctly as to what they are tasting.

Each loser for each trial must either:  eat 2 mouthfuls of their most-hated food or drink; run down the street pretending to be a chicken; call someone up and tell them an outrageous lie or hop on one leg for 20 minutes. Clearly these rules can be adjusted to suit whoever plays the game.

All of these party games are fun and cost basically nothing!

Incase you are in the festive spirit and want to read more Christmas-related articles, you can check out ‘The Best Festive Jumpers Around’ here.

Happy Christmas everyone. xx

5 Tips For Avoiding Family Stress At Christmas

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If the mere title of this piece (5 tips for avoiding family stress at Christmas) sends shivers of fear and dread through your very being, you need to read these tips. People start gearing up for Christmas by the beginning of November. We are bombarded with gift ideas from every direction and expectations get higher every year. Furthermore, families often fall out over where to spend the big day. If you let it, Christmas can become a nightmare.

By the time Christmas actually arrives, no one is even thinking about what the day is supposed to mean or why we celebrate. So, what can we do? Never fear; here are some great tips for those who foresee stress. Ensure your Christmas is pure happiness this year!

1.Be Kind To Yourself And Avoid Stress This Christmas

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Christmas is supposed to bring celebration of love and to show appreciation for those you love – in reality, it can sometimes bring dread and unsurmountable amounts of pressure. Families fall out. In fact, I do not know of a family that do not have issues. There’s no avoiding it. When there are family members you would rather not see – or who perhaps seem hell-bent on pushing you out – or who are already making plans that will inevitably cause you grief, read on.

Do not let it affect you. It’s not easy but it is simple. You can control how you act, and the enjoyment of Christmas will rest upon how effectively you deal with any situation. If there are family disagreements or ‘others’ are monopolising the festive period and the stress is too much, just let it go. It’s just one day. Enjoy yourself and have a little giggle in the knowledge that your Christmas will undoubtedly be more fun!

2.Schedule Some Me-Time 

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This is so important. We spend so much time rushing around making sure everyone has their perfect Christmas, that we tend to forget ourselves in the process. This year, don’t let stress get a look-in.  Schedule some me-time.  It will make a huge difference to you and everyone around too!

3.Ask For Advice/Help

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Should things get a bit too much to bear, do not soldier on in silence. Ask for help. Often by opening up and asking for guidance or help, the person close to you will be more understanding once aware of a problem. My nan’s phrase, ‘A problem shared is a problem halved’ is very true.

4. Remember What Christmas is About

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Being bombarded with adverts on the ideal Christmas and the undoubtable cost takes its toll on us all. Remember they are just adverts – no one has the perfect life. Don’t let high expectations deter you from what Christmas actually means and what it should be about. Be kind to yourself and others, spend time with those you love and don’t fret about how much you are spending. For those who may be struggling, remember that expensive gifts are often a novelty that get played once and then forgotten. It is so much more important and memorable when you give your time, with fun and laughter. There are literally hundreds of free party games you can play to mix up the day. It doesn’t have to cost a fortune.

5.Plan

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If you know Christmas morning is going to be manic (who doesn’t?), plan ahead. Prep your Christmas breakfast and dinner as much as possible the day before. Place bin bags nearby to collect wrapping. Make sure your phone is charged for recording in the morning. Make a checklist of things you may need (batteries, etc). Bay think back to last year and think about all the stress-causing stuff. Then resolve any repeat issues by planning ahead. Job done!

The Best Christmas Gifts To Pamper Your Pet Rotten!

Hey Lovelies!

This Christmas why not pamper your pet rotten with some awesome gifts?  After all, our pets are loyal, give us love without question and we adore them for it. So, go on, spoil them with a Christmas treat they truly deserve (unlike other members of the family – you know who you are). Whatever pet you may have, you can be certain that genius pet toy inventors have created a present to make their Christmas special too.

1.For The Hamsters/Mice: Haypigs! Cavy Cannonball Tilting Tunnel, £11.99, www.fetch.co.uk

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Okay, so I can’t get rid of the funny images in my head of a hamster catapulting itself across the sitting room to reach a pile of treats like a furry Evel Knievel. Obviously, this would not be the actual idea of the tunnel. However, your furry friend would love this fun addition to his little house (and it looks awesome).

2.For The Small Pooch: Limited Edition Fetch Christmas Gift Box, Luxury, £24.99, www.fetch.co.uk

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I know how annoying it is to buy a gift box for your pooch only to discover the toys are half the size of your dog and there’s not a dog in hell’s chance of it picking that ball up with its tiny gnashers! Never fear, this luxury gift box will keep your dog happy throughout the festive season. Included you will find 3 festive meals, 5 festive treats and 2 dog toys. Happy days!

3.Dog Fashion Gift: Christmas Tails Santa Slogan Hoodie, £14, www.petsathome.com

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Should you want to dress your pooch in something fun, stylish and brimming with personality, this hoodie is the perfect accessory for walkies on Christmas morning.

4.For Curious Cats: Automatic Cat Teaser by PETSAFE® FROLICAT™ CHEESE™, £19.99, www.argos.co.uk

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There will be nothing better than eating as much as is humanly possible, drinking a little vino and then slouching on the sofa to watch your cat tirelessly attempt to pounce on the cheese (without success). Far more entertaining than a repeat of ‘The Sound of Music’.

5.For Fish: Another Fish

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Granted, I’m not that ‘up’ on the psych of the fish, but I’m sure they have feelings too. At the risk of someone having a fish who is actually a loner, I’m going to go out on a limb and suggest the best thing, perhaps, to gift your fish is another fish. There’s only so long you can spend going around the same tunnel in the tank before losing your shit. Make them happy and give them a friend.

Whatever you choose to buy your pets this Christmas, it will be fine with them as long as they get lots of attention and love. Actually, not quite – don’t try squeezing them into one of those fancy-dress costumes in an effort to make them look like one of Santa’s elves. It’s basically animal abuse and they won’t be pleased!

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